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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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Reviews: 840
Hads: 1,743
Avg: 4.15
pDev: 13.49%
Wants: 145
Gots: 242 | FT: 13
Brewed by:
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 snaotheus
3.9/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2014-11-23 -- review entered from notes.
12oz bottle poured into a little plastic hotel cup. No dates or codes I can find.

Pours black. Small tan head, slight ruby color, very little carbonation. Smell is rich with dark fruit and roasty malts, coffee and dates. Slight cherry.

Taste is surprisingly mild. Slow coffee finish. Definitely dark fruit.

Mouthfeel is nice -- medium but dry. Overall, quite good.

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Photo of OrangeMen
4.01/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Deep black in color, non-transparent. Thin mocha/caramel colored head, bubbly. Fine lacing on sides of glass, but very subdued head.
Smell: Noticeable alcohol, booziness, almost astringent in aroma. Slight sweet chocolate notes, touch of roasted malt and dark fruits hide far in background.
Taste: Roasted malt, much more forward in taste than aroma. Bittersweet cocoa notes, also some sweet chocolate creamy/caramel/vanilla flavors. Coffee also present on back end.
Mouthfeel: Medium mouthfeel, slightly sticky and creamy. Modest amount of carbonation. Feels a bit fuller as the beer warms.
Overall: Nicely balanced in flavor, but a very interesting beer in that the aroma is almost the opposite of the flavors. Alcohol almost undectable on the taste but very forward in the aroma. Flavors are very full in roastiness and bitter chocolate/coffee, but I pick so little of it up in the nose. Still a very solid offering and enjoyable, very drinkable and full of flavor.

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Photo of Tsar_Riga
4.12/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Nearly black, slight hint of brown, but completely opaque. Dark tan, light brown head, pretty short to pour but persistent, with extensive lacing.

S - The burn of alcohol suggests spirits, while the roasted malts bring coffee and bittersweet chocolate notes.

T - Significant umami, a la soy sauce, mingles pleasantly with dark roast flavors, with black toast and dark roast coffee being front. In the middle comes a combination of chocolate nib and bitterness suggestive of over-brewed tea, closing with a linger of coffee acidity and smoke.

M - Slick and full feel, significant bitterness. There is some carbonation to scrub the tongue, so things generally avoid being too cloying, but this is somewhere between a sipper and a drinker. Alcohol warmth closes things, and suggests the imperial nature of the brew.

O - A satisfyingly RIS, with full and varied flavor notes. The feel is a bit slick, and the nose a bit abbreviated, but overall one of Thirsty Dog's better offerings.

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Photo of LittleDon
4.51/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A 10 oz. pour at Busy Bee Cafe on 9/17/14. Big and dark with a decent head. Typical roasted malt aroma with coffee and chocolate components. The flavor is where it shines. Big bodied, rich, bittersweet chocolate taste with a bit of alcohol middle to finish. Long but mild bitter finish.

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Photo of arlo19
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Aroma is coffee and chocolate. Roasty coffee flavor with some lactose creaminess. There is some alcohol taste, but overall well hidden. Aftertaste is dry. Very well balanced stout. I rank this with breakfast stout as one of my favorites.

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Photo of EHopkinsi
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

Dark as can be, very little head. Great mouthfeel but not a ton of roasty, maltiness to it. Finishes nicely. Edit: after reading some other reviews I might have to give this a second try. My impression of its flavor was nowhere near what others describe...

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Photo of utopiajane
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%

Pours thick and black with a crimson blush you can see if you hold it to the direct light. Fat head of creamy chocolate colored foam that falls slowly and leaves sticky clinging lace. Noe is cherry and chocolate. The sweetness of the chocolate covered cherry. Roasted malt with a bit of cold bitterness. Sweet underpinnings form malt. A hint of char. Taste is smooth creamy and milky. A bit of french roast coffee and not as much chocolate come over the palate slow and sultry with plenty of full malt softness behind it. A touch of the roast and the bitter. A hop bitter too. Finishes dry and with a bit of crispness that seems to be in defiance of all the milky creaminess. I love this. it’s bitter from both roast and a bit from hops and finishes to accent the light touch soft sweetness and sweet chocolate . Some heat from alcohol resonates and a touch of grass comes up for a brief flash .

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Photo of Shroud0fdoom
3.9/5  rDev -6%

12 oz. bottle courtesy of utopiajane. Thank you!

Ok, I've wanted to try this beer for a long time. Well it just so happens another BA sends me one! Ok back to the beer. This brew pours exceptional! Dense and dirty dark brown body almost black. I like it. The aroma is deepest of burnt malts and nice touch of espresso. Subtle caramel makes itself known. Very rich and pleasing! Now the taste! First hits sweet caramel malts with a burnt coffee bean that follows after. Hints of alcohol and some fruity esters. This brew finishes boozy and dry with a lingering hop bitterness. The feel is medium-light and harsh carbonation.

Overall: This brew is almost World Class! The aroma is par, the appearance is par yet this beer lets you know it's high gravity in the flavor. What really sets this behind is the way the beer feels on the palate. It's ok at the Medium-light level, yet that Carbonation is popping! That's one of my pet peeves with Malt Beer. I like it to have that soft carbonation not the feel of forced carb. With this carb it steals attention from the body for me. Well, all in all this brew is Worthy.

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Photo of Mikus
3.71/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This was a very good beer. Much better than the BBA version in my opinion. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a snifter. Truly black as a Siberian Night (I would assume), with a slight brownish tinge towards the very edges of the glass, and a bit of mocha-tinted head. nice aromas of coffee, molasses, and a slight bitter note. Not heavy on the nose. Really nice roasty flavor, a balanced bitterness, and dark malt contribution. Slight sweetness as well. A soft, creamy mouthfeel, some small bubbles throughout. Overall a really nice IS, definitely deserving of some of the medals boasted on the label. Glad that there are a few more in the fridge.

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Photo of kell50
4.02/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased at World Market in Charlotte, NC for $2. No freshness or bottling date on label.

A - Pours very dark, almost black. A fluffy tan head sits for a minute or two before dissipating. Great retention and good lacing. Probably the most carbonated RIS I've ever seen.

S - Muted bittersweet chocolate, touch of coffee. A hint molasses and black licorice is coming through. A noticeable aroma of alcohol also lingers.

T - Nice blend of all the mentioned aromas. They all meld together in this one beautifully. Dark chocolate maltiness at first, followed by coffee beans and licorice as well. Bittersweet chocolate then fades to a roasted finish. Very nice and well balanced brew.

M - Medium bodied and quite carbonated. I would like it more if it were thicker and the carbonation were toned down a bit. Warming is noticeable in my throat and gut.

O - Tasty, enjoyable beer. I would probably enjoy it more on a chilly winter day, as opposed to an 82º summer afternoon. Not my favorite RIS, but one I'll definitely have again.

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Photo of Bone53
4.21/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle into a snifter at around 50 degrees Fahrenheit

Appearance: Pours a dark brown but when in the glass it's motor oil black with no light coming through. A gorgeous foamy one finger brown head

Smell: I get dark fruits, roasted malts/coffee, and slight chocolate. In that order, and perhaps a little too dark fruit heavy

Taste: Roasted malt flavors all around; Dark fruit upfront that transitions into roasted malts/molasses/coffee. Then when I think that's it, several seconds later comes a pleasing espresso aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Approaching heavy body; I get some alcohol, but it's counterbalanced by bitterness

Overall: This is a big beer that could have bigger flavors. Everything is played safe. There's a good transition between roasted malt, molasses, and coffee flavors. But nothing really stands out. It is however a solid representation of the style and something Id recommend as a starter RIS

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Photo of superspak
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into snifter, no bottle dating. Pours dense pitch black color with a 2 finger dense khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, roasted malt, toast, toffee, molasses, dark bread, smoke, light char, light dark fruit, and roast/smokey earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/roasted malt notes; with good strength. Taste of big dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, roasted malt, toast, dark bread, molasses, smoke, char, light dark fruit, and roast/char earthiness. Good amount of roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, roast, coffee, toast, dark bread, molasses, smoke, char, and roasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Fantastic complexity and balance of dark/roasted malt flavors; with a great roasted bitterness/sweetness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and fairly full bodied; with a very creamy and fairly slick/chalky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is an awesome imperial stout. All around great complexity and balance of intense dark/roasted malt flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. A highly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of barczar
4.19/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours an opaque tar, with a frothy mocha head that lingers.

Coffee, dark cocoa, deeply roasted malt, toasted nuts, and slightly sweet caramel form the aroma.

Flavor is dominated by a nutty malt backbone, with accents of roast malt, cocoa, toffee, and tar adding complexity. The finish is slightly bitter charcoal. There's a touch of a metallic note in the aftertaste. The balance is chocolate sweetness over roast.

Body is chewy, with minimal carbonation and light alcohol warmth.

Very nicely balanced between sweetness and bitter roast for my palate. I like more sweetness. Not the most complex stout, but very tasty.

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Photo of EricGGMU
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good version of the imperial stout. Good mouthfeel, lots of toffee and Carmel, coffee comes though as it warms up. Small thin head after the pour holds on slightly. Smell of coffee and Carmel right out of the bottle.

Great base beer for the BA Siberian night. Glad this is local!!

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served alongside BA Siberian Night.

The beer is black and opaque with a thick, soapy, beige head. The aroma is awesome. Rich roasted malt with chocolate and a touch of espresso beans. Bitter chocolates with a touch of char. Absolutely delicious. Elegant and silky feel on the palate. Years ago, this was readily available and now it's a chore to track down a single bottle. Bummer. This is a world class imperial stout.

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Photo of dar482
4.69/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

The beer comes in a black color with a hint of brown coming through the light with a light tan head.

The aroma has bittersweet chocolate that dominates. A sweet chocolate as well and roasted malt. A gentle alcohol in the back.

The flavor follows with a bittersweet chocolate. A mocha coffee, brown sugar, and creaminess. A lucscious mouthfeel with roasted malt, a bit of woody bitterness, with a big theme of bitter roast, smoke, almost ash notes.

I had this blind tasted with Great Lakes Blackout and this won by a reasonable margin. This beer fires well on all cylinders by being robust and having that big mouthfeel.

A killer brew and definitely one of the best easily attainable imperial stouts.

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Photo of GPHarris
3.5/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

2006 vintage

a - poured a 1/2 finger thick light tan head into a snifter that was gone quickly. the body was dark black.
s - raisins and other dark fruits.
t - same as the aroma.
m - creamy and slick.
o - interesting to see how this has changed over the years. it's been in the back of a 40 degree fridge for years. developed some oxidation but still pleasant. the fruitiness compliments the RIS.

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Photo of toppoop
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours out pretty dark with not much head even with an aggressive pour. Thinnest caramel colored head floated on the top. Not much lacing. Smell is quite good with roasted malts, caramel, and some chocolate. Taste follows that suit with a subtle coffee bitter aftertaste. Mouthfeel isn't quite what I expect from an imperial stout but it isn't terrible. Just a bit thinner than I like. Overall a pretty solid imperial from a hometown brewery. Makes an outstanding base for the BA Siberian Night as well.

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.14/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours an opaque but clear jet black in color with light to moderate amounts of gentle visible carbonation along the edges of the glass and some very faint dark cola brown highlights. The beer has a half finger tall dense tan head that reduces to a large patch of thin film and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Light to moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of very heavily roasted, almost burnt malts. Light notes of chocolate and coffee.

T: Upfront there is a strong flavor of very heavily roasted malts with some moderate amounts of burnt malts. There are light to moderate flavors of dark bittersweet chocolate and freshly roasted coffee. Light to moderate amounts of lingering bitterness.

M: Full bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth with light amounts of dryness in the finish.

O: Very enjoyable and easy to drink, though this is much more of a sipping beer than one that you would drink more quickly. Alcohol is well hidden and this is a really nice substitute for dessert.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.64/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Bottle purchased at Bob's Bar in Columbus, OH.

Pours a deep dark black, with a foamy one inch head that recedes after a few minutes.

Smells include sweet milk chocolate and dark roasted malt.

The taste is the same, and quite decadent. Tons of creamy milk chocolate, and a malt flavor reminiscent of malted milk. Some roasted malt bitterness. A surprisingly potent hop presence as well- some pine in the back of each sip.

Full bodied, thick and creamy mouthfeel. Very, very, drinkable. Low carbonation.

This one knocks it out of the park, honestly. Just amazing. Thirsty Dog needs to be more recognized, and I need to get more of their beers.

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Photo of Odysseyalien
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - As dark as midnight, just what I'd expect from an imperial stout.

S - As expected, nothing unusually good or bad...quite nice though but it's what I would expect.

T - OMG, I think I've found an imperial stout that can share a place in my heart with Oscar Blues's Ten Fidy. Delicious, and even more flavorful as it comes to room temperature.

M - Full bodied, not thick, not thin...kind of a medium "just right".

O - I found this at DiCicco's Market in Ardsley, NY today unexpectedly. I tried it on the recommendation of one of the guys in the beer section. He did not steer me wrong. I hadn't found an imperial stout anywhere close to Ten Fidy till now. Only regret is that I didn't get a 4-pack or two. May have to jump in the car and get back up there to get some more. This is a really flavorful imperial stout.

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Photo of barhoc11
4.4/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark as a Imperial Stout should be

S: Great deep smell, has a sweet aroma but nothing overwhelming

T: Dark and crisp, the taste improves with warmth

M: Just as a IS should be

O: I was actually pretty impressed with this because it was so readily available. Thirsty Dog seems almost comical but they actually have some decent beers. I would put this almost on par with other Imperial Stouts from more well-know breweries and something you should try.

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Photo of Billolick
4.14/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 ounce bottle

A- near black, dark mocha head, leaves a larger collar and some moderate thicker strands of lace.

S- Notes of dark chocolate and black coffee.

T- More dark chocolate, coffee, dark roasty grains and RIS goodness. Alcohol nowhere to be found. Flavor bomb and super smooth.

M- Very smooth and viscous.

O- Fine imperial stout.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Bottle marked on bottom 3319 73W0657at 50 degrees into standard pint
Aroma very nice roasted malt
Head average (3 cm), creamy, tan, mostly diminishing to 2 mm layer
Lacing excellent, covers entire glass with very small bubbles
Body is dark brown/black, opaque, without any light penetration at the edge.
Flavor of roasted malt; no hops, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate full, creamy, with soft carbonation

When I first had this back in 2008, I rated it as OK. With the further development of my palate, I will have to upgrade this to Outstanding, maybe even to Excellent. The aroma and appearance are definitely excellent while the taste is simply roasted and not complex. This is a great imperial stout.

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Photo of micromaniac129
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The beer is a super dark brown color. A late forming head easily overflowed my glass.
Very aromatic with intense roasted malts coffee and chocolate being the dominate aromas.
The taste features the same as the nose only now I can taste them. The roasted malts- almost burnt, rich coffee and smooth and creamy cocoa gave this beer bold, rich taste.
I percieve subtle hints of smokiness and char as expected from such a robust beer. As the beer warms the alcohol becomes even more pronounced from it's subtle warming.
I thought this stout was very good.

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Siberian Night Imperial Stout from Thirsty Dog Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 840 ratings.