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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

242 Ratings
THE BROS
91
outstanding

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Ratings: 242
Reviews: 179
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 10.77%
Wants: 21
Gots: 8 | 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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-09-2002

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Ratings: 242 | Reviews: 179
Reviews by stephendr:
Photo of stephendr
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

one pint .9 oz. glass bottle- color of deep amber, with a medium tan colored head - nose of roasted malts, slight coco, and mild hops – taste of roasted malts, dark roast coffee, some toffee, and mild hops - body is medium, and round , and with medium low carbonation – aftertaste of sweet malts, coffee, dry, and lingering

More User Reviews:
Photo of Jason
4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.74/5  rDev -4.1%
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!

Photo of Swedes21
3.55/5  rDev -9%
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.

Photo of kingcrowing
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

Photo of Dantheman4162
4.32/5  rDev +10.8%
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)

Photo of BGDrock
4.38/5  rDev +12.3%
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!

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.71/5  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.

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%
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.

Photo of linnet
3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

Photo of Hammarby
4.32/5  rDev +10.8%
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.

Photo of biboergosum
3.68/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

Photo of mintjellie
4.08/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

Photo of dacrza1
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
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...

Photo of Sammy
3.7/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

Photo of augustgarage
3.46/5  rDev -11.3%
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.

Photo of CanuckRover
3.65/5  rDev -6.4%
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.

Photo of ElGordo
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%
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.

Photo of cjgator3
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

Photo of Fatehunter
4.12/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

Photo of dgallina
4.13/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

Photo of Imbiber
4.64/5  rDev +19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very deep ruby red, minimal tan head, low carbonation (good in my opinion). Malty, spicy aroma. Malt, hops, caramel sweetness are all balanced, licorice and burnt caramel both come through strongly later on and lingers to form a flavoursome aftertaste. An excellent, hearty, warming winter brew that does exactly what it's designed to do without being overly strong in alcohol. Highly recommended.

Photo of joemcgrath27
3.97/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - near black darkness, short tan head dissipated to a thin covering with decent lacing
S - big chocolate aroma, mild spice with a boozy tingle, very enticing but not at all what I was expecting
T - cocoa, pressed coffee, and some licorice root, mild smokiness and light fruit, much more of a stout flavour than the winter warmers I'm used to
M - big body smoothness with a big feel and just a hint of dry late
O - expecting a very spicy warm ale, surprised to get this big bold malty treat but a little reading tells me that this is common in the english style, very 'chocolate stout' in my opinion, very tasty

Photo of beveritt
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: Poured from the squat, green, 500 ml St Peter's bottle into an Imperial pint glass. Label is simple red, with a gold foil surround. Short description on the back label and some indecipherable ink stamping on the neck.

Appearance: Pours with just over 2 fingers of medium tan head. This settles slightly, essentially collapsing to a more dense head. Nice lacing. The beer itself is a dark brown, opaque in the middle, with a little light coming through the edges. No sediment in the bottle.

Smell: Sharp notes of a nutty, tobacco like sweetness with an underlying lactose sweetness.

Taste: This one is very difficult for me to pin down. Toffee like, but darker, more caramelized, bordering on charred. Mild hop bitterness in the finish. A hint of wet cardboard oxidation in the finish

Mouthfeel: Average carbonation level. Incredibly thick and viscous body.

Drinkability: This one was so-so. Great looking and a decent smell, but the overly charred flavor and the too forward oxidation make it just mediocre+.

Photo of Reinheitsgebot71
3.76/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one is courtesy of the LCBO winter release this year. Huzza yet another St. Peters product to try.

Out of the gimmicky yet cool bottle pours the dark ruby brew. Hues of burgundy and rosewood shimmer in the light betwixt the dark brown gloom of the beer. A two finger off white head crowns this one, much more airy in bubble circumference than I'd have expected.

I'm not sure if it was just my nostrils but I had to strain to get a lot out of the bouquet. Coffee and dark chocolate dominated backed by strong roasted malt aromas. Hints of vanilla and some subdued fruity esters notably cherries in syrup rounded out what my nose could conceive.

The first thing to hit me was a sharp bitterness from the darker malts. This slowly phased out to a well balanced symphony of bitter chocolate and cocoa flavours mixed with mellow spicy note of cinnamon and allspice. Chocolate covered raisins and roasted hazelnuts add nice complexity and texture. The finish brings boozy warmth, reminiscent of fruit brandy and maraschino cherries. The aforementioned spices add a nice depth as well. Hop and dark malt bitterness adds a nice counterpoint to the warming alcohol.
These rich malt and spice flavours create a wonderful tongue coating mouth feel with a slight syrup texture.

A nice beer, it certainly warmed me up. The only thing that let me down was the nose, which I felt was a bit weak.

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St. Peter's Winter Ale from St. Peter's Brewery Co Ltd
87 out of 100 based on 242 ratings.