muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - MAR 27, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle, courtesy of that mountain lion of a man, CaptainCougar. Jet black motor oil, thick and sticky, with a small thick dark pudding head. Dark chocolaty nose, hint of coffee, bit of toffee. Very, very thick on the tongue, just the way I like it, as close to a milkshake as I've ever had. Taste is very strong, bitter chocolate and espresso, a twinge of vanilla, nutty roastiness. I like some fruitiness in my Imperials, and a little more hops to balance the roast, so I am not blown away by this...but it's certainly a fine beer.
matta (1140) - Tampa, Florida, USA - MAR 23, 2004
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: AUG 6, 2007
I’m rolling big for rating # 424, I’ve got tons of mediocre beers in my frig, I want something Imperial, I want something complex, I want my socks rocked off! It was this or an aged Old Rasputin; but I wanted to roll large, so here I am.
Thanks to brother Drew for hooking me up with this hard to acquire stout!
True to the name, the body is as opaque as a Siberian Night which develops a small dark kaki colored head…. turns quickly into a ring of lacing on the inner glass. The noses is jam packed with a lactic creaminess, milk chocolate, cold sweet coffee… and toasty chocolate toffee malts!
WOW!!! If your looking for a 12 oz glass of oily espresso, deep notes of vanilla, Monolithic suggestions of charred oak and mocha… then Look No Further! Damn, toasty chocolate malts, some butterscotch and caramel…. smoke…. Enormous Flavor…. even some roasted walnuts.
The palate is as thick and sticky as any over cooked pot of chocolate pudding could be! The abundance of kilned malts bring a wasteland of dryness. Insanity! It’s so damn toasty and freaking delicious…………. I bet this beer would age like Suzanne Somers…. With a nice tight complex body! Ummmmmm ThighMaster!! She can come and knock on my door….
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - MAR 15, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Opaque black color with no head and no lacing, a little carbonation. The aroma is very balanced with lots of dark malts coming through along with some of the subtler hints of alcohol and hops. The flavor is extremely balanced with lots of malty chocolate and coffee and some roast smoke as well. The finish is creamy with some alcohol and a little more acidity than I thought would be here. Tail is creamy and nastagic. mmmmmmm!
Sham (1845) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 14, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours black. Yeah, no seeing through this one. No head, no lace. Roast malts, chocolate, some hints of coffee. Sweet malts with toffee or caramel coming out the most. Some hops, some fruit. Mostly wine grapes. More coffee and roasted malts coming out in the flavors. Licorice as well. Alcohol makes an appearance. Oily palate, full and thick body, and a finish of alcohol and hops.
dperk (14) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - MAR 13, 2004
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Draft-nitro. Poured a very very deep black with a rusty red/brown head of tiny nitro bubbles. Aroma of sweet malts, chocolate, licorice and a tiny bit of hops. Flavor is hard to describe. It's sweet but somewhat bitter, but not bitter? Lots of roasty malts and chocolate flavor. Almost candy like. I could drink this for dessert! Very thick beer and exceptional mouthfeel on Nitro. This has to be one of my favorites. Outstanding!
TChrome (1425) - Bedford, Texas, USA - MAR 9, 2004
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Motor oil black with a nicely retained dark tan colored head. Very deep decadent chocolate aroma with roasted nuts. Flavor is pleasenly sweet, akin to taking a bite our of a chocolate on chocolate cake. Finish is lingering and has some roastiness. Very delicious. Thanks to hopsrus for this hand bottled 22oz. bomber.
NVBeer232 (467) - Reno, Nevada, USA - FEB 27, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured pitch black. Dark mocha head slowly builds on top and disappeared pretty soon after. Rather carmely and roasty. Intresting bakers chocolate flavors add thickness to the palate and counter some astringent burnt notes. Dry slightly smokey finish. A fine brew.
Slick (1969) - Thief River Falls, Minnesota, USA - FEB 19, 2004
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Black as midnight color,small dark brown head that lasted for a short while and left behind a nice lace.The aroma was Roasty and malty with a nice chocolate and coffee side.There might be some fruit in there but it's hard to get past the chocolate and coffee.The flavor was outstanding.Lots of roast,malty and choclate with a nice coffee flavor.There might even be a light smokiness to this one,but what i can detect dissappears quick.The after taste is coffee and mildly hopped with a nice mild bitter chocolate,coffee finish.Very nice brew and thankfully i have another one for later.Thanks go to Drew for sending me this fine brew.
MAP (1133) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - FEB 13, 2004
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: SEP 6, 2005 2/13/2004 Head went off like a prom dress, and left a nose most notably marked by alcohol and sweetness. Flavor is quite modest, not what I would have expected in a Imperial, but the does blend in nicely. Nice weight to the beer, decent hop feel to this, and a smooth malty feel to it. Not overdone, but does stull have a decent kick from the alcohol. Rerate/side-by-side comparrison with a hand bottle from a Keg thanks to JCW. The normal bottle pours with a good deal more head. Smell is slightly burnt cookies. Draught version has fruity notes and a much stronger scent. Bottle comes off with the flavor as a little bit more raw and crispy. Draught is silky smooth and fruity. Reminds me of Expedition how it sneaks in some flavor of blueberries. This however, is too smooth. I don’t want to put a slant on the bottle version, but from the tap is pure heaven. When I had a few glasses strait from the keg, and it was smoother than this, filled the mouth like chocolate cream. Pure heaven in beer format. I bumped up the score from a 4.2 to a 4.6 because of how good it actually was/is on draught.
Silphium (3179) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - FEB 2, 2004
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: JUL 5, 2004 On tap at the Dayton location. Wow. I hadn't been blown away by a beer for some time until trying this obscenely excellent Imperial Stout on tap at Thirsty Dog. And to think I've been living less than an hour from the brewpub? Shameful. Pours extremely dark brown/black with a creamy tan/light brown/burnt yellow head. Aroma is fruity with well-rounded chocolate and bitter roast. Flavor is amazing: the sip begins with a rush of sweet dark fruity malt which is quickly followed by buttery, creamy chocolate, coffee, and a slightly bitter hops finish with just a hint of alcohol. The body is incredibly silky and creamy. This is a beer to swirl in the mouth, a beer that doles out complexity, a beer worth staining your lips for. Not as syrupy as some Imperial Stouts but is sticky on the lips (a plus). Siberian Night can play ball with Bells Expedition. How can the contract-brewed bottles live up to this? A return visit is a must.
Update 7/6/04: I recently tried the bottled version. Unfortunately, the bottled version does not appear to be the same recipe as the tap version. I found it to be dominated by mocha and baker's chocolate with no dark fruit character, while the tap version is abundantly fruity and much, much more complex. This was especially evident in the relatively weak chocolate/coffee aroma of the bottled version. While the tap version is delectable, the bottled version is merely very good. 7-4-8-4-15 (3.8) for the bottled Siberian Night.