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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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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

1,488 Ratings
THE BROS
81
good

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Ratings: 1,488
Reviews: 812
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 9.9%
Wants: 125
Gots: 141 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Dogbrick on 01-13-2003)
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Photo of musicjustintime
4.35/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm not a HUGE Stout man...but THIS, my friends, is a HUGE STOUT!!!! WOW!! Upon popping the top, instantly I smell black licorice!! Pours black as a Siberian Night...and a small tan head that disapates rather quickly. This beer is so complex....and SO high in ABV (9% On my bottle, although I've heard others have claimed 9.7%) it's just a nice, warming sipper! LOTS of aftertaste, but GOOD aftertaste...much of chocolate AND coffee...A TAD bitter, but supposed to be...and not offensively so. Smooth going down, too, and the high ABV is hidden fairly well with all the other flavors going on in there. If I could afford these....I'd ALWAYS have a few on hand!! Would be the ONLY stout I'd want. VERY well done, and I HIGHLY recommend trying one if you haven't. Happy October, my friends, and SAAALUTE!!!!

musicjustintime, Oct 03, 2008
Photo of Pencible
4.35/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

This poured an opaque pitch black with dark tan head. It smelled like rich roasted coffee with milk chocolate and some licorice and alcohol. It tasted like sweet milk chocolate and bitter coffee with some burnt barley malt and slight alcohol flavor. It was thick with no carbonation, and had a bittersweet aftertaste. Overall this was a very tasty beer with nearly perfect body. It was easier to drink than most imperial stouts, with a nice clean flavor. It could have hid the alcohol a bit better (perhaps with aging), and could have used a bit more unique personality to it. But it was otherwise very well done.

Pencible, Oct 02, 2008
Photo of beachbum1975
4.35/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a single of this at Jungle Jim's on a tip from pwoods. He says this is his favorite, readily available Russian Imperial Stout around... Packaged with a rather cheesy wolf with glowing green eyes - no freshness date, not certain of the vintage.

Pours a thick dark, semi-opaque brown/black with a thick, creamy brown head with larger bubbles. Traces of hops seen in the lacing on my pints' walls.

Smells of sweet, heavily charred malts, molasses and expresso.

Full-bodied with ample carbonation on the mouthfeel. Thick, sweet molasses, black licorice, vanilla, charcoal, smoke and heavily toasted malts. There's a significant floral hop presence in the mix, as well. Finishes long with a nice, smoked, oily end. Because this guy is so thick, it's hard to detect the 9.7% alcohol in it...

Quite pleasing and a great example for it's style - don't judge a book by its' cover.

beachbum1975, Sep 28, 2008
Photo of morebeergood
4.22/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a six pack a while back from a store in RI. Grabbed two from the beer cellar for dessert last night, which was a chocolate tart. As you pour it into the glass, you'll notice that it's as black as ink. Huge brown head. Tons of lacing on the glass. Smell was great, tons of coffee and roasted barley. Loved the taste of this beer. Chocolate is definitely the dominant flavor here. Paired perfectly with dessert. Very thick body it to also, almost like mousse. Barely noticeable abv. I have never seen this on the shelves of stores in MA, but I would without hesitation buy more. This easily grabs a spot in the top three RIS that I've ever had.

morebeergood, Sep 24, 2008
Photo of donteatpoop
3.98/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Black as midnight, deep tan head; delicate residual lacing.

Smells of dark roasted malts.

Nice character, the malts really produce a smooth balance for the bitterness that stouts usually give off; very rhobust.

A bit thin for a stour, definately a creamy mouthfeel though.

Drinkable beverage, I can do one or two of these in a sitting. Maybe three.

donteatpoop, Sep 23, 2008
Photo of dsa7783
3.3/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Single, twelve-ounce bottle just copped from Nikki's Liquors in Providence for $1.99...
Side of the bottle clearly states "9.7% ABV"...
Appearance: Beautiful, pitch-black, opaque, ebondy hue with a slight tan head that quickly receded...
Smell: Alcohol-ridden aroma with a strong, roasted malt backbone... Dark liquer chocolate...
Taste: Alcohol-laden flavor... Way too much alcohol with not enought sweet creaminess usually found in classic RIS's... Bittersweet dark chocolate is detectable, yet the alcohol is way too overwhelming on this one...
Creamy, rich thick mouthfeel...
Drinkability obviously took a hit due to the large dose of alcohol evident in both the nose and on the tongue...

dsa7783, Sep 22, 2008
Photo of 7ways
4.43/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Holy crap.

Poured deep brown/black with a frothy brown head. Microscopic bubbles shooting up from the bottom of the glass in thin tan slipstreams. Smells nutty and very clean, with faint maple syrup and milk chocolate. I taste more of the same, adding caramel and chocolate mousse, with a lovely sweet finish. Delicious.
The mouthfeel of this beer is what got me. It's full bodied, but fluffy--I'm talking like cotton-candy fluffy. Absolutely amazing. How the hell is this 9.7%? Maybe the most drinkable RIS I've ever had.

Thanks to adamharbaugh for the bottles, I'll probably want more very soon.

7ways, Sep 22, 2008
Photo of treyrab
3.98/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured this one into my pint glass...

A: Poured a rather thick black-as-night beer with really no head at all. It was opaque with some brown around the edges when held up to light. Nothing spectacular about the view.

S: The smell is good, but rather light. It has roasted malt characters, coffee, cocoa, and a slight alcohol presence as well in the nose.

T: A very good taste for a RIS, though a little lighter than I like. It has an abundance of chocolate and cocoa with slight roasted malts and not much hop presence. I would like to see a little more character in this one.

Overall, a decent RIS, but not one that I would choose over some others.

treyrab, Sep 19, 2008
Photo of BeerBelcher
4.13/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a really solid imperial stout.

Pours a thick, inky black with very little head. Aroma is coffee and intensely smokey. Flavor is definitely RIS, with substantial roastiness, coffee and chocolate notes, with some smokey flavor also. Mouthfeel is quite smooth (little carbonation) but a bit sticky and slick. Quite good.

I would recommend this beer.

I bought this as a single 12oz bottle from Parti-Pak Discount Liquor in Indianapolis (Greenwood), Indiana.

BeerBelcher, Sep 19, 2008
Photo of barleywinebrewer
4.22/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

thanks to gpcollen for the chance to try this beer. 363 reviews as of this posting so I'll take slightly different approach for this one. a solid quite enjoyable RIS. If this was local for me I'd have a stock in the basement. drinks lighter than the abv would indicate. well worth a try.

barleywinebrewer, Sep 16, 2008
Photo of AKBelgianBeast
4.22/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to a very generous naproxen for the extra!

Pours a deep impenetrable black with a nice fluffy ice cream tan head. The nose reveals some notes of coffee, chocolate, and roasted malt. Taste follows with good subtle yet noticeable coffee, some thick lactose chocolate flavor, a very nice roasted malt profile and some alcohol with a very slight hop bitterness on the finish. Very nice. Mouthfeel is absolutely wonderful here, and works perfectly with this brew. Nice and viscous without being too chewy. Chewier than most (the way I like em) but not tomato soup. Drinkability is quite good, as the abv is for the most part subdued, but the alcohol does show up slightly, but for god sake, this is an imperial stout my friend. Well hidden.

Overall this is a very nice imperial stout, especially for something that is fairly available for those in the area. Would love to have something like this readily available in a 12oz around here. Would most defenitely be a regular if this was readily available here. A very good stout. Git some!!!!

AKBelgianBeast, Sep 14, 2008
Photo of johnnnniee
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a solid black with a decent tan head that seems to stick around for a while. Smells of roasted malts, a bit vinous, maybe some dried dark fruits in the background. Tastes of roasted malts and coffee with a bit of alcohol in the finish. Full bodied, creamy/oily in the mouth. medium carbonation. Great brew, I think it's better fresh, but great either way.

johnnnniee, Sep 08, 2008
Photo of Greggy
4.4/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Pitch black 10W30 consistency in the body. Pours a thinner rust colored/tan head. Very nice. Recedes quickly to a thin cap.

S- Very dark, huge roasty chocolate, dark burnt caramel.

T- Starts with big mouthfeel, very sweet, then moves to a quicky bitter component, finally moving to a very sweet cream, almost citrus hop component then finally a very LOOOONG sweet finish.

M- Complexity is amazing. Low carb is nice. Finish is long and enjoyable.

D- A bottle might be tough to get through as this baby is huge and complex. 9% is pretty impressive. It's very well hidden. I'd definitely drink this again.

*THE PERFECT BEER FOR THE 200th REVIEW

Greggy, Sep 07, 2008
Photo of mtstatebeer
4.13/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle. Pours a nice black with a creamy tan head. The aroma is a bit of roasted malts, chocolate, and a hint of coffee. Flavor is nice, coffee, roasted malts, and a bit of fruit. Mouthfeel is nice, warm, full body, and creamy. Very good beer.

mtstatebeer, Sep 03, 2008
Photo of hustlesworth
3.78/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

A- thick, viscous, used motor oil black, a total black hole. dense nearly creamy cappuccino colored head and alot of sticky lace.

S- huge rubbing alcohol and coffee/cocoa aroma, roasty toasty malt, black syrup, and earthy hops.

T- boozy taste, black coffee, smokey, burnt licorice, intense flavor and earthy bitterness, robust and huge huge huge, sweet rubbing alcohol/vodka esters, grilled meat, soil, compost.

MF- thick rich body, medium-low carbonation, coating and syrupy.

D- so-so here. alcohol taste is a little too pronounced, i feel like i should be doing shots of it.

hustlesworth, Aug 31, 2008
Photo of khiasmus
4.18/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours an intense black with a small amount of tight tan head that lasts forever and leaves a bit of lacing.
The aroma is of coffee and chocolate, with some black currant and dark roasted grain as well. A lot of sweetness comes out though, almost like a cappuccino.
Taste is much the same... rich, sweet malt, there has to be lactose in there. has to be. Coffee, chocolate, dark fruit, a bit of grain husk in the finish.
Mouthfeel is rich and smooth, velvety, creamy, medium-low carbonation, and a silky, lingering finish with just a hint of grain astringency.
This beer is quite tasty, although the tons of lactose cut down on it just a bit. It should be called an imperial milk stout. Other than that, a delicious and recommended brew.

khiasmus, Aug 30, 2008
Photo of orcasteve
4.93/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

dark and robust and suprisingley smooth, delitefull hints of coffiee and toffie with a creamy smooth finish, the aftertaste is one of a strong alcohal presents. this is a top shelf imperial stout in every sense if the word. this is a beer that i will seek out agan in the future

orcasteve, Aug 29, 2008
Photo of tedpeer
4.38/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce poured into a pint.

A - Pours black with a huge mocha head that settled to thin layer with lacing all the way.

S - Coffee, chocolate.

T - Chocolate, coffee. Barely sweet. Bitter linger. Alcohol well covered.

M - Thick, creamy, lightly carbonated.

D - Very. Alcohol is well hidden.
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Reason for update:

Did a blind tasting of 7 RISs.

Night Tripper, Czar, and Stone RIS tied for First. Siberian Night and Old Rasputin tied for 4th, and Ten FIDY and Expedition tied for 6th. Based on these results I've changed my numbers.

tedpeer, Aug 20, 2008
Photo of thisisshsas
4.65/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A- opaque black with a nice big head that's extremely tan, but I did an agressive pour.
S- Smeels of roasted coffee and chocolate are very evident and make it fun just to whiff for a moment.
T- great blend of roasted barley and hops. The beer is sweet but bitter enough that it improves in your mouth. As it goes down your thrown almost has a liquorice type flavor.
M- surprisingly drinkable.

My favorite stout I've had since I've really started to like the flavor. an added bonus that it's an ohio beer.

thisisshsas, Aug 06, 2008
Photo of kinger
4.63/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I first had this on tap at their brewpub many years ago and really enjoyed it. Luckily it's readily available at most local stores. This is one of the finest crafted imperial stouts that I have had the pleasure of drinking, and it continues to be one of my favorites. Pours a pitch black color with a large collapsing head and spider web-like lacing. The aroma is rich with strong coffee, burnt molasses, and chocolate. The taste is complimented by the aroma and is fairly complex. Nutty with a ton of dark, bitter chocolate and roasted grains. Caramel and molasses bring about a balancing sweetness. There is also a nice milky quality that creeps through. Deep layers with hints of dark cherries and some port wine. Finishes strong and smooth which I like in a stout. The aftertaste sticks with you for a while on this one. Fresh or aged this beer always drinks with great ease. The high alcohol presence makes itself known but is not offensive. Always been a top notch brew, it's fantastic in all regards. //Edited review on 12-14-07 after enjoying a nicely aged bottle.

kinger, Jul 29, 2008
Photo of Derek
4.55/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Black with a tan head, very little retention, slight initial lacing & some leg.

S: Very roasty, molasses, dark toffee, dark bread, burnt caramel, Bakers chocolate, coffee & a slightly floral & woody spicing, with hints of horse.

T: Blackstrap molasses, burnt toffee, mocha, dark bread, woody/peppery spicing, slightly metallic, assertive tar-like bitterness (solid but not harsh).

M: Thick body is slightly chalky with a little roasted acidity; carbonation is pleasantly on the low side of moderate; well-attenuated for a dry finish.

D: Far to drinkable for a brew of this strength!

Thanks DaPeculiarDane for the trade!

Derek, Jul 28, 2008
Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.43/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

600th review!! 12 oz. bottle > Chimay Glass

Darkest brown with ruby red hues as I pour. A very smooth, even but bubbly brown head crowns at 1" high and falls pretty fast but leaves a splotchy, bubbly ring of foam cover.

Deep sweet chocolate scent whaff's out of the glass, dark berries and mixed fruits...mostly grapes and blackberries. Mocha coffe with vanilla and cream mellows the mild heat well. A really nice balance of roastie and sweet aroma's. Pine and cedar wood way down deep.

This is a fruity and deep chocolatey-sweet flavor that is in wonderful balance....the dark fruits(think:grape jelly) and sweet chocolate are in perfect harmony. Then comes a spicey, peppery hop flavor and a woody, whiskey heat. A smooth, creamy malt complexity around the edges. Peanutbutter with jam later on in the flavor. It's a medium to full feel with a big smooth finish. No bitter aftertaste because the hops are not overdone.

That's a scary looking wolf on the lable and the complexity is too.

GratefulBeerGuy, Jul 22, 2008
Photo of jeffmonarch
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle in a pint glass.

A - Dark brown with a medium tan thick head that fades fast.

S - Chocolate and caramel.

T - Smooth and creamy with a rich flavor. Strong flavors of caramel and roasted malt.

M - Full bodied with good carbonation.

D - Great beer, I love stouts!

jeffmonarch, Jul 17, 2008
Photo of Yesac
4.43/5  rDev +7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Pours solid black, thin fading brown head.

S - Smell has a strong alcohol scent. coffee and dark chocolate

T - dark chocolate, coffee and spice - alcohol very well covered

M - carbonated with a sticky/thick body

D - the alcohol is very well covered, this stout is very smooth and dark tasting.. a great session stout

Thanks to yem25 for trading me this beer to try.

Yesac, Jul 13, 2008
Photo of d0ggnate
4.38/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Obtained in a trade and never heard of this on before. Thought it would be a good beer to review.

A: Poured like oil from your car after 10,000 miles of tough driving. The deep black sludge was topped by a frothy brown head that faded away quickly.
S: Sweet dark chocolate notes with hints of coffee hit me first. Alcohol was certainly detected.
T: Immediately thought of smooth hot cocoa, with a splash of brandy. Nice chocolate flavors. A malty body pokes through the deep and complex taste profile.
M: Very smooth, but rich body over my palate. Coats your mouth perfectly, not lingering too long, but just long enough to bring you to your next sip.
D: A nice treat, but also not as overwhelming as some other fine Stouts. A very palatable beer that I would love to enjoy again.

d0ggnate, Jul 06, 2008
Siberian Night Imperial Stout from Thirsty Dog Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 1,488 ratings.