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
Ratings:
1,166
Reviews:
227
Avg:
4.19
pDev:
8.59%
 
 
Wants:
127
Gots:
331
For Trade:
74
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 1,166 |  Reviews: 227
Photo of buschbeer
4/5  rDev -4.5%
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 -1.7%
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 +0.5%
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 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of alcohline_trip
4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of grover37
4.31/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of h4ger
4.15/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of paulish
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Roguer
3.97/5  rDev -5.3%
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 -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Hopstout
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jaxon53
4.34/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of edthehead
4.23/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Cpmitchno1
4.29/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of eifster82
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Duffman79
4.39/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of scootny
4.28/5  rDev +2.1%
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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Photo of bdiiorio
4.6/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Photo of Gemini6
3.37/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I am suspecting this was infected,(odd sour note that dominated the finish) but there is no way I am paying another $6-7 to confirm or deny.

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Photo of JamesStreet
4.17/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of kojevergas
3.4/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

On-draught @ One Mile House.

Silky frothy creamy soft head. 5 minute retention.

Opaque black body. No yeast is visible within.

Aroma brings rich vanilla-forward bourbon notes and decadent milk chocolate. Dark malt sweetness, a blip of roast. Suggests a gorgeous brew with a great bourbon barrel character.

Creamy, chewy yet thin, medium-bodied, soft.

TASTE is a bit shallow, but the vanilla-forward bourbon is there, somewhat eclipsing the base beer's chocolate malt and dark malt sweetness.

Overall, it's a drinkable imperial stout but lacks the complexity and subtlety and depth of superior expressions of the style.

B- / WORTHY

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Photo of bylerteck
3.91/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Lot's of sweetness in the aroma. Chocolate and some roast with added spirit notes and wood/vanilla. Lot's of bourbon in the flavour with minimal heat. Sweet chocolate and booze. Not too bad.

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Photo of Ejsheaffer
4.78/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Aged this one in the bottle another 10 months after purchasing. Wow. Even better. Worth the wait. Pricy but worth every penny.

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Photo of kmanjohnson
4.16/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of chuckgietzen
4.19/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bourbon Barrel Aged Siberian Night Imperial Stout from Thirsty Dog Brewing Company
4.19 out of 5 based on 1,166 ratings.
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