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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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227 Ratings

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Ratings: 227
Reviews: 175
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 10.8%
Wants: 18
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)
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Photo of Cresant
3.58/5  rDev -8%

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.

Cresant, Feb 12, 2008
Photo of GodOfBeer
3.58/5  rDev -8%

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!

GodOfBeer, Feb 07, 2009
Photo of ritzkiss
3.6/5  rDev -7.5%

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.

ritzkiss, Dec 26, 2010
Photo of Zorro
3.6/5  rDev -7.5%

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.

Zorro, Dec 18, 2007
Photo of kimcgolf
3.6/5  rDev -7.5%

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.

kimcgolf, May 21, 2008
Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.63/5  rDev -6.7%

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.

TheManiacalOne, May 24, 2009
Photo of GreenCard
3.63/5  rDev -6.7%

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 corby112
3.63/5  rDev -6.7%

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.

corby112, Dec 12, 2010
Photo of Antilochus
3.65/5  rDev -6.2%

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.

Antilochus, Mar 22, 2008
Photo of Viggo
3.65/5  rDev -6.2%

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 biboergosum
3.68/5  rDev -5.4%

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.

biboergosum, Feb 13, 2010
Photo of BTPete
3.68/5  rDev -5.4%

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.

BTPete, Dec 28, 2009
Photo of WVbeergeek
3.7/5  rDev -4.9%

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.

WVbeergeek, Jan 18, 2008
Photo of Sammy
3.7/5  rDev -4.9%

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 CanuckRover
3.7/5  rDev -4.9%

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.

CanuckRover, Dec 19, 2007
Photo of Quej
3.7/5  rDev -4.9%

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.

Quej, Apr 04, 2008
Photo of MeisterBurger
3.7/5  rDev -4.9%

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.

MeisterBurger, Dec 09, 2009
Photo of cjgator3
3.73/5  rDev -4.1%

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 beveritt
3.73/5  rDev -4.1%

Presentation: Poured from the squat, green, 500 ml St Peter's bottle into an Imperial pint glass. Label is simple red, with a gold foil surround. Short description on the back label and some indecipherable ink stamping on the neck.

Appearance: Pours with just over 2 fingers of medium tan head. This settles slightly, essentially collapsing to a more dense head. Nice lacing. The beer itself is a dark brown, opaque in the middle, with a little light coming through the edges. No sediment in the bottle.

Smell: Sharp notes of a nutty, tobacco like sweetness with an underlying lactose sweetness.

Taste: This one is very difficult for me to pin down. Toffee like, but darker, more caramelized, bordering on charred. Mild hop bitterness in the finish. A hint of wet cardboard oxidation in the finish

Mouthfeel: Average carbonation level. Incredibly thick and viscous body.

Drinkability: This one was so-so. Great looking and a decent smell, but the overly charred flavor and the too forward oxidation make it just mediocre+.

beveritt, Feb 21, 2009
Photo of largadeer
3.73/5  rDev -4.1%

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.

largadeer, Dec 06, 2007
Photo of kwjd
3.73/5  rDev -4.1%

Pours a dark brown colour with thin tan head that dissipates fairly quickly. Almost no lacing on the glass. Smells of mild roasted malt, earthy hops, caramel and and chocolate. Flavour has mild bitterness and bigger on sweetness. Smooth mouthfeel. This really reminds me of a porter.

kwjd, Dec 13, 2010
Photo of drinkininthewood
3.73/5  rDev -4.1%

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.

drinkininthewood, Dec 20, 2007
Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.74/5  rDev -3.9%

Stupid groundhogs said there'd be 6 more weeks of winter. Might as well make the best of it with some more winter ales!

Poured into a nonic glass. A rich, dark brown brew, almost pushing into porter colour, but with some ruby highlights. Initially leaves a thin, off-white head, which has receded into a ring. A few flecks of lacing.

The nose is quite nice: toffee, malts, dark fruits, spices, and caramel.

The taste is pretty terrific. Similar tasting notes to the nose, but with a clean, almost dry finish. There's a bit of woodyness to the brew that makes me think of a fireplace. Good stuff, rich and hearty.

Mouthfeel is thick, almost syrupy, with very low carbonation. Could have used a bit more, actually, but still good.

All in all, a very satisfying winter warmer. There's a number of characteristics of the brew that lead me to place it more in the brown ale, or porter category, which for me is a huge plus! I've got another one in the fridge, which suits me just fine!

JohnnyBarman, Feb 04, 2010
Photo of Magery
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Magery, Mar 29, 2012
Photo of polloenfuego
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

polloenfuego, Jan 26, 2013
St. Peter's Winter Ale from St. Peter's Brewery Co Ltd
87 out of 100 based on 227 ratings.