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

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

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BA SCORE
87
very good

225 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 225
Reviews: 175
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 10.54%


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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korguy123

Ontario (Canada)

4.7/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle into tulip.

A- Super dark brown/black pour with hints of red up to the light. Two finger cream colored head that rapidly drops to thin cap. Lacing is fantastic.

S- Chocolate and coffee with hints of cinnamon, nutmeg, figs and dates. Brown sugar and subtle vanilla.

T- Coffee and dark chocolate, dates and brown sugar with a touch of cinnamon.

M- Medium bodied and creamy, subtle carbonation, sticky on the lips.

O- This thing is awesome! There is so much going on here it truly is remarkable. I've never had a winter warmer this full bodied, complex and creamy.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2011 01:19:58 | More by korguy123
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Imbiber

New York

4.68/5  rDev +20.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2004 19:00:06 | More by Imbiber
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Sigmund

Norway

4.6/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500 ml green bottle, courtesy of Cardinal pub, Stavanger. Very dark reddish brown colour, nearly black, nice brown head. LOVELY vinous aroma with oak, raisins, chocolate, roasted malts, liquorice, some coffee. The flavour has much of the same elements as the aroma, chocolate and sweet malts (but not too sweet) are in front. A roasty and hoppy bitterness in the aftertaste. Very full and rich mouthfeel. Blimey - this IS an excellent beer! LUVVERLY!

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2007 21:25:23 | More by Sigmund
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Brad007

Vermont

4.5/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown/black color with a thin head. Aroma is somewhat roasted with hints of chocolate and coffee in the nose. Taste is smooth, roasty and very nice. Chocolate hints at the back of the throat and only a slight spiciness. Goes down very well. This has to be a porter or milk stout of sorts. Very roasty, smooth and better than I thought it would be. I would definitely buy this beer again.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2007 02:08:07 | More by Brad007
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GWaters

New Hampshire

4.5/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

1 Pint 0.9 Fl oz. olive green embossed bottle - No freshness date

Poured into a chilled mug

I bought this at the Liquor Shop in Tyngsborough.

Over the past couple of weeks, I have groups winter ales and holiday ales in together. This beer smacked my in the face and said, "Shame on you!" This is truly a winter ale. This ale elicits an image of a great room with a roaring firepit, and friends laughing about stories told - completely ignorant, or not caring, of the bitter cold wind whipping outside.

This is a strong dark ale, with no bitter after taste. Very nice.

Pour: This beer pours very dark brown. Appears ruby colored if held up to the light. The head is heavy and dark - 3/8"

Smell: Warm sweet molasses-like malty aroma. A strong whiff of alcohol as well. Hints of toffee, caramel, and tannins. .

Taste: What you smell is what you get! A robust parade of flavors - malted molasses and a sort of roasted, slightly smokey flavor. This is truly a British Beer!

Drinkability: Every bottle is a meal. Not too heavy, but there is plenty of warmth and flavor to keep the consumer pleased. Very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2009 22:37:14 | More by GWaters
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rhoadsrage

Illinois

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2010 03:40:31 | More by rhoadsrage
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Kartoffeln

Ontario (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours an opaque brown so dark it's nearly black, with a sizeable, tan head of pillowy, creamy froth. Good retention, gradually dissipating to a thick ring of foam and leaving some frothy lacing.

S: Mildly sweet chocolate, biscuit, and roasted malts with notes of black coffee, cocoa, and a hint of smoke. Cinder toffee and butteriness. Dark and candied fruit aromas, hints of clove and licorice, and ethanol.

T: Sweet chocolate and biscuit malts with a slightly smoky, charred character of roasted barley complemented by cocoa notes. Cinder toffee, juicy dark fruit, and faint brown spice notes. Earthy, woody hops towards the finish with a slight lactic tang, a cranberry note, and a bit of booziness.

M: Medium-bodied with low, creamy-smooth carbonation. The woody hops and lactic tang balance the robust, sweet flavour profile as much as can be expected. Remarkably easy-drinking for the richness, it avoids feeling cloying or too heavy.

D: A very English winter warmer that happens to nail down everything I personally like about the style. St. Peter's winter ale is one of those rare beers that retains everything that characterises a style but adds distinctive changes that complement the style's characteristics to produce something uniquely delicious. Well worth seeking out.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2011 23:18:00 | More by Kartoffeln
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blakesell

Ohio

4.47/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 16.9oz? bottle into a Belgian cereal bowl.

Appearance- Black with reddish hues around the edges. Carbonation is even and fills the glass just enough. Lacing clings to the glass and leaves lacing clinging dry to the glass for the full ride.

Smell- Smells like a porter. Roasty with malt, a little more hop than expected, and what seems like a hint of spice.

Taste- A lot like a porter but it has some other characteristics as well. The hops and spices are very evenly balanced, they taste nearly the same, but the spices shine out with hints of cinnamon. Almost a soapy cleanliness on the finish.

Mouthfeel- Creamy and well carbonated, hoppy but not astringent, and full-bodied. This is one great beer on the mouth.

Drinkability- I had to ramp up the drinkability on this one. It tastes delicious and is not over the top with alcohol. I could drink a lot of these all in one sitting. I'll be picking up another of these before the season is over.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2007 20:43:37 | More by blakesell
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cdkrenz

Wisconsin

4.47/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - Amazing rise of head even after the pour is finished. The light tan and frothy head stands like a trophy on top of an extremely dark brown body. This brew still and silent in its beauty. It leaves a nice lacing too.

S - Clove, a hint at coffee and anise.

T - While the flavors are subtle, they are accented throughout each pull. It starts out with a creamy long roasted malt moving to a slight chocolate flavor. Then onto a clove with some bite and finishing with a taste of coffee.

M - While I'm drinking the brew having kept it at 40 degrees it actually has a nice warm feel to it. It's very smooth with nearly no feel of carbonation. It has a thickness to it that I think brings out much of the flavor, as opposed to a coarseness bringing out the flavor.

~ I truely think this is one of the best brews I've had the luxury to enjoy. I strongly urge all my fellow BA brethren to partake in this wonderful brew. While the price tag may be stiff, the results are worth it.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2009 02:14:19 | More by cdkrenz
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Globetrotter

Virginia

4.43/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I let out a tiny gasp when I saw this on the shelf of a "people's supermarket" in downtown Moscow. I've seen other St. Peter's products, but never this one. Comes in the classic St. Peter's green half liter flask, with a small oval rose and gold label featuring a bird marching to the left. There is no ingredient information on the label. Best before 1/5/06, I opened it on 12/10/05.

Pours a clear but very dark caramel color under a 1/2 finger tan head that fades fairly quickly to collar and spots of film, but still manages to leave a few strands of lace. The nose is full of chestnuts roasting on an open fire. The mouth is mildly carbonated and very sticky. The taste is excellent: sweet caramel and roasted nuts to start, followed by very nice, dry and crisp hops, leaving a slightly espresso bitter on the palate in the finish. The bitterness grows into the aftertaste, still very dry and crisp, inviting another sip. Good stuff.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2005 19:24:09 | More by Globetrotter
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uno99

Ontario (Canada)

4.43/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: I love this bottle. Looks like an old timey medicine bottle or something. I poured this into a goblet and tried my darnedest to induce a head but no such luck. Liquid however is almost like a stout. if you hold it up to the light however its actually a VERY deep red. looks like a really flavorful red wine almost

S: Very earthy. wood mold, mushroom. not pungent, but pleasant.

T: This is excellent! very stout like in the taste. Nicely balanced with earthy malt and toffee. nice hoppy finish. Would like to try this on tap sometime.

M: This is a tradition English brew so I'm not gonna take off many points for the lack of carbonation. I feel its about right given the style and the feel really suits the taste of this excellent winter warmer. Its thick but not sticky at all.

D: I'd love to have a couple/few of these every week from about Mid December to late march... Too bad its not easy for me to get.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2009 22:42:16 | More by uno99
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wangbruins

Florida

4.43/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Dark, dark evil-looking black with a nice one-inch head and great lacing

S- Coffee and chocolate mostly with cherries and plums, which was a nice surprise

T- Bold coffee taste as well as cherry and a nice smoky finish

M- Tough but smooth with a smoky aftertaste

D- I wish I got more as this is an easy drink for me

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2009 00:30:26 | More by wangbruins
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fx20736

New York

4.43/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 16.9 oz bottle into a nonic, served at cellar temp.

Black as night with a pale khaki head, some lacing.

Aroma of roasted malt, molasses and herbal hops.

mouthfeel: smooth and slippery

taste: deeply toasted and roasted malt with a slight molasses sweetness, balanced by a slight hop bitterness.

Notes: For all the world this reminds me of a BSDA. This is dark, slightly sweet, slightly smoky and very delicicious. I look forward to drinking this one again.

Serving type: on-tap

12-29-2011 23:32:06 | More by fx20736
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Derek

British Columbia (Canada)

4.4/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Production date H076 whatever that means? (it's the 2006/2007 release).

Could be classified as a strong ale.

A: Black with a burnt caramel tinge. Tan head, very little retention, some lace.

S: I love the bubble-gum-like fruity esters from the British Ale yeast. It's fairly chocolatey, some dark-roasted coffee and a little spice as well.

T: It's like a strong porter, with a little rauchbier thrown in. I like it a lot. Chocolatey, fruity, slight roasted acidity; slight smoke-like spicyness (like it's ~20% Rauchbier); some residual sugar but it's pleasantly balanced to the bitter side.

M: Moderate to full body, hints of chalkyness & acidity; Carbonation on the low side of moderate.

D: Damn good.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2006 23:14:25 | More by Derek
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BGDrock

Ontario (Canada)

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!

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2012 14:21:30 | More by BGDrock
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tatterdash

Ontario (Canada)

4.38/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

St. Peter's Ale is an old family favourite, so let's try the Winter Ale shall we? Pours a wonderful black with red in the light with an off white head that dissipates into a sheen of foam and ring of bubbles. Aroma is a dry roasted barley smell, with some burnt smells. Taste was a nice dry roasted flavour, with some hoppy bitterness. Very full bodied, with a nice coffee-like finish. Mouthfeel was medium, with very little carbonation. I really enjoyed this, but I have always wondered, why the style is called "Winter Warmer"?

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2004 01:18:11 | More by tatterdash
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jaz58

Ontario (Canada)

4.38/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A decent winter ale.

Poured into a pint glass, when held up to the light, the colour is ruby red.

The nose is warm with good hints of malt and a little chocolate.

Very thin creamy head which dissipated quickly.

Taste features toffee and butterscotch with a good bitters to finish.

Mouthfeel is round and good.

Overall a good ale to warm you up on a cold winter night.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2012 23:39:22 | More by jaz58
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Hammarby

Sweden

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2006 22:45:45 | More by Hammarby
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Tim2000

Quebec (Canada)

4.33/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 mL brown bottle, can't make out manufacturing date.

Pours a dark brown with a thin tan head that sticks to the sides of the glass.

Roasted, nutty aroma with some caramel notes.

Starts off sweet with lots of honey and molasses. Hints of hazelnut and chocolate towards the middle with a nice bitterness building up until the end. Long, lingering aftertaste that combines caramel and bitter black tea. Alcohol is present and gives a bit of bite to the beer. Quite full-bodied with low carbonation.

Well balanced and packed with flavour. Definitely a winner.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2008 00:56:35 | More by Tim2000
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DogFood11

California

4.33/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Fat green bottle. Dark brown body. Creamy head leaves behind spider web lace. It needed a pretty agressive pour to achieve results but it all worked out fine. Nice to look at.

As expected the malts and spices rule this beer. I'd say the malts end up being the dominant feature with the spices there to make it complex. Some darker fruits like plumb and black grapes, corriander, and cinnamon round it out. Smooth on the palate. Creamy body.

Notes: This was extremely easy to drink. Sooo smooth. The best brew I've had from this company. A first class winter warmer. I'm on a roll right now with top notch brews, hopefully it won't stop.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2008 04:45:34 | More by DogFood11
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Blakaeris

Iowa

4.33/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours purplish black in color with red highlights. Head is initially slight and soapy, dissipating quickly.

Aroma is charred dark grain with roasted malt. Molasses, plum, and black currant offer a residual sweetness. Definite alcohol presence.

Taste is similar to the nose. Aforementioned dark fruit is balanced with a pleasant woody smokiness. Charred grain, coffee, and dark chocolate offer bitterness. Finish holds mild spices and comes off a bit musty along with lingering anise and alcohol.

Mouthfeel is medium in body. Very smooth and slick.

A very interesting winter warmer. Smokey stout character seamlessly blended with sweet dark fruit and light spices. Pleasant and easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2008 22:43:26 | More by Blakaeris
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Dantheman4162

Massachusetts

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)

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2009 06:27:06 | More by Dantheman4162
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Offa

California

4.3/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is an interesting beer that really blends qualities of both an old ale and a more hoppy bitter.

It is dark red-brown, almost black, with a medium light brown head slowly shrinking to a foamy top and ring. It leaves nice lace.

The aroma is slightly burnt caramel and toasted brown bread with a little dark chocolate, earth, and a light fruity wine quality. It has unexpected bitterness adding an unusual quality for the other elements and making it more interesting and memorable. The qualities work very well together and it is full-bodied but light and easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2008 22:57:23 | More by Offa
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garymuchow

Minnesota

4.3/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A relatively mild WW for the middle of summer. Why not give it a go with the humidity so high and all.
Incredibly dark, although not necessarily black. Heavy dense dark tan head provides heavy lacing.
Full malt aroma with hint of sweetness and alcohol. Molasses. Brown sugar.
Full malt flavor. Really nice sweetness up front. Some nearly burnt roast that leads to a long dry finish. The heavy malt flavors contrast atypically with a light, nearly watery body. Soft alcohol. Hop flavors do show with some grass and earthy qualities. Smooth although not rich or light. This, of course, leads to easy drinking. Probably dangerously so. For such a soft drinker it is very complex.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2010 02:24:39 | More by garymuchow
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thehyperduck

Ontario (Canada)

4.3/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

500 mL bottle from the LCBO, production code given is H1811 so I am guessing August 18th of this year.

Pours a deep black-brown colour, though realistically it's dark enough that 'black' is sufficient. Ruby red highlights under the light. There is a thin, creamy tan-coloured head on top, but it fades quickly and doesn't leave much behind - just a thin, filmy cap and a collar of cream around the edge. The aroma is heavy on roasted biscuit malts, a bit nutty with some toffee, molasses and bittersweet chocolate/coffee grind notes as well. Some muted spicy, herbal qualities in the background, with a bit of ethanol.

The taste is also pretty malt-forward, with roasted biscuits and bittersweet baker's chocolate being quite prominent. Hints of walnut, coffee grounds, and perhaps figs or prunes... some sort of dark fruit anyway. Sweet, but balanced with lots of traditional leafy, floral, bittering English hops. The spiciness is subtler than in most American warmers and not the focus of the brew, but notes of cinnamon and herbal mintiness add another layer to this one. The booze is barely noticeable, but complements the flavour nicely, blending with floral bitterness, roasted coffee and tree bark in the aftertaste. Good mouthfeel, not quite 'full-bodied' but getting there. The moderate carbonation provides just enough bite to keep it feeling crisp without masking flavours. Easy to drink, but complex enough to sip and enjoy slowly.

I seem to really like English warmers, mostly because they don't smack you in the face with a 10-pound sack of spices. St. Peter's Winter Ale fits that mould quite well, and may in fact be a new favourite in the category for me, though I doubt fans of spicy American warmers will concur. Regardless of which camp you fall into though, this stuff is delicious and at least worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2011 03:32:18 | More by thehyperduck
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St. Peter's Winter Ale from St. Peter's Brewery Co Ltd
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