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Siberian Night Imperial Stout | Thirsty Dog Brewing Company

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Siberian Night Imperial StoutSiberian Night Imperial Stout

Brewed by:
Thirsty Dog Brewing Company
Ohio, United States | website

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.70%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Dogbrick on 01-13-2003

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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
4.23/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | 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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Photo of thecheapies
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a decadent deep black color with a near-mocha head. Good lacing.

Robust roast, dark chocolate, char, some smokiness, and a lot of malty bitterness. Barley grain with black malt and a sweet alcohol note.

Hearty and rich. Some licorice and coffee, along with notes of cocoa and blackberry. Meaty char and a whiff of peat. Really rich mouthfeel, which is to say that this bad boy has great body. Carbonation is kickin'! Beer's got a pulse. Awesome.

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Photo of inlimbo77
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz, 2011(?)
Riedel tulip

A: Pours pitch black. Initially I had about a half finger of light tan head. Tight bubbled. Lacing around the glass. Collar of light tan. Some alcohol feet.

S: Lots of char and roasted malt. Licorice. Dark chocolate. Soy sauce. Sweetness. Maybe touches of vanilla.

T: Tip of the tongue, molasses, char, dark chocolate, roast. Mid palate, some creamy notes. Vanilla or milk chocolate I guess. Dry dark chocolate on the finish. Long lingering notes.

M: Creamy mouthfeel. Good carbonation. Full bodied.

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Photo of CFHMagnet
3.84/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a rich and deep brown nearing black, featuring a head of nice rich brown hue.

The aroma is a little subdued. Sweet roasted malt features highly with some chocolate notes.

This beer starts out sweet with a little roasty malt, and transitions into a bitter chocolate flavor.

The mouthfeel is spot on. It is nearly heavy (if you know what I mean) and leaves a mean residue.

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Photo of brutusmuktuk
4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Pours dark brown with a decent sized tan head. Both the aroma and taste feature a lot of roasty caramel malts. There’s also a hint of coffee, which makes this reminiscent of Stone’s espresso Russian imperial stout. Goes down smooth and tastes delicious.

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Photo of CHSeattle1
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

One of my favorite Imperial Stouts. Due to relatively low alc/vol at 9.7% it doesnt feel "heavy" or boozy. In fact, it does feel very viscous and has a great mouthfeel. The taste has hints of coffee and burnt (in a good way) dark chocolate. This is a wonderful beer.

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Photo of Suds
3.73/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

My wife bought this beer from a local beverage store. It's a deep, black beer. The head is a milk-chocolate colored foam...it's not a tall or thick head, but it leaves a solid lace. The aroma is boozy and woody...slightly acrid...a little charcoal and highly roasted grains. Smoke and booze. The taste is balanced, with a serious bitterness that kicks in at the mid-taste. Full, heavy, and thick. Not as much warmth as I expected. This is an enjoyable, if not exceptional, beer for an early February Snow day.

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Photo of tillmac62
4.29/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours dark as a starless night with a full frothy head. Excellent lacing that lasts. The nose is mostly chocolate, but roast and hints of dark fruit are also present. As it warns, coffee is noted. The body is not quite full and has a nice slick mouthfeel. The above average carbonation level tends to diminish the mouthfeel until it warms and outgasses. After outgassing, it is full bodied and creamy. The excellent flavor profile is well balanced and complex. It begins with sweet dark chocolate, progresses to roast and coffee then rotates to a caramel and dark fruit sweetness. Notes of raisin, plum and molasses are detected across the profile. It finishes smoothly with sweetness and a slight alcohol note and roast bitterness. This GABF Gold Medal winner doesn't disappoint.

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Photo of DougT
4.66/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a stout glass.

Dark, black with milk chocolate colored 3 finger rich foamy head made up of medium to small bubbles. Slowly dissipating leaving plenty of lace clinging to the glass. Leaves a layer of bubbles and lacing throughout drinking.

Lots of wonderful smells. Chocolate, coffee, malt, yeast, earthy, sweet, a little bit of some sort of hops and a little bite from the alcohol. Very inviting.

The taste is complex, full flavored and every bit an Imperial Stout. Coffee, chocolate, roast and hop bitter come first. Dark fruits and bread dominate the middle. Yet everything is very well balanced with sweet carmel malts and the warmth of the alcohol finishing each sip. Perhaps it could use just little more bitterness since it's an Imperial, but that is a nit-pick.

Full bodied, creamy, but with some nice effervescence and a bit of alcohol bite. Engages the whole tongue and coats cheeks and throat allowing the flavors and bubbles to last.

This is a really good stout.

Due to indiscretions in my youth I can't stand bourbon. I did try one of these bourbon barrel aged. I could tell the stout was good, but it was lost on me. I understand that those that like bourbon barrel stouts think that version is a world class beer.

I am glad I tried the non-bourbon aged version. What a delicious beer. I plan on getting more.

I see they made oak aged versions in the past. I hope they try that again. I like oaked and smoked beers, it's just bourbon I can't do.

My loss, I understand.

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Siberian Night Imperial Stout from Thirsty Dog Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 858 ratings.