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 dmgeng
4.96/5  rDev +18.4%
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 +9.5%
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 +14.3%
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 -2.6%
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 +6.2%
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 +1%
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 -2.6%
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 tlema1
4.28/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: jet black, thin tan head
T: bourbon and roasty malts
T: see smell, hits the mark
F: smooth, rich, creamy and boozy
O: one of my favorite BBA stouts

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Photo of ksimons
4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
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 +19.3%
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 +3.1%
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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Photo of StoutItOutLoud
4.27/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Layers of toffee, gooey caramel, and dark chocolate on the nose, with the bourbon lingering in the back; on the flavor, there's dark chocolate and berry primarily, the latter imparting a good deal of sweetness. Very long aftertaste on this one, mostly of relatively low cacao dark chocolate

Overall, this is a very sweet, but enjoyable RIS. Just the right amount of bourbon.

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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 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 MANix73
5/5  rDev +19.3%

The only beer that's better is Bourbon County Stout. Thirsty Dog does a great job aging their BBA beers for 11 months. The time & care are very apparent in the flavor, aroma & taste of the finished product. Love this beer!

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Photo of ClePaul
4.61/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Thirsty Dog BA Siberian Night

Look 9/10
Smell 20/20
Taste 39/40
Feel 9/10
Drinkability 18/20

Overall 95/100

Monster Chocolate, Mocha and Bourbon Flavors right away... Vanilla, Coffee and Booze on the back end... Really well done. Absolutely complex and as tasty as a BA stout comes. KBS was always the standard setter for me. This could be the new bar setter. If you see it, grab it... It's an absolute delight in almost every regard~

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Photo of Ri0
4.8/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

poured 12oz bottle into chalice.

A - Black as night in color with thin tan head that retains a bit before fading into a ring, leaving some spots of lace on the glass.

S - The aroma is so wonderful. So much cocoa and milk chocolate. Hints of vanilla and bourbon with caramel and roasted malt.

T - This is rich and decadent, sublime and mellow. The roasted malts in the stout have big cocoa, chocolate, and waves of gooey caramel flavor. The barrel presence is divine with vanilla, bourbon, and marshmallow. Alcohol is not very noticeable.

M - Soft carbonation, full, velvety body make this a pleasure to sip.

O - This was even better than I thought it would be. I am not exactly sure how long it was aged, but I believe 8-10 months. However long it was, it seemed perfect to me. Pick this up and let it rest a bit for one of the better BA stouts.

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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 mhksuccess
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

pour from bottle into snifter
smell is awesome dark in color no head little lacing
chocolate coffee bourbon in smell
chocolate taste slight bourbon great mouthfeel
really easy to drink
no heat smooth and velvety

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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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Photo of joe1510
4.3/5  rDev +2.6%

12oz Bottle
City Beverage - Winston-Salem

Siberian Night is an appropriate name for such a libation. It's a black hole of a beer. Milk chocolate tinted foam grows to a finger in height on a hard pour. While the head does fall rather quickly to a thick ring and island of foam it does become creamy and luxurious. Drink lines coat the glass with each swallow.

The nose is rich, deep, and dark but all within reasonable balance. Dark chocolate, cocoa, ganache, and fudge are all present. When that depth of chocolate is married with the bourbon and barrel notes it's a match meant to be. the barrel aging adds vanilla and loads of wood notes that bring to mind pecans nuttiness. As this beer warms a solid roastiness evolves reminiscent of black coffee. Last but not least is a peppery alcohol bite. This stout really does have it all, in the nose department at least.

We get even more on the palate. Dark berries emerge, slightly sweet and ripe. The chocolate doesn't have as much depth but it's certainly still there with dark chocolate and fudge. Again, the barrel adds pecan nuttiness, a good helping of vanilla, oak, and a welcomed but soft sweetness. All flavor components are well integrated and in good balance. Each drink is slightly different from the last, something popping up here and something else popping up there.

The body is luxuriantly velvety with a density that fits well. The weight lies somewhere just short of full, there's none of that sickly sweet stickiness that are in so many beers of this size. With that explained, this beer is very drinkable for its abv. 12oz bottle is probably a better idea than a 22.

I've had a soft spot for Siberian Night since the first year I'd gotten into craft beer. It's still a damn good beer to me as a matter of fact. The bourbon edition? Yowza! It's a doozy. The balance is great, no one aspect dominates. Do yourself a favor and buy this beer.

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Photo of Mikus
2.89/5  rDev -31%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

On tap at a local C-Bus joint. Finger of off-white head over a deep, rich dark brown body. V. nice looker (just like my date!). Whiskey, whiskey, whiskey on the nose. I hope that you like whiskey. Same song as far as the flavors go... with just a hint of dark fruit emerging from the whiskey river towards the end as it warmed. Good carbonation (surprisingly), and a nice smooth mouthfeel. Perfect feel for a BBS. Well, I hope that you are ready for a whiskey punch in the face. It could use some time to mellow, and I am sure that this is much better with a little age on it. It was ok... but I wouldn't push my grandmother out of the way to get one. I am now becoming convinced that I enjoy BB-aged beers much more from a bottle, with at least a year under their belts... on tap may be too fresh, and too whiskey for my personal liking. I would like to give the standard Siberian Night a go some time... I am sure it is quite good.

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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 fgmiele
4.56/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark silky black into a snifter.. Looks viscose.. Deep espresso foam head that recedes quickly. Nose is sweet and smoky, you can smell the chocolate. Bourbon showcased very well in the taste.. Not overwhelmingly boozy at first but thick and hearty with a wallop of sweet heat towards the end. Overall a knock out of one of my favorite styles.

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Photo of hops202
4.55/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

2013 Vintage poured into brandy snifter.

A - Black on Black with some caramel head.

S - milk chocolate and creamy sweetness mixed with bourbon. Smells like a bourbon covered hot fudge sundae.

T - lots of chocolate and espresso blended very smoothly with the barrel. Alcohol is apparent but almost perfect. Very well done.

M - heavy but still smooth and creamy.

O - damn good BBA stout

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Bourbon Barrel Aged Siberian Night Imperial Stout from Thirsty Dog Brewing Company
4.19 out of 5 based on 1,151 ratings.
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