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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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5/5  rDev +28.5%

zillo043068, Dec 07, 2011
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5/5  rDev +28.5%

bigox420, Nov 28, 2011
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4.75/5  rDev +22.1%

MEP, Sep 13, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +22.1%

larrynevins, Dec 23, 2012
Photo of korguy123
4.7/5  rDev +20.8%

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.

korguy123, Dec 18, 2011
Photo of Imbiber
4.68/5  rDev +20.3%

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.

Imbiber, Jan 31, 2004
Photo of Sigmund
4.6/5  rDev +18.3%

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!

Sigmund, Mar 15, 2007
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4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

(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
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4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

chumpy, Jul 01, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

RedAleMan, Nov 22, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

OriolesFan1008, Jun 07, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

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.

Brad007, Nov 26, 2007
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4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

hickmancase, Dec 19, 2013
Photo of GWaters
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

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.

GWaters, Jan 02, 2009
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4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

Matvei, Apr 24, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

Vyronian, Nov 25, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

admh1972, Aug 18, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

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.

Kartoffeln, Nov 14, 2011
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4.47/5  rDev +14.9%

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.

cdkrenz, Feb 18, 2009
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4.47/5  rDev +14.9%

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.

blakesell, Oct 28, 2007
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4.43/5  rDev +13.9%

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.

fx20736, Dec 29, 2011
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4.43/5  rDev +13.9%

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.

Globetrotter, Dec 10, 2005
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4.43/5  rDev +13.9%

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.

uno99, Jan 04, 2009
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4.43/5  rDev +13.9%

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

wangbruins, Nov 04, 2009
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4.4/5  rDev +13.1%

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
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St. Peter's Winter Ale from St. Peter's Brewery Co Ltd
87 out of 100 based on 228 ratings.