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

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880 Ratings
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Ratings: 880
Reviews: 584
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 12.95%
Wants: 25
Gots: 26 | 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 WilliamPhilaPa
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%

Presentation: 16.9 oz antique elixor/medication style bottle, the color is is not exactly brown or green...better described as olive. The crown is gold The front label is slightly different then the current picture with a gold trim around the whole outer edge. The back label has some words about the brew style and a picture of the tapestry from St. Peter's Brewery.
Pours a dark black colored body and with a rough pour, the head appeared to look a bit like a nice frothy chocolate milk shake. On the nose whiffs of dark chocolate and expresso. On the palate more of the same, dark choclate, coffee, roatiness, sweetness, and a little hops in there for some balance. Mouthfeel is fairly smooth and creamy. Well done...a very good brew.

WilliamPhilaPa, Feb 15, 2004
Photo of Suds
4.05/5  rDev +4.9%

Obsidian liquid with only the shadow of a brownish head. There’s very little carbonation. Roast barley aroma…ground coffee, chocolate, and very faint hops. The foretaste is sweet, with the continuance of the roast barley character. Hops come out in the finish, which seems a little dry for the style. It’s decidedly full-bodied, thick, creamy, and almost chewy. This is a solid, well-made, and very enjoyable stout. Although not extraordinarily complex, it’s very easy to drink and the heft makes it seriously satisfying.

Suds, Feb 15, 2004
Photo of MuddyFeet
3.3/5  rDev -14.5%

My favorite aspect of this beer is the flask-type bottle and the dark, choclate color of the beer itself. TThe unique bottle and the modest label is what reall made my decision to try this beer when I was at the store.

The flavor itself strikes me as more of a coffee than a chocolate or cream stout. I like stouts with a really strong aftertaste, but this beer has very little of any aftertaste. All the flavor is in the sip itself. Which comes off rather bitter to me. Not exactly a characteristic I look for in a creme stout.

This strikes me as more as a slow, savoring drinking beer. But then aren't all stouts?

MuddyFeet, Feb 14, 2004
Photo of GCBrewingCo
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%

The beer poured with a barely audible hiss. It was black as midnight with ruby highlights near the bottom of the glass. The head was very small and had to be coaxed out of hiding. What there was clung to the glass.

The aroma was chocolate, coffee and roasted barley.

The flavor was coffee and chocolate. The beer was not completely dry, but was never more than bittersweet in the flavor.

The finish was slightly dry and coffee but not bitter. The body was medium to medium full, but not creamy.

A nice beer, but if you tout creamy, it should have that mouthfeel.

16.9 ounce bottle.

GCBrewingCo, Feb 08, 2004
Photo of UncleJimbo
3.55/5  rDev -8%

25 oz, smoky green-brown glass bottle, capped, no freshness date.

This stout poured an opaque black color with sudsy brown foam that settled but clung to the glass a little bit. The smell was dark malt with notes of chicory, mollasses, roasted barley, and something sweet. The taste was dark, roasted malt with some sweetness (oatmeal? cream?) and a distinct, resinous hop bitterness especially in the finish that reminded me more of an imperial stout than a cream stout. The flavor was best up front, but became too dry and bitter in the finish. The mouthfeel was smooth but with a very bitter finish. The body was medium-full with low carbonation. The finish was dry with an astringent, hoppy aftertaste. This was an OK stout, but not what I expected.

UncleJimbo, Feb 08, 2004
Photo of BCMan
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%

First things first, I'd buy this beer for the bottle alone. I appreciate a nice label but this beer goes all the way with presentation. It poured up nice producing a tan, frothy head that ligered a bit before fading back to the beer. The color was very nice, a deep red color that at first isn't noticable but comes out when held to the light. A nice aroma that has a hint of a cocoa fragrance. The first taste was very nice. It has a full flavor and a smooth mouthfeel. I was a bit surprised to find out how thin it ended up being. I was expecting more from cream stout. The flavor is good and again has a taste of cocoa in it. Very easy to drink which was evident from the glass always seeming half empty left with some nice lacing. Overall, a very good stout.

BCMan, Feb 02, 2004
Photo of aracauna
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Pours a not-quite-opaque black, brown around the edges. The head is weak and fades into a weather pattern. The aroma is odd. Something like a chocolate-flavored sour cream. That sour cream thing had me concerned, but at the first sip, I noticed no sourness and I never did pick up a sourness in the flavor. The flavor is heavy on the cream, slight coffee and chocolate. The mouthfeel is slick and oily. Quite the interesting beer.

aracauna, Jan 15, 2004
Photo of SixpointJMH
4.05/5  rDev +4.9%

this one pours a deep black colour, with my only complaint being a lack of head, but most (if not all) sweet/milk stouts i have sampled have had a lack of head so, not a major complaint. it's got (what i see as) a fairly typical english/irish stout smell. sweet, with hints of chocolate, maybe a bit of caramel and malt. coffee in the smell was lacking here. the taste was quite nice. body was full and had a bit of smoke flavour to it with some coffee and perhaps some slight buttery hints. the taste is more dry and bitter than sweet, though the sweetness is definitely here and provides for a creamy brew that may bit a bit over carbonated, thus killing the smoothness a touch. overall, a good ole cream stout that i'd be happy to revisit again.

SixpointJMH, Jan 15, 2004
Photo of Skidz
4.4/5  rDev +14%

Just came in the other day, can't wait til more come in. Very nice looking bottle, I knew I was in for a treat.

Pours a rich, thick brown with dark crimson sides, you could eat this with a fork. 1 1/2 finger cinnamon tan head that subsides slowly as you go on. Smells of sweet milk chocolate, with hops on top.

Getting to the part I really like....ooh, it's so sweet! As you take a nice mouthful, you are confronted with two tastes that just go so perfectly together. The dark chocolate and hops mingle together the entire time, rather than taking turns. They compliment each other so wonderfully. You can also taste a nice hint of maltiness.

Extremely smooth going in and going down. It seems to just float around in your mouth, way to hard to keep in your mouth...I just wanted to keep drinking this. Like I said, this is ridiculously easy to drink, I could see myself drinking a good half dozen of these in one sitting, were it not for the hefty price tag.

My best recommendation, other than to DRINK THIS BEER, is that you do not drink it very cold. Chill it, maybe about 55F should do. All the flavors really come out strong.

I recommend this 100%! Easily one of the best stouts out there.

Skidz, Jan 11, 2004
Photo of DagFishHead
4.3/5  rDev +11.4%

Appearance: Black pour with chestnut/mahogany highlights at glass' edge. Somewhat skimpy, large-bubbled, espresso-colored head manages to leave constellations of lace.
Smell: Smoked malt, espresso, bitter chocolate, moderate lactose nose, hints of vanilla, butterscotch, and caramel.
Taste: Smooth creamy smoked malt at the front. Smokey, lactose sweetness and acidity at the top. Dry hop finish allows lingering smoke, cream, and burnt molasses/ bitter coffee aftertaste. Flavors and balance improve dramatically as the beer warms.
Mouthfeel: Medium-full bodied malt. Low-level, but fairly course carbonation combines with some lactic acidity for a substantial tingle on tongue and palate.
Drinkability: One of the best cream/milk stouts I've tried. Flask- shaped bottle is unique as well.

DagFishHead, Jan 01, 2004
Photo of mschofield
4.05/5  rDev +4.9%

a 16.9 ounce, snake-oil medicine bottle
Pure Black with a two finger light chocolate coloured head, very bubbly head. Laced in webs. Garnet at the very edges when held to the light.
A sort of drinking milk while eating dark chocolate covered caramels taste. Robustly flavored.
The aroma is of chocolate and cream, small caramel note.
Smooth and creamy feel, with a black malt acidic bite, a bit syrupy.

mschofield, Dec 22, 2003
Photo of ViveLaChouffe
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

Pours jet black with a big brown head. Smells lightly smoky. Malty and creamy. Sweet.

Taste is lightly bitter. Milk chocolatey and smooth. Creamy and light roasted malt flavors. Full and smooth. I mean damn smooth, velvety smooth. Lightly bitter aftertaste. Damn good, damn drinkable.

A good English milk stout. A nice changeup from big bitter stouts. Always good to explore stouts of all varieties. Must check out other St. Peter's brews...

ViveLaChouffe, Nov 21, 2003
Photo of Boilermaker88
4.18/5  rDev +8.3%

Presented as depicted in the picture. Pretty interesting bottle shape and color - not brown, not green, but olive. The beer poured rather roughly and resulted in a creamy tan ½" head that settled into a firm cap perched over a inky black brew.
The smell had aromas of burnt dark malt, lots of espresso, baker's chocolate and dark fruits all wrestling with each other for supremacy. The coffee notes won the battle. As for the taste, it was another skirmish as the sweetness of the fruits (finally identified as prunes) and molasses initially had the upper hand but were repulsed by a rising bittersweet tide of cocoa, espresso (lots of espresso!) and burnt malt flavors. The feel was medium-bodied and creamy smooth. There seemed to be a strange watery dead spot as I drank it that I've not experienced before.
Overall, St. Peter's Cream Stout is a pretty tasty beer. It has a nice balance and good range of flavors that make it quite easy to drink. Worth a try if you see it.

Boilermaker88, Nov 19, 2003
Photo of Globetrotter
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%

This lovely liquid pours out of St. Peter's trademark brown flask a dark ruby reddish brown under a one finger dark tan head that settles to film fairly quickly, but then lasts and lasts and lasts, leaving some nice lace work down the glass. The nose is full of roasted malts and a touch of hops. The mouth is mildly carbonated with a body consistency similar to milk. The taste opens with smooth roasted nuts and thick milk, perhaps half and half. This sensation is followed by a strong coffee-like bitterness. The coffee and milk combination sounds like a cappuccino, but that's not quite right. Perhaps espresso with milk would be closer. The aftertaste is mainly roasted bitter, but the milkiness lingers, too. This beer leaves a very nice impression.

Globetrotter, Nov 14, 2003
Photo of clvand0
3.48/5  rDev -9.8%

This beer poured a very dark color with a very small head. The aroma was chocolate, coffee, malts, milk, and several other things. Excellent aroma. The flavor was smooth and enjoyable and not as sweet as expected. The flavor was mostly like the aroma with some sort of fruits hidden as well. Body was medium and drinkability was fairly smooth.

clvand0, Nov 12, 2003
Photo of jdhilt
4.13/5  rDev +7%

Pours a four-fingered light brown head that leaves a nice lace. pour SLOWLY. Totally opaque black color. Nose is roasted coffee. Starts with roasted coffee flavor, mouthfeel is incredible smooth. Finishes with a good stout bitterness. Low carbonation and heavy bodied. $4.45 for a 500ml bottle.

jdhilt, Oct 27, 2003
Photo of DESTRO
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%

cool bottle. pours very black with a small tan head. strong aroma of dark chocolate, smells like a big strong cappuccino. somewhat crisp yet slighty creamy mouthfeel. small hop bite but the main show is an onslaught of roasted malt/dark chocolate. finishes slightly sweet. this is a damn tastey stout! very drinkable. hearty yet not too filling.

DESTRO, Oct 10, 2003
Photo of scottum
3.6/5  rDev -6.7%

I dig the bottle! I was able to pour the whole 16 oz into my pint glass because very very little tan head formed on this black black stout. Not very smooth for the style. The creamy flavor is there with a hunk of coffee and hints of coco. A wholesome roasty flavor rounds out this brew. Some hops add balance. I'd drink another, but I want to know where the smooth mouthfeel that I expect from a cream stout went.

scottum, Oct 02, 2003
Photo of nixhecks
3.48/5  rDev -9.8%

Poured a jet black with a cocoa colored head that had medium to low retention. After dissapting to thin film, this left moderate lacing. Aromas were of burnt chocolate, sweet barley malts and a bitter hoppiness. Flavors included a sweeter chocolate taste, and a strong hop presence along with a roasty maltiness. The carbonation was low, which I like, but the mouthfeel was a little thin and watery. This didn't effect the taste, but I would have prefered it to be a little silkier, smoother. Not a bad stout, but nothing extraordinary.

nixhecks, Oct 02, 2003
Photo of byrd
4.22/5  rDev +9.3%

Need to make an addendum to the below review... It bugged me that the last bottle I had was such a flop when it could have been so much better. So, I recently picked up another bottle... I should have picked up a few bottles. It was much, MUCH better this time, leading me to believe that the previous bottle must have been bad.

Beautiful, full tan head formed on top this time and lingered for a good while, reducing to a nice lace. Great medium/full mouthfeel with a very nice, soft carbonation. Flavors were plentiful and pretty similar to those noted below, but much improved from what I remember and the carbonation only added to the improvement. All in all, I was very happy this time, and will certainly give this one another shot to see how consistent it is from bottle to bottle.


I’ve always been pretty pleased with St. Peter’s Brewery before. This beer was a bit of a disappointment though, probably more so because it has such potential to be a wonderful brew.

Pours with NO head, none, zip, zilch, zero... just a couple bubbles (no more then a glass of apple juice) that all disappear. Color is solid black. The aroma is distinctly of chocolate malts. The palate is quite creamy and chocolaty with strong notes of Irish Cream. The rich flavors along with the lack of carbonation give this brew more of a rich liqueur feel then I would have expected. There are some slight roasted notes towards the end that linger a little bit in the aftertaste as a slight bitterness. Not much hops here, just some subtle hints towards the end. The mouthfeel is flat... no carbonation anywhere. This really makes the beer flop, and I’m wondering if I got a bad bottle. Had there even been a slight bit of carbonation here it could have sent this one over the top. This was quite a sweet brew that would definitely be suited as an after dinner or desert beer.

byrd, Sep 30, 2003
Photo of beerguy101
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Eclipse black color, very small head. Enormous chocolaty aroma. A medium bodied stout. Mild malts, kind of smoky. The chocolate flavor is mostly in the aroma. Smooth taste, sort of chocolate milk like. A nice sipping stout. This or Young's D Choc Stout would be a good introduction to the style. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is sweet.

beerguy101, Sep 25, 2003
Photo of Brent
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%

A well-done sweet stout with surpising depth of flavor. Coal black with a sofly-sweet roasted malt aroma. Roasted malt flavor abounds, carried on a well-balanced undercurrent of sweetness. Malt was not quite chocolate and not quite coffee, but bordered on the edges of both flavors. Lurking in the background was a caramel butteryness that hinted of Bailey's Irish Cream liqueur.

While the container does not count toward whether I like a beer's flavor or not, this beer does have an interesting olive green flask-style bottle.

Brent, Jul 15, 2003
Photo of jeffboo
4.58/5  rDev +18.7%

Yum!! Make that two Yums!! I do like this stout. Yum!! Thick black brew with brown head, it has a classic stout look,you know the one, just gazing into the glass makes you want to jump right in and float on top for awhile. Huge sweet roasted coffee aroma that encourages the glass to your lips. Very nice, smooth,creamy, nice medium body that makes the lifting a little easier. This beer just floats on the tongue. Lots of roasted grain flavor with enough sweetness to balance the grains. Did I forget to mention that I enjoyed this beer very much?!!

jeffboo, Apr 08, 2003
Photo of queenboadicea
4.58/5  rDev +18.7%

A good rush of chocolate, coffee, and smoke in this nice little stout. Both of these flavors are prominant on the palate, but the finish is long, smooth and pleasing. There is a small amount of bitterness, but that only heightens the coffee flavor and is matched well with a very, very faint sweetness. The color is so opaque it's almost like a black hole...it seems to absorb light! There are very few bubbles and only slight hints of lacing. One of the best imported stouts I've tried.

queenboadicea, Apr 05, 2003
Photo of Dmann
4.3/5  rDev +11.4%

Mmmm. Right out of the bottle this one smelled great, like dark chocolate. It poured with a very thin head that settled into a thin ring around the glass. After the first sip, the great coffee flavors hit me first, with a hint of chocolate, followed by a slight bitterness at the end. My only complaint in the flavor department is that the roasted coffee flavor was so good, I wanted more. But you can't have everything eh?. It had a great creamy mouthfeel, but could have been improved with a little more carbonation. Overall, a highly enjoyable brew.

Dmann, Jan 18, 2003
St. Peter's Cream Stout from St. Peter's Brewery Co Ltd
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