Siberian Night Imperial Stout - Thirsty Dog Brewing Company
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Reviews by DougT:
4.66/5 rDev +12.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
Poured into a stout glass.
Dark, black with milk chocolate colored 3 finger rich foamy head made up of medium to small bubbles. Slowly dissipating leaving plenty of lace clinging to the glass. Leaves a layer of bubbles and lacing throughout drinking.
Lots of wonderful smells. Chocolate, coffee, malt, yeast, earthy, sweet, a little bit of some sort of hops and a little bite from the alcohol. Very inviting.
The taste is complex, full flavored and every bit an Imperial Stout. Coffee, chocolate, roast and hop bitter come first. Dark fruits and bread dominate the middle. Yet everything is very well balanced with sweet carmel malts and the warmth of the alcohol finishing each sip. Perhaps it could use just little more bitterness since it's an Imperial, but that is a nit-pick.
Full bodied, creamy, but with some nice effervescence and a bit of alcohol bite. Engages the whole tongue and coats cheeks and throat allowing the flavors and bubbles to last.
This is a really good stout.
Due to indiscretions in my youth I can't stand bourbon. I did try one of these bourbon barrel aged. I could tell the stout was good, but it was lost on me. I understand that those that like bourbon barrel stouts think that version is a world class beer.
I am glad I tried the non-bourbon aged version. What a delicious beer. I plan on getting more.
I see they made oak aged versions in the past. I hope they try that again. I like oaked and smoked beers, it's just bourbon I can't do.
My loss, I understand.
Serving type: bottle
01-27-2014 04:02:09 | More by DougT
More User Reviews:
4.04/5 rDev -2.4%
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 - 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 blend 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.
Serving type: bottle
07-16-2014 18:52:49 | More by kell50
Siberian Night Imperial Stout from Thirsty Dog Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 1,433 ratings.