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Saint Petersburg Imperial Stout - Thornbridge Brewery

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89
very good

159 Ratings
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Ratings: 159
Reviews: 92
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 12.85%
Wants: 7
Gots: 13 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Thornbridge Brewery visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  7.40% ABV

Availability: Winter

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-22-2006

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Ratings: 159 | Reviews: 92
Photo of budfox
3.88/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of stephenlee
4.22/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of clayrock81
3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a black body with one finger head and an aroma that borders on smoke and chocolate and for some reason I pick up hints of licorice/anise and/or molasses (something sweet and sugar - maybe burnt sugars...I don't know). Tastes of sweet flavors like chocolate malts, possible toffee/caramel, and a smokiness for a dry, roasted taste and heavy bodied stout. Despite the smokiness being there, the roasted/smoked aspect is actually subdued and lets sweetness shine through thanks to wonderful balancing act.

Photo of matias-
3.96/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of tbone1384
3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Lodisgrisen
4.52/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of zonker17
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Huge head that fully dissipates. Nice lacing on glass. Rather thin. Good smokiness and general stout flavors.

Photo of AlexAfonin
5/5  rDev +25.9%

Photo of FLima
4.18/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Deep black color with no trespassing of light whatsoever. Barely one finger of light caramel head with medium retention.
Delicious initial aroma of licorice, plums, blueberries, some smoke and mild tobacco leaves.
Bold flavor of red and black fruits, licorice, roasted coffee grains, cocoa powder, English tangy and earthy hops, tobacco leaves, burnt chocolate, pistachio and molasses. Very dry and bitter aftertaste.
Smooth medium to full body with appropriate mild carbonation. Alcohol of 7.7% abv is completely absent.
Excellent Russian imperial Stout with no sharp edges and superbly balanced, but still hoppy and with its own and bold character. Not extreme as American RIS, but it does get more and more intense as temperature rises. High drinkability for a RIS.

Photo of Anatole
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of Bunuelian
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of Hoppsbabo
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

A: Black body with a beige head. Superb lacing. Definitely bottle fermented.

S: Very peppy. American orange marmalade hops and fudge.

T: Trans-atlantic in character like most of this brewery's beers. A very snappy bright flavour of rindy orange marmalade. The bottle talks about chocolately goodness but really it's a very hop forward impy stout with loads of mango and orange rind. It's delicious. Some lovely woodiness in the aftertaste. Fairly bitter but it's only 7.4%.

M: Velvety and smooth, but not in the least lacklustre.

O: Another great offering from a great brewery.

Photo of zenithberwyn
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of sheltone60
1/5  rDev -74.8%

Bitter with a rough finish.

Photo of kjkinsey
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of Andy_Luft
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

Photo of jzlyo
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of Patitifa
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

Photo of humpty1602
3/5  rDev -24.4%

Photo of endless1408
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of Latarnik
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.27/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle purchased at Chocolate and Vines in Rochester, NY. 2012 vintage has aged well.

Pours out a deep dark black, with a one inch mocha-colored foamy head that recedes quickly. A little bit of lacing.

Smells heavenly, lots of chocolate and a little bit of coffee. A small amount of roasted malt as well.

The taste is similar, but more complex. There is a slight peat-like smokiness, some tobacco, and leather, with lots of creamy milk chocolate flavors. Slight bit of espresso-like bitterness, other than that, this beer is very smooth with minimal roasted malt flavor.

Thick body, not quite as viscous as some other stouts of its type, but still quite full. Creamy, smooth mouthfeel, very drinkable.

A classic that has taken to aging well, I'm glad I picked this one.

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of afsdan
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

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Saint Petersburg Imperial Stout from Thornbridge Brewery
89 out of 100 based on 159 ratings.