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

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RATINGS: 510   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.44   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
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Cask; Seasonal - Winter. Also available brewery conditioned and cold filtered in 500ml bottles.
A deep ruby red strong ale with an excellent balance of malt sweetness and hop bitterness. A classic example of a ’winter warmer’; high in alcohol and rich in taste.


4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
graygoody (1) - British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 26, 2006 does not count
Dark brown in color, with a off white creamy foam.Sweet and malty, smooth rich taste. My son-in-law brought over four bottles from england and I wished he had brought more. Over all a splended ale.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
joelooie (5) - saint Catharines, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 3, 2013 does not count
UPDATED: MAR 2, 2013 Loved this beer, so good, was very different from others and is always something that stands out which I’d go for again

4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sigmund (5307) - Tau, NORWAY - MAR 9, 2007
500 ml green bottle, courtesy of Cardinal pub, Stavanger. Very dark reddish brown colour, nearly black, nice brown head. LOVELY vinous aroma with oak, raisins, chocolate, roasted malts, liquorice, some coffee. The flavour has much of the same elements as the aroma, chocolate and sweet malts (but not too sweet) are in front. A roasty and hoppy bitterness in the aftertaste. Very full and rich mouthfeel. Blimey - this IS an excellent beer! LUVVERLY!

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Wulfstan (509) - California, USA - JAN 8, 2008
This is a nice, tasty ale that is surprisingly light and light a corss between anold ale and a more hoppy bitter. It is almost black red-brown with a medium light brown head slowly dissipating to a foamy top and ring but leaves rich lacing. The aroma is dark caramelly malt, brown bread, with very faint hints of spice, chocolate, and earth, a definite "old ale" character to the aroma but a little more bready than usual. There is no coffee element at all. The taste is unexpexctedly bitter, but in a good way, reminiscent of a hoppier English bitter. This is added to a light, lively body but with rich, mellow old ale flavours dominated by dark toasty brown bread, and hints of caramel. It has some traits of a livelier schwarzbier and is quite different from an old ale like Old Peculier or Olde Suffolk. It’s smooth, lightly creamy and has elements of a milk stout when warmer, when exceptedly, it is at its best. This is a wonderful, complex, interesting, tasty, yet drinkable beer.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
gilvanblight (801) - Windsor, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 1, 2008
Extremely dark pour with a light thin tan head. Meaty malty scent reminds me of a stout. Somewhat earthy in scent as well, with a touch of raisins. A very nice warming taste, befitting a winter beer. Sweet at first, quickly changing to a melly warm maltiness. The finish is like a bitter dark chocolat as the hops comes out at the end. Disapointing boozy aftertaste though. A fine seasonal ale, one of the best I have had, would be even better without that alcohol filled aftertaste.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
caesar (5315) - Bunnik/Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - AUG 19, 2004
Clear dark brown color, medium creamy brown head. Aroma of heavy roasted malts, licorice and coffee. Taste of sweet roasted malts, bit bitter, some alcohol, chocolat. Very strong, but very nice to drink after all those typical english bitters.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
GregClow (2910) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 8, 2004
Dark ruby-brown colour with a small tan head. Very still body with low carbination. Roasty and smoky aroma with notes of dark cherry and cocoa. Flavour is very porterish, with strong chocolate and coffee notes, and a warming bitterness in the back of the throat. I think this might be my favourite St. Peter’s beer so far...

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Crockett (1012) - Southampton,Ontario, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 11, 2004
If I have ever said " I have never been impressed with anything from St. Peter’s Brewery" before; let this be the one that changed my opinion. Pours deep dark brown with a decent sized tan foamy head. Aroma is wonderful. Big roasted malts. Chocolate, plum, spiced bread pudding. Salty. Fresh berries and brewed coffee. Caramel, boullion, iron, blood and earth. The carry over of the nose to the palate is pretty much seamless. Long roasty finish. Complex and considerably better than anything I have tried from St. Peter’s.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
douqep (8) - USA - NOV 30, 2008 does not count
Big and powerful; beauty to look at. I took a big chug of this stuff and almost spat it out because it was much stronger than I thought it would be. It has a great Scotch-like aftertaste which I found appealing. Good brew for the cold months.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Bejaaamin (115) - London, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 29, 2009
Ooooh lordsy, this is a mighty fine treat. The sweet malts and the bitter hops perfectly balance out this ale. Black copper appearance. Tastes of coffee, caramel, and a hint of roast hazelnuts. Good on any cooler night.


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