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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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Ratings: 657
Reviews: 131
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 9.2%
Wants: 90
Gots: 172 | FT: 52
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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Photo of mcallister
3.55/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Black pour with a creamy thick half inch tan head.

Smells of bourbon, sour cherry, very woody with vanilla and other black fruits. Bourbon overpowers.

A bit cardboardy and full of wood tannins. Gritty consistency in the middle, light dark chocolate, roasted malt, caramel, cherry, and some earth. Vanilla and bourbon mingle well with the oak. Nice but just missing something.

mcallister, May 28, 2011
Photo of Soonami
3.58/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Chewy, smoky, with big bourbon barrel flavors and aroma. The beer is a bit dry with some dusty cocoa but a lot of solventy alcohol. Overall a good beer, above average. I haven't had the base beer, but I worry that even at 11% Siberian night might have enough malt and roast flavor to stand up to the strong whiskey impregnation.

Soonami, Feb 12, 2012
Photo of cosmicevan
3.58/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

had on tap at sams in NC while shopping for brews. showed in a pint glass dark as night with a thin cream colored head. very big bold roasted smell and flavor, but not much as far as barrel flavoring or smell. all in all a nice beer, but doesn't hold a candle to many of the other barrel aged stouts. glad to get a taste, but not something I will be looking for again.

cosmicevan, Dec 19, 2011
Photo of jrallen34
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

jrallen34, Jul 17, 2011
Photo of Gosox8787
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.

Gosox8787, Jul 26, 2013
Photo of JohnGalt1
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!!


JohnGalt1, Apr 16, 2014
Photo of rfgetz
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.

rfgetz, Jun 18, 2012
Photo of DrStiffington
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.

DrStiffington, Dec 28, 2013
Photo of tectactoe
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.

tectactoe, Jul 15, 2013
Photo of acurtis
3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

acurtis, Oct 21, 2012
Photo of Reappropriated
3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

Reappropriated, Nov 30, 2013
Photo of Gonzoillini
3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

Gonzoillini, Jul 13, 2013
Photo of mscudder
3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

mscudder, Sep 02, 2013
Photo of JeffreyJDavis
3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

JeffreyJDavis, Jul 01, 2013
Photo of tarheels4life23
3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

tarheels4life23, Jun 21, 2013
Photo of A_m_r
3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

A_m_r, Jun 28, 2014
Photo of st9647v3
3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

st9647v3, Jul 06, 2013
Photo of mendvicdog
3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

mendvicdog, Dec 17, 2013
Photo of Zaphog
3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

Zaphog, Oct 02, 2013
Photo of DavoleBomb
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.

DavoleBomb, May 11, 2014
Photo of ridglens
3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

ridglens, Sep 08, 2013
Photo of outoffocus
3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

outoffocus, Jul 11, 2013
Photo of MaseFace
3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

MaseFace, Mar 02, 2014
Photo of jeff1973
3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

jeff1973, Feb 04, 2014
Photo of Jlang2012
3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

Jlang2012, Jul 09, 2013
Bourbon Barrel Aged Siberian Night Imperial Stout from Thirsty Dog Brewing Company
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