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Illinois, United States
Russian Imperial Stout
Ranked #212
Ranked #3,859
4.19 | pDev: 7.4%
Sep 16, 2022
Jan 25, 2016
Notes: Privyet, which is Russian for 'hi' or 'hey', is the base beer for our award-winning, bourbon barrel-aged Dosvidanya®. Even though this beer isn't aged in oak barrels, it greets you with a color as dark as night, a thick, tan head & characters of dark chocolate and roasted malts with abundant fruity esters. Generous hop additions balance the maltiness of this beer, along with a mouthfeel that is rich, creamy, full and smooth. Ypa!
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Rated: 4.31 by TheEpeeist from Maryland

Sep 16, 2022
Rated: 4.27 by MJ64 from Mississippi

Apr 15, 2022
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Reviewed by Tilley4 from Tennessee

4.66/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep rich waves of super roasted malt and dark roasted cocoa dominate the senses...

It's like nibbling on a 90% cacao chocolate bar in liquid form...

I picked this up on a whim and immediately went back and bought more.

This is the base for Dosvidanya so I must try that one next...
Feb 12, 2022
Rated: 3.93 by TMoney2591 from Illinois

Dec 13, 2021
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Reviewed by Rug from Massachusetts

4.24/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Canned 12/14/20

It’s odd, of the 6 beers I’ve had from Destihl, they’ve all been in the sour family. So it seems like quite a jump going to a RIS from all those. I tend to mostly enjoy the beer I’ve had from them, and you don’t see very many RIS’ around so I figured picking this one up was a no brainer

Pours midnight black with a thick finger of tan head that fades to a thin cap and leaves decent lacing

Oh man, the roast is real here in the nose, almost to the point of char. I’m picking up on aromas of charred oak, burnt bread, heavily roasted coffee, dark chocolate, raisin, and a touch of toffee

In taste, the intense and slightly bitter roast still tracks, but things are sweeter up front. On the front end of the sip I’m tasting roasty coffee, dark chocolate, chewy caramel, vanilla, and a touch of rye. The swallow brings notes of burnt bread, spicy rye, roasty coffee, dates, sweet toffee, toasted oak, and dark chocolate

A full body pairs with gentle tingling carbonation, resulting in a thick and velvety beer. Finishes slightly sticky with an increasing roast to slowly dry it out

This is awesome stuff here. Everything I’m looking for in the style and nice to kick back and relax with
Oct 17, 2021
Rated: 4.39 by joran from Kansas

Jul 04, 2021
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Reviewed by md3kcn from North Carolina

4.77/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
Purchased as a four-pack from a local distributor for $9.99. Poured into a snifter glass.

L - Pours a viscous motor oil black, with an incredible three-finger mocha head that coats the edges of the glass nicely. Slow to dissipate.
S - Rye chips and pumpernickel up front. Certain notes of espresso, cacao, and pipe tobacco lay our base. Also picking up a lot of ethanol throughout - minus a bit for this.
T - STRONG burn and warmth before the sucker punch of coffee, dark chocolate, and molasses. Hints of fig and charred woods pop up, and the experience finishes with a mellow pumpernickel.
F - Again, very strong! Definitely gives your body a warm feeling all over. Velvety, filling, and full-bodied. Creamy at first, then finishes each sip with a rather chewy take.
O - What an incredible beer! All the coffee and chocolate notes common to Russian imperial stouts, but with a very unique feeling and scent! A beer best had for sitting around a bonfire with good friends after a long day. My only gripe with this beer is the alcohol-forward flavor. It almost discouraged me from finishing the glass, unfortunately. This being said, it's a rich and flavorful brew that I will definitely buy again. Highly recommend.
Apr 29, 2021
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Reviewed by robwired from Kansas

4.48/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Base beer. Nice and raw. Bitter. Roasty.
Out of the can, roasty with a tasty malt bill. The bitter is on the throat. Thick, creamy mouthfeel. The ABV isn't hidden. That's fine.
Mar 27, 2021
Rated: 4.33 by ummswimmin from New Jersey

Mar 20, 2021
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Reviewed by schoolboy from Ohio

4.18/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Da. Ya ne zniu pamymia pa ruski. It's St. Patrick's day and I had a nice Masthead stout earlier. That and this one were the only holiday appropriate drinks I had on hand. Maybe some Jameson.

This pours black with nice fizz that continues throughout. The aroma is not profound except how clean plus a little roasty it is. Not being aged on anything is kinda cool for a high ABV brew. Raw. It has a deep malty roasty taste that sticks with you.

Recommended. Very cost effective too. I will seek out more.
Mar 17, 2021
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Reviewed by backblast from Alaska

4.42/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
You taste the strong malt up front along with bittersweet chocolate. Coffee and charred sweet molasses, dark fruits are mixed in. Nice viscous mouthfeel and lingering aftertaste. A good one!
Feb 21, 2021
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Reviewed by BB1313 from Ohio

3.8/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Canned on 12/14/20. 12oz can poured into a tulip. Pours almost black; small khaki head that fades leaving solid retention and lacing. The aromas are malt forward along with some hints of chocolate and dark fruits. The flavors are bold. Lots of dark chocolate. Some raisins. Mild and subtle hints of coffee. Nice solid bitterness. Low sweetness. Solid malt backbone. Subtle warmth in the finish, but the alcohol is ultimately well hidden considering the ABV. Mouthfeel is full-bodied with moderate carbonation. It's fluffy, smooth and dangerously drinkable despite the ABV.

This is a pretty solid Russian Imperial Stout. It's a classic and traditional example of the style. It's big and bold while remaining balanced. It's a nice "base beer" as well. I like it.
Feb 19, 2021
Rated: 3.99 by 22Blue from Kansas

Feb 11, 2021
Rated: 4.17 by beaulabauve from Louisiana

Nov 25, 2020
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Reviewed by puck1225 from Texas

4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Had it on tap at the local World of Beer. Pours into a snifter.

Deep dark brown color with good head and nice lacing. Strong smell and taste of dark chocolate. Roasted malt and toasted pumpernickel. Some berries. Nice smooth feel. Good beer to sit and enjoy a Stanley Cup playoff game!
Sep 05, 2020
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Rated by Msp004 from New York

4.44/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Excellent Imperial.
Apr 21, 2020
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Reviewed by ChicagoJoe from Illinois

4.88/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75
This one pours dark, which is a hint of what’s to come. The beer features dark chocolate, toasty malt and raisin flavors offset by the hops and the slightest bit of carbonation. For a beer with a 12% ABV it lacks a strong boozey presence. Goes down smoothly. Definitely looking forward to having another one of these in the future.
Apr 01, 2020
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Reviewed by woodychandler from Pennsylvania

4.21/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
It is quickly turning into an evening of Stouts & AmeriCAN Imperial Stouts, no less! 8=O Even better & more amazing is that they are CANned! The CANQuest (tm) was roundly ridiculed at its outset & tars, sours & RISs were the ones that some said would NEVER be CANned. He who laughs last, laughs best! J/S.

From the CAN: "Russian-style Imperial Stout"; " Privyet, which is Russian for 'hi' or 'hey', is the base beer for our award-winning, bourbon barrel-aged Dosvidanya®. Even though this beer isn't aged in oak barrels, it greets you with a color as dark as night, a thick, tan head & characters of dark chocolate and roasted malts with abundant fruity esters. Generous hop additions balance the maltiness of this beer, along with a mouthfeel that is rich, creamy, full and smooth. Ypa!"; "Support Flavor[,] Boycott Bland".

I got out my nesting dolls & my coloring book & beCAN with a Crack! of the vent. I had dented the CAN through stupidity so when I got a fingertip spritz, I was not surprised. I CANtinued with a slow, gentle C-Line Glug that produced two-plus fingers of dense, foamy, rocky, deep-brown head with excellent retention. Color was obsidian Black/Opaque (SRM = 44), allowing ZERO light penetration. Nose had a pleasant unadorned quality, no barrel aging, no untoward adjuncts, just a liquified chocolaty fudginess with a light smokiness. Mmm. Mouthfeel was dense & solid, a real presence in the mouth & on my tongue. I let it roll around in my maw to warm, savoring an emerging anise flavor to acCANpony the rich dark chocolate fudginess noted earlier. Mmm. None of that is meant to CANvey an inherent sweetness, however. This was quite dry throughout, including on the finish. Mmm. YMMV.
Mar 29, 2020
Rated: 4.09 by MI_beerdrinker from Texas

Feb 29, 2020
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Reviewed by ZebulonXZogg from Illinois

4.42/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Pours a thick, oily dark brown, small tan head that fades to a ring, no lacing, but it leaves an oily slick on the glass.
Roasted malt, stale coffee, bitter cocoa aromas.
Tastes is similar, some dark dried fruit. Prunes.
This just lingers on your tongue, smooth, minimal carbonation.
This is terrific, purchased a single can, should have bought a case. This will hold it's own with Expedition, Narwhal, ol' Raspy and any other RIS.
Feb 13, 2020
Rated: 4.24 by samEBC from Belgium

Feb 01, 2020
Rated: 4.25 by jera1350 from Minnesota

Jan 30, 2020
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Reviewed by JasonQKing from Texas

4.79/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
Amazing Russian Imperial Stout @12%abv!

Pours dark as midnight, smells delish, tastes delish, can barely taste the alcohol.

Competes with Xocoveza and Breakfast Stout for me

Jan 25, 2020
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Reviewed by Pegasus from Texas

4.11/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Appearance: Abyssal black body, surmounted by a small, dense, fine-beaded, and persistent tan head. Scattered, somewhat coarse lacing decorates the glass wall.

Aroma: Dark roasted malt, charcoal, cold coffee, bitter cocoa, and only the barest hints of alcohol, astonishing, considering the ABV of 12%

Taste: Opens with strong flavors of dark-roasted malt, bitter chocolate, cold coffee,black bread, and charcoal. There is a moderate undercurrent of sweet molasses, as well. And the alcohol, with an ABV of twelve percent, I would expect it to be front-and-center. Its is not, however. It is mildly warming, and offers a hint of spiciness, but is, in no way, the center-point of the taste. Late in the taste, the bitter chocolate, cold coffee, and bitter herbal hops bring the taste to a balanced close. A bit of herbal hops lingers on, well past the end of the taste.

Mouth feel: Smooth, rich, and very full, almost syrupy, with just a hint of stinging carbonation

Drinkability/notes: A superb example of a Russian Imperial Stout, and very reasonably priced, at $8.99 for a four pack of twelve-ounce cans. Perhaps there still are some bargains to be found among craft beers.

Presentation: Packaged in a standard twelve-ounce aluminum can, served in a Save the World Brewing Company Teku.
Jan 20, 2020
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Reviewed by brentk56 from North Carolina

4.28/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
Appearance: Pours motor oil dark with a mocha colored head that rises to one finger before pancaking; loads of squiggles

Smell: Very roasty, with black bread, dark chocolate, caramel and prune tones

Taste: The roast and char is powerful, up front, with the the hops kicking in before the chocolate malt; with solid bitterness and plenty of roast, the caramel and prune add a bit of sweetness underneath; the finish is roasty and somewhat bitter

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with moderate carbonation; somewhat creamy

Overall: This beer packs great flavors and is quite good, though I prefer a little more fruit in the style

Thanks, kevindp9, for the opportunity
Jan 05, 2020
Rated: 4 by archero from Texas

Jan 05, 2020
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Reviewed by Brutaltruth from Ohio

4.19/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
From the growler via Jungle Jim's Eastgate in a snifter. This
mighty fine brew pours a deep coal black with a nice head of
tan foam that settles to a thick ring, thin light pooling layer, and
sports some decent lacing. Nose of dark chocolate, alcohol esters,
dark coffee, and subtle char. Flavors surpass the nose with dark
chocolate fudge, dark coffee, dark fruit notes of black raisin, medium
heavy char, and a moderately robust herbal hop note on the rear.
Nice mouth feel; full body, smooth, lightly slick, light carbonation
that is just enough to give lift, and a nice char and roast laden finish.

Overall, a FANTASTIC brew from a brewery that I am becoming
intrigued with.

Dec 31, 2019
Rated: 4.01 by khargro2 from Tennessee

Dec 30, 2019
Rated: 4.53 by Jodio from Texas

Dec 27, 2019
Rated: 4.19 by mjpolzin from Wisconsin

Dec 25, 2019
Rated: 4.06 by Marzen_Fan from Ohio

Dec 23, 2019
Rated: 4.13 by smithj4 from New York

Dec 08, 2019
Rated: 4.06 by metter98 from New York

Dec 08, 2019
Rated: 4.07 by dbrauneis from North Carolina

Dec 08, 2019
Rated: 4.14 by robotic_being from Florida

Nov 30, 2019
Rated: 4.38 by chrismattlin from Ohio

Nov 12, 2019
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Reviewed by jimmah120 from Minnesota

3.96/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75
12oz can with a date

Black oil glugs out almost completely dark, with a tiny ring of mocha foam. Smells extra hoppy, tastes more bitter than expected as well. I taste chocolate powdery malts, the hops, some dark fruit in the smell and taste (-1), and just a touch of alcohol. I've had 7% beers that had more alcohol taste. A little too sweet, what with the tons of choco and touch of raisin

Easy sipper, at 12.4% (!!!) I can take this down easily (!!!!!!) - very dangerous. I love that
Nov 07, 2019
Rated: 4.25 by paulish from New York

Nov 04, 2019
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Reviewed by BlackBeerPirate from Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Taste: rich darkest chocolate and black patent malts, smoked, slight sweet, molasses, hint of hops, boozy finish. Same with the nose. Black/Brown hue, mostly opaque, dark brown head with ringed lace. Full body.
Oct 30, 2019
Rated: 3.84 by YvesB from Belgium

Oct 29, 2019
Privyet from DESTIHL Brewery
Beer rating: 93 out of 100 with 99 ratings