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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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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

594 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 594
Reviews: 125
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 9.2%
Wants: 87
Gots: 155 | FT: 43
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: largadeer on 04-02-2011)
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jrallen34

Illinois

3.58/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Growler... Light black body, light tan head, nice lasting tan head for a ba beer...the nose is too light, sweet bourbon, a little chocolate, disappointed, a bit of a fruity nose as well... The taste is also disappointing, this destroys the base beer roasted chocolate notes, mostly a sweet bourbon stout, boring... Had such high hopes, let down

Serving type: growler

07-17-2011 21:32:26 | More by jrallen34
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Gosox8787

New Hampshire

3.6/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 12 oz. bottle purchased for $7.70 last weekend. Kept and served chilled in a tulip glass and enjoyed for over half an hour as it warms.

Appearance: Pours a nice, medium brown head that recedes into a neat lacing. Dark brown to black in color.

Aroma: Heavy bourbon and vanilla but without a lot of burn. A touch of caramel, but the base beer feels lacking throughout. A bit one dimensional.

Taste: Light coffee and cocoa beans with a big splash of watered down bourbon. The lack of presence of the base beer really hurts and there is a touch of unpleasant oxidization from the time spent in the barrels. This really doesn't come completely together for me.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, but a bit light for the style. Plenty of carbonation.

Overall, a decent bourbon barrel stout, but the oxidization and lack of base beer in the taste really hurts this. The balance is not there at all. Tasty but not a favorite or one I am going to seek out again. The extended time in barrels actually seemed to hurt this beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2013 01:56:45 | More by Gosox8787
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JohnGalt1

Idaho

3.7/5  rDev -12.7%
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!!

4.25/3.5/3.75/3.5/3.75

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2014 05:35:06 | More by JohnGalt1
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rfgetz

New Jersey

3.73/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark, chalky, near black, thin cap of tan bubbles, little retention or lacing. Dry earthy oak, roasted malt, light vanilla, coffee and chocolate, faint berry, slight alcohol, but not too burbony. Taste focuses on the woodyness of oak, vanilla and burbon faint, roasty with some coffee, chocolate and faint dark fruit. Smooth, clean, dry, not as hefty as others. Solid but not spectacular brew, needs a bit more stout, bit more burbon, and less oak.

Serving type: on-tap

06-18-2012 14:09:46 | More by rfgetz
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DrStiffington

New Jersey

3.74/5  rDev -11.8%
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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tectactoe

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Big thanks to umich03jm for bringing this to the tasting. It pours a super-deep shade of brown, just outside the realm of black, with a tan, quarter-inch head that's really more akin a fine layer of skin on the brew. It fizzles outward into a clump of foam circling the beer, leaving the top portion open to the air. No lacing as far as I can tell.

Bourbon barrel aging isn't hidden in this brew, as the first sniff brings forth heavy amounts of both bourbon and wood. I haven't had the base beer to be able to see the contrast, but I can say that this iteration is nearly all barrel on the nose. Mild vanilla, back-end coconut, and again, more boozy oak. The only aroma that likely isn't a consequence of barrel aging is a faint trace of cocoa nib sweetness that plays throughout the bold profile.

As the aroma would indicate, the first thing that assaults my taste buds is a huge spike of bourbon; much to my contentment, though, it's actually not hot at all, and it's really quite smooth. The flavor, however, is quite potent, and very heavy, almost as if a straight shot of bourbon was poured directly into the stout. Lots of oak, coconut, and mild vanilla undertones mellow out the bourbon and round out the barrel-aged flavors.

Undernearth the bourbon barrel bashing, there lies a mildly sweet undercarriage made up of burnt, caramelized sugar, mildly roasted malts, and a pinch of chocolate. Once the boozy warmth has time to disperse, the beer is actually quite sweet in the finish with some dry oak to hammer down the finish. Medium bodied, maybe not as heavy as I like my "big" stouts, but it gets the job done. Sufficient carbonation for a smooth, silky mouth feel.

Pretty decent barrel-aged stout exhibiting a pretty decent balance of warmth and sweetness when all was said and done. The only problem I have is that the actual bourbon barrel flavors are a bit too forward and cover up much of anything else. In that sense, it kind of gets lost in a sea full of bourbon barrel stouts that don't quite have the delicate touch of similar style, world class offerings. Decent, nonetheless, but not a world beater.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2013 21:12:38 | More by tectactoe
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acurtis

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

10-21-2012 01:58:15 | More by acurtis
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Reappropriated

California

3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

11-30-2013 22:38:13 | More by Reappropriated
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Gonzoillini

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

07-13-2013 02:16:40 | More by Gonzoillini
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mscudder

Georgia

3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

09-02-2013 21:20:24 | More by mscudder
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JeffreyJDavis

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

07-01-2013 13:34:26 | More by JeffreyJDavis
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tarheels4life23

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

06-21-2013 11:57:08 | More by tarheels4life23
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A_m_r


3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

06-28-2014 01:58:40 | More by A_m_r
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st9647v3

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

07-06-2013 05:03:50 | More by st9647v3
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mendvicdog

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

12-17-2013 21:36:45 | More by mendvicdog
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Zaphog

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

10-02-2013 22:27:24 | More by Zaphog
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DavoleBomb

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a snifter.

3.75 A: Black color. One finger of frothy/creamy light brown head. Retention is about average and a short ring of lacing is left.

3.75 S: Big leather from the bourbon stands out the most. Roastiness, dark chocolate, a touch of char, and molasses. Melon, oak, and vanilla from the barrel.

3.75 T: Taste mirrors the nose closely. Roast, dark chocolate, molasses. Again there's lots of leather. Oak and vanilla are stronger in the taste. Touch of ashy char to round things out.

3.75 M: Lighter heavy body. Good moderate carbonation. Moderately creamy and super smooth.

3.75 D: Good well rounded beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2014 01:46:53 | More by DavoleBomb
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ridglens

Indiana

3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

09-08-2013 03:48:03 | More by ridglens
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outoffocus

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

07-11-2013 02:08:45 | More by outoffocus
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MaseFace

Kentucky

3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

03-02-2014 00:37:47 | More by MaseFace
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jeff1973

California

3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

02-04-2014 05:20:08 | More by jeff1973
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Jlang2012

South Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

07-09-2013 01:03:14 | More by Jlang2012
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aorloski

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

07-22-2013 14:44:43 | More by aorloski
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smutty33

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

04-26-2014 16:32:20 | More by smutty33
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Houser

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

01-06-2014 02:01:51 | More by Houser
Bourbon Barrel Aged Siberian Night Imperial Stout from Thirsty Dog Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 594 ratings.