Siberian Night Imperial Stout
Thirsty Dog Brewing Company

Siberian Night Imperial StoutSiberian Night Imperial Stout
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Style:
Russian Imperial Stout
Ranked #143
ABV:
9.7%
Score:
92
Ranked #2,382
Avg:
4.15 | pDev: 9.4%
Reviews:
892
Ratings:
1,973
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Thirsty Dog Brewing Company
 
Ohio, United States
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
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Gots
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SCORE
92
Outstanding
Siberian Night Imperial StoutSiberian Night Imperial Stout
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Photo of woodychandler
4.86/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

And now, back to our already scheduled brewery horizontal, already in progress. This beer continues yet another (!) brewery horizontal as I work to eradicate the Bottle Backlog here at Chez Woody. I am thinking that these must have been part of a mixed-12 pack or a case at Country Garden Six Pack (CG6P) at one point & then they decided to single them out. No matter to me! I was happy to take one of each. I usually go lowest to highest in terms of ABV, but the first one was slightly out of turn due to the previous beer also being an Oktoberfest/Märzen. Please forgive my transgression as I get things back on track!

From the Bottle: "Unleash the Flavor"; "Imperial Stouts are by far the "GRAND - DADDY" of all stouts. They are very, very dark and rich, with a deep-roasted, satisfying flavor. Siberian Night is made in this tradition. It is creamy and full-bodied, with a complex character from generous amounts of roasted, toasted, and caramel malts. For those who demand flavor, this is the perfect libation. Bronze medal winner at the 2003 Great American Beer Festival."; "IBU's = 58, OG = 25° P"; "2006 G.A.B.F. Bronze Medal[,] 2005 G.A.B.F. Gold Medal[,] 2003 G.A.B.F. Bronze Medal [-] Imperial Stout".

I was curious to Pop! the cap on this one since, given its fairly wide availability, I wondered how/why I had not reviewed it before now. No time like the present, beginning with the Pop! of the cap, followed by a slow, gentle C-Line pour into the awaiting glass. I was quickly rewarded with the formation of two-plus fingers of dense, foamy, rocky, deep-brown head with very good retention, leaving a load of lacing in its wake as it fell. Color was obsidian Black/Opaque (SRM = 44), allowing ZERO light penetration. 8=O Nose had a rich, coffee-like roastiness along with Baker's (bittersweet) chocolate and a light charcoal smokiness. Mmm. Mouthfeel was big, full & creamy, like a dollop had been scooped into my mouth & onto my tongue! 8=O The taste was dark-roasted coffee, bittersweet chocolate, charcoal smoke, anise/licorice & treacle. They definitely got the Style right because even though it may have been made by an American brewer(y), that does NOT make it an ARIS by extension. I could not perceive the presence of any hops, so if that is what you are after, look elsewhere. Finish was dry, very roasty & lingering. The scary part was how well the alcohol was hidden! This was super smooth & required constant glances at the speedometer to ensure that I did not fly through it. Eek! YMMV.

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

From frige 12 oz. bottle (bottled on 1/10/19 date on the bottle, 9% ABV and 58 IBUs also on the bottle ) to the tulip. Normal neat pour small dark brown head beautiful black glossy color. Not transparent to light. Smell - roasted toasted strong pleasant. Taste - slightly bitter deep roasted walnut. Feel - smooth and creamy. Overall - wow this is well made stout. Left bottle for aging.

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Photo of Danzifer
4.37/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This beer is an old favorite, many a good times.
12 oz bottle poured dirty into a snifter. Thick and rich brown foam head. Can already smell the roast coffee from the pour. Stuff is nearly black in color. It's a delicious malty slam to the taste buds with a very slight bitterness. Has a medium viscosity and salivates the palette. The beer is great, but... the picture quality of the wolf on the label has truly got to be one of the shittiest beer labels I ever saw. Just sayin' :)

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Fremont small snifter. Pours nearly pitch black, appearing opaque black in the glass with a sparse, patchythat dissipates to spare bubbles, but with ok light lacing. Aroma of dark toasted malt, milk and dark chocolate, a hint of caramel and some ethanol; slight oxidation. Flavor is dark toasted malt, milk chocolate, coffee, tobacco and light vanilla. Flavor thins out in the finish. Medium bodied with light creaminess. A lucky find in So. Cal, on a "cellared beer" shelf, so presumably properly cellared. Sadly, no date on the bottle, but I'm guessing this is at least 3 years old from the flavor and oxidation in the aroma. The malt is rich and well flavored, but has thinned out somewhat from a full bodied RIS profile. A nice stout, but perhaps cellared a hair too long. I like it enough that I hope to see Thirsty Dog again and would definitely pick this up in a more recent bottle.

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Photo of AllOfTheCats
4.17/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2015 bottle enjoyed in 2018. I receive this in a trade and consumed it shortly after. I remember it being chocolatey. Would definitely some when I get a chance and would love to see it age further.

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Photo of Blogjackets
4.49/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

By far the best beer Thirsty Dog makes (not a knock on the brewery). A flavorful and full bodied imperial stout that hits every mark for me: strong nose, significant body and full malty flavor that masks the 9% ABV.

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Photo of Ehall1995
4.27/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Received on a trade

Nice roasty malt, perfect carbonation, very creamy feel and just a tick of bitterness. Very nice Russian Imperial Stout, at a good abv.

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Photo of Harrison8
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours black with a finger of khaki foam that retains well. Aroma is roasty, toasty, nutty and earthy malts that incorporate a tinge of bitterness. Toffee and dark chocolate add a little complexity, but overall the aroma is centered on dark malts. Flavor profile is roasty, toasty malts with smokey, earthy, nutty malts finishing it out. Despite a slight bitterness to the aroma, the flavor profile is smooth with a lightly sweet opening. Caramel and toffee add the sweetness. Mouth feel is velvety with a thick consistency. Overall, splendid and dark, with the smokiness at the end driving this stout a slightly different direction from its relatives. That route is slightly more bitter.

Served in a 12oz snifter from a 12oz bottle.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
4.02/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into Tallgrass globe snifter.

Really deep dark silky black color with a beige head of 1 finger.

Aroma is huge. Deep charred malts, dark hot fudge, slight ash, milk chocolate, smooth oats, and shades of caramel and tobacco and fig.

Flavor is not unnecessarily harsh like the nose would suggest. It is of milk chocolate and char, but it's not overly ashy or bitter. Some piney hop bitterness in the background hanging heavy, with slight caramel, tobacco, and hints of fig. The more it warms up however the milk chocolate notes fade and the piney bitterness takes over.

Feel is creamy with a moderate carbonation and a ridiculously roasty feel throughout the whole profile. It ends dry as sandpaper with tons of roast and lingering resins.

Overall, a very deep sipper that is extremely dry and heavy with lots of roast and minimal sweetness (especially as it comes closer to room temp). Luckily the barrel aged version brings the sweetness that's missing from the original. Decent beer on a cold day or night.

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Photo of Gajo74
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a thick black color, viscous in appearance. Not much of a head, which dissipates entirely.
Aromas of dark chocolate, coffee, roasted malts and a hint of alcohol.
There is an underlying sweetness in the taste, however, the roasted malts add an assertive bitterness that evoke raw cacao, dark chocolate, coffee beans, lightly charred and smoky malts. The finish is dry and with a strong espresso bean bitter linger. As the drink warms, sweetness develops, evoking chocolate and creamy malts.
Full bodied, gently carbonated and smooth. Although big bodied and with a high abv, it is easy to drink.
Finely crafted stout that hides its alcohol well, has a nice balance and complexity.

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Photo of JJKBeerLvr
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Sampled September 2018 from 12oz bottle in pint glass. I did not see any brewed or bottled on date listed on the bottle.

Appearance: Very dark black, dark color, with a dark tan head of 2 fingers. The head flattened a little but lasted a very long time. The head left a coating on the glass.

Smell: There are roasted malt aromas, coffee, and a little chocolate in the aroma. Nice combination and balance between the hops, malts, and other aromas.

Taste: Strong coffee and burnt malt flavors. Full-bodied with nice balance of malt and some hop bitterness. It is very smooth. There is a hint of sweetness like chocolate that may be due to the oats and malts, but it has an excellent taste. Light hop flavor as well.

Mouthfeel: Full-bodied, with strong alcohol which matches with the 9.7% on the label.

Overall: This was the first time I tried anything from Thirsty Dog. Overall Siberian Night is a very good Imperial stout. It has strong flavors as well as alcohol, and the mix of malts and hops makes for a unique and interesting stout. I would buy this again.

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Photo of craftbeersweden
4.26/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this bottle from Total Wine and More in Florida.

Dark brown to black beer with a mocha head that fast disappears (almost).

Dark coffee, roasted malt, grain, dark chocolate, tobbaco, brown sugar and vanilla.
Full body. Smooth carbonation. Dry ending.

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Photo of SaltofOH
4.34/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle, 055378 on the neck, 770328W2120808 near the bottom. CBF Tulip pint.

A: pours a completely opaque black with 1/4 finger dark tan head that recedes to a thick ring with skim on top. Some visible carb on the sides. Killer lacing as I drink it down.

S: immediate dark, sweet mark, with a slightly burnt (in a good way), roasted edge. Perhaps a little dark roast coffee lurking back there.

T: Sweet, coffee, roast, malt, molasses, very light herbal hop note. Definitely a sweet beer, but compared to the RIS I had last night it seems more balanced. Perhaps more sugary, but more bitterness from the roast. Hop bitterness is really subdued - really any hop expression is faint. After the swallow a little hoppy medicinal note lingers, very faint. More noticeable is the lingering smoky character. Sip after sip that herbaceous hoppy quality grows.

M: full bodied and super slick. Pleasantly high carbonation (for the style, low in absolute terms).

O: this is the first RIS I ever had (apparently the year it won bronze at the GABF!) and I haven't had it in years. It remains a definitive example, and is completely worthy of annual 6-pack purchases and cellaring. Sweet (but not too sweet), roasty and warming, with beautiful lacing and enough carbonation to hold back the heavy texture. A true class act.

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Photo of FriedSlug
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Nice dark beer with a tan head that fades but leaves a few specks behind. Big roasty malt nose with hints of chocolate and coffee. Taste is mainly roasted malts, coffee and bitter dark chocolate with a nice sweetness and a bitter coffee/chocolate/char finish. Pretty solid RIS.

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Photo of jkblr
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz undated bottle poured into a teku glass at fridge temp 9.7% ABV 58 IBU. The beer pours dense very dark brown with chocolate tan colored head. The head recedes quickly leaving a paper thin island and ring around the glass. The aroma suggests tobacco, coffee, chocolate all with roasted malts. The taste is bittersweet bakers chocolate followed by dry deeply roasted malt and finishing with a hint of booze. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied, adequately carbonated and dry in the finish. Overall, very good. This is not the most complex RIS, but it is well balanced, flavorful and fairly readily available.

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Photo of erk0607
4.34/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look: Black body with a darker tan head consisting of a mix of small and large bubbles of medium thickness. Head lasted about a minute and left some lacing around the edge of the glass.
Smell: Roasted grain, toast, coffee, chocolate, cacao nibs.
Taste: Dark chocolate bar, light campfire smoke, roasted grain. Like a stout should taste.
Feel: Medium-heavy body, a bit slick, foams up mildly on the tongue, goes down smooth.
Overall: Another good beer by Thirsty Dog Brewing Company. Would definitely get another one of these again. No noticeable alcohol at 9.7%. Strong but still enjoyable!

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Photo of VoxRationis
4.06/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Decanted from a 12 oz (355 ml) into a conical pint glass; no production information evident.
A: Pours a very dark brown to black color with a half inch, mocha head, poor retention, and soapy lacing.
S: Aromas of cafe au lair, cocoa, and cane sugar.
T: Sweet. Palate basically follows with more of a lactose, saccharine sweetness. Bitterness complements overall flavor picture.
M: Full bodied with moderate carbonation.
O: Tastes more like a milk stout than a Russian Imperial, but drinkable and enjoyable.

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Photo of dlos
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark black pour with two finger head that lasts a while. Nose is what you'd expect from a stout with coffee, chocolate, caramel and maybe brown sugar. There was some smokiness to the taste, smooth texture with slightly heavy body. I'm really liking stouts right now and this one did not disappoint!

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Photo of BergBeer
4.41/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look: Opaque jet black with a medium khaki head. The head has solid staying power. No activity visible.

Smell: Bitter black malt with a balancing note of milk chocolate and black molasses. There are also notes of leather, black currants, dates, and vanilla.

Taste: Bitter black malt and creamy mocha coat the palate on the attack. The mocha note is broken down into a black as night espresso, dark chocolate, and heavenly milk sugars. The attack sits on the palate for quite some time. As the attack fades a rather fruity body moves forward slowly to reveal notes of dried dates, fruit leather, fig jam, and bitter floral hops. The finish is a smooth yet noticeable alcohol flavor with more drying bitter hops.

Feel: Rich, oily, and yet somehow creamy. Covers the palate like a devil’s food cake. Medium plus bitterness. Medium smooth alcohol. Carbonation is fine if a bit weak. Heavy body.

Overall: Outstanding. It hits all the wickets of a Russian imperial stout. Not only that but does it in perfect proportions. From the black malt, to the fruity body, and the milk chocolate notes. They all blend seamlessly as the beer runs its course. Exemplary of the style.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It poured a super pitch black with a very nice foamy darkish tan two inch head that had a very nice foamy spider web, ringy lacing. The head pretty much lasted until the whole beer is consumed. No carbonation was seen rising because the body is too dark. The smell had the roasted malts, coffe, chocolate, molassess and brown sugars up front and combined ever so nicely. A nice smoky yet slightly hoppy aroma was there. The taste had pretty much the same thing, which is good to me. The palate was heavy, thick, and strong. It had a smooth aftertaste and finish. Overall, this was very well done for its style and its spectacular to me.

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Photo of Rufus1
3.62/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours nearly black with a beautiful two finger brown head that lasts. Not much lacing. The nose is pretty much the same most average stouts carrying with it nice roasted malts and sweet chocolate. Taste follows the nose with chocolate, really sweet malts and maybe some dark fruit. Slight coffee and finishes dry. Medium body that feels a little thin. Not boozy at all for an imperial. A little too sweet for my taste but overall a very respectable beer.

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Photo of brewcnc
4.17/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The flavor is rich and bittersweet like dark chocolate. The mouthfeel is rich and smooth the alcohol is well hidden and as it warms some dark fruit seems to peek through. A real nice sipper!

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Photo of Uniobrew31
4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very dark with a nice head. Malty up from and fades to dark berries then to what I can only describe as a slightly smoked Hershey bar. Very complex flavor that transforms mightily as it makes its way down your beer hole.

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Photo of cjgiant
4.11/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at brewery:
Dark enough to block light to the far edges. Top of the glass lacing of the tan head that rings the glass all the way down.

Definitive roasted notes, showing the grain but also char. I like the term old school diner, where the smoke and coffee aromas meet.

Taste hits with roasted malt, definitively more coffee and more char than the nose alluded to. So basically strength up front. The beer has a balanced to slightly malty lean to it through mid-taste. The end is charcoal roasted notes with a hint of lingering sweetness.

I liked this offering. Maybe just a tad, no a smidge, on the sweet side - but so far within the threshold for me to make it very enjoyable. Top tier? Not quite. Very solid? Yes, IMHO.

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Photo of jeffreed61
3.64/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

6+ mos old (undated bottle, purchased July '16). A pretty straightforward, no-frills RIS until the finish. Modest nose, some roasty elements. Bitter roast & bitter cocoa dominate the taste, w/ just a faint, sweet counterpoint. Smooth. On the finish, it turns very dry, almost chalky or tannic - an interesting twist.

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