Peter's Well | Fox And Hounds / Houston Brewery Company

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Brewed by:
Fox And Hounds / Houston Brewery Company
Scotland, United Kingdom

Style: English Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.20%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by foamer on 04-09-2005

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Ratings: 9 |  Reviews: 7
Photo of Honeybourne
3.24/5  rDev -9%

Photo of charlatan
3.16/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Half pint on cask at 'sppons in Dumbarton. Pale straw coloured beer with a slightly green hue and a white head. There wasn't much of a nose apparent, just a hint of lemon. It starts rather acidic and woody, reminding me of rhubarb, with an accompanying caramel flavour. Then it becomes more lemony with slight cask earthiness. Towards the end of my half pint an interesting floral hose water aspect becomes apparent. Not really sure what to make of this.

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Photo of flyingpig
2.74/5  rDev -23%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

500ml Bottle from Aldi Supermarket, Scotland (£1.99):
Very light & clear amber, almost watery with a 0.5cm head that's foamy & frothy before disappearing almost completely.

Subtle earthy malts & sweetness, vanilla & butterscotch with background fruits, burnt sugar & hints of floral too but the sweetness seems to dominate with a little help from the light malts & touches of bitterness.

Citrus & lemon initially, sweetness follows with vanilla too. The aftertaste is very strange with some smoky flavours coming through that aren't all that dissimilar to that of a rauchbier. This one was all over the place really & other than the sweetness at the start it wasn't a good one at all.

Light to light-medium in body, it's a fairly smooth beer with a slight citrus tang and the smoky/sweet aftertaste was weird to say the least, with a lingering & smoky feel right at the end as well.

Another beer I picked up in Aldi that was a little all over the place, this one with a poor beer but had a pleasant smell; the taste definitely let this one down in a big way.

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Photo of Zimbo
4.32/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drunk 23/0612 with Don at the Bow Bar.
Not yellow but more medium gold in colour.Reasonable whisps of white head with a nose of presence and some poise.
In the mouth this it soon becomes obvious that its many sides are so well integrated supporting with a firm core of some presence. This contance follows throughout the palate and while there is some compromise in complexity after a muted pause there is a stronger echo of aftertaste.

IMHO an all too often underappreciated beer.

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Photo of gulden
3/5  rDev -15.7%

Photo of smcolw
4.05/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Modest starting starting head but it leaves a blanket of dropping from a ring of lace after each sip.  Light haze--golden color

More malt than hop to the nose. 

Raw "green" hop flavor, but well balanced with a solid malt base. Full bodied with a below average carbonation. Creamy. Aftertaste is also well balanced with just a little more peppery hop bite. 

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Photo of AgentMunky
3.65/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass.

A: Clearish, gold-amber, with a light head. A bit...dull. (Not boring, but lustreless.)

S: Flat and neutral, with some smell around the edges that I recognise but can't pin down.

T: Odd, but good. Sweet, fruity cream with a touch of citrus. The aftertaste is less than ideal, but not detrimental. Strange...but nice.

M: Smooth, but with a weird afterfeel.

D: I enjoyed it and would drink it again.

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Photo of kmacphail
3.68/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I enjoyed a recent pint of this in the Pot Still, Hope Street, Glasgow. An excellent pub, mainly noted for it's vast variety of whisky but has 4 real ale pumps.

The beer poured a light golden colour with a thick slightly off white head, that displayed good retention.

The nose was dominated of malts, citrus fruits, berries and floral hops. Rather pleasant, fresh smell.

These fragrences transfered through to the taste, however the floral hops dominated a bit too much for my liking, leaving a taste that resembled perfume. The berries, citrus fruits and malts were still there but took a back seat to the floral hops. Disapointing given the pleasant nose.

The thick mouthfeel was typical of a good Scottish beer. yet at the same time it maintained the refreshing feeling of a summer beer.

For me it had the body and mouthfeel to be very drinkable, however the dominance of floral hops meant that one was enough for me. But this style of beer has fans and this is one the the best I have sampled from the floral beer range.

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Photo of foamer
4.18/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden yellow with a thick white head which leaves nice lacing down the glass. Malt and floral hops in the nose. Lovely and simple floral hop bitterness perfectly balanced with the malt. Not overly complex but a very very nice session bitter. Heavy and creamy mouthfeel from the cask conditioning. This is a very tasty bitter and one of my favourite Scottish session beers. Sadly, it has limited availability, but well worth seeking out.

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