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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Photo of gopens44
4.68/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Super black with a giant mocha colored foam head.

S - Mostly coffee in the nose with a faint chocolate presence.

T - Mostly coffee up front with an immediate following of nice roasted malts of significant strength, wrapped up nicely by bitter chocolate.

M- Dry with very decent carbonation. Lingering bitter aftertaste that holds the bitter chocolate on the tongue in a most wonderful way.

O - One word - Giggiddy! Goodness gracious, I had no idea how good this bastard was until just a few nights ago. I'm stocking up on this thing for sure!

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Photo of zrab11
3.65/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a dark black color with small off white head

S- Has the smell of chocolate, burnt coffee and sme dried fruit and vanilla

T- Has a ok burnt coffee taste followed by the vanilla and finish's with a sweet chocolate flavor

M-Medium bodied with ok carbonation

D-Overall this was decent. Alittle too much burnt taste and prob. alittle thin but over all this was a decent beer.

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Photo of ExtraStout
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours black from a 12 oz. bottle. Pitch black. No light gets through this sucker. Probably the blackest brew I've ever seen.

Smell of heavilly roasted malt. Some fruitiness--a twang that's almost vinuous. Caught a whiff of over-ripe citrus from the hops on opening the second bottle.

Taste of bittersweet dark chocolate and well-roasted malt. Slightly smoky.

Rather thick mouthfeel with a slight tingle of carbonation. Nice warming in the throat, much appreciated with the wind howling outside. Smooth and creamy.

Very drinkable for the style, and for the 9.7% ABV. Compared to other Russian Imperial's it's almost a guzzler. Easy to get carried away.

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Photo of RickS95
4.63/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

It doesn't get any better. It's a black hole in a glass sitting under a rich brown city of bubbles. Really, perfection to look at.

Only a slight slip in the nose. Deep, rich roasted maltiness, with some coffee as a backdrop.

Close to flawless. Malts and coffee are the name of the game. Some vanilla hints are present as well.

Starts off creamy. Thick. Smooth. Almost sweet. Then as it hits the back of your mouth, there is a bitterness that makes a cameo. Deep, deep in the swallow, a slight bit of heat from the ABV.

All things factored in together, this might be as good a beer as I've ever had. It looks and smells fabulous. The taste is amazing and despite high ABV, it's as drinkable as they come. Just an exceptional beer.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4.23/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Might be a little thin but its carbonated nicely thick dark liquid with a half inch of mocha colored head. Excellent lacing on the glass.

S - I get strong anise and licorice tones in the smell thankfully not in the taste with a very strong roast and coffee. Little alcohol in the nose.

T - Pretty tasty stuff. I Get a slight warming alcohol followed by tones of roast and bittersweet chocolate. Taste of the roast lingers.

M - Even though it poured a little thin the body is perfect and the ABV is not noticeable until it hits your stomach.

Overall I would get it again. Best offering I ever had from Thirsty Dog.

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Photo of BeerCon5
3.72/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours very dark, almost black in color with a very small amount of off-white head.

The scent is of roasted malt and notes of coffee.

The taste is of burnt coffee, chocoloate, roasted malt, notes of vanilla and some dark fruit.

Full bodied, creamy and thick, low carbonation.

This was an ok beer, the flavor could have been more pronounced, I think this was just above average for the style.

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Photo of doopiedoopiedoo
4.12/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

drgonzo3705 added this one to a box he send me. Pretty awesome.

from a 12 oz. bottle into a snifter.

Comes out pitch black witha two finger coffee colored head.

Smells of chocolate, coffee, some earthy water notes and hints of hop.

Loads of roasted malts, chocolate and coffee bitterness.

A decent medium body and great carbonation. A very smooth drink.

What a treat this one. Never heard of it and will drink one everytime I have the chance. Great RIS.
Loved it

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Photo of AnPiobaire
3.62/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This Siberian Nights Imperial Stout was poured from a 12 oz bottle into a tulip glass at about 55 degrees. It poured a rich dark brown/black with virtually no head. It appears to be thinner then some other stouts but I can already smell it from a few feet away.

The nose withdrew some but still has a nce roasted maltiness with underlying chocolate and vanilla notes.

The taste is much more subued then the nose but it has a subtle malty sweetness that quickly is overtaken by a coffee/bittersweet chocolate bitterness for a finish.

The mouthfeel was more then I anticipated from how it poured but it was very smooth with moderate carbonation.

Overall, this is a very decent Imperial Stout that I am glad I have 3 more bottles to enjoy. However this is not a brew that I may go out of the way to find, but I will enjoy em while their around. Enjoy!!!

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Photo of gregshead
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours black with a very faint head.

S: Deep roasted smell. Almost coffee/espresso smells. Slight tobacco smell.

T: Roasted tastes are not as strong as the nose. A lot of subtle but rich flavors which include coffee, tobacco, dark chocolate . Mostly a dark chocolate aftertaste.

M: So creamy and smooth. This is where the beer definitely shines.

O: I can't wait to have more of this one. Not every RIS makes me want to have two in a row. This one most definitely does.

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

Poured into a large tulip. This is dark but not completely light sucking. I would have to say the darkest brown there is. The head is a light cocoa brown that is as frothy looking as any great RIS around. The lace is real sticky and probably gonna be here at the end... and is!!

The smell is just as great as the appearance. Dark roastyness that translate to my brain as dark chocolate and dark roasted coffee beans. There is a bit of tart, maybe a cherry or cranberry and some sweet molasses.

The taste is rather smooth. The coffee wins the roasted malt battle, but in a most surprising way...smooth coffee tasting chocolate milk. Not until way late do I even get a hint of alcohol warming. The tart is really hard to find in the taste. Not missed though. This is one hell of an easy drinking RIS. GREAT!!

The mouth is as said in the taste. Smooth as chocolate milk. Not over powering with booze, just a hint of tart that dries the mouth a bit.

Overall I was really pleased by this offering from Akron. With all the hype about RIS limited releases lately maybe someone should let us know about the availability of this one. Thanks to mater for the extra. Highly recommended!!!

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Photo of jmdrpi
3.95/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, no date on bottle, but it was this Winter's release.

black, with just slight brown hues around the edges. thin khaki colored head that fades. big aroma of roasted coffee.

tastes of espresso and bitter chocolate. strong bold flavors, but a bit rough around the edges. medium body, proper level of carbonation.

overall, a solid example of style, but could be smoother.

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Photo of petacutlasaurus
3.77/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had this with a few friends one night along with a Cuvee des Jonquilles, making this the much darker twin of the two. After sharing the cuvee (with mostly lighter beer drinkers) I got a few oohs and ahs at the darkness of the Siberian Night. When I tried it, though, and was asked about the weight of it, I was pretty surprised.

This beer is one of the lightest gravity RISes I've ever had. I had brought it along because I wanted to balance out the lightness of the cuvee with something much heavier. That didn't really pan out, and I'd say the cuvee may even have been the thicker beer of the two with its intense breadiness. The Siberian Night is a good beer if you're expecting what's inside. When I'm in the mood for summery RIS, I'll go for this lil puppy.

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

[Best served in a Snifter]

The pour was a murky pitch black with a large (2-3 finger) rocky light brown head that lasted throughout and had excellent streaky lacing.

The aroma was definitely intense with a strong dark roasted bread malt and a mildly sweet leathery yeast that had notes of dark chocolate, dark roasted coffee, and a mild caramel sweetness with just a hint of alcohol.

It tasted fantastic to say the least, it started with a mild sweetness that had hints of caramel and coffee, then progressed into a bitter-sweet coffee flavor with the finish having a strong presence of dark chocolate. The flavor was left lingering for a nice long time after the swallow letting everything meld together and settle in rather nicely on the palate.

Mouthfeel was tremendously full in body and very creamy in texture, yet slightly watery at the end with a moderately soft carbonation.

Overall a superior Imperial Stout that left the flavor lying on the taste buds for a decent duration, allowing a full enjoyment of all the components of this extremely tasty brew.

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Photo of lennerja
3.97/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours black with very little head that dissipates to leave slight lacing.

S- Aroma of mocha and coffee with a little bit of hops as well

T- Get quite a bit of hop flavor and bitterness right up front followed by some coffee notes and it finishes with a nice roasty flavor.

M- Nice full bodied beer.

O- Good beer with a good balance of flavors.

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Photo of ChadQuest
3.26/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

It's black.
The head is 1-1/2 fingers, and a dark tan color.
the aroma doesn't hit strongly in any dept, just has some chocolaty malts and vanilla with little else going on.
Such a smooth and balanced rich chocolate flavor going on, there is some roasted malts contributing to the action and molasses and almond undertones.

A solid RIS, if it was a local i'd pick it up regularly.

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

A: needed an agressive pour to get any sort of head ... disappeared rather quickly.
S: very aromatic. sweet scents.
T: more hop bite than expected. taste is very good, nice balance. flavors typical for an Imperial.
M: full body as one might expect
O: Good, not great

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Photo of Mora2000
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Exiled for sharing this bottle. This is one of the Russian Imperial Stouts that I have been wanting to try for several years.

The beer pours a dark brown to black color with a tan head. The aroma is full of heavily roasted malt with some coffee and chocolate notes. This smells like an imperial stout should smell.

The flavor has the same components. The dominant flavor is intense chocolate with a lot of coffee coming through as well. I also get a lot of roasted malt notes. The flavor is very sweet and the alcohol is well hidden.

Thick mouthfeel and medium carbonation. A very nice stout that did not disappoint.

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Photo of KAP1356
4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Found my note book I lost last year! Reviewed from notes - tasted 3/2/2010. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a DFH signature snifter...

A - Pours a very dark brown, almost black color with a nice espresso color head that forms about 1 finger thick and quickly recedes to a collar of the same color.

S - Big aromas of roasted malts up front; almost charred or burnt really. Dark chocolate, caramel, and some slight coffee and vanilla following.

T - Flavor profile really follows the nose quite well. Rich roasted malts; slightly burnt or charred, chocolate, coffee and some caramel add nicely to everything else. Just a bit of hops come through as this one warms a bit

M - Really my favorite part of the beer. Smooth and creamy all over. Heavy bodied stout with a nice level of carbonation.

O - Really surprised by this one and very much enjoyed every bit of it. Will definitely have to remember this one as a steady go to stout. Nicely done!

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Photo of Knapp85
4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of Thirsty Dog's best I'd say. This brew is pitch black and had a sliver of brown head over the top of the beer. The smell of the beer is highly roasted and burnt aromas along with some hops too! Some flavors of wood, a little smoke, some hops, Chocolate and coffee all come together in this one. The mouthfeel is on the thicker side which is great. I feel that this beer is a really good attempt at mimicking the Russian Imperial Stout in an American way.

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Photo of Gushue3
4.27/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Re-reviewed 5/31/12

A- pours very dark and sits black in my glass and has a smaller mocha head with little retention and lacing

S- roasts, malty, dark fruit, chocolate, light hops amd a slight alcohol scent. Smells like the opposite of bigfoots dick.

T- malt off the bat with nice chocolate up front. Solid roast picks up in the middle that is carried out to the finish along with a hint of vanilla and a slight bitter lingering finish.

M- smooth and velvety with a smaller body A little lighter than expected but no buzz kill by any means. Almost no carbonation.

O- This beer is great. Scent is amazing, taste is pretty nice but a less than desirable body would be my one complaint. Thanks to Cardsharp for the extra.

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Photo of hwwty4
4.38/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Steamhead for this one.

This is one of those beers that had sat on my wants list for damn close to 3 years. I had always wanted to try it but it had eluded by grip for years. I don't know why, but I finally got it in my hands. This beer had been on the tops of RIS lists until the bigger and bolder movement of the last 2-3 years. Here's hoping that it lives up to what I think it should be. Poured a 12oz bottle into my Hennepin globe glass. This beer pours a viscous, motor oil black with a 2 inch beige head that leaves just a bit of soapy lacing down the sides of the glass. The aroma is pretty straight forward with rich dark chocolate and heavy roast espresso. The flavor is dynamite. Straight up pure dark chocolate and espresso. Just a hint of dark berries and molasses. This thing goes down like like water. While its not overly complicated, it presents all the elements perfectly in harmony with each other. The mouthfeel is great. Nice and creamy leaving a oily coating all over the palate. Man, this is a balanced RIS. Nothing over the top. No Barrel Aging. Just a straightforward, easily drinkable, perfectly balanced RIS.

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

THe Siberian Night Imperial Stout is no doubt Imperial. Stout it is and tasteful.Malty and not to hoppy. This dark black brew has a taste of espresso and smoky chocolate,this may describe the smell as well.Overall this a very enjoyable stout.Bought this one in a growler at the brewery on Thirsty THursday,which is fun to check out every Thursday 4-8 pm!

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Photo of StoutHunter
3.85/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

I got a single of Siberian Night at the Lager Mill for $2.49. I have seen this around many time but have always went for the local RIS's instead, but since I saw a single I figured it was worth the risk to check this brew out. This is my first beer from Thirsty Dog. No bottling date but I assuming this is a 2010 vintage since I have seen this beer sitting around for a while. Poured from a 12oz brown bottle into a pint glass.

A- I like the label on this beer, its a picture of a wolfs head that is blacked out a little, looks kind of menacing. The caps were nice too. This beer poured a very dark black that didn't let any light come through. It had a finger and a half worth of mocha colored head that died down to a thin ring that stayed the rest of the time.

S- The aroma starts off heavy on the roasted malts, smells like the malts had a nice long roast, almost charred. I pick up some chocolate and caramel that make for a nice espresso like aroma. On par for its style.

T- The flavors mirror the aroma nicely. The roasted malts are very roasty and robust. Chocolate flavors start to show up more as it warm up imparting a nice bitter dark chocolate flavor and coffee seems to be put on the back burner. I also get a little bit of smokiness that I didn't pick up in the aroma and a slight bit of grassy hops also.

M- Medium bodied, thinner then most in it's style. Creamy and medium carbonation.

Overall this was a good RIS. This one was heavy on the roasted malts which were heavily roasted. It was a little burnt but that didn't hurt it too much. Everything else was pretty on par for its style except for the mouthfeel which came out to be thinner then it should be. I enjoyed it but it can't hang with the big boys. I don't know if I would buy this again but I sure wouldn't turn it down if it was offered to me. If you love RIS"s give this one a try, but don't expect it to be the next Founders Imperial Stout or Bell's Expedition Stout. I would be willing to see what else Thirsty Dog has in its arsenal.

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Photo of alcooper
3/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - This beer looked great, poured well, nice tan head and dark as night.

S - This is where things started to go a little south for me. It had a bit of an overpowering roast/burnt smell to me. As I drank more of the beer the smell never improved for me.

T - Taste was very strong and the roast flavor really came through but was a little overwheling.

M - The first sip was OK in the mouth but the mouthfeel improved as I continued to drink this beer.

I enjoy a good stout on occassion and have had some really great ones so I probably won't seek this out again. But if you like a very strong roasted smell and taste this might be for you.

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Photo of notchucknorris
4.12/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pretty much jet black with not much of a head. A few small patches of mocha foam hang around on the top of the beer.

S: A lot going on here. A very heavy roasted/burnt characteristic with a slight tartness in the background that smells a bit like blackberry. A bit of cocoa powder in there as well.

T: Tons of roasted notes. A little coffee and some burnt toast in there as well. The mouthfeel was medium but a bit light for the style. Overall, a pretty tasty beer. Glad I got to try this.

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Siberian Night Imperial Stout from Thirsty Dog Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.13 out of 5 with 1,943 ratings