Sunday, July 30, 2006

St. Peter's Cream Stout

Well I tried this beer tonight with dinner. One of the beers I picked up at my recent jaunt to Spec's. I won't go much into the style of stout since I think most people are familiar with what a stout is if from nothing else than Guinness. However I will say something briefly about a Cream stout. Basically a stout that has some Milk sugar in it, to give a slight sweetness.
The Brewery: St. Peter's is a microbrewery from England. The brewery was built in 1996 in the Norfolk region of England. The brewery was custom made and started in March of 96, with the opening on 21st of June, the Summer Solstice. This is a very traditionalist brewery. All water comes from the breweries own well, and is naturally filtered through a layer of chalk in the soil giving the water a nice balance of minerals. St. Peter's brew's traditional British beers, all ales from bitters, milds, porters and stouts, to fruit beers, and traditional cask ale that they serve in their London Pub the Jerusalem Tavern.
The Beer: First the beer comes in one of the neatest containers, a flask shaped bottle which they state is a replica of one made in 1770 fir Thomas Gerrard of Gibbstown. The beer pours almost opaque in the glass with a nice tannish head that dissipates into some thin lacing. There are notes of esspresso, burnt coffee, and cocoa. The mouthfeel is thick, with the same esspresso and chocolate on the tongue. This is silky smooth, with a nice layer of maltiness and hop bitterness. I still like the Coopers Extra Special Stout, but this isn't bad. Here is what the folks over at BA say.

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