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Thornbridge St. Petersburg Imperial Russian Stout
Thornbridge Brewing from England has a boundless enthusiasm for ale that is matched by a strictly scientific approach to brewing which includes in-house research and development facilities. The Thornbridge team exists to push the boundaries of its craft.The brewers have access to an enviable larder of ingredients to assist their quest for fresh flavors: Most breweries use a couple of varieties of malt and three or four different hops. Thornbridge uses 18 varieties of malt and around 60 varieties of hops from all over the world - each with its own distinctive character to go with each specific styleThis inventive approach has yielded impressive results in the brewery's short life, with over 100 industry and consumer awards at home and abroad over the past five years.
This week I will be reviewing Thornbridge St. Petersburg Imperial Russian Stout packaged in a 500mL bottle.Pours dark brown with a creamy tan head, almost latte like in appearance. Lemony, minty hop nose with underlying chocolate-caramel. Big, sweet roasted malt in the mouth with hints of chicory and bitter coffee. Some dark chocolate and wisps of peaty smoke. Boozy, bitter finish with some roasted hazelnut and maple syrup characters. Nice, slightly dry, bitter ending. 96 points ratebeer.com
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