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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Dogbrick on 01-13-2003

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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 roast...coffee, 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 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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Photo of PorterLambic
4.27/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours completely, soul-suckingly, black with a creamy dark tan head with pretty good retention. Great sheets of lace.
Smell is a lot of cardboard with some toasted malts.
Taste is phenomenal. Toasted malt, bittersweet chocolate, some grain, touch of vanilla and some whiskey late.
Medium + body, lighter effervescence. Smooth, drying late, Guinness wishes it was in the neighborhood of this brew. Warming in the stomach. Damned good.

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

I've sat on this bottle for about 2 years now. Pours a deep chestnut mahogany color, fairly opaque body with a hint of light allowed to shine through, and a light khaki colored head. Smell has some milk chocolate and bold espresso, with heavy dark fruits in the background. Stale, earthy hops, a little bit of smoke, roasted malt, and burnt, caramelized sugars, and vanilla. Mouth feel is smooth, creamy, and a bit ashy but with good carbonation. Flavor is mostly bitter dark malt, roasted coffee, dark chocolate, and dried fruit. An excellent, well-balanced imperial stout for its price/availability overall, but doesn't quite stand up to some of the other well known, easily found RISes. I think I've just been spoiling myself with some great stouts recently now that the weather is starting to cool, so this one is lacking the complexity that my taste buds have grown accustomed to, and began demanding.

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

Drinking this now. The beer pours nice and black as I would expect with a nice khaki head. The nose is somewhat underwhelming. I get the nice roasted malts as I would expect with a little bit of hops in there. Taste is very drinkable. There is some chocolate and caramel mixed in with the roasted malts. The bitterness is very tame for a RIS and this hasn't even reached room temp yet. The hops play a very small role at the end. Most times when I go for a RIS I'm looking for the big roasted chocolate stouts but this is a very enjoyable balanced stout and I would not hesitate to purchase again. Very well done.

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

Look: black as (Siberian) night, 2+ fingers of tan head.

Smell: chocolate, all day long and twice on Sunday.

Taste: again, overwhelmingly chocolate - and I love chocolate. This is a LOT of chocolate.

Feel: very creamy, but some flavors other than chocolate would've rounded this out nicely.

Overall: I can't emphasize enough how much I love chocolate, and this beer has chocolate in spades, but it was a bit thin. Still, a nice effort, and a great dessert beer, especially if the dessert has chocolate.

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Photo of Mikec1115
3.6/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured out of a bottle that cost me almost $7. This is an above average Chocolate Stout but quite honestly the only thing that really stands out is how much they charge for this thing. I'm a brewer so I understand that this is an expensive beer to make.. high ABV, chocolate, tastes like there's some vanilla bean in there... I understand that these are expensive but this thing is off the radar.

A- Poured a dark black with no head at all. This is the kind of beer that should be poured from a nitro tap so that you get a cascading head, but even from the bottle there should be something better than what I got.

S- The alcohol is pretty pronounced in the smell. Very fruity with raisin and apricot blending in with the chocolate.

T- Taste is pretty good, but again, not anything to write home about. Starts out with a complex mixture of fruity and chocolate with the vanilla bean in there, trails off to the chocolate and alcohol. I like that the alcohol tail is there but not with the hotness that some high ABVs have.

F- Very good mouthfeel for the style. It is a little heavy towards the end but overall pleasant.

O- Again, the beer is good but not anything that is memorable. The price of the beer is very memorable though. Thirsty Dog must think that they have a beer that is World Class when in fact it's just good.

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Photo of FBGordon
3.62/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Had on draft at the Other End beer garden in Destin, FL.

A: Pours a rich dark chocolate with a frothy khaki head that maintains well with beautiful lacing.

S: Very little going on in the nose, just a hint of coffee and toast. Even after letting it warm up some I wasn't getting much out of it.

T: Toast and chocolate up front with notes of coffe and a little toffee styling onto the palate. The coffe lingers long after each sip with a little alcohol finally coming through after you put some work in.

M: It's not too heavily-bodies for an RIS, it's quite smooth with tight carbonation.

O: This is a perfectly good stout, well balanced and tasty. There are no bells nor whistles, just a solid Russian Imperial.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
4.24/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a pitch black color with 2 fingers of head that very slowly fades down to a nice cap that leaves some good lacing

S: Roasted malts, dark chocolate, cocoa, and light coffee come through the most, with hints of dark fruit and toast

T: Follows the nose. Starts off with roasted malts and some bittersweet dark chocolate. Goes into some cocoa, coffee, and light dark fruit notes. Finishes with some char and a moderate bitterness

M: Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation

O: A very tasty imperial stout with plenty of roasty and malty goodness. Could be a bit fuller and creamier to round off the finishing bitterness a little. Aside from that nitpick, this is a classic that should not be overlooked

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Photo of fscottkey
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: [4.50] The beer pours out black with no light penetration. It forms 1 1/2 fingers of dense, creamy tan head. The head has great resilience. The bottle lists the ABV (9.7%) and the IBU (58). I can't find a date code.

S: [3.25] Pipe tobacco is the first scent I register. Subtle chocolate. Dark fruit.

T: [4.50] My first impression was it was sweeter than anticipated. Very nice sweet opening leads into some semi-sweet to bitter chocolate. The malt is really prominently featured.

M: [4.25] Nice rich body. Nitro like smoothness on the carbonation. There is NO hint of the 9.7% alcohol. Nice sweet finish.

O: [4.25] This beer is firing on almost all cylinders. First the not so good. The nose is off a bit for me. Dark fruits and something else that I can't place. They combine for a less than ideal nose. On te positive side. The beer looks fantastic in a glass. It drinks like a 6% milk stout (sweet with not hint of alcohol). It improves on the experience with a nice body. The stand out feature is the overall sweetness of the beer. Really pleasant and worth drinking again.

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