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

1,164 Ratings
Bourbon Barrel Aged Siberian Night Imperial StoutBourbon Barrel Aged Siberian Night Imperial Stout

Brewed by:
Thirsty Dog Brewing Company
Ohio, United States

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

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Ratings: 1,164 |  Reviews: 227
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5/5  rDev +19.3%

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5/5  rDev +19.3%

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5/5  rDev +19.3%

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5/5  rDev +19.3%

The only beer that's better is Bourbon County Stout. Thirsty Dog does a great job aging their BBA beers for 11 months. The time & care are very apparent in the flavor, aroma & taste of the finished product. Love this beer!

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4.97/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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4.96/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of dmgeng
4.96/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

I have heard good things about this one but when my local bottle shop got a few cases I had to try it.

A - Inky black color. It pours thick with a nice 0.5 finger of fine light brown colored head. Great lacing.

S - Initially the sweet bourbon and dark chocolate hit the nose and then the robust stout comes in behind the lovely barrel tones. The stout flavors include chocolate, roast, caramel, and some vanilla. The barrel is not overpowering but perfectly complimenting.

T - A rush of flavor hits your palate with the sweet stout and barrel perfectly melded with the great stout flavors. Lots of the chocolate flavors resonate. The roast, caramel, and malt flavors blend perfectly with the bourbon, oak, and vanilla. This beer really is top notch and the sweet bourbon flavors are just terrific since there is no harshness, burn, or anything to detract from the flavors. There is some of the stout roasted bitterness to balance the decadent flavors of this barrel aged stout.

M - Quite high mouth-feel with light carbonation. This beer is thick but with a softness on the palate from the barrel. Not cloying but finishes with a slightly sweet stout flavor.

Overall, this is a tremendous and amazing beer. I am curious to see how age would impact the flavors but at extremely smooth and tasty this year I see no point to age it. Though the barrel is in the front it is smooth and flavorful and really adds a great deal to the amazing imperial stout. I still prefer more coffee tones of KBS but I really enjoyed this and would pay $9 a 12oz again next year.

Glass- Snifter

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Photo of Thrifty101091
4.93/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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4.92/5  rDev +17.4%

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4.9/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

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4.88/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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4.87/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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4.86/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

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4.85/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A - 4.25 - dark brown-black beer with a mocha head that sticks, not much lacing, really inviting looking
S - 4.75 - Bourbon, vanilla, molasses, cream, tiny bit of buttered popcorn, coffee, roasted malts
T - 5 - Big bourbon and roasted malts, dark chocolate, cocoa, burnt marshmallow, molasses, dark fruits, vanilla, very robust barrel aged imperial stout
M - 5 - thick, alc covered, aftertaste is roasted malts and bourbon
O - 4.75 - This is a great BBA imperial stout. I would definitely pick it up again. Price point is about right @ 6-8 bucks / 12 ounce bottle.

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4.85/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of MacQ32
4.84/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - Pours solid black into my Brooklyn snifter glass with a finger of mocha colored head with ok retention and leaves behind a great lacing.

S - Lots of mocha, caramel and chocolate smells with a strong bourbon presence. Smells very robust, am now picking up some nice vanilla type notes as well. My mouth just started watering uncontrollably, no... seriously. FIVE

T - Amazing, tastes just like it smells. I'm getting big chocolate to bourbon flavors then to mocha/caramel/vanilla. Slight (but good) bourbon burn at finish.

M - Full bodied, definitely a sipper but I'm already almost done at the point. This brew is absolutely delicious! I need to slow down if I'm going to drink 2 more. Anyway, appropriate carbonation, nice viscosity, a cold days best friend!

O - It took me countless smells and only two sips to decide this is my favorite stout, hands down! What more need I say?

I bumped up the appearance .5 just to make sure I gave this one all 5's, I HAD to.

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4.83/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

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4.81/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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4.81/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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4.81/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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4.8/5  rDev +14.6%

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4.8/5  rDev +14.6%

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4.8/5  rDev +14.6%

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4.8/5  rDev +14.6%

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4.79/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Adding a review to a bottle that's been refrigerated since February. I prefer to review them fresh, but I really like this beer and feel it's held up well. Served in a twelve ounce tulip.

Look- Pours black as night with a generous mocha head. Looks nicely carbonated.

Smell- Vanilla, dark cherry, wet oak, and bourbon.

Taste- Chocolate, vanilla and dark cherry are up front, followed by bourbon. There is some tobacco and oak in the finish.

Feel- On the thinner side for such a large beer. It does have a slick feel with a good amount of bourbon heat.

Overall- While it may not be Bourbon County or some of the other big dogs, this is no mutt. A very complex and flavorful beer on so many levels. It was and is still easy to obtain around here. I hope that trend continues because I'll gladly buy at every opportunity.

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Bourbon Barrel Aged Siberian Night Imperial Stout from Thirsty Dog Brewing Company
4.19 out of 5 based on 1,164 ratings.
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