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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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1,455 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,455
Reviews: 807
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 9.9%
Wants: 126
Gots: 133 | FT: 8
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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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

A: blacker than black with a nice finger width tan head. Looks nice.
S: I get some sweet chocolaty note accompanied by loads fresh coffee. A tad bit of booze peeks through as well. All told, its smells fantastic and begs to be tasted.
T: starts off with some slighty bitter dark chocolate and slides into coffee and some sweet chocolate notes. This fades into a boozy and slighty bitter finish. It is extremely tasty.
M: full bodied and slick, light any imperial stout should be. Not filling like you may expect.
O: A fine beer. It doesn't try to be something its not and doesn't stray from what makes it great to live up to the imperial name. Its not overloaded with hops, chocolate or coffee, but manages to find a great symmetry between the three. A tasty, flavorful brew that will be purchased again.

10-16-2011 22:29:28 | More by Infamous7100
Photo of kstoltz


3.8/5  rDev -8.2%

Nice frothy head that dissipates into a thin ring on the edges of the glass. This stout is the black hole of beers...darker than dark. Smells like dark chocolate brownies just out of the oven. Lots of coffee notes to it. Tastes like the aforementioned chocolate and coffee but also very strong molasses flavor to it. Nice carbonation as well. Definitely taste the coffee with a touch of that alcohol kick on back end of this one that lingers a bit. Wonder what a bit of aging might do for this one.

10-12-2011 23:47:20 | More by kstoltz
Photo of RomaniIteDomum


4.22/5  rDev +1.9%

Pours black with a big chocolate head.

Smells of coffee, cream, and oatmeal.

Tastes sweet with loads of creamed coffee and chocolate. Creamed coffee in the finish. Nice bitter pine and coffee finish. This is pretty damn tasty.

The feel is appropriately creamy and full-bodied.

Overall this is tasty as hell and very drinkable. Great brew!

10-11-2011 15:52:42 | More by RomaniIteDomum
Photo of Arithmeticus


4.43/5  rDev +7%

Poured basement temp into flared glass

A: buoyant head; solid black (what else?); great carbonation
S: wowza, huge noseful of currant and fermenting fig; malt comes in as backup
T: oh my, what a lovely flavor, everything you expect in an RIS and more--cigars, deeply roasted caramel; hops are a striking presence, lending a great deal of complexity
M: disappointed by the relative watery feel

Wow, this is one of my favorite RISes, up there with Rasputin.

10-11-2011 03:12:26 | More by Arithmeticus
Photo of UCLABrewN84


4.03/5  rDev -2.7%

Thanks to jmpizzo for sending me this one!

Pours an opaque black with a 3 inch puffy dark khaki head that fades to a small cap. Thin foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt and milk chocolate candy. Taste is of dark roasted malt, milk chocolate, and slight coffee flavors. A mild roasty bitterness quickly fades after each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a smooth and creamy mouthfeel. Overall, this is a solid RIS all around. I am glad I got to try this one.

10-07-2011 02:48:09 | More by UCLABrewN84
Photo of Natural510


4.35/5  rDev +5.1%

12oz bottle, no dating

Pours a thick, ink-black with dark brown head, which slowly dissipates to a tan ring of lacing around the glass.

Sweet, milk-chocolate nose, just like a Hershey bar.

Flavor is heavy on cocoa and vanilla; milk-chocolate sweetness with a hint of dryness toward the finish from the roasted malt.

Thick, creamy body without being overly heavy.

Excellent Imperial Stout. Well-balanced, not too sweet nor too dry with an overabundance of hops or roasted malt.
Definitely the best offering I've had from this brewery.

10-02-2011 18:07:07 | More by Natural510
Photo of Dreadnaught33

District of Columbia

4.05/5  rDev -2.2%

A nice stout overall. Mostly tastes like a roasty American stout as the alcohol is barely there and it's thinner feeling than most RIS.

Pours nice black with small head but good webs of lacing. Semi tan head. The smell is the best part of this beer, super roasty but it's all covered in a maple sweetness and some dark fruity notes. Also a marshmallow that's toasted comes to mind from the aroma.

The taste is solid with anise notes and coffee roast. A little chocolate powder as well with a dry butter lingering finish. Not super thick but nice over the palate. That licorice anise note is interesting and almost dominates for me. Good carbo.

Overall solid stout but not amazing like so many are these days. Definitely worth a try.

09-29-2011 23:59:40 | More by Dreadnaught33
Photo of Bendurgin


3.48/5  rDev -15.9%

Poured into a tulip. This one pours very dark brown with about a finger of mocha colored head. Good retention and some sticky lace.

Artificial chocolate aromas right up front. Somewhat roasty but mostly just fake sweet chocolate. Sweet chocolate on the pallet with a little bit of an espresso finish. A little bit of a dark fruit flavor to the finish.

The body is medium and the carbonation is soft. Overall not bad but nothing really special here. Seems to be a run of the mill sweeter RIS.

09-24-2011 02:52:06 | More by Bendurgin
Photo of sizzli


4.78/5  rDev +15.5%

Appearance - Very VERY dark with a beautiful light hazelnut-colored head.

Smell - It smells a little metallic-y at first, but when the head goes away you catch a very roasty smell with hints of chocolate and coffee. The alcohol isn't very noticeable by smell, and you also catch a very light dusting of flowery hops.

Taste - This beer has such a complex taste. It starts off very malty, with some tones of smokey as well. Then you get hit with tones of dark chocolate and coffee, as well as a little nuttiness. Very low tastes of alcohol, and it finishes very chocolately, but still bittersweet.

Mouthfeel - Very low carbonation, it feels thick, yet still smooth.

Overall - I'm a big coffee fan, so I loved this beer. I loved the complexity of the flavors and how it wasn't overly bitter-tasting. I would highly recommend it.

09-20-2011 12:58:17 | More by sizzli
Photo of tlazaroff


4.43/5  rDev +7%

A: Black as the darkest night with a mocha frothy head of foam and brilliant lacing. This is exactly how a great stout should look.

S: Big roasted notes on this one followed by a dark chocolate bar and a slight hint of coffee. The beer smells great!

T: I get some pretty sweet flavors out of here. Of course the chocolate and slight espresso taste, but I also get cherries and vanilla. The alcohol doesn't hide either, you get all of it at once.

M: Full bodied and it seems low carbonated, but I am sure the thickness of the beer hides some of that and its closer to moderate carbonation levels. Its a tad dry, and not oily at all.

D: Sipping beer, 'nuff said.

09-20-2011 01:57:45 | More by tlazaroff
Photo of StevenGlansburg


4.38/5  rDev +5.8%

Jet black with a light brown head. Small head that doesnt last very long.
It smells of light, sweet roasted coffee with a bit of sweet baking chocolate.
Tastes great. Milk chocolate with smooth iced coffee followed by a little bit of sweet dark chocolate. Caramel malt comes through a bit but the chocolate is the dominant flavor.
The carbonation is great, finishes really smooth and silky. Alcohol is barely noticable and there isnt a dry quality on the finish at all. Medium bitterness.

Overall this beer really impressed me. I wasnt expecting it to be such a great tasting Imperial stout with such a fantastic body. Definitley highly recommended.

09-15-2011 03:21:14 | More by StevenGlansburg
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4/5  rDev -3.4%

Thank you misterhops for this extra
12 oz bottle poured into a snifter

A- Black with a very small tan head.

S- Caramel malts, chocolate, roasted malts, dark fruits, touch of alcohol.

T- Chocolate, hint caramel, roasted coffee in the finish, hint of dark fruits, fairly well balanced. The one small downfall of this beer is the fact I am getting a slight hint of metallic flavors, it doesn't kill the other flavor or making it taste bad.

M- Medium body, creamy, smooth.

O- This is a good beer, but I have had lot of other RISs that are just as easy to get and much better. I might get this again later, but I would not get this regularly.

09-12-2011 03:11:09 | More by larryi86
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New York

4/5  rDev -3.4%

12oz bottle, a little above fridge temp poured into a snifter. no freshness dating.

pours out a deep opaque black, not a bit of light gettin through anywhere. nice 1-2 fingers of light brown/ mocha colored head that faded to a very retentive, thin creamy layer. some nice webby lace. wasnt expecting as much sediment as there was in the bottle so some of that is visible despite the opaque black color.

at first the aroma was a bit metallic and underwhelming, but as the head died down and the beer started to warm, lots of bitter roasted malt and expresso like roasted coffee came out. a hint of almost an oatmeal like creaminess.

follows the aroma pretty dead on. deep burnt/ roasted malt rules the taste. bitter black roasted coffee, bitter dark dark chocolate. not a whole lot else going on, maybe a creamy oatmeal like taste in the background. bitter roast lingers in the finish.

thick, chewy, creamy. carbonation is minimal. but again, a strange oatmeal like creaminess thats not really good nor bad. not a bit of alcohol noticable.

overall, a great range of roasted malt flavor, but not a whole lot else. a solid imperial stout, but not something i would go after again, too many greats in this style already.

09-12-2011 01:47:31 | More by dogfishandi
Photo of cnally


4.43/5  rDev +7%

Found this on a value rack ($7.99/4-pack) which in retrospect, is an unbelievable steal of amazing value.

The pour is black as black can be, no light escaping around even the edges. Dark tan head during initial pour, dissipates quickly and leaves little trace.

The aroma is a bit weak for the style. Relies on molasses and licorice but is so slight and underwhelming. Has enough floral quality to it to warn you of the impending bitterness underneath.

The flavor is powerful, balanced, and stunning. A sweet burnt malt assaults you right away and you think it's from the black and chocolate malts...but no, it is because of the incredible hop presence. Just a lasting bitterness to accompany the licorice and molasses picked up in the nose.

Slick and coarse mouthfeel if that's possible. Low carbonation but such a substantial drink.

Very good. Even and balanced.

09-11-2011 23:01:30 | More by cnally
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4.1/5  rDev -1%

Received in trade from Barfwin.
Bottle mentions GABF medals in '03, '05, & '06!
Poured from 12oz bottle (no bottled-on date) into snifter.

Aroma: Fruity and floral up front. Cabernet sauvignon and lavender. Cocoa and coffee beans follow. A nice, complex combo, highlighting a job well-done by the yeast, as well as a nice blend of malt.

Appearance: 1 finger, fine, creamy, light tan head, which dissipates slowly. Dark black body with only minimal hints of brown around the edge.

Flavor: Dark chocolate and espresso-like dark malty sweetness. A hint of coconut, some black licorice, and a prominent bitter finish. Great flavors here, but not quite balanced enough to give it a 5. I'm splitting hairs here, because, the flavors are very enjoyable.

Mouthfeel: Medium-low carbonation, and a medium-full, silky body. The alcohol is warming, but not hot.

Overall: I was really glad to have had the chance to try this one. (Thanks Barfwin!) Aroma was fantastic, and the other characteristics were excellent as well. No real flaws. Yet another great imperial stout to keep my eyes out for!

09-11-2011 10:33:39 | More by mdvatab
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3.93/5  rDev -5.1%

Bottle poured into a snifter

A: Pours a very dark brown into a solid black with a small amount of tan colored head and a reasonably thick consistency. I know I always hit on the appearance before getting into the aroma, but just for the record, I can literally smell this thing before I could see it.

S: Although while I'm at it, the aroma is heavy with dark chocolate and coffee, licorice, a hint of nuttiness and a tiny bit of lingering astringent bitterness.

T/M: It has a low amount of carbonation and potent licorice flavors on the front, later joining with an inherent nuttiness that dominates the remaining experience. A touch of coffee and roasted malts round out the profile.

I like the way this feels on the tongue and the potency of the flavors, but that damn licorice can ruin everything. It doesn't ruin this one, but only barely. I'd definitely try it again.

09-07-2011 00:49:15 | More by TheBeerAlmanac
Photo of Tone


3.8/5  rDev -8.2%

Pours a black color. 1/2 inch head of an off-tan color. Good retention and decent lacing. Smells of sweet malt, slight roasted malt, oatmeal, hint of alcohol, hint of hops, and a hint of pale malt. Fits the style of a Russian Imperial Stout. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of roasted malt, hint of coffee, hint of sweet malt, hint of hops, and a hint of alcohol. Overall, good appearance, aroma, and blend. The body was a little weak though, for an Imperial Stout.

08-30-2011 19:10:40 | More by Tone
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3.93/5  rDev -5.1%

Review from notes. Thanks to Ethan for this bottle!

A: Pours a deep black color with very little head at all. A little bit of foam forms upon pouring, but it is gone very quickly. Very little lacing as well.

S: Not extremely strong, but there is a nice combination of vanilla and chocolate along with some roasted malt and hints of dark fruit. Slight tinge of alcohol.

T: Lots of chocolate in this one with a little bit of roast and a hint of coffee. There is a little bit of dark fruit and a slight smoky flavor. Finishes bittersweet.

M: Medium to heavy bodied with medium carbonation. Finishes slightly dry.

O: Very drinkable for a RIS, not the heaviest, but has a good flavor profile. Could be a go-to RIS, if there ever was such a thing. A nice sipper.

08-29-2011 18:45:25 | More by mdaschaf
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3.6/5  rDev -13%

Reviewed from notes:

appearance: dark brown black with minimal head

smell: roast, chocolate, malts

taste: chocolate, roast, malts,

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, medium to full body, thick

overall: not a bad RIS but I've had much better. Glad I got to try something from these guys.


08-25-2011 15:04:07 | More by THECPJ
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Rhode Island

4.35/5  rDev +5.1%

A: Motor oil black, and I rarely use that as a descriptor; burnt brown head, milkshke thickness to it, amzing lacing.

S: Smells like roasted malted milk balls, ton of barley, a lot of sweetness.

T: I can't believe I'm giving a Thirsty Dog beer a 4.5, but this beer has an intense, rich malt flavor; smokey, caramel, vanilla, loads of coffee and chocolate. Molasses sweetness is in there.

M: Full bodied, medium carbonation, great smoothness.

O/D: Little to no alcohol burn, incredibly smooth, easy drinker. Decent offering from a bottle, incredibly good on tap. Don't know how old it was, or any details, but I was shocked at how good it was.

08-25-2011 03:27:51 | More by mostpoetsdo
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New York

2.55/5  rDev -38.4%

Molasses,unsweetened cocoa, burnt coffee, some charred wood,an enormous hop bitter aftertaste. Horrid! In its favor,(there is always SOMETHING in a beers favor!) It lives up to its' name, being black as night in color and a decent alcholic buzz. I won't be trying it again

08-21-2011 22:29:55 | More by CaptJackHarkness
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3.98/5  rDev -3.9%

poured into a snifter glass.

Appearance: pitch black bodied beer with a medium brown colored head. 1 finger of head from an aggressive pour and head is composed of tiny bubbles.

Smell: Roasty, roasty malts. Milk chocolate, hints of fresh coffee, maybe even some vanilla sweetness in the background. This nose is surprisingly sweet.

Taste: Roasted coffee and huge malt profile. Mild to moderate biterness complimenting the malts. Charred wood, molasses, and tobacco. Lingering bitterness int the aftertaste. Sweetens a bit as it warms and it is little boozy.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied beer with a moderate amount of carbonation. This beer is fairly chewy and viscous.

Overall: Really nice RIS. my first beer from Thirsty dog brewing company, I am impressed.

08-17-2011 04:31:21 | More by 4DAloveofSTOUT
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South Carolina

3.4/5  rDev -17.9%

12 ounce bottle courtesy of Ryan011235 before distribution hit this area, poured into an oversized snifter. A few notches shy of black, but appropriately dark. A finger of tan head and decent retention, not too shabby considering the width of the glass. Scattered light streaks and patches of lacing.

Burnt and roasted malts with moderate sweetness via bittersweet chocolate, light caramel and the outside part of Oreos. Tangy berry and raisin notes develop midswallow. Not a lot in the way of hop flavor, but there’s a modest undercurrent of bitterness. Some warming alcohol in the finish. Body’s a bit on the lightish side, but the balance of flavors is rock solid. Since it’s available in my neck of the woods now (not to mention the reasonable price point), I should really pick up a few to see how they age. Easy recommendation.

08-09-2011 18:57:19 | More by PDXHops
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4.13/5  rDev -0.2%

Custom six pack from Oade’s Big Ten in Lansing.

A & S: robust smoky, coffee, bready, caramel, powdered chocolate for chocolate milk. Dark, black motor oil color. Decent tan colored head, that pours about a fourth of a finger and fades slowly till not much is left around the top of the beer. Decent lacing.

T & M: similar to the nose, ABV not very well masked. A bit more smoky than the nose. Bits of hops. Not super drinkable. Very thick. High bodied, low to no carbonation.

O: pretty good overall. Not great maybe not worth 3.39 a bottle.

08-09-2011 16:56:30 | More by minterro
Photo of AgentZero


4.2/5  rDev +1.4%

Bottle shared by Jason.

A - Black-brown beer with a small mocha head that didn't leave much stick on the sies.

S - Decent amount of roast with a touch of alcohol. Some dark fruits, bitter chocolate, bit of molasses. This one has a really nice smell.

T - Taste is solid and good. Not too roasty, but with a nice amount which is complimenting the slight sweetness of the chocolate. Some bitterness from the coffee, really solid beer that is apparently readily available (although not in Chicago).

M - Full bodied, smooth, lower carbonation.

O - Nice RIS, really solid flavors and pretty satisfying overall brew. Would drink regularly.

07-16-2011 21:13:19 | More by AgentZero
Siberian Night Imperial Stout from Thirsty Dog Brewing Company
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