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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

653 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 653
Reviews: 130
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 9.2%
Wants: 90
Gots: 173 | FT: 51
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 corby112
3.53/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.  

corby112, Nov 29, 2011
Photo of weeare138
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

weeare138, Apr 12, 2014
Photo of yourefragile
3.5/5  rDev -17.5%

yourefragile, Jan 02, 2014
Photo of orangesol
4/5  rDev -5.7%

orangesol, Nov 27, 2011
Photo of dbrauneis
4.21/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a clear yet opaque jet black in color with slightly more than moderate amounts of active visible carbonation at the edges near the surface of the glass and some faint dark cola brown highlights. The beer has a half finger tall creamy dark mocha head that reduces to a medium to large patch of very thin film with a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of roasted and burnt malts with moderate to heavy amounts of bourbon, vanilla, and oak.

T: Moderate to strong flavors of roasted, chocolate, and burnt malts with some bittersweet chocolate notes. There are fairly strong flavors from the bourbon barrel aging of bourbon, vanilla, and lighter oakiness. Light hints of alcohol and some hints of bitterness in the finish.

M: Full bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Moderate amounts of dryness and some alcohol warming in the finish.

O: This is a really enjoyable bourbon barrel aged beer and definitely one that I would recommend. The alcohol is relatively well hidden but this is definitely a sipping beer.

dbrauneis, Aug 09, 2013
Photo of duceswild
3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

duceswild, Dec 13, 2013
Photo of ejimhof
5/5  rDev +17.9%

ejimhof, Dec 01, 2013
Photo of BARFLYB
3.25/5  rDev -23.3%

BARFLYB, Jun 29, 2014
Photo of superspak
4.13/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled in Spring 2013. Pours dense pitch black color with a nice 2 finger dense and rocky dark tan head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of dark chocolate, bourbon, oak, clove, vanilla, toast, toffee, roasted malt, light char, raisin, apple, and roasted earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of roasted malt and barrel character; with solid strength. A bit too fruity. Taste of big dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, coffee, vanilla, toast, toffee, oak, clove, bourbon, light char, and roasted earthiness. Lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, coffee, toast, vanilla, toffee, oak, bourbon, light char, and roasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity and balance of roasted malt and barrel flavors; with a great malt/barrel flavor balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and full bodied; with a very creamy, moderately slick, and lightly chalky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent BA imperial stout. Great complexity and balance of roasted malt and barrel flavors; and very smooth to sip on. A very enjoyable offering.

superspak, Nov 21, 2013
Photo of Huhzubendah
4.46/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Served alongside the standard Siberian Night.

The beer is opaque and near black with a thin beige cap. Sparse lacing. The aroma offers bourbon, oak, roast, malt, char. The base beer is definitely recognizable throughout, and not overrun by the barrel character. Milk chocolates and bourbon. Mild sweetness and seriously delicious. Outstanding.

Huhzubendah, Jun 19, 2014
Photo of Gonzoillini
3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

Gonzoillini, Jul 13, 2013
Photo of tdm168
4.05/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep, dark brownish black with half an inch of brown, foamy head. The nose has notes of deep roasted malts and chocolate. The taste is licorice and anise up front with chocolate and roasted malts in the finish. The alcohol adds some warmth and some faint esters to the finish. There's also a faint hop bitterness in the finish. The mouthfeel is full bodied, smooth, and mildly carbonated.

Overall this is a solid beer. A sipper for sure, but solid and delicious.

tdm168, Jun 02, 2014
Photo of sendbeer
4/5  rDev -5.7%

sendbeer, Jul 21, 2013
Photo of chinchill
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.

chinchill, Sep 11, 2014
Photo of Zaphog
3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

Zaphog, Oct 02, 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!!

4.25/3.5/3.75/3.5/3.75

JohnGalt1, Apr 16, 2014
Photo of PEIhop
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

PEIhop, Sep 07, 2014
Photo of liamt07
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

liamt07, Apr 16, 2014
Photo of ShanePB
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

ShanePB, Jun 14, 2013
Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.41/5  rDev +4%
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.

HuskyinPDX, May 23, 2014
Photo of GarthDanielson
4.04/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a snifter, the beer pours an oily black coloring with a low profile, frothy, light tan head. Nose of rich vanilla, bittersweet chocolate, oaky notes, booze highlights, molasses, and dark roasted coffee. Amazingly balanced. Flavors are heavily roasted forward, with a solid balance of coffee and chocolate, with highlights of molasses, booze, wood, vanilla, and toffee. Very rich and smooth throughout. Heavy and layered. The body is insanely robust and smooth, with a velvety feel. The aftertaste is heavily roasted and bitter, with a solid vanilla and booze linger. Wow, this is heavy. The finish is smooth and slick, with a bitter and boozy linger. Subtle warmth that builds as you drink, as well. Great brew.

GarthDanielson, May 28, 2014
Photo of iL0VEbeer
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

iL0VEbeer, Jan 01, 2014
Photo of tobelerone
4/5  rDev -5.7%

tobelerone, Apr 26, 2014
Photo of TurdFurgison
3.78/5  rDev -10.8%
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.

TurdFurgison, Nov 01, 2011
Photo of dirtylou
4.38/5  rDev +3.3%
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

dirtylou, Dec 25, 2011
Bourbon Barrel Aged Siberian Night Imperial Stout from Thirsty Dog Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 653 ratings.