Siberian Night Imperial Stout | Thirsty Dog Brewing Company

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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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Reviews: 866 | Ratings: 1,909
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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Photo of Jimmys
3.97/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

not sure of the vintage as I cannot find a bottled date. overall pretty solid bourbon barrel aged stout, but nothing to go nuts over. lots of vanilla, sweet booze flavor and aroma. chocolate. rich and filling. a good winter beer for sure.

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Photo of dbl_delta
4.32/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Undated bottle into pint glass. Pours an opauqe, oily black with a nice tan head. Initial impression is chocolate, caramel, and coffee - which is nothing unusual for this style - but the balance between the sweetness and bitterness is spot on. There are elements of sweet milk chocolate complemented by slightly bitter dark chocolate, all underlain by a creamy coffee-with-milk-and-caramel foundation that enhances the primary flavors. Full-bodied and creamy, with just enough carbonation. Slightly dry, bittersweet finish. Alcohol is well hidden. Overall, a very impressive RIS.

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Photo of DraconusDesanctus666
4.29/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz bottle,into a Cigar City snifter.

Dark khaki head,creamy with small to large bubbles.Dark black/brown in color,with just a little bit of light coming through the bottom of the glass.Very slow on the carbonation.Leaves a nice looking lacing on the side of the glass

The nose is mostly chocolate and coffee.I'm also getting some dark roasted malts,and a little bit of earthy pine.Didn't catch it till the beer started warming,but I get fresh baked brownies.

The palate is dark roasted coffee,and dark bitter chocolate.I'm also getting some dark roasted malts.Little bit of smoke,and bitterness on the aftertaste.Some black licorice in the aftertaste as well.Once again....fresh baked brownies!!!

The body is medium,with a dry chalky finish.Slight fizzle of mild hops,and carbonation on the way down.

This is a pretty decent IRS.Wouldn't be my first choice,but definitely one I would drink again.

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Photo of Lembeh
4.66/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Had this to celebrate The Ohio State Michigan game 2016. Just like the humble state of Ohio this ale doesn't make any bones about it, just goes on doing a great job day in and day out. In a blind taste test with a couple of more highly sought after stouts with some friends this came on top. The other candidates were Evil Twin Even More Jesus and Alesmith Speedway Stout.

Big coffee chocolate notes. Milk and dark chocolate, bittersweet cacao nibs as well as espresso beans. Really a knockout and to top that it feels like silky chocolate milk when drinking it. Ohio.

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Photo of larryarms847
4.21/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a slick and oily viscous dark brown and sits black in the glass with a half finger of dark brown foam.

Rich notes of coffee, roast malt, dark chocolate, and a hint of slight fruitiness that suggests black currant.

Beautifully strong flavors of heavily roasted malt, bitter-sweet dark chocolate, and coffee-like notes. The fruitiness I was getting in the aroma doesn't really stand out in flavor at all.

Full-bodied, low-medium carbonation, rich, roasty, warming.

Overall, a stand out impy stout. Rich, warming, and delicious. I wish I could get my hands on this in my area of distro.

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Photo of MacMalt
4.04/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into stout glass. It pours a dark walnut - nearly black - with one finger of fluffy, khaki-colored head and lacing. It smells of roasted malt, bourbon, dark coffee, and chocolate. I expected it to be more aromatic. The taste features burnt coffee grounds, cocoa, smoke, vanilla, molasses, and bourbon. One nice feature is that the bourbon doesn't overwhelm the other tastes. It finishes surprisingly bitter. I didn't detect any dark fruit. This stout is medium-bodied and carbonated. It's not as viscous as Ten Fidy, Expedition Stout, FIS, and some of its other famous competitors. It's 10.9% ABV is well-hidden and not very noticeable.Overall, it's a fine BA RIS but I prefer more dark fruit and I thought the bitterness at the finish was rather harsh.

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Photo of Rockjocknroll
4.4/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Vintage 2015.
A: Gorgeous light brown head with creamy and full carbonation over cloudy black liquid.
S: Roast and more, malt and a touch of cocoa.
T: Nicely bitter; way more roast than sugar. Unsweetened chocolate and coffee grounds. A tiny bit metallic.
M: Creamy but not thick; just viscous enough. Coats the mouth but still drinkable.
O: I was expecting a much sweeter stout; given the massive amount of roast without the dextrose this is intensely drinkable for an IS. World-Class to say the least and a breath of fresh air after so many overly-sugary stouts.

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Photo of q33jeff
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4


12 oz Bottle to tulip glass.

LOOK: motor oil, thick dark black, with a small tan head, fades to lacing. (4.25)

AROMA: smoke, roasted malt, dark chocolate, cookie dough.(4.25)

TASTE: oats, barley, bitter chocolate. Tasty, but expecting more based on aroma and appearance. (4.0).

FEEL: Very full body, but dry like an irish stout. Average carbonation for a thick stout. (3.75)

A very nice Stout.


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

Pours an opaque dark, dark brown almost black color like oil with similar viscosity and khaki colored head. Roasted malts, toast, and dark chocolate on the nose; follows onto the palate. Full bodied. Finishes with dark chocolate and roastiness.

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Photo of kemoarps
4.21/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Inky black body with a dark brown head that's a little more soapy/liquid bubble type than expected. Settles off pretty quickly, but continues to cling in small outposts to the sides of the glass.

Initial impressions are of rich creamy chocolate. Really inviting. Minor alcohol tinge at the end, but not in an offputting way. Roasty and if you dig for it there's even a hint of smokiness that quickly ducks back into the shadows, leaving me pondering whether it was just a figment of my imagination all along.

Roasted coffee comes out of nowhere to dominate the flavour (I mean, not out of nowhere, it's not unexpected, it just wasn't present on the nose). Creamy chocolate backs it up and the two join hands to skip jauntily off into the roasty road as the light fades. Nothing overly fancy, just excellent excellent execution of big roasty stout flavours. Really digging it.

Body is an odd tweener where the final result coats your mouth ith creamy roasty chocolate like I like and it's got some heft ,but it also comes across like it tends just a touch towards thin, but not like thin thin. Carbonation is a little more than I would look for, and maybe that's what's throwing me off.

All in all this is a fantastic big stout, and I am continually grateful to @WesMantooth for sending this (as well as its BBA offspring, review forthcoming) along in his NBS BIF #3 box. Thanks Corey!

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Photo of Mateo2699
4.06/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Got this as an extra in a trade, poured into a snifter.

Pour is a very nice looking jet black. No light getting through this one. Khaki colored head, excellent lacing and stickiness.

Smell is roasted malt foward. Getting some oakiness and wood in there too, with a very subtle booze kick.

Taste is very similar to the nose, with some bitterness and more dark chocolate. Definitely still getting that roasted malt, and oak.

Mouthfeel is somewhere between medium and thick. The strong oak and wood in the flavor contributes to the thickness in a way. Definitely not a light stout.

Overall sorta one dimensional, I get three flavors: roasted malt, dark chocolate, and oak. But gets the job done.

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Photo of CNoj012
4.21/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This beer pours a pitch black color with a dense two finger mocha head. Retention is excellent and there are many thin, webbed sheets of lacing. Smell is on point. Roasted malts up the wazoo. Aromas of coffee, chocolate and caramel burst out of the glass. Taste is the same with a bitter finish. Feel is full side of medium and creamy. No alcohol detected, super drinkable for the style. Overall a great imperial stout. Would love to try the BA version.

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Photo of lastmango
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured black with a 3 finger mocha head that was somewhat creamy. Heavy lacing is present. Initial aroma was a pungent chocolate malt. After a few sips, the aroma changed more to roasted malts. The flavor is enticing dark chocolate roasted malt and toffee with black licorice on the tail. As another reviewer noted, the alcohol is warming without overpowering the taste. This has a heavy body but is not chewy. This is a very good Imperial Stout and I would recommend it to anyone.

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Photo of tekstr1der
4.16/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black with minimal tan head. Aromas are heavy roast, baker's chocolate. Flavors follow similarly. Not much sweetness to this one, it's fairly dry. Full of roast, with a dry coffee-like finish, it's good for the style. Alcohol is very well hidden.

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Photo of DerelictPI
4.29/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Roast, coffee, very dark chocolate, almost tastes like it has a little oak (it doesn't). The booze is there and warms but does not distract. I get a little citrus and mint (not sweet) in the finish. This is a great representation of this style.

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Photo of dd43
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

My first beer from this brewery, I feel like I nailed it. Great Russian imperial here. Big roasty notes, some coffee, dry and dusty bakers chocolate. There are some booze aromas and fumes as well, this is definitely in the "big beer" family. Lingering bitterness on the finish with an acrid sort of coffee like feel to it. Beautiful dark brown head on top makes each swirl of the glass a treat.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.19/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

this base beer is bomb, and although its the bourbon barrel aged one that gets all the credit, this thing really doesnt need a barrel. a delightfully complex example of the style, loaded with layers of dark grain and a smooth thick dry feel. impenetrable to light, it looks awesome in the glass, matte finish, no shine to it at all, and a short but stout tan head. the dryness amazes me, usually these can get pretty sweet with the crystal malt in the middle and the high mash bill to spike the abv, but this is somehow super dry, almost chalky dusty in the finish, ashy might be more accurate, its cool in the context of the barrel aged edition too, because that one gets very very sweet. neat to see thats all from the barrel. plunging right in, i get char and ash and raisin in the flavor, hints of dark cocoa and spent coffee grounds, but more grain than anything else. theyve built a nice roasty bitter base to this, and have left out (or fermented out) everything that makes these sweet, and so its smooth and big while being insanely quick finishing at the same time. the bourbon barrel one is amazing, but in many ways i prefer this version. warming but not boozy. really textbook example of the style!

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Photo of EMH73
4.21/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours black with a tan head that stays a while. Tastes of espresso, chocolate and a hint of vanilla. Even though it has a fairly high ABV it is well hidden. Overall an excellent beer.

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Photo of stevoj
4.11/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Sampled at Boise’s Imperial Stout (2014) get together, over 120 bottles to choose from. Going with the flow on this rating. Silky smoothness, helps it stand out from the crowd.

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Photo of Sabtos
4.01/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours dark red but fills in solid black with a dense tan two finger head that retains for quite a while.

Smell is char, smoke, and burnt brown sugar and cocoa.

Taste is coffee, brown sugar, and again smokey super roasty charred malt.

Feel is a little chalky but smooth and thick.

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Photo of BlushingMonk
3.87/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I guess I'm getting jaded from having access to so much great beer, but I have to say that the higher the price of a beer the higher my expectation. At $7 a bottle my expectations where high for this one. It pours the same as all BA stouts, dark, dark brown. The nose is bourbon and vanilla with a hint of pecan. The mouth feel is a medium light body that is soft on the tongue, but not thick motor oil that I tend to prefer. It's boozy from front to back with a little bitter on the finish. It's a sold BA Stout, but I can't find anything exceptional to say about it. It's a nice beer, but there are so many other great BA stouts available that I'm doubt I'd buy this again.

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Photo of scxcrunner
4.04/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

appearance: black, no light getting through, with a tan head that hangs around a while. smell is sweet chocolate, light roasted coffee, and mild alcohol burn on the nose. taste is smooth chocolate initially but then quickly over run by roasted coffee. great consistency not too thin not too thick. the roasted coffee hides the alcohol well, really great beer.

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

Pours midnight black with a dark tan head that laces beautifully. Smells of chocolate, coffee and dark roasted malt. Tastes like chocolate covered espresso beans to me. Hides its alcohol well, with a hint of bourbon on the finish. A beautifully done stout that is worth it's $6 tag, if only occasionally.

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

Pours a massive, dark tan, frothy head, atop a black-as-night body. Retention is pretty good, leaving behind sticky lacing.

Aroma is classically roasty: dark malts, caramel, slightly sweet overripe dark fruit, cream, brown sugar, cacao. From the smell, I'm guessing this leans slightly toward the sweeter side, but it's a very smooth, traditional stout aroma.

Flavor follows: creamy, slightly sweet, very bitter and roasty. There's clearly a moderately high (but not overwhelming) hop presence, lending bitter, earthy, green notes. A bit of the dark fruit intimated by the aroma, but less than many other stouts.

Extremely dark chocolate notes linger potently on the finish, giving this brew a nice kick that separates it from other stouts. A nice updated take on Old Rasputin.

Medium-full bodied; moderately dry, with lingering alcohol heat on the finish.

Definitely a very solid overall stout; this surely provides an excellent base for the barrel aged version.

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