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RATINGS: 151   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


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
barn0216 (361) - 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 (949) - 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.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BMMillsy (1152) - Florida, USA - MAR 10, 2014
Bottle from trade, no date but assuming the most recent batch. Pours dark brown to black in my Teku with a half finger mocha colored head, looking nice and creamy. Big bourbon notes on the aroma, huge vanilla, caramel, chocolate. Flavor is a big punch of bourbon, some definite roast, graham cracker, hint of smokey flavor, and an incredibly long vanilla finish with a hint of oak. Wow the finish on this is amazing. Huge huge vanilla notes on the finish with a bit of tobacco perhaps. Wish there was a bit more heft, as this comes off a bit thinner for the style--more so than the Eclipse series. Medium carbonation and medium mouthfeel overall. If not for the mouthfeel I would put this up there with some of the best. Nice barrel treatment here.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
b3shine (4460) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 1, 2014
Bottle to snifter. Looks good; an opaque dull black with thin beige lacing. Smells and tastes solid; dark malt, chocolate, bourbon, vanilla, and oak. Smooth on the palate; could use some more viscosity though. Good, not great.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
thehoff (585) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - FEB 28, 2014
Dark black beer with tan head that disappeared almost immediately. Smells of heavy black caramel, coffee, chocolate, and raisin. Rich smokey, coffee ground, bitter cocoa. Almost herbal. Good.

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Busick (167) - South Carolina, USA - FEB 22, 2014
This is a perfectly balanced bourbon and beer brew! Midnight black pour that is as smooth as the other side of the pillow! Delicious!! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Mittenator (1096) - Michigan, USA - FEB 21, 2014
Bottle. Deep garnet/black with a minimal head. Vanilla, caramel and hot booze. Chocolate, booze, and malt. Surprisingly light with a slick finish.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BlowOffTube (398) - Michigan, USA - FEB 9, 2014
Excellent base but I think the barrel took away from it a little. But still great. Black pour tan head bourbon chocolate coffee aroma and taste. Dry barrel finish. Medium body light carbonation.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
MaroonOrange (124) - - FEB 4, 2014
Bottle. Dark cola color with no head. Toasted oak, peanuts, chocolate, and just a touch of bourbon. Rich palate, light carbonation. Really nice finish and complex flavor profile.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SudsMcDuff (5663) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - FEB 1, 2014
and ratebeer is down again, seems like i can’t get more than 5 rates in and it goes down for 10 minutes.... nice beer .. . charcoal and slate barrel .. . medium feel .. . solid rounding finish .. . . ya, we ran out of floorboards so we painted the dirt!


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