1. Extreme Beer Fest. March 20 & 21, 2015 in Boston, Mass. Join us!
  2. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  3. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

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

Not Rated.
St. Peter's Winter AleSt. Peter's Winter Ale

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
88
very good

230 Ratings
THE BROS
91
outstanding

(view ratings)
Ratings: 230
Reviews: 175
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 10.8%
Wants: 20
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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of St. Peter's Winter Ale Alström Bros
Ratings: 230 | Reviews: 175 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of BeerBelcher
2.8/5  rDev -28%
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.

BeerBelcher, Dec 05, 2007
Photo of flowerysong
4.2/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Opaque black with a serviceable brown head.

Smell: Huge malt nose. Very sweet, mainly roasted malts with a hint of fruit.

Taste: Smooth and nutty, with a touch of caramel on the front and coffee-like bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, mild carbonation. A bit of alcohol.

Drinkability: Quite high. It's not mindblowing, but it's definitely tasty.

flowerysong, Dec 01, 2007
Photo of Brad007
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.

Brad007, Nov 26, 2007
Photo of ralree
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Deep nearly opaque brown with a 2-finger tan head. Great retention, and decent lacing. A good looking beer to say the least.

S: Lots of roasted chocolate malt. This one should be very good. Hops undetectable - just sweetness almost like a chocolate stout.

T: Oh man - chocolate, coffee, and over-roasted malt overwhelm the first flavors, creating a great bittersweet and almost smoky atmosphere (I like burnt malt). Sweet flowering hops are detectable. Very satisfying

M: Pretty astringent - puckering lingers with you for a bit. Very creamy texture, medium-heavy bodied. Perfect carbonation. Pretty chewy. Slightly wet finish.

D: Very drinkable - would be enjoyable in front of a nice warm fireplace. I don't think it would go well with a meal, but that's more personal preference.

ralree, Nov 25, 2007
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 cjgator3
3.73/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

16.9oz green flask-like bottle. Pours a dark brown color with a light tan head. The smell is roasted malt with touches of caramel and chocolate. The taste much like the aroma is dark roasted malts with a nice dose of hops in the finish. Overall, this is a very nice winter seasonal that I would not mind having again. Recommended.

cjgator3, Nov 08, 2007
Photo of blakesell
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.

blakesell, Oct 28, 2007
Photo of botham
3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

pint bottle poured into a nonic. pours black with ruby red highlights, and a sizable, tight, tan head that remains for a while and leaves great lacings.

aroma is rich, though mildly dry. caramel, black, and chocolate malts are prevalent, without many hops. a roasted character creates the base. a bit of earthiness is present, with notes of plum and a bit of oak. very rich in aroma, which is reminiscent of a porter.

taste is roasted, with the same caramel, chocolate, and black malts. taste is less rich than the smell would suggest. a smooth and semi-dry finish makes this one a solid brew.

mouthfeel is a bit thin. the flavors are big and complex, but the boldness is lost in the lack of body.

drinkability is good. the alcohol is not present, and the brew is not heavy and filling. a decent winter brew, worth a try. cheers!

botham, Oct 20, 2007
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 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 tapman
3.8/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- A super dark mahogany body with an espresso brown head. Looks thick, warm, and inviting.

S- Burnt barley with a 70% cocoa dark chocolate base, like that new Hershey's one they recently released. Very small alcohol sting and musky hops.

T- Very much like extremely dark chocolate. Hops are musty, like a museum or an atic, though not exactly. It's like the taste equivilant of the smell, like grassy hops are grassy, but in a tasty way. Dark roasted malts with a nutty finish. Very bitter aftertaste.

M- Thick and creamy. Full bodied and smooth.

D- Not too strong, but very bitter in the long run that gets more annoying as you go. Still, a decent brew from St. Peter's.

tapman, Sep 30, 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 Sigmund
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!

Sigmund, Mar 15, 2007
Photo of Derek
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.

Derek, Dec 26, 2006
Photo of allergictomacros
3.43/5  rDev -11.8%
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.

allergictomacros, Dec 13, 2006
Photo of funkengruven
4.2/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A new one I haven't tried before, thought I'd give it a shot.

This poured a rather lifeless dark brown with a slight bit of a white ring around the glass, Smell is bold, molasses and some roasted malts in there. Actually quite nice. This is carried throughout the flavor in a very bold manner, with some prunes and some alcohol in there too which is very characteristic to this style of beer.

Surprisingly I found this one to be very smooth and quite a pleasure to drink. I'm looking forward to enjoying a few more of these over the winter.

funkengruven, Dec 12, 2006
Photo of Viggo
3.65/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear reddish brown, thin tan head forms, disappears very quickly, no lace. Smell is very sweet, toffee, strawberries, some citrus, little bit of alcohol, minor roast.Taste is very sweet, some nice coffee/chocolate bitter roast through the middle, very pleasant, some vanilla, toffee finish. Mouthfeel is medium to light bodied with low carbonation, very smooth. Smell is not too pleasant, but the flavour is pretty nice, has a sweet stout kind of feel to it.

Viggo, Nov 29, 2006
Photo of Hammarby
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.

Hammarby, Nov 19, 2006
Photo of wl0307
4.22/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

BB NOV 06, served cool in a broad-rimmed goblet.
A: pours dark brown colour with reddish hues against light; sparse and thin off-white foams on the top, very low carbonation,
S: beechwood-smoked malts, soothing roastiness, dark and unsweet chocolates with its lightly sour edge, char-coal...plus a savoury note of lightly-burned pork chops--at the back is a very lightly spicy/licorice hint and only a touch of plum-jam dark-fruitiness~~ Very rich aroma yet ever so smooth... just brilliant!
T: smooth, lightly-roasted dark malts along with a profound and settled bitter-nuttiness, which brings on board a never-ending flow of smoked-woody and lightly phenolic flavour... gradually a slightly salty-bitter taste comes through, along with more roasted nuttiness to chew at the back of the palate, while a touch of spice stays low and mild. Superbly lingering bitter-sweet aftertaste. It could score higher if given more complexity, but the flavour profile as it is is already very soothing, almost like a stout without the sour edge of roasted barleys... or, like a light-bodied porter~~
M&D: extremely smooth on the mouthfeel, lightly oily and lubricating down the palate... This winter ale is so flavoursome and vertical in terms of texture. I couldn't help wondering that the recipe of this beer is somehow connected to the same brewery's creamy stout... All in all, this is a very enjoyable, malty winter ale.

wl0307, Feb 06, 2006
Photo of Globetrotter
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.

Globetrotter, Dec 10, 2005
Photo of GreenCard
3.63/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: dark brown, good clarity, poor head formation

Aroma: licorice, chocolate, soy sauce, smoke, roast, burnt caramel, dark muscovado sugar

Flavor: initially quite malty sweet then a roasty edge clears it off, chocolate cake, licorice, vegetal hop flavor, finishes semi-sweet with a roasty/malty aftertaste and a mild hop bitterness

Mouthfeel: medium-full body, fine carbonation, soft texture, slight alcohol warmth

Other comments: A decent winter ale and definitely a good beer all-around. Nice complexity.

GreenCard, Jun 04, 2005
Photo of slitherySOB
3.8/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Finally got my computer back. On to the reviews...
St. Peter winter ale. Probably should drink this in winter weather. But oh well. Pours a red, almost stained mahogany colour. Does let a bit of light through. About a one finger head that lasts. Lace sticks to the glass. Rather nice to look at. Big, malty bread smell. Bit of ripe fruits, some spice and an earthy hop smell as well. Taste is as close to liquid bread as I've ever experienced. Very malty, almost hearty beer. Some fruits and berries as well, with a bit of spice and earthy hops. Warming alcohol after each swallow almost soothes the throat. Pretty much a meal in a bottle. Mouthfeel is thick and reminds me a bit of pudding. Drinkable, though one usually satisfies for a while. As said, it's like a meal in a bottle.

slitherySOB, Jan 22, 2005
Photo of stjarnflikka
4.08/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pors a dark reed beer that relaly doesnt let through light. There is a thin foam thats rappidly dissolved.

Smell is bread, dried frutis and some figs. There is some sourness to it combined with a surypy sweetness, really fruity and rich.

Taste is mainly coffee and malts that has a nice bitterness to it. There are som roasted tones with traces of carbonation, fruits and spices. Well balanced and buttery smooth.

A nice beer with good taste, has a nice sting to it.

stjarnflikka, Jan 11, 2005
Photo of Sammy
3.7/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

An unusual muddy dark rum appearance with large bubbles. OK drink and hops and spices,burnt toffee, sweetish molasses, oily coffee but kind of doesn't work all together. A typical UK beer brought in by LCBO - their committee of 13 preference. A weak porter? Better warmer.

Sammy, Dec 26, 2004
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.2/5  rDev -17.7%
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.

Phyl21ca, Dec 13, 2004
St. Peter's Winter Ale from St. Peter's Brewery Co Ltd
88 out of 100 based on 230 ratings.