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Brewed by St Peters (UK)
Style: Porter
Bungay, England

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RATINGS: 874   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.38   EST. CALORIES: 153   ABV: 5.1%
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Cask: Regular. Also available brewery conditioned and cold filtered in 500ml bottles.
Hops: Challenger and Goldings.
This fine beer is a blend of a mature old ale with a younger light beer - just as a true Porter should be. The marriage produces an extremely characterful brew which is dark in colour and complex in taste.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
PorterPounder (5198) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JUN 28, 2003
Smoky! I usually do not like a smoked flavor in beer - but this one sits just right. Love the medicine-style bottle as well. Dark appearance - looks like root beer - no head on it whatsoever. Smoky aroma with a bit of a coffee undertone. Overall - very enjoyable - will look for more from this brewer.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
pivo (2542) - GERMANY - JUN 14, 2003
Big chocolately nose with a dark clear brown color and a tan foamy head. Smooth, clean chocolately malt taste with a little smokiness. Coffee finish. Very thin, but well-balanced. Not so powerful, rather reserved but interesting. Nice.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ivan9856 (187) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - JUN 13, 2003
I'll admit that I was first attracted to this beer by the unusual bottle and clever marketing, which exudes old-world craftsmanship and quality. I am happy to confirm that this is an excellent porter. It is a dark, almost rosewood-colored brew, offering a decent, frothy, but mostly diminishing light brown head with super lacing. There is a rich aroma of smoky, or toasted, almonds or oats. The flavor initially is lightly sweet, but finishes nicely bitter or dry. I was surprised by how refreshing this beer is. Perhaps I was expecting something more full-bodied? Nevertheless, I strongly recommend this beer.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hopscotch (8539) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JUN 9, 2003
This fine brew pours very dark, barely revealing its exquisite deep crimson hue. Medium-sized, frothy, off-white head with great lacing. The nose is smoky, chocolatey, beefy and rich with an interwoven whisper of buttermilk. Nice flavor. A touch thin, but contains notes of fine chocolate, beef broth and other things bold, smoky and rich. Medium-bodied with a creamy mouthfeel and pillow-soft carbonation. Medium-length, lightly sweet and then dry finish with bitter notes at the midpoint and a mellow numbing of the tongue at the wee end. I really dig the flask shaped bottle as well.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GermanBrews76 (678) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JUN 2, 2003
Deep cherrywood body, a thick foamy heah, light brown in color. Dry caramely, alcohol, bitter ripe cherries. Some decent roastedness, a bit of an anisie character. Clean and dry with a burnt palate. some caramely sweetness remains. dark chocolate finish. not bad. some coffee notes and a metallic finish.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jazz88 (2528) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUN 1, 2003
UPDATED: MAY 19, 2004 Rating #1 - Bottle (5 3 6 3 12). Dark brown color but see through at the edges with a foamy light brown head. A somewhat sour aroma (tart fruits) and flavor, light body, the toasted malts come through at the finish. The sour fruit elements overwhelmed the malty porter side. Rating #2 Bottle (6 3 6 3 13) - A dark brown ruby color with a thin tan head. A toasted malt and light coffee aroma with a hint of cherry when vigorously swirled. There also seems to be a hint of stale milk. Smooth, toasted malts, bready, and light. This was a much better bottle than I remembered from the first rating.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
edden (926) - cow- lumbus, Ohio, USA - JUN 1, 2003
5/24/03: bottle.
hazel-red body with a green tint. sour malted nose. my first impression was that of ick and gross. tastes like spoiled tea with a twist of lemon. after it warmed a bit this beer got a tiny bit better. malt followed by hops. sour with a slight bitter finish. i’ll admit it, i bought this one because of the killer bottle (a ‘5’ for appearance).

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Zach Diesel (906) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 29, 2003
caramel whiskeylike aroma, nutty brown appearance, looks thin but nice solid stickiness up front that leads to alcohol then choclate malt and a slight nutty finish, awesome mouthfeel

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
YogiBeera (2435) - Hamburg, GERMANY - MAY 25, 2003
Malt and coffe nose and taste. Black with hints of read, frothy head. I love these bottles! Long lasting coffee taste - very refreshing.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
loweredsixth (946) - Clovis, California, USA - APR 27, 2003
Pours a nice dark brown color with a very creamy beige head. the aroma was pretty skunked at first. After I let it sit for a little bit a more earthy aroma came out. the flavor was oddly smokey, sour, and hoppy. The feel was very smooth...not much carbonation. Interesting example of the traditional porter style, but not really that good.


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