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

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929 Ratings
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Ratings: 929
Reviews: 592
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 12.73%
Wants: 36
Gots: 46 | 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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-02-2002

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Ratings: 929 | Reviews: 592
Photo of Quaffer
4.17/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

16.9 oz. bottle. Picked this up in KC, MO. Not available here in Wichita.

Appearance: This beer sat black in the glass. Only the faintist hints of ruby red appeared when held up directly infront of the light. The light tan head rose up to just over a finger with an aggressive pour. It was dense and creamy and settled down at a normal pace. Some nice lace comprised of very tiny bubbles was left behind.

Smell: This one was very heavy on the chocolate and cocoa with a good dose of cream thrown in as well. Bitter coffee and a spicy mustiness gave the nose a bit of a bite and countered the creaminess of the chocolate well. Hints of dark fruit lingered in the background, but they were very light.

Mouthfeel: Medium- to full-bodied and creamy smooth, especially up on the tip of the tongue. It was chewy and coated heavily as it moved back into the mouth, almost like butter at times.

Taste: The creamy milk chocolate and the cocoa that were so prominent in the aroma took a back seat in the taste. Dark chocolate and deeply roasted bitter coffee jumped to the forefront and dominated the flavor along with heavily roasted malt. There was still enough lactose sweetness underneath to remind me that this was a cream stout. A little bit of tart, dark fruit danced along the edges of the tongue.

Photo of RedDiamond
3.19/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I enjoy the restraint in this beer despite its lack of vigor, excitement. head, lace and carbonation. It is black but not dense with a chocolate malt base and casual aroma. The flavor itself takes some time to warm up, though as the brew moves full circle from cellared to room temperature, it does release more of its character. The flavor is initially almost mediocre and yet I appreciate its rustic charm. Some will no doubt find this beer too rustic, that is, too humble and limiting. It’s also somewhat thin bodied. But I liked it, and yes, the bottle is pretty cool.

St. Peter’s Cream Stout is not especially sweet and doesn’t lean too heavily on lactose. Instead a mellow roastiness defines the flavor. It’s a nice beer though not representative of the cream stout style.

Photo of karst
4.97/5  rDev +29.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I loved the flavor of the perfectly blended Fuggles and Challenger hops with a blend of 4 barley malts. Flavor and aroma seem to merge as I taste this dark cream stout. When I swallow this medium full mouth feel necter, it provides one of its best features- a bittersweet aftertaste. Some reviewers have described as woody, smokey, and/or roasted. However described - its awesome. Seems to finish so dry it should not be called a sweet stout. My 500 ml. "flask" bottle definately contained the right stuff! That is why it was a back to back gold medal winner in the I.B.C ('03 -'04).

Photo of CRJMellor
3.53/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours black with hint of a cherry swirl. Small tan head with big carbonation bubbles leaves rings of lace on the glass.
Aroma of chocolate and amber malts, grain, wheat bread and some fruity hops.
Flavor of chocolate, brown sugar with a grity coffee rind hit and some fruity fuggles.
Mouthfeel is sweet with a gritty metallic hard water hit and some coffe and herbal bitterness.
Drinkability is above average. Solid base of malt but hops don't quite complete the picture.

Photo of SilentSabre
4.4/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This poured just as dark as it should for the style. Looks like a glass of ink. Thin off-white haze in lieu of a head of any sort. Decent lacing. The smell is almost sweet. Plenty of burnt or roasted scents in here. Toffee, chocolate, and coffee. Smells just wonderful. The taste? Just as good as it smells. A bit of a bitter finish, but then a caramalised taste tries to work its way through. Delicious. Everything up until this point has been just smashing, until however, we reach the mouthfeel. This is much too thin for the style. I'm a little disappointed here. Overall, however, it's great stuff.

Photo of GClarkage
2.92/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

1/01/05- Purchased at Plumpjack Wines in San Francisco, CA

Presentation- Antique like bottle with bottled date on the back. Poured into my Moab Brewery pint glass.

Appearance- Dark brown thick pour. Left a very small head and very little lacing.

Smell- Scents of creamy and burnt coffee beans. Smells super dark.

Taste- Whoa! This is some deep burnt tastes. Like drinking charcoal. Not my cup of tea here. Almost approaching a smoky flavoring.

Mouthfeel- Yes, it is creamy and has a medium mouthfeel. A bit watery towards the finish.

Drinkability- I couldn't finish this one, nor could my fiancee. Just too dark for my liking. Dark stout/porter/raushbier fans would probably enjoy this one.

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

I really enjoyed this brew. It was cool that I found it in SC, where the beer law only prohibits alcohol content to reach 6%. So, in that aspect, this was a true gem. Aside from that, it was a kick ass beer. I loved the coffeish/creamish taste to it. It actually tasted just like the coffee I like to drink every morn. The smell was coffeeish and chocolately, but also had a little tiny hint of alcohol in it. The alcohol was hardly noticeable in the taste. All in all a great beer. Definately something to try if you get the chance.

Photo of smcolw
3.74/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Large bubbled "head", pours like a nearly flat soda. Color is okay: a dark, deep brown.

Very smooth aroma, some chocolate, a touch of hop, even a little yeast.

More highly carbonated than expected! Lots of black patent flavors resulting in a strong coffee flavor. Tastes much closer to a dry stout than a cream one. There's burnt toast tastes in the back of the throat and in the swallow, which is where a significant amount of bittering hop shows up. Thinner body than other stouts.

A worthwhile beer to try, uniquely enigmatic: it's thin but full flavored, awful appearance with high carbonation and a decent smell.

Photo of trancefishy
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours out a dark black, with very little head adn no lacing.

aroma is of dark malts, nuts, coffee, and strong chocolate.

taste is light, sweet, hazelnut chocolate, a bit of a burnt taste. finish is a bit bitter.

mouthfeel is light, and fine despite little carbonation.

a good solid stout, recommended to try.

Photo of MrBen
4.65/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Picked up a bottle of this fine stuff recently and was impressed overall. Nice presentation. It's tough to toss up an incredibly huge head, even with a reckless pour.

Wonderful stout nose, fantastic color. No light can shine through this. Very light on the carbonation, which adds a lot to the drinkability. This has a rich mouthfeel, very filling on the palate, but it's also quite liquid. Not too thick or heavy, given its full body. A little more complexity would be welcome, but the depth of flavor is still there.

This is an all-day beer. A great brew.

Photo of stjarnflikka
3.92/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a totally black beer with a thick coffee-coloured foam. It doesn't let through any light at all, nice.

The beer smells of dark chocolate. It has a powerfull coffee-smell and a wonderfull caramell candy-sweetness.

Taste is malty with a lot of sweetness. A somewhat "dark" roasted tone with traces of a sugar-sweetness. There is no strong bitterness until the aftertaste which is quite weak.

This is a very good beer. Milk stout is not my favourite stout-brew however.

Photo of BitteBier
3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Near-complete blackness cut only by a hint of crimson at the edges. Topped off with a couple fingers worth of tight, dark tan head that quickly collapses into persistent foam that laces nicely. Smell is both dry and soft with notes of bittersweet chocolate and lightly toasted malt. Creamy softness at the start fades nicely into a persistently crisp and slightly bitter finish that shows nice balance. This stout lacks some fullness. Mouthfeel is "wetter" than expected for such a creamy taste. Nonetheless, this is an eminently drinkable stout.

Photo of EagleTalon
4.07/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours to a dark ruby black color and thin beige head. Aroma is chocolatey sweet. Flavor is a nice blend of roasty, malty goodness and sweetness. Finishes chocolatey and bittersweet. I like this stout. Not as an everyday beer, but as a nice treat now and then. Interesting bottle shape, by the way.

Photo of DPMomutant
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Straight-up black with a small, late-arriving head. Strangely, there wasn't much on the head but it lasted a minute and even laced a little.

Has a bit of a sweet smell, but not too sweet, can smell the creaminess as well. Not too much of the 'coffee' smells.

Oh there it is, it's in the taste. Pretty good. Not as sweet tasting as many cream stouts, but it's there. While the taste is not itself overpowering, it does a good job of filling the palate. Nice filling aftertaste.

The carbonation is light on the mouth and while the beer is smooth enough, you almost don't want to swallow it because of the nice aftertaste.

I don't know if this is easy to drink, but i'm sure going to enjoy this one so I would say it's drinkable, just maybe not sessionable.

Overall this does more of the 'stout' and less of the 'cream', but I prefer that to the opposite which I've also ran into. If you like stouts at all it's worth a try.

Photo of RoyalT
3.27/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance – This one is very dark in color with a small head that went down very quickly.

Smell – The strong vanilla and light alcohol notes came out first. They were followed by a malty backbone that was somewhat reserved.

Taste – The roasted malts came on at the taste. They were very mellow and laced with vanilla bean.

Mouthfeel – This medium-bodied stout had a tangy mouthfeel and a strong, alcoholic sting.

Drinkability – This one is not a stand out but drinkable nevertheless. It has some sharp flavors but lacks the ultra-creamy mouthfeel that one looks for in the style.

Photo of beerceller99
4.12/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Funky green 50 cl. flask bottle. Pours pitch black, can't see sunlight through this brew. A brown head leaves a nice lacing. Smells of medium roast coffee and chocolate. The taste reminds me of medium rosted illy coffee with a shot of milk chocolate syrup. Fairly light bodied for a stout. Finishes dry with a black coffee flavor.

Glad to know the Limeys are still brewing and exporting tasty stouts ; ) .

Photo of merlin48
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I love the retro bottle. This pours an inky, opaque, deep brown body with a two finger, light brown head. Good retention with attractive, patch lacing.
Aroma is chocolate, and smoked almonds, with a significant hops presence for a stout.
Mouthfeel is creamy and medium bodied, with moderate carbonation and a mild hops bite.
Flavor begins with creamy, chocolate malts, followed by a walnut flavored, hops bitterness. Roasty flavors abound here, with coffee notes emerging in the middle, and lasting until the finish. The finish and aftertaste are mildly bitter, taking over from the initially sweet chocolate character. My only complaint with this nice stout is that it starts to feel watered down toward the finish, with detracts from drinkability a bit. Overall, a very finely crafted, English stout, with a pleasant hops presence that balances the dark, roasty, malts very well.

Photo of Mitchster
4.3/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Comes in a funky greenish medicine bottle like flask. Pours out to a very dark brown, black in the glass, forming a sticky, soapy, yellowish tan head with good retention and lacing. Carbonation is mild to moderate. Aroma of chocolate malt milkshake and tootsie-rolls, heavy on the chocolate malts with some black patent lightly in the background...smells sweet with vanilla. Surprisingly, I'm not getting alot of butter notes, which is nice and something I've come to abhor about English brews in general. Fuggles and Challenger hops are listed as ingredients, but I'm not smelling them here. Mouthfeel is bright with a very earthy finish and medium-dense body. Taste is interesting...starts with some rather mild hops and the Challenger gives it a distinctly American twang, followed by large amounts of chocolate malt, moderate residual sweetness, cocoa, and balanced by a unique smokiness. The smokiness is somewhat sharp and adds a pleasant nuance. Vanilla, leather, and coffee round out the woody, roasted finish. Bitterness is mild and woodsy. Cleanly fermented, no off-flavors, with a lightly perceptable isopropyl note in the roasted aftertaste. As it warms, pleasant chalkiness emerges.

This is a good brew. In some ways, it reminds me of a Synebrychoff Porter with it's woodiness and smoke, but without the dark fruit overtones. I really dig the woody, smoky, roasted aftertaste. Nice stuff...do try it!

Photo of Citadel82
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I really like this beer. Pours a deep chocolate brown, opaque, thin tan head that retreats quickly with solid lace. Malt and more malt in the nose with traces of coffee. Malt and lactose in the taste with a short dry coffee finish ..Nicely balanced. Superb!

Photo of beerluvr
4.17/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours out of the rather cool flask-type bottle with a rush of large soapy bubbles that calm down to form a fine creamy tan head. Nearly opaque brown liquid. Salty nose with a deep roast malt kick. Bitter roasted malt flavor tasted first then some light coffee, both balanced by a hefty hop addition. Finishes with a wash of liquorice but otherwise roasty and drying, what with the strong hoppiness.

Photo of Zorro
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very black clear brew only a little light passes through at the very edges.

Smell is sweet and full of chocolate and bread scent; this smells a lot like a chocolate brownie.

Taste is sweet with a chocolate and coffee taste that gets a bit more bitter as you drink it.

Mouthfeel is OK.

Fairly drinkable, a nice stout far better than Guinness, but there are better versions.

Photo of StuFox
3.81/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thicker than the St. Peter's Old Style Porter, the Cream Stout really earns that title. This is very much the chocolate shake of beers. The beer is not as bitter as it could have been with such strong coffee and chocolate flavors, but I think that is a good thing. The bitterness is subdued, so it doesn't overpower the other aspects of the chocolate taste. My favorite St. Peter's brew so far.

Photo of Bighuge
4.12/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours with some viscosity. A thin and bubbly brown head is formed on this body of dark ruby beer. Aroma is milky, chocolatey and roasty. Nice. The mouthfeel is creamy to a point. Fairly low on CO2. Body's about medium-full. There's a nice lactic sweetness to the flavor, but also some great bittersweet chocolate and roasted bitterness. Java tones accent and even some rustic, earthy hop notes. Pretty good blend of flavors to this stout. I like it.

Photo of maxpower
3.43/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark jet black in color, has a small creamy brown head, not much lacing. Roasted caramel, chocolate and coffee aromas, sweet and smokey plum-chocolate flavor. Medium-body, mild carbonation with a smooth and creamy mouthfeel, a pretty good easy drinking stout.

Photo of ppoitras
4.43/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

16.9oz bottle from somewhere, probably Yankee Spirits, Sturbridge, MA. Worth noting that the bottle is a cool flask style shape. Eye-catching on the shelf, for sure.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 3/4" light brown head above the dark brown/black brew. Head showed some resiliency, and lacing was nice. Aroma of dark malts, with sweetness seeming to win out over bitterness, at least in the nose arena. We'll see how it goes in the mouth. Taste is roasty, toasty malts, and a total lack of bitterness. Excellent. Mouthfeel and drinkability are excellent as well. Recommend searching it out.

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