Dosvidanya | DESTIHL Brewery

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4.21/5
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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:
#1,775
Reviews:
31
Ratings:
189
pDev:
8.79%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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31
Gots:
44
Trade:
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Photo of ummswimmin
4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of gatornation
4.39/5  rDev +4.3%
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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Photo of KevinMc
4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Franziskaner
3.93/5  rDev -6.7%
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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Photo of SLeffler27
4.31/5  rDev +2.4%
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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Photo of kreg02
4.58/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of GuyFawkes
4/5  rDev -5%
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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Photo of redfox405
5/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of TCOlson
4.75/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of pkkosmatka
4.68/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of vikingpillager
3.63/5  rDev -13.8%
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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Photo of Grackos
3.77/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Phoodcritic
4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Dankacheese
4.37/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Afeo
4.24/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bowzer4birdie
4.47/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Futbolmanby
4.33/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of tprshaw
4.58/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of nwhittin
4.24/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Bowers-Brew
3.75/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Prager62
4.29/5  rDev +1.9%
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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4.05/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Fishwhisperer
3.98/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Muss42
3.96/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Erik-P
4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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Dosvidanya from DESTIHL Brewery
Beer rating: 4.21 out of 5 with 189 ratings