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

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Ratings: 657
Reviews: 132
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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4.3/5  rDev +1.4%

12oz Bottle
City Beverage - Winston-Salem

Siberian Night is an appropriate name for such a libation. It's a black hole of a beer. Milk chocolate tinted foam grows to a finger in height on a hard pour. While the head does fall rather quickly to a thick ring and island of foam it does become creamy and luxurious. Drink lines coat the glass with each swallow.

The nose is rich, deep, and dark but all within reasonable balance. Dark chocolate, cocoa, ganache, and fudge are all present. When that depth of chocolate is married with the bourbon and barrel notes it's a match meant to be. the barrel aging adds vanilla and loads of wood notes that bring to mind pecans nuttiness. As this beer warms a solid roastiness evolves reminiscent of black coffee. Last but not least is a peppery alcohol bite. This stout really does have it all, in the nose department at least.

We get even more on the palate. Dark berries emerge, slightly sweet and ripe. The chocolate doesn't have as much depth but it's certainly still there with dark chocolate and fudge. Again, the barrel adds pecan nuttiness, a good helping of vanilla, oak, and a welcomed but soft sweetness. All flavor components are well integrated and in good balance. Each drink is slightly different from the last, something popping up here and something else popping up there.

The body is luxuriantly velvety with a density that fits well. The weight lies somewhere just short of full, there's none of that sickly sweet stickiness that are in so many beers of this size. With that explained, this beer is very drinkable for its abv. 12oz bottle is probably a better idea than a 22.

I've had a soft spot for Siberian Night since the first year I'd gotten into craft beer. It's still a damn good beer to me as a matter of fact. The bourbon edition? Yowza! It's a doozy. The balance is great, no one aspect dominates. Do yourself a favor and buy this beer.

joe1510, Aug 23, 2014
Photo of Ri0
4.8/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

poured 12oz bottle into chalice.

A - Black as night in color with with thin tan head that retains la bit before fading into a ring, leaving some spots of lace on the glass.

S - The aroma is so wonderful. So much cocoa and milk chocolate. Hints of vanilla and bourbon with caramel and roasted malt.

T - This is rich and decadent, sublime and mellow. The roasted malts in the stout have big cocoa, chocolate, and waves of gooey caramel flavor. The barrel presence is divine with vanilla, bourbon, and marshmallow. Alcohol is not very noticeable.

M - Soft carbonation, full, velvety body make this a pleasure to sip.

O - This was even better than I thought it would be. I am not exactly sure how long it was aged, but I believe 8-10 months. However long it was, it seemed perfect to me. Pick this up and let it rest a bit for one of the better BA stouts.

Ri0, Monday at 12:14 AM
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4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

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4.3/5  rDev +1.4%

On tap.
Great balance kn this RIS, with the barrel aging contributing to a very smooth body and well hidden ABV but supllying only mild bourbon aromatics and flavors. Good complexity with relatively strong notes of dark chocolate and dark bread.

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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

pour from bottle into snifter
smell is awesome dark in color no head little lacing
chocolate coffee bourbon in smell
chocolate taste slight bourbon great mouthfeel
really easy to drink
no heat smooth and velvety

mhksuccess, Sep 06, 2014
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Bourbon Barrel Aged Siberian Night Imperial Stout from Thirsty Dog Brewing Company
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