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

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

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Ratings: 480
Reviews: 110
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 9.69%

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:
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(Beer added by: largadeer on 04-02-2011)
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Photo of JohnGalt1


3.7/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Buckeyeboy provided this 12oz bottle tonight at a random Tuesday tasting.

Pours pitch black with a coating thickness... dark brown head leaves good lacing.

Nose has pretty good barrel presence, but seems pretty ashy. Vanilla and hints of cocoa are hammered pretty heavy by an acrid dark malt presence.

Flavor is a little better... slightly more sweetness helps tie the barrel and dark maltiness together... but it falls pretty flat on the finish and a lingering ashy/burnt malt profile just hangs and hangs.

Body is lighter than expected... carbonation is pretty proper.

Thanks again Jeremy!!


Serving type: bottle

04-16-2014 05:35:06 | More by JohnGalt1
Photo of toppoop


4.66/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Nice and dark. Almost black. Formed a nice head which dissipated after a bit. Minimal lacing in a snifter.
S - Vanilla and bourbon hit the nose first.
T - A nice, mellow bourbon shows itself first. Very good for the ABV. Finishes with a semi-sweet roasty chocolate.
M - Not too heavy, not too light. Definitely lingers around long after a taste.
O - Excellent BA stout. Excited to see how these mature.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2014 23:47:12 | More by toppoop
Photo of Treyliff

West Virginia

4.46/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Sam's Quick Stop, Durham NC, 10oz pour into a snifter

A- pours pitch black in color with with creamy dark-tan head that retains long after the pour, leaving some lace behind

S- big bourbon aroma up front which gives some vanilla and toasted oak aromas, chocolate on the finish

T- big shot of bourbon up front leaves no doubt that this one is barrel aged, oak barrel juice continues through to mid-palate, eventually giving way to a creamy dark chocolate flavor, that lasts into a sweet finish, with more bourbon on the linger

M- medium-heavy body, creamy and viscous mouthfeel, medium prickly carbonation and a pure velvety finish

O- a big bourbon presence from this one, at times the base beer seems to have a hard time matching up to the big bourbon flavors. This is definitely a bourbon lovers stout

Serving type: on-tap

04-03-2014 17:14:46 | More by Treyliff
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4.06/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black as night with a non-existent head. Aroma is very sweet, almost like wine, with a little roasted malt coming through too. Taste is wildly complex, sweet chocolate, roasty, vanilla and dark fruit turning into a very smooth bourbon alcohol heat at the end. Body is medium, slightly creamy texture. Not much carbonation to be heard of.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2014 20:07:11 | More by jbaker67
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Ontario (Canada)

4.21/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a stemmed tulip glass.

Pours a deep black with 1 finger of sudsy, mocha head with decent retention falling to a creamythin layer of foam with some lacing. An interesting nose of boozy bourbon, deep roasted malt; the barrel is very present but not overpowering. The taste has an equal boozy bourbon presence, but the roasted malt and hops bring it home still with lots of dark chocolate, molasses, brown sugar, some subtle dried fruit (figs!) and a nice amount of vanilla. It has a big body and subtle carbonation for a rich and creamy mouthfeel. Overall, this is an excellent BA RIS; I was really pleasantly surprised by it (trying to say that without sounding pompous or condescending).

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2014 19:44:52 | More by mtomlins
Photo of BMMillsy


4.38/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Bottle from trade, no date but assuming the most recent batch. Pours dark brown to black in my Teku with a half finger mocha colored head, looking nice and creamy. Big bourbon notes on the aroma, huge vanilla, caramel, chocolate. Flavor is a big punch of bourbon, some definite roast, graham cracker, hint of smokey flavor, and an incredibly long vanilla finish with a hint of oak. Wow the finish on this is amazing. Huge huge vanilla notes on the finish with a bit of tobacco perhaps. Wish there was a bit more heft, as this comes off a bit thinner for the style--more so than the Eclipse series. Medium carbonation and medium mouthfeel overall. If not for the mouthfeel I would put this up there with some of the best. Nice barrel treatment here.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2014 02:16:40 | More by BMMillsy
Photo of CowsandBeer


4.28/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to jbaker67 for the trade! 12 oz bottle with a cool label and gold foil cover poured into a Blind Tiger Brewery snifter. Per the label, “best served at 44 degrees, IBU’s=58, 10.9% ABV.”

Appearance: Poured down the middle of the snifter produced three fingers of mocha colored head. A resilient reddish brown cap stuck around, black body.

Aroma: Thin, delicate bourbon notes. More of a sweet caramel/dried dark fruits type bourbon. Behind that some really nice toasted marshmallow, milk chocolate and roasted coffee beans comes through.

Taste: More of that sweet bourbon up front. Some of the chocolate/coffee portions of the stout come through followed by lots of sweet cherry/raisins/dried fruit. Bourbon finish.

Mouthfeel: Great mouthfeel. Very creamy and full. Lots of bourbon presence but not hot or boozy. Ideal feel for a bourbon barrel aged imperial stout.

Overall: An enjoyable BA stout for a cold night. As expected the main player here is the barrel with lots of very sweet, fruity notes. Solid stout backbone that leads me to believe the base beer is something to look for. While I do prefer a more toasted, oaky, caramel type bourbon presence this is a beer I’d gladly try again.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2014 04:21:36 | More by CowsandBeer
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4.4/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I was gifted this beer by a friend about a month ago and thought why not open it at 2am. I did just get off work, so I think that makes it ok to do.

A: Almost black with a thin carmel colored head.

S: Bittersweet cocoa nibs, bourbon, vanilla, fig, roasted malts and even a hit milk chocolate.

T: Starts with roasted malts and bourbon, then moves to vanilla midway through the palate and then finishes with chocolate and fig. The taste is more balanced than the smell led me to believe, I expected to be hit with a ton of roasted malts and bourbon based on the smell but I was surprised at how subdued the flavors were, but I mean this in only the best way. The flavors seemed complement one another rather than compete with each other, as the smell suggested they would do. The 10.9% ABV is well hidden in the taste in my opinion.

M: I found the mouthfeel to be a little thin for everything this beer has going on.

O: This beer really surprised me. I have never read about this beer or looked it up until I had a few sips of it, and it must say something that this the first beer I have ever rated or even written about and one of my favorite beer of all time is KBS and i have never written about it. Now is this KBS? No, but what is really. Is it a very enjoyable well nuanced bourbon stout? Absolutely!!! One that I hope to get another bottle of again.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2014 14:09:18 | More by kchowe
Photo of dar482

New York

4.23/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The beer comes in a dark black color with some brown and red coming through in the light. There is a large mocha brown head for a bourbon barrel aged beers.

The aroma is very fruit forward like the base beer. Tons of sweet red cherries, black cherries, juicy plum, dried fig. Then there’s molasses, toffee, dark caramel. Hints of vanilla. Not much bourbon barrel character.

The flavor however hits in the front is a medium to light bourbon barrel flavor, medium amount of vanilla. It then moves onto that fruit flavor and cherries and plums. Then there’s a dark chocolate, roasted malt, and medium roasted black coffee. The finish has a beautiful roasted flavor and charred oak comes through. Some smokiness and decent amont of tobacco.

A medium mouthfeel on this. Tons of carbonation. Drinks like a 8-9% ABV because of the body.

This is a pulled back bourbon barrel imperial stout. Not a sticky bourbon bomb. The base beer shines through as the bourbon barrel compliment the beer and rounds it out.

Definitely for beginners getting into bourbon barrel aged stouts or those who want a break from those heavy, viscous barrel forward beers like Bourbon County or Black Note.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2014 03:23:00 | More by dar482
Photo of wedge

North Carolina

4.14/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours out a very dark brown, but certainly appears black in the glass, topped with a fleeting creamy head. Scant bubbly cream collects at the edges. Lots of woody bourbon notes coat a dark maltiness...dark chocolate, coconut flakes, and vanilla bean. Smells good, but on the alcoholic side and not quite as deep as I'd prefer. Less boozy in the flavor focusing on huge chocolaty roasted malts tinged with a quality oak character. Super creamy, well-blended flavors: vanilla, vinous fruit, coconut, and coffee notes abound. Deliciousness in the mouth. Leaning more towards medium bodied than full, still pretty creamy, though the carbonation comes across as just a touch too lively. Good stuff, I'm glad I tried it, but the original is the overall winner and cheaper to boot.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2014 00:51:14 | More by wedge
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Rhode Island

4.04/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Served from a 12oz bottle into a Crooked Stave tulip. Cellar temp.

Appearance- Black with thin mocha head that didn't last long, moderate lacing followed.

Smell- Tons of sweet chocolate, a little coffee, a little bourbon, a little vanilla and cinnamon. Lots of sweet flavors with a light roastiness about it.

Taste-Light hints of bourbon, vanilla, and chocolate, but it's mostly coffee thats the main player here. Very light on the bourbon here and I'm drinking this at cellar temps.

Mouthfeel- Very carbonated which I'm not thrilled with. Lighter bodied with very light booze heat.

Overall-I like my stouts to be undercarbonated and smooth, but this was too lively for me.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2014 04:54:09 | More by Seanniek91
Photo of ONUMello


4.48/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass
A: Pitch black with a one-finger dark brown head
S: Bourbon, vanilla, chocolate fudge, coffee; creamy/smooth
T: Matches the nose- bourbon/vanilla/chocolate fudge, creamy, balanced
M: A big beer but the alcohol is integrated; smooth feel
O: Tasty, complex and balanced. My first time trying it, I'm not sure why there have been so many recent so-so reviews. Yes it's pricey for a 12oz bottle but worth it IMO. I'll grab another & try it in a year or two

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2014 22:34:36 | More by ONUMello
Photo of Zach136


4.2/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle, no date, $7.49 from Greenville Beer Exchange. Poured into a 16oz snifter

A - Pitch black, short lived head and OK lacing

S - Metallic vanilla up front with a touch of bourbon.

T - Semi- sweet chocolate, with background notes of bourbon and roasted coffee.

M - Medium bodied, solid carbonation, a bit sticky.

O - Great brew, not a world class Bourbon Barrel stout, but it hits the spot!

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2014 02:31:10 | More by Zach136
Photo of Jeffo


3.4/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from hotpipes in a recent box. Cheers!

From a bottle into a snifter
IBU: 58
From 22 Plato to 5.5 Plato
Spent 11 months in bourbon barrels

APPEARANCE: A dark brown pour yields a small, medium thin, crackly tan head with decent retention. Black body and a touch higher levels of carbonation for the style. Swirly wisp and ring remain leaving dots of lacing down the glass. Better than average for the style, but nothing spectacular.

SMELL: Bourbon, oak, milk chocolate, light butterscotch aromas, cocoa powder and some alcohol as well. Light nail polish remover, but that subsides rather quickly.

TASTE: Bourbon, oak, light nail polish remover and milk chocolate up front. Flavorful with a big, lingering finish of bourbon, oak, milk chocolate, sweet butterscotch and alcohol. The nail polish remover bows out rather quickly and this turns into something pretty enjoyable.

PALATE: Medium and and carbonation. Semi-creamy on the palate, goes down okay and finishes sticky. Creamier would be a plus, but not bad. A bit of heat lingers.

OVERALL: Pretty solid. A note of nail polish remover hurts a bit, but it certainly doesn't ruin the experience. All in all, a pretty good beer that I enjoyed. Thanks again for the box hotpipes. Always fun.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2014 20:23:54 | More by Jeffo
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3.86/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into tulip...Date is 1/11/2014

Appearance- Jet black! I mean I held it up to the brightest light in the house and I couldn't see any light. Just under a half finger of dark tan head that fades away almost right away.

Smell- Malty bourbon/oak comes up. I get vanilla and figs in the back-end. Sweetness is present.

Taste- Caramel and bourbon punch me in the face. Then I get brown butter and brown sugar. Sweeter than I had anticipated and yet hoppier too. This is much more hoppy then other barrel-aged stouts.

Mouthfeel- So smooth...This beer coats your mouth much like a cough syrup might, but in a delicious way. Bitter dark chocolate melted in maple syrup with grapefruit zest added!

Overall- Fantastic beer! I would drink this whenever possible. Would I bend over backwards to trade for this? No, of course not, but a great beer worth praising.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2014 23:42:41 | More by frenchblood21
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4.34/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a tulip glass.
Pitch black in color, with a short cap of tan foam.
Aroma-Dark malts, vanilla, bourbon note
Taste-Vanilla, oak, dark malt, dose of earthy hops, warming bourbon in the finish. Very smooth with chocolate notes emerging as it warms. A satisfying, slow-sipper.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2014 17:17:52 | More by hosehead83
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South Carolina

4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Conquest snifter.

A: Pitch black body, even when held to the light. The beer does its darnedest to form a light khaki head, but just can't manage, settling for a spotty cap and thin ring around the edge of the glass.

S: Big bourbon, fudgy chocolate, vanilla.

T: Bourbon up front, followed by a more bitter dark chocolate than the nose let on. There's a bit of vanilla, though less than I remember from previous experiences with this beer, and it finishes with some charred malt. I also get a little soy sauce in the aftertaste.

M: Full-bodied, viscous but not sludgy.

O: I like it, but would have preferred to split the bottle with a friend. This latest batch differs a bit from what I've had in the past, as the beer is now less sweet and creamy. That may be a boon for others, but I was kind of looking forward to a big vanilla creaminess.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2014 01:32:51 | More by Craigory
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4.41/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A 2013 bottle poured into a Duvel tulip glass.

A: Absolutely pitch black with zero head.

S: Very heavy on the bourbon with some dark chocolate and tad of coffee peaking through.

T: Smooth silk chocolate, light coffee notes, vanilla, and a decent layer of bourbon.

M: Medium body with light-moderate carbonation.

O: This was quite delightful and excellent on a snow-fallen night like tonight.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2014 05:02:03 | More by DrippingI
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New Jersey

3.74/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Wow, gonna say right off the bat I'm disappointed with this one. Picked up a single on my trip to Maine. Looks pretty good, black pour. Smells very similar to BCBS, with the bourbon, slight chocolate notes, sweetness. Tastes ok. The booze dominates, with actually a pleasant imperial stout-like aftertaste. The mouthfeel is where I feel it's really a letdown. Very thin, too thin for this type of beer. Not a bad beer at all, just not great.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2013 01:01:58 | More by DrStiffington
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3.8/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Happy to be able to pick this up in Ohio on my way through to Michigan, along with a bottle of BA BORIS.

There's definitely something off in the smell, it's way too boozy, and the taste, while good, is pretty generic for a BBA stout. The mouthfeel definitely leaves something to be desired too, as it presents a sort of emptiness that tends to dominate the stronger malty and boozy flavors behind it. Overall, I wouldn't get this again, but I'm really glad I got to try it.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2013 01:37:25 | More by JamesShoemaker
Photo of Florida9


3.84/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Appear black in the glass, but dark brown on the pour. Dark, but not fully opaque. Forms a rather modest, creamy dark tan head. Some light lacing.

S: Aroma is a mix of chocolate and bourbon. Lighter notes of dark malts, vinegar, and a whiff of smoke.

T: More chocolate, milk chocolate this time, with a moderate sweetness. Light bourbon notes. Creamy vanilla. Unfortunately, that whiff of smoke comes through as a mildly acrid burnt flavor on the back end.

M: Pn the heavier side of medium with a lower carbonation level, but actually fairly thin for the style. Moderate alcoholic heat.

O: A decent and approachable barrel aged stout, but personally I found the bourbon barrel to fairly light and the body to thin. Not bad, just not world-class.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2013 00:59:51 | More by Florida9
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New Hampshire

4.43/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Poured dark black with absolutely no head to speak of, other than the thin light brown ring that was left around the edge of the glass. Bubbles could be seen popping at the top of the beer.

Smell - An amazing smell rises to the nose; bourbon, vanilla, oak, and chocolate all come out to play. Can't say it enough, but an excellent aroma on this bourbon barrel aged beauty.

Taste - Bourbon and vanilla hit you upfront followed by dark chocolate in the end. All the flavors blend well together and play off each other excellently.

Mouthfeel - Smooth and sticky. Full bodied, but thinner compared to some of the other barrel aged monsters out there.

Overall - Thoroughly enjoyed this one, sad its my last bottle. A great blend of flavors and a well constructed brew. Definitely up there as one of my favorites for the style, but still prefer the likes of BCBS, KBS, etc.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2013 17:50:52 | More by ChrisL24481
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3.85/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours oil black no light getting through this baby. Small coco head falls to a ring with some lace left behind.

Aroma is a big upfront bourbon aroma, vanilla some roasted chocolate malts. Definite big bourbon notes almost over powering.

Taste is big bourbon flavors some roasted notes with lots of chocolate under neath it. Some vanilla and dark fruit notes. This one is defiantly barrel heavy would say too much so.

Mouthfeel is medium seems on the light side for a big beer. Carbonation is nice and mellow.

Overall just to much barrel for me I believe I would lump this with Founders as I prefer the regular stout more then the barrel aged one.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2013 22:40:11 | More by mntlover
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New York

4.05/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Picked up a bottle of this when in Cleveland in October.

Pours a jet black with a short mocha head that leaves no lacing. Heavy dark fruit smell with some bourbon and raisins. Taste is solid roasted malt and cocoa at the top and then sweet dark fruit and caramel. Aftertaste has a distinct almond liquor Dr. Pepper flavor. Medium bodies with solid carbonation. Overall this impressed me reminiscent of 2012 BA Imperial Stout Trooper from NEBCO. Very solid.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2013 01:37:26 | More by unclejazz
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West Virginia

4.15/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving Type - Bottle

Appearance - Dark as night black, 1/4 inch tan head with some good lacing.

Smell - Chocolate, bourbon, oak, vanilla, brown sugar, roasty smoked malts. Really impressive aroma.

Taste - First sip features the chocolate and malt aspect, with bourbon. The heat is there but not as dominate as other ris's. Sweet molasses, brown sugar and vanilla are really present. Malts are smokey and roasted.

Mouthfeel - Roasted malts and chocolate coats the tongue. Palate picks up the bourbon along with some sugars. Aftertaste is slightly warm and malty.

Overall - Really good, has great drinkability and balance, but not the barrel aged monster I was hopping for. Cant touch kbs, or even the other brewery located in the same city as thirsty dog, hoppin frog's barrel aged boris the destroyer. Still nice, but not the world class I was hoping for. A little pricey on top of it.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2013 02:12:18 | More by wvsabbath
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