Trappist (286) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 18, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Quite tasty! This was a very enjoyable porter, that was smooth and mellow, and yet complex. I was quite pleased with this porter, and the creamy coffee-ish flavors that were noted.
JackLanders (55) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - JAN 16, 2004
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Roasty, creamy and complex. This beer, which I purchased mostly on the basis of it's interesting bottle, reminded me what's great about porter that I had forgotten drinking and brewing mostly pale ales and pilsners for a while. Hints of chocolate, coffee and vanilla, but none of these tastes were overpowering. In fact, they were subtle enough to keep me sipping, trying to get a handle on the elusive things going on in my mouth. I wanted another when I was done. This porter made me smile.
mkobes (2142) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - JAN 11, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Deep Red in color. Soem caramel notes to it. I have had their other beers and they are very good. Very roasty. Interesting beer.
MaiBockAddict (1497) - Good Beer Bar Deprived, New Jersey, USA - JAN 10, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Redish brown with a slight tan head. Malty slightly burnt aroma. Carmel also noted. Full bodied roasted carmel flavor, with a nice hop bitterness as well. Decent, interesting, complex, enjoyable.
BBB63 (6557) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JAN 10, 2004
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Reddish brown hue with little head or lace. Aroma hinted of caramel, hazelnut, ripe fruits (apple, pear, raisin), aromatic tradional hops, earthy yeast esters, and minor smoke. The flavors display a coffee like bitterness and sweet nutty nature. There is a caramel and mild molasses undertone. Detected some acidic (tart), lactic (sour), and smoke tones upon the finish. The mouthfeel is dry, chalky, and soft. Very good tradional porter but doesn't have the firepower of the better versions of the genre. Still worthy of a try.
pilsnerrogge (2797) - Finspång, SWEDEN - JAN 8, 2004
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark brown (almost black) colour. Low head but decent lacework. Faint roasty aroma. Surprisingly thin mouthfeel. Roasted flavour with notes of chocolate and coffee. Bitter finish. "Old Style"???
Yankovitch333 (612) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JAN 8, 2004
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a dark reddish brown, with a thick beige head that lingers a good while. Aroma is faint. Coffee and chocolate. Thin mouthfeel, with a strong roasted coffee flavors. Not very sweet. Decent porter, but it lacks complexity. Easy to drink.
Darkover (1534) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 7, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark brown with a small beige head. Aroma of chocolate and vanilla. Flavor of dark chocolate with some roast and bitterness. A little thin, but very drinkable and good.
Ingevara (899) - SWEDEN - JAN 6, 2004
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Low head, low sweetness. A strong hint of coffee and ashes. Malty, but not bitter, no sting. I've tasted fare better porters but it is OK as a companion for pork or smoked fish. Not for sipping.
chriso (7513) - 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.