Tuesday, 2 December 2008

Review: St. Peter's Old-Style Porter

St. Peter's Old-Style Porter from St. Peter's Brewery Co Ltd
Rating: B+

According to the label, this is an old style porter, resulting from a blend of "old mature ale" and a "younger light beer."

Appearance: Rich garnet color, quite clear. Big, very nice off-white head, with good retention and lots of attractive lacing.

Smell: Round aroma with nuts, roast coffee and caramel coming into play.

Taste: Coffee and toast at the front. Bitter dark chocolate at the finish. Slightly acidic. Hop flavors are typically understated, but bitterness is solid.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, a little too carbonated in my opinion.

Drinkability: Quite decent, sessionable at 5.1% abv. Jason Alstrom notes it would pair well with cheese and crackers. I hear that in a big way. Smoked gouda, maybe?

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