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St Petersburg Imperial Stout - Thornbridge Brewery

St Petersburg Imperial StoutSt Petersburg Imperial Stout

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very good

136 Ratings
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Ratings: 136
Reviews: 85
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 11.81%

Brewed by:
Thornbridge Brewery visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  7.70% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-22-2006)
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Reviews by Zimbo:
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United Kingdom (Scotland)

4.4/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

With a chocolate and Christmas cake nose this little number lovingly gives a frothy rich glowing yellow tan head.

Rich dry dry beautiful bitter chocolate and peat. The dark bitterness is there from the inception of taste and takes you through the whole journey. Morish and rich but restrained and not at all sticky. Such outstanding balance.Biggish but never heavy, full and silky smooth but not at all fat or flabby. A truly fabulous and unique example of the style. A real finesse player.

Holy fecken smoke.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2010 17:40:13 | More by Zimbo
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3.68/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Chocolate black with an inch of sudsy light tan head. Retention is awesome.

There's a little more than mild oxidation in the nose, but there are stout notes offered. Dark chocolate, berries, chewy toffee, cardboard, and English ale maltiness.

Richer flavors of roast, dark fruit, bittersweet chocolate, anisette, cereal grains, leather, red apple skins, cardboard, and winey fruits. Hints of bitter tobacco smoke. Carries age. Not bad.

A lot of crumpled carbonation with only a medium body. Light for the style, typical of the real-deal English version.

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11-07-2013 17:57:21 | More by dcmchew
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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

11-01-2013 17:08:00 | More by EmperorBevis
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3.93/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Novare for my uprising.

I subbed this for a RIS they were out of.

Served in a goblet the beer presents a nice lace and tan head.

The nose is roasted and smoky like a camp fire, not smoked meats. There is a definite sweetness but it is balanced with the smoke

The tastes is great, very english, creamy malt and a lingering roastyness. The roast reveal a nice smoke, almost peaty.

This beer reminds me of a local RIS that was aged in peat smoked scotch barrels very nice

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09-24-2013 22:30:46 | More by bishopdc0
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3.53/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Pours black with a large, light tan head.
Nose shows roasted malt, nutty and toasty characters, soft spicy and grassy hops. Also some oats and soft booze.
Flavours mainly concentrate of roasted malt and booze. Some of the spicy hops transfer through, leading to a very aggressive bitterness in the finish.
Carbonation seems a little aggressive too.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2013 04:47:58 | More by CrazyDavros
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3.8/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

500 ml bottle into snifter, no bottle dating. Pours fairly pitch black color with a small dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin lace that lingers. Slight spotty lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, caramel, toffee, molasses, dark bread, light peat smoke, and roasted earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/roasted malt notes; with decent strength. Taste of dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, dark bread, caramel, toffee, molasses, light peat smoke, toast, and roasted earthiness. Light roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, caramel, toffee, molasses, toast, light peat smoke, and roasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance and complexity of dark/roasted malt flavors; with good robustness and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied; with a moderately creamy, lightly slick, and lightly chalky mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a very good imperial stout. Good balance and complexity of roasted/dark malt flavors; and very smooth to sip on. A nicely enjoyable offering.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2013 04:40:15 | More by superspak
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3.85/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer is black with a moderately-sized tan head. Decent retention, fair lace.

Nose contains a generous amount of dark fruit (grape, plum). There is also some anise and wood, some peat and smoke. Not much in the way of roasted malt, which is unusual. Still, a nice smell.

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Full bodied, but thinner than expected. A bit sticky and oily. Some alcohol burn. Low carbonation level.

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Pours an opaque black with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, vanilla, cocoa, and slight smoke aromas. Taste is much the same with cocoa powder, campfire, and band-aid flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer but the aromas and flavors on this one are a bit subdued in my opinion.

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Thin feel, too, which does not help the flavors. It has a bit of staleness to it. The sharp prune is quick before it fades. Filling the void is some roasted caramel and instant coffee. A bit cloying with the prune skin.

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A - Dark black with a hint of brown and a finger of frothy chocolate colored head. Fades normal.

S - Sweet roasted chocolate and dark caramel malts, dark fruits, roasted coffee, molasses, black licorice, vanilla.

T - Sweet roasted chocolate and dark caramel malts, raisins and other dark fruits, roasted coffee, earthy hops, mild bitterness, black licorice, molasses, vanilla.

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St Petersburg Imperial Stout from Thornbridge Brewery
89 out of 100 based on 136 ratings.