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RATINGS: 231   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


4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
TonyDiUlio (653) - New Jersey, USA - NOV 25, 2011
Had at capons event with james, Dallas and andrew. Pour is dark dark brown. Nice lace. Aroma is sweet malts and dark Pomegranate. Flavor is sweet malts and ton of chocolate.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
pari6819 (55) - Florida, USA - MAR 28, 2012
The barrel aged version of this is very nice. The aging brings about some fantastic Vanilla qualities to the espresso chocolate qualities to this Imperial Stout. The barrel agin also in my opinion mellows this beer nicely. It adds just the right amount of Whiskey nuances without going overboard. Truly these qualities enhance an already fantastic beer adding complexity that is enjoyable and memorable.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Beerman6686 (5196) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 17, 2013
This one poured a very dark brown to black with a tan head. Aroma was big bourbon, fudge, light smoke, and vanilla. Flavor is similar, but not as big on the bourbon, very well rounded combo of a great impy and ba qualities . Not closing at all and even at 11% i could easily have a few of these.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
eelbasher (285) - New Jersey, USA - SEP 23, 2013
12oz to wine glass. Super inky black pour with a dark brown head. Huge vanilla, chocolate, roasted malts, brownie, smooth bourbon, and coffee. Insanely smooth and delicious! Almost like a liquid brownie sundae. Oak, chocolate, vanilla, roasted malts, and more throughout. The alcohol is damn near hidden. Just A+ stuff here!

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mcclainc50 (217) - New York, USA - MAY 10, 2014
Pours and inky black with a khaki head. Strong barley noise with chocolate and coffee notes. Flavors of roasted barley, chocolate and espresso with the barrel adding coming in on the backside, not overwhelmingly strong bourbon flavor, just a hint. Very good beer, find it and try it!

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
reggiedunlop (3410) - The dub c, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 28, 2015
Pours pitch black with a thick mocha head...great retention and lacing. Aroma has nice bourbon with toasted coconut, dark chocolate, vanilla. Flavor follows suit and adds notes of mild smoke and brown sugar...awesome! Mouthfeel is medium and creamy with a slightly boozy/oaky dark chocolate finish. So good!

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
cards04 (2162) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - MAR 26, 2015
A really great brew. Pours a thick inky black. Awesome aromas of bourbon, dark fruit, sherry. Tastes like whisky, a bit of sour cherry, vinous, sherry, dark fruit, dark chocolate, vanilla. Just a great beer.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jake65 (2873) - Boise, Idaho, USA - APR 4, 2015
Bottle: Near black pour with a finger of creamy brown head… dissipates fairly quickly. Nose is sublime; bourbon and oak, chocolate, vanilla. Same translates to the taste… light roast and a swirling blend of flavor. Really nice. One of the better barrel treatments that I can remember. Creamy feel and a slightly heavier than average feel. Looking back I had the original eight years ago (scored a 4.4) and this is an equally impressive experience some 2200 ratings later… outstanding. Admittedly my tastes have changed and so has the way I rate beers… really stands out in this case. Thanks a ton to JStax for sending this a while back.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
UrbanCaveman (159) - 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 it’s 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: I’m glad this is currently a shelf beer for me, available any time I decide to purchase it. I’d 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 they’re doing in the barrel-aging department.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
zach8270 (3802) - Henrietta, New York, USA - JUN 18, 2011
(draft @ Melt Bar and Grilled - Cleveland Heights, OH) Dark black pour with a thick and creamy tan head. Big coffee and vanilla aroma with some nice chocolate underneath. Chocolate and slight bourbon flavors at the start with a coffee, chocolate and light smoke flavor near the middle. Finishes with a sweet and oaky coffee finish with a lightly sweet aftertaste. Very roasty and very tasty.


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