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St. Peter's Winter Ale - St. Peter's Brewery Co Ltd

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St. Peter's Winter AleSt. Peter's Winter Ale

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BA SCORE
87
very good

228 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 228
Reviews: 175
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 10.8%
Wants: 18
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
St. Peter's Brewery Co Ltd visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
Winter Warmer |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-09-2002)
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Reviews by cratez:
Photo of cratez
3.38/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured out of a 500ml bottle into a Westmalle glass.

A: dark brown, deep ruby body (bordering on black), zero head, no lacing. Looks more like an uninteresting porter than a winter warmer.
S: roasted malt, brown sugar, and sherry.
T: burnt malt, sherry, raisins, and oak in the body with a dry, bitter hop aftertaste. The higher alcohol content is well-hidden. A dark, rich, and robust beer, true to the 'winter ale' name. The bitterness is slightly overdone though.
M: crisp and medium bodied with a powerfully bitter and dry finish.
D: this beer is bold in taste and pleasant enough to smell, but it's a little too bitter for my liking. The appearance is also underwhelming. Still, the porter/sherry-like character and subtle fruitiness work well enough. A worthy warmer overall.

cratez, Jan 08, 2009
More User Reviews:
Photo of beerhunter13
3/5  rDev -22.9%

beerhunter13, Feb 20, 2012
Photo of Jason
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The head retention on this beer is pretty amazing, some of the thickest lacing I have seen in a while. There must be a small percent of torrified wheat in this brew. Dark coffee brown color with some ruby highlights. Toffee, some salt water taffy and a ghost like anise in the nose. Very smooth and creamy in a medium body. Sweet caramel and toffee flavors, burnt raisins in the back with a mild char note. Little bit of toasted malt and fruitiness middle to end. Big woody hop flavor has a modest bitterness. Mineral and a tad salty in the drying finish.

Yeah, this is one kick ass winter warmer. Comes in silent and then drops this complex malt bomb on the palate. This one is for the traditionalist.

Jason, Jan 12, 2008
Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.74/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Stupid groundhogs said there'd be 6 more weeks of winter. Might as well make the best of it with some more winter ales!

Poured into a nonic glass. A rich, dark brown brew, almost pushing into porter colour, but with some ruby highlights. Initially leaves a thin, off-white head, which has receded into a ring. A few flecks of lacing.

The nose is quite nice: toffee, malts, dark fruits, spices, and caramel.

The taste is pretty terrific. Similar tasting notes to the nose, but with a clean, almost dry finish. There's a bit of woodyness to the brew that makes me think of a fireplace. Good stuff, rich and hearty.

Mouthfeel is thick, almost syrupy, with very low carbonation. Could have used a bit more, actually, but still good.

All in all, a very satisfying winter warmer. There's a number of characteristics of the brew that lead me to place it more in the brown ale, or porter category, which for me is a huge plus! I've got another one in the fridge, which suits me just fine!

JohnnyBarman, Feb 04, 2010
Photo of Swedes21
3.55/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a chilled glass

Appearance - beer pours a dark brown colour with a faint amount of head. Head is an off-white colour and there is some decent lacing. Beer appears to be fairly clear when held up to light, hard to tell carbonation levels.

Smell - i can smell coffee, burnt caramel/toffee and malts. Besides that, its a pretty simple smell.

Taste - very "chilled" taste to this early, then the coffee and caramel/toffee kick in. I found the sweetness doesn't come through on this beer.

Mouthfeel - slight added carbonation levels increase the taste and add a velvet feel. I found the sweetness came through a bit more near the end.

Drinkability - Found this to be an OK beer, nothing special. Good try wouldnt seek again as their are better beers out there in this category.

Swedes21, Jan 28, 2011
Photo of kingcrowing
3.78/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

500ml bottle poured into a tulip.

Pours a deep brown with a very thin off white head. Nose is sweet and malty with some candy and licorice on the nose.

Mouthfeel is super watery and light with really not too much going on for a winter ale. Taste is a bit smokey and malty with some light sweetness It's ok but not great.

kingcrowing, Nov 21, 2009
Photo of Dantheman4162
4.33/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a green glass pint bottle.

Nice dark, red beer, very dark.

full solid dark head.
Smooth caramel and nutty taste. Not overpowering. A good hearty beer. Finished smooth with a sweet molasses finish. definitely recommended. I need to check this one out again, haven't had one in a while (review taken from notes)

Dantheman4162, Jan 13, 2009
Photo of BGDrock
4.4/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From notes:

Appearance: chocolate brown with a red hue; beautiful thick head; fine suds; great lace

Aroma: sweet and malty; caramel and toffee; hint of banana

Taste & Mouthfeel: smooth and creamy; strong coffee flavour; dark caramel that moves toward toasty, almost like sitting by a fire; light carbonation; not as sweet as the scent, but that's a good thing; roasted flavour stands out more over time

Overall: really fits the bill - a perfect winter beer - roasted and warming, not too sweet; to be had in a mountain chalet surrounded by snow!

BGDrock, Mar 25, 2012
Photo of WVbeergeek
3.7/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears a somewhat opaque mahogany brown almost black hue with ruby highlights, large velvet smooth textured beige head forms thick and the lacing is chunky and sporadically spaced. Aromatics are full of herbal tea tannins upfront cocoa in the malt profile with more of that creamy dark chocolate accents flowing. Herbal hops are not over pronounced but meld very nicely herbal qualities of leafy tobacco come out as well as the herbal tea notes. Flavor profile dry dusted dark chocolate with sweet mild fruit components finishes dry with herbal tea like bitterness. Great balance creamy with dark chocolate and a touch of coffee roast quality about it. Mouthfeel is medium bodied texture is so smooth it glides going down and carbonation is tame and really cask like in a sense. Drinkability, a welcome addition to the Winter ales I've come across so far this season. Unique and extremely flavorful compared to the average English ale.

WVbeergeek, Jan 18, 2008
Photo of TheBrk
3.25/5  rDev -16.5%

TheBrk, Dec 07, 2013
Photo of rhoadsrage
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

(Served in a chalice)
A- This beer has a dark dense body with a light tan lumpy head that sticks to the glass with each sip. There are a few tiny bubbles stuck to the glass but the beer is to dense to see much else.
S- The dark toffee aroma and some roasted chocolate malt notes and a slight earthy note to follow. It finishes with a nice hint of rye bread.
T- The chocolaty roasted malt has no bitterness and a nice creamy richness to the flavor with a nice roasted char note in the finish that combines with a pleasant sweetness. There is a slight tootsie roll candy flavor that comes through as the beer warms but it only supports the malt flavors.
M- This beer has a medium-full mouthfeel with no alcohol heat and a creamy texture.
D- This beer is very quaftable with a mellow rich dark flavor that helps melt away the winter. A surprising treat in a green bottle.

rhoadsrage, Mar 10, 2010
Photo of linnet
3.85/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

dark ruby colour, small tan head, no lacing. smells of malts, some smoke?, caramel, coffee. taste is roasted, smokey hint of coffee there is a nice bitterness too, alcohol is evident but not overwhelming. carbonation is lively.This beer almost reminds me of a porter.

linnet, Dec 05, 2008
Photo of Hammarby
4.33/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark brown, almost black with tones of red. Not much head.
Smell: Butter, caramel, smoke, dark berries, a bit of alcohol. Especially the empty glass smells of soy and caramel.
Taste: Smoke. And smoke. Dry bitternes with overtones of butter. Not very far from stout. After taste almost like ashes.

Not to much carboration. Which makes it just like my kind of beer. Like lighter, less carborated stout. Kind of. Really enjoyed this one.

Hammarby, Nov 19, 2006
Photo of JMS1512
3.5/5  rDev -10%

JMS1512, Mar 29, 2013
Photo of biboergosum
3.68/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Flipping through one of Toronto's ubiquitous dailies last week, I noticed a 'Beer of the Week' column, and they proudly displayed this as the newest thing available in the good ship Ontario. Me, I quite like the vaguely medicine-y shape of St. Peter's bottles, blurring the line between professional and self-proscribed alcoholic 'medicinal' treatments, just like in the bygone days of temperance v. wets...

This beer pours a solid black (at least by the low light of my hotel room), with slight beige edges, and one finger of soapy tan head, which leaves some columnar lace around the glass as it recedes. It smells herbal, and of crusty, dusty, cracker grain, like those Scandinavian cracker-cookies that look like they might be chocolate, but turn out to be dry, dusty, and well, you get the idea. The taste is much better, the herbal notes joined by some dry chocolate, trail mix, and some bitter coffee grounds. The carbonation is soft, the body full and smooth, and it finishes a tad off-dry, chalky, and clean. The elevated alcohol is not noticeable in the least.

A decently drinkable ale, the warming side of things hidden, at best, and the herbal, drying nature of this brew sure suits its packaging.

biboergosum, Feb 13, 2010
Photo of mintjellie
4.15/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown, almost black, with ruby highlights. A fingers worth of somewhat retentive tan head leaves behind a spotty lace. Mild aroma of coffee, cocoa powder, and plums. Tastes of black coffee and bakers chocolate. Plums provide a fruity counterpoint. Moderate roasted malt bitterness lasting long into the aftertaste. Medium bodied with low carbonation; smooth, creamy mouthfeel. Opened it a bit too soon after taking it out of the fridge, so it took a bit of time to open up. Once it opened up it was quite easy to open up to it. It's not a big beer. It's fairly simple too. The flavour has a certain depth to it though, the sort of simplicity that goes a long way.

This beer is similar to their cream stout, but drier. Coffee is a little bit more prominent, and chocolate less so. If you we're to give this to me blind, I'd probably think this stout. Regardless of what it is, this is a tasty beer. I had one for the first time last Christmas, and I have no idea why I didn't pick up more at the time; I'll be sure to pick up more this time around.

mintjellie, Dec 16, 2009
Photo of dacrza1
4.13/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 4.25

Date Rated: April 5, 2013...
Glassware: Victory Hop Devil nonick...
Occasion: The Hobbit on DVD--this will be a good pairing...
Appearance: cold black body (not quite a necromancer) with gray, dirty-snow-colored head that sinks swiftly into a thin halo...
Aroma: malty and robust--a roasted ale more in line with a porter than a special ale...
Palate: medium-bodied and porterly, almost soda-like in its slickness--more a Gamgee than a Baggins; not a fan of the consistency, admittedly...
Taste: wine-like astringency finishes what becomes a softly warming, fruity/grape flavor--late hints of vanilla suggest complexity...
Overall: an earnest strong ale that gave me a heightened, mellow ripple trough the body as it finished--like besting Gollum in a game of riddles...

dacrza1, Jun 14, 2013
Photo of Sammy
3.7/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

An unusual muddy dark rum appearance with large bubbles. OK drink and hops and spices,burnt toffee, sweetish molasses, oily coffee but kind of doesn't work all together. A typical UK beer brought in by LCBO - their committee of 13 preference. A weak porter? Better warmer.

Sammy, Dec 26, 2004
Photo of augustgarage
3.48/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 500mL bottle into my Dogfish Head shaped pint glass (every time I drink an English ale I realize I need a nonic).

Liquid is somewhat lighter shade of bistre. A large rocky khaki head crumbles to a slin foundation of cream. Average lacing, fairly viscous legs.

Hints of peat and caramel in the nose - with a savory herbal note. Root beer, Cadbury egg filling, and a touch of butter cream. Odd.

Very sweet malt, with a secondary layer of roasted malt. Stale coffee, and peppery bitterness mid-palate. There is something slightly vegetal - almost like carmelized carrots - though I don't think this is DMS. The finish is nutty and suggestive of cheap melted chocolate.

Medium bodied, moderate filling carbonation, and a slight hint of iron. Not especially warming...

The flavor profile is a bit strange, but this is a solidly middle of the road example of the style. Some similarity to the '09 Anchor Christmas Ale when fresh.

augustgarage, Feb 22, 2010
Photo of CanuckRover
3.7/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Kind of boring looking really. Really dark, burnt caramel. Next to no head, ditto for the lacings.

Burnt caramel on the nose with some fairly strong dark fruit notes, blackcurrants. Some spiciness but it comes accross rather unpleasantly, maybe the alcohol isn't hidden well enough for my taste.

Tates better than it smells. Nice nutty taste, roasted chestnuts along with the blackcurrants I mentioned above. Very tasty malt, buttery and pretty complex, hovering between a nice English ale and a good stout. Some wintery spices, bit of a fruitcake taste. Unfortunate medicinal finish.

Really like the mouthfeel. Nice and creamy in the mouth but it goes down really well. I think I could drink a couple of these. Not bad stuff.

CanuckRover, Dec 19, 2007
Photo of ElGordo
3.5/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the 500ml bottle into a New Belgium snifter. Body is a rich brown hue with ruby red highlights, topped by a small amount of fast-disappearing khaki-colored head. Aroma of nutty, slightly sweet malt and a touch of dark fruit (fig, raisin). Palate is malty and sweet up front, with the fruity notes coming through in the back of the mouth. Body is a touch thin for a stronger ale, and a mild warming from the alcohol follows down the throat on the swallow. A decent, drinkable winter warmer, although the price is a little steep.

ElGordo, Oct 17, 2007
Photo of cjgator3
3.73/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

16.9oz green flask-like bottle. Pours a dark brown color with a light tan head. The smell is roasted malt with touches of caramel and chocolate. The taste much like the aroma is dark roasted malts with a nice dose of hops in the finish. Overall, this is a very nice winter seasonal that I would not mind having again. Recommended.

cjgator3, Nov 08, 2007
Photo of Fatehunter
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Two and half fingers of light tan head on a just-short-of-black body.
The aroma is roasted malt, black licorice and caramel. Great depth here.
The taste is strong on the black licorice, backed up by the roasted malt. There’s a mild bitterness to balance out the malt sweetness.
This has a heavy body with low carbonation. The texture is oily.
A wonderful ale.

Fatehunter, Feb 01, 2013
Photo of aztraz
3.5/5  rDev -10%

aztraz, Nov 24, 2012
Photo of dgallina
4.13/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

1 pint, 0.9 fluid ounce rounded green bottle. No apparent date. I wish St. Peter's were still using their unique gin-flask style bottles.

Pours a good-looking ruby-edged dark brown with two fingers of creamy tan head and superb lace. The beer smells of medium-toasted malt and sweet caramel with an herbal hop counterpoint. The flavor is very similar; mellow toasted malts and carmel with light hop balance. Body is light-to-medium, crisp and clean. Very drinkable, but doesn't raise itself above the pack.

dgallina, Feb 20, 2008
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St. Peter's Winter Ale from St. Peter's Brewery Co Ltd
87 out of 100 based on 228 ratings.