Siberian Night Imperial Stout | Thirsty Dog Brewing Company

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Siberian Night Imperial StoutSiberian Night Imperial Stout
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Siberian Night Imperial StoutSiberian Night Imperial Stout

Brewed by:
Thirsty Dog Brewing Company
Ohio, United States

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.70%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Dogbrick on 01-13-2003

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Photo of Harrison8
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
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 -2.7%
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 ikidunot
3.91/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Gajo74
4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
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 EspyPsyche
4.59/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of JJKBeerLvr
4.33/5  rDev +4.8%
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 soundaurora
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Kshind59
4.04/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Marzen_Fan
4.19/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TheCrowsEye
3.77/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of GregSemenza
4.22/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BdM
3.75/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Dirk_Chappelle
4.33/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of NolaHopHead
4.04/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of craftbeersweden
4.26/5  rDev +3.1%
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 bdaggett
4.75/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Mjmoney23
4.22/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Vandelay1863
4.08/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SaltofOH
4.34/5  rDev +5.1%
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 rolltide
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of FriedSlug
4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
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 Duncian
3.54/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of SerMosh
5/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of jkblr
4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
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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