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St Petersburg Imperial Stout - Thornbridge Brewery

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St Petersburg Imperial StoutSt Petersburg Imperial Stout

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142 Ratings
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Ratings: 142
Reviews: 86
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 11.81%
Wants: 6
Gots: 8 | FT: 1
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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5/5  rDev +25.6%

12-09-2011 18:04:45 | More by lanbewardin
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New Hampshire

5/5  rDev +25.6%

12-01-2011 00:31:28 | More by Rochefort10nh
Photo of paxton1978

United Kingdom (England)

4.93/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had on keg at the Euston Tap. Would've preferred cask, but at the price of under £1.50 a half-pint, I'm not going to complain! Dark as night and with an off-white head that laces all the way down. Great burned chocolate and coffee smell that matches the taste. Mouthfeel is silky and perfect for the style and considering the ABV, thsi has amazing drinkability.

Serving type: on-tap

01-26-2011 13:07:10 | More by paxton1978
Photo of eric5bellies


4.69/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Drank from my Duvel pokal

A - Pours a thick black colour with a tanned head that stays the course and laces

S - Beautiful roasted malts, coffe and chocolate

T - Oh this is good. Really smooth malts, with nice expresso coffe and dark chocolate untertones. The finish is very creamy and smooth with no hint of booze.

M - Full body and low carbonation makes for a silky stout.

O - This is one of those RIS's that leaves you wanting more. Its very smooth and displays masterful balance. Proves that you don't need super high ABV's to acheive greatness.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2013 15:33:26 | More by eric5bellies
Photo of Harrister101

United Kingdom (England)

4.65/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- Very Dark Brown, with a small head similar to what you'd find on an IPA (which is strange looking at others comments) Getting Slim to No lacing for me here...

Smell - Chocolatey, Sweet, Only very mildly smoky with a friuity twist, particularly picking up Cherries

Taste - Very mild smooth smokiness, contrasting with a number of chocolately tastes; ranging from light to dark chocolates. Suprisingly subtle for the strengh of stout. The earthy and herbal flavours also come through, this seems to mix lightly with the taste of cherries.

M- Lightly carbonated, smooth

D- As far as strong stouts go, this is very drinkable.

One of the best stouts ever, especially taking into account it was bottled. Very hard to believe the %ABV when drinking.
Imagine it would go well with deserts and rich mains, but way too good to use in cooking ;)

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2011 01:10:27 | More by Harrister101
Photo of BDTyre

British Columbia (Canada)

4.58/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I've only ever had Thornbridge once before, and I hardly remember it. I was happy to pick this up, and its quite nice. Black with a light, light brown head that is thick, porous and creamy. Creamy, roasted scent. Smoky peat, light wine, coffee and dark chocolate.

Very creamy, smooth flavour. Malty, chocolate-y and coffee and cream. Light fruitiness, very little alcohol - something I find typical in English RIS. Nice mix of flavours. The black coffee and alcohol characters really kick off in the finish and tingle the nose.

Smooth, almost soapy mouthfeel - light but slick. Carbonation is present, but light. A very nice RIS with a low alcohol character, and even at 7.7%, I could probably have another!

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2011 06:04:40 | More by BDTyre
Photo of TheBungyo


4.55/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A subtle but wonderfully delicious Imperial Stout? Yes it is possible.

I must admit I was worried as this poured from bottle into my Gulden Draak tulip. It was very light for an Imperial Stout ... but once it settled into the bottle it took on the dark hue I was hoping for. The head was a nice half inch of thick cream colored carpet.

Smell is not surprisingly subdued. There's faint hints of chocolate, coffee grinds and smoke. Lurking far in the shadows is a pleasant fruitiness that is certainly absent from most of our stateside interpretations. Nice but not amazing.

Wow, love at first sip. This could easily be my go-to Imperial Stout. Low in ABV (by American standards anyway) big on flavor but still subtle in the English fashion. I seriously love this brew! Chocolate up front that is married with a hint of smoke, very mild bitterness in what seems to be the finish but what closes the deal is beautiful fruit and milky chocolate that says goodbye like a kiss goodnight you don't want to end. What a joy to drink.

The liquid does a nice job gliding over the tongue and down the throat. It isn't as full as what we drink stateside but it feels unfair to harp on that, because well, this is an English RIS. This more mellow mouthfeel lends itself to being more session-able due to it's subtleties. Very nice.

This is a beer that if in stock at my beer store I'll be buying often. This is my first Thornbridge beer and if the others are this good then they've just made quite a fan out of me.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2010 05:55:11 | More by TheBungyo
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North Carolina

4.53/5  rDev +13.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2010 01:13:30 | More by oberon
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4.5/5  rDev +13.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2013 14:09:54 | More by rhoadsrage
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4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

05-16-2013 04:32:08 | More by pin
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4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

04-17-2012 18:07:17 | More by polishkaz
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United Kingdom (England)

4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

07-14-2014 08:55:04 | More by Patitifa
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4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

02-22-2013 01:42:59 | More by Jspriest
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4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

05-16-2013 14:14:12 | More by stevied71
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4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

05-01-2012 03:57:41 | More by jrpapajcik
Photo of heygeebee


4.49/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

BB Mar 14

Appearance - the usual black with two finger head. Lines of lace.

Aroma - roast malts, choc, espresso, some cigar box.

Taste - super smooth and rounded. Dark chocolate, hint of licorice. Pistachio. Some smoke.

Mouthfeel light carbonation, medium weight. Silky smooth, no booze.

Overall, this has the weight of a 10% beer. Well made indeed, hugely integrated and complex. Great drinking. Say no more.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2013 11:28:19 | More by heygeebee
Photo of BeerIsland


4.47/5  rDev +12.3%
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.

Serving type: cask

03-05-2009 02:51:04 | More by BeerIsland
Photo of CwrwAmByth

United Kingdom (Wales)

4.47/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a dark, dark black colour, with a frothy off-white head. Lovely!

Smells faintly dark and roasty. This cold definitely isn't helping things... I like what I can smell though is the main point.

Tastes at first dark, roasty and malty, until the hops kick in with a fairly hefty bitterness. Slight taste of alcohol but not too strong which I like.

Overall a great example of the style, one from England as well!

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2011 23:51:10 | More by CwrwAmByth
Photo of Bitterbill


4.45/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased online from The Wine & Cheese Place. Best before May 2010.

This pours from the 500ml bottle close to black but really a very very dark brown with 2 fingers of tannish foam. It looks great in my New Belgium goblet and I see some very nice lacing.

The smell is of roasted malt and dark chocolate bitterness and a tad of some hoppiness. It doesn't have the most assertive nose of the style but what's there is nice.

The taste starts off with some nice dark chocolate bitterness and then the roasted malt moves in with a touch of some milk chocolate like sweetness and some smokiness that I notice the more sips I take. Wow. This is striking my taste buds on all the right notes. Not much of an alcohol presence here so, nah, I'm still, as always, going to take my sweet time. This is a brew to sip and savour.

The mouthfeel is on the high end of medium with lowish carbonation but the real story here is how silky smooth it is. I haven't had a brew with that degree of smoothness in a long time...
Bottle conditioned? You have me convinced.

Drinkability? There's pretty much nothing to dislike here. Great looking, good nose, super tasty, little sign of the abv, awesome mouthfeel. This, in my book, is a superb drinker. I'm so glad I checked out the W&C Place's website as this is a winner of a RIS. I can't wait to see more folks get their hands on some.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2009 22:23:12 | More by Bitterbill
Photo of jazzyjeff13

United Kingdom (England)

4.4/5  rDev +10.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2012 02:28:31 | More by jazzyjeff13
Photo of Zimbo

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
Photo of TheBrother

New York

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

Presentation: 500ml bottle, imperial red lettering, gold rim. Freshness date on back label above bar-code.

Poured, true to its style, a jet black, half-finger of tan head which lingers-- not so much sticks, but floats atop til bottomed.

Smell: Complex. Fruit and chocolate Appetizing. Enticing.

Taste: Dry, creamy, bittersweet chocolate; quite nice.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, full, creamy.

Drinkability: A sipper, but I could drink it all night.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2010 03:46:51 | More by TheBrother
Photo of JohnQVegas


4.4/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle into Tulip Imperial Pint.

Pours black, showing a bit of deep brown at the edges, with an impressive, dense, meringue-like tan cap on top. Very nice retention and great lacing. Settles into a thinner cap eventually, but it takes awhile.

Nose is reserved, restrained even. Light floral hop and light roast presence, bit of dark caramelized sugar, wee bit of dark fruit. Could be bigger, I suppose.

Taste is, in a word, superb. Toffee and bakers chocolate and a bit of caramel, melding with a light, earthy, nutty roast. Sugar-coated dark fruit and espresso beans wrapped in chocolate balance beautifully, and a snappy herbal hop bite towards the end adds a nice bit of balancing closure. Faint bit of alcohol in there sticks its head out there and again. The finish on this one is the star, though - just fantastic, with a beautiful chocolaty, nutty, slightly earthy exhale that carries just a bit of a floral hop character. Hint of licorice also.

Mouthfeel is excellent - creamy and full-bodied, but not at all heavy or sticky. Alcohol is felt, but not through any degree of heat really.

Beautifully drinkable - alcohol only comes through enough to add character, never gets hot, flavor is beautiful, subtle but full, balanced, unique. Beautiful surprise, was more impressed with this version than with it on cask even.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2011 19:32:08 | More by JohnQVegas
Photo of Cyberkedi


4.38/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Aroma is strong and smoky with an overtone of molasses that is not too sweet. It pours a nice opaque oily sable with a fairly thick light and fine-bubbled light tan head. Rich flavor is smoky and malty with tones of quality roast coffee, molasses and licorice. Thick, oily texture is quite fizzy and leaves behind a nice tingle, along with a sweet and slightly hoppy/woody finish. Recommended!

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2010 00:49:04 | More by Cyberkedi
Photo of jampics2


4.35/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On cask @ the Beer Engine. I debated before ordering this as I'm normally not a huge cask guy. But this seemed special enough and I'm glad I had a go at this.

Looks great when the snifter is brought to my table. Almsot perfect, just a touch less opaque than my ideal. But a dark black with a perfect two finger creamy head.

Smells of light hops and roasted malt. A little sweetness is aparent. Just a tad subdued.

Taste is awesome. I was afraid after having a bad example of cask RIS that the cask made the hops combine with the roast to complete a sickening "garbage bag in the sun" flavor. This is far from that, thank GAWD! A nice deep roast gives hints of coffee and tons of chocolate. The hops are earthy and in the background. The finishing flavors are bittersweet with chocolate again emerging. Oatmeal smoothness dominates.

Mouthfeel is a touch thin, but velvety and creamy.

Overall, I give this my endorsement even for those who aren't huge cask drinkers. This is a beer I wouldn't want to have any other way. Plus, it's an English RIS. That's like an American Muscle Car. Get on it people!!

Serving type: cask

06-25-2010 18:18:18 | More by jampics2
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St Petersburg Imperial Stout from Thornbridge Brewery
89 out of 100 based on 142 ratings.