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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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1,563 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,563
Reviews: 816
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 9.66%
Wants: 141
Gots: 163 | FT: 9
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:
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(Beer added by: Dogbrick on 01-13-2003)
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Photo of JayQue
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.

Photo of stephendr
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

Photo of RblWthACoz
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.

Photo of joepais
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

Photo of boogles
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.

Photo of letsgopens
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.

Photo of rye726
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.

Photo of Floydster
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

Photo of marksto
3.85/5  rDev -7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours dark and opaque with a medium tan head that has medium retention. Aroma has nice complexity with hints of carmel, roast, vanilla, fruit, and coffee. Flavor also has good complexity with many of the same flavors there. Carmel notes blend nicely with mild roast and cherry pit essences. The body, an essential component for this style, is medium and not quite as creamy as some of the very best RIS's.

Overall, a nice (but not among the very best) examples of this style.

Photo of younger35
4.7/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Received this brew from franknbeans for winning the BA Suicide Pool. This is my first brew from Thirsty Dog and I look forward to it. Drank from a Samuel Adams pint glass.

Appearance- Pours super dark brown with a nice one finger brown head that slowly forms then recedes quickly. Leaves no cap and a decent collar. Very little lacing to be had.
Smell- Lots of dark roasted coffee, licorice and a bit of sweet milk chocolate. There is a very raw, toasted chocolate to the brew as well. A bit of vanilla and just a touch of dark fruits in this one make for a decent nose.
Taste- Mmmm… Starts with a pretty sweet milk chocolate that would make my grade school lunch lady proud. A hair of French roast coffee and licorice but not as much as in the nose. A smoky malt presence is the undertone that took me a while to figure out. There was something different about this IRS than from others I’ve tasted and it was the touch of smoke. There is a lingering bitter aftertaste with some citrus tones. Almost zero alcohol is noticeable.
Mouthfeel- Thick and rich and velvety smooth. Very fine carbonation.
Drinkability- This is a fantastic RIS. It’s a bit different than some others I’ve tried but overall this is better. I like the slight smokiness and how it’s a bit sweeter than others. Its ridiculously balanced and very easy drinking. Huge thanks to franknbeans!

Photo of yinzer
2.45/5  rDev -40.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

appearance: Dark, dark, and a bit dark, dark head. getting spooky in here.

smell: God-awfull DMS, coco-vegi, maybe some smoked ham??

taste: chocolate, burnt coffee

mouthfeel: not too bad, a bit thin

drinkability: not much fun in this bottle, maybe a bad run. Not too bad if you hold your nose. Drink it out of the bottle or when you have a head cold.

Photo of LittleBreeze
4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11/20/2007 Beer Thirty

Solid RIS offering.

Dark with an attractive chocolate milk head. There is the slightest hint of alcohol in the sniff. Lots of chocolate on the nose and tongue. Glides over the tongue coating it. Creamy.

This is another to watch. It goes down too easy. Good beer experience.

Photo of jjayjaye
4.38/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an opaque darkness with less than a finger foamy dark brown head that fades fairly quickly. Little lacing generated. The smell is slightly timid but rich. I can't smell the alcohol. Classic roasted coffee and dark chocolate aroma that suggests a syrupy elixir will follow. Lightly carbonated, the mouth feel is smooth and velvety. Full flavored, the taste reminds me a little of that last mouthful of hot chocalate that is thicker and less sweet but very chocolaty, this time with a spoonful of java thrown in. I really appreciate the opportunity to try it; hats off to DavidEddie for this one!! Quite drinkable.

Photo of dbalsock
4.55/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

App: Three finger dark tan head on a black as night body. The lacing is excellent and not overdone and the head lasts awhile, but could last more imo.

Smell: Coffee and alcohol take the nose, with some slight hop in the background, almost unnoticable. Could use some more complexity to the aroma.

Taste: Chocolatey and caramelly in a very nutty way. The flavors blend together excellently. I would like a little more complexity in the flavor as well. It needs a little more malt variation.

Mouthfeel: This is the creamiest, smoothest ris I have ever had. This is what every stout should strive to feel like. The aftertaste is suitably bitter with a slight hint of alcohol.

Drinkability: The 9% is unnoticable, and the creaminess makes this beer poundable, a dangerous combination. This might be my new favorite ris. Combine the taste profile of stone's ris with the mouthfeel and drinkability of this, and the greatest beer in the world will be born.

Photo of CDBeerDisappear
4.6/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Dark as motor oil. Poured with a one finger head which dissipated to a ring of foam around the top. Lacing all the way down the glass. Smells like roasted carmel coffee chocolate. The taste is rich and roasty sweet malt. Feels big in the mouth. Fine carbonation all the way through. Very smooth and drinkable, alcohol was inconspicous. The bartender said that the draft was 11% abv as opposed to 9% for the bottle. The draft did taste a bit more alcoholic and I liked it slightly better than the bottled version, though not so much that I would give the two different ratings.

Photo of dickieb
4.35/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours like used motor oil with a thick tan head. The smell is loaded with roasted malts and a big wiff of black coffee. The taste starts with roasted malts rolling into coffee and some chocolate, slightly balanced with a nice hop bite towards the end. A solid mouthfeel, and very drinkable for 9%. This is the third beer i have had from thirsty dog, and i have been very impressed with all of them

Photo of elmore
3.98/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

poured from 12 oz bottle into a chalice. dark black with thick tan head. Very strong dark roasted malt smeel. Taste of coffee, brown sugar, smoky dark roasted malt - very complex. creamy mouthfeel with good carbonation. Very drinkable for an imperial stout. good example of the style.

Photo of ncvbc
4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pour was near black with a thin tan head and a little much carbonation. Smell is great. Big roasted malts and an underlying sweetness in the mix. Coffee, dark chocolate, and some caramel to sweeten things out. Taste is also very nice and dark. Roasted malts, mostly a coffee flavor. It is balanced by caramel but remains super dark in flavor. A light licorice flavor is also present here. Mouthfeel is about medium and the carbonation keeps it from being any bigger and thicker. I like this one a lot. A quality offering that isn't too complex but still offers everything you'd want in a RIS.

Photo of badbeer
4.83/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Midnight black with a dark tan head that leaves bits of lacing and stands strong around the edge of the glass. Sweet smells of molasses, currant, vanilla, bitter chocolate and plenty of roastiness. Roasty, sweet molasses and malt, vanilla, licorice, this beer just has it all. Higher in carbonation than medium; thick, full body. Excellent beer, I really wish I would have bought more, as I could drink this by the case.

Photo of joekfsu
4.43/5  rDev +7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle. Pours an opaque dark brown/black, deep tan 1 cm head that is mostly diminishing. Aroma of sweet malt, espresso, and chocolate. Tastes of chocolate and espresso throughout, hint of pine at the end. Full bodied, very lightly carbonated. Alcohol noted at the end with some sweetness. Very drinkable and overall a great beer.

Photo of oberon
3.88/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

I have sampled this beer a few times in the past now on tap at Cole's in Buffalo,came to the table a jet black with a rich mocha colored head atop.Black licorice and burnt notes are big with underlying biter chocolate coffee as well,that licorice is even bigger on the palate I am not a huge fan of black licorice so I didnt care for that but it also has some deeply roasted and chocolate qualities wich are nice full and creamy mouthfeel.A little different flavor wise than alot of the style if you like the licorice than you'll like this alot.

Photo of bassmantin
4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very dark brown with medium brown head. Smell is intriguing. This looks and smells like a rich, deep imperial stout. Taste is very thick and malty with good balance of flavors, including chocolate and coffee. This is a great stout that is still quite drinkable. I might have to have another one of these tonight.

Bottom line: A fantastic imperial stout at a great price. Great complexity and good drinkability.

Photo of hero27
4.6/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle.
9% abv

Midnight black, creamy head of tan froth.
Aroma of hot cocoa, deep roasted malt, sweet mocha, and dark chocolates...wow.
Very rich flavor of sweet chocolate with a bitter java/coffee flavor to balance it out. Hearty oatmeal & nutty flavors blend in perfectly and really add another level to the character of this beer.
The mouthfeel is very smooth and the relatively low carbonation still carries the flavors well
Easily one of the most drinkable imperial stouts I've ever had. This stout seems to get overlooked when comparing to the "big dogs", but this can hang with the best of them.

Was able to drink two delicious bottles of this thanks to Imstillthegman.

Photo of flexabull
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of leftmindedrighty. Thanks again!

Beer pours a deep dark flat black color, with a decent but fading tan head that eventually completely goes away.

Aromas are potent, and very pleasant. Smoky and tasted dark malts, bitter chocolate, and some black coffee notes.

Beer has a very dark roast malt character. The main flavors are certainly malts here. And it's malts that are black, coffee like, baked and roasted tasting. The malts provide some sweet chocolate flavors, as well as an underlying creaminess. There is a slight bitterness on the finish, that helps balance this out well. Complex and very tasty.

Mouthfeel is a bit thin for my tastes. Especially for a Russian Imperial Stout. Just seem a bit thin and fleating. But still not bad... it just doesn't compare as well to others in the style.

Drinkability is good. I was pleasantly surprised by this one. Very tasty, complex, and easy to sip.

Photo of Jwale73
4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured with a deep dark color, almost black in appearance. Very little head that dissipated rather quickly; little lacing remained during the tasting. Mild mocha scent, with a hint of nut and malt. Velvety smooth in the mouth with a slight tingle across the tongue and palate. Very drinkable for an imperial; almost too drinkable in that it left me somewhat wanting at the end. Enjoyable, but there are definitely better out there, and missing the signature bite at the end. Would very much like to sample on tap to determine if there may have been an issue with the batch, or if the bottle simply sat on the shelf for a while.

Siberian Night Imperial Stout from Thirsty Dog Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 1,563 ratings.