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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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1,415 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,415
Reviews: 805
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 9.66%
Wants: 120
Gots: 127 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Dogbrick on 01-13-2003)
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Photo of Tilley4


3.9/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

One of the coolest looking labels that I've ever seen.

Wow. This thing certainly looks the part. It is blacker than charcoal and forms a great mocha colored head.

The aroma is not as strong as I was expecting. Definite chocolate notes but nothing overpowering at all. Its actually quite nice...

Well, this one is definitely a sipper.. Great taste of chocolate and dark roasted malts but also quite the alcohol presence which causes the drinkability to suffer somewhat. This is a serious brew.. Actually reminds me of Old Rasputin which aint a bad thing..

Overall a good stout but I don't know if its a top 10 brew or not. A little hot..

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2008 23:50:34 | More by Tilley4
Photo of lightindarkness


4.28/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours black. Very little head at first, but a harder pour brought on a big tan froth, very nice. Very lace-like lacing, if that means anything.

Nose is rich in coffee, dark toasted grains, chocolate, caramel, vanilla, spicy wood, with slight alcohol burn. Very nice.

Very generous nearly-burnt grains, smooth lightly sweet milky chocolate, coffee, and some bitter burnt wood at the finish. Brighter fruit flavors hover on top of the palate, not quite setting in but rounding out the fullness of the flavor.

Feel is really, really smooth. Plenty of body here, but also enough carbonation to fight through and give a light tingle. Chewy at the finish.

Flavor makes this pretty drinkable, but body and alcohol inhibit a high rating for consumption.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2008 01:37:40 | More by lightindarkness
Photo of kkipple

South Carolina

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

Thanks to CrazyMacHarris99 for the trade on this one.

Pours with virtually no head, this is a lowly carbonated, dark and thick looking stout. I can deal.

A fine aroma emanates from the glass - very smooth and roasty, with hints of oats and slick molasses, quite sweet and heavy with malt expressions, very little alcohol in the smell, odd for the style and the 9%.

Taste is a little more subdued than I'd like, but this is a very well balanced stout, not aggressive at all, but sweet, deep, slick and smooth. Hints of coffee and charred grain, and is it just me or am I tasting oats? Long, deep and roasty finish. Actually this tastes like it's been aged for a while, there is really no hot boozy "edge" or intense roast that many in the style boast.

Mouthfeel is slick and sweet, cocoa-bitter finish lingers.

A very drinkable, smooth RIS. Thirsty Dog is onto something here. I'm glad I have more to share.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2008 04:08:30 | More by kkipple
Photo of deltatauhobbit


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

Pours jet black, no light being able to get through, small tan head from an aggressive pour with very little lacing.

Smell has a strong roasted malt presence, as well as strong coffee undertones and a subtle chocolate aroma.

Taste is quite creamy, starts off with roasted malt and follows with an aftertaste of coffee, chocolate notes are much more subtle than the coffee ones, warms the back of the mouth and sides a bit but is not overwhelmingly harsh with the alcohol sensations.

A solid RIS but not the best in the category or even for stouts, but a very solid beer nevertheless.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2008 22:53:55 | More by deltatauhobbit
Photo of DIM


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

a: This is a very dark brown, not quite black. It pours with a big foamy mocha colored head that has great lace and retention.

s: This has a surprisingly subdued nose. Mild aromas of cocoa and coffee, along with some very faint alcohol. Not at all offensive, I just wish it was more assertive.

t: Things start off with a nice hot chocolate flavor. Some charred roasty coffee tastes come next. The finish is dry, bitter, and has some sour cherry notes.

m: This has a very nice thick, chewy texture and excellent foamy carbonation.

d: This is a fantastic RIS, I'm not sure why it took me so long to try one of these.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2008 11:42:50 | More by DIM
Photo of JDV


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

Thanks to Miketd, I believe, for the bottle.
Big brown lasting head on a pitch black oily pour in a snifter. Smell is deliciously smooth, cream, chocolately roast, and an almost chocolate peanut butter cup creaminess about it. Hint of alcohol and smoke as it warms a bit. Taste is dense, creamy chocolate, with a perfect roastiness and no burnt smells or tastes. Perfect mouthfeel and light carbonation. Easily one of my new favorite beers. Awesome, and unbeatable for the price.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2008 16:46:06 | More by JDV
Photo of brdc


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

Thanks cookin420 for this one.
Small capped bottle poured into a pint.

Pitch black, with a nice dark tan head that retains quite well, and leaves thick, sticky lacing all the way down.
Aroma is your average stout, with the coffee and chocolate notes, but a bit sweeter and packed with a lot more dark fruits.
Medium to full, it lacks a little bit in the body, but the nice flavor makes up for it, with the same notes from the nose, fruity and loaded in chocolate and coffee, and perhaps some caramel.
It is very good, well balanced with little noticeable alcohol; it lacks a bit of body, power and complexity to make it great.
Still very worthwhile, goes down nicely with chocolate.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2008 05:14:05 | More by brdc
Photo of becktone


4.55/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Eye: Black in color, looks darker than molasses. Head is a small brown creature, looks to leave some pretty thick lacing. What is lacking in the head is made up for by the lacing, thick and creamy-a true thing of wonder.

Nose: Heavy aroma, dark malts, heavy roasted notes, burnt aromas, chocolate, a bit of alcohol in there as well. Expected RIS smell.Aroma is nice, and is easy to pick up.

Tongue: Tons of roasted and black malt flavors here. There's that nice roasted flavor followed by a black acrid malt taste, great, just great. Chocolate malt is also present. Some alcohol is evident at the swallow. Very nice RIS.

Mouthfeel and Drinkability: Thick and heavy on the palate, low levels of carbonation are appropriate to the style. This beer is also smooth as it goes down, like chocolate melting in the mouth(and not in the hand...ha). I really enjoy the fullness of this brew, the smoothness, the creaminess, to me it seems everything about the mouthfeel is right. This is one I will definitely come back to. Next time I am in the mood for a RIS and don't know where to turn it is definitely here.

Serving type: bottle

02-29-2008 18:22:20 | More by becktone
Photo of lackenhauser


3.58/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jet black in color with a deep tan head. Sharp, metallic smell. Deep roasted aroma but the metal smell takes away from it. Heavy, chocolatey flavor. Dry cocoa flavor. I cant seem to overcome the metallic quality. Decent mouthfeel to it. Very enjoyable and drinkable. The somewhat off aroma really detracts from the whole picture for me. Still a decent RIS. I would buy this again.

Serving type: bottle

02-29-2008 02:08:30 | More by lackenhauser
Photo of philbe311


3.63/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - A rich pitch black, poured with very little head, any lace was quickly gone...

S - Hints of licorice, caramel, dark chocolate, and roasted nuts...

T - Smooth at first with heavy rich caramel flavor with slight hints of licorice developing shortly after...

M - Full-bodied with a creamy texture and slight carbonation...

D - A little too harsh for my liking... A very solid taste, but tough to drink more than 1 or 2 in a sitting...

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2008 02:22:55 | More by philbe311
Photo of largadeer


4.18/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Black with a rich 1 and 1/2 inch coffee-colored head. Even as far as imperial stouts go this is pretty dark stuff.

Smell - Very bold and roasty. Aromas of chocolate and coffee are up-front with subtler notes of toffee and raisins.

Taste - Moderate sweetness is balanced by a bold roasted bitterness. Full-bodied and creamy. Pronounced flavors of dark chocolate, espresso and semi-burnt toast. Very little hop presence. The palate is consumed by mild roasty bitterness in the finish, long and coating.

Notes - Bold but never over the top, this is a highly drinkable imperial stout.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2008 02:23:36 | More by largadeer
Photo of cookin420


3.3/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a chalice.

Black with a tinge of dark-caramel brown around the edge of the glass. The head is cocoa colored, and is the darkest foam I have ever seen. It leaves no lace and is gone without a trace in less than a minute.

Smell is of burnt chocolate, some kind of floral hop, some vegetable notes that don't necessarily detract from the overall smell, some acetone-like smell that does, and subtle dark roast coffee notes.

Coffee is more evident in the taste, good bittering right up front. Not a very malty RIS, any fruits are muted. Slightly astringent finish mingling with more burnt chocolate in the aftertaste. One dimensional.

Mouthfeel does not stand up to the flavor in this beer. Slightly low final gravity IMO.

The drinkability is better than many I think partly because T.D. does a great job hiding the alc. content. That said, I wish I could taste more alcohol when I drink this. I think it would mellow some of the other flavors that dominate.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2008 18:11:58 | More by cookin420
Photo of liammaloney

Rhode Island

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

My first thought on seeing this beer was how apt the name was. It is indeed an inky, dark, opaque night of a color, dark enough for me to check my reflection in the glass. It was topped with a creamy-foamy head, perfectly level with lots of tiny bubbles.

Unlike what I imagine a cold night in Siberia would smell like, it had a pronounced chocolate aroma, with a pleasantly bitersweet quality, like plum brandy.

My first sip was thick - mouth-coating. Full of rich chocolate and herb flavors, and finishing with chocolate covered cherries. The head showed some legs, as well, sliding down the glass in a sheet.

And the finish was just what I was hoping for. It had a medium depth with some heat, lots more of the chocolate-coffee bitterness I'd been tasting, and just a hint of citrus zest. A great brew for a cold February night.

Serving type: on-tap

02-20-2008 02:53:22 | More by liammaloney
Photo of NJpadreFan

New Jersey

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

Thirsty Dog- Siberian Night

A- Dark murky black with a thick tan head. Thick lacing down the glass.
S- Dark strong roasted coffee bean and dark chocolate.
T- Thick rich dark chocolate with a touch of creamy deep roasted coffe bean.
M- Smooth and creamy. Dry finish.

Overall- An excellent Imp. Stout! The 9% alc is well hidden. A very tasty and sessionable stout!

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2008 20:16:14 | More by NJpadreFan
Photo of psinderson


3.48/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a sample glass during a tasting at the Sharp Edge Creekhouse.

Appearance: Dark, almost black. Strong caramel colored head.

Smell: Smokey and roasty, some molasses-like sweetness.

Taste: Extreme roast flavor with sugary sweetness. Finishes somewhat bitter.

Mouthfeel: Seemed a bit thinner than the taste suggested.

Drinkability: The bitter finish slows you down a bit.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2008 20:04:49 | More by psinderson
Photo of csmiley


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

A - Pours almost black in color. Got a little more than a half inch of medium brown head. Retention was average. Lacing was good.

S - Nice prominant roasted aromas. Background has notes of coffee and bittersweet chocolate.

T - Taste follows smell closely. Very prominant roasted flavors followed by coffee and chocolate. Even the background flavors are strong in this one. Alcohol finishes off the flavor profile. The flavors smooth out once it warms.

M - Full bodied. Carbonation was on par with the style. There is also a slightly dry finish.

D - Goes down easy. The high abv puts the limit to one per sitting. Still a very enjoyable brew.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2008 02:48:13 | More by csmiley
Photo of SaCkErZ9


4.38/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Sweet! I am the 300th reviewer of this beer. Thanks go out to SPLITGRIN for this one.

Served in a New Belgium snifter from the 12oz bottle. Pitch black with a tan head about one finger in size. Copious amounts of lacing and very nice retention.

Aroma is very chocolatey. Malty, dried figs and raisins. Earthy hops. Caramel backbone.

More coffee than chocolate in the flavor. Slightly fruity with just the right amount of sweetness. Long finish with a hop bite and more coffee bitterness.

This was a beauty. Mouthfeel was a little thin for me, but the overall taste more than made up for that. Alcohol is absolutely missing in this one. Pretty damn drinkable all things considered. I think I could have this anytime, anywhere. A great beer and I am glad to have it.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2008 21:41:16 | More by SaCkErZ9
Photo of atrus138


4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Opaque black with amber tinges where the light meets it. Dark khaki head that was about two fingers thick. Pretty good retention. A bit of lacing, though not much. Smells of dark coffee with notes of alcohol. There was also the sweetness of brown sugar present, with notes of dark fruit. Smell is a little on the weak side for a drink as robust as an imperial stout, though. Taste is a bit fruitier than I expected. Figs and raisins are most evident. The usual flavors also make their appearance. Coffee, chocolate, some caramel. Definitely malt-heavy. I can barely detect any hops here. Nice roasted finish. Medium-bodied, though a bit thin for the style. This is one of the lighter RISs I've had. This is still a pretty massive drink and the alcohol catches up to you after a while. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2008 05:55:36 | More by atrus138
Photo of Lothar666

Rhode Island

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

A- Creamy, two finger thick, dark tan head receeded rather slowly and remained a full finger thick for at least a minute after the initial pour. Body was opaque and almost black, the color of high quality dark chocolate. Attractive, sticky and muddy lacing was left on the sides of my glass as I sipped.

S- Dark roasted cofee, espresso, dark chocolate and strong alcohol are all present in the nose. The aroma is far more complex and pleasant than most that I have had in this style.

T- Complex, dark roasted malts, espresso and coffee notes with some dark chocolate are balanced out by just the right amount of hops and strong alcohol in the finish. The aftertaste is all dark malts. This is nearly a perfect example of what the flavor profile for this style should be.

M- Perhaps a tad thin compared to some other RIS' that I have enjoyed in the past, this one still manages to hold on to the oily mouth texture that I love and the delightful tongue coating that I feel makes or breaks a good Russian Imperial Stout. An excellent choice.

D- This is a beer to be sipped on and enjoyed. The strong alcohol is very noticeable and obvious, but not at all astringent or unwelcome and balanced out well by the complex flavors of the dark malt and coffee. One of my all time favorites and a very accessable example of the standard by which this style should be judged.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2008 05:46:07 | More by Lothar666
Photo of soundhole


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

Purchased at Geyer's Beverage Center in Bucyrus, OH 8.99/6-pk!! 2008 release...

A: Pours thick and practically black, in fact, no light shined though my BUD LIGHT pint glass. Because I pour my stouts very aggressively, I got a very thick brown colored head which hung around for a bit before settling to a film. Almost no lacing at all.

S: Chocolate, perhaps overly sweet, roasted malts, a slight alcohol presence. It was really hard for me to sort out the hop aroma. Overall very nice.

T/M: Tastes like happy... nice roasted chocolate flavor with alcohol lingering along the way. Luckily it did not have all of the sweetness that the smell indicated. Carbonation makes it mark but doesn't distract from the flavors. Did not feel like drinking motor oil.

D: One is good, two is a treat, three is half a six-pack and I don't know where to score another once it's gone so I probably shouldn't.

Wish I would have reviewed the 2007 batch that I din't drink until last October. This beer is just a bit immature in comparison, a 8-10 month cellaring is what it needs in my opinion. This is a very good brew, only wish it was more available thoughout the entire year.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2008 01:14:25 | More by soundhole
Photo of Dodo2step


3.65/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

purchased at Market Cross Pub in carlisle, PA

I have been itching at the chance to have this beer and i have been waiting for the perfect moment. I have had for the past 2 weeks.

A- a dark, thick black and viscous pour with a tanned burnt head. It reminds me of watching the chocolate swirling commercials when i was pouring.

S-a burnt malty smell that opens the sinuses. It has a trail of sweety chocolate as the smell dissipates.

T-this is where i got a little dissappointed. it had a good taste to start but as i was downing it it had the aftertaste of burnt toast. If you like burnt toast then this beer would be perfect for you. It was still good flavor of dark malts and yields minimal hoppiness(is that a word?)

D-this is one of those special occasion types of beer. However, i feel this beer would be great with a surf and turf dinner. It packs a little punch at then end but i just cant get over the "extra burtn crispy flavor"

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2008 23:56:52 | More by Dodo2step
Photo of geexploitation


3.95/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours very thick and motor-oil black, with a short, dark tan head that fades quickly. Aromas are quite creamy and nutty for an Impy stout, with little in the roasted malt way of things. There are some nice toasted notes lurking in the background. On the palate, sightly fruity sweetness first off, then some hot alcohol starts at the mid-palate and lasts through the finish. Sweet vanilla, chocolate cream and figs round things out. Mouthfeel is very smooth, but not as much as some other examples, with some pronounced alchoholic hotness. Overall, this is a very good Imperial Stout, especially for one on the sweeter side and lacking roasted malt character. Enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2008 04:04:38 | More by geexploitation
Photo of pwoods


4.45/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle, purchased at Party Source, poured into a tulip. No dating.

A: Pours jet black with a moderate viscosity. After a vigorous pour, 1 finger of dark mocha head forms and makes a walk down. Decent lacing.

S: Lightly burnt grains and sweet molasses. A very different cola smell.. like it's been reduced. The standard coffee and bitter dark chocolate isn't very profound, yet it's still distinguishable.

T/M: Haha, a very neat brew. Coffee and chocolate weak in the nose? Not in the taste! Instead of individual flavors of coffee and chocolate, they meld more together more like one those froofy cold coffee drinks(that taste so damn good!). A very pleasant milk sweetness. Body is full but not chewy or sticky and carbonation is just high enough to had a creaminess to the drink.

D: Very easy to drink for a RIS. 9% isn't too terribly high... or am I trying to kid myself? Excellent brew.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2008 03:45:53 | More by pwoods
Photo of drseamus

New York

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

Thanks to MrEd137 for sharing some bottles.

A: Classic RIS look; jet black body with a nice dark mocha head.

S: Not as much intensity as I would like. There is a bit of chocolate in there but it's very faint.

T: Nice and chocolaty with some bitterness with a roasty but somewhat sweet coffee aftertaste.

M: Medium to heavy. On the lighter end of RIS but still within style.

D: Definitely a great beer. The lowest ABV of the beers we sampled all night. Although it has a good chocolaty and roasty flavor, it's not so intense that I couldn't drink a lot.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2008 00:48:24 | More by drseamus
Photo of aerozeppl

New York

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

Thanks to MrEd137 for sharing this bottle.

A:Black with no light getting through. Tan head.

S: Not much of a nose on this one. Roasted malt does shine through.

T: Roasted barley at first with some bitterness. Finishes wonderfully sweet.

M: Med body with a low amount of carbonation that fits the beer well.

D: Out of all the RIS we tried last night I would say this is the one that is the best traditional RIS. There was no big hop presence (Darkness) or Old Ale Feel (Stone). It was just a great traditional take on the style. It was also super easy drinking and very smooth. Glad I got to try this one.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2008 15:42:06 | More by aerozeppl
Siberian Night Imperial Stout from Thirsty Dog Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 1,415 ratings.