Siberian Night Imperial Stout
Thirsty Dog Brewing Company

Siberian Night Imperial StoutSiberian Night Imperial Stout
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Stout - Russian Imperial
Ranked #144
Ranked #2,396
4.15 | pDev: 9.4%
Thirsty Dog Brewing Company
Ohio, United States
Siberian Night Imperial StoutSiberian Night Imperial Stout
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cjgiant from District of Columbia

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.

Apr 27, 2017
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

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!

Jan 03, 2016
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silverking from Florida

4.42/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Let me start by saying, wow, this beer looks wonderful. Syrupy/black motor oil appearance with a creamy khaki head. An abundance of lacing clings to the glass with every sip in a uniform sheet.
Big bold aroma with rich dark fruit and cocoa. The aroma translates well to the palate with a hint of warming alcohol. The finish shows intense bitter cocoa.
Wow, just wow. I really wasn't expecting much from this one, but it is fantastic! I will be buying this again. If you see this on the shelf, buy it. Did I mention that it's fantastic?

Jul 12, 2015
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craftbeersweden from Sweden

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.

Mar 13, 2018
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SaltofOH from Ohio

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.

Mar 03, 2018
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Gusler from Arizona

4.06/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer after its disinterment from the 12-ounce brown bottle sets in the glass an atramentous color with a thick creamy chocolate brown head that is modest in size and after its dissolution the lace forms a glutinous sheet that melds with the glass. Nose is rich in sweet roasted grain aromas, fresh and pleasing to the senses, start is sweet and thick with malt, and the top is full in its feel to the palate. Finish is benignly acidic and the hops pleasantly spicy in their bite, desert bone dry aftertaste that lingers long on the palate, a fine representative to the style.

Nov 19, 2004
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Doomcifer from Rhode Island

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Aug 01, 2014
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gjoker321 from Florida

3.77/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

May 10, 2015
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RomaniIteDomum from Florida

4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black with a big chocolate head.

Smells of coffee, cream, and oatmeal.

Tastes sweet with loads of creamed coffee and chocolate. Creamed coffee in the finish. Nice bitter pine and coffee finish. This is pretty damn tasty.

The feel is appropriately creamy and full-bodied.

Overall this is tasty as hell and very drinkable. Great brew!

Oct 11, 2011
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UltimateLivewire from South Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Apr 02, 2012
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SerialTicker from Michigan

3.84/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: I was lazy and didn't pour it into a glass ... however, I can say that this thing has a surprisingly decent head, even in the bottle.

Smell: Woody. Smokey. Chocolatey. A quality RIS.

Taste/feel: Follows the nose, as most RIS's seem to do. I haven't had many, but I can easily say that this kills Samuel Adams' variation. This has a good bit of smoked, woody flavors along with the typical chocolate and coffee tastes you'd expect. The feel is medium, and super slick. Sticky as well.

RIS's aren't my style normally, but this is one I could sip on every now and then ... preferably on a chilly winter night. Best I've had from the style -- though I must remind you again, I haven't had too many RIS's.

Oct 21, 2012
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aProtagonist from Georgia

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

Sep 01, 2015
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killcore from Russian Federation

3.92/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Oct 04, 2015
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brewdlyhooked13 from Ohio

4.53/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - black opaque pour. Thin but persistent cap of mocha with a thick collar. Thin ropes and dots of lace.

Aroma - good roasty smell, a touch of licorice early. Slightly boozy with notes of dark chocolate and a mild fruitiness.

Taste - dark roast, just a bit of char but tons of rich malted grain flavor. Dark chocolate on top of that. The swallow has a surprising bite of bitterness to offset things a bit. Plus, it sets up a fine finish of roast/char/abv. The aftertaste is enduring with lengthy roasty flavor.

Mouthfeel - decent smoothnes. larger than average body. Carbonation is slightly muted. Overall, it doesn't feel as big as the flavor, but it is still good.

Drinkability - a potent brew, but I'd easily have another. Great one to cellar also.

Aug 20, 2009
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harpus from Alabama

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

Aug 03, 2015
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Yesac from Georgia

4.39/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Pours solid black, thin fading brown head.

S - Smell has a strong alcohol scent. coffee and dark chocolate

T - dark chocolate, coffee and spice - alcohol very well covered

M - carbonated with a sticky/thick body

D - the alcohol is very well covered, this stout is very smooth and dark tasting.. a great session stout

Thanks to yem25 for trading me this beer to try.

Jul 13, 2008
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outsider from Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Jul 02, 2016
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alcooper from Ohio

3/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - This beer looked great, poured well, nice tan head and dark as night.

S - This is where things started to go a little south for me. It had a bit of an overpowering roast/burnt smell to me. As I drank more of the beer the smell never improved for me.

T - Taste was very strong and the roast flavor really came through but was a little overwheling.

M - The first sip was OK in the mouth but the mouthfeel improved as I continued to drink this beer.

I enjoy a good stout on occassion and have had some really great ones so I probably won't seek this out again. But if you like a very strong roasted smell and taste this might be for you.

Mar 29, 2011
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reyna311 from Delaware

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Mar 06, 2014
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spw109 from New York

4/5  rDev -3.6%

Feb 14, 2014
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madelf66 from Pennsylvania

4.11/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Jan 01, 2017
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francisweizen from Alaska

4.45/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Blackhole black, opaque and dense with a large head of creamy brown foam. Aromas are of a souped up oatmeal stout. Is this an imperial oatmeal stout, perhaps? Sweet malts mingle with espresso notes, and dark chocolate to create an aroma that is intriguing and excellent. Since this beer looks and smells so good, the taste is a bit of a small let down. Don't get me wrong, this stuff tastes awesome, but it is not as complex as the aroma lets you believe it will be. The taste is very roasty, and sweet, in an oatmeal stout sort of way. However, the chocolate complexities and the coffee notes that I smelled in the aroma, are very subdued here. The mouthfeel is thick, smooth, and creamy, like an IS should be, and the drinkability is very good as well. This is an awesome IS, but I think it is a bit over-rated. However, I would love to try some of this fresh off of the tap, or even cask. I have a feeling that this one, can be phenomenal!

Jun 18, 2004
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ATLbeerDog from Georgia

4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a simply beautiful deep pitch black with a dark caramel colored ¼ inch head. Smells of coffee, chocolate, and licorice. Fist sip is all espresso, dark chocolate and deep almost burnt malts. Sweet then bitter, lots of complexity with dark fruits, and black licorice, and tobacco all playing supporting roles. Heavy lacing adds to the experience. Beautifully carbonated. This is a World Class RIS!

Nov 26, 2008
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Morey from Pennsylvania

3.95/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured pitch black in color, and I do mean PITCH black. Half inch light brown head that leaves behind some decent lace. Head quickly settled to basically just some bubbles around the inside of the glass.

Smells of roasted malts with a slight hop aroma in there as well. Nothing in your face, it actually smells rather clean.

Good mix of roasted barley and dark chocolate flavors in the taste. A pleasant amount of bitterness from the hops as well. Finishes extremely clean.

Mouthfeel is on the thin side for the style. Medium bodied, but I prefer a full body when it comes to imperial stouts.

Drinkability is pretty high considering the thinner body and an ABV that is very well hidden.

Morey's Bottom Line: The best beer that I've had from Thirsty Dog without a doubt. I've had better within the style, but this is definitely above average.

Jan 30, 2011
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lucasj82 from Indiana

3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

Dec 31, 2013
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