Siberian Night Imperial Stout - Thirsty Dog Brewing Company
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Reviews by Lauthaha:
3.88/5 rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3
Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a 12 ounce beer mug.
Appearance: Very syrupy pour, characteristic of the Russian Imperial Stouts. Rich brown head which dissipates quickly leaving traces of foam drifting on the surface of the beer. Near-black color to the beer itself, no stray particles with this one. A great start.
Smell: Simply marvelous. Closing my eyes and taking a deep breath, I sense licorice, coffee, hazelnut. Toasty notes within the bouquet of flavors as well. Smells like a dream.
Taste: As far as these kind of beers go, it does the trick! The toastiness I sensed in the smell is much stronger in the taste. All other flavors are slightly less noticeable, but still there. A touch of dark chocolate in the bitterness of the aftertaste. I thought I detected a sour note at first, but after a few sips am convinced that it must have been the Hawaiian chicken I ate for dinner just minutes ago. This beer probably shouldn't have been paired with chicken, hahaha...dark chocolate or an anise-flavored dessert perhaps.
Mouthfeel: Much less syrupy than it looks. Goes down smooth. Not bad by any means, but not really that outstanding either. I'm going to have to give it a "just-above-average" rating.
Drinkability: It's very tasty, but the high ABV makes it a beer for a rare occasion. One or two would probably do me for a night. Tastes great, but not a great amount of drinkability.
This is a great beer, but I'm partial to RIS's. Not the best ever, but this one definitely holds its own, something I did not expect from a brewery I've never heard of until tonight.
Serving type: bottle
08-12-2010 02:21:35 | More by Lauthaha
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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 1,436 ratings.