Saint Petersburg Imperial Stout | Thornbridge Brewery

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Saint Petersburg Imperial StoutSaint Petersburg Imperial Stout
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Thornbridge Brewery
England, United Kingdom
thornbridgebrewery.co.uk

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.40%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 01-22-2006

BEER STATS
Ratings:
199
Reviews:
103
Avg:
3.96
pDev:
12.12%
 
 
Wants:
6
Gots:
18
For Trade:
1
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Photo of yuno
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Jrodsmrs51
3.77/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DegenErik
3.57/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of VoxRationis
4.15/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Decanted into conical pint glass; yeast leavings evident at end. Pours black coffee colored, with a 1/2 inch tan head, minimal lacing. Bouquet of roasted malt, citrus, black coffee; palate dark roast malts with plum and fig notes. Nice "mouth feel" with effervescence lasting for the whole period of consumption. A very solid example of the style.

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Photo of Vader444
4.75/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

On tap at Casc Aberdeen.

A really dense flavourful stout. The mouthfeel on this is damn near perfect. Big, malty and chewy, this is an excellent beer. Hopefully the bottled version is as good. Cheers!

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Photo of Euroglot
3.25/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of shelby415
3.87/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of GoHabsGo
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of tubeyes
3.63/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Malt_Man
3.57/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Served at cellar temperature from 500ml bottle into straight pint glass.

L) Very dark reddish brown - noticeably not black. Opaque. Dense tan head.

S) Alcohol and yeast, to say this isn't too cold, I was expecting more here.

T) Quite a harsh alcohol taste hits first. Then a strongish roasted malt flavour, then roast malt bitterness. Right at the back of the mouth is a slight sweet balance, but you really have to look for it.

F) Thick mouthfeel, low carbonation and a lot of bitterness in the aftertaste. Definite alcohol warming of the throat and stomach.

O) Harsh alcohol flavour and bitterness put this one out of balance in my book. I'm a stout / imperial stout fan but not too impressed by this one.

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Photo of azkkr
3.77/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of AngEo
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of a77cj7
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Beginner2
4.16/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thornbridge reminds me of an American brewery, with a British twist of course.
Like the Americans, Thornbridge enjoy experiments... but they also keep the stiff upper lip and don't get extreme. Whereas their American counterparts, well, often more than they should.

With Saint Petersburg Stout, they imagined the Imperial variation as it used to be exported two centuries ago, made their recipe work and, then, improved on it. All the imperial characteristics are there: the brownish head and the roasted malt giving the chocolatey-mocha in the nose, on the palate, and after swallowed.

Reviewed in Roger Protz' "300 More Beers To Try Before You Die", a sequel to his CAMRA classic.

Saint Petersburg is one of 5 Thornbridge beers listed on the "1001". Also with that rarified count of 5 beers, is Anchor, the American brewery that innovates British styles with small experiments.

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Photo of captaincoffee
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%
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 duck...so 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 like...now what the hell am I supposed to write? Mostly stouty?

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Photo of thatsmyspot
4.06/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Zazzi82
3.92/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Robertas
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Sammy
3.9/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of bigred89
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Spike
3.59/5  rDev -9.3%
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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Photo of mwckiltedsavage
3.69/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of craftbeersweden
3.9/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear, dark brown/black beer with a two finger high, fluffy mocca head.

Nose: Vanilla, roasted malt, whipped cream, licorice, raisin and brown sugar.
Taste: Ash, licorice, sweet caramel malt, ash, dark chocolate and coffee.
Body: Medium body. Smooth. A bitter taste at the end.

A great "all year around" stout!

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Photo of Mike_Aguirre
4.11/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours deep black, with a mild tan foam head. Aroma has chocolate notes, some coffee and dark fruits. Taste is of roasted malts and some bitterness, no hops. Medium body with low carbonation. Overall it´s a nice Imperial Stout but I expected more from the flavor.

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Photo of tlema1
3.69/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L: blackish brown with a very thin head even with a vigorous pour
S: roasty, some chocolate
T: very well balanced, nice roasted malt taste with chocolate overtones
F: not boozy, low ABV, rich, good body
O: I'm glad I got to try this

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Saint Petersburg Imperial Stout from Thornbridge Brewery
3.96 out of 5 based on 199 ratings.
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