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

Lovely dark brown pour with a very ample two finger ting bubbly tan foam head with just a little lacing. Looks amazing.

Aroma is like a great version of what you'd expect - very solid "stout" aromas abound - roasted malts, a bit of chocolate and a hint of alcohol.

The flavor & mouthfeel are excellent - very smooth & creamy throughout with a nice bitter chocolate flavor coming through the most.

Overall I have to say I greatly enjoyed this one and will definitely be seeking it out again. Somewhat of an overlooked gem in my opinion..

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Photo of hosehead83
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a standard pint glass.
Pitch-black in color, with a short, tan head of foam.
Aroma-Dark roasted malt, whiff of alcohol
Taste-Rich, dark roasted malt,coffee, dark chocolate. Underlying creaminess, rich and roasty, full of flavor. Easy to drink for the strength. Bold, hoppy, almost peppery finish.
A tasty "sleeper" RIS. Highly recommended.

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Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.33/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Very black with tinges of red, not much head but lacing is ok, little in the way of obvious carbonation or bubbles.

A bit funky smelling for a RIS. There's a slightly wet concrete aroma in there somewhere. Other aromas are roasted malts, coffee, toffee, chocolate and smoky smells.

Taste is not bad at all. Roasted malt character is deep, along with rich coffee flavors, some toffee and smoke, and a touch of underlying fruitiness.

Feel is pretty darn good. Smooth and slick, rich, with a lingering coffee/chocolate bitterness that's a credit to the style.

Drink is ok. It might make a better black and tan than a straight-up RIS.

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Photo of Franz4
4.17/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- pours dark, nearly opaque with a burnt sienna head.

S- strong chocolate notes with a touch of espresso. A little nuttiness is noticeable as well.

T- Chocolaty goodness in a bottle! The nose hints at the hidden treasure that lays within, but the taste really surprised me. Very roasty, coffee is minimal, it's more like a bitter dark chocolate than a chocolate and coffee.

M- slight carbonation, a little slick going down, subdued aftertaste.

D- Nice offering from Thirsty Dog, a very approachable stout.

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Photo of obywan59
4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours black from a 12 oz. bottle into my Guinness Porter pint glass. A 1-finger brown head that leaves almost no lacing (second pour a 2-finger). 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. 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 UMNbeerhunter
3.71/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Darkness tulip.

Pours a just off of black color brown. Little head about 1/2 finger and zero lacing.

Smells of chocolate and roasted malts. I like it but could be better.

Taste of chocolate and roasted malt but again I think it could use more chocolate. I like it but it needs to be amped up on the flavor profile.

Mouth feel is perfect. Goes down just as a stout should no bite but lots of resin that stays on the palette. Wish that resin tasted better.

Drinkability is good but I don't think I will go out searching for this one. If they jack up the taste profile without screwing up the mouthfeel I will enjoy some more but those aspects drop this beers ratings significantly for me.

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Photo of russwbeck
4.08/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark pour with a nice beige head. Decent retention and lacing.

S: The smell could have been a bit bigger for me. Coffee mostly, chocolate and roastiness mostly.

T: Taste is phenomenal. Big, what I was looking for in the smell. Chocolate bitterness, followed by a nice amount of coffee. Dry finish stays with you.

MF: Heavy and creamy, decent amount of carbonation.

D: Very drinkable, dryness keeps you coming back for more.

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Photo of Landfill21
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my pint glass. Pours into a dark black color that lets no light in. Leaves a little lace that follows the drink down.

Has a nice smell, smells of roasted nuts, and toasted malt

Tastes a little hoppy in the nose but a nice subtle finish with molasses and malts.

Has a full mouthfeel. A tad too syrupy but good taste.

Would recommend this beer to imperial porter lovers.

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Photo of xnicknj
3.8/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on tap at pope in philly. served in a tulip glass.

Pours with total blackness, a thin toffee head, and very little lacing or retention in the glass.

Heavy roasted malts, charred smoke, softer anise and bittersweet dark chocolate.

Surprisingly hoppy up front with a wave of roasted dark malt. Molasses and plenty of bittersweet dark chocolate bark. Touches of anise and candied sugar. Heavier malt base with smoky undertones and light char. Dark fruit and raisins. Finishes with hop bitterness, light sweetness, and boozy warmth.

Full bodied, a bit syrupy, sticky and chewy. Drinks nicely, a little bit too much licorice for my tastes but solid otherwise.

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

Opaque in color with a tan head that stays around. Aroma of chocolate, slight dark fruit, syrup, cinnamon, and booze (a bit threatening). Cream, roast, earth, dark chocolate, bitterness/alcohol and dark cinnamon cocoa ride out the finish. Thick body with light carbonation. A slow sipper but the booze isn't very present on the palate. In a world where it's tough to make an impact with an imperial stout these days Thirsty Dog does an admirable effort. This isn't the best out there but in consideration for the sixth man award.

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Photo of homebrew311
3.45/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: pours a deep thick black, opaque, brown head forms, thick lacing clings to glass

S: mellow chocolate character along with oats are abundant. Some roasted malts in the background.

T: chocolate up front, big sweetness in the middle with a slightly acrid character,, almost metallic. The finish features some bittering hops and strays far away from the initial chocolate character.

MF: medium body for the style, high carbonation

D: this beer features a nice aroma, but the taste doesn't quite match it. Worth a try, but with all the other terrific imperial stouts, I don't see myself going back to this.

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Photo of pokesbeerdude
3.76/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to StormKing47 for this 12oz bottle. Into a Stone IRS glass.

A: Very dark brown, practically black with a small light brown head, with practically no retention, just a few bubbles around the edge of the glass. Mostly opaque.

S: A few roasted malts, some molasses, and a hint of soy sauce, very faint though. Under that is a bit of chocolate and some booze. Has some dark fruits and plum notes that are strong, and there is also a note of port wine as well. Pretty good but doesn't wow me.

T: Chocolate malts right up front that fades into a minty hop profile and a long lingering finish of roasted malts bitterness and milk chocolate. Surprisingly bitter on the finish. Has some brown sugar notes that play nicely with the strong roast and chocolate. Very well balanced between the huge maltyness of a beer like this and a decent hop profile. Not incredibly sweet, but is a bit sticky on the lips. Nicely done.

M: Fairly thick beer with medium light carbonation, quite sticky on the lips. Finishes on the sweet side. Pretty viscous and nice on this one. Warms the whole way down.

D: This beer makes for a nice nightcap, nice and sweet with a hint of bitterness and sticky on the lips. I really enjoy the long finish of coffee and just a touch of hops as well. Nothing overly impressive, just a solid imperial stout.

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Photo of EgadBananas
4.08/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to JM03 for the trade!

Pours a thick, black, crude-like liquid. A nice mocha head adorns, lacing is nice. Solid looking RIS.

Aroma is of nice toasted, roasted malts, a bit of sweetness, coffee, and chocolate. Not hugely pronounced aroma, despite being pretty good.

Big roasted notes, malt sweetness, hints of booze, sweet dark fruits, and a great coffee/chocolate bittersweet finish!

Creamy, thick, slightly chewy, full bodied feel.

Solid drink. It's a big stout, but 12oz bottles make it easy to drink 1, and even a second wouldn't be out of the question.

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Photo of IIKaRuII
3.23/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

poured into a pint glass.
dark as night and not see through at all. coco color head that dissipates quickly. leaves tiny bubbles on the glass that form a nice lacing.
smells toasted. thick and oily. espresso and chocolate.
Bitter. Very bitter. over powers everything at first. warm alcohol present with a slightly creamy oiliness to it.
warm and fuzzy, and personally hard to drink. maybe bad bottle? look and smell is good, but taste is nothing to brag about.

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Photo of ElGrecoVerde
4.3/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep brown, nearly black with a thick brown head.

Incredible blend of roasted coffee and dark chocolate... Very dark chocolate.

Bitter yet smooth dark chocolate. Espresso and toast. Dark chocolate. Hints of orange and slight dose of hops. Dark chocolate. Oh, and dark chocolate.

Very creamy. Coats your mouth like milk, yet smooth carbonation washes it away.

I'm a big fan of this one and glad I got a 4-pack. Yet, its missing that aggressive hoppy bitterness I've grown fond of in Russian Imperials Stouts. At the same time, it's very easy to drink for the style.

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Photo of WhyBeNormal
3.87/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Very smooth and well-rounded with lots of bittersweet roastiness that reminds me of semi-dark chocolate or medium dark coffee, but with a chewy fullness closer to something like milk chocolate. The 9% ABV is perceptible, but it only adds to the body. Great beer.

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Photo of joshuacavett
4.13/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Received as an extra. Poured from a bottle into an oversized wine glass and smelled quite metalic so I switched glasses to a snifter and it was much better smell and taste.

Smell was originally coffee and chocolate kind of reminding me of a coke. However as this beer warmed, it resembled a bourbon aged RIS to me. Much, much better as it warms up!

Drinkability is quite easy for a 9+ percent beer.

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Photo of Tomdee74
3.28/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This is the 2nd time I'm trying this I picked it up near Hershey Park over the summer. I split it with smutty33 before and i probably would rate it better this time but still nothing special.

A - Not a big head here. It's dark but I poured aggressively and i didn't get much of a head.. what is there is thin and it dissipated quick. doesn't look horrible though.. it's dark and black of course..

S - I don't like i pick up too much alcohol in this smell. i'm not getting any chocolate or coffee here.. i know it's not that kind of stout but i'm not picking up much from the smell.

T - maybe sweet maybe sour.. i'm not sure.. it's not thin but it's not overly complex.. i don't want to destroy this beer by any means.. it's decent it's not the worst stout i've ever had.. but it's missing a kick here..

M & D - Both are okay and i'll take them if someone else had them at a party or something. but it's not something i would specifically go out and look for.

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Photo of McNealc31
4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours just like you would expect. Black as the abyss with a dark tan head. The complex flavor consists of roasted rye bread, dark fruits, with a bitter finish. It's very good, but perhaps not as full and beat-you-over-the-head aggressive as other RISs. Probably the easiest drinking RIS I have had. The bitterness takes quite a while to saunter off, as well.

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

Poured pitch black in color, and I do mean PITCH black. Half inch light brown head that leaves behind some decent lace. Head quickly settled to basically just some bubbles around the inside of the glass.

Smells of roasted malts with a slight hop aroma in there as well. Nothing in your face, it actually smells rather clean.

Good mix of roasted barley and dark chocolate flavors in the taste. A pleasant amount of bitterness from the hops as well. Finishes extremely clean.

Mouthfeel is on the thin side for the style. Medium bodied, but I prefer a full body when it comes to imperial stouts.

Drinkability is pretty high considering the thinner body and an ABV that is very well hidden.

Morey's Bottom Line: The best beer that I've had from Thirsty Dog without a doubt. I've had better within the style, but this is definitely above average.

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Photo of biglite351
3.7/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - dark as oil. Tall creamy tan head.

S - strong roasted malts, mild smoke, chocolate and raisin.

T - roasted smokey malts. Mild chocolate finish, but dome bitterness in the after taste.

M - good coating with a tingle that moves around the mouth.

D - two or so, but the bitter hit would get old.

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Photo of kjyost
3.86/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Received in trade, IIRC it was Viggo... Thanks! 12 oz undated pry-off, poured into a Duvel Tulip.

A: Inky dark with a nice head that descends too quickly, but leaves nice lacing...

S: Not too sure here what was going on, Initial hit was fruity and a little vinous which was off-putting. There is a nice balance between roasted notes, licorice and coffee when you don't get the odd (and hard to place) fruity notes.

T: None of that odd fruit going on here thankfully. A thick beer that is well balanced with a bit of bitterness balancing a fairly sweet body which has strong licorice flavours, coupled with light coffee and molasses.... Very enjoyable.

M: Lower on the carbonation, leaving the sweetness on the tongue. Enjoyable.

D: Almost didn't want to sip this RIS initially due to the odd aroma. Turned out well, but every now and again got hit by the off putting aroma.

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Photo of kbutler1
4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle. Poured into a tulip glass a nice dark brown/black color with a big 2 finger tan head that laces as it settles. I grabbed this just from my cellar and opened it 51.4 degrees, man is it cool down there!
The nose is a nice mix of dark chocolate, roast, and a slight hint of leather. Medium mouthfeel. Sweet start gives way to a smooth transition to a roasted coffee and dark chocolate flavor. Some lingering bitterness at the end. The 9.7% really doens't show all that much in the nose or the taste. Could use a slightly heavier mouthfeel is my only gripe.

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

12oz Singleton poured into a Snifter

Got this as an extra, and happy I did. Been looking forward to trying this one for a while.

L: 1-finger quickly dissipating head, lacing is a bit thin, but passable. Jet black and appropriately shiny for the genre.

S: Mealy, malt-bomb with a fair amount of sweet booziness behind. Middle is a touch high in the nose, which is indicative of a thinness typically.

T: malt into a raw meat front, dropping into a fat-roasty middle, dropping into a roasted boozitude and lingering wonderfully like perfect espresso.

F: Sufficiently thick and perfectly carbonated.

D: Damn good RIS, especially at the price-point. Not quite old raspy, but not that far off, all-in-all.

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Photo of GilmooDaddy
3.65/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz bottle. Purchased from Grape & Gourmet in Virginia Beach, VA.

(Appearance): Pours a very opaque black that suits the "Siberian Night" name well. There is an initial nonexistent head until a slight amount of carbonation surfaces after a moments waiting that forms a tiny dark lacing.

(Smell): A very sweet aroma of what I sensed to be chocolate and cherries.

(Taste): The alcohol is easily distinguished, but between it all, I tasted a little bit of chocolate and maybe some raisin. It is followed by a slight caramel flavoring as it exits the mouth and passes down the back of the throat.

(Mouthfeel): I expected this Russian Imperial Stout to be a bit more creamy and heavy, but found it surprisingly watery. It has a slight cream feel on the middle of the tongue, but everywhere else it is lacking viscosity. A lack of carbonation definitely doesn't do it favor either.

(Drinkability): For a 9.70% ABV, this beer is surprisingly easy to take in. If it's one you enjoy exponentially, 2 or 3 down the hatch would make a decent drink session. I would prefer a Storm King over this, but it is a pretty good RIS regardless.

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