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

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St. Peter's Cream StoutSt. Peter's Cream Stout

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BA SCORE
87
very good

913 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

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Ratings: 913
Reviews: 589
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 12.69%
Wants: 28
Gots: 35 | 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 merlin48
3.9/5  rDev +1%
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
4.33/5  rDev +12.2%
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 +16.6%
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
4.15/5  rDev +7.5%
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 +0.5%
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
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
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
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
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
3.4/5  rDev -11.9%
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
4.45/5  rDev +15.3%
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.

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

I love this bottle, it is very nice. Anyway for not being a huge stout fan I really enjoyed this beer. It started with a nice easy pour and a nice litte head that was thick and foamy. The smell was kind of light, however the first taste was very surprising. I got a kind of pepto bismol feeling in terms of it coating the entire inside of my mouth. The thick mouthfeel was nice, seemed almost like drinking really runny gravy. I was very pleased with how well this beer tasted, the coffee and toffee flavors were nicely fitted to the thickness of this stout. I drank this and all I could think of was man I wish I had bought two.

Photo of Dantes
4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Package: Interesting 500ml (1 pint, 0.9 oz.) flask-shaped (oddly cribbed from a PA glassmaker from the 1770's) crowned bottle of yellowish-green glass (not emerald-green like Heineken). Simple gold-rimmed pink front label and square back label, which describes this beer as being made with four local malts and Challenger and Fuggles hops. No date or ABV information, but hand-stamped “4054.” It actually looks different than the BA picture, and “Cream Stout” is printed across the label, and not “stacked.”

Cost: $2.99 at Total Wines

Presentation: Imperial pint at ~50º

Appearance: Pours a classically opaque brown-black that only shows a slight glow when held to light. A hard pour generated a nice chocolate malt head, but it didn’t last all that long, nor did it generate much lace. Pretty standard for a stout.

Smell: Nice and chocolatey, with a gentle but not cloying sweetness. No real astringency on the nose, and probably could have done with a little coffee-ish element.

Taste: Quite nice on the palate. The chocolate really comes through, along with a fair amount of sweetness. This reminded me more of a “milk chocolate” beer than a “dark chocolate” beer. Not a bad thing. The hops are fairly subdued but recognizable. This is very much a classic British stout that calls to mind the Sam Smith’s house style (but not quite as good). There’s also a nice fruitiness that comes through in the moderate, somewhat diluted finish.

Mouthfeel: The main flaw in this beer is its lack of body. I found the carbonation to be fine (maybe even a bit too much for a stout). The flavor concentration was good, but the body was a bit watery. I don’t know where the 6.5% ABV, but there’s little “heat” from that kind of ABV.

Drinkability: As mentioned, the ABV is practically undetectable. One could down quite a few of these without a second thought. A very pleasant, classically British stout, without an aggressive edge.

Backwash: I had several of these during The Open Championship weekend, finishing off the last during the post-tournament coverage with a great cigar (this is a great cigar beer. It really brought out the espresso & chocolate notes in the cigar). This may be a bit expensive, but I think it’s one of the rare authentic versions of this beer style around. There are a few American versions, but with Mackesons being made in the USA now and a shadow of itself, this is a nice substitute.

Photo of feloniousmonk
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark, near black body, with crimson highlights 'round the edges, adorned with a flush, huge toasted tan head, leaving lace.
Aroma is bitter roasted espresso beans at first, traces of cocoa and anise, earthy, gritty, ...and not what I'd think of from a "cream" stout. Quite lively and, to this stoutophile, refreshing...I like a stout that a'steaming with dark, viscious, vibrant aromas!
Taste:...not bad, very thick, sticks in the mouth, gets smoother as we go. Reminds me of an oatmeal, rather than a cream. Easily tossed back into the gullet, but retains a wicked, dark character that rides through the finish. Actually, I look into rescinding my words as it gets silkier and smoother with each subsequent sip, still brimming with dark, chocolatey, coffeeish flavors. Very nice, even very, VERY nice. There, I said it...Mmmmm, me likey...

Photo of Roderick
1.95/5  rDev -49.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Oh my loving and generous Lord...this beer comes in the most lovely little pint bottle you ever will see, it pours OK a very dark brown with a tiny dirty white head. The smell is a little sweet with a hint of some medicine from childhood.
But the first taste was as if someone ( maybe a vile serpent) spat its venom into my mouth and then sloshed in a mouthful of week-old coffee. Maybe I am yet to learn the subtleties of a good cream stout but this concoction had me giving up beer for a week just to let my poor pallet recover and to let the blackness fade from me tongue. I paid 2.89 for a pint bottle of this beverage and I feel as if they may have fleeced the poor old country boy.

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

Color of this stout is inky black with a creamy brown head. Aroma is an inviting chocolate and coffee combo. The flavor has a good roasted malt chocolaty bitterness with ahint of coffee in the finish. I like when the roasted malt bitterness has this chocolate presence.

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

Pours a beautifully stouty black with the nice off brown head casually sitting atop, bringing one's nose in for a sniff a strong waft of chocolate is immediately evident, along with some coffee tones.

Interesting mouth, the burnt tasting chocolate and coffee from the nose were there, and traded jabs with the alcohol, the roasted malts, a lengthy hop bitter, and hint of milky cream. Pretty good stuff.

Mouthfeel is pretty typical for the cream stout style, thicker than your average beer, but thinner than an imperial, not bad though. Drinkability on this seemed decent as well.

Photo of Ieatlambfries
4.13/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

First off I must say that these guys have the coolest bottle around. Far from gimmicky, I find the recreation of a bottle from the 1770's a nice touch.

That being said I found the appearance of this stout to be good. Jet black as to be expected with a thin tan head. I poured it hard to see if I could get it to cascade, but to no avail.

The smell was of burnt coffee and burnt cocoa with a slight caramel smell lingering in the background.

The taste was very good. Personally I'm an Imperial Stout kind of guy, but the occasional cream stout is good in my book. This one did not disappoint. Burnt coffee and chocolate. Deep dark burnt chocolate. Also strangely enough I detected some blue cheese notes? Strange yes, perhaps the cream has spoiled, j/k. Not something I expected but in some way very good. There is also a nice hop bitterness in the finish thanks to the fuggle and challenger hops they brew it with.

Mouthfeel was the only place where I was disappointed. Not bad, just not as creamy as I would have liked for a cream stout. Too thin for my taste.

But for what it was lacking in mouthfeel it made up in drinkability. For a stout very drinkable, perhaps due to the lack of richness.

All and all another excellent offering from St. Peters. The second offering I've tried from them and certainly not the last.

Photo of cbl2
3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance:

First off, really cool bottle. Beer pours near black with a thin tan creamy head.

Smell:

Fresh coffee with cream and sugar.

Taste/Mouthfeel:

Reminiscent of Dogfish Head Chicory Stout. Definite coffee flavors prevail, with not as much sweetness as expected. A long bitter finish. This is an excellent stout, very complex, though not what I've come to expect from a cream stout.

Photo of cncbofh
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured black.... dark tan head that disappeared quickly.

Nice smells of sweet mocha and rye bread... The taste is heavenly. It's like drinking a piece of chocolate covered whole grain bread soaked in a guiness. No... seriously. ... it's quite tasty...

It goes down smooth like cream and has a delightful mouthfeel... I really enjoyed this one and prefer it over most other stouts. Will drink again.

Photo of kennyo
3.63/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Funky type bottle. They put out a lot of different beeers but this is the firrst one that I tried.

Black, opaque, tan soft head, a very good looking beer. Chocolate milk aromas, low carbonation, creamy moutfeel. nice roastiness, malt to the flavor. More chocolate on the back of the mouth. A decent drinking beer. I tried it, don't know if I would go out of my way to look for it, but I wouldn't turn one down if offered one.

Photo of ManekiNeko
2.15/5  rDev -44.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

UK-sized bottle served slightly chilled in a pint glass.

Appearance: It's got that jet black color we've come to expect from a stout. Leaves a decent amount of lacing on the glass.

Smell: I'm reminded of soy sauce and pet food on first impression. Second impression yields the same, with faint additions of carob and coffee.

Taste: Well, the Alpo stops here. Biscuit and chocolatey malts dominate the palate. Coffee and malty bitterness on the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a fullish presence in the mouth, one that would be expected from a stout.

Drinkability: Umm... nope. I'll pass on another. The only thing that consumes comestibles that reek of pet food in this household is my cat*

*and me when I'm drunk and have no food lying around but Iams.

Photo of rkhaze
4.4/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours black with a large bubbled head that disappeared to a collar almost immediatly.
Smells of dark chocolate upfront. Coffee, lightly charred malt and a minimal hop accent.
Deep roasted bittersweet flavor. Creamy chocolate, coffee beans, malt, a touch of smoke and a bit of tobacco. Finishes dry with a tangy and mild citrus hop bitterness. The roasted flavors really lingered. Good balance.
Medium bodied with a rich creamy mouthfeel. Perhaps a tad low on the carbonation.
Nice rich flavors, smooth creamy mouthfeel and good balance all equal excellent drinkability. Cool bottle to boot!

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

Jet black body with no head.

Slighlty sweet lactose aroma, very creamy.

Charred lactose flavor, I am surprised by the length of the flavor. The caramel is just dripping off this coffee, I mean beer.

Hops perferctly balanced against the sweetness.

Ultra-smooth, with little carbonation. This beer is proof that no one ever needs nitro-beers.

I cannot imagine where there are not more cream stouts out there.

Photo of necoadam
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Finally found a bunch of brews from St. Peter's so I was very excited to see the cream stout. I must say, they have kick ass bottles. Pours out black with a tannish head that goes away quickly. Carbonation is still seen around the out edges of the glass. Smell consisted of all sorts of things. Mostly burnt items. Coffee, chocolate, malts and some graininess to it. Taste was almost the same as the nose. Some bittersweet chocolate starts out and gives away to a grain/malt middle and finishes with some coffee flavors that lasts into the aftertaste. Finishes quite dry which was surprising. I was expecting it to be a little more wet aftertaste to it. But a very nice cream stout and worth checking out for sure.

Photo of edchicma
4.18/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Mmmm...very good brew. Bottle itself is good eye candy...reminds me of the old cough medicine bottles of my childhood. Great appearance...decent chunky head...nice lacing and almost jet black appearance. Robust smoky malt aroma wafts the nostrils very nicely. Taste is rich, malty and full-bodied, with a hop finish that dries the back of the palate. Mouthfeel is excellent..a combination of smoothness with an astringent dryness that I like in a good stout. Very easy on the drinkability scale...mouthfeel invites you to sip again. Highly recommend.

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

Mostly black, trimmed at the edge by ruby. The head is small and tan.
The nose is somewhat rote, and perhaps subdued. Medium roast coffee, bakers chocolate and Fuggle herbals.
A chocolate pound cake in the mouth, but not nearly as filling. Dark and unsweetened. This isn't Hershey's. It's cocoa beans in the raw, sided by a cup of cold, low-potency java. Nuttier later. Burnt walnuts. "Cream" is somewhat ambigious. Theres no lactic tones to write about, but there is a compressed sweetness not unlike oats. It switches to dark fruits as it warms. Burnt grape jam, raspberries, and plums. Hopping arrives late, with black tea and other, more grassy, herbs.
Light-to-medium bodied and downable.
Borders on "been-here-before" typicality, but this is a solid quaffer of a stout, despite any supposed familiarities.
And yes, the flask-shaped bottle is very cool.

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