Siberian Night Imperial Stout
Thirsty Dog Brewing Company

Siberian Night Imperial StoutSiberian Night Imperial Stout
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Thirsty Dog Brewing Company
Ohio, United States
Stout - Russian Imperial
Ranked #280
Ranked #4,880
4.13 | pDev: 9.2%
Mar 05, 2022
Jan 13, 2003
Siberian Night Imperial StoutSiberian Night Imperial Stout
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3.91 by KT3418 from Colorado on Mar 05, 2022
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4.12/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by LeRose from Massachusetts

Pours blacker than black with a tidy brown head that lasts quite a while and leaves a fine ring. It looks "thick".

The smell hit me with chocolate first then a tidal wave of roast malt, pretty close to if not burnt in some part. A bit if coffee perks thru eventually. Molasses and a small bit of dates or maybe prune.

The taste is roast malt, bittersweet chocolate, acrid coffee, a very small taste of dark fruits. A hint of milk chocolate, molasses/brown sugar and a very slight sweetness. The roast evolves into a bit of charred emptiness.

It doesn't feel as thick as I thought it would, but it is plenty thick enough. Dry and bitter finish, a slight chalky feeling and an oddly lingering sweetness.

Dec 21, 2021
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4.46/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by JMT1 from Pennsylvania

This is an awesome brew. Lots of bourbon flavor and very smooth.

Nov 21, 2021
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4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by Bluerabbitbell from Pennsylvania

11/20/21 Marilyn's on Main in Morgantown. On tap.

Wow! Such a different imperial stout with very little sweetness. Tobacco, bitter chocolate and smokey. Finish is leather and tobacco ashes. I liked this, but DW made a face on this one!

Nov 20, 2021
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4.19/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by arizcards from North Carolina

Picked up a 12 oz bottle from TW-Greenville SC 7-19-21 for $2.99. Bottled 01-11-21; consumed 10-18-21.

Beer poured black as night with a very nice tan head with the original pour.

Nose is nice, roasted malt city which gives you the essence of what is about to come.

Taste is a blast of roasted malts that lend a touch of chocolate and toastiness. Finishes well balanced with no trace of residual sweetness and alcohol burn.

Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied and very creamy and smooth.

Overall a really likable imperial stout, reminds me of Bell's Expedition stout but slightly smaller which is not a bad thing!

Oct 18, 2021
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4.31/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by Chuckdiesel24 from Illinois

You could tell me this had cocoa in it and I’d believe it. Great no barrel no adjunct RIS. Hefty, but drinkable too

May 19, 2021
4 by BadgerNCarolina from North Carolina on May 18, 2021
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4.09/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by WoodBrew from Ohio

I got a bottle of this beer off the single shelf from my local Giant Eagle store. It poured an opaque dark with very thin ran ring head that is not leaving any lace. The scent had bourbon and vanilla notes. The taste was nicely balanced and easy to drink with molasses and bourbon highlights. The mouthfeel was medium in body and had good carbonation. Overall it is a solid beer.

May 17, 2021
4.41 by eawolff99 from Minnesota on Jan 25, 2021
4.03 by TheCakePounder from Pennsylvania on Jan 19, 2021
4.14 by Jut025 from Pennsylvania on Jan 14, 2021
4.56 by gunguy45 from Pennsylvania on Dec 27, 2020
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4.86/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5
by woodychandler from Pennsylvania

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.

Apr 25, 2020
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4.66/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by Argail from Louisiana

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.

Apr 20, 2020
4.12 by MDDMD from Pennsylvania on Mar 19, 2020
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4.37/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by Danzifer from Ohio

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' :)

Mar 11, 2020
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3.96/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by tradershmulie from Connecticut

Good beer, a little bit too sweet.

Mar 01, 2020
3.98 by brandoneast from Texas on Aug 05, 2019
4.63 by Dandy44 from West Virginia on Jun 28, 2019
4 by justme from Massachusetts on May 14, 2019
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4.05/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by LiquidAmber from Washington

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.

Apr 17, 2019
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4.17/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by AllOfTheCats from Wisconsin

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.

Mar 22, 2019
4 by lebriarjr from North Carolina on Mar 14, 2019
4.14 by alexsergio from New York on Mar 10, 2019
4.34 by Unclevince from West Virginia on Feb 15, 2019
4.5 by Nurt20 from Illinois on Jan 26, 2019
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4.46/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by Blogjackets from Ohio

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.

Jan 23, 2019
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4.27/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25
by Ehall1995 from Florida

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.

Jan 21, 2019
3.52 by T-34-85 from New York on Dec 10, 2018
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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by Harrison8 from Missouri

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.

Nov 13, 2018
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4.02/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by hoptheology from South Dakota

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.

Nov 11, 2018
3.91 by ikidunot from Canada (ON) on Nov 08, 2018
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4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by Gajo74 from New York

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.

Nov 01, 2018
4.59 by EspyPsyche from West Virginia on Oct 08, 2018
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4.33/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by JJKBeerLvr from Pennsylvania

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.

Sep 27, 2018
4.25 by soundaurora from Pennsylvania on Sep 25, 2018
4.04 by Kshind59 from Ohio on Sep 01, 2018
4.19 by Marzen_Fan from Ohio on Aug 24, 2018
3.77 by TheCrowsEye from California on Jul 29, 2018
Siberian Night Imperial Stout from Thirsty Dog Brewing Company
Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 1985 ratings