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Siberian Night Imperial Stout | Thirsty Dog Brewing Company

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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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Ratings: 1,926 |  Reviews: 872
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4.5/5  rDev +9%

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

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4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: jet black, very little head

S: roasty espresso

T: bitter roasted malt, dry, muted sweetness; chocolate notes; sweetened as it warmed

M: medium bodied, avoids being too syrupy; nice drinkability

O: for my tastes, a little toward the burnt/bitter end of the imperial stout spectrum - I prefer mellower stouts. Of course, you should try one if you like stouts, because it was definitely a good beer.

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

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3.99/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up at Tasty Beverage Co. - Raleigh, NC.

A- Pours shiny black with 3 finger mocha head. Crazy lace, practically coats the entire glass. 

S- Black licorice, anise, almost like nyquil coffee.  milk chocolate

T- Coffee ice cream in a glass. Roasty but sweet.Nice peppery hop finish.

M- Medium bodied, creamy and smooth. 

O- Would like to see how this one ages, probably should have bought more than one. Very enjoyable RIS

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

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5/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

My favorite and goto.

Pour is pitch black as you expect. Half inch head subsides into a thin off white ring. I couldn't see the carbonation level if I had to.

Smell is amazing. Nice balance of coffee, dark chocolate, roasted malts. A subtle sweetness lingers in.

The taste is perfect. I haven't had it in a few months, but I pick up a woody bitterness that just adds to the coffee, dark chocolate, and roasted malt. Bitter, and loaded with coffee. I could go on for days, because each drink produces subtly different flavors and nuances.

Body is heavy and slick. Some hop bitterness just makes it more bitter.

God damn I love this beer.

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3.92/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewing the Siberian Night from Thirsty Dog Brewing Company.
Score: 88

2011 vintage bottle served in a snifter glass.

Appearance: Pours a deep brown/black color with a thin layer of creamy tan colored head that settles into a lace across the top of the glass. Average lacing. 3.5/5

Smell: Creamy milk chocolate. Hits of hops. Raw coffee beans and dark chocolate. 4/5

Taste: Dark unsweetened chocolate and light hoppiness upfront. Mocha and semi-sweet chocolate morsels on the mid-palate. Finish is roasted coffee and raw chocolate. The linger is excellent. Not overly complex, but pretty tasty. 4/5

Mouthfeel: Medium-light bodied with minimal carbonation. Creamy, porter-like mouthfeel. Finishes dry and bitter. 3.5/5

Overall: A solid tasting Russian Imperial Stout with too light a mouthfeel for the style and for the flavors it is packing. Worth trying, and probably worth trying again, but not necessarily worth going out of your way to acquire.

Recommendation: Casual beer drinkers and beer geeks alike should enjoy this one.

Pairings: Fudge brownies.

Cost: $9.99 for a four pack.

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4.32/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have so many bottles of this in the cellar i have no clue where they came from anymore. Thanks to all the traders who sent me these.

Dark brown black. Small mocha head. Nice sweet roasty chocolate nose. Flavors are very nice. Smooth rich chocolate, roast malt, coffee. Alcohol is hidden very well. Mild carbonation. Super easy drinking and tasty RIS.

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2/5  rDev -51.6%

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

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3.43/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured this 12oz bottle into a tulip at 51 degrees

Appearance: 2 inch creamy tan head. The beer is very very black.

Smell: Dark fruits are very present at the start, giving way to an alcohol scent with a bit of chocolate, vanilla and roasted grain with a light hop finish

Taste: Chocolate and coffee and a fairly bitter hop finish.

Mouthfeel: This has the mouthfeel of a stout, rather than a double/imperial, it's thin though thankfully not as thin as a milk stout

Overall: A good stout, but it doesn't quite fill the shoes of a double/imperial. A bit one dimensional to me, didn't taste a whole lot there.

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3.65/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased as a 12oz. single from CBX.

A: Pitch black, motor oil thick, opaque with two fingers of cocoa head with nice lacing

S: Chocolate, burnt toffee/sugar and alcohol

T: Baker's chocolate, forward hops, somewhat bitter

M: Medium body with good carbonation.

D: Was expecting the smell to match the taste, but was more bitter than it would lead on. Not bad, but not one of my favorites.

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4.5/5  rDev +9%

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4.75/5  rDev +15%

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4.33/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Big thanks to russwbeck for this want.

A: Very black pour. Pitch black in the glass. One and a half finger dark mocha head with good retention and great lacing.

S: Nice smooth roasted coffee. Dark chocolate notes behind the roastiness. Very light booze.

T: Bittersweet dark chocolate upfront. Coffee and roastiness come through big in the middle. The roastiness grows into a burnt malt flavor in the finish and aftertaste. Very delicious.

M: Medium body. Medium carbonation. Smooth and creamy. Good aftertaste.

O: Very good RIS. Tastes very dark and roasty like an RIS should. Would love to try the Barrel Aged version.

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5/5  rDev +21.1%

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

2007 12oz bottle received as an extra from iconoklaztor, DIY black wax.

Poured into a 14oz tulip. A slow thick glug out of the bottle. Quite a bit of effervescence for a nearly five year old bottle. Dark tan head, resembling Crema, quickly rises, then falls just as fast. Black as night, zero light penetration.

Hints of bitter sweet chocolate, deep roasted malt, coffee. A slight sweetness, as well as a faint hint of alcohol.

The favor is ruled by dark chocolate and burnt sugars. Coffee and a hint of vanilla are left on the finish. The alcohol that was on the nose is no where to be found. Very well rounded flavor wise.

Very thick with a nice amount of carbonation. The carbonation keeps it from being like drinking syrup.

This is my first opportunity to give this one a try. I can say that it is drinking wonderfully with five years of age one it. I would love to have another one of these any day.

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4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

1 yo, stored in the back of the beer fridge since last December.

Inky black pour with dense packed dark mocha head. Thin on retention, but heavy on lace.

Nose is almost straight dark chocolate with just a hint of mocha and dark roast coffee. Very rich chocolate, too.

Chocolate coats the tongue almost immediately. The chocolate gives way to roast coffee and roast malt, followed by a nice combination of bitters form citrus, grapefruit hops and cocoa nibs. Light vanilla comes in at the very end. Hides the abv very well.

Very smooth and creamy, with just a hint of resin from the hops. Heavy enough to stand up to the robust chocolate flavor.

Does very well with a year on it.

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

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5/5  rDev +21.1%

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5/5  rDev +21.1%

Siberian Night Imperial Stout from Thirsty Dog Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.13 out of 5 with 1,926 ratings
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