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St. Peter's Old-Style Porter - St. Peter's Brewery Co Ltd

St. Peter's Old-Style PorterSt. Peter's Old-Style Porter

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515 Ratings

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Ratings: 515
Reviews: 363
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 12.99%

Brewed by:
St. Peter's Brewery Co Ltd visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
English Porter |  5.10% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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4.4/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A: Black with a brown head.

S: Roasty, sweet malt, chocolate, coffee, smells good.

T: Taste is the same, but better. It's very flavorful, and the nose was quite dull, comparatively.

M: Very full bodied. Very smooth.

O: A damn fine porter. This beer made me fall in love with the brewery, and I've tried almost everything of their that I can get my hands on.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2014 06:14:00 | More by BierJager89
Photo of dcmchew


4.08/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pitch black with light ruby notes, small beige head, good retention.
Smells of coffee, dark roasted malts, burnt sugar.
Taste follows the smell (dark roast, with nice coffee notes), but there's a sweet dark chocolate balancing the dark malts. A certain low crispness also, from some lemon zest, also faint citrus and some juicy figs, raisins. Sweetness is not entirely caramel, but also some licorice notes come through. Spices range from dark cinnamon, cocoa powder to light vanilla, pepper and faint anise and ginger. Hops in the finish are surprisingly green for this style of beer, providing a tea leaf like bitterness, enhanced by the roast. Quite dry in the finish.
Not so creamy, watery and a bit too fizzy, would have liked it to be more robust, going down slower.
Maybe i'm not acustomed with these "old style" porters, but i expected more from this one. Still, flavour delivers perfectly.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2013 17:57:18 | More by dcmchew
Photo of mfnmbvp


3.58/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

500 ml bottle (1 pint 0.9 fl oz.) with no apparent bottled on date present. The local beer store has had these for close to a year now, and I'm finally getting around to it. Awesome old school 18th century style bottle. My first encounter with this brewery, expectations are about average.

Poured into a clear balloon snifter glass.

A - Pours a massive fluffy four fingers of light mocha colored head on top of a chestnut brown / dark ruby colored body. Nice chunky foamy head as the beer drinks, looking like the whipped topping on a root beer float. Nice thin ribbons of lacing on the glass. Some noticeable yeast content when held to the light.

S - Smell is of light cola, brown sugar, some nuttiness, used coffee grounds, vanilla, cream, cookie dough, powdery cocoa / chocolate, & some yeast.

T - Taste follows the nose: cold black coffee, brown sugar sweetness, raisins, earthiness, and some mineral qualities to it on the finish. A very nice classic example of the style. I'm really digging this.

M - Creamy and smooth with a bitter, sticky finish. Maybe a tad over carbonated and a bit full-bodied for the style.

Overall, a well-made classic styled porter, with intriguing packaging, and a nice blurb about the brewery on the bottle. Definitely looking forward to trying more beers from this brewery.

St. Peter's Old-Style Porter ---3.5/5

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2013 01:16:23 | More by mfnmbvp
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4.43/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Old school flask style bottle. Replica circa 1770 across the Delaware River right here in Philly. Poured into English style pub glass.

A: appears ruby brown with low but good carbonation and thin head that eventually fades to nothing. Just like an English pub would serve it. Impressive.

S: butter, dry cocoa, licorice, some roast, slight coffee, earthy hops, graham crackers.

T: starts sweet but ends dry with faint roasty porter finish. Sweetness reminiscant of chocolate, cocoa, coffee. Nice firm bitterness at the end.

M: feels about medium. Light enough to drink quite easily but malt complexities seem to weigh it down enough so you can ponder the great taste.

O: wonderful beer. Glad to have found this at Total Wine. Would definitely buy & drink again. Takes me back to the Old World if I imagine I could. If only I could brew a beer this great tasting, complex with low alcohol of 5.1%.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2013 01:33:06 | More by jwhancher
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4.09/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ruby-brown color, see through. I could see some carbonation rising up. Thin head.

Mild aroma. Dark roasted malts, chocolate, caramel, a bit coffee.

Very rich, dark roasted malts, chocolate, caramel, coffee. Hop bittereness is mild-medium. Finish is dry. Body is medium, very smooth, silky.

It's excellent.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2013 04:02:57 | More by mjurney
Photo of puboflyons

New Hampshire

3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

From the 25 fl. oz. bottle. Sampled on June 22, 2013.

The pour is very dark brown with reddish hues. It could have been darker but I won't complain much.

The aroma is of dark malts, black licorice, and brown sugar. Hops are far in the background. But it smells like a sweeter Porter should smell.

The body is light to medium to bold with a moderate creaminess.

The taste is quite likable. Plenty of dark malts, brown sugar, and a low hop bitterness that plays up toward the end but does not overpower. It really tastes like a Porter should but a lot sweeter than I prefer.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2013 21:12:26 | More by puboflyons
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4.11/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into a perfect pint.

3.5 A: Clear dark amber brown color. Just over one finger of frothy/creamy beige head. Retention is a touch below average, but a decent sized ring of lacing is left.

4.0 S: Roasted barley with toastiness and a heavy graininess. Under that there's a doughy neutral sweetness. Dry with chocolate and caramel. Mineral with hints of coffee.

4.25 T: Taste is like the nose, but a little less dry, which makes for good balance overall. Roasty toasty malts, big graininess and doughiness. Chocolate, caramel, neutral malt chewiness. Mineral, coffee, and biscuit.

4.25 M: Medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Chewy without being sweet. Pleasantly creamy.

4.0 D: Another winner from this brewery. A very good option if you are in the mood for something English.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2013 19:51:54 | More by DavoleBomb
Photo of johnnnniee

New Hampshire

3.61/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear dark reddish brown with a frothy cream colored head that slowly dissipates to lots of sticky lace. The aroma is a bit vinous with some dark fruity aromas. Burnt sugars, light chocolate and coffee playing supporting roles. The flavor is a touch lactic with vinous and dark pitted fruits melding into toffee, caramel, and a hint of smoke. Medium to thin body with a light level of carbonation and a sweet burnt mouthfeel. Interesting beer. This is not really what I think of when I think porter, but it was good enough to keep me interested through the glass.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2013 01:21:11 | More by johnnnniee
Photo of Mythos82


4.74/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 16.9 oz bottle.

A: The pour was a smooth pour with hardly any head to it. Dark color that cast a dark amber hue in the light. Small bubbles produced a great lacing down the side of the glass.

S: Smell starts with a sweet mineral smell that lingers in the nostrils. Deep and dark aromas that leave a deep sense of a rich butterscotch.

T & M: Taste reminds me of a rich butterscotch pudding that lingers on the palate. A slight brown sugar taste finishes out the profile and leaves a warm sense to the mouth a and throat.

O: I have always been a fan of a good English porter and was definitely was not disappointed by this beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2013 09:20:07 | More by Mythos82
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3.96/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

St. Peter’s Old Style Porter has a thick, beige, spongy head, thin lacing left behind, and a clear, reddish-brown appearance. The aroma is of medium-roasted, sweet, tannic barley malt, and the flavor is of the same, with some chocolate notes and an underlying and pleasant bitterness. The mouthfeel is medium, slick, and smooth, and St. Peters’s Old Style Porter finishes semi-dry, refreshing, and highly drinkable. Overall, this is excellent.


Serving type: bottle

04-11-2013 14:53:44 | More by RonaldTheriot
Photo of fx20736

New York

4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a nonic, served at cellar temp.

Coal black with a thick, 3 finger fluffy khaki head that lingers. Nice lacing.

aroma is cocoa, espresso beans, vanilla, butterscotch with finally some musty hops and maybe a fain whiff of smoke.

mouthfeel is oily and not very carbonated.

taste: roasted malt, licorice, a rye like spiciness, butterscotch, a blend of dark roasted coffee, cocoa powder and a touch of smoke at the end.

Amazing beer, aroma and taste are complex and outstanding. I am beginning to love St. Peters brewery.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2013 19:03:48 | More by fx20736
Photo of eduardolinhalis


3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

330ml bottle served in a chalice.

A: Pours a brown color forming a medium aired and big bubbled yellow head. Retention is low but a thin layer lasts for a long time in the surface. Lots of small spotty lacings are left in the glass. Beautiful beer

S: Quite milky with strong notes of dark chocolate. Tons of roasted notes. Notes of coffee. British style flowery hops in the end

T: Dark chocolate and roasted malts, mainly. Notes of coffee. Brown bread. Slightly sweet upfront and mild and pleasant bitter end. Again, notes of citrus (British style) hops

M: Light watery body. Medium to low carbonation. Roast and bitter aftertaste

O: Very drinkable beer. Very smooth and pleasant. Recommended

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2012 19:14:08 | More by eduardolinhalis
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5/5  rDev +29.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

In a word, Perfect. Best Porter I've ever had after 20 years of drinking beer. Smooth, smooth, smooth! Yummy. I picked it up because of its unassuming label, quite simple. St.Peters also makes a stout you must have too. I've only seen them in specialty shops here in south TX. 'Nuff said.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2012 20:48:33 | More by tonybiblerocks
Photo of karait95


3.65/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark color in a medium body with reddish hues, head is small, carbonation is medium

S: Aroma is rich, also is simple and according to style toasted malts that may contain some coffee.

T: There is a malty barley base with some hops, toasted malts are present not very complex but as the style.

M: Balanced, maybe a little extra bitterness at the end but blended with the proportion of sweetness makes this one a balanced beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2012 03:58:34 | More by karait95
Photo of jar2574


3.3/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Nice lacing, big head on the initial pour, dark beer that is ruby red when held up to light. Musty, malty, slightly sour smell. Smell isn't strong enough to warrant much opinion. Taste is very mild, hardly much there, but what is there is a malty, sour mash type flavor. An OK beer, probably better when it's fresh in England than after sitting on a shelf for a while.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2012 03:52:19 | More by jar2574
Photo of tylerprince


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

Poured from a fresh bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a nice dark brown with ruby hues. A decent amount of light gets through. Off-white head (one finger) fades quickly but leaves behing frothy rings of lacing.

S: Like an Irish red. Toasted malts with a sour note at the end. Tea-like hop aroma is barely there. Smithwick's on steroids.

T: Mellow toasted malts, dark bread. No alcohol notes. Extremely faint earthy/tea-like hop presence. Finishes clean with a subtle lactose note.

M: Watery with little carbonation. Drinks like an authentic Irish red, not like a porter. Sessionable.

O: New ground for me...an English porter, that is. This tastes and drinks just like an excellent Irish red, albeit a little less roasty.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2012 01:32:00 | More by tylerprince
Photo of DavidST


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

Poured from a 16.9oz bottle into a pint glass, unknown freshness date. This pours a dark brown color almost black with a bubbly smallish tan head which quickly dissipates. The smells are of roasted malts, chocolate, cream, not bad. The feel is medium to light. The taste is pretty good, dark roasted malts, chocolate, not bad.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2012 03:14:29 | More by DavidST
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South Carolina

4.33/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16.9 oz green bottle served in a Unibroue snifter.

A: Pours a clear, dark reddish brown with a small off-white head that soon dies down to a lasting island and ring; leaves spotty lacing.

S: Exceptionally pleasant mix of dark fruit + chocolate + roasted malt + baked bread + a dash of spicy hops. Excellent if more subdued than I wish, given the great quality.

T: Plenty of rich, roasted malt flavor here, but that's not all. ... This is surprisingly hoppy for a English porter; enough to leave it very nicely spicy and slightly bitter. Nice roasty aftertaste.

M: moderate carbonation; enough to leave the medium-body smooth but lively. Light dryness in the finish.

O: A very well-crafted brew that should be sought out by fans of porters. Near 4.5

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2012 22:32:27 | More by chinchill
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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle from Brix in Omaha, NE
No bottled on date
Poured into a New Belgium globe glass

St. Peter's English porter is a fairly true to style porter, with pleasant malt complexity and roasted flavors. The aroma, however, is somewhat lacking and the mouthfeel could be fuller. Still, when Fuller's is not available, this is a suitable stand-by.

Can pours a tall (>3cm) head of medium and small bubbles, mild tan in color. Head appears to be quite fluffy, as more than a few minutes are required for it to collapse back down, eventually leaving just a small ring around the glass. Leaves some lacing along sides of glass, but not replenished with each sip. Body, out of the light, is a very dark brown, seemingly opaque; in light, it is a transparent wood-stain brown color. Modest carbonation is visible.

Aroma is slightly sweet, mixed with equally slight chocolate, char, smooth fresh sweet cream. Would have enjoyed a more expressive nose.

Taste opens with pleasant roasted barley meets sweetness and slight char. Bitter, washed-out chocolate and similarly bitter, washed-out coffee ground flavors are next, with slight vanilla. Charred flavors contribute some mild bitterness or tartness to the taste, which is quite nice. Mild charred taste in the aftertaste. Really, I think this is quite an enjoyable tasting English porter.

Body is medium-light with a bit of wateriness around the edges, could be more substantial and more satisfying. Carbonation is suitably moderate, fitting. Finish is dry to semi-dry. Generally, good, but a bit more thickness would do wonders.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2012 04:23:52 | More by falloutsnow
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New York

3.55/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a nonic pint.

A - Poured a light bronze. In the glass, dark brown-red - barleywine-esque. 1 finger cream colored frothy head, fading slowly, leaving lace trace.

S - Slightly soured milk. Sweet, plenty of vanilla. Malty.

T - Malt forward. Sweet, vanilla, caramel. Not much to say here.

M - Nice refreshing carbonation. Not as full as I expected.

O - Maybe this is "true to style," as in the fact that this is more like the old porters, but I'm not crazy for it. I won't be rushing back to buy this one anytime soon or probably ever. Too much else out there.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2012 00:48:34 | More by Edwaka01
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New York

4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Love the look and size of these bottles, as they fill a nonic pint perfectly.

Pours with a dark brown body with dark reddish brown highlights. The beer's head reaches just above the glass, leaving a nice lacing on its way down.

The smell is of hops and a buttery yeast. When sipped, that yeast flavor is at the forefront and continues all the way to the back. There are slightly skunked hops and roasted malts among this horde of yeast.

It's a great beer, as well as great looking. Go old school and grab yourself one of these.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2012 19:21:55 | More by wcintula
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3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. Reviewed alongside Original Flag Porter.

A: Dark brown with two-finger, off-white, foamy head that lasted a couple of minutes. Okay lacing.

S: Roasted caramel malt. Mild.

T: Moderate sweetness and light bitterness. Roasted and smoky up front. Very toasty flavor in the finish.

M: Medium bodied with soft to fizzy carbonation. Ultra smooth.

O: Solid English porter. The nose was a bit mild, but not bad. I preferred the Original Flag porter slightly.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2012 00:30:41 | More by SolipsismalCat
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1.88/5  rDev -51.2%
look: 5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

A-Pours a mostly clear black color with a few fingers of frothy light tan head.

S-Butterscotch with a very distracting feta cheese like aroma and a bit of roasted malt.

T-Very bitter roasty malt upfront with coffee and dark chocolate on the finish.

M-Very thin body yet pretty creamy and very low carbonation.

D-The body wasn't bad at all but the terrible feta aromatic and the one dimensionality of the roasted quality make this pretty undrinkable. Unfortunately, their date code is a little hard to decipher so I have no idea how old this is.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2011 00:56:24 | More by samie85
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2.1/5  rDev -45.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Served from a cask into a pint glass at a pub in London. Reviewed from notes.

A: Pours a half finger head devoid of cream, thin, and of terrible retention. Colour is a solid black.

Sm: Aroma is light in strength. Cream and caramelized malt is all me broken nose detects. All apologies, lads.

T: Cream, stale off-coffee, and a rough awful finish. A bit watery, probably a result of the cask. Some vanilla comes through. Simple, decently balanced, and badly built for the style.

Mf: Too smooth and too wet. It doesn't complement the style or the flavour of the beer.

Dr: It's hard to drink because it's watery garbage. It might be better on draught, but as is it's expensive and of poor quality.

Serving type: cask

10-04-2011 07:45:47 | More by kojevergas
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2.25/5  rDev -41.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Glass - Pint

A - I'm gonna just say it's a dark dark brown color with a ruby red tinge to it. It produced a 2-3 finger slightly off white head that looks a little airy like. I didn't get any lacing on my glass.

S - Wow, I get a strong creamy, milk like quality in the aroma. Underneath the pronounced milky like aroma I pick up some nuttiness and toasted notes but nothing rich about it.

T - I get that same sour/milky quality in the taste with an overall mild malt characteristic. I'm picking up grassy flavors with nuttiness, roasted/almost burnt coffee bean flavor and mild bitterness with a dry finish.

M - Thin and lite bodied with moderate carbonation.

O - First thing first, I hope I didn't get a bad one! The sour/milky quality to this beer is a little off putting to me, mostly because I just wasn't expecting it. The malt characteristic is too subtle for my liking. Overall I wont try this ever again, but maybe I'll try another offering from the brewery. Not recommended.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2011 00:13:47 | More by PintOHops
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St. Peter's Old-Style Porter from St. Peter's Brewery Co Ltd
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