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

1,166 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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Photo of TheDinger
3.46/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Growler fill poured into a snifter. This brew has a very nice look to it. Solid black with a small mocca head. I will preface this review by saying I let this growler hang out for over 2 months. Smell was fairly subdued. Some of the bourbon is up front with notes of dark fruits, chocolate and alcohol. Taste is where this went bad for me. I can claasify it only as a booze bomb. Huge alcohol hit with every sip. Very bourbon forward and a bit metallic. I felt the dark fruit and chocolate notes were suffocated by the booze. A bit of wood mixed on the tongue as well. Perhaps I let this sit too long? The taste was distracting and just too boozy for me. Feel was nice, with a good bit of silk and some dry aspects. Medium feel and minimal carbonation. Overall- The look is solid, the feel is solid, the taste is where this went wrong. It had potential, but just too much booze that takes away from the complex qualities of a stout. You can taste the bourbon/alcohol too much and it dominates. I have a bottle in the cellar so maybe this will be different. Keeping my opinion open as I may have let it chill too long, but this growler was not my favorite-

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Photo of Sabtos
3.47/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

The heat of the bourbon in this is overpowering for some. I normally am not into these beers, but the power of Siberian Night creates a roasted sweetness that stands up to the bourbon well.

They don't consistently use the same types of bourbon barrels, probably not unique to this brewery, but they use tons of them, and only go through two generations before moving on to the next.

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Photo of crobinso
3.5/5  rDev -16.5%

Photo of smartassboiler
3.5/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Robyn
3.5/5  rDev -16.5%

Photo of yourefragile
3.5/5  rDev -16.5%

Photo of jophish17
3.5/5  rDev -16.5%

Photo of GinsuDave
3.5/5  rDev -16.5%

Photo of Dactrius
3.5/5  rDev -16.5%

Photo of BMart
3.5/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of JMBSH
3.53/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of corby112
3.53/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Draft at Capones in Norristown, PA.

Pours pitch black and completely opaque with a one finger light beige head. Decent retention slowly fading into a lasting ring. Spotty lacing left behind.

Roasted aroma with a good bit of toasted oak and burnt malt. Not much bourbon, only slight booziness. Dark malt presence with chocolate, coffee, toast and oatmeal in the nose.

Medium bodied but on the fuller end with some chewy dark malt, toasted oak and subtle bourbon. Bourbon stronger than in nose but still not hot or that prevalent in the flavor. Ashy with burnt toast, dark chocolate and oatmeal. A bit thin in the finish. Not overly complex but still decent. Could use more barrel swetness and bourbon.  

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Photo of GJ40
3.55/5  rDev -15.3%
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.

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Photo of mcallister
3.56/5  rDev -15%
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.

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Photo of Soonami
3.58/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Chewy, smoky, with big bourbon barrel flavors and aroma. The beer is a bit dry with some dusty cocoa but a lot of solventy alcohol. Overall a good beer, above average. I haven't had the base beer, but I worry that even at 11% Siberian night might have enough malt and roast flavor to stand up to the strong whiskey impregnation.

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Photo of cosmicevan
3.58/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

had on tap at sams in NC while shopping for brews. showed in a pint glass dark as night with a thin cream colored head. very big bold roasted smell and flavor, but not much as far as barrel flavoring or smell. all in all a nice beer, but doesn't hold a candle to many of the other barrel aged stouts. glad to get a taste, but not something I will be looking for again.

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Photo of jrallen34
3.58/5  rDev -14.6%
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

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Photo of BB1313
3.61/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Pours black with a big khaki head that fades slowly and leaves nice lacing and retention. The aromas are full of malts and milk chocolate. The bourbon seem to take a backseat, but it's clearly noticeable. There are subtle hints of oak/wood. There are hints of cherries in the aromas and flavors. Flavors are full of more milk chocolates giving it a sweetness. There are dark chocolates in the mix giving it a a subtle bitterness. There are hints of vanilla in the mix. There are hints of coffee/expresso in the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is on the lighter side of full-bodied. It feels thin, but Siberian Night has never been one of those thick stouts. There's moderate carbonation. The alcohol goes completely unnoticed. There's no booziness going on. This is dangerously drinkable.

I've had this one on-tap a couple times over the years. I recall it being much more bourbon dominant. Everything from this bottle seems dialed down. It's good, but not as bold as I recalled. There's nothing wrong with it at all, it's just personally underwhelming compared to what I recall from this beer. I now officially prefer the non barrel-aged version, which has always been one of my personal favorite stouts. Not bad at all, but it's simply not as exceptional as I thought.

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Photo of Gosox8787
3.62/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 12 oz. bottle purchased for $7.70 last weekend. Kept and served chilled in a tulip glass and enjoyed for over half an hour as it warms.

Appearance: Pours a nice, medium brown head that recedes into a neat lacing. Dark brown to black in color.

Aroma: Heavy bourbon and vanilla but without a lot of burn. A touch of caramel, but the base beer feels lacking throughout. A bit one dimensional.

Taste: Light coffee and cocoa beans with a big splash of watered down bourbon. The lack of presence of the base beer really hurts and there is a touch of unpleasant oxidization from the time spent in the barrels. This really doesn't come completely together for me.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, but a bit light for the style. Plenty of carbonation.

Overall, a decent bourbon barrel stout, but the oxidization and lack of base beer in the taste really hurts this. The balance is not there at all. Tasty but not a favorite or one I am going to seek out again. The extended time in barrels actually seemed to hurt this beer.

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Photo of Scotty_Karate
3.62/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of capnamerica
3.62/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ChrisMyhre
3.67/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.7/5  rDev -11.7%
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!!


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Photo of A_Rad
3.71/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Ryancthomas7
3.72/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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