Siberian Night Imperial Stout - Thirsty Dog Brewing Company
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4.21/5 rDev +1.7%
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
07-03-2014 08:15:37 | More by Bone53
4.23/5 rDev +2.2%
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.
06-29-2014 03:13:29 | More by superspak
4.23/5 rDev +2.2%
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.
06-28-2014 18:51:02 | More by barczar
3.79/5 rDev -8.5%
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!!
06-23-2014 23:26:20 | More by EricGGMU
District of Columbia
4.48/5 rDev +8.2%
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.
06-19-2014 04:20:32 | More by Huhzubendah
4.7/5 rDev +13.5%
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.
06-13-2014 03:49:44 | More by dar482
Siberian Night Imperial Stout from Thirsty Dog Brewing Company
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