Siberian Night Imperial Stout - Thirsty Dog Brewing Company

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Siberian Night Imperial StoutSiberian Night Imperial Stout

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1,685 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,685
Reviews: 833
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 9.44%
Wants: 141
Gots: 219 | FT: 9
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: 1,685 | Reviews: 833
Photo of alarmclock314
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

No bottle date. Pours black with a medium-sized light brown head. Smells of roasted malts, cocoa, and some subtle hops. A mellow taste follows closely; roasted malts and cocoa. Medium body and medium carbonation. Overall, not as full-flavor as a typical RIS, but it's got the right flavor profile.

Photo of drdiesel9483
4.08/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Look - super dark with a good tan head but dropping lacing
Smell - sweet dark chocolate coffee and booze
Taste - strong boozy bitter coffee and dark chocolate
Feel - a little to thin but goes down smooth
Overall - pretty good strong stout!

Photo of shanegatter
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very good creamy full body stout

Photo of MikeDL
4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I was never really into stouts until I had this one, very dark. But the taste is very good, slightly biter. The aftertaste is nice as well

Photo of Gorilla_Biscuits
3.77/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

It has a heavy malty chocolate taste, but it is also tangy. Not bad

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.

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.

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Siberian Night Imperial Stout from Thirsty Dog Brewing Company
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