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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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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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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 Thorpe429
3.77/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to a generous trader for this bottle.

Pours a dark black with a slight dark tan head and some sticky lacing as it goes down my snifter. The nose has some familiar notes of roasted malt, coffee, and chocolate, but nothing too outstanding. The taste is much the same, but lacks the overall intensity of some of the better stouts. Medium to full body. Much better than the average RIS, but not among the best.

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Photo of superspak
4.23/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into snifter, no bottle dating. Pours dense pitch black color with a 2 finger dense khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, roasted malt, toast, toffee, molasses, dark bread, smoke, light char, light dark fruit, and roast/smokey earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/roasted malt notes; with good strength. Taste of big dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, roasted malt, toast, dark bread, molasses, smoke, char, light dark fruit, and roast/char earthiness. Good amount of roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, roast, coffee, toast, dark bread, molasses, smoke, char, and roasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Fantastic complexity and balance of dark/roasted malt flavors; with a great roasted bitterness/sweetness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and fairly full bodied; with a very creamy and fairly slick/chalky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is an awesome imperial stout. All around great complexity and balance of intense dark/roasted malt flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. A highly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of oberon
3.86/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

I have sampled this beer a few times in the past now on tap at Cole's in Buffalo,came to the table a jet black with a rich mocha colored head atop.Black licorice and burnt notes are big with underlying biter chocolate coffee as well,that licorice is even bigger on the palate I am not a huge fan of black licorice so I didnt care for that but it also has some deeply roasted and chocolate qualities wich are nice full and creamy mouthfeel.A little different flavor wise than alot of the style if you like the licorice than you'll like this alot.

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Photo of jlindros
4.4/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got his exciting one thanks again to Noslenwerd.

A: Pours slowly, thick, and syrupy, with a dark almost black 1 finger rich creamy head. The pitch black color does it's Siberian Night name justice for sure.

N: Roast up the wazoo! Nice chocolate as well on the nose, then some coffee, rich luscious dark malts and bitter chocolate. The roast just dominates. It actually reminds me a lot of Stout Trooper.

T: WOw bitter! It's sucking the life from my mouth! Super dark roasted flavors, created by superman himself drinking coffee. It has some coffee flavors, but mostly pure roasted flavors. The scorched charred malts give a strong stoutty bitterness. It has some creaminess, and some light bitter chocolate. Then surprisingly some luscious fruity flavors. A little milk chocolate comes through as well. A slight warming and burning alcohol flavor.

M: Very thick and roasty, bitter. Decent carbonation. Some warming alcohol.

F: FInishes pretty bitter still, slightly sweet from the heavy malts still. The thick malts just sit around the mouth as they created a layer. The roast never seems to go away too. A long lingering bitterness but nice. Slight boozy warmth but hides it pretty well otherwise.

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

12 oz bottle into a Belgian snifter.

Poured with a short, tan head atop a black body. Spots of sticky lacing.get left on the glass.

Aroma: medium-strong with lots of roasted dark malts, hints of molasses, caramel, vanilla, ripe dark fruits, brown sugar and chocolate.

Flavor: strong, lightly sweet with a mildly bitter aftertaste. Hints of brown sugar, toffee, vanilla, ripe dark fruits, bittersweet chocolate and licorice. Tasty!.

Feel: Full bodied; high viscosity; low carbonation; mild but lingering alcohol heat in the finish.

Overall: an excellent Imperial stout, I prefer this to many other RIS' including the Founders Imperial Stout I had (again) just two days ago.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This review is based on a bottle that was contract brewed at the Frederick Brewing Company in MD.

Appearance: Typical Imperial stout appearance with a long-lasting head but limited lacing (which is actually typical as the higher alcohol level tends to help kill the head).
Smell: Dark fruit (but not quite the normally associated burnt-currant, and some orange?!); rich and dense, lightly sweet chocolate cake; sweet mocha java. Nice.
Taste: The flavor offers all that the aroma does and more, with some additional caramel and nuttiness. It's sweet but bitter, and chocolatey and coffee-ish with a fruity side. It finishes with a long-lingering combination of the dulled components of its flavor.... leaving a kind of perfumey (from the alcohol and hops, perhaps?), molasses-like-burnt-caramel-residue flavor that's roasty and lightly-smokey, and even anise-like in flavor about the mouth.
Mouthfeel: Fairly full-bodied, creamy, and smooth. Nice!
Drinkability: It's certainly drinkable as in "approachable" and "enjoyable"; but I'm not sure that there's enough richness or complexity there to create the desire to have more than one.
Overall: As far as Imperial stouts go it's not bad but it's not overly great either. The acohol is, for the most part, well-cloaked - which is nice; and the fruitiness is good, and it's very well-balanced... but there's not quite enough of everything else there to bring it full circle.

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

12 oz bottle into a snifter.

Pours black as midnight with a 1/2 finger of burnt mocha colored head that fizzles down into a thin retention around the edges with just the smallest wisps left in the middle. Not much lace is left behind but does coat the glass with a nice, brown oily residue. The aroma is thick with roasted barley, deep chocolate sweetness, light citric hoppiness, a dark fruit twang, and just a twinge of heat.

The taste is dark roasted malt, deep chocolate sweetness, notes of coffee and dark fruits, and nice combo of hop and roasted bitterness in the finish. The mouthfeel is thick and creamy with a warming alcohol sting that coats the mouth with a warm and sticky bitterness. They recently upped the ABV of this from a 9-9.7% and the added alcohol beef is definitely present, as the previous formulation of this was incredibly quaffable for a 9% beer.

This a definitley one of my underated beers out there and is a great value for the money (a six-pack can be found in the $11-12 range). Maybe not quite up there with the some other top tier RIS and the alcohol presence hinders the drinkibility some but make no mistake that this doggie still has some bite and is one of my fav commercially available Stouts.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.83/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Acquired via trade from mcallister, so a big “thank you” goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep black color, with a very thin brown head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The smell isn’t very strong but contains dark chocolate, roasted coffee a little bit of dark fruit and alcohol.

T: Dark chocolate is the dominant flavor, with some smokiness and hints of coffee and dark fruit. After-taste maintains the bitter dark chocolate flavor.

M: Smooth & crisp, medium-to-heavy body, medium carbonation, finish is a little sticky and dry.

D: Tasty, but kind of filling, a good sipper. A decent representation of style and an overall good beer, but I didn’t find it to be anything extraordinary.

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.14/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours an opaque but clear jet black in color with light to moderate amounts of gentle visible carbonation along the edges of the glass and some very faint dark cola brown highlights. The beer has a half finger tall dense tan head that reduces to a large patch of thin film and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Light to moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of very heavily roasted, almost burnt malts. Light notes of chocolate and coffee.

T: Upfront there is a strong flavor of very heavily roasted malts with some moderate amounts of burnt malts. There are light to moderate flavors of dark bittersweet chocolate and freshly roasted coffee. Light to moderate amounts of lingering bitterness.

M: Full bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth with light amounts of dryness in the finish.

O: Very enjoyable and easy to drink, though this is much more of a sipping beer than one that you would drink more quickly. Alcohol is well hidden and this is a really nice substitute for dessert.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.6/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I'm in the mood for a delicious stout. I'm sure Siberian Nights is up to the task, though.

Appearance: Pours an opaque, oily black body with a thin, dark mocha-colored head.

Smell: Enduring, earthy roasted coffee aroma. Which is a good thing! You know, iffin you like the smell of coffee. Also, the scent offers plenty of bittersweet chocolate, sorghum,

Taste: Bam. Bittersweet chocolate, caramel, nougat, marshmallows, espresso, and smoke. "Just everything a growing boy needs." While the flavor is dominated by sweetness, a light hop bitterness runs throughout the flavor and into the roasty, sweet finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full body that's almost staggeringly smooth. While the mouthfeel is, in part, thinner than other stouts, the flavor and excessive creaminess more than make up for it.

Drinkability: With a heavenly taste that's wonderfully smooth, this beer is a noteworthy example of the noble RIS style.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.43/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Motor oil black with roughly the same degree of opacity and, if the pour is any indication, a similar viscosity. Hell, the head is verging on mahogany. It has the consistency of ice cream and looks like it'll sit at two fingers until tomorrow. I'll edit this review when I get up in the morning to describe the lacing.

The nose is good for the style, but not great. While it has a fair amount of power, it lacks that commanding presence that the best RISs possess. TDSNIS smells like dark chocolate and double espresso, with no molasses that I can appreciate and very little black licorice.

Superb. Every bit of the miniscule amount of power and presence that was lacking in the nose has been located. Each mouthful brings a palate punch of vinous, black licorice-like, coffee bean-flecked, gooey chocolate fudge. Are there hops present? I can't tell, my taste buds are still staggering. Yes, I think so. I think I detect hops struggling for their very lives under the malt assault.

This beer is hugely malty, roasted to within inches of its life and is smoky sweet. The sweetness is effectively cut by a charred bitterness that works exceptionally well in the grand scheme of things. It struggles to maintain some semblance of balance and ultimately succeeds. The body/mouthfeel is thick, chewy and as mouthfilling as they come; a laudable achievement.

Siberian Night is one of the best Russian Imperial Stouts that I've ever had, but is still only second in the state of Ohio (Great Lakes Blackout Stout is my slight preference). Having said that, this is spectacular beer and is yet another example of why this style is now a solid second to my beloved IPAs. Highly recommended.

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Photo of billab914
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into my CBS snifter. It poured black in color with a thin, tan colored head sticking to the edges of the glass.

The aroma has a creamy, chocolaty, slight caramel presence to it. I get some moderate roasted qualities to it, but nowhere near the levels that come out in the taste.

The taste shows a lot of roasted malts to it with dark, bitter-sweet chocolate, coffee and some burnt flavors all coming out. I get a little smokiness to it as well, which I really like. A little bit of a sweeter, creamy, caramel and milk chocolate flavor cuts through the bitter, roastedness.

The mouthfeel is on the heavier side with carbonation being a little overly high for the style. Overall it was a pretty solid beer of the style. The aroma seemed a little muted compared to how bold and flavorful the taste was. I thought it was a very nice beer to sip on this evening.

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Photo of mdaschaf
3.92/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Review from notes. Thanks to Ethan for this bottle!

A: Pours a deep black color with very little head at all. A little bit of foam forms upon pouring, but it is gone very quickly. Very little lacing as well.

S: Not extremely strong, but there is a nice combination of vanilla and chocolate along with some roasted malt and hints of dark fruit. Slight tinge of alcohol.

T: Lots of chocolate in this one with a little bit of roast and a hint of coffee. There is a little bit of dark fruit and a slight smoky flavor. Finishes bittersweet.

M: Medium to heavy bodied with medium carbonation. Finishes slightly dry.

O: Very drinkable for a RIS, not the heaviest, but has a good flavor profile. Could be a go-to RIS, if there ever was such a thing. A nice sipper.

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Photo of russpowell
4.17/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Mad props to beeronthebrain for this one!

Pours a noisy & effervescent & ebony with 2 fingers of mocha colored head. Much oilyness to the appearance; Nice sheets of lacing chase the beer down the glass. But about 2/3rd through, no lacing or head retention

S: Coffee & baker's chocolate

T: Rich chocolate, iron, & some coffe up front, Vanilla, molasses & dryness as this warms, along with Kona coffee & oakyness. fishes dry with much coffee & a smidge of vanilla. Almost pulled a 5.0

MF: Chewy, oily, & enough carbonation to make the flavor pop

Drinks great for the abv & style, but I'm sure 2 X 12ozs of this is conducive to an early night! Just a little more malt depth & I'd say this puppy is best of show!

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Siberian Night Imperial Stout from Thirsty Dog Brewing Company
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