Siberian Night Imperial Stout | Thirsty Dog Brewing Company

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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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4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of 2378GCGTG
3.43/5  rDev -17.3%
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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Photo of NotACommunist
3.65/5  rDev -12%
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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Photo of Caterwaul
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of Capmech1
4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

Photo of doughanson78
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
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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Photo of sendsilk
5/5  rDev +20.5%

Photo of dc55110
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
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  rDev -3.6%

Photo of beer2day
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
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 -3.6%

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5/5  rDev +20.5%

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5/5  rDev +20.5%

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5/5  rDev +20.5%

Photo of stakem
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a snifter. The brew appears black in color with a tan head that slowly fades leaving a webby pattern and fingers of lace on the glass. Decent retention, a light swirl revives.

The smell of this brew includes notes of fruity alcohol like raisins mixed with plums. The darker grain aspect comes across like chocolate and coffee. Overall it is quite roasty and enjoyable across the nose.

Tastes of char fill the mouth from the level of roast in the grain. Bitter chocolate and coffee come to mind with an overall earthy flavoring. Light citrus hops are present overtop a bit of a musty grain aspect towards the back.

This is a medium bodied brew, smooth in the feel with a modest amount of carbonation. It is easy drinking and enjoyable. Overall a well made stout that is easy to attain and ive admittedly taken for granted as "always available." It is worth a try.

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of deadonhisfeet
4.21/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I stored this beer in the fridge and let it sit on the counter for about 20 minutes before opening and serving in a snifter. The appearance was nice and black with a big chunky tan head that showed decent retention. The nose was kind of sweet with hints of bakers chocolate, coffee, and even a touch of licorice.

Very nice flavor. I found this to be a bit sweeter and easier-drinking than Old Rasputin and it lacked that touch of booziness present in OR. First, you get sweet malty flavors with just a hint of alcohol burn. It's very smooth with a nice, firm mouthfeel, but a little light in the hops department. No matter, it's still very satisfying. The finish is not bad and you retain a nice toasted malt flavor to enjoy between sips.

Because it's so well-known and easily obtained, I kind of consider Old Rasputin the benchmark that I compare other RISs to. This one compares very favorably, though it lacks a bit of character and costs $2 more than OR. Still, it's worth seeking out and trying.

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Photo of amstelcat
4/5  rDev -3.6%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of calluci
4.6/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I bought this at a large liquor store for about 13- 14.00 four pack.
I wish that I had the receipt as I believe value is a strong consideration.

This beer is everything that an imperial stout should be. Bold flavor, perhaps a little too syrup like texture, wonderful bouquet for the nasal experience, lace foam, chocolate notes, etc. The first taste comes on strong with somewhat bitter and granular flavors. However, a complex flavor evolves and folds into a balanced and mellow experience. There is no hint of a high alcohol content and I am pleased that it is not sweet, per se. Close to sweet but perhaps more fruit-like.

I have learned from other reviewers that a stout too cold needs to warm up a bit in order to feel more at home with the brew.

The first time I sampled this beer was on tap and I do not recall the same bitter taste up front. So, if I had my choice this would be a superb stout to be drinking with a meal on tap. And, due to its bold nature I would only be drinking a single draw. I have more to learn, though, about what food would best complement this beer. My guess---a good stinky cheese and ripe pears.

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Photo of obrendano
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

bought accidentally as a single out of the cooler, behind another beer. can't remember what the original grab was supposed to be, but I'm sure this blows it away anyway

A - super duper dark, very vague hints of ruby around the edges, tan head dissipates somewhat quick, but sticks down the glass a little as you go

S - sweet chocolate and light fruitiness, a little toast and some alcohol as well

T - reveals some nice complexity. large chocolate malt base with hints of coffee and charred bitterness, very vague notes of ripe raspberries and blackberries buried deep underneath. alcohol has a slight flash and finish is caramelly and has a nice dry coffee roast overtone

M - a little thick and dull without excess carbonation, but still good for the style

O - a nice surprise. like all good stouts it gets better as the chill fades away. would love to try on tap.

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Siberian Night Imperial Stout from Thirsty Dog Brewing Company
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