Monday, September 2, 2013

St. Peter's Cream Stout

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Chad9976 (960) - Albany, New York, USA - AUG 8, 2013
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. 
Grade: 8/10