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

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905 Ratings
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Ratings: 905
Reviews: 587
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 12.95%
Wants: 26
Gots: 33 | 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 battlekow
3.25/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

St. Peter's Cream Stout looks a little scary. Because of the odd bottle design, the beer glugs awkwardly into the glass, pitch black and headless. As it settles, a small, tan head forms and then quickly dissipates, leaving you with a glassful of motor oil. It gets a 4.0 not for being good, but for being intimidating. Here goes. Smells lactose-sweet and roasted/burnt, pretty much exactly like Sam Adam's version of a cream stout. Taste has some upfront sweetness and some coffee--very acrid, burnt coffee--but also an alarming amount of phenol. More like St. Peter's Band-Aid Stout. Mouthfeel is satisfyingly thick, but that burnt coffee-and-band-aids flavor won't go away as long as you're savoring the feel, so who cares?

battlekow, Sep 11, 2005
Photo of evh883
3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

When you first pour this beer, the almost non-existent head, which is a nice light brown color, fully diminishes after a little while and leaves you thinking that this beer isn't going to be so great. The results were just the opposite.

It's a beer with a strong malty aroma with bits of hay, straw, and mollases in the forefront followed with nutty notes and slight coffee and soy sauce aromas.

Great taste with a nice balance of bitterness, acidity and sweetness from start to finish was the best feature of this beer.

It had a very unusual, but enjoyable mouthfeel that was both oily and creamy.

All of these combined to make a great beer even after the not so promising pour.

evh883, Sep 11, 2005
Photo of kbub6f
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One cm of light-brown, bubbly head leaves crazy spots and swoops of lacing. The beer is black with red/brown highlights. Aroma is rich chocolate toffee. Very rich. Almost smoky. Awesome. In the front, there is more rich chocolate toffee, followed by a tangy, fruity, buttery, oily, flattish middle (which is not to say I don't love it). Finish is bitter chocolate with melted popcorn butter. Again, this is really "old" tasting. But right up my alley: thick, buttery, chocolate toffee. Very comforting. Just a joy to drink for me.

kbub6f, Sep 09, 2005
Photo of chOAKbarrell
3.63/5  rDev -6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer didn't start out well. Poured into a glass, the head was almost non-existant. I began a mild panic and poured the beer directly in the glass, so I did get a little head, which subsequently died right down. No lacing at all. Hmm, not good.

Smells delicious. Tons of roasty toasty chocolate tones. Complex.

Taste is on par with the smell. Excellent deep flavor.

Mouthfeel was a little light for such a high-quality nose & taste.

St Peter's Cream Stout is a fine beer & all, but the main problem with it is that for $3+ a bottle, it is not a very good deal. This beer doesn't have anything going for it that say, Samuel Adams' Cream Stout doesn't have. Basically, you can find the same caliber cream stout, possibly superior, for a good bit less, and more plentiful (6 pack of something else opposed to St Peter's singles).

chOAKbarrell, Sep 09, 2005
Photo of Dukeofearl
3.65/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an inky black, with a decent sized bubbly brown head. QUite nice to look at.

Aroma is kind of weak. Nice, pleasant, gentle creamy, malty breadiness, but I struggle to smell it, even in a snifter.

Flavor is actually quite nice. Nice roasty, malty, almost smoky flavor mixed in with crea,- maybe the best comparison is a nice creamy coffee. Quite tasty. A bit of a strong alcohol bite at the end of the taste, as the beer warms, the alcohol profile gets even stonger.

Mouthfeel is heavier than a typcial stout, decent, nothing to write home about. The alcohol profile hurts the mouthfeel. Overall a good cream stout (I like cream stouts), but probably not my favorite for best of breed.

Dukeofearl, Aug 13, 2005
Photo of jdm
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

pours an impenetrable black with almost no head. there is a light carbonation. smell malt coffee chocolate. i have discovered that i am a sucker for a chocolatey stout. i never want a second though thus the low drinkability score. this is a great finish to a day. heavy rich mouth feel.

jdm, Aug 07, 2005
Photo of Xadoor
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Unique green bottle, looks almost like you picked up a bottle of cough medicine instead of a beer. Pours the usual dark opaque colour of stout with a thin head. Light aroma of coffee and roasted malts. Creamy mouthfeel but feels a little thin. Not a bad beer, but I probably won't pick up another bottle of it now that I've tried.

Xadoor, Aug 04, 2005
3.48/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The stout pours a nice black color with mahogany tint at the top and bottom. A 1/2" tan head recedes to a cap and leaves good lacing.
The aroma of this beer is a nice roasted malt. There is a sweet coffee with cream in the nose as well.
The beer has a roasted flavor, with a little earth and coffee in the mix. Hints of smoke and a little vanilla appear as the stout warms up a little. There are some light hops detectable in the slightly bitter finish. The mellow sweetness that make this a cream stout is also here.
The beer has a velvety smooth mouthfeel. It is just a little thin but that does not detract from the beer at all.
Overall this is another good offering from St. Peter's.

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

Pours a dark oily black with a thin head that doesn't last long. Aroma is black patent malt, some cocoa and a surprising element of hops.

Taste is bittersweet, like an unsweetened dark chocolate cocoa mix. Black patent and chocolate malts, a strong charcoal flavor and a healthy bitterness of hops in the finish, unusual for stouts. Someone, somewhere along the brewing process waved a picture of a sugar packet at this beer. Aftertaste is lingering, salty, dry and bitter.

Mouthfeel is lightly carbonated, leaving it not so heavy. Very well-rounded for a stout, much unlike a dry Irish traditional. I wouldn't place it in the milk/sweet stout, though.

assurbanipaul, Jun 19, 2005
Photo of sinistermadman
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours an opaque deep brown color while retaining the faintest trace of lace.

Smell is coffee and chocolate with a sweet alcohol nose.

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy as the name might suggest. Unsweetened baker's chocolate is at the forefront. The malts are definitely in charge, but hops provide just enough stability to make it interesting. This brew finishes with a wonderful bittersweet coffee flavor.

Notes: This is a tasty brew that could benefit from a little more aggressive mouthfeel. I'm not complaining though. I wouldn't turn one of these down anytime. Worth a try.

sinistermadman, Jun 18, 2005
Photo of hobbes2112
3.73/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Cool oval bottle, slightly different label that pictured above (mine is pink)

Pour is midnight black with a smallish mocha head.

Aroma is sweet, grainy and at one point I thought I noticed pineapple !?! A little pipe tobacco now and again also.

Taste is dark chocolate, coffee, the way pipe tobacco smells (if that makes any sense) Not as milky as I have had in milk stouts before, but still fits the bill.

Mouthfeel is great creamy with good carbonation, body matches the rest of the beer quite well.

This beer gets the 4 in drinkability because of the mouthfeel, I think it really makes the beer for me.

hobbes2112, Jun 17, 2005
Photo of Opethsprite
4.45/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful bottle. It pours dark, dark brown with dark red highlights. The carmel-colored head is thin and short-lived. The smell is very sweet--chocolate, butter, vanilla, and raspberries. The taste is much hoppier than expected, and it is indeed very sweet and creamy. VERY rich! Very tingly and spicy in the mouth. This beer is a true delight!

Opethsprite, Jun 15, 2005
Photo of arizcards
3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a 16.9 oz bottle from AJ's last month for $3.99.

This beer is black as night, pouring a 4 finger head that is leaving quite a lacing behind. Nose is very much like most British beers I have sampled, not much there. Taste is an interesting blend of chocolate, coffee, and most noticeably molasses. Mouthfeel is wonderful, creamy as advertised. Overall drinkability is good. I definitely would not refuse one of these!

arizcards, Jun 13, 2005
Photo of packetknife
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice oversized medicinal looking bottle. Pours dark dark dark brown with a dark tan head, a bit thin but stuck well enough. And I mean dark! The nose was like raw cookies with dark chocolate and almonds, just strong enough but no stronger. The taste was about the same with some added light tartness on the finish and a bit of citrus/lemony taste that followed your tongue around but not invasive. Carbonation was almost fantastic with a bit more it'd have been a 4.5/5. Very drinkable, definite revisit for me, hopfully found on tap during one of my trips.

packetknife, Jun 03, 2005
Photo of lackenhauser
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep black in color. No head but seems to be a decnet level of carbonation. Roasted malt seems to dominate the aroma. Theres a nice touch of sweetness to it-almost a slightly "burnt" treacle like aroma.. Malty flavor. Notes of molasses and coffee. Has a sweetness in the flavor that quickly mellows to a nice, slightly roasted flavor. Good body. Overall a very enjoyable brew. Dont think I have have had a beer from this brewery I wouldnt try again.

lackenhauser, Jun 02, 2005
Photo of allengarvin
4.35/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Young's pint glass. Fairly black brew with a tan head that fades quickly. Aroma full of notes of toffee, chocolate and light, earthy hops. Flavor follows up wonderfully, rich with cocoa and roasted cafe au lait, sweet yet bitter dark cocoa, and an unusual amount of hop bitterness for an English stout. Finish is both lingeringly sweet and dry. Smooth, creamy texture, lowish carbonation, and moderate body.

Very nice balance, perfectly blended.

allengarvin, Jun 02, 2005
Photo of horndecker
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A snazzy looking gin/medicine bottle gives this brewer's offerings a distinctive and fun presentation. Just what the doctor ordered?

Complete darkness. Opacity. Inky black, but the stream pouring from the bottle has a red tinge to it. It has a hot-chocolatey froth of a head, full and coarse, while tiny traces of foam coat the inside of the glass.

Aromas of espresso, dark chocolate, roasted malt, ovaltine, and cabbage or some other lowly cooked vegetable emerge.

The first impession of the taste is roasted malt, coffee soda (a slight mineral hint to an espresso flavor). Bitterness follows. Breathe out through your nose for a dusty cocoa powder moment. A wonderful soul-warming aftertaste of half-bitter coffeeish cocoa and malt flavors. It's very solid and very smooth.

Actually, one of the better stouts I've ever tasted. I would come back to this again and again.

horndecker, May 14, 2005
Photo of SetarconeX
4.35/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased in the week after the election of Benedict XVI. St. Peter's. Get it? Ha!

Anyhow, comes in a truly nifty looking bottle, which is of course has nothing to do with taste. As far as actual visuals on the beer, I initially thought it was going to be your typical stout, but then someone pointed out the faint, red tinge on the edges. Nice.

Not as strong a scent as I've noticed on other stouts, but nevertheless has its own rather sweet, coffee-like scent. Not as toasty as others, perhaps, but still rather nice.

Tastes about the same. All the typical stout features are there, the coffee, the toasted flavor, a bit more sweetness than usual, none of them too overwhelming. Really, one of the more well-balanced beers I've ever had. Solid hop flavor, though they don't stand out as much as the big deal on the bottle would make you think.

As noticed by others, the "cream" in this cream stout seems oddly absent, but the remarkable mouthfeel seems almost enough to forgive it. It might not taste like cream, but it goes down as smooth as cream. Perhaps one of the most drinkable stouts I've ever had.

Lovely beer, really. Must be tried.

SetarconeX, May 05, 2005
Photo of malty
4.38/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the 16.9 oz. flasked shaped glass bottle - no freshness date. Nice description of beer and related info. on back label.

Black liquid with ruby highlights. Beige head that started thin and dissipated to a faint halo. Good lacework.

Fresh cream, dark chocolate and roasted malts. Winey notes that bordered on tannic.

A broad and full flavor of dark roasted malts with a faint burnt cocoa / creamed coffee character acts as the foundation for the more subtle nutty, woody and leathery flavors that follow. A nice dry hop presence supports a well balanced flavor profile.

Mouthfeel was superb with a quaint amount of fine carbonation. Medium bodied with a welcomed semi-dry finish.

Drinkability for me is awesome. The fine subtleties of this stout would keep me coming back for more.

Overall I was pleasantly surprised with the quality and finesse of this cream stout. Though not as sweet as other english cream stout's I've tried, it's still 'in-the-pocket' when it comes to respectfully interpreting the style. A fantastic multi-dimensional (I'll say it again) subtle stout with great (I'll say it again) finesse. The higher than avg. ABV is virtually undectectable.

malty, May 01, 2005
Photo of Billolick
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

16.9 ounce interestingly shaped and colored bottle. Pours burnt dark raisin black/brown, very minimal head, indicated very low carbonation and very slight lacing observed. This is a flavorful sweet stout, lots of soggy burnt raisins, dark malts, coffee, burnt grains and vanilla flavor to go around. Nice cold weather sipper. Stout lovers, give it a try. Newbies would probably be turned off by this deeply flavorful and mysterious stout

Billolick, Apr 28, 2005
Photo of ADR
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Clear black with chestnut highlights and a creamy brownish head of about a minute's staying power. Dripping fat rings for laces. Malty aroma, milk chocolate and a slight bit of asphalt. Mouthfeel is very nice, about medium but with a coating creamy aspect. Starts with a touch of caramel and light chocolate, the hops are well spread out in this Stout and make up fully for a less roasty character. Finishes with a floral twist and bits of licorice. For me, not as good as the very distinct Porter, but bolder than a lot of the sweeter and less complex Sweet Stouts.

ADR, Apr 24, 2005
Photo of Gaisgeil
3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Let me just get this out of the way now, nice bottle! I might have bought this just to have the bottle anyway.

On to the beer... pours a jet black with a thin light tan head that stuck around for the whole pint (and .9 ounces), could stand to do with some more volume, decent lacing throughout. Nose is quite roasty, a little acidic smelling actually, a bit odd. Initial taste was a bit harsh, a bit prickly and bitter, but not overly so. As I drank more it smoothed out quite a bit, very creamy, roasty, hints of coffee, caramel and baker's chocolate. Quite nice, finish was just a bit bitter, just enough. Carbonation was quite good, a medium body for a stout, quite nice.

This is a very nice stout, I will probably revisit it again... and save the bottle!


Gaisgeil, Mar 27, 2005
Photo of Toddv29424
3.6/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

The appearance is just what you would expect from a well-respected cream stout... a little thick on the pour, extremely dark, and the small head is tinted brown. Even when the glass is held up to the light, nothing breaks through. Smell is of a traditional stout like Guinness or Murphy's. The taste is totally original: almost tastes like coffee, and has the same thick consistency as a warm cup. It has a sweeter taste than most stouts you will taste, hence the "milk" or "cream" in the title. I myself am not a huge fan of stouts, but would definitely recommend this to anyone who is.

Toddv29424, Mar 24, 2005
Photo of fdrich29
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

St. Peter's Cream Stout, 1 Pint 0.9 FL. OZ. throwback bottle purchased at Downtown Wine and Spirits, Davis Square, Somerville, Massachusett

"Fuggles and Challenger hops plus a blend of 4 local barely malts create an aromatic, strong, dark chocolate cream stout with a satisfying bittersweet aftertaste".

Damn, this is a nice beer! Smells of chocolate and roasted malt. Incredible!!

Taste is sweet and chocolate, smooth with a slightly bitter aftertaste, nothing unpleasant about this brew. I can not think of it's equal in this class. Goes down smooth, easily drinkable.

Make the trip to Davis Square and pick up a few bottles of this beer, you'll thank yourself for it.

As we say in Gloucester the third week of every June..."Viva San Pedro!!"

fdrich29, Mar 20, 2005
Photo of travolta
3.2/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Apperance: Foamy, but minimal head retention, spotted lacing, tan head. Almost black in color.

Nose: Raisin and licorice.

Taste: Slightly toasty, plum, prunes, and a little bitter at the end.

Notes: The bottle and labels of the beer are great. you could buy this beer just based on the bottle and labels and would not be disapointed. Very good beer.

travolta, Mar 07, 2005
St. Peter's Cream Stout from St. Peter's Brewery Co Ltd
87 out of 100 based on 905 ratings.