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St. Peter's Cream Stout - St. Peter's Brewery Co Ltd

St. Peter's Cream StoutSt. Peter's Cream Stout

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very good

820 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 820
Reviews: 578
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 13.25%

Brewed by:
St. Peter's Brewery Co Ltd visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
Milk / Sweet Stout |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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Photo of Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A surprisingly good stout from a very decent established brewery. A chocolate black appearance with creamy black head. Bittersweet taste that is balanced. Overall better more enjoyable that the Guinness for Belgiums the night before. Medium plus mouthfeel, understated carbonation.Nicely hopped.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2007 03:12:51 | More by Sammy
Photo of UCLABrewN84


3.58/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an opaque black with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a small cap on top of the beer. Foamy patches of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, and slight char aromas. There is also a bit of a soy sauce aroma that comes out as the beer warms up. Taste is much the same with bittersweet cocoa and char flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that has a solid roasty and cocoa presence that is slightly better in the smell.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2013 03:40:44 | More by UCLABrewN84
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4.58/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Burnt umber with generous reddish gold trim at the bottom edge of the glass and a small light brown head up top. The cap is a loose collection of bubbles more than it is dense, creamy foam and doesn't leave much lace as a result. With a better looking crown, the next highest score would have been a slam dunk. Or, if I'm keeping this British, a dead cert.

Cream Stout has a wonderful nose that, nevertheless, doesn't smell very cream stouty to me. I think of vanilla or coffee-with-cream when I think of this style. The aroma is more along the lines of roasted barley, bittersweet chocolate and ground espresso beans. This one could give a few American double stouts a scare.

Tremendous beer and easily one of the best stouts to come out of the British Isles. Black coffee has easily pulled ahead of dark chocolate, although both flavors empty both barrels with each and every sip. Citric hops play a valued role as well and add even more palate interest. I'm amazed at how rich and complex this beer is. Deelicious.

I still don't see the milk part of the 'milk/sweet stout' moniker, but I'll definitely go along with the sweet. The thing is though, the sweetness is perfectly matched by an equal amount of bitterness and sourness, making each mouthful a wonderous contrasts of flavor sensations as well as flavors. The finish is impressively drying and bitter. I didn't quite start the bottle out at room temperature as the label recommends, but it's hard to believe that any more flavor intensity is possible.

My first impression of the body/mouthfeel was that it was good, not great. As I enter the bottom half of the bottle however, it has become a smooth, silky, melted chocolate glaze-like treat. When judged against its style peers, I don't know that I've experienced better.

St. Peter's Cream Stout, especially given my experience with a handful of this brewery's other offerings, came out of left field. Sorry, too American. It was a right googly, it was. Not only is it the best English stout that I've ever had, it just might be the best English beer period.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2006 15:37:58 | More by BuckeyeNation
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North Carolina

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

Appearance: Pitch black color with a very modest head that quickly declines to a thin cap leaving a few squiggles of lace

Smell: Strong dark smells of black bread, espresso and bitter chocolate; almost tar-like

Taste: Black bread and chocolate, up front, with a chalky coffee flavor that develops by mid-palate; after the swallow, a lactic sourness adds complexity to the finish

Mouthfeel: Full-bodied and creamy with a nice level of carbonation

Drinkability: A nice, full-flavored brew though not my favorite example of the style

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2005 22:13:11 | More by brentk56
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Quebec (Canada)

3.53/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color stout with a large light brown foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of dry coffee and light roasted malt. Taste is also dominated by some dry coffee with some roasted malt. Body is somewhat creamy, which I enjoyed, but also too thin with some average carbonation. Not bad but definitely one of the best from this hit or miss brewery.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2008 21:05:39 | More by Phyl21ca
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4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Very stong with the roasted grain to be a Cream Stout, even an English Cream Stout at that. The color is an opaque dark brown with bright ruby around the edges. Aromas release strong malt, roasted grain, and licorice. Tastes boldly malty and roasted with burned toast flavors and actual hop flavors to accompany bittering. Licorice and cocoa flavors hold firm into the finish. Texture is slight of heavy and clean if not for a strong burned grain bite. Fermentation with milk sugars and grain adds a complex sour, fruity note in the finish. A bit charcoal or chalky in the finish. Still a good Stout that will stand up to American counterparts.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2006 02:01:27 | More by BEERchitect
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2.65/5  rDev -31.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to Amyliz4 for the bottle. Served in a wine glass.

Pours black with a slight head and quite a few moderately-sized bubbles. Head recedes quickly without leaving too much lacing behind. The nose has a pretty strong buttery component; another off flavor is not what I need from this brewery after the Pale Ale. There is some slight roast and chocolate as well, so at least there's something to cover the diacetyl up a bit. I'm not that fortunate with the taste, as this is more buttery than the nose, though there still is a slight roast component that shows up. Somewhat dry finish with a bit of a buttery mouth-coating component. Not something I would try again.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2011 23:04:57 | More by Thorpe429
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New York

3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is essentially jet black in color (traces of amber are visible at the bottom of the glass when it is held up to the light) and has a low amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin tan head that quickly died down, leaving a ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: The smell is quite sweet and has aromas of chocolate, molasses and toffee.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell and has some added notes of cherries and plums in the flavor. There are some hints of bitterness in the finish.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and creamy on the palate with a low to moderate amount of carbonation. Despite the sweetness, there is no sticky feeling.
D: The beer is very easy to drink and quite sessionable, particularly since it isn't very filling and any traces of alcohol are well hidden from the taste.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2011 22:17:32 | More by metter98
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3.2/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Black in color, with a bubbly brown head. The head and any traces of lacing soon vanished, leaving it to look like a sad, flat Pepsi.

Smell: The aroma is decent, with roasted malts, dark chocolate, tobacco, and soy present.

Taste: Lots of upfront sweet roastiness, which gives way to a smokey creaminess and finishes with an all encompassing burnt flavor. Disappointed, this wasn't at all what I was expected. Thankfully, I only purchased a single bottle. That's the ultimate retort to a so-so beer. "Do your worst, you'll be gone soon enough."

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, smooth, creamy and with a very soft carbonation.

Drinkability: It was all a bit mundane for me. The best part of this beer experience was the shape of the bottle.

Anyway, just thought I'd share.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2006 05:21:10 | More by ChainGangGuy
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North Carolina

4.08/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I really dig the bottles of the St. Peter's line of beers I think this the sixth beer I have had from them,this poured a near pitch black with a few highlights of ruby when held up to the light with a substantial beige head atop that left a broken lace around the Guinness glass.Mmm the aromas are great and complex notes of dark fruit,highly roasted malt,bitter chocolate and even some nuttiness when served at the right temp this brew gives off alot.First off a deep bitter chocolate and brown sugar character hits with a charred dark fruit flavor melding into a pretty dry almost woody finish that lingers for a bit,it really dries out alot in the finish.Not really a creamy mouthfeel wich I was hoping for and it was a bit sharp at first,in saying that it is the only qualm I have with this stout and its not much of one.I liked it alot it would be a good chocolate dessert beer because the roastiness would cut thru the chocolate and it has a little chocolate character in itself,I recommend it for sure.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2006 23:10:24 | More by oberon
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4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark, near black body, with crimson highlights 'round the edges, adorned with a flush, huge toasted tan head, leaving lace.
Aroma is bitter roasted espresso beans at first, traces of cocoa and anise, earthy, gritty, ...and not what I'd think of from a "cream" stout. Quite lively and, to this stoutophile, refreshing...I like a stout that a'steaming with dark, viscious, vibrant aromas!
Taste:...not bad, very thick, sticks in the mouth, gets smoother as we go. Reminds me of an oatmeal, rather than a cream. Easily tossed back into the gullet, but retains a wicked, dark character that rides through the finish. Actually, I look into rescinding my words as it gets silkier and smoother with each subsequent sip, still brimming with dark, chocolatey, coffeeish flavors. Very nice, even very, VERY nice. There, I said it...Mmmmm, me likey...

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2004 10:13:30 | More by feloniousmonk
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Rhode Island

3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

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

S: The aroma is of dark fruit, dark roasted malts, lactose and milk chocolate.

T: The taste is very malty and creamy as you would expect with flavors of milk chocolate, lactose and some dark fruit. There's a faint touch of smokiness and a very mild hops presence that provides some balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

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

D: Tasty, goes down easily, slightly filling, good kick, good representation of style, this is a good stout that's mild but not too mild and is worth drinking for a while.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2009 04:16:14 | More by TheManiacalOne
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4.08/5  rDev +6%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Date code of 6331. Thought I hadn't had this but here's goes a 2nd take on this stout:

Pours jet black with 1 finger of tan/mocha colored head. Minimal lacing & no head retention

S: Roasted grains & hint of iron

T: Dryness & roasty grains up front. Iron & lactic notes follow as this warms. Finishes with hints of coffee & iron, plus a bit of chocloate & dryness

MF: Rich & creamy

Drinks pretty easy for than the ABV, this is much better than first sample!

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2007 03:19:17 | More by russpowell
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New York

4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a deep black color with a thick tan head. The aroma is good. It has a roasted chocolate scent that is very pleasant. It is also full of black malts which add a nice crisp aroma. The taste is good. It has a sweet rich chocolate flavor that finishes creamy. It has a good black malt underbelly. The mouthfeel is good. It is a full bodied beer with low/adequate carbonation. This beer is a real drinker. It has good flavor and a creamy finish; a must with my favorite stouts.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2004 16:57:38 | More by WesWes
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4.38/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a Delirium tulip. Beer is black with a one finger tan head of small and medium bubbles. Some lacing.

Aroma is like toffee and roast. Smells good, sweet.

Wow this beer is really sweet. It has this candy midpalate and late flavors probably from caramelization of the wort. It's medium in body. I just can't get past that caramel flavor! It's AWESOME! Beer is a joy to drink. This brewery is redeemed in my mind. Green bottles and all...seriously though, buy some brown bottles.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2010 04:13:42 | More by drabmuh
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4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a dark brown to jet black color with a mocha colored, bubbly/foamy, two-finger head. It left an intricate lace pattern.

S - It smelled of chocolate. There were earthy notes and hints of oak.

T - Wow, this had strong roasted malt flavor with rich, dark chocolate taste to match it. It was sweet with a sharp, bitter kick.

M - It was soft, smooth and creamy. A medium-bodied beer.

D - I've tried 3 other St. Peter's brews and was slightly disappointed, but this one surprised me at how tasty it was. It is clearly worth the price.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2008 03:01:38 | More by zeff80
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3.63/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This stout pours out as a black color with a rich creamy tan head. The aroma is big with roasted malts and a little bit of smokiness in the mix too. The taste is slightly salty from the smokiness, the roasted malts give off a really nice toasted burnt quality that really nice. The beer doesn't have too much in way of hops. The mouthfeel is relatively smooth and creamy. Overall this is a pretty good Milk Stout.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2011 19:22:08 | More by Knapp85
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3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours jet black with a thin tan head that soon becomes a swirl than vanishes.

The smell is of dark, rich milk chocolate and hints of fruitiness.

The taste is of sweetened cream and chocolate. Subtle dark fruitiness underneath. A touch of earthiness balances it out while leaving a sweet character.

The feel is full-bodied, but not thick. Soft, but with a certain rawness.

This is a classic cream stout. Tasty, milky, creamy, but also that touch of interfering rawness. Just a bit too much raw alcohol comes through for style. Still in all a delicious cream stout.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2007 03:27:21 | More by jwc215
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United Kingdom (England)

3.25/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The regular 500ml olive green bottle, best before I know not.

Poured into a vase shaped pint glass, badged by 'Old Speckled Hen'. The body is blackcurrent red with a good foaming crown of tight bubbles, tan in hue. The head stayed throughout the tasting and helped to give the beer a steady, well carbonated look.

Intense treacle, banana and vanille aromas, thought it was Hefe-Weiss like at first, wasn't expecting that. Chocolate and coffee aromas turned up as the beer warmed, but not completely taking away the banana/treacle milk shake smell I found straight after the pour.

Very smooth and creamy. Toffee also appeared during the tasting to add an extra dimension and make it even sweeter than it already seemed.

A lot going on in this stout, too much for me to be honest, boardering on sickly sweet and just a little to creamy for me.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2011 20:24:48 | More by BlackHaddock
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4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

You could never tell when staring at the green bottle that this beer would be pure black when it pours into a clear glass but even when held toward the lght I don't see any ruby highlights. Head is a light tan in color wih a great billowing doughnut texture going on. Lacing is fine and even and I can't get over these medicine bottles, a bit different then they used to be but still unique. Nose has some dark roasted malt a hint of black licorice an some smoked malt or peat kilned malts going on. Also hints of coffee and creamy dark chocolate come out in the aroma. Flavor brings on some acidity between the dark roasted malts and the addition of the lactose, this beer finishes slighty tart and smokey with again peat smoked malts kicking in. Earthy fruitines and subdued bitterness from the fuggles and challenger hop additions. Very fresh tasting this beer just came in at my local, the sharp acidic notes and fruity undertones really make this an interesting experience. Solid cream stout from across the pond medium bodied for a stout but not nearly as heavy as the bruising American or Russian versions of this style. Mellow carbonation works well with the style, this gets better and better as it warms up. Drinkability overall is great, a nice flavorful and easy to consume stout this one won't weight you down like many big stouts on the market.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2010 23:06:54 | More by WVbeergeek
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3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Large bubbled "head", pours like a nearly flat soda. Color is okay: a dark, deep brown.

Very smooth aroma, some chocolate, a touch of hop, even a little yeast.

More highly carbonated than expected! Lots of black patent flavors resulting in a strong coffee flavor. Tastes much closer to a dry stout than a cream one. There's burnt toast tastes in the back of the throat and in the swallow, which is where a significant amount of bittering hop shows up. Thinner body than other stouts.

A worthwhile beer to try, uniquely enigmatic: it's thin but full flavored, awful appearance with high carbonation and a decent smell.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2004 20:53:37 | More by smcolw
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4.08/5  rDev +6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 mL bottle into an Imperial Pint,

A: Pours black with a mild tan head, fair retention, no lace.

S: Sweet lactose, milk chocolate, creamed coffee.

T: Full milk chocolate bittersweet flavour with a nice abundance of lactose/residual sugar that the style is known for. Not hugely robust, the subtleties and nuance are great - this is English to a T.

M: Medium-bodied, creamy (surprising, no?), biting carbonation.

D: As opposed to the porter, this is an excellent brew and a great example of this all to rare style. A very enjoyable pint.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2010 02:51:29 | More by Halcyondays
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4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a very distinc stout. it pours a mean dense black color with a nearly two inch off white head that leaves nice ring lacing on the glass. the nose is a little sweet, can definitely smell those milk sugars left over, as well as an oddly potent alcohol content for a beer under 7% abv. some dark chocolate and creamy vanilla are in the first flavors i taste. it would be sweet, but the bitter burnt malts temper the sweetness perfectly. there again is that booze towards the end. mouthfeel is a little bit thin in terms of body, but it has a very smooth mouthfeel. carbonation is very light, and this feels traditional to me in some way. also love the packaging. overall a very tasty beer, an nice illustration of the milk stout genre.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2012 16:32:01 | More by StonedTrippin
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3.05/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

First had: bottle from Total Wine, Cherry Hill, NJ

Poured into a Leffe goblet, a dark brown-black with not quite a finger of light brown head that receded to a patchy layer. Good aroma, though not very pronounced as I'd imagined it would be; roasty malts and coffee beans, with some hints of dark chocolate. Taste was not what I expected either. Subtle caramel, pumpernickel, bitter dark chocolate and coffee...citrusy notes (?). Much more bitter than is typical for a stout, with a lingering aftertaste, and a finish perhaps more suited to a dry stout. Medium mouthfeel, a lot lighter than it seems it should be; drinkable, but not quite something I'd go out of my way for.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2011 12:03:28 | More by Rifugium
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New York

3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

16.9 ounce interestingly shaped and colored bottle. Pours burnt dark raisin black/brown, very minimal head, indicated very low carbonation and very slight lacing observed. This is a flavorful sweet stout, lots of soggy burnt raisins, dark malts, coffee, burnt grains and vanilla flavor to go around. Nice cold weather sipper. Stout lovers, give it a try. Newbies would probably be turned off by this deeply flavorful and mysterious stout

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2005 02:35:19 | More by Billolick
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St. Peter's Cream Stout from St. Peter's Brewery Co Ltd
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