Thornbridge: Saint Petersburg (England: Imperial Stout:7.7% ABV)

Visual: Opaque black with a small rich chocolate/caramel brown head.

Nose: Lime, washing up liquid. Cream, hops and treacle.

Body: Chocolaty good bitter, nuts toffee. Slight fizzy texture. Vanilla, intense. Raspberry, ice cream. Some hops and some mocha.

Finish: Bitter chocolate, strawberry, charring hops. Sudden nuts. Blackcherry, lime.

Conclusion: An intense and complex pint with a hideous nose to say the least. Once you get past the washing up liquid aroma there is an intense ride awaiting you, it’s not always working out, but at least it doesn’t bore you.

It can, on a good mouthful, be exceptional, but on a bad swig it’s unpleasant. Not a reliable bottle of stout – a Russian roulette of flavour.

Do you feel lucky? Well take a mouthful.