Bourbon Barrel Aged Siberian Night Imperial Stout - Thirsty Dog Brewing Company
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3.88/5 rDev -8.5%
On tap at The Brew Kettle, served in a snifter. A big sipper. Dark, thick, minimal head. Big on chocolate, and coconut and vanilla from the barrelling. A hint of booziness.Coffee, coco, roasted malt. Overall well executed, bitter but still balance.Roast in aroma.
07-10-2011 13:58:48 | More by Sammy
2.84/5 rDev -33%
On tap at Jackie O’s as a guest tap. Served in a sampler glass. Pours near black with a thin tan head. The nose is all bourbon and a bit of alcohol. Not much else to say there; very one-dimensional. The flavor is pretty similar, but is a bit more boozy and also adds in a splash of chocolate and roast for good measure. Medium-full body and quite boozy. Not very easy to drink and way, way too barrel heavy.
01-09-2013 12:39:34 | More by Thorpe429
4.7/5 rDev +10.8%
i have actually had this twice, once a while back and again recently, it just keeps finding me!
thick, black oil like liquid which had a tan head that really very slowly faded leaving behind lots of gooey sticky brown lace.
strong, main hints were of caramel, with some chocolate mixed in and a strong bourbon presence. Lots of sweet vanilla and almost a mocha smell as well, It was smooth, with not alot of carbonation. Huge bourbon whiskey type taste hit me right away as did the alcohol, this was not something to be messed with for sure. Very creamy thick feel and very strong alcohol presentation. Hints at french vanilla and a touch of chocolate rounded out the back side and added a bit of sweetness.
Overall this is probably one of the strongest tasting, in the sense of the upfront alcohol taste, I have had in a stout. A definate sipper and probably could use time to sit down in the cellar for a while. I would be intrested in trying some if it were bottled and sat/
08-21-2011 17:36:06 | More by mikesgroove
4.43/5 rDev +4.5%
Poured into a snifter jet black with a deep beige head that leaves a little lace as it settles quickly.Wow alot of fruitiness in the nose along with sweet alcohol,toast,and light vanilla,the alcohol is quite big but appetizing.Full and just as lush as all get out in the feel,to me it's perfect with the mellow carbonation and fullness.Fruity and vinious on the palate, the thick feel makes it even better,bourbon soaked dark fruit and vanilla with real butterscotch flavor in the finish.I have been wanting a beer lately to blow me away,this did.One of the best of 2013 for me.
06-22-2013 23:03:34 | More by oberon
4.38/5 rDev +3.3%
Huge thanks to drgonzo3705 for the growler.
A shade lighter than black, though completely opaque, even when thinned. A hard pour left me with two fingers of tan colored head that eventually receded to a film.
Oh man, this smells good. The bourbon barrel is present but understated, lending a chocolate truffle sweetness that balances really nicely with aromas of black coffee, charred malt, black cherry and licorice. It's reminiscent of FiftyFifty's Eclipse in many ways, but with less up front barrel character.
It tastes every bit as delicious as it smells. Iced coffee is the first thing that comes to mind; it's an almost refreshing beer (for the style). Bittersweet chocolate and licorice meld with subdued caramel and vanilla from the barrel. The body is medium-full. It's by no means thin, but it isn't a huge or syrupy; the beer is almost dry in the finish, leaving lingering flavors of licorice and burnt malt.
04-02-2011 01:05:33 | More by largadeer
4.08/5 rDev -3.8%
Thanks to Jason for sharing this one. Served in a variety of different glasses throughout the evening.
A - A finger of tan foam settles to a very thin cap, and spotchy chunks of lace. The body is black as night, wit only the faintest hint of brown at the fringes.
S - Initially this has a lot of sharp oak, with a tart appleskin note and maybe a hint of acetone. Reminds me a little of BA Everett. As it warms up there is more in the way of roasted grains, and chocolate, Plenty of bourbon flavor throughout.
T - The taste is less oaky and heavier on chocolate, dark fruits, and dark roast coffee. There's actually a light candi sugar note that is a bit surprising. Finishes with a mixture of bourbon bite and espresso bitterness.
M - Lower carbonation, medium body-full body, smooth and velvety texture, and light alcohol warmth. Quite nice.
D - This is pretty solid, although the bourbon and oak flavors obliterate a lot of the things I like about the base beer. This actually got better throughout the night, as the tart note mostly dissipated. Alcohol is well-disguised and this goes down pretty smooth.
07-16-2011 19:03:14 | More by MasterSki
3.9/5 rDev -8%
First had: on tap at Barcade, Philly, PA
Dark black pour with a ring of dark brown around the top, capped off with a thin, beige head. Aroma of dark roasty malts, wood, hints of bourbon and what seemed to be mild fruit esters. Taste of slightly charred oak, dark chocolate, dark malts, bourbon, hints of coffee and dark fruits. Heavy-medium body, pretty smooth for 11%, and quite nice overall.
06-05-2012 06:45:24 | More by Rifugium
4.28/5 rDev +0.9%
From 08/02/13 notes. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a snifter.
a - Pours an almost black brown color with one inch of dark tan head and low carbonation evident. Looks very nice.
s - Smells of peanuts, bourbon, roasted malts, oak, milk chocolate, toasted malts, vanilla, and cream. Nice nose; tons of peanuts up front, making way to a lot of other things. Bourbon doesn't dominate but is nice.
t - Tastes of roasted malts, bourbon, oak, milk chocolate, peanuts, toasted malts, caramel malts, and light vanilla. Less peanuts here and a little more bourbon, but not hot at all. Very nice.
m - Medium to full body and low to moderate carbonation. Thick and smooth, no heat at all. Great mouthfeel and body for a BA RIS.
o - Overall I thought this was a great BA RIS, a nice improvement on an already good stout, and I'm super happy it is sold in 12 oz. bottles/4packs. I found there to be a lot of peanuts to it, but there is no heat and a lot of complexity. Glad I have a few bottles of this and worth seeking out.
08-05-2013 17:01:24 | More by mdfb79
3.53/5 rDev -16.7%
Draft at Capones in Norristown, PA.
Pours pitch black and completely opaque with a one finger light beige head. Decent retention slowly fading into a lasting ring. Spotty lacing left behind.
Roasted aroma with a good bit of toasted oak and burnt malt. Not much bourbon, only slight booziness. Dark malt presence with chocolate, coffee, toast and oatmeal in the nose.
Medium bodied but on the fuller end with some chewy dark malt, toasted oak and subtle bourbon. Bourbon stronger than in nose but still not hot or that prevalent in the flavor. Ashy with burnt toast, dark chocolate and oatmeal. A bit thin in the finish. Not overly complex but still decent. Could use more barrel swetness and bourbon.
11-29-2011 03:28:38 | More by corby112
Bourbon Barrel Aged Siberian Night Imperial Stout from Thirsty Dog Brewing Company
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