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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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1,634 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,634
Reviews: 826
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 9.69%
Wants: 146
Gots: 200 | 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

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Beer added by: Dogbrick on 01-13-2003

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Ratings: 1,634 | Reviews: 826
Photo of donteatpoop
3.93/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

Photo of dsa7783
3.31/5  rDev -19.9%
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...

Photo of 7ways
4.4/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

Photo of treyrab
3.97/5  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.

Photo of BeerBelcher
4.11/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Photo of barleywinebrewer
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

Photo of AKBelgianBeast
4.23/5  rDev +2.4%
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!!!!

Photo of johnnnniee
4/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

Photo of Greggy
4.4/5  rDev +6.5%
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.


Photo of mtstatebeer
4.13/5  rDev 0%
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.

Photo of hustlesworth
3.76/5  rDev -9%
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.

Photo of khiasmus
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

Photo of orcasteve
4.92/5  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

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.

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Siberian Night Imperial Stout from Thirsty Dog Brewing Company
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