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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:
231
Ratings:
1,174
pDev:
8.24%
Bros Score:
4
 
 
Wants:
128
Gots:
333
Trade:
74
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Ratings: 1,174 |  Reviews: 231
Photo of Zuidman
3.98/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of dbl_delta
4.22/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

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Photo of BradtheGreat7
3.77/5  rDev -11.3%
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.

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Photo of lochraneg
4.42/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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

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

Photo of T-34-85
4.15/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of wonothesane42
4.27/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

12 Fl. Oz. bottle
Served in a snifter
2013

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.

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Photo of q33jeff
4.12/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

**
01/23/2017

12 oz Bottle to snifter.

LOOK: dark black, thick looking, medium tan head. Fades eventually to nothing.
AROMA: bourbon up front, but not too strong, berries and figs chip in some to the smell later.
TASTE: berries and dark fruit take over in the taste; bourbon and chocolate contribute. Hints of cinnamon, and maybe orange zest. Some medicinal like flavor is turning me off ever so slightly...But still mostly good.
FEEL: full bodied beer, a sipper, thick and chewy. Light carbonation.


Not sold on this yet as excellent, but it is at least very good. Picked up a 4 pack, so I can drink the others at varying ages. Although, it doesn't seem to me to be a beer that "Needs" age.
This may be a tad better than the regular Siberian Night, but from my recollection it is about the same overall quality even if distinctly different.

**

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Photo of Peterock27
4.21/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - black with almost zero head
Smell - bourbon and oak with some vanilla notes
Taste - very bourbon forward flavor, a little oak and char on the finish
Mouthfeel - thin for a bourbon barrel stout, goes down smooth
Overall - ok but many better BBA stouts out there

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Photo of Keananmichael5
4.19/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of grover37
4.31/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of h4ger
4.15/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of Roguer
3.97/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Beautiful beer. Nose reveals little, not even much bourbon.

Tons of bourbon on the palate. Kiss of chocolate on the back third, and then finished with more coconut bourbon. Creamy flavor, and a touch of oak. Light but not sour grapes.

A touch thin.

Definitely a beer for bourbon fans.

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Photo of Dragginballs76
4.16/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of jaxon53
4.34/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of edthehead
4.23/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Cpmitchno1
4.29/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of eifster82
4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Duffman79
4.39/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of scootny
4.28/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tight two fingers of luscious foam. A dark bark color and a light amount of streaky, spotty, lacing. Nose is lovely. Solid bourbon is mixed with milk chocolate, molasses, vanilla, some alcohol. Roasted malts give some depth. Taste is impressive. Bourbon is the framer of the flavor. But the components supporting it are equally yummy. Chocolate anchors the malt base. Sweetness is plentiful. Coffee and vanilla. Low bitterness. Barrel notes give complexity. Feel is lightly syrupy and low carbonation. Great overall brew.

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Bourbon Barrel Aged Siberian Night Imperial Stout from Thirsty Dog Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.25 out of 5 with 1,174 ratings
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