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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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1,430 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,430
Reviews: 806
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 9.66%
Wants: 123
Gots: 128 | 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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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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3.55/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to Muenchner for the trade.

Pours black with dark brown edges and an inch of dark tan cascading foam. Beautiful beer. Mouthfeel is good, but maybe a bit thin for the style.

Smells is roasted malt, coffee, and chocolate (surprising for an RIS, no?). The flavor is solid enough ... but something is off. I kind of liken it to the Samuel Smith RIS (a beer I don't like very much). There's an offputting bitter leather aftertaste. Good roasted malt and chocolate backbone, not too much coffee, but what is that almost chemical, bitter tang?

Not for me.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2008 03:57:32 | More by Overlord
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4.43/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12Oz bottle poured into my Duvel tulip

A: Solid black pour with a thin dark tan head that recedes quickly

S:Delicious! Sweet chocolate, medium-roasted coffee with a hint of oak and the smell of fresh milk. It smells sweet

T: (Thankfully) not as sweet as the nose might suggest. Starts off with a bitter chocolate with a massive dose of coffee coming in later and a hint of vanilla comes in. The finish is long and bitter, almost burnt coffee, and is neither too sweet nor too dry. Very good

M: Very agreeable with little to no carbonation to come in the way of the intense flavors in here

D: It doesn't taste like a 9% beer and I could drink myself silly with these.

Two word review: highly recommended!

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2008 02:04:54 | More by DefenCorps
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4.38/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this one up at Cork and Keg in Richmond VA, without any knowledge of how great it was going to be....Just saw the cool label on bottle. This is an excellent stout. Dark color, absolutely no light getting through, even on the edges. Head was large, dark brown in color, didn't last long. Minimal lacing

Aroma was good, roasted malt and some chocolate. Taste and mouthfeel were great. Incredibly smooth, no hint of the 9% alcohol. Very good balance between bitterness and malty sweetness. Good stout flavors, roasted malt and bitter chocolate. This is a highly drinkable beer. For some reason, I didn't feel the abv from the one bottle. Wouldn't call it sessionable because of the alcohol content, but I would like to keep drinking this one until it caught up with me. A really tasty winter drink.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2008 04:48:56 | More by JayQue
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4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. glass bottle via kramer17801 - color of deep black, with a medium tan colored head - nose of toasted malts, milk chocolate, anis, and oats – taste of bitter sweet chocolate, malt, and some sourness- body is light for an imp stout, and with low carbonation – aftertaste of milk chocolate, malt, and a chewy dry finish

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2008 04:44:35 | More by stephendr
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4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pitch black with a very dark tan head. Nose is a woody molasses, but fairly mild. Nothing real powerful except malts. Flavor is mild roasted qualities. Thick malts. Some molasses. But overall not very character driven I’d say. Just is a thickly malted stout that has a consistent profile. Liquid stays consistently thick too and there is a fairly subdued carbonation on the tongue as well. This is a pretty drinkable stout, even though it is so damn thick. There aren’t any real interesting characteristics going on with it, but it is well made and worth trying, though I doubt I would ever go back to it.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2008 03:16:06 | More by RblWthACoz
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4.55/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

The 12 oz bottle poured jet black with a thin white lace it looks great in the tulip that it is poured in. Wonderful chocolate and coffee aroma’s flood your sense through your nose. Creamy full mouth feel .Dark chocolate and espresso like flavor galore. A great Imperial stout in my book

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2007 04:36:46 | More by joepais
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4.8/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into goblet--very dark. Maybe the darkest beer ever. The head was a deep brown, perhaps darker than Stone's Russian Imperial Stout. And very opaque.

The nose was what one would expect from a Russian imperial--but with two exceptions: (1) gunpowder smoke, and (2) not much alcohol from a beer this big. The taste was not too strong, with no alcohol ruining the taste--hints of very dark chocolate and espresso, but especially very dark chocolate. No sweetness in this one.

A divine beer. I'm pleasantly surprised. Now I have two stops to make in Cleveland (Great Lakes being the other) ... looks like I'll need a designated driver.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2007 03:29:28 | More by boogles
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4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Absolutely black as coal. On of the most impressive looking Russian Imperials I can think of. The head itself is terribly dark. No highlights, no bubbles, no nothing; just pure ebony goodness. The head recedes and leaves a defined but thin ring of uniform lace. If you are as big of a fan of the style as I am, just the sight of this picturesque beer will probably give you goosebumps.

Big and very roasty to the nose. Lots of malt of course, dark and decadent. Earthy cocoa and some semi-sweet chocolate. More chocolate/roasty than coffee, but there is some in there. Just a hint of booze is in there as well. Bold and robust.

Again, heavily roasted malts are the primary flavor. Bitter cocoa is a familiar accompaniment as well as a bit of leafy hops. Just a hint of coffee. The booze really comes out initially but mellows a good bit as the brew warms. Also the sweet milk chocolate comes out more at a higher temperature. Not too sweet but just enough to offset the bitter character. A hint of licorice is thrown in at the end with a barely detectable amount of smoke.

Thick, syrupy, and sizable. Low carbonation contributes to the syrupy nature and lets the warmth shine and provides for a slightly dry finish. Not my all time favorite RIS by any means but a great example of why I love the style. Certainly a must try.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2007 04:22:51 | More by letsgopens
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4.38/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

'07 vintage 12oz bottle poured at 50F into a snifter.

Black color with some nice brown shades. Thick espresso head that dissipates to a thin cover.

Roasty black, caramel and chocolate malts. There are floral hops, dark fruits, molasses and vanilla. A wonderfull chocolate aroma really comes out as this warms.

The fudge like malts really come out here as well. A bitter hop flavor compliments this sweetness very well. There are subtle amounts of coffee, cherries, pepper, vanilla, and carmelized sugars.

Great feel, full body with just enough carbonation. Its thick, creamy and passes very smoothly over the tounge.

Well balanced and very drinkable. Great example of the style.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2007 19:11:30 | More by rye726
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4.63/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12 ounce bottle acquired in a trade with bassmantin, thanks for giving me the chance to drink this one tonight

Poured into my Chimay goblet with a black color and a medium brown head, one inch thick and foamy, left lacing the entire time, this must have been very fresh because it did not go falr over a period of over an hour

Smell was chocolate and several hints of coffee, lots of roasted malt and barley, some black licorice, and a small amount of dark fruit

Taste was great, full of chocolate and espresso, but the thing that separates this from a lot of the other Russian Imperial Stouts out there is that there is a large nuttiness finish, with almost a roasted almond flavor, nice addition to large cocoa taste and dryness caused by the sweet malt, very creamy which was another added bonus, taste has a perfume like start, but mellows into a nice rich texture that it is not sweet or overly dry, as it warms there are flavors of strong maple syrup and even more malt, this one had a lot of different things going on but was very good, nicely balanced overall

Not much carbonation at all, looked as if I was pouring oil into my glass, very thick and full body, good mouthfeel that keeps attacking the tastebuds for several minutes after each sip

Could drink tons of this for the style of beer, goes down so easy and it is relatively light, nine percent is a lot and will catch up to you eventually, but the alcohol is hidden very well

Have been wanting to try this one for quite some time now, glad to have the opportunity, one of the best RIS beers on the market, I heard this brewery does not exist anymore, so I probably will never be able to drink this again unfortunately, cannot recommend this enough, solid brew from Thirsty Dog

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2007 08:00:58 | More by Floydster
Siberian Night Imperial Stout from Thirsty Dog Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 1,430 ratings.