Dismiss Notice
Subscribe to BeerAdvocate magazine?

Learn more about beer and save over 53% with a 3-year subscription.

Subscribe now →

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

Not Rated.
St. Peter's Cream StoutSt. Peter's Cream Stout

Educational use only; do not reuse.
very good

601 Reviews
very good

(Read More)
Reviews: 601
Hads: 981
Avg: 3.87
pDev: 16.02%
Wants: 38
Gots: 78 | 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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-02-2002

No notes at this time.
View: Beers (28) | Events
Beer: Reviews & Ratings
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of St. Peter's Cream Stout Alström Bros
Reviews: 601 | Hads: 981
Photo of Roderick
2.05/5  rDev -47%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Oh my loving and generous Lord...this beer comes in the most lovely little pint bottle you ever will see, it pours OK a very dark brown with a tiny dirty white head. The smell is a little sweet with a hint of some medicine from childhood.
But the first taste was as if someone ( maybe a vile serpent) spat its venom into my mouth and then sloshed in a mouthful of week-old coffee. Maybe I am yet to learn the subtleties of a good cream stout but this concoction had me giving up beer for a week just to let my poor pallet recover and to let the blackness fade from me tongue. I paid 2.89 for a pint bottle of this beverage and I feel as if they may have fleeced the poor old country boy.

 688 characters

Photo of ybnorml
3.83/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Color of this stout is inky black with a creamy brown head. Aroma is an inviting chocolate and coffee combo. The flavor has a good roasted malt chocolaty bitterness with ahint of coffee in the finish. I like when the roasted malt bitterness has this chocolate presence.

 269 characters

Photo of CortexBomb
3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a beautifully stouty black with the nice off brown head casually sitting atop, bringing one's nose in for a sniff a strong waft of chocolate is immediately evident, along with some coffee tones.

Interesting mouth, the burnt tasting chocolate and coffee from the nose were there, and traded jabs with the alcohol, the roasted malts, a lengthy hop bitter, and hint of milky cream. Pretty good stuff.

Mouthfeel is pretty typical for the cream stout style, thicker than your average beer, but thinner than an imperial, not bad though. Drinkability on this seemed decent as well.

 586 characters

Photo of Ieatlambfries
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

First off I must say that these guys have the coolest bottle around. Far from gimmicky, I find the recreation of a bottle from the 1770's a nice touch.

That being said I found the appearance of this stout to be good. Jet black as to be expected with a thin tan head. I poured it hard to see if I could get it to cascade, but to no avail.

The smell was of burnt coffee and burnt cocoa with a slight caramel smell lingering in the background.

The taste was very good. Personally I'm an Imperial Stout kind of guy, but the occasional cream stout is good in my book. This one did not disappoint. Burnt coffee and chocolate. Deep dark burnt chocolate. Also strangely enough I detected some blue cheese notes? Strange yes, perhaps the cream has spoiled, j/k. Not something I expected but in some way very good. There is also a nice hop bitterness in the finish thanks to the fuggle and challenger hops they brew it with.

Mouthfeel was the only place where I was disappointed. Not bad, just not as creamy as I would have liked for a cream stout. Too thin for my taste.

But for what it was lacking in mouthfeel it made up in drinkability. For a stout very drinkable, perhaps due to the lack of richness.

All and all another excellent offering from St. Peters. The second offering I've tried from them and certainly not the last.

 1,339 characters

Photo of cbl2
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


First off, really cool bottle. Beer pours near black with a thin tan creamy head.


Fresh coffee with cream and sugar.


Reminiscent of Dogfish Head Chicory Stout. Definite coffee flavors prevail, with not as much sweetness as expected. A long bitter finish. This is an excellent stout, very complex, though not what I've come to expect from a cream stout.

 404 characters

Photo of cncbofh
4.22/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured black.... dark tan head that disappeared quickly.

Nice smells of sweet mocha and rye bread... The taste is heavenly. It's like drinking a piece of chocolate covered whole grain bread soaked in a guiness. No... seriously. ... it's quite tasty...

It goes down smooth like cream and has a delightful mouthfeel... I really enjoyed this one and prefer it over most other stouts. Will drink again.

 404 characters

Photo of kennyo
3.65/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Funky type bottle. They put out a lot of different beeers but this is the firrst one that I tried.

Black, opaque, tan soft head, a very good looking beer. Chocolate milk aromas, low carbonation, creamy moutfeel. nice roastiness, malt to the flavor. More chocolate on the back of the mouth. A decent drinking beer. I tried it, don't know if I would go out of my way to look for it, but I wouldn't turn one down if offered one.

 428 characters

Photo of ManekiNeko
2.1/5  rDev -45.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

UK-sized bottle served slightly chilled in a pint glass.

Appearance: It's got that jet black color we've come to expect from a stout. Leaves a decent amount of lacing on the glass.

Smell: I'm reminded of soy sauce and pet food on first impression. Second impression yields the same, with faint additions of carob and coffee.

Taste: Well, the Alpo stops here. Biscuit and chocolatey malts dominate the palate. Coffee and malty bitterness on the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a fullish presence in the mouth, one that would be expected from a stout.

Drinkability: Umm... nope. I'll pass on another. The only thing that consumes comestibles that reek of pet food in this household is my cat*

*and me when I'm drunk and have no food lying around but Iams.

 782 characters

Photo of rkhaze
4.37/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours black with a large bubbled head that disappeared to a collar almost immediatly.
Smells of dark chocolate upfront. Coffee, lightly charred malt and a minimal hop accent.
Deep roasted bittersweet flavor. Creamy chocolate, coffee beans, malt, a touch of smoke and a bit of tobacco. Finishes dry with a tangy and mild citrus hop bitterness. The roasted flavors really lingered. Good balance.
Medium bodied with a rich creamy mouthfeel. Perhaps a tad low on the carbonation.
Nice rich flavors, smooth creamy mouthfeel and good balance all equal excellent drinkability. Cool bottle to boot!

 594 characters

Photo of Naerhu
4.3/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Jet black body with no head.

Slighlty sweet lactose aroma, very creamy.

Charred lactose flavor, I am surprised by the length of the flavor. The caramel is just dripping off this coffee, I mean beer.

Hops perferctly balanced against the sweetness.

Ultra-smooth, with little carbonation. This beer is proof that no one ever needs nitro-beers.

I cannot imagine where there are not more cream stouts out there.

 421 characters

Photo of necoadam
3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Finally found a bunch of brews from St. Peter's so I was very excited to see the cream stout. I must say, they have kick ass bottles. Pours out black with a tannish head that goes away quickly. Carbonation is still seen around the out edges of the glass. Smell consisted of all sorts of things. Mostly burnt items. Coffee, chocolate, malts and some graininess to it. Taste was almost the same as the nose. Some bittersweet chocolate starts out and gives away to a grain/malt middle and finishes with some coffee flavors that lasts into the aftertaste. Finishes quite dry which was surprising. I was expecting it to be a little more wet aftertaste to it. But a very nice cream stout and worth checking out for sure.

 714 characters

Photo of edchicma
4.18/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Mmmm...very good brew. Bottle itself is good eye candy...reminds me of the old cough medicine bottles of my childhood. Great appearance...decent chunky head...nice lacing and almost jet black appearance. Robust smoky malt aroma wafts the nostrils very nicely. Taste is rich, malty and full-bodied, with a hop finish that dries the back of the palate. Mouthfeel is excellent..a combination of smoothness with an astringent dryness that I like in a good stout. Very easy on the drinkability scale...mouthfeel invites you to sip again. Highly recommend.

 550 characters

Photo of cokes
3.83/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Mostly black, trimmed at the edge by ruby. The head is small and tan.
The nose is somewhat rote, and perhaps subdued. Medium roast coffee, bakers chocolate and Fuggle herbals.
A chocolate pound cake in the mouth, but not nearly as filling. Dark and unsweetened. This isn't Hershey's. It's cocoa beans in the raw, sided by a cup of cold, low-potency java. Nuttier later. Burnt walnuts. "Cream" is somewhat ambigious. Theres no lactic tones to write about, but there is a compressed sweetness not unlike oats. It switches to dark fruits as it warms. Burnt grape jam, raspberries, and plums. Hopping arrives late, with black tea and other, more grassy, herbs.
Light-to-medium bodied and downable.
Borders on "been-here-before" typicality, but this is a solid quaffer of a stout, despite any supposed familiarities.
And yes, the flask-shaped bottle is very cool.

 865 characters

Photo of Gusler
4.06/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer as it emerges from the unique flask shaped bottle resides in the glass a pitch-black color with a smallish and bubbly light chocolate head, the lace a velum like sheet to cover the glass. Nose has nice coffee aroma, also hints of bitter-sweet chocolate and sweet malt, start is sweet with a rich in roasted grain profile, the top is middling in its feel. Finish has a meaningful acidity, the hops delectable and a bit spicy, very dry almost vinous aftertaste, a quite nice stout and it compliments the Porter quite nicely.

 531 characters

Photo of bark
3.55/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The colour is all black. The medium sized foam is deep brown, and dissolves slowly into a brownish surface.

The smell is powerful; it is sweet and full of cocoa, roasted malts and black coffee.

The carbon dioxide is very gentle, almost absent but still noticeable with really small bubbles. The mouth feel is very “creamy”, like drinking a mix of milk and whipped cream.

The roasted malt gives this beer a flavour that is almost smoky. There are distinct notes of cocoa, pumpernickel, coffee liqueur and a good measure of bitter hops.

The aftertaste is creamy with an increasing bitterness, which slowly decreases into a soft taste of dark chocolate and coffee.

This stout is really… Stout. The smell and taste is potent, but at the same time very elegant and well balanced. The almost overwhelming flavour and the soft carbon dioxide almost invite you to a really slow drinking experience that could last all night. Pleasant in its own way, but in some cases, it might be just too much.

 1,006 characters

Photo of ark57
3.83/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It pours an opaque black with a tan head. There is some choclate and grassy hops in the aroms. Roasted malts are at the forefront of the flavor. Bittersweet chocolate and coffee are prevelant. It finishes a tad dry with a lingering roasty quality. I would have liked to see the body a bit bigger, but overall a satisfying beer.

 327 characters

Photo of UnionMade
4.29/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a deep, deep brown, nearly black, shining a clear maroon red when backlit. A thin, scattered mist tops the liquid, leaving some patchy lace trailing down the glass. The head keeps well, settling into a medium collar that lasts throughout the pint.
The aroma is very smooth and creamy. Chicory and baker's chocolate is readily apparent, a bit earthy in nature, a bit like a doppelbock, if it were an ale. Mild herbal, earthy hops, blended with mild treacle and molasses, perhaps a touch of maple. Soft prune and cherry esters.
The flavor is very robust, defying the aroma's impression. Strong bitter chocolate and chicory up front, an earthy, organic quality remaining throughout the flavor. Perhaps some earthy, woody hops right up front. The malt provides much of the bitterness, with bitter, unripened plum and sour cherry in the middle. A bit of fruity sweetness, mostly pinned under malt bitterness. Moderate herbal, grassy hops creep through the finish, mingling with a burnt malt bitterness. A faint lick of alcohol right in the end of the long finish. Moderate, small bubbled carbonation is a compliment to the lightish medium body. An assertive, robust mouthfeel.
Not quite what I was expecting from this brew, but it's a pleasant surprise. Rather audacious, especally for a british stout. Well balanced and very tasty.

 1,345 characters

Photo of WesWes
4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

 487 characters

Photo of ecoboy
4.57/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I loved this "foody" stout: I wasn't even "in the moment" and surprised myself with the high numbers. Very recommended.

Roasty! Malty! Not sweet at all! Noticeable hops in a stout for a change. Lovely food character of solidity followed by the noticeable hop bite. Label claim of chocolate is truly subtle. Thick rich finish lingers long. Mouthfeel more burly than both Guinness and Sam Smith's Imperial (my touchstones for jumping off of...)

Poured from the bottle with light carbonation. Completely opaque.

 514 characters

Photo of BeefyMee
3.84/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Black with a struggling tan head.

Smell: Rich coffee aroma. There is also a sweet/bittersweet chocolate smell coupled with a certain smokiness.

Taste: The smokiness becomes a little more pronounced. The slightly bittersweet flavor comes upfront, and the coffee aspect recedes to the aftertaste. As it warmed, it started to taste like an imperial stout.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and creamy with a little bubbly tickle on the tongue.

Beef Notes: I didn't let this warm up enough before I started drinking it, and it was much better once it warmed. Let this be a lesson, don't drink your stouts cold. Gotta love that bottle though.

 645 characters

Photo of bewley
4.07/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

As noted before, the bottle makes for a really nice presentation. It's also interesting to note that the bottle design is c.1770 American as per the back label.

The stout, itself, is dark in appearance, roasted barley and cocoa in the nose, medium creamy in mouth-feel and slightly bitter in aftertaste. It's not over-powering in any sense of the word and quite drinkable, but not robust enough to make me search it out as I do other stouts. Overall, not a bad brew by any stretch.

 485 characters

Photo of WilliamPhilaPa
4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 16.9 oz antique elixor/medication style bottle, the color is is not exactly brown or green...better described as olive. The crown is gold The front label is slightly different then the current picture with a gold trim around the whole outer edge. The back label has some words about the brew style and a picture of the tapestry from St. Peter's Brewery.
Pours a dark black colored body and with a rough pour, the head appeared to look a bit like a nice frothy chocolate milk shake. On the nose whiffs of dark chocolate and expresso. On the palate more of the same, dark choclate, coffee, roatiness, sweetness, and a little hops in there for some balance. Mouthfeel is fairly smooth and creamy. Well done...a very good brew.

 739 characters

Photo of Suds
4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Obsidian liquid with only the shadow of a brownish head. There’s very little carbonation. Roast barley aroma…ground coffee, chocolate, and very faint hops. The foretaste is sweet, with the continuance of the roast barley character. Hops come out in the finish, which seems a little dry for the style. It’s decidedly full-bodied, thick, creamy, and almost chewy. This is a solid, well-made, and very enjoyable stout. Although not extraordinarily complex, it’s very easy to drink and the heft makes it seriously satisfying.

 525 characters

Photo of MuddyFeet
3.33/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My favorite aspect of this beer is the flask-type bottle and the dark, choclate color of the beer itself. TThe unique bottle and the modest label is what reall made my decision to try this beer when I was at the store.

The flavor itself strikes me as more of a coffee than a chocolate or cream stout. I like stouts with a really strong aftertaste, but this beer has very little of any aftertaste. All the flavor is in the sip itself. Which comes off rather bitter to me. Not exactly a characteristic I look for in a creme stout.

This strikes me as more as a slow, savoring drinking beer. But then aren't all stouts?

 621 characters

Photo of GCBrewingCo
3.92/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer poured with a barely audible hiss. It was black as midnight with ruby highlights near the bottom of the glass. The head was very small and had to be coaxed out of hiding. What there was clung to the glass.

The aroma was chocolate, coffee and roasted barley.

The flavor was coffee and chocolate. The beer was not completely dry, but was never more than bittersweet in the flavor.

The finish was slightly dry and coffee but not bitter. The body was medium to medium full, but not creamy.

A nice beer, but if you tout creamy, it should have that mouthfeel.

16.9 ounce bottle.

 597 characters

St. Peter's Cream Stout from St. Peter's Brewery Co Ltd
87 out of 100 based on 601 ratings.