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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 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 BrewUSA
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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Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.43/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle into a Cigar City snifter. Shared with schen9303.

Pours a .5 finger dark mocha colored head with little retention. Beer is a dense, opaque pitch black. Lacing is stringy and spotty with solid stick and big, oily legs. Really nice.

Nose is molasses, cocoa, anise, sweet soy sauce, dark fruit, roasted malt and booze. Deliciously deep and robust.

Opens espresso, dark chocolate, fudge, and roasted malt. Dark fruit flavors fade in gradually mixed with fudge and cocoa in the middle supplemented by a slight booziness in the background. Very sweet. A slight soy sauciness at the finish balanced by chocolate and more molasses and leather in the aftertaste. Awesome!

Full bodied with low carbonation. Oily and slick in the mouth and goes down warm and slightly boozy. Messy finish with a lingering, sticky aftertaste. Great for the style and flavor.

I dare say that this rivals BCBS in terms of availability/quality ratio. A very under the radar brew that's certainly worth seeking out!

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Photo of KornWallace
3.98/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Date: 6/5/14
Location: Hoptron Brewtique
Glassware: Tulip

Appearance: Black with no opaqueness. Lightly browned/caramel carbonation ring is all that remains from a pinky sized head that reduced quickly.
Aroma: Big smells of both sweet and bittering chocolate, caramel, toffee, and vanilla. Some roasted espresso aromas. Light bourbon and even lighter oak smell.
Taste: When the beer is colder the coffee and bitter chocolate flavors power through. But as the beer warms you really start to get the more balanced bourbon, coffee, toffee, vanilla flavors. There are big alcohol flavors as the beer warms as well.
Mouthfeel: Medium heavy to Heavy in body. Moderate to moderate high carbonation. High alcohol viscosity creates a very oily mouthfeel which reaches every corner of my mouth.

Notes: Wulver clearly holds the edge in the BBAged Thirsty Dog competition. But anyone who has either is clearly the winner.

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Photo of tdm168
4.05/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep, dark brownish black with half an inch of brown, foamy head. The nose has notes of deep roasted malts and chocolate. The taste is licorice and anise up front with chocolate and roasted malts in the finish. The alcohol adds some warmth and some faint esters to the finish. There's also a faint hop bitterness in the finish. The mouthfeel is full bodied, smooth, and mildly carbonated.

Overall this is a solid beer. A sipper for sure, but solid and delicious.

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Photo of gueuzedreg
4.03/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Strange big want for me for a long time.

A- Dark as blackness molasses, with the thinnest of lacing no legs. For some reason, I have really wanted to try this, and it is good in many areas.

S- Vanilla-barrel a bit upfront. Then base malt is next, not a good sign on BA stout. The bourbon barrel follows that with some dark fig char and toffee in the back.

T- A bit of vanilla upfront, nothing major. Smooth malt/charred fig/toffee backbone. Nothing mindblowing. But it is a bottle that I would purchase if on the shelves.

M- Very very smooth and creamy! Low carb so goes down easy. Very enjoyable, and sessionable for a ba stout if possible.

O- This has been my guilty pleasure tick over the past many months, and it does the job. Wish CO had this in 4-packs at cost waaay lower than UJS

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Photo of GarthDanielson
4.04/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a snifter, the beer pours an oily black coloring with a low profile, frothy, light tan head. Nose of rich vanilla, bittersweet chocolate, oaky notes, booze highlights, molasses, and dark roasted coffee. Amazingly balanced. Flavors are heavily roasted forward, with a solid balance of coffee and chocolate, with highlights of molasses, booze, wood, vanilla, and toffee. Very rich and smooth throughout. Heavy and layered. The body is insanely robust and smooth, with a velvety feel. The aftertaste is heavily roasted and bitter, with a solid vanilla and booze linger. Wow, this is heavy. The finish is smooth and slick, with a bitter and boozy linger. Subtle warmth that builds as you drink, as well. Great brew.

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Photo of Cubatobaco
4.06/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

No date on the bottle, but I'm sure it's this years.

Poured into a Westbrook Snifter from a bottle purchased at The Charleston Beer Exchange.

A - Pours pitch black with a fingers worth of khaki head. Leaves a somewhat splotchy lacing on the sides of the glass after swirling it around and a 1/4" head ring. Very common RIS appearance.

S - The nose reveals vanilla/oak initially with figs, dark roasted malts, dark chocolate, and a hint of alcohol. I believe there is a touch of rubber in there. The aroma is not as melded as well I would have hoped for such a highly rated stout. This is a very minute detail though.

T - On entry, you get the barrel flavor upfront followed by dark chocolate and loads of malts. There is very little hop presence in this beer. It tastes like you just ate a Hershey's Dark Special Chocolate miniature bar.

M - Slightly viscous and medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation. Leaves a spiciness from the barrels on your tongue and cheeks. Well balanced feel!

O - Of course there are far more superior BB stouts out there, but this is a great staple to keep on hand or give to some one that has never had a barrel aged stout. I'll re-review this in a few months and see if there is any change.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottle opened on 4.12.14

A - Pours a dark brown with a medium to dark tan head with good retention.

S - Lovely bourbon, chocolate and oak.

T - Bourbon, chocolate, oak, sweet and smooth.

D - Heavy body with good carbonation.

O - Very bourbon heavy, but very good. SImilar to BCBS. I know, I know.

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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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