Brewed by St Peters (UK)
Style: Scotch Ale
Bungay, England
Serve in Thistle


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RATINGS: 196   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.95/5   EST. CALORIES: 144   ABV: 4.8%
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"Whisky Beer"
A superb balanced beer with ’smokey’ overtones from peated malt. With a measure of English Whisky from St. George’s Distillery in Norfolk, it is rich in flavour.

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   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Palme (4811) - Bergen, - OCT 7, 2012
0.5l bottle shared with The Tasting Crew. This one pours a light blurry honey-golden body with a small light bubbly and sidesticking white head. Smells definitely smoky, with peat and sweet ham. Wet gunpowder moshed between two rocks and added black leather. A strange description, but yeah. It has a really thin and light mouthfeel with a soft to average carbonation level. Peated smoky flavors. It really lack some mouthfeel this one. There is also a faint fruity hint hidden behind all that peated woody smoke, but more subtle. Subtle peaches actually. Ends more watery and quite blend. Peat all the way, but I wish it had a bit more body to follow up all that smoke. 24.09.2012

Davros IX (382) - Hertford, Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - JUL 17, 2017
Bottle at home. I’ve always loved the St Peters bottles with their great shape and heft in the hand. Anyway, the beer poured well into the tankard and tasted pretty good too. I have to admit that to me there was no discernible taste of whisky, but there was a level of oakiness lurking in the palate. This was a solid best bitter and I did enjoy drinking it, but not one to seek out again. And I really didn’t taste the whisky.

nybol (2248) - DENMARK - JUL 10, 2017
Brygget med whiskey, og helt klart røgwhiskey. Ved første smag troede jeg faktisk at jeg havde fået en røgøl. Smagen er også meget derhen ad, men bitterheden i eftersmagen er noget mere fremtræden, og røgsmagen fortager sig.

Alengrin (5438) - BELGIUM - JUL 7, 2017
Specialty beer from this classic English brewery, founded in 1996 and housed next to St. Peter’s Hall in St. Peter South Elmham in Suffolk, known for its very recognizable, oval flask-shaped bottles; this one is apparently not only made with a small portion of peated whisky malt, but also contains a splash of English (!) whisky, so a whisky beer in two different ways, you could say. Medium thick, off-white, lacing, very regular head, in the shape of a firm moussy ring and some flat islands in the middle, atop a cristal clear, orange-tinged ’old gold’ coloured beer. Aroma of clear cooked vegetable- and somewhat plastic-like pasteurization, overseeing more flattering hints of dry peat (clearly present but not too overpowering), freshly struck matches, damp cloth, moist flour, dried bitter wormwood leaves, straw, deep fryer oil, scones, lightly toasted white bread, moist cigarette tobacco, peanuts, camomile and indeed whisky, but subtly so and without the alcoholic effect. ’Clean’ and very subdued fruitiness in the mouth, so subdued that it becomes lager-like, but still showing faint background hints of dried apricot and apple peel, dryish from the start with a certain rounded, cereally malt sweetishness readily apparent, in a smooth and slick, lightly oily, softly carbonated environment. The maltiness clearly dominates the onset and the middle, with this cereally factor quickly shifting to a more expressive, toasted, softly bitterish flavour, with thin caramelly edges; the toasted bitterness matches well with a classically (’noble’) hoppy end bitterness in the finish, floral, leafy and peppery, drying the root of the tongue and lingering for quite a while; meanwhile the peat factor has subtly crept in, with a smoky, almost cigarette tobacco-like effect. The added whisky flavour is perceptible but hard to distinguish from this smoky peated malt aspect; generally speaking, a whisky-like effect adorns the end phase of this beer, but in a subtle and non-offensive way. That said, this whisky element is basically the only thing that elevates this beer a bit over the mainstream filtered English pale ale- and bitter-style beers, setting it a bit apart in its own subtle way; if only many of these peated whisky barrel-aged beers with deeper structures and higher ambitions would be able to apply it in this subtle, yet distinctive manner. That said: below this interesting peated and whisky-like factor, this is still a bland, filtered and pasteurized, almost lager-like English ale with an industrial feel to it as a result - and nowhere near a ’Scotch ale’ as it is apparently classified here...

vipinvelp (4473) - Velp, NETHERLANDS - FEB 24, 2017
Light opaque yellow, white lacing foam head. Light smokey aroma, some smoke tones in taste. More oak dominated than whisky in taste and aftertaste. (Rotterdam 201702)

Bijl (690) - NETHERLANDS - JAN 28, 2017
Goudgeel, helder, heel weinig koolzuur, snel zakkende schuimkraag. Aroma: Graan en zoete mouten , iets gerookt, boter, brood/biscuit. Smaak: Behoorlijk gerookt, zoete pale mout, karamel, graan. De whisky krijg ik niet echt mee... alleen het rokerige als een turf gerookte whisky en iets oak.  De basis van dit bier is een zoetige Engelse Bitter.  Brood/biscuit en granig/boterig.  Geen hele goede dit! Lichte body, waterig en een rokerige bittere afdronk.

midovark (970) - Balassagyarmat, HUNGARY - DEC 31, 2016
0.5 l bottle. Pours hazy, deep golden with no head. Something was off with this: it was watery, thin and lacked every aroma and taste.

Piw (1163) - Rüsselsheim, GERMANY - NOV 23, 2016
500ml Flasche. Klar und golden mit minimaler Schaumkrone. Komische Aromen. Bisschen Vanille, Gewürznelke und Kräuter. Bitter im Geschmack mit dünnem Körper.

PintjeFritz (361) - Baden-Württemberg, GERMANY - OCT 7, 2016
Nice bottle but without any information about the malts, hops and drinktemperature. Clear amber beer with a very small cream-colored head, smell is light sweet and after vanilla, flat carbonation, thin texture, bitter, long finish and very bitter, (I have 0.5l bottle with best-before 20.07.2017)

AaronTDubs (500) - - SEP 27, 2016
Clear amber color. Medium carbonation. Lots of smoke, toffee, caramel, fruity British yeast character, little-to-no hop aroma. Has a bitter smokey flavor, malty start, but finishes completely dry. Has some fruity tones in there too. Can be a bit too harsh. I actually hated it on first taste, but it grew on me. Tastes like a good british bitter with some smoke added. Not bad.

Blueshawk (465) - Bad Bellingen, GERMANY - SEP 14, 2016
- helle bernsteingelbe Farbe mit geringer Schaumbildung - leicht würzige – aber leider etwas undefinierbare – Aromen - auch geschmacklich bleibt das Ganze irgendwie indifferent, nicht fassbar und ohne eigenen Charakter - auch der Abgang bleibt geschmacklich nicht fassbar und wassrig Fazit: Seltsames Gebräu

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