Privyet Russian Imperial Stout

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Russian Imperial Stout
Ranked #189
Ranked #3,902
4.18 | pDev: 7.66%
Illinois, United States
Privyet Russian Imperial StoutPrivyet Russian Imperial Stout
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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Photo of ChicagoJoe
4.88/5  rDev +16.7%
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.

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ChicagoJoe from Illinois, Apr 01, 2020
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4.21/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

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woodychandler from Pennsylvania, Mar 29, 2020
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4.42/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

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ZebulonXZogg from Illinois, Feb 13, 2020
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4.79/5  rDev +14.6%
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


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Photo of Pegasus
4.11/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

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Pegasus from Texas, Jan 20, 2020
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4.28/5  rDev +2.4%
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

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brentk56 from North Carolina, Jan 05, 2020
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4.19/5  rDev +0.2%
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.


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Photo of jimmah120
4.21/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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.

Easy sipper, at 12% I can take this down easily - very dangerous. I love it

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jimmah120 from Minnesota, Nov 07, 2019
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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

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Photo of GuyFawkes
4.03/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Unknown vintage; drank 10/8/19 @ the Yarchives.

Black appearance.

A violent pour yielded a HUGE dark tan head (careful pouring!); frothy lace.

Fresh earth, mild marshmallow & mild black licorice notes in the nose.

Creamy, medium thick mouthfeel.

Fresh earth, cream & black licorice flavors; mild booze heat on the finish.

A bit sweet, but overall a nice RIS!

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GuyFawkes from Illinois, Oct 09, 2019
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4.3/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz can into a globe glass.

L - Thick and dark while pouring, like motor oil. Tall, dark tan head is fluffy and thick but fades quickly to a ring around the glass.

S - Strong nose is a blend of coffee, sharp molasses, dates, prunes and brandy-like alcohol. Maybe some earthy hops in the mix, but I'm not certain. With the sweet alcohol aroma I could be convinced the beer was aged in a spirit barrel, although I know that it wasn't.

T - Massive flavors of dark, roasted malt--bitter coffee, dates, prunes, blackstrap molasses, but no burnt notes. Hops are not a noticeable flavor component, but there is certainly high hops bitterness that slices through the malt, leaving a surprisingly dry finish.

F - Thick, silky mouthfeel with low but creamy carbonation. Massive hops bitterness that does not seem extreme thanks to the sweeter malt notes and thick mouthfeel. Strong alcohol burn.

O - This is a stunningly good RIS. Despite what must be a massive malt and hops bill, the beer is mellow and rounded with a strong alcohol presence, characteristics normally associated with a barrel-aged version. I would love to try some of the wood aged versions that are created from this base beer. What a fantastic beer it is on its own merit!

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Radome from Florida, Jun 09, 2019
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4.57/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Can date smudged, but shouldn't be too old
Pours a dark tan fizzy head, 1/2 finger with good retention, lacing, and legs, basically jet black color

Nose nice dark roasty malts, a bit of char but in a good way, hint of coffee, fluffy nougat and a little caramel, plenty of dark chocolate, creamy oatmeal like, deep dark malts, and hints of dark fruits, later brings toasted bread crust

Taste thick lush creamy goodness, dark toasty malts, a bit of char and roasted coffee, bitter roast but stops short of acrid, then spicy hops add to the bitterness as it gets medium high, creamy milk chocolate and bitter dark chocolate, light caramel and cookie dough, little biscuity and toasted bread crust, thick velvety chocolate lingering, cocoa, and big bitterness, roast also ramps on the medium sweet finish, and a little alcohol, and flashes of dark fruit late

Mouth is full bod rich creamy lush velvet medium high carb but creamy and small bubbles, light alcohol tingle

Overall this was awesome! I do love a good RIS and this does very well, all the right malts, mouth was incredible, nice hop and roast bitterness, although lacking more dark fruits but that's not always necessary in the style. I can't wait to try the rye barrel version next

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jlindros from Massachusetts, May 19, 2019
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4.28/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Had out of a can at the restaurant in Normal. The pour was dark black with a thin tan head. The smell was of roasted malt and dark cocoa. The taste was a lot of chocolate but some stone fruit made their way in at the end. Overall a nice stout that hides the 112 ABV very well

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Photo of lastmango
4.46/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured black with a one finger tan head. Light lacing. Nose of toasted malt, dark chocolate and a hint of dark fruit. Taste is a wonderful malt bomb with layered, toffee, dark chocolate, dark fruit, a hint of coffee and a balanced piney hop finish with a tad of black licorice that lingers on the tongue. A wee bit of booze is detected. This a really gooood. Mouthfeel is thick, oily and sticky at the same time. Bought this as a single in a mixed pack. So glad I did! I will be looking for this in the future.

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lastmango from Pennsylvania, Mar 14, 2019
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4.29/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Another of those leftover from the party beers you figure someone was pawning off because it didn't cut it enough in the rarity/boldness department.

Astounding looking beer with a mountain of firm dark tan froth that just won't split.

Toasty to the nose with a blend of black cherry, cocoa and currant in the background.

A hefty, full-flavored stout with prominent notes of sweet chocolate and rich cocoa followed by more a more subtle mix of ripened black cherry and grape among even lesser notes of dark chocolate and pine for a bittering effect.
Has a touch of deep, lingering alcohol heat. Never syrupy, but it sticks to the palate.

Because I've never been a big fan of Destihl, I would never have grabbed this one off the shelf. I mean come on, it's not barrel aged, it appears to be just another beer from just another in a few hundred breweries of some merit that ship around the country, and based solely on appearances, it's a utilitarian bore.

But I think there's a lesson I need to learn here, because when all has been said and drank, I would put this "regular" old stout up against many of the pricier BA brews I've tried of late.

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stephens101 from Oklahoma, Mar 10, 2019
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4.12/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can. Poured out an opaque, jet-black color with a small, light brown head of foam. It smelled of roasted malt, coffee, dark chocolate and toffee. Sweet chocolate and toffee taste with a touch of coffee and roasted malt.

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zeff80 from Missouri, Feb 16, 2019
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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got to say this beer lives up to the hype especially after warming up. Very smokey and chocolatey flavors but still retains the mild tobacco and shoe leather taste one would expect with the style. Beer itself is quite dark viscous and a good amount of head. What I love most is it comes off rather sweet rather than bitter or ashy but still maintains a good enough body to conceal it's massive ABV. I will be sure to grab a four or six pack next time I see it Prost!

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DrDemento456 from Pennsylvania, Jan 19, 2019
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4.06/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark and rich, near-black mahogany with more than two fat fingers dark tan foam head. It lasts a good while and leaves solid webbed lacing.

Creamy dark chocolate, umami and roasted malts in the nose.

The taste is very similar with big chocolate and umami up front and some clear char and tobacco added to the roasts character. There’s a creaminess throughout with the char, a little cherry cola, smokey pepper and fairly strong pine bitterness mixing in the aftertaste.

Thick-bodied and oily in the feel with enough carbonation.

This is one deep, dark and dangerous brew. Strong char and bitterness mixing with the creamy dark chocolate. The only thing that’s not really to my taste is the umami.

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thebeers from Pennsylvania, Jan 13, 2019
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4.52/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz can into glass. Looks like stamped canning date is '10/04/18'.
Black colored body, with only the tiniest of a sliver of dark brown back lit highlight. Two finger expressive tan colored head settled, after a few minutes, to a thin cap and ring. Leaves behind some oily spots of lacing but no patterns.
Aroma is vibrant, and full of dark roasted malts, with side smells of molasses and licorice.
Taste is expressive with dark roasted malts, with results in a full expression of molasses for an end of profile flavor. As the beer warms, a dark chocolate emerges along with a touch of tang from dark fruit. Has a touch of smoke.
Medium to full mouth feel. Supportive carbonation. Finish is of a dry nature.
The entire smell and flavor profile is positive for me, and very dramatic in expression. More of the more opaque beers I have reviewed.

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Photo of tp1962
5/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

1/11/19 So smooth and rich. Pours jet black with tan 1 inch head which quickly dissipated.ois. Exceptional tasting RIS . Notes of molasses, sweet, smoke and wood. Excellent finish!
12/28/18 This is quickly becoming my favorite Russian Imperisl Stout. Destihl has done an excellent job creating this!

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tp1962 from Illinois, Dec 01, 2018
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3.96/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap. Interesting take on the RIS, which destihl does well by the way. The booze actually doesn't stick out as much as one would think, rather it melds into the roasted malt rather seamlessly, and the cinnamon adds some zip to the finish. Could use a little more depth behind these flavors and roasted malt, dark chocolate and other RIS staples. Smell was a little dull, missing the zip that the taste has.

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REVZEB from Illinois, Nov 26, 2018
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4.23/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

500 ml bottle into a snifter. Bottled 2/3/16, had 6/9/17.

Pours very dark and opaque, with a one inch foamy head and a good amount of foamy lacing. Aromas of roasted malt, chocolate, vanilla, caramel, light smoke and molasses. The taste follows the nose- malt- less roasted, dark chocolate, vanilla, caramel, some molasses. A good amount of bitterness throughout. Smooth, creamy, a very good full body, well carbonated.

Have had on tap as well, like the bottle better, maybe because of the aging. Straightforward, but well defined flavor and aroma. Certainly worth a purchase, but a high price point.

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stortore from Illinois, Feb 15, 2018
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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

fantastic extra from 4dloveofstouts. thank you for your generousity. drank side by side the ba version

looks great in the glass, 2 inch khaki colored head. beer is completely dark

smell is rich roasted malts, definitly an ris, signature baltic type roastiness.

flavor is layers of roasted malts, rich and decadent. slight sweetness in the back end, no alch

mouthfeel is big. can't taste the alch in it. crap didn't realize it was 12%. very well hidden and very drinkable

overall this is a fantastic beer for the style on its one. rich and thick. perfect choice for barrelaging which came out fantastic!

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KevSal from California, Mar 05, 2017
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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours a black color. 1/2 inch head of a tan color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of alcohol, sweet malt, wood, toffee, dough, and a hint of roasted malt. Fits the style of a Russian Imperial Stout. Mouth feel is sharp and clean, with an average carbonation level. There is also a noticeable bitterness and dryness. Tastes of strong alcohol, strong sweet malt, roasted malt, slight wood, hint of toffee, slight dough, and hops. Overall, good appearance, aroma, body, blend, and complexity.

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Tone from Missouri, Sep 17, 2016
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4.09/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a rather viscous and motor like oil black with a thin layer of light brown foam.

Vanilla, caramel, dark chocolate, oak, and roasty.

Flavor matches aroma for the most part, but the oaky earthiness comes out a bit more with bitter chocolate, slightly sweet vanilla, and tons of roastiness.

Heavy-bodied, low carbonation, slick, chewy, thick.

Overall, a very high quality impy stout, wish'd I had grabbed a couple more.

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larryarms847 from Illinois, Apr 26, 2016
Privyet Russian Imperial Stout from DESTIHL Brewery
Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 85 ratings