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:
1,916
Reviews:
871
Avg:
4.15
pDev:
9.4%
 
 
Wants:
156
Gots:
289
For Trade:
13
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Photo of KFrank729
5/5  rDev +20.5%

Photo of augustgarage
3.91/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a wide-mouth tulip.

Very dark seal brown liquid reveals no light, though you can see the bright brown lees surging around the glass broken free from the bottom of the bottle - quite thick with yeast dregs, this cup...the smattering of active buff colored foam recedes to a more lasting and concentrated surface slick and popped collar. Very good retention.

The aroma is nearly acrid, dense with scalded coffee, black barley, burnt molasses, and motor oil. Intimidating.

Rich, potent, dark, complex, and overflowing with malt. Unsweetened cocoa, tobacco (with more than a little cigar smoke for good measure), over-brewed assam tea, and more unfold on the palate. Moderately bitter with a dry smokey astringency in the finish. Very flavorful and earthy...though the alcohol is a tiny bit sharp.

Thick, medium-full bodied, nearly syrupy mouthfeel which combined with the burnt qualities makes me want to brush my teeth.

Tons of specialty malt (and just malt in general) in this RIS, which while a little rough perhaps is packed with flavor and not at all a bad value.

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Photo of smcolw
4.12/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Small but stable head. It leaves a cross between web and blanketing lace. Near black color with a a modicum of light passing.

Burnt toast and burnt caramelized sugar are the predominant smells. I can detect a whiff of alcohol as well.

Very dry and highly burnt, black patent malt flavors. The swallow is a balanced bitterness from hop and the burnt malts. Long aftertaste. Good body. Low carbonation. Overall, think coffee with no cream or sugar.

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Photo of mixed_master7
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of SeriousALEment
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of SerialTicker
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.

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Photo of Gtg642
4/5  rDev -3.6%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of bzach
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of JAHMUR
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of dfillius
4.75/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass

A: Moderate pour yields 2/3 finger of brown head with good retention. The head however recedes to nothing, longer retention would be perfect. Nearly opaque dark brown that would achieve perfection at one shade darker.
S: Roast, coffee, a tad of alcohol. There's something in here that I can't quite place.
T: Roasty, slightly sour, dark chocolate, bitter. Sourness is in a bourbon way. Tasty and uniquely bitter/roast dominant. Definitely great, not very sweet. Exceptional for the style.
M: Sticky, chewy, very bitter and roasty. Sharp. Dry.
O: 1 is enough, but this is good! Alcohol is a bit much for more than 1. I will definitely buy again.

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Photo of rumorsofsurf
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of Woodysbeard
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of jmccrum
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of RochefortChris
4.75/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours almost pitch black with a nice classic RIS aroma. Chewy, full body with a roasted malt taste with hints of coffee along with faint hop bitterness. One of the better imperial stouts I’ve had in a while. Overall a great beer. I still prefer Old Rasputin to this one but it comes in a close second.

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Photo of freewill35
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of Mooseafer
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.02/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle opened on 9.14.12.

A - Pours a very dark brown with a 1/4 inch dark tan-light brown head with good retention.

S - Lots of sweet milk chocolate.

T - Same as the nose, coffee before it warms up.

D - Good carbonation with a heavier body, a nice perfect body.

O - Milk chocolate, nice body. Great stout.

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Photo of BeerKangaroo
4.83/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Into a nonic:

A: super pitch black colored body with a very nice foamy dark tan three finger head that had a very nice foamy spider web, ringy lacing. The head pretty much lasted until the whole beer is consumed. No carbonation was seen rising because the body is too dark.
S: roasted malts, coffee, chocolate, molassess and brown sugars up front and combined ever so nicely. A nice smoky yet slightly hoppy aroma was there.

T: pretty much the same thing, which is good to me.

M: heavy, thick, and strong. No alcohol was felt in the aftertaste, not sessionable

O: this was very well done, and would very much like to come back to this in a blind taste test with Old Rasputin (another RIS I absolutely love).

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Photo of kynap55
2.5/5  rDev -39.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of stewarbd
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of mgroothuis
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of MGBT
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of Deanstreat
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Siberian Night Imperial Stout from Thirsty Dog Brewing Company
4.15 out of 5 based on 1,916 ratings.
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