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RATINGS: 191   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.87   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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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
shigadeyo (3075) - Harrison, Ohio, USA - AUG 2, 2013

6/21/2011: Thirsty Dog Barrel Aged Siberian Night... Aroma: Cocoa nibs, dark chocolate, espresso, roasted malts, muted Madagascar vanilla, and a healthy does of alcohol! Appearance: Opaque black color; static, dense and frothy brown head; nice lacing. Flavor: Lots of barrel char; dark chocolate; hints of vanilla and coffee creme liqueur; quite a bit of bourbony alcohol (maybe a bit too much at times that unfortunately disrupts the intricate balance of this beer and masks the true underlying depth of complexity and flavor); nice warming burn through the nose. Palate: Medium-full to full body; smooth and milky texture; mellow. Overall: Absolutely delicious, but maybe just a touch over the top since more than one pint at a time could spell bad news; definitely has more alcohol and bourbon coming through making it less sessionable as the "regular version", but I always enjoy the flavor of char!

Draught (growler fill) from Party Town in Florence, KY. Rating #101 for this beer.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Errl (1732) - Plano, Texas, USA - AUG 2, 2013
Bottle thanks to jstax..Pour is dark black with brown sugar, honey, cinnamon, Graham cracker..Taste is nice coffee, spice, marshmallows, brown sugar, roast,

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
blipp (6326) - Newark, New Jersey, USA - AUG 25, 2013
Bottle. Pours black with a thin brown head. Medium bourbon sweetness, vanilla, coffee, medium roasted malts, and caramel, with light lingering bourbon notes. Good stuff.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
blklab2007 (2009) - Connecticut, USA - SEP 1, 2013
Bottle through trade. I have been a fan of the regular version for a long time and remember it being one of the stouts I fell for early on in rating. Cool to see the beer going for the big times with the fancy label and foil cap. Pour has a very dark brown color with a thin whisp of tan head that fell off to a ring on the glass. Aroma has oak, vanilla, bourbon, rich chocolate, and light oxidation. Mouth feel is medium heavy and the carbonation good for a barrel aged beer. Flavor again has a large barrel side, oak, heated bourbon, vanilla, chocolate, mild roast, and some bitterness. There is some heat that burns off a bit once it is in the glass a while and it comes off more rough than the regular version. The review may sound a bit critical but I really enjoyed this beer! Funny this one is rated lower than the regular version that has 10 times more ratings under itís belt, sign of the times for beer I guess.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
superspak (2824) - Michigan, USA - NOV 4, 2013
12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled in Spring 2013. Pours dense pitch black color with a nice 2 finger dense and rocky dark tan head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of dark chocolate, bourbon, oak, clove, vanilla, toast, toffee, roasted malt, light char, raisin, apple, and roasted earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of roasted malt and barrel character; with solid strength. A bit too fruity. Taste of big dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, coffee, vanilla, toast, toffee, oak, clove, bourbon, light char, and roasted earthiness. Lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, coffee, toast, vanilla, toffee, oak, bourbon, light char, and roasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity and balance of roasted malt and barrel flavors; with a great malt/barrel flavor balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and full bodied; with a very creamy, moderately slick, and lightly chalky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent BA imperial stout. Great complexity and balance of roasted malt and barrel flavors; and very smooth to sip on. A very enjoyable offering.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
douglas88 (6306) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 11, 2013
12 ounce bottle thanks big time to Dan. Pours a jet black color with a small brown head, it goes down quick. A sweet big bourbon nose, some vanilla, a bit of roasted malt, fruit. Big bourbon sweetness, vanilla, caramel, light heat, some dark fruit, oily very slick. Very good beer. Hot.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
koleminer20 (742) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - DEC 23, 2013
12 oz bottle. Shared in line for the 4 Elf Party. The pour isnít overly black like Iíd expect. More of a dark dark brown. There is a thinner dark head that fades quickly, leaving no lace. The aroma is mostly roasted malt with some chocolate, dark fruit, licorice, and vanilla. There is a moderate bourbon presence, and itís not overly bad. The flavor is just how the aroma smells. Light chocolate, good quantities of licorice and vanilla, and there is a hearty burn from the bourbon. Not overly great, and in fact, I prefer the regular one over the bourbon barrel aged one

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
OldMrCrow (1941) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 8, 2014
UPDATED: JAN 10, 2014 Bottle at Prufrockís place.

This is one good-looking beer. Pitch black with a beautiful, ample but finely structured head. Ashy aroma, nice mellow vanilla oak, not too boozy. Dark cocoa dominates; blackberry underneath (pleased to see that I used the same descriptor on the regular SNIS), mellow bourbon. Smooth creamy mouthfeel, basically no heat. Relatively fresh as this bottle may be, this beer is drinking nice right now. Iím pleased to have had the chance to try this one.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Prufrockstar (1128) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 9, 2014
12 oz bottle, thanks to fletchfighters! This hadnít been on my radar at all, but Iím glad it found its way to me. Appearance: nice-looking -- dark, with some red/brown around the edges with tan head. Aroma: whoa milk chocolate! Reminds me a little of Vietnamese Speedway in that regard. Smells like creamy, milk chocolate, but beyond that I have a hard time picking out much aside from vanilla. Taste: ah, thereís the coffee -- bitter coffee, some ash, vanilla, roast, slightly astringent, but overall pretty nice. Texture is a shade thin. Some warming alcohol. Overall: enjoyed this one quite a bit -- an unexpected treat!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
barn0216 (421) - 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.


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