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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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1,488 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,488
Reviews: 812
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 9.9%
Wants: 125
Gots: 140 | 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 joe1510
4.38/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz. Bottle
Big Red Bloomington

Siberian Night pours like a big black hole into my snifter. It's presence is actually making my room darker. A 1 finger chocolate milk head formed on the pour that eventually faded to a whispy cap with an island of thicker head. Head is also thicker around the edges. Leaves lacing after each drink.

The smell is wonderful. Chocolate chip cookie dough coomes to mind up front and immediately makes me hungry. The cookie dough is followed by malted milk and bittersweet chocolate. Mild hints of freshly ground coffee and roasted malts. Floral hop aroma comes and goes. It's funny but it also has the smell of yeast. Not brewers yeast but bakers yeast when getting rehydrated. Smells great.

The sip begins with a malted milk sweetness and mild chocolate. The big hearty roastiness shows itself mid-palate and knocks everything else back. On the finish milk chocolate and freshly ground coffee join in perfect combination with the roasted malts. A coffee ground and mild hop bitterness come forth after the swallow. There is zero alcohol on the palate.

Body is on the heavier side of medium. Creamy and coatig but with enough carbonation present to keep it moving.

Siberian Night is a pleasure to drink but it is a heavy flavorful beer. That will hurt the drinkability slightly but if wasn't as heavy and flavorful it wouldn't taste as good.

This is a very impressive stout from Thirsty Dog. Wish it was available in my area. When I see this in the future I am picking some up every time. Excellent!

joe1510, Mar 04, 2007
Photo of jdhilt
4.53/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a three-finger brown head that fades quickly to a ring leaving some lace. Midnight black color. Roasted chocolate nose. Light-medium carbonation and heavy bodied. Flavor is roasted/bitter chocolate, high ABV is buried, smooth, bakers chocolate finish. Easy to see why this won a gold at the GABF. $2 for a 12oz bottle from Tully's Beer & Wine Wells, Me.

jdhilt, Mar 03, 2007
Photo of quikfish13
4.45/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Black, pitch black, midnight black, whatever you want to call it this delicious beverage is getting no sun shine through its thick body. With a 2 finger chocolate head the only thing I could think of was how good this had to taste.

A caramel and millk chocolate aroma came to my mind as I smelled the lightly carbonated beer. With deeper aromas of roasted malts and toffee came as I swirled it around a little bit.

The taste was superb. Thick rich and not at all what I expected out of a 9.00 ABV, I could barely get any kind of alcohol flavor. Any bitterness was found in the aftertaste and not too overpowering and not unnoticable either. With the sweet sensations of chocolate, roasted malts, and everything that made this smell irresistable. Very drinkable as I guarantee I will be having another one right now.

An excellent stout, and one any stout lover or BEER lover in general should pick up and quite frequently.

quikfish13, Feb 28, 2007
Photo of orfeu
4.85/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Opaque midnight black. Large creamy toasted-tan head, blistering like hot pancake batter. Mineral-infused cognac-chocolate-cherry cake batter aroma with a real sweet baked-goods aspect. Great roasted quality in the finish, preceeded by chocolate milkshake, cherry preserves, cocoa-flavored treacle, and an anejo rum wash. But it's that black, earthy roasted flavor that really gets me hot. Alcohol is present, but only in the most genteel way. 9% abv? Pshaw. Silky smooth mouthfeel. Luxuriously so, in fact. Medium-thin body yet full and satisfying on the palate. An exceedingly drinkable and overall godly imperial stout. Infinite thanks must be extended to nriech, unclejedi, and Aprilluvsbeer for bottles they sent my way.

orfeu, Feb 28, 2007
Photo of jaxon53
4.72/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Recieved this beer in a trade, (thanks markgugs). Served at cellar temperature in a pint glass. Poured a deep oily black. Completely black when held up to the light. About a finger and a half of thick, rich , coffee brown head rose from the glass. Head had pretty good retention. Smell: Heavy aromas of fresh milk chocolate, roasted coffee beans, and caramel filled my nose. Now this was pretty good. Taste: Smooth flavors of chocolate, coffee, toffee and caramel were present, along with a heavy helping of roasted chocolate malt. Had a bitter sweet finish to it. Mouthfeel was full, thick, and creamy. Very well balanced and smooth with little carbonation. Smooth from front to back. Nine percent abv was very well hidden. Totally drinkable , and would recommend to any stout lover.

jaxon53, Feb 25, 2007
Photo of BillyB
4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Excellent Russian Imperial Stout!

Color is dark as night with a thin tan to brownish head.

Aromas are wonderful and complex. Mollasses, oak, vanilla, strong roasty malt, alcohol.

Tastes are the same with a strong maltiness and strong oakey, woody, vanilla flavors.

Mouthfeel is full bodied and has a big kick of alcohol heat. Smooth and velvety going down.

Great beer!

BillyB, Feb 25, 2007
Photo of oelergud
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Opaque black body. Dark brown creamy head with low retention and little lace.
Dark roasted coffee bean, concentrated brown sugar and abit of wooden vanilla.
Sweet dark molasses and wooden vanilla taste. Good hop presence and a long vanilla hop aftertaste.
Moderate body leaving abit of coating and a slightly dry finish.
Good drinkability.


oelergud, Feb 24, 2007
Photo of doppelmeup
4.4/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to jdoolin for sending this as an extra in a trade last Fall.

Pours like liquid dark chocolate into my glass. Cocoa colored head is slow to develop, even after a vigourous pour, and leaves bits of foam on the side of the glass as I drink. This beer has a very rich appearance. It is quite dark, but not completely black, as there are lots of browns and tans in the mix.

Great smelling beer as well. Chocolate malts dominate, with a fresh fruitiness apparent as well.

Taste is very good. Definite RIS bitterness, tempered by some unsweetened cocoa and some roasted malt. The alcohol is quite well hidden, just creeping into the mix as I swallow. I think it will be more apparent as this beer warms.

Great mouthfeel. Rich and thick in the mouth, but it leaves the palate quickly, just begging to be sipped again.
Overall, this is a very nice RIS. It is not as harsh as some others I have tried, yet still leaves no doubt that it is a big beer. Very drinkable for a RIS as well. I could have a couple of these at one sitting.

doppelmeup, Feb 24, 2007
Photo of Hibernator
4.28/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thirsty Dog Siberian Night
12 oz brown bottle
Served in an Allagash tulip glass

Pours an opaque black. Jet black in appearance with a marvelous head on top. Nice trails of sticky lacings cling & cling on the glassware.

Whiffs of roasted coffee beans, light chocolate and a touch of dairy.

Hints of molasses, dark roasted malts and black forest cake. I like. Flavors of cocoa and a hershey chocolate bar. A mini blast of ripe cherries chime in for a dark fruit quality. Bitterness is nicely on-point with the finish.

I really enjoy Russian Imperial Stouts and this beer lived up to the hype. Enjoyable.

Hibernator, Feb 22, 2007
Photo of AltBock
4.08/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle with a real life close up facial picture of an Eurasian Wolf, Russian Wolf, or a Tundra Wolf. I can't tell the difference because the label is too dark. The wolf with his lime green eyes is peering into the soul of the beer drinker to see if he or she is worthy to drink his fine libation. If you are worthy, he let you pop the cap off this sucka and drink it down with no problems coming from him. If you are not, his wolf pack will come after you to sink their razor sharp canine teeth into your soft flesh. Don't worry, you won't feel a thing after only 3 minutes of that kind of punishment. I don't know about you, but I passed with flying colors. It's either that or the wolf on the label is just a thirsty dog and he's never had a beer before and wants to see what it tastes like. To the left of the wolf is the name of the brewery in big bold white letters with their symbol of a dog holding a pitcher in his mouth and the Government warning. To the right of the wolf is a small paragraph telling you about they style of the beer, the beer itself, awards, and it's IBU, O.G., and ABV% numbers. Don't bother looking for a date or any kind of batch number because there isn't one.

Appearance: When poured into an average Snifter, the beer was just as dark as a cold Siberian night. Go outside when it's night time and sit outside without the aid of any kind of light. When you do that, you will be close to what the color of this beer actually is. It is that dark! It just had a tiny skim of tan colored foam that dissipated away to quickly into a small trace of tan colored rings and lace around the glass. The color of this beer represents the name of this beer, Siberian Night. IMO, they couldn't have picked a better name.

Smell: Siberian Night had all the aroma aspects of a true Russian Imperial Stout, dark fruits, a ton of roasted malts, a hint a caramel, and a touch of bitter citrus hops in the background. What separated this one from the rest was that it was a but more on the nutty side. When I first sniffed this beer, I got an aroma that I've never smelled before in a beer. It was just a small dose of it, but I still noticed it. The aroma was that of subdued peanut butter. It went away just as fast as it came in. That's too bad, I liked it.

Taste: The very first flavor that came to me was the usual Russian Imperial Stout flavor of a variety of roasted malts. That was preceded by the dab of sweet caramel, a huge taste of dark chocolate, a particle of roasted nuts (not as much as in the aroma), and finished really well with a taste bitter citrus hops. I know this beer had plenty of roasted flavors, but for some reason, I thought the taste of this beer was on the lighter side of Russian Imperial Stouts. The taste wasn't as thick as the other ones I've had.

Mouthfeel: Even with all the roasted flavors that are in this beer, I'm going to say that it's not full bodied, but on medium bodied side. Where was the strong aftertaste after all of those roasted flavors? I don't know, but it looks like the aftertaste and the high alcohol ABV% just ran away and disappeared into the darkness of a cold and pitch black Siberian night.

Drinkability: For some stupid reason, I passed on this beer many times at my local grocery store, but this time I'm glad I finally gave this beer a chance to shine. It is really a good not too strong common affordable Russian Imperial Stout. If you're worthy enough to get pass the wolf guardian on the label, then you're in for a real treat.

AltBock, Feb 20, 2007
Photo of dedrinker
3.98/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black with a ring of dark maple at the edges, roasted malts and chocolate on the aroma. A little coffee roast and chocolate taste with enough hops to balance and stick out a tiny bit, powdery dark chocolate with a bitter raost finish. Quite nice, it ought to be the standard for all imperials with other variations only getting better.

dedrinker, Feb 18, 2007
Photo of Erdinger2003
4.47/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a very nice head with a great lacing. Also has a nice black color. The head seems to stick around for a while. The smell is filled ith coffee, it also has a slight chocolate backround. The taste is very smooth and has a lot of coffee/chocolate malts. It's pretty warm in the belly too, a little hot in the mouth as well, but that's not too off-putting. The mouthfeel was nice, but had a small bit of extra cabonation that didn't help the hotness. Overall I would like to give it a few more years in the cellar, then it would be awsome!!

Erdinger2003, Feb 14, 2007
Photo of ClockworkOrange
4.22/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a snifter glass. Appears a very dark brown with an inch of creamy tan foam. Smells of freshly roasted coffee beans, and alcohol. Tastes of dark fruit, caramel , coffee and molasses. There is a nice bitter, hoppy finish. Full bodied and velvety smooth on the tongue. Becomes more complex as it warms. This beer will always have a place in my rotation.

ClockworkOrange, Feb 13, 2007
Photo of hellsing3
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: A jet black brew with a coffee colored head that has a dark brown ring around it, nice lacing. This beer is so dark it is beatiful.

S: Strong smell of coffee in the nose. There are also notes of roasted malts, caramel, fruit, and chocolate. Towards the end i get small notes of port.

T: A creamy sweetness first hits your tounge and then flows into the nice flavor of rich roasted malts, a slight fruit flavor and then a creamy slighty bitter finish.

M: As i drink this beer one thing comes to mind, this brew is silky smooth from start to finish.

D: I could drink these all day except i would be a mess. No seriously, for a beer with 9% abv it was extremely easy to drink. Go out and get some soon!

hellsing3, Feb 09, 2007
Photo of MmmIPA
3.75/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

very black and almost non see through.1 finger brown head that stayed for a while.lacing on the glass is very thick.

fruit comes to my nose first then the roasted malts.

choco. and some hints of fuit come to my palate with a dank aftertaste.

mouthful is on the thick side but not cloying.its the perfest carbonation for a stout.

I like this stuff its a beefier stout then im compared to but rather tasty.Ide buy this stuff again for sure.

MmmIPA, Feb 04, 2007
Photo of jhicks12
4.35/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark midnight black motor oil

Smell: Nice roasted malt, chocolate and coffee/expresso notes

Taste: Good Imperials Stout taste, Great chocolate and a nice warming alcohol taste.

Mouthfeel. Nice full creamy mouthfeel with good carbonation.

Drinkability: Again to me like most Imperials get better as it warms to proper temp. What a shocker! Solid Imperial stout!

jhicks12, Feb 03, 2007
Photo of stereosforgeeks
4.47/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Black with a dark brown head. Major lacing apparent around the glass.

S - Roasted malts, chocolate, raisins, and a bit of nuts. Very pleasant.

T - Welcome chocolate. The roasted malts and nuts come across during the sip, but we're talking major chocolate here.

M - Thick but still manages to crisp and inviting. Very little carbonation present.

D - You can barely taste the alcohol. I will definitely keep seeking this one out during the cold winter nights.

stereosforgeeks, Jan 29, 2007
Photo of mmmbeer
4.18/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, contract-brewed by Frederick Brewing Co. It pours into the chalice black with slight ruby tinges and a half-inch of dark brown head that reduces to a collar and leaves little lace. It smells quite nice, with roasted, coffee, and chocolate malts, leather and a green/piney hop background that is mostly masked/mixed with the malts. The flavor consists of all this plus burnt malts, ashtray?, oats? (it is quite smooth), some sweet malts, an almost lactic quality, maybe some dark fruits, and a medium bitterness (58 IBUs) from the hops and roasted malts. The body is full and silky smooth, drying, with medium carbonation and an unfiltered feel, leaving a long roasted/coffee finish. Overall a tasty imperial stout that belies its strength, hiding the alcohol until the very end.

mmmbeer, Jan 28, 2007
Photo of Morris729
4.88/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a thick, very deep near-black color with some ruby highlights and almost no head at first. Once in the glass, the head builds up to about a quarter of an inch before then receding and soon vanishing completely. Nose is roasted barley and malt along with dark chocolate and fresh coffee beans. There is a bit of plumy fruit in the background as well. Taste begins with deeply roasted malts imparting both sweetness and an earthy smokiness. Unsweetened chocolate and espresso follow along with some warming alcohol in the finish. The chewy texture of the beer seems to linger on you tongue until the next sip. A thoroughly enjoyable imperial stout—highly recommended.

Morris729, Jan 27, 2007
Photo of DarkerTheBetter
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to FoolCircle for this one.

I gave this beer a slow pour into a tulip and from its black, murky depths rose a dark brown foam. Mmmm.

Smells a little on the roasted side with a light and airy roasted malt that had definite hints of carbon in it as opposed to coffee. fragrant wisps of alcohol stung my nose and covered a syrupy molasses/cough syrup sweetness.

It tastes big and sweet with that roasted malt that is joined by little nips of dark chocolate. It then takes a dryer turn at the end with a slightly grapefruit-like sting that works well with the smoky flavors.

The mouthfeel seemed a bit syrupy. I’m more familiar with RISs of this variety to be a little thinner in body. It also seemed to stick to my tongue a little.

Not too bad. Not my favorite for the style, but this beer is clearly well done.

DarkerTheBetter, Jan 27, 2007
Photo of grbennett
3.6/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Almost no head by the time it was served to my table. Pitch black. I couldn't see anythong through the beer.
S- Coffee. It had that caramel hop smell to it. It almost smelled like Guinness.
T- Again, coffee. It had a very robust flavor. It was like what a normal stout dreams of being when it grows up.
M- Too wet, but very smooth and thick.
D- It's so heavy that one will do me just fine.

One of my favorites. I will get it whenever I can.

grbennett, Jan 26, 2007
Photo of bigdeuce
4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is an outstanding winter beer, for sure. Pours a nice tan, craggy head and laces all over the glass. Also, is a dark, black as night, no PUN intended! Tastes terrific, with cocoa, coffee, and possibly plums in the mix. High in malt, but has a slight twinge of hops on the back. Not really a session brew, being it's an imperial stout, but an outstanding beer I will keep around and rebuy for a long time.

bigdeuce, Jan 26, 2007
Photo of beerphan
4.4/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

beerphan, Jan 23, 2007
Photo of mcallister
4.47/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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.

mcallister, Jan 23, 2007
Photo of mrasskicktastic
4.38/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

mrasskicktastic, Jan 23, 2007
Siberian Night Imperial Stout from Thirsty Dog Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 1,488 ratings.