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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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1,466 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,466
Reviews: 809
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 9.9%
Wants: 125
Gots: 133 | 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 beerphan


4.4/5  rDev +6.3%

12oz bottle -> pint
no date

Pours black with a huge brown head that leaves crusty cliffs of lace.

Nose: Roasted malts, sweet cocoa, some dark fruits.

Taste: Richly roasted malts gives us sweet chocolate, some coffee grounds, and nice dark plums and currant. Finishes slightly dry with a tamed bitterness and the tiny bit of astrigency.

Mouth is creamy, smooth and chewy.

Wow, an incrediblely high drinkability due to its smooth full roasted taste. At 9% the alcohol is barely detectable, though its warming is felt in the tummy.

01-23-2007 23:31:28 | More by beerphan
Photo of mcallister


4.47/5  rDev +8%

Very dark brown, about as dark as brown can get without being black. However I can see much sediment floating about so I probably should have decanted this bad boy. Small tan head fades quickly with little lacing if any.

Rich chocolatey caramel malt aromas, very dark and brooding fruits led by black currant with an underlying of black cherry. More dark chocolate with a hint of vanilla, and mollasses. A fresh scent of flowery hops on the end.

One damn good drinkable monster of a stout here. Rich, I mean rich with dark semi sweetened chocolate, this beer screams complexity and balance, the dark fruits are blossoming on my mid palate. Again a huge burst of black currant, black cherry, prune, vanilla bean, and sweet caramel. Flowery, sweet resiny hops on the off dry finish.

Mouthfeel is nearly perfect, and this may be the most drinkable stout I've had this year. Oh yeah it's still January.

01-23-2007 21:17:24 | More by mcallister
Photo of mrasskicktastic

New Jersey

4.38/5  rDev +5.8%

A - Black with a dark brown head, thick waves of lacing linger over the residual head. Small specks of lacing sit all down the sides of the glass.

S - Chocolatey, nutty and delicious. A bit of molasses and seltzer water too.

T - Potent dark chocolate. I mean DARK like 75+ percent cacao with faint backing nutty notes of peanuts and hazelnuts. MMM. Stoutalicious!

M - Thick and smooth. Very refreshing too.

D - Two years ago I had this beer and loved it. I then made the mistake of playing a drinking game with my friend whose liver has the combined strength of those of ten lesser men. I think I woke up on the floor in a pool of my own vomit (one of my few abusing alcohol incidents). I haven't had this since, but it is still delicious and I came back for it after an experience like that. That is my testament to it's drinkability.

01-23-2007 03:43:30 | More by mrasskicktastic
Photo of Enola

North Carolina

3.93/5  rDev -5.1%

Obtained in a trade.

This beer is very dark, allowing maybe just a hint of light through. A fair tan head that quickly dissipated to leave some lacing. The smell is hard to detect, but there is hints of coffee and oatmeal. The taste is much of the same, coffee and oatmeal with a bitter finish. The mouthfeel is smooth and the abv is barely detectable. The drinkability is good but I suspect this one could slip up on you.

01-07-2007 21:02:23 | More by Enola
Photo of OStrungT


4/5  rDev -3.4%

This beer pours a thick inky black color, with a thin brown head. The head fades too quickly, leaving minimal laces.

This beer has a strong dark fruit aroma. I smell prunes, raisins, figs. I also detect a srong malty sweet caramel aroma. Bittersweet chocolate is present. It has a slight coffee aroma, but not as strong as I expected. The alcohol content is well hidden.

This beer has a strong bittersweet chocolate flavor. Some dark fruit is present, but only subtly. It has a huge malty flavor. It is quite sweet. Not much coffee in the flavor. As with the aroma, the alcohol content is well hidden.

This beer is full bodied. It goes down smooth, leaving a sweet chocolate aftertaste. It is low in carbonation, going well for the style.

This beer might not be the best session beer. It is high in alcohol, and the aggressive flavor might be a little too sweet.

Overall: This beer is good, and I am happy to have had the chance to try it. Thank you Himerman for this great hook up.

01-05-2007 04:06:54 | More by OStrungT
Photo of Wasatch


4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Thanks to BuckEyeNation and BitterBill for this one.

Pours a thick black color, nice carbonation, nice brown fizzy head, not much lacing afterwards. The nose is of dark chocolate/toffee, vanilla, roasted malts, slight hops. The taste is delicious, roasted malts, slight sweet vanilla, and tons of chocolate/toffee. Medium body, well balanced brew. Very drinkable, glad to get a chance to try this bad boy out.

01-05-2007 00:54:25 | More by Wasatch
Photo of Grundle20


3/5  rDev -27.5%

Viscous and black as night pretty much sums up the look of this beer. There's a minimal tan head to the beer that has poor retention and lacing.

The scent is kind of flat and boring with a weak stale milk chocolate note to it. On the plus side the alcohol eludes the nose.

Taste and Mouthfeel:
It's a little plain and lacking in depth for an imperial stout in my opinion. Bittersweet chocolate malts build this beer up only to be tarnished by an overwhelming alcohol presence. The viscosity from the pour carries over in to the mouthfeel. The finish is surprisingly clean but it's what I would expect after having my palette bathed in an alcohol wash that carries far in to the aftertaste.

If it wasn't for the rubbing alcohol character this beer displays it would be just about as drinkable as your average stout. Sadly the alcohol isn't being hidden in any way, shape, or form and stouts aren't entirely refreshing to begin with.

Bottom Line:
If Hershey made rubbing alcohol this is what it would taste like. A certain alcohol bite is to be expected from an imperial stout but I found this to be a little too much.

01-01-2007 22:32:04 | More by Grundle20
Photo of chadspivey


4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Poured into a pint glass. Picked this one up in kentucky when I went up there for christmas, along with about 50 other beers.

A: DARK brown, pretty much black, the one finger brown head turns into a “film” of head on top of the beer, a nice looking quality.

S: Damn this smells good. Smells like delicious chocolates. Caramel, Vanilla, cream, cappuccino. Wow. The roasted malts are just badass. Sublime.

T: chocolate cappuccino with lots of cream. More chocolate than cappuccino. The roasted malts are just freaking spectacular. What else... Caramel, vanilla, coffee. Really an awesome taste. Blended and balanced to near perfection.

M: milky, creamy mouthfeel. This beer has a way of just very slightly stinging your tongue, really nice in my opinion.

D: There’s no stopping me with this one. I wouldn’t say it get’s better as I drink it more and more, But damn, this one is really, really drinkable for a stout....for anything. This is a dangerously drinkable beer, and in my opinion should be drunk out of a snifter.

This beer far exceeded my already high expectations. I really, really like this beer and would recomend it as one of the very best russian imperial stouts out there.

12-31-2006 02:56:08 | More by chadspivey
Photo of rhoadsrage


4.43/5  rDev +7%

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- This beer pours a jet black body with a cinnamon brown head that is very creamy but only last for a bit. It is too dense to see any sign of carbonation.

S- The smell of dark malt and black malt has lots of blended complexity with notes of molasses and tar coming through. As it warms there are notes of espresso and cream with a earthiness. There is also a caramel hint to the malt aswell.

T- This big beer has tastes of dark bitter black malt with a finish of green bitter hops. The malt has some nice earthiness with notes of coffee and cream, molasses, and a faint dry hint of cola. There is a nice bourbon note in the malt as it warms. The finish is green hops but the bitter malt hangs on the tongue just like a nice Turkish coffee.

M- This beer has a medium-full mouthfeel but there is a little slippery texture in the mouthfeel that lightens it up a bit. There is no alcohol heat at all in the mouthfeel.

D- This beer has a lot of complexity that is very hard to describe because it is so blended and smooth but still has big dark malt flavors and a good hop punch to go with it.

12-31-2006 00:31:45 | More by rhoadsrage
Photo of IntriqKen


4.4/5  rDev +6.3%

Dark as used motor oil.
Tan half finger head that stays creamy and melts slowly to very sticky lacing.
Aromas are without alcohol....roasted malt and dark chocolate with a hint of coffee.
Mouthfeel is slightly thin...possibly because the aromas and flavor is so rich.
Flavor is balanced toasted malt, soft coffee tones, and dark chocolate...not necessarily bitter in nature, but very dark chocolate.
Slightly sharp bitterness follows in the aftertaste that keeps this brew very fresh and clean in your mouth without the sweet cloying that is commonly found in Imperial Stouts.
VERY enjoyable.

12-26-2006 05:58:36 | More by IntriqKen
Photo of WeisGuy

New York

4.43/5  rDev +7%

a - pours black with a smallish tan head, retention around the edges, a little lacing

s - very nice smell, perfect balance of roasted malts and dark chocolate, only a faint hint of alcohol

t - wonderful taste, as the nose suggests, a great balance of deep roasted malts and dark, bitter chocolate, little bitterness is nice for a RIS, no hint of alcohol, very, very smooth taste, not harsh at all, one of the most balanced and smooth RISs I've ever had

m - full-bodied, little carbonation, dry finish, nice warming effect

d - for an RIS, you really can't get anymore drinkable than this, outside the nice warming, I would never know that this is 9% abv, very smooth

I was very pleasantly surprised by this beer. I've had the bottle tempting me for a month since I picked it up in Richmond. I just wish I'd have picked up several more bottles. Wonderful RIS that highly recommended to anyone who can find it or trade for it.

12-18-2006 02:06:44 | More by WeisGuy
Photo of tjthresh


4.35/5  rDev +5.1%

Poured dark borwn with garnet hues along the edges, topped with a whipped fizzy brown head. Soft and sweet aroma. Imagine sitting at a campfire. You are roasting a marshmallow when it catches on fire. Yum. So you slap that mallow between two grahm crackers along with a Hershey bar. I get all of that in the aroma. Even the campfire. The flavor starts decidedly chocolate, then transitions to roast, and on to very nice hop bitterness. The drink is rich, with plesant carbonation. I failed to mention the alcohol. That’s because I didn’t notice it at all. This would do great as an every day beer.

12-10-2006 02:44:53 | More by tjthresh
Photo of Bitterbill


4.55/5  rDev +9.9%

Poured from 12oz bottle(I've been "sitting" on this bottle forl over a year) a pitch black with a smallish head of foam that hardly shrinks during the seesion. Nice solid layer with plenty of lacing.

The smell is wonderful! Strong notes of roasted malt and chocolate are a sheer delight...Ahhh.

The taste is an absolute reflection of the nose. Delicious chocolate and roasted malt floods my palate upon first sip. Next, I notice a coffee flavour that joins in, along with hot cocoa, making for a super nice complexity that carries through to the finish where I can just taste a bit of bitterness but..the actual finish ends up back to where this great RIS started. Oh my gosh, this is a superb nectar. Thank goodness I have one more bottle in my stash.

As far as the 9%abv, it doesn't show up in the taste; there's just some warming after consumption and that's most welcome this time of year. ;^)

Bottom line: A *superb* sample of the style that is sure to please the diehard fans of Russian Imperial Stouts. Don't miss this one if you see it around your nedck of the woods and if you don't see it, trade for it or buy it online. What a sipper!!

12-06-2006 00:56:17 | More by Bitterbill
Photo of vwcraig


4.45/5  rDev +7.5%

Pours black with dark ruby highlights around sides of glass. Creamy mocha colored head that faded quickly. Smells of bittersweet chocolate and sweet caramel malts. Tastes of espresso and dark chocolate up front fading to bitter roasted malts. Not so lingering aftertaste, but a heavy and creamy mouthfeel. Very enjoyable for an imperial stout. One of my favorites and am lucky to have access to it.

11-29-2006 23:35:42 | More by vwcraig
Photo of watermelonman


4.15/5  rDev +0.2%

This poured to a dark black with a medium head that lasted well. Lace is minimal.

The smell is a great mix of roasted malt, coffee, and just a bit of chocolate. The taste starts with roasted malt and adds substantial chocolate. Hops come through in the finish. The mouthfeel is pretty sharp. Drinkability is very good considering the contents.

11-25-2006 07:20:26 | More by watermelonman
Photo of Melchizedek


4.15/5  rDev +0.2%

Pours suitably opaque ebony with a big cappucino head, though it took kind of a splashy pour to raise it. Intermittently sticky lace on the sides.

Aroma is up-front and aggressive, with lots of nut, caramel, coffee, and dark powdered chocolate all around. Nice. In the mouth, intensity persists, with the roasted coffee and light hop bitterness coming to the fore. Not all that heavy in the mouth - medium at best for the style. Has a nice enough feel, though, a bit creamy with unobtrusive but moderating carbonation. As it starts to warm, alcohol becomes a bit of a presence, but it's not bad - just warms things up and makes me feel good about life, maybe adds a touch of port-like dark fruit character to the mix. Chocolate becomes easier to notice later on as well.

What a great flavor profile on this one. It's also surprisingly easy to get through for as strong a beer as it is. I'd come back to this if I could get it locally.

11-23-2006 05:41:38 | More by Melchizedek
Photo of nickss


4.33/5  rDev +4.6%

On tap at Capital Ale House

Absolutely pitch black. 1 finger head, milk-chocolate in color.

Chocolate and roasted coffee in the aroma. Dark and deep... wonderful.

Tons of coffee and bitter mocha in the flavour.

Nice and thick with low levels of carbonation... as a stout should be.. perfect.

Wonderfully drinkable... especially for a beer of this abv.

11-20-2006 00:39:00 | More by nickss
Photo of beveritt


4.05/5  rDev -2.2%

Poured from a 12oz brown bottle into an Imperial pint glass. No date appears on the bottle, but at 9.0% alcohol, who cares. Apparently this is contract brewed in Frederick, Maryland.

Appearance: Pours thick and black. Head builds up to about 2 fingers if medium to dark tan. The head seems to start out as big bubble, then coalesce into a creamier head. Beer itself is completely opaque.

Smell: Smells of malty sweetness with roasted barley underneath.

Taste: Roasted barley, with very little bitterness. Loads of chocolate and caramel flavors. Alcohol level is well hidden, but it does warm your stomach.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation is average, enough to add some bite, but not too much.

Drinkability: A nice beer to enjoy over an hour or so, not something you could have to many of.

11-14-2006 23:04:50 | More by beveritt
Photo of Reidrover


4.58/5  rDev +10.6%

Very impressive looking ale thick jet black, no light penetrates, lovelly thick tan with purple hints head, great lace. Strong aromas of dark French coffee, dark > 70% chocolate, some fruity hints of figs and dates, liquorice and aniseed. Nice roasty malt driven flavour bitter coffee, dark chocolate, sweet cherries in the end,after taste of bitter roast malts and a tang of hops. Peppery on the tongue. Very nice smooth ,silky palate, shows a little alcohol warmth but very well. Good. Very very good stout. Wish this was more available in Oregon.

10-19-2006 18:49:54 | More by Reidrover
Photo of ejquin


4.1/5  rDev -1%

A: Midnight blackwith thin off white head.

S: Roasted coffee and espresso with some slight hops in the back,

T: Nice, but light really. Not as full bodied as I would have liked to have seen. Roast cofee flavors, and a burnt aftertaste that's slightly bitter with a very dry finish.

M: Thick, medium bodied. Would have liked it to be more full.

D: Very high drinkibility.

Ovr: It's a solid stout, but notas full as I like mine. Still better than most.

10-16-2006 22:51:32 | More by ejquin
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Rhode Island

3.85/5  rDev -7%

Acquired via trade from mcallister, so a big “thank you” goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep black color, with a very thin brown head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The smell isn’t very strong but contains dark chocolate, roasted coffee a little bit of dark fruit and alcohol.

T: Dark chocolate is the dominant flavor, with some smokiness and hints of coffee and dark fruit. After-taste maintains the bitter dark chocolate flavor.

M: Smooth & crisp, medium-to-heavy body, medium carbonation, finish is a little sticky and dry.

D: Tasty, but kind of filling, a good sipper. A decent representation of style and an overall good beer, but I didn’t find it to be anything extraordinary.

10-12-2006 04:13:38 | More by TheManiacalOne
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4.22/5  rDev +1.9%

*I liked it would buy again*

App: nice black w/ dark tan head really sharp lookin kid

Smell: gimme gimme black malts .. coffee some chocolate.. does not smell rich, but its smells nice.

taste:yummy, creamy smooth.. nice black bitter on the end.. but then,, a lil trash.. lets go in for some more to find out.. trash all gone, good thing to. nice beer. the flavors seem to mellow as you drink it. it starts to get coffee focused. but not to much, if you put some gaps between chugs. all in all a good balanced nice mild impy stout.

mf: ok, nothing special.

drinkability: really nice. you just have to pace it or the bitters build up thats all.

good stout, good beer. It only is missing some of the big richness of some of the greats for me..

also, maybe the name came from this.. this beer makes me thirsty. I am going to have to have some water after this.

10-09-2006 08:34:21 | More by AndoBrew
Photo of GimpyCane


4.7/5  rDev +13.5%

Picked up a six pack and I really glad I did. Poured jet black w/ a 2 inch fully lasting mocha creamy head. Make sure you pour aggressively and seat back and watch the cascade form an unbelievable head. The aroma was excellent, full blast of roasted malt, molasses, mixed well w/ an expresso scent and a hint of alcohol. The flavor is on point with its aroma. Drank at 55-65 degrees and allow the flavors to come through. The expresso coffee and molasses shines right through with the addition of the roasted malt. Full body, smooth, creamy, softly carbonated and with a hint of alcohol that makes this brew very enjoyable. Careful now, this beer packs a punch at 9% ABV, will make you silly. Enjoy

10-01-2006 03:37:39 | More by GimpyCane
Photo of DaPeculierDane


4.28/5  rDev +3.4%

I drank a six pack of this fine brew in Cleveland earlier this month. What a beer.

Appearance: Dark as the name implies. Body is black plum. Head is thick, lasting, and beautifully brown. When it eventually settles it creates the most magnificent lacing.

Aroma: Caramel, chocolate, burnt toast, strongly roasted espresso beans, smoke, tobacco leaves, sweet fruit.

Taste: Bitter bakers chocolate and coffee blended perfectly with sweet dark fruits (black or mulberries mainly). On top of that a strong roasted malt, almost smoked quality comes through. Also a leafy presence.

Mouthfeel: Great. Perfectly balanced coffee/chocolate bitterness with fruit/oatmeal like sweetness. Thick body. Smooth and creamy.

Drinkability: Flawless.

09-30-2006 18:55:11 | More by DaPeculierDane
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4.4/5  rDev +6.3%

pours out very dark with lots of tan suds in the pint glass. Great lacing occurs here. Very nice.
Smell is complex but I am getting coffee,yeast, chocolate, fruits and a little carmel malt.
Taste is a creamy coffee malt with a very little hops thrown in there for good measure. Delicious beer. No alcohol is present either in the nose or the throat.
Mouthfeel is very full with bready chewy goodness and the caramel together with the hop bitterness leave the palate wanting more.
9% is a little high for a session beer but I could have a great time drinking a few of these.
No wonder this is on the top 100 list.

09-30-2006 18:12:59 | More by peabody
Siberian Night Imperial Stout from Thirsty Dog Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 1,466 ratings.