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 justinp444
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass this beer has a pitch black body with a chocolate inch a half thick head. Smell of roasted malts, chocolate, bourbon, vanilla, some oak, and cherry. Taste is bourbon, alcohol, chocolate, tad bit of coffee, very dry, little bit of maple sweetness, vanilla, toasted oak, and some dried fruit on the end. It has a full body with a moderate to full mouth feel. A little bit too dry and too much alcohol but not bad BA stout.

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Photo of manfromanotherplace
4.21/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The usual looking dark stout, retains a faint head.smells of dark fruit and bourbon.taste is good, quite strong and not very subtle.slightly carbonated feel. Taste on the back end is also fruity, a very solid beer but as a huge fan of ba stouts its not top class.

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Photo of beersdmf17
4.19/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Solid base beer, pours with thick with aroma of bourbon and hints of vanilla and oak. The taste is dominated by the dark malt, full of chocolate, coffee, and bitterness. The tannins, oak, vanilla and bourbon all play well together. The mouthfeel is nice but not super thick. Lingers nicely in the mouth. The bitterness was present but I wouldn't call this infected. Overall a really solid barrel aged stout that isn't that hard to come across.

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Photo of HopHunter19
4.85/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A - 4.25 - dark brown-black beer with a mocha head that sticks, not much lacing, really inviting looking
S - 4.75 - Bourbon, vanilla, molasses, cream, tiny bit of buttered popcorn, coffee, roasted malts
T - 5 - Big bourbon and roasted malts, dark chocolate, cocoa, burnt marshmallow, molasses, dark fruits, vanilla, very robust barrel aged imperial stout
M - 5 - thick, alc covered, aftertaste is roasted malts and bourbon
O - 4.75 - This is a great BBA imperial stout. I would definitely pick it up again. Price point is about right @ 6-8 bucks / 12 ounce bottle.

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Photo of alarmclock314
4.41/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

No bottle date. Had this right after the non-BA version. Pours black with a large-sized light brown head. Smells of roasted malts, bourbon, and cocoa. The taste follow closely, very similar to the smell. Medium body and medium-high carbonation. Overall, a well-rounded and satisfying BA stout. The BA version has more carbonation (surprisingly) and some good bourbon notes.

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Photo of mlockman
4.21/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Deceptively smooth given its high ABV; not an overwhelming bourbon flavor, rather it blends well and the archetypical imperial stout flavor still shines through.

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Photo of ThickNStout
4.42/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Gold foil capped 12oz bottle from Bruisin Ales (Asheville, NC). 6.99. 2015 release, no dicernable bottling date. Served in a Clown Shoes snifter.

Pours oil black with a half finger of dense khaki head. A milky layer and healthy halo remain, leaving all sorts of lacing from specks to chunks to a few sheets.

The aromas leap from the glass to fill my nostrils. Rich bourbon, brown sugar, vanilla, wet oak, chocolate and roast. Very nice.

The flavors are full, rich and vibrant. Bourbon, vanilla and chocolate all greet the palate with a mild boozey heat. The taste is rounded out by roasty malts, coffee, dark fruit, burnt caramel, faint smoke and charred wood. The alcohol is present and appropriate without distracting. An enjoyable blebd of typical Russian imperial stout with barrel character.

The body is silky, creamy and full with soft carbonation. The lingering aftertaste blends bourbon, roast and dark cocoa.

I know I've had Siberian Night a few times before and it was never like this. Between the layers of flavor imparted by 11 months in the barrel and the full, rich body this is a much more decadent beer. This may bot be a full-on chart topper but is well worth a try.

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Photo of BullDoza
3.86/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Extra from a recent trade. Was really excited to try this one when I unburied it from the box and bubble wrap.

A: dark, but poured a little thin. small, tan head. little carbonation. looks the part. 4.

S: chocolate. roasty. slightly sweet. barrel is subtle; not the most intense BB character I've ever encountered. 4.25

T: follows the nose. more bourbon on the taste, but still muted. finishes with a bitterness that, while I don't hate it, comes too strong, too quick. the kind of slight bitterness you'd appreciate on a very barrel forward beer...for balance. 3.75

M: medium. as with all BA stouts, thicker the better IMO. this one doesn't quite get there. 3.5.

O: a very good BA stout. Is it a beer to seek and trade for? Probably not. Is it a very good extra and worth grabbing if given the opportunity? Sure is. Would love to try the base here. Would also like more of the barrel to shine through in this one.

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Photo of UrbanCaveman
4.41/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle, poured into a snifter at ~45 degrees F.

Appearance: Pours your usual RIS impenetrable black. Forms a fizzy head of deep tan bubbles, which dies rather swiftly - by sip #4, there was not even a ring. Carbonation lines the bottom of the snifter, making it appear almost tan at the bottom.

Smell: Oak, caramel, and vanilla well out of the glass so thick you can practically fold them. There are hints here and there of dark stone fruit and chocolate, but it's mainly that caramel-vanilla blend.

Taste: Bourbon opens the flavor rush in a torrent of oak, caramel, and vanilla, almost exactly as the nose promised. As the initial burst of booze subsides to an undertone, bitter dark chocolate and dark-roast coffee manifest, with faint plum and currant rolling through as well. At the finish, the oak character surges back to the forefront, leaving an aftertaste of wood from a plum barrel, soaked in caramel and booze. As the beer warms, the plum and currant become bolder in the flavor profile while adding a hint of date, and the chocolate is joined by a touch of blackstrap, while the coffee fades a bit into the background.

Mouthfeel: Full-bodied but not quite chewy, this beer glides smoothly along the palate.

Overall: I'm glad this is currently a shelf beer for me, available any time I decide to purchase it. I'd put this up against most any hyped limited rare barrel-aged stout, and expect it to come in at least 90% as good, if not as good or better. Thirsty Dog knows what they're doing in the barrel-aging department.

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Photo of Greywulfken
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: black as night stout with a finger of mocha-colored foam

S: bourbon wafts o'er chocolaty malts, kicking up aromas of vanilla and chocolate syrup, lightened by pale oaky wood notes

T: rich bittersweet dark chocolate enrobed by bourbon's sweet vanilla and booze; barrel wood and coffee round off the flavors

M: smooth and dense, subdued carbonation, silky, faint vapors of bourbon

O: an excellent bourbon barrel stout, highly recommended.

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Photo of Get_Lowell
4.69/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Look: Black motor oil with half inch of dark brown foam.
Smell: Rich chocolate inundated with bourbon.
Taste: Explosive flavor: dark chocolate ,molasses, bourbon, slight vanilla on back end.
Feel, Medium bodied, much thicker than I anticipated after 11 months aging in a bbourbon barrel. Frothy too, carbonation held up well!
Overall: I am very impressed. Everything is well executed and this beer weathered the barrels like a champ. Lots of different flavors mingle on the palate.

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Photo of macher0
4.03/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle to tulip.

A: A very aggressive pour yielded a deep rich amber head that was very frothy. This slowly retreated looking like faded whipped cream on a Frappuccino. The color is near black, I'm getting a little transparency around the edges. The retreating head leaves monster laces on the glass. It has a moderate viscosity. This is how I like my stouts to look.

S: Sweet malts and straight bourbon come through if you put your nose in the glass. After wafting I get coco, toffee, caramel, and a little char. This has a very boozey nose.

T: The taste is more balanced than the nose. It has a sharp bitterness from the hops that balance out the sweet notes of the malts and bourbon barrel. I get charred oak barrel and bourbon, but they are not overwhelming, very nice. A little prune/fig/date sweetness on the very end.

M. A little sticky and harsh from the hops. This is not a let down, but an unavoidable outcome of the style. High carbonation. A little thin on the end.

O: A good hoppy BA stout. The opposite of your BCBS or Parabola. This has it's niche for sure. Not something I would seek out but I would purchase next years vintage off the shelf.

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Photo of stickydankhop
4.26/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

very nice. this is a drink one bottle and "your good" kinda beer. very dark, strong thick malt taste with backing of bourbon flavor. I am going buy some more to age. cant wait to taste it when aged

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From BeerAdvocate Magazine #79 (Aug 2013):

Thirsty Dog takes what is already pretty much a beast of a beer and dials it up a few notches with 11 months in bourbon barrels. The barrel flavor really takes a firm hold of this beer, though the aging certainly smooths everything out. Hunt a bottle down—you’ll be happy you did.

STYLE: Imperial Stout
ABV: 10.9%

LOOK: Complete darkness, lovely brown lace

SMELL: Bourbon, coffee, roasted grain, molasses, vanilla, alcohol, burnt raisins, faint licorice root

TASTE: Chewy, smooth, pulling wood, bourbon, big warmth, faint vanilla, aggressive charred grain, dark coffee, cacao nibs, modest hopping, black currants, brown sugar; drying, woody, roasty finish

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.28/5  rDev +1.9%
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 dmgeng
4.96/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

I have heard good things about this one but when my local bottle shop got a few cases I had to try it.

A - Inky black color. It pours thick with a nice 0.5 finger of fine light brown colored head. Great lacing.

S - Initially the sweet bourbon and dark chocolate hit the nose and then the robust stout comes in behind the lovely barrel tones. The stout flavors include chocolate, roast, caramel, and some vanilla. The barrel is not overpowering but perfectly complimenting.

T - A rush of flavor hits your palate with the sweet stout and barrel perfectly melded with the great stout flavors. Lots of the chocolate flavors resonate. The roast, caramel, and malt flavors blend perfectly with the bourbon, oak, and vanilla. This beer really is top notch and the sweet bourbon flavors are just terrific since there is no harshness, burn, or anything to detract from the flavors. There is some of the stout roasted bitterness to balance the decadent flavors of this barrel aged stout.

M - Quite high mouth-feel with light carbonation. This beer is thick but with a softness on the palate from the barrel. Not cloying but finishes with a slightly sweet stout flavor.

Overall, this is a tremendous and amazing beer. I am curious to see how age would impact the flavors but at extremely smooth and tasty this year I see no point to age it. Though the barrel is in the front it is smooth and flavorful and really adds a great deal to the amazing imperial stout. I still prefer more coffee tones of KBS but I really enjoyed this and would pay $9 a 12oz again next year.

Glass- Snifter

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Photo of DrDemento456
4.59/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Paid about 26 for the four pack. Into a pint glass. My 2200th beer!
A - Great looking head on this one real creamy looking deep mocha which makes for good lacing. Beer is as pitch black as possible really thick and oily like I like it.
S - Bourbon and chocolate on the nose bit of espresso and some leathery anise. Loving the sugary vanilla is a nice tough.
T - Surprising bit of roast and hops I must have drank this a little warm since I just chilled then 5 hours ago. Bourbon isn't that strong and chocolate isn't as sweet as I expected. A bit of leathery bite in each sip this is a very well made stout.
M - Slick and creamy the ABV doesn't bite as much as the bourbon. Tasty.

Overall I got 3 more of these so the next one will be served more chilled. Still very drinkable almost room temperature.

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Photo of Prager62
4.79/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Adding a review to a bottle that's been refrigerated since February. I prefer to review them fresh, but I really like this beer and feel it's held up well. Served in a twelve ounce tulip.

Look- Pours black as night with a generous mocha head. Looks nicely carbonated.

Smell- Vanilla, dark cherry, wet oak, and bourbon.

Taste- Chocolate, vanilla and dark cherry are up front, followed by bourbon. There is some tobacco and oak in the finish.

Feel- On the thinner side for such a large beer. It does have a slick feel with a good amount of bourbon heat.

Overall- While it may not be Bourbon County or some of the other big dogs, this is no mutt. A very complex and flavorful beer on so many levels. It was and is still easy to obtain around here. I hope that trend continues because I'll gladly buy at every opportunity.

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Photo of tillmac62
4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark as a starless night. Normal head, lacing and retention for a barrel aged stout.

Rich nose of bourbon over mostly chocolate, but roast and hints of dark fruit are also present. As it warns, coffee is noted.

Light full body with a rich smooth texture that is almost creamy. Normal carbonation for barrel aged with effervescence in the finish.

The excellent flavor profile is well balanced and complex. It begins with bourbon, under which is sweet dark chocolate that progresses to roast and coffee, then rotates to a caramel and dark fruit sweetness. Notes of raisin, plum and molasses are detected across the profile. It finishes smoothly with sweetness, and a slight alcohol note, roast bitterness and a fading bourbon flavor.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
4.45/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a pitch black color with a fingers worth of head that slowly fades down to a decent ring around the edge of the glass

S: Roasted malts, along with a very nice barrel character comprised of bourbon, oak, vanilla, and tannins. A little on the sweet side, almost like brownie batter with all the maltiness and barrel character. Not extremely complex, but definitely very nice

T: Follows the nose. Starts off with light roast, bourbon, vanilla, oak, chocolate, and a touch of tannic leather. Again, fairly on the sweet side but very nice. Alcohol goes almost completely unnoticed, and it is incorporated very nicely into the bourbon and vanilla notes. Finishes with more of the malt sweetness, roast, and mostly vanilla barrel character

M: Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation

O: A very nice BBA stout with a great base and even better barrel treatment. If you enjoy the original, this one is a must try. Also just pretty much a must-try in general

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Photo of mabermud
4.23/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Deep brown body. Medium brown head.
Smells like molasses.
Sweet malts, lactose, and barely a taste of bourbon barrel. Light coconut.
The feel is there, but not very substantial. Although, it fits nicely.

Overall - A lighter bourbon BA stout. Nice start and nice finish. Nothing lacking, nothing inspiring. Very good.

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Photo of StoutHunter
4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked up a bottle of Thirsty Dog's Bourbon Barrel Aged Siberian Night Imperial Stout last week for $5.99 at The Lager Mill. I've had Siberian Night more than a few times, but I've never had the barrel aged version and I've heard good things about it, so lets see how it goes. 2015 Vintage. Poured from a brown 12oz gold foil bottle into a snifter.

A- The label looks nice, it's like a combination of Wulver and Siberian Night and I think the gold foil makes it a little eye catching. It poured a nice dark black color that didn't let any light come through and it had a little over a fingers worth of light mocha colored head that died down to to a thin ring that stayed till the end and it left some sticky and patchy lacing behind. This is very nice looking beer, I have no complaints.

S- The aroma starts off with a slightly higher amount of medium sweetness with the bourbon barrels being the first to show up and they impart a nice mixture of oak, bourbon and vanilla aromas coming through. Up next comes a big milk chocolate aroma that leads into some dark roasted malts that impart some roasted, sweet malt and light caramel like aromas. This beer had a very nice aroma that was just what I would expect from the style.

T- The taste seems to be similar to the aroma and it starts off with a higher amount of medium sweetness with milk chocolate being the first to show up and it's just a little lighter than it was in the aroma and it's followed by the dark roasted malts which impart the same aspects that they did in the aroma. Up next comes the barrels which impart the same aspects that they did in the aroma, but this time they are a little lighter. On the finish there's no bitterness with some sweetness and just some slight alcohol flavors coming through with some milk chocolate and bourbon barrel flavors showing up in the aftertaste. This was a good tasting beer, it had everything that I look for in the style, but I wish it was just a little bolder.

M- Smooth, the alcohol was well hidden, not too crisp, a little velvety, on the lighter side of being full bodied with a lower amount of medium carbonation. This beer had a good mouthfeel that worked well with it.

Overall I thought this was a good beer and a good example of the style, it had pretty much everything that I look for in the style with all the key flavors showed up and the alcohol was very well hidden. This beer had good drinkability, it was smooth, the alcohol was well hidden, not too crisp, a little velvety, slightly filling and the taste did a good job at holding my attention, i think one is the perfect amount for me. What I like the most about this beer was the balance and the aroma, they were both very nice and they were the highlights of this beer. What I liked the least about this beer was that the taste wasn't just a little bolder like the aroma was. I would buy this beer again, it's a little expensive, but I think it's worth it. I would recommend this to anyone who likes Bourbon Barrel Aged Stouts. All in all I was pretty happy with this beer, i knew going in to this beer that it had a solid base and in the end it ended up working well with the bourbon barrels. I still think Wulver is my favorite from this brewery, but it's one of the better Thirsty Dog beers I've had and it's a pretty good and above average example of the style. Good job guys, this was a tasty beer, keep it up.

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Photo of ksimons
4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A-almost black with a thin layer of dark tan head that leaves a bit of lace around the top

S-vanilla, bourbon, roasted malt, and a bit of chocolate and molasses

T-taste is what I would expect from the smell. Dark malt chocolate, vanilla, and bourbon

M-medium to full body, light carbonation, very smooth and creamy

Overall a delicious beer and so smooth, a bit on the $$ side though

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Photo of bman13
5/5  rDev +19%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A pitch black beer with a very decent foamy, thick, tannish brown head, about 3 fingers. Extreme lacing present. Before pouring this beer, I was pleasantly enticed by the pure dark chocolate aroma and the smell of fresh vanilla bourban. Once poured, the aroma keeps building upon building and is far from unpleasant. Such a wonderful smell, like a Godiva chocolate factory I would imagine. Upon the first sip, I know this is going on my list of favorites. Thick but not too thick (like a watered down milkshake) and somewhat phantomly chewiness present. Taste is like the aroma, like a deep dark chocolate tootsie roll with vanilla bourban. It keeps getting better as it warms to room temperature as I'm typing this. Feel, like I said, milkshake. This beer needs to be on the top 250 list, way better than any other stout (barrel aged or not) that I've ever had. Please get some,this is truly world class.

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Photo of JohnnyHopps
4.32/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - The stout was a deep black with a bubbly mocha head.

Smell - In the aroma, booze was the dominant note.

Taste - Chocolate made the first impression. Oak and bourbon notes followed with perhaps a hint of vanilla. The carbonation gave the beer a smooth impression before the warm ending.

Mouthfeel - I thought the carbonation was near perfect, creating a real smoothness.

Overall - This is a solid barrel aged stout, but not an elite one.

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