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Siberian Night Imperial Stout - Thirsty Dog Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,621
Reviews: 823
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 9.69%
Wants: 144
Gots: 196 | FT: 8
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Thirsty Dog Brewing Company visit their website
Ohio, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  9.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Dogbrick on 01-13-2003

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Photo of tedpeer
4.35/5  rDev +5.3%
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.
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.

Photo of thisisshsas
4.62/5  rDev +11.9%
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.

Photo of kinger
4.62/5  rDev +11.9%
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.

Photo of Derek
4.56/5  rDev +10.4%
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!

Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.42/5  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.

Photo of jeffmonarch
4.21/5  rDev +1.9%
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!

Photo of Yesac
4.39/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

Photo of d0ggnate
4.35/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

Photo of GbVDave
4.37/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Val-Dieu goblet.

Listed as 9.0% abv on the six-pack holder and 9.7% abv on the label.

A: Pours a sinister looking pitch-black with a small and creamy dark-tan head. The head quickly dissolves to a faint skim and bubbly ring. Some lacey spots and sheeting are left behind.

S: Thick and rich aromas of over-ripe dark fruit, molassas, dark chocolate, brown sugar, raisins, roasted malt, Heath bar, and bourbon- vanilla glazed bread pudding.

T: Excellent nuclear roasted malt and bitter dark chocolate flavors. Also noticed were plum, rum-soaked raisin, bitter espresso, vanilla, molassas, juicy fig, brown sugar, milk chocolate covered hops, toffee, and a bit of a boozy whisky flavor. Coffee is noticable during the finish.

M: Starts quite oily and sweet and then swings towards the dry, bitter, and boozy side of things. Though, it never loses its' sticky-sweet oiliness.

D: The underlying booziness of this keeps reminding me that I need to slow it down! Excellent flavors and aromas coupled with a slick and sticky mouthfeel make for a fantastic RIS!

Photo of IronCitySteve
4.32/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a pitch black color. A small brown foam head, that does not have much retention. No real lacing left as you drink it.

S: Initial smell was not real overpowering, however, letting it warm up some helps. Once warmed a tad, lots of caramel , chocolate, plum/dates and coffee.

T: Great balance of caramel, chocolate and coffee. Some dark fruit flavoring as an aftertaste. Nothing overpowering and a great mix.

M: Really smooth full bodied beer.

D: Well, it is a great tasting beer, one to enjoy over time. A high ABV reduces its drinkability, but a great beer to have if you are looking for 1-2 beers for desert.

Photo of toolbrew
4.45/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a thick, dark, black color with a dark tan head. Good head retention and some lacing. Pours exactly like what I expect a Russian Imperial Stout to be.

Chocolate, slight coffee aroma. Very rich.

A sweet chocolatey taste at first, followed by some bitterness.

Goes down smooth and easy with little alcohol burn. Coats the mouth well

A fine beer! Difficult for me to have more than a couple, but I tend to savor each bottle.

Photo of tpd975
4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to lightindarkness for sending several of these.

A: Pours as dark as a "Siberian" night. The head is nice and bold two fingers in height. The retention is okay and some lace is noted.

S: Big bold aromas. Tons of nice charred malt with hints of hop infused dark chocolate. Touches of coffee, vanilla, and caramel. A touch of alcohol can be detected.

T: Nice flavor that is big on the char. The malts have alot of smoke in them no doubt. The chocolate can come thru along with the vanilla and dark fruit. Some bittered coffee grounds can be detected along with a nice blast of booze.

M: Medium in body, kind of prickly because of the booze.

D: Not too bad at all. It is a bit bolder and more smokey than many RIS' but it does not suffer because of this.

Photo of BeerTruth
4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this one from prototypic, thanks man!

12 oz. bottle poured into a standard pint glass.

Pours a midnight black with a fluffy two finger cocoa colored head which slowly dies down to a foamy layer of bubbles. Chunnky layers of webbing on left on the sides of the glass, nice lookin' brew. Rich and smokey malts up front on the nose with dark chocolate and coffee grinds as well. A good amount of dark fruits with a touch of alcohol as well. Definitely a monster in the smell department, I likey. Taste begins with charred barley and rich caramel malt with a touch of sweet vanilla. Raisins and dates midway with french roast coffee as well. A touch of gritty hops in the aftertaste with more smoked malts to balance it out. Very solid tasting brew. Thick and creamy in the mouth with a heavy feel. Carbonation is subtle but fits in well with the style. This is a big beer for sure, and one that seems to get overlooked. This is my first Thirsty Dog brew, I'm looking forward to trying more of their offerings.

Photo of hopsleeroy
3.66/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle aquired in Virgin BIF.

A-Black with no night with small head on pour. Nice looking stout.
S-Roasty, Malty, but some vegetal smell that took away from aroma.
T-Roasty coffee flavor, dark cocoa, but had some plastic and vegetal flavors that really detracted. Hoppy finish with an astringent flavor. Didn't seem quite right in this beer.
M-Creamy and full in the mouth. Perfect carbonation with slightly dry finish. Very nice.
D-I could drink another, but wouldn't drink too much more.

Some good aspects to this beer but some off flavors took away from the overall beer.

Photo of Proteus93
4.37/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Inky black, a creamy brown head. Not much left behind, but it retains well enough.

S: Anise, dark roasted malts, slightly burnt caramel or toffee scents. Some dark fruit and coffee aromas. Pretty big scent on this fella.

T: Full flavoured, without being an explosion on the palate. Again, hints of anise (though perhaps not as strong as on the nose), a bit of black currant, this time it's more the coffee that is burnt and the sweetness follows to round things out. Quite a tasty brew.

M: Nice, rich, and creamy. Flavour coats the mouth, and almost leaves even a bit of stickiness on the lips. Carbonation is nearly nonexistant, which suits the rest of the feel... having a bite of it would hurt here.

D: A big one, with some notable aftertastes make it a slower sipper. That leaves plenty of time to take in the flavours and lick it off the lips. Nicely done. I'll be going back for more.

Photo of gunnerman
3.92/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured this fine stout into a chalice. Pours a black color with minimal head that leaves a bit of lace on the glass. Now the smell, oh my full nose here, roaste malt with hints of chocolate, figs and prunes impressive smell here. Taste is a mild with a strong alcohol taste to it also roasted malt in there with a strong hop presence. Overall this beer is pretty good and would highly recommend this just keep In mind not one of the tastiest stouts out there.

Photo of bbothen
3.91/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Dark coal black with a small head that does not linger.

S - Booze. Sweet fruit, plum. Roasted malt. Chocolate & coffee as well.

T - Roasted coffee bean & chocolate followed by toasted malt. The booze I smell isn't here. Taste lingers a bit. That's a good thing. I don't taste the 10% much.

M - Creamy and smooth. Very nice.

D - As far as 10% impy stouts go, the drinkability is great.

Very well balanced imperial stout. If you're looking to have more than a couple RIS in a sitting, this is the one. Seek it out.

Photo of cabsandking
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours black with a creamy brown head that retains pretty well. Aromas of dark fruits, espresso, prunes, and a little earthy, roasted malts. A nice prune, raison, dark fruit sweetness to start and quickly to a big dark roasted coffee flavor. Middle to end is drier with notes of roasted espresso, toasted barley, charred malts, and cocoa powder that goes long in the finish. Semi-smooth and a nice thinness to the mouth, avoids being too viscous. Maybe a little hot in the middle but easily forgotten with such a terrific flavor and all around drinkability for a 9 abv.

Photo of KarlHungus
4.84/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This beer pours a used motor oil black color. The head is half an inch in height, tan in color, and recedes slowly into a firm cap of lacing. The aroma is very bold for a RIS. It is full of chocolate, vanilla, graham cracker, and roasted malt. The taste is packed with malt. Chocolate is upfront, followed by graham cracker, vanilla, and finishing with some nice roasted malt bitterness. The mouthfeel is full bodied with moderate carbonation, and a velvety texture. Overall, this is a very good RIS. I really like how it isn't overly hoppy the was a lot of American made RIS's tend to be these days. I will certainly search this one out again.

Photo of GClarkage
4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

05/09/08- Received as a gift from BA member Talisker.

Presentation- 12oz bottle with no freshness dating. Poured into a random pint glass.

Appearance- Black in color with a full inch dirty white head which remains at a good 1/4 inch for almost the whole duration of the beer. Light spotty lace remains.

Smell- Rich chocolaty malted nose. No real deep smoky notes, but a few lingering hops. Mostly just a real nice rich chocolate nose.

Taste- Not as rich as I was expecting, but does have a soft chocolate backbone with lighter than expected hops. Really well balanced though. Abv is undetectable.

Mouthfeel- Soft and lightly carbonated with a very mild malty aftertaste.

Drinkability- This would be a good example of a session RIS if there was such a thing. Nothing really stands out about this brew, but it's just all around good and well balanced. Was expecting greatness and got goodness. Nothing wrong with that.

Photo of gford217
4.12/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle courtesy of wolfsblood poured into a snifter.

A: Pours jet black with a minimal head which dissipates quickly leaving a little lacing.

S: Big roasted coffee and malt aroma up front with a hint of chocolate and alcohol. Sweet dark fruit smell made the nose a little sweeter than some RIS.

T: As with the smell, the roasted malt flavor is big up front with heavy coffee and chocolate. These give way to the sweetness of the fruits before fading into the malty roasted, slightly burnt aftertaste.

M: Mouthfeel is fairly thick and creamy with a heavy alcohol presence and little carbonation.

D: This is a very good impy stout that remains very drinkable despite the heavy roasted presence. A sipper, but drinkable.

Photo of ckeegan04
4.11/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark black. Almost opaque. Thick brown head with excellent retention. Great lacing as well.

S - Alcohol and chocolate. Heavier on the alcohol than I like. Roasted malt aroma.

T - Toasted chocolate malts. Also some burnt caramel sweetness. Not as strong of alcohol taste as I expected after the aroma though. The alcohol did become stronger as the beer warmed but nothing overwhelming.

M/D - Creamy and smooth. Full bodied beer with light carbonation. Very drinkable by RIS standards but that ABV can get you.

Photo of Atron67
4.12/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

thanks to wolfsblood for this as an extra!

A- poured an opaque black with no light getting through even up to light. as i poured medium strength no foam could rise, but once i finished the bubbles finally could struggle through.

S- very strong chocolate notes on top, big maltiness and heavy roasted flavor. there are lots of chocolate, the bitterness with it gives it a unique character that i havent seen in other stouts. im giving a high rating here because its so unique and doesnt go too chocolatey like that of the rogue chocolate stout

T- heavy creamy maltiness at the beginning with a strong chocolate throughout. the hops are mild only balancing out the maltiness. a nice roasted charachter throughout underneath the maltiness.

M- creamy and delicious, light carbonation. smooth lingers lightly on the tongue

D- damn fine brew.

Photo of ZimZamZoom
4.55/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle into a chalice. This one defines "used moor oil" in color. Awesome dark brown chocolaty head that is probably the darkest head I have ever seen on a beer. It does not last long or lace much, but it does leave a thin layer on top of the beer for quite a while.

Big roasted malt, chocolate and coffee bean nose. Some hints of fig and winter spice. Shows promise of great things to come. Taste is big with bitter-sweet creamy chocolate, swirling with a warm alcohol and coffee extract. Really I'm thinking coffe flavored ice cream with Bailey's Irish Cream on it. Finishes warm and with a mildly lingering bitterness that does not take long to fade.

This RIS is smooth and creamy but noticeably thick in the mouth. Amazingly viscous, and equally amazing in its rather quick finish. I will say, for an RIS I could drink a couple of these no problem. If you have some don't wait until next winter, pull one out now and enjoy!

Photo of jmacdaddy2008
4.13/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I bought a single of this beer earlier tonight. I wanted to give it a second chance as it was not memorable last time around.

Color-dark brown almost opaque

Head-thin,carmel color

Aroma-sweet and malty with coffee characteristics

Taste-A little nutty but coffee is the prevailing taste. Slight bitterness in the end and alcohol is well hidden

Overall, this beer is a smooth drinkable stout. Not as complex as most imperial stout but worth the buy

Siberian Night Imperial Stout from Thirsty Dog Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 1,621 ratings.