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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

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 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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Photo of cvzigs76
4.16/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Slightly thin. Not quite opaque, with tinges of ruby around the edges. High carbonation and lacing for the style.

S: Somewhat muted. Heavy roast and baker's chocolate bitterness. Slight spice along with a caramelly/vanilly thing from the barrel.

T: Follows nose, but in a more profound sense. Dark Chocolate bitterness and heavy handed on the roasted malt. Less barrel character on the taste, but still remains is a sweetness and heat in the chest. Dark fruits peak their head upon warming.

Feel: Svelte

Overall: A nice experience for a barrel aged shelf beer.

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

Bottle was about 18 months old. Pours a dark mahogany color, collecting very black and opaque in the glass. The thin, cocoa colored head that was present receded into small islands on the surface. Decently complex aroma for a bourbon barrel imperial stout. Lots of vanilla and tobacco, dark chocolate cherry cordial, roasted malts, charred wood, with a burnt brown sugar sweetness. Th sick, full coating mouth feel, with a slight ashy consistency. Taste has smoothed out a lot since having a fresh bottle and the alcohol burn has completely faded. Taste of dark roasted coffee, bittersweet chocolate fudge, licorice, vanilla, and burnt caramel. Not worth the price they're charging around here but certainly an enjoyable beer.

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Photo of pagriley
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz into snifter. Unsure how old, but I assume about a year

L - pours oily and black with thin mocha head leaving slight lacing and a thin foam ring
S - Vanilla, oak, anise with a touch of chocolate fudge and soy sauce
T - Lighter flavors than I was expecting. Milk chocolate, vanilla, not much heat from barrel and a bit of astringent soy sauce on the finish
F - Medium bodied, fine carb. a touch syrupy on the lips

Overall a really solid BA offering. On par with the middle of the pack special releases.

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Photo of Bosoxfan20
3.84/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Pours a beautiful, silky dark black with a 1 finger creamy, dense head. Outstanding lacing. A lot of intense notes in the nose- chocolate, bourbon, vanilla, caramelized malts...did I mention vanilla? Taste follows nose, but maybe a touch softer. Lots of roasted malts, loads of chocolate, sweet molasses and charred caramel, some booze, but not crazy. It drinks really well. Surprisingly, the body is much thinner than I expected.

Overall, this is pretty impressive BA stout. Everything that I look for in the style is represented, except the thick, creamy body.

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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 JakerLou
4.6/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark black with a thin tan head, about half a finger. Head dissipated quickly. A little bit of lacing.

Smells of chocolate, vanilla, coffee, coconut, a touch a sweetness in the form of caramel.

Taste is big chocolate up front. Vanilla and coconut kick in with a nice hint of bourbon. Not very boozy considering it's almost 11% ABV.

Mouthfeel is velvety smooth. Has that nice thick feel like BCBS.

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Photo of SerialTicker
4.53/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

$7.49 for a single bottle -- that's up there with one of the most expensive 12oz bottles I've ever purchased. I had the original Siberian Night years ago before I fully appreciated the style. Now, I'm sort of revisiting that beer... but the BBA'd variety, and I'm really looking forward to it.

Appearance: Hard pour into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint was absolutely incredible. What a beer. Three fingers or so of a pillowy dark brown, creamy head on top of a pitch black abyss of a beer. My glass must not be in "primo" beer drinking condition, since I'm not getting any lacing despite the great head (heh, heh). Still, a phenomenal looking beer.

Smell: Bourbon. Barrel. Absolutely loaded and smells fantastic. Under that, coffee, subtle dark fruit, and a coconut aroma come through. The coconut is something I get periodically in the style -- really, that coconut makes me think of BCBS. This beer as a whole smells similar to BCBS, but just slightly less "hot" and intense.

Taste/feel: Good Lord this stuff is so good on every level. Vanilla and oak from the barrel with some awesome warming bourbon, deep roast, and quite a nice amount of a doughnut and coconut vibe as well... not much more that a guy can ask for. The beer finishes with a slight roast/char and even a caramel malt flavor that is just perfect combination. The finish is very, very slightly bitter -- as a whole, it's basically impeccably balanced. The feel is also damn good: moderately big and creamy but not syrupy thick body with a light-to-moderate carbonation that is very nearly perfect.

My mind is blown for two reasons. First, it's just an absolutely amazing tasting beer. Second, I can not fathom why this beer only has a 93 rating on this site. Recipe change? Dirty glasses? Mental retardation? I don't know, but this is a World Class brew if I've ever had one. I think this is considerably better than KBS, and maybe even better than BCBS (if not, it's a very close call) for a slightly more reasonable price, not to mention it's far easier to find than either of those beers.

This beer is an experience not like many others. An absolute, no doubt about it, must-try from Thirsty Dog.

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Photo of brewskifan55
4.31/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a tulip glass.

A: Dark as a Siberian night with brownish highlights. A tan one-finer head that hung around. Decent lacing.

S: Bourbon heavy (which I love) with caramel, toffee, charred chocolate and cocoa.

T: Like sipping a bourbon, neat. Bourbon dominates with caramel backing up the troops. Toasty chocolate, vanilla. Sultry and sinister. Sip slowly and taste the love.

M: Medium to heavy with medium, chewy carbonation.

O: Wish I could afford more of this exquisite treat. At $6.50 for a 12 ounce, this tasty delight is one for a long, cold night of celebration. A great New Year's Eve toast.

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Bourbon Barrel Aged Siberian Night Imperial Stout from Thirsty Dog Brewing Company
4.19 out of 5 based on 1,131 ratings.
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