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

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Ratings: 922
Reviews: 590
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 12.69%
Wants: 31
Gots: 39 | 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 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.

Photo of kimcgolf
3.63/5  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
4/5  rDev +3.6%
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 -7.3%
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
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%
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
3.98/5  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
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
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
4.33/5  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
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
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 +17.9%
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
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
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
4.3/5  rDev +11.4%
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!

Photo of MuenchenerKindl
3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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

Photo of jmz62565
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of AlesRTasty
4.15/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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

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

Photo of benwiley
3.65/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of ommegangpbr
4.38/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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