Siberian Night Imperial Stout | Thirsty Dog Brewing Company

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Siberian Night Imperial StoutSiberian Night Imperial Stout
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Thirsty Dog Brewing Company
Ohio, United States
thirstydog.com

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.70%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Dogbrick on 01-13-2003

BEER STATS
Ratings:
1,921
Reviews:
871
Avg:
4.15
pDev:
9.4%
 
 
Wants:
156
Gots:
288
For Trade:
13
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Photo of Sammy
4.48/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

smooth great drinkable major league stout. Midnight black and after alchohol kicks in, you'ss spend the night anywhere. Better than almost any drink. Not too coffee but rich malt chocolate taste covering the 9%. hoppy too! Must have another. Great late night drink. Possibly best US made stout.

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Photo of acurtis
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of Texasfan549
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of jaydoc
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of GRG1313
3.52/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to jmpizzo for sending me this one!

Pours an opaque black with a 3 inch puffy dark khaki head that fades to a small cap. Thin foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt and milk chocolate candy. Taste is of dark roasted malt, milk chocolate, and slight coffee flavors. A mild roasty bitterness quickly fades after each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a smooth and creamy mouthfeel. Overall, this is a solid RIS all around. I am glad I got to try this one.

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Photo of spycow
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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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5/5  rDev +20.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of Knapp85
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of Thirsty Dog's best I'd say. This brew is pitch black and had a sliver of brown head over the top of the beer. The smell of the beer is highly roasted and burnt aromas along with some hops too! Some flavors of wood, a little smoke, some hops, Chocolate and coffee all come together in this one. The mouthfeel is on the thicker side which is great. I feel that this beer is a really good attempt at mimicking the Russian Imperial Stout in an American way.

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Photo of t0rin0
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.25/5  rDev -21.7%

Photo of metter98
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is jet black in color. It poured with a quarter finger high tan head that died down and left a thick ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: As the beer warms up, aromas of burnt and roasted malts become apparent in the nose.
T: The taste has complex flavors of burnt and roasted malts, coffee beans and chocolate along with a light amount of bitterness. The roasted and burnt flavors linger through the finish.
M: It feels full-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. There is a bit of dryness in the finish from the roasted malts.
O: This is a nice beer to slowly sip and savor and close the night out with. The alcohol is relatively well masked from the taste.

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

Aroma: highly roasted barly and lots of malts. low hop aroma. Is there a cherry in there?
Appearance: Thick, dark, and Black. Nice 1" head that lingers. Bubbles are tight, creamy, and light yellow. Can't wait to dive into this one.
Taste: Very bold, well balanced, well hopped, gains a bit of bittering from the roasted barley. Maybe a bit grainy, but not a bother. A lot of flavor, cherries, coffee, chocolate, a very 'chewy' and creamy beer.
Aftertaste: slowly disipating sweetness, coffee, chocolate. Increasing heat from the now pronounced alcohol.
Impression: A well bodied, well balanced, heavy stout. Just what you would expect from an Imp. You've got to like 'em rich, thick, heavy and sweet.

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Photo of emerge077
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to paco1029384756 for this one. Poured into a snifter at 47º. Obsidian with a hint of dark brown at the rim, only when backlit. At first it had a very compact head, then it faded to a ring at the edge fairly quickly. Dense chocolate aroma, cocoa, tobacco, a touch lactic like a chocolate milkshake.

Very rich feel, with a nice level of bitterness, its a fairly low undercurrent that still makes itself known. Earthy bittersweet bakers chocolate, dried fig or raisin sweetness, roasted malts in the back have that dry tobacco earthiness too. Body is dense, slightly viscous, this is the real deal. A rich RIS from the midwest, glad I had the chance to try it!

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Photo of brentk56
4.14/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a deep mocha brown color with a thick brown head that has good retention and leaves some lacing

Smell: French roast coffee, charred wood, bittersweet chocolate - hits all the Impy Stout buttons

Taste: Starts out with a a rich dark chocolate flavor with tinges of coffee arriving by mid-palate; after the swallow, the roasted bitterness takes over although the finish is rather chocolatey and sweet, with some alcohol as well; quite a bit of licorice and char in the aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Thick bodied with moderate carbonation; some warmth in the gullet

Drinkability: The char in the aftertaste is a bit of a drawback but this is otherwise a pretty nice Imperial Stout

Thanks, AKSmokedPorter, for the trade.

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Photo of oline73
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle (Courtesy of Daalamar): Poured a pitch-black color stout with a small dark brown color head with better then average retention. Aroma of roasted malt with a nice dose of coffee. Taste is lighter then expected with some nice chocolate and coffee mix with some semi-sweet roasted malt. Hops are not prevalent in this beer, which is not necessarily a bad thing, but I would have enjoyed some more bitterness. Alcohol is well hidden and body is about average. Good imperial stout but I just don’t see what supposedly make it so great.

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Photo of zeff80
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured out an opaque, jet black color with a small, caramel colored head. It left some thin rings of lace.

S - It smelled of chocolate and molasses. A very sweet nose.

T - It tasted of roasted malt and sweet milk chocolate. It had subtle coffee notes and hints of boozy alcohol.

M - It was smooth and creamy. A medium-bodied RIS.

D - This is a really good brew. My first Thirsty Dog was a good one.

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Photo of dmorgan310
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of WillieThreebiers
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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

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

Appearance - Black with a rich 1 and 1/2 inch coffee-colored head. Even as far as imperial stouts go this is pretty dark stuff.

Smell - Very bold and roasty. Aromas of chocolate and coffee are up-front with subtler notes of toffee and raisins.

Taste - Moderate sweetness is balanced by a bold roasted bitterness. Full-bodied and creamy. Pronounced flavors of dark chocolate, espresso and semi-burnt toast. Very little hop presence. The palate is consumed by mild roasty bitterness in the finish, long and coating.

Notes - Bold but never over the top, this is a highly drinkable imperial stout.

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Siberian Night Imperial Stout from Thirsty Dog Brewing Company
4.15 out of 5 based on 1,921 ratings.
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