Siberian Night Imperial Stout - Thirsty Dog Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

830 Reviews
THE BROS
81
good

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Reviews: 830
Hads: 1,700
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 6%
Wants: 144
Gots: 226 | FT: 9
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 57md
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a deep dark brown color with over a finger of tan head that retains itself for some time. The nose is nice and roasty – the way an imperial stout should be. The flavor profile has plenty of roasted malt goodness. The finish is delectably bitter with a hint of dark cocoa at the very end.

This offering is not quite as full-bodied as a top shelf RIS and it does not have real discernible dark fruit notes either. However, the heartiness of the roast profile certainly makes up for what is missing. (505 characters)

Photo of Zach136
4.2/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle - no bottle date - poured into a 16oz snifter

A - Pitch black, thin quickly dissipating head, not much lacing.

S - Toast and milk chocolate, some malted milk balls.

T - Thin chocolate milk with a touch of charcoal and Motor oil from the hops

M - Medium bodied, solid carbonation, a bit sticky

O - A great examples of an RIS (340 characters)

Photo of cottonkoozie
4.76/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A - Pours basically black. 1 finger head with pretty good retention. Good lacing.

S - Excellent roast, not over done or burnt smelling. Chocolate and coffee dominate with a vanilla underneath. Also a somewhat earthy smell, hard to describe, but very clean.

T - Goes exactly with the smell. Perfect roast on the malts lets the chocolate and coffee notes shine. Also somewhat of a creamy smoothness. Very clean finish and no burnt flavors at all.

M - Perfect for the style. Low carbonation and heavy, goes well with the creaminess.

O - Excellent stout. Something I would definitely try again. (595 characters)

Photo of rudzud
4.1/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Received as an extra in a trade and poured into my Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a nice dark black hue with a half finger mocha head that faded awfully quickly to leave thin wisps. Swirls result in a nice build up and die back.

S - Pretty straight forward RIS here with nice dark roast malts, faint vanilla along with some faint dark fruits. Light coffee, lots of char.

T- Taste is pretty darn good. Nice char, vanilla, rich chocolate, light malt sweetness and good roasted notes. Alcohol is hidden nicely. This is quite tasty and a big step up from the nose with alot more dark chocolate and roast.

M - Mouthfeel is creamy, lower carbonation makes this nice and silky. Alcohol hidden wonderfully.

O - Overall, what it lacked in appearance and aroma it more than made up in taste and mouthfeel. Quite delicious. (810 characters)

Photo of AndyAvalanche
4.1/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle poured into a tulip. No indication of a date on the bottle, but it does say various medals won at the GABF in 2003-6, so it's gotta be younger than that. Liquid comes out a dark cola brown color but darkens to black as it rises up in the glass. Can't see through anything here, coats the whole glass. Large off white colred head with all small bubbles moving up to the brim of the glass, sticks around awhile and has excellent lacing.

Classic imperial stout smells, right on point, not doing anything special or out of the ordinary. Fair amounts of dark roasted coffees but and more bitter than sweet dark chocolate aromas. Aromas woft up but could be more potent.

Taste kicks it up a knotch. Much like the smell there's plenty of more bitter than sweet dark chocolate, almost a dark milk chocolate if that makes sense. There are hints of dark roasted coffee beans in the back end. Nice malt base here, tastes like a charred caramel malt here too.

Mouthfeel is good, probably one of the best parts. A hard medium body, really smooth with a great carbonation level. Still, the flavor lingers for quite a bit, 10-15 seconds probably. While it's smooth it's got a nice hard dry finish. No bite from the alcohol, but it's got a nice warming feeling (perfect for a chilly night like tonight). Crazy drinkability, this one goes down pretty quick. Solid brew. Great recommendation from the BBG, sorry it took me so long to get around to it. (1,451 characters)

Photo of Immortale25
4.43/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a New Belgium goblet. No readable freshness date.

A- Pours an impenetrable black color with a 1/2 inch light brown head that retains decently before becoming a whick ring around the edge of the glassand a small center patch of surface foam.

S- Deep dark roast with a bit of vanilla and molasses coming through. Seems like this is going to be pretty charry.

T- Yes there is quite a bit of char character but the sweetness balances everything out well and there's a smokey finish that wasn't expected but complements the rest of the flavor profile. Alcohol is very well concealed.

M- Creamy and luscious with medium-low carbonation and the fullest of bodies.

O- This is one flavorful RIS. Probably one of my favorite non-barrel-aged stouts. Dangerous drinkability. (780 characters)

Photo of Axnjxn
4.15/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

draft at sams in Durham, into a shaker.

pours an opaque black with a huge overflowing beige head. the smell is extremely malty with a lot of chocolate notes. the taste is also filled with chocolate, some smoke and a big malty mouthfeel. full bodied for sure, with a bit more carbonation than most RISs.

overall its a great RIS. nothing that will blow you away, but definitely a solid offering. (396 characters)

Photo of beyah
3.85/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into Belgian goblet

A- Black as night, dark khaki head disappears quickly, lacing is decent

S- Roasted grain, espresso, fig or raisin .
T- A decent balance between sweet and dry stouts, alcohol is noticeable but not too much, a touch of bitterness at the end.

M- Full mouthfeel, not too thin or over carbonated.

O- Decent RIS, not my favorite, but better than several others of the same style. (417 characters)

Photo of thickgirth
4.08/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a perfect stout for lovers of beers similar to expedition stout by bell's. not as good, but close enough until winter gets here. 9.7, deep flavors. stouty as a mofo. not as refined as expedition stout and slightly more in your face and crass with the flavors. they resolve nicely after a couple. (295 characters)

Photo of screamking
3.96/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into snifter.

Pours black with a thick dark khaki head, which hangs for minute. Lots of roasted chocolate in the nose. Small hints of espresso, plum, and figs. There's a good balance of dark fruit and chocolate going on here.

The taste carries over much of the aroma, namely the chocolate. While not huge or overpowering the bitter chocolate seems to be the biggest note at work here. Not much espresso working, but the dark fruits round out the bitterness of the chocolate.

The mouthfeel is medium-full bodied, the ABV is noticeable but not by much. A bit drying on the palate. This beer has some good qualitys but mainly lacks in intensity. When drinking a RIS I want big bold notes, with this one it's softer and doesn't last as long. Still, for the price and availability this one will get another look from me. (840 characters)

Photo of Stevedore
3.79/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle, unknown bottling date, poured into a Russian River stemmed snifter today, 9/2/2013 with Doug. Thanks to Matt for throwing this one in as an extra.

Pours a thick, viscous black body with a 1cm tan head that dissipates slowly over time. Its pretty opaque, without much lacing to speak of. Pretty typical for an imperial stout.

Smelling this beer- tons of roast and smoky malts. There is a good bit of umami and some coffee in the nose. Not super pungent, just about average for imperial stouts.

The flavour profile on this beer is just not quite right. Its a sickly sweet umami flavour, and that's about it. Not my favorite. It's pretty one-dimensional and could stand some good barrel-aging.

Mouthfeel is pretty thick at least, low carbonation and a dry umami finish. Not my favorite here, but certainly above-average.

This is an example of a base beer that is perfect for barrel-aging. It's got that strong umami flavour, and you want to barrel-age it to add some more complexity to it. And well, the BA version is pretty awesome. I'm about to review it next just in case you're interested... (1,110 characters)

Photo of StoutItOutLoud
4.19/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12-oz bottle to tulip. Unsure of bottling date. Picked up in Michigan in March 2013. Consumed 8-15-2013.

A: Thick pour, this is not opaque, but darn close. Dark brown and ruby at the edges. Well-carbonated, explaining the lingering nature of the 1-finger tan head. Good alcohol legs. The head maintains throughout the session at a few millimeters, with the collar slightly darker in color than the rest of the cap.

S: This beer smells creamy. Toffee, roasted coffee, dark chocolate, prunes . . . grassy hops are faint.

T: This tastes like a RIS should. The roasted malts are a bit harsh though, imparting a strong bitterness. I get coffee mostly, with alcohol-soaked dark fruit in the aftertaste.

M: Medium creamy body, well-carbonated, but a dry finish.

Impressed by this one, though I went back and forth on the taste (3.75 or 4?). (838 characters)

Photo of BlurryVisi0n
4.26/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Served in a snifter glass.

Appearance: Thick motor oil color, ridiculously dark brown almost black. The head itself is tan maybe a little darker than most other stouts, but with a thin frame settling after one sip. Originally rose to about a quarter inch, settling to nothing pretty quickly.

Smell: Smells like coffee with molasses. Pretty potent, might be a little rough but you will truly enjoy inhaling this one.

Taste: It's definitely bitter mocha with a hit of coffee. It's bitter no doubt but it's complexity is on another level that makes Siberian Night stand out from the rest.

Mouth: Sticky Icky, even with the right food pairing this brew's after-taste just hovers in your mouth. Medium bodied, easy finish.

Overall: I picked this up on my last visit to PA and don't I wish I grabbed more. Absolutely great, and for the price factoring in quality feels like it was free. Salud! (897 characters)

Photo of harrymel
3.51/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Bottled: unk

It's black with a etched tan surface and a confluent rim of the same. Smells of graham, oats, soil a hint of licorice and plenty of toasted and roasted malts. Flavor is dusty with some coffee grounds, maybe cocoa, a touch of licorice and again plenty of toasted and roasted malts. Kinda reminds me of Plead the 5th, but toned down. Medium bodied if not a little thin for the style with moderate carb and a semi dry finish. A decent beer, I'd slam again, but nothing I'd seek out personally. (504 characters)

Photo of pants678
3.47/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Black, brownish head. You know, at some point all Imperial Stouts look alike.

Coffee, no alcohol. Not much going on.

Milk chocolate, doesn't have that rich, harsh grit that I look for in dark chocolate. Coffee and toffee both and a delightful caramel tone. Finishes easy, especially for the style and the percentage. The alcohol's anything but imposing, if even detectable. I would like some bite to this, it's a tad nice for a stout. That said, don't be quick with it, lingering on the palette opens it up.

Staining, which I much prefer. (541 characters)

Photo of barleywinefiend
3.52/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A : Poured jet black with a nice khaki head on it. A good amount of bubbles fade immediately leaving a trace amount of lacing. Head retention is moderate.

S: This is some big roast, hint of char, some blends of milk and dark chocolate with a whiff of dark fruits buried in there. A little bit of booze stings the nostrils but not as potent as the ABV would represent or have you believe

T : Immediate sharp booze sting which has mellowed out since this is a 2012 but still pronounceds. A little husky graininess as well. The dominant flavors are a bit of char, some light smoke, doses of cocoa. The finish is rather dry, a hint of bite, lingering roast and chocolate.

M: Medium full to fuller bodied beer with a moderately creamy mouthfeel. The carbonation was nice but a tweak to high in my book. Lots of roast and chocolate on the palate coating the mouoth

O: A pretty good RIS overall. It ht aged rather well over a year and has some decent legs on it. (960 characters)

Photo of StaveHooks
4.43/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to Hopswagger for this one.
12oz bottle served in a Southern Tier tulip

A - Black body with a dark mocha head that is thick and rocky. Great retention with some tight weaves of foam stuck to the top of the glass.

S - Sweet roasted barley, creamy hazelnut coffee, nutty cocoa, dense caramel, dairy chocolate.

T - Sweet coffee, heavily roasted malts, chocolate, scorched cherries, burnt caramel, some green pine rides along side a moderate roast bitterness and toasted cocoa. The finish is long with roasted bitterness and coffee on the finale.

M - Heavy side of medium weight, full feeling, active smooth carbonation.

HOOOUUWWWLL! This will keep you up all night. Good use of coffee without drowning out rest of the team. The malts seemed concentrated and condensed(in a good way) to really deliver bold flavors. Solid bitterness that balances out some sweetness. Don't let the tacky label fool you. This is an awesome brew. (935 characters)

Photo of BeerForMuscle
3.95/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - Black stout with some brown hues alongside the bottom of the glass. Minimal head. Looks strong and sturdy.

S - Standard imperial stout notes. Black coffee, burnt grain, roasty. Boozey alcohol.

T - Bitter coffee, roasted grinds, bitter chocolate. Sweet alcohol and dry coal.

M - Drying and bitter all the way. Some warmth from the abv.

O - Decent stout, was looking for some more complexity here. (404 characters)

Photo of Chico1985
3.48/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

This stout has always been known to me but for somehow I've managed to avoid it all this time...until now! Woof.

Pours into a snifter black as night with a solid tan head. A swirly cap and thick ring is left behind with bits of lace.

Smells of dark+roasted malts, some dark fruits, traces of coffee and caramel. Leans toward average scent for an imperial stout, could use more strength .

Taste is better but doesn't pack a big punch. of bitter dark malts, roasted grain, toast, dark chocolate, some licorice, caramel, some light hoppage. Low sweetness, bitter, dark and malty.

Mouthfeel has an oily feel, medium carbonation, and some alcohol presence. It is a bit thin for the ABV but the lightness does make this one pretty drinkable considering.

I kinda dig the simple+raw flavor and light feel, but does come off kinda bland. Not bad though. (852 characters)

Photo of wyatt13
3.82/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Received this bottle in a trade with Stinger80OH – thanks Andrew! Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into my Half Acre snifter.

A – Pours a deep dark black, with an appealing mocha brown head of about one finger. Streams of carbonation run up the side of the glass. The head dissipates slowly, leaving a thin ring of foam along the outside. Modeate lacing.

S – A nice chocolate roasted character meets the nose, as I bend down to take a whiff. A bit of nuttiness as well, with a slight charred note. Some vanilla rounds things out.

T – A burnt malt and vanilla at the beginning that transitions into a lingering bitter chocolate nuttiness. Hops are definitely present, adding an additional layer of bitterness. A smoky character is fairly present throughout.

M – Fairly creamy mouthfeel that is pretty thin. A higher carbonation level that I was anticipating for the style.

O – Pretty good beer here, but I felt like the individual components could have been integrated better. Also could definitely have used a fuller mouthfeel. However, still a nice beer, and one that I am happy to have tried. (1,107 characters)

Photo of Hopswagger
4.15/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

P: Dense foamy clouds of espresso set on top of a pitch black body. Retention is nice and long with filmy lacing glued to the glass.

S: Roasted dark coffee beans, bakers cocoa, milk chocolate ice cube candy, figs, raisins, dirt, and hints of roasted toffee and hazelnut. Earthy hops.

T/M: Burnt molasses, dark chocolate, milk chocolate, toasted grains, smoldered oak, bourbon soaked figs and unwashed apple peels. Subtle cherry in the background. Full bodied but thinner than expected with prickly carbonation. Provides a nice warming sensation and the grainy resinous flavor coats the mouth. Finishes wet and lingers dirty toasted grain.

O: A great RIS but I think the low point of this beer is the mouthfeel. A tad too carbonated and a touch thinner than I would like. All in all the flavor profile is right on and nicely developed. All the flavors marry well and attribute to a delicious offering. I will definitely drink this again. Cheers! (950 characters)

Photo of sommersb
4.17/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Tasted On: 04-16-2013
Freshness: Not indicated
Packaging: 12 oz. brown bottle, pry-cap
Glassware: Snifter
Purchased: Received in a trade

A: Pitch black beer with a small tan head. Retention and lacing are minimal.

S: Aromas have a heavy roasted malt tone, plus cherry wood and earthy hops.

T: Flavors include toasted grains, coffee and bittersweet chocolate. Fairly dry overall.

M: Rich and smooth, with a medium amount of carbonation. It finishes dry, with notes of coffee and chocolate.

O: A delightful stout, bold and flavorful without being overrun by burnt aspects like some in the style.

Thanks to buschbeer for this trade extra! (641 characters)

Photo of NuclearSoAndSo
3.79/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a beer mug.

Appearance: For whatever reason, I decided to pour this one very aggressively and achieved a solid brown four finger head that stopped just short of overflowing out of my mug. The body is black, apparently inpenetrable by light.

Smell: Smells a bit like coffee, slightly boozy; dank; nice and malty.

Taste: Tastes like it smells; a bit of coffee, very malty, and a nice boozy kick. A bit of a hop presence. Not quite as rich or full as I was expecting (not to necessarily say it was lacking). To be fair this was my first imperial stout, and while I've had a fair share of stouts in general, I wasn't quite sure what to expect.

Mouthfeel: Medium to low carbonation; medium body; pretty slick.

Overall: Not bad. I was not disappointed, and I would consider grabbing this one again. (809 characters)

Photo of NoLeafClover44
3.77/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. bottle poured into a Cigar City snifter. Bottled in 2012.

A - Pours midnight black with a finger of cocoa lacing. The foam dies to a halo that sticks to the sidewalls as I drink. Some thick sludgy stuff poured out towards the end of the bottle. Not too off-putting, but worth noting.

S - Roasty chocolate, char, and dark fruits dominate. Molasses and delicate notes of heavy cream accompany, leading to a bitter, sweet, and creamy aroma.

T - Surprisingly mild flavor to start. Half and half, semi-sweet chocolate, and some toasted almond. Bittering molasses and burnt oak on the back end with char linger. Decent, but it lacked the strong flavor I crave in a RIS.

M - Medium body with mild carbonation. A bit thin for the style.

O - I was a bit disappointed by this beer. Perhaps it was the year it spent in the cellar, but the flavors just weren't vibrant. Good chocolate and toasted malt presence, but the mouthfeel did not accentuate the creamy flavors. This is not a brewery I have readily available to me, and as far as I'm concerned that's fine. It ain't bad, but there are so many better options in the Imperial stout category. (1,150 characters)

Photo of drperm
4.82/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

(8/15/09)
Appearance: It's black -- deep, impenetrable black. A nice foamy dark-tan head sits atop, but fades to a thin lace before long.

Aroma: Thick and rich -- chocolate, coffee, licorice, malt, dark hops, graham crackers, honey.

Taste: Damn good. Definite wow-factor with this one. Strong and rich, follows the nose closely, with a hint of a mineral edge. Tons of dark chocolate-malt abound, and tobacco as well.

Palate: Definitely strong and proud of it. A bit sweet on the finish -- I'd prefer it a bit drier, if I were being nit-picky.

Overall: Very rich -- its only fault is in being *too* rich for standard drinking. The 12 oz bottle is almost too much for one sitting. This would be superb with dessert: raspberry chocolate something, German chocolate cake, dark mousse, creme brulee....OR spicy rich (homemade) mole dishes.

***UPDATE***
I cellared the original 6-pack from which the above review was written.
Tonight (3/23/13), I drank the final bottle from that pack.
Here's the cellared-version review.

Appearance: 4.5
Thin, brown foam that disappears fairly quickly. The liquid in the glass is impenetrably black and thick.

Smell: 5.0
Thick, heady, molasses, tobacco, whisky barrel, vanilla, cocoa, and lots of coffee. I think I could get drunk off of this just from inhaling too deeply.

Taste: 5.0
It's even better now than it was 3 years ago. Still a sipping beer, but oh so rich -- lots of bourbon whiskey notes, would be great with a tobacco pipe but my Girl Scout Thin Mints do the trick, too!

Mouthfeel: 5.0
Drinks like a thick, rich cordial. Also reminiscent of the Ola Dubh series from Harviestoun.

Overall: 5.0
I'm going out next week to buy another 6-pack to cellar for 3 years! This is an incredible beer to age. (1,747 characters)

Siberian Night Imperial Stout from Thirsty Dog Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 830 ratings.