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

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879 Ratings
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Ratings: 879
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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Photo of bigdeuce
4.3/5  rDev +11.4%

Every once in awhile, you have to splurg and bust out a bottle of this stuff! Nice malty creamy head. Good retention. Pours a dark color with the creamy head. Lots of malts with some hoppy goodness in the back. Smells of sweet caramel and toffee. Very drinkable also. Only drawback is it is medium bodied, unlike a lot of other stouts. That being said, I still love this one!

bigdeuce, Jun 06, 2006
Photo of MuenchenerKindl
3.83/5  rDev -0.8%

Poured from a oval pt bottle to my standard pt glass. Wow, almost no head, Very low carbonation. Liquid is a very dark black.

Smell is of burnt malt with some fig notes, some alcohol.

Taste is dry. Very deep roasted malt, coffee and some dark fruit. Kinda sweet for such a dry brew. Nice cover of the alcohol, smooth with a nice finish. I like the dryness.

Mouthfeel is flat, thick and dry.

Drinkability is not too bad. Above average as there are no offensive tastes or smells.

Not the best example of the style but also probably not the best example of this brew either. I suspect improper storage, but it is a stout. It could just be a flat brew. MK

MuenchenerKindl, Jun 02, 2006
Photo of jmz62565
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Pours a nice ink black with a small head. A very nice color on this brew. The smell has a real deep creamy chocolate aroma with some cinnamon. The taste has coffee along with chocolate, cinnamon. The m/f is heavy with a wonderful creamy feel that brings all the flavors together. A very good beer, but it's heavy and I don't think I could have more than 2.

jmz62565, May 20, 2006
Photo of AlesRTasty
4.15/5  rDev +7.5%

I found this at the Texas Renaissance Festival while endulging in various meats on sticks and brews from their many pubs. To be honost this beer made the whole trip worth it.
A - it was poured for me into a pint glass and had a dark black color with a slight head
S - hint of roasted malt, but I was hoping for me
T - delicious, overwhelming chocolate flavor with an complimentary roasted coffee flavor. It shocked me as to how strong the chocolate flavor came through over the coffee
M - as the name suggest it was creamy. low carbonation.
D - fantastic. I was weary of paying as much money as I did for one pint but it was worth it to find this gem. Like the porter if you can find it do not pass it up. It is a stout everyone should enjoy.

AlesRTasty, May 15, 2006
Photo of jabocu
3.58/5  rDev -7.3%

Pours a very deep mahogany with a very thin tan cap. Almost no cap at all, and left no lacings. Very suprising for this kind of beer. However, the smell was very nice with lots of dark chocolate, vanilla, and a little citrus hops in the nose. Very sweet aroma. Taste is chocolate, very heavy coffee flavor, and fusal bitterness. Not overly complex, but has the main characteristics. Carbonation is mild with medium body. Overal a decent beer, but not on the top of my list for this style

jabocu, May 14, 2006
Photo of benwiley
3.65/5  rDev -5.4%

this is a tough one. i mean, its not at all a bad beer. really. ok, the pour sucks as far as im concerned. theres no head. i had heard about this headlessness and so wheni poured i made a point to really let it smack the bottom of the glass yknow. but nothing. oh well. the smell IS there but its...well, mediocre. the mouthfeel is a little rough around the edges i would say. the taste, tho, i think is rather nice. very clean on the palate. no strong aftertastes (can be a good or a bad thing), nothing overwhelming at all really. just, there. and not unpleasant. you can see im TRYING to like this beer, what with its gourgeous bottling and all, but im having a hard time i guess. the problem here i would say, is not with the beer itself, its just there is SO much highclass competition around, the lack of head etc really hurts her.

benwiley, May 13, 2006
Photo of ommegangpbr
4.38/5  rDev +13.5%

So far, the most well balanced sweet stout I've encountered. It's certainly sweet but it's not as cloying as others I've had. Others have complained about the lack of smoothness to this brew; I suppose if you want a creamy cream stout then this isn't the ultimate, but I happen to like how this tart-ens up. I still find this to be plenty smooth.
Espresso, milk, 2-3 sugars. The alcohol content is not detectable at all. It seems to me that several American breweries may have copied this recipe and snuck some more alcohol into the mix in order to turn them into Double or Imperial stouts; at the very least it's a Great Minds Think Alike phenomenon. It wouldn't take too much to get this brew to that point. There are shades of Storm King and Brooklyn Black Chocolate in this.
I'm surprised to find that this brewery is only 10 years old... the brews I've had from them thus far speak of old, cherished tradition.

ommegangpbr, Apr 26, 2006
Photo of BeerNutta
3.55/5  rDev -8%

St. Peter's Cream Stout.

A = Poured a liquid black with little to no foam. This was a thin layer of lace on the top but that pretty much dissapated immediately.

S = A rich dark chocolate smell with light coffee undertones.

T = Initial sweetness that is then pushed aside for a coffee bitterness. Not as smooth as I hoped it would be. There is a slight dark chocolate bitter aftertaste that can be remembered long after the beer has been drunk.

M = A little on the watery side. However becomes a bit chewier when it begins to warm up.

D = Very drinkable. But a I think I can only tolerate one or two a day.

BeerNutta, Apr 17, 2006
Photo of wl0307
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

BB 20 SEP 2006, served cool in a 500ml jug.

A: opaque, ebony colour coming with a thin, khaki-hued beer head; the carbonation status is unknown, as it's hard to see through the liquid even against light...
S: burned coffee beans, charred woodchips, roasted barleys, along with a very raw and chewy grainy note dominate the nose--pretty intense but not overpowering, as the second-layer aroma of dense and rich cocoa, vanilla powder, sweetish fruity note of plum jam, and a very light but still noticeable fruity hoppyness makes up a complex and solid backbone. Enticing~~
T: a soft flow of sweetish, smoked maltiness+roasted barleys pours onto the palate; gradually a faintly sour edge of very dark chocolates, bitter edge of chicory-coffee, and a profound, roast-nutty bitter-sweetness prevail, leading towards a slightly herbal and more roasted malty aftertaste with licorice, brown malts, light coffeeish hint lingering; only a light touch of warming alc. stays deep down the throat. A subtle balance is achieved on the palate, that the sourness and bitterness dovetail with the rich and sweet maltiness ever so skilfully.
M&D: extremely creamy smooth and surprisingly light on the mouthfeel, almost like coffee-flavoured milk; this full-bodied ale really is one of the smoothest stout I've ever had, even smoother than genuine milk-luctose stouts~~ I'd prefer it to have more hop entrance to balance the almighty malty theme, but the beer as it is already is extremely tasty without going down heavy. St Peter's could as well make some efforts to bottle-condition this beer in a smaller package--which I'm sure will be equally, if not more, successful and appealing.

wl0307, Apr 12, 2006
Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.3/5  rDev +11.4%

Appearance - dark pour, a hint of garnet coming through. Thin mocha head leaves a single layer of bubbles.

Aroma - good blend of chocolate, earthy coffee, light soy. Some covering sweetness, but it's not dominant.

Taste - nice dark chocolate and roasted coffee bean flavor. Some mild sweetness balanced with some mild smokiness. Ends roasty, just a touch of dry bitterness. Very enjoyable.

Mouthfeel - creamy, smooth, a little heavier than average.

Drinkability - a belly-filler, but very tasty and easy drinking.

brewdlyhooked13, Apr 11, 2006
Photo of pentathlete
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%

Darkest brown with a cocoa foam head that falls to a tiny ring. Smell is tobacco, coffee grounds, and some chocolate. The tobacco flavors come to the fore in the taste, especially at the edges. Coffee brings up the rear with a smattering of dark chocolate in the middle. More complex than I anticipated. Mouthfeel was a bit thin, but not bad by any means. Very tasty and very drinkable. $3.59 for a 500ml bottle.

pentathlete, Apr 02, 2006
Photo of mclanem
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%

Appearance: this beer had no head when I poured it, it was a nice black thick beer though.

Smell: smells great hoppy floral smell a good balance right up there with the best smelling beers

Taste: a bit sweet at first but you get used to it. It catches you off guard though. a clean coffee aftertaste I like it overall.

Mouthfeel: It was thick and creamy but it had very little carbonation so it was missing that aspect. it is alomost like it was flat.

Drinkability: really hurt by the mouthfeel the lack of carbs makes it lose pionts tastes good and smells great

mclanem, Apr 02, 2006
Photo of kmo1030
4.15/5  rDev +7.5%

a nice looking dark brown stout with a thin tan head.
sweety and chocolatey smelling, with some grainy characteristics. also, some sort of oatmeal stout characteristics as well as a sort of milky, lactic *almost* salty smokey jerky type smell, thats hard to really nail down. weird i know, but that's the best way i can describe it.
the taste is of malted milk chocolate, with a sort of buttermilk background. very nice. roasted coffee malt sneaks in here and there as well as hints of black licorice.
the full body coupled with low carbonation and it's creamy flavor make for a really nice mouthfeel.
went into this not expecting much, for what ever reason, and i was pleasantly surprised. more than worth a try if you see this around.

kmo1030, Mar 24, 2006
Photo of Byeast
4.08/5  rDev +5.7%

Poured opaque black , with a very thin head of large bubbles that dissapears and lots of tiny bubbles clinging to the inside/top of the pint glass. Aroma is a milky and soil like blend of coffee, dairy , diacetyl , and some dark cocoa. Taste is creamy/buttery , slight coffee bean , some chocolate , some earthy bite and a bit of herbal/bittering hop balance from the fuggles and challengers. Mouthfeel is smooth ,very little carbonation with a bittersweet and slightly dry finish. A pleasant and aromatic stout , quite drinkable.

Byeast, Mar 21, 2006
Photo of BEERchitect
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Very stong with the roasted grain to be a Cream Stout, even an English Cream Stout at that. The color is an opaque dark brown with bright ruby around the edges. Aromas release strong malt, roasted grain, and licorice. Tastes boldly malty and roasted with burned toast flavors and actual hop flavors to accompany bittering. Licorice and cocoa flavors hold firm into the finish. Texture is slight of heavy and clean if not for a strong burned grain bite. Fermentation with milk sugars and grain adds a complex sour, fruity note in the finish. A bit charcoal or chalky in the finish. Still a good Stout that will stand up to American counterparts.

BEERchitect, Mar 20, 2006
Photo of WetCoaster
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%

Appearance: Quite fetching, this. A deep, nearly opaque, dark chocolate brown with a moderate, smooth pale brown head. Mildly carbonated.

Smell: Chocolate, roasted malt and a subtle fruitiness. Very tame for a stout, though, have to search for it.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Creamy chocolate, milk sugar sweetness, toasted malt, a bit of pineapple fruitiness, hop spice and bitterness in the finish. Holy crap, this is 6.5 ABV? Very mild for a moderately big beer, zero alcohol. The mouthfeel is pretty dead or nicely smooth -- you choose. I'm going with dead; really wish it had a bit more carbonation. Not a deal killer, though.

Drinkability: Well, it know it raised the ire of some BAs, but I have to factor in price here. Sure, it's a fairly solid traditional UK sweet stout, and granted the bottle is pretty cool, but four bucks for a pint is a bit steep. I'd be happy with a standard bottle and a $1.99 price tag. Otherwise, a bit dead in the mouth, but tasty.

WetCoaster, Mar 17, 2006
Photo of dogfooddog
3.98/5  rDev +3.1%

this bottle came from a refirgerated cooler with flourescent lighting. is not bottle conditioned. served room temperature, prob 70F. pours tan 15% head into pint glass. Nose is of chocolate, roasted malt, very sweet-smelling. reminds me of sam adams cream stout nose of a decade past more than anything else.

taste is bitter with some chocolate/roast notes, not as sweet taste as there is smell. a distinct bitter long finish which seems to improve after initial swallows.. Not as complex as I had hoped from the nose; a shame to do all this fancy bottle work and not bottle-condition the beer for shipping across the pond. In any event the beer is very drinkable at 70F - until I had read the label I had never imagined it was 6.5% - I thought surely it was 5% or lower.

I would like to try this on cask if it exists. A very pleasant cream stout which could easily be drunk in multiples - I wish I had another one now. It becomes increasingly drinkable the further into it I go. I would never refrigerate this.

dogfooddog, Mar 11, 2006
Photo of evanackerman
3.45/5  rDev -10.6%

well, this is my second st. pete's beer, so far i am not overly impressed.

this beer pours near black with very little head.

aroma is a pleasant vanilla and chocolate.

taste is of hops first and then followed by roasted barley and a hint of chocolate then a rather sour aftertaste, more like a porter to me.

mouthfeel is a bit thin for a stout.

drinkability is average, i could drink more than one but i'm not sure that i'd want to.

overall, not a bad beer but not impressive either, much better stouts out there.

evanackerman, Mar 04, 2006
Photo of johnniemarg
4.43/5  rDev +14.8%

1 pint, 0.9oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours a deep dark brown that looks black in the glass. Nice little brown head on top.

The smell of this is great. Very strong dark chocolate and some roasted coffee. Some butterscotch in there too I think. It's got some spiciness to it, which leads me to believe that this is fairly well hopped because it doesn't have enough alcohol to burn the inside of my nose like it's doing.

Sweet at first, but then it becomes more bitter than I had expected. Yes, this is indeed well hopped. Very richly flavored. Sweet dark chocolate well balanced with a lot of hops compared to most stouts I've had recently (which have mostly been imperials). This is heavily malted too.

Full-bodied oily texture. Somthing prickly about it on my tongue, the hops I suppose.

A superb stout. I don't know if I've ever had a stout that managed to be both sweet and bitter and pull it off as well as this does. Good Stuff.

johnniemarg, Mar 02, 2006
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.2/5  rDev -17.1%

Appearance: Black in color, with a bubbly brown head. The head and any traces of lacing soon vanished, leaving it to look like a sad, flat Pepsi.

Smell: The aroma is decent, with roasted malts, dark chocolate, tobacco, and soy present.

Taste: Lots of upfront sweet roastiness, which gives way to a smokey creaminess and finishes with an all encompassing burnt flavor. Disappointed, this wasn't at all what I was expected. Thankfully, I only purchased a single bottle. That's the ultimate retort to a so-so beer. "Do your worst, you'll be gone soon enough."

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, smooth, creamy and with a very soft carbonation.

Drinkability: It was all a bit mundane for me. The best part of this beer experience was the shape of the bottle.

Anyway, just thought I'd share.

ChainGangGuy, Mar 01, 2006
Photo of beveragecaptain
3.83/5  rDev -0.8%

500 ml bottle. St. Peters Cream Stout pours out just about black, with a small head. Bittersweet chocolate aroma with a little caramel. Chocolatey flavor with hints of licorice. Some coffee flavor, but this beer is only slightly bitter. The finish is fruity and a little sweet. It makes me think of strawberry jam. There is some hop flavor in the finish too. The mouthfeel is not as creamy as it might have been. Still, this is a pretty good milk stout.

beveragecaptain, Feb 25, 2006
Photo of Melchizedek
3.9/5  rDev +1%

I love this bottle. What a cool-looking beer - pours nice too, opaque dark brown with a cappuccino-colored head.

Caramel and sweet chocolate in the nose, alcohol doesn't really hide either. In the mouth, a lot of powdered chocolate, very sweet and mellow, with some alcohol presence along with slight herbal and nutty notes, with a fairly bitter finish.

I could nurse one of these for a while happily, although it's a little overbearing for multiple helpings. Not tremendously subtle, but very nice if you're looking for something desserty or for a special occasion.

Melchizedek, Feb 21, 2006
Photo of daliandragon
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%

This highly anticipated cream stout pours a dark color with minimal ruby tint and a dark frothy head that mostly dissipates pretty quickly, although lacing holds on nicely. Nose is stong and full of malt and alcohol. There is a raisiny note as well. The distincive bottle design is a winner too and I'm real glad the local distibutor found these products for sale.
The taste is sour and the body is thick. Very similar to an oatmeal stout in flavor and mouthfeel. I would like to be tasting more lactose, like the Young's example, but this is still a worthwhile drink.
Overall, this is hearty, tasty stout with some complex and different notes and an encouraging entry from St Peter's.

daliandragon, Feb 20, 2006
Photo of granger10
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%

Burnt color with crimson along the sides. Small compact cappucino head. Decent lacing. Aroma of burnt hot chocolate and vinous dark hop fruits. Taste is more creamy than aroma suggests. Begins roasted with black patent malts or something similar but soons smooths out to a sweet lactic milky taste which compliment each other nicely. A bittersweet chocolate finish rounds out this offering. Carbonation is a bit low and dampens the creaminess and maybe doesn't give this beer the smoothness it needs with the flavor qualities. Yet, it was still quite drinkable and enjoyable. Definitely worth a try.

granger10, Feb 14, 2006
Photo of Shovelbum
4.68/5  rDev +21.2%

Pours a frothy light mocha head over a black body. Head recedes fairly quickly leaving meagre lace. Smells of roasted nuts, sweet milk chocolate and caramel malt. Super creamy mouthfeel out of the starting gate. Flavors of espresso and chocolate, balanced with a substantial malt sweetness and British minerals make for a well rounded brew. Mild bitterness. Full bodied, low carbonation. As noted above, smooth and creamy mouthfeel.

Several different flavors that are clearly distinguishable but in perfect concert with each other. A well crafted and satisfying brew.

Shovelbum, Feb 09, 2006
St. Peter's Cream Stout from St. Peter's Brewery Co Ltd
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