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

1,164 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 Isarnan
3.96/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Jsalz21
3.94/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of utopiajane
4.18/5  rDev -0.2%
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 -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of warrendietrich2001
4.12/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of bigred89
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SaisonRichBiere
4.29/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SomethingJive
4.37/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of cjgiant
3.92/5  rDev -6.4%
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 +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of biggoon16
4.11/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of jkblr
3.96/5  rDev -5.5%
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 -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of pda22
5/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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

A sublime RIS from the 12 oz bottle and enjoyed in a snifter. This beast pours a deep
coal black with a moderate head of off white foam that subsides to a thick ring, thin pool,
and features some nice sudsy lacing. Nose of boozy bourbon, coffee, dark chocolate, light
vanilla, and subtle char with brown sugars. Flavors exceed the nose and hit the right notes
with strong boozy bourbon tossed into a dark brown sugar and dark chocolate concoction
blending nicely with coffee and vanilla with a touch of oak and cream with hints of dark berries.
Excellent mouth feel for such a big brew; full body, warming, smooth, lightly creamy, and medium
low carbonation that is searing with boozy warmth.

Overall this one is worth the price with rich notes that improve with warmth.


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3.98/5  rDev -5%
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 -10%
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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4.42/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of OhioCoastie
5/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of T-34-85
4.15/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of wonothesane42
4.27/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

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


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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