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 (889) - 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.
fiulijn (18101) - 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 (596) - 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 (5507) - Southampton, United Kingdom, Hampshire, 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 (390) - 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.