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
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Thirsty Dog Brewing Company
Ohio, United States
thirstydog.com

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
1,166
Reviews:
227
Avg:
4.19
pDev:
8.59%
 
 
Wants:
127
Gots:
331
For Trade:
74
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Ratings: 1,166 |  Reviews: 227
Photo of EyePeeAyBryan
3.97/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BMart
3.5/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BcOneSeven
4.41/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Snoopy488
4.02/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Angerhaus
4.51/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Weak nose, but extremely well balanced BB stout. I'd probably recommend this to anyone who is looking for an introduction to BA stouts since the bourbon is present, but not overwhelming.

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Photo of KensWorld
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of kemoarps
3.99/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Like it's forebear it pours an inky black body, but unlike it's antecedent the head is much creamier and richer and lasts a bit longer. The lacing also seems more committed.

The nose will leave you with absolutely no doubt whatsoever how this beer was prepared. Bourbon bursts forth from the glass, with vanilla oak and caramel smoothe sweetness off the bat. There's a creaminess in there, and the chocolate begins to surface after the initial salvo is resolved.

Flavour starts off with these same big bourbon notes of caramel and vanilla and oak and smootheness, though it also (unfortunately to my tongue) brings in some of the sour mash side of that celebrated southern tradition that always reminds me of too many empty bottles of Evan Williams walking past the bicycle barn. The chocolate of the base comes through and tries to blend in and uplift the curled edges, but unfortunately it is not able to do so as effectively as it strives. The coffee that was so prevalent in the original is nowhere to be found, replaced by that other liquid staple already so dissected above.

Like it's parent brew, the body is creamy in an oddly deceptive way. The carbonation is dialed back a little bit and it carries that creamy character through to the end better, as does the bittering from the barrel.

This may not be an entirely fair assessment. I went into this expecting to like the original ok, and for the BA version to blow me away. The original exceeded my expectations, but this version fell a little short of what I was dreaming. I still like it quite a bit, but in the future I'd probably reach for the base version before this one even before factoring in price/availability/whatever else.

Thanks again to @WesMantooth for his generosity in sending these along as part of the NBS BIF #3 box and thus facilitating this little side by side. Corey, you're the man!

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Photo of ONovoMexicano
3.85/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured a 12 ounce bottle into a snifter.

Beautiful looking beer. Not going to describe in detail because I really need to talk about the aroma and taste of this beer.

It's bursting with milk chocolate. It's very distinct both in flavor and aroma and if I were drinking a regular stout I'd curtsy, tip my hat and alla that. But this is supposed to be aged in bourbon. I feel like this was dipped in bourbon. Like when you put your big toe in the pool or tub to check the temperature. Like when Achilles was dipped in the immortal pool and every part of his body was safe except for that damn heel. Well this beer is like the heel. It's the part that somehow didn't get the bourbon. It's like the slaves in Texas that found out slavery was over way after the emancipation proclamation and the end of the Civil War. This beer did not hear about the bourbon proclamation.

And look, I know you've got these folks that want every beer to be bourbon with some malt and hops and shit, but I'm not that person. I appreciate the subtlety and I'll even concede that there is some subtle bourbon here, but this just feels a little too much like someone splashed a half cap of some liquor in my beer.

Ah well, it's got a good body. Nice milky sweetness. It's rich. It's not all bad. Hell, it's far from bad.

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Photo of flaskman
4.24/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This beer pours very dark with moderate head and decent lacing. You can taste the bourbon quite well. Not overly boozy but just enough. Not too sweet but it is notable. I have been drinking this along with KBS and Bourbon County. I found it to be very well balanced. Good mouth feel and great taste. I like it better than the KBS because the boozyness is not overpowering. Just enough to make it enjoyable. A great Imperial Stout. If I had one gripe it would be the price but again I found it to be a great stout. A hidden gem. To me it tastes like what Storm King could had been with more refining. I will buy it again.

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

Photo of petrusek23
4.6/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Ikeithbot
4.75/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

A: Pours a clear yet opaque jet black in color with slightly more than moderate amounts of active visible carbonation at the edges near the surface of the glass and some faint dark cola brown highlights. The beer has a half finger tall creamy dark mocha head that reduces to a medium to large patch of very thin film with a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of roasted and burnt malts with moderate to heavy amounts of bourbon, vanilla, and oak.

T: Moderate to strong flavors of roasted, chocolate, and burnt malts with some bittersweet chocolate notes. There are fairly strong flavors from the bourbon barrel aging of bourbon, vanilla, and lighter oakiness. Light hints of alcohol and some hints of bitterness in the finish.

M: Full bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Moderate amounts of dryness and some alcohol warming in the finish.

O: This is a really enjoyable bourbon barrel aged beer and definitely one that I would recommend. The alcohol is relatively well hidden but this is definitely a sipping beer.

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Photo of glass_house
4.18/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Very good, not quite great BA stout. Bourbon character is there, but somewhat subdued. Hints of vanilla and oak, but not a major improvement on the base beer. The body is silky smooth, just a bit on the light side for the style and abv.

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Photo of A_Rad
3.71/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Cycle69
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jmg480
4.27/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Brown120
4.38/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Harrison8
3.9/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours black with a good looking, medium-thin creme colored head. Hardly any lacing left behind. Boozy bourbon alcohol, and roasted malts form an aroma that will wake you up and singe the hairs in your nose. Smooth malty opening, with a boozy bourbon burn right behind. Sweet caramel and chocolate follow up. Bit of a bitter finish. Really hit or miss on it. Mouth feel is bold and robust. Not the most filling, but still good presence. Overall, a good BA imperial stout. Aroma is a bit boozy, and the taste features a bit of a bourbon burn. Still good otherwise though.

Served in a 12oz snifter.

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Photo of GregBinder7
4.12/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Exceptional BBA Imperial Stout. Great flavors all through and pours a nice rich and dark color.

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Photo of craftaholic
4.69/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of mikel52588
4.87/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of ER527
4.96/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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

Photo of Richie_Rich_
4.41/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of geodonnokepyo
3.26/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bourbon Barrel Aged Siberian Night Imperial Stout from Thirsty Dog Brewing Company
4.19 out of 5 based on 1,166 ratings.
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