St. Peter's The Saints Whisky Beer - St. Peter's Brewery Co Ltd
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Reviews by bryehn:
2.85/5 rDev -8.4%
Very nice, deep golden amber colour with a large, frothy white head that hangs around as a thick collar and leaves some heavy lace.
Saying that this beer has a smoky aroma is putting it mildly. Spent peat, ash, and burnt wood assault the nose. There is a very mild honey-like sweetness and a subtle floral note, but these are all but lost in the smoke.
Smoky qualities dominate the taste as well. There is a solid malt backbone and a nice fruitiness to be found as well. Notes of grains, earth and mineral water in the finish.
Rather heavy feeling for a relatively thin-bodied ale. Minimal carbonation. Mostly dry throughout with a mild syrupy feeling. Smoke, earth and grasses in the aftertaste.
The taste grew on me, but I just think this one smells awful and can’t enjoy it. Was expecting a sweet Scotch Ale type of beer, but this is made for fans of smoke or chipotle beers.
09-17-2012 19:58:10 | More by bryehn
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3.03/5 rDev -2.6%
Single 500mL bottle from the Conestoga LCBO, as part of the LCBO Fall Release. Poured into my oft-neglected St. Peter's branded ale glass.
Light caramel-amber in colour, with a half-inch of head that recedes into a thin ring. A few flecks of lacing.
The nose is unmistakably that of a peat and iodine heavy whisky, which according to the bottle is from the house whisky at their distillery in Norfolk. I happen to like peat whiskys, so this wasn't too bad. However, I have to mark low because not only is it extremely potent, it also happens to be the only thing on the nose I can detect, other than a sugary sweetness that makes this beer smell a bit like a rye and ginger ale.
The taste is quite similar, with the bitter peat flavor running the show. Again, if you like peat, this one might be appealing. But it is hardly something to get that excited over - quite bitter and salty. Thin bodied, a touch watery.
A miss for me. Not sure why this brew was part of the release, other than for the sheer novelty. An interesting experiment, but it just doesn't have the balance of other beers of the same style.
09-22-2012 03:47:10 | More by JohnnyBarman
United Kingdom (England)
2.8/5 rDev -10%
A 500ml bottle with a BB of Sept 2012. Picked up ages ago from a branch of Waitrose. Described on the label as a balanced beer containing a measure of peated English whisky from St. George's Distillery.
Poured into a tulip pint glass. A clear sunset amber with medium carbonation. Forms a large head of creamy white foam that hangs around for a few minutes before subsiding. The aroma is intense and unusual - initially sharp and medicinal, not unlike TCP. Notes of smoke, tar, peat, wood, iodine and subtle malty undertones. Dry and slightly solventy.
Tastes of intense whisky flavours with a faint hint of beer. Similar to the aroma, notes of smoke, phenols, iodine, tar, sea-salt, peat, faint malt and subtle stewed leaves. Distinctly medicinal, astringent and solvent-like. A dry, rather harsh finish upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is thin and insubstantial, with tingly carbonation and a dry character. Somewhat astringent. Aftertaste of medicinal, smoky notes.
Hmmmm - I'm not loving this, though it's perhaps a matter of personal taste. It does what it says on the tin; there's plenty of whisky character in this beer. However, I find it excessive and unbalanced - you could be forgiven for not realising that this is a beer. The first impression is that someone's dumped TCP into your pint - it's a very strong aroma/flavour. After a mouthful or two you can begin to tease out the aromatic components and analyse them. Medicinal and solventy, the underlying beer never stands a chance to make an impact. This would probably benefit from having the whisky toned back somewhat, though I'm sure there are those who love it. Divisive - if you love peaty whiskies then this is the brew for you. Caveat emptor!
09-25-2012 00:25:58 | More by jazzyjeff13
3.53/5 rDev +13.5%
Appearance: mellow amber colour; chill haze; head fades swiftly to a thin layer
Aroma: rough, smoky peat, intense and burnt; hint of sweet - caramel, honey, vanilla; wasn't expecting the strong peat, but I like it
Taste & Mouthfeel: solid peat flavour, follows through on the aroma, dominating the profile through to finish; some mild citrus hops, caramel malt, raisin; medium body, carbonation medium-light; there's not much going on beyond the peat really
Overall: could do with more body, and might be great as a stout; needs something to balance the peat flavours, and this coming from someone that enjoys strong scotch
PS - if you don't like heavy peat scotch you won't like this, but there isn't anything "wrong" with the peat flavour in this beer as some reviewers have noted
10-20-2012 14:15:12 | More by BGDrock
3.13/5 rDev +0.6%
Deep yellow coloured, without a head. The aroma is big peat whiskey whiskey and wood, and that's what I get in the taste. Highly carbonated, not so drinkable, like a cheap watered down whiskey. Why drink it at all, I could not. At least it was not high abv.LCBO acquisition. Brewed OK for what it is. Big whiskey fans may like this, good luck.
11-11-2012 01:26:59 | More by Sammy
3.31/5 rDev +6.4%
A - mostly clear golden orange, one finger of head dissipated quickly to random islands with some random sticky lacing
S - BIG peaty and smoky aroma dominates everything, although there is something about it that is kind of an artificial 'liquid smoke' quality
T - funky peat and smoke but like the nose an artificial chemical smoke aspect sneaks through, and it finishes with an ashy taste
M - light and a little watery, finishes with a smoky dryness
O - not really any 'whiskey' per say to speak of but plenty of charred barrel flavour, strange brew....
05-08-2013 04:17:37 | More by joemcgrath27
United Kingdom (England)
3.48/5 rDev +11.9%
Poured from the bottle to an English handled pint glass.
A clear golden/yellow colour with a large white fluffy head that maintained its presence well throughout drinking.
The aroma is all about peated whisky (from St Georges an English distillery), smoke, tar and wood also coming off the glass.
Again, as you'd expect from this beer a real peated whisky flavour, think Laphroig in a beer bottle! Lots of smoke therefore, wood, malt, a little herbs and spice in the background. Bitter-dry aftertaste.
Mouthfeel was a bit of a let down for me, medium bodied but way too much carbonation in this beer!
Overall an interesting beer. I'm a big fan of peated whisky so this flavour worked for me! Would I try again? I wouldn't go out of my way for it, but I would happily raise a glass if someone gave me a bottle, quite a unique beer and I do reccomend trying it for a couple of quid from Waitrose!
02-05-2012 22:57:50 | More by Ruds
United Kingdom (England)
2.6/5 rDev -16.4%
Poured into an Abbot Ale glass tankard while waiting for the bar-b-que to get going on Easter Sunday 2012.
Clear and light amber in colour: good white head on top. The 500ml bottle (best before 08 Dec 2012) looks great and the beer looked fine too, it's the taste and smell that I didn't take too.
The nose is all peat smoke and wood fires, as is the taste: I'd never have guessed this was a whisky beer if I hadn't poured it myself. Ashtray smokey and much too much for my palate: I had trouble finishing the bottle, my wife took a sniff and refused to help, it nearly went on the Bratwursts as a marinade but she didn't like the sound of that either. I'm sure some people will rave about it, but it isn't for me.
04-09-2012 10:23:54 | More by BlackHaddock
3.6/5 rDev +15.8%
Thanks to Ruds for this one.
Poured from a 500ml. bottle, best before 01 Aug 12.
Appearance: A nice honey colored body that has trouble pulling more than 1 fat finger of foam. Low lacing and some retention.
Smell: Very peaty, mildly ashy with a smoky meat aroma.
Taste: Peat, wood smoked meat, smokiness and hints of whiskey sans the alcohol. Caramel malt with a mineral bitterness finishes it off.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a creamy feel and the latter part of the feel is a bit thin.
Overall: Interesting, good but not great. Still worth a try for sure.
03-12-2012 11:47:25 | More by papat444
2.55/5 rDev -18%
500ml Bottle from the Ottawa LCBO for 5$
Appearance - Gold/amber colour with with a an average size fizzy white head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is some fair lacing. The head lasted for 3-4 minutes before it was gone.
Smell - Smoke, peat, wood, malts
Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, peat, and some smoke/burnt notes. There is also some herbal notes. It ends with a malty and smokey finish.
Overall - Not my kind of beer.. If you're in the market for something odd/interesting tasting, then give this one a try.
09-21-2012 13:58:59 | More by spinrsx
2.6/5 rDev -16.4%
500ml bottle from the LCBO. Bottled June 18, 2012.
Reddish orange with some forced white bubbles as a head - low carbonation it appears. Nose has some skunk/weed initially (green bottles?), with strong peat, earth and burnt firewood upon closer inspection. Taste rehashes this, a ton of peat, smoke and light malt character. Really intense and off-putting. Light breadiness in the malt. Light body, bitter and lingering peat. I can take these flavours in moderation but this is way over the top for the mood I'm in. Drainpour.
10-09-2012 22:16:40 | More by liamt07
3.33/5 rDev +7.1%
A - Pours a light copper colour, thin layer of head with little retention and no lacing.
S - Strong peat and smokey notes, musty malts, burnt wood and a touch of tobacco smoke.
T - The heavy peat and smoke flavours dominate, grainy biscuit malts and a hint of grassy notes come through alongside an ashy flavour. I'm a big scotch fan and appreciate the flavours, but the ash tray flavour that lingers is a bit of a turnoff.
M - A tad thin, smooth going down, a bit dry and sticky on the finish.
O - I really liked the smokey peat notes, but the ashy finish was definitely a turnoff. Worth a try and a brew that would receive a wide ranging reviews given the flavour profile. I wouldn't buy it again, but I'm glad I tried it nonetheless.
09-30-2012 01:56:04 | More by andrenaline
2.48/5 rDev -20.3%
Clear copper pour, finger width soapy white head. Lacing is sticky in webs around the glass.
Right up front is smokey peat. There isn't much more beyond that. Cured ham maybe? This isn't going to bid well for me.
Watered down whiskey, campfire smoke, cooked ham. Hello sink drain.
Light body, decent carbonation.
11-01-2012 02:08:00 | More by korguy123
2.95/5 rDev -5.1%
Not a beer I'm enjoying, but I can't say it's "poorly brewed" as much as just a bit too overwhelming to be pleasant.
Pours a clear and bright orange amber with a bare minimum of head that disappeared very quickly - no retention or lacing. Aroma has more funk than I’d choose, barrel and peat are very predominant, but there is a rotten taint underlying them. No signs of grains or malted barley or anything else really at all in the aroma. The flavour has an initial sweetness that is immediately overpowered by the whisky barrel. None of the funk from the nose, so I don't think this is an infected bottle. But too much barrel and peat for my personal liking.
Not as well balanced a beer as I've enjoyed from this brewery in the past. Will certainly try the brewery again, but will not buy a second one of these.
10-14-2012 20:23:39 | More by hopsolutely
3.33/5 rDev +7.1%
Whiskey takes its colour from the inside of the barrel; this beer likely gained its honeyed-amber tone from the inclusion of crystal malts. Clear though not exactly brilliant, the beer's complexion appears slightly tarnished. Its lack of carbonation doesn't ameliorate the weak first impression. Frankly, the bottle is more interesting than the beer.
The nose focuses purely on peat - any whiskey reviewer who struggles to tell the difference between 'peat' and 'smoke' elements will find this a most useful resource. While it does offer a trace of smoke, it is predominantly earthy and damp smelling. There are also more abstract hints of burning leaves, cigar and wood. Largely, however, the burning plastic/smoked gouda nuances have nothing to wrap themselves around.
One thing becomes wholly apparent by the taste: the beer is pleasant but one-dimensional. As a lover of peaty single malts, I find it entirely agreeable. As a beer drinker who quickly bores of pedestrian, under-malted ales, this offering is really of very little interest to me. I love the peat but can find it elsewhere (notably a bottle of Talisker or Lagavulin); this is otherwise too thin to keep my attention.
Far lighter on the palate than a real scotch, it tastes more like peat-y spring water. There is little-to-no malt or hop flavour to support the added sensations of woodsmoke and bacon fat. I'll repeat myself: they have nothing to wrap themselves around. The resemblance to St Peters Golden Ale (minus the peat) is difficult to overlook, implying that this beer (gimmick aside) is every bit as plain and trite as that offering.
The Saints is an excellent way to wean someone onto scotch. With only one real feature (peatiness), however, it is hardly the long storyteller that a good single malt is. But it does offer at least a superficial taste of what distinguishes many of the finest whiskeys, albeit without any of the complexity, elegance or alcohol burn. St. Peter's is hit and miss and this offering could fall on either side depending on your tastes.
11-24-2012 20:42:21 | More by biegaman
British Columbia (Canada)
3.45/5 rDev +10.9%
Not sure I'd call this a strong ale - maybe a smoked beer. Golden amber colour with a thin head.
Big peaty, whisky scent with a nice smokey over tone. Really can't pick much else up in the scent. Maybe a bit of shoe polish.
Smoky, peaty taste - almost like an Islay. Fruits, smoke, leather and even tobacco in it. Light hops that come through as apples and raisins in the taste.
A bit high on the carbonation, and a bit one-sided in the taste - too much emphasis on the smoky, peaty part of it and not enough development elsewhere. A good beer - I might by it again, but I've had subtler, smoother whisky beers.
11-19-2011 16:52:18 | More by BDTyre
St. Peter's The Saints Whisky Beer from St. Peter's Brewery Co Ltd
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