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St. Peter's The Saints Whisky Beer | St. Peter's Brewery Co Ltd

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St. Peter's The Saints Whisky BeerSt. Peter's The Saints Whisky Beer

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

Style: English Strong Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by thepeter on 11-02-2011

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4.25/5  rDev +32.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +32.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +32.8%

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4.13/5  rDev +29.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

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4/5  rDev +25%

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3.94/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

smells like nothing but tastes really good

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Photo of wl0307
3.88/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Recently purchased at the Waitrose supermarket, BB 14/09/2012, served cool in a straight imperial pint glass. Notes: the beer label describes this beer using a measure of English whisky from St. George's Distillery, thus imparted with ‘smokey’ overtones from peated malts.

A: pours a dark red golden hue, coming with a relatively thin off-white beer head retreating to a thin rim, on top of quite moderate carbonation.
S: the smell is really interested, like peated malt whisky yet also very savoury smoky (almost like cold-smoked fish!) like the famous rauchbier from Bavaria…! A good swirl reveals a robust pale ale base full of nice English malt aroma with a light touch of hop fruitiness. All in all, the aroma is balanced and the peatiness or smokiness doesn’t overpower any other elements, IMO.
T: the foretaste is immediately salty-sweet and peat-smoky, reminiscent of Scottish islands’ peat-dominated whiskies, with its sea-watery edge, rotten seaweed, muddy and menthol-medicinal hints lingering alongside the pale ale’s maltiness and light fruity hops. The aftertaste is semi-bitter (as from wooden-cask ageing process I reckon, yet also from hops), semi-dry, delicately spicy with more lingering peat-smoky aroma to boot.
M&D: the mouthfeel is generally refreshing while carbonation always at medium level, which I like; all in all this whisky-flavoured beer (I guess whisky was added to the maturation stage, instead of fermentation?) is an easy-drinking, rather well integrated one for any peaty whisky lover, or at least for me. Where the complexity of beer has been neutralised, whisky contributes a naughty dimension to the overall tasting experience.

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3.75/5  rDev +17.2%

Photo of papat444
3.62/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of BGDrock
3.54/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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

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Photo of Kremlock
3.52/5  rDev +10%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A. Poured with no head and no lacing on glace. Clear copper in colour

S: Peat and smoke dominates the nose. Hints of burned wood

T: Peat flavour dominates the flavour but is appealing. The burntness balances the sweetness of the malt.

M: Medium carbonation, a bit thin but smooth going down.

O: Good to have one in the evening and sure goes awesome with cheese and crackers. Had it with smoked gooda, blue cheese and Havarti with oysters...amazing.

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3.5/5  rDev +9.4%

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3.5/5  rDev +9.4%

Photo of Ruds
3.48/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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!

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Photo of BDTyre
3.45/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

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3.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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....

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3.32/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

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3.32/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of thepeter
3.31/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

St. Peter's Brewery works with St George’s Distillery to create this Beer. It Pours a clear brown unexciting with little to no head and just a bit of lacing. The Aroma however is quite exciting, if you like whiskey, which you should if you bought this beer. The nose is ALL whiskey, Peaty malty whiskey. So much that I feel like I can smell the alcohol but as this is only 4.8% I doubt that is what I am smelling. Again, there is no other way to describe this beer other than "Whiskey Flavored" I mean it is like a maltier scotch and soda with a hint of beer. The palate is a bit thin and over carbonated and overall it is not one that I will be buying again, but it is exactly as advertised and I am glad I tried it.

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3.25/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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3.25/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of thierrynantes
3.23/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Beer bottle (50 cl.) purchased from Bières & Chopes and tasted in 2011.

Appearance : pale amber color, with white foam head (not persistent).
Smell : peaty and smoky aromas.
Taste and mouthfeel : watery, caramel malts and toasted notes very strange.
Drinkability : an average beer in the style Scotch Ale.

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3.16/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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.

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3.1/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.03/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

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