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

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.

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

12oz bottle into snifter. Thanks Abel!

A: Pours a deep black with a couple fingers of dense dark coffee brown head that faded into a thin and bubbly film. Sticky lace was left down the glass.
S: Rich and creamy notes of vanilla and sweet bourbon, with hints of chocolate fudge, and marshmallow.
T: Rich and smooth flavors are decadent and potent. Vanilla/marshmallow and bourbon up front, with leather, chocolate syrup, toffee, and caramel following. I get a hint of roast, peat, and coffee in the finish. Subtle underlying sugary sweetness throughout.
M: Thick body, rich and heavy mouthfeel with a touch of acidity. Bright carbonation is sharper than expected but finishes very soft and smooth. Bourbon is boozy but this beer isn't hot. Alcohol is hidden fairly well.
O: Decadent and rich with a complex integration of flavors. Everything melds together really well.

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

Pours an opaque dark brown color almost black like oil with khaki colored head. Bourbon, oak, chocolate, vanilla, and some roast on the nose; follows onto the palate. Full bodied. Finishes with bourbon and chocolate.

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Photo of GuitarIPA
4.09/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm normally not blown away by barrel-aged beers - not everything needs a dose of caramel and vanilla. I like they way it mellows out this very bitter (to my taste buds) stout. The original has lots of charred/roasted malt. This adds a nice sweetness, courtesy of the caramel and vanilla, to balance it out.

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Photo of timmy2b
4.49/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into aa goblet style glass. Dark Black with a caramel colored head which was small and left lacing around the edge of the glass. Chocalate and a small amount of coffee in the taste. A slight hint of vanilla as this warms. Boozy taste is mild and is in the aftertaste. 10.9% alcohol hidden very well. This is delicious and I would recommend!

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

A little thin and a little sour, but no other negatives in my opinion. Holds up well with cellaring. The bourbon is not overpowering allowing for it to complement the roasted malts quite well. The cost is prohibitive.

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Photo of angelmonster
3.93/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I believe this review is of a two year old bottle

Pours pitch black with a super thin, mocha colored head. Body is opaque and with lots of bubbles.

Aromas are heavy on oak, burnt caramel, sweet fudge, bakers chocolate. Dried fig, plum, and prunes emerge as beer warms. Hops arent present, alcohol is lightly detected but I'm not really getting bourbon. Head retention was bad and lacing was non existent.

First taste is of plum, dried fig, slightly oxidized soy sauce, kinda reminds me of Bcbs. Burnt malts and oak come next, surprised that for almost 11% alcohol Im not getting a ton of it. Guess its a double edged sword since I'm missing the bourbon.

Mouthfeel was medium bodied and highly carbonated. Head was sorely missed, beer is slightly oily going down.

Overall, good beer but not what I was expecting from an Imperial Stout aged in Bourbon barrels. Would have liked some bourbon, didnt get any, would have also helped to have some head retention throughout the beer.

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

On tap at Dommys pizza
A. Pitch black brown with two fingers of tan head medium lacing.
S. Rich bourbon dark chocolate roasted malt caramel toffee, coffee
T. Deep and rich bourbon, slight woody tone, burnt caramel and toffee, slight roasted coffee and smooth sweet chocolate.
M. Creamy rich and smooth silky texture deep and thick.
O. Excellent bba strout, rich and thick

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Photo of CHickman
4.32/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours onyx black color with a 1-1.5 finger tan foamy head that was full of bubbles of all sizes which were popping as it dissipated slowly, leaving very good spotty lacing clinging to the sides as it slides down. Typical ominous looking RIS.

Smells of molasses, dark chocolate, cocoa powder, vanilla, oaky notes, roasted malts, charred wood, bourbon, ashy or smoke elements, brown sugar, toffee, coffee grinds, espresso and earthy notes with a sprinkle of piney hops. The roasted notes and bourbon come off as sweet, with the cocoa and vanilla accentuating the barrel aged influence. The chocolate weaves in and out of the booze, malt, barrels and caramel sweetness while allowing depth and complexities to come out as it warms. Very well done.

Tastes of dark chocolate, vanilla, cocoa powder, oaky notes, molasses, peat moss, charred wood, roasted malts or smoked grains, woody barrel flavors that let you know this was aged in bourbon barrels. Next wave is French roast coffee or a very burnt Starbuck's bold, mild dark fruits, brown sugar, some more oaky notes, milk chocolate, mild peppery spices, candied sugar, bourbon with minor heat, and an espresso/bitterness combo. Sweetness does not cross over into cloying, the booze adds heat and flavor but does not offend, the barrel and oak influence adds complexities and overall it's a nicely balanced and very tasty RIS. At almost 11% ABV it goes down easier than it should, which is a good thing.

Mouthfeel is smooth and almost slick, on the thin side but still close enough to medium to have that RIS feel. Roast is present, bitterness is present, booze/bourbon is present, and the carbonation is quite mild and timid as it allows the alcohol to provide a mild burn as it slides down smooth. A slow sipper indeed, this finishes on the dry side with a lot of cocoa, molasses and dark chocolate in the finish. After your mouth dries it seemed to me like I just had a shout of bourbon, which is alright with me.

Age the base beer in bourbon barrels for 11 months and this delicious brew comes out...more please, this was excellent. The alcohol is present but not too hot, the stout roasty notes come through and mix well with the bourbon and barrel aged sweetness. I assume this would age with the best of them as it seems to be this year's vintage, so I'd love to get another bottle to age a year since it was great at this stage. Seek this out.

1/15/2017-Had another bottle from the batch I got in late 2015 and this year plus aged bottle was sweeter with a lot more fruit and sugary notes in the flavor, to the point that it's got syrup like qualities. The alcohol burn is gone but sadly so is the stout roasty notes, barrel accents and any coffee taste. What's left is sweetness, mild sugary sweet bourbon and lots of dark fruit. Better a year ago IMO.

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Photo of Thomas_Wikman
4.57/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I just had it in a Westvleteren goblet, dark with an inch thick brown head. This bourbon barrel aged Russian Imperial Stout had a pleasant aroma and a lot of flavor, vanilla, dark fruits, lots of chocolate, some bourbon, but it was not very boozy. Flavorful but easy drinking. Very nice.

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Photo of BlurryVisi0n
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Served in a snifter glass from a 12oz bottle.

Appearance: medium bodied brownish black with medium to heavy bubbles all over. Head is about a notch or so underneath a finger's length coming off a dark tan color...automatically gets extra points with me.

Smell: Strong scotch whiskey like scent coupled with a dose of espresso and roasted sugars. Beautiful scent but dissipates quick after a sniff or two.

Taste: Complex taste with malty chocolate and espresso. Not overly bitter the with a molasses brown sugar sweetness offsets the brew.

Mouth: sticky beer, has a maple syrup feel at the end which might be the brownsugars talking and how well they stick. Medium carbonation with light coffee at the end.

Overall: Very good brew, not sure if I would say if it is better than the original might be more of the mood you are in. Some beers in my opinion are better left untouched. Have a taste and you decide. Salud!

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Photo of strohme2
3.32/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

2014/2015 bottling.
It has all the aspects of a great bourbon barrel aged imperial stout. Good nose, good taste initially. It's a little thin but I could look past that if that was its only fault. The taste starts out with chocolate, coconut, bourbon, vanilla but finishes with a tartness that I'm not sure is from the barrel itself or some sort of minor infection. The bottle is a year old so not sure.

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Photo of von_kaiser
4.22/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is quite good but something leaves me wanting (expected?) more. Pour and swirl..viscosity, check! Dark, 1.5 finger tan head. Scent..woof (boozy molasses). Taste..light, bitter, no chocolate, char, alcohol well hidden... Mouthfeel..not overly thin but on lower side of the thin spectrum. O...idk...put some more chocolate or some salt or somethin up in dis bitch. Misses the sweet note but overall a good offering.
Little Mac used deer antler spray.

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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 larryi86
4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Thank you SomethingClever for this!
12 oz oz bottle poured into a tulip

A- Black with a three finger light mocha head.

S- Slightly bourbon heavy, rich chocolate, oak, some roasted malts, dark chocolate, some vanilla.

T- Dark chocolate, dark fruits, bourbon, oak, some roasted coffee, hints of vanilla.

M- Smooth, medium body.

O- Almost smell like BCBS, but the taste isn't as big as the nose. Body is a little thinner than I like. Overall this a solid barrel aged stout that I would be happy to try again.

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Photo of K-Dog
4.46/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This was my night cap for Christmas day. Was sitting on thus for over a year and what a treat. Thought this was really really good fresh. Is even better with age. One of the best ba stouts out there glad a just picked up a couple more fresh bottles to age some more. At a 93 I think this one is slighted under rated.

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Photo of Sabtos
3.47/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

The heat of the bourbon in this is overpowering for some. I normally am not into these beers, but the power of Siberian Night creates a roasted sweetness that stands up to the bourbon well.

They don't consistently use the same types of bourbon barrels, probably not unique to this brewery, but they use tons of them, and only go through two generations before moving on to the next.

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Photo of seedyone
4.31/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

From bottle at home. 25F outside, so this is the ticket. Thick pour yields a dark rich head that settles into a foam thick as the malted milk shakes of my youth.

Remember when Guinness had a head the could carry your initial to the bottom on a biscuit-like 'raft'?

This stuff started out that way but gave up half way down. Still, it was the nearest I've seen in years.

Had the coloration of espresso, head & body, but way less coffee in the taste, which I found surprising, but not disappointing. There is plenty going on.

There is a clever puckering bitterness that lets you know this is an adult beverage. The alcohol is there but very discrete. Body is thick...chewy & creamy.

What's not to like? Even the 9.7 ABV means I can have another.

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Photo of Pahn
4.07/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a Captain Lawrence tulip.

Appearance: Pours black with a frothy tan head with Orval-ish retention and lacing (read: huge).

Smell: Slight chocolate and vanilla. Lots of new American oak character. Subdued but pleasant.

Taste: Very well melded flavors: lots of oak, which sort of vanilla-softens all the roasted malt. Almost has a coffee infused chocolate milk flavor, with a big heat of heat in the finish and a decent amount of oak flavor throughout.

In truth, I like my flavors a bit bolder, a bit less sweet, and a bit less milky. That said, this is an impressively put together beer. Nothing clashes, the heat is welcome, and it gives a nice long aftertaste of malt and oak. With warmth, some molasses notes come out as well.

Mouthfeel: Thin side of medium bodied. Despite not being full enough, the feel is so velvety smooth that I forgive that. No dryness at the end but an intense, building alcohol heat like drinking straight whiskey.

Overall: Not much to complain about here. Subtle, soft, warming BBA beer that fits the season well.

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Photo of PicoPapa
4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

2015 Vintage. Pours a pitch black color with over an inch of frothy dark brown head. Lots of lacing. The aroma is lots of Bourbon with vanilla, caramel, wood, and dark chocolate. The taste is plenty of cocoa and bourbon. Vanilla, toffee and some espresso towards the end with more cocoa. Woody, bourbon finish. Wildly drinkable. Lots of carbonation. Sweet and boozey. Overall, fantastic.

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Photo of thefreakinjman
4.61/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

12oz B, Bottle Date 05/10/15, Enjoyed 11/23/15

A: onyx black with thick mocha head, a medium 5 min head retention

S: bourbon, cocoa, vanilla, sweet alcohol

T: bourbony oak, roasted malt, with fantastic bitter chocolate transition to milk chocolate finish that lingers

M: smooth, thick body, low carbonation

O: Wonderful bourbon aged imperial stout. Aging picked up lots of great bourbon, oak, and vanilla flavors that blend in smoothly with the roasted malts and chocolate finish. Nice warming feeling. Gonna take the next one outside in the yard and watch the christmas lights blink and bloop.

My GF w/celiac review:
"It looks dark, like coffee. Oh what. Yeah this smells like Riesling. Yeah Riesling. Ok that what it initially smells like, but then now smells like chocolate"

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Photo of zac16125
4.28/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Thirsty Dog Barrel Aged Siberian Night
12oz bottle into a snifter
2015 vintage

A: Just black, 1 finger light tan head, decent retention and a few spots of lacgin. 4.25

S: Lots of roasted malt, lots of oak, some cocoa, bourbon. 4.25

T: Cocoa, oaky herbaceous, roasted malt, some coffee like bitterness. Quite good. 4.25

M/D: Silky smooth, carbonation appropriately low, drinkability is very good, ABV is unnoticeable. 4.5

O: Solid beer. Quite enjoyable. 4.25

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Photo of SomethingClever
4.48/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into snifter

A: mocha head big fluffy and dissipates to a small 1/4 inch deep pure blackness

S: smells like bourbon, oak barrels, toffee, vanilla, a little bit of chocolate, and roasted malts

T: the taste follows the nose perfectly such a deep soft bourbon flavor without the burn. So much here big oak, velvety chocolate and vanilla with sweet creamy toffee then a roast malty.

M: creamy full and great but the bourbon makes it just thinner than a perfect stout.

O: Outstanding Thirsty Dog crushes barrel aging. This is a fantastic barrel aged stout. The bourbon just explodes apart in distinct flavors, and then the stout tastes amazing on the aftertaste. This beer isn't cheap but you won't be disappointed.

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Photo of ryanhooks81
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

poured from 12oz bottle into tulip. inky black with a nice 1/4 inch of foam that dissipates into a ring. minimal lacing. huge vanilla nose. very drinkable ba stout, but a little pricey.

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Photo of YodersBeerEmporium
3.79/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A very solid Bourbon barrel stout… But there was something a little bit funky on the finish that I didn't enjoy terribly… That was the difference between this being a good Bourbon barrel stout and this being a great Bourbon barrel stout

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

looks good in the glass, jet black with a thin tan head. the nose is almost all chocolate with a touch of whiskey. you get more balance in the taste with not as much heat and everything being toned down...more so than I would have thought. it was thinner than many other elite BA stouts but it was very drinkable.

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Bourbon Barrel Aged Siberian Night Imperial Stout from Thirsty Dog Brewing Company
4.19 out of 5 based on 1,155 ratings.
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