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Bourbon Barrel Aged Siberian Night Imperial Stout - Thirsty Dog Brewing Company

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Bourbon Barrel Aged Siberian Night Imperial StoutBourbon Barrel Aged Siberian Night Imperial Stout

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Reviews: 180
Hads: 994
Avg: 4.19
pDev: 20.53%
Wants: 117
Gots: 282 | FT: 70
Brewed by:
Thirsty Dog Brewing Company visit their website
Ohio, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  10.90% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: largadeer on 04-02-2011

We took our award winning Siberian Night Russian Imperial Stout and aged it for 11 months in fresh bourbon barrels. The result blew us away. The dark chocolate malt yields a milk chocolate flavor that blends perfectly with the vanilla flavor from the barrel. The bourbon aroma adds the finishing touch.
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Photo of thefreakinjman
4.61/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

12oz B, Bottle Date 05/10/15, Enjoyed 11/23/15

A: onyx black with thick mocha head, a medium 5 min head retention

S: bourbon, cocoa, vanilla, sweet alcohol

T: bourbony oak, roasted malt, with fantastic bitter chocolate transition to milk chocolate finish that lingers

M: smooth, thick body, low carbonation

O: Wonderful bourbon aged imperial stout. Aging picked up lots of great bourbon, oak, and vanilla flavors that blend in smoothly with the roasted malts and chocolate finish. Nice warming feeling. Gonna take the next one outside in the yard and watch the christmas lights blink and bloop.

My GF w/celiac review:
"It looks dark, like coffee. Oh what. Yeah this smells like Riesling. Yeah Riesling. Ok that what it initially smells like, but then now smells like chocolate"

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Photo of zac16125
4.28/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Thirsty Dog Barrel Aged Siberian Night
12oz bottle into a snifter
2015 vintage

A: Just black, 1 finger light tan head, decent retention and a few spots of lacgin. 4.25

S: Lots of roasted malt, lots of oak, some cocoa, bourbon. 4.25

T: Cocoa, oaky herbaceous, roasted malt, some coffee like bitterness. Quite good. 4.25

M/D: Silky smooth, carbonation appropriately low, drinkability is very good, ABV is unnoticeable. 4.5

O: Solid beer. Quite enjoyable. 4.25

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Photo of SomethingClever
4.48/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into snifter

A: mocha head big fluffy and dissipates to a small 1/4 inch deep pure blackness

S: smells like bourbon, oak barrels, toffee, vanilla, a little bit of chocolate, and roasted malts

T: the taste follows the nose perfectly such a deep soft bourbon flavor without the burn. So much here big oak, velvety chocolate and vanilla with sweet creamy toffee then a roast malty.

M: creamy full and great but the bourbon makes it just thinner than a perfect stout.

O: Outstanding Thirsty Dog crushes barrel aging. This is a fantastic barrel aged stout. The bourbon just explodes apart in distinct flavors, and then the stout tastes amazing on the aftertaste. This beer isn't cheap but you won't be disappointed.

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Photo of ryanhooks81
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

poured from 12oz bottle into tulip. inky black with a nice 1/4 inch of foam that dissipates into a ring. minimal lacing. huge vanilla nose. very drinkable ba stout, but a little pricey.

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Photo of YodersBeerEmporium
3.79/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A very solid Bourbon barrel stout… But there was something a little bit funky on the finish that I didn't enjoy terribly… That was the difference between this being a good Bourbon barrel stout and this being a great Bourbon barrel stout

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Photo of pmangold
4.12/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

looks good in the glass, jet black with a thin tan head. the nose is almost all chocolate with a touch of whiskey. you get more balance in the taste with not as much heat and everything being toned down...more so than I would have thought. it was thinner than many other elite BA stouts but it was very drinkable.

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Photo of cvzigs76
4.16/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Slightly thin. Not quite opaque, with tinges of ruby around the edges. High carbonation and lacing for the style.

S: Somewhat muted. Heavy roast and baker's chocolate bitterness. Slight spice along with a caramelly/vanilly thing from the barrel.

T: Follows nose, but in a more profound sense. Dark Chocolate bitterness and heavy handed on the roasted malt. Less barrel character on the taste, but still remains is a sweetness and heat in the chest. Dark fruits peak their head upon warming.

Feel: Svelte

Overall: A nice experience for a barrel aged shelf beer.

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Photo of Czarkazm
4.15/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle was about 18 months old. Pours a dark mahogany color, collecting very black and opaque in the glass. The thin, cocoa colored head that was present receded into small islands on the surface. Decently complex aroma for a bourbon barrel imperial stout. Lots of vanilla and tobacco, dark chocolate cherry cordial, roasted malts, charred wood, with a burnt brown sugar sweetness. Th sick, full coating mouth feel, with a slight ashy consistency. Taste has smoothed out a lot since having a fresh bottle and the alcohol burn has completely faded. Taste of dark roasted coffee, bittersweet chocolate fudge, licorice, vanilla, and burnt caramel. Not worth the price they're charging around here but certainly an enjoyable beer.

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Photo of pagriley
4.18/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz into snifter. Unsure how old, but I assume about a year

L - pours oily and black with thin mocha head leaving slight lacing and a thin foam ring
S - Vanilla, oak, anise with a touch of chocolate fudge and soy sauce
T - Lighter flavors than I was expecting. Milk chocolate, vanilla, not much heat from barrel and a bit of astringent soy sauce on the finish
F - Medium bodied, fine carb. a touch syrupy on the lips

Overall a really solid BA offering. On par with the middle of the pack special releases.

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Photo of Bosoxfan20
3.84/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Pours a beautiful, silky dark black with a 1 finger creamy, dense head. Outstanding lacing. A lot of intense notes in the nose- chocolate, bourbon, vanilla, caramelized malts...did I mention vanilla? Taste follows nose, but maybe a touch softer. Lots of roasted malts, loads of chocolate, sweet molasses and charred caramel, some booze, but not crazy. It drinks really well. Surprisingly, the body is much thinner than I expected.

Overall, this is pretty impressive BA stout. Everything that I look for in the style is represented, except the thick, creamy body.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dark brown color with light brown head. Aroma has roasted malts and some dark, bitter chocolate. Taste starts a bit sweet and finishes a bit bitter, but overall the beer is quite balanced. Not really evident bourbon character but quite nice overall.

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Photo of JakerLou
4.6/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark black with a thin tan head, about half a finger. Head dissipated quickly. A little bit of lacing.

Smells of chocolate, vanilla, coffee, coconut, a touch a sweetness in the form of caramel.

Taste is big chocolate up front. Vanilla and coconut kick in with a nice hint of bourbon. Not very boozy considering it's almost 11% ABV.

Mouthfeel is velvety smooth. Has that nice thick feel like BCBS.

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Photo of SerialTicker
4.68/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

$7.49 for a single bottle -- that's up there with one of the most expensive 12oz bottles I've ever purchased. I had the original Siberian Night years ago before I fully appreciated the style. Now, I'm sort of revisiting that beer... but the BBA'd variety, and I'm really looking forward to it.

Appearance: Hard pour into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint was absolutely incredible. What a beer. Three fingers or so of a pillowy dark brown, creamy head on top of a pitch black abyss of a beer. My glass must not be in "primo" beer drinking condition, since I'm not getting any lacing despite the great head (heh, heh). Still, a phenomenal looking beer.

Smell: Bourbon. Barrel. Absolutely loaded and smells fantastic. Under that, coffee, subtle dark fruit, and a coconut aroma come through. The coconut is something I get periodically in the style -- really, that coconut makes me think of BCBS. This beer as a whole smells similar to BCBS, but just slightly less "hot" and intense.

Taste/feel: Good Lord this stuff is so good on every level. Vanilla and oak from the barrel with some awesome warming bourbon, deep roast, and quite a nice amount of a doughnut and coconut vibe as well... not much more that a guy can ask for. The beer finishes with a slight roast/char and even a caramel malt flavor that is just perfect combination. The finish is very, very slightly bitter -- as a whole, it's basically impeccably balanced. The feel is also damn good: moderately big and creamy but not syrupy thick body with a light-to-moderate carbonation that is very nearly perfect.

My mind is blown for two reasons. First, it's just an absolutely amazing tasting beer. Second, I can not fathom why this beer only has a 93 rating on this site. Recipe change? Dirty glasses? Mental retardation? I don't know, but this is a World Class brew if I've ever had one. I think this is considerably better than KBS, and maybe even better than BCBS (if not, it's a very close call) for a slightly more reasonable price, not to mention it's far easier to find than either of those beers.

This beer is an experience not like many others. An absolute, no doubt about it, must-try from Thirsty Dog.

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Photo of brewskifan55
4.31/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a tulip glass.

A: Dark as a Siberian night with brownish highlights. A tan one-finer head that hung around. Decent lacing.

S: Bourbon heavy (which I love) with caramel, toffee, charred chocolate and cocoa.

T: Like sipping a bourbon, neat. Bourbon dominates with caramel backing up the troops. Toasty chocolate, vanilla. Sultry and sinister. Sip slowly and taste the love.

M: Medium to heavy with medium, chewy carbonation.

O: Wish I could afford more of this exquisite treat. At $6.50 for a 12 ounce, this tasty delight is one for a long, cold night of celebration. A great New Year's Eve toast.

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Photo of vfgccp
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

1 year old bottle

A - Dark, midnight brown body with cola highlights. Tan head pours a finger high with nice retention and lace.

S - Nice soft roast, vanilla, caramel, sweet tobacco, and silky dark chocolate.

T - Molasses, burt bread crust, caramel, soy sauce, vanilla, almond extract, malted milk balls, oak, and brown sugar. Great balance and integration.

M - Silky smooth, medium frame.

O - Delicious, well balanced and super smooth. A great take on a BA imperial stout.

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Photo of matt_duthie
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L: Black, nothing comes through holding it to the light, solid finger+ of mocha head, decent lacing

S: Chocolate, raisins/figs, bourbon, vanilla, coffee

T: Coffee, molasses, chocolate, bourbon, vanilla, a little dark fruity on the finish. Better and more balanced than I remember from last time.

F: Thinner than expected, but not disappointingly so. Fairly drinkable, smooth and creamy.

O: The first couple from this four-pack didn't really do it for me, perhaps I had them too close to similar styles or something. Solidly enjoyable, though a bit expensive for 12oz bottles.

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Photo of metter98
4.13/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is jet black in color. It poured with a quarter finger high tan head that died down, leaving a patch of bubbles on the surface, a collar around the edge, and a thin layer of bubbles on the surface in between.
S: Light to moderate aromas of bourbon are present in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and is dominated by flavors of bourbon, which aren't too strong or overpowering. Except for the bourbon, no other flavors of bourbon are present in the taste.
M: It feels a bit more than medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. The bourbon lends a bit of warmth to the finish.
O: For a strong beer, this is deceptively easy to drink and has nice bourbon flavors. However, it tastes more like an American Double Stout than a Russian Imperial Stout because it seems that the bourbon masks out the aromas and flavors of the underlying roasted and burnt malts. If you let the beer warm up the bourbon aromas and flavors will strengthen.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of justinp444
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass this beer has a pitch black body with a chocolate inch a half thick head. Smell of roasted malts, chocolate, bourbon, vanilla, some oak, and cherry. Taste is bourbon, alcohol, chocolate, tad bit of coffee, very dry, little bit of maple sweetness, vanilla, toasted oak, and some dried fruit on the end. It has a full body with a moderate to full mouth feel. A little bit too dry and too much alcohol but not bad BA stout.

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Photo of manfromanotherplace
4.21/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The usual looking dark stout, retains a faint head.smells of dark fruit and bourbon.taste is good, quite strong and not very subtle.slightly carbonated feel. Taste on the back end is also fruity, a very solid beer but as a huge fan of ba stouts its not top class.

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Photo of beersdmf17
4.19/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Solid base beer, pours with thick with aroma of bourbon and hints of vanilla and oak. The taste is dominated by the dark malt, full of chocolate, coffee, and bitterness. The tannins, oak, vanilla and bourbon all play well together. The mouthfeel is nice but not super thick. Lingers nicely in the mouth. The bitterness was present but I wouldn't call this infected. Overall a really solid barrel aged stout that isn't that hard to come across.

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Photo of HopHunter19
4.85/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A - 4.25 - dark brown-black beer with a mocha head that sticks, not much lacing, really inviting looking
S - 4.75 - Bourbon, vanilla, molasses, cream, tiny bit of buttered popcorn, coffee, roasted malts
T - 5 - Big bourbon and roasted malts, dark chocolate, cocoa, burnt marshmallow, molasses, dark fruits, vanilla, very robust barrel aged imperial stout
M - 5 - thick, alc covered, aftertaste is roasted malts and bourbon
O - 4.75 - This is a great BBA imperial stout. I would definitely pick it up again. Price point is about right @ 6-8 bucks / 12 ounce bottle.

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Photo of alarmclock314
4.41/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

No bottle date. Had this right after the non-BA version. Pours black with a large-sized light brown head. Smells of roasted malts, bourbon, and cocoa. The taste follow closely, very similar to the smell. Medium body and medium-high carbonation. Overall, a well-rounded and satisfying BA stout. The BA version has more carbonation (surprisingly) and some good bourbon notes.

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Photo of mlockman
4.21/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Deceptively smooth given its high ABV; not an overwhelming bourbon flavor, rather it blends well and the archetypical imperial stout flavor still shines through.

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Photo of ThickNStout
4.42/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Gold foil capped 12oz bottle from Bruisin Ales (Asheville, NC). 6.99. 2015 release, no dicernable bottling date. Served in a Clown Shoes snifter.

Pours oil black with a half finger of dense khaki head. A milky layer and healthy halo remain, leaving all sorts of lacing from specks to chunks to a few sheets.

The aromas leap from the glass to fill my nostrils. Rich bourbon, brown sugar, vanilla, wet oak, chocolate and roast. Very nice.

The flavors are full, rich and vibrant. Bourbon, vanilla and chocolate all greet the palate with a mild boozey heat. The taste is rounded out by roasty malts, coffee, dark fruit, burnt caramel, faint smoke and charred wood. The alcohol is present and appropriate without distracting. An enjoyable blebd of typical Russian imperial stout with barrel character.

The body is silky, creamy and full with soft carbonation. The lingering aftertaste blends bourbon, roast and dark cocoa.

I know I've had Siberian Night a few times before and it was never like this. Between the layers of flavor imparted by 11 months in the barrel and the full, rich body this is a much more decadent beer. This may bot be a full-on chart topper but is well worth a try.

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Photo of BullDoza
3.86/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Extra from a recent trade. Was really excited to try this one when I unburied it from the box and bubble wrap.

A: dark, but poured a little thin. small, tan head. little carbonation. looks the part. 4.

S: chocolate. roasty. slightly sweet. barrel is subtle; not the most intense BB character I've ever encountered. 4.25

T: follows the nose. more bourbon on the taste, but still muted. finishes with a bitterness that, while I don't hate it, comes too strong, too quick. the kind of slight bitterness you'd appreciate on a very barrel forward beer...for balance. 3.75

M: medium. as with all BA stouts, thicker the better IMO. this one doesn't quite get there. 3.5.

O: a very good BA stout. Is it a beer to seek and trade for? Probably not. Is it a very good extra and worth grabbing if given the opportunity? Sure is. Would love to try the base here. Would also like more of the barrel to shine through in this one.

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Bourbon Barrel Aged Siberian Night Imperial Stout from Thirsty Dog Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 180 ratings.