St. Peter's Cream Stout - St. Peter's Brewery Co Ltd
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Reviews by Dantes:
4.05/5 rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5
Package: Interesting 500ml (1 pint, 0.9 oz.) flask-shaped (oddly cribbed from a PA glassmaker from the 1770's) crowned bottle of yellowish-green glass (not emerald-green like Heineken). Simple gold-rimmed pink front label and square back label, which describes this beer as being made with four local malts and Challenger and Fuggles hops. No date or ABV information, but hand-stamped 4054. It actually looks different than the BA picture, and Cream Stout is printed across the label, and not stacked.
Cost: $2.99 at Total Wines
Presentation: Imperial pint at ~50º
Appearance: Pours a classically opaque brown-black that only shows a slight glow when held to light. A hard pour generated a nice chocolate malt head, but it didnt last all that long, nor did it generate much lace. Pretty standard for a stout.
Smell: Nice and chocolatey, with a gentle but not cloying sweetness. No real astringency on the nose, and probably could have done with a little coffee-ish element.
Taste: Quite nice on the palate. The chocolate really comes through, along with a fair amount of sweetness. This reminded me more of a milk chocolate beer than a dark chocolate beer. Not a bad thing. The hops are fairly subdued but recognizable. This is very much a classic British stout that calls to mind the Sam Smiths house style (but not quite as good). Theres also a nice fruitiness that comes through in the moderate, somewhat diluted finish.
Mouthfeel: The main flaw in this beer is its lack of body. I found the carbonation to be fine (maybe even a bit too much for a stout). The flavor concentration was good, but the body was a bit watery. I dont know where the 6.5% ABV, but theres little heat from that kind of ABV.
Drinkability: As mentioned, the ABV is practically undetectable. One could down quite a few of these without a second thought. A very pleasant, classically British stout, without an aggressive edge.
Backwash: I had several of these during The Open Championship weekend, finishing off the last during the post-tournament coverage with a great cigar (this is a great cigar beer. It really brought out the espresso & chocolate notes in the cigar). This may be a bit expensive, but I think its one of the rare authentic versions of this beer style around. There are a few American versions, but with Mackesons being made in the USA now and a shadow of itself, this is a nice substitute.
Serving type: bottle
07-27-2004 19:02:55 | More by Dantes
More User Reviews:
3.98/5 rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Poured from 500mL bottle into a pint glass.
Appearance: extremely dark body with just the faintest hints of ruby highlights coming through when held up to a light. Head is a finger of frothy dark tan foam. Quite appealing!
Smell: sweet aroma with a ton of toffee and caramel character; indeed, almost milky-sweet. There even seems to be mild fruity undertones -- not unlike Amarula. Quite good.
Taste: sweet, but with plenty of character. It reminds me of a nice Baltic porter; there's chocolate and roast, but also fruitiness, toffee and caramel. Definitely a winner!
Mouthfeel: medium-rich body with a good carbonation and a decent creaminess. There's something a little grainy about the mouthfeel, too, but in general it's quite good.
Overall: a very pleasing milk stout. I'll definitely have this again.
Serving type: bottle
04-09-2014 00:23:34 | More by flagmantho
4.23/5 rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
A - the only disappointing thing about this amazing beer is the head. Lol glad she's not my wife. Pours black color which is perfect but has a small creamy colored head with thin lacing.
S - sweet smelling beer like honey or molasses. Unique and very enjoyable odor.
T - wow. Wow. Very well crafted. I like my beer slightly more sweet than bitter and that is exactly what St. Peter's delivers. Sweet, sweet stout flavor.
M - full bodied as expected very smooth and not at all dry. Excellent.
O - world class beer. 2nd best beer I've had to date. Must try for any beer lover. A+
Serving type: bottle
03-27-2014 03:19:13 | More by Boggdogg
3.06/5 rDev -20.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.75
Appearance: This beer looks extremely black...not sure if it is "pitch black" or just "kinda black", but it looks dark enough to me. Exactly what it is I wanted my beer to look like after work. 4.5\5
Smell: This beer stumbles a bit with the smell. Their is too much esters...it comes off a bit too sweet smelling. I also get some green apple like smells. It needs a lot of malt and chocolate aroma in my opinion. However, the smell also has an extremely sweet and rich smell to it. Maybe my bottle is too old? maybe. But I still give it a 3.25\5
Taste: This beer has a lot of off flavors in it. Its obvious that it was fermented far too hot, as the esters that I smelled in the beer are very present in the flavor. despite this, the beer still has a decent heavy taste...but its off set a LOT by the surprising harshness of the beer. I cannot say that I am impressed. 2.75\5
Mouthfeel: This beer does get this right. The feel is heavy and hearty. 4\5
Overall: I was expecting lot more from this beer...and really, it did not deliver at all. I'm sorry to say it, but this beer is..well..kinda bad...but an enjoyable kind of bad. Its just slightly below average. Its obviates that their is a good beer here, but I cannot know for certain. I have no idea how long the beer was sitting on the shelf, so that might be it, but still, this reeks of bad brewing practice.
I give it a 2.75\5
Worth once MAYBE on sale, but still, kinda a bad beer. Il probably never try it again, and do not recommend it. Get double cream ale instead, its a far better made brew.
Serving type: bottle
02-02-2014 05:13:23 | More by jucifer1818
St. Peter's Cream Stout from St. Peter's Brewery Co Ltd
87 out of 100 based on 820 ratings.