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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
88
very good

230 Ratings
THE BROS
91
outstanding

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Ratings: 230
Reviews: 175
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 10.8%
Wants: 20
Gots: 6 | 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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Photo of Zorro
3.6/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A clear deeply brown colored beer with a good long lasting light brown head. Lots of ruby red color when held up to the light.

Smell is quite buttery to the nose with a mild amount of spice in it. Malt and molasses form the next level of scent along with some Fuggles hop. Fair amount of ginger and cinnamon in the scent but it doesn't really remind me of anything else except really muted spice drop candy.

The taste begins sweet and malty with a Fuggles hop aftertaste. Bit of chocolate and coffee in the taste and I would call this a coffee beer. Spice flavor here is quite mild and really isn't that significant a factor.

Mouthfeel is thick.

Certainly easy to drink but for its high price it could be better. Mild ale needs stronger flavors.

Zorro, Dec 18, 2007
Photo of kimcgolf
3.6/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours from the bottle to a very dark brown with a thin off-white head that lingers to mid-glass and leaves okay lacing. Aroma is slightly muted, but what is there is burnt coffee, dark malty fruit and a hint of chocolate. At mid-glass, as beer warms, the hint of the 6.5% alcohol also becomes more dominant.

Mouthfeel of this medium bodied beer is full and slightly sweet, and the flavor picks up the burnt coffee and dark fruit of the nose.

All rounds out to a nice long finish.

kimcgolf, May 21, 2008
Photo of beernut
3.58/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

pours avery dark red (almost back if not near light(. Great thick tan head that fades rather quickly. Aroma is sweet malt, toffee/caramel. Taste is malt, toffe and caramel,ends with a slight hop taste. Very smooth, will warm your heart and soul on a cold winter's night.

beernut, Jan 19, 2009
Photo of Cresant
3.58/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured this 16.9 oz. green bottle into a british pint glass. No date. Body was a dark cola color with garnet highlights. Three fingers of creamy khaki colored head lingered.

Smell was sweet, malty, and fresh.

Taste was spicy. Molasses bitterness. Roasted grains. Earthy. Not cloyingly sweet.

Mouthfeel was tingly without high carbonation. Medium bodied. Better overall than expected, a nice winter warmer.

Cresant, Feb 12, 2008
Photo of GodOfBeer
3.58/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a very dark red/brown, may as well call it black. Barely any head, it looks like flat coke after a while...

Smells very malty with hints of chocolate, along with some fruity hops.

Chocolatey malts, sweet fruit and a nice hop finish.

This is where the beer falls apart, no carbonation at all, thin mouthfeel, not appealing!

GodOfBeer, Feb 07, 2009
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 nokes
3.55/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured this into a wine glass; deep dark brown with ruby/garnet flashes that come through when held to the light. Nice head on it, and no visible carbonation in my glass. This is a very good looking beer; really really nice.

Smells like roasted grains, molasses, heavy syrupy dark fruit. Deep, earthy. Quite a nice aroma.

Taste-wise, this is quite sweet up front, but the bitter came forward rather quickly and then dominated some with coffee, roasted grains, dark chocolate. A bit medicinal...honestly...I'm positive it's not just because of the bottle.

Medium mouthfeel that's quite good except that it could use more carbonation.

A bit sticky and heavy, and not quite blended well enough. It's like there's sweet and there's bitter and ne'er the twain shall meet. Like a duel. Or is that dual? Heh.

Anyway, it's good, but I can't help thinking there's got to be better, though I'd be hard-pressed to find another that looks this good.

nokes, Mar 21, 2010
Photo of GClarkage
3.55/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12/13/07- Purchased at Whole Foods in San Mateo, CA.

Presentation- 16.9oz bottle with no freshness info. Lovely antique style bottle. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance- Coca Cola color, not quite black. I guess super deep caramel color would be a good way to describe it...or burnt caramel. About a 1/2 inch head which fades quickly and leaves minor lace streaks behind.

Smell- The nose that really sticks out is anise and a Dr. Pepper-like scent. Peppery I gues you would say.

Taste- About like the color. A burnt caramel background which is lightly hopped. As you work through the beer you get some traditional holiday flavors of clove and spruce tree like flavors. Even in deeper I got a good chunk of anise and a eucalyptus menthol like flavor. Odd, but interesting for sure.

Mouthfeel- Pretty smooth with a lower than average carbonation level. Light hopped aftertaste, more woodsy time flavor if anything.

Drinkability- Seems like an OSA type flavor. Pretty good with flavors all over the place. Not sure I could pound more than one of these in a day though. More of a once a season treat beer. I did like it though.

GClarkage, Dec 14, 2007
Photo of Erdinger2003
3.53/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a small head that has a great lacing and never goes away. The color is black and hard to see through. The color is a reddish purple color when a small amount of light comes through. The smell is roasty with a slight chocolate note. The taste is slightly bready with coffee. Mouthfeel is good, not great, but not bad either. Smooth like water. I think this beer isn't very complex, but very very good. It was nice to have this one time, but for the price it won't be my new session beer.

Erdinger2003, Oct 11, 2007
Photo of kmo1030
3.53/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

deep dark brown with a thin light tan head that laces a little.
it's got a burnt carmamel and toffee malt aroma, with dark fruitiness, mostly plum and prune type smells. i'm not grabbing any hops out of here.
the taste contains bitterweet burnt chocolate, with the same plum and prune from the aroma. the burnt bitterness is actually a balancing influence. it's got some smoke that actually almost borders on a peat-y character. molasses comes out with warmth playing of of the already present caramel charactrer.
the mouth feel is a little light, but ends up lending a little bit to drinkability actually.
decent drinkability, but the burnt bitterness wears on you somewhat, not enough to significantly detract though. my only critique is that this beer is sort of loosely constituted, that is to say that the flavors don't seem to gel well, and don't work as a cohesive unit. well worth a try though, especially since it's a pretty cheap one and done beer purchase.

kmo1030, Dec 11, 2007
Photo of Drew966
3.53/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

St. Peter's Winter Ale pours a deep, dark brown, in fact it's almost black with a ring of ruby around the bottom edge of the glass and a thick bone colored head. Poured from a beautiful green half liter bottle, this one is the new version, no longer flask shaped. Sweet malt is evident in the smell. Numerous flavors wash over my tongue, there is definitely a strong vinous nature, wood (oak?), caramel malt, perhaps a touch of spice and with a bitterness toward the end that rounds it out nicely. Not exactly what I expected, but rewarding nonetheless. The mouthfeel is a bit thinner than I would like, but it may be appropriate for the style.

Drew966, Sep 18, 2007
Photo of baggio
3.53/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Intended to drink this on x-mas eve but kind of forgot it....

A: Blackness with a finger thick & creamy head.

S: Liquorice, Roasted malts, Pepper, Ripe dark fruit, cafe latte.

T: Espresso, roasted malts, dark chocolate, fruits a plenty.

M: Very drinkable with a nice aftertouch of roasted malt and bitter hops. Medium carbonation.

A very drinkable brew indeed. Lacks some spices to be a christmas-beer but it's a very good stout/porter-clone. Goes down way easily. Give it a go!

baggio, Jan 07, 2008
Photo of JMS1512
3.5/5  rDev -10%

JMS1512, Mar 29, 2013
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 aztraz
3.5/5  rDev -10%

aztraz, Nov 24, 2012
Photo of Stugotzo
3.5/5  rDev -10%

Stugotzo, Oct 17, 2013
Photo of mechanicalprints
3.5/5  rDev -10%

mechanicalprints, Feb 20, 2012
Photo of civicm87
3.5/5  rDev -10%

civicm87, Apr 17, 2013
Photo of Beerbuddha
3.5/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a dark brown color and had a nice thick off white fluffy head to it. The smell was of roasted malts. It tasted of roasted malts with a nice slight hoppy finish. The mouthfeel was heavy with low carbonation. Overall drinkability was decent. Nice to drink when it is cold out.

Beerbuddha, Nov 19, 2007
Photo of whartontallboy
3.5/5  rDev -10%

whartontallboy, Jan 15, 2012
Photo of mrfrancis
3.5/5  rDev -10%

mrfrancis, Jun 25, 2013
Photo of imperialking
3.5/5  rDev -10%

imperialking, Mar 15, 2012
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 rarbring
3.48/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The beer is clear dark brown, a high tan head that settles slowly, leaving some lacing and a few curtains.

Sweet syrup, cereal, bread and oranges.

Starting with sweet brown bread, some honey and syrup, some mild burned notes, nuts and apples.

Medium low carbonation, slightly spritzy bubbles, soft with a big body, a slight dryness.

In all a very decent winter warmer.

rarbring, Nov 20, 2011
St. Peter's Winter Ale from St. Peter's Brewery Co Ltd
88 out of 100 based on 230 ratings.