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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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4/5  rDev +2.8%

RblWthACoz, Oct 16, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +22.1%

MEP, Sep 13, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

OriolesFan1008, Jun 07, 2012
Photo of HamJam
4/5  rDev +2.8%

HamJam, Apr 28, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -16.5%

rogerthegill, Apr 06, 2012
Photo of Magery
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Magery, Mar 29, 2012
Photo of BGDrock
4.4/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From notes:

Appearance: chocolate brown with a red hue; beautiful thick head; fine suds; great lace

Aroma: sweet and malty; caramel and toffee; hint of banana

Taste & Mouthfeel: smooth and creamy; strong coffee flavour; dark caramel that moves toward toasty, almost like sitting by a fire; light carbonation; not as sweet as the scent, but that's a good thing; roasted flavour stands out more over time

Overall: really fits the bill - a perfect winter beer - roasted and warming, not too sweet; to be had in a mountain chalet surrounded by snow!

BGDrock, Mar 25, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -10%

imperialking, Mar 15, 2012
Photo of mechanicalprints
3.5/5  rDev -10%

mechanicalprints, Feb 20, 2012
Photo of beerhunter13
3/5  rDev -22.9%

beerhunter13, Feb 20, 2012
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.

MONKandTUCK, Feb 18, 2012
Photo of hopsolutely
3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, dark brown with minimal coffee-coloured head that dissipates very quickly. Dark enough that the pint glass is opaque, but light enough that amber highlights at glass edges are visible without holding it up to the light.

Mild aroma of roasted malts with coffee tones. The flavour follows suit with a more robust malt spectrum. Roasted and toasted malt sweetness with hints of chocolate and coffee. Well balanced with a sweet finish and the 6.5% ABV is completely hidden. None of the spice elements that are common in North American Winter Warmers, but a pleasure to drink.

hopsolutely, Jan 16, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -10%

whartontallboy, Jan 15, 2012
Photo of Treborofmoria
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This pours dark to almost black with ruby around the edges. Light does not pass through it. I did not have the head retention that was listed previously, probably due to being from bottle as opposed from tap. Surprisingly sweet up front with powerful malt on the back. A classic winter warmer style. This whole beer rings of "old school" The nose has sweet almost bubblegum notes, similiar to a wheat beer. The body is all ale though. I haven't had too many of this brewery's beers, but this is definitely one to remember and try next holiday season. One or two or a snowy night would be very pleasant.

Treborofmoria, Jan 14, 2012
Photo of joemcgrath27
3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - near black darkness, short tan head dissipated to a thin covering with decent lacing
S - big chocolate aroma, mild spice with a boozy tingle, very enticing but not at all what I was expecting
T - cocoa, pressed coffee, and some licorice root, mild smokiness and light fruit, much more of a stout flavour than the winter warmers I'm used to
M - big body smoothness with a big feel and just a hint of dry late
O - expecting a very spicy warm ale, surprised to get this big bold malty treat but a little reading tells me that this is common in the english style, very 'chocolate stout' in my opinion, very tasty

joemcgrath27, Jan 07, 2012
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4.43/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 16.9 oz bottle into a nonic, served at cellar temp.

Black as night with a pale khaki head, some lacing.

Aroma of roasted malt, molasses and herbal hops.

mouthfeel: smooth and slippery

taste: deeply toasted and roasted malt with a slight molasses sweetness, balanced by a slight hop bitterness.

Notes: For all the world this reminds me of a BSDA. This is dark, slightly sweet, slightly smoky and very delicicious. I look forward to drinking this one again.

fx20736, Dec 29, 2011
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

fostachild, Dec 29, 2011
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3/5  rDev -22.9%

stevegoz, Dec 22, 2011
Photo of korguy123
4.7/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle into tulip.

A- Super dark brown/black pour with hints of red up to the light. Two finger cream colored head that rapidly drops to thin cap. Lacing is fantastic.

S- Chocolate and coffee with hints of cinnamon, nutmeg, figs and dates. Brown sugar and subtle vanilla.

T- Coffee and dark chocolate, dates and brown sugar with a touch of cinnamon.

M- Medium bodied and creamy, subtle carbonation, sticky on the lips.

O- This thing is awesome! There is so much going on here it truly is remarkable. I've never had a winter warmer this full bodied, complex and creamy.

korguy123, Dec 18, 2011
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4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours an opaque dark brown with a cola-like nut brown colour visible around the edges. The small tan coloured head burns off quickly, leaving behind a thin, but long-lasting collar and little to no lacing.

Deep, multi-layered aroma. Smells of roasted malts, coffee, dark fruits and berries, chocolate, grasses, anise, a hint of smoke and wet wood.

Tastes of bitter coffee, roasted malts and chocolate, with a sweet fruit and berry undertone. The finish has a solid bitterness to it.

Full-bodied with a moderate carbonation level. Very creamy on the tongue. Coffee and chocolate permeate the aftertaste, along with a very subtle fruitiness.

Smells and drinks more like a stout than anything. Very drinkable, yet satisfying winter warmer. The aroma, taste and aftertaste are all very similar, but every sip seems to be a different mix of chocolate, coffee and fruit.

bryehn, Dec 15, 2011
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3.23/5  rDev -17%
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.

BierStein711, Dec 10, 2011
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5/5  rDev +28.5%

zillo043068, Dec 07, 2011
Photo of SebD
4.22/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: It has a nice dark brown color to it with some amber hues coming through. It has a nice tan head that dies down moderately and leaves some lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitly give out hints of roasty malts, dark fruit, caramel, coffee, chocolate and some earthy hops.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has a sweet malt character to it, dark fruit, some spices, caramel, chocolate/coffee and some earthy hops giving it a nice bitterness.

Mouthfeel: It has a medium carbonation with a nice sweet and malty overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with good flavors and aromas.

SebD, Dec 06, 2011
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4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a dark ruby red colour, finger of head with some retention and sporadic lacing.

S - Dark cocoa, vanilla, spiced rum, pineapple and a hint of espresso.

T - Sweet caramel, spices are coming through; cinnamon, nutmeg and all-spice. Leafy, herbal hops, a tad medinical, with the sweet caramal and cocoa malt lingering on the finish.

M - Good body carbonation, goes down smooth and finishes wiht a touch of dryness.

O - A tasty winter warmer, doesn't overload the palette with spices, yet doesn't come across too mild. An easy drinking ale that boasts a solid flavour profile and a uniqueness that comes with the style.

andrenaline, Dec 04, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured into a pint glass there was only a half inch light cocoa head that disappeared instantly to a thin colllar of fine bubbles. The body is nearly black with some deep brown highlights on the edges and is nearly devoid of any lacing.

S - toasted malt, leafy hops, dark raisins, licorice

T - sweet malt,leafy herbal hops, bitter rye bread, licorice and dark fruit, with a pleasant smoky wood coming through in the finish. Definitely some booze and perhaps a hint of cinnamon. Cloves.

M - This is a creamy smooth brew especially given the complex flavors present. Some carbonation and pleasantly bitter in the finish. Sweet but not cloying. Some spicy notes but they are subdued and do not dominate the palate.

O - a spectacular winter warmer that I will hit annually.

Stocean1, Dec 02, 2011
St. Peter's Winter Ale from St. Peter's Brewery Co Ltd
88 out of 100 based on 230 ratings.