Siberian Night Imperial Stout | Thirsty Dog Brewing Company

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4.13/5
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Siberian Night Imperial StoutSiberian Night Imperial Stout
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Thirsty Dog Brewing Company
Ohio, United States
thirstydog.com

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.70%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Dogbrick on 01-13-2003

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#1,884
Reviews:
881
Ratings:
1,943
pDev:
9.44%
Bros Score:
3.56
 
 
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163
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Photo of BergBeer
4.41/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look: Opaque jet black with a medium khaki head. The head has solid staying power. No activity visible.

Smell: Bitter black malt with a balancing note of milk chocolate and black molasses. There are also notes of leather, black currants, dates, and vanilla.

Taste: Bitter black malt and creamy mocha coat the palate on the attack. The mocha note is broken down into a black as night espresso, dark chocolate, and heavenly milk sugars. The attack sits on the palate for quite some time. As the attack fades a rather fruity body moves forward slowly to reveal notes of dried dates, fruit leather, fig jam, and bitter floral hops. The finish is a smooth yet noticeable alcohol flavor with more drying bitter hops.

Feel: Rich, oily, and yet somehow creamy. Covers the palate like a devil’s food cake. Medium plus bitterness. Medium smooth alcohol. Carbonation is fine if a bit weak. Heavy body.

Overall: Outstanding. It hits all the wickets of a Russian imperial stout. Not only that but does it in perfect proportions. From the black malt, to the fruity body, and the milk chocolate notes. They all blend seamlessly as the beer runs its course. Exemplary of the style.

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Photo of Ickiwotog
4.92/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of golf4collet
4.34/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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

It poured a super pitch black with a very nice foamy darkish tan two inch head that had a very nice foamy spider web, ringy lacing. The head pretty much lasted until the whole beer is consumed. No carbonation was seen rising because the body is too dark. The smell had the roasted malts, coffe, chocolate, molassess and brown sugars up front and combined ever so nicely. A nice smoky yet slightly hoppy aroma was there. The taste had pretty much the same thing, which is good to me. The palate was heavy, thick, and strong. It had a smooth aftertaste and finish. Overall, this was very well done for its style and its spectacular to me.

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Photo of Rufus1
3.62/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours nearly black with a beautiful two finger brown head that lasts. Not much lacing. The nose is pretty much the same most average stouts carrying with it nice roasted malts and sweet chocolate. Taste follows the nose with chocolate, really sweet malts and maybe some dark fruit. Slight coffee and finishes dry. Medium body that feels a little thin. Not boozy at all for an imperial. A little too sweet for my taste but overall a very respectable beer.

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Photo of joshautry
2/5  rDev -51.6%
look: 3 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Photo of brewcnc
4.17/5  rDev +1%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The flavor is rich and bittersweet like dark chocolate. The mouthfeel is rich and smooth the alcohol is well hidden and as it warms some dark fruit seems to peek through. A real nice sipper!

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Photo of Trboley
4.82/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of Uniobrew31
4.47/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very dark with a nice head. Malty up from and fades to dark berries then to what I can only describe as a slightly smoked Hershey bar. Very complex flavor that transforms mightily as it makes its way down your beer hole.

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Photo of cjgiant
4.11/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at brewery:
Dark enough to block light to the far edges. Top of the glass lacing of the tan head that rings the glass all the way down.

Definitive roasted notes, showing the grain but also char. I like the term old school diner, where the smoke and coffee aromas meet.

Taste hits with roasted malt, definitively more coffee and more char than the nose alluded to. So basically strength up front. The beer has a balanced to slightly malty lean to it through mid-taste. The end is charcoal roasted notes with a hint of lingering sweetness.

I liked this offering. Maybe just a tad, no a smidge, on the sweet side - but so far within the threshold for me to make it very enjoyable. Top tier? Not quite. Very solid? Yes, IMHO.

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Photo of twax
4.02/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of travelguy
4.08/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of CPAles
3.75/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of oline73
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of bret717
4.08/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of smartassboiler
3.5/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Fishwhisperer
4.08/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of OldDirty
4.19/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

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

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

Photo of j0hnc2468
4.48/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jeffreed61
3.64/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

6+ mos old (undated bottle, purchased July '16). A pretty straightforward, no-frills RIS until the finish. Modest nose, some roasty elements. Bitter roast & bitter cocoa dominate the taste, w/ just a faint, sweet counterpoint. Smooth. On the finish, it turns very dry, almost chalky or tannic - an interesting twist.

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Photo of Bill69
3.27/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of madelf66
4.11/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of hit728
3.76/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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