Saint Petersburg Imperial Stout | Thornbridge Brewery

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Saint Petersburg Imperial StoutSaint Petersburg Imperial Stout

Brewed by:
Thornbridge Brewery
England, United Kingdom

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.40%

Availability: Winter

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 01-22-2006

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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!

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Photo of John_M
3.96/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at Max's in Baltimore the other night.

The beer pours a rich dark black color with a tan creamy head. There is very good head retention and decent lacing. This beer looks pretty impressive. On the nose I don't get a whole lot, maybe some licorise and mild malt. On the palate this beer comes across more as an Oatmeal stout then an Imperial stout. It has a very soft creamy mouthfeel, with flavors of vanilla, chocolate and chicory/coffee. The flavors all meld together and nothing comes across as very distinct. There is sort of dry, slightly bitter finish, with the abv. pretty well disguised. The abv. is fairly high for an English stout, which I assume is one of the reasons it's considered an RIS.

A very nice beer, but not so distinct, impressive or unusual that I would seek it out.

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Photo of wl0307
4.27/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I was pleasantly surprised to find this bottle-conditioned version at a fantastic beer shop in Sheffield, The Dram. The 500ml brown bottle comes with a chic and simple beer label. BB date unknown, served cool in a straight imperial pint glass.

A: a tight and creamy tan head sits on top of a deeply dark brownish hue, with very good retention.
S: roasted malts, charred wood, soy sauce, licorice, and aromatic cocoa abound, enriched with a touch of flowery hops which comes slightly sweet to match the powdery chocolatey and nutty note very well. Firmly behind the maltiness lingers a touch of dried red dates as well, but not as assertive as in a premium bitter or porter. Rich and dense, as well as refreshing, with but a touch of alcohol.
T: a refreshing flow of semi-syrupy and bitter-sweet chocolates prevails upfront, before a roast nuttiness takes over; yeastiness, dryish bitter and earthy hops to follow, bringing lots of dried leafiness and herbal bitterness on board. Vertical bitterness and a very subtle aroma and flavour of walnuts quietly linger. All elements are integrated perfectly.
M&D: the mouthfeel is superb, with the flow of refreshing but soft fizziness as live witness to successful bottle-conditioning. The body is almost full but every element on the palate is mixed harmoniously, rendering a balanced profile and great quaffability. I wish I had the luck to try this beer on cask some day.

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