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

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

Educational use only; do not reuse.
very good

182 Reviews

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Reviews: 182
Hads: 250
Avg: 3.9
pDev: 10.77%
Wants: 22
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

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-09-2002

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Photo of Morbo
3.52/5  rDev -9.7%
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.

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Photo of Erdinger2003
3.53/5  rDev -9.5%
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.

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Photo of kmo1030
3.53/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

deep dark brown with a thin light tan head that laces a little.
it's got a burnt carmamel and toffee malt aroma, with dark fruitiness, mostly plum and prune type smells. i'm not grabbing any hops out of here.
the taste contains bitterweet burnt chocolate, with the same plum and prune from the aroma. the burnt bitterness is actually a balancing influence. it's got some smoke that actually almost borders on a peat-y character. molasses comes out with warmth playing of of the already present caramel charactrer.
the mouth feel is a little light, but ends up lending a little bit to drinkability actually.
decent drinkability, but the burnt bitterness wears on you somewhat, not enough to significantly detract though. my only critique is that this beer is sort of loosely constituted, that is to say that the flavors don't seem to gel well, and don't work as a cohesive unit. well worth a try though, especially since it's a pretty cheap one and done beer purchase.

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Photo of Drew966
3.53/5  rDev -9.5%
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.

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Photo of Swedes21
3.55/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a chilled glass

Appearance - beer pours a dark brown colour with a faint amount of head. Head is an off-white colour and there is some decent lacing. Beer appears to be fairly clear when held up to light, hard to tell carbonation levels.

Smell - i can smell coffee, burnt caramel/toffee and malts. Besides that, its a pretty simple smell.

Taste - very "chilled" taste to this early, then the coffee and caramel/toffee kick in. I found the sweetness doesn't come through on this beer.

Mouthfeel - slight added carbonation levels increase the taste and add a velvet feel. I found the sweetness came through a bit more near the end.

Drinkability - Found this to be an OK beer, nothing special. Good try wouldnt seek again as their are better beers out there in this category.

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Photo of beernut
3.55/5  rDev -9%
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.

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Photo of GClarkage
3.55/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12/13/07- Purchased at Whole Foods in San Mateo, CA.

Presentation- 16.9oz bottle with no freshness info. Lovely antique style bottle. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance- Coca Cola color, not quite black. I guess super deep caramel color would be a good way to describe it...or burnt caramel. About a 1/2 inch head which fades quickly and leaves minor lace streaks behind.

Smell- The nose that really sticks out is anise and a Dr. Pepper-like scent. Peppery I gues you would say.

Taste- About like the color. A burnt caramel background which is lightly hopped. As you work through the beer you get some traditional holiday flavors of clove and spruce tree like flavors. Even in deeper I got a good chunk of anise and a eucalyptus menthol like flavor. Odd, but interesting for sure.

Mouthfeel- Pretty smooth with a lower than average carbonation level. Light hopped aftertaste, more woodsy time flavor if anything.

Drinkability- Seems like an OSA type flavor. Pretty good with flavors all over the place. Not sure I could pound more than one of these in a day though. More of a once a season treat beer. I did like it though.

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Photo of GodOfBeer
3.55/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a very dark red/brown, may as well call it black. Barely any head, it looks like flat coke after a while...

Smells very malty with hints of chocolate, along with some fruity hops.

Chocolatey malts, sweet fruit and a nice hop finish.

This is where the beer falls apart, no carbonation at all, thin mouthfeel, not appealing!

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Photo of Cresant
3.58/5  rDev -8.2%
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.

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Photo of nokes
3.58/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured this into a wine glass; deep dark brown with ruby/garnet flashes that come through when held to the light. Nice head on it, and no visible carbonation in my glass. This is a very good looking beer; really really nice.

Smells like roasted grains, molasses, heavy syrupy dark fruit. Deep, earthy. Quite a nice aroma.

Taste-wise, this is quite sweet up front, but the bitter came forward rather quickly and then dominated some with coffee, roasted grains, dark chocolate. A bit medicinal...honestly...I'm positive it's not just because of the bottle.

Medium mouthfeel that's quite good except that it could use more carbonation.

A bit sticky and heavy, and not quite blended well enough. It's like there's sweet and there's bitter and ne'er the twain shall meet. Like a duel. Or is that dual? Heh.

Anyway, it's good, but I can't help thinking there's got to be better, though I'd be hard-pressed to find another that looks this good.

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Photo of ritzkiss
3.6/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle from the LCBO, pours a pleasant dark brew, almost black with hints of mocha brown and a slight ruddy redishness. Thin head which dies to placid, a vigorous swirl can only generate a thin cover of bubbles.

Nose is some light roast, cocoa, caramel, a hint of earth. Taste follow suit with a noticable cherry flavor which borders on syrupy/medicinal, a hint of anise. Caramel, fruit bread, plums, cocoa, roast - not a stout but some of the characteristics of an English stout. It's quite quaffable, a little thin bodied, creamy but low carb. Decent but not as impressive as other offerings from this brewery.

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Photo of kimcgolf
3.6/5  rDev -7.7%
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.

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Photo of Viggo
3.6/5  rDev -7.7%
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.

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Photo of Zorro
3.61/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A clear deeply brown colored beer with a good long lasting light brown head. Lots of ruby red color when held up to the light.

Smell is quite buttery to the nose with a mild amount of spice in it. Malt and molasses form the next level of scent along with some Fuggles hop. Fair amount of ginger and cinnamon in the scent but it doesn't really remind me of anything else except really muted spice drop candy.

The taste begins sweet and malty with a Fuggles hop aftertaste. Bit of chocolate and coffee in the taste and I would call this a coffee beer. Spice flavor here is quite mild and really isn't that significant a factor.

Mouthfeel is thick.

Certainly easy to drink but for its high price it could be better. Mild ale needs stronger flavors.

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Photo of corby112
3.63/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark ruby red/Chestnut brown color with amber edges when held to a light source and a two finger frothy beige head that quickly fades into a lasting ring. Sporadic spots of lacing left behind.

Roasted malt aroma with very subtle peppery spiciness. Hints of sweet alcohol, syrup, pepper, dark fruit and faint hops.

The ABV for this beer is pretty high for a British beer but I found it to be well balanced and very quaffable. Lots of roasted malt with peppery spice, candy sugar and dark fruit notes. Hints of plum, raisin, fig, grape and dark cherry. This beer is fuller bodied than expected and I was pleasantly surprised by it's complexity.

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Photo of GreenCard
3.64/5  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.

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Photo of CanuckRover
3.65/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Kind of boring looking really. Really dark, burnt caramel. Next to no head, ditto for the lacings.

Burnt caramel on the nose with some fairly strong dark fruit notes, blackcurrants. Some spiciness but it comes accross rather unpleasantly, maybe the alcohol isn't hidden well enough for my taste.

Tates better than it smells. Nice nutty taste, roasted chestnuts along with the blackcurrants I mentioned above. Very tasty malt, buttery and pretty complex, hovering between a nice English ale and a good stout. Some wintery spices, bit of a fruitcake taste. Unfortunate medicinal finish.

Really like the mouthfeel. Nice and creamy in the mouth but it goes down really well. I think I could drink a couple of these. Not bad stuff.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.65/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 16.9oz bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A: The beer is a dark reddish brown color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of smoked roasted malts, dark fruits, chocolate, caramel, some spices and a touch of hops.

T: The taste is malty and a little smoky up front with flavors of chocolate, dark fruits, caramel and a little spice. There's a mild but complimentary hops presence that brings some balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and a little crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, slightly filling, decent kick, good representation of style, this is a good dark beer that's worth drinking for a while but there are other beers of its kind that I would choose first.

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Photo of MeisterBurger
3.65/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep dark black, deep clear ruby when held up to the light, topped by a healthy mocha head. The head dies down to a collar while thin ribs of lace are left in the glass.

The aroma is roasty, very stout like. Nothing much to say beyond that.

Tastes like cold coffee, in a beery, very stouty sort of way. Some baking chocolate bitterness lingers in the aftertaste. Finishes dry. Maybe a hint of cherries lurking about.

Mouthfeel is medium to light, not bad.

Um....overall this kind of just tastes like a variation of their Cream Stout and I'm not sure what is suppose to be especially wintery about it? I feel like I'm missing the punchline here.

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Photo of Antilochus
3.67/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

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Photo of drinkininthewood
3.67/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.68/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Flipping through one of Toronto's ubiquitous dailies last week, I noticed a 'Beer of the Week' column, and they proudly displayed this as the newest thing available in the good ship Ontario. Me, I quite like the vaguely medicine-y shape of St. Peter's bottles, blurring the line between professional and self-proscribed alcoholic 'medicinal' treatments, just like in the bygone days of temperance v. wets...

This beer pours a solid black (at least by the low light of my hotel room), with slight beige edges, and one finger of soapy tan head, which leaves some columnar lace around the glass as it recedes. It smells herbal, and of crusty, dusty, cracker grain, like those Scandinavian cracker-cookies that look like they might be chocolate, but turn out to be dry, dusty, and well, you get the idea. The taste is much better, the herbal notes joined by some dry chocolate, trail mix, and some bitter coffee grounds. The carbonation is soft, the body full and smooth, and it finishes a tad off-dry, chalky, and clean. The elevated alcohol is not noticeable in the least.

A decently drinkable ale, the warming side of things hidden, at best, and the herbal, drying nature of this brew sure suits its packaging.

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Photo of Quej
3.68/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

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Photo of Sammy
3.7/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

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Photo of largadeer
3.7/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Dark brown, almost black - looks rather stoutish. Pours with a sizable head with decent lacing but fairly weak retention.

Smell - Sweet and malty; notes of caramel and coffee.

Taste - Very toasty, a bit burnt even; notes of roasted nuts with a caramel sweetness. A long coffee finish with sharp bitterness.

Mouthfeel - Medium-bodied with mild carbonation. Very coating and slightly oily.

Notes - Good if somewhat unexceptional. Not a beer I would seek out often, but it's good for the season and I definitely enjoyed it.

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St. Peter's Winter Ale from St. Peter's Brewery Co Ltd
87 out of 100 based on 182 ratings.