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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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1,635 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,635
Reviews: 827
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 9.69%
Wants: 146
Gots: 200 | FT: 8
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Thirsty Dog Brewing Company visit their website
Ohio, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  9.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Dogbrick on 01-13-2003

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Ratings: 1,635 | Reviews: 827
Photo of jmdrpi
3.95/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, no date on bottle, but it was this Winter's release.

black, with just slight brown hues around the edges. thin khaki colored head that fades. big aroma of roasted coffee.

tastes of espresso and bitter chocolate. strong bold flavors, but a bit rough around the edges. medium body, proper level of carbonation.

overall, a solid example of style, but could be smoother.

Photo of petacutlasaurus
3.77/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had this with a few friends one night along with a Cuvee des Jonquilles, making this the much darker twin of the two. After sharing the cuvee (with mostly lighter beer drinkers) I got a few oohs and ahs at the darkness of the Siberian Night. When I tried it, though, and was asked about the weight of it, I was pretty surprised.

This beer is one of the lightest gravity RISes I've ever had. I had brought it along because I wanted to balance out the lightness of the cuvee with something much heavier. That didn't really pan out, and I'd say the cuvee may even have been the thicker beer of the two with its intense breadiness. The Siberian Night is a good beer if you're expecting what's inside. When I'm in the mood for summery RIS, I'll go for this lil puppy.

Photo of KajII
4.32/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

[Best served in a Snifter]

The pour was a murky pitch black with a large (2-3 finger) rocky light brown head that lasted throughout and had excellent streaky lacing.

The aroma was definitely intense with a strong dark roasted bread malt and a mildly sweet leathery yeast that had notes of dark chocolate, dark roasted coffee, and a mild caramel sweetness with just a hint of alcohol.

It tasted fantastic to say the least, it started with a mild sweetness that had hints of caramel and coffee, then progressed into a bitter-sweet coffee flavor with the finish having a strong presence of dark chocolate. The flavor was left lingering for a nice long time after the swallow letting everything meld together and settle in rather nicely on the palate.

Mouthfeel was tremendously full in body and very creamy in texture, yet slightly watery at the end with a moderately soft carbonation.

Overall a superior Imperial Stout that left the flavor lying on the taste buds for a decent duration, allowing a full enjoyment of all the components of this extremely tasty brew.

Photo of lennerja
3.97/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours black with very little head that dissipates to leave slight lacing.

S- Aroma of mocha and coffee with a little bit of hops as well

T- Get quite a bit of hop flavor and bitterness right up front followed by some coffee notes and it finishes with a nice roasty flavor.

M- Nice full bodied beer.

O- Good beer with a good balance of flavors.

Photo of ChadQuest
3.26/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

It's black.
The head is 1-1/2 fingers, and a dark tan color.
the aroma doesn't hit strongly in any dept, just has some chocolaty malts and vanilla with little else going on.
Such a smooth and balanced rich chocolate flavor going on, there is some roasted malts contributing to the action and molasses and almond undertones.

A solid RIS, if it was a local i'd pick it up regularly.

Photo of Vierenner
3.92/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: needed an agressive pour to get any sort of head ... disappeared rather quickly.
S: very aromatic. sweet scents.
T: more hop bite than expected. taste is very good, nice balance. flavors typical for an Imperial.
M: full body as one might expect
O: Good, not great

Photo of Mora2000
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Exiled for sharing this bottle. This is one of the Russian Imperial Stouts that I have been wanting to try for several years.

The beer pours a dark brown to black color with a tan head. The aroma is full of heavily roasted malt with some coffee and chocolate notes. This smells like an imperial stout should smell.

The flavor has the same components. The dominant flavor is intense chocolate with a lot of coffee coming through as well. I also get a lot of roasted malt notes. The flavor is very sweet and the alcohol is well hidden.

Thick mouthfeel and medium carbonation. A very nice stout that did not disappoint.

Photo of KAP1356
4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Found my note book I lost last year! Reviewed from notes - tasted 3/2/2010. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a DFH signature snifter...

A - Pours a very dark brown, almost black color with a nice espresso color head that forms about 1 finger thick and quickly recedes to a collar of the same color.

S - Big aromas of roasted malts up front; almost charred or burnt really. Dark chocolate, caramel, and some slight coffee and vanilla following.

T - Flavor profile really follows the nose quite well. Rich roasted malts; slightly burnt or charred, chocolate, coffee and some caramel add nicely to everything else. Just a bit of hops come through as this one warms a bit

M - Really my favorite part of the beer. Smooth and creamy all over. Heavy bodied stout with a nice level of carbonation.

O - Really surprised by this one and very much enjoyed every bit of it. Will definitely have to remember this one as a steady go to stout. Nicely done!

Photo of Knapp85
4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

Photo of Gushue3
4.27/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Re-reviewed 5/31/12

A- pours very dark and sits black in my glass and has a smaller mocha head with little retention and lacing

S- roasts, malty, dark fruit, chocolate, light hops amd a slight alcohol scent. Smells like the opposite of bigfoots dick.

T- malt off the bat with nice chocolate up front. Solid roast picks up in the middle that is carried out to the finish along with a hint of vanilla and a slight bitter lingering finish.

M- smooth and velvety with a smaller body A little lighter than expected but no buzz kill by any means. Almost no carbonation.

O- This beer is great. Scent is amazing, taste is pretty nice but a less than desirable body would be my one complaint. Thanks to Cardsharp for the extra.

Photo of hwwty4
4.38/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Steamhead for this one.

This is one of those beers that had sat on my wants list for damn close to 3 years. I had always wanted to try it but it had eluded by grip for years. I don't know why, but I finally got it in my hands. This beer had been on the tops of RIS lists until the bigger and bolder movement of the last 2-3 years. Here's hoping that it lives up to what I think it should be. Poured a 12oz bottle into my Hennepin globe glass. This beer pours a viscous, motor oil black with a 2 inch beige head that leaves just a bit of soapy lacing down the sides of the glass. The aroma is pretty straight forward with rich dark chocolate and heavy roast espresso. The flavor is dynamite. Straight up pure dark chocolate and espresso. Just a hint of dark berries and molasses. This thing goes down like like water. While its not overly complicated, it presents all the elements perfectly in harmony with each other. The mouthfeel is great. Nice and creamy leaving a oily coating all over the palate. Man, this is a balanced RIS. Nothing over the top. No Barrel Aging. Just a straightforward, easily drinkable, perfectly balanced RIS.

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

THe Siberian Night Imperial Stout is no doubt Imperial. Stout it is and tasteful.Malty and not to hoppy. This dark black brew has a taste of espresso and smoky chocolate,this may describe the smell as well.Overall this a very enjoyable stout.Bought this one in a growler at the brewery on Thirsty THursday,which is fun to check out every Thursday 4-8 pm!

Photo of StoutHunter
3.85/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

I got a single of Siberian Night at the Lager Mill for $2.49. I have seen this around many time but have always went for the local RIS's instead, but since I saw a single I figured it was worth the risk to check this brew out. This is my first beer from Thirsty Dog. No bottling date but I assuming this is a 2010 vintage since I have seen this beer sitting around for a while. Poured from a 12oz brown bottle into a pint glass.

A- I like the label on this beer, its a picture of a wolfs head that is blacked out a little, looks kind of menacing. The caps were nice too. This beer poured a very dark black that didn't let any light come through. It had a finger and a half worth of mocha colored head that died down to a thin ring that stayed the rest of the time.

S- The aroma starts off heavy on the roasted malts, smells like the malts had a nice long roast, almost charred. I pick up some chocolate and caramel that make for a nice espresso like aroma. On par for its style.

T- The flavors mirror the aroma nicely. The roasted malts are very roasty and robust. Chocolate flavors start to show up more as it warm up imparting a nice bitter dark chocolate flavor and coffee seems to be put on the back burner. I also get a little bit of smokiness that I didn't pick up in the aroma and a slight bit of grassy hops also.

M- Medium bodied, thinner then most in it's style. Creamy and medium carbonation.

Overall this was a good RIS. This one was heavy on the roasted malts which were heavily roasted. It was a little burnt but that didn't hurt it too much. Everything else was pretty on par for its style except for the mouthfeel which came out to be thinner then it should be. I enjoyed it but it can't hang with the big boys. I don't know if I would buy this again but I sure wouldn't turn it down if it was offered to me. If you love RIS"s give this one a try, but don't expect it to be the next Founders Imperial Stout or Bell's Expedition Stout. I would be willing to see what else Thirsty Dog has in its arsenal.

Photo of alcooper
3/5  rDev -27.4%
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.

Photo of notchucknorris
4.12/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pretty much jet black with not much of a head. A few small patches of mocha foam hang around on the top of the beer.

S: A lot going on here. A very heavy roasted/burnt characteristic with a slight tartness in the background that smells a bit like blackberry. A bit of cocoa powder in there as well.

T: Tons of roasted notes. A little coffee and some burnt toast in there as well. The mouthfeel was medium but a bit light for the style. Overall, a pretty tasty beer. Glad I got to try this.

Photo of thetomG
4.08/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Lovely dark brown pour with a very ample two finger ting bubbly tan foam head with just a little lacing. Looks amazing.

Aroma is like a great version of what you'd expect - very solid "stout" aromas abound - roasted malts, a bit of chocolate and a hint of alcohol.

The flavor & mouthfeel are excellent - very smooth & creamy throughout with a nice bitter chocolate flavor coming through the most.

Overall I have to say I greatly enjoyed this one and will definitely be seeking it out again. Somewhat of an overlooked gem in my opinion..

Photo of AwYeh
3.37/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle into snifter. No freshness information.

A: Pours much like any other RIS; dark brown/black with a finger or so of quickly dissipating light brown head. Not much retention, though there is some spotty lacing.

S: Roasted malts, chocolate, and coffee dominate the nose, with hints of vanilla making their way through. Enjoyable, even if not particularly unique.

T: Roasted malts once again lead the way, though at the beginning of the taste, chocolate and coffee are replaced by ethanol, smoke, and a lightly tangy dark fruit flavor. It's a decent flavor, but with all the good RISs out there, this isn't much above average.

M: Very nice mouthfeel; thick and creamy thanks to the moderate+ carbonation for the style. Goes down smoothly and leaves a sticky coating on the palate, which helps the flavor hang around.

O: A good beer, and if you like RISs you'll probably enjoy it. My rating was made with style heavily in mind, which is why my scores are on the lower side of things.

Photo of hosehead83
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a standard pint glass.
Pitch-black in color, with a short, tan head of foam.
Aroma-Dark roasted malt, whiff of alcohol
Taste-Rich, dark roasted malt,coffee, dark chocolate. Underlying creaminess, rich and roasty, full of flavor. Easy to drink for the strength. Bold, hoppy, almost peppery finish.
A tasty "sleeper" RIS. Highly recommended.

Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.33/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Very black with tinges of red, not much head but lacing is ok, little in the way of obvious carbonation or bubbles.

A bit funky smelling for a RIS. There's a slightly wet concrete aroma in there somewhere. Other aromas are roasted malts, coffee, toffee, chocolate and smoky smells.

Taste is not bad at all. Roasted malt character is deep, along with rich coffee flavors, some toffee and smoke, and a touch of underlying fruitiness.

Feel is pretty darn good. Smooth and slick, rich, with a lingering coffee/chocolate bitterness that's a credit to the style.

Drink is ok. It might make a better black and tan than a straight-up RIS.

Photo of Franz4
4.17/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- pours dark, nearly opaque with a burnt sienna head.

S- strong chocolate notes with a touch of espresso. A little nuttiness is noticeable as well.

T- Chocolaty goodness in a bottle! The nose hints at the hidden treasure that lays within, but the taste really surprised me. Very roasty, coffee is minimal, it's more like a bitter dark chocolate than a chocolate and coffee.

M- slight carbonation, a little slick going down, subdued aftertaste.

D- Nice offering from Thirsty Dog, a very approachable stout.

Photo of obywan59
4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours black from a 12 oz. bottle into my Guinness Porter pint glass. A 1-finger brown head that leaves almost no lacing (second pour a 2-finger). Pitch black. No light gets through this sucker. Probably the blackest brew I've ever seen.

Smell of heavilly roasted malt. Some fruitiness--a twang that's almost vinuous. Caught a whiff of over-ripe citrus from the hops on opening the second bottle.

Taste of bittersweet dark chocolate and well-roasted malt. Smoky.

Rather thick mouthfeel with a slight tingle of carbonation. Nice warming in the throat, much appreciated with the wind howling outside. Smooth and creamy.

Very drinkable for the style, and for the 9.7% ABV. Compared to other Russian Imperial's it's almost a guzzler. Easy to get carried away.

Photo of UMNbeerhunter
3.71/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Darkness tulip.

Pours a just off of black color brown. Little head about 1/2 finger and zero lacing.

Smells of chocolate and roasted malts. I like it but could be better.

Taste of chocolate and roasted malt but again I think it could use more chocolate. I like it but it needs to be amped up on the flavor profile.

Mouth feel is perfect. Goes down just as a stout should no bite but lots of resin that stays on the palette. Wish that resin tasted better.

Drinkability is good but I don't think I will go out searching for this one. If they jack up the taste profile without screwing up the mouthfeel I will enjoy some more but those aspects drop this beers ratings significantly for me.

Photo of russwbeck
4.08/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark pour with a nice beige head. Decent retention and lacing.

S: The smell could have been a bit bigger for me. Coffee mostly, chocolate and roastiness mostly.

T: Taste is phenomenal. Big, what I was looking for in the smell. Chocolate bitterness, followed by a nice amount of coffee. Dry finish stays with you.

MF: Heavy and creamy, decent amount of carbonation.

D: Very drinkable, dryness keeps you coming back for more.

Photo of Landfill21
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my pint glass. Pours into a dark black color that lets no light in. Leaves a little lace that follows the drink down.

Has a nice smell, smells of roasted nuts, and toasted malt

Tastes a little hoppy in the nose but a nice subtle finish with molasses and malts.

Has a full mouthfeel. A tad too syrupy but good taste.

Would recommend this beer to imperial porter lovers.

Photo of xnicknj
3.8/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on tap at pope in philly. served in a tulip glass.

Pours with total blackness, a thin toffee head, and very little lacing or retention in the glass.

Heavy roasted malts, charred smoke, softer anise and bittersweet dark chocolate.

Surprisingly hoppy up front with a wave of roasted dark malt. Molasses and plenty of bittersweet dark chocolate bark. Touches of anise and candied sugar. Heavier malt base with smoky undertones and light char. Dark fruit and raisins. Finishes with hop bitterness, light sweetness, and boozy warmth.

Full bodied, a bit syrupy, sticky and chewy. Drinks nicely, a little bit too much licorice for my tastes but solid otherwise.

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Siberian Night Imperial Stout from Thirsty Dog Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 1,635 ratings.