November 24, 2009

St. Peter's Old Style Porter

Iím doing this weekís review a night early, it was either that or not do one, and Iím not going three weeks in a row without a review. This beer has been donated by established enabler, Petey of Peteyís Powderhorn. Tonight Iíll be reviewing St. Peterís Old Style Porter by the St. Peterís Brewery in Bungay Suffolk, England.

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The beer was in a 1 pint 0.9 fl oz green bottle. The breweryís logo is cast into the glass. The design of the bottle dates back to the 18th century. A blue oval label with a gold border is on the front. The name of the beer is written in black letters. There is a matching rectangular with a description of the beer and the bottle on it.

The coloring is dark brown with a crimson highlights. Light barely passes through. It appears to have no cloudiness from what can be seen when held to a light. A thin off white head formed that faded quickly to a ring around the glass. There is some lacing, but not a lot.

The smell is a mild combination of dark roasted chocolate and coffee malts. There is a touch of dark fruits, like raisins, dates or prunes. Itís very subtle, but noticeable. Like the scent, the taste is mostly roasted coffee and chocolate malts. There is also a slight nut flavor. Itís finished with a bitter backbone that rounded out the flavors. Itís not as strong flavored as an American Porter; it is, as the name states, and old style porter done in the English style.

This is a medium bodied beer with a light carbonation.

This is a pleasant beer to drink. Something for a chilled or rainy evening or even just to enjoy with a good traditional fish and chips. I found it rather enjoyable and could see myself partaking of another sometime in the near future. I give it 6.5 out of 10.

Posted by Contagion in Alcohol at November 24, 2009 08:12 PM | TrackBack

How would you compare it with Fuller's London Porter? I read a review ranking it as the best porter...however you want to take that.

Posted by: Toluca Nole at November 25, 2009 01:35 PM

I have not had the pleasure to try Fuller's London Porter, so I couldn't compare the two. I think that St. Peter's is a good porter, but I have had better. So I wouldn't say it's the best.

Posted by: Contagion at November 25, 2009 05:02 PM

Gotcha. I had had it (Fuller's) a couple times in the bottle, and lucky for me, the pub got it on draught awhile ago. That or Old Speckled Hen is usually my closer.

Posted by: Toluca Nole at November 26, 2009 12:06 AM