Oct 8, 2009

Thirsty Dog Siberian Night

Label: Thirsty Dog Siberian Night

I’ve been super busy lately (again) and haven’t had much time in the evenings to finally post reviews of some of the excellent brews I’ve had over the past month or so. You’ll have to excuse me as I venture through my notebook and get caught up.

I actually purchased this bottle of Thirsty Dog’s Siberian Night in late August in an expensive, but oh-so-worth-it purchase that included several other stellar stouts and porters. This bottle didn’t have a batch number or brewing date on it, so I’m not sure of its age, but I can tell you that it hit the spot perfectly on a cool evening last month.


Siberian Night pours black as night. It looks thick, oily and massive. There was no head after the pour.


This one smells as rich and complex as it looks dark. There is plenty of roasted coffee, dark chocolate and anise with a boozy backing. I got a whiff of sweet malt, caramel and vanilla in there, as well.


Man, for as thick as this thing poured, it’s super smooth with only a slightly viscous feel — not nearly as thick as I has thought. It’s got a great taste, combining rich chocolates, espresso, caramel and malts. The overall palette is complex without overwhelming your taste buds. I do love the slight coffee bitterness that lingers in the velvety smooth finish.


I more than thoroughly enjoyed this beer. Siberian Night was a deliciously warming way to wrap up a long day. It’s a great Imperial Stout with deep, well balanced flavors. I must have more.


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