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St. Peter's Honey Porter | St. Peter's Brewery Co Ltd

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St. Peter's Honey PorterSt. Peter's Honey Porter

Brewed by:
St. Peter's Brewery Co Ltd
United Kingdom (England)

Style: English Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.10%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by brewdlyhooked13 on 10-25-2003

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Photo of Derek
3.92/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5


From the bottle:
A traditional English porter finished with honey for a truly unique aroma. This is a famous old ale which has been handed down through generations. Brewed with skill and patience in Britain's finest small brewery.

4.5% ABV, Best Before 19APR06.

A: Dark ruby-brown, off-white/slightly-tan head (not much, but it leaves some wicked looking lace).

S: REALLY smells like honey (how do they do it?). Some fruityness from the British yeast, with a little roasted/nutty malt. Exceptional.

T: Bittersweet flavour. Dark fruit-bread, a little licorous & espresso. A bit of a let down.

M: Light to moderate body and carbonation. Slightly puckering & dry in the finish.

D: Alright.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.07/5  rDev +27.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a burnished deep brown, with a filmy head of just off-white bubbles. Nice thickness in the body: the carbonation stays static when it's swirled. Looks very tasty.

Holy crap, that's a hell of a nose. Deep sweet chocolate and light roasted characters with a heady, almost overpowering pot-pourri, lavender and marshmallow sweetness - like the most overwhelmingly floral honey. Incredibly unique. I'm not sure I've quite smelled a beer like it, and that has to be worth something.

Lots of chocolate on the palate too. Still very sweet, but with a pleasant dusty bitterness on the back to dry it out a little. Quite long on the palate, although the feel is a little thin.

To me, the aroma is easily the biggest attribute in this brew. It's terribly unique, but I hence find that it doesn't necessarily integrate very well with the rest. Still it's a very interesting beer, quite smooth and easy to drink.

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Photo of wl0307
2.84/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

At 4.5%abv., BB 11 FEB 10, served mildly chilled in Hapkin's tulip-shaped bowl sniffer.

A: pours a deep russet brown hue with relatively mild carbonation and a thin beige fluffy head fast settling to a rim.
S: the aroma is way too much, too sweet, like chocolate-honey flavoured toffee glazed with layers of syrup really! The vanilla-chocolatey edge comes in abundance, but overall it's the almost dense and "perfumy" honey aroma that overpowers everything else on the nose, while the stinky edge of a thick honey also stays close aside. Sheer unbalanced, to say the least about a product made by such a decent micro-brewery...
T: the weird foretaste features, again, sharply-perfumy ("astringent" in a sense) honey, vanilla-powery bitter chocolates underlined by a hint of sweet black prunes, and lightly licorice and syrupy-chesnutty edge, leading fast to a short aftertaste of lightly chewy-woody, sour bitterness of hops and more vanilla-powdery aroma in the end. The bitter finish is slightly harsh and doesn't really act as a smooth continuation of the main flavour, but at least as a sign of good level of hops used in the brew. Overall, this beer is not really well-made, as far as the flavour structure is concerned.
M&D: to make things worse, the texture is slightly too fizzy, sitting in contrast with the performance of three other St Peter's bottled ales purchased together (as part of a 4-pack). I've tried the cask version of this ale at the Jerusalem Tavern in London, which was slightly better due to the less intrusive vanilla and honey edge. I would've found it very hard, if not impossible, to justify/comprehend the reputation of St Peter's if this was the very first beer I tried made by the brewery, really. NOT recommended.

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Photo of stcules
1.68/5  rDev -47.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Dark red color, with ruby reflexes. Some foam, beige in color, not lasting, ma lefting a veil.
At the firts sniff: honey, with sometimes some chocolat. The two notes are not well amalgamated, you can feel one at the time.
Quite difficult to drink, the honey cover the taste, that it's peculiar. There is some bitterness and some roasted, but the honey is too strong and overbearing.

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Photo of laituegonflable
3.83/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark burgundy colour with a dusky brown tinge. Head is cream-coloured and fizzes up when moved, but mostly thin, just a bit of foam, and a bit of cloud on the top of the liquid. Seemed to have a quite thin meniscus when poured, which I loved. Looks thick, sticky and unique. Exactly what I was hoping for.

Nose is ridiculously sweet, such a rich syrupy honeycomb smell on that, blended with some mocha richness, chocolatey and honey-esque with a quite butterscotchy aroma as well, and also, I think lacqueredmouse is right - pot pourri. A lot of floral character on it. Insanely sweet, but pleasant.

More of a mustiness on the palate, along with a slight hint of a roasted malt bitterness. Floral elements with a bit of a nectar flavour on the front and back, a fair honeycomb lingering at behind the main palate throughout, and then a nice espresso bitterness on the finish, and a bit of an Irish cream flourish as well.

Mouthfeel is a bit thin, with a little creaminess from the malt being nice, but not quite enough. It's suitable but not delicious.

Overall, the burnt character is ever-so-slight off-putting from what is otherwise an incredibly tasty after-dinner beer, but not enough to detract, really. Perfect for a pairing with a nice crème brulée or panna cotta.

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Photo of woosterbill
2.12/5  rDev -33.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 1

500ml bottle into a half-pint glass at the Jerusalem Tavern. If only I'd read the reviews about this one first...

A: Clear red-brown body with a finger of fine cream-colored head. Ok retention, great lace.

S: Insane. Heather, honey, herbs, and pollen-covered grass. Crazy Very waxy and candlelike. Bizarre, and not especially appealing.

T: Honey, clover, beeswax, and only a little bit of malt. Sweet honey on the finish. Not too bad at first, but by the time I get midway through my half of the bottle it's so overpoweringly waxy that I can barely choke it down.

M: Soft, light, frothy. Nice.

O: This was such a uniquely awful beer that I actually started to give it decent scores - if I'd only had a couple ounces, I might have actually liked it. Drinking half a bottle, though, just drove home how truly bad, nay, evil this beer is. Do not drink it.

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Photo of Jeffo
2.4/5  rDev -25%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

First, I don't get why this is catagorized as an American Porter.

Picked up at Bert's Bier Huis in Utrecht.

Into a pint glass.

APPEARANCE: A deep brown, and very clear. Next to zero carbonation. Small off-white head quickly disappears into a think film, which soon vanishes as well. Some lacing evident.

SMELL: Strong smell of honey and a hint of roasted malt. The sweet honey is interesting, but a little overwhelming. Not much else going on. This is kind of what you'd expect from a "honey" porter.

TASTE: Sweet honey initially and some roasted malt again, but honey dominates. Kind of a candy-like aftertaste lingers. Reminds me of either medicine and/or some old Christmas baking that's been hanging around too long. A little one dimensional and it gets old quickly.

PALATE: Medium body, smooth and finishes pretty dry. Zero bite. Carbonation is on the low end of the scale, which makes it a little flatter than average.

OVERALL: An interesting attempt, but in general it's too one dimensional. The honey is somewhat overwhelming and it gets old quickly. Not a very drinkable brew. In all honesty, the first few mouthfuls were alright, but I didn't really want to finish it.

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Photo of canucklehead
3.63/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer looks and tastes like a classic English Porter with one
addition; honey. I tasted this brew with a creme brulee which picked up the subtle sweetness from the honey. The backbone was
dark roasted malts and coffee flavours but the overall effect was
a easy drinking porter that was very dessert friendly. Nothing mindblowing but a nice beer in all aspects.

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Photo of mdagnew
3.87/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500ml Bottle bought from the Vineyard, Belfast..

Poured a dark brown / black colour... Slightly off white head poured quite big but disappeared very quickly...

Aroma - Very noticable sweet honey, coffee, malts, spicy, peppery...

Taste – Aniseed, honey, chocolate, roasted malts...

Feel - Quite creamy, not as full bodied as i would have expected...

Overall - A pretty good honey porter. Not something i would want to drink a lot, but definitely worth a try...

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Photo of thierrynantes
3.28/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Beer bottle (50 cl.), tasted in 2011.

Appearance : black color, with tan foamy head.
Smell : malty with notes of heavy hone
Taste and mouthfeel : roasted with coffee and honey flavouring
Drinkability : an average beer in the style traditional English Porter.

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Photo of chickenm
1.89/5  rDev -40.9%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Pours a dark brown color with a thin tan head. This has got to be the weirdest smelling beer I've tried. There is an aroma of burnt honey and strong perfume. Seriously this smelt like old lady's perfume. Gross. The taste is sweet honey, roasted malts, more of that perfume, and some bitterness. Watery mouthfeel. A very unusual beer but not very good.

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Photo of Dentist666
3.77/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

4.5% ABV on the front label.
Poured into pint.
Pours clear dark brown with 1-finger beige head, reduction to some foam on a surface.
Smell - honey, milk chocolate, oomph... honey, vanilla.
Taste - honey, roasted malts, floral notes (don't know which exactly, but truly excellent).
Light body and soft carbonation.
To some extent weird, but still superb special porter (floral interpretation).

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Photo of Globetrotter
3.91/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Comes in St. Peter's trademark oval-shaped brown half-liter bottle with the very plain label. Honey is listed as an ingredient - duh! Best before Valentine's Day 2004, I couldn't wait that long. Mine popped open on 10/25/03.

Poured a dark brown hue with burgundy hints, rather like a cola. I was disturbed by the extreme lack of head. Despite dumping the last third of the bottle vertically into my glass, this brew could only just barely muster enough foam to cover the top of the glass. I must admit, though, that head retention was not bad, in the sense that the same film that formed at the pour was still around near the bottom of the glass. And there were spots of lace. Go figure.

The smell was very nice - strong caramel and sweet. The mouth was fairly flat and heavy. The taste was that of a strong porter, bordering on a stout. Roasted nuts and bitter chocolate featured in the opening, chased by a big hoppy bitterness in the finish. Can't say that I noticed much influence from the honey here. There was a bit of smokiness to the experience, and the taste was uncannily like a stout. Still, it was quite enjoyable, despite it's rather odd appearance.

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Photo of heygeebee
2.71/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I give it 5 for bottle presentation, but after that...

Pours a deep mahogany with one finger coarse cream head. No ppphhht from bottle opening.

Aromas of honey (well I never) but also, and I haven't used these words before, and hope I never will, talc, and glue. There you go, I used them.

Taste of chocolate, honey, bitter.

Too light in mouth, but it is low ABV.

Overall, the talc just keeps returning. not good. Glass of water needed to wash down and to get rid of bitter aftertaste.

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Photo of BDTyre
3.83/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice ruby-black colour with thin head. Smell is odd: typical porter, with hints of honey and a malty flatness.

Taste is quite similar, with more emphasis on the honey with a trace of hops. A little thin and really not enough carbonation but still a good pint!

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Photo of TheSarge
2.94/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Alright, the serving I got of this brew was said to be 4.5% ABV, and it has a freshness date stamp of best before Nov 2009. Anyhow, let's see how this Porter holds up.

After a good hearty pour of my half liter serving into a Stone Imperial Pint glass, this beer produced very little light tan head that dissipated quickly to nothing but a cola looking beverage. The body of this brew is nearly black, but shows off reddish hues when held up to sunlight.

Surprisingly the honey does really come through in the aroma, as most beers I've had that are brewed with honey don't usually actually smell like honey. There is also a slight prune scent here too.

The taste starts off with a chalky chocolate like flavor, with hints of honey in the aftertaste.

This brew is a bit on the thin watery side, but for a light ABV presence it does offer some complexity.

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Photo of brendan13
2.58/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A - Pours a dark red/light brown colour with a centimetre of beige head that falls to a thin whisp quite quickly. Quite big rings of lacing.
S - Dark fruits with a fairly strong cherry presence. A touch of roasted malts.
T - The taste reminds me of a cough syrup I used to have when I was younger - strong, sticky & artficially sweet cherry. Once the sticky, sweetness goes away there is some roasty notes and quite a strong bitterness felt.
M - Quite light bodied for the style, medium carbonation.
D - No idea what honey they used but I struggled to find it. Honey Porters continue to let me down.
The best before date on this bottle was April 08.

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Photo of callmemickey
3.35/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Jerusalem Tavern in London...

A: Dark red with a thin off white head

S: Some maltiness but mostly dark fruits which are overpowering

T: Again, much like the aroma, the daark fruits are overpowering... slightly syruppy

M: Kind of thin

O: Not impressive... but was worth a shot

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Photo of Sigmund
3.11/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

500 ml bottle, bought at Vaaland Spesialbutikken, Bryne. ABV is 4.5%. Very dark reddish brown colour, moderate creamy beige head. VERY strong aroma of honey, also notes of caramel and syrup. Creamy mouthfeel. The honey dominates the flavour too, but it is not quite as sweet as I feared. Notes of coffee and cough syrup, with a moderate hoppy bitterness in the finish. St. Peter's Brewery has better beers than this one!

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Photo of Mike_Aguirre
3.87/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This is a nice porter with honey notes. Not bad at all, not great either. Pours deep brown almost black, honey is not present in aroma, and it´s very mild and subtle in taste.

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Photo of Malt_Man
3.75/5  rDev +17.2%

Poured cold from 500ml bottle into straight pint glass.

A) Pours very dark ruby-black. No head and little lacing.

S) Despite serving cold, the honey smell is huge. Also hints of good vanilla ice cream. Very appetising.

M) Moderate to low carbonation. I drink stouts and porters cold, so it's quite refreshing.

T) First is strong taste of nice honey. Then a bit of floral gums (English sweets). Finally there's some beer! Fairly good chocolate stout type flavour. Only let down is a fairly distinct and long-lasting metallic / astringent aftertaste.

O) Far better than I was expecting after reading some of the reviews on BA. The first beer from this brewery that I have liked. Really looking forward to their Cream Stout now. Recommended to any flavoured stout fan.

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Photo of ndekke39
3.25/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Poured very dark and thick from the bottle. The green bottles are cool, but can be misleading about the beer's actual color. Little to no head on it when poured.

S: Strong aromas. Hints of coffee or even chocolate, although the honey came right through.

T: Strong, bitter flavor. Almost overwhelming. Bitter from beginning to finish, although the honey flavors helped sweeten it.

M: Rich. Medium creaminess. Barely any carbonation.

D: Tough to drink quickly because of the bitterness. Perhaps some carbonation would lighten the heaviness caused by the bitter flavors.

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Photo of juju7
3.94/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Deep, dark burgundy, weakish head. Love the nose! Rich, dark toasty honey, molasses and burnt caramel. Nice. Body is a touch weak, little lacking in mid-palate but very tasty. Full bodied and plenty of personality. Honey? Check. Porter? Check. Good beer.

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Photo of PartyBear
3.15/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Black, with a monstrously fluffy white head. Even lacing.

S - Overpowering smell of honey, which almost filled the whole room! There are also delicate floral and caramel undertones but they are not obvious at first.

T - The honey is right up front in the taste but it has a more perfumy quality than sweetness. Slightly bitter towards the end.

M - Quite thin considering the taste. The flavours linger in the back of the palete.

D - Interesting flavours, too strong though. The first honey beer I have had that actually tastes like honey. Probably couldn't manage another one in a single sitting, as it is quite sickly.

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Photo of Graham5161986
2.2/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

A: pours a dark, reddish brown with very little bubbly head and leaves no lace.

S: Honey and herbs

T: hmmm, strong, sweet honey and lots of buttery herbs (eccanacia comes to mind) - far too sweet and it kind of tastes like honey-flavoured cough syrup.

M: full bodied, oily, decent carbonation, but goes down kinda thick.

D: I really did not enjoy this beer at all. It looks like medicine and it tastes like medicine. It's way too sweet and the medicine-y flavours make it quite undrinkable. I think the only reason I decided to finish it was because it was expensive and, perhaps, I was hoping it might cure my cold... I will definitely not be buying this beer again.

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