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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:
No notes at this time.

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Photo of Geegmasta

New York

3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass

Appearance- Pours super dark and at first glance seems black as night but hold it up to a light and you notice some light coming through as a very saturated red/brown. Head was negligible as it was so small. Bubbles slowly rise from the abyss and keep the surface moving.

Smell- Smells sweet, almost like a dark chocolate with some hint of alcohol to it. There's something almost fruity about the sweetness too, I'm picking up a raisin scent.

Taste- Comes on sweet with a bitter snap afterwards. Definitely tasting mild dark chocolate flavor and some grape/raisin-ness too. It finishes with flavors of roast malts and leaves a smokey aftertaste.

Mouthfeel- More carbonation than I would have imagined which tingles in the mouth and lingers as bubbles slowly escape from the liquid being absorbed and swallowed. Has a medium body.

Overall- Not a bad brew but calling it a cream stout is a bit misleading in my opinion. It's more of a dark ale with hints of chocolate and fruit. It is fairly on the sweet side but not in a creamy sense. I almost don't know what to say about it, almost reminds me of a wine.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2012 21:16:19 | More by Geegmasta
Photo of Treyliff

West Virginia

4.13/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- pours a dark black, nearly opaque. Thick and foamy dark tan head with good retention and just a bit of lace

S- intense smoked malts with some dark chocolate and licorice, almost picking up a charred whisky-like aroma

T- roasted malts with a smoky bitterness. Flavors of bitter-sweet chocolate, charcoal, butterscotch, and a bit if sweet milk-like sweetness. Finishes slightly sweet with a smoky malt finish.

M- very light carbonation, medium body, creamy mouthfeel. Seems like it needs just a bit more carbonation to give it a bite.

O- overall an enjoyable brew. Smoky yet sweet with a bitter chocolaty finish. My only complaint was the mouthfeel was a little off for me.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2012 02:37:09 | More by Treyliff
Photo of mcanderson0


3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A: Opaque. Brown to black in color. I can already feel the viscosity as I pour; its silky smooth. A velvety, thin, tan layer of head forms and sticks around for a while. Little to no lacing, the head absorbs it as it falls down the glass.

S: The lactose lends a sweet character to the malt; this is unlike the raw and sugary sweetness of a bottle conditioned brew... This sweetness due to the lactose seems "married" better to the malt profile. A hint of chocolate and whole coffee beans.

T: Milk, chocolate, soft coffee flavor. Mocha latte is the first thing that comes to mind, especially due to the...

M: ...mouthfeel. Dang, so soft and creamy. Very easy to drink, goes down smooth. I almost forget I'm drinking a beer.

O: What a great beer. Simple and to the point. This one lacks complexity but complexity isn't what I'm after by coming to a milk stout. St. Peter's delivered.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2012 17:09:36 | More by mcanderson0
Photo of StonedTrippin


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
Photo of Cozzatoad


3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle

A- Deep black, some dark brown hints on the edges of the glass. 1 and a half finger off-white head. Decent retention, though not much lacing to speak of

S- Since it's an english i knew i didn't have to expect a bursting aroma, but still this was quite subdued, though very nice. Dark malts, with some notes of milk chocolate and maybe a slight roasted hint. Obviously quite sweet for a stout

T- Pretty much what the smell suggested. A very soft/creamy feel, with that slight buttery note that is typical of many english ales. Notes of milk chocolate, maybe liquorice, again a slight roasted hint shows up from time to time. Maybe a bit boring after a while but still always perfcetly balanced and pleasantly drinkable

M- As already mentioned, super soft, creamy mouthfeel on both tongue and palate. just a thin hint of carbonation on the tongue to avoid excessive heaviness

O- Not a super tasty beer but still one that you can drink with ease and great pleasure

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2012 16:39:13 | More by Cozzatoad
Photo of eduardolinhalis


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

500ml bottle served in an English Pint glass.

A: Pours a nice deep black color forming a big bubbled aired tan head. Medium retention and some lacings formed and left

S: Intense on roasted malts. Sweet. With notes of dark chocolate and coffee

T: Pretty much like the nose. Dominated by roasted malts. Sweet upfront followed by notes of dark chocolate and coffee. In overall, a biscuity beer finished by a good roasted malts bitterness

M: Medium body and carbonation. Roasted malts bitterness as aftertaste

O: Very drinkable. Quite smooth and pleasant Stout. Recommended

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2012 01:06:20 | More by eduardolinhalis
Photo of ckollias


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

Enjoyed this bottle out of a large snifter glass.

A: Pours a dark black hue with a thin dark brown 2-finger head that quickly dissipates and leaves a wispy lace.

S: Strong sweet malty syrup aroma.

T: Dark rich ale smooth with a general sweetness and toasted malt bitterness. Good chocolate and coffee overtones, with a creamy malt background.

M: Medium body and medium carbonation.

O: This is a good cream stout. Lots of character and flavor.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2012 00:50:40 | More by ckollias
Photo of NuclearDolphin


4.53/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Pint Glass

Appearance - Pours an almost clear black color with a slight crimson tinge. Pours a brown colored head with decent retention. Not really anything in terms of lacing

Smell - Chocolate, Milk/Dairy, Roasted Malts and some Yeasty flavors. Not overwhelming but good nonetheless

Taste - Milk, Chocolate, Roasted Malts, and Yeasts. Each flavor is extremely rich and sweet. It's exactly how a Milk/Chocolate Stout should taste. It really doesn't get any better than this when it comes to flavor, at least for this style of beer

Mouthfeel - Fairly thick bodied and very little carbonation. It feels so creamy and smooth and it fits the flavor perfectly. The name "Cream Stout" is a perfect fit for this beer

Overall - The flavor and mouthfeel are hard to top, which the smell could've been richer. HOWEVER...it's very easy to overlook it's flaws just because it tastes so damn good! Even if you don't like stouts, you need to try this out!

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2012 03:16:14 | More by NuclearDolphin
Photo of Bitterbill


4.38/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

50ml bottle purchased locally for $4.99.

It looks to be pitch black and there's a good +1 finger head of tannish foam. Excellent lacing.

The smell is very roasty with notes of sweet malt and milk chocolate.

This tastes very good! Roasted malt with some sweet notes, light licorice, and chocolate make for a great combination; sometimes the sweetness dominates, other times the roasted malt and chocolate dominate. Either way works for me.

A very smooth mouthfeel and easy drinkability...I find this is the way a Milk Stout should be like. I wish the writing on the label wasn't so small so I could actually read it.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2012 18:21:50 | More by Bitterbill
Photo of Philousa


2.2/5  rDev -42.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Very dark black, but you can see it's clear against the light, catching it brown in the corners. Very thin head retains a cover over the top of my etched nonic pint. Aroma is roasty and, you guessed it, creamy and light. This is more than just a stout aroma; I also get some barley in there that's not charred or roasted, indicating some depth to the taste. The cream definitely manifests itself as sweet with the slightest hint of vanilla, but is washed away quickly by the bitter dark malt and a metallic taste. This is definitely one of the lightest stouts I've had in terms of mouthfeel, finish is slightly dry.

This is entirely too metallic and it stays in the back of your mouth. No me gusta.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2012 03:10:13 | More by Philousa
Photo of puboflyons

New Hampshire

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

From the olive colored old style bottle that all the St. Peter's brews come in. Sampled on August 23, 2012.

It pours a dark brown with a moderate head that rises and falls quickly. Hints of mahogany in the light.

The aroma is of dark malts, smoke, licorice, and a slight hop bite.

The body is thin to medium and creamy.

The hop bite is a bit more predominant in the taste but overall it still embodies a sweet, dark malt, and licorice character. Still, a likable enough beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2012 23:48:59 | More by puboflyons
Photo of RickS95


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

Pours a relatively thin, black with a moderate light brown head. The beer appears somewhat thin, but the head looks mostly creamy. Decent retention, very, very slight lace.

Lots of roasty notes, faint chocolate bits and licorice.

Really nice hit of chocolate the second the beer hits your tongue. Roasted barley. Hops only show up where they're supposed to, in the swallow.

Good balance between sweet and bitter. A bit thinner than I'd like, but par for the course on a milk stout. Lots of smoke. Creamy. Not much carbonation.

A good beer, very easy to drink. Really good example of the type. Cheap too. Gonna have to get some more of this.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2012 02:41:10 | More by RickS95
Photo of TheRealBigC


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

Pours a nice black & tan as a cream stout should, nothing too strong on the nose. Nice a creamy taste, but surprisingly not as creamy of a feel. There is a touch of carbonation which is odd, but it doesn't really diminish the quality of the stout. It's also not quite as sweet as the style suggests, but the chocolate & coffee flavors are still quite tasty.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2012 00:11:27 | More by TheRealBigC
Photo of heygeebee


3.48/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

No visible date. Straight from delivery pallet @ Platinum.

Pours an amazing black n tan. One finger head of coarse bubbles seems alive with the bubbles breaking. Sadly, the head dies leaving no lacing no film no nothing.

Aromas of roast malts, a little wood / cigar box.

Taste is not quite as sweet as the name suggests. An initial hit of bitterness, is followed by a roast malt backbone. Some chocolate/coffee. A hint of walnut.

Mouthfeel is a surprise. For a beer which is almost flat, there is a tingly spritzy feeling on your tongue. Light bodied. Not quite watery but nearly.

Overall, not quite as good as suggested... dont get the sweetness.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2012 11:52:00 | More by heygeebee
Photo of beerdrifter


3.73/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up at the biggest beer store in the UK, Beers of Europe Ltd. Dark brown, nearly black pour with a tinge of mahogany when held to the light. One finger head that quickly faded with minimal lacing. The nose definitely leans more towards sweet than roasty with hints of dark fruit, vanilla, milk chocolate, and caramel with just a touch of banana. The taste is a bit more complex than the nose, but still leaning to the sweet side. Dark chocolate, dark fruits, and coffee dominate along with hints of bubblegum, toffee, and vanilla. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and not as creamy as I was expecting, with a nice subtle bitter, smooth finish. Not really all that familiar with the style, and it was a little too sweet for my liking, but a solid offering nonetheless.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2012 16:37:00 | More by beerdrifter
Photo of jar2574


3.1/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This was an unusually bland beer. The initial pour was nice, with a big thick head over very dark black beer. Lacing is really lacking on the way down.

The smell is almost non-existent. Maybe a tiny touch of roasted malt but that's it.

Taste is very mellow roasted malts. Nothing exciting. Nothing to clamor about. It gets slightly more sweet as it heats up. A little sweet rum flavor to go with the maltiness. Probably a good introductory beer for someone branching out from macro brews.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2012 02:39:07 | More by jar2574
Photo of AEArider


3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured virtually black, thin dark head that left little/no lacing. Smell was a hard to pick up on, but consisted mostly of the roasted tones and those of alcohol- an almost wine like essence. Tasted good, screamed of roasted malt and bitter chocolate. The overall feel could have been creamier considering the style. Overall good beer, but the job I purchased it for (to pour over vanilla ice cream) was better suited for a stout counterpart.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2012 02:47:22 | More by AEArider
Photo of woosterbill


4.18/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Gravity halfpint at the Jerusalem Tavern.

A: Looks black, but glows a clear magenta when held up to light; frothy of-white head; mediocre retention, no lace. Pretty average.

S: Rather sweet, very chocolatey - like a chocolate bar with sea salt added to accentuate the sweetness. Simple, direct, and entirely pleasant.

T: Chocolate, caramel, cream, more chocolate, and a smooth bittersweet finish. Not boozy in the least. Darn tasty.

M: Smooth, slick, and a bit light in both carbonation and body.

O: This one was definitely lacking in mouthfeel and appearance, but it was still one of the most purely enjoyable cask beers I had in London. So many English stouts and porters just seem weak to me, and it was fantastic to find one that delivered serious richness without sacrificing its signature real ale softness.


Serving type: cask

04-02-2012 00:50:59 | More by woosterbill
Photo of janubio


4.43/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Black colour, with a brown-coffee head, not too big for a stout, also it doesn't hold as much as other stouts, though it leaves a ring that never dissappears. Fantastic smell, dark fruits, licorice, chocolate,roasted malts, hints of vanilla, caramel, some mocha. Medium body, sweet in tongue. Taste Is kind the same of the aroma: dark fruits, chocolate, caramel, mocha... Maybe to sweet for a stout, but it makes a difference. I think I'll buy some more of this one.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2012 22:06:10 | More by janubio
Photo of amart79


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

served from a bottle

A - thin brown tinted head that dissipates pretty quickly. Dark crisp looking body, looks like a Coke.

S - light creamy vanilla smell, but a little faint.

T - smooth taste, cream with a little of a wine feel to it. Taste wasn't there as I expected from a milk/sweet stout.

M - goes down nice. Light carbonation. Has a smooth feel on the palette.

O - it was ok, almost felt like drinking a wine though. Didn't get the flavor or sweetness I was expecting from a sweet stout.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2012 04:48:50 | More by amart79
Photo of allforbetterbeer


3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter.

Pours with barely a finger of tan head over a very dark body. Even with strong light only thin highlights of red are visible.

Smells of licorice, dark chocolate, dark fruit cake, and mocha. A very interesting and inviting aroma. Some swirling brings out a touch of hops and a dab of banana.

The flavor starts off tasting like a chocolate covered espresso bean dipped in a chocolate malt. The hops are present and are mingled with a surprising amount of yeast flavor, straying into estery ripe fruit territory.

This beer is on the line between medium and full bodied, but isn't heavy in any sense. The carbonation is slightly lower than normal but still prickles.

Conclusion: I don't know what to make of this beer. It is quite good, and a very fine English stout. My first sip blew me away and I thought it might be a new favorite, but after the glass was drained I wasn't was sure. If anything, I like this beer because it is interesting and different from the usual fare.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2012 23:18:58 | More by allforbetterbeer
Photo of intensify


3.35/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

poured into a snifter. I took the pleasure to write this review while i am sippin on this beer.
Poured a thick and foamy 3 finger head which helds its own for a good while and left a good amount of lacing behind. Smells of bananas, taffee and a bit of booze. The taste says bananas and or fruit till the end. Kind of strange for a stout, wasn't expecting this at all. Finishes bitter with a hint of toffee barely hitting the palate before it leaves an oily presence behind in the palate.
Overall I am not quite sure what i think of this stout. Different? Yes. Bad? No. Will acquire again to see what my thoughts are in the future.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2012 06:25:25 | More by intensify
Photo of TownDunkel


3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

St. Peter's Cream Stout - saw the bottle on the shelf and I just knew I had to sample this bad boy.

Appearance - a beautiful dark brown that is barely see through. The head even has a great mocha color on it.

Smell - Instead of cream I pick up a nutty and subtle cue of earthy hints

Taste - A mellow stout taste that lives up the expectations on the lable. Much more to it than a cream, but more of a chill nutmeg.

Mouthfeel - Great mouthfeel that follows well with the taste

Overall - A great flavor and a great beer. An everyday beer? Maybe not but great for a winter's night.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2012 04:12:08 | More by TownDunkel
Photo of PorterLambic


3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours rich and very dark brown with no light penetration. Espresso-colored head sits a long time atop with a creamy texture to it.
Smell is roasted malt and caramel primarily with a wee dram of vanilla hiding in the back.
Taste is rich and smooth with notes of roasted malt, coffee, caramel and some lighter notes of dark fruits, whiskey and wheat.
Full bodied, light effervescence. A nice warming aspect to it mostly at the back of the mouth and tongue. Finish is smooth and mellow. Nice stuff all around.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2012 01:57:50 | More by PorterLambic
Photo of scratch69


3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I poured a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance- Black with two fingers worth of tan head that didn't take very long to disappear. Fair amount of lacing.

Smell- Roasted malt and a hint of fruit.

Taste- Slightly sweet at first that turns into a coffee like bitterness at the finish. Hints of chocolate throughout.

Mouthfeel- On the light end of full bodied and smooth with a creamy texture. Lightly carbonated.

Overall- Enjoyable but it could use a little improvement. Needs a little more carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2012 00:32:45 | More by scratch69
St. Peter's Cream Stout from St. Peter's Brewery Co Ltd
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