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RATINGS: 236   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.9   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


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4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
weissblau (19) - - JAN 14, 2013
Very black with brownish tight bubbles. Aroma is actually not as rich as the flavor (perhaps itís too cold). Tastes of vanilla, charred oak, alcohol.


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
libertine (286) - rochester hills, Michigan, USA - JUL 28, 2015
pours opaque black with a very thin head that quickly dissipates. Aroma is fantastic. Roasted coffee, vanilla, chocolate, light smoke and bourbon. Taste matches the aroma and is fantastic as well. Hints of dark fruit. Full bodied, oily texture and sticky on the lips. The bourbon seems to be more present in the finish. All around this is a fantastic Imperial stout.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Bule (1207) - California, USA - JUN 20, 2015
12oz bottle pours a black color with a bit of head. Mild bourbon flavor that lingers. Blueberry fruit.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
AirForceHops (4508) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - JUN 18, 2015
Paid a steep price for this bottle at 7- 11 Kittery, ME. Spilt this bottle with Willrunforbeer, sorry it sucked! Pitch black color, no head. Aroma is light chocolate, mild oak, and a mild coffee grounds. No bourbon but it still smells proper.

The flavor is slightly sour oak, charred grain, mild chocolate hints. No bourbon found here at all. I have no doubt the sourness should NOT be here. Maybe the infection killed the bourbon? It upsets me that to pay a premium for a bottle and it is infected.... Nobody else has had a problem with infection??? Hard to believe it was just my bottle... *sigh*

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
WillRunForBeer (1419) - Massachusetts, USA - JUN 18, 2015
12oz bottle shared by AirForceHops. Thanks, Chris! Pours nearly black with a light brown head. Aroma is dark chocolate, vanilla, multigrain bread. Bourbon is missing from the flavor. Itís dark chocolate, coffee, vanilla, slight sour.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TBone (14161) - Pori, FINLAND - JUN 6, 2015
Bottle (from Brooklyn). Opaque black color, good beige head. Strong bourbon vanilla aroma, some toasted malts and alcohol. Medium-bodied to full-bodied. Sweetish vanilla, some alcohol. Vanilla overdose. A bit too much vanilla.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
maxifunk777 (27) - California, USA - MAY 23, 2015
A very good but not great beer but with that said I am sure there are plenty of people whoíll love this beer. Its enjoyable I would drink it again but not one I would seek out. Good job Thirsty Dog.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
tectactoe (3118) - Michigan, USA - MAY 13, 2015
UPDATED: MAY 14, 2015 Bottle: Very deep shade of brown, almost black in the center with a quarter-inch thick, light-tan layer of foam across the top. Huge bourbon barrel character in the nose. Heavy, boozy bourbon, wood, faint vanilla & back-end coconut. Light cocoa nib & caramel sweetness, but the booze is very pungent. Flavor is the same. Tons of bourbon flavor, although the heat isnít there. Itís pretty smooth, really, but the bourbon flavor is very dominant still. Oak, coconut, vanillin, burnt & caramelized sugars, roasted malt, a pinch of chocolate. A touch of sharp tannin towards the finish, lingering with bourbon & oak. Medium, silky mouth feel. Itís good but it would be better if the bourbon would just mellow out a little.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
UrbanCaveman (167) - Ohio, USA - MAY 7, 2015
12 oz bottle, poured into a snifter at ~45 degrees F. Appearance: Pours your usual RIS impenetrable black. Forms a fizzy head of deep tan bubbles, which dies rather swiftly - by sip #4, there was not even a ring. Carbonation lines the bottom of the snifter, making it appear almost tan at the bottom. Smell: Oak, caramel, and vanilla well out of the glass so thick you can practically fold them. There are hints here and there of dark stone fruit and chocolate, but itís mainly that caramel-vanilla blend. Taste: Bourbon opens the flavor rush in a torrent of oak, caramel, and vanilla, almost exactly as the nose promised. As the initial burst of booze subsides to an undertone, bitter dark chocolate and dark-roast coffee manifest, with faint plum and currant rolling through as well. At the finish, the oak character surges back to the forefront, leaving an aftertaste of wood from a plum barrel, soaked in caramel and booze. As the beer warms, the plum and currant become bolder in the flavor profile while adding a hint of date, and the chocolate is joined by a touch of blackstrap, while the coffee fades a bit into the background. Mouthfeel: Full-bodied but not quite chewy, this beer glides smoothly along the palate. Overall: Iím glad this is currently a shelf beer for me, available any time I decide to purchase it. Iíd put this up against most any hyped limited rare barrel-aged stout, and expect it to come in at least 90% as good, if not as good or better. Thirsty Dog knows what theyíre doing in the barrel-aging department.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
stoutgap (51) - Indiana, USA - APR 26, 2015
12 oz to snifter,black with small dark creamy head that left quickly, aroma of molasses,burnt,heavy alcohol, lacking the dark fruit and tobacco of the regular S.N. Med full body with average carbonation a bit thin for a RIS ,likely due to a bit to much bourbon. This is still a good beer

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beerathon (1556) - Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 23, 2015
This is a damn good beer. Black pour with semi-creamy cocoa colored head and lacing. Hop bitterness is present, along with big bourbon and oak notes, some bitter/dark and sweet chocolate, vanilla, roasted malts. Boozy, Itís a sipper.


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