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

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Ratings: 928
Reviews: 592
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 12.73%
Wants: 35
Gots: 44 | FT: 0
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St. Peter's Brewery Co Ltd visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
Milk / Sweet Stout |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-02-2002

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Photo of spk154
4.8/5  rDev +24.7%
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
4.57/5  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
3.73/5  rDev -3.1%
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
4.57/5  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
3.33/5  rDev -13.5%
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
3.97/5  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
3.97/5  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
4.04/5  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 +2.6%
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
3.25/5  rDev -15.6%
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
3.82/5  rDev -0.8%
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
4.02/5  rDev +4.4%
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
3.45/5  rDev -10.4%
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 +18.2%
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.

Photo of kimcgolf
3.62/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours to a coal black, with a dark tan head that diminishes fairly quickly, decent acing. Srong malty aroma of chocolate and caramel, with a hint of nuts. Taste was mostly chocolate, and a little watery at first, but alcohol crept in as it warnmed. A nice smooth finish made this a very enjoyable beer.

Photo of hbh739
3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

When poured it was a dark black and could not see through when held to the light. It had a small creamy head of about 1 inch despite the aggressive pour. The head left a little lace and there were no visible bubbles. The aroma was of toasted grains with a slight hint of dark chocolate and coffee. It tasted just as it smelled a touch of bitter but an almost sweet finish of chocolate and coffee. The feel in the mouth was outstanding and was that of milk or cream. All in all it was a very good choice. I would definitely drink this again and again. I don't drink a lot of cream stouts but this is by far the best I have had to date.

Photo of fisherman34
3.58/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Black in colour with lower than average carbonation. Aromas of Vienna roast coffee, milk chocolate, and spicy hops. Strong caramel aspects come out in the mouth, along with darker chocolate and more coffee. Heavy bodied, with a long sweet finish. A nice after dinner pint, especially for someone with a sweet tooth.

Photo of lpayette
4.51/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- pretty dark with some red hues. Head is tan and creamy, but minimal- I could have definitely gone for more.

Smell- Cream, cappucino/coffee notes, rich malts, herbal spices, and hints of molasses. Hard to find a better smelling beer than this.

Taste and Mouthfeel- Almost milky as far as mouthfeel goes... Roasted malt, coffee and cappucino flavors come through the most. I'm not a big coffee drinker, but this is delicious.

Drinkability- Simply tastey. A great dessert beer that would go especially well with vanilla ice-cream.

Photo of plaid75
3.97/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a deep black hue with the thinest of heads. There was no retention or lacing.

The smell was dominated by a strong toasted grain aroma. There were healthy doses of coffee and cocoa as well.

The taste was also dominated by a toasted grain presence. There was a subtle chocolate sweetness balanced by a coffee bitterness. Very dry aftertaste.

The mouthfeel was full and creamy.

A nice drinkable cream ale and a goode session beer. I would definitely do this one again.

Photo of hunteraw
3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Came recommended by someone at my local beer shop, and I was intrigued by the beautiful, interesting, historical bottle (although it is green).

Appearance: miniscule head, very dark brown color. completely opaque. Some lacing.

Smell: A little difficult to describe. Some dark chocolate, with a promise of spicy hop bitterness. Can you smell lactose? This smells like the last milk stout I had (Castle), and I'm curious if that's the reason why. It's complex, but I'm not wild about it for some reason I can't put my finger on.

Taste: Dark chocolate, hint of molasses, finishes on a bitter note. Would go great with any kind of chocolate dessert. A hint of raisin appears as it warms up.

Mouthfeel: Thick and creamy, good mouthfeel, good finish; aftertaste lingers.

Drinkability: Goes down easily, especially for such a dark and thick beer.

Photo of jongillin
4.32/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is really a great beer from a great brewery. The appearance is almost opaque with just a hint of red. The head is a bit small but the color is a nice tan.
The aroma is very malty with some earth tones to it and a little bit of burnt coffee.
The taste is quite malty as well with a slight hop finish that is only mildly bitter. It has a complex profile that lends it self to a slight bittersweet chocolate aftertaste. There is not really any milk/cream flavor to it. If anything I think that it does in fact have a creamy texture which means this is a well balanced but more on the bitter side of milk stouts. The mouthfeel is full and smooth and leaves with a dry finish.
I think this is an excellent job of a milk stout that does not feel like it coats your mouth.
This is a great beer but due to the high malt content may not be a great session beer but goes well with a hearty meal (huge pieces of steak might be recommended).

Photo of BDTyre
3.77/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First and foremost, I really like this stout...but I just can't see it as a Milk/Sweet stout.

Nice opaque ruby-black appearance. Oh my! Where's the head. A few weak bubbles and a pathetic layer of thin, sparse foam. The bubbles settle down and form a weak film around the edge that clings to the glass sporadically.

Decent roasted malt, chocolate malt smell. Not too strong on the sweet, or "cream" smell. A bit stronger, maltier smell than their honey porter. Very similar actually, but not as sweet...lacks the honey.

Taste is similar. Bittersweet chocolate, roasted malt, honey traces. No lactic traces...not terrible sweet, no milk feel or flavour.

Regardless, this a full bodied drinkable stout. The flavour and scent are more akin to their honey porter, which is not unpleasant. Off the mark for the style, but very good regardless.

Photo of Crotor
4.55/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an opaque black with 1.5 fingers of dense, tan head - beautiful...

It's all intense, pitted fruit and roastiness through the aroma. Like charred, caramelized plums. With a hint of coffee... Deep and rich, and then a bit round and buttery on the edges. One of the most impressive aromas I've experienced on a beer.

Stunningly perfect mouthfeel - treading that ground between too light and too viscous - it's playful, creamy, and pushed forward a bit by the hops & roasted grain tannins. Just a wee bit to counter the creaminess and the sweetness. Dark, pitted fruit of indeterminite character frolics while coffee-like roastiness stabs through. And there's some chocolate. And just enough residual sweetness in the back of it all...

A damned fine beer. Paired with a bit of Dubliner cheese & some rustic bread, it makes for an excellent ploughman's lunch...

Photo of scottoale
3.73/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This came in an oddly shaped, olive-green 500ml. bottle and poured vary dark brown with a light brown cap and some sticky lacing. The label hade a number stamped on it: 6037, a freshness code I presume.

It smells sweet and very roasty, nearly burnt with a rich dark coffee and some black licorice and bitter-sweet chocolate. Lots of dark and black patent malts used here.

The flavor starts bitter, roasty and dark, then a sweetness of black licorice kicks in for a short spell only to be tramped by the bitter hop finish. After it warms a bit, you get an aftertaste of soy / teriaki sauce and a bit of warmth from the alcohol as well.

The body is not as heavy as I was expecting, the mouthfeel not as creamy as it was bitter, none the less, it's a pretty unique stout that's worth a try.

Photo of bigdeuce
4.28/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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!

St. Peter's Cream Stout from St. Peter's Brewery Co Ltd
87 out of 100 based on 928 ratings.