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

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857 Ratings
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Ratings: 857
Reviews: 581
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 13.25%
Wants: 23
Gots: 21 | 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.

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3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2008 04:29:38 | More by AustinBeerLvr
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Ontario (Canada)

3.4/5  rDev -11.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2008 22:45:04 | More by allergictomacros
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Ontario (Canada)

4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle from LCBO.

Pours an opaque black, some dark red in the edges, very thin big bubbled brown head forms, quickly disappears, no lacing, thin bubbles on the edge, looks okay but head is a disappointment. Smell is nice, cream, roast, chocolate, caramel, cherries and other dark fruits, very creamy smelling, chocolate milk, nice and rich. Taste is nice, very roasty and biscuity, chocolate milk, dark fruit, raisins, caramel, nice bready malt, grainy finish, quite dry and fruity, very creamy. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation, very smooth, I really like the dry roastiness in this. Nice to drink, better carbonation would help but otherwise this is a nice stout.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2008 02:44:29 | More by Viggo
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British Columbia (Canada)

3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Black with a thin, tan head; very little head, no retention, some initial lacing.

S: Dark bread, chocolate, coffee & nut.

T: Roasted grain, bread, chocolate, brown sugar, hints of molasses, slight sweetness is balanced by the roasted bitterness. Alcohol is well-hidden.

M: Moderate body is smooth, a little thin (for its weight & style), with hints of roasted acidity.

D: Quite drinkable for its strength.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2008 20:56:52 | More by Derek
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Ontario (Canada)

3.53/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a near black red. Very thin expresso head with no retention. Little in the way of lacings.

Raw roasted aroma. Alot of very dark chocolate and coffee.

Not your usual cream stout. Tonnes of roasty bitterness, but the sweetness just isn't there aside from a hit of very dark chocolate (like 80%+). Sweetness comes through a little better as it warms up.

Great mouthfeel, very creamy and full. Nice long finish.

This was almost impy-stout like with a good hit of coffee. Sytlistically it's odd. This is best room temperature, the cold really takes away from the sweetness and body.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2008 20:23:40 | More by CanuckRover
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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

This is rather heavy, strong-tasting beer that is complex and interesting but for me a bit too heavy and pungent, with too much interest, leaving me a little ambivalent about it.

Opaque black, it has with a thin but dense, lasting brown head that shrinks very slowly and leaves some decent lace.

The aroma is pungent with mocha, dark chocolate, coffee and fudge, and earthiness of old leaves.

The taste is similar, a lot of dark chocolate fudge, with burt caramel and some fermented stewed prunes. It's underlying character is sweet, but it has an earthy and woodsy character with light sourness and only a faitn hint of bitterness, making it complex and interesting. The palate is oily but lively. It is heavy duty in body and taste even for the style.

I can defnitely see the attraction but it's a bit too heavy duty for me to want often.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2008 23:45:49 | More by Offa
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North Carolina

3.43/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Charcoal black with very little head or lacing. Kind of flat looking. Reminds me of my morning coffee when it's left in the cup unitl evening. The charcoal black coloring keeps the appearance of this one average.
Smells of bitter dark chocolate with some roastiness and hint of espresso.
The flavor isn't anything near what I was expecting. This is a bitter & sharp milk stout. That being said it is a good beer. Bitter sharp rich dark chocolate. Kind of grainy in the finish. All of this is set on a rich roasted malt backbone that gives hints of strong black coffee. I normally don't review to style. And I wonder, if this was listed as stout (or even double stout); would I have noticed the bitterness and sharpness as much.
Again I was expecting a smoothness in the mouthfeel akin to other milk stouts. The mouthfeel of this beer is niether creamy nor smooth. It's more astringent and acidic.
I liked this beer but if you are looking for a milk stout look somewhere else.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2008 00:35:33 | More by wcudwight
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Ontario (Canada)

3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

St. Peter's Cream Stout is a chalky charcoal black that remains utterly impermeable to light even when held directly up to it. Such inspection reveals, however, previously hidden tones of plum. Though almost flat the beer is draped all around by white splatters of oddly shaped characters; this lace looks elegant and is even more impressive considering its head never really materialized.

The aroma is sooty and roasty. There is an impression of tobacco that peeks above notes of charred malts, ripe dark cherries, and black coffee. You won't be burying your nose in it but it's got the right character for a Dry or classic English Stout.

A strong choke cherry flavour is prominent in the taste. It is lightly fruity with dark, almost currant-like notes. A pinch of bitter cocoa, an inkling of black coffee and a hint of smoke accompany it. My senses told me from smell that this would be more bitter than sweet and I turned out to be right. Any sweetness is definitely doubled by bitterness and roast.

The beer is considerably dry; it's certainly not "creamy" that's for sure. There is a sooty roast element that lingers on the palate. The astringency of the roast combined with the mineral-rich water and pipe-tobacco notes really don't suit the profile for a "cream stout".

St. Peter's may have mislabeled the beer, but they did a great job brewing; this is a nice stout, whatever you call it. It has just the right level of roast and depth in flavour to keep from boring but is quaffable enough to enjoy two, maybe three, and certainly doesn't let on to the extra percent or two alcohol. All considered, a very nice offering indeed.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2008 03:06:17 | More by biegaman
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4.3/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

pours a solid black color with a nice 1 inch brown head. nice lacing. the nose is sweet malts, subtle roasted malts, hints of vanilla, some chocolate, oak. the taste is the same as the nose but also with some slight citrus in the finish. Weird! got your traditional watered down English Ale taste. subtle spicy hops, medium to full bodied, low carbo, dry finish.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2008 18:41:03 | More by stumac
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Ontario (Canada)

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

Pours from the St Peter's flask shaped bottle black with amber glints around the side of the glass. The head is fizzy and shortlived, reducing to a ring very quickly but managing to leave a good coating of lace on the glass. The aroma is full of coffee and more bitter than I was expecting for a Milk Stout. Some cocoa powder and herbal hop aroma and alcohol spice are also in the nose. The taste is a robust mix of the aforementioned flavors fortified with some sherry and field berry notes and dark chocolate. A warming boozyness mingles with astringent black malts and English hop bitterness in the finish. The mouthfeel is thick and very languidly carbonated.

This is a fantastic stout. Immensely complex and very easy to drink. Seek this one out.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2008 01:12:34 | More by CAMRAhardliner
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3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Out of the bottle this beer was a classic opaque black with a huge, billowy, brown head. The head displayed very good retention eventually devolving from a rocky cap to a thin layer.Very nice sticky lacing too. Earthy aromas of coffee, rich soil, roasted malt and hints of tobacco. The flavors were rich and dark, unsweetened chocolate and espresso coffee first hit my tongue followed by roasted and charred malt with hints of creamy sweetness in the middle followed by the long bitter finish. The mouthfeel was very smooth but thin for the style which is also a result of the light carbonation. Though the flavors are on and it is quite enjoyable I felt this beer lacked a bit of the weight and assertiveness others in its class posses.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2008 02:06:49 | More by thekevlarkid
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New York

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

A - Poured a very dark brown color with a light brown head that fades quickly leaving lacing

S - Is of roasted malt with chocolate scents

T - The roasted malt dominates with a coffee finish

M - This beer has a creamy body with medium carbonation to it

D - An overall good stout wouldn't be my first choice when picking out a stout to drink but its better than others out there worth trying sometime

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2008 23:28:03 | More by armock
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4.33/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

St. Peter's was established five years after I left the UK, so that's why I hadn't heard of them. When I started getting more serious about beer, the name kept coming up and this was my first taste of any of their brews - not disappointing. BTW - the bottle is beautiful. Looks old but modern at the same time.

A: Beautiful, thick laté head. Good lacing. Really sticks to the glass as it progresses. Black - doesn't get much blacker than this. No light passing through - not even on the edges.

S: Coffee hit me immediately. Some caramel malt - a little dark cherry. A little mustiness too. Not too bold a smell. Not bad but I would have been happy to get more.

T: Lovely chocolate flavor. The coffee is there too. It then goes to a tangy hoppiness at the end but you are left with a bitter dark chocolate aftertaste. Very very pleasing.

M: Thick body but not creamy enough for me - I wanted a more rounded cream mouth. Feels a little thin at the end. Light carbonation - made me contemplate whether less carbonation would have made it better for me.

D: If I was visiting the UK and they had this beer and an open fire, I would be more than happy to sit and drink a good few and get all rosy cheeked next to the flames. Highly recommend it and can't wait to try the St. Peter's Old-Style Porter than is waiting for me.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2008 02:49:30 | More by sgoodship
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4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Shared this with my father-in-law over the weekend. Poured into a chalice black with a thin, sandy head which disappears soon after initial pour. Aroma is of berries, roasted malt, and chocolate, with lots of sweetness. Mouthfeel is a little slick, a little thin based on the look, medium carbonation balances well. Taste up front is sweet chocolate, some toffee, berries, with a bit of vinous, sour finish. Drinkability was quite high; I would love to try another one of these. This was the first cream stout I have tried, and it tasted completely different from what I was expecting. Overall, a solid brew.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2008 01:26:12 | More by ljbrisson
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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this at Bert's Bier Huis in Utrecht, Netherlands.

Poured into my big mug.

APPEARANCE: Black. Big bubbly uneven bumpy head is persistent but doesn't look all that appealing. Bubbles pop nicely though and a thick layer stays until the end. Medium carbonation and some nice lacing.

SMELL: More barely malt with a little bit of coffee as well. Pleasant, but not strong enough really. Pretty average for this style.

TASTE: Malt and some coffee. Some pure chocolate in the aftertaste as well. The taste is better than the nose. Bitter aftertaste, but not overwhelming.

PALATE: Thick and some carbonation. Goes down smooth and dry. Feels great. This is how a stout should feel.

OVERALL: Very drinkable because it tastes nice and is not overwhelming. Not as tasty as others I've had, but is very enjoyable and looks better once the massive uneven head levels out into a nice thick layer. Definately something I could drink a few of.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2008 17:17:39 | More by Jeffo
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3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a 3/4 inch head with a full dark brown color. Retention is superb. Every swirl of the glass leaves a nice foam on the outer edge of the glass. This has the appearance of a well crafted brew.

A mixture of malts on the nose, predomoinantly dark malt with an undertone of caramel. A slight flowery english hop aroma comes out as well. As the beer warms I get a whiff of toffee.

Pale sweet malts upfront with a touch of caramel malts that is dominated by a bittersweet chocolate flavor from the dark malt and a nice combination of mint and black licorice. As the beer warms the creaminess blends right in nicely. A toffee flavor starts blending itself in quite nicely. There is a sort of grassy/flowery bitterness from the hops on the end that balances the beer out. The malts are nicely balanced and smooth with the cream, but I can only imagine what this beer is like brand new, fresh, free from any oxidation.

This beer clings fairly well to the palate and is moderately smooth, but could be a bit smoother.

This is a nice cream stout. I wish I could get a brand new fresh bottle in the UK. I can only imagine the difference.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2008 04:33:20 | More by jasonjlewis
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New Jersey

3.63/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle

A- Pours a dark brown almost black color with a good thick brown head that leaves lots of sticking.

S- Big nose of roasted chocolate malt.

T-/M/D- Lots of dry bakers chocolate up front, subtle coffee notes and hints of apple and hop bitterness. Fairly light in body for a cream stout, it was lacking the creaminess. Still a damn good beer though, very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2008 23:46:56 | More by ATPete
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3.28/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

aggressive pour into a stein produces a strong tan head that lasts for a few minutes before retreating back to an unimpressive layering on the top of the beer.

dark black color, with a tan head. smells like a typical stout. although i get a bit of the alcohol on the nose.

taste is good. enjoyable. i get quite a bit of the alcohol on this beer. even for a 6.5 they dont try and hide it. mostly smooth favor, a bit of a bitter flavor that rides into the smoothness of the cream.

very little carbonation. for the most part an enjoyable beer. nothing to write home about but good none the less

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2008 22:04:59 | More by Mauerhan
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3.73/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

saved the best til last by the look of the ratings of St Peters beer's, and the last one I had (ipa) made me almost not buy this, i am happy i did... pours a jet black colour, with a proud hearty head, similar to guinness of all things... vanilla, chocolate, guinness aromas ... some nice flavours, alcohol shows abit , nice roastiness and a smooth drinker ... leaves a clean aftertaste ... enjoyable .. "frank, you rascal"

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2008 23:09:41 | More by Onslow
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4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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

This beer is a deep, dark, black as night color with a light tan head bringing decent retention. The head fades to a thin layer of bubbles and a nice foamy ring around the glass. Heavy lacing is apparent with every sip, but drops quickly and disappears.

A soft, sweet, smell of creamy marshmallow with a slight caramel aroma trickles into the nostrils. The smell is very pleasant, but a definite creeper. At first waft, there is almost no smell detectable.

A subtly sour malt flavor hits the tip of the tongue, then the flavor smoothes out to a silky, roasty, toasty flavor on the swallow. The finish is wet and mellow. Following, is a slightly dry aftertaste with dark chocolate notes.

This brew is silky and smooth. It is rather heavy, but not impossible to drink. Noticeable carbonation pops in the mouth, but it is not overwhelming, it's just enough to keep the body from being too heavy.

A sweet, smooth, mild flavor gives this beer great drinkability despite its hefty nature. One could certainly, slowly, enjoy a few of these without becoming overwhelmed.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2008 00:42:16 | More by Ben4881
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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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4.18/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

16.9 oz green medicine bottle that has been in my fridge for a while into a tulip shaped glass. Paired with a breyer's ice cream cookie sandwich.

A- Pours completely black with a large brown head that hangs around.
S- Warm chocolaty aroma with roasted malts.
T- Wow this is good. Creamy bitter chocolate and coffee taste that is not as sweet as I expected it to be. Roasted malts in there too.
M- Thick and creamy.
D- I think one 16.9 ounce bottle is enough for a sitting.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2008 03:05:00 | More by Shumista
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3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a thick black with a creay, milky tan head that leaves some faint sticky lacing.

Smells of coffee, chocolate, dark raisiny fruit, and some syrupy spicyness.

Lots of , well, creamy bitterness. Coffee, chocolate, -- heavy flavors here that are a bit cloying -- you are fully aware of the calories here!

Heavy, thicker mouthfeel -- carbonation is not getting thru.

I like this one, and could have a couple, but not much more than that. A very intense version of the style, but the heavy layers of flavor make you want to move onto something else, or share the second bottle. Worth a try, by far. Oh, you'll pay ofr this pleasure -- $4.50/bottle, Boston prices.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2008 13:47:09 | More by OtherShoe2
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3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

bottle: pours a thick black with a tan head which is minimal. Aroma is chocolate, caramel, very malty, licorice, alcohol, and slightly hoppy. Taste is got a nice roastiness to it, chocolate, somewhat nutty, nice and big malt notes, nice and thick, and an alcohol tinge to it. Palate is bitter, not carbonated at all, long and lively. Overall, This is a decent Sweet stout. This is a really solid beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2008 23:56:42 | More by demitriustown
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New Jersey

3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

16.9 oz bottle, 20 ounce "tulip" pint.

A - A very nice India Ink black brew. When held up to light a tiny bit of red shines through ont he bottom of the beer. An equally nice tan head sits two fingers high on top.

S - Sugary malts, some caramel sweetness.

T - Starts out very seet. Some chocolate and a bit of butterscotch flavor in there. Finishes with some roasted flavors.

M - Body is a tad watery for the style/flavors. Does seem to feel fuller as it warms up.

D - A good stout overall. Really nice on the nose, and has some good flavor. Bulk up the body a little and this would be even smoother.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2008 03:44:16 | More by EStreet20
St. Peter's Cream Stout from St. Peter's Brewery Co Ltd
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