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

179 Reviews
THE BROS
91
outstanding

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Reviews: 179
Hads: 242
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 8.21%
Wants: 20
Gots: 9 | 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

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-09-2002

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Reviews: 179 | Hads: 242
Photo of BeerBelcher
2.8/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

This beer was OK (but hardly remarkable), but had an oddly tangy aftertaste that would keep me from recommending it.

This beer poured a red-brown translucent color with a minimal head. Aroma was a mild malted-milk ball aroma. Flavor was malty with an unusual spiciness that had a tanginess that reminded me more of aftershave or bug repellent than it did of the holidays. Mouthfeel was OK, but didn't really stand out in my mind.

I wasn't thrilled with this beer, and there other winter beers I would much prefer to this one. Also, the green packaging of this beer baffles me and has led to me avoiding it altogether up to now.

I'd weakly counsel you to avoid this beer. I certainly wouldn't recommend it. (708 characters)

Photo of prg1976
2.9/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a dark brown, with off white head.

Smells malty. Bread, caramel.

Tastes is the same as the aroma. Malty. Not very complex, not much going on.

I'm guessing this is more like a porter. 6.5 abv doesn't usually make for a winter warmer. Overall, just not much there. Liquid bread. (285 characters)

Photo of phantomwyse
2.97/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

A: Dark, dark brownish red with a very slim, muddy burnt sienna highlight. Cream head of average proportions and look.

S: Nice sweet caramel, plum, chocolate covered cherries.

T: Toffee at the outset with tart cherry following and a funky, rubbery sourness that pervades the whole back end that I can't put a specific flavor to, but it isn't entirely pleasant.

M: Medium bodied with a great creaminess.

D: Starts off as a nice and drinkable traditional winter warmer, but that funk at the end killed it for me. Will try again to see if my bottle was the issue. (564 characters)

Photo of Cramshawbar
3/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

There is an (for me at least) rather uncomfortable after taste dominating here. I don't know whether it's the date or perhaps the liquorice. Safe to say, this is not my cup of....eh....glass of beer. (199 characters)

Photo of Halcyondays
3/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

16.9 oz. British bottle,

A: Pours black, with a full tan head, nice retention, some lacing left in the glass.

S: Roasted malt, burnt sugar, molasses, and maybe a bit of licorice and pine needles.

T: On the first sip, I wasn't too impressed with it, it had mainly a burnt sugar taste, with this "dark" bitterness that seemed out of place and caught me off-guard. After a while I got more into it. Overall, it's got a nice mix of flavours, burnt molasses and hops mostly, though there is a spice character to this beer hinting of nutmeg or cinnamon, a bitter quality, though I don't know if this beer is spiced or not.

M: Quite light on the tongue for a 6.3% beer, kind of thin as well, I mean this is a beer you could guzzle if you wanted to, oily as well, some resin.

D: A fair beer from St. Peter's, I've had better beers from them before, an OK offering, not just up to par with some of the better Winter beers out there. (928 characters)

Photo of bark
3.06/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The rather strong smell is roasted with hints of soap. Some bitterness and hints of toffee, grass, coffee and spices (cloves, allspice, nutmeg, vanilla). A gentle sweetness in the background, as well as a hint of sourness.

The colour is dark copper (40 EBC); the liquid is clear. The two finger head is pale brown and compact. No lacing occurs.

The taste is dry with some unclear spices. Dry, somewhat malt-sour flavours with some bitter hops. Hints of dough, vegetables and apricots. The bitterness is almost chemical and a bit sharp. Hints of grilled meat, banana peels and lemon peels. Some noticeable alcohol in the finish as well as some

The carbonation is medium strong; the small bubbles a bit sharp. The liquid is dry, yet a bit thick.

A winter warmer that is too dry, the bitterness is too raw and the flavours are all over the place. Will probably gain of a years cellaring. (890 characters)

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.06/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a very dark mahogany body with a full, foamy light beige head.

Smell: Fruity, caramel malt aroma with a pinch of roast and spice.

Taste: A somewhat tart, berrylike fruitiness pairs with a malty sweetness and a taste of brown sugar atop burnt toast. Hard to place spiciness. Faintly floral hop flavor with a moderate bitterness. There's a pinch from the alcohol in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Moderate carbonation.

Drinkability: I can't say I really cared for it. I just wasn't the carnival of wintertime smiles I was hoping for. (560 characters)

Photo of Mit
3.1/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

a-dark beer. minimal head.

s-malty, dark fruit type smells, coffee, very nice. Nice bitterness in the aftertaste

t-coffee flavours, malts...seems somewhat muted compared to the smells that originally presented themselves.

m-kinda thin I found for a higher ABV.

d-pretty drinkable, prob wouldn't drink too much with tastier IMO winterwarmers out there though. (362 characters)

Photo of tbeckett
3.17/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From notes.

A - Poured almost black with a dark brown hue. One finger of tan head faded fast. No lace and no retention.

S - Dark fruit, licorice, interesting. Medicinal or herbal notes and a slight alcohol element.

T - Mild herbal notes, fruits, breads. Sweet.

M - Very mild carbonation, medium body, sweet finish.

O/D - Seemed sahti-ish. Not bad. Not overly tasty though. Couldn't get into it. (400 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.19/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Bottle: Poured a dark brown/black ale with almost no carbonation and therefore no head. Aroma is mostly comprised of roasted malt. Taste is quite simply some roasted malt, with some bitterness at the end and a very light watery finish. The alcohol doesn’t really show and the body is just above the average. Overall, this is not a bad beer but nothing great either; probably an improvement over some other beers I had from this brewery. (437 characters)

Photo of BierStein711
3.2/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

This beer was poured into a shaker pint.

The beer is a ruby red with a three finger head.

The smell was of toffee, dark fruits, and sweet malts

Tasted only the toffee and the sweet malts.

The mouthfeel was warming and thick.

Overall, this beer was a beautiful letdown.

I don't know if I will revisit this beer style. (322 characters)

Photo of kojevergas
3.25/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

1 pint .9 fl oz brown glass bottle acquired for cheap at Total Wine Redondo Beach; I think the price was between $1 and $2. Label is red. I dig the strangely shaped bottle. Pressure cap is branded. Expectations are average.

Served straight from the fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a light tan colour head of gorgeous cream, very good thickness, and quite good (6+ minute) retention for the above average ABV. Body colour is a very dark caramel-brown; nontransparent and opaque. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Very light thin lacing as the head recedes. Not horribly vibrant, but then again it's nontransparent...

Sm: Sweet malts. Fruit - fig, bright sugarplum, dates. Caramel and toffee. Brewer's chocolate. Surprisingly Belgian in malt character, with a nice dose of biscuit. Raisin. Light herbal notes. A bit of spice - anise? A subtle, diverse aroma of moderate to fairly high strength. Little yeast character is detectable. I don't get any alcohol.

T: Caramel, toffee, heavy date fruit, biscuit malt, fig, malty sweetness, and light candi sugar. Complex and enjoyable. Pleasant to drink. Balanced if imperfect. Not horribly subtle. A bit too sweet, but still enjoyable. I do get some candi sugar. Balance is okay. Could use more complexity and subtlety. It's a bit wanting. I do like it. A bit of toasted character. Sugary.

Mf: A bit undercarbonated. Smooth. Wet. Good presence on the palate. Depth of flavour is above average.

Dr: Drinkable and enjoyable. A surprisingly tasty winter ale. Well priced. I'd get it again. Not exemplary, but a solid seasonal. I wouldn't want to have more than a bottle a night; it's just so sweet and sugary. But it's a good offering. Hides its above average ABV well.

High C+ (1,801 characters)

Photo of ThreeWiseMen
3.31/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Apeearance: Big bubbly tan head on top of a pitch black (brownish) liquid. Thick lacing and good retention.

Smell: Crisp (light) hops, nuts, and alcohol. Not much else. A very odd, yet light, smell.

Taste: A bit of coffee and a bit of nuts. Definite spicy, with a lot of malt. Aftertaste has a fairly strong alcohol flavor to it. This is a weird taste thats very hard to describe...

Mouthfeel: Smooth yet spicy. Low carbonation. Fairly thick body and low-moderate warming effect. Numbing my lips, which feels quite odd...

Drinkability: An odd (maybe distinct is a better word) taste for sure. We think they released this a couple months too early (or too late). It wasn't quite ready yet. (692 characters)

Photo of cratez
3.35/5  rDev -14.1%
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. (784 characters)

Photo of OldGrowler
3.4/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A typical ale/porter/stout variety. Slight roast, moderate malt, not complex enough to carry the bitterness. Unpleasant aftertaste. Metallic notes didn't impress me. Nothing outstanding. The spicy malty smell was the best part. I much preferred the Peter's English Ale. (269 characters)

Photo of Vendetta
3.42/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This will be my second effort with St. Peter's. I have previously reviewed their average IPA.

Pours deep black, creamy. Small head, quickly dissipating. Goes down incredibly smooth -- strong, smoky malts, roasted coffee beans. Finishes super smooth, great palate. Solid beer. (276 characters)

Photo of Long813
3.42/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

G: Duvel Tulip

A: Dark almost opaque rugby body with minimal bubbly head. No retention and some lacing.

S: Roasted malts, some breadiness and some bitterness stings the nostrils.

T: Bitter chocolate, roasted malts are in the initial taste, then a biscuity and hoppiness flavour follow.

M: Medium-light bodied and medium-high carbonation. Very thin texture and leaves a slight bittersweet feeling.

D: It was an interesting brew, but I didn't quite prefer it to other WWs. Guess it's hard to judge based on style if it's such a broad range. (547 characters)

Photo of allergictomacros
3.42/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pretty dark, ruby red. Head is a bit small, loose, and drops quickly. First impression is "heavy looking". Aroma is heavy malt with some roastiness, soy sauce, fruitiness and British hops. Taste is heavy and sweet, gigantic fruitiness and malt. Feels very thick and heavy on the tongue, and isn't the easiest drinking beer. I really feel this one in my belly. The hop bitterness shows up in the aftertaste and lingers for a good long timel.

As a winter warmer, it does a pretty good job. Big, heavy, and warming, but no more than one a night of these for me. (569 characters)

Photo of AgentMunky
3.43/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 500mL bottle into a pint glass. Best before December 2010.

A: Very nice! Ruddy dark-brown, with a thick, sturdy head. What appears at first glance to be a black beer is betrayed by soft edges. Held up to the light, one can just barely see shadows on the other side of the glass. Lacing clings to the sides. I approve!

S: Sweet molasses-malt and equal amounts of springy hops.

T: Almost sour fruit spars with the expected molasses, caramelised taste. Carbonation and hops are not far behind. Mostly malty in character, but disturbingly tart. The aftertaste is light, reflecting a diminished version of all the aforementioned flavours.

M: Nothing notable -- some fizz, some spark. Meh.

D: Alcohol is definitely noticeable, surprising considering the relatively low ABV. Not sure from whence the odd sourness comes, perhaps it's because I'm flirting with the Best Before date, maybe it's just the style. At any rate, it detracts from an otherwise pleasant ale. It is true winter outdoors (0° C and five inches of snow on the ground) and that does make this beer feel more appropriate. Based on this tasting, I can't recommend it. (1,147 characters)

Photo of katan
3.45/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

500ml into a pint

A - Very dark brown, almost black. Some amber highlights in the light. Almost porter like. Head formation is light, 1mm, retained as a film. Looks dirty white in color. Carbonation appears light.

S - Bittersweet chocolate and bread yeasty notes. Very malt forward, liquid bread aggressive style. Are we sure this isn't a porter?

T - Starts off big time malt, roasted barley and tons of sweetness. Bittersweet chocolate is present. Mid-stream gets a pile of yeast, and only a tiny hint of hops. Some phenolic notes present. Finishes with a very potent chocolate malt note which lightly overpowers a somewhat sour yeast note.

M - Strong body - thick and creamy. Sugary backbone sticks to the tongue big time. Aftertaste leaves a notable bitter chocolate.

D - Moderate to low drinkability for a winter warmer. While it succeeds at warming, it doesn't seem to be completely in the vein of liquid bread quite like I was hoping for. Seems more like a porter that I would pair more with food than a time of year. (1,028 characters)

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. (944 characters)

Photo of rarbring
3.48/5  rDev -10.8%
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. (372 characters)

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. (539 characters)

Photo of Beerbuddha
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%
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. (291 characters)

Photo of baggio
3.51/5  rDev -10%
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! (483 characters)

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St. Peter's Winter Ale from St. Peter's Brewery Co Ltd
87 out of 100 based on 179 ratings.