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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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1,433 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,433
Reviews: 806
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 9.66%
Wants: 124
Gots: 129 | 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:
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(Beer added by: Dogbrick on 01-13-2003)
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Photo of callmemickey


4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark black brown body.. creamy tan head.. slight lacing.. little retention

S: Lovely dark chocolate, caramel, and rich roasted coffee...

T: Mirrors the nose... delicate, yet strong flavors of dark chocolate and roasted coffee are the most present... caramel and alcohol round out the taste

M: Nice medium bodied brew... has a bit of an astringent feel in the middle before warming up...

D: Delicious and quite drinkable at 9%

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2009 03:07:18 | More by callmemickey
Photo of skeeordye11

North Carolina

4.3/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Poured black and thick wih very little light brown head.
S- Roasted and coffee notes predominate with a hint of smoke and alcohol.
T- Very balanced actually for an Imperial. Nutty coffee flavors with a finih of slightly hot alcohol.
M- Full bodied. Thick and rich.
D- Very smooth for an Imperial Stout. This one could sneak up on you in a hurry! Very good.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2009 21:50:43 | More by skeeordye11
Photo of biggred1


4.28/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark brown, almost black and impossible to see through with a dark reddish tan head that leaves fine lace on the glass. Smells of heavily roasted malt,chocolatey coffee and anise. Tastes like the smell times ten, tons of smokey roasted malt, black licorice and fudge with some coffee like bitterness to try and balance. Thick and viscous, bordering on chewy mouthfeel. A really nice RIS. The bottle I have says 9.7% ABV.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2009 03:17:59 | More by biggred1
Photo of olegv40


4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Super dark pour, almost no head, but the quarter inch of one that showed up was chocolate brown.

T - Very bitter at first, but that gives way to a smooth sweetness. Very similar to coffee in both bitterness and sweetness. The heavy alcohol content makes its presence felt, but is not overpowering as the ABV would suggest.

M - The thick consistency coats the mouth and makes sure the flavor lasts well after swallowing.

D - Hard to drink a lot of these, but a few to start the night would be a good call.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2009 00:23:12 | More by olegv40
Photo of cvstrickland

North Carolina

4.38/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A spooky glowing-eyed wolf leers from the label as I pour the 12-ounce bottle into an imperial pint-sized willibecher glass. The resultant brew is opaque ebony and sparkles with the merest glimmer of ruby at the periphery when the tumbler is held before bright light. A huge pale brown cap of fine-bubbled foam dresses the drink and sticks a thick, broken band of lacing onto the sides of the glass.

The aroma is loaded with twangy, fruity nuance and tangy dark roast, and is front-loaded with pungently-succulent notes of ripe plums, dark chocolate, and spicy licorice. A wafting dollop of sweet smoky caramel and a drop of vanilla linger in the airspace over the drink, cavorting with savory sugary dark malts and rich roasted grain.

The taste is spot-on for the nose-- tangy roast, dark caramel, and plummy licorice abound-- but the flavor profile features a heftier dose of chocolate than the aroma initially indicated. In balancing all the sugary fruitiness, Siberian Night employs a hefty dose of mild, bitter burnt grain and a dash of spicy hops. The brew reveals a solid, peppery alcohol presence as the drink progresses, the cooling booze providing a solid, finish-drying counterpoint to the dark malty sweetness otherwise abundant in the beer. Licorice becomes much more prominent as our encounter nears the end.

The drink is on the full-bodied side with excellent carbonation. Sporting an ABV of 9%, Thirsty Dog's Imperial Stout is a sipper by definition, but the brew is quite excellent, and is definitely one I'll seek out to enjoy again.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2009 10:55:22 | More by cvstrickland
Photo of GatorBeerNerd


4.58/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle purchased as part of a 6 pack by a friend that he sold me for a couple bucks. Poured into a standard pint glass.

A: Pours pitch black in the glass. There are no highlights around the edges even when held up to the light. An aggressive pour yielded about a quarter inch of tan head that quickly disappeared down to just a ring with some wispy swirls of bubbles over the top of the liquid. The ring does leave a bit of lacing.

S: Dark roasted malt aroma meets the nose when it gets anywhere near the glass. There is something else in the background that I like a lot. However, I have no idea what it is. It gets points for smelling good and being mysterious :)

T: It is definitely malt forward. Nice big sweet malty base with hints of chocolate and very faint coffee flavors. It is a bit smoky due to the malt roasting. A very nice brew.

M: Medium to thick body for the style. Its not quite as chewy or thick as many others, but it is insanely smooth and slick in the mouth.

D: This is a very smooth RIS. It goes down too quickly (especially since I can not buy more here). Its not a light thirst quencher like a Kolsch, but if you were looking for that you wouldn't be looking at this one anyway.

I look forward to trying more Thirsty Dog brews now. I wish I had some more to try.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2009 02:33:45 | More by GatorBeerNerd
Photo of sjccmd


4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A: black with a rusty brown hue, relatively insignificant light brown head that recedes quickly

S: mostly dark fruits, coffee, roasted malts

T: initial bite from hops, followed by a nice coffee type of bitterness, dates, toasty malts, alcohol warmness in the finish

M: this really works for me, the carbonation helps along the initial bite but it smooths out nice and creamy

D: it's a sipper, but very solid example for the style

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2009 03:40:26 | More by sjccmd
Photo of iasanlee


4.38/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks CoalCellar for this one. Pours black with one finger of creamy tan head. Some sticky lacing is lasting. Aroma is of deep dark chocolate and espresso. Some sweet brown sugar and anise notes. Flavor is complex dark chocolate/fudgelike and espresso. Molasses, black licorice and fig. Finish is bitter dark chocolate and slightly alcoholic. Mouthfeel is thick and viscous with creamy carbonation feel. This is rather easy to drink, and depth evolves as the temperature rises. A real gem.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2009 03:14:12 | More by iasanlee
Photo of Birdiebeagle


4.22/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle Pours a dark colalike brown with a good light brown head. The head is creamy and last well. It also laces well. Aroma of chocolate, coffe, and alcohol. Has a good amount of carbination. A nice hearty flavor with touches of sweetness. A full body. Has a good mouthfeel. A thick texture. Has a good strong finish. This is a very good stout. Has some real good flavors on the tongue. I like it.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2009 19:52:35 | More by Birdiebeagle
Photo of Domingo


4.22/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this years ago at the GABF and remembered enjoying it. Thanks to kirok1999 for this bottle.

Pours an expected murky brown black, with a pretty respectable head. It's definitely thick and it coats the glass like motor oil.
The flavor components that you might expect are here like coffee, chocolate, and roasted nuts. However, there's a pretty strong spearmint flavor I keep getting and it surprisingly works pretty well. Usually I pick that up in very hop-forward beers. Molasses is another strong element involved. Not too sweet, too boozy, or too roasty. Siberian Night has a good balance of flavors. Not the best RIS I've had, but definitely far better than most.
The texture is thick and pretty slick, but with a style like this I think that's something you want.
I polished off my 12oz bottle quicker than expected even though I was sipping, so that's always a good sign. Definitely not a session beer, but not bad for what it is.
I think the unique molasses/spearmint flavors really separate this one from a crowded field. Definitely recommended.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2009 13:54:07 | More by Domingo
Photo of Metalmonk

North Carolina

4.47/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark as the abyss with a frothy head that doesn't last long before turning into a skim and crown, and then just a crown.

While it looks really nice, the aroma is really something special. Roasted grain and lightly charred wood offer a strong foundation but it's the sweeter and more subtle elements that provide depth--chocolate syrup, fig and Concord grape. The coffee character so prevalent in these kinds of beers is hardly even there, underscoring that the robust aromas here are more woody than roasty, if that makes any sense.

Flavor delivers all the aroma promises, with a more coffee-like roastiness in the finish. Backing up from that there's a soothing glow from the alcohol, barely even perceptible until the palate has explored everything else on offer and the beer has had some time to warm. Healthy kiss of char and a husky nuttiness, balanced with a firm vinous character and burnt chocolate, the kind you'll never scrape off the pan. Just a hint of sweetness keeps things from swinging too far into the roasted path. A grassy bite comes into play as well, the hops crying "me too, over here!" And there's room enough for all, because this is a superbly balanced stout.

Mouth is round, full, creamy, lightly sticky, just a little carbo zing, and pretty much just as it should be for the style and the particular flavors.

Siberian Night doesn't leave you wanting. It didn't for me at least. Maybe not as cult or hip as some others in the style, but so what--this should not be overlooked. I waltzed past the beer store shelf this sits on many times over the years, not really sure why, but I won't be making that mistake again.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2009 22:23:42 | More by Metalmonk
Photo of stoutfiend27

North Carolina

4.35/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into my duvel tulip

a-pitch black...no light pass through..nice 1/4" tan head that lingered for a while

s-chocolate, toffee, coffee, and liqourice, and slight roasted malt present themselves up front....slight floral hops in the nose..very nice smell

t-coffee and dark chocolate, caramel and syrup followed by slight hops in the after

m-almost perfect for an imperial stout...thick and chewy nice carb level for this style..if it were a little more chewy and thick it would be perfect

d-i love this and could easily consume 2-3 in a sitting...while not a session beer i have not ran across a good imperial stout that was...but imo very drinkable....

overall a quite tasty brew...im pleased i got to try this...

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2009 01:55:50 | More by stoutfiend27
Photo of wedge

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Deep, dark, and nearly black. A small, bubbly beige head rests on top, shrinking to a milky covering. Thick, powerful aromas of dark chocolate, dark purple fruity esters, cherries, lightly burnt roasted malt, vanilla bean, and molasses. Lots of bittersweet chocolate upfront in the flavor. Rich, but far from being too sweet. Fruity, but not overwhelmingly so. Solid roastiness, hints of coffee and smoke...but mostly chocolate. Solid, creamy, medium-full body keeps it pretty drinkable for the 9.7% that it is.

I picked this up in Philly when it wasn't available in NC...now it is. I like that. Definitely a quality RIS.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2009 00:11:06 | More by wedge
Photo of argock


4.43/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz brown bottle into a clear pint glass. No freshness date. Single purchased from World Market for $1.89.

A: Dark almost black with cough medicine red edges and 1/2 finger of tan head that recedes quickly and leaves barely any lace.

S: Strong boozy aroma that has a lot of minor players including molasses, black licorice, bitter chocolate, and roasted dark malts. There is a touch of leafy, floral hops in the nose too.

T: The flavor certainly is big with a lot of alcohol detected but pleasantly warming. The flavor is very malty and sweet with acrid molasses, roasted black malt, cold dark coffee, and a touch of chocolate finished with some leafy, tobaccoish hops.

M: Very full but not too thick. Low-to-medium carbonation with medicinal aftertaste.

D: A deadly good one for my first Thirsty Dog brew. A hefty brew that may have been a better bet in the colder seasons. Still a good RIS and worth looking for, especially if you like the licorice flavor and don't mind a a little bit of boozy flavor.

2/18/10: a 4-6 month old bottle has definitely improved with far less detectable alcohol, more prominent heavy roast black coffee and tobacco hops with a touch of dark chocolate, which is still heavy in the nose. Looking forward to seeing how this does over the next 18-24 months.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2009 04:27:47 | More by argock
Photo of alkemy


3.68/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I poured this thick, uber dark beer into a pint glass and was treated to a rich one-finger head. The smell was abundant with roasted grains, and perhaps roasted coffee beans. I should preface this review by saying that this style is enjoyed and highly recommended by a good friend of mine, but it is not the style I typically enjoy. It feels nice in the mouth. As for the taste...isopropyl alcohol is the first taste that hits me. This is followed by an aftertaste reminiscent of Kahlua. I'm sure these tastes are due in part to the high alcohol, but Ive had higher ABV beers without the isopropyl notes.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2009 22:43:34 | More by alkemy
Photo of JesseP09


4.47/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

This is the beer for the tough guy. 9.7% alcohol does not mess around, and its rich taste could be overwhelming for many. The taste is delicious and full, with no shortcomings. The only reason I didn't rate drinkability higher was because after a couple this gets a bit difficult to drink. Delicious as hell, however.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2009 21:24:02 | More by JesseP09
Photo of Monkeyknife


4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle a deep opaque black with a light mocha-colored head.

Aroma of coffee, dark ripe fruit, roasted malts, raisins, and molasses.

Big, bold taste of black coffee, roasted malts, dark cherries, raisins, charcoal, dark chocolate. The finish lingers with a nice smoky vanilla bitterness. The alcohol is there but plays well with others.

Full bodied, rich and smooth, and lightly carbonated.

A thoroughly enjoyable RIS from Thirsty Dog.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2009 01:32:06 | More by Monkeyknife
Photo of HiAIPA


3.15/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle. I was anxious to try this as the label trumpets multiple GABF medals. Pours black and thick like Kurkusk crude. Minimal head and lacing, leaving a small ring around the glass. Smells of heavy and dense grain pudding. Swirls elicit some sweetness. Initially drank cooler than I would have liked, and there was a harsh boozy diecetyl component that detracted significantly from the beer. This disappated upon warming, leaving a bitter core of dark chocolate, molassses, caramel, pan deglazings and a chalky element with a harsh sweet tannic finish. Overall I was disappointed, as there are several RIS that have additional complex flavors that this lacked. This felt somewhat harsh and mild at the same time. I would have expected far more from a GABF gold medalist.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2009 00:07:18 | More by HiAIPA
Photo of buschbeer


4.4/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I poured this wonderful offering into a pint glass. It was black with a nice brown head. I smell chocolate, coffee, and maybe a hint of raisin. The taste is remarkable! The roasted malts really come out with a coffee aftertaste. I could drink this stuff all day, but I do not believe that the ABV would allow that. In case you couldn't tell I love this stuff. Probably one of my favorites, and I am so proud that it is brewed here in Ohio. It is my kryptonite!

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2009 02:20:52 | More by buschbeer
Photo of tmoneyba


4.28/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The pour was black with a medium brown head that did diminish over the course of drinking with excellent lacing. The aroma was complex with toasted malt, molasses and coffee. Full body with creamy texture that finished with light alcohol. Full bittersweet flavor with a medium to full bittersweet finish of long duration.

This is a standout brew.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2009 20:26:18 | More by tmoneyba
Photo of Riverwarrior


4.13/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

S = Burnt/roasted malts, chocolate and caramel, a little alcohol in the background.

T = Milk chocolate and roasted coffee upfront, dark fruits (mainly raisin) in the middle, with some vanilla rounding out the flavors. Just a hint of alcohol was detected without any burn. The finish was an inviting mocha flavor that lingered.

MF = Rich and full bodies. Carbonation was very low. Creamy and very smooth.

Overall, a very enjoyable RIS and highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2009 13:26:08 | More by Riverwarrior
Photo of sprucetip


4.3/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Perhaps my first Ohio beer? Wicked smooth and yummy 12oz bottle into goblet.

Black, hint of highlight at the very top, but not really. Moderate mocha head fades fast to ring and thin film. Not much lacing. Very active carbonation.

burnt/roasty, molasses, vanilla, woody. All restrained and balanced. Not strong, but fairly complex.

Very complex, delicately balanced and smooth blend of caramel malty sweetness, molasses, roasted grains and a subdued roasty and hop bitterness. Very nice.

Mild carb, rich, thick, full, velvety smooth and creamy, some warming and a very clean finish. Wow.

Gone way too soon. Were it not for the potentially debilitating abv, I could pound this sipper. Yum!

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2009 05:20:06 | More by sprucetip
Photo of Ohiovania


4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Thick and dark. Had to force some head at the top. Dissipated well but poorly stuck to the glass.

S - Sweet caramels and chocalte. The high abv slightly opens up your nostrils to well balanced and creative aromas.

M - Creamy, full, and more carbonated than it pours.

T - Well balanced flavors that are just slightly complicated to where it's a nice pattern of sweet to mocha to alcohol to dark chocolate. Finishes smooth and it's almost a shame that it has to leave your mouth.

D - Yep, will be doing this one many more times, no doubt in my mind.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2009 04:31:30 | More by Ohiovania
Photo of MaineBirdMan


4.08/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Are Russian nights this dark!? I really enjoyed this Stout. There seemed to be yeasty/chocolate taste. My first sip was heavy on the alcohol side but gently subsided. I found myself enjoying the feel this particular stout left on my tongue. The color was oil black. I don't think I could drink too many but would be willing to give it a try!

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2009 23:12:26 | More by MaineBirdMan
Photo of Ineedabeerhere

Rhode Island

4.05/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Auslander and the Black Booty BIF, I'm sipping on this one out of my Bruery-branded Tulip.

Pours pitch black, one finger mocha head that recedes quickly leaving some abstract spotted lacing.

Deep aroma of roasted malts, chocolate and a bit of licorice. Alcohol slightly present.

Nice creamy mouthfeel with plenty of roasted malt- slightly sweet. Alcohol not as present in the taste. Very smooth- a bit of licorice plays through. As drinkable as you could ask for at 9%. Glad I got the chance to try this one- it could only improve with age.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2009 03:16:52 | More by Ineedabeerhere
Siberian Night Imperial Stout from Thirsty Dog Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 1,433 ratings.