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:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 01-22-2006

BEER STATS
Ratings:
198
Reviews:
103
Avg:
3.96
pDev:
12.12%
 
 
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6
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18
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Photo of Monkeyknife
3.77/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the bottle a deep opaque black with one finger of creamy beige head.

Aroma of ash, licorice, raisin, and light coffee notes.

Taste opened with notes of raisin and butterscotch. This was followed by coffee, licorice, roasted malts, and ash.

Thinner bodied and a bit dry with a lighter carbonation.

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Photo of Wiz99
3.69/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of StoutBoi
4.19/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mJJJJJJJ
4.26/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

a very interesting take on the style. i think we as americans have come to expect big sludgy syrupy beers in this style that coat the palate like tar and boast alcohol contents will into double digits. this is not the case here, its decidedly english, and i admire that about it. the pour is really interesting. while the beer is almost black, the contrast of the head being almost pure white is profound, like a yin yang or something, really opposite ends of the spectrum, its beautiful, and not thick at all. it smells a little oxidized, and like bready old world english ale yeast. these beers are not known for yeast flavors, but there is a lot of it here and it makes this unique. its all about the malts, roasted barley cruises along effortlessly, and without all the weight, i taste elements of it i havent often tasted. light drip coffee, bakers cocoa, and char. the yeast really is pretty pungent in this, and i like that a lot. the alcohol being so low lets it be a more delicate experience. it has forced me to consider and reconsider the russian imperial stout as a style. this is just wholly different than what we have come to expect, and rather than call it thin and yeasty, i appreciate it taking a more classic path. chalky texture on it and very dry, i was impressed with this and need to try some more beer from these guys.

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Photo of parintele
3.94/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JackieKu
4.02/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of thebooyakid
4.2/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jaswilson2
3/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of MacQ32
3.81/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Heavy heavy leather/tobacco aroma. Also almost a our apple aroma

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Photo of BeerTruck
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of steverx8
4.24/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of vinicole
4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle - April 2015 Cask - Nov 2016 (Banbury beer fest').
Rich dark brown colour. Tan head.
Lightly smoked aroma. Toffee.
Taste as per the aroma with added chocolate and treacle.
Smooth - especially the cask version.

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Photo of interzen
4.36/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

500ml bottle poured into a pint glass

Look: Pours a dark, dark brown topped off with a couple of fingers of fluffy, light-tan head. Good head retention - or at least it took a good couple of minutes for it to dissipate leaving behind some nice lacing on the sides of the glass.

Smell: Surprisingly flat in the smell department, even after being left at room temperature for a little while. There are faint hints of chocolate, coffee and (maybe) smoke, but not at lot else.

Taste: Taste-wise, it comes alive - there's an initial ashy, smoky flavour followed by the more usual 'stout' flavours of dark chocolate, roasted malts and dark roasted coffee. Granted, it's not as intense as you'd find in a 'dedicated' chocolate or coffee stout, but it's definitely there. The smoky flavours are, however, relegated to a background role. Overall, though, wonderfully complex.

Feel: Quite a dry feel, with an ashy, chalky finish. The merest hint of alcohol in the aftertaste, but otherwise the ABV is well hidden.

Overall: I've had good luck with quite a few of Thornbridge's offerings and this one is no exception. Whilst the Imperial stout market isn't as crowded as that of, say, American-style IPAs, it still takes something to stand out from the crowd and this manages it in spades. Well worth a try, and another stout that might benefit from some aging.

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Photo of budfox
3.88/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of stephenlee
4.17/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of clayrock81
3.9/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

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Photo of matias-
3.96/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of tbone1384
3.9/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Lodisgrisen
4.52/5  rDev +14.1%

Photo of zonker17
4/5  rDev +1%

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

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Photo of AlexAfonin
5/5  rDev +26.3%

Photo of FLima
4.18/5  rDev +5.6%
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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Photo of Anatole
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

Photo of Bunuelian
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

Saint Petersburg Imperial Stout from Thornbridge Brewery
3.96 out of 5 based on 198 ratings.
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