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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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1,537 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,537
Reviews: 814
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 9.66%
Wants: 133
Gots: 152 | 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 ffejherb
4.38/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Vintage 2006 12oz. bottle into goblet on 5/6/09. Thanks to FooFaa for sharing

A - Poured an inky black body with a burnt mocha head that settled into a thin ring of retention and left moderate lacing around the glass.

S - Prevalent cocoa powder presence with a hint of smoked meat in the back. Reminds me of chocolate syrup or a Nestle Crunch bar. Displays a Rice Krispie-esque malt character.

T - Very rich and chocolatey with a candy bar-like sweetness and just a slight hint of smoke and coffee bitterness to add a bit of complexity to the flavor profile. Cocoa powder and chocolate syrup reign supreme, however. Finish displays an earthy bitter aspect with semi-sweet chocolate notes and more cocoa powder. Delicious!

M - Full bodied with a rich, smooth texture and very soft, mellow carbonation. Silky mouthfeel overall. Sweet finish with just a touch of bitterness on the palate.

D - Excellent Imperial stout that I've been wanting to try for quite a while. Incredibly drinkable and very mellow with no noticeable alcohol whatsoever... especially for a 9% beer! Big thanks to FooFaa for breaking out this vintage bottle that turned into my favorite beer of the night!

ffejherb, May 08, 2009
Photo of abecall98
4.58/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this in an extra. Thank you DukeDevil0.

A - this is one mighty dark fine looking stout. The head is small, but laces well.

S - Sweet, bitter chocolate stout.

T - this beer is damn good. I can taste chocolate, roasted malts. This is damn good.

M - good carbonation, smooth creamy mouthfeel

D - This beer is damn tasty. I can go on drinking this stuff. If only it was not thick, it would be most drinkable.

abecall98, May 06, 2009
Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.47/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle served in a snifter.

Pitch black brew with a creamy brown head. The beer is thick and leaves a coating with each sip. The aroma is powerfull with roasted malt, coffee and chocolate notes. Thick and full bodied with creamy smoothness. The taste is delightful, rich and roasty. French Roast Coffee, dark chocolate and some sweet molases on the finish. This is great brew to sip on a cool evening when just one will do.

Note: The bottle I reviewed was about a year old and I got it in a trade with a fantastic BA member who's name escapes me now?...
my dog ate my trade notes...
my trade notes spontaniously combusted...
I don't keep trade notes...
Anyway, thanks dude!

Note 2: I also have another bottle of this brew which is about 6 months old that I got somehow (LIF/BIF/trade?) from another fantastic BA, Thanks!

JoeyBeerBelly, May 06, 2009
Photo of citan133
3.95/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Jet black with a thin cocoa-brown head. Very little retention after the initial gulp.

Smells very heavily of chocolate, undertones of coffee, some type of dark.dried fruit coming through too, can't put my finger on exactly what it is, though. Some sweet, candied smells.

Very heavy on the chocolate with some coffee coming in on the back, initially a very two-tiered taste with the chocolate being cut off right when it hits the mid-palate by the coffee. As it warms the tastes mellow out quite a bit, coffee and chocolate blend together nicely with that sweetness from the candy/dried fruits, still not placing exactly what it is but I like it.

Lots of sediment on the bottom of the glass, very nice mouthfeel. Not really silky but it goes down smooth, very little carbonation.

I could easily drink a few of these and the alcohol is almost unnoticeable in the flavor. Pretty good, I might get back to this.

citan133, May 05, 2009
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%

callmemickey, Apr 25, 2009
Photo of skeeordye11
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.

skeeordye11, Apr 20, 2009
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.

biggred1, Apr 18, 2009
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.

olegv40, Apr 14, 2009
Photo of cvstrickland
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.

cvstrickland, Apr 12, 2009
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.

GatorBeerNerd, Apr 12, 2009
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

sjccmd, Apr 11, 2009
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.

iasanlee, Apr 09, 2009
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.

Birdiebeagle, Apr 07, 2009
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.

Domingo, Apr 07, 2009
Photo of Metalmonk
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.

Metalmonk, Apr 03, 2009
Photo of stoutfiend27
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...

stoutfiend27, Mar 29, 2009
Photo of wedge
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.

wedge, Mar 16, 2009
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.

argock, Mar 12, 2009
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.

alkemy, Mar 04, 2009
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.

JesseP09, Mar 04, 2009
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.

Monkeyknife, Mar 01, 2009
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.

HiAIPA, Mar 01, 2009
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!

buschbeer, Feb 22, 2009
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.

tmoneyba, Feb 21, 2009
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.

Riverwarrior, Feb 20, 2009
Siberian Night Imperial Stout from Thirsty Dog Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 1,537 ratings.