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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
BEER INFO

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:
#836
Reviews:
232
Ratings:
1,176
pDev:
8.24%
Bros Score:
4
 
 
Wants:
127
Gots:
334
Trade:
73
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Ratings: 1,176 |  Reviews: 232
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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Photo of brentk56
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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Photo of larryarms847
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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Photo of brittanylicious
4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of mynie
4.28/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

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

Photo of GlennWB
4.2/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Isarnan
3.96/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Jsalz21
3.94/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of utopiajane
4.18/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
3.9/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of warrendietrich2001
4.12/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of bigred89
4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SaisonRichBiere
4.29/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SomethingJive
4.37/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of cjgiant
3.92/5  rDev -7.8%
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.

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Photo of MrJuengling
4.21/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of biggoon16
4.11/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of jkblr
3.96/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

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Photo of Coorsy
4.02/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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