979: St. Peter’s Cream Stout

Name: St. Peter’s Cream Stout
Brewery: St. Peter’s Brewery
Country of Origin: England
City & State: Not Applicable
Style: Milk / Sweet Stout
Alcohol Content (ABV): 6.5%
First Brewed: 2001

Tasting Notes
Think burned toast and espresso with hints of dark chocolate. An undeniably bitter palate but with a surprisingly light mouthfeel, hints of dark fruits and a bittersweet finish.

Ricky’s Thoughts
I know I have had this beer before… but I don’t recall where. Or when. I knew as soon as I saw the bottle I had sipped on this brew… but again, I have no recollection of enjoying it. Or maybe I had too many and just can’t remember anything from that night!

Either way, the beer looks great in the class. It doesn’t have much of a head, and looks thick in the glass. But rumor has it this beer doesn’t drink like a typical stout. This is a “traditional” stout. Whatever that means. I do know that Guinness is a traditional stout… and I hate that beer. So I hope this beer is better. It smells better than a Guinness. Then again, a Guinness doesn’t smell (or taste) like much of anything.

There is an immediate rush to the front of your palate. Then it trickles to the back of the tongue and just sits there for a few minutes. Then fireworks go off inside your mouth as a refreshing smoothness overcomes you. It’s like going over that first hill on big fast roller coaster… in the front seat no hands! You know what I’m talking about!

The aftertaste then dies down a little, and sits there like an after dinner mint would. I always liked getting those when we used to go to Shoney’s growing up. They were half mint… half chocolate. I never knew which side I liked best, so I would just go all in.

There is NO carbonation at all. I like that, but at the same time it scares me. If a beer doesn’t have any carbonation, that means it’s drinkable. So I could just sit here and drink until the cows come home. (This is actually a milk stout… and I made a cow reference. Not on purpose at all. I promise!)

This is a good beer. I wonder if they have this on tap anywhere around here? I wonder if that would add that level of carbonation I am looking for.

Bottoms up people!

Rating: 3/5

Sheryl’s Thoughts
Ricky brought me over a glass of this beer, and I didn’t get to see what it looked like when immediately poured out.  When he handed it to me, it had no head at all, so I can only assume that it had very little head to begin with, especially for it to dissipate so quickly.  It looks like a flat cola sitting in a glass.  The color is very dark, almost black.  It’s also a very thick beer.

It doesn’t have a lot of smell to it, but the smell that I came up with was that of bread.  Yep, that’s kind of what it smelled like to me.  It may have smelled a bit differently when first poured, but that’s the smell I got after it sat for just a minute.  Again, I just can’t believe there is NO head here.

I almost expected the taste of soda when I took a sip, as it looks so much like that.  But that isn’t what it tasted like at all, of course.  This is a really good beer.  I know it’s a cream stout, but it doesn’t really taste quite like a normal stout to me.  I love the feeling of it on my tongue, though… very smooth and velvety.  And it packs quite an aftertaste that really sticks with you.  Cream stout fits it, as I can taste the “cream” aspect of it.  It’s just a very rich, smooth, beer.  Definitely one I would buy again.

Rating: 4/5

978 bottles of beer on the wall…

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