Dosvidanya | DESTIHL Brewery

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Illinois, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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

Added by emerge077 on 12-09-2008

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Photo of ovaltine
4.44/5  rDev +7.5%
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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Photo of Zoomslowik
4.02/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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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Photo of KevSal
4.43/5  rDev +7.3%
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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Photo of ccg
3.99/5  rDev -3.4%
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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Photo of russpowell
4.48/5  rDev +8.5%
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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Photo of BSiegs
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dark black pour with one finger of latte colored foam. Head is very fine, with small, silky bubbles. Retention and lacing are good. The nose is excellent - complex and balanced. Chocolate, coffee, bourbon, oak, earthy, spicy. No one component overtakes the others. Similarly on taste, the different notes balance each other beautifully. Chocolate, coffee, roast, bourbon, barrel, spice. Full body, moderate-low carbonation, dry finish. Excellent BA RIS from Destihl!

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Photo of Victory_Sabre1973
4.53/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This pours a dark black color, and is a thick pouring beer. The head was 2 finger, and nice and brown colored. The nose of this RIS is rich with the barrel notes, but also mellow at the same time. The taste is mellow, at first, then the barrel hits. Chocolate notes, then a slight burn from the high alcohol, but it is pleasing, and not in an off putting way. It is a rich feeling beer. It is a real treat, one to savor, and to take the time to enjoy it. Top notch Destihl.

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Photo of funkybuddhism
3.02/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Another very overrated beer here. This one almost tastes infected, definitely acidic. Not much bourbon barrel character in the nose or palate. I wanted to like this one because of the name, but it's too acidic for a bourbon barrel aged stout. This is the 2016 vintage.

Bottle into snifter

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Photo of cindyjeffsmith
4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Gifted from a generous fellow beer geek.
look: That's a dark hearted stout. Deep dark brown, some cola highlights manage to sneak in around the edges when held to light. Impressive foamy espresso head on the pour that recedes to a solid layer. Messy lacing sticks to the glass.
smell: Rich vanilla and dark chocolate, roasty coffee, dark fruits and caramel.
taste: all the flavors of the nose. Despite the richness, a roasty dry thing counters and makes this surprisingly mellow and drinkable. Very nice.

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Photo of maximum12
3.88/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ML bottle of the weird, nesting doll beer, this time the bourbon barrel version. Taken alone this Tuesday evening after 72 hours of sobriety. Batch 2015.

The pour is Sisters of Mercy dark, with the big, brown head flopping quickly. Lifting the glass to my face, all I get is chocolate nose plugs. But who doesn’t like those?

Dosvidanya - Bourbon Barrel Aged is as boozy as it’s rye-addled sister. Keep-away-from-open-flame hot, with a shot of grain alcohol that I can feel all the way into my sinuses…which are now clear. Chest cavity warmed, I move on to other discoveries: bourbon & more bourbon, raw oak, chocolate, vanilla reduction, brown sugar. Anise creeps into the epilogue. Lip-smackingly full, it’ll take me a while to get through the pint-plus, but I’ll make it, even if my skirt blows up into my face.

Just like it’s rye relative, this is a raw alcohol bomb with some other things going on. I’d like to taste the base beer. For science. And because I like to be drunk. Very good beer.

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Photo of YodersBeerEmporium
4.38/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Solid Russian Imperial Stout! Had a recent share and this is one of the best Destihl beers I have ever had by far! Nice dark chocolate notes and very thick!

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Photo of superspak
4.32/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

4200th review! 500 ml bottle into snifter, bottled on 11/11/2015. Pours pitch black color with a 1 finger dense dark brown head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of huge dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, molasses, toffee, vanilla, bourbon, toasted oak, marshmallow, cherry, raisin, plum, fig, light smoke/char, and roast/oak earthiness. Incredible aromas with fantastic complexity and balance of dark/roasted malt, bourbon barrel, and light-moderate fruity yeast notes; with great strength. Taste of huge dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, molasses, toffee, vanilla, bourbon, toasted oak, marshmallow, cherry, raisin, plum, fig, light smoke/char, and roast/oak earthiness. Moderate bourbon/oak spiciness and roast/char bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, molasses, toffee, vanilla, bourbon, toasted oak, marshmallow, dark fruits, light smoke/char, and roast/oak earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roasted malt, bourbon barrel, and light-moderate fruity yeast flavors; with a great roasted bitter/sweet and oak spiciness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light-moderate dryness from roast bitterness and oak spiciness. Light-medium carbonation and full bodied; with a very smooth, creamy/silky, and fairly sticky/chalky balanced mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is well hidden with only a small warmth lingering after the finish, with no booziness. Overall this is an incredible barrel aged Russian imperal stout! All around fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roasted malt, bourbon barrel, and light-moderate fruity yeast flavors; and very smooth and dangerously easy to sip on for the huge ABV. A highly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of morimech
4.07/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2015 Batch

Black color with just over a finger of dense head that was slow to settle to a thick cap. But not much lacing is left down the glass. Just a few specks. Strong aroma of bourbon and oak. Notes of vanilla, chocolate, marshmallow, a touch of smoke, and alcohol. In the flavor the bourbon plays a prominent role. It is also on the hot side with the alcohol flavor and heat. Notes of chocolate, vanilla, and moderately roasted malt. Even though this boasts 84 IBUs the bitterness and the hop flavor are hard to pick out. Full body and nicely carbonated gives the beer a rich mouthfeel.

Nice barrel-aged stout that I think would of enjoyed more with a year or two of age on it to allow the heat to mellow out a bit.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

finally found a beer from these guys that i think is worth the price they ask for it! that alone is a breakthrough with these guys, who seem to price themselves out of the reasonable range most of the time. one of the better and truer russian imperials ive had in some time. not too much bourbon either, some of these get to tasting like straight whiskey, and fortunately this one doesnt. beautiful thick molten chocolate color, pushing black, with a sturdy but short tan head, it looks beautiful. the nose is great too, subtle oak and vanilla, but thats not what this is about. tons of roast from the barley, but very little apparent bitterness. instead i get coffee and bakers chocolate, and robust and delicious english yeast strain, and some raisin and dried cherry thing. its all there in the flavor too, in this amazingly full bodied but still slippery package, oaky but not whiskey heavy, smooth and not at all sugary. regal and rich in a new way, drinkable for what it is, not a trace of its strength coming through. less of the dried fruit in flavor than nose, but i dont miss it it all. instead an earthy almost nuttiness comes up with the dark grain and the yeast. none of the caramel malt middle some of these have, and somehow dry as it goes down, woody too, like a floorboard, its great. surprised this hasnt gotten more love, i think its one of their best beers. sadly the price per ounce probably keeps a lot of potential fans from ever discovering it. i hope they remedy that at some point, its almost offensive, but this is one of the few thats worth the asking price. really really tasty.

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Photo of spoony
4.04/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

From a 500 ml bottle (2014 vintage) to a snifter.

A-The beer is a deep ruby red in color; pretty much black. A short brown head caps the beer but leaves no lacing. Retention is good for the style and ABV. Nice looking.

S-The aroma is heavy on the black licorice, with some dark fruits like raisin, fig, and plum. Once the beer warms a bit I sniff more chocolate and browny batter, some cream, as well as light bourbon and barrel notes.

T-The taste is similar to the smell. I get a lot of licorice, a nice creamy marshmallow flavor, as well as some dark, dried fruits. I don't taste much alcohol, but there is a little burn and some coffee bitterness to go with the sweet creamy flavors. Not a lot of barrel or bourbon here.

M-The feel is nice: smooth, medium to full in heft with lower carbonation.

O-A solid, but not spectacular BA stout. I think the bourbon is really background here, but the beer itself is pretty tasty. Those who like more barrel might look elsewhere, but this beer makes a good heavyweight sipper.

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Photo of larryarms847
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a deep midnight black with a nice layer of frothy caramel brown foam.

Dark chocolate, fresh coffee grounds, toffee, subtle fruitiness, and a welcoming whiff of bourbon.

Immediately flavors of oak and bourbon gentle wash over the tongue as flavors of cherry, coffee, chocolate, and roasty goodness soon follow.

Heavy-bodied, light-medium carbonation, viscous, chewy, pleasant bourbon warmth.

Overall, Destihl knocked it out of the park with this one!

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.24/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Fremont small snifter. Pours pitch black, opaque in the glass with a thin light brown head with good retention and lacing. Aroma of bourbon, dark toasted malt, vanilla, hints of dark fruit, chocolate and oak. Flavor is well integrated dark toasted malt, bourbon, vanilla, dark chocoalte and hints of dark stone fruit, oak, licorice and cherry; hints of butter and caramel. Nice moderate body with pleasant creaminess and good carbonation. A very flavorful and well balanced barrel aged RIS. Complex with no single flavor dominating. Although I like bourbon forward stouts, this more balanced flavor is very enticing. Delicious and well done.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.02/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: solid blackness, reflecting nothing, and a rich chocolatey-brown head holding court atop.

Aroma: whiskey, vanilla, oak, deep and delectable, hanging tight on top of massive malt. Sweet and lovely.

Taste: starts out hot and heavy, rich and forceful. Full-bodied, abundantly malty, with all the requisite flavors from the beer and the barrel. Some cocoa, some coffee, a little bit of anise, all dripped over with whiskey. Not too thick, never overly rich, surprisingly smooth, and ultimately delicious. Yeah, it's pretty good.

What's the label have to say? "Like a Russian nesting doll, the secret of Dosvidanya Russian Imperial Stout lies locked deep within here dark, mysterious and elaborate wooden layers. The hidden soul of this oak bourbon barrel-aged beer we said Dosvidanya to several months before revealing, is it's rich, robust and roasty maltiness that finishes dry. Please consume slowly and enjoy. Cheers." alc. 12.5% by Vol. IBU: 84.

Someday, like hop-related puns, we will finally run out of Russian phrases, historical figures, or cultural artifacts to refer to when creating new Russian Imperial Stouts. That day is soon.

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Photo of vic21234
3.92/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle poured into a snifter. 2014 Batch.

A- Pours pitch black with a small amount of khaki colored head which fades to the sides of the glass.

S- Lots of roasted malts and chocolate on the smell. Slight hints of oak and bourbon but mostly the roastiness.

T- The roasty malts and chocolate notes start off strong, along with some coffee hints too. The oak and bourbon flavor from barrel aging is not as heavy as I would have expected though. Some hop character as well at the end of each sip.

M- Heavy, thick and chewy, a warming sipper.

Not a bad RIS. The BA flavors are a little more subdued than I expected, but still noticeable.

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Photo of homebrew311
4.54/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap. Pitch black with no head or light passage. The nose is intense, tons of dark fruit, dark cherries and molasses. Rich waves of dark chocolate come next. Taste matches nose well, very bold with flavor. Things start malty and sweet. Chocolate, cherry, and molasses are predominant. This beer could have a crazy bottle release like dark lord or darkness, it's that good. Mouthfeel is thick and mellow carbonation. Delicious.

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Photo of HopHead84
2.24/5  rDev -45.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2


22oz bottle shared by Jason. Thanks!

A: Black with a small beige head.

S: Diacetyl and acetaldehyde. Caramel and chocolate with a little vanilla and bourbon, though it's not too important with the big butter notes. Oak.

T: Charred malt with some green apple and butter. Licorice and chocolate. Oak, bourbon, and brown sugar.

M: Lower full body with moderate carbonation. Sticky and smooth mouthfeel with a light warming presence.

Overall: Riddled with flaws.

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Photo of Dethsloth7
4.62/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in 8oz glass at Dehstihl in champiagn.

A- Heavy dark black with .5" brown head. One may mistake it for coffee if served differently

S-Heavy dark cocoa with coffee bean burbon vanilla and oak notes. Very pungent and distinctive

T- suits odor, sweet dark cocoa followed by a bourbon/coffee bitterness with a dry finish. Surprisigly well balanced for a 13%.

M-thick and luscious though not as creamy as expected. leaves palate a black vanilla bean coffee dry, unique

O-definitly a post desert or end of the night brew as the name suggests. This is without a doubt something special and if you have the opportunity to try it I highly recomend it.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at FoBAB 2011. Served in a taster pint. Listed as brewed at the Champaign location. Aged in a Heaven Hill bourbon barrel.

A - Dark tan foam settles to a thin cap, thick collar, and a bit of spotty lace. Black body.

S - This reminds me a fair bit of Good King Henry Special Reserve. There's an mildly buttery note present, but it integrates very well with the vanilla, milk chocolate, roasted grains, oak, and light bourbon presence. Very enjoyable, and doesn't seem as hot as the listed 13%.

T - Taste is equally nice, with more dark chocolate and roasted malt character shining through. Mild oak and vanilla character rounds things out, and the finish is a mix of roast bitterness and whiskey bite. Super smooth considering the high ABV.

M - Smooth, creamy, medium-full body, with medium-low carbonation, and some grain and barrel tannins in the finish. Some alcohol warming, but nothing untoward.

D - A very nice barrel-aged RIS that's on the sweeter side of things. Get the butter out of the nose and this would become a slam dunk. I enjoyed it quite a bit even with the diacetyl issue.

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Photo of ajmoody76
4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

picked a growler up today. glad i did. poured into an imperial pint glass. thick and dark. pretty much black. one finger dark brown head. looks great.

smells of dark chocolate. fruity hops also in there. no off odors.

get the chocolate up front. good hop bitterness- fruity sweet. dry aftertaste.

low carbonation with a full body. silky. i dig this beer. i would like to have more of this.

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Dosvidanya from DESTIHL Brewery
4.13 out of 5 based on 153 ratings.
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