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Siberian Night Imperial Stout - Thirsty Dog Brewing Company

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Siberian Night Imperial StoutSiberian Night Imperial Stout

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

1,641 Ratings
THE BROS
81
good

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Ratings: 1,641
Reviews: 827
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 9.69%
Wants: 144
Gots: 205 | FT: 8
Brewed by:
Thirsty Dog Brewing Company visit their website
Ohio, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  9.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Dogbrick on 01-13-2003

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Ratings: 1,641 | Reviews: 827
Photo of JebBeerFish
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Quite good, but there's a lot of competition in this category.

Photo of dmgeng
4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've tried this before but I wanted to re-calibrate since I just tried the BA version and it was super amazing.

A - Pours a black and exploded with a ton of tan colored head with sticky lacing.

S - Rich roasty aroma with chocolate and some coffee aromas secondary. Smells of a dark cocoa chocolate bar and roasted malt.

T - Like the smell it has the roastiness first but closely accompanied by the rich cocoa, chocolate, and malt tones. It is full flavored with a solid bitterness that helps balance the chocolaty sweetness. Not as big as some but plenty of flavor. More on the sweet side but still plenty of the dark roast to make this a very good beer.

M - High mouth-feel. Moderate carbonation. The carbonation is a good match with the thickness lending enough activity to make the beer really come to life.

Overall, this is a very tastey imperial stout. This is an above average RIS just because I like the cocoa/chocolate forward nature of it but I still prefer Ten Fidy with its sheer power. I would definitely recommend this beer if you like sweeter RIS's but you should get the bourbon barrel version immediately if you see it.

Glass- Snifter

Photo of zdk9
3.96/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours impenetrable black. Not too much head but it does leave very nice lacing on the glass just from a little light swirling as I sniff it.

S- A lot of roast, darkly toasted bread, bittersweet chocolate, a bit of chalk or mineralness.

T- Quite bitter. A little ashy on top of coffee beans, bittersweet chocolate. Lime and grapefruit peel and pith on the aftertaste in the back of the mouth- very mild but a hint of the hops that's backing it all up. Some chocolate covered cherry too as it warms up.

M- Unnotable in the mouth feel. It lingers for just the amount you'd expect. Medium body.

O- A good stout with a lot more bitterness than expected. The hops flavors are different, coming out as the beer warms- mayhaps this is a particularly fresh bottle? Eitherway I would drink another of these, especially on a cold day.

Photo of izzyismyrott
3.18/5  rDev -23%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

L-Dark with a dark head as expected
S-Not much
T-Good flavor but nothing special
F-As expected
O - Good

Photo of seedyone
4.31/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

From bottle at home. 25F outside, so this is the ticket. Thick pour yields a dark rich head that settles into a foam thick as the malted milk shakes of my youth.

Remember when Guinness had a head the could carry your initial to the bottom on a biscuit-like 'raft'?

This stuff started out that way but gave up half way down. Still, it was the nearest I've seen in years.

Had the coloration of espresso, head & body, but way less coffee in the taste, which I found surprising, but not disappointing. There is plenty going on.

There is a clever puckering bitterness that lets you know this is an adult beverage. The alcohol is there but very discrete. Body is thick...chewy & creamy.

What's not to like? Even the 9.7 ABV means I can have another.

Photo of leantom
4.74/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This beer is really underrated, IMO. Here goes:

A; Perfect. Pours pitch-black with a massive (and slow to build), dark head.

S: Dark chocolate, lots of roasted malt, coffee, cream, etc. The malt in this beer is perfectly blended.

T: Follows the nose, and this is great. Robust chocolate followed by coffee bitterness. However, the milky, creamy goodness alleviates the coffee bitterness somewhat. This beer is stupendous.

F: Thick and creamy. Good.

O: Nearly perfect. Will buy again.

Photo of SFNC
4.17/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours dark as night, but the head was meager. Nice roasty nose and taset, though not as complex as some that I've had of late, still can't say it was bad. Thick and chewy, not quite as dry a finish as I would expect. Pretty good over all, but will sit on the bench while other Stouts get he minutes.

Photo of OhioRay
4.01/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A - Pours as dark as could be. No light is getting through this bad boy. 2 fingers of a dense, dark head. Leaves lacing on the glass as it dissipates.

S - Coffee, Molasses, Burnt chocolate, raisins, roastyness. Very pleasant.

T - Coffee forward, strong maltiness. Bitter finish that tastes like chocolate. Lots of burnt notes. Definitely an alcohol bite on the finish.

M - Viscous - coats my entire mouth. Nice and chewy stout.

O - Very good RIS. I think that the alcohol presence could have been masked a little bit better, but I do look forward to plowing my way through the rest of this 4-pack.

Photo of Way2drunk
4.57/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I'm impressed! At 9.7% abv I was skeptical. I usually enjoy a stout in the 11%. This was strong. Flavor hits you hard and runs right through you. I'm making this my every day beer! lol! Definitely have to try this. Next stop bourbon barrel version of this.

Photo of tkelley
3.57/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a new Spiegelau stout glass.

A- pitch black body with a light tan head. Not very much foam.

N - flavorful nose with dominant chocolate notes. Booze fumes.

T - bitterness from the malts. Dark chocolate tastes. Kind of turpentine flavor? But somehow not offensively so. Also some light and dark fruit flavors. Nice and sweet after the bitterness.

M - Really rich on the tongue. Warmness from the booze. Little carbonation but it's there.

O - delightful. Doesn't scream "evil" but it's still pretty good. Cheers!

Photo of dsnyder61
4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

very good russian imperial stout

Photo of Brutaltruth
4.29/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed from a growler in a snifter, this most excellent RIP pours black as midnight with a solid brown head that dissipates to pooling foam and great clinging lacing. nose of sweet dark chocolate, black coffee, rich toffee, and a good dose of alcohol. Flavors are flawless for the style. Rich dark chocolate and thick toffee flavors hit on all sides with coffee coming through on the back and aftertaste in a creamy cascade of highly drinkable flavor. Some dark cherry and dates show themselves as it warms. Smooth coating mouth feel with moderate carbonation from this thick, rich, beasty. Wonderful. A Russian imperial stout drinkers delight. Fantastic and always welcome.
CHEERS!

Photo of snaotheus
3.9/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2014-11-23 -- review entered from notes.
12oz bottle poured into a little plastic hotel cup. No dates or codes I can find.

Pours black. Small tan head, slight ruby color, very little carbonation. Smell is rich with dark fruit and roasty malts, coffee and dates. Slight cherry.

Taste is surprisingly mild. Slow coffee finish. Definitely dark fruit.

Mouthfeel is nice -- medium but dry. Overall, quite good.

Photo of OrangeMen
4.01/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Deep black in color, non-transparent. Thin mocha/caramel colored head, bubbly. Fine lacing on sides of glass, but very subdued head.
Smell: Noticeable alcohol, booziness, almost astringent in aroma. Slight sweet chocolate notes, touch of roasted malt and dark fruits hide far in background.
Taste: Roasted malt, much more forward in taste than aroma. Bittersweet cocoa notes, also some sweet chocolate creamy/caramel/vanilla flavors. Coffee also present on back end.
Mouthfeel: Medium mouthfeel, slightly sticky and creamy. Modest amount of carbonation. Feels a bit fuller as the beer warms.
Overall: Nicely balanced in flavor, but a very interesting beer in that the aroma is almost the opposite of the flavors. Alcohol almost undectable on the taste but very forward in the aroma. Flavors are very full in roastiness and bitter chocolate/coffee, but I pick so little of it up in the nose. Still a very solid offering and enjoyable, very drinkable and full of flavor.

Photo of Tsar_Riga
4.12/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Nearly black, slight hint of brown, but completely opaque. Dark tan, light brown head, pretty short to pour but persistent, with extensive lacing.

S - The burn of alcohol suggests spirits, while the roasted malts bring coffee and bittersweet chocolate notes.

T - Significant umami, a la soy sauce, mingles pleasantly with dark roast flavors, with black toast and dark roast coffee being front. In the middle comes a combination of chocolate nib and bitterness suggestive of over-brewed tea, closing with a linger of coffee acidity and smoke.

M - Slick and full feel, significant bitterness. There is some carbonation to scrub the tongue, so things generally avoid being too cloying, but this is somewhere between a sipper and a drinker. Alcohol warmth closes things, and suggests the imperial nature of the brew.

O - A satisfyingly RIS, with full and varied flavor notes. The feel is a bit slick, and the nose a bit abbreviated, but overall one of Thirsty Dog's better offerings.

Photo of LittleDon
4.51/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A 10 oz. pour at Busy Bee Cafe on 9/17/14. Big and dark with a decent head. Typical roasted malt aroma with coffee and chocolate components. The flavor is where it shines. Big bodied, rich, bittersweet chocolate taste with a bit of alcohol middle to finish. Long but mild bitter finish.

Photo of arlo19
4.5/5  rDev +9%

Aroma is coffee and chocolate. Roasty coffee flavor with some lactose creaminess. There is some alcohol taste, but overall well hidden. Aftertaste is dry. Very well balanced stout. I rank this with breakfast stout as one of my favorites.

Photo of EHopkinsi
3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

Dark as can be, very little head. Great mouthfeel but not a ton of roasty, maltiness to it. Finishes nicely. Edit: after reading some other reviews I might have to give this a second try. My impression of its flavor was nowhere near what others describe...

Photo of utopiajane
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%

Pours thick and black with a crimson blush you can see if you hold it to the direct light. Fat head of creamy chocolate colored foam that falls slowly and leaves sticky clinging lace. Noe is cherry and chocolate. The sweetness of the chocolate covered cherry. Roasted malt with a bit of cold bitterness. Sweet underpinnings form malt. A hint of char. Taste is smooth creamy and milky. A bit of french roast coffee and not as much chocolate come over the palate slow and sultry with plenty of full malt softness behind it. A touch of the roast and the bitter. A hop bitter too. Finishes dry and with a bit of crispness that seems to be in defiance of all the milky creaminess. I love this. it’s bitter from both roast and a bit from hops and finishes to accent the light touch soft sweetness and sweet chocolate . Some heat from alcohol resonates and a touch of grass comes up for a brief flash .

Photo of Shroud0fdoom
3.9/5  rDev -5.6%

12 oz. bottle courtesy of utopiajane. Thank you!

Ok, I've wanted to try this beer for a long time. Well it just so happens another BA sends me one! Ok back to the beer. This brew pours exceptional! Dense and dirty dark brown body almost black. I like it. The aroma is deepest of burnt malts and nice touch of espresso. Subtle caramel makes itself known. Very rich and pleasing! Now the taste! First hits sweet caramel malts with a burnt coffee bean that follows after. Hints of alcohol and some fruity esters. This brew finishes boozy and dry with a lingering hop bitterness. The feel is medium-light and harsh carbonation.

Overall: This brew is almost World Class! The aroma is par, the appearance is par yet this beer lets you know it's high gravity in the flavor. What really sets this behind is the way the beer feels on the palate. It's ok at the Medium-light level, yet that Carbonation is popping! That's one of my pet peeves with Malt Beer. I like it to have that soft carbonation not the feel of forced carb. With this carb it steals attention from the body for me. Well, all in all this brew is Worthy.

Photo of Mikus
3.71/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This was a very good beer. Much better than the BBA version in my opinion. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a snifter. Truly black as a Siberian Night (I would assume), with a slight brownish tinge towards the very edges of the glass, and a bit of mocha-tinted head. nice aromas of coffee, molasses, and a slight bitter note. Not heavy on the nose. Really nice roasty flavor, a balanced bitterness, and dark malt contribution. Slight sweetness as well. A soft, creamy mouthfeel, some small bubbles throughout. Overall a really nice IS, definitely deserving of some of the medals boasted on the label. Glad that there are a few more in the fridge.

Photo of kell50
4.02/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased at World Market in Charlotte, NC for $2. No freshness or bottling date on label.

A - Pours very dark, almost black. A fluffy tan head sits for a minute or two before dissipating. Great retention and good lacing. Probably the most carbonated RIS I've ever seen.

S - Muted bittersweet chocolate, touch of coffee. A hint molasses and black licorice is coming through. A noticeable aroma of alcohol also lingers.

T - Nice blend of all the mentioned aromas. They all meld together in this one beautifully. Dark chocolate maltiness at first, followed by coffee beans and licorice as well. Bittersweet chocolate then fades to a roasted finish. Very nice and well balanced brew.

M - Medium bodied and quite carbonated. I would like it more if it were thicker and the carbonation were toned down a bit. Warming is noticeable in my throat and gut.

O - Tasty, enjoyable beer. I would probably enjoy it more on a chilly winter day, as opposed to an 82º summer afternoon. Not my favorite RIS, but one I'll definitely have again.

Photo of Bone53
4.21/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle into a snifter at around 50 degrees Fahrenheit

Appearance: Pours a dark brown but when in the glass it's motor oil black with no light coming through. A gorgeous foamy one finger brown head

Smell: I get dark fruits, roasted malts/coffee, and slight chocolate. In that order, and perhaps a little too dark fruit heavy

Taste: Roasted malt flavors all around; Dark fruit upfront that transitions into roasted malts/molasses/coffee. Then when I think that's it, several seconds later comes a pleasing espresso aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Approaching heavy body; I get some alcohol, but it's counterbalanced by bitterness

Overall: This is a big beer that could have bigger flavors. Everything is played safe. There's a good transition between roasted malt, molasses, and coffee flavors. But nothing really stands out. It is however a solid representation of the style and something Id recommend as a starter RIS

Photo of superspak
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into snifter, no bottle dating. Pours dense pitch black color with a 2 finger dense khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, roasted malt, toast, toffee, molasses, dark bread, smoke, light char, light dark fruit, and roast/smokey earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/roasted malt notes; with good strength. Taste of big dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, roasted malt, toast, dark bread, molasses, smoke, char, light dark fruit, and roast/char earthiness. Good amount of roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, roast, coffee, toast, dark bread, molasses, smoke, char, and roasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Fantastic complexity and balance of dark/roasted malt flavors; with a great roasted bitterness/sweetness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and fairly full bodied; with a very creamy and fairly slick/chalky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is an awesome imperial stout. All around great complexity and balance of intense dark/roasted malt flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. A highly enjoyable offering.

Photo of barczar
4.19/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours an opaque tar, with a frothy mocha head that lingers.

Coffee, dark cocoa, deeply roasted malt, toasted nuts, and slightly sweet caramel form the aroma.

Flavor is dominated by a nutty malt backbone, with accents of roast malt, cocoa, toffee, and tar adding complexity. The finish is slightly bitter charcoal. There's a touch of a metallic note in the aftertaste. The balance is chocolate sweetness over roast.

Body is chewy, with minimal carbonation and light alcohol warmth.

Very nicely balanced between sweetness and bitter roast for my palate. I like more sweetness. Not the most complex stout, but very tasty.

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Siberian Night Imperial Stout from Thirsty Dog Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 1,641 ratings.