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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Photo of bditty187
3.56/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Black as midnight mud; awesome! Russet colored head, at the apex the foam was a half finger tall. The bubbles quickly faded to a thin collar, naked in the middle. As great as the liquid looks the lack of head retention is a comedown. I’d expect more staying power, even for this style. Plus there was no subsequent lacing; well there was a spot or two. No matter its faults, this is a handsome beer!

The nose is surprisingly quite. I get trace amounts of chocolate, roasted malts, coffee grinds, dark fruits (like raisins, figs, dates). There really isn’t much depth. A good Imperial Stout should have a boastful malty aroma. Disappointingly low potency; this is one of the least talkative Imperial Stouts I have had. What I can smell is inviting but there is not enough. I hope the palate is better.

The palate is very nice. It is a textbook example. Everything the nose lacked, the palate has. At least this beer delivers when it truly mattered. Alcoholic chocolate upfront, acidic roasted qualities follow, bitter and dry. Coffee and some caramel sweetness are in the mix as well. Hoppy for a moment, near the finish; I like this addition. Charred malts in the finish plus some cherries, dates, raisins, and figs; all of these flavors are in moderation. There is a dry aftertaste with a whiff of smokiness and a pleasant bitter residue. As a total package the flavor profile is lovely but what is special about it? Don’t get me wrong this is a very good Imperial Stout but give me Free State’s second fiddle Imperial Stout (which is Ironman incase you were wondering) over this. But with the first string IS on the field playing time is limited. Solid but far from elite; kind of like being elected to the Pro-Bowl after the three QBs in front of you pulled-out with an injury.

Skinny-medium in body, watery at the shallow, the mouthfeel is very unimpressive. Where is the beef? The low carbonation does allow the sweet, bitter, chocolaty aftertaste to linger in the mouth; I like that! Overall, the mouthfeel needs work.

By the time I got to the end of my glass I really started to wonder why the praise for this Imperial Stout. What any I missing? It lacks a fragrant nose. It lacks malt richness on the palate. It lacks body. It is way too easy to drink for an Imperial Stout. I wanted it to put up a fight at some point, it never did. I can sum up the beer as such… its okay but noting more than okay. I happy I got to try it. Thanks RedHaze!

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Photo of dirtylou
3.98/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz single, thoughtfully hauled up here by kmpitz2 this past fall

appearance: pours a dark chocolate-brown colour that aggregates to an impenetrable black body, the head is creamy and a very delightful milk chocolate appearance...a nice looking imperial

smell: creamy and chocolatey, raisin, some dark fruit, mollasses, a light creamy coffee roast aroma, cocoa powder, not a whole lot of alcohol picked up, roasted malt

taste: very creamy, very delicate creamy milk chocolate and a light coffee roast, the dark fruits from the aroma are faint in the flavour, alcohol pretty well hidden but lingers a little in the aftertaste, a mild level of hop bitterness present...chocolately roasted malts throughout. an enjoyable, but not terribly bold, imperial stout

mouthfeel: its perhaps a little thin but its wonderfully creamy and silky, medium body

drinkability: drinkability is rather high for this

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Photo of acoatley
3.68/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Overall: good beer well aged probably at its peek
MMM smells of raisins with other dark fruit, light coffee, thin dark brown head, opaque color. Mouth feel is thick and creamy with low carbonation. Tastes of resins and other dark fruit, not much coffee. This beer is good but not the 4. whatever its getting.

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Photo of walleye
4.53/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

got this in a trade but I cannot find my trading papers so I do not know who to give the credit to but a big thanks to the one that sent it. poured black with a brown head. aroma wow the chocolate and malts really come out followed by coffee, caramel, alcohol and some fruityness. flavor no disappointments here, sweet, and roasty, alcohol, coffee, bitter sweet chocolate. liked this one

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Photo of ggaughan
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

What a big beer. It pours a nice dark, almost black color with a little brown head. The aromas of this beer hit you quickly once out of the bottle. There is a deep chocolate, toasted malt aroma to this beer that is perfect to the nose. The taste is bold and chocolatey, malty and a nice balance of sweetness. This is a drinkable beer but in moderation but that is to be expected from a RIS.

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Photo of Jredner
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Very fragrant beer. Aroma starts hitting you as soon as it is uncapped. Roasted malts, chocolate and coffee. Dark black color. Dark almost purple color head that fades very quickly. More coffee and chocolate. Probably more accurate to say esspresso rather than coffee. This is rich. Nice bittersweet finish of baker’s chocolate. Fantastic flavors, BUT there is something mildly watery in the finish that makes this seem less thick than say Speedway Stout. Still a fantastic beer I’d happily drink again.

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Photo of DrJay
4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It poured black and thick with a short, dense, light brown head. Thin, delicate lacing composed of very fine bubbles. Coffee, malt sweetness, and a sharp burnt character dominate the aroma, but there's a bit of milk chocolate molasses as well. Roasted is less prominent in the flavour, making way for a solid bitterness and chocolatey malt sweetness. Some hop flavour as well. Lingering finish with caramel and a bit of alcohol warmth. Full bodied with very low carbonation. The texture is just short of being syrupy, but still coats the palate nicely. The alcohol content is hidden quite well. Overall, a great stout. Definitely try it if you find it.

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Photo of DeaconBluez
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this beer pours a color similar to motor oil. leaves a fingers worth of head, but leaves a ton of lacing.

it has a deep chocolate, malty smell to it. hints of caramel and coffee make their way through

it taste of dark chocolate, "diesel-style, hell no i don't want any sugar or cream" coffee, malt, and vanilla. there burst of hops as well. this brew is good.

mouthfeel is very smooth. not a lot of carbonation in here. just really smooth.

drinkability is pretty decent. i don't think i could make this a session brew. one a night would do me fine. it is pretty heavy, so you might want forget about any type of foods for a little bit after drinking this bad boy. but this beer is really tasty.

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Photo of Phatz
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: This beer pours as black as can be. Solid. Opaque. Very creamy frothy 2-3 figure head that’s chocolaty in color and made of tight little bubbles. It stayed frothy for the entire duration of the beer. Fantastic lacing.

Smell: Dark chocolate, burnt malts, molasses and coffee. Followed by some brown sugar and heavy cream.

Taste: Incredibly thick and sweet to start. The sweet malts and thick sugar flavor is followed immediately by a very bitter (hop character) like a sweetly flavored coffee that you would drink black. A dark roast mocha blend. Next; dark bittersweet chocolate, and suggestions of vanilla. And then more sweet malts; then the swallow is back to bitter and a very pleasant dry aftertaste leaves you craving more.

Mouthfeel: Extremely full, robust, thick, heavy mouthfeel is delectable! It has no carbonation to speak of, its more syrupy and chewy. Nice!

Drinkability: This beer is delicious, however it is very heavy. It is great for one after dinner but it is not a chuggable beer nor is it a sessionable beer. Sit back relax sip this beer and enjoy.

Hope this is helpful.

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Photo of pentathlete
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Inky black with a tiny brown head and little to no carbonation. Nose has a savory touch, like a baked ham with anise, the malts rise up a bit in the form of dark bread. Strange, but inviting. The taste is toasted malt, with a salty molasses, very oily and slick, coating the mouth. Finish is measured in hours, I'm guessing. Love the fullness and slickness of this stout. Drinkability is fine, but the ABV and the strong flavors would quickly deaden the taste buds. This is certainly a unique flavored stout.

I believe I owe a big thank you to bigern for this brew from Great Pumpkin '05.

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Photo of AlexJ
4.73/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Nightmare black pour with scarlet edges and a dense peak of mocha froth. Excellent retention and absolute sheets of thick, brown lace.

Aroma is powerful and intense, brimming with tons of dark, toasty malts, chocolate, coffee, vanilla, and a touch of citrus and pine hops.

Flavor just explodes across your palate, painting it with layers of black espresso, dark chocolate, rich malts, molasses, butterscotsh, and enough pine drenched hop flavor to leave a long, bittersweet finish.

Body is big, chewy, smooth as silk, and has a texture of creamy, liquid chocloate. Sheer perfection, seek one out today.

muchas gracias to BeerBeing for the samples!

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Photo of kirok1999
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- Pours black with a decent tan head, sticky lacing is left on the glass.

Smell- Sweet maltiness with chocolate and caramel overtones.

Taste- Very smooth, rich malt with slight caramel and sweet roasted chocolate. This is so smooth it's almost too easy to drink, and at 9% it quickly creeps up on you.

Mouthfeel- Again, smooth is the word. Not too sticky but very satisfactory.

Drinkability- This is a fantastic stout. Not quite as good as Storm King, it lacks the complexity. Not quite as good as Old Rasputin, it lacks the strength. Just a simple all around drinkable and way enjoyable beer.

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Photo of mobyfann
4.52/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Paid $1.70 for a single from Jungle Jim's Int'l Market

The beer pours a pitch black “nights out” black with a dark chocolate colored head, medium sized, the beer retains quite nicely and random specks of lacing made this beer look impressive. The aroma just screams at your nose with this beer, strong tones of roasted malt and chocolate, of the strongest ever.

The taste is unbelievably smooth after the powerful whiff, smooth tones of roasted coffee, malt and a little chocolate, slight noticeable alcohol taste, but very minor. The mouthfeel is a carryover from the head retention, and a nice creamy like sensation to compliment the roasted combination. Very drinkable, I can't believe this is a 9.0%abv beer but it is and be that a warning (not to over-do it), most drinkable imperial stout out there.

Final Thought: I think of this as a Great Lakes Blackout Stout done extremely better, and GLBC is a personal favorite.

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Photo of klewis
4.45/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Nearly pitch black with a decent tan head. Leaves tons of lacing.

S: Strong aromas of roasted malt, chocolate, and toffee

A: Quite a lot of hops bitterness hits the tongue instantly, followed by big flavors of black coffee. Some chocolate notes in the finish.

M: This one is a little lighter than I would like, and it's got a little more carbonation than I like, but I'm just being picky here. A nice stickyness that coats the mouth will make up for it.

D: Not quite as good as the Stone RIS or Victory Storm King, but this is still an excellent stout and an excellent price. I will definitely drink this one again.

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Photo of meathookjones
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out pitch black with an inch high cap of brown foam. Webbings of lace were left around the glass as this was consumed. Aroma is a mix of big roasted malts with a backing of dark rip fruit sweetness. Some mild dark chocolate was there as well. Rich sweet dark fruits are up front on the flavor with a lightly bitter dark chocolate A good amount of roasty malts as well. Finishes a bit dry with a bitter roasty coffee. Silky smooth mouthfeel that could use a touch more body but other was is perfect. Easy enough going down I could go through a few of these. Pretty damn good RIS but not quite at the top of the heap.

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Photo of PBRstreetgang
4.58/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours pitch black, with three fingers of dense head the color of brown sugar. Outstanding retention will keep a cap of foam to the last sip and lots of sticky lacing. Strong roasted chocolate and caramel aromas, some dark fruits, and a pinch of american hops. The taste is very sweet upfront with roasted chocolate, dates and plums. The american hops turn over the flavor to bitter in the aftertaste, creating a good balance before fading away leaving a very mildly residual finish. Alcohol is percieved eventually, but never becomes astringent. The low carbonation and syrupy body form a velvet smooth mouthfeel that is as easy to drink as it is satisfying.

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Photo of far333
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark opaque brown with a low light brown head that doesn't rise up much and sits down quickly. Aroma of raisin, bitter espresso and dark chocolate. Rich flavor right upfront, with chalky chocolate, prune and plum, bitter coffee, molasses and brown sugar. There's an oaky smokey finish, and a fruity alchohol lingering tang. Mouthfeel is full and viscous, not overly carbonated, somewhat tannic in the finish. Very drinkable, full of flavor, but I'll move through it slowly. Thanks to Brent for sending me not one, but two of these.

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Photo of chOAKbarrell
4.82/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

"Motor oil." That's how I overheard this beer being described by the table behind me on the Frederick Brewing Co. brewery tour today. I was lucky enough to get this contract brew on tap for free during the tour, and I can imagine it is even more amazing on tap than bottled.

Yes, it is a thick, hearty, beer, but in a positive way, all around. The rich coffee color is matched with a beautiful burnt cocoa head that sticks around.

The smell is truly exceptional. The most delicious coffee and dark chocolate aromas explode out of this beer.

The taste - also truly exceptional. For an imperial stout, the alcohol is very well masked. Deep, dark, swirling and intricate, this beer is a joy to drink. Hearty and full, but not overly chewy or overpowering. Its like they took it right to the edge, figured out what it would take to send it over the edge, and then backed it off - just one inch. Awesomely impressive.

I would love to find a bar that served this on tap. I would make it my session beer (even though it is obviously not intended for sessions), 9% alcohol be damned. The best imperial stout I have ever had.

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Photo of maddamish
4.19/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured out a thick and creamy black oil. A nice brown head appeared when poured but quickly disappeared with minimal lacing.

Smell: Wow. The strong chocolate/coffee smell hits you right away.

Taste: The alcohol is barely noticeable if at all. More of a coffee taste than chocolate but it is definitely there.

Mouthfeel: I wouldn't call it watery but it isn't as thick as I like my stouts to be.

Drinkability: Yes.

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Photo of whartontallboy
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out inky jet black with a couple of inches of dark brown head that fades slowly and leaves a generous lace.

Smell is pretty big, with chocolate, molasses, burnt sugars, espresso, and some roasted malt scents. I'm not picking up any hoppiness in it, but it's a pretty rich stout aroma.

Flavor isn't as big as the smell, I think. There's certainly a very nice roastiness about it that lets little hints of chocolate, coffee, and vanilla come in. Just short of creamy in the mouth, with an earthy, burnt character sneaking in on the back end.

Overall: A very nice stout, but one that doesn't really define itself that strongly. It doesn't hang up there with the very top-tier stuff for me, but it's still good.

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Photo of beerinator
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks kmpitz2!

Appearance: Dark thick one man. The head is retentive and dark tan. Tan lacing left the glass missing the beer.

Aroma: The roasty caramel flavors are very desertish. If this one was caked I would definitely be ordeirng it. Mostly desert-like but there are pieces of hop flavors pushing through.

Taste: Upfront I get roasty flavors with a bit of chocolate. The flavors are a bit desertish, but there are some hoppy bitterness present that push through the sweet. The body is a bit thinner than I expected. The finish is slightly bitter, mostly from the burnt or dark chocolate type of bitterness. The finish ends fairly quickly leaving the tongue pleased with the flavors it is the ownership of.

Notes: Good beer. The flavors are a deep. But I expected a bit more body. If you're just looking for a good drink, you can't go wrong.

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Photo of RedHaze
4.32/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a black with some red highlights around the edges when held up to a bright light. There’s a quarter inch head that recedes leaving a thin ring. Only minimal lacing.

Smells; dark chocolate, bitter coffee, roasted malts and dark fruits.

Taste; initially a litlle sweet, with chocolate, coffee, roasted malts, and there’s a bit of plum in there. There’s only a little bit of hop bitterness in the finish, and only a hint of alcohol. It has a thick and chewy mouthfeel, really nice. Although this is an imperial stout, it tastes so good I could drink more than one a night.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours carefully with only a wisp of a brown head, when roused a rich chocolate brown head foams up and then slowly settles back down again. The color is opaquely black, yet showed a clear deep brown color as it was poured into my glass. The aroma is thick and fragrant with notes of burnt coffee, concentrated malt, sweet dark chocolate, and a dry slightly acidic finish of espresso roast. The beer is smooth and creamy on the palate up front, but then as it crosses the palate a hint of liveliness is picked up from the subtle carbonation and it melds with the bitterness in the finish that is a mix of hops and concentrated burnt roast notes. The beer has a concentrated malty sweetness to it that is cut by the darkly roasted coffee notes, notes of dark chocolate and the bitterness in the finish. This beer is quite rich and flavorful, yet not cloying and too rich like some Imperial stouts. Don’t get me wrong this is a sipping brew, but I don’t get the sensation of getting full while trying to work my way through this beer. There is a nice hop character here as well, it is second fiddle to the concentrated malt notes, but it adds a nice backdrop, and a nice foil to the other flavors that are here. This is definitely a solid example of and Imperial Stout, one I would be happy to try again.

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Photo of MaltyGoodness
4.92/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12 oz. bottle, label says brewed by Frederick Brewing for Thirsty Dog.

Pours out creamy black with a cocoa head. Head thins, but never fades. Thick lacing on the glass.

Smells heavenly. Rich roasted grains with chocolate and coffee dancing about. The smell makes my mouth water as if a big, juicy steak was just put in front of me.

Taste is phenominal - just like it smells. Dark & roasty with plenty of chocolate and coffee. A hint of smokiness in the aftertaste. The alcohol is an afterthought, which is surprising for a 9% ABV. Extremely smooth.

Full bodied and quite creamy. Not quite a syrupy as some imperials can get.

For an imperial stout, this guy goes down way too easy. You would never know it's 9% by the taste and body. I love this beer.

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Photo of sacfly
4.58/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours like syrup. Motor oil. A small head of dark brown. Small bubbles fade quickly. Opaque… completely. When the glass is tilted, only a hint of brown is visible around the edge.
Smell is a contrast between sweetness and roasted barley. Full, thick mouth feel. Not as syrupy as the pour lead me to believe. Dark caramel sweetness upfront that fades into a burnt grain/toasted bread/coffee flavor. Finishes bitter, but more from the roasted grain than the hops I think…
Alcohol is well hidden in this 9% monster. A world class beer.

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Siberian Night Imperial Stout from Thirsty Dog Brewing Company
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