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

Bourbon Barrel Aged Siberian Night Imperial StoutBourbon Barrel Aged Siberian Night Imperial Stout

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480 Ratings
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Ratings: 480
Reviews: 110
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 9.69%

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:
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(Beer added by: largadeer on 04-02-2011)
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Photo of Florida9


3.84/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Appear black in the glass, but dark brown on the pour. Dark, but not fully opaque. Forms a rather modest, creamy dark tan head. Some light lacing.

S: Aroma is a mix of chocolate and bourbon. Lighter notes of dark malts, vinegar, and a whiff of smoke.

T: More chocolate, milk chocolate this time, with a moderate sweetness. Light bourbon notes. Creamy vanilla. Unfortunately, that whiff of smoke comes through as a mildly acrid burnt flavor on the back end.

M: Pn the heavier side of medium with a lower carbonation level, but actually fairly thin for the style. Moderate alcoholic heat.

O: A decent and approachable barrel aged stout, but personally I found the bourbon barrel to fairly light and the body to thin. Not bad, just not world-class.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2013 00:59:51 | More by Florida9
Photo of Jeffo


3.4/5  rDev -19.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2014 20:23:54 | More by Jeffo
Photo of wedge

North Carolina

4.14/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours out a very dark brown, but certainly appears black in the glass, topped with a fleeting creamy head. Scant bubbly cream collects at the edges. Lots of woody bourbon notes coat a dark maltiness...dark chocolate, coconut flakes, and vanilla bean. Smells good, but on the alcoholic side and not quite as deep as I'd prefer. Less boozy in the flavor focusing on huge chocolaty roasted malts tinged with a quality oak character. Super creamy, well-blended flavors: vanilla, vinous fruit, coconut, and coffee notes abound. Deliciousness in the mouth. Leaning more towards medium bodied than full, still pretty creamy, though the carbonation comes across as just a touch too lively. Good stuff, I'm glad I tried it, but the original is the overall winner and cheaper to boot.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2014 00:51:14 | More by wedge
Photo of mcallister


3.55/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Black pour with a creamy thick half inch tan head.

Smells of bourbon, sour cherry, very woody with vanilla and other black fruits. Bourbon overpowers.

A bit cardboardy and full of wood tannins. Gritty consistency in the middle, light dark chocolate, roasted malt, caramel, cherry, and some earth. Vanilla and bourbon mingle well with the oak. Nice but just missing something.

Serving type: on-tap

05-28-2011 18:03:17 | More by mcallister
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North Carolina

4.47/5  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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-08-2011 01:58:06 | More by Bung
Photo of Ryan011235


4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Delirium tulip on 4/4/11

Thanks to MbpBugeye; really stoked to try this.

Inky, dark brown; almost black. I managed to get over two fingers of tanned brown foam. Said foam thins out over five minutes to a bubbly island surrounded by a filmy layer. Lots of lace for the style - walled at first, drying and cracking over time.

Really subtle bourbon note; just a twinge of sweetness in the aroma, though it does gain momentum as it warms. Oak and earthy notes are quite prominent in the mid-section. Unsweetened chocolate and some roastiness are situated underneath. Perhaps a faint spot of vanilla. The aroma smooths out over time.

My first impression after taking a sip is that this is a simple, well-composed beer. Reasonable amount of roastiness but it's mostly obscured by semi-sweet chocolate. Bourbon is appreciable, especially on the finish. It's actually pretty hot with some straight bourbon heat. Roasty, dry finish. Oak, of the slightly musty variety, permeates the flavor profile with suggestions of vanilla.

Full bodied and offering a modest graininess. Carbonation starts off pretty low and mellows even more over time resulting in a nice, viscous feel. As mentioned above, it does get boozy. More mustiness and oak as it warms, too.

On the whole I dig it. There's a prime point after it has warmed up a bit but before it opens up too much. I'm really happy I was able to try this; didn't think I would. Thanks, Seth!

Serving type: growler

04-11-2011 05:24:08 | More by Ryan011235
Photo of nrbw23


4.43/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours pretty much a black color or really dark brown with a small light brown head. Head turns into a ring of bubbles around the edge and leaves some nice layered lacing.

S- Smell is dark roasted malts, coffee, chocolate, and a bit of darker fruits. Bourbon is very nice in this brew. It really jumps out at you along with some vanilla and wood.

T- A good amount of bourbon that is nothing over the top. Just like the nose darker fruits are here more than in the nose. Roasted malts, touch of coffee, and chocolate.

M- Fuller in body and on the low end in carbonation.

O- Very solid brew and just what I expected.

Serving type: on-tap

06-12-2011 18:46:14 | More by nrbw23
Photo of charlzm


3.89/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Consumed November 27th, 2013 from an undated bottle. Bottle was purchased from retail in Cleveland, Ohio approximately six months earlier and kept at between 40 and 50 degrees F for nearly all of that time. Poured into a Bruery tulip glass.

Dark, dark pour. Black with no highlights. Medium tan head two fingers high erupts from standard pour. Very fine, uniform bubble size. After a few minutes, a very thin skin of foam still covers the surface and clings to the sides.

Aroma is bourbon. Lots of bourbon. There is also milk chocolate and cherry. An off metallic note intrudes as well.

Flavor is soft, malty chocolate up front, transitioning almost immediately into a more bitter, woody bourbon flavor. On the swallow, cherries emerge. A lingering roasted malt finish.

Mouthfeel is a bit on the thin side, though creamy. I'd stop just short of calling it velvety, though.

A worthy effort, though this dog isn't quite ready to run with the big dogs of the style.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2013 03:06:52 | More by charlzm
Photo of BMMillsy


4.38/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2014 02:16:40 | More by BMMillsy
Photo of MbpBugeye


4.3/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks are in order for WhyBeNormal for scoring me a growler of this Ohio rarity.

Very minimal head. You'd really struggle to get a massive crown on this beer but there is a respectable khaki colored ring. Its not the deepest of blacks, it has colors of root beer and charred reds.

Rich chocolate truffle kicks things off with a decadent touch. The chocolate teams up with dark roasted coffee to form aromas of chocolate covered espresso beans. Bourbon aromas are very deeply integrated. This is far from a bourbon bomb. The bourbon barrel notes push forth some vanilla and oak that seems to bolster the rich bitter chocolate. As it warms alcohol becomes more noticeable and licorice and dark fruits open up

That rich truffle found in the nose starts off big in the taste. Its dark and bittersweet, but very creamy at the same time. Vanilla comes out a little bit to push this creaminess. Very light bourbon brings more creaminess, especially as it warms. Once fully opened up a layer of dark fruits becomes evident. The bourbon barreling is very integrated and nuanced. This beer is not a bourbon sledge hammer.

Not crazy thick and I may even remember the regular Siberian Night being more thick bodied. Low carbonation with a creaminess only cut through by a little bit of alcohol.

A very nice beer. Its nice to see that the awesome base beer isn't buried behind a slab of bourbon barreling. I hope to see and try more barrel aging efforts from the guys at Thirsty Dog.

Serving type: growler

04-10-2011 21:25:59 | More by MbpBugeye
Photo of hosehead83


4.34/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a tulip glass.
Pitch black in color, with a short cap of tan foam.
Aroma-Dark malts, vanilla, bourbon note
Taste-Vanilla, oak, dark malt, dose of earthy hops, warming bourbon in the finish. Very smooth with chocolate notes emerging as it warms. A satisfying, slow-sipper.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2014 17:17:52 | More by hosehead83
Photo of mntlover


3.85/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours oil black no light getting through this baby. Small coco head falls to a ring with some lace left behind.

Aroma is a big upfront bourbon aroma, vanilla some roasted chocolate malts. Definite big bourbon notes almost over powering.

Taste is big bourbon flavors some roasted notes with lots of chocolate under neath it. Some vanilla and dark fruit notes. This one is defiantly barrel heavy would say too much so.

Mouthfeel is medium seems on the light side for a big beer. Carbonation is nice and mellow.

Overall just to much barrel for me I believe I would lump this with Founders as I prefer the regular stout more then the barrel aged one.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2013 22:40:11 | More by mntlover
Photo of nlmartin


2.44/5  rDev -42.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

The beer was lightly chilled and served in a snifter.

A- The body of the beer is inky black coloration. No ruby opaqueness to light. the head is a tan coloration with major retention. Nice thick rings of lacing remains marking the beers passage from my glass.

S- The aroma of the beer is dominated by bourbon. Plenty of vanilla and oak are in evidence. Sadly the only aroma from the base beer I am getting is cocoa. I like bourbon and oak in an aroma but this beer leaves me nothing but bourbon and cocoa.

T- Much like the aroma the flavor is totally dominated by the bourbon barrels. Its not a bad flavor but the base beer is nearly gone. I taste a bit of chocolate and dark malt. The beer is bland.

M- The body of the beer is medium and lightly carbonated. The alcohol kicks a little heat.

O- I don't hate this beer but at 20.00+ a four pack I expect a hell of a lot more than I got with this beer. The bourbon barrels totally dominated the base beer. This beer needs heavy reworking. I will definitely pass this bottle by if I see it again. Reading some of the other reviews makes me wonder if we drank the same beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2013 12:08:44 | More by nlmartin
Photo of beer2day

North Carolina

4.45/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Jet black pour with dark coffee cream head. Not much retention, but excellent bands of lace.

Big bourbon nose almost overshadows everything else. Just hints of roast coffee, mocha, and vanilla cream.

Big bourbon flavor right up front, too. Big alcohol burn and a nice citrus hop kick in the finish that struggles against the bourbon. Nice mocha/chocolate blend in the finish as well. Starting to remind me of a chocolate cupcake with liqueur flavored icing. Powerful tasting beer.

Feel is surprisingly thin for the style. Could be beefier.

Overall, this is very well done.

Serving type: growler

10-10-2011 00:41:27 | More by beer2day
Photo of dar482

New York

4.23/5  rDev 0%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2014 03:23:00 | More by dar482
Photo of tectactoe


3.75/5  rDev -11.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2013 21:12:38 | More by tectactoe
Photo of jzeilinger


4.68/5  rDev +10.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2013 03:00:05 | More by jzeilinger
Photo of ThePorterSorter


4.09/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The beer pour a dark inky black with a thin 1/4 inch halo of loose, foamy, tan head around the glass's perimeter. The nose has a significant amount of roastiness rounded out by some buttery, bourbon vanilla-caramel notes. Very little alcohol or bitterness is detected, though I find there is some fruitiness. The taste works more of the beer's bitterness into the roasty/caramelized/malty base, which is accented by some hints of oak and a lingering ethanol burning in the finish. The richly flavored full body isn't quite as heavy as I've come to appreciate with the style and has more carbonation than expected, but the rounded-out barrel notes mixing with a roasty bitterness are enjoyable and more drinkable by comparison. I don't think the flavors sit on the palate as elegantly when compared to my favorite representations of the style; the beer is a bit harsh/abrasive. However, it's sold at such a seductive price point that it's hard to dislike. I'd say this is definitely worthy trying, but BCS for the same price is a tough sell in my book.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2012 23:23:15 | More by ThePorterSorter
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West Virginia

4.15/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving Type - Bottle

Appearance - Dark as night black, 1/4 inch tan head with some good lacing.

Smell - Chocolate, bourbon, oak, vanilla, brown sugar, roasty smoked malts. Really impressive aroma.

Taste - First sip features the chocolate and malt aspect, with bourbon. The heat is there but not as dominate as other ris's. Sweet molasses, brown sugar and vanilla are really present. Malts are smokey and roasted.

Mouthfeel - Roasted malts and chocolate coats the tongue. Palate picks up the bourbon along with some sugars. Aftertaste is slightly warm and malty.

Overall - Really good, has great drinkability and balance, but not the barrel aged monster I was hopping for. Cant touch kbs, or even the other brewery located in the same city as thirsty dog, hoppin frog's barrel aged boris the destroyer. Still nice, but not the world class I was hoping for. A little pricey on top of it.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2013 02:12:18 | More by wvsabbath
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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Counter pressure filled growler provided by nhindian. Growler is no more than a few weeks old.

A: Tar black pour with a few fingers of thick, brown head. The level of carbonation is great, bubbles hold the head up very nicely and there's a decent amount of lacing.

S: The bourbon is huge on the aroma, with a hit of alcohol underneath. The base of the beer is rich and very chocolatey. While I think the bourbon is taking over, you can tell there's a big enough beer underneath there to hold it together.

T: The taste starts off all bourbon and vanilla, just like the aroma. The center comes up alcohol and chocolate, which transitions to rich, velvety chocolate blended with some vanilla from the barrel. The finish is booze and roast. Throughout the beer you understand that bourbon is taking control and there's nothing you can do about it. I do, however, think that the chocolate and roast on the backend do their best to bring it into some sort of balance. This is a big beer that really did no disappoint in the taste realm. If you don't like bourbon bombs, you might not like this, but boy I sure did.

MF: Despite being in the growler for a while, the body was perfectly thick, the beer popped when the growler was opened and held carbonation throughout the duration of my tasting. I thought it had a really nice thickness for the strength of the beer it held.

O: This was a huge want of mine and has been ever since I had 6 ounces of Siberian Night at Zeno's back in 2010 (when I didn't even like stouts). I'm really happy nhindian was feeling up to opening this! It lived up to the hype I placed on it.

Serving type: growler

12-03-2012 02:27:18 | More by russwbeck
Photo of jampics2


4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Winter Warmer festival.

I must have missed this on my first couple trips around the room, but luckily I got to it before the getting was gone. I actually stayed way past my session time enjoying this with some of the Thirsty Dog & Hoppin' Frog peeps! Thanks!!

The beer looks nice – it’s pitch black with a nice head and touches of lace leftover. Nothing unexpected, and, actually, nicer depth of color and retention than expected. Pretty great start!

The nose is where this starts to shine. There’s the typical roasted malt that Siberian night features, but it’s a bit more subdued than normal instead of being the feature. There are mild notes of oak as well, lending some vanilla to the fold.

No real “bourbon” flavors come through on my first sip, but there’s some added depth and a nice touch of vanilla in the end of the taste. I get mild notes of apple skin and brown sugar as well. Add that to an already fantastic base beer, and you get great complimentary notes of coffee, chocolate and a hint of smoke/burned malt. From what I've learned, this was in the barrel for 30 days (even the brewer didn't know the barrel type) and I think it worked better than a wet barrel and 6 months would have.

The mouthfeel was good, nothing too burly, but nice thickness and creamy carbonation. The beer was just a touch syrupy. Overall, this was a wonderful tasting beer that didn’t go all-out in the barrel aging. I’d love to have it again side-by-side with the regular as I feel more nuances would be notable.

Serving type: on-tap

04-13-2011 18:43:30 | More by jampics2
Photo of Bendurgin


3.91/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a tulip. This one pours like black oil, no real head on this one.

The aroma is real good on this. Lots of dark bittersweet chocolate with dark fruit on the aroma like raisins and figs. Seams to have a bit if smoke on the aroma with nice barrel notes. The pallet has a nice sweet bitter chocolate aroma with hints of fruit and robust malts.

The body is thick and silky with low carbonation. Overall a solid brew.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2013 01:43:40 | More by Bendurgin
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3.78/5  rDev -10.6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-30-2011 03:58:33 | More by jmdrpi
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North Carolina

3.54/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Sampled from a 12oz bottle in my DFH snifter.

A - Black with a thin, wispy tan head. No interest in sticking around the edge of the glass.

S - Bourbon, molasses, wood and dark chocolate.

T - A firm kick of bourbon and booze. Some chocolate too but not enough of the other flavors came through. A hint of sweetness.

M - Quite thin for the style.

O - Too boozy and thin for me. Could use more depth.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2013 10:14:09 | More by GJ40
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2.68/5  rDev -36.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

On tap at Capone's 2011 Black Friday

A: Deep black-brown body. Thin khaki cap, decent retention, spotty lacing.

S: Loaded with acetone/nail polish remover vapors. Highly boozy with minimal malt shining through

T: Like the nose, there was a huge dose of boozy, acetone like notes. Mild roasted malt and a dash of chocolate could be identified.

M: Despite the flavor and taste issues, the beer had a decent mouthfeel. A little thin due to the ABV and general boozy character.

O: Not sure what was wrong with this beer, but it was not good. Others that had a taste from my glass agreed.

Serving type: on-tap

11-28-2011 00:53:05 | More by callmemickey
Bourbon Barrel Aged Siberian Night Imperial Stout from Thirsty Dog Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 480 ratings.