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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
85
very good

892 Ratings
THE BROS
87
very good

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Ratings: 892
Reviews: 585
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 12.95%
Wants: 25
Gots: 31 | 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 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.

Naerhu, May 31, 2004
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.

necoadam, May 26, 2004
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.

edchicma, May 20, 2004
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.

cokes, May 19, 2004
Photo of Gusler
4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer as it emerges from the unique flask shaped bottle resides in the glass a pitch-black color with a smallish and bubbly light chocolate head, the lace a velum like sheet to cover the glass. Nose has nice coffee aroma, also hints of bitter-sweet chocolate and sweet malt, start is sweet with a rich in roasted grain profile, the top is middling in its feel. Finish has a meaningful acidity, the hops delectable and a bit spicy, very dry almost vinous aftertaste, a quite nice stout and it compliments the Porter quite nicely.

Gusler, May 19, 2004
Photo of bark
3.53/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The colour is all black. The medium sized foam is deep brown, and dissolves slowly into a brownish surface.

The smell is powerful; it is sweet and full of cocoa, roasted malts and black coffee.

The carbon dioxide is very gentle, almost absent but still noticeable with really small bubbles. The mouth feel is very “creamy”, like drinking a mix of milk and whipped cream.

The roasted malt gives this beer a flavour that is almost smoky. There are distinct notes of cocoa, pumpernickel, coffee liqueur and a good measure of bitter hops.

The aftertaste is creamy with an increasing bitterness, which slowly decreases into a soft taste of dark chocolate and coffee.

This stout is really… Stout. The smell and taste is potent, but at the same time very elegant and well balanced. The almost overwhelming flavour and the soft carbon dioxide almost invite you to a really slow drinking experience that could last all night. Pleasant in its own way, but in some cases, it might be just too much.

bark, Apr 26, 2004
Photo of ark57
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It pours an opaque black with a tan head. There is some choclate and grassy hops in the aroms. Roasted malts are at the forefront of the flavor. Bittersweet chocolate and coffee are prevelant. It finishes a tad dry with a lingering roasty quality. I would have liked to see the body a bit bigger, but overall a satisfying beer.

ark57, Mar 25, 2004
Photo of UnionMade
4.3/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a deep, deep brown, nearly black, shining a clear maroon red when backlit. A thin, scattered mist tops the liquid, leaving some patchy lace trailing down the glass. The head keeps well, settling into a medium collar that lasts throughout the pint.
The aroma is very smooth and creamy. Chicory and baker's chocolate is readily apparent, a bit earthy in nature, a bit like a doppelbock, if it were an ale. Mild herbal, earthy hops, blended with mild treacle and molasses, perhaps a touch of maple. Soft prune and cherry esters.
The flavor is very robust, defying the aroma's impression. Strong bitter chocolate and chicory up front, an earthy, organic quality remaining throughout the flavor. Perhaps some earthy, woody hops right up front. The malt provides much of the bitterness, with bitter, unripened plum and sour cherry in the middle. A bit of fruity sweetness, mostly pinned under malt bitterness. Moderate herbal, grassy hops creep through the finish, mingling with a burnt malt bitterness. A faint lick of alcohol right in the end of the long finish. Moderate, small bubbled carbonation is a compliment to the lightish medium body. An assertive, robust mouthfeel.
Not quite what I was expecting from this brew, but it's a pleasant surprise. Rather audacious, especally for a british stout. Well balanced and very tasty.

UnionMade, Mar 24, 2004
Photo of WesWes
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a deep black color with a thick tan head. The aroma is good. It has a roasted chocolate scent that is very pleasant. It is also full of black malts which add a nice crisp aroma. The taste is good. It has a sweet rich chocolate flavor that finishes creamy. It has a good black malt underbelly. The mouthfeel is good. It is a full bodied beer with low/adequate carbonation. This beer is a real drinker. It has good flavor and a creamy finish; a must with my favorite stouts.

WesWes, Mar 03, 2004
Photo of ecoboy
4.6/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I loved this "foody" stout: I wasn't even "in the moment" and surprised myself with the high numbers. Very recommended.

Roasty! Malty! Not sweet at all! Noticeable hops in a stout for a change. Lovely food character of solidity followed by the noticeable hop bite. Label claim of chocolate is truly subtle. Thick rich finish lingers long. Mouthfeel more burly than both Guinness and Sam Smith's Imperial (my touchstones for jumping off of...)

Poured from the bottle with light carbonation. Completely opaque.

ecoboy, Feb 23, 2004
Photo of BeefyMee
3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Black with a struggling tan head.

Smell: Rich coffee aroma. There is also a sweet/bittersweet chocolate smell coupled with a certain smokiness.

Taste: The smokiness becomes a little more pronounced. The slightly bittersweet flavor comes upfront, and the coffee aspect recedes to the aftertaste. As it warmed, it started to taste like an imperial stout.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and creamy with a little bubbly tickle on the tongue.

Beef Notes: I didn't let this warm up enough before I started drinking it, and it was much better once it warmed. Let this be a lesson, don't drink your stouts cold. Gotta love that bottle though.

BeefyMee, Feb 18, 2004
Photo of bewley
4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

As noted before, the bottle makes for a really nice presentation. It's also interesting to note that the bottle design is c.1770 American as per the back label.

The stout, itself, is dark in appearance, roasted barley and cocoa in the nose, medium creamy in mouth-feel and slightly bitter in aftertaste. It's not over-powering in any sense of the word and quite drinkable, but not robust enough to make me search it out as I do other stouts. Overall, not a bad brew by any stretch.

bewley, Feb 18, 2004
Photo of WilliamPhilaPa
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

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%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 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%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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
St. Peter's Cream Stout from St. Peter's Brewery Co Ltd
85 out of 100 based on 892 ratings.