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

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892 Ratings
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Ratings: 892
Reviews: 585
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 12.95%
Wants: 25
Gots: 31 | 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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Photo of CMW
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pours extremely dark, almost black in color. While almost completely opaque, I could see some reddish/brown highlights present when held up to the light. During the initial pour, a beautiful one-finger tan head formed but disappeared quickly and left very little lacing. The body does appear to be somewhat less robust than other stouts in this category.

I immediately think of freshly brewed coffee. Malts are very present and there is a fair balance of roasted and sweet malt aromas. I can also detect some dark cherry notes as well.

There are numerous flavors present but, the roasted malt seems to dominate. There are some subtle chocolate notes and also a hint of the dark cherry. There is a small dash of hops in the end and it finished fairly smooth, but dry. The alcohol was definitely noticeable in the finish, a rarity in a stout.

This brew is a very good offering from St. Peter's. If I had to log a complaint, it would be that this stout is too thin and less of a cream offering. However, it is full of flavor and easy to drink despite being 6.5% abv.

CMW, Jan 26, 2009
Photo of beveritt
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: Poured from a 500 ml green bottle into an Imperial pint glass. Label is fairly simple, with the depiction of a raven, one foot raised, with a superimposed key. Back label has a nice description of the beer and the brewery. No clear freshness date.

Appearance: Pours with 1 finger of dark tan head. This settles slowly, leaving behind a small amount of lacing. The beer itself is black and opaque, with the slightest hint of a dark brown around the edges. No sediment in the bottle.

Smell: Sweet lactose with hints of coffee and chocolate in the finish.

Taste: A well balanced mix of lactose sweetness and roasted barley bitterness. Hints of baker's chocolate in the finish. Slight sourness mixes with the lactose sweetness and lingers well after each drink.

Mouthfeel: Average carbonation level. Body is decent, with a fair amount of slickness.

Drinkability: As i explore more and more of the styles I like, I stumbled upon this little gem. Well balanced and flavorful, definitely a hit.

beveritt, Jan 26, 2009
Photo of TerryW
3.55/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours very dark with only a short head that is gone before too long. Some lace.

Nose is smoky and malty. Distinctly toasty or burned to taste, dominated by malts with a slightly chalky mouthfeel. This is offset somewhat by a hint of creaminess. Most of the presence of this beerseems to be in its mouthfeel. After that a fairly average stout, well made but not remarkable.

TerryW, Jan 25, 2009
Photo of showell
3.45/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dark brown, out of a pint bottle, with a small tan head. The smell was nice. Chocolate with a hint of coffee. The taste started out a very nice chocolate, but after a few sips the bitterness increased, and it had a hint of bitter through the rest. On average, this beer was average. Not bad, but there are others I'd rather drink, but I wouldn't turn it down if someone gave me one either.

showell, Jan 23, 2009
Photo of cvfish
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a dark brown color that produced a tan head that retained well and left some lacing around the glass

S - Roasted malts

T - Coffee with cream, brown sugar, slight bitterness, and chocolate

M - Smooth and creamy, meduim body, moderate carbonation

D - Good beer, a little on the creamy side, if you want something different than this would be a good pick

cvfish, Jan 19, 2009
Photo of TLove
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The appearance is a dark brown/black with the consistency of a watery stout. The smell is predominantly smoky, which flows into the taste. The taste is the sharp, bitter, smoky taste noted previously, but has a bit of light fruity characteristics, with a bit of a plum and cherry. Does not have enough smoothness for a cream stout, and the finish is a good indicator of this, with a slightly sour, smoky flavor to the tongue.

TLove, Jan 17, 2009
Photo of CityBoy1986
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

16.9 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass

The pour is a very deep brown with a small tan head that is gone quickly. Little lacing is left on the glass.

The nose is mostly coffee with chocolate. There is a bit of sweet bread in there, too. The taste is more of the same, with a touch of bitterness on the finish.

Mouthfeel is heavily-bodied with low carbonation. It's a bit like drinking a cream that is coffee/chocolate flavoured. Drinkability is okay, but I wouldn't want more than a few of these (not that I wouldn't like the money to afford a few of these).

It's not bad, but there are better examples of the style.

CityBoy1986, Jan 08, 2009
Photo of Patrick999
3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured into a pint glass. Nice deep black with brown highlights, foam not really all that substantial though.

S - Does smell good - milk chocolate with light roasted coffee.

T - Is this beer, or am I drinking an iced mocha latte? Smooth coffee and chocolate flavor, a little nutty with a hint of sweetness.

F - Not quite as rich and creamy as you might expect, but creamy enough.

D - The bottle is a goner, no problems with drinkability. Wouldn't want more than one at a time though.

Patrick999, Dec 28, 2008
Photo of yesyouam
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This cream stout is a brown/black with a small khaki head that vanishes quickly. The aroma is of roast-- roasted malt-- a lot of it! It is full-bodied with soft carbonation. The flavor is of medicinal hops and bitter roast. Nice stout!
(rated Mar 28, 2007)

yesyouam, Dec 20, 2008
Photo of jujubeast6000
2.05/5  rDev -46.9%
look: 1 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Reviewed 3/22/2006 (16.9oz bottle):

Pours a dark black color body, with almost no head, tan-colored. Has a strong aroma of coffee, mocha, some chocolate, some hops. Very fizzy, taste of coffe, chocolate, slight pale bitter aftertaste. Light texture, not thick.

jujubeast6000, Dec 19, 2008
Photo of grub
3.78/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle. sampled dec 17/08.

pours deep brown, not quite black yet still pretty much opaque. a small light brown head forms, dropping slowly and leaving spotty lace.

aroma is great. touch of lactic sourness. dark and milk chocolate. coffee. light roasty character. biscuit and whole wheat bread. bit of candy-like caramel and toffee. touch earthy.

taste is nice. milk chocolate. bit of dark chocolate. just a hint of lactic sourness. coffee. light roast. toasted multi-grain bread and biscuit. earthy. the slightly sweet caramel+toffee component from the aroma is sadly gone, leaving a more monotone, less exciting brew behind.

mouthfeel is good. just over medium body. medium carbonation level.

drinkability is nice. fairly balanced. i was pretty excited by the aroma, but the taste fell flat a little. still, overall a nice stout that i've had many times and will happily pick up again.

grub, Dec 18, 2008
Photo of magictrokini
4.22/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A stellar beer. Near-midnight pour with an oily brown topping. Aroma is thick with chocolate and nuts. Smooth mouthfeel. Taste is dark chocolate up front that fades into a roasted malt finish. Good hop bitterness in the end.

I normally hate these organics, but every now and then you get one of these that make it all worthwhile. It makes you wonder why the others are so bad.

magictrokini, Dec 16, 2008
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
Photo of selecter70
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
Photo of Bung
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
Photo of Phyl21ca
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
Photo of Morbo
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
Photo of kflorence
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
Photo of philipquarles
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
Photo of KraegerB
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
Photo of trbergman
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
Photo of StJamesGate
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
Photo of mtstatebeer
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
Photo of bobsy
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
Photo of corby112
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
St. Peter's Cream Stout from St. Peter's Brewery Co Ltd
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