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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
Reviews:
216
Ratings:
1,131
Avg:
4.19
pDev:
19.57%
 
 
Wants:
123
Gots:
335
For Trade:
74
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Photo of Sammy
3.85/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at The Brew Kettle, served in a snifter. A big sipper. Dark, thick, minimal head. Big on chocolate, and coconut and vanilla from the barrelling. A hint of booziness.Coffee, coco, roasted malt. Overall well executed, bitter but still balance.Roast in aroma.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.28/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

the few beers i have had from these guys have been amazing. thebrewo is owed a huge debt of gratitude for hooking these up. this is my favorite i think from them. its one of the more dry, but more whiskey flavored imperial stouts i have had, you get the wood as much as the booze, and that oak hit really makes this one for me. ominous looking in the glass, not a ton of head, but its real shiny and dense. aromas of vanilla and cocoa powder, lots of dark chocolate on this, and a ton of roast, rich and dense, almost nutty. the flavor is nutty too, and only sweet in flashes of bourbon, but dry on the whole. mature musty wood profile on it, plenty of body, and warming alcohol short of the fusel range, but pretty intense just the same. this seems far more refined to me than others, dialed in to a rare degree. its an art form, a bottle to share, and a special treat. different enough to stand out, but an excellent example of why this style has become so popular and sought after. this should serve as an example to brewers who want to see one done right. top tier in this category for sure.

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Photo of metter98
4.13/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is jet black in color. It poured with a quarter finger high tan head that died down, leaving a patch of bubbles on the surface, a collar around the edge, and a thin layer of bubbles on the surface in between.
S: Light to moderate aromas of bourbon are present in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and is dominated by flavors of bourbon, which aren't too strong or overpowering. Except for the bourbon, no other flavors of bourbon are present in the taste.
M: It feels a bit more than medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. The bourbon lends a bit of warmth to the finish.
O: For a strong beer, this is deceptively easy to drink and has nice bourbon flavors. However, it tastes more like an American Double Stout than a Russian Imperial Stout because it seems that the bourbon masks out the aromas and flavors of the underlying roasted and burnt malts. If you let the beer warm up the bourbon aromas and flavors will strengthen.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of largadeer
4.37/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Huge thanks to drgonzo3705 for the growler.

A shade lighter than black, though completely opaque, even when thinned. A hard pour left me with two fingers of tan colored head that eventually receded to a film.

Oh man, this smells good. The bourbon barrel is present but understated, lending a chocolate truffle sweetness that balances really nicely with aromas of black coffee, charred malt, black cherry and licorice. It's reminiscent of FiftyFifty's Eclipse in many ways, but with less up front barrel character.

It tastes every bit as delicious as it smells. Iced coffee is the first thing that comes to mind; it's an almost refreshing beer (for the style). Bittersweet chocolate and licorice meld with subdued caramel and vanilla from the barrel. The body is medium-full. It's by no means thin, but it isn't a huge or syrupy; the beer is almost dry in the finish, leaving lingering flavors of licorice and burnt malt.

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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 Thorpe429
2.85/5  rDev -32%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

On tap at Jackie O’s as a guest tap. Served in a sampler glass. Pours near black with a thin tan head. The nose is all bourbon and a bit of alcohol. Not much else to say there; very one-dimensional. The flavor is pretty similar, but is a bit more boozy and also adds in a splash of chocolate and roast for good measure. Medium-full body and quite boozy. Not very easy to drink and way, way too barrel heavy.

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Photo of oberon
4.44/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter jet black with a deep beige head that leaves a little lace as it settles quickly.Wow alot of fruitiness in the nose along with sweet alcohol,toast,and light vanilla,the alcohol is quite big but appetizing.Full and just as lush as all get out in the feel,to me it's perfect with the mellow carbonation and fullness.Fruity and vinious on the palate, the thick feel makes it even better,bourbon soaked dark fruit and vanilla with real butterscotch flavor in the finish.I have been wanting a beer lately to blow me away,this did.One of the best of 2013 for me.

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Photo of mothman
4.02/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tan head. Black in color.

Lots of bourbon and heat. Oaky. Chocolate. Roasted malts. Some vanilla.

Full bodied with some booze. Ends dry and roasted.

Decent BA stout. Nothing crazy.

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Photo of superspak
4.38/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into snifter glass, bottled in Spring 2013. Pours dense pitch black color with a nice 2 finger dense and rocky dark tan head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Nice dense soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of big dark/milk chocolate, cocoa, coffee, molasses, toffee, dark bread, vanilla, bourbon, toasted oak, coconut, light licorice/raisin, light smoke/char, and roast/oak earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of dark/roasted malt and bourbon barrel notes; with great strength. Taste of huge dark/milk chocolate, cocoa, coffee, vanilla, molasses, toffee, dark bread, bourbon, toasted oak, coconut, light licorice/raisin, light smoke/char, and roast/oak earthiness. Light-moderate roast/char bitterness and bourbon/oak spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of milk chocolate, cocoa, coffee, vanilla, molasses, toffee, dark bread, bourbon, toasted oak, coconut, light smoke/char, and roast/oak earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roasted malt and bourbon barrel flavors; with a great roasted bitter/sweet and oak/bourbon spiciness balance with zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and full bodied; with very smooth, creamy/silky, and lightly slick/chalky balanced mouthfeel that is fantastic. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a light warmth present after the finish. Overall this is an incredible BA imperial stout. All around fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roasted malt and bourbon barrel flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the big ABV. An insanely delicious offering.

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Photo of chinchill
4.21/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap.
Great balance in this RIS, with the barrel aging contributing to a very smooth body and well hidden ABV but supplying only mild bourbon aromatics and flavors. Good complexity with relatively strong notes of dark chocolate and dark bread.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.88/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at Barcade, Philly, PA

Dark black pour with a ring of dark brown around the top, capped off with a thin, beige head. Aroma of dark roasty malts, wood, hints of bourbon and what seemed to be mild fruit esters. Taste of slightly charred oak, dark chocolate, dark malts, bourbon, hints of coffee and dark fruits. Heavy-medium body, pretty smooth for 11%, and quite nice overall.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.72/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

i have actually had this twice, once a while back and again recently, it just keeps finding me!

thick, black oil like liquid which had a tan head that really very slowly faded leaving behind lots of gooey sticky brown lace.

strong, main hints were of caramel, with some chocolate mixed in and a strong bourbon presence. Lots of sweet vanilla and almost a mocha smell as well, It was smooth, with not alot of carbonation. Huge bourbon whiskey type taste hit me right away as did the alcohol, this was not something to be messed with for sure. Very creamy thick feel and very strong alcohol presentation. Hints at french vanilla and a touch of chocolate rounded out the back side and added a bit of sweetness.

Overall this is probably one of the strongest tasting, in the sense of the upfront alcohol taste, I have had in a stout. A definate sipper and probably could use time to sit down in the cellar for a while. I would be intrested in trying some if it were bottled and sat/

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.21/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a clear yet opaque jet black in color with slightly more than moderate amounts of active visible carbonation at the edges near the surface of the glass and some faint dark cola brown highlights. The beer has a half finger tall creamy dark mocha head that reduces to a medium to large patch of very thin film with a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of roasted and burnt malts with moderate to heavy amounts of bourbon, vanilla, and oak.

T: Moderate to strong flavors of roasted, chocolate, and burnt malts with some bittersweet chocolate notes. There are fairly strong flavors from the bourbon barrel aging of bourbon, vanilla, and lighter oakiness. Light hints of alcohol and some hints of bitterness in the finish.

M: Full bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Moderate amounts of dryness and some alcohol warming in the finish.

O: This is a really enjoyable bourbon barrel aged beer and definitely one that I would recommend. The alcohol is relatively well hidden but this is definitely a sipping beer.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.59/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I enjoyed this 12oz bottle chilled in a stout glass.

This stout appears deliciously dark black with opaque clarity and rich creamy foamy cap with compressed fine bead with lace that clings in a film. The retention is great. The smell has such rich vanilla and caramel with bourbon strong in the nose with a milk chocolate sweet odor and light malted milk/coconut aspect in the back with light alcohol from the barrel.
The feel has rich full bodied quality with medium carbonation and mildly sweet texture with subtle oaky tannin and alcohol level with mild creamy and roasted texture and mild warmth in the semi-dry finish.

The taste has light bourbon up front which leads to dark caramel and cocoa-like flavor with semi-sweet quality and mild wood in the taste with a lot of barrel character which lends vanilla and coconut elements to the smooth roast flavors and slight nutty woody tannin from the barrel which is well integrated w/ a slight graham cracker type sweet malt with a light roasted but not burnt malt flavor as it warms w/ bourbon expressing more toward cellar temperature w/ a nice dry finish. Overall wonderful experience of imperial stout with lots of bourbon barrel character w/ smoothness of 11months aging adding to the intensity and mellowness at the same time. Wood is noticeable but the base recipe gets smoother w/ some vanilla enhancement which is great to sip and savor.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.28/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

From 08/02/13 notes. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a snifter.

a - Pours an almost black brown color with one inch of dark tan head and low carbonation evident. Looks very nice.

s - Smells of peanuts, bourbon, roasted malts, oak, milk chocolate, toasted malts, vanilla, and cream. Nice nose; tons of peanuts up front, making way to a lot of other things. Bourbon doesn't dominate but is nice.

t - Tastes of roasted malts, bourbon, oak, milk chocolate, peanuts, toasted malts, caramel malts, and light vanilla. Less peanuts here and a little more bourbon, but not hot at all. Very nice.

m - Medium to full body and low to moderate carbonation. Thick and smooth, no heat at all. Great mouthfeel and body for a BA RIS.

o - Overall I thought this was a great BA RIS, a nice improvement on an already good stout, and I'm super happy it is sold in 12 oz. bottles/4packs. I found there to be a lot of peanuts to it, but there is no heat and a lot of complexity. Glad I have a few bottles of this and worth seeking out.

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

Dark brown color with light brown head. Aroma has roasted malts and some dark, bitter chocolate. Taste starts a bit sweet and finishes a bit bitter, but overall the beer is quite balanced. Not really evident bourbon character but quite nice overall.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.45/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Served alongside the standard Siberian Night.

The beer is opaque and near black with a thin beige cap. Sparse lacing. The aroma offers bourbon, oak, roast, malt, char. The base beer is definitely recognizable throughout, and not overrun by the barrel character. Milk chocolates and bourbon. Mild sweetness and seriously delicious. Outstanding.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
4.12/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Black with a nice khaki hrad. Uneven collar. A few islands.

Smell - Great bourbon. Coffee roasted malt. Oak and a smidge of vanilla.

Taste - Dark fruits. Dark roasted malts yield coffee and chocolate. Bourbon is less intense, but the barrel character and vanilla persists.

Mouthfeel - A little thin. Medium carbonation.

Overall - Great nose. The barrel seems to have diminished the body, but the flavors are good.

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Photo of tdm168
4.05/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep, dark brownish black with half an inch of brown, foamy head. The nose has notes of deep roasted malts and chocolate. The taste is licorice and anise up front with chocolate and roasted malts in the finish. The alcohol adds some warmth and some faint esters to the finish. There's also a faint hop bitterness in the finish. The mouthfeel is full bodied, smooth, and mildly carbonated.

Overall this is a solid beer. A sipper for sure, but solid and delicious.

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

1 year old bottle

A - Dark, midnight brown body with cola highlights. Tan head pours a finger high with nice retention and lace.

S - Nice soft roast, vanilla, caramel, sweet tobacco, and silky dark chocolate.

T - Molasses, burt bread crust, caramel, soy sauce, vanilla, almond extract, malted milk balls, oak, and brown sugar. Great balance and integration.

M - Silky smooth, medium frame.

O - Delicious, well balanced and super smooth. A great take on a BA imperial stout.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.08/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Jason for sharing this one. Served in a variety of different glasses throughout the evening.

A - A finger of tan foam settles to a very thin cap, and spotchy chunks of lace. The body is black as night, wit only the faintest hint of brown at the fringes.

S - Initially this has a lot of sharp oak, with a tart appleskin note and maybe a hint of acetone. Reminds me a little of BA Everett. As it warms up there is more in the way of roasted grains, and chocolate, Plenty of bourbon flavor throughout.

T - The taste is less oaky and heavier on chocolate, dark fruits, and dark roast coffee. There's actually a light candi sugar note that is a bit surprising. Finishes with a mixture of bourbon bite and espresso bitterness.

M - Lower carbonation, medium body-full body, smooth and velvety texture, and light alcohol warmth. Quite nice.

D - This is pretty solid, although the bourbon and oak flavors obliterate a lot of the things I like about the base beer. This actually got better throughout the night, as the tart note mostly dissipated. Alcohol is well-disguised and this goes down pretty smooth.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
4.04/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a snifter, the beer pours an oily black coloring with a low profile, frothy, light tan head. Nose of rich vanilla, bittersweet chocolate, oaky notes, booze highlights, molasses, and dark roasted coffee. Amazingly balanced. Flavors are heavily roasted forward, with a solid balance of coffee and chocolate, with highlights of molasses, booze, wood, vanilla, and toffee. Very rich and smooth throughout. Heavy and layered. The body is insanely robust and smooth, with a velvety feel. The aftertaste is heavily roasted and bitter, with a solid vanilla and booze linger. Wow, this is heavy. The finish is smooth and slick, with a bitter and boozy linger. Subtle warmth that builds as you drink, as well. Great brew.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark brown color with no sediment and an off white head. Nice wood and vanilla notes coming through in the aroma, with cocoa and coffee in small amounts. The flavor has big time chocolate malt flavor blending with vanilla and bourbon nicely. Alcohol sits on the palate slightly. Warming, full bodied brew, Very nice.

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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!!

4.25/3.5/3.75/3.5/3.75

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.42/5  rDev +5.5%

Bottle purchased at Oliver's in Albany, NY.

Pours a dark, inky, slightly oily looking black color, with a one inch head, and no lacing.

Smells like bourbon, vanilla, caramel, and tons of rich, creamy chocolate.

This one is a real treat. It's not quite as intense as some it's other brethren in the same style, but that's ok, it's much more drinkable. Still really fully flavored- lots of Hershey's syrup and chocolate liqueur flavor, sweet bourbon, vanilla, caramel, and a smidgen of roasted malt. It's much more creamy than roasty.

This one has a wonderfully creamy and smooth mouthfeel, with a very low amount of carbonation, and a medium body. Very drinkable, as mentioned above.

A most excellent BA stout, and one that flies under the radar a little bit.

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