Bourbon Barrel Aged Siberian Night Imperial Stout
Thirsty Dog Brewing Company

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Stout - Russian Imperial
Ranked #67
Ranked #1,206
4.26 | pDev: 8.22%
Thirsty Dog Brewing Company
Ohio, United States
Bourbon Barrel Aged Siberian Night Imperial StoutBourbon Barrel Aged Siberian Night Imperial Stout
Notes: 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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57md from Pennsylvania

4.3/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours a deep dark black color with beige edges and a half finger of head. The nose has soft bourbon notes. The bourbon is not as present in the flavor profile as the nose might indicate, but it's still there adding a sweet note to the chocolatey taste. The mouth feel is slightly sticky.

My only negative is that the big roasted notes of the base beer seem somewhat muted here.

Mar 12, 2021
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neenerzig from Ohio

4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into my snifter glass out of a 11 oz. bottle. This beer pours a very dark brown, practically black color with a silky looking tan head that's about an inch thick when first poured and that settles eventually to a very thick ring lining the inside of the glass along with some cluster swirls of film layer surface foam. Decent lacing. Aromas of roasted malts, some chocolate, coffee and vanilla notes, and a nice bourbon oak presence. The taste is pretty much exactly the same, starting out with a nice roasted malt presence followed by chocolate and vanilla notes. next up is some milk sugar goodness and then the flavor profile is rounded out by some oak bourbon and a bit of a boozy note. The 10.9% ABV is very well integrated here. The coffee bitterness and a bit of an earthy hop presence comes out more as the beer warms up a bit. An excellent flavor profile. Has a slightly crisp, mostly smooth, frothy, full bodied mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. An excellent beer. Very drinkable for the style.


Jan 21, 2021
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WoodBrew from Ohio

4.39/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I got a bottle of this beer off the single shelf from my local Giant Eagle store. It poured an opaque dark with no head and no lace. The scent had wonderful Russian stout notes with bourbon highlights. The taste was nicely balanced and easy to drink with strong molasses, vanilla, subtle cocoa with bourbon flare. The mouthfeel was lighter in body with good carbonation. Overall its a solid beer.

Jan 09, 2021
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trevormajor from Ohio

4.48/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle with no date (pretty sure its a 2018) poured into a snifter at 56 degrees F:
L - Black as the siberian night (I've been there), head dissipated quickly
S - bourbon, and a bit of caramel
T - the bourbon hits you immediately and then the malt flavor slides in. Wonderfully balanced
F - Medium mouthfeel with slight carbonation throughout
O - great beer, 2 or so years in the flavors are still blending very well

Oct 14, 2020
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DIM from Pennsylvania

4.05/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Looks like this is from 2018. Disappointing, I don't generally think barrel-aged stouts aged particularly well.

The body and barrel notes were kinda thin, but there is plenty to like here. Some fudge, bourbon soaked cherries, and vanilla are all very nice. The finish is a bit hot with woody bitterness.

Jul 27, 2020
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stortore from Illinois

4.31/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 ounce bottle into a snifter. Assuming it’s from 2018, had 11/28/18.

Pours an opaque, deep brown with a one and a half inch thick foamy head with good retention and lots of foamy lacing. Aromas of dark chocolate, coffee, roasted malt, molasses, bourbon, some oak and char, some vanilla and cocoa, light licorice. The flavor begins with bourbon- much more than the nose, milk chocolate, dark chocolate, char, molasses, roasted malt, oak, lighter coffee and vanilla than the aroma, some caramel and cocoa. Smooth, a little creamy, a good full body, well carbonated.

Great barrels that don’t overwhelm, a great aroma, lots of different smells and tastes. This is best fully warmed. Very enjoyable and well worth a purchase.

Feb 14, 2020
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Tony210 from New Jersey

4.38/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours pitch black, nearly impervious to light. Nice 2 finger foamy kaki head that slowly fades. Nice chocolate aroma, a little yeasty. Flavor is rich chocolate, dark roasted malt, coffee, bourbon, bitter espresso finish. Carbonation lends itself to a creamy texture. Overall a good BA Stout, aged very nicely. A bit on the sweet side.

12 oz bottle, no date, at least 3 years old
4.5 rating

Nov 24, 2019
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Phyl21ca from Canada (QC)

4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color stout with a large dark brown foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of black chocolate notes with some woody notes with vanilla and bourbon notes clearly identifiable. Taste is a mix of chocolate with some residual sugar notes offset by strong woody notes with some vanilla and bourbon notes with light warming alcohol notes also perceptible. Body is about average with oily texture and good carbonation with light warming alcohol notes. Wonderful BA imperial stout and it really shows that it spent some time in quality bourbon barrels.

Feb 18, 2019
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SierraNevallagash from Maine

4.54/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Thirsty Dog - BBA Siberian Night

Dated 6/06/17 - poured into a chianti stem at 50F

Pours a thin-looking, deep dep brown, that rests pitch ink black in the glass, with zero light penetration. A finger of foamy chocolate milk colored head rests atop, eventually sizzling out to a collar. 4.5/5

Nose is rich and fudgy, chocolate malt, huge vanilla, big barrel presence, high-rye bourbon, and that big, beautiful dark fruit aroma that I've only gotten from BCBS. Most big BA stouts bring coffee to the nose, which I'm not a fan of, and they lack the rich dark fruit character. This has zero coffee, and big notes of dried cherries, currant, blackberry, and boysenberry. 4.75/5

Palate greets you with an immediate dark chocolate fudge flavor. Moderately sweet, with a balanced touch of roast. The barrel treatment is immediately evident, and delightfully forward. All of the vanilla/bourbon/oaky/char/spice notes that a bourbon barrel should relay. While the barrel characteristics are still dancing over the palate, these juicy, deep, dark fruit notes surface. Prune, dried cherry, currant, blackberry, blueberry, boysenberry, plum. All those fruit notes that the nose hinted at, become a fulfilled promise on the palate. For this reason, this is truly very reminiscent of BCBS. It's not quite as sweet or thick, syrupy, and viscous, but the flavor profile is quite similar. 4.5/5

Mouthfeel is slightly thick and viscous - enough to where one needn't complain about thin-ness or "watery". It isn't syrupy, but it has very nice body. There's also a pretty decent carbonation level, for having spent nearly a year in a barrel, and then over a year in the bottle. The not-quite-syrupy feel of this actually aids it in being a little more drinkable than say a super thick stout like BCBS. I find very little flaw here. 4.25/5

Overall, this one honestly surprised me. Quite pleasantly, I might add. I've had many a BA stout, and fairly often, I'm left disappointed. BCBS is the holy grail for me. It has everything you could possibly want. This right here, is hardly two steps behind. It's lacks the serious wow factor and complexity that BCBS has, but it's still nothing to scoff at. This is a seriously great BA Imperial stout, and it deserves high regard. Damn near - if not - world class. 4.5/5

Dec 26, 2018
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EMV from Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

Feb 25, 2018
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thebeers from Pennsylvania

3.93/5  rDev -7.7%
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.

Feb 04, 2018
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ajm5108 from Pennsylvania

3.6/5  rDev -15.5%
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.

Jan 07, 2018
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SawDog505 from New Hampshire

3.93/5  rDev -7.7%
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.

Jan 07, 2018
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hoptheology from South Dakota

4.51/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

Nov 27, 2017
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brentk56 from North Carolina

4.56/5  rDev +7%
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

Oct 21, 2017
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larryarms847 from Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

Oct 19, 2017
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macrosmatic from Florida

4.16/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

Oct 08, 2017
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mynie from Maryland

4.28/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Glugs slowly out of a 12 ounce bottle. Very dark, opaque pour with only the smallest wisp of a head.

Smells nearly identical to the non-barrel aged version of the stout: dark barley, red wine, alcohol. Pleasant but nothing otherworldly.

Tastes sharp and vinous: raisins and very dark chocolate up front, stout barley in the middle, and then wood aging comes in wonderfully at the end, lending a vanilla smoothness to the sharp stout. It masks its ABV quite well.

Sep 18, 2017
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utopiajane from New York

4.18/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours viscuous and not quite black. Opaque with a thin chocolate colored head of foam that fell fast in the tasting glass. It's a deep cola color brown and is very sumptuous to look at because it is so sugary brown and not black. Bold coffee and vivid bourbon. Soft flowers and wood. Chocolate and fragrant vanilla. Cola . As this warms caramel gives the scent of walnuts. Earth and plummy dark fruit marry against hearty roasty malt. Burnt toast.

Taste is rich and creamy but silken and not too thick. No booze, no warmth until after the swallow. No alcohol on the palate at all. This one leaves with a sweet dryness and and drinks like a milkshake flavored with bourbon and char. Dark roasted coffee plays in a huge swath of caramel. Plummy dark fruit and bitter chocolate. Smooth as silk and has a deceptive mouthfeel. It is full but not thick. Graceful and very dynamic.

Jun 10, 2017
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cjgiant from District of Columbia

3.92/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap at brewery:
Pours dark as night, with a mushrooming tan head on this pour. Head settles, but looks real good for a BA beer. It even supplies lacing.

Nose is bourbon, oaken vanilla, and a bit of coffee. Unfortunately to me, that coffee (or any roasted note) is fairly quiet in the back seat.

Taste luckily has a little more balance, but still leaves my palate thinking more of bourbon barrels than stout. Chocolate licorice, bourbon, weak coffee, vanilla if I analyze, a bit of a bourbon and coke impression if I'm not paying attention.

Was hoping for more from this, as I enjoyed the base beer. It seems to get lost in the barrel to me, which is unfortunate. It smooths a bit with warmth, but doesn't "regain" any roasted malt notes.

Apr 26, 2017
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jkblr from Indiana

3.96/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottle purchased January of 2015 with no date. Poured into a teku at fridge temp. Pours absolutely black with no light passing through even on the edges. A one inch tan head recedes to a ring with some lacing. Smell is muted bourbon, oak and vanilla. Taste is sharp bitter chocolate giving way to vanilla and oak with a hint of residual bourbon. Mouthfeel is a bit thin and carbonation is still strong. Overall, very good. I much prefer aged bourbon barrel stouts to fresh.

Apr 11, 2017
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Brutaltruth from Ohio

4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A sublime RIS from the 12 oz bottle and enjoyed in a snifter. This beast pours a deep
coal black with a moderate head of off white foam that subsides to a thick ring, thin pool,
and features some nice sudsy lacing. Nose of boozy bourbon, coffee, dark chocolate, light
vanilla, and subtle char with brown sugars. Flavors exceed the nose and hit the right notes
with strong boozy bourbon tossed into a dark brown sugar and dark chocolate concoction
blending nicely with coffee and vanilla with a touch of oak and cream with hints of dark berries.
Excellent mouth feel for such a big brew; full body, warming, smooth, lightly creamy, and medium
low carbonation that is searing with boozy warmth.

Overall this one is worth the price with rich notes that improve with warmth.


Mar 17, 2017
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dbl_delta from Pennsylvania

4.22/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Undated bottle into pint glass. Pours a deep deep red-black with a very thin light tan head. Initial impression is almost exactly Siberian Night - maybe a little smoother (aged 11 months, according to the bottle) and maybe a little boozier (10.9 vs 9.7, but my palate and body chemistry probably aren't capable of telling the difference), with a hint of bourbon emerging as it warms. There are elements of sweet milk chocolate, caramel, and coffee, and the balance between the sweetness and bitterness is spot on. Full-bodied and creamy, with perfect carbonation (ie, not much). Slightly dry, bittersweet finish. Alcohol is evident but not overwhelming.
The bourbon adds a little interest, but given the choice I believe I'd stick with the original Siberian Night.

Mar 13, 2017
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BradtheGreat7 from Ohio

3.77/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 Oz brown bottle with a neat black label with gold font. Barrels on the side and at the bottom as well as a statement of Aged 11 months. Neck is wrapped in brilliant gold foil and really makes a nice label. The wolf eyes give a slightly Halloween theme in this overly warm February, but hey I kind of like it.

A - black with a blood ruby color painting the corners. Light brown colored head fades to a nice ring of lace leaving some stick.

S - okay my first impression is this needed a load of shelf time. Then again with 11 months in a bourbon barrel is should be ready to go right now. If you let this warm a bit and breathe you get a very nice aroma. Not that world class vanilla and bourbon barrel goodness, but some nice additions to an already good imperial stout.

T - 11 months? I just don't taste it. This is a nice imperial stout, but where is that Bourbon barrel goodness? Rich caramel and roasted malts dominate this flavor. Milk chocolate and the smallest hint of vanilla does say it spent some time in some sort of barrel, but there isn't enough to balance it's booziness and Harsh alcohol finish. Almost spicey like for me.

M - feel is big and full bodied. I find its texture to be very good but it lacks balance and that velvety smooth texture big ales get when spending a lot of time in a barrel. Its carbonated and rigid like a regular big stout instead of rich and super smooth like the best bba stouts. The very best bba stouts run big time sweetness and rich full flavors across the palate while this is somewhat of a mess. I will say this shows a bit more quality as it warms.

O - 11 months?? Don't get me wrong, this is a good imperial stout, but at nearly $7 a 12oz bottle it falls way short of the best bourbon barrel imperial stouts. It's not a beer I want to just destroy verbally as it is a good imperial stout, but I just don't get that bourbon barrel goodness that price range should have gave me. Take the advice and get the regular Siberian Night imperial stout and ultimately have more beer to drink. If I were to drink this blind i would say it spent less than 3 months in a barrel. Then again maybe I just got a bad bottle. I prefer the original Siberian Night.

Feb 25, 2017
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buschbeer from Ohio

4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 Fl. Oz. bottle
Served in a snifter

This beer pours black and is topped with an inch of mocha head that leaves some decent lacing.

I smell caramel, vanilla and chocolate with hints of coffee and roasted malt.

The taste is light bourbon characterized by vanilla and caramel with roasted malt and hints of chocolate and coffee.

Full to medium mouthfeel

I am a huge fan of Siberian Night, however; the barrel aged version is not as good as the original in my opinion. The bourbon doesn't really come through that great and the flavors of the base beer are muted. I like this beer, but I don't love it like I do Siberian Night.

Jan 29, 2017
Bourbon Barrel Aged Siberian Night Imperial Stout from Thirsty Dog Brewing Company
Beer rating: 94 out of 100 with 1217 ratings