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Siberian Night Imperial Stout - Thirsty Dog Brewing Company

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1,493 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,493
Reviews: 812
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 9.9%
Wants: 126
Gots: 142 | 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 edbeer
4.47/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A-Pitch black with toffee colored head. Medium lacing, head thins but still present halfway through glass.

S-Moderate roasted coffee aroma. No hops present.
Slight toffee notes.

T-Roasted coffee with strong malt presence. Without roassted barley bitterness. Smooth sweet finnish with some hop notes.

M-Smooth and silky with very mild alcohol heat.

D-Dispite the thickness of the beer it is very drinkable. It does not finnish heavy at all.

Exceptional beer, highly recommened.

edbeer, Aug 24, 2009
Photo of Reagan1984
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this in trade from Masterski. Many thanks.. Alex is a great trader.

No light gets through this dark beer. Black as midnight. Creamy tan head that builds upon pouring then lingers. It does begin to fade and becomes a thin ¼ inch skiff of foam that remains. Sheets of sticky lacing remain.

Aroma is wonderful and like a dark chocolate milkshake. Some mocha tones.

Earthy flavor, prunes and other dark fruits. More fruity esters than I had expected. Some charcoal notes along with some unsweetened chocolate. The end of the flavor profile is a mixture of smoky, roasted malts with some hop bitterness. Really pretty complex. As it warms there is a bit more citrus hop notes at the end. The ABV is so well hidden it's scary.

Body is medium and the mouth feel is a touch lighter than I had expected. Still very smooth and almost like chocolate milk.

I find this very interesting and quite good. I enjoy drinking it as you explore the complexities. I like this and would like the opportunity to have one again.

Thanks Alex.

Reagan1984, Aug 24, 2009
Photo of illidurit
3.85/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of bret27. Pours black with reddish brown highlights and a thin cocoa-colored head. Aroma is huge dark chocolate with some graham sweetness and a significant boozy note. Flavor is big roasted malts with a light red fruitiness and a slightly boozy finish. The alcohol thins out the body just a little bit but this remains pretty drinkable.

illidurit, Aug 23, 2009
Photo of atsprings
4.22/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Flying Saucer served in a tulip glass a nice opaque with a decent tan head that slowly diminishes to a ring and leaves slight lacing on the glass. Aroma is a decent amount of roasted malts and cocoa. The taste is loads of roasty cocoa and slight espresso. The beer is slightly heavy with warming alcohol, one I'd certainly love to have again.

atsprings, Aug 21, 2009
Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.58/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - black opaque pour. Thin but persistent cap of mocha with a thick collar. Thin ropes and dots of lace.

Aroma - good roasty smell, a touch of licorice early. Slightly boozy with notes of dark chocolate and a mild fruitiness.

Taste - dark roast, just a bit of char but tons of rich malted grain flavor. Dark chocolate on top of that. The swallow has a surprising bite of bitterness to offset things a bit. Plus, it sets up a fine finish of roast/char/abv. The aftertaste is enduring with lengthy roasty flavor.

Mouthfeel - decent smoothnes. larger than average body. Carbonation is slightly muted. Overall, it doesn't feel as big as the flavor, but it is still good.

Drinkability - a potent brew, but I'd easily have another. Great one to cellar also.

brewdlyhooked13, Aug 20, 2009
Photo of glid02
4.22/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a single at Bruisin' Ales in Asheville, NC.

Pours black with a one-finger brown head. The head recedes into a patchy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of large amounts of roasted malts with hints of dark chocolate and molasses. As the beer warms very light hints of citrus hop aromas waft out.

Tastes similar to how it smells, although the flavors are a bit stronger than the smell might indicate. Large amounts of roasted malts and dark chocolate flavors up front with a good hit of molasses midway through the sip. A light splotch of citrus hop flavors appear right before a mildly bitter ending, leaving a sweet aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is good. I wish it were just a bit thicker although the carbonation is just right.

Drinkability is good. I finished the bottle fairly quickly and could have another.

Overall I thought this was a solid RIS that didn't disappoint, but it didn't really blow me away either. That being said I had high expectations and this is definitely still worth a shot.

glid02, Aug 20, 2009
Photo of rapidsequence
3.35/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle. Poured into a perfect pint glass.

Appearance: Its pitch black of course. A little ruby light is visible at the bottom of the glass when held up. A thin light brown head leaves little lacing.

Smell: Some coffee and bittersweet chocolate is there, but not all that much of it, and not much else. Whats there smells good, I wish there was more.

Taste: Bitter coffee flavor and a little chocolate. There's some sweetness, but it finishes really bitter and slightly unpleasant. Yeah-- its overly bitter in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Its smooth and creamy, but a little thin really. Pretty good I guess.

Drinkability: This is a beer that I enjoyed less and less as I drank it. At first smell and taste, I thought it would get a solid A. Now its much lower. The bitterness on the back is annoying, and the somewhat thin mouthfeel makes the beer a little weak for the style overall. ABV wise, its almost 10%, and I give it credit for being fairly well hidden.

rapidsequence, Aug 18, 2009
Photo of biegaman
4.78/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Siberian Night is indeed starless. It is a tone of black graphite so obsidian, so tenebrous and pitch-dark that it may very well be the foremost embodiment of opacity. It has an unusually prominent head for a beer of its strength and style; this indefatigable mocha froth is so obstinate it even sticks to the sides of the glass. No swirling is required, it stays forever firm. Boy, this thing doesn't reject the light - it consumes it.

My fingers will smell from just holding the glass - this is one seriously ambrosial stout. Rich, highly potent notes of creme caramel, tiramisu, milk chocolate - probably any and every of the best desserts I've ever had in my life are captured in this bouquet. Really, this smell contains traces, even spitting images, of everything you could ask for in a dessert menu. If I didn't already know how good it tasted I'd be content just smelling it.

Some RIS spank the taste buds; this one soothes them. It is a robust yet creamy smooth beer that boasts flavours equally bitter and sweet. Strong coffee and heavy-roast espresso compliment the taste of creme brulee, vanilla custard and chocolate truffles. And if only the flavour were that straightforward - this is not bourbon-barrel aged but it shares those notes of cigar, toasted oak and vanilla bean that characterize such beers.

Not all the world's best RIS offer this much body to match their flavour; this is one big cookie. The mouthfeel is thick and spongy like a muffin but offers the bittersweet qualities of a truffle. It also projects the roast of an espresso, the bitterness of cocoa and the decadence of an entire dessert course rolled into one hearty, gratifying liquid. I almost wish there was some alcohol present to stop me from finishing this bottle so quickly.

The brewery is (rightfully) proud to list all this beer's many accolades on the label; I say it deserves more! I don't know what my opinion is worth but I'll go on record saying this is one of the best Imperial Stouts I've had the pleasure of trying. For a beer to contain the sensation of many decadent desserts combined - and leave you not feeling so indulgent that you couldn't have another bottle - is truly something that deserves recognition.

And I should give recognition to MasterSki for this bottle. Thanks Alex!

biegaman, Aug 14, 2009
Photo of wyattshotmaker
4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured into a snifter,this beer is pitch black with a nice tan head.nose is roasted coffee,dark chocolate,with a little bit of molasses. taste is dark chocolate,roasted coffee,carmelized sugar with bitter coffee acridity in the finish.pretty thick mouthfeel with a bit of carbonation,this is a highly drinkable russian imperial stout.this is my go to RIS,especially in term of cost at 10.59 for a six pack.love it.

wyattshotmaker, Aug 14, 2009
Photo of beerman207
4.55/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A - Poured a dark black body with nice tan head that didn't stay around long leaving some lacing in the glass

S - Cocoa, malt, smoke, caramel, and some alcohol coming through.

T - Very rich beer with chocolate, coffee, caramel, smoke.

M - Smooth, creamy, silky texture that just sits perfectly on the palate - excellent!

D - This is a fantastic RIS and can hold up to most of the big dogs out there. I am very pleased with this offering.

beerman207, Aug 12, 2009
Photo of BenSelf
4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer is solid black, opaque, with a creamy dark brown head that dissipates quickly. The aroma is all roasty, toasty malt and maybe some wine-like berry notes. The flavor is robust, with lots of the malt character from the aroma, big caramel, and a little espresso on the finish. Terrific evening beer, especially if it's cold outside. The first time I had this was at the Hop Cat in Grand Rapids, Michigan and it was one of my great beer experiences. Pick yourself up a six-pack.

BenSelf, Aug 01, 2009
Photo of dasenebler
4.43/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours very thick, very dark. Pretty much black. Modest beige head readily dissipates (I've poured this beer before and had no head whatsoever). Nose is fantastic, with lots of dates, raisins, dark sugar, and a touch of alcohol.

Flavor is excellent. If anything, this is a sweet imperial stout. The aroma gives way to big, roasty and brown-sugary flavor. Lots of plums and dates as well. Not syrupy, but pretty close. The 9 percent alcohol is less apparent as the beer warms. Mouthfeel is big, but not huge. Somewhat sticky and coating. Carbonation is superfine.

This was a pleasant surprise coming from a reasonably priced six pack. Definitely a beer I'd have again. Compares well to Old Rasputin.

dasenebler, Aug 01, 2009
Photo of Brenden
3.93/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This brew is a thick inky black that just shows some brown in the light. A nice deep brown head pours well and sits densely on top, leaving some lacing in rings down the glass.
As the label says, the roasted, toasted and caramel malts are evident on the nose. Coffee and dark chocolate typical of an RIS are here. There's an underlying sweetness along with the caramel malt as well and a tinge of something else just underneath.
The flavor is the same. This is a brew that is a simpler version of those typical to the style, less complex (though certainly not lacking complexity) and very solid. there's a nice underlying bitterness that lingers the whole way to add some balance.
The body is full, and there's a thickness and richness that adds character but isn't as powerful as, say, Old Rasputin.
This one's as drinkable as any RIS (being a powerful style in itself), though the 9.7% (not 9.0% as stated) hinders the drinkability just a bit.

Brenden, Jul 30, 2009
Photo of projectflam86
4.13/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle says 9.7% alc/vol

A- Pours a jet black color without a shred of light coming through. A medium sized mocha colored head leaves many rings of lace.

S- Nice roasted smell with aromas of coffee and toasted caramel malt. A hint of vanilla and a bit of cocoa.

T- A bit of bitterness initially from the dark chocolate and cocoa bean flavors. Some roasted coffee and caramel peaking through as well. A long roasty finish. Alcohol is pretty apparent and makes its presence known throughout.

M- Full bodied but a tad light for the style. Ok carbonation.

D- A solid RIS that doesn't quite compete with the big boys but definitely holds it's own.

projectflam86, Jul 27, 2009
Photo of kegger22
4.3/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Siberian Husky pours very rich and dark with a 1/2", long lasting head. A great coffee and chocolate aroma. The taste followed suit with the aroma, a little sweet, not bitter. The feel was heavy and oily, not a problem at all. I don't believe I would enjoy a full six pack, but must admit, the first one didn't have a chance before it was a dead soldier. Now that I gave it much chance, but as it warmed, taste and aroma did not diminish, but remained fairly consistent. I liked everything about this beer.

kegger22, Jul 22, 2009
Photo of HansBlix
4.13/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured very nice with initially a very thin head that quickly dissipated. Appearance was quite opaque with a very dark brown to black color. Carbonation wasn't very apparent. Consistency was impressive, almost viscous and when swirled, the molasses like beer coated the glass and remained there for a substantial amount of time. Certainly impressive in the glass.

S - Great roasted malt smell.

T - An initial taste of dark malt combined with subtleties that of chocolate, coffee, carmel, hops and even licorice. Overall very well balanced in flavor. Nice finish.

M - Smooth and thick, yet not overbearing. The amount of carbonation was ideal for this Stout, not having too much yet not having too little.

D - While I do enjoy Stouts this is certainly a once in awhile beer. Overall I was impressed. The somewhat high ABV was very well masked by the rich flavors of the beer. Great sipping beer.

HansBlix, Jul 16, 2009
Photo of Cyberkedi
4.88/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a deep, opaque sable with a fairly thick, fine-bubbled light tan head. Rich aroma is smoky and oily with a firm undertone of fine roast coffee, promising an excellent stout. Flavor is strong, mainly of fine roast coffee, surprisingly but not unpleasantly bitter, with hints of chocolate, toffee and molasses. Texture is thick, smooth as glass, tingly and edgy. This lip-smacking stout is worth sniffing out.

Cyberkedi, Jul 14, 2009
Photo of templar316
4.28/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This baby is as black as it gets, not a hint of light passing through, and the head is darker then most of the beers on the market. The scent takes one back, and you know immediately this is a ber to be reckoned with. Dark chocolate and black licorice war with each other, and as the alcohol rises to conquer you can feel the wolves eyes glow. The flavor starts slowwith dark fruit, smoke and bready malt rolling slow into a powerfull bitter chocolate finish. It has an oatmeal smoothness acrossed the toungue, but the is an underlining alcohol throughout that would make it hard to drink several.

templar316, Jul 10, 2009
Photo of alcstradamus
4.38/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A--Very hard pour yielded less than a half finger of head, although I don't think that my glass was washed properly so I'm not sure how that affected it. Not much lacing, but I know for sure that the dirty glass was a factor in that aspect.

S--Tobacco, chocolate, coffee, vanilla, wood, citrus hops. Deep, powerful scent that was quite hypnotizing.

T--First sip was rich and bold but not quite "great", but I could tell that this one was being served too cold. I held off on taking sip #2 for ten minutes. As it warmed, the flavors peeked their head out more and more but it never quite hit that "next level" to put it on par with the best RIS's. This is like the little brother to The Abyss...take the recipe for the Abyss and cut all the ingredients by 25% and you might wind up with Siberian Night.

M--Medium bodied, but for what this beer is trying to be it might be slightly too thin.

D--As much as it may seem like I am being critical of this beer, it truly is magnificent and great to drink. I am being harsh mainly because there is so much more potential, but believe me if I had this one easily available to me it would be a permanent staple in my fridge. Great beer, worth trying at least once.

alcstradamus, Jun 29, 2009
Photo of charlesw
3.7/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Nice and dark. Decent-sized head of dark and tight bubbles - like we like 'em. Better if there were a few more that lasted a little longer.

Smells like coffee and week/watery caramel and other dark malts.

Smoke. Chewy chocolate. Coffee. Lots of that.

Way thin in the mouth for an imperial anything.

charlesw, Jun 23, 2009
Photo of BarrelO
4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a mug.

A: Black body with a tan head that eventually fades.

S: Bittersweet chocolate, roasted malts, a bit of licorice and soy sauce.

T: Dark chocolate and roastiness. Some dark cherries. Finishes surprisingly bitter.

M: Decently thick and creamy.

D: A very nice RIS. I'd seek it out more often if it were available in DC. On that note, I find it rather odd that Thirsty Dog distributes in Virginia Beach but not DC.

BarrelO, Jun 20, 2009
Photo of tatoodkelt
4.38/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

A- Almost pitch black. Very thin brown head that faded pretty quick.

S- Overall very deep. Chocolate, malts and a light roasted/smoky aroma.

T- Same as the smeel with some coffee and cocoa thrown in. Also noticed the further I went the more of a black licorice flavor I picked up.

M- Super smooth despite the thickness, very little carbination.

D- Very easy to drink, I took much bigger sips than I intended. I love black licorice so I was quite pleased by the aftertaste. I could definitely have a few of these in a row and will pick it up again the next time I see it!

tatoodkelt, Jun 04, 2009
Photo of mralphabet
3.53/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 Oz bottle poured into pint glass

A: Black... little to no head with just a little lacing.

S: Strong alcohol notes.... with a lot of coffee, molasses and some floral hops.

T: There is a quick hit of hoppy bitterness and coffee with a lot of alcohol detected. It is a little more bitter than sweet. Aftertaste has a little alcohol burn in it. Not what I was expecting.

M: Pretty full bodied with a slickness to it... Carbonation is a little higher than I thought it would be.

D: This is my first Thirsty Dog brew, not what I thought if would be over all... It is not a session brew, ABV is on the number but, one is enough.

I'm used to a lot of coffee and a hint of chocolate in my Russian Imperials but the strong alcohol taste in hurting the over all effect. I'm not done with Thirsty Dog... I'll be back.

mralphabet, Jun 03, 2009
Photo of adamette
4.3/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle that I bought at Winking Lizard in Mentor, Ohio for $4 into a clean, clear pint glass.

A Motor oil black body under a great looking medium brown head that dissipated within a minute. Very nice look.

S Great dark chocolate and dark roasted malt smell that suggests that this will be a slow sipper. I really enjoy this smell.

T Deep, dark malt for sure with that chocolate and a pinch of alcohol in the mid taste. It did not have the full bodied smoothness that I have had with other Imperial Stouts but this is a very good tasting beer anyway.

M As mentioned, not smooth enough for me (a bit thin) but certainly "big" with big ABV, dark malt tastes.

D One and done for sure but RIS are not known for their drinkability usually. This is a delicious RIS though.

Notes: Another winner from Thirsty Dog but the greatness of others that I tried (Cerebrus among others) was not met with this one.

adamette, Jun 02, 2009
Photo of scruffwhor
4.3/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Light brown, one finger thick, head that leaves some initial lacing at the top ofthe glass only. Straight black color, no highlights. The aroma is full of charred vines, deep roasted and burnt malt. Plus some marshmellow like creaminess in there too. The taste starts burnt roasted and chewy. The middle shows off some burnt grapes, winey alcohol, and finishes with some coffee creamers and a lingering alcohol warmth. A definite sipper, but one of the smoothest palated RIS beers I've ever had.

I'm glad I was finally able to get my hands on this coveted beer. And it was only fittinghat I pick up this six-pack right ater I my eight dark lords on DLD!!!

scruffwhor, May 31, 2009
Siberian Night Imperial Stout from Thirsty Dog Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 1,493 ratings.