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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: 601
Reviews: 125
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 9.2%
Wants: 89
Gots: 158 | FT: 44
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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District of Columbia

3.5/5  rDev -17.5%

01-02-2014 02:06:38 | More by yourefragile
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4/5  rDev -5.7%

11-27-2011 06:10:16 | More by orangesol
Photo of dbrauneis

North Carolina

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2013 01:23:10 | More by dbrauneis
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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

08-23-2013 03:39:34 | More by DrunkinYogi
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3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

12-13-2013 15:39:52 | More by duceswild
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3.25/5  rDev -23.3%

06-29-2014 14:39:26 | More by BARFLYB
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5/5  rDev +17.9%

12-01-2013 00:21:28 | More by ejimhof
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District of Columbia

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2014 04:44:41 | More by Huhzubendah
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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.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2013 04:49:59 | More by superspak
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3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

07-13-2013 02:16:40 | More by Gonzoillini
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North Carolina

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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-02-2014 23:19:43 | More by tdm168
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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!!


Serving type: bottle

04-16-2014 05:35:06 | More by JohnGalt1
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4/5  rDev -5.7%

07-21-2013 00:01:26 | More by sendbeer
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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

Serving type: on-tap

12-25-2011 00:07:26 | More by dirtylou
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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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-01-2011 22:27:02 | More by TurdFurgison
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3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

10-02-2013 22:27:24 | More by Zaphog
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Ontario (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

04-16-2014 01:09:53 | More by liamt07
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4/5  rDev -5.7%

04-26-2014 01:56:04 | More by tobelerone
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North Carolina

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2014 03:35:06 | More by GarthDanielson
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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

Serving type: growler

07-17-2011 21:32:26 | More by jrallen34
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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.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2014 06:02:16 | More by HuskyinPDX
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4.1/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Black with a nice khaki hrad. Uneven collar. A few islands.

Smell - Great bourbon. Coffee roasted malt. Oak and a smidge of vanilla.

Taste - Dark fruits. Dark roasted malts yield coffee and chocolate. Bourbon is less intense, but the barrel character and vanilla persists.

Mouthfeel - A little thin. Medium carbonation.

Overall - Great nose. The barrel seems to have diminished the body, but the flavors are good.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2013 03:27:44 | More by Alieniloquium
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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

06-14-2013 14:14:12 | More by ShanePB
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South Carolina

4.4/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

Serving type: growler

04-01-2012 13:48:27 | More by thagr81us
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3.15/5  rDev -25.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2011 21:31:06 | More by AgentZero
Bourbon Barrel Aged Siberian Night Imperial Stout from Thirsty Dog Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 601 ratings.