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

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880 Ratings
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Ratings: 880
Reviews: 584
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 12.95%
Wants: 25
Gots: 26 | FT: 0
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.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-02-2002)
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3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a (beautiful) 1pt. 0.9oz. bottle into a goblet.

A: Pours a deep, dark brown with garnet edges. The head started out tan and thin and disappeared quickly, leaving very little lacing.

S: Milk chocolate and toasted nuts dominate the nose.

T: Dark toasted malts, roasted coffee and milk chocolate with a metallic finish. Not quite as complex as i had hoped, but no slouch either.

M: The almost complete absence of head really hindered this beer's appeal. The mouthfeel is chewy and delicious with delicate carbonation. Oh creamy, tan delicious head, where have you gone?

D: Definitely not a standout in the cream stout class, but I wouldn't turn down a glass either.

FACEMEAT, Dec 16, 2008
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4.38/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Least alone, you gotta love their bottles! While more common now, I still love popping into the Coat of Arms in Portsmouth, where I first discovered this gem. The pour is a bit weak looking & the head is small and now as creamy rich as you might expect. It has a dark-orangey brown appearance and a nice complex taste that is easy to keep drinking. There is a nice chocolate-malt with hint of cinnamon and lemon hops in the taste. While not the 'best' example of cream stout, I still love it.

selecter70, Dec 15, 2008
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4.28/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured dark chocolate brown. White, small bubbly head. Roasted malt and chocolate in the nose. Tastes of the same, smooth and creamy in the mouth. Just enough hops for a nice clean finish. My favorite of their offereings so far. Excellent English Stout.

Bung, Dec 15, 2008
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3.53/5  rDev -8.5%
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.

Phyl21ca, Dec 12, 2008
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3.53/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours black and impenetrable with a one inch mocha head. The head reduces to barely more than a film and leaves some decent lacing in its path.

The nose is pretty sweet, like malted milk balls and chocolate covered espresso beans.

Taste is dominated by chocolate malt and molasses, but not nearly as sweet as the candy shop nose suggests. There is also some dark roast coffee, raisin, walnut... and that odd burnt/smoky flavor that I have found in many St. Peters beers. I am guessing that it is from the storied copper kettles and thus is a feature that the brewery prides itself on. I'm personally not a fan, as to my taste buds it has somewhat of a burnt rubber character.

Medium bodied with low carbonation, giving a slightly syrupy mouthfeel, though still a bit lighter feeling than I was expecting.

A solid cream stout, my only complaint is the breweries "house flavor," which I can't knock them for too much. I wouldn't drink more than a couple of these in an evening though.

Morbo, Dec 12, 2008
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4.08/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Wow, was this beer a surprise. Bottle at Brickskellers in D.C.

Pours a very dark black/brown color with hazy brown head. Smells of coffee and chocolate. Mouthfeel is almost like chocolate milk, thick and sweet with roasted chocolate flavors and coffee, very tasty. Definitely one of my favorite cream stouts, I will look for this beer whenever I am in the mood for something dark and heavier. Not quite as flavorful as say, Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout, but definitely up there on my list of Stouts. I enjoyed the less-than-smooth mouthfeel, especially with the complexity this beer offers... I am perfectly fine having it a bit oily/syrupy.

kflorence, Dec 11, 2008
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3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours an opaque black with a one-finger tan head that reduces to a foam slick. Decent lacing. Smells of sweet chocolate/coffee and dark roasted malts. Taste is similar, but with a strong bitter character and some metallic phenols in the background. Mouthfeel is thick and slightly oily. Overall, a nice beer and a refreshingly balanced cream stout.

philipquarles, Dec 06, 2008
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3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

1 Pint .9 FLoz. Green bottle.

This beer is black. . . no doubt about it. Decent head tan in color leaves a nice lacing.

Coffee smell sort of creamy. Hints of chocolate.

Full bodied and smooth but with a bit of crispness from carbonation. Nice roasted coffee flavor with a buttery sort of flavor.

So far out of three St. Peter's brews I've had I've felt that all of them could have been a little smoother this one included.

KraegerB, Dec 05, 2008
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3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

0.5L bottle poured into an Imperial pint.

A - Opaque black with a half-inch dense, tan head.

S - Chocolate, vanillin, faint coffee, roasted malt.

T - Similar to semisweet chocolate chips at first, improves as it warms. Roasted malt, chocolate, the rich and sweet flavor of whole milk.

M - Rich and silky, without being too heavy.

D - Not a bad beer, but one is all I really want.

trbergman, Dec 05, 2008
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3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours heavy with a khaki head, little retention. Burnt sugar and vanilla on the nose. Notes of molasses, black cherry, menthal, prune, red currants, and espresso. The hops punch through in the middle but the malt bites back again on the finish. Thin in the mouth, yet syrupy, almost like (I hate to say it) Coca Cola.

A real old school English stout with lots of depth and no one dominant flavor. At the same time, the strength and mouthfeel would preclude more than one or two in a session.

StJamesGate, Dec 04, 2008
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3.15/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

500 ml. bottle. Pours a black, with a brownish-red hue with an average creamy light-brown head. Aroma is mainly malts, roasted, nutty, chocolate, and coffee. Flavor is roasted malts, coffee, and a bitter earthy hop finish. Medium bodied with a weird bitter, metallic, and dry finish.

mtstatebeer, Dec 03, 2008
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3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very dark brown with some ruby highlights, topped by a bubbly tan head that left a little lace and exhibited decent retention. Creamy coffee aroma with a bit of cocoa thrown in for good measure. The roasted malts have produced big (but mellow) chocolate and coffee flavours, followed up by a bunch of grapefruit from the hops. Nicely balanced, even if stouts aren't really my thing. Smooth mouthfeel (not mega creamy but good) and restrained carbonation.

Didn't seems as sweet as other milk stouts, and veered into more well-trodden territory, but it was a solid beer regardless of style. The flavours are well-melded and mellow, and the smoothness helps to give it excellent drinkability.

bobsy, Dec 01, 2008
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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours very dark brown almost black color with a thick coffee-colored head. Beautiful aroma of malty chocolate, coffee, toffee, and hints of dark fruits. Wonderful roasted coffee taste mixed with dark chocolate and dark berries. Dry finish. Great beer!

corby112, Dec 01, 2008
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4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Somehow I knew I couldn't keep passing up the St. Peter's beers for too long and soon enough I would have to buy one. I was in the mood for a cream stout tonight so I picked this one up.

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

Appears a nearly opaque black aside from some red highlights along the bottom edge of the glass. One inch tan head is holding up well after a few minutes and has sank to a centimeter. Leaves some decent lacing.

Aroma is vaguely sweet and mostly full of chocolate roastiness with a bit of a light coffee aroma in there. Lactose is present, but somewhat subdued.

The taste is chocolately up front with a slight dark fruit character but midway through it starts to dry out some and become more roasty akin to a medium roasted coffee. The lactose is present, but never really becomes sweet or milky at any point like Mackeson's XXX does.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, very creamy and soft.

This is certainly one of the better Milk Stouts that I've tried but it doesn't quite stack up to Mackeson's in my book. I will be trying the St. Peter's Porter next.

roadhouse, Nov 25, 2008
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3.45/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I had been eyeing this one for a while and was dissapointed when I finaly got to try it. Pour head retention, lousy mouth feel very thing feeling, to much bitter burnt for me, looked black. I realy wish I had a better experience with this one. Would have been nice to have a little more complexity to it. Although I haven't had to many milk/sweet stouts I hop most of them are better than this one.

terryeckmeier, Nov 24, 2008
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4.78/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I got this at a German Restaurant in a mall down in Greensboro, NC. Wow, this was tasty. Poured a beautiful dark color with a head that disappeared quickly but left a nice lacing. This tasted wonderful with just the right mix of chocolate, coffee flavor. It finished well and had a little bit of a crisp finish.

I loved this so much I had to go get another bottle! I would definately get this wonderful stout cream again!

likethetaste, Nov 24, 2008
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3.58/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from the LCBO- Deep opaque black pour is capped with a thin, but lingering layer of mocha froth. Milk chocolate in the nose leads to musty dark chocolate, some faint grassy hops, black coffee, with a lactic presence. Tastes of semi sweet dark chocolate, a lactic milky blast follows, leading to coffee, anise, and a decent hit of bittering hops. Creamy and bitter finish, with a nice lingering lactic aftertaste. A favourable beverage to ward off this particularly cold October evening.

mrmanning, Nov 21, 2008
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3.53/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A Pleasant surprise, this poured a deep black with a nice tan head that reduced quickly. Smell was different, I think some dried fruit there but it's a bit faint. Taste was very dry, some prunes, roasted malts in there as well, not too bad. Mouthfeel, is a touch astringent, and a bit sweet. The balance of those two make for something actually quite drinkable.

If you like a dry stout, you'll find a pretty solid one here. A good call.

funkengruven, Nov 17, 2008
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4.43/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500 ml bottle, at Haket, Göteborg. Served with a Chimay glass. Black colour, low tan head. Nice roasty aroma with strong notes of prunes and chocolate, hints of liquorice and pipe tobacco. The flavour is creamy and mellow, but also distinctly roasty with notes of coffee and chocolate. A very fine beer.

Sigmund, Nov 15, 2008
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4.45/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 1 pint .9 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A- Wonderfully oily / black and opaque. Pours with ~1 1/2 fingers creamy tan head, which fades slowly, leaving a thin layer and some lacing.

S- An inviting aroma of chocolate and molasses. Makes me want to dive right in...

T- A delightful blend of chocolate, molasses,and raisins, with a coffee finish.

M- Nice and creamy.

D- Didn't want to set this one down, which speaks volumes IMO...

Future outlook: Repeat business imminent.

DoctorDog, Nov 14, 2008
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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle thanks to mmm///beer. Man thanks big time for this gem. First off, as I have said before I am simply a sucker for a nice English Stout, in my opinion they are some of the best beers in the world. This beer is proof positive. Pours a pure black color, some reddish light tries in to come through, but barely. A nice thick brown head tops the brew. A great aroma of rich brown sugar, roasted malts, hops, some fruit, and some smoky/meaty flavors too. The flavor is top notch; initial sweet chocolate and brown sugar flavors followed by a nice smooth fruitiness. Throughout the roasted malt flavors are dominant. Some vanilla and bitter hops in the finish. Milky and creamy flavors combine with a great creamy and full body to produce and awesome brew. Just great.

Douglas88, Nov 11, 2008
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3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a very dark almost completely black color with no ruby tones that I could detect. Had thin tan head that dissipated quickly. Aroma was nice; chocolate and roasted malts. Flavor also consisted of roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, and caramel. Mouthfeel was good. Flavor improved as it warmed. Drinkability was high.

biggmike, Nov 10, 2008
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4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Extremely dark body. No ruby tones when held up to the light. Thin tan head. faint burnt toast smell and coffee grounds with a whiff of sweeter caramel or toffee. Complex flavours.A dark chocolate aftertaste. Smooth. Flavour get's more impressive as you drink it. Very good indeed.

shamus, Nov 09, 2008
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3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a .5 liter bottle into a imperial pint glass.

A: Deep black color, spot on for the style. Pours with a good amount of head that isn't too excessive, little lacing on the glass as it is consumed.

S: Nose is sweet chocolate, raisin, and molasses malts with coffee notes and some hints of alcohol.

T&M: Quick hit of chocolate malt hits the tongue that blend with coffee flavors as well as some molasses. Malt flavors are quickly met by an assertive bittersweet hop bite that blends with a hint of alcohol to finish things out. Nice aftertaste of chocolate malt combined with the hop flavor. Mouthfeel is very good for the style, especially considering the high ABV. Not too thick, but firm, with a nice slick, creamy feel up front. The hop bite at the end seems to contribute to a slightly over carbonated mouthfeel, as it seems to clash with the creaminess of the malt, but is by no means harsh.

D & Notes: To me, this is basically a higher ABV version of a Samuel Adams Cream Stout (one of my all time favorite beers), but doesn't quite hit the smooth rich mouthfeel that a SA Cream Stout does. That said, this is a good beer, if you are like me, and like a good cream stout (***note to all you Guinness drinkers, this is NOT the same as an Irish Dry Stout). It's an excellent winter splurge, as the high ABV is warming, and all the good flavors I expect in a cream stout are there.

AustinBeerLvr, Nov 07, 2008
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3.4/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Very dark, almost opaque brown with some ruby highlights. Head is very very weak.

S - Lots of toasty notes. Molasses, coffee, caramel, some floral hops.

T - Mild, not too sweet. Heavy coffee flavour and a solid bitter finish. A little bit of fruit and graininess, but mostly a mild black coffee.

M - Very dry, somewhat astringent and barely carbonated. Could use some more fizz. Body is on the lighter side.

D - OK, drinkable stout. Not the most flavourful stout. Nice dry, roasty stout.

allergictomacros, Nov 04, 2008
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