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Siberian Night Imperial Stout - Thirsty Dog Brewing Company

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Reviews: 834
Hads: 1,722
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 8.63%
Wants: 144
Gots: 238 | FT: 12
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 weeare138
4.17/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to sckressler for this one.
Appears blacker than crude oil. Pours with a decent 1 finger tan head that fades after a moment. Some scattered lacing is left within the goblet.
Smell...can we say chocolate? Along with roasted nuts and ripe dark fruit.
Taste is of blended chocolate, cream, rich dark fruit, and bitter hops.
Mouthfeel is smooth, rich, bitter, and slightly oily on the tongue. A full bodied, rich, and roasted brew.
Drinkability is nice for an Imperial Stout and very well blended.

Finger licking good. (529 characters)

Photo of tavernjef
4.4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Ebony espresso. Frothy and loosely bubbled medium sized hot chocolate head. Oily residue coats the glass with some dots and blotchy stringy lace strewn about. Keeps some bubbly stuff once it melts.

Aroma is nice and chocolatey; quite fresh like being in a chocolate candy store with some fine tuned almond, cashew, maple, milk, and vanilla. Softly roasted underneath with mocha java and a stretched out milky, vanilla sweetness.

Wow, this stuff just glides down, nothing very big here, but does transend a chocolatey smooth, silky, and meanderingly soft disposition. Mainstay of fresh chocolate, touches of espresso, caramel, and nuttyness. More of an oatmeal stout-like sweetness keeps creeping in sip after sip, which is intriguing in and amoung itself as the chocolate just slides off with ease revealing a slight burntness of hop bitterness and espresso deepness. I find as it warms it has a smores-like effect of graham crackers, burnt marshmellows, and chocolate. Pretty good stuff.

Feel is remarkably soft, subtle, silky, and velvety slick. Not all that full or robust really, but damn fine to comprehend as this stuff goes down way too easy. And I mean, way too easy. Wow, I could drink this for days, or at least until the 9% catches up with me. Probably, and most definately, the best part of this drinker of a stout is just that, it's a dozey of a drinker! Oh, and the chocolate is pretty damn nice too. (1,424 characters)

Photo of Higravity
4.2/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Nice ruby black with a decent dark tan head that drops back and leaves a little lace in the glass. It has a decedant smell of layer roasted malt, chocolate, and coffee. The body is full and creamy and adds to the taste which is a rich blend of roasted coffee and caramel chocolate. It is very low bitterness and is easy drinking. (329 characters)

Photo of kegerator
4.2/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this was by far the darkest brew i have had to date. poured out pitch black with no hints of any other color and it had a nice 1 1/2 inch head that was brown coffe color and left decent lacing throughout.
the smell was dark chocolate, roasty malts and sweet carmalized brown sugar. no hops detected in the nose which is fine with me.
taste was much the same with a great smoky, chocolatey, sweet flavor with a slightly dry finish that was then followed by that sweet syrupy alocohol at the back of my throat. quite warming and very very tasty. (545 characters)

Photo of eclectic
4.36/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours pitch black with a thin tan head that quickly retreats to the edge of the glass (but stays around till the last drop). Thick and syrupy, goes down way to smooth for such a big beer...can see getting into trouble with this one. The nose is mild but complex.. a sweet, roasted aroma... tastes of bittersweet chocolate and roasted coffee. Could definitely drink this often.. too bad this is the only bottle I have.

Thanks to kmpitz2 for sharing this exceptional brew (474 characters)

Photo of warriorsoul
4.35/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to kmpitz2 for this bad boy...luckily I received one more in another trade (thanks to you too cmaruschak). It makes this one that more enjoyable knowing I have one more to savor down the line.
Pours pitch black w/ two full fingers of cocoa colored head...looks like a chocolate shake from top. Slowly recedes w/ thin lace.
Aroma is very nice...tons of chocolate, a hint of coffee and an almost oak-like characteristic. No alcohol detected in the nose.
Taste is extremely enjoyable...more coffee in the flavor w/ that same hefty dose of dark chocolate. Very juicy mouthfeel w/ a medium body for the style. Alcohol, again is well hidden and the drinkability is good for the ABV 9%...I could enjoy a few of these in an evening.
Thanks again Kev...a real treat. (768 characters)

Photo of Maestro
4.38/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

After being thoroughly miffed by their Old Leghumper, this baby was up for the task! I picked up a six-pack previously to going camping. After setting up camp and getting firewood, I cracked one of these and found pure enjoyment. This rich brew had an incredibly thick, foamy head that probably would have left a great lacing, but I was drinking out of a 16 oz. opaque cup. The brew was rich in chocolate and coffee tastes with some amazingly rich, roasted notes. The alcohol is not noticeable to the palate but the mouthfeel is quite good. Lots of flavors and a perfect carbonation make this a highly drinkable imperial stout. Cheers to Thirsty Dog for changing my opinioin of them. (683 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
4.47/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Aroma: highly roasted barly and lots of malts. low hop aroma. Is there a cherry in there?
Appearance: Thick, dark, and Black. Nice 1" head that lingers. Bubbles are tight, creamy, and light yellow. Can't wait to dive into this one.
Taste: Very bold, well balanced, well hopped, gains a bit of bittering from the roasted barley. Maybe a bit grainy, but not a bother. A lot of flavor, cherries, coffee, chocolate, a very 'chewy' and creamy beer.
Aftertaste: slowly disipating sweetness, coffee, chocolate. Increasing heat from the now pronounced alcohol.
Impression: A well bodied, well balanced, heavy stout. Just what you would expect from an Imp. You've got to like 'em rich, thick, heavy and sweet. (700 characters)

Photo of orbitalr0x
4.34/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours from the green eyed bottle a deep dark black with a small semi bubbly tan head on top. A sliver of light is all that can escape this one. Aromas of dark, charred toasty malts, hunks of rich chocolate, cherry fruit tones and molasses. Quite a nice treat to just sit back and smell.

First sip brings a creamy, viscous dark charred malt body with a hefty dose of chocolate flavor. Hints of dark fruit (cherry again) pop out on the way down along with a slight smokiness. A hint of burnt coffee and just a hint of bitterness end this one. A nice, warming imperial stout.

Mouthfeel is creamy with a nice big body that shows its strength with each sip. Drinkability here is pretty good...only knocked down a bit by the abv. Otherwise, this is a rich, tasty imperial that would be quite enjoyable on a cold night (hell...it's enjoyable on this hot summer night!) This one is worth a look into! (898 characters)

Photo of santoslhalper
4.06/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appereance: Pours a wonderfully dark, rich black with a huge creamy chocolate head that lasts forever.

Smell: The smell is a mix of rich coffee, bittersweet chocolate, and roasted malts.

Taste and Mouthfeel: The taste is luciously rich and jam packed with flavor. The coffee and chocolate notes are huge and complex, and balanced out by a nice alcohol kick. The rich taste is boderline overwhelming, but it manages to maintain perfect balance. The mouthfeel is thick and creamy.

Drinkability and Overall: This is a strong, rich brew that is definitly not for the faint of heart. It's full of flavor and complexity, with enough alcohol to keep you warm for quite some time. One of the better Imperial Stouts I've had in some time. (738 characters)

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.28/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This review is based on a bottle that was contract brewed at the Frederick Brewing Company in MD.

Appearance: Typical Imperial stout appearance with a long-lasting head but limited lacing (which is actually typical as the higher alcohol level tends to help kill the head).
Smell: Dark fruit (but not quite the normally associated burnt-currant, and some orange?!); rich and dense, lightly sweet chocolate cake; sweet mocha java. Nice.
Taste: The flavor offers all that the aroma does and more, with some additional caramel and nuttiness. It's sweet but bitter, and chocolatey and coffee-ish with a fruity side. It finishes with a long-lingering combination of the dulled components of its flavor.... leaving a kind of perfumey (from the alcohol and hops, perhaps?), molasses-like-burnt-caramel-residue flavor that's roasty and lightly-smokey, and even anise-like in flavor about the mouth.
Mouthfeel: Fairly full-bodied, creamy, and smooth. Nice!
Drinkability: It's certainly drinkable as in "approachable" and "enjoyable"; but I'm not sure that there's enough richness or complexity there to create the desire to have more than one.
Overall: As far as Imperial stouts go it's not bad but it's not overly great either. The acohol is, for the most part, well-cloaked - which is nice; and the fruitiness is good, and it's very well-balanced... but there's not quite enough of everything else there to bring it full circle. (1,430 characters)

Photo of Dithyramb
4.23/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: The eerie label with the wolf staring at you intently. Brewed and bottled by Frederick Brewing for Thirsty Dog.

View: Incredibly pitch black brew, poured like motor oil, beautiful carbonation and a dark tan head on top. Excellent retention and lacing.

Aroma: Bitter chocolate, espresso, and some dried fruits

Taste: Amazing, everything one would expect from an imperial stout. Bitter (chocolate, espresso), sweet (dark roasted malts and a bit of molasses) with a touch of alcohol esters and a bit of dried fruits in as well.

Mouthfeel: Actually, this could define what a heavy mouthfeel would be. Washes over very nicely, leaving a bitter trail in its wake. The 9% is deceptively hidden, though there are some alcohol notes poking around in the flavor. There is a nice bit of warming as well.

Drinkable: Oh, yes. (841 characters)

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

Appearance: Utterly black, with a small dark tan head, no apparent carbonation, lots of broken lace.

Aroma: Bitter coffee and chocolate aroma, with some toffee notes as well.

Taste: Bitter chocolate and coffee utterly dominate the taste from start to finish, a lingering note of bitter chocolate carries on well past the end of the taste.

Mouth feel: Smooth and extremely full, with a hint of carbonation.

Drinkability/notes: Simply excellent, though with its high ABV, to be consumed slowly and with due respect.

Thanks to my friend and fellow BA HardTarget for generously sharing this great beer. (613 characters)

Photo of BeerFink
4.13/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours as dark as, well, a Siberian night sky. Very black and thick looking, topped by a light brown head. Smells largely of chocolate, coffee, and alcohol. Slight hop presence to the nose as well. Taste is sweeter than I expected. Lots of roasted barley to be sure, big coffee and chocolate notes. However there is a bit of sweet molasses in there as well. Also a bit of an alcohol kick in the taste. A bit of orange peel hops there toward the end blends with the dry coffee finish. Moutfeel is a little oily (in a good way) but not quite as "chewy" as some other impy's I've had. Quite a good easy drinking imperial stout. (623 characters)

Photo of mntlover
4.51/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Don't know how black a Siberian Night is but must be darker then a well diggers ass because there is no light coming thru this baby. Oil black 10W30 with a nice inch and a half chocolate colored head that falls to a cap and laces well for a 9% brew.
Aroma is sweet chocolate roasted malt underneath some toasted caramel, raisins, light hops and expresso mingle together. Nice impy stout nose not as strong as some but still nice and complex.
Taste is big sweet malty chocolate to start some coffee flavors arise with hints of fruit and add some coffee bitterness that mingle with what hops can punch thru the malt to add there own slightly grapefruity/pine like mixture of flavor to the mix that lingers on your tounge for a while. Some alcohol warming felt but none in the flavor.
Mouthfeel is big fully roasted and full of flavor, close to chewy but not quite there.
Drinkability is huge killed this one in ten minutes or so, God its good, way to good to sip. Sad I only have one this is a great easy drinking Ipmy Stout, this could be dangerous. Don't know where merlin48 found this but wouldn't mind picking up a case to go with my Storm King fetish. (1,158 characters)

Photo of HardTarget
4.48/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Aroma: The main aroma is coffee, a bitter cold coffee smell with some chocolate malt mixed in; cold coffee like the best Miami restaurants offer.
Appearance: Black as night with a brown shoe polish head that laced nicely. Inky black glass, very impressive
Flavor: Somewhere between an iced coffee and coffee ice cream. It’s bitter but without a pucker, balanced with the slightly sweet malt. A slight hop finish adds some crispness to the overall taste.
Mouthfeel: Heavy and creamy, but with a dry finish. Really nice feel
Overall Impression: A very good overall package. The elements blend very nicely resulting in a strong but smooth beer. While one would satisfy, I could see a small session of these being rather enjoyable. A truly masterful Imperial Stout. Massive thanks go out to BA Brother mattcrill for sending me this outstanding beer. Strongly recommended!
Saved this little gem for my 300th review; it made a nice selection! (943 characters)

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.43/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Motor oil black with roughly the same degree of opacity and, if the pour is any indication, a similar viscosity. Hell, the head is verging on mahogany. It has the consistency of ice cream and looks like it'll sit at two fingers until tomorrow. I'll edit this review when I get up in the morning to describe the lacing.

The nose is good for the style, but not great. While it has a fair amount of power, it lacks that commanding presence that the best RISs possess. TDSNIS smells like dark chocolate and double espresso, with no molasses that I can appreciate and very little black licorice.

Superb. Every bit of the miniscule amount of power and presence that was lacking in the nose has been located. Each mouthful brings a palate punch of vinous, black licorice-like, coffee bean-flecked, gooey chocolate fudge. Are there hops present? I can't tell, my taste buds are still staggering. Yes, I think so. I think I detect hops struggling for their very lives under the malt assault.

This beer is hugely malty, roasted to within inches of its life and is smoky sweet. The sweetness is effectively cut by a charred bitterness that works exceptionally well in the grand scheme of things. It struggles to maintain some semblance of balance and ultimately succeeds. The body/mouthfeel is thick, chewy and as mouthfilling as they come; a laudable achievement.

Siberian Night is one of the best Russian Imperial Stouts that I've ever had, but is still only second in the state of Ohio (Great Lakes Blackout Stout is my slight preference). Having said that, this is spectacular beer and is yet another example of why this style is now a solid second to my beloved IPAs. Highly recommended. (1,693 characters)

Photo of GreenWBush
3.47/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

My beer cravings are becoming rather predictable. Either wickedly hoppy, or wickedly imperial stout-y.

This beer pours out shockingly black-as-fuck. Its really like pouring some odd oil into your beer goblet, especially with no real head to speak of. I poured the last few drops of the beer into my glass from like 2 feet away just to kick up a tiny head, but no lace.

This is one astonishingly sweet imperial stout. I love the viscocity, piques of roastiness, but overall i'm a little disappointed with the overzealous candied coffee bean thing that's at work here.

A decent imperial; one that starts out really strong but cloys at you by the end. (657 characters)

Photo of irishmoss
4.83/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I’m sitting here thinking about how to describe this stout and it hits me… It’s like dumping two tablespoons of DME into a triple espresso, then dusting it off with some very dark chocolate shavings.
Very finely packed, dense, two-finger head with tiny bubbles everywhere, even with an aggressive pour. As the dark brown head recedes down to the jet black body it leaves large clings of lace on the sides of the glass. The smell is roasted malts, chocolate syrup, and dark roasted coffee beans. The taste is very similar to the smell, and as I described it at the top of the review, it’s like dropping Whoppers into espresso. The taste also has a smooth biscuit malt characteristic that makes this Imperial Stout down right righteous. Nice thick, full body that is chewy and perfect. The drinkability is also very high because throughout the different great tastes that are present here, alcohol isn’t one of them.
This has quickly become a staple of my beer cellar and will continue to impress me every time I enjoy it. (1,027 characters)

Photo of Brent
4.73/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is one of those beers where, after the first sip, you pause to admire the beer. Loads of fresh ground coffee flavor. A friend commented "if Starbuck's made beer, this would be it." Woven though the coffee notes was unsweetened cocoa powder, for a well-integrated mocha character. Full mouthfeel, bordering on creamy. Some spicyness from the alcohol is there, but no fusel notes. This is a really well done Russian Imperial, and takes its place among my favorites. (468 characters)

Photo of kmpitz2
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a deep black color with a nice one finger of tan head that falls to coat the beer. The nose is huge. Lots of chocolate and some sweet raisin with alcohol coming through as well. Wow. The flavor starts a nice sweet raisiney chocolate and moves to a beautiful coffee finish. The feel is huge thick, somewhat syrupy and great. For a beer of this size and style, it is very drinkable. I find myself having to pace out the sips, as I want to drink it very fast. (472 characters)

Photo of merlin48
4.54/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle pours a deep and dark opaque body with a small and creamy light brown head that quickly fades to a garnet fringed collar. Minimal lace.
Lovely stout aromas of dark and roasty malts, with dark chocolate and burnt coffee notes. Hints of vanilla and anise lead the nose into a cornucopia of fruit aromas that really set this stout apart from most others. Dark fruits such as currants and raisins are noted, but there is also a hint of fresh plum and cherry.
Good mouthfeel is thick, rich, and full bodied, with an ideal level of moderate carbonation.
Taste is pleasantly complex. Dark roasted malt bitterness evinced by dark chocolate and burnt coffee is the backbone. Smooth, and not overly bitter, with 58 IBUs. Alcohol is well concealed. Milk chocolate lends a sweetness to the middle and finish, and the fruitiness of plums, raisins, and cherries make a brief appearance.
Lots of flavors here. The fruity notes really elevate the roasted dark malts to another level here. Excellent drinkability for a big stout. (1,032 characters)

Photo of clvand0
4.53/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cool bottle label. Pours a darkest of dark color with a tall, dark head that has great retention and leaves a lot of lacing on the glass. Aroma was very strong with chocolate and expresso. Nice. The flavor was thick and strong with chocolate and coffee. Great flavor! The body is extra thick, as it should be. The drinkability is wonderful for something 9%abv. Wonderful brew. (376 characters)

Photo of Gusler
4.06/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer after its disinterment from the 12-ounce brown bottle sets in the glass an atramentous color with a thick creamy chocolate brown head that is modest in size and after its dissolution the lace forms a glutinous sheet that melds with the glass. Nose is rich in sweet roasted grain aromas, fresh and pleasing to the senses, start is sweet and thick with malt, and the top is full in its feel to the palate. Finish is benignly acidic and the hops pleasantly spicy in their bite, desert bone dry aftertaste that lingers long on the palate, a fine representative to the style. (579 characters)

Photo of vladtheimpaler
4.43/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This would define the "Motor Oil" style if there ever was such a thing. Darkest of browns, with a tan head that fades. Roasty chocolate aroa. Flavor is hugely malty with lots of roasted malts shining through. Thick mouth feel, almost like syrup. Delicious. (256 characters)

Siberian Night Imperial Stout from Thirsty Dog Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 834 ratings.