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

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913 Ratings
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Ratings: 913
Reviews: 588
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 12.69%
Wants: 28
Gots: 34 | 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 mdagnew
4.45/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml Bottle bought from the Vineyard, Belfast..

Poured almost completely black - only the slightest hint of brown when held up to the light... Creamy tan head disappeared almost instantly...

Aroma - Very strong dark chocolate, roast malts, coffee, nutty, brown sugar...

Taste - Quite smokey, roast malts, bitter dark chocolate, strong dark coffee, slight liquorice notes...

Feel - Quite creamy, not that much carbonation...

Overall - An exceptional stout, one of my favourites. Highly recommended !!

Photo of kkipple
3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

So I was down at the Red Tub, my favorite bar in my hometown, and noticed they have a new bartender. Calls himself Tug.

I say to Tug "Tug, what's your favorite beer back there?" I point to the beers lined up on the wall.
"I dunno" says Tug. "Whaddya you like?"
"Give me a stout" I reply.
"Well, I like this..." drawls Tug as he fishes a bottle of St. Peter's Cream Stout out of a fridge.
"Sold!" as I slap down my Visa…

Freakin’ beer cost me six bucks! It's in a pretty brown bottle with the St. Peter's label on the front and back. Holds a pint and an ounce. This had better be tasty... it pours a pitch black into a pint glass, fills it to the brim. A head appears briefly, then all but disappears. The stuff is DARK. Granted, it's dim in the bar, but goodness.

Smells like roasted coffee and cocoa, with the smell strengthening as the brew warms. Malty and fresh.

I take a long sip. Oh my, that's smooth. Little carbonation. Another: Yep, still incredibly smooth. Seems like it was made with good water. Rich, too. Creamy, bittersweet, cocoa, and "stouty". Classic taste, reminds me a lot of Rogue's Shakespeare Stout. The finish on this one lasts a long time. I was still tasting it 10 minutes after polishing it off, and that's a good thing.

On mouthfeel, my notes read: See "smooth". Rich, solid, creamy. Very filling. Nearly couldn't finish the pint.

In conclusion, Tug has good taste, and I really didn't mind the $6 after drinking this one. This is a bit expensive (seen it for $3.00 a single) and very filling, but remains a superb stout. Not really something you'd drink regularly, but bi-weekly? Yes please! Try if you can.

Photo of BeerBob
4.35/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

St. Peter's Cream Stout pours a Lunar Eclipse Black from a brown 1 pint 0.9 fl oz oval glass bottle. Head went to over two fingers before settling out to a full thick carpet of light brown foam of fine bubbles and leaving ample lace along the walls of my 26oz beer glass.

Nose is a bittersweet chocolate and roasted coffee. Palate is a rich and creamy dark roasted coffee and a smooth to the palate bittersweet chocolate.

St. Peter's Cream Stout is a delicious offering from St. Peter's Brewery and I am glad to have had the opportunity to review this fine brew.

Photo of hoffman
4.3/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown to black with a small head that fades quickly with little lacing. Smell is very present mostly malty with a slight burnt tint at the end of the boquet. The taste is full sweet up front burnt in the middle with hints of alchohol at the finish, slight hop presence balances the alchohol and malt nicely, low on carbonation but not really flat, a different feel, very creamy. A nice drinker. A good beer to have a pint of when reading or sitting by the fireplace. Not an everyday beer, but maybe an every month beer.

Photo of radshoesbro
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - black as my dogs coat with a nice muddy head that doesn't go under a finger height. nice lacing.

S - strong malts and alcohol.

T - wow, this doesn't taste nearly as strong as the nose would lead one to believe! it has a rich, creamy, chocolate, coffee, molasses feel to it with a mild fuggles hop finish. this has a big roasted taste throughout.

M - a creamy full bodied brew that goes down smooth and has a bittersweet finish.

D - not a session beer. good for a cold autumn night, world series baseball and reading about homebrewing! alright i was going to be ranting and raving about this beer to my friends, but about 3/4 of the way through this suddenly i began to loose interest in it. the alcohol isn't very prevelent throughout most of this, but once you hit the last bit of the glass it seems to pick up in a very strong beer and it totally changes the feeling of what was going to be a 100% excellent brew. to bad, i would have had these things all the time, but the end just isn't satisfactory.

Photo of Morris729
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black ruby in color with a bubbly tan head that fades into a thin lace. Alcohol is apparent in the nose with aromas of rum-soaked raisins and some pipe tobacco in the background. Taste begins with bittersweet dark chocolate and coffee followed by smoky wood and charcoal. Moderate in body and slightly oily in texture. A pretty nice brew in an unusual bottle.

Photo of phisig137
3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Poured from the funky-shaped bottle into a pint glass...

Apperance, Black but with some browninsh-reds showing through. Not quite "pitch" black, but dark nonetheless. Appropriate color I think. The very minimal head that did develop, dissapeared very quickly, despite me DUMPING it into the glass. Don't expect any carbonation on this one. Granted, it is a stout, and shouldn't be that carbonated, but I do enjoy a small head with no bubbles in my stouts... anyways...

Smells like burnt coffee, dark chocolate, a hint of toffee or caramel, and an ever so slight hint of piney hops.

Tastes and mouthfeel are fantasic. Fairly dry, smooth, and full. Coats your mouth like nothing else will. the taste lingers on your tongue for a good 10 minutes. The taste is FAR better than the aroma or appearance, without a doubt.

Drinkablility is a little low for me, despite my fondness for belgians. For some reaons, this beer just hits me hard. Perhaps it's because it is SO easy to drink, and tastes so good... In any case, this beer will creep up on you. A pint will go down in 10 minutes REAL easily.

Great beer overall, as are most of St. Peter's offerings. For the $3.79 I paid for a pint (in the odd shaped bottle), it's a great deal, and hard to pass up. If you see it, give it a chance, it's well worth it.

Photo of Hagbard
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black with a very small tan head. The aroma is sweet chocolate. The taste begins chocolatey sweet. As it sits, the roasted malt background of a dry stout begins to meld nicely with the sweet beginning. In the swallow and aftertaste, the roasted malt takes center stage and the burnt aspect imparts a nice bitterness that's a welcome change from the sweet beginning. The mouthfeel is creamy (as a cream sout should be) and it is extremely drinkable. A very nice session brew, though it is probably too expensive to make a session of it (and maybe to high in ABV).

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?

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.

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.

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).

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

St. Peter's Cream Stout from St. Peter's Brewery Co Ltd
87 out of 100 based on 913 ratings.