chriso (7344) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 5, 2004
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JAN 24, 2004 A far more interesting and distinctive beer from St Peters. Made like a traditional porter by blending old ale with younger beer. Quite complex smoky liquorice notes, but lacking the sharp, almost lambic, tang on the finish that marks out a really authentic porter. It isn't clear what they use for the old ale, or how long it is matured - perhaps it needs longer. Nonetheless, a decent effort. Bottled, October 2003
RE-RATE January 2004, Bottled. Now I'm getting a far more assertive roast coffee presence, to go with the licorice in the aroma. And more earthy tnes on the palate. It goes up a little in my estimation.
fiulijn (13445) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 5, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark, brown color. Strong aroma: malt, roasted malt, liquorice, phenol, caramel. Dry mothfeel, dominated by the roasted malt, with some caramel and liquorice. Roasted malt in the final, with a light sweetness.
thehoff (581) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JAN 5, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This is my first St Peters and this really is an awesome beer. Deep ruby/black with a thin tan head. Smells sweet and malty, chocolate and cherries. Great flavor. Very smooth, bitter, tangy, sweet. Nice coffee flavor which builds to a nice bitter aftertaste. This is why I love porters.
SilkTork (5068) - Rochester, Kent, United Kingdom, Kent, ENGLAND - JAN 4, 2004
3.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: APR 11, 2010 Bottle. From BofE. BBE Sept 2004. OK - Iím impressed. Iím not a fan of St Peterís bottled ales - I feel they can lack character - but they are well made and tasty. This is a very pleasant chocolate flavoured beer. It does lack the smack of sourness and oakiness that I feel a porter should have (despite being a blend of old and young ales), but itís a clean, tasty product with a good aroma. There are no interesting edges to this, but itís still dragging a reluctant acceptance from me that itís a very moreish and tasty stout/porter/mild - whatever. [3.4]
April 2010 JDW Spring Fest - Rochester Tangy and pleasant dark ale - roasted malts and jammy wine flavours. Quite a bitter finish - lingering dryly. Not entirely to my taste - bitterness is too assertive, and jammy flavour is not that interesting. Overall feels a bit bland and simplistic under all the bold flavours. [2.8]
pjk33 (389) - Sligo - Curllsville Heights, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 2, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. My sister brought this one for me at Christmas 2003. Thanks Anne! St Peter's bottles are always great and this (although only a 12 oz) was the same. Mine poured almost black and couldn't get light to shine through it. About a 1/2" head that left immediately. Nose was of sweet molasses and caramel. A nice bitter coffee like bite that may have been a little smoked... Nice slight alcoholic glow on the finish and this improved as the beer warmed. As with other St. Peter's products, this was only lightly carbonated, but well done. Lacing hangs vertically and stays for a long while. Another good one for St Peter's.
BŁckDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - DEC 31, 2003
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Black color with light sticky head, no lacing.
Light smokey oak aroma with light bitter coffee along with roasted chocolate. Flavor is well balanced with a roasted taste and light sweet chocolate. The finish is lightly dry but still with a moderately full body.
Sham (1845) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 31, 2003
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Very dark mahagony pour with a sizable head that left quickly. Chocolate, roasts, and a bit of smoke underlying. Grapes in the nose as well. Now the smoke is dominant in the flavors. Underneath the smoke is more of the roast and chocolate malts. Small fruits as well. Kind of a watery palate and thin bodied. Finishes with malt and smoke. Good porter.
pauliefrog99 (302) - FLINT, Michigan, USA - DEC 26, 2003
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Poured black with hardly any head. Taste of roasted coffee. To thin and watery for my liking. Not much flavor. Cool bottle though.
larsniclas (5308) - Billdal, SWEDEN - DEC 21, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 25, 2004 Bottled.
Almost black with an offwhite head.
A warm, burnt aroma.
Smooth, salty flavour with some burnt coffee.
Gromit (479) - Port Orchard, Washington, USA - DEC 20, 2003
3.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
I was a sucker for a cool looking bottle. < hanging head in shame >
Date stamped on the lable read 2002 2 0.
As I was pouring it I thought I was pouring a Coke or something given the carbonation and near complete lack of head.
The taste reminded me of the Monty Python brew I had a few weeks ago, only more watery. Tasty malt with just the right amount of hops with a mineraly feel. The taste is complex, woodsy toffy and a hint of caramel.
Mouthfeel was way too watery for a porter, IMO. And drinkability...eh, not bad, but nothing I'll be reaching for anytime soon.