Welcome to the Drink in the Sights St Peter's Plum Porter Beer Review. I picked up this bottle of Plum Porter by St Peter's Brewery from Morrison's as part of the 4 beers for £6 offer so it really should be a bit of a bargain. St Peter's are a Suffolk based brewery who are just about to celebrate their 25th birthday. Happy birthday guys. They've got a decent selection of ales but Plum Porter is the one you see most often so hopefully that's a good sign for this beer tasting. One thing I do love about St Peter's is the fun, fat 500ml bottles they use, but then I like any beer bottle that just looks a bit different.
St Peter's Plum Porter has a suitably plum coloured label pointing out that this is a 'sweet porter with jammy damson and blackcurrant.' This seems a little odd as I was expecting plums, that seems reasonable doesn't it? The bottle goes on to say 'A dark, sweet full bodied, plum porter. Background notes of damson and blackcurrant are followed by the fruitiness of the plum in flavour and aroma.' This just all feels a little over complicated to me, but hopefully I'm wrong. The beer clocks in at 5% alcohol which seems like a reasonable percentage for this kind of beer.
The St Peter's Plum Porter pours really well, it's close to jet black with just a hint of purple coming through. There's also a really good solid head which I always appreciate. The aroma isn't really what I expected. Other plum porters I've had, the Titanic masterpiece in particular had a very clear plum smell, this one feels more complex. Sure there's some plum in there, but there's also other fruits, and while it's sweet, it also smells slightly medicinal, a bit like Calpol. On the bright side I used to love Calpol as a kid. Regardless something just doesn't feel quite right about this beer.
The beers texture isn't as full bodied as promised, in fact as porters go I'd say it's pretty light. Meanwhile the taste matches the aroma. There's certainly a plum taste, but it's just not what it should be and I think that's because St Peter's have overcomplicated it throwing other ingredients like blackcurrant in for no good reason. The slightly medicinal, Calpol aroma also comes through in the taste, which isn't unpleasant, it's just a bit weird. I'm probably been a bit harsh on Plum Porter from St Peter's Brewery, it's not a bad beer, it's just not really what it promises to be. I'm going to give Plum Porter 6.5 out of 10. If you fancy a fruity ish porter it's not bad, but if you genuinely want a plum porter stick to the Titanic version.