St. Peter's Winter Ale - St. Peter's Brewery Co Ltd
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4.4/5 rDev +13.1%
Appearance: chocolate brown with a red hue; beautiful thick head; fine suds; great lace
Aroma: sweet and malty; caramel and toffee; hint of banana
Taste & Mouthfeel: smooth and creamy; strong coffee flavour; dark caramel that moves toward toasty, almost like sitting by a fire; light carbonation; not as sweet as the scent, but that's a good thing; roasted flavour stands out more over time
Overall: really fits the bill - a perfect winter beer - roasted and warming, not too sweet; to be had in a mountain chalet surrounded by snow!
03-25-2012 14:21:30 | More by BGDrock
3.8/5 rDev -2.3%
A - Very dark. Far more brown than red, some decent head retention at first.
A - Fruity esters and malts... I've had fruitier smelling beers from this brewery. Nothing blows me away, but if you're new to English-style beers, this will be a treat!
T - Malty, kinda sweet and toasty. This beer is not the sap I've had in bigger beers, but comes close for the low ABV that it has. Finish is reasonably dry. Hard to distinguish a theme here. It's kinda just meant to the be big and broad (relatively speaking). Some English hops sneak up on the nose and taste buds, periodically, keeping the flavor interesting.
M - Big and chewy, gets heavy fast.
O - For 6.5% this beer packs a punch, but also seems to lack direction. I dunno what it is, but this one just doesn't hit home for me like their IPA and Cream Stout. In part, I think it might have been WHEN I had this beer, rather than the beer itself. I won't forever pass it up in the future, but it's not a beer I'll go out of my way to try.
*This is a beer that I very much believes needs to be paired with food. Spicy chilli, smoked fish, BBQ with plenty of greens, korma, and shepherd's pie all come to mind as great companions.
02-18-2012 14:53:25 | More by MONKandTUCK
3.83/5 rDev -1.5%
Pours a clear, dark brown with minimal coffee-coloured head that dissipates very quickly. Dark enough that the pint glass is opaque, but light enough that amber highlights at glass edges are visible without holding it up to the light.
Mild aroma of roasted malts with coffee tones. The flavour follows suit with a more robust malt spectrum. Roasted and toasted malt sweetness with hints of chocolate and coffee. Well balanced with a sweet finish and the 6.5% ABV is completely hidden. None of the spice elements that are common in North American Winter Warmers, but a pleasure to drink.
01-16-2012 02:09:08 | More by hopsolutely
4/5 rDev +2.8%
This pours dark to almost black with ruby around the edges. Light does not pass through it. I did not have the head retention that was listed previously, probably due to being from bottle as opposed from tap. Surprisingly sweet up front with powerful malt on the back. A classic winter warmer style. This whole beer rings of "old school" The nose has sweet almost bubblegum notes, similiar to a wheat beer. The body is all ale though. I haven't had too many of this brewery's beers, but this is definitely one to remember and try next holiday season. One or two or a snowy night would be very pleasant.
01-14-2012 22:18:58 | More by Treborofmoria
3.98/5 rDev +2.3%
A - near black darkness, short tan head dissipated to a thin covering with decent lacing
S - big chocolate aroma, mild spice with a boozy tingle, very enticing but not at all what I was expecting
T - cocoa, pressed coffee, and some licorice root, mild smokiness and light fruit, much more of a stout flavour than the winter warmers I'm used to
M - big body smoothness with a big feel and just a hint of dry late
O - expecting a very spicy warm ale, surprised to get this big bold malty treat but a little reading tells me that this is common in the english style, very 'chocolate stout' in my opinion, very tasty
01-07-2012 03:34:01 | More by joemcgrath27
4.43/5 rDev +13.9%
Poured from a 16.9 oz bottle into a nonic, served at cellar temp.
Black as night with a pale khaki head, some lacing.
Aroma of roasted malt, molasses and herbal hops.
mouthfeel: smooth and slippery
taste: deeply toasted and roasted malt with a slight molasses sweetness, balanced by a slight hop bitterness.
Notes: For all the world this reminds me of a BSDA. This is dark, slightly sweet, slightly smoky and very delicicious. I look forward to drinking this one again.
12-29-2011 23:32:06 | More by fx20736
4.7/5 rDev +20.8%
Bottle into tulip.
A- Super dark brown/black pour with hints of red up to the light. Two finger cream colored head that rapidly drops to thin cap. Lacing is fantastic.
S- Chocolate and coffee with hints of cinnamon, nutmeg, figs and dates. Brown sugar and subtle vanilla.
T- Coffee and dark chocolate, dates and brown sugar with a touch of cinnamon.
M- Medium bodied and creamy, subtle carbonation, sticky on the lips.
O- This thing is awesome! There is so much going on here it truly is remarkable. I've never had a winter warmer this full bodied, complex and creamy.
12-18-2011 01:19:58 | More by korguy123
4.03/5 rDev +3.6%
Pours an opaque dark brown with a cola-like nut brown colour visible around the edges. The small tan coloured head burns off quickly, leaving behind a thin, but long-lasting collar and little to no lacing.
Deep, multi-layered aroma. Smells of roasted malts, coffee, dark fruits and berries, chocolate, grasses, anise, a hint of smoke and wet wood.
Tastes of bitter coffee, roasted malts and chocolate, with a sweet fruit and berry undertone. The finish has a solid bitterness to it.
Full-bodied with a moderate carbonation level. Very creamy on the tongue. Coffee and chocolate permeate the aftertaste, along with a very subtle fruitiness.
Smells and drinks more like a stout than anything. Very drinkable, yet satisfying winter warmer. The aroma, taste and aftertaste are all very similar, but every sip seems to be a different mix of chocolate, coffee and fruit.
12-15-2011 18:31:03 | More by bryehn
3.23/5 rDev -17%
This beer was poured into a shaker pint.
The beer is a ruby red with a three finger head.
The smell was of toffee, dark fruits, and sweet malts
Tasted only the toffee and the sweet malts.
The mouthfeel was warming and thick.
Overall, this beer was a beautiful letdown.
I don't know if I will revisit this beer style.
12-10-2011 22:48:54 | More by BierStein711
4.22/5 rDev +8.5%
Appearance: It has a nice dark brown color to it with some amber hues coming through. It has a nice tan head that dies down moderately and leaves some lacing.
Smell: The aromas definitly give out hints of roasty malts, dark fruit, caramel, coffee, chocolate and some earthy hops.
Taste: Like the aromas, it has a sweet malt character to it, dark fruit, some spices, caramel, chocolate/coffee and some earthy hops giving it a nice bitterness.
Mouthfeel: It has a medium carbonation with a nice sweet and malty overall balance and feel.
Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with good flavors and aromas.
12-06-2011 02:36:19 | More by SebD
4/5 rDev +2.8%
A - Pours a dark ruby red colour, finger of head with some retention and sporadic lacing.
S - Dark cocoa, vanilla, spiced rum, pineapple and a hint of espresso.
T - Sweet caramel, spices are coming through; cinnamon, nutmeg and all-spice. Leafy, herbal hops, a tad medinical, with the sweet caramal and cocoa malt lingering on the finish.
M - Good body carbonation, goes down smooth and finishes wiht a touch of dryness.
O - A tasty winter warmer, doesn't overload the palette with spices, yet doesn't come across too mild. An easy drinking ale that boasts a solid flavour profile and a uniqueness that comes with the style.
12-04-2011 15:51:28 | More by andrenaline
4.25/5 rDev +9.3%
A - Poured into a pint glass there was only a half inch light cocoa head that disappeared instantly to a thin colllar of fine bubbles. The body is nearly black with some deep brown highlights on the edges and is nearly devoid of any lacing.
S - toasted malt, leafy hops, dark raisins, licorice
T - sweet malt,leafy herbal hops, bitter rye bread, licorice and dark fruit, with a pleasant smoky wood coming through in the finish. Definitely some booze and perhaps a hint of cinnamon. Cloves.
M - This is a creamy smooth brew especially given the complex flavors present. Some carbonation and pleasantly bitter in the finish. Sweet but not cloying. Some spicy notes but they are subdued and do not dominate the palate.
O - a spectacular winter warmer that I will hit annually.
12-02-2011 18:54:42 | More by Stocean1
4.3/5 rDev +10.5%
500 mL bottle from the LCBO, production code given is H1811 so I am guessing August 18th of this year.
Pours a deep black-brown colour, though realistically it's dark enough that 'black' is sufficient. Ruby red highlights under the light. There is a thin, creamy tan-coloured head on top, but it fades quickly and doesn't leave much behind - just a thin, filmy cap and a collar of cream around the edge. The aroma is heavy on roasted biscuit malts, a bit nutty with some toffee, molasses and bittersweet chocolate/coffee grind notes as well. Some muted spicy, herbal qualities in the background, with a bit of ethanol.
The taste is also pretty malt-forward, with roasted biscuits and bittersweet baker's chocolate being quite prominent. Hints of walnut, coffee grounds, and perhaps figs or prunes... some sort of dark fruit anyway. Sweet, but balanced with lots of traditional leafy, floral, bittering English hops. The spiciness is subtler than in most American warmers and not the focus of the brew, but notes of cinnamon and herbal mintiness add another layer to this one. The booze is barely noticeable, but complements the flavour nicely, blending with floral bitterness, roasted coffee and tree bark in the aftertaste. Good mouthfeel, not quite 'full-bodied' but getting there. The moderate carbonation provides just enough bite to keep it feeling crisp without masking flavours. Easy to drink, but complex enough to sip and enjoy slowly.
I seem to really like English warmers, mostly because they don't smack you in the face with a 10-pound sack of spices. St. Peter's Winter Ale fits that mould quite well, and may in fact be a new favourite in the category for me, though I doubt fans of spicy American warmers will concur. Regardless of which camp you fall into though, this stuff is delicious and at least worth a try.
12-01-2011 03:32:18 | More by thehyperduck
St. Peter's Winter Ale from St. Peter's Brewery Co Ltd
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