I poured a 500ml bottle into a nonic pint glass. There was no freshness date. It cost $4.99 ($0.30 per ounce).
Appearance: Opaque black body with traces of red along the edges. Forms a
large, dark tan, foamy head which mostly evaporates and leaves trace
lacing on the glass.
Smell: Classic British stout aroma with a dairy-like sweetness and some confectionery scents.
Taste: Beers like St. Peter’s Cream Stout remind me of how good a
classic, no-frills stout can be. There’s no chocolate, coffee or intense
body here. I do get a pleasantly sweet bouquet of roasted malt, some
milky or creamy flavors and significant peanut brittle in the finish.
It’s not hugely hopped, though the Fuggle hops, a mainstay of British
brewers, do come through at the apex of the swig. There’s plenty of
flavor from start to finish, though I think I do like the ending the
best as there’s a significant toffee component to the palette. This is a
sweet beer that is not cloying, and well-balanced all around. Believe
it or not, this was my first ever St. Peter’s brew.
Drinkability: With a soft, comfortable mouthfeel and smooth, tepid
texture, St. Peter’s Cream Stout is a stout drinker’s ideal beer. Plenty
of robust flavor to let you know it’s no session beer, yet you’d never
figure it for a remotely heavy beer at 6.5% ABV. It’s a pleasurable
drinking experience for sure.