Honey Porter – St. Peter’s (UK)

Honey Porter – St. Peter’s, 4.5% ABV – 500ml, (Suffolk, UK)

On the back label:

“A traditional English porter finished with honey for a truly unique aroma. This famous old ale has been handed down through generations. Contains honey flavouring. Brewed with skill and patience in one of Britain’s finest small breweries. St. Peter’s Brewery is located in a medieval hall in a remote and beautiful corner of Suffolk. There our beers begin their lives deep below the brewery with water drawn from a pure source – as it has been for over 700 years, essential for the full flavour and pure character of all St. Peter’s beers. Our beautiful flask-shaped oval bottle is a faithful copy of one produced c.1770 for Thomas Gerrard of Gibbstown, just across the Delaware River from Philadelphia. The original is now kept at St. Peter’s Hall and is a rare example of an oval Eighteenth Century beer bottle.”

  • Style: Flavoured Porter
  • My Rating: C
  • Taste Profile: honeyed malts/caramel -> watery/thin mouthfeel -> semi-sweet coffee bitterness
  • Where I got it: BC Liquor Stores
  • How much: $5, 2012
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: no

Tasting notes: pours dark coffee brown, almost no head, not much in CO2 activity. Strong malted caramel and honey on the nose. The honey hits first followed by medium malts, caramel, low-medium sourness, all with a watery backdrop and thin mouthfeel. Finishes semi-sweet with a hint of coffee and medium bitterness. Medium complexity, medium depth, okay transitions, okay carry, okay drinkability.