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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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1,471 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,471
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 TheManiacalOne

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
Photo of AndoBrew


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
Photo of peabody


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
Photo of tgbljb


4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Poured a black color with moderate tannish head. Virtually no lacing. Smell is extraordinary, being a complex combination of bitter chocolate, strong coffee, dark fruit, and distinct burnt note. Taste matches the smell and adds a slight dryness and some toffee notes. Nice, full and creamy in the mouth. A superbly done russian imperial stout that almost completely hides its alcohol content.

09-30-2006 17:26:17 | More by tgbljb
Photo of JohnnyM2002


3.88/5  rDev -6.3%

A - Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a snifter at 45 degrees; a deep black with a small, but long-lasting head.

S - Deep chocolatey-malt with a coffee background. Hints of roasted toffee.

T - Very rich malt combination of dark chocolate and strong coffee. The alcohol sneaks in there towards the end, coupled with a hint of fruit (maybe granny smith apple?), eventually giving way to dark chocolate.

M - Thick-bodied with a heavy finish.

D - After a long deliberation, I couldn't put this as a top-drinkable RIS. The powerful aroma and taste lead to a bit heavier finish...I couldn't really enjoy this with a meal or dessert - I'd need an empty stomach. Still a great selection, but it's not my first choice.

09-26-2006 03:11:03 | More by JohnnyM2002
Photo of mhowell


4.53/5  rDev +9.4%

i had a friend tell me that i had to try this beer. i owe her. from the opening of the bottle to the last drink, this beer impresses. the heavy, solid color defies the smoothness of what lies within. Goes exceptionally well with either a strong cheese or a grilled burger, or a friend for that matter.find this beer. Buy this beer. Enjoy this beer.

09-24-2006 03:19:08 | More by mhowell
Photo of Westsidethreat


4.33/5  rDev +4.6%

Review #300, here we go.

A: Pours thick like soy sauce. Foreboding and mysteriously dark. Very low carbonation, even on an aggresive pour. The aftermath leaves no head, just a miniscule ring around the glass.

S: Chocolate pastry cream, cafe au lait, touch of grape juice, some charred oak and a little vanilla.

T: Begins with iced coffee features and chocolate eclair characteristics. Noticeably dry roasted grain profile with some unobtrusive bakers chocolate sweetness. Smooth lactose mixed with some subtle butterscotch notes round out the event. Finishes lightly roasted with some gentle alcohol sensations across the tongue.

M: Fairly thin but has a nice texture to it.

D: Very nice and well crafted beer. Could use a thicker body and some more carbonation to really push it over the edge. Regardless, very nice.

09-13-2006 03:46:16 | More by Westsidethreat
Photo of ChainGangGuy


4.6/5  rDev +11.1%

I'm in the mood for a delicious stout. I'm sure Siberian Nights is up to the task, though.

Appearance: Pours an opaque, oily black body with a thin, dark mocha-colored head.

Smell: Enduring, earthy roasted coffee aroma. Which is a good thing! You know, iffin you like the smell of coffee. Also, the scent offers plenty of bittersweet chocolate, sorghum,

Taste: Bam. Bittersweet chocolate, caramel, nougat, marshmallows, espresso, and smoke. "Just everything a growing boy needs." While the flavor is dominated by sweetness, a light hop bitterness runs throughout the flavor and into the roasty, sweet finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full body that's almost staggeringly smooth. While the mouthfeel is, in part, thinner than other stouts, the flavor and excessive creaminess more than make up for it.

Drinkability: With a heavenly taste that's wonderfully smooth, this beer is a noteworthy example of the noble RIS style.

09-09-2006 22:38:21 | More by ChainGangGuy
Photo of lordofthewiens


3.9/5  rDev -5.8%

The definite highlight of my foray into Thirsty Dog. This was a black, black beer with a medium head. A sweet, roasted malt aroma. Very nice chocolate/coffee taste, so smooth you almost forget you're drinking beer. No noticeable alcohol. I thought this was a fine example of an Imperial Stout.

08-31-2006 12:04:38 | More by lordofthewiens
Photo of Lnedrive14


4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Was a bit worried as I poured this one out. Pure motor oil. Syrupy looking. Formed a huge creamy brown head.

Big roasted malts, chocolate, brown sugar. no real hop characteristic or fruity sweetness to speak of.

Hands down this is the creamiest beer I have ever had. thick like a chocolate/coffee milkshake, but in a good way! Left a crusty residue on the glass and my lips. Coated the entire mouth and stuck with you for a while. truly amazing.

Highly drinkable. the flavors arent overpowering and neither is the alcohol. a very enjoyable brew (i wouldnt have minded another one!).

In terms of an enjoyable stout to drink, this ranks up there with the best. the only reason it isnt the best is that it wasnt as complex or groundbreaking as some other things i have had. still, very great!

08-28-2006 00:19:53 | More by Lnedrive14
Photo of jdoolin


4.28/5  rDev +3.4%

Presentation: 12oz bottle, poured into an imperial pint glass.

Appearance: Black, with a big, brown, foamy head.

Aroma: Big roasted malts, coffee, molasses and chocolate.

Taste and Mouthfeel: Rich, smooth and creamy. Delightful big roasted malt flavor, brown sugar, molasses, slight dark fruit, coffee and chocolate. The alcohol barely made itself known.

Notes: A very well crafted Imperial Stout. Not over the top and truly wonderful. So smooth and so flavorful. Very easy to drink. One of my favorite stouts.

08-27-2006 05:34:14 | More by jdoolin
Photo of aaronh


2.55/5  rDev -38.4%

Essentially black brew topped by a rather long lasting brown head. Aroma has hints of dark fruit and burnt molasses, but nothing really jumps out. Flavor is also rather mellow, with alcohol sweetness followed bark dark chocolate then a bit of barnyard-laced bitterness. Mouthfeel is solid by slightly over carbonated. Drinkability is average at best. Not one of my best beers in recent months.

08-23-2006 00:22:36 | More by aaronh
Photo of SilentSabre

North Dakota

4.68/5  rDev +13%

Wow. This is quite an impressive stout, indeed. Poured jet black with a pretty big, creamy light brown head. HUGE smell of sweet roasted malts, ground coffee beans, semi-sweet baker's chocolate, toffee, caramel, almost no hops. So far, this looks and smells absolutely heavenly. I am really hard pressed to give anything a 5.0 for taste, but I must admit, I thought really hard abut it on this one. Taste is more of the smell, with a dry roasted malty finish. I could find no hop character in this what so ever. Perhaps I simply didn't know what to look for, as most of the stouts and RIS's I have had are of the "West Coast" style and are bursting with the grapefruit / pine sap style hops. I really don't care for that, but this is truly divine. Mouthfeel is heavy and oil like. It actually has a noticeable oil-like weight to it. Fantastic!! This is unbelievable. Many, many thanks to Beerbeing for tossing this in on a trade. I'll be seeking this out in the future.

08-18-2006 23:30:31 | More by SilentSabre
Photo of macster


4.43/5  rDev +7%

Pours inky black and viscous. Supports a fluffy, 1" dark tan head which holds up nicely throughout the glass. Demonstrates some spotty lacing. Intense, rich aromas of burnt dark chocolate, roasted malts, french roast cracked coffee beans, raisin with some faint molasses and port wine. Big, chewy, round mouthfeel with just the right level of CO2. Initial flavor is quite sweet; chocolate covered dark caramels come to mind. Flavors of dark roasted coffee and malts, along with figs, raisins and faint molasses. Finishes with a mild burnt malt bitterness and some alcohol. Great balance here between the sweet and slightly bitter flavors this IS offers. Definitely one to search out.

08-16-2006 01:29:07 | More by macster
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4.13/5  rDev -0.2%

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass, beautiful to look at. Dark black color with creamy tan foam on top. The smell is kind of burnt malty with chocolate, and the taste is more heavy on chocolate. A little bit of alcohol burn in the finish, but still tasty.

This is a good Russian Imperial Stout, but there are so many good ones out there. I have a hard time differentiating some of them. This is similar to Rogue in my opinion.

08-16-2006 00:45:41 | More by TurdFurgison
Photo of FtownThrowDown


4.08/5  rDev -1.4%

A different Impy. It pours a dark brown. I really poured it openly into my Duvel glass. A good tan head formed, and the smell was pleasant. Drinks very smoothly for a Imperial Stout. Dangerously smooth as the ABV is respectable. The taste flows together. The coffee is well done. I know there was problems with the distribution but am very happy to have this available again. This stout and the Arcadia London Porter are my "everyday" drinks. If you're not into the over the top, thick, Imperial Stouts, then this is for you. It's very drinkable.

08-09-2006 23:22:35 | More by FtownThrowDown
Photo of akorsak


4.33/5  rDev +4.6%

This is a 12 oz bottle served in a Three Philosophers goblet. The stout is chilled.

A: The ale is quite dark with no color escaping it whatsoever.

S: Roasted malts and vinous aromas dominate the nose.

T: The stout has a big bold malt flavor. The hops are practically nil here, instead the flavors are chocolatey, roasted and malty sweet.

M: The ale sits well on the palate, with the darker malts providing a slight hint of sweetness, an almost berry-like aroma.

D: I had this after having had a Great Divide Yeti and these RIS beers are a contract in styles, one hoppy the other malty. Very interesting a strong representative of the style.

08-09-2006 01:36:31 | More by akorsak
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4.78/5  rDev +15.5%

Easily the best stout I have ever had.

This beer pours dang-near opaque black (and it makes me think of a night in cold siberia). It also had a light milk chocolate head, which stuck around like an obnoxious in-law (in a good way). Upon smelling this beer my imagination took me to a forest of chocolatey sweetness, with the scent of lingering malt musk hanging on the air. The taste cannot be overexalted. I felt as though I was drinking a coffee-addict's icy heaven with rich roasted chocolate malt flavors pervading every sip. I would love to try this beer with any kind of rich dessert. Will definitely buy again.

08-08-2006 00:14:18 | More by Zephenbrewid
Photo of grub

Ontario (Canada)

4.35/5  rDev +5.1%

pours a deep black with a quarter inch of dense brown head. teh head quickly dissipates into a ring around the glass.

aroma is great. rich, sweet malt. roasty. dark chocolate, coffee, and caramel. just a hint of alcohol. dried fruit, like raisin or dates.

taste is excellent. roasty and malty. caramel and biscuits. bittersweet and dark chocolate. espresso. a little alcohol and some warmth as it goes down. as it warms the alcohol comes through and becomes more obvious.

mouthfeel is good. doesn't feel quite as thick as you'd expect, but by no means is it thin.

drinkability is good, and higher than i'd have guessed. the alcohol is hidden fairly well and the slightly thinner-than-expected mouthfeel add up to a more drinkable stout.

08-06-2006 23:43:39 | More by grub
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4.55/5  rDev +9.9%

This is a very good Imperial Stout. Pours to an inky black with a thin mocha colored head. The head dies down fairly quick and leaves minimal lacing.

The smell could stand to be stronger, but it is good. Some rich chocolatey malt and a hint of black anise. A bit of spicy, herbal hops in the back.

The taste is very good. Sweet and chocolatey. Some dry black patent malt in the finish, followed by the spicy, herbal hop. Minimal roastiness. Some dark fruity esters and earthy flavors. Very good, indeed.

The body is nice and full. Coats the mouth well. The flavors play well with each other across the palate. If it were winter, the drinkability would probably be rated higher. Still very good despite being in the heat of summer.

07-28-2006 06:52:04 | More by neonbrown82
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4.45/5  rDev +7.5%

Appearance: Thick, chocolatey, tight, and clingy head rests atop this beast of a stout. The beer itself is black as night, as to be expected.

Smell: This has a real rich smell to it. Dark chocolate is the main scent, with roasted malts playing a part as well.

Taste: Rich toasted caramel malts are the upfront flavor. They give off a touch of caramel, columbian coffee, and dark chocolate flavors. Nice lingering dry hop finish

Mouthfeel: Uber creamy and thick. Great for an imperial stout

Drinkability: For a monsterous stout, this goes down way too easy. I could session this.

07-24-2006 01:17:30 | More by maek228
Photo of guzzle211


3.68/5  rDev -11.1%

12 oz poured into Imperial pint glass, left to warm
A - deep, dark, absolute pitch black. no light penetration whatsoever. it poured thick like molasses, no cliche' on this one, this is one of the thickest pours i have personally ever seen. thick brown head explodes slowly like a mushroom cloud in slow-mo and dissapates quickly into a thick covering that lasts the entire time. less lace than expected but perhaps thats what should be expected with a 9% abv.
S- smells of not just toasted malt, but burnt malt (and burnt paper for that matter.) there was something in the smell that was unsettling for me. this affected the taste and drinkablility scores - I will be the first one to admit this needs a second try.
T+M- Although the taste improved and mellowed greatly as it warmed to proper temperature, i just couldnt get over the smells of 'burnt' which only increased my awareness of the 'burnt malt' taste. mouthfeel was full and healthy without being too thick and filling. carbonation was dead-on for the style.
D - I am an imperial stout fanatic, but this one missed the mark for me; its actually a little overdone in my opinion. In all fairness, I do question the integrity of the sample because of where I purchased it, and as I confessed above, I truly believes it deserves a second try - however, I would think that questionable age would only benefit a brew such as this.

07-23-2006 03:40:05 | More by guzzle211
Photo of Imbiber

New York

4.43/5  rDev +7%

From a traded bottle (thanks Chuck!). Jet black with a good tan head - looks like a serious Impy Stout to me. Malty aroma, not that strong but enough to be enticing. Taste is very rich and full-bodied, coffee notes can be found especially in the finish. Hops come in more too towards the end, and a little fruitiness is detected which gathers momentum later on.

Absolutely recommended, but beware - very rich - so not a session beer.

07-20-2006 03:57:08 | More by Imbiber
Siberian Night Imperial Stout from Thirsty Dog Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 1,471 ratings.