Siberian Night Imperial Stout | Thirsty Dog Brewing Company

Siberian Night Imperial StoutSiberian Night Imperial Stout
BA SCORE
4.13/5
1,924 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:
#1,664
Reviews:
871
Ratings:
1,924
pDev:
9.44%
Bros Score:
3.56
 
 
Wants:
157
Gots:
290
Trade:
13
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4.38/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Dogfish Head snifter.

I've been meaning to revisit this for so long, as I really enjoyed it back in my college days. Let's see if things have changed (they have been known to, mind you): It pours a bleak obsidian topped by a finger or so of golden brown foam. Damn right. The nose comprises darkly-roasted malts, chocolate syrup, light char, caramelized sugar, and a touch of dark coffee. The taste follows pretty closely, with some mild hints of dark fruits and raisins somehow finding their way through the din of roast and chocolate. Nice. The body is a light hefty, with a light moderate carbonation and a chewy feel. Overall, for once, my memory was dead-on. This is a fantastic stout, one I wish I ahd regular access to. Get some!

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

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

12oz bottle poured into snifter

A: Pours jet black with a thick 2 finger tan head. Lots of lacing as the head simmers down to an 1/8" covering before fleeting to the outsides of the glass at the end of the beer.

S: Strong smell of roasted malts and chocolate with hints of raisin and other fruits. A lot going on with the nose. Swirling the glass around provides some hints of hops and call me crazy but cheese.

T: Very similar to the smell. Strong chocolate and roasted malts, dark fruits with subtle hints of hops at the end. Could be a little bolder considering the alcohol and style.

M: Lighter than expected. Very drinkable. Low carbonation, doesnt leave any sticky feeling in your mouth.

Overall a pretty good beer at a very reasonable price. Haven't been disappointed with this brewery yet. Not the best of its style but certainly on the more drinkable end of the spectrum

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3.91/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a - as the sun goes down and a calm darkness falls upon the land, thus happens to the pint glass that a Siberian Night enters... dark, lightless - with the slight hint of head along the circumference of the pint glass it rests in

s - not overpowering.. subtle hints of dark chocolate, roasted malt, and the affects of sweet sugary residue..

t - dark, somewhat chocolatey...bit of tariness, some evidence of coffee bean, ash/coal like graininess...

m - pleasant enough... easy to sip, thats for sure!

o - pretty good RIS..

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4.63/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass. Served at about 50 degrees.

A: Pitch black and opaque, it's impossible to get any light through the glass. Amber colored head only about one finger in thickness dissipates quickly, but returns with a swirl of the glass.

S: Port wine, coffee, grain and alcohol predominate. I'm also getting some lactose-like sugars.

T: There is a subtle but delicious cane sugar like sweetness at first followed by a satisfying bitterness on the back of the tongue. There is some milkiness and hopiness, as well as a bit of the port wine. The alcohol is incredibly well masked; it feels like the abv should be around 5% rather than 9.7. The taste is far more complex than the aroma. This beer is phenomenally well balanced, and needs to be sipped carefully to fully appreciate.

M: Thick, milk-like mouthfeel that coats the tongue, teeth and throat like gravy - a truly immersive brew.

This is one of my all time favorite beers, and my favorite RIS. I've never had anything else from Thirsty Dog, and I'm actually afraid to try a different beer of theirs, because it can't possibly be as good as Siberian Night.

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Siberian Night Imperial Stout from Thirsty Dog Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.13 out of 5 with 1,924 ratings
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