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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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1,412 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,412
Reviews: 805
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 9.66%
Wants: 120
Gots: 127 | FT: 7
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Dogbrick on 01-13-2003)
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Reviews by nhindian:
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4.35/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a snifter.

A - Pours a thick, motor oil black and grows a 2-fingered, light tan, creamy head that lasts a very long time considering the style and ABV on this puppy. Craters of bubbles make up the landscape of the head, which lends to an interesting mouthfeel. Lacing is great as well, with wide-sweeping blankets of lace covering the glass. Great looking beer here.

S - The smell here is very roasty, with lots of bitter chocolate and acrid coffee rounding out the aroma. Heavily focused on malts, this beer gives the impression that it could warm you up in even the most biting of Russian winters. There is also some black licorice here as well.

T - As the nose would have me suggest, this beer is seriously roasty and malt-heavy. The coffee is a bit bitter and gives the impression of it being a day or so old, but the chocolate goes a long way in covering this up. The anise plays a bigger role in the taste than it did in the nose, coming in about midway through and lasting well into the finish. If you like your stouts bitter and roasty, this will be right up your alley. The alcohol does come through a bit strongly in the finish though, however.

M - Mouthfeel is moderately heavy, but still a bit more light-bodied than the appearance would have me believe. It goes down very smoothly despite the bitterness due to ample carbonation and a silky head. Lots of lingering roast in the palate.

D - Drinkability is moderately high. This is a great RIS for the price and availability, and in my opinion gives Old Rasputin a run for it's money for its bang for buck. This is much more roasty and bitter than Old Rasputin, but if you are looking to change it up, look no further.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2011 21:23:05 | More by nhindian
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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

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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

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Siberian Night Imperial Stout from Thirsty Dog Brewing Company
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