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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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Reviews: 195
Hads: 1,055
Avg: 4.19
pDev: 20.05%
Wants: 122
Gots: 313 | FT: 76
Brewed by:
Thirsty Dog Brewing Company
Ohio, United States | website

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout | 10.90% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: largadeer on 04-02-2011

We took our award winning Siberian Night Russian Imperial Stout and aged it for 11 months in fresh bourbon barrels. The result blew us away. The dark chocolate malt yields a milk chocolate flavor that blends perfectly with the vanilla flavor from the barrel. The bourbon aroma adds the finishing touch.
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Reviews: 195 | Hads: 1,055
Photo of bluejacket74
4.34/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

64 ounce growler filled earlier today from the new growler station at Blacklick Wine and Spirits. Served in a snifter, the brew pours dark brown/black with about a half inch tan head that sticked around for a little bit. There's also a good amount of lacing. Aroma is nice, it smells like bourbon, vanilla, roasted malt, chocolate, coffee, and oak/wood. The taste is similar to the aroma, but there's also the addition of some burnt/charred malt, dark fruit and a bit of anise. Great balance between the sweet, bitter, roasty and bourbony flavors. Mouthfeel/body is medium/full, it's a bit slick and coating with a decent amount of carbonation. I like this brew a lot, I'm glad I got a growler of it. I think it's definitely worth trying, and I know I wouldn't mind getting this again in the future.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.42/5  rDev +5.5%

Bottle purchased at Oliver's in Albany, NY.

Pours a dark, inky, slightly oily looking black color, with a one inch head, and no lacing.

Smells like bourbon, vanilla, caramel, and tons of rich, creamy chocolate.

This one is a real treat. It's not quite as intense as some it's other brethren in the same style, but that's ok, it's much more drinkable. Still really fully flavored- lots of Hershey's syrup and chocolate liqueur flavor, sweet bourbon, vanilla, caramel, and a smidgen of roasted malt. It's much more creamy than roasty.

This one has a wonderfully creamy and smooth mouthfeel, with a very low amount of carbonation, and a medium body. Very drinkable, as mentioned above.

A most excellent BA stout, and one that flies under the radar a little bit.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottle opened on 4.12.14

A - Pours a dark brown with a medium to dark tan head with good retention.

S - Lovely bourbon, chocolate and oak.

T - Bourbon, chocolate, oak, sweet and smooth.

D - Heavy body with good carbonation.

O - Very bourbon heavy, but very good. SImilar to BCBS. I know, I know.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4.59/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Paid about 26 for the four pack. Into a pint glass. My 2200th beer!
A - Great looking head on this one real creamy looking deep mocha which makes for good lacing. Beer is as pitch black as possible really thick and oily like I like it.
S - Bourbon and chocolate on the nose bit of espresso and some leathery anise. Loving the sugary vanilla is a nice tough.
T - Surprising bit of roast and hops I must have drank this a little warm since I just chilled then 5 hours ago. Bourbon isn't that strong and chocolate isn't as sweet as I expected. A bit of leathery bite in each sip this is a very well made stout.
M - Slick and creamy the ABV doesn't bite as much as the bourbon. Tasty.

Overall I got 3 more of these so the next one will be served more chilled. Still very drinkable almost room temperature.

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Photo of dar482
4.23/5  rDev +1%
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.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
3.8/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at Rozi's in Lakewood. Nice dark brown appearance with auburn highlights at the edges. Thin tan cap that leaves mocha-colored lacing on the walls. It smells sweet and bourbony, no overbearing booziness to it, just a nice bourbon edge to the sweet and roasted malts. It tastes as sweet as it smells, not quite to 50/50 Eclipse level but still more than the standard Siberian. A little too sugary maybe, but it works in small doses. A mild burn in the back after each swallow.

The body is on the thicker side, more than I expected given the regular version and the usual effect of barrel aging... Nice overall but not exceptional.

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Photo of Bung
4.43/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tap at Grapevine in Fort Mill. Solid black with a layer of light tan head. Sticks nicely to the glass.

Aroma, malty vanilla, some chocolate, some oaky bourbon. Not overly pungeant.

Taste, Bold and strong quality flavors. The gambit, chocolates, caramel, vanilla, molasses. Sweeter notes at first, then more dark chocolate, cocoa, barrel and earth.

Near full bodied. Coating, just a faint warming. Actually warms up in a hurry to the point of hurting a bit.

If the aroma was as robust as the flavors this would be world class. Also the heat knocks it just a bit.

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Photo of jrallen34
3.58/5  rDev -14.6%
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

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Photo of rfgetz
3.75/5  rDev -10.5%
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.

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Photo of dirtylou
4.37/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

***Updated / 12/24/13

Noticeably better batch - no longer any issues with faint barrel effects. Outstanding on tap at Vintner on christmas eve

***Original / 12.25.11/ 4.5, 4, 4, 4, 4

on-tap, duckworths ballantyne

appearance: 11oz pour, ebony body, 1/2" chocolate foam - looks the part

smell: roasty, dark chocolate, barrel effects fairly trace on the nose

taste: the base beer is solid and this version is really nice as well, but the barrel notes are fairly tame...rich dark chocolate, coffee, light bourbon, dark fruit, vanilla. Nice - but wouldnt have even known it was aged in a bourbon barrel

mouthfeel: rich and creamy

overall: tasty

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Photo of tectactoe
3.75/5  rDev -10.5%
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.

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Photo of maximum12
3.83/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to fiver29 & jampics2 for dropping bottles of this on me almost simultaneously. Really like the base beer, so have been looking forward to emptying one of these into a glass. 12 oz. bottle with fancy gold foil & black electrical tape (probably not added by the brewery).

Cracked & poured, the beer is dark as the angry skies over Minnesota right now, with high-tide carbonation. Takes me a pour-and-pause-and-pour again to get all the liquid transferred from one vessel to another. Not barrel forward in the nose; a bit timid for a big stout. Some vanilla, chocolate, with more roast. I could almost overlook the barrel if it weren't on the label.

Siberian Night - Bourbon Barrel Aged is a slow roller, mid-ocean. My first sip is all about the roast & chocolate, with plenty of each, & I'm a bit let down at the lack of barrel. Mild caramel. But before I even take the second sip, something funny happens. Then oak, whiskey, wander into the room & starts spraying the back of my throat with barrel. Wild. The barrel's as wily as that chipmunk that chews its way into my garage. Great finish. So distracted that I have to remind myself that it's decently chewy, but hardly a sipper. Quick sipper.

Unique approach that really showcases the different moving pieces. Doesn't quite reach the ramparts, but a very good beer - but honestly, I'd rather have the non-barreled version.

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Photo of jmdrpi
3.82/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap in a small snifter

Appears black, brown around the edge. 1/2 inch tan head, but it fades fairly quickly. Very pleasant aroma of vanilla and caramel.
Taste isn't as good as the aroma. Roasted malt, finishes with a touch of the bourbon flavor. Body is medium to thick, moderate carbonation.

Overall, a good beer, but I was dispointed after the high price tag.

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Photo of thagr81us
4.38/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served from growler into a New Belgium globe. Poured pitch black with a half finger tan head that subsided to a minimal amount quickly. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of roasted malt, dark fruit, dark chocolate, and wood. The flavor was of roasted malt, sweet malt, dark chocolate, caramel, wood, and sweet alcohol. It had a heavy feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was a really good brew. Going into this one I was a little worried that this would be a bourbon dominated monster. However, the bourbon was quite subtle in the flavor to make it very easy to drink. A really well done brew from Thirsty Dog here that I would love to have again in the future. I suggest you try to do the same.

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Photo of AgentZero
3.18/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to Jason for sharing this recently filled growler.

A - Black beer with a small tan head that left some spot on the side.

S - I get some interesting apple smell off of this. Some oak, whiskey, little bit sweet. The barrel kind of killed the underlying beer here, with only a little bit of roast and chocolate peaking through.

T - Tastes a bit like apples too, with some sweet darker fruits, lot of hard oak, sweetness, whiskey. Really kind of hot and hard to get down. Some of the roast and chocolate come through, but this is one of those times where I like the regular version much better than the barrel aged.

M - Barrel has thinned this one out. Lower carbonation, kind of slick.

O - Not really impressed, this beer didn't taste as good as the regular version, and was actually really hard to drink much of. Like the regular, pass on this.

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Photo of jzeilinger
4.66/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

In review is a 2013 vintage.

A - Pours a pitch black color with a generously thick, toffee colored head, lots of legs on the side of the glass when it's swirled.

S - Chocolate, bourbon, vanilla, oak, cream, and light coffee, and light cherries.

T - Follows the nose with a load of dark roasted chocolate malt, vanilla, toffee, cream, oak, bourbon, and light char. Leaves a lingering charred oak, bourbon, vanilla, and cherries aftertaste. In the beginning the dark chocolate roast bitterness really wants to surface but quickly gets pounded down with oak and bourbon.

M - Thick, full bodied, and lip smacking sticky.

O - I really wanted to give this one a perfect (5) because it's darn close but the oak and bourbon are a dominant factor and the only criticism would be a little more bitter chocolate malt presence. Bourbon and oak dominate and the chocolate goodness is secondary, 'plan to cellar a few bottles and revisit this review.

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Photo of Stevedore
4.06/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, unknown bottling date, poured into a Russian River stemmed snifter today, 9/2/2013 with Doug. Thanks to Matt for throwing this one in as an extra.

Like the non-BA version, pours a thick, opaque, oily black body with 2cm's worth of brown head that takes a little bit of time to dissipate. Its a very thick black stout. Not much lacing to speak of.

Smells like bourbon barrel here. Vanilla, coconut, oak along with that roasty maltiness and sweet bourbon. Very complex nose, not quite BCBS or Parabola but it definitely brings the complexity here.

Flavour is rather coconut and oak forward. It kind of overwhelms the base stout, but the sweet bourbon and barrel contribution is definitely showcased here. Pretty complex and tasty beer here. Still got a little of that umami from the base beer, but its not as strong or off-putting here.

Mouthfeel is thick bodied, smooth and dry finishing imperial stout. I can appreciate the thickness of this beer for sure; I'm not sure about the finish here. Aftertaste is mostly that sweet bourbon that probably comes from the barrel here.

Tasty, and a major improvement over the base imperial stout. Like Bourbon County Stout and Cook County Stout, this is an example of a base beer that benefits a ton from bourbon barrel aging. I wouldn't try it again for the price that it apparently goes for, but I'm glad to have tried this beer. Thanks again Matt!

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Photo of cosmicevan
3.58/5  rDev -14.6%
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.

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Photo of BMMillsy
4.38/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From BeerAdvocate Magazine #79 (Aug 2013):

Thirsty Dog takes what is already pretty much a beast of a beer and dials it up a few notches with 11 months in bourbon barrels. The barrel flavor really takes a firm hold of this beer, though the aging certainly smooths everything out. Hunt a bottle down—you’ll be happy you did.

STYLE: Imperial Stout
ABV: 10.9%

LOOK: Complete darkness, lovely brown lace

SMELL: Bourbon, coffee, roasted grain, molasses, vanilla, alcohol, burnt raisins, faint licorice root

TASTE: Chewy, smooth, pulling wood, bourbon, big warmth, faint vanilla, aggressive charred grain, dark coffee, cacao nibs, modest hopping, black currants, brown sugar; drying, woody, roasty finish

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Photo of DavoleBomb
3.75/5  rDev -10.5%
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.

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Photo of StoutHunter
4.08/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked up a bottle of Thirsty Dog's Bourbon Barrel Aged Siberian Night Imperial Stout last week for $5.99 at The Lager Mill. I've had Siberian Night more than a few times, but I've never had the barrel aged version and I've heard good things about it, so lets see how it goes. 2015 Vintage. Poured from a brown 12oz gold foil bottle into a snifter.

A- The label looks nice, it's like a combination of Wulver and Siberian Night and I think the gold foil makes it a little eye catching. It poured a nice dark black color that didn't let any light come through and it had a little over a fingers worth of light mocha colored head that died down to to a thin ring that stayed till the end and it left some sticky and patchy lacing behind. This is very nice looking beer, I have no complaints.

S- The aroma starts off with a slightly higher amount of medium sweetness with the bourbon barrels being the first to show up and they impart a nice mixture of oak, bourbon and vanilla aromas coming through. Up next comes a big milk chocolate aroma that leads into some dark roasted malts that impart some roasted, sweet malt and light caramel like aromas. This beer had a very nice aroma that was just what I would expect from the style.

T- The taste seems to be similar to the aroma and it starts off with a higher amount of medium sweetness with milk chocolate being the first to show up and it's just a little lighter than it was in the aroma and it's followed by the dark roasted malts which impart the same aspects that they did in the aroma. Up next comes the barrels which impart the same aspects that they did in the aroma, but this time they are a little lighter. On the finish there's no bitterness with some sweetness and just some slight alcohol flavors coming through with some milk chocolate and bourbon barrel flavors showing up in the aftertaste. This was a good tasting beer, it had everything that I look for in the style, but I wish it was just a little bolder.

M- Smooth, the alcohol was well hidden, not too crisp, a little velvety, on the lighter side of being full bodied with a lower amount of medium carbonation. This beer had a good mouthfeel that worked well with it.

Overall I thought this was a good beer and a good example of the style, it had pretty much everything that I look for in the style with all the key flavors showed up and the alcohol was very well hidden. This beer had good drinkability, it was smooth, the alcohol was well hidden, not too crisp, a little velvety, slightly filling and the taste did a good job at holding my attention, i think one is the perfect amount for me. What I like the most about this beer was the balance and the aroma, they were both very nice and they were the highlights of this beer. What I liked the least about this beer was that the taste wasn't just a little bolder like the aroma was. I would buy this beer again, it's a little expensive, but I think it's worth it. I would recommend this to anyone who likes Bourbon Barrel Aged Stouts. All in all I was pretty happy with this beer, i knew going in to this beer that it had a solid base and in the end it ended up working well with the bourbon barrels. I still think Wulver is my favorite from this brewery, but it's one of the better Thirsty Dog beers I've had and it's a pretty good and above average example of the style. Good job guys, this was a tasty beer, keep it up.

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Photo of prototypic
4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one arrived looking onyx. Absolutely pitch black. Light was rather dim, but it didn’t seem to penetrate through at all. It’s topped with a darker, mocha colored head. It’s roughly a finger tall, and dissipates somewhat quickly. Lacing was sticky, and a little lighter in volume.

The nose is quite impressive. A strong whiff of roasted coffee greets the nose first. I’m a coffee fan, so I love that about it. A mix of chocolate and roasted malts follows. The chocolate smells like bittersweet dark chocolate fudge. Very nice. I’m honestly not getting much bourbon at all. There’s hint of it. Oak and vanilla are noted and come through equally as strong as the bourbon, if not a little stronger. Alcohol is there, but doesn’t offend.

The flavor rocks! The malt base is very tasty. Dark chocolate fudge and roasted malt notes are abundant. They’re complemented extremely well by a rich, roasted coffee flavor. The coffee flavor is relatively intense, and may be a little much for the coffee averse. Bourbon is a little noticeable, but is very tame in flavor. It tastes excellent, but I wouldn’t mind just a little boost in bourbon here. Oak and vanilla are perhaps a little more noticeable and add quality depth. Hints of molasses and anise are noted on the tail. Alcohol is there, but isn’t warm or hot. A java-malt-oak combo wraps it up.

The body is a bit lighter than expected. It’s best described as medium. Light carbonation helps it to attain a smooth feel, but more body would be a good thing. Nonetheless, this stuff goes down like a dream. I wouldn’t mind another.

Barrel-Aged Siberian Night is definitely good beer. It impresses in a lot of ways. It’s not quite as good as Siberian Night. I believe a bit more bourbon would improve the nose and the flavor just enough to surpass it. I generally prefer a lighter bourbon presence, but this one almost seems too light. I’m curious how long it might have spent in barrels. In any event, this is impressive stuff. If you have the opportunity, grab it!

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Photo of Brent
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Blake for lining this up for the tap at Chuck's. Jet black with a deep mocha head. The flavor profile delivers not much bourbon, but more of the bourbon flavor components - brown sugar, vanilla, a touch of oak and light coffee and unsweetened chocolate background. Teetering on boozy, but no heat from the alcohol. As one would expect, a bit sweet and dense, but within appropriate bounds. Well executed.

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Photo of Jeffo
3.38/5  rDev -19.3%
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.

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Bourbon Barrel Aged Siberian Night Imperial Stout from Thirsty Dog Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 195 ratings.