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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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1,455 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,455
Reviews: 807
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 9.9%
Wants: 126
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 TurdFurgison


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
Photo of Zephenbrewid


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
Photo of neonbrown82


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
Photo of maek228


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
Photo of rokoch27


4.22/5  rDev +1.9%

Now this is something special! Pours black oil with a dark tan head. Is it possible for a beer to smell thick? Flavor full of malt, yet is still dry enough with a touch of alcohol. Roasty-toasty, full-bodied and full of life. Maybe I'm being over-dramatic, but this is one darn good beer. Had one of these out of a bottle at Capital Ale House in Richmond, but glad I'm at home now to write about my second tasting. This is a beer worth anyone's time.

07-17-2006 15:03:13 | More by rokoch27
Photo of veggiemafia


4.2/5  rDev +1.4%

12oz into a snifter.

Dark, thick black that forms only a moderate head after a very hard pour. Dissolves to nothing after just awhile.

Smell is awesome. Espresso and dark fruits and berries and some alcohol but still very dry and nice.

Sweet, fruity, very soft and round, but finishes very dry and roasty. Really still pretty refreshing and very drinkable.

Mouthfeel is substantial and viscous but not overly thick and sticky.

Drinkability is among the best for this style I've ever encountered.

07-12-2006 03:51:21 | More by veggiemafia
Photo of MuenchenerKindl


4.43/5  rDev +7%

Poured from a 12 or bottle to a tulip glass. Oh man, this liquid is dark and thick. The opal black ooze clings to the glass during the pour as it builds up a two finger dark mocha head that fades slowly into a creamy crema like topping. So far so good.

The smell is soft and sweet. Fruity tones on top of well roasted malts. Notes of deep roasted coffee and toasted dark bread.

The taste is very nice indeed. Dark roasted coffee, sweet chocolate, chared bread, and a dry bitter finish with a burnt after taste.

The mouth feel is also very present. A smooth, think & creamy full body with a slight carbonation that dances on the front of the tung. This is a winner.

Drinkability is very high. At 9 % ABV this beer is very well balanced and easy to drink.

06-30-2006 04:57:47 | More by MuenchenerKindl
Photo of Vancer


4.35/5  rDev +5.1%

A RIS that was more along the lines of a dry stout, albeit a very damn fine one!

Coal black, opaque pour – frothy tan head. Great aromas of charcoal, burnt toast and coffee. These notes also came across in the quaff, along with hits of molasses and caramel. The tastes were just not quite strong enough, almost, but not quite.

Just a thick, rich and robust brew. And at 9%abv, you’d better be sippin’ – to prolong the enjoyment and to stay conscious.

06-29-2006 15:09:19 | More by Vancer
Photo of bennetj17


3.58/5  rDev -13.5%

Thanks to warriorsoul for this top 100 offering. As it pours the color appears black as night with a slight viscosity. The foam crust is burnt orange and depletes quickly into a ring. Aroma is moderate in intensity with a robust coffee and chocolate smell, plus a hint of smoke. The flavor seems dry and smoky with notes of coffee. Hardly any sweetness at all. Finish leaves a moderate bitterness and touch of alcohol. Mouthfeel is pretty smooth, thick, but only lightly chewy. Carbonation is right on for the style. I wasn't too impressed by this bottle and found it difficult to finish. It wasn't overly alcoholic, but the flavor didn't seem to have the right balance I had expected from the aroma. It needs a little more sweetness to balance out the roasty bitter taste. Worth a try if you like Imperial Stouts.

06-28-2006 20:42:56 | More by bennetj17
Photo of tattooedtolley


4.1/5  rDev -1%

12oz bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Super dark brown color (in good lighting), almost black. Very dark brown head.

Smell - Strong coffee and chocolate aroma. Heavy on the coffee.

Taste - Choclate up front followed by the coffee taste. Almost like something from starbucks I once had. While I am not a coffee fan, I never drink it, I loved the taste of this beer.

Mouthfeel - Big bodied, thick and creamy.

Drinkability - Surprisingly easy to drink, I wish I would have had a few more to enjoy.

06-06-2006 20:23:40 | More by tattooedtolley
Photo of rustymoore


4.35/5  rDev +5.1%

Pours pitch black somewhat flat with little to no head. Smells strongest with chocolate and some coffee notes. Definite hazelnut as well. Taste is very sweet in comparison to most stouts I have tasted. The chocolate shines through with the coffee setting off the flavor. Mouthfeel is smooth with a slight bitter tinge. Definately very drinkable for a stout...not too heavy and not too light.

06-02-2006 02:04:03 | More by rustymoore
Photo of HimerMan

New Jersey

4.22/5  rDev +1.9%

12 oz bottle - served in my Murphy's Pint Glass.

Pour - black, with a horizontal penny head, dark brown.

Smell - not too strong, simple in aroma for an imperial stout (chocolate, mild alcohol and cream.)

Taste - not incredible, but damn good without a lot of hype. In some ways, this beer is better than the extremely popular ones. Nothing over-bearing about it, great taste and easy to drink.

I wish it came in a bomber instead of a 12oz'er. There is some kind of allure to a 22oz bottle, no?

Highly suggest trying if you can, dependable and very enjoyable imperial stout.


05-23-2006 00:18:15 | More by HimerMan
Photo of Zorro


4.03/5  rDev -2.7%

Pours a near black beer that is almost entirely light proof. Momentary light brown colored head.

Smell is on the sweet side with good fruity aromas and espresso coffee. Good scents of spices and chocolate mostly cinnamon and pepper in this case. Hard to ID the fruit scents except for the scent of cherries.

Taste is semi sweet with a good coffee kick in the first sip. Fairly strong bitter accent in the after taste and a bit of acid from the dark roasted malts. Chocolate comes out in the taste after a while but this isn't a very complex RIS just a good basic one without any flaws. Very much a coffee and chocolate RIS.

Mouthfeel is good. Low carbonation level here like a cask ale limits the creaminess and makes the beer seem a bit heavier.

A good solid RIS but not an outstanding one. Only thing this beer needs is that extra little bit more that Stone RIS and the other top beers of the style have. This is absolutely a beer worth trying and is probably as good a reference beer for the style as exists.

05-20-2006 01:23:15 | More by Zorro
Photo of Prufrock


3.35/5  rDev -19.1%

12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

black as night. some effervescing brown head that disappears quickly and completely.

fresh coffee and burnt espresso beans in the aroma. the barest hints of some sugary chocolate and charred wood.

strong, tight carbonation and a lighter than expected mouthfeel. starts with some slight malty sweetness but overwhelmed by an intensely bitter coffee finish that lasts forever. not what i'd call extremely drinkable or very complex, but a well-crafted beer.

05-19-2006 04:13:59 | More by Prufrock
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4.22/5  rDev +1.9%

Poured nearly black with a one finger espresso foam head which disappated to a creamy ring around the glass, that left a light, dense lacing.

Smell was smokey, malty and something of coffee and cola.

Taste was similar but more smokey than the smell (which I enjoy). The coffee was also fairly pronounced and the alcohol is very well hidden.

Mouthfeel is thick and somewhat creamy.

Drinkability was very nice. Looking forward to the next one.

05-17-2006 23:51:08 | More by nflmvp
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North Carolina

4.11/5  rDev -0.7%

Appearance: Pours a deep mocha brown color with a thick brown head that has good retention and leaves some lacing

Smell: French roast coffee, charred wood, bittersweet chocolate - hits all the Impy Stout buttons

Taste: Starts out with a a rich dark chocolate flavor with tinges of coffee arriving by mid-palate; after the swallow, the roasted bitterness takes over although the finish is rather chocolatey and sweet, with some alcohol as well; quite a bit of licorice and char in the aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Thick bodied with moderate carbonation; some warmth in the gullet

Drinkability: The char in the aftertaste is a bit of a drawback but this is otherwise a pretty nice Imperial Stout

Thanks, AKSmokedPorter, for the trade.

05-17-2006 02:25:57 | More by brentk56
Photo of UnionMade

New York

4.33/5  rDev +4.6%

Thanks for the bottle, Jim!
Pours pretty much solid black, topped with a thin khaki head. Excellent lacing and head retention. Rich roasty aroma, plenty of fruit, with pronounced coffee, licorice and piney hops. Some charred wood, anise, dried currant and prune. A whiff of alcohol. Sweetish toffee comes through with warmth. Very complex. The flavor is millder than expected. Incredibly soft feel for such a big brew. Soothing carbonation, very creamy and rich, full bodied, though the beer moves effortlessly across the palate. A bit of oatmeal in here? Wheat? It feels so soft. Really awesome. Delicate roasty, charred flavors, leaning mostly towards dark roast coffee. A bit of chocolate. Light notes of prune, raisin and even banana. Toffee sweetness grows with warmth. Smoky phenols, with anise and licorice leading into the finish. Judiciously hopped, piney and woodsy, enough to create a presence, but not dominating. Actually very well balanced. Just a tingle of alcohol, dryish, with lingering, bittersweet malt aftertaste.
A very elegant example of a usually brash, hard-core style. Classy and refined.

05-04-2006 06:10:21 | More by UnionMade
Photo of brewcrew76


4.13/5  rDev -0.2%

A - Pours a deep black with a thin brown head.

S - Vanilla, fudge, caramel, very desert like, roasted malt.

T - Very sweet, chocolate, hint of coffee, hint of vanilla, hop bitterness is present but sweetness dominates.

M - Velvet creaminess with very little carbonation. A little thin for an Impy Stout but I like the way it works with the sweetness.

D - A little on the sweet side but it makes an excellent desert beer. A very nice take on the Imp Stout.
Thanks to beerinator for this one.

05-02-2006 00:29:46 | More by brewcrew76
Photo of hoppymeal


3.9/5  rDev -5.8%

Pours dark black with a light brown head. Roasty sweet smells. The taste is nice and roasty also with a bitter finish. Mouthfeel is fairly heavy and soft and smooth. Well balanced for the alcohol, although while I am drinking this at room temp I can definitely feel its warmth. May not be as complex as others I've had but a solid example of the style.

04-14-2006 22:11:43 | More by hoppymeal
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Quebec (Canada)

3.73/5  rDev -9.9%

Bottle (Courtesy of Daalamar): Poured a pitch-black color stout with a small dark brown color head with better then average retention. Aroma of roasted malt with a nice dose of coffee. Taste is lighter then expected with some nice chocolate and coffee mix with some semi-sweet roasted malt. Hops are not prevalent in this beer, which is not necessarily a bad thing, but I would have enjoyed some more bitterness. Alcohol is well hidden and body is about average. Good imperial stout but I just don’t see what supposedly make it so great.

04-03-2006 16:08:06 | More by Phyl21ca
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