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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Brewed by:
Thirsty Dog Brewing Company
Ohio, United States
thirstydog.com

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.90%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by largadeer on 04-02-2011

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#1,661
Reviews:
237
Ratings:
1,192
pDev:
8.24%
 
 
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130
Gots:
332
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Photo of petermethot
4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Justincredble
4.7/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of GregSemenza
4.31/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Mikexw
4.27/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of EMV
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into an Alesmith tulip

L: Inky black pour. 1 solid finger of brownish head leaves a thin rim of lacing.

S: Charred grains and sugars. Bourbon, vanilla, and cocoa. Rich and boozy.

T/F: Rich... sweet burned sugars and roasted malts. Bitter dark chocolate and espresso... boozy... strong presence of bourbon, oak, and vanilla. Warming... modest carbonation... on point for the style.

O: A rich and delicious big barrel aged stout. Has everything you'd want from the style. Most worthy.

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Photo of cub7
4.3/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of thebeers
3.93/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Plum-tinted black with a thin finger of soupy mocha head. Messy lacing.

Light aroma of creamy chocolate and a hint of vanilla.

Smooth tasting: vanilla, chocolate, a touch of almond, toffee and cherry. Not at all hot.

Medium bodied with a lightly creamy feel and modest carbonation.

For something called Siberian Nights, I was expecting a bit more alcohol heat to warm me up. Still a quality beer, perfect for someone who prefers a light touch on the barrel aging.

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Photo of drunkenmess
4.67/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of mush
4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DaveCash
4.18/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ajm5108
3.6/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

In a world full of world-class barrel-aged stouts, this one is just too unrefined & hot to pass the mustard. The bourbon overwhelms the other flavors, and it tastes like cheap bourbon to boot. By no means awful but lacks the depth & robust profile you want from a top notch beer these days.

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Photo of SawDog505
3.93/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a 16 oz Snulip glass, not sure when it was bottled. Pours a very dark near black with a massive 2 finger tan head that leaves thin wisps of lace behind.

Smell I oaked vanilla, dark chocolate, leather, tobacco, dry expresso, and bourbon.

Taste follows Oak, deep dark chocolate, pipe tobacco, roasty coffee, dates, leather, and bourbon.

Mouthfeel is about medium, gentle carbonation, a tad dry as you would expect, and a sipper that actually has less alcohol than it drinks.

Overall this is a very nice, slightly boozy, and a tad thinner than I expected, BA Stout that is memorable, but slightly unbalanced. I really wanted more from this one.

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Photo of SerMosh
5/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of JCaweinstein
4.51/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Hayley_86
4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Beerbom
4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Reginald_Dunlop
5/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
4.51/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A light black pour, forming to a deep body, with a fingernail of beige-almond head.

Awesome nose of sweet, sappy bourbon, cherry, coconut, vanilla, caramel, dark malts, and faint coffee-biscotti notes.

There is so much complexity here! Honey and molasses meet up with leather, oats, bright tobacco, plums, vanilla soaked charred barley, and finishes on dark chocolate, smoke, bourbon, tea, and a slight green apple note.

Feel is hot, medium carbonation, medium to large bodied. I would have liked it thicker, but it's nothing major.

Overall, a killer beer. Would definitely trade for more.

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4.56/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours fudge brown and covered by a thick mocha head; leggy, with spotty lacing all the way across the chalice

Smell: Roasted malt, dark chocolate and vanilla swathed in Bourbon

Taste: Roast and dark chocolate forward, with the Bourbon emerging to provide balance and vanilla, through the middle; all of the elements come together in the finish; a bit of tobacco in the aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Overall: A nicely aged bottle that is drinking beautifully; hides the alcohol well

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4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours rich, oily, viscous, and motor oil black with a thin layer of frothy tan foam.

Rich chocolate and cocoa sweetness with a noticeable whiff of bourbon, vanilla, and barrel notes.

Chocolate comes through in flavor as well, but dark fruit notes also make themselves apparent in flavor. The barrel definitely added plenty of bourbon and vanilla notes.

Full-bodied, medium carbonation, rich, dry finish.

Overall, quite an outstanding brew and well worth a sampling.

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4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of deg
5/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of macrosmatic
4.16/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to Bradaplast for sending this particular bottle! Reviewed from notes. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Cycle Brewing snifter glass.

A: Very dark brown and nearly opaque. Low amount of visible carbonation. A thin tan head fades to a ring of foam fairly quickly.

S: Bourbon and rich chocolate, oak dryness and mild char notes. Roasted malts, vanilla sweetness. Some ethanol warmth. Very nice on the nose.

T: Bourbon with a bit of caramel character. Chocolate, vanilla, and oak. A drying tobacco flavor in the middle. Dark roasted malts. It finishes with some hop and roasty bitterness and some ethanol sweetness with the bourbon on the exhale.

M: A thick and smooth body overall, but this can't stand up to the big boys in the RIS category. Almost creamy carbonation. The alcohol is noticeable, but not overly hot for this ABV.

O: Truly world-class? No. But very tasty. The mouthfeel could be better, and I wish the flavors had the depth of the aroma. But for an barrel-aged RIS packaged in reasonably-accessible small format bottles? Very nice.

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4.81/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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