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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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1,621 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,621
Reviews: 823
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 9.69%
Wants: 143
Gots: 196 | 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:
Beer added by: Dogbrick on 01-13-2003

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Photo of BigDRS
4.62/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I can't believe that for all the time that I spent living in northeast and central Ohio this is the first time I've ever had a Siberian Night. Shame on me.

12 oz bottle into a tulip glass.

A - The beer pours with a nice two finger head that settles down to a thick creamy ever present layer on top of the beer. There seems to be an endless supply of bubbles running up the sides my my glass. Color is SOLID black. Nothing is getting through this beer.

S - Huge nose. Lots of dark chocolate and roast characteristics coming through. Very complex. This is perhaps the best nose that I've ever had on a russian imperial stout.

T - Again, very complex. Lots of bittersweet, roasty, chocolate, and coffee flavors. A bit of bitterness on the back end. 9%+ abv comes through at the end as well, but it isn't overwhelming. This is one tasty beer.

M - Very creamy and thick. Coats the inside of your mouth just like a russian imperial stout should.

O - This is a very nice RIS. Thick, heavy and delicious. Still can't believe I've waited this long to try it.

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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of kscaldef
2.29/5  rDev -44.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A: Pours black with a dark-brown edge when held to the light. Thin mocha head dissipates to a ring.

S: Roasted coffee, prunes and dates. Slight sour-milk note.

T: Thin black coffee and burnt toast.

M: I'm first struck by how relatively thin this beer feels in my mouth. It's quite dry and finishes bitter and astringent.

O: Not one of the better examples of the style, much to thin and lacking in complexity. It's not drain-pour bad, but it was a bit of an effort to finish it.

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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of cbutova
4.07/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Somehow on the shelves at one of my local-ish stores. I remember this was up there for best Imperial Stouts when I sorted and made a list of them 3 years ago. Happy to finally try this badass looking beer.

A- Poured into a snifter dark as the Russian night sky, har har. A light tan, foamy head forms to about a finger and size and retains decently.

S- Roast cereal grains and milk chocolate/cocoa powder really dominate here. Some dark fruit, nutty and caramel notes round it out.

T- Leads off with a heavily roast grain and cocoa flavor, very dark feel overall. The malts also lend nutty, caramel, toasted and sweet flavors. Dark fruit, slight alcohol and raisin support the dark roast backbone.

MF- Creamy and silky moderate carbonation level. The body is nice and thick and supports the big roasted flavors. Alcohol lends a nice warm feel to the palate that I love in Imperial Stouts.

I need to go back and buy more of this stuff at the price my store, which shouldn't even carry it in MA, was selling it at. Love the dark roasted malt, cocoa and dark fruit interplay.

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3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

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3/5  rDev -27.4%

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of Doodler
4.5/5  rDev +9%

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4.5/5  rDev +9%

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +15%

Photo of redcap45
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have to assume that this mellowed with a few months of age. It was very mellow as others have pointed out how "fresh and hot" it was. Pours a typical obsidian color with a thin tan head. Nose is vanilla, wood, coffee, very mild booze, chocolate, and roasted malts. Flavor is similar- starts with coffee, chocolate and vanilla. Further looking gives off some wood and roast. Finish is mild vanilla and wood. Very nice, very balanced BA Imp stout.

Photo of Ruger
4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours from what I can tell by even holding it to the light is a complete black. Has a thick two finger cocoa colored head with very good lacing.

S - Sweet roasted malts and light coffee I'm not getting any booze at all.

T - Mostly sweet dark chocolate with roasted malts and coffee in the background, finishes slightly bitter.

M - medium/heavy bodied with good carbonation.

Photo of Vylo
4/5  rDev -3.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +15%

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of billab914
4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into my CBS snifter. It poured black in color with a thin, tan colored head sticking to the edges of the glass.

The aroma has a creamy, chocolaty, slight caramel presence to it. I get some moderate roasted qualities to it, but nowhere near the levels that come out in the taste.

The taste shows a lot of roasted malts to it with dark, bitter-sweet chocolate, coffee and some burnt flavors all coming out. I get a little smokiness to it as well, which I really like. A little bit of a sweeter, creamy, caramel and milk chocolate flavor cuts through the bitter, roastedness.

The mouthfeel is on the heavier side with carbonation being a little overly high for the style. Overall it was a pretty solid beer of the style. The aroma seemed a little muted compared to how bold and flavorful the taste was. I thought it was a very nice beer to sip on this evening.

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3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -21.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

Siberian Night Imperial Stout from Thirsty Dog Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 1,621 ratings.