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Saint Petersburg Imperial Stout - Thornbridge Brewery

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Saint Petersburg Imperial StoutSaint Petersburg Imperial Stout

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88
very good

149 Ratings
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Ratings: 149
Reviews: 88
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 13.13%
Wants: 5
Gots: 8 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Thornbridge Brewery visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  7.40% 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:
Photo of Zimbo
4.4/5  rDev +11.1%
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.

Zimbo, Nov 27, 2010
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
4.53/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had the Jaipur IPA a few weeks back from this hard to find brewer and enjoyed it,this beer was just fantastic.Poured into a snifter a near jet black except for just a tinge of ruby when held up to the light,a half finger mocha colored head head atop.Big complexities in the nose,dark fruit,dark roast,smokey peat,and bitter chocolate,as it warmed even a passing leafy note came thru,I say perfection.Quite dry from the start with heavy roast and a light woodiness,a faint smokey peat note as well,after awhile the dark fruit,and vanilla begins to cut thru the roast.A great impy stout,maybe the most drinkable "QUALITY" imperial stout I have had.A joy to drink.

oberon, Jun 09, 2010
Photo of bishopdc0
3.93/5  rDev -0.8%
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

bishopdc0, Sep 24, 2013
Photo of BeerIsland
4.47/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I thoroughly enjoyed this beer and am very glad to have had the opportunity to try it. The nose was very complex and hard to describe. There was more toffee type flavor along with nice, but restrained, chocolate. The overall effect was one of great balance and fullness with just a faint alcohol nip. The finish was very nice and lingering. A great, luscious beer.

BeerIsland, Mar 05, 2009
Photo of ahugenerd
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

ahugenerd, Jun 13, 2012
Photo of jazzyjeff13
4.4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A 500ml bottle with a BB of June 2013. Picked up from my local beer specialist. Bottle conditioned.

Poured into a Duvel tulip. An exceptionally dark brown that appears pitch black. Produces a large head of creamy tan foam that lasts for a while before reducing to a surface layer. A rich aroma of roasted malt with notes of coffee, liquorice, burnt grain, molasses, dried fruit, cocoa, yeast and stewed hops. A warming hint of booze in the background.

Tastes of roasted malt with a sweet yet spicy flavour. Notes of burnt grain, liquorice, coffee, molasses, cocoa, dried fruit and yeast. Hints of aromatic citrus in the background, and stewed hop bitterness. A warming, astringent note of alcohol upon swallowing. Dry, spicy and mildly vinous. Mouthfeel is thick and velvety smooth, with tingly carbonation. Highly astringent - dries the palate. Aftertaste of bitter roasted malt and coffee.

Very nice, and surprisingly drinkable. A complex, balanced flavour with a malty character. Notes of yeast and hops are also discernible, but take a back seat. A solid imperial stout that comes across as traditional for the style. Well worth trying if you come across it.

jazzyjeff13, Feb 25, 2012
Photo of glid02
4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cask at Brick Store in Atlanta.

Pours a color that's one shade from black with a large-bubbled tan head and dark brown highlights. The head recedes quickly into a thin ring around the glass leaving almost no lacing.

Smells of lightly roasted malts with equal amounts of toffee and light chocolate. Dark fruit flavors also waft out every now and then.

Tastes similar to how it smells. The roasted malt isn't as large in the flavor profile as it was in the smell, but it's still there. Dark fruits and toffee are the main flavors, with a mild chocolate bitterness.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a good thickness with very smooth carbonation.

Drinkability is good. None of the flavors really pop, but they complement each other well.

Overall, this is a very mild but tasty RIS. It's almost like a cross between an RIS and a robust brown ale. Definitely worth a shot.

glid02, Mar 07, 2009
Photo of rhoadsrage
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

(Served in a snifter)
A- This beer pours a dense opaque black body with a tan lumpy film and some microbubbles race to the surface up the side of the glass.

S- The dark fruity esters have a rick but mellow black roasted malt aroma that grows and has a nice leathery finish.

T- The rich leather and dark dried fruit esters have some dark vinous character and a note of pipe tobacco before finishing with a black roasted malt flavor. There is some nice gentle roasted bitterness in the after taste and a dark cola note aswell.

M- The medium mouthfeel has a gentle fizz and no real alcohol heat noticed.

O- This is a classic RIS. Big and complex flavors but still very mellow and blended easy to drink and each sip has more character that the last. Delicious.

rhoadsrage, Mar 28, 2013
Photo of biboergosum
3.93/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle. The label now seems to be in line with the rest of their current offerings, Greek statue and all.

This beer pours slightly off-black, with reddish highlights, and two fingers of dense foamy beige head, which settles relatively slowly, leaving a thorough bonsai tree ring of lace around the glass. It smells of powdery chocolate milk mix, lightly roasted caramel malt, a bit of oily nuttiness, and a slight, thin alcohol edge. The taste is bitter chocolate malt, some mild dark fruit, subtle old coffee grinds, and somewhat zingy leafy hops. The carbonation is present, but on the down low, the body medium weight, with aspirations to fullness. It finishes off-dry, the chocolate sweetness well tempered by lingering hops and swelling metallic booze.

I like that this is an RIS from the original-ish source, but now shipped to that other northern expanse of a nation. I'm no tsarina, but I appreciate this big beer all the same. Not big in the New World Americana sense - I just wish it had a bit more weight, as the alcohol seems a little too successful in thinning this little beast out.

biboergosum, Dec 04, 2011
Photo of syntheticwings
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

syntheticwings, Jun 14, 2012
Photo of Mar02x
3.43/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Wednesday 28th of December 2011 I had a brilliant family tasting session at my uncle Peter place . So thanks for that. And yes every one, I have a beautiful family in which good beer is highly appreciated.

A - A pitch brown ale mixed with yeast, on top there floats a relative white head which I think is amazing for a RIS.

S - A faint smell of chocolate and musty malts.

T - Tones of coffee, chocolate stroke my tongue, but its all a bit to watery and thin. Sorry Thornbridge the good stuff comes from America these days.

M - A soft carbonated beer with a light bitter added.

O - Not bad for an English RIS, but really nothing compared to the American shit (excuse my language) that I experienced lately.

I had antother try on the 7th of February 2012. With thanks to Edwin de Cock (yes, in Holland it is a normal name) I was able to try this beer. Erwin is the chairman of our 'PINT' tasting group at 'de Mug'. De Mug is ABT beer pub located in Middelburg, The Netherlands. Every first Tuesday of the month we blind-taste 6 beers in one particular style, this time it was stout and porters.

A4.5 - A nice creamy beige foam on top of a deep red, and apparently clear, beer.

S4 - Chocolate and a strong fruity hop presence.

T4.5 - This is more like a black IPA, the hop presence is strong and the ale is a bit sweet.

M4 - The body has a medium carbonation.

O4.5 - A very nice stout. I liked it way better this time. i don't know why. Maybe it was the blind test or maybe it just stood out in the line up this evening.

Mar02x, Dec 30, 2011
Photo of NeroFiddled
4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cask at The Ginger Man in NYC 12 January 2008:
Typical appearance. Good head retention. Good lacing. Aroma offers a berry-like fruitiness, soft roastiness, and hints of dark chocolate and toffee followed by a coffee-like roastiness. The flavor follows suit, and the yeasty fruitiness permeates the dark maltiness. It's quite soft and lush, being a cask offering, but it's more than just mouthfeel here - this is a very well-balanced and rounded ale! It's not as aggressive as many examples of the style, and yet it certainly fits within the perception of the style. Perhaps that has something to do with its somewhat limited strength (given the style it is a touch lower than might be expected); or perhaps it has to do with the fact that they haven't over-done the dark malts to the point of sharp acidity; and perhaps it also has to do with the way that they've limited the bitterness and hop flavor to just a few streaks here and there in the background. Yet it retains all of the characteristics that an Imperial stout should have! Superbly done with a delicate touch given to an assertive style! Very enjoyable! Highly drinkable!

NeroFiddled, Jan 15, 2008
Photo of Ciocanelu
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

Ciocanelu, Dec 22, 2013
Photo of MrKennedy
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle, into a Great Divide Cervoise glass.

Nice two finger pour of creamy looking tan foam on top of a black base that only shows the slightest hint of ruby when held up to the light. Good spotty lacing and nice foam retention.

Smell is chocolate. Mostly light milk chocolate and just a little bit of aniseed late on. Interesting mix of something enticing and something less enticing.

Taste comes through with plenty of chocolate and just a little bit of roast. Some smokiness later on and a little bit of licorice at the end. Good interesting mix. Nothing insane but everything does its job well and it works.

Really nice mix of smooth early and some bitterness late. Not the biggest body at all. But you shouldn't expect it from a 7.7% ABV Imperial Stout. Has an almost Oatmeal Stout feel to it and later some bitterness and spice from the aniseed kicks in. Does make this very drinkable, the fact that you know the first bit will be so smooth.

Overall it really works for me. You shouldn't expect some super sludgy RIS from this. It suits its specs really well and the 500ml bottle format and ABV mix really makes it a hard beer to turn down. Very enjoyable!

MrKennedy, Feb 17, 2013
Photo of aztraz
4/5  rDev +1%

aztraz, Oct 05, 2012
Photo of jmccraney
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

jmccraney, Dec 22, 2012
Photo of russpowell
4.05/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this from Bitterbill, thanks man!

Pours an effervescent mahogany with 2+ fingers of cocoa colored head. Superior lacing & similar head retention

S: Dark fruit & leafy hops, that's about it..

T: Follows the nose a touch of dryness & some dark chocolate up front. A bit of port characteristics once warm, along with dark cherries covered with milk chocolate, molasses, along with some herbal & leafy hops & a touch of boozeyness. Finishes dry, fruitty, with a touch of cocoa

MF: Smooth, slick, medium bodied & great balance

Great drinkability, complexity may suffer a tad from the low ABV for the style, but only by a slight margin, nice to see a great RIS from the country of origin (Brewed FOR the Russian Imperial Court originally)

russpowell, Dec 17, 2009
Photo of joemcgrath27
3.73/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - almost impenetrable almost black, short head held it own and left random lacing
S - brown sugar, dark chocolate, a milky sweet aroma, all very mild
T - nice mix of cocoa, coffee, and toffee maltiness, finishes with a mix of sweet and charcoal flavours
M - super easy drinking and no hint of the 7.7%, just a little too thinned out by the alcohol to be a strong stout
O - definitely tasty and easy to drink, its somewhere between and RIS and a regular stout in my opinion, none the less worth a try

joemcgrath27, Jul 22, 2012
Photo of Bunuelian
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

Bunuelian, Yesterday at 01:04 PM
Photo of Keith_R
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

Keith_R, Feb 07, 2013
Photo of humpty1602
3/5  rDev -24.2%

humpty1602, Jul 03, 2014
Photo of Bung
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml. In New Belgium snifter. Very dark cola pour, thin later of off white.

Aroma, toasted malt, chocolates, some nutty caramel. Herbal hops.

Taste, Roast malt, dark chocolate. Smoked leat, anise. Piney hops in the middle. Finish bitter, ashy roast. A lot going on but a little harsh.

Lighter mid, a little thin. Good carbonation. If this were a little creamier it would reduce the harshness. Lower abv, drinks all right, just a little rough. A good English style imperial.

Bung, Mar 23, 2012
Photo of aepb1
3.8/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Black body with a small creamy tan head

S- Roasted malts, coffee and some sweetness in there too

T- Roasted malts and coffee again. Some bitterness throughout and lingers to the end.

M- Full-bodied and some creaminess, nothing outstanding here

O- An ok beer, above average but not stellar

aepb1, Jun 11, 2011
Photo of beerthulhu
3.7/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Cola with cranberry highlights glisten in the light when poured. The deepest of black sits menacingly with a generous 2 finger bronze-tan head that was dense and bready. Tiny effervesce bubbles rise and collect like oil ball bearings, building a head of substantial size and retention. Thick foamy lace builds on the glass with an almost full coverage.

S: Roasted barley, sweetened coffee with a bit of sweet dark fruit of plums come on the nose. The strength was light, a bit timid per style and not as intimidating as its visual or flavor aspect.

T: Nice earthy bitterness with a sweetness of burnt currant. Bready and thick with dark roasted coffee grounds, dark licorice and smoked burnt wood and humus. Acrid, yet displayed flashes of fruitiness with a nice alcohol and earthy moist bitterness greeting the tongue upon the swallow.

M: Tingly carbonation, creamy feel with a full body and a fade of burnt bitterness, moist coffee grounds and campfire minerality.

D: Overall decent level of drinkability. Dark burnt bitterness but countered with a fruity nature makws this slide down rather easily per style. A bomber sits well here.

beerthulhu, Mar 22, 2011
Photo of wesley14
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

wesley14, Apr 17, 2012
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