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Dosvidanya | DESTIHL Brewery

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
DESTIHL Brewery
Illinois, United States
destihl.com

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#1,895
Reviews:
25
Ratings:
165
pDev:
8.81%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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30
Gots:
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Trade:
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Photo of Erik-P
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Chuckdiesel24
4.29/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TheEpeeist
4.18/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MeLoynes
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Davepoolesque
4.39/5  rDev +4.5%
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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Photo of coz
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of SteveTheBrit
4.75/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of arlingtonjoe
3.32/5  rDev -21%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of ale_addin
4.66/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of teraflx
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Casey_L
4.34/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of atone315
4.47/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of OneEye78
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ovaltine
4.44/5  rDev +5.7%
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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3.97/5  rDev -5.5%
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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4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.37/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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3.96/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of KevSal
4.43/5  rDev +5.5%
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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4.93/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of ccg
3.99/5  rDev -5%
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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4.05/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4.06/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of dannycohen62
4.06/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.02/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Dosvidanya from DESTIHL Brewery
Beer rating: 4.2 out of 5 with 165 ratings
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