Thornbridge – St Petersburg Imperial Stout – 7.4%
From the Thornbridge Brewery in Bakewell comes St Petersburg Imperial Stout at a respectable 7.4%. A fruity & slightly burnt aroma upon de-capping, the pour (from cold) shows a massive amount of carbonation which is completely off the scale for the beer style, with the head constantly creeping out of the glass. Excellent head retention (understandable! in the circumstances) with a sweet burnt malty taste with hints of Chocolate & Coffee. A surprisingly fruity stout with undertones of blackcurrants. Quite bitter on the aftertaste and a real pleasure to drink. Personally I prefer a less carbonated big stout.