Saint Petersburg Imperial Stout
Thornbridge Brewery

Saint Petersburg Imperial StoutSaint Petersburg Imperial Stout
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Russian Imperial Stout
Ranked #644
Ranked #8,231
3.99 | pDev: 11.78%
Thornbridge Brewery
England, United Kingdom
Very Good
Saint Petersburg Imperial StoutSaint Petersburg Imperial Stout
Notes: Saint Petersburg is a fabulous warming, full bodied stout with subtle peat smokiness and chocolate malt flavours.
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Reviews by captaincoffee:
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3.75/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Thornbridge seems to be the king of okay bottled beers...the perennial 3.75...and this beer is no different. Looks like a stout, smells like a stout, and tastes like a stout...and as they say with the it is a stout. Where this beer really stands out, however, is nowhere. Okay to good in all categories, but special nowhere. Damn it!!! Yeah, yeah, it's got a bit of those roasty malts, coffee shop etc...but not much. However, there are zero off notes. Seriously, after drinking 500ml, I was what the hell am I supposed to write? Mostly stouty?

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Photo of Mar02x
3.41/5  rDev -14.5%
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.

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3.75/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottled and sadly not bottle conditioned as it probably would make the beer
Bottled and part of a huge beers of Europe delivery ordered to celebrate my 40th birthday
and a good RIS just not quite there

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Photo of Doshkin
4.02/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

a - dark and black with some reddish notes. a little bit of head that leaves moderate lacing

s - roasted malts, coffee, chocolate, and a minor sweetness

t - definitely goes from a tiny bit sweet, to full on bitter. the coffee and mild chocolate flavors explode wonderfully on the swallow, leaving a tasty bitter aftertaste. the finish is mostly coffee with a little bit of smokiness.

m - very full bodied with the perfect stout carbonation. this is a smooth drinker. i think the mouthfeel is the best part of the brew.

o - extremely well balanced. nothing about this beer is overpowering, even though it is very thick. i wouldnt say that it is unique, but more of a staple for a quality stout. highly recommend for the stout lovers out there.

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3.87/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ThisWangsChung
4.33/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

4 oz. poured into a snifter at Churchkey. From notes.

A: Pours a nearly pitch black color, with a one finger mocha color head with great retention and superb lacing.

S: Char, leather, dark fruits, hints of chocolate and coffee, and a decent peat smoke note. Slightly barleywine-esque.

T: Roast and char dominate, but never ruin the balance, typical of most European imperial stouts. Opening flavors are more char dominated, giving way to a fruity middle and a bitter roasted coffee aftertaste. Lesser notes of chocolate, peat smoke, and caramel are found when I concentrate finding them. I'm impressed, this is showing solid complexity for a dinky 4 oz. pour.

M: Creamy, at first - before the roast notes unleash a strong drying sensation on the finish. Despite the heavy dryness, it's quite delicate on the tongue, giving it excellent drinkability.

O: Oh, I really enjoyed this one. This has a lot of flavor for only 7.7% ABV. Dare I say this was the best beer of the night (even over Parabola?) Worth hunting down.

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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

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3.93/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle poured into an imperial pint glass.

A: Jet black pour - opaque. Maybe 2 fingers of tan head.

S: Burnt coffee and a bit of booze were expected, but there was a strange celery note that was unappetizing. A bit of smoke and licorice.

T: Nicely balanced but not particularly interesting - just traditional stout malt flavours on the sweeter side offset by herbal hop bitterness.

M: Smooth, on the thin side, but very pleasant. Finishes with a nice bite.

O: This seems to be a classic English interpretation of the RIS; not as exciting as the American ones these days, but still a solid beer in its own right. Worth trying.

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4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

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3/5  rDev -24.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

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.

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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2.75/5  rDev -31.1%

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3/5  rDev -24.8%

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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3.94/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.59/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark, as you would expect of a stout. Tan head recedes immediately to a thin cap. Spotty lacing.

Chocolate, malt, sweet nose. A little thin.

Alcohol is evident. As is chocolate, roasted, smokey malts.

Slightly thin mouthfeel. Alcohol is there in the very back of the throat. Dry.

The 7.4% ABV is a problem. It's a nice enough beer, nothing special. The high ABV means it's not worth the effort however.

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3.63/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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3.88/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.18/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

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