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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Photo of PorterLambic
4.27/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours completely, soul-suckingly, black with a creamy dark tan head with pretty good retention. Great sheets of lace.
Smell is a lot of cardboard with some toasted malts.
Taste is phenomenal. Toasted malt, bittersweet chocolate, some grain, touch of vanilla and some whiskey late.
Medium + body, lighter effervescence. Smooth, drying late, Guinness wishes it was in the neighborhood of this brew. Warming in the stomach. Damned good.

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Photo of Czarkazm
4.21/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I've sat on this bottle for about 2 years now. Pours a deep chestnut mahogany color, fairly opaque body with a hint of light allowed to shine through, and a light khaki colored head. Smell has some milk chocolate and bold espresso, with heavy dark fruits in the background. Stale, earthy hops, a little bit of smoke, roasted malt, and burnt, caramelized sugars, and vanilla. Mouth feel is smooth, creamy, and a bit ashy but with good carbonation. Flavor is mostly bitter dark malt, roasted coffee, dark chocolate, and dried fruit. An excellent, well-balanced imperial stout for its price/availability overall, but doesn't quite stand up to some of the other well known, easily found RISes. I think I've just been spoiling myself with some great stouts recently now that the weather is starting to cool, so this one is lacking the complexity that my taste buds have grown accustomed to, and began demanding.

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Photo of VTR
3.62/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Drinking this now. The beer pours nice and black as I would expect with a nice khaki head. The nose is somewhat underwhelming. I get the nice roasted malts as I would expect with a little bit of hops in there. Taste is very drinkable. There is some chocolate and caramel mixed in with the roasted malts. The bitterness is very tame for a RIS and this hasn't even reached room temp yet. The hops play a very small role at the end. Most times when I go for a RIS I'm looking for the big roasted chocolate stouts but this is a very enjoyable balanced stout and I would not hesitate to purchase again. Very well done.

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Photo of ovaltine
4.02/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: black as (Siberian) night, 2+ fingers of tan head.

Smell: chocolate, all day long and twice on Sunday.

Taste: again, overwhelmingly chocolate - and I love chocolate. This is a LOT of chocolate.

Feel: very creamy, but some flavors other than chocolate would've rounded this out nicely.

Overall: I can't emphasize enough how much I love chocolate, and this beer has chocolate in spades, but it was a bit thin. Still, a nice effort, and a great dessert beer, especially if the dessert has chocolate.

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Photo of Mikec1115
3.6/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured out of a bottle that cost me almost $7. This is an above average Chocolate Stout but quite honestly the only thing that really stands out is how much they charge for this thing. I'm a brewer so I understand that this is an expensive beer to make.. high ABV, chocolate, tastes like there's some vanilla bean in there... I understand that these are expensive but this thing is off the radar.

A- Poured a dark black with no head at all. This is the kind of beer that should be poured from a nitro tap so that you get a cascading head, but even from the bottle there should be something better than what I got.

S- The alcohol is pretty pronounced in the smell. Very fruity with raisin and apricot blending in with the chocolate.

T- Taste is pretty good, but again, not anything to write home about. Starts out with a complex mixture of fruity and chocolate with the vanilla bean in there, trails off to the chocolate and alcohol. I like that the alcohol tail is there but not with the hotness that some high ABVs have.

F- Very good mouthfeel for the style. It is a little heavy towards the end but overall pleasant.

O- Again, the beer is good but not anything that is memorable. The price of the beer is very memorable though. Thirsty Dog must think that they have a beer that is World Class when in fact it's just good.

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Photo of FBGordon
3.62/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Had on draft at the Other End beer garden in Destin, FL.

A: Pours a rich dark chocolate with a frothy khaki head that maintains well with beautiful lacing.

S: Very little going on in the nose, just a hint of coffee and toast. Even after letting it warm up some I wasn't getting much out of it.

T: Toast and chocolate up front with notes of coffe and a little toffee styling onto the palate. The coffe lingers long after each sip with a little alcohol finally coming through after you put some work in.

M: It's not too heavily-bodies for an RIS, it's quite smooth with tight carbonation.

O: This is a perfectly good stout, well balanced and tasty. There are no bells nor whistles, just a solid Russian Imperial.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
4.24/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a pitch black color with 2 fingers of head that very slowly fades down to a nice cap that leaves some good lacing

S: Roasted malts, dark chocolate, cocoa, and light coffee come through the most, with hints of dark fruit and toast

T: Follows the nose. Starts off with roasted malts and some bittersweet dark chocolate. Goes into some cocoa, coffee, and light dark fruit notes. Finishes with some char and a moderate bitterness

M: Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation

O: A very tasty imperial stout with plenty of roasty and malty goodness. Could be a bit fuller and creamier to round off the finishing bitterness a little. Aside from that nitpick, this is a classic that should not be overlooked

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Photo of fscottkey
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: [4.50] The beer pours out black with no light penetration. It forms 1 1/2 fingers of dense, creamy tan head. The head has great resilience. The bottle lists the ABV (9.7%) and the IBU (58). I can't find a date code.

S: [3.25] Pipe tobacco is the first scent I register. Subtle chocolate. Dark fruit.

T: [4.50] My first impression was it was sweeter than anticipated. Very nice sweet opening leads into some semi-sweet to bitter chocolate. The malt is really prominently featured.

M: [4.25] Nice rich body. Nitro like smoothness on the carbonation. There is NO hint of the 9.7% alcohol. Nice sweet finish.

O: [4.25] This beer is firing on almost all cylinders. First the not so good. The nose is off a bit for me. Dark fruits and something else that I can't place. They combine for a less than ideal nose. On te positive side. The beer looks fantastic in a glass. It drinks like a 6% milk stout (sweet with not hint of alcohol). It improves on the experience with a nice body. The stand out feature is the overall sweetness of the beer. Really pleasant and worth drinking again.

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Photo of JakerLou
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep dark black. Almost two fingers of tan head. Nice lacing as the beer was consumed.

Smells of chocolate, coffee, and smoke.

Taste is very chocolate forward with a lot of smoke and charred malt. If I was given this beer I'd think it was a Rauchbier. The BA version of this beer is head and shoulders above this beer.

Mouthfeel is smooth and silky.

Overall a very nice beer but I'm not a fan of smokey beers so this one has a bit too much smoke for me.

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Photo of Tilly
4.19/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

P: Dark, dark brown pour with a great khaki head.
A: Chocolate, toffee, vanilla coffee
T: Matches the aroma to a tee!
M: Slick, dry, bitterness that's just right. Everlasting taste.
O: A real great Imperial Stout from Thirsty Dog.

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Photo of OldManMetal
4.19/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This stout is a nigh-impenetrable black with muddy brown highlights; what little bit of light can get in at the edges reveals the presence of sparkling carbonation. It pours to a brief giant pebbly brown head that leaves nice rafts and ladders of lacing. The nose is slightly-sweet dark malt, predominately molasses and toffee with lesser amounts of milk chocolate and slight alcohol undertones. On the palate, bitter coffee and bitter chocolate combine to over-run a toffee-like sweetness; as on the nose, the ABV expresses itself in faint undertones. The finish is balanced and fairly clean, with only a hint of chocolate at the break, then a considerable bitterness sets in and seems to linger forever. Mouthfeel is thick and creamy, warming from the alcohol and peppery from the fizzy carbonation. This beer hides its alcohol quite well, and is a pleasure to drink. (12 oz bottle, 466 days after pkg.)

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Photo of mtvolkens
4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Super good. Syrup aroma at first smell. Upfront you taste very prominent cocoa, then follows a nice coffee bitterness. Whole bodied, with little alcohol bite. Very delicious.

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Photo of cjgator3
3.91/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Siberian Night pours a dark black color with a nice creamy tan colored head. The aroma is highlighted by dark roasted malts, bittersweet chocolate, and hints of espresso and a little smoke. The taste like the aroma is dark and roasty up front with some espresso and a moderate amount of sweetness sneaking in. The finish is bitter and features some warmth from the alcohol. The taste is perhaps a little on the boozy side when fresh. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation. Overall, Siberian Night is a fine imperial stout. I look forward to seeing how this one ages.

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Photo of silverking
4.42/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Let me start by saying, wow, this beer looks wonderful. Syrupy/black motor oil appearance with a creamy khaki head. An abundance of lacing clings to the glass with every sip in a uniform sheet.
Big bold aroma with rich dark fruit and cocoa. The aroma translates well to the palate with a hint of warming alcohol. The finish shows intense bitter cocoa.
Wow, just wow. I really wasn't expecting much from this one, but it is fantastic! I will be buying this again. If you see this on the shelf, buy it. Did I mention that it's fantastic?

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Photo of SoupKitchenBeerSnob
4.54/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Damn fine beer. Looks like motor oil and feels like silk... Smooth, mild character that completely hides the alcohol content. I'd even go so far as to say it's one of the best Imperials I've had... Highly recommended.

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Photo of babaracas
3.72/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nearly opaque very dark brown, thin tan head, settles to a thin ring, spray of lace on the glass. Smell: fig, prune, toasted brown bread... make that buttered, massively buttered brown bread. Taste: prune, moderate roast, dark chocolate, earthy with some pine, caramel. Medium bodied, finishes sticky and mildly drying. Thirsty Dog recently made it here, this is one of a 6 pack that's been in the fridge for a while... heard good things, but this is disappointing; actually quite tasty, but significantly lacking in other areas.

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Photo of alarmclock314
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

No bottle date. Pours black with a medium-sized light brown head. Smells of roasted malts, cocoa, and some subtle hops. A mellow taste follows closely; roasted malts and cocoa. Medium body and medium carbonation. Overall, not as full-flavor as a typical RIS, but it's got the right flavor profile.

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Photo of Scott17Taylor
4.54/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

It has flavors of bitter chocolate and coffee. There is some molasses type sweetness coming through. This is an incredible Iimperial stout. It is every bit as good if not better than most of the highly rated shelf stouts.

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Photo of drdiesel9483
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Look - super dark with a good tan head but dropping lacing
Smell - sweet dark chocolate coffee and booze
Taste - strong boozy bitter coffee and dark chocolate
Feel - a little to thin but goes down smooth
Overall - pretty good strong stout!

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Photo of dmgeng
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've tried this before but I wanted to re-calibrate since I just tried the BA version and it was super amazing.

A - Pours a black and exploded with a ton of tan colored head with sticky lacing.

S - Rich roasty aroma with chocolate and some coffee aromas secondary. Smells of a dark cocoa chocolate bar and roasted malt.

T - Like the smell it has the roastiness first but closely accompanied by the rich cocoa, chocolate, and malt tones. It is full flavored with a solid bitterness that helps balance the chocolaty sweetness. Not as big as some but plenty of flavor. More on the sweet side but still plenty of the dark roast to make this a very good beer.

M - High mouth-feel. Moderate carbonation. The carbonation is a good match with the thickness lending enough activity to make the beer really come to life.

Overall, this is a very tastey imperial stout. This is an above average RIS just because I like the cocoa/chocolate forward nature of it but I still prefer Ten Fidy with its sheer power. I would definitely recommend this beer if you like sweeter RIS's but you should get the bourbon barrel version immediately if you see it.

Glass- Snifter

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Photo of zdk9
3.96/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours impenetrable black. Not too much head but it does leave very nice lacing on the glass just from a little light swirling as I sniff it.

S- A lot of roast, darkly toasted bread, bittersweet chocolate, a bit of chalk or mineralness.

T- Quite bitter. A little ashy on top of coffee beans, bittersweet chocolate. Lime and grapefruit peel and pith on the aftertaste in the back of the mouth- very mild but a hint of the hops that's backing it all up. Some chocolate covered cherry too as it warms up.

M- Unnotable in the mouth feel. It lingers for just the amount you'd expect. Medium body.

O- A good stout with a lot more bitterness than expected. The hops flavors are different, coming out as the beer warms- mayhaps this is a particularly fresh bottle? Eitherway I would drink another of these, especially on a cold day.

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Photo of seedyone
4.31/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

From bottle at home. 25F outside, so this is the ticket. Thick pour yields a dark rich head that settles into a foam thick as the malted milk shakes of my youth.

Remember when Guinness had a head the could carry your initial to the bottom on a biscuit-like 'raft'?

This stuff started out that way but gave up half way down. Still, it was the nearest I've seen in years.

Had the coloration of espresso, head & body, but way less coffee in the taste, which I found surprising, but not disappointing. There is plenty going on.

There is a clever puckering bitterness that lets you know this is an adult beverage. The alcohol is there but very discrete. Body is thick...chewy & creamy.

What's not to like? Even the 9.7 ABV means I can have another.

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Photo of leantom
4.74/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This beer is really underrated, IMO. Here goes:

A; Perfect. Pours pitch-black with a massive (and slow to build), dark head.

S: Dark chocolate, lots of roasted malt, coffee, cream, etc. The malt in this beer is perfectly blended.

T: Follows the nose, and this is great. Robust chocolate followed by coffee bitterness. However, the milky, creamy goodness alleviates the coffee bitterness somewhat. This beer is stupendous.

F: Thick and creamy. Good.

O: Nearly perfect. Will buy again.

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Photo of SFNC
4.17/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours dark as night, but the head was meager. Nice roasty nose and taset, though not as complex as some that I've had of late, still can't say it was bad. Thick and chewy, not quite as dry a finish as I would expect. Pretty good over all, but will sit on the bench while other Stouts get he minutes.

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Photo of OhioRay
4.01/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A - Pours as dark as could be. No light is getting through this bad boy. 2 fingers of a dense, dark head. Leaves lacing on the glass as it dissipates.

S - Coffee, Molasses, Burnt chocolate, raisins, roastyness. Very pleasant.

T - Coffee forward, strong maltiness. Bitter finish that tastes like chocolate. Lots of burnt notes. Definitely an alcohol bite on the finish.

M - Viscous - coats my entire mouth. Nice and chewy stout.

O - Very good RIS. I think that the alcohol presence could have been masked a little bit better, but I do look forward to plowing my way through the rest of this 4-pack.

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