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

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

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BA SCORE
87
very good

562 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 562
Reviews: 372
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 12.99%
Wants: 25
Gots: 25 | FT: 0
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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-16-2002

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Ratings: 562 | Reviews: 372
Photo of dacrza1
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

DATE TASTED: April 18, 2015... GLASSWARE: HopDevil nonick.. OCCASION: a nightcap after celebrating bro-in-law Gil's 40th anniversary... APPEARANCE: pitch black body as expected; creamy, substantial head that settles to a 1/2 inch; laces in swaths of brown--and the bottle scores points too... AROMA: definite toffee, burnt cereal malts and chocolate; peat and smoke elements as well... PALATE: a creamy, medium-bodied, mouth-filling porter that finishes with subtlety; mildly active... TASTE: luscious toasted cereal malts and possible Columbus hops create a full-bodied, sweet, semi-lactic taste; enough earthy qualities to create a warming experience... OVERALL: a strong, enjoyable porter that contains all expected aspects of the style; the ABV % is adequate but not noteworthy; St. Peter's offers another style-appropriate bottle, with cola and peat stoking a working man's drink...

Photo of headphonick
3.63/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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Photo of Gear54
4.26/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From a pint bottle into a snifter. Bottle has an interesting look to it. Not standard at all.

Beer is pitch black with little carbonation and no head. No lace left on the glass at all.

Smell is roasted malts, coffee, and dark chocolate.

Taste follows the nose well with lots of toasty and roasted flavors. Just a touch of booze at the end.

Feel gets the lowest marks for me. It's way light in the mouth for a porter and I wish the flavors had lasted longer on the finish.

Overall a solid porter. I want to have more from this brewery. This is my first St. Peter's

Photo of Hoppsbabo
4.29/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Black body with a fine off-white head.
S: Peppy toffee.
T: I has a bacon-like smokiness, but not an in your face one. Has a slight plasticy/chlorinated flavour that I often get from stout. Not completely dry. Just about right actually. A touch of dried fruit and a fruity kind of aftertaste. Muddy with some dark Minstrels chocolate.
O: Would LOVE to try it on cask. These guys know how to make stouts.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.49/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an almost opaque super dark crimson-brown with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Tiny streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa powder, earth, and very slight skunk aromas. Taste is much the same with char, cocoa powder, and earth flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of roast bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with very earthy and char forward qualities that come across stronger in the flavors.

Serving type: bottle.

Photo of Bis4beer70
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

this is brilliant
a porter w/smooth tones & mellow like an english countryside
bloody good porter
drinking whilst listening to Maiden's seventh son album...that's mellowing out to me....
cheers

Photo of ThaneMcC
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Appearance: dark ruby brown, tan lace, faint lacing as foam resolves, minimal carbonation.
Smell: Dark malts, molasses, chocolate, buttered toast, citrus, burnt caramel.
Taste: A gentle and smooth blend of malts up front, chocolate, just the right amount of sweet without being syrupy, hint of coffee and dark chocolate, hoppy bite at the end that cleans the palate. Barnyard, leather earthy quality, good, clean dry finish.
Mouthfeel: medium bodied, minimal carbonation
Overall: classic porter, not particularly complex, easily quaffable and enjoyable.

Photo of Kek5
4.75/5  rDev +23.4%

very very good beer

Photo of Brenden
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

It's a very dark brown, but with a bit of clarity and a slight reddish tint. The head is tan, about half a finger tall, with a modicum of bubbly lacing left behind by the layer of froth that rests atop the brew.
There's something a bit like chicory behind some bittersweet cocoa in the nose, a note of caramel, roast, and tanginess running through.
The tang is lemony and a little funky, balancing some figgy sweetness, a hint of smoky and creamy vanilla, and some earth extremely well. This one isn't too hard on the palate, but isn't too weak or shallow. There's plenty for the tongue to decipher, and it works very nicely.
This holds the lightish-medium body of the classic style as I understand it, some good flow without a lot of weight but not lacking, either. Maybe it ends up a little light and fizzy, carbonated like a soda, but with a little added weight to it.

Photo of BierJager89
4.38/5  rDev +13.8%
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.

Photo of dcmchew
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | 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 accustomed with these "old style" porters, but i expected more from this one. Still, flavour delivers perfectly.

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

Photo of jwhancher
4.42/5  rDev +14.8%
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%.

Photo of mjurney
4.07/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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

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

Overall:
It's excellent.

Photo of puboflyons
3.79/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

Photo of DavoleBomb
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

Photo of johnnnniee
3.63/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

Photo of Mythos82
4.73/5  rDev +22.9%
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.

Photo of RonaldTheriot
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.

RJT

Photo of fx20736
4.26/5  rDev +10.6%
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.

Photo of eduardolinhalis
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
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

Photo of tonybiblerocks
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.

Photo of karait95
3.67/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

Photo of jar2574
3.28/5  rDev -14.8%
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.

Photo of tylerprince
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

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