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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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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

a perfect stout for lovers of beers similar to expedition stout by bell's. not as good, but close enough until winter gets here. 9.7, deep flavors. stouty as a mofo. not as refined as expedition stout and slightly more in your face and crass with the flavors. they resolve nicely after a couple.

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of screamking
3.96/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into snifter.

Pours black with a thick dark khaki head, which hangs for minute. Lots of roasted chocolate in the nose. Small hints of espresso, plum, and figs. There's a good balance of dark fruit and chocolate going on here.

The taste carries over much of the aroma, namely the chocolate. While not huge or overpowering the bitter chocolate seems to be the biggest note at work here. Not much espresso working, but the dark fruits round out the bitterness of the chocolate.

The mouthfeel is medium-full bodied, the ABV is noticeable but not by much. A bit drying on the palate. This beer has some good qualitys but mainly lacks in intensity. When drinking a RIS I want big bold notes, with this one it's softer and doesn't last as long. Still, for the price and availability this one will get another look from me.

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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3.79/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle, unknown bottling date, poured into a Russian River stemmed snifter today, 9/2/2013 with Doug. Thanks to Matt for throwing this one in as an extra.

Pours a thick, viscous black body with a 1cm tan head that dissipates slowly over time. Its pretty opaque, without much lacing to speak of. Pretty typical for an imperial stout.

Smelling this beer- tons of roast and smoky malts. There is a good bit of umami and some coffee in the nose. Not super pungent, just about average for imperial stouts.

The flavour profile on this beer is just not quite right. Its a sickly sweet umami flavour, and that's about it. Not my favorite. It's pretty one-dimensional and could stand some good barrel-aging.

Mouthfeel is pretty thick at least, low carbonation and a dry umami finish. Not my favorite here, but certainly above-average.

This is an example of a base beer that is perfect for barrel-aging. It's got that strong umami flavour, and you want to barrel-age it to add some more complexity to it. And well, the BA version is pretty awesome. I'm about to review it next just in case you're interested...

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3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

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

12-oz bottle to tulip. Unsure of bottling date. Picked up in Michigan in March 2013. Consumed 8-15-2013.

A: Thick pour, this is not opaque, but darn close. Dark brown and ruby at the edges. Well-carbonated, explaining the lingering nature of the 1-finger tan head. Good alcohol legs. The head maintains throughout the session at a few millimeters, with the collar slightly darker in color than the rest of the cap.

S: This beer smells creamy. Toffee, roasted coffee, dark chocolate, prunes . . . grassy hops are faint.

T: This tastes like a RIS should. The roasted malts are a bit harsh though, imparting a strong bitterness. I get coffee mostly, with alcohol-soaked dark fruit in the aftertaste.

M: Medium creamy body, well-carbonated, but a dry finish.

Impressed by this one, though I went back and forth on the taste (3.75 or 4?).

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Siberian Night Imperial Stout from Thirsty Dog Brewing Company
4.15 out of 5 based on 1,921 ratings.
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