Sunday, December 25, 2011

Beer Review: Siberian Night

Reviewing the Siberian Night from Thirsty Dog Brewing Company.
Score: 88

2011 vintage bottle served in a snifter glass.

Appearance: Pours a deep brown/black color with a thin layer of creamy tan colored head that settles into a lace across the top of the glass. Average lacing. 3.5/5

Smell: Creamy milk chocolate. Hits of hops. Raw coffee beans and dark chocolate. 4/5

Taste: Dark unsweetened chocolate and light hoppiness upfront. Mocha and semi-sweet chocolate morsels on the mid-palate. Finish is roasted coffee and raw chocolate. The linger is excellent. Not overly complex, but pretty tasty. 4/5

Mouthfeel: Medium-light bodied with minimal carbonation. Creamy, porter-like mouthfeel. Finishes dry and bitter. 3.5/5

Overall: A solid tasting Russian Imperial Stout with too light a mouthfeel for the style and for the flavors it is packing. Worth trying, and probably worth trying again, but not necessarily worth going out of your way to acquire.

Recommendation: Casual beer drinkers and beer geeks alike should enjoy this one.

Pairings: Fudge brownies.

Cost: $9.99 for a four pack.

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