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Siberian Night Imperial Stout - Thirsty Dog Brewing Company

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1,595 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,595
Reviews: 820
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 9.69%
Wants: 139
Gots: 184 | FT: 7
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Thirsty Dog Brewing Company visit their website
Ohio, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  9.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Dogbrick on 01-13-2003

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Photo of Dodo2step
3.72/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

purchased at Market Cross Pub in carlisle, PA

I have been itching at the chance to have this beer and i have been waiting for the perfect moment. I have had for the past 2 weeks.

A- a dark, thick black and viscous pour with a tanned burnt head. It reminds me of watching the chocolate swirling commercials when i was pouring.

S-a burnt malty smell that opens the sinuses. It has a trail of sweety chocolate as the smell dissipates.

T-this is where i got a little dissappointed. it had a good taste to start but as i was downing it it had the aftertaste of burnt toast. If you like burnt toast then this beer would be perfect for you. It was still good flavor of dark malts and yields minimal hoppiness(is that a word?)

D-this is one of those special occasion types of beer. However, i feel this beer would be great with a surf and turf dinner. It packs a little punch at then end but i just cant get over the "extra burtn crispy flavor"

Photo of geexploitation
3.95/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours very thick and motor-oil black, with a short, dark tan head that fades quickly. Aromas are quite creamy and nutty for an Impy stout, with little in the roasted malt way of things. There are some nice toasted notes lurking in the background. On the palate, sightly fruity sweetness first off, then some hot alcohol starts at the mid-palate and lasts through the finish. Sweet vanilla, chocolate cream and figs round things out. Mouthfeel is very smooth, but not as much as some other examples, with some pronounced alchoholic hotness. Overall, this is a very good Imperial Stout, especially for one on the sweeter side and lacking roasted malt character. Enjoyable.

Photo of pwoods
4.4/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle, purchased at Party Source, poured into a tulip. No dating.

A: Pours jet black with a moderate viscosity. After a vigorous pour, 1 finger of dark mocha head forms and makes a walk down. Decent lacing.

S: Lightly burnt grains and sweet molasses. A very different cola smell.. like it's been reduced. The standard coffee and bitter dark chocolate isn't very profound, yet it's still distinguishable.

T/M: Haha, a very neat brew. Coffee and chocolate weak in the nose? Not in the taste! Instead of individual flavors of coffee and chocolate, they meld more together more like one those froofy cold coffee drinks(that taste so damn good!). A very pleasant milk sweetness. Body is full but not chewy or sticky and carbonation is just high enough to had a creaminess to the drink.

D: Very easy to drink for a RIS. 9% isn't too terribly high... or am I trying to kid myself? Excellent brew.

Photo of drseamus
4.21/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to MrEd137 for sharing some bottles.

A: Classic RIS look; jet black body with a nice dark mocha head.

S: Not as much intensity as I would like. There is a bit of chocolate in there but it's very faint.

T: Nice and chocolaty with some bitterness with a roasty but somewhat sweet coffee aftertaste.

M: Medium to heavy. On the lighter end of RIS but still within style.

D: Definitely a great beer. The lowest ABV of the beers we sampled all night. Although it has a good chocolaty and roasty flavor, it's not so intense that I couldn't drink a lot.

Photo of aerozeppl
4.23/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Thanks to MrEd137 for sharing this bottle.

A:Black with no light getting through. Tan head.

S: Not much of a nose on this one. Roasted malt does shine through.

T: Roasted barley at first with some bitterness. Finishes wonderfully sweet.

M: Med body with a low amount of carbonation that fits the beer well.

D: Out of all the RIS we tried last night I would say this is the one that is the best traditional RIS. There was no big hop presence (Darkness) or Old Ale Feel (Stone). It was just a great traditional take on the style. It was also super easy drinking and very smooth. Glad I got to try this one.

Photo of Overlord
3.58/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to Muenchner for the trade.

Pours black with dark brown edges and an inch of dark tan cascading foam. Beautiful beer. Mouthfeel is good, but maybe a bit thin for the style.

Smells is roasted malt, coffee, and chocolate (surprising for an RIS, no?). The flavor is solid enough ... but something is off. I kind of liken it to the Samuel Smith RIS (a beer I don't like very much). There's an offputting bitter leather aftertaste. Good roasted malt and chocolate backbone, not too much coffee, but what is that almost chemical, bitter tang?

Not for me.

Photo of DefenCorps
4.42/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12Oz bottle poured into my Duvel tulip

A: Solid black pour with a thin dark tan head that recedes quickly

S:Delicious! Sweet chocolate, medium-roasted coffee with a hint of oak and the smell of fresh milk. It smells sweet

T: (Thankfully) not as sweet as the nose might suggest. Starts off with a bitter chocolate with a massive dose of coffee coming in later and a hint of vanilla comes in. The finish is long and bitter, almost burnt coffee, and is neither too sweet nor too dry. Very good

M: Very agreeable with little to no carbonation to come in the way of the intense flavors in here

D: It doesn't taste like a 9% beer and I could drink myself silly with these.

Two word review: highly recommended!

Photo of JayQue
4.35/5  rDev +5.3%
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 -2.4%
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 -3.1%
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 +10.2%
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
4.78/5  rDev +15.7%
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
4.01/5  rDev -2.9%
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
4.4/5  rDev +6.5%
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 +12.1%
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
3.84/5  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
4.67/5  rDev +13.1%
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
2.43/5  rDev -41.2%
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 -0.7%
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
4.35/5  rDev +5.3%
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
4.53/5  rDev +9.7%
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 +11.4%
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
4.33/5  rDev +4.8%
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 -3.6%
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
4.3/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

Siberian Night Imperial Stout from Thirsty Dog Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 1,595 ratings.