SilkTork (5218) - 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 - I’m impressed. I’m not a fan of St Peter’s 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 it’s a clean, tasty product with a good aroma. There are no interesting edges to this, but it’s still dragging a reluctant acceptance from me that it’s 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.
BückDich (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 (5607) - 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.
Deimos (81) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - DEC 16, 2003
2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Dark Amber color, not much head. Small aroma.
Not much flavor, palate a little watery.
Overall a disappointment. Now, where was the chocolate?
There must be better porters than this!
rlgk (10514) - Göteborg/Jönköping, SWEDEN - DEC 14, 2003
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark amber with a nice and creamy head. Aroma is smoked and burnt. Some smoked fish but also sweet from cocoa and chocolate. Flaovr is burnt as well, with some bitterness.
Suttree (5142) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 1, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
So, I turn my head for just a second, and the next thing I see is my 4 year old niece drinking my beer. She takes a swig and says "Yum! taste like Tootsie Roll!". Couple of points: 1) four year olds should not drink beer. 2) Her observation was, for the most part, astute. This is heavy on the chocolate flavor and a fairly rich mouthfeel.