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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

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

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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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Photo of Way2drunk
4.57/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I'm impressed! At 9.7% abv I was skeptical. I usually enjoy a stout in the 11%. This was strong. Flavor hits you hard and runs right through you. I'm making this my every day beer! lol! Definitely have to try this. Next stop bourbon barrel version of this.

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Photo of tkelley
3.57/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a new Spiegelau stout glass.

A- pitch black body with a light tan head. Not very much foam.

N - flavorful nose with dominant chocolate notes. Booze fumes.

T - bitterness from the malts. Dark chocolate tastes. Kind of turpentine flavor? But somehow not offensively so. Also some light and dark fruit flavors. Nice and sweet after the bitterness.

M - Really rich on the tongue. Warmness from the booze. Little carbonation but it's there.

O - delightful. Doesn't scream "evil" but it's still pretty good. Cheers!

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Photo of Brutaltruth
4.29/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed from a growler in a snifter, this most excellent RIP pours black as midnight with a solid brown head that dissipates to pooling foam and great clinging lacing. nose of sweet dark chocolate, black coffee, rich toffee, and a good dose of alcohol. Flavors are flawless for the style. Rich dark chocolate and thick toffee flavors hit on all sides with coffee coming through on the back and aftertaste in a creamy cascade of highly drinkable flavor. Some dark cherry and dates show themselves as it warms. Smooth coating mouth feel with moderate carbonation from this thick, rich, beasty. Wonderful. A Russian imperial stout drinkers delight. Fantastic and always welcome.

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Photo of snaotheus
3.9/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2014-11-23 -- review entered from notes.
12oz bottle poured into a little plastic hotel cup. No dates or codes I can find.

Pours black. Small tan head, slight ruby color, very little carbonation. Smell is rich with dark fruit and roasty malts, coffee and dates. Slight cherry.

Taste is surprisingly mild. Slow coffee finish. Definitely dark fruit.

Mouthfeel is nice -- medium but dry. Overall, quite good.

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Photo of Tsar_Riga
4.12/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Nearly black, slight hint of brown, but completely opaque. Dark tan, light brown head, pretty short to pour but persistent, with extensive lacing.

S - The burn of alcohol suggests spirits, while the roasted malts bring coffee and bittersweet chocolate notes.

T - Significant umami, a la soy sauce, mingles pleasantly with dark roast flavors, with black toast and dark roast coffee being front. In the middle comes a combination of chocolate nib and bitterness suggestive of over-brewed tea, closing with a linger of coffee acidity and smoke.

M - Slick and full feel, significant bitterness. There is some carbonation to scrub the tongue, so things generally avoid being too cloying, but this is somewhere between a sipper and a drinker. Alcohol warmth closes things, and suggests the imperial nature of the brew.

O - A satisfyingly RIS, with full and varied flavor notes. The feel is a bit slick, and the nose a bit abbreviated, but overall one of Thirsty Dog's better offerings.

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Photo of LittleDon
4.51/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A 10 oz. pour at Busy Bee Cafe on 9/17/14. Big and dark with a decent head. Typical roasted malt aroma with coffee and chocolate components. The flavor is where it shines. Big bodied, rich, bittersweet chocolate taste with a bit of alcohol middle to finish. Long but mild bitter finish.

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Photo of arlo19
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Aroma is coffee and chocolate. Roasty coffee flavor with some lactose creaminess. There is some alcohol taste, but overall well hidden. Aftertaste is dry. Very well balanced stout. I rank this with breakfast stout as one of my favorites.

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Photo of EHopkinsi
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

Dark as can be, very little head. Great mouthfeel but not a ton of roasty, maltiness to it. Finishes nicely. Edit: after reading some other reviews I might have to give this a second try. My impression of its flavor was nowhere near what others describe...

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Siberian Night Imperial Stout from Thirsty Dog Brewing Company
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