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Thirsty Dog Siberian Night Imperial Stout (Bourbon Barrel)

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RATINGS: 149   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.85   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 62   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
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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.
2013 vintage: 10.9% abv, 58 IBU


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JohnGalt1 (309) - , Idaho, USA - APR 15, 2014
Buckeyeboy provided this 12oz bottle tonight at a random Tuesday tasting. Pours pitch black with a coating thickness... dark brown head leaves good lacing. Nose has pretty good barrel presence, but seems pretty ashy. Vanilla and hints of cocoa are hammered pretty heavy by an acrid dark malt presence. Flavor is a little better... slightly more sweetness helps tie the barrel and dark maltiness together... but it falls pretty flat on the finish and a lingering ashy/burnt malt profile just hangs and hangs. Body is lighter than expected... carbonation is pretty proper. Thanks again Jeremy!!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Jesterdeal (1640) - Marlton, New Jersey, USA - APR 4, 2014
Small bottle shared with the boys. Aroma is heavy oak barrel, bourbon, cocoa, dark chocolate and vanilla. Pours deep black with a very small brown film. Great vanilla, bourbon, oak and cocoa taste. Roasty mouthfeel and not too sticky. Just a great stout. Would gladly pound one of these things myself.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Advocate_Ames (384) - Pennsylvania, USA - APR 3, 2014
The bourbon ba siberian night pours a deep blackish brown with a minimal ring of khaki colored foam that stuck to my glass. The aroma has an inviting sweet boozy bourbon scent with vanilla, chocolate, soft oak, mild roasted malt tones, and a milk cream or sugary glaze like sweetener. In tasting I picked up on a mild to medium intensity of roasted malts, mild booze, minor but defined bitter sweet chocolate and sugary like flavor. The finish is enjoyable, nothing is too much or overbearing. Also this beverage was kind to my palate. Overall a rather good brew. Personally I liked that this drink was not too rich but still very favorable.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
jrob21 (2351) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAR 28, 2014
Bottle back from Bestway in NC. Shared with EricTeusink. Pleasantly surprised at the complexity and texture here. Barrell adds to an already complex beer but in a complementary way. Aromas of vanilla and whiskey, a little bit of soy sauce. Flavor is more straight stout. Roasty malt and bittersweet with a little pepper spice on the back of the palate. Finish is chalky texture with milk chocolate flavors. A personal fave of mine when you can get that texture and rich chocolate in there. Lots going on and really complex but all working together well. A below the radar beer that needs to get some more love.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
EricTeusink (631) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAR 27, 2014
This rate has been compromised by Atlanta pollen and the allergies it induces. Pours nearly black with nice tan head. Scent is booze, coffee, and dark chocolate. Nice sweet bourbon front with solid back bite. Thick and creamy with nice carbonation. Bottle - Shared by Jrob21

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ThirstyBird (1181) - Düsseldorf, GERMANY - MAR 26, 2014
Danke southbierboy! Pours very dark brown black with a small deep tan head. The aroma is vanilla, toasted coconut, bourbon, roasted malt, molasses and dark fruit. The taste is dark roasted malt, dark chocolate, bourbon, coconut. The body is medium+ with soft, fine carbonation. A tasty BB stout for sure.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
budznsudz (464) - Audubon, New Jersey, USA - MAR 22, 2014
Midnight black pour, ample tan head that settles to a ring. Aroma of chocolate, anise, vanilla, oak, and bourbon. Taste is fudge, bourbon, wood, and caramel. Thick, chewy mouthfeel. Great stuff.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bytemesis (2572) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - MAR 19, 2014
Bottle thanks to awlcordell. Pours opaque black with a small creamy dark brown head that dissipates with nice lacing. Aroma is dark roasted malt, bourbon, cocoa, dried fruits, vanilla. Flavor is much the same, well balanced barrel notes contribute but do not dominate. Lightly sweet, medium roasty bitterness, coffee & vanilla on the finish. Full bodied and creamy. Lightly warming finish due to ABV.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
barn0216 (359) - California, USA - MAR 18, 2014
Bottle shared with bytemesis, big thanks! Black pour, foamy but it goes quickly. Very nice aroma of bourbon, cherry, tobacco, chocolate. Similar flavor with more emphasis on wood and tobacco, bourbon is still prominent though. Finish brings in some ash. Delightful.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jbeatty (945) - New York, USA - MAR 13, 2014
Bottle, thanks to Alan, 03/13/2014. Pours black, thin light tan head, medium ring of lacing. Aroma is dark chocolate, sweet toffee and roast, touch of marshmallow, vanilla, chewy bourbon finish, round. Taste is dark chocolate toffee, roasted malts, vanilla bourbon, booziness adding bitterness to balance but not overpowering. Medium heavy body, just shy of creamy. Really well balanced all in all, well done.


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