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Siberian Night Imperial StoutSiberian Night Imperial Stout
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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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look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Review from notes, 21JAN12.

Siberian Night RIS, another one from Steve, thanks! Poured into Perfect Pint glasses and shared with the wife.

A: Pours an ominous and opaque black, pretty viscous and heavy...decent khaki head and lace.

S: Awesome Russian Imperial Stout notes...traditional roast, milk and bittersweet chocolate, coffee and hop bitterness, as well as notes of caramel, wood and a touch of vanilla sweetness.

T: Really good flavors...earthy chocolate and faint roasted coffee, dark malts, medium bitterness. Tons of coffee and hop flavors emerge as it warms.

MF: Full body, creamy and a bit viscous and dry on the finish. Lower carbonation levels smooth this one out great.

O: Awesome beer full of good stout flavors and aromas. If alcohol notes were present it didn't get in the way of me enjoying it. Recommended if you can find it.

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look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

tulip glass.

a - a hard pour yields a black liquid with a pinky of light brown head. after a minute or so of calming i'm left with a thin film and lots of spotty lacing.

s - soy sauce, espresso, wet leather, faint raisin.

t - big roasted malt character with some burnt malts in there as well. notes of tobacco. espresso like bitterness hangs on the back of the tongue for a bit. gets better as it warms. no trace of the abv.

m - full bodied, but feels a bit lighter due to the medium co2 profile.

o - solid overall and enjoyable, but lacks the depth and finesse that can be found in many, many other big stouts. i've had this before and seem to remember it being much better. maybe i got an off batch, but i'd buy it again.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12Oz poured into a pint.

A- Pitch Black, no light dares pass through this. one finger of a tight brown head, decent retention.
S- Very good caramel in this one. A smoked coffee smell. Good hop presence and bitterness.
T- Burnt, is the word I use to describe this taste. Smoked chocolate and coffee. A little dark chocolate. There is a more dominant alcohol taste then I would like but it helps balance it out. Good bitterness and my burps are quite hoppy. Pretty smooth.
M- Pretty thick beer but it has a pretty dominant alcohol force which helps to then it out and keep you refreshed. Good carbonation and little sticky mouth.
O- This is a good RIS but none of the flavors are too strong and there's a stronger then I would like presence of alcohol. Having said that, it is relatively easy to drink and pretty darn good beer.

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Enjoyed in a pint glass

A: pours, what I would call, coffee black, with two fingers of deep mocha head which is frothy and lingers beautifully, leaves a ton of chcolate milk colored lacing on the glass
S: strong coffee and chocolate malts, just incredibly intense depth
T: begins with the nice sweetness of the chcolate malts, then kicks in the intensely deep woody and smoked malts, the coffee notes come in well into the aftertaste, really solid depth
M:medium carbonation, thick, supper smooth, not even the slightest amount of alcohol bite
O: wow, this one honestly blew me away, I picked it up because it was from a brewer id never head of and was on the bottom shelf, right up there with the big dogs in the category, delightfully surprised

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 ozer into a Shiner Bohemian Black Lager pint glass and the brew is a dark brown, no you can't see my pantalooms; color with an amazing 2++ finger head -what rolled out on my kitchen counter. IT'S ALIVE, the frothy foamy head that is.

The (mocha brown) head evntually settles down and leaves a nice 1/4" layer atop the brew and in it's wake is heavy frothy lacing upon the glass.

The aroma is roasty toasty malts and all I can think is, bring it on you bad motor scooter !

Commerical interuption... This is my 1st Thirsty Dog brew, and what an Amazing introduction. Hell I never even heard of this brewery, Forgive me Lord for I have sinned.

I picked it up at Bestway in Greensboro (the undisputed Mecca of Beerdom) this a.m. because I've gotten attached (like a leg humping dog) to heavy stouts and porters in this coolish time of the year . . . . end of commercial . . . .

The brew is very heavy on the heavy roasty toasty malts, but is no where near bitter nor sweet, which to me equates to a very well balanced Imperial .

The mouthfeel is medium heavy, perfectly carbed per style and easily consumed which might (and probably will) lead to one becoming feces faced.

This is a great brew TO ME, it definately gives Old Raspy a run for it's money. The best thing is ... I have 3 more cooling in the fridginator to consume at will. A definate A+ beer. (as i power into a home had chicken salad and shredded lettuce samitch on garlic olive oil bread). Eat your hearts out !

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look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured into a pint glass, extremely black, nice head retention

smell: i get massive amounts of chocolate, malt, molasses and alcohol. There is some coffee and a slight hint of dark fruits to bring more complexity to the nose

taste: roasted malts and chocolate dominate in taste which are complemented by coffee. Alcohol is definitely noticeable during the aftertaste but a burnt/smokey aspect allows the palate to be drawn away from the alcohol increasing its balance.

overall, i thought that the nose and mouth were pretty well balanced for the most part and the smokey aspect was enjoyable thus making this beer highly drinkable. This is a great fireside beer IMO.

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Siberian Night Imperial Stout from Thirsty Dog Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.13 out of 5 with 1,929 ratings
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