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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

1,509 Ratings
THE BROS
81
good

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Ratings: 1,509
Reviews: 814
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 9.66%
Wants: 127
Gots: 146 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Dogbrick on 01-13-2003)
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Photo of neophil
1/5  rDev -75.8%

neophil, Mar 05, 2012
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1.25/5  rDev -69.8%

Jaybirdsbeer, Feb 24, 2012
Photo of Cris4545
1.25/5  rDev -69.8%

Cris4545, Aug 06, 2014
Photo of mwar
1.75/5  rDev -57.7%

mwar, Dec 02, 2012
Photo of rpaul2012
2/5  rDev -51.7%

rpaul2012, Dec 22, 2011
Photo of jwat
2.25/5  rDev -45.7%

jwat, Aug 10, 2012
Photo of kscaldef
2.25/5  rDev -45.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A: Pours black with a dark-brown edge when held to the light. Thin mocha head dissipates to a ring.

S: Roasted coffee, prunes and dates. Slight sour-milk note.

T: Thin black coffee and burnt toast.

M: I'm first struck by how relatively thin this beer feels in my mouth. It's quite dry and finishes bitter and astringent.

O: Not one of the better examples of the style, much to thin and lacking in complexity. It's not drain-pour bad, but it was a bit of an effort to finish it.

kscaldef, May 13, 2012
Photo of yinzer
2.45/5  rDev -40.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

appearance: Dark, dark, and a bit dark, dark head. getting spooky in here.

smell: God-awfull DMS, coco-vegi, maybe some smoked ham??

taste: chocolate, burnt coffee

mouthfeel: not too bad, a bit thin

drinkability: not much fun in this bottle, maybe a bad run. Not too bad if you hold your nose. Drink it out of the bottle or when you have a head cold.

yinzer, Nov 22, 2007
Photo of kynap55
2.5/5  rDev -39.6%

kynap55, Sep 23, 2012
Photo of CaptJackHarkness
2.55/5  rDev -38.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Molasses,unsweetened cocoa, burnt coffee, some charred wood,an enormous hop bitter aftertaste. Horrid! In its favor,(there is always SOMETHING in a beers favor!) It lives up to its' name, being black as night in color and a decent alcholic buzz. I won't be trying it again

CaptJackHarkness, Aug 21, 2011
Photo of aaronh
2.55/5  rDev -38.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Essentially black brew topped by a rather long lasting brown head. Aroma has hints of dark fruit and burnt molasses, but nothing really jumps out. Flavor is also rather mellow, with alcohol sweetness followed bark dark chocolate then a bit of barnyard-laced bitterness. Mouthfeel is solid by slightly over carbonated. Drinkability is average at best. Not one of my best beers in recent months.

aaronh, Aug 23, 2006
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2.75/5  rDev -33.6%

chippo33, Aug 27, 2014
Photo of stearns16
2.88/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: black as can be - held it up to the light and couldn't see through it

S: coffee, chocolate.

T: I don't do coffee but reminded me of last trip to dunkin donuts

M: average, a bit creamy and heavy coffee after taste

D: Won't go out of my way to find it

stearns16, Dec 15, 2010
Photo of smakawhat
2.95/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured from the bottle into a large snifter. No dating visible or found.

A real nice thick cocoa foamy head off the pour but seems to settle and fall at a good clip. Body is a classic dark walnut brown bordering on black

Barleywine fruit like sweet grape on the nose. Very sweet grape smelling with no hints of malt or roast at all. Enjoyable but I would say missing a lot for this style that I am use to having and wanting. A small chocolate and very small chewing tobacco becomes present after some investigating.

For a Russian Imperial this is even for 9.7 incredibly weak and watery it's the first thing I notice. The mouthfeel on this is not good, it's even weaker than most American Stouts I've had. Not boozy, and fruity sweet flavor doesn't even come through that's expected on the nose. Even those little hints of tobacco and milk chocolate aren't here either.

Overall this is pretty disappointing starting with a solid nose but unexpected and then really not delivering on the palate and taste. But it is drinkable but it is quite weak and extremely underwhelming.

smakawhat, Jun 22, 2011
Photo of samie85
2.95/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Reviewed from notes; originally 4/30/11.

A-Pours a midnight black color with two fingers of dark brown head.

S-Big chocolate and mocha notes with earthy hops with some plum.

T-Roasted and alcohol notes upfront with some chocolate.

M-A little hot and thin with low carbonation although a somewhat slick feel.

D-This is honestly really hot and not very complex; really not a fan of this, as much as it pains me to say so being an OH native.

samie85, Jun 01, 2011
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3/5  rDev -27.5%

littlekro, Nov 07, 2012
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3/5  rDev -27.5%

BamfBacon, Feb 17, 2013
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3/5  rDev -27.5%

Jasoncolliver, May 15, 2014
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3/5  rDev -27.5%

Sagehawk, Feb 08, 2012
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3/5  rDev -27.5%

lisahope27, Jan 19, 2013
Photo of PhageLab
3/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a tulip.

A - Opaque brown-black brew. Thin head settled to a ring around the outer edge. Looks like oil.

S - Faint yet sweet aroma of chocolate.

T - Alcohol, dark chocolate bitterness, and more alcohol. It mellows a bit after your taste buds become accustomed to it, but never enough to hide the overpowering boozy sweetness.

M - Thick, dry body. Burning aftertaste.

D - Surprised to see the incredibly high scores on here, I found it lacking in flavor and complexity. I may give it another shot, but it isn't my top priority.

PhageLab, Jun 24, 2011
Photo of antoines15
3/5  rDev -27.5%

antoines15, May 06, 2012
Photo of Grundle20
3/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Appearance:
Viscous and black as night pretty much sums up the look of this beer. There's a minimal tan head to the beer that has poor retention and lacing.

Smell:
The scent is kind of flat and boring with a weak stale milk chocolate note to it. On the plus side the alcohol eludes the nose.

Taste and Mouthfeel:
It's a little plain and lacking in depth for an imperial stout in my opinion. Bittersweet chocolate malts build this beer up only to be tarnished by an overwhelming alcohol presence. The viscosity from the pour carries over in to the mouthfeel. The finish is surprisingly clean but it's what I would expect after having my palette bathed in an alcohol wash that carries far in to the aftertaste.

Drinkability:
If it wasn't for the rubbing alcohol character this beer displays it would be just about as drinkable as your average stout. Sadly the alcohol isn't being hidden in any way, shape, or form and stouts aren't entirely refreshing to begin with.

Bottom Line:
If Hershey made rubbing alcohol this is what it would taste like. A certain alcohol bite is to be expected from an imperial stout but I found this to be a little too much.

Grundle20, Jan 01, 2007
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3/5  rDev -27.5%

amishbooze, Jul 11, 2012
Photo of alcooper
3.03/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - This beer looked great, poured well, nice tan head and dark as night.

S - This is where things started to go a little south for me. It had a bit of an overpowering roast/burnt smell to me. As I drank more of the beer the smell never improved for me.

T - Taste was very strong and the roast flavor really came through but was a little overwheling.

M - The first sip was OK in the mouth but the mouthfeel improved as I continued to drink this beer.

I enjoy a good stout on occassion and have had some really great ones so I probably won't seek this out again. But if you like a very strong roasted smell and taste this might be for you.

alcooper, Mar 29, 2011
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Siberian Night Imperial Stout from Thirsty Dog Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 1,509 ratings.