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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

226 Ratings

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Ratings: 226
Reviews: 175
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 10.54%
Wants: 19
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 Morbo


3.45/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a very dark shade of brown with hints of red at the edges and a small beige head. If it weren't for all the lacing you could convince someone that it is a glass of cola.

The nose is sweet with tons of molasses and milk chocolate. Dark fruits are also present, mostly plum but a little fig as well, and just a hint of spice.

The taste is much like the nose except for a generous dose of woody/rubbery smokiness that the nose didn't alert me to.

Medium bodied with slight carbonation and a dry finish that highlights the otherwise subtle bitterness and spicing.

This is pretty smooth and would be quite drinkable if not for the burnt rubber flavor I get from the smokiness.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2008 23:05:11 | More by Morbo
Photo of Blakaeris


4.33/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours purplish black in color with red highlights. Head is initially slight and soapy, dissipating quickly.

Aroma is charred dark grain with roasted malt. Molasses, plum, and black currant offer a residual sweetness. Definite alcohol presence.

Taste is similar to the nose. Aforementioned dark fruit is balanced with a pleasant woody smokiness. Charred grain, coffee, and dark chocolate offer bitterness. Finish holds mild spices and comes off a bit musty along with lingering anise and alcohol.

Mouthfeel is medium in body. Very smooth and slick.

A very interesting winter warmer. Smokey stout character seamlessly blended with sweet dark fruit and light spices. Pleasant and easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2008 22:43:26 | More by Blakaeris
Photo of linnet


3.85/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

dark ruby colour, small tan head, no lacing. smells of malts, some smoke?, caramel, coffee. taste is roasted, smokey hint of coffee there is a nice bitterness too, alcohol is evident but not overwhelming. carbonation is lively.This beer almost reminds me of a porter.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2008 18:15:49 | More by linnet
Photo of tgncc

New York

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

Nice appearance; a dark ruby red/brown color, clear beverage, with persistent tan head, some lacing evident. Aroma is very attractive; mainly sweet malts, molasses, dark fruits, some chocolate and alcohol. The flavor is roasted coffee, chocolate, sweet malts, noticeable alcohol. Medium to thick mouthfeel. The finish is true to the style; it is mainly roasty, with noticeable warming alcohol. Very enjoyable, especially on a stormy night. This is somewhat reminiscent of a coffee stout or porter.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2008 02:07:18 | More by tgncc
Photo of robbyc1


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

Clear dark ruby with a small tan head, nice lacing down the glass as it goes.

Nose is slightly viscous with dark fruits, a bit winy, sweetness promised. Hard to discern some of it. Might need some warming to give more nose.

Dark fruit flavor, very deep with a bit of chocolate, very nice, with a long finish well balanced, no sign of hops, but neither sweet nor sour. Well made. Needs a bit more though, maybe it's too cold for more tastes, I'll let it warm a bit.

Full slick mouthfeel, a bit oily and slippery, very soft. Very low carbonation which is why it's hard to smell the esters.

Goes down as an easy but intriguing beer. Well worth it on a cold night, great warmer even though the abv is low for this type, well done. This is the closest beer to Anchor's Our Special Ale, maybe they share more than a few ingredients? Really nice, but I want a bit more from this to give it an A.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2008 00:57:24 | More by robbyc1
Photo of whynot44


4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark cola brown with ruby highlights and a modest tan head that retains fairly well and manages some nice lacing.

The aroma is dark caramel malt, dark fruit, molasses, a hint of nuts and chocolate. The taste is dark bread, plums, toffee, carmel, dark chocolate, coffee and spices. The finish is fairly dry, spicy, with a bit of hops bite and a definite alcohol note.

Medium bodied, smooth, drinkable, but really more of an after dinner sipper. Altogether a very nice cold weather brew. Could be good following winter activities.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2008 03:11:00 | More by whynot44
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2008 05:19:16 | More by Douglas88
Photo of ThreeWiseMen


3.33/5  rDev -14.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2008 03:29:04 | More by ThreeWiseMen
Photo of smcolw


4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours like a dark brown ale, where the faintest of light will shine through. Solid head with great retention. Spider web lace on the glass.

Warm molasses-like malt aroma. A strong whiff of alcohol as well. No discernible hop, though.

This taste has elements of three different beers to me. It starts off as a un-hoppy brown ale. Soon, the alcohol makes its presence known and the beer becomes closer to an Old Ale (not quite enough to make it a barley wine). The swallow features a strong black patent malt bite that is reminiscent of a Stout. This finish provides good balance. The body is also quite rich with a minimal amount of carbonation (makes the head even more impressive).

If memory serves me correctly, I imagine I'm rating this the best of the St. Peter's offerings. It is a deceptive beer. I would also describe it as being "very English" in style and flavor. Think Samuel Smith.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2008 19:59:35 | More by smcolw
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2008 15:43:51 | More by kimcgolf
Photo of Offa


4.3/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is an interesting beer that really blends qualities of both an old ale and a more hoppy bitter.

It is dark red-brown, almost black, with a medium light brown head slowly shrinking to a foamy top and ring. It leaves nice lace.

The aroma is slightly burnt caramel and toasted brown bread with a little dark chocolate, earth, and a light fruity wine quality. It has unexpected bitterness adding an unusual quality for the other elements and making it more interesting and memorable. The qualities work very well together and it is full-bodied but light and easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2008 22:57:23 | More by Offa
Photo of Quej

Ontario (Canada)

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2008 15:39:09 | More by Quej
Photo of Antilochus

Ontario (Canada)

3.65/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Winter's over but I found this in my cellar! Production date: J177. 6.50% abv, 500mL non-oval bottle. Poured in a nonic.

Appearance is dark cola, tan head that descends to cloud and collar.

Huge malt aromas: cooked bananas (overripe), bread, caramel, brown sugar, butter.

Palate is very herbal! Minty, first, but tastes like chirotto - sort of orange peely. Malt sweetness, light bitterness that becomes more pronounces in the finish. Chocolate... grain... hints of old coffee, in that order. Burned wood - campfire. Pretty long finish, stays bitter. A little boozy for only 6.5% abv. Oily feel with light-med carb.

Malt bomb with lots of porter characteristics.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2008 02:56:00 | More by Antilochus
Photo of ElGrecoVerde


3.93/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was surprised by how deep and thick this ale was. It poured like mud and blood, inevitably reminding me of Johnny Cash's "A Boy Named Sue".

The smell was like bitter, bitter roasted coffee. It stung the nostrils a bit too much.

Taste was also a little bitter, but the roasted flavors really come out, and toffee and caramel show as well. There's some raisin and toast flavors present as well.

Felt smooth, though more oily than creamy. Drinkability was good.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2008 14:29:17 | More by ElGrecoVerde
Photo of sstackho

Ontario (Canada)

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

500mL bottle purchased from LCBO in Toronto. Pours a very dark brown with no head. Nice aroma of malt and spices. Flavour is very full, and immediately hits you with some upfront sweetness. The sweetness then gives way to the malts and spices that were on the nose. Very full mouthfeel. I am a bit sensitive to beers that are sweet, but this one uses the sweetness well.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2008 04:49:38 | More by sstackho
Photo of dgallina


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

1 pint, 0.9 fluid ounce rounded green bottle. No apparent date. I wish St. Peter's were still using their unique gin-flask style bottles.

Pours a good-looking ruby-edged dark brown with two fingers of creamy tan head and superb lace. The beer smells of medium-toasted malt and sweet caramel with an herbal hop counterpoint. The flavor is very similar; mellow toasted malts and carmel with light hop balance. Body is light-to-medium, crisp and clean. Very drinkable, but doesn't raise itself above the pack.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2008 03:58:19 | More by dgallina
Photo of dedrinker


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

Very dark molasses with a two finger light tan head that looks like fresh pancake batter poured onto the griddle. Aromas of pastry dough, caramel, chocolate and roasted malt. Flavors are similar with a hint of licorice and that slight Guinness tang/ sourness. Nice full body with a finish right back where I started. This is the best St. Peter's I've tried yet.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2008 02:56:59 | More by dedrinker
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2008 16:50:30 | More by Cresant
Photo of irishkyle21

Ontario (Canada)

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

A lovely winter warmer. Has a dark brown color. Great retention and the lacing steadily makes its way down the glass as I sip away.

Smells of sweet roasted malts, dark fruits, molasses and spices.

Tastes sweet but balanced with bitterness, spices, faint cocoa, fruits and nuts (almost like trail mix, but unsalted).

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2008 01:32:20 | More by irishkyle21
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2008 18:07:44 | More by BMan1113VR
Photo of dsa7783

New Jersey

4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first-ever brew from St. Peter's, and I was really impressed with their Winter Ale - a true-to-the-style depiction of a winter warmer with a chracteristic malty, warming flavor... pours a jet-black ebony hue with a decent head with nice lacing... smell was complete with roasted malts, espresso, and cocoa... flavor boasted hints of burnt, dark chocolate, toffee, figs, prunes, malts, coffee, and dehydrated fruits... caramel, nutty, butter taste was also evident with candied, brown sugar pouring through, thick, rich, and full of flavor make this a superb beer and an awesome representation of the style... one of the better Winter brews I've tasted for sure... good mouthfeel with easy drinkability and a relatively modest 6.3% ABV make this an easily enjoyable brew that fits perfect for the cold season... St. Peter's did really well with this one... excellent sample... Recommended...

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2008 00:35:19 | More by dsa7783
Photo of DogFood11


4.33/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Fat green bottle. Dark brown body. Creamy head leaves behind spider web lace. It needed a pretty agressive pour to achieve results but it all worked out fine. Nice to look at.

As expected the malts and spices rule this beer. I'd say the malts end up being the dominant feature with the spices there to make it complex. Some darker fruits like plumb and black grapes, corriander, and cinnamon round it out. Smooth on the palate. Creamy body.

Notes: This was extremely easy to drink. Sooo smooth. The best brew I've had from this company. A first class winter warmer. I'm on a roll right now with top notch brews, hopefully it won't stop.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2008 04:45:34 | More by DogFood11
Photo of Patrick999


4.15/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - pours a reddish dark with a stout-like head. Good retention and lacing.

S - Mostly caramel and some buttery diacetyl. Smells a bit like candy, like a quality piece of English toffee.

T - Anise and chicory through in the taste along with some lightly roasted malt. Very good, though still has that odd, unpleasantly non-hop bitter aftertaste I get with all winter warmers. It has less of it, though, so this shoots up to my #1.

F - Smooth, almost as if nitro-tapped. The little bubbles don't bite much, contributing to that lush feel.

D - If I had to choose a winter warmer from those I've tasted, I'd probably reach for this - less of that funky bitter spice I don't really like, and more like a well-made English brown.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2008 04:50:48 | More by Patrick999
Photo of WVbeergeek

West Virginia

3.7/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears a somewhat opaque mahogany brown almost black hue with ruby highlights, large velvet smooth textured beige head forms thick and the lacing is chunky and sporadically spaced. Aromatics are full of herbal tea tannins upfront cocoa in the malt profile with more of that creamy dark chocolate accents flowing. Herbal hops are not over pronounced but meld very nicely herbal qualities of leafy tobacco come out as well as the herbal tea notes. Flavor profile dry dusted dark chocolate with sweet mild fruit components finishes dry with herbal tea like bitterness. Great balance creamy with dark chocolate and a touch of coffee roast quality about it. Mouthfeel is medium bodied texture is so smooth it glides going down and carbonation is tame and really cask like in a sense. Drinkability, a welcome addition to the Winter ales I've come across so far this season. Unique and extremely flavorful compared to the average English ale.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2008 22:13:57 | More by WVbeergeek
Photo of gmcfarre


4.28/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

16.9 oz bottle poured into traditional pint glass

A - Well, the bottle sure looks nice. After pour, this beer looks a lot like a coke: dark brown carbonated body with nice 1 inch tan head. Head lasts well with moderate lacing when tipped.

S - Clean, lightly roasted grain with a touch of nuttiness. Raisin and dark fruits accompany. Mild hop presence with a slightly floral scent. Smells "English" - I guess that means the use of traditional English malt and hop varieties is evident.

T - Starts sweet and slightly tart with strong fruited flavors. A bit roasted and lightly nutty. Bitterness really picks up as it finishes, making this a well rounded brew whose focus never strays from the sweet grain flavor.

M - Medium bodied with a mild carbonation and oily mouthfeel. Doesn't dry much in the aftertaste, but leaves some sweetness on the tongue.

D - A very drinkable version of a classic English Winter ale. Don't expect much spice, but this is certainly full flavored with an easy drinkability. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2008 21:17:36 | More by gmcfarre
St. Peter's Winter Ale from St. Peter's Brewery Co Ltd
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