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:
1,164
Reviews:
227
Avg:
4.19
pDev:
8.59%
 
 
Wants:
127
Gots:
330
For Trade:
74
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 1,164 |  Reviews: 227
Photo of oberon
4.44/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter jet black with a deep beige head that leaves a little lace as it settles quickly.Wow alot of fruitiness in the nose along with sweet alcohol,toast,and light vanilla,the alcohol is quite big but appetizing.Full and just as lush as all get out in the feel,to me it's perfect with the mellow carbonation and fullness.Fruity and vinious on the palate, the thick feel makes it even better,bourbon soaked dark fruit and vanilla with real butterscotch flavor in the finish.I have been wanting a beer lately to blow me away,this did.One of the best of 2013 for me.

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Photo of Kurmaraja
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dbrauneis
4.21/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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 ygtbsm94
4/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of Kegatron
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of Rifugium
3.88/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at Barcade, Philly, PA

Dark black pour with a ring of dark brown around the top, capped off with a thin, beige head. Aroma of dark roasty malts, wood, hints of bourbon and what seemed to be mild fruit esters. Taste of slightly charred oak, dark chocolate, dark malts, bourbon, hints of coffee and dark fruits. Heavy-medium body, pretty smooth for 11%, and quite nice overall.

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Photo of XmnwildX12
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of mendvicdog
3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

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 smithj4
4.31/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of drewone
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

1 year old bottle

A - Dark, midnight brown body with cola highlights. Tan head pours a finger high with nice retention and lace.

S - Nice soft roast, vanilla, caramel, sweet tobacco, and silky dark chocolate.

T - Molasses, burt bread crust, caramel, soy sauce, vanilla, almond extract, malted milk balls, oak, and brown sugar. Great balance and integration.

M - Silky smooth, medium frame.

O - Delicious, well balanced and super smooth. A great take on a BA imperial stout.

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Photo of duceswild
3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of mikesgroove
4.72/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

i have actually had this twice, once a while back and again recently, it just keeps finding me!

thick, black oil like liquid which had a tan head that really very slowly faded leaving behind lots of gooey sticky brown lace.

strong, main hints were of caramel, with some chocolate mixed in and a strong bourbon presence. Lots of sweet vanilla and almost a mocha smell as well, It was smooth, with not alot of carbonation. Huge bourbon whiskey type taste hit me right away as did the alcohol, this was not something to be messed with for sure. Very creamy thick feel and very strong alcohol presentation. Hints at french vanilla and a touch of chocolate rounded out the back side and added a bit of sweetness.

Overall this is probably one of the strongest tasting, in the sense of the upfront alcohol taste, I have had in a stout. A definate sipper and probably could use time to sit down in the cellar for a while. I would be intrested in trying some if it were bottled and sat/

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

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 mdfb79
4.28/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

From 08/02/13 notes. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a snifter.

a - Pours an almost black brown color with one inch of dark tan head and low carbonation evident. Looks very nice.

s - Smells of peanuts, bourbon, roasted malts, oak, milk chocolate, toasted malts, vanilla, and cream. Nice nose; tons of peanuts up front, making way to a lot of other things. Bourbon doesn't dominate but is nice.

t - Tastes of roasted malts, bourbon, oak, milk chocolate, peanuts, toasted malts, caramel malts, and light vanilla. Less peanuts here and a little more bourbon, but not hot at all. Very nice.

m - Medium to full body and low to moderate carbonation. Thick and smooth, no heat at all. Great mouthfeel and body for a BA RIS.

o - Overall I thought this was a great BA RIS, a nice improvement on an already good stout, and I'm super happy it is sold in 12 oz. bottles/4packs. I found there to be a lot of peanuts to it, but there is no heat and a lot of complexity. Glad I have a few bottles of this and worth seeking out.

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Photo of ZEB89
4/5  rDev -4.5%

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

Photo of orangesol
4/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of Alieniloquium
4.12/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Black with a nice khaki hrad. Uneven collar. A few islands.

Smell - Great bourbon. Coffee roasted malt. Oak and a smidge of vanilla.

Taste - Dark fruits. Dark roasted malts yield coffee and chocolate. Bourbon is less intense, but the barrel character and vanilla persists.

Mouthfeel - A little thin. Medium carbonation.

Overall - Great nose. The barrel seems to have diminished the body, but the flavors are good.

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

Photo of MarkyMOD
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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

Bourbon Barrel Aged Siberian Night Imperial Stout from Thirsty Dog Brewing Company
4.19 out of 5 based on 1,164 ratings.
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