Not too long ago, I was mightily impressed with my first beer by St. Peter’s brewery; Winter Ale. Now that were in the midst of another English Ale Month here at The Brew Club (its an April thing we do) I’m getting a chance to try St. Peter’s Old-Style Porter.
The Old-Style Porter pours a very dark color that one might think is black at first. Upon further inspection, it turns out that this beer is an almost clear ruby red color! The head is foamy and beige in color – nothing all that interesting but worth noting.
The Old-Style Porter aroma at first worried me because I picked up a little bit of skunkiness in the beer as something in the background. Looking at the bottle, there’s really no ‘best-by’ date so who knows how long it might have been sitting around. While I personally think the bottle design is very cool looking, I’m wondering if a switch from green glass to brown glass might be worth considering. OK, so there was a little skunkiness – will that ruin the beer?
Nah! I powered right through that and found that the beer was pretty good!
To be fair, there was also some nice roasted malt scents and something sweet like toffee which were really the dominant players.
This 5.1%ABV porter is an easy drinker. Its very smooth and surprisingly thin. The thinness isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but a little more body would have been nice. The general flavors are similar to what’s picked up in the smell – minus the skunky thing. Having tried the beer, I’m going to say it isn’t skunky because it didn’t taste like an off beer. Maybe it’s the water they use or perhaps its an intentional characteristic that I’m misinterpreting?
St. Peter’s Old-Style Porter is a tad thin, but the flavors are pretty good and once again you’re getting roasted malts, a buttery sweetness and some dry bitterness in the finish.
Was this a ‘Wow’ porter? I’d say no, it wasn’t. While not bad, it didn’t really impress me either and unlike the Winter Ale that I tried a while back, I doubt I’d buy this one again – there are better porters. It had some interesting flavors, but it wasn’t enough to compensate for the thin body and slightly odd aroma.