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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

1,487 Ratings
THE BROS
81
good

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Ratings: 1,487
Reviews: 811
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 9.9%
Wants: 125
Gots: 139 | FT: 8
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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Ratings: 1,487 | Reviews: 811 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of Sammy
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

smooth great drinkable major league stout. Midnight black and after alchohol kicks in, you'ss spend the night anywhere. Better than almost any drink. Not too coffee but rich malt chocolate taste covering the 9%. hoppy too! Must have another. Great late night drink. Possibly best US made stout.

Sammy, Apr 28, 2004
Photo of t0rin0
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

t0rin0, Mar 02, 2013
Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to jmpizzo for sending me this one!

Pours an opaque black with a 3 inch puffy dark khaki head that fades to a small cap. Thin foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt and milk chocolate candy. Taste is of dark roasted malt, milk chocolate, and slight coffee flavors. A mild roasty bitterness quickly fades after each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a smooth and creamy mouthfeel. Overall, this is a solid RIS all around. I am glad I got to try this one.

UCLABrewN84, Oct 07, 2011
Photo of djrn2
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

djrn2, Feb 12, 2013
Photo of Thorpe429
3.75/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to a generous trader for this bottle.

Pours a dark black with a slight dark tan head and some sticky lacing as it goes down my snifter. The nose has some familiar notes of roasted malt, coffee, and chocolate, but nothing too outstanding. The taste is much the same, but lacks the overall intensity of some of the better stouts. Medium to full body. Much better than the average RIS, but not among the best.

Thorpe429, Aug 10, 2010
Photo of zestar
4/5  rDev -3.4%

zestar, Aug 01, 2014
Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev -3.4%

nmann08, Nov 25, 2011
Photo of acurtis
3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

acurtis, Jan 15, 2012
Photo of metter98
4.13/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is jet black in color. It poured with a quarter finger high tan head that died down and left a thick ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: As the beer warms up, aromas of burnt and roasted malts become apparent in the nose.
T: The taste has complex flavors of burnt and roasted malts, coffee beans and chocolate along with a light amount of bitterness. The roasted and burnt flavors linger through the finish.
M: It feels full-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. There is a bit of dryness in the finish from the roasted malts.
O: This is a nice beer to slowly sip and savor and close the night out with. The alcohol is relatively well masked from the taste.

metter98, Aug 16, 2012
Photo of brentk56
4.11/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a deep mocha brown color with a thick brown head that has good retention and leaves some lacing

Smell: French roast coffee, charred wood, bittersweet chocolate - hits all the Impy Stout buttons

Taste: Starts out with a a rich dark chocolate flavor with tinges of coffee arriving by mid-palate; after the swallow, the roasted bitterness takes over although the finish is rather chocolatey and sweet, with some alcohol as well; quite a bit of licorice and char in the aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Thick bodied with moderate carbonation; some warmth in the gullet

Drinkability: The char in the aftertaste is a bit of a drawback but this is otherwise a pretty nice Imperial Stout

Thanks, AKSmokedPorter, for the trade.

brentk56, May 17, 2006
Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.45/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Motor oil black with roughly the same degree of opacity and, if the pour is any indication, a similar viscosity. Hell, the head is verging on mahogany. It has the consistency of ice cream and looks like it'll sit at two fingers until tomorrow. I'll edit this review when I get up in the morning to describe the lacing.

The nose is good for the style, but not great. While it has a fair amount of power, it lacks that commanding presence that the best RISs possess. TDSNIS smells like dark chocolate and double espresso, with no molasses that I can appreciate and very little black licorice.

Superb. Every bit of the miniscule amount of power and presence that was lacking in the nose has been located. Each mouthful brings a palate punch of vinous, black licorice-like, coffee bean-flecked, gooey chocolate fudge. Are there hops present? I can't tell, my taste buds are still staggering. Yes, I think so. I think I detect hops struggling for their very lives under the malt assault.

This beer is hugely malty, roasted to within inches of its life and is smoky sweet. The sweetness is effectively cut by a charred bitterness that works exceptionally well in the grand scheme of things. It struggles to maintain some semblance of balance and ultimately succeeds. The body/mouthfeel is thick, chewy and as mouthfilling as they come; a laudable achievement.

Siberian Night is one of the best Russian Imperial Stouts that I've ever had, but is still only second in the state of Ohio (Great Lakes Blackout Stout is my slight preference). Having said that, this is spectacular beer and is yet another example of why this style is now a solid second to my beloved IPAs. Highly recommended.

BuckeyeNation, Feb 25, 2005
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.73/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle (Courtesy of Daalamar): Poured a pitch-black color stout with a small dark brown color head with better then average retention. Aroma of roasted malt with a nice dose of coffee. Taste is lighter then expected with some nice chocolate and coffee mix with some semi-sweet roasted malt. Hops are not prevalent in this beer, which is not necessarily a bad thing, but I would have enjoyed some more bitterness. Alcohol is well hidden and body is about average. Good imperial stout but I just don’t see what supposedly make it so great.

Phyl21ca, Apr 03, 2006
Photo of BEERchitect
4.47/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Aroma: highly roasted barly and lots of malts. low hop aroma. Is there a cherry in there?
Appearance: Thick, dark, and Black. Nice 1" head that lingers. Bubbles are tight, creamy, and light yellow. Can't wait to dive into this one.
Taste: Very bold, well balanced, well hopped, gains a bit of bittering from the roasted barley. Maybe a bit grainy, but not a bother. A lot of flavor, cherries, coffee, chocolate, a very 'chewy' and creamy beer.
Aftertaste: slowly disipating sweetness, coffee, chocolate. Increasing heat from the now pronounced alcohol.
Impression: A well bodied, well balanced, heavy stout. Just what you would expect from an Imp. You've got to like 'em rich, thick, heavy and sweet.

BEERchitect, Jun 04, 2005
Photo of mikesgroove
4.47/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Poured jet black, motor oil like with a small tan head that had a quick fade, and had a nice lace down sides for the duration of the glass.

S - The smell was light but very sweet. Caramel and sugar being the predominant flavors. A very light hint at chocolate and a modest amount of alcohol were present as well, though this did diminish as it warmed.

M & T - The first obviuos shock for me was a bitter hoppy finish that seemed to come out of no where on this black liquid. Lots of caramel flavors mixed in with black licorice made this one yummy drink indeed. The feel feel was thick, creamy almost chewey in consistency. Very robust full body and flavor..

D - Overall this was very very excellent, and definatly a winner in my book. The alcohol is soo well hidden that this is actually dangerous and could rightfully catch up to you at any moment. In fact if I did not know better I would almost say it was sessionable. Truly a fantastic robust stout, QUALITY!

mikesgroove, Apr 18, 2007
Photo of Texasfan549
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Texasfan549, Nov 17, 2011
Photo of kjkinsey
5/5  rDev +20.8%

kjkinsey, Dec 06, 2011
Photo of ygtbsm94
4/5  rDev -3.4%

ygtbsm94, Jan 29, 2012
Photo of spycow
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

spycow, Mar 10, 2013
Photo of jaydoc
3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

jaydoc, Jan 28, 2014
Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.6/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I'm in the mood for a delicious stout. I'm sure Siberian Nights is up to the task, though.

Appearance: Pours an opaque, oily black body with a thin, dark mocha-colored head.

Smell: Enduring, earthy roasted coffee aroma. Which is a good thing! You know, iffin you like the smell of coffee. Also, the scent offers plenty of bittersweet chocolate, sorghum,

Taste: Bam. Bittersweet chocolate, caramel, nougat, marshmallows, espresso, and smoke. "Just everything a growing boy needs." While the flavor is dominated by sweetness, a light hop bitterness runs throughout the flavor and into the roasty, sweet finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full body that's almost staggeringly smooth. While the mouthfeel is, in part, thinner than other stouts, the flavor and excessive creaminess more than make up for it.

Drinkability: With a heavenly taste that's wonderfully smooth, this beer is a noteworthy example of the noble RIS style.

ChainGangGuy, Sep 09, 2006
Photo of Knapp85
4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of Thirsty Dog's best I'd say. This brew is pitch black and had a sliver of brown head over the top of the beer. The smell of the beer is highly roasted and burnt aromas along with some hops too! Some flavors of wood, a little smoke, some hops, Chocolate and coffee all come together in this one. The mouthfeel is on the thicker side which is great. I feel that this beer is a really good attempt at mimicking the Russian Imperial Stout in an American way.

Knapp85, Apr 16, 2011
Photo of oberon
3.88/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

I have sampled this beer a few times in the past now on tap at Cole's in Buffalo,came to the table a jet black with a rich mocha colored head atop.Black licorice and burnt notes are big with underlying biter chocolate coffee as well,that licorice is even bigger on the palate I am not a huge fan of black licorice so I didnt care for that but it also has some deeply roasted and chocolate qualities wich are nice full and creamy mouthfeel.A little different flavor wise than alot of the style if you like the licorice than you'll like this alot.

oberon, Oct 18, 2007
Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.25/5  rDev -21.5%

westcoastbeerlvr, Jan 10, 2013
Photo of TMoney2591
4.4/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Dogfish Head snifter.

I've been meaning to revisit this for so long, as I really enjoyed it back in my college days. Let's see if things have changed (they have been known to, mind you): It pours a bleak obsidian topped by a finger or so of golden brown foam. Damn right. The nose comprises darkly-roasted malts, chocolate syrup, light char, caramelized sugar, and a touch of dark coffee. The taste follows pretty closely, with some mild hints of dark fruits and raisins somehow finding their way through the din of roast and chocolate. Nice. The body is a light hefty, with a light moderate carbonation and a chewy feel. Overall, for once, my memory was dead-on. This is a fantastic stout, one I wish I ahd regular access to. Get some!

TMoney2591, Feb 27, 2012
Photo of emerge077
4.28/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to paco1029384756 for this one. Poured into a snifter at 47º. Obsidian with a hint of dark brown at the rim, only when backlit. At first it had a very compact head, then it faded to a ring at the edge fairly quickly. Dense chocolate aroma, cocoa, tobacco, a touch lactic like a chocolate milkshake.

Very rich feel, with a nice level of bitterness, its a fairly low undercurrent that still makes itself known. Earthy bittersweet bakers chocolate, dried fig or raisin sweetness, roasted malts in the back have that dry tobacco earthiness too. Body is dense, slightly viscous, this is the real deal. A rich RIS from the midwest, glad I had the chance to try it!

emerge077, Nov 25, 2008
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Siberian Night Imperial Stout from Thirsty Dog Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 1,487 ratings.