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Siberian Night Imperial Stout - Thirsty Dog Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
92
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1,620 Ratings
THE BROS
81
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Ratings: 1,620
Reviews: 823
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 9.69%
Wants: 143
Gots: 196 | 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:
Beer added by: Dogbrick on 01-13-2003

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Photo of Kanyon22
4.29/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured all 12 oz. in my Duvel tulip glass.

A: Pours black and think like used motor oil. Has a very dark brownish head with a good amount of clinging carbonation on side of the glass. Looking superb right now.

S: Here we go complexity here. Woody, chocolate, alcohol, charcoal, with hints of a toffee and caramel sweetness. Wow and this beer isn't even warmed up.

T: Lets see here it starts out sugary sweet with an alcohol kick surfacing in the middle with a drying burnt chocolate finish. As it warms it has a soury dark fruit taste which kinda hurts it overall.

M: Very rich lush thick feeling in the mouth. Has a super drying quility which makes you incapable off sipping on this one.

D: Going to go pretty high here. For the style its nothing too intense it hits all the classic RIS style marks and being kinda balanced at the same time.

Best part about this beer is that its readily available year round, no seasonal here.

Photo of despainmakesbeer
3.99/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark chocolate color, light tan head. Super dark raspberry color with chocolate highlights. Rich aroma; thick in chocolate, and roasty malt aroma, very soothing. Very chocolaty and coffee flavor, also smokiness. Also some dark fruit, mostly raisin, slotS lot but a little. Nice dry finish. Good aftertaste of same
flavors. Nothing overbearing, everything blends together well. Very drinkable for style, not as heavy as it could be. A good imperial stout thr isn't super heavy.

Photo of krisandajt
4.05/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I received this brew from beejay in a trade that we did a while back, and I figure that now's as good a time as any to crack it open. Thanks BJ!

Appearance: Poured from the bottle into my Mad Elf chalice, this brew is viscous, dark, and black. There's a small amount of coffee colored head sitting atop this brew, but it fades away quickly down to a thin ring where the beer meets the glass.

Smell: Some coffee, plenty of rich milk chocolate, and surprisingly no hint of the high ABV.

Taste: There's a little coffee flavor in the background, I have a feeling there would be more if I didn't hold on to this one for so long. The chocolate quality is really good, it's rich and sweet like milk chocolate. Again, just like in the nose, no hint of booze.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation is good, and the body is smooth and thick.

Drinkability: This is a great tasting, easy drinking stout...no doubt about it. It has some good flavor, and it doesn't hit like a big beer even though it is. I'm glad I finally opened this one up, I'm wishing I did it sooner. Thanks again BJ!

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

A-dark black,light carbonation,thin head,dissapating.nice laceing .

S-chocolate,roasty

T-wonderful roastyness!grains,coffelike,smooth.

M-medium body,great.

D-A pleasure to drink,gourmet!I would buy this one for a cold winter night.

If you like imperial stouts,you will find this one pleasing and suprisingly smooth.

Photo of Onenote81
3.82/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle picked up from Total Wine for $2.49. Poured into a snifter. Pours a deep jet-black with a thin mocha-colored head on top. Quickly dissipates to just a ring around the edge. Little-to-no lace sticks around. Big scents of espresso, wine, chocolate, ethanol, and some light wood notes on the finish.

The mouth is pretty full and heavy, but there is a harshness to the carbonation that is a little off-putting for the style. Bubbles play on the tongue. Nice roasted character in the flavor. Reminds me of freshly roasted coffee beans. Some semi-sweet baking chocolate, plum, and almond also noted. Well-rounded flavor. This was one of the better beers I've had from TD. A good one for the crisp cool evenings upon us. Sit back and enjoy.

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

Poured into a snifter.

A - dark as night with a great dark brown head on top.

S - coffee beans, vanilla, oak, hazelnuts and chocolate.

T - espresso, chocolate, oak, slight hop bitterness.

M - good carbonation, smooth and creamy on the palate.

D - nice flavors and without a trace of alcohol. Could definitely put back a few on a cold winter night.

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

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Pours an inky bkack with a creamy tan head that leaves little retention as the beer is swirled.

Smells of roasted toffee, caramel, and coffee; there's a hint of alcohol, but it is not at all overpowering. Perhaps a touch of vanilla as well?

Swwet, smooth, and creamy, this is like dessert in a glass. There's a gentle underlying hop bitterness, but it is washed away by the toffee butter of this imperial stout. Depite a decent coffee smell, though, there is not much coffee taste.

Mouthfeel is full, creamy. There is a lingering bitterness that starts to dry the tongue out.

Definitely drinkable, though not as good as I remember it being in prior years. Still, I'll happily finish this four pack.

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

typical RIS look (is it me or are they all the same?) with a semi weak head and some moderate lacing.

chocolate roasted malt in the smell with a slight hint of raisins.

very sweet taste, with almost no bitterness. this one is very smooth. not much complexity in the flavor, but it's just a very good malt taste with a hint of sweet chocolate.

fine mouthfeel, typical for the style.

very drinkable. I like this one and at $7.50 a 4-pack, runs a few dollars cheaper for me than some of the big name stouts. It IS slightly worse, but not much so and if I don't feel like spending more this is a great alternative.

Photo of sixerofelixir
4.07/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle, no freshness date.

Pours an opaque dark, dark brown. An OK tan head-ring thinly laces the glass. Smell is malty and meaty; dark roasted cacao. Taste is beyond chocolate. Café mocha, with almost a hint of dark fruit, especially cherry. All the while, an alcohol feel lurks in the background. This one is pretty heavy on that, but it's not unbearable at all. The finish is smoothly thin, but woody and dry, leading to another sip - and seriously, the drinkability on this stout is very high. An absolute drinker.

Photo of birchstick
3.62/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - pours black without much of a head

S - smells of sweet chocolates, some vanilla

T - I got a lot of roasted malt / coffee flavors right off the bat. After a couple of drinks my taste buds snapped back into attention and started picking up some very rich semi-sweet chocolate, a little bit of caramel malt. On the exhale I got some really nice vanilla tones. The vanilla became more pronounced the warmer this got, making this a pretty sweet RIS. It seemed like the coffee and sweetness were battling for position with neither one taking control. Pretty good, but it seemed a little underwhelming to me.

M - medium body that goes down smoothly...nice mouthfeel

D - Siberian Night is a pretty good RIS. It's not as big and bold as some other RIS's but that's not a bad thing. The vanilla put this on the sweeter side of the RIS spectrum, which worked well for this beer. Very solid effort by Thirsty Dog. I'll have to sit on my other bottle for a little while and see what happens.

Photo of rembrant
4.35/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours...black as midnight in Siberia,opaque with a light brown head that happens but vanishes like a paycheck,leaving a ring of bubbles and some lace on the glass.

Nose is coffee,dark raisin,a bit of Sherry and dark roastiness.

Taste is more pungent than the nose suggests with potent espresso,and a distinctive Spanish Amontillado that's beyond the "hint of Sherry" I noticed in another Stout,and a bit better than the Port flavor I've also encountered. There's a solid dark roast,a trace of chocolate,blackberry and smoke. The hop side merges with the espresso to give a bitterness in the finish but there's no piney hop quality here,perhaps a sense of woodiness as if in an oak barrel (no bourbon though)

Mouth....could use a bit more carbonation to get through the viscosity and brighten up a real elegant flavor package. Pretty smooth in general,no sense of booziness,despite a hearty 9%.

i had a Yeti for lunch and this is a bit similar,not quite as sweet and Yeti has no Sherry flavor. Both are big and Burly with a heavy hit of darkest coffee.

Drinkability is good,as big stouts go. A taste starts dense then wettens to go down nice. I would not plan to pound down 3 or 4 in an afternoon,but watching a football game, I could enjoy a couple. More of a sipper. Not overpriced,good buy,and good night... Good SIBERIAN night.

Photo of hopjuicer
4.07/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured in an imperial pint glass.

Pours a solid black with a half inch of foamy head.

Smells of roasted malt, sweet and chocolaty. Hinds of coffee

Test is bready like toast. Hints of caramel come through along with dark chocolate.

Good RIS, and reasonably priced as RIS's go.

Photo of kzoobrew
3.75/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Not sure the age of this bottle, no date indication given anywhere. I know this beer is at least a year, possibly two years old.

Black opaque body. Brown hues gleam through when held directly to the light. Slight white sand colored head fades soon after the pour. No lacing from such a minimal head.

The aroma is strong even when colder than ideal serving temperature. While cool the aroma combines sweet cocoa, molasses, and roasted malt. The roasted aromas intensify with warmth. A subtle char a smoke smell finds its way from beneath the heavier characteristics. Slight booziness, more of a sweet liqueur smell.

Sweet indistinguishable flavor rolls on to the tongue first. The flavor is more of a general sweetness than a cocoa or molasses. The chocolate and molasses do emerge slowly behind the first initial wave of sweetness. Caramel hits midpalate before transitioning into a dark roasted malt flavor. The back end is dominated by deep roasted and char. Big roasted bitterness on the finish comes off a bit strong.

Body would sit on the lower half of full. The texture is smooth and just shy of creamy. Viscosity is lacking, a bit of a thicker body could really improve this beer.

Overall a decent beer, not stellar but can hold its own. The flavor and transition between flavors left me wanting something more. The body was lacking. My complaints may be personal preference but it is what it is. Definitely worth a try.

Photo of Arbitrator
3.19/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Re-review off a bottle shared by chswimmer. Thanks, Ted.

A: Pours a pitch black with no edge penetration. Has a finger of tan-colored head with decent retention, slowly dissipating into a thin film of bubbles on top of the brew. No lace.

S: Very pungent. Even the bottle still smelled after I rinsed it out. The dominant aromas are dark chocolate and coffee, with roasted malt and smoke lingering slightly behind. Very nice.

T: Much less impressive than the nose. It's kind of simplistic: dark chocolate, some coffee. A clean finish, maybe a touch of smoke. No lingering flavors.

M: It's full-bodied and silky, but the finish is clean instead of coating, and the flavor drops off fast. Pretty underwhelming, considering that it's a relatively thick stout. For something with this much residual sugar, I expect a lot more flavor.

D: This doesn't introduce any radical flavors into the mix, but it's just a good, solid RIS. It doesn't disappoint, but it doesn't impress, either.

Photo of Spider889
4.01/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is another of those beers you see everywhere, know it's good, but always avoid buying it exactly because you can get it everywhere.

Finally got some last night on tap at Mad Mex. Looks average, served in a snifter, no head, mild lacing. Black and not too thick.

Smelled great, tons of dark roasted character and some chocolaty sweetness. Also some dark fruit notes in the nose as well.

This beer is really good, but in a sea of many many many excellent RIS's out there, I had to give this a 4 instead of a 4.5. Nice toasted bread and burnt malt notes. Semi-sweet, and nice bitterness for balance.

Medium bodied, this drinks easily enough, I would have ordered a second if it wasn't so late.

Photo of Bonis
4.33/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Very dark, almost black. Nice large and frothy tan head sits for a minute. Great retention and good lacing.

S - Bittersweet dark chocolate all over this one. A fruity sweetness with hints of molasses is also apparent. A little alcohol, but smells delicious overall.

T - Wow, all of the flavors explode in this one beautifully. It's intense sweet dark chocolate maltiness at first. Hints of coffee beans and chocolate fudge also peak through. Bittersweet chocolate fades to a sweet alcohol finish. Very nice and well balanced brew.

M - Thick and chewy, but surprisingly smooth at the same time. Carbonation seems about medium and the alcohol feel isn't bad for it's ABV. Warming is noticeable in the gut.

D - Drinkability is scary good for what it is. Wouldn't want to drink this all night, as you wouldn't remember much after about 3 or 4 of them. This is a superior RIS.

Photo of bamadog
3.65/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I've been looking at this one for a couple of years now and never got around to trying it. Since the shelves have seemed a little boring lately, I decided to finally pick it up. Review is from notes taken on 9/18/2010 and poured from the bottle to a snifter.

Appearance: Pours the standard color of an Imperial Stout -- deep dark brown/near black; starts with a 1/2 finger dark tan head that fades quickly to nothing other than thin ring around the surface and a few thin wisps floating around; body is entirely opaque; a few nice spots and washes of lacing are left behind.

Smell: Smell is pretty good -- lots of nice syrupy sweet chocolate and some powdery cocoa, bit of a bittersweet baker's chocolate aspect to it as well; bit of a burnt roastiness to it as well.

Taste: Um, I'm a little disappointed as the flavors come across a little watered down -- don't get me wrong, they're good, but it just seems "thin"; dark, bittersweet chocolates and a little bit of the burnt/roasty maltiness; bit of a sweet dark cherry presence as well; alcohol is very well masked though and really only has a true minimal presence in the mouth, not too shabby for 9%.

Mouthfeel: Body is medium and it comes across a little thicker that a lot of other stouts, but doesn't quite reach the level of thickness that I like in an RIS; a nice thick semi-dry sticky coating is left on the roof of the mouth; belly is left a tad warm.

Drinkability: It's good, but I've definitely had better -- doesn't really meet the mark of a Blackout Stout, or even the ubiquitous Old Rasputin, but the price point is easy enough on the wallet ($2.05/bottle); really, just misses out on what I feel it should be in terms of flavor and mouthfeel; also, considering the weight and 9% ABV, I don't think that more than 2 in an entire night would be necessary.

Photo of DoubleSimcoe
4.43/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Siberian Night on tap at Bob's Bar in Columbus, Ohio, served in a standard pint glass (frosted, too cold, had to let it warm for a while).

A: Black through and through like the night out in the cornfields of Ohio, minimum head, nice lacing. Low carbonation.

B: Lighter than most Imperial Stouts, fairly roasty, some dairy aromas. Surprisingly smooth smell for such a powerful brew.

T: Smooth again, no "back burn", mildly bitter, well-rounded and full-bodied and delicious.

M: Creamy, coats the mouth without taking over, a faint bitterness on the back after sipping.

D: Exceptional all around. Goes down easy, suave and not overpowering but totally satisfying. A rare RIS you could drink all (Siberian) night.

Photo of Chaney
3.68/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this one a few years ago when the distribution was widespread in DC and Virginia. I was shopping at a great beer store in Annapolis and found a 6er of this. The bottles were a bit dusty, but I figured since this is a style of beer that ages well, that might actually be a good thing:

A: Pours out thick, oily, and with absolutely no head. Carbonation is a bit on the low side.

S: Grapes? Not a really strong aroma, and almost like a faint chocolate wine. Okay..

T: The chocolate, dark fruit, and cinnamon afterburn are all there, but the body seems kind of thin. The aftertaste is not fulfilling and seemed a taddy watery.

M: Not boozy at all, pretty thick, and no glass lacing. Pretty solid mouthfeel.

D: Good to average overall. Nothing really memorable about this RIS.

Photo of Vonerichs
3.99/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Black body with almost non-existent head. Just a ring around the edge and a swirl in the middle.

The smell is enticing. Extremely heavy on the roast, coffee and chocolate. What I really like about this one is a dark berry scent.

The berries are overshadowed by the deep roast in the flavor, but other than that there's not much to not like about this RIS. Robust flavors linger on the palate for a long time. The finish is bitter and dry.

Mouthfeel is thick and creamy. Light carbonation.

The heavy body and palate-destroying roast detracts from drinkability. Having one is not a problem, but I couldn't see consuming much more than that in a sitting. I stumbled across this one without knowing anything about it and am glad I gave it a try.

Photo of drabmuh
4.22/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Tempted to try this side by side with BORIS but I'm inpatient. Beer is black and has nearly no head. Some lacing, tiny brown bubbles. Carbonation ?

Sweet and roasty, smells like a poster boy RIS. Good.

Beer is smooth and kind of ashy at the back. Strong roasty bitterness. Smooth mouthfeel, mildly creamy, a little thin. Sweetness is mild, its a complex big flavored beer. Its quite good, heavy in the mouth though. Its a good decent RIS. Glad I had it. Thank sitarist for this thoughtful extra in our improptu trade.

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

A - Dark black colour with a very small amount of espresso coloured head.

S - A robust nose full of coffee, dark fruit and roasted malts. There's some sweetness too with some molasses and dark caramel notes. A subperb nose.

T - Heavy coffee flavour up front with a nice dark fruit flavour complimenting it. The sweetness from the nose is apparent as well with a nice brown sugar flavour present. There is also a very slight hop bitterness present in the finish.

M - Light to medium body. A little more carbonation that usual for an imperial stout. Also at times it seemed a tough light and watery.

D - A excellent IS. Didn't notice the 9.7% ABV at all.

Photo of IPAescotch
3.95/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pitch black, fitting for the title. No head. some thin lacing. poured thick and syrupy.

S: Dark and roasted, not chocolatey. About typical for the style i would say, more or less expected.

T: i like the bitterness, and the lack of the occassionally overused chocolatey taste sometimes apparent in stouts. this one is all roast, like a bitter bonfire, light on the coffee flavor.

M: Well carbonated, but not ovverdone. Full-bodied, full flavor

D: After hearing this beer discussed as if it was harder to drink than straight absinthe i am surprised. Totally drinkable, though i would never have more than one stout a night. suitable as a sippable nightcap.

Photo of Jeffo
3.52/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My parents brought this one back from their trip to Pennsylvania in November. Thanks guys!

From a bottle into a snifter

Note: How is there no picture of this beer yet?

APPEARANCE: Pours a one finger, thinner looking, noisy, mocha colored head that quickly fades to a splotchy wisp and ring. Black body and very little carbonation evident. No film remains and leaves zero lacing down the glass. A little flat looking by the end, unfortunately. A little lack lustre.

SMELL: Mild nose of roasted malts, caramel, and hints of dark chocolate and coffee. More or a roasted and caramel nose on this one. Pleasant to be sure, too mild and this a little underwhelming.

TASTE: Definitely better here. Some roasted and toasted malts, leading into notes of caramel sweetness through the middle. A bitter coffee flavored finish with hints of alcohol as well. A big and lingering aftertaste full of bitter coffee and roasted flavors. Way more coffee here than the nose had indicated. Surprised there was actually no coffee used in the brewing process.

PALATE: Medium body and medium carbonation. Creamy on the palate, goes down smooth and finishes somewhat mouth-coating.

OVERALL: Pretty good stuff. Unfortunately the nose is a little weak and the head just doesn't do anything for the brew, but the taste profile, with the stronger coffee flavors, made this an enjoyable brew. One worth having again. Thanks again guys!

Photo of BarrytheBear
3.9/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thoughtful extra from cpetrone....thanks Chris!

Black like a certain someone's soul who snagged a falling R. Mendenhall from my near past clutches. You know who you are. How about lightning bolt to the knee...hmmm?

Roast coffee on the nose along with a burgeoning dark chocolate cake which really expresses itself as the beer reaches room temperature. A touch boozy.

Taste is quite roasty malts, day old coffee, touch of caramel through the middle, and a mild hop finishes that is mostly repelled by the beefy malt bill.

Overall, quite easy to drink and enjoyable though the mouthfeel is a bit on the thin side and not up to par with the style.

Siberian Night Imperial Stout from Thirsty Dog Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 1,620 ratings.