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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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very good

236 Ratings

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Ratings: 236
Reviews: 177
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 10.8%
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

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-09-2002

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Photo of TheBrk
3.25/5  rDev -16.5%

Photo of Vendetta
3.43/5  rDev -11.8%
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.

Photo of uno99
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.

Photo of mechanicalprints
3.5/5  rDev -10%

Photo of MillRat
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Found on half-price close-out at Prisco's grocery on Prairie in Aurora, IL. Pours a darker brown leaning a bit toward the yellow end of brown with a normal off-white head that retreats into a thin halo. Served at cellar temperature, it blooms with caramel and light roasted malts, like the complexity of a 120 L crystal malt, and dark fruit aromas. The flavor is true to the aroma, providing a rich full-bodied flavor adding complex bready and dark malt presence, a yeast character reminiscent of candied fruit and preserves, barely balanced by a lingering hop bitterness. Certainly a heavy beer, which is appropriate for the style, which definitely excludes it from the session beer club. Certainly one to seek in the single-bottle section for a cold winter night, or even a chilly summer night after a cold front has blown through.

Photo of drinkininthewood
3.73/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Let me start off by saying that this is no winter ale. But it is an excellent Dark ale.

Served from a 500ml brown bottle into a pint glass. Some odd code on the back which I cant understand.

A- Pours dark brown almost black, with a brown head which only appears if you pour aggressively. Head diminishes quickly leaving a layer of big bubbles and some lace spots on the glass.

S- Is generally of roasted malts with some hops, and dark chocolate.

T- Is of the same, mainly nice roasty malts with hints of coffee and dark chocolate, dark fruits ( mostly plums ) mid-way, and grassy hops make up fairly good balance in the end.

M- very nice texture, smooth and oily on the tongue and nicely carbonated. Somewhat chalky as well.

D- Very drinkable, sessionable even.

Overall why the hell isn't this available year round? Drop the winter ale thing and just call it St. Peters Dark Ale....This is their best offering and should be their flagship brew.

Photo of Douglas88
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle bought at College Liquors in Grand Junction, CO. Man, I love 500 ml bottles. Pours a dark ruby color with a large light brown head, and great lacing. The aroma is full of chocolates, some light hops, and caramel. The taste is very nice; sweet caramel malts, some light bitter hops, rich toasted malts and some milk chocolate in the finish. Very nice and well balanced. A very enjoyable brew.

Photo of tatterdash
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"?

Photo of Imbiber
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.

Photo of gabeerfan
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark brown, almost black, with some medium brown highlights near the bottom of the glass. About a finger's width head that never disappeared completely. Left spiderwebs all the way down the glass.
Smells of dark roasted malt, caramel, dark fruits, and alcohol.
Tastes like it smells, but more so. Dark raisins for a split second, then some caramel/toffee, then the dark malts and finally some hops going down.
Very smooth mouthfeel almost nitro because of the small bubbles.
Very drinkable and at 6.3% a couple bottles won't end the evening early.

Perfect for a cold winter's evening.

Photo of Quej
3.7/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Very dark brown with a little red showing through. Not much head and no visible carbonation.
S - Lots of sweet chocolately malt scents, cocoa, and the sour smell of ripe red fruit.
T - Quite malty and fruity up front, leads to a more sour and bitter finish. Quite chocolaty and fruity overall.
M - Very nice, quite lively, a medium body.
D - Not terribly good, a little too malty for sessioning.

Photo of Tim2000
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.

Photo of BMan1113VR
3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle. Aroma is 1 dimensional: malt. Toast, nuts and chocolate. Maybe some fig and persimmon in the background. Appearence consits of a very dark rusted brown with an average off-white head. Flavor is also 1 dimensional, malty with a touch of yeast, sour and salty finish, very british. Best 1 dimensional beer that I have ever had.

Photo of nickynick
3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

St. Peter's Winter Ale poured a dark brown, with a thin head. Smell was full of loads of sweet malts hints of milk chocolate. The taste was full of dark malt, bittersweet chocolate, and coffee. Mouthfeel was good with nice carbonation. Drinkability was ok, a bit filling. Overall a nice beer. The bittersweet of this beer made it a very interesting beer.

Photo of OskarL
4.13/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - When you hold it to a light you can glimpse some redness in this otherwise black beer. A light brown head that stays for a while an leaves a lot of thick lacing that covers the whole glass.

Smell - Dark roasted malts, coffee, chocolate and toffee with a faint banana smell.

Taste - Pretty much as the smell. Roasted malts, chocolate in the start, then ripe banana and some hop bitterness. Well balanced.

Mouthfeel - Very smooth and creamy with a medium body and medium cabonation.

Photo of prg1976
2.9/5  rDev -25.4%
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.

Photo of BTPete
3.68/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

bottle picked up from Mahar's advent of beers.

poured to pint glass

A: brown with ruby red highlights. Almost no head after a minute but a good swirl really aroused it and it retained well.

S: sweet toffee, bready character.

T: dark fruit, sweet ending with some bitterness.

M: active and medium bodied, nicely done overall for the style.

D: smooth and good flavored. I enjoyed this ale quite a bit. Shared with a friend who also really enjoyed. This is my first beer from St. Peter's and I will make sure to try others.

Photo of TKempe
4.2/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown with some ruby tints and a head that alas is a bit small and weak.

This smells very malty and salty (almost like licorice) on the one hand, fruity (prune) and sweet (toffee, sugar) on the other. Hop aroma is delicate and herbal. A dry, earthy and somewhat spicy note, alongside some alcoholic whiffs complete the nose. Somehow, this makes me think more of Belgian than English ale.

The taste follows the nose, but enhances in strength about everyting in it. Especially the finish is noteworthy in its richness and great duration. First malty and salty, a bit hoppy and sour-sweet next and becoming dryer and dryer, resulting in an intensly bitter and roasted, wood-like aftertaste.

Medium-bodied with gentle carbonation and a supple mouthfeel.

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.

Photo of Lgarciaosuna
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of MONKandTUCK
3.8/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Very dark. Far more brown than red, some decent head retention at first.

A - Fruity esters and malts... I've had fruitier smelling beers from this brewery. Nothing blows me away, but if you're new to English-style beers, this will be a treat!

T - Malty, kinda sweet and toasty. This beer is not the sap I've had in bigger beers, but comes close for the low ABV that it has. Finish is reasonably dry. Hard to distinguish a theme here. It's kinda just meant to the be big and broad (relatively speaking). Some English hops sneak up on the nose and taste buds, periodically, keeping the flavor interesting.

M - Big and chewy, gets heavy fast.

O - For 6.5% this beer packs a punch, but also seems to lack direction. I dunno what it is, but this one just doesn't hit home for me like their IPA and Cream Stout. In part, I think it might have been WHEN I had this beer, rather than the beer itself. I won't forever pass it up in the future, but it's not a beer I'll go out of my way to try.

*This is a beer that I very much believes needs to be paired with food. Spicy chilli, smoked fish, BBQ with plenty of greens, korma, and shepherd's pie all come to mind as great companions.

Photo of MEP
4.75/5  rDev +22.1%

Photo of mrnobody
3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle poured into an oversized tulip.

A: Pours black with a thin tan head quickly reduced to a ring of foam. A little lacing.

S: Roasted malt, coffee.

T: Bittersweet chocolate, a bit of coffee.

M: Seems to have a lot of the characteristics of a stout but the mouthfeel is a little thin if that's the aim here. Low but pleasant carbonation level.

D: Pretty easy drinking.

Photo of Reinheitsgebot71
3.8/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

Photo of Dalem
4.22/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown in the glass while when held up to the light it takes on a very dark and rich ruby red color. About a 1/4 inch head that fades pretty quickly. Sweet malt and chocolaty scent reminding me of something between malted milk balls and oatmeal cookies. In other words "YUM!" but a "YUM" in smell doesn't necessarily mean it's gonna be the same thing in the taste department. Luckily this does not let ya down.
A huge roasted malt warmness is right up front then followed by a tinge of fruitiness (I'm thinking berries or plums. It's either somewhere in between or I can't decide which) with a toffee smoothness in the middle. Nice medium body and light on carbonation. Though this is not as strong or heavy as I expected it's far from being thin. An alcohol pinch shows up in the throat but the balanced complexities of the malt and hops intermingle make this a nice glass of something to sip on such cold evenings such as tonight.

St. Peter's Winter Ale from St. Peter's Brewery Co Ltd
87 out of 100 based on 236 ratings.