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07-12-2011, 11:30
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Do you ever avoid a special beer you’ve really enjoyed in the past because you have a feeling it just won’t excite you the same way second time around?
We have wondered why we haven’t got round to having a second bottle of Thornbridge’s St Petersburg Imperial Russian Stout and perhaps that was the reason, as we really did enjoy it last time (http://boakandbailey.com/2007/12/01/homecoming-beer-thornbridge-st-petersburg-stout/), back when Thornbridge were up-and-coming and causing a buzz.
Fortunately, it didn’t disappoint, although we detected a more pronounced, pleasantly funky brettanomyces (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brettanomyces) and tobacco character this time, reminding us of Harvey’s (http://boakandbailey.com/2009/12/23/sour-stout-in-a-victorian-pub/) or even that 1983 Courage we enjoyed in Antwerp (http://boakandbailey.com/2010/08/07/ancient-beer-and-charming-clutter/). Complex yet comforting, a perfect, slow-sipping Christmas beer, despite it’s tasteful label and reindeer-pun-free name.

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