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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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1,433 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,433
Reviews: 806
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 9.66%
Wants: 123
Gots: 129 | FT: 7
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 brewcrew76


4.13/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

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


3.9/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2006 22:11:43 | More by hoppymeal
Photo of Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

3.73/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

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


3.25/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Whoa, this is quite a beer! This is my second Russian Imperial and I must say it seems that the reviews on these are a little overrated. That said, this beer is so unique and interesting, I would recommend it to anyone. Now, Thirsty Dog certainly may not make the best Russian Imperial out there, but I will be sure to continue seeking out the style.

The beer pours very dark, with a dark head and a toasty dark smell. Did I mention it's dark? This is clearly the king of stouts, but the overabundance of alcohol was almost a little too noticeable. But that is what these are all about and aside from my nitpicking, this is a great beer. If not just for its uniqueness, but also for its toasty, complex flavor.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2006 00:10:14 | More by KFaulkner
Photo of nortmand


4.53/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Slate black pour, with a tan head.

Roast, chocolate and coffee share equal extreme footing in the nose.

Rich and chocalety up front, crescendo's into huge roast as it plunders the tastebuds. Some funky wet dog stuff going on a bit in the aftertaste.

Huge body, a bit chalky. The alcohol is masked nicely by a cacophany of other flavors. Very nice.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2006 01:04:14 | More by nortmand
Photo of daliandragon

North Carolina

4.47/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up while visiting my college buddies in Dayton, Ohio at Belmont Party Supply, which is a terrific place to find new beer, with a great selection. Now I'll definitely have to hunt down this Thirsty Dog Place the next time I'm in Dayton.
Although the head is minimal this beer holds onto the cap seemingly indefinitely after the pour. Color is black and completely opaque. I hope it's as thick and chunky as it looks. The nose is full and rich with coffee and roasted malt.
Wow, the taste is sour and aggressive and full of malt flavors. The alcohol is extremely well masked for such a big beer. If you told be this was 5% abv, I'd believe you. Mouthfeel is rich and heavy in the mouth. This beer tastes like it's about a thousand calories, which I hope isn't the case.
This is outstanding stuff. This is a quality craft beer and definitely should be sought out by stout fans.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2006 08:26:00 | More by daliandragon
Photo of jhammerly


4.28/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks big time to artusory for sending this to me in a trade.

Poured into a Stone Imperial Russian Stout goblet. Opaque body with a beautiful tan head that drifted down to a thin ring within a few minutes with minimal lacing.

The smell of roasted malt isn't overwhelming, it just makes its presence known. The taste isn't too strong either. It has a nice balance to me. I would never guess that this is sitting at 9.0% alc. It leaves a nice toasted aftertaste that doesn't linger forever, it never overstays its welcome.

The same goes for mouthfeel. This is not a heavy brew (unless I am just used to bigger beers now), a bit creamy also. Definitely not a session beer, but I could handle drinking more than just one.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2006 04:31:35 | More by jhammerly
Photo of phisig137


4.28/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an absolute black, that sucks light into it. You can tell by the pour that it is one viscous beer. Rocky tan colored head emerges, disappates very slowly, and leaves nice lacing.

Smell is of heavily roasted malts, coffee, a bit of chocolate, and a slight hint of alcohol.

Flavor is dominated by roasted malts, but well balanced by a slight hint of sweetness. The roasted flavors are almost astringent, and could possibly be mistaken for hops. Coffee flavors show through as well. Mouthfeel is full chewy and viscous. Dinkability is also high.

Quite a nice beer. I've yet to be disappointed by Thirsty Dog...

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2006 00:12:02 | More by phisig137
Photo of TastyTaste


4.15/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Standard jet black body. Head is tan, fast fading, which leaves only a collar around the outside of the glass.

Smell: Fresh brewed coffee, dark, very bitter chocolate. A great smelling beer.

Taste: Not the biggest imperial stout I have ever tried, but does have a very smooth coffee presence, and a great hop finish. A milder RIS, but still very enjoyable.

Mouthfeel: Needs to be more substantial, that is for sure. Somewhat thin.

Drinkability: An easy drinker, but needs to go more all-out, to be true to the style, still can't complain about a beer that is well above average.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2006 05:20:53 | More by TastyTaste
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4.45/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Can you feel the chill in the air? The pour is a cold midnight color. When poured it seemed there would be no head but after finishing the pour there was a good two inch brown glaze. The retention was good as was the lacing.

The smell is black malts. Chocolate, roasted, coffee and some astringent smell make up most of the makeup. Background notes of sweet plum and a touch of honey are there if you look for them.

The taste is malty with some astringency. Most the chocolate taste is most noticeable with a good creamy taste. This is followed with a slight bite and acidic afterfeel. The roasted flavors come out mostly in the aftertaste but not much coffee essence. Also there is a smooth grassy presence in the finish that’s from the hops taste. There is a slight plum taste but very small and I would have liked more of that flavor coming out.

The body is full and good feel from the after taste. There is a noticeable phenolic taste from the higher ABV. Overall this was a good Imperial Stout and would recommend to anyone.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2006 19:32:05 | More by Oxymoron
Photo of shroompod


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

Octopus ink black. Poured into a Orval chalice with a very thin head. No lace. Small legs evident.

Evident hop aroma with malt/sweetish smell.

Taste is complex, with hops starting and finishing profile. Trace's of chocolate and malt are vaguely perceptible.

This sucker is thick/complex & hoppy. Very style appropriate. I wanna give this a higher score for drinkability, but I doubt I can finish off a sixer.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2006 00:53:03 | More by shroompod
Photo of asabreed

New York

4.88/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Like GCBrewingCo before me, I also picked up a sixer at Once Upon a Vine. Been looking for this for a while so I was pretty psyched. 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass. And the sixer was around $10.

Appearance: Insanely motor oil black, lots of lacing, and a dark, thick, mocha-colored head that slowly turns a bit lighter from my vigorous pour as I drink.

Smell: A nice balance between sweet malts and the roasted and toasted. A bit of mocha and a good amount bitter coffee left on the burner too long (but somehow this adds and doesn't detract). And lots of dark fruit or berries in the mix too. Not as much hops as I expected, but I think they're quelling the sweetness, which I'd rather have than an extremely hoppy aroma for the style.

Taste: Pretty much the perfect balance between all that I had hoped for. The perfect amount of hops--wowness--lends itself to combat the sweeter nature of the malts, also being appeased a bit by the burnt and toasted nature. In there also, though, is a hint of dark berries. And oddly enough, the finish ends in the fruit and hop nature, while the malt presence is more present and in-your-face at the beginning. An extremely complex, balanced, and tasty beer. No harshness at all, and the hints of alcohol are subdued to a point where I'm pretty much in awe.

Mouthfeel: Insanely full and creamy, with the perfect amount of carbonation to not make it feel too cloying or even close to spritzy in the least.

Drinkability: Where is the 9%? This is pretty astounding. A fantastic beer by all accounts. It has all the things I want in a Russian Imperial Stout, and I'd go as far as saying this can go neck and neck with its rivals. Thank God I have five more left, and probably more if I can still get it soon.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2006 23:04:18 | More by asabreed
Photo of GCBrewingCo

North Carolina

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

The beer poured into the glass inky black with just a very low ruby highlight when held to light. The head was brown and rose well, falling very, very slowly to coat the glass.

The aroma was strong chocolate and roasted barley with coffee, mounds and mounds of coffee. The dark chocolate, coffee and dark caramel aromas worked well together with a nice fruity character and a bit of grassiness in the background.

The flavor was wow, nicely bitter with bittering from the dark grains coupled with a strong coffee flavor and a nice roastiness. The flavor also contained a chocolate and caramel presence and a grassy hop flavor. The flavor was lightly fruity and the hops and malts worked extremely well together.

The finish was dry with lasting roasted and strong expresso coffee flavors long and forever into the aftertaste and beyond. The body was just full and the carbonation was on the lower side, but the mouthfeel was creamy. The alcohol never played a part in this beast, there was no warming, even after consumption. The beer was roasty, toasty and smooth from start to finish.

12 ounce bottle purchased as part of a sixer at OUAV in Richmond.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2006 00:58:48 | More by GCBrewingCo
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4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance: There is a thin, mocha head that soon recedes save for a thin ring around the glass. The beer is pretty much black in color, though some brown light escapes from the edges.

smell: There are aromas of bittersweet and dark chocolate up front, with a muddy hop aroma present. There are some moderate roasted notes that give some light hints of fresh coffee beans. The aroma is considerably sweet, but not cloyingly so. There are some woody and earthy hints that remind me of the residual smokiness of an extinguished campfire. A good smell but nothing too complex. Ethanol is noticeable but well hidden.

mouthfeel: The carbonation is at the high end of the low range, and the body is right around medium, maybe towards the heavier side.

taste: First I notice a big mix of dark malts...giving hints of roasted, smokey, and dark chocolate. After the swallow I get some weak coffeelike notes with more dark and bittersweet chocolate. There is not much hop flavor found over the big malt character, but a little muddy hop flavor is there. The sweetness is moderate and balanced by a med-high hop bitterness that lingers into the finish with some roasted flavors...and is astringent. Nothing exciting, but good.

drinkability: pretty good, but I wouldn't really want more than a twelve ounce at a time, just not exciting enough to make me want to keep sipping.

received in a trade with santoslhalper

12.25.06: Cellared bottle on Christmas Eve. Really nice flavors and aromas coming through...big soy sauce and roasts. Maybe it cellared well, maybe it was always this good, but the age didn't hurt. Bumping both flavor and aroma up to 4.5 from 4.0.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2006 22:14:24 | More by blackie
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4.28/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a wide mouthed pub glass.

Appearance: The beer poured a nearly solid black no opaqueness was noted. The head was about a finger high a creamed coffee color. There was no lacing noted on the beer.

Smell: Chocolate, vannilla and coffee float on a hoppy base.

Taste: This beer has a nice green floral hoppy kick. The beer has a good combo of chocolate and espresso roasted coffee. When I first started drinking this beer I simply hated it. After letting the beer warm to something approaching room temperature. I really started to enjoy the beer and it lost a lot of its astringent taste.

Mouthfeel: This one has a oily mouthfeel. This beer will really coat the palate and frankly crushed my palate for more beer.

Drinkability: This beer when cold had low marks in everything. After letting the beer warm to around room temperature. I give this beer high marks. This beer is not a master piece but it is tasty in its own right and a very good imperial stout.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2006 15:07:48 | More by nlmartin
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4.53/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

1st bottle of a six pack bought this week. i'll be saving 2-3 in my cellar for some time down the road so i may review this again to see how they've aged.

Pours like motor oil mixed with blood. almost no head and what's there is gone quickly. can almost see the alcohol in the lacing. Odor is chocolately, coffee, vanilla, actually smells pretty close to some of the malt extracts used in brewing right after you open the can. nice. Taste is full of roasted maltiness. bitter, chocolately, some hops apparant that should age out. roastedness detracts from the taste somewhat...too burnt tasting. a bit sweet too which should also go away with age. smooth drinking, almost no carbonation. incredibly easy to drink. warms the belly and births a grin. aplty named as it would go down very nicely on a cold siberian night. i don't think the fact that more than two would floor me should be held against it. great. can't wait to have a nicely aged one.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2006 16:48:48 | More by aforbes10
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3.6/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Black as midnight mud; awesome! Russet colored head, at the apex the foam was a half finger tall. The bubbles quickly faded to a thin collar, naked in the middle. As great as the liquid looks the lack of head retention is a comedown. I’d expect more staying power, even for this style. Plus there was no subsequent lacing; well there was a spot or two. No matter its faults, this is a handsome beer!

The nose is surprisingly quite. I get trace amounts of chocolate, roasted malts, coffee grinds, dark fruits (like raisins, figs, dates). There really isn’t much depth. A good Imperial Stout should have a boastful malty aroma. Disappointingly low potency; this is one of the least talkative Imperial Stouts I have had. What I can smell is inviting but there is not enough. I hope the palate is better.

The palate is very nice. It is a textbook example. Everything the nose lacked, the palate has. At least this beer delivers when it truly mattered. Alcoholic chocolate upfront, acidic roasted qualities follow, bitter and dry. Coffee and some caramel sweetness are in the mix as well. Hoppy for a moment, near the finish; I like this addition. Charred malts in the finish plus some cherries, dates, raisins, and figs; all of these flavors are in moderation. There is a dry aftertaste with a whiff of smokiness and a pleasant bitter residue. As a total package the flavor profile is lovely but what is special about it? Don’t get me wrong this is a very good Imperial Stout but give me Free State’s second fiddle Imperial Stout (which is Ironman incase you were wondering) over this. But with the first string IS on the field playing time is limited. Solid but far from elite; kind of like being elected to the Pro-Bowl after the three QBs in front of you pulled-out with an injury.

Skinny-medium in body, watery at the shallow, the mouthfeel is very unimpressive. Where is the beef? The low carbonation does allow the sweet, bitter, chocolaty aftertaste to linger in the mouth; I like that! Overall, the mouthfeel needs work.

By the time I got to the end of my glass I really started to wonder why the praise for this Imperial Stout. What any I missing? It lacks a fragrant nose. It lacks malt richness on the palate. It lacks body. It is way too easy to drink for an Imperial Stout. I wanted it to put up a fight at some point, it never did. I can sum up the beer as such… its okay but noting more than okay. I happy I got to try it. Thanks RedHaze!

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2006 14:14:22 | More by bditty187
Photo of dirtylou


3.95/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz single, thoughtfully hauled up here by kmpitz2 this past fall

appearance: pours a dark chocolate-brown colour that aggregates to an impenetrable black body, the head is creamy and a very delightful milk chocolate appearance...a nice looking imperial

smell: creamy and chocolatey, raisin, some dark fruit, mollasses, a light creamy coffee roast aroma, cocoa powder, not a whole lot of alcohol picked up, roasted malt

taste: very creamy, very delicate creamy milk chocolate and a light coffee roast, the dark fruits from the aroma are faint in the flavour, alcohol pretty well hidden but lingers a little in the aftertaste, a mild level of hop bitterness present...chocolately roasted malts throughout. an enjoyable, but not terribly bold, imperial stout

mouthfeel: its perhaps a little thin but its wonderfully creamy and silky, medium body

drinkability: drinkability is rather high for this

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2006 00:57:34 | More by dirtylou
Photo of acoatley


3.7/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Overall: good beer well aged probably at its peek
MMM smells of raisins with other dark fruit, light coffee, thin dark brown head, opaque color. Mouth feel is thick and creamy with low carbonation. Tastes of resins and other dark fruit, not much coffee. This beer is good but not the 4. whatever its getting.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2006 05:07:34 | More by acoatley
Photo of walleye


4.53/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

got this in a trade but I cannot find my trading papers so I do not know who to give the credit to but a big thanks to the one that sent it. poured black with a brown head. aroma wow the chocolate and malts really come out followed by coffee, caramel, alcohol and some fruityness. flavor no disappointments here, sweet, and roasty, alcohol, coffee, bitter sweet chocolate. liked this one

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2006 02:45:21 | More by walleye
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4.08/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

What a big beer. It pours a nice dark, almost black color with a little brown head. The aromas of this beer hit you quickly once out of the bottle. There is a deep chocolate, toasted malt aroma to this beer that is perfect to the nose. The taste is bold and chocolatey, malty and a nice balance of sweetness. This is a drinkable beer but in moderation but that is to be expected from a RIS.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2006 03:50:10 | More by ggaughan
Photo of Jredner


4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Very fragrant beer. Aroma starts hitting you as soon as it is uncapped. Roasted malts, chocolate and coffee. Dark black color. Dark almost purple color head that fades very quickly. More coffee and chocolate. Probably more accurate to say esspresso rather than coffee. This is rich. Nice bittersweet finish of baker’s chocolate. Fantastic flavors, BUT there is something mildly watery in the finish that makes this seem less thick than say Speedway Stout. Still a fantastic beer I’d happily drink again.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2006 16:34:34 | More by Jredner
Photo of DrJay


4.4/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It poured black and thick with a short, dense, light brown head. Thin, delicate lacing composed of very fine bubbles. Coffee, malt sweetness, and a sharp burnt character dominate the aroma, but there's a bit of milk chocolate molasses as well. Roasted is less prominent in the flavour, making way for a solid bitterness and chocolatey malt sweetness. Some hop flavour as well. Lingering finish with caramel and a bit of alcohol warmth. Full bodied with very low carbonation. The texture is just short of being syrupy, but still coats the palate nicely. The alcohol content is hidden quite well. Overall, a great stout. Definitely try it if you find it.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2006 00:50:04 | More by DrJay
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4.35/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this beer pours a color similar to motor oil. leaves a fingers worth of head, but leaves a ton of lacing.

it has a deep chocolate, malty smell to it. hints of caramel and coffee make their way through

it taste of dark chocolate, "diesel-style, hell no i don't want any sugar or cream" coffee, malt, and vanilla. there burst of hops as well. this brew is good.

mouthfeel is very smooth. not a lot of carbonation in here. just really smooth.

drinkability is pretty decent. i don't think i could make this a session brew. one a night would do me fine. it is pretty heavy, so you might want forget about any type of foods for a little bit after drinking this bad boy. but this beer is really tasty.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2006 02:27:45 | More by DeaconBluez
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4.35/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: This beer pours as black as can be. Solid. Opaque. Very creamy frothy 2-3 figure head that’s chocolaty in color and made of tight little bubbles. It stayed frothy for the entire duration of the beer. Fantastic lacing.

Smell: Dark chocolate, burnt malts, molasses and coffee. Followed by some brown sugar and heavy cream.

Taste: Incredibly thick and sweet to start. The sweet malts and thick sugar flavor is followed immediately by a very bitter (hop character) like a sweetly flavored coffee that you would drink black. A dark roast mocha blend. Next; dark bittersweet chocolate, and suggestions of vanilla. And then more sweet malts; then the swallow is back to bitter and a very pleasant dry aftertaste leaves you craving more.

Mouthfeel: Extremely full, robust, thick, heavy mouthfeel is delectable! It has no carbonation to speak of, its more syrupy and chewy. Nice!

Drinkability: This beer is delicious, however it is very heavy. It is great for one after dinner but it is not a chuggable beer nor is it a sessionable beer. Sit back relax sip this beer and enjoy.

Hope this is helpful.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2006 07:52:23 | More by Phatz
Siberian Night Imperial Stout from Thirsty Dog Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 1,433 ratings.