34. St. Peter’s Winter Ale

I just went two weeks without drinking a drop of alcohol. And lemme tell ya, I will never do it again. I’m not saying that in a cause-for-concern sort of way either. It’s just…beer is life. Good beer, that is. Everything that goes into brewing the perfect batch, the creativity and experimentation it allows for, HOPS, the beer with friends, the beer alone, the beer with a meal, I love it all; just a little reminder that life is pretty cool when there’s still people brewing good beer. To quote the late Egyptians, “Beer has dispelled the illness which was in me.”

St. Peter’s Winter Ale is a nice lil’ 6.5 % alc/vol winter warmer brewed over in Suffolk, England. I love the fat little bottle it comes in. Makes me think that I’m drinking an olde timey home remedy for something. Let’s say gout.

St. Peter’s pours a deep ruby, almost black, with a head that fades into a thin and bubbly ring. The aroma is all malted milk balls and roasted malts, very porter-ish. There’s also a good tinge of leafy hops, molasses and burnt caramel.

Vanilla, fruit, and English hops dominate the front end of this beer, resting on a roasted malt base. A lot of char notes mixed with the hops provide for a great balance between sweet and bitter. The mouthfeel is slick and well-rounded, though it feels a lot lighter than what I would like it to be.

Overall, I’m not exactly sure what is overly winter-y about this beer, but I did enjoy it and think it would taste great paired with a warm winter meal. St. Peter’s recieves a B

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