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

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Ratings: 914
Reviews: 589
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 12.69%
Wants: 29
Gots: 35 | 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:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-02-2002)
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Photo of oberon
4.08/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I really dig the bottles of the St. Peter's line of beers I think this the sixth beer I have had from them,this poured a near pitch black with a few highlights of ruby when held up to the light with a substantial beige head atop that left a broken lace around the Guinness glass.Mmm the aromas are great and complex notes of dark fruit,highly roasted malt,bitter chocolate and even some nuttiness when served at the right temp this brew gives off alot.First off a deep bitter chocolate and brown sugar character hits with a charred dark fruit flavor melding into a pretty dry almost woody finish that lingers for a bit,it really dries out alot in the finish.Not really a creamy mouthfeel wich I was hoping for and it was a bit sharp at first,in saying that it is the only qualm I have with this stout and its not much of one.I liked it alot it would be a good chocolate dessert beer because the roastiness would cut thru the chocolate and it has a little chocolate character in itself,I recommend it for sure.

Photo of bossmanjg
3.1/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The bartender at Alternative Brews in Amherst, NY suggested St. Peters Cream Stout to me. After taking my time consuming this beverage, I reached the following conclusion.

Appearance: It was a dark caramel color, aesthetically a very pleasing beer. Holding the glass up to the ambient light of the establishment allowed for very little light transfusion. And as for head, you might get better head from a nun.

Smell: The aroma was not unique by any manner in the beginning; it smelled of a common cream stout. But, as it warmed in my grip, it only improved like the sweet cigar smoke that surrounded me. Although, now that I think about it the aroma could have been a blend.

Taste: Average at best. The usual chocolate flavors were, I felt, quite muted. Even the roasted coffee flavor commonly present in a stout, wasn’t.

Mouth feel: Again I feel the best word would be average. If I didn’t know that I was drinking a stout, I would probably think I had a mouth full of Coors light. Yeah, I said it. You’ve grown now maybe your beer should as well! (That’s for you Aaron…. He he he)

Drinkability: This is, for me at least, not a session beer. One here or there to break the commonality of regular boring pub fair, maybe.

And as always remember the immortal words:

“Beer is proof that God loves us, and wants us to be happy.”

~Benjamin Franklin

Photo of mrasskicktastic
3.48/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A black brew with about two fingers of head that live for about a minute. No lacing.

S - Burnt malt, elderberries, coffee, chocolate and dates.

T - A sudden hit of sugary coffee and dark, dark chocolate that lasts for only an instant before it is replaced by a charred malt with a touch of cacao backing which shifts into a medium strength charred bitterness. With that bitterness there is a bit of a lingering chocolate sweetness still.

M - Smooth, thin, creamy and pretty refreshing.

D - Pretty good, but it does leave something desired. I imagine there are a lot of cheeses which would provide a simply amazing pairing with this stout. It is a pretty quaffable brew. Of the St Peter's brews which I have tried recently, this is my favorite. I don't particularly care for my stouts to have a charred flavor to them, which seems pretty common to this line up.

Photo of JWFokker
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Though St. Peter's Cream Stout is quite dark when poured, it's not nearly as flavorful as one might expect. It's nearly jet black as expected, though with very minimal brown head. The nose is also quite subdued, primarily coffee and roasted malt, though barely detectable. The flavor isn't as creamy as many other cream stouts either. It's a rather mildly flavored stout with the bitter roasted malt flavor smoothed over by the cream. Something of a mix between a traditional stout and what one might think of as a traditional cream stout. Not the best example of the style, but at least pleasant enough. Minimal carbonation and somewhat thin mouthfeel were a bit of a let down too. All in all, it's not bad by any means, just kinda weak.

Photo of msolar
4.13/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wow, it’s dark. The tinted green bottle give the impression that the beer might not actually be so dark. It’s a full pint, and leave ~1cm of head.

A lot of coffee aroma.

Flavor – very smokey, and a bit of bitterness.

I didn’t sense as much chocolate, but then again, I recently had a Young’s Double Chocolate Stout.

If it wasn’t so tough to find, this would be a regular in my fridge.

Photo of trinitone
4.83/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Where has this beer been all my life? I just recently discovered St. Peter's Cream Stout and thank (insert deity) I did.

Poured in the glass with minimal head. This beer absorbed light like a black hole. Dark chocolate and coffee aromas and taste. Nice mouthfeel with a good amount of carbonation. VERY delicious and VERY drinkable.

A very tasty beer that I plan to do a homebrew knockoff of very soon.

Photo of RushLimbmalt
4.18/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Yum, yup that sums it up. This is a pretty good cream stout. It is the right color and has an ok head for a cream sout anyway. it has a nice roasted, chocolate laced, almost roasted chocolate if there is such a thing. In fact maybe a bit smokey, which translates into the flavor well... The smokey kick is almost like that of a rauchbier. Hmmmm, smoke and bitter dark chocolate, I can get used to that. The body is a bit thin, but other than that it is a pretty good tasting brew that will be in my fridge when I am looking for a decent cream stout.

Photo of barleywinebrewer
4.28/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - midnight black, thin tan head.
S - roasted coffee beans, roasted barley, chocolate dominate, a background of hops.
T - Similar to the smell but with a creaminess that is a very pleasing touch.
M - much lighter in body than expected.
D - very tasty! very creamy! very I'd like another!

Photo of auntfloyd
3.58/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Served from a 16.9 oz "flask" bottle into a standard pint glass.

Pours a very dark, almost opaque black with very little head, which rapidly disappears entirely.

The scent is of coffee, mocha, and sweet malts. Very sweet-stout-y.

The taste is similar: hints of coffee, mocha, chocolate, backed by a dry roastiness.

The mouthfeel is fairly thin, especially for a stout. It is not very heavy or very carbonated, and is in decent tasting, but not outrageous, which adds up to a very high drinkability.

Overall, this is a good ale; I wouldn't turn one down. That said, with all the much better stouts out there, I don't think I will be picking this one up again either. I far prefer the offerings from North Coast, Stone, Brooklyn, or Weyerbacher to St. Peters.

Photo of edskirk3
4.45/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A 16.9 oz 3 Stooges-style hooch bottle (it even makes that glug sound effect when you pour it), no decodable freshness info. Decanted into pint glass, yielding a brief mocha-colored head and infinitely dark body. A little bit too effervescent for a stout, methinks. Smells great though.

Full-bodied and (dark) chocolatey, but the main thing I notice is the way my teeth tingle a bit after each mouthful, as if I've just eaten a very rich piece of cake. Apropos for a 'sweet' stout, wouldn't you say? St. Peter's Brewery has its newest disciple.

Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1 PT 0.9 Fl Oz bottle>oversize wine goblet

AP: Very darkest brown not totally opaque, starts off lively and bubbly. A Thin, off-white head dissipates quickly, seemd to flatten out becoming very cask-conditioned looking.

Smell: Very sweet malt, robust, mild coffee hints.

Taste: A very complex malted flavor with oatie, smokey and oak-barrel-aged effects with a "smoked Molasses" flavor and a nice coffee and cream that rides underneath. There is also a sour/tart taste that comes from the tastebud's being pulled in two very different directions...a creamy sweetness and smoked nuts flavor divides the palate.

MF: A Full-bodied, hefty and smooth feel and a bit flat feeling at the end.

DA: This is a really good example of a milk Stout, I dig the style and it's pretty easy to drink at 6 %.

Photo of spk154
4.83/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is by far one of the best beers I have ever had the pleasure of
Start with the aroma...hints of mocha and coffee, subtle yet present.
It has the smooth, easy drinking texture quintessential to a cream stout, without being overly heavy. And then, the taste. Never being obnoxiously sweet, flavors
reveal themselves subtely and eloquently...with hints of cocoa, expresso, and cream working themselves ever so lovingly over your
tongue. Very drinkable, all in all, and were it not for the price ($6 dollars/btl), I feel like this would make an easy session beer.
In my opinion, among the very best in character, flavor, and drinkability.

Photo of KyleVick4
4.58/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 2 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

1 pint .9 oz

A: Pours with a real nasty head, creats large bubbles that look almost soapy. But quickly dissipate into a nice enough head. Nothing special though. Decent lacing and the color is pitch balck. Gottafix that soapy head look, not very appetizing...

S: Mmmm rich dark chocolates with some fig notes. Coffee and hops hit me at the same time. Roasty malt and a touch of liquorice make this a complx smell that hits hard and lingers. Mmm love it!

T: A very silky creamy beer, lots of chocolate and dark toasted malts. Dark deep rich chocolate flavor is more powerful than the coffee hints. Strikingly similiar to Old Rasputin and thats a compliment as that was my favorite beer for quite a while. Very bittersweet ending, that might come on a little too strong, and with an abv of only 6.5 I think a short aging period might help smooth things out ... maybe.

M: Silky and creamy good carbonation but a tad rough around the edges. Cant describe it right. Maybe a touch to much carbonation? Either way a superb beer.

D: Almost done with the glass as I typed. I will buy this again and again. Nice job by the people at St. Peters for making this brew. Other than the nasty look of the head this is a top notch beer.

Photo of joeack
3.78/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a deep dark brown with no head at all. Smell of espresso, chocolate and molasses. Didn't taste the higher alcohol at all and the sweetness came through very well. Had the feeling that this one was slightly past the expiration date and would love to try a fresher one but overall enjoyed it.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.58/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Burnt umber with generous reddish gold trim at the bottom edge of the glass and a small light brown head up top. The cap is a loose collection of bubbles more than it is dense, creamy foam and doesn't leave much lace as a result. With a better looking crown, the next highest score would have been a slam dunk. Or, if I'm keeping this British, a dead cert.

Cream Stout has a wonderful nose that, nevertheless, doesn't smell very cream stouty to me. I think of vanilla or coffee-with-cream when I think of this style. The aroma is more along the lines of roasted barley, bittersweet chocolate and ground espresso beans. This one could give a few American double stouts a scare.

Tremendous beer and easily one of the best stouts to come out of the British Isles. Black coffee has easily pulled ahead of dark chocolate, although both flavors empty both barrels with each and every sip. Citric hops play a valued role as well and add even more palate interest. I'm amazed at how rich and complex this beer is. Deelicious.

I still don't see the milk part of the 'milk/sweet stout' moniker, but I'll definitely go along with the sweet. The thing is though, the sweetness is perfectly matched by an equal amount of bitterness and sourness, making each mouthful a wonderous contrasts of flavor sensations as well as flavors. The finish is impressively drying and bitter. I didn't quite start the bottle out at room temperature as the label recommends, but it's hard to believe that any more flavor intensity is possible.

My first impression of the body/mouthfeel was that it was good, not great. As I enter the bottom half of the bottle however, it has become a smooth, silky, melted chocolate glaze-like treat. When judged against its style peers, I don't know that I've experienced better.

St. Peter's Cream Stout, especially given my experience with a handful of this brewery's other offerings, came out of left field. Sorry, too American. It was a right googly, it was. Not only is it the best English stout that I've ever had, it just might be the best English beer period.

Photo of atozymurgy
3.3/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice, full, coffee-colored foam. Beer is dark brown to black, with ruby highlights. Aroma features lots of roasted barley, with notes of caramel and chocolate. Hints of hoppiness, and some smokey notes too. Flavor dominated by roasted barley and sweet, dextrinous maltiness, rounded out by bitterness. The bittering comes not from hops, but from roasted barley and roasted malts. There's a bit of hop flavor there, too, but it's mild. Finish very sweet, but ends with harsh bitterness. Mouthfeel very full up front, but finishes thin and oily.

Overall, this isn't quite what I expect from a cream stout. It's good, and there's definitely a good amount of sweetness, but the harsh bitterness is out of place here.

Photo of BeerSox
3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1pint .9fl oz old-style bottle into a mug

Pours opaque black with razor thin edges. Thin tan head which settles to a thin rim and ropey lacing.

Roasted malts jump out at first, along with strong cream aromas in the background. Sweet diactyl aromas can be found mixed in with the bitterness of the brew.

Bitter roasted flavors take charge and linger for a while after a large sip. In the middle, cream flavors and light butterscotch can be identified. Somewhat of a black coffee like aftertaste.

Smooth sweet start transitions to a bitter finish. Medium-full bodied with decent carbonation.

Overall good brew, with complexity. Definitely worth trying.

Photo of jettjon
3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the familiar St. Peter’s strangely-shaped, flask-like 500ml bottle, pours a translucent dark brown color with no bubbles visible. A somewhat aggressive pour yields a decent head that fades quickly leaving a thin sheet of dark brown suds and moderate lacing. Nose strongly of chocolatey, toasted malt with a hint of alcohol evident. Flavor is of toasted malt, moderately bitter, with a kind of creamy/milky underpinning. Finish is good: moderately bitter coffee flavor that lingers. Good classic stout flavor. Mouth is semi-creamy, a touch more watery than I’d like but certainly within the realm of acceptable. Drinkability is quite good. If you’re a fan of the style, the flavor and creamy, semi-rich mouth make this a pleaser.

Overall: A good, solid stout. Recommended.

Photo of dherling
4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark shit brown, with a fizzy off white head that dissapears quickly. A light coffee and chocolate nose, has some toastyness to it. There's even some faint berry fruit to it as well. The taste is interesting, charred smoke, charcoal, burnt wood, burnt coffee, bunrt chocolate, but all a little wishy washy, like there was no body behind it. A better explanation would be that i's jsut has some huge and bitter tastes, but finishes to dry and so quick that you wonder where everything went. Fairly clean and bubbly mouthfeel, a unique example of the style.

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500 ml green bottle. Black in color, with a surprisingly small head. It had a coffee, dark chocolate aroma. It tasted about the same as it smelled, but could also detect some sweet dark fruit. I thought it was a little thin in my mouth, but still found it to be a very pleasant beer.

Photo of GimmeAles
3.18/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Ink-black liquid pours into glass – thin cap of mocha-hued foam builds and recedes quickly. Satin ring of fine bubbles left around the rim – no lacing to speak of. Piddling column of bubbles generated from etching at bottom of glass

Nose is of grill roasted-prunes, raisins and dusty wood. Tastes is of raisins, bittersweet chocolate and a hint of anise (phenolic?), all in a marinade of soy sauce. Soft lingering, leafy hops progress to a cloying, briny finish.

Light, yet oily mouth-feel goes down oh-so-smooth and alcohol is not detected. Except for the distracting soy-sauce flavor, this would be a top- notch stout. I don’t remember this character the first time I tasted it, so will have to try it again to see if it's consistent.

Photo of JustinOSU99
3.78/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Extremely dark amber but basically black. The head was very thin and light brown. Would have liked to see more head on the beer.

S: Excellent smelling beer. I sensed smells of cinnamon, honey, vanilla, but mostly coffee, chocolate and sweet cream.

T: A pleasant bitterness w/ a acidic aftertaste rich with both the coffee and chocolate flavors. Taste was extremely sweet at first before moving quickly to a bitter aftertaste.

M: Thick, smooth and syrupy. Very pleasant to the mouth, almost like milk.

D: I was really pleased with this particular stout. I am a big stout fan and I really thought this one was good. It would be good with sweets after dinner.

Photo of dgallina
4.08/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml green glass bottle with coded freshness date (appears to be best-before September 2006).

Pours black with a very slight creamy film and lacing. Smells of rounded and deeply toasted coffee and chocolate malts. Taste largely follows the aroma; sweet toasted chocolate and coffee malts interact from beginning to end. The finish is sweet with dark raisins and plums, toasted bread, and a touch of alcohol spice. Medium-to-rich oily body little carbonation and a bit of cream.

Photo of Westsidethreat
3.4/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours thin, fairly translucent. More of a dark brown than black. Head is a chunky mashed potato mass made up of dark beige bubbles.

S: Bitter roasted chocolate, fresh cream and a bit of instant coffee.

T: Over the top lactose. Sugary milk flavors mixed with cafe au lait, powdered cocoa and roasted grains. But this stout is all about the lactose. So much so that the after taste is cloying and sugary on the tongue.

M: Medium to full bodied with a syrupy consistency on the tongue afterwards.

D: Much too sugary and sweet for my tastes. Seems unbalanced and cloying. I like sweet stouts but this is a bit over the top.

Photo of Phatz
4.55/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This was a fantastic rich creamy milk stout. The appearance and smell are beautiful but the real synching point of the beer was how remarkably smooth and creamy the silky body just flowed through your palate.

Appearance: Black with a frothy head.

Smell: I could smell the whole cream malt balls aroma coming up through the roasty, chocolaty body. Fantastic!

Taste & mouthfeel: Mocha Chocolaty, super smooth with a silky cream like taste and texture that is truly exceptional.

Drinkability: This beer is absolutely as drinkable as the style can be!

Hope this is helpful.

St. Peter's Cream Stout from St. Peter's Brewery Co Ltd
87 out of 100 based on 914 ratings.