Not sure what to think on this one, to be honest. I decided to stay on the dark beer path tonight and opened this bottle that has been in the fridge for a couple of months… happily waiting until it was its turn to head down my gullet.
I have to admit, St. Peter’s Cream Stout hit me wrong right off the bat. I pour into my mug revealed what smelled like old paint or deck stain. Funny enough, my wife actually says it smells good… I think the fact that she spent time staining the fence today has gone to her head, but that is neither here nor there.
Either way, I gave it a go on the taste and breathed a sigh of relief as I realized that it didn’t taste like paint or stain. Instead, you can definitely taste the roasted malts and while there is not a complex aftertaste, it isn’t bad. As I sit here and drink it, it warms up a bit and starts to smell more like it should. Roasted malt and a hint of hops start to emerge and the taste brings out a little more complexity in the body. Ah… but where is the cream, you may ask… it isn’t… it just isn’t there. Creamless in Seattle, I am afraid.
Overall, not a bad beer but in the land of great stouts and porters, this one definitely doesn’t stand out.
JBB6 Rating: Middle of the Road