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Siberian Night Imperial Stout | Thirsty Dog Brewing Company

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Siberian Night Imperial StoutSiberian Night Imperial Stout
BA SCORE
4.13/5
Exceptional
1,930 Ratings
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
Ranking:
#1,710
Reviews:
874
Ratings:
1,930
pDev:
9.44%
Bros Score:
3.56
 
 
Wants:
159
Gots:
287
Trade:
13
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Ratings: 1,930 |  Reviews: 874
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

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2.25/5  rDev -45.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +9%

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4.5/5  rDev +9%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

Photo of B33R501
4.63/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

this is beer. an old favorite that ive come back to this year. my goto beer, the best value $7.50 4 pak in the industry.

beautiful opaque black, gorgeous cap, lots of tight little bubbles. nailed the appearance. big aroma, mix of milk and dark chocolate, nuts. gets better as it warms, more nutty.

taste is almost perfect. chocolate, nutty dark roast coffee, medium bitter. dark fruits and vinous character add to the complexity. the roasted malts perfection, with just the right amount of hops for balance. incredible dark and rich flavor.

mouthfeel very good, this beer is anytime drinkable, yet 2 is completely satisfying.

good choice for 'if you could drink one beer and one beer only'. other beers over the years in that category ...
yuengling lager years ago thats all i ever drank.
troegs troegenator my first craft beer favorite.
hop rod rye. would still be a great choice.
heady topper. so balanced, so good.

in a category all their own ...
port brewing hop 15 draught. beautiful bitter beast.
bourbon county. by far the best beer in the world.

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Photo of rderedin
4.5/5  rDev +9%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

Photo of bashiba
4.08/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a nice thick black with a long lasting and sticky dark tan head.

The smell is very sweet and molasses with lots of brown sugar and milk chocolate, very desert like nose.

The flavor has a bit of the sweetness that the smell suggested, but also a nice bit of smoke, black malt, and roasty bitterness balancing out the dark fruit, brown sugar, and sweet toffee flavors. Just a bit of alcohol pokes through in the finish a bit.

The mouthfeel is nice and thick with a bit of heat and a long lasting creaminess.

Very nicely done Imperial stout, solid across the board.

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3/5  rDev -27.4%

Photo of Dope
4.18/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Re-review 11/3/2012 due to possible bad bottle previously.

A: Pitch black pour, huge dense medium brown head. Very slowly fades away, leaving excellent solid lacework behind. Great head retention.

S: Some anise and dark fruit along with char and some mild coffee notes. Just a touch of chocolate. Hints of smoke once it warms. No soy sauce this time thankfully!

T: Lots of char and smoke up front. A nice creaminess to go along with it. Sweet with chocolate and a touch of anise in the middle. Chocolate grows bitter into the lingering aftertaste.

M: Fairly medium bodied despite the higher ABV. Very creamy and smooth however.

O: A really nice RIS. Great roasted malt character and balance of associated flavors. Mouthfeel is sort of unusual, a little thin for almost 10% but then the creaminess and smoothness really elevates it so I'm a bit torn. Makes for a very easy drinking strong RIS I will say. Could drain the 4pk in no time if I wanted to.

Review 7/10/2012

A: Pours pitch black with a good sized and dense medium brown head. Fades slowly, leaving a nice solid wall of lacing behind.

S: Some anise, soy sauce and dark fruits. Some bitter char from the roasted malt.

T: Similar to the nose. A little soy sauce up front, turning into some anise and creamy chocolate. Finishes with an odd char, meaty and even cardboardy type after taste.

M: Nice and heavy.

O: Some strange off flavors in this one. It's honestly pretty good despite them, so if they weren't present I bet this would be a solid 4.1-4.2 range beer easily. Odd that this bottle isn't very old and it was stored properly. Maybe an off batch.

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

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3.88/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a snifter

A: Pours pitch black with a finger of dense light brown foam. Retention is good.

S: Strong roasted malts start out with some toffee and milk and dark chocolate in the background. Quite balanced between sweetness and bitterness.

T: Dark chocolate dominates with roasted malts and coffee. Bitterness outweighs sweetness here, but more from chocolate and roasted malt flavors than hops. I also get some tobacco flavors. Quite nice.

M: Quite creamy with a fairly thick mouthfeel.

O: This is a nice RIS. Not overly complex, but the roasted malt and dark chocolate flavors are very good. I do wish there was a bit more going on here and maybe a bit more sweetness, though.

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3.25/5  rDev -21.3%

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4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from the bottle into a tulip glass

A- Poured black with a fluffy, solid, very dark mocha colored head that left tons of splashy lace (pretty surprising considering the ABV)

S- Big roasted coffee notes, milk chocolate, toffee sweetness, caramel, and big mineral notes

T- Huge roasted coffee notes, big bittersweet chocolate, there is a lot of coffee bitterness to this beer, some dark fruits, quite a bit of alcohol in the taste especially as it warms

M- Fuller bodied, a little sticky, and a fairly soft mouthfeel, some nice big alcohol warming

O- This is a very coffee forward stout, wonderful roasty notes. Lots of fresh bitter coffee grounds taste. This one packs a punch.

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of 4thelvofbeer
4.55/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Awesome stout! Wow...really impressed with this one. This is my first beer from Thirsty Dog and this stout is right one!
Pours a nice black with brown head...lingering bubbles...
Smell and taste...smooth notes of coffee, toffee, caramel, malts and chocolatte!
M: Smooth and nice...has a nice balance...not too thin and not too thick..perfect!
O: I would definitely buy (and drink as much as I can) this stout again. I got this in a trade and I wish I had more!!!!

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4.5/5  rDev +9%

Photo of horshack7
4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: It's black like an abyss. On top is an dark beige head that has a solid inch thickness.

Aroma: Dark and semi sweet milk chocolate with traces of cocao. Tremendous and very dark roasted hops and malts that give off a floralness. Licorice, dark espresso.

Taste: Incredibly silky smooth mouthfeel. Chocolate both milk and dark, Roasted malts that are a little bit bready. Hops are roasted also well that have a note of dryness. Large dark roasted coffee and espresso.

Notes: It's quite hefty and even a little bit sinister a very tasty beer all over. Cheers.

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Siberian Night Imperial Stout from Thirsty Dog Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.13 out of 5 with 1,930 ratings
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