Dosvidanya Bourbon Barrel

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Russian Imperial Stout
Ranked #102
Ranked #1,712
4.24 | pDev: 8.02%
Illinois, United States
Dosvidanya Bourbon BarrelDosvidanya Bourbon Barrel
Notes: Like a Russian Matryoshka or 'nesting' doll, the secret of Dosvidanya® Russian Imperial Stout lies locked deep within her mysterious & elaborate wooden layers. The hidden soul of this oak bourbon barrel-aged beer that we said Dosvidanya ('goodbye') to several months before revealing, is its rich flavors like dark chocolate, toffee, black cherries and coffee along with robust & roasty maltiness that finishes dry.

84 IBU

Great American Beer Festival Bronze Medal Winner: Wood- and Barrel-Aged Strong Stout Category
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4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed the base RIS, variants are decent, so let's see how this is, canned 10/31/19

Pours a dark brown foamy frothy 1 finger head with med retention, decent soapy lacing and long legs, pitch black thick beer

Nose is pretty nice, lots of dark malts, some roasted malts but not burnt or acrid, dark chocolate, a bit of coffee, light perfumey alcohol, with fair bourbon barrel notes, a bit of bourbon, vanilla and a hint of coconut as well from the barrel, mild baking spices, very dark inky like roasted malts

Taste brings more dark malts up front, again fair roast and black malt but not overly roasted acrid or burnt flavors, thick fudgey dark chocolate and raw cocoa, a touch of coffee, again that really dark inky thick roasted malt character typical in a good heavy imperial stout, barrel is there but more on the mild side, a little toasted oak and vanilla, light sweet bourbon flavor, some baking spices, baking chocolate, touch of nougat and cookie dough, then starts to get a bit of vanilla ice cream, and a little spicy alcohol, sticky sweet finish, a touch of warming alcohol late with lingering dark chocolate fudge and vanilla

Mouth is full bod, rich creamy almost chewy, med carb, mild warming alcohol getting a touch spicy

Overall solid RIS, thick heavy full, nice great dark malts without acrid or burnt harsh characters, nice chocolate, vanilla, spices, etc, alcohol is definitely present but not overbearing, barrel was nice on the nose but a little too light on the taste in general, but still enjoyable

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jlindros from Massachusetts, Mar 01, 2020
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4.19/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a think dark black with no noticeable head. Strong alcohol aroma. Taste is thick and sweet with the alcohol providing just the right kick. Slight bitterness from the alcohol, no hoppy bitterness at all.

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dd53grif from Michigan, Feb 27, 2020
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4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Basically a bourbon barrel chocolate oil slick. One of the heaviest and mouth coating beers I've ever had. A bit cloying as a result but it's a hell of a dessert beer.

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Dope from Massachusetts, Feb 13, 2020
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4.6/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look- black.. It's an imperial stout after all. There was almost no head either
Smell - Bourbon, cherries, wood, chocolate
Taste - Undeniably a bit boozy, but the sweetness and complexity keeps it balanced, it rivals any gourmet cocktail that way. The coffee notes ring out more in the flavor than the smell.
Overall, this a fantastic last beer of the night or dessert beer. It beats out a lot of the iconic names in this style

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NJBarstool from New Jersey, Oct 03, 2019
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4.15/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

No hype no care. This is a solid BA stout that gets relatively zero attention from the geeked out hoards today. Dark chocolatey, roasty malt with a solid backing charred oak bringing ribbons of vanilla caramel and an earthy, woody coffee-like finish keeping it balanced.

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Sabtos from Ohio, May 24, 2019
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4.36/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

16.9oz bottle. Poured out an opaque, jet-black color with a small, light brown head of foam. It smelled of bourbon, oak, vanilla and dark chocolate. Roasted coffee, oak, vanilla and toasted caramel with a sharp bitterness.

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zeff80 from Missouri, May 17, 2019
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4.34/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Had this on tap at Orange & Brew. The look was jet black with a small tan head that disappeared quickly. The smell was very nice with chocolate, oak, and roasted malt. The taste had some stone fruit up front along with the bourbon and finished with a strong chocolate taste. Nice dry finish. Really well balanced beer.

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4.27/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

500ml bottle, 2018 vintage.
Black colored body. Nearly opaque with just a tiny glint of garnet back lit highlights. Partial finger tan head of varying bubble sizes, that makes a popping noise as the head settles back to a partial island and ring. Lots of rising bubble action on the surface. Some lacing but all quickly falls back down into glass.
Aroma of dark roasted malts, oak bourbon barrel, molasses, vanilla, and wheat kernels.
Taste of dark roasted malts that have soaked into prune and raisin. Burnt brown sugar and molasses. Vanilla and oak bourbon barrel. Dark chocolate in the aftertaste. There is close to an anise and black licorice note. Deep in the taste is a grassy, small grain hint. Mildly bitter from dark roasted coffee.
Medium plus mouth feel, and quite dry, remindful of char. The beer surface is kept active with rising bubbles.
Definitely a dense stout experience. Hides the higher ABV% well. There is really no sweet note; the dark fruit contributes a tang but no sweetness.

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4.45/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A 2016 bottle but I don’t see the exact bottling date. I can’t believe I’ve taken this long to finally try this. The initial pour shows it’s a bit thinner than my absolute favorite BA stouts. A bit of lacing remains long after the pour though. The smell is a bit of barrel but more bitter RIS which I love. The taste initially has the barrel character but that seems to lose out more to the base beer notes. I love that the sweetness that often comes from BA stouts is subdued. This is definitely less sweet than a BCS for instance.

Very impressive. I will buy more when I see them again!

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5toutman75 from Illinois, Feb 28, 2019
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4.06/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I someone told me this beer is quite tasty. I am stoked to try this beer. I love Russian Imperial Stouts. The beer is 45 degrees and served in tulip glass. The pour on the beer produced a one finger head. The head is a creamy tan with fair retention. The head dissipated somewhat quickly leaving no lacing on the glass. The color of the beer is SRM 35 a dark brown similar to used motor oil. The clarity of the beer is opaque.

The initial aromas of the beer are raisins, molasses, burnt sugar, and dark toasted malts. Additional aromas are chocolate, dark roasted coffee, char, toffee, caramel, anise, cearel grains, wood, bourbon, vanilla, cinnamon, and oranges.

The first flavors of the beer are smokiness, wood, raisins, and dark toasted malts, Next, I get dark chocolate, coffee, toffee, char, toffee, caramel, anise, bourbon, vanilla, oranges, and bready. Lastly, I tasted yeast, earthiness, herbal, and grass.

The mouthfeel of the beer is chewy and dry.

The body of the beer is full, low carbonation, and a full finish.

This Russian Imperial Stout is good, but not great. The beer's harmony is a bit caddywhompus. The beer has this bitterness and the balance is just slightly off. I wonder, if the beer was aged it would temper the bitterness and give the beer depth.

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4.47/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful black with a thick mocha head that lingers and leaves gorgeous lacing. Aroma is chocolate and bourbon with deep dark roasted malts. Flavor follows the nose with bittersweet chocolate and bourbon joined by molasses and anise. Feel is thick and rich. Overall a wonderful RIS.

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AdmiralOzone from Minnesota, Dec 19, 2018
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4.68/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours very dark, nearly impervious to light. Fairly aggressive pour yields a thick mocha head that fades quickly. Big chocolate and bourbon barrel aroma, some burnt brown sugar and dark coffee as well. Flavor is big and sweet up front, lots of roasted malt, bittersweet chocolate, dark brown sugar, blackstrap molasses, burnt coffee. Has a cool bittersweet flavor that finishes like a bitter espresso without the lemon. Thick and syrupy, carbonation adds to the creamy texture. Overall a fantastic BBA Imperial Stout, glad I came across it in Sams Bottle Shop, Raleigh NC.

500ml bottle dated 11/9/17
4.75 rating

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Tony210 from New Jersey, Dec 14, 2018
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4.42/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful black beer, which pours with a 1 1/2 finger dark brown head from a moderate pour. Retention is excellent.

Strong aroma, quite nutty, ashy, and bitter. Bourbon, oak, tannins, burnt coffee, molasses, licorice, brown sugar, toffee, red grapes, cherries, and a wine-like sharpness.

For all of the bitter and sharp RIS tones on the aroma, the bourbon treatment adds a wonderfully balanced sweetness. Waves of brown sugar, molasses, and licorice - in particular on the back half - meld with bourbon mash, slightly sour oak, vanilla, tannins, red grapes, rich chocolate, and coffee tones.

Thick, smooth, creamy - and every bit representing the 12.5% ABV.

This is a really, really nice BBA RIS.

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Roguer from Georgia, Nov 14, 2018
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4.39/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark black with a fresh wispy mocha head. Smell of chocolate ,dark fruit, wood,roasted malts and bourbon. Taste is superb with roasted malt and coffee notes that blend with mature wood and mellow bourbon , dark fruits and chocolate add to this. Mouthfeel has a prominent mellow bourbon/coffee/chocolate coating taste without being boozy. A top tier BA Stout

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gatornation from Minnesota, Apr 01, 2018
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3.93/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black in color with no light penetration. There's a fingernail of brown around the rim and covering most of the top. The aroma is of sweet bourbon, a hefty amount of roasted barley, and dark chocolate. I'm tasting sweet bourbon with the roasted barley making an appearance at the back of the palate and then it's more sweet, boozy bourbon in the finish. There's also dark chocolate and dates in the mix. The mouth is chewy, thick, and warm with alcohol.

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Franziskaner from Missouri, Mar 25, 2018
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4.31/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Builds a creamy, half-inch, dark chestnut head that leaves patchy lace on the glass. After a few minutes, all that is left is a very dark brown, essentially black, viscous liquid.

The aroma opens rich and sweet with a roasted background. Malt aromas are abundant, followed by sugar plums and a hint of bourbon. Bittersweet chocolate and raisins follow. Warmth amplifies the char, while drawing out strong molasses notes.

This is a well-balanced Imperial Stout, quite bitter and sweet with no hop character. The flavor generally follows the nose, allowing sweet flavors to win out late and into a long finish. The flavors are very rich, with fudge brownies. The finish is strong and long, revealing alcohol and charred malt.

Dense and smooth with an oily body. Alcohol is controlled, but as expected, while the carbonation is soft and fine.

The name is a little odd given that it is an American Imperial Stout. There is no point in quibbling over the nuances of its style; it is a solid interpretation to be enjoyed with a good book or philosophical pondering. I imagine it would also pair well with a mild cigar.

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SLeffler27 from New York, Feb 25, 2018
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4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled November 2017; drank 2/2/18 @ the Yarchives.

Black appearance.

A rough pour yielded a small tan head; strong, frothy tree-rung lace.

Cream, milk chocolate, fresh earth & fresh earth notes in the nose.

Creamy, medium thick mouthfeel.

Cream, milk chocolate & faint raspberry notes in the nose; oak & mild bourbon notes on the finish.

Sweet & earthy; a nice, if not overly memorable BA stout.

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GuyFawkes from Illinois, Feb 03, 2018
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3.63/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Not bad but this is not an overly big barrel-aged imperial stout at 12.5%. I found the flavor very bland, unfortunately. Nice and thick feel but otherwise flat. Definitely will pass at $18/bottle going forward.

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4.29/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A 500ml bottle from 2016 served in a 12oz. snifter.

Look- Pours a silky looking dark brown generating a few centimeters of tan foam. It quickly settles to a ring around the glass.

Smell- Bourbon, oak, dark chocolate, char, vanilla and mild tobacco.

Taste- Slightly sweet chocolate, bourbon, figs, dates, vanilla and oak.

Feel- Medium thick and oily with a pronounced alcohol heat.

Overall- A slightly sweet and robust barrel aged stout that brings some heat. Perfect for a cold day and I would imagine this cellaring well with more time. I have another that I'm going to keep stashed for a later date.

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Prager62 from Colorado, Nov 20, 2017
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4.39/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Toasted coconut, Vanilla, chocolate, dark chocolate brownie batter, espresso and cherry skin. Charred malt profile. Medium bodied. Dark and rich. Complex. A bit spicy. Super oaky, fairly bitter and very dry finish. Really excellent.

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Davepoolesque from Massachusetts, Jun 23, 2017
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4.44/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I know Destihl by their sours, so I approached this with some trepidation, but my beer store buddy in Minnesota (man, do I miss him) told this was the shiznit, so I bought a bottle. I wish I'd purchased a case.

It pours jet black with a finger or so of tan head. Check. The first clue you're in for something beyond your typical BA RIS is the nose - loads of cocoa, char, dark chocolate. Where's the booze in this 12.5% ABV monster???

It's not readily apparent on the taste, either - HUGE cocoa and dark chocolate, and the slightest bit of oak. And then, after you take a sip and set your glass down, the alcohol presents itself for a bit, like the jokester conducting a snipe hunt.

This is simply a magnificent representation of the style, IMHO.

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ovaltine from Indiana, Apr 24, 2017
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3.97/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

L- Black with a khaki colored, creamy head. Decent retention. Leaves lots of lacing.

S- Dark chocolate and roasted malts with a little booze. A little sugary once it warms up a bit more.

T- Fairly heavy on the roasted malts. A bit of oak and dark chocolate. There's a little bitterness towards the finish that doesn't really fit.

F- Decent thickness and richness. Smooth.

O- It's a decent RIS, but the bitterness at the end really throws it off for me. Not my favorite.

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Zoomslowik from Illinois, Apr 16, 2017
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4.43/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

drank side by side with the base beer

looks great in the glass. small finger dark chocolate head

aroma is bourbon vanilla, brownie and roasted malts up front.

flavor is huge, layers of chocolate added to the base roasted malts. i did notice the baltic tasting malts have been cut back compared to the base but the barrel really rounds out the flavor

feel is thick, coats the toungue and like the base has a well hidden abv

overall i really enjoyed not beers, amazing what a barrel can do to a beer. that rye tho! i've been dreaming about that one. if ounhad to choose one variant definitly reach for the rye, but regardless they are all delicious beers!

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KevSal from California, Mar 05, 2017
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3.99/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

2016 bottle. Beautiful BA stout. Great head retention. Creamy-looking beer. Medium thickness legs but the head sticks to the side of the glass.

The smell hits hard with baker's chocolate. It smells like a batch of raw fudge brownies that are about to go into the oven. There is also a slightly pungent note in the background. It's certainly unique.

The flavor has a bit more bourbon and oak in it than I got from the smell. There is still plenty of dark chocolate, some malted grains, a hint of coffee, and a slightly bitter finish.

Mouthfeel doesn't quite live up to the creaminess suggested from the way this beer looks. It's only medium density, but it leaves a layer of sugar all over the teeth. After a few sips, I feel like I just ate a chocolate-covered ice cream sundae. I need to brush my teeth.

It's an interesting and somewhat unusual BA stout. I rather like that it has a dry flavor and a dry finish. It's not an overwhelmingly sweet dessert bomb like a lot of BA stouts, and the alcohol is well integrated into the beer, but it really leaves a lot of sugar behind after drinking it. It's sort of like drinking a liquified dark-chocolate brownie.

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ccg from District of Columbia, Feb 23, 2017
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4.48/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours an effervescent ebony with 3 fingers of mocha colored head. Stays evervescent throughout, epic head retention & lacing

S: Vanilla, cocoa, a touch of coconut? Plus Bourbon, once warm

T: Follows the nose, a little dark fruit, dark chocolate with woody hops & a kiss of booze & oaky dryness up front. A kiss of Bourbon as this warms, raisin, a touch of coffee & molasses & dryness as this warms. Finished oaky dry, with boozey Bourbon & a little raisin & plum & lovely chocolate notes

MF: Chewy, semi-firm carbonation, warming. Carbonation tamps down as this warms

Very nice take on the style, well worth a pick up for sure

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russpowell from Arkansas, Jan 08, 2017
Dosvidanya Bourbon Barrel from DESTIHL Brewery
Beer rating: 93 out of 100 with 240 ratings