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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

537 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 537
Reviews: 365
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 13.25%
Wants: 18
Gots: 15 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-16-2002)
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Reviews by Erdinger2003:
Photo of Erdinger2003
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a big fluffy head that doesn't dissipate easily. The color is dark, but you can easily see light throughout the beer. Lacing is very very sticky. Smell is slightly hoppy with a little roasty background. English ales are harder to pick up after all the American beers. The taste is light with coffee roastiness. Very drinkable. Mouthfeel is smooth, but reminds me a little of the mouthfeel of water. Overall, I do like this brew and will have it again.

Erdinger2003, Oct 03, 2007
More User Reviews:
Photo of Jason
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: Green 1 pint .9 fl. oz. Old fashioned medicine style bottle with a quick blurb about the beer on the back label as well as a “best before” date.

Appearance: Nearly black in colour, more of a extremely dark brown, and still holding some ruby highlights. Pours rich creamy tan lace that leaves trail of web like stickiness.

Smell: Dark unsweetened chocolate or carob, light musty buttery yeast nose, lemony twang from the hops and some charcoal tie things up in the aroma.

Taste: Strong medium body, sturdy smoothness and a dryish mouth feel. Carbonation is mild and very appropriate. In your face coffee and carob flavour with a small and quick yet rounded sweetness. Hop bitterness flares in to a happy medium to bring a perfect balance. Earthy dry. Musty buttery yeast hits middle to end to add a lustful character to this ale, touch of astringentcy towards the end from the roasted malts to stop with a dry finish.

Notes: Old style porter to say the least, A blend of old and new beer. A very well structured beer with lots of flavour going on … a sharp cheddar and whole grain crackers pairs extremely well with this one.

Jason, Aug 25, 2002
Photo of oberon
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured more of rich tawny brown with not much head just a soapy-like semblence of one but the nice rich color made up for the lack of head,aroma was nutty with milk chocolate presence as well with just a touch of coffee.Taste is the same alot of nuttiness with an almost almond flavored coffee drink flavor to it,now I have a problem with the wateriness of this brew though really thin I think compared to American counterparts wich Iam used to.None the less this a easy drinking flavorful porter with a cool bottle I would buy again and will.

oberon, Sep 23, 2004
Photo of Popsinc
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A super dark brown pour with a minimal tan head. It seems to be very smooth and very light on the carbonation.

The nose is wonderfully chocolatey and heavy on the chalky cocoa notes. The taste starts off with light roasted malts and quickly makes a turn for a delightful chocolate treat without being very sweet. The cocoa notes fade into a semi-bitter & dry finish.

Although this is a nice creamy beer, the downside is that this beer remains too light-bodied for the style. A very nice sipping beer containing rich qualities without being overpowering or heavy. A little too light bodied for my liking but still, the good outweighs the bad here.

Popsinc, Mar 02, 2004
Photo of RoyalT
3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance – This one is a nice ruby-laced black in color with an off-white, moderate head.

Smell – There’s no mistaking the big coffee grounds that leap out of the glass. This one is dark with some creamy, roasted malts and a light fruity hop profile.

Taste – The malts are big but mellow at the taste. The bitter coffee flavor provides good complexity as does the light, fruity hop compliment. This is a good one.

Mouthfeel – This Porter is a solid medium in the body and very creamy. The sharp bitter bite at the end provides a terrific contrast to the smooth character of the malts.

Drinkability – This is a good Porter that both entertains and satisfies. There are a lot of interesting things going on here, so have some fun with it.

RoyalT, Oct 13, 2004
Photo of hopsleeroy
3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared with girlfriend

A-Very dark brown almost black with ruby edges
S-Caramal and chocolate malt, earthy grass hop presence
T-Subdued roast with mild chocolate, earthy hop flavor, Ver mild fruitiness as it warms, I have gotten used to american porters which tend to be heavier in the roast than this one, very balanced blended flavors, slight bit of plastic flavor that keeps score down
M-Medium to full in mouth, slightly creamy
D-Easy drinking porter but would probably look for different interesting flavors after a while

hopsleeroy, Jan 08, 2009
Photo of sgoodship
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I so loved the St. Peter's Cream Stout that I was hoping to drink that all over again. I really had to force myself to switch gears into a Porter mode.

A: 1 Pint 0.9fl.oz. green bottle. It poured a nice clean, slightly off-white head. As the drink progresses, the head got craggy. Nice lacing and a stuck to the glass in a web pattern. Very dark brown - almost black. Some nice mahogany highlights on the bottom of the glass - catching the light.
S: Beautiful bitter chocolate and coffeee. Bitter smeetness balanced by hops.

T: Malty at the front end, moving to the expected bitter chocolate and ending with a crisp hoppy sourness to balance it off. Wanted more of the chocolate/coffee pay-off but taste delivers more heavily in the back-end - middle wasn't bold enough for me. As the drink progressed, the hoppiness definitely took on a more fruity personality - exceptionally bold.

M: Nice, creamy, full body but clean. Felt just right. Little bit of carbonation to liven things up. Hoppiness really hits you at the back of the throat on the back-end.

D: A really nice porter but I felt like it was lacking something in taste for me. Not quite what I was expecting or looking for. Don't want to take away from the quality of it. I would be more than happy to return to this brew but definitely wouldn't be a stand-by for me.

sgoodship, Oct 09, 2008
Photo of Billolick
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

they get points added for a classy and very unusual bottle. This one poured very bark, allmost black with a very large head, that got me worried it had gone bad, no worries as the head dissipated to a fluffy off white crown. Left nice, well developed lacing. Malty, burnt grain nose. Tasty drinkable porter, burnt notes, chocolate, light coffee, good depth of flavor, very enjoyable with a steak and salad. I'm interested to now try the others in this line of brews.

Billolick, Sep 24, 2004
Photo of fdrich29
3.65/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

St Peter's Old-Style Porter, 1 PINT 0.9 FL. OZ. bottle purchased at Marty's Wine in Newton, Massachusetts.

"Brewed with skill and patience in one of Britain's finest Small breweries."

I loved the Cream Stout enough to now try every offering from St. Peter's I can get my hands on. I was happy to spot this bad boy on the bottom shelf of Marty's Stone endcap.

Not a whole hell of a lot to look at once it's poured, a wee bit of bubbling lacing around the edges of this black and crimson brew. Smells nicely of malt and figs. Tastes a bit smokey and strong malt, but overall a bit plain without much dimension or complexity. Mouthfeel is a boring and flat, I've had bottled waters with more flair on the palate.

Very easy to put back, and although I was underwhelmed I would recommend giving it a shot.

fdrich29, Apr 12, 2005
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.

tonybiblerocks, Jul 28, 2012
Photo of dcevans
4/5  rDev +3.9%

dcevans, Nov 27, 2011
Photo of sydneyMTBdog
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

sydneyMTBdog, Oct 13, 2012
Photo of magictrokini
2.95/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Hard to rate this one. Pours clear dark brown with no head. Aroma is heavily coffee and leather. The taste is weak. Good coffee, malt, and some bitter hops, all with an earthy feel. Watery mouthfeel. Finished like an ESB. Overall, this was good, I just wanted more.

magictrokini, Dec 16, 2008
Photo of wo87810
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

wo87810, Oct 01, 2012
Photo of williamjbauer
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

williamjbauer, Jun 03, 2013
Photo of ADR
4.3/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

An old school Porter from a flask bottle that looks like it should have patent medicine in it. Very dark black, just a little light comes through at the bottom. Dark tan head rises and falls in a minute. Nice thick lacing on the glass. Heavy aroma, malty but pruney with lots of spicing and slight medicinal qualities. Thick and chewy mouthfeel. Flavor is interesting in its depth and layers -- more prunes, fortified wine, dark roasted senses, a seeming layer of ashy bitters at the finish. Aroma keeps backing up the flavors in the mouth. Interesting rendition, lots of flavors to note that imply more alcohol than is really around. Reminds me of what an historical Porter may have tasted like, tavern owners blending all sorts of brews and even adding strange and unexpected flavorings for balance and color. The drinkability is kind of subjective to me, its a little different.

ADR, Nov 15, 2004
Photo of chinchill
4.21/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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.

chinchill, Mar 16, 2012
Photo of foamer
3.58/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep brown which turns a rich burgundy when held up to the light with a nice tan head which leaves a nice wall of fine bubbles on the sides of the glass. I was a little bit concerned about it coming in a green glass bottle, and indeed there was a descrenible skunkiness upon opening the bottle, but it did disappear and the beers roasted chocolately nutty aroma came through. Unsweetened chocolate plays heavily on the palate with some roasted malts and finishing with a lingering almost nutty finish. A very pleasant and easy-drinking porter. Nice silky mouthfeel and all around a decent little import from the LCBO this fall.

foamer, Sep 25, 2005
Photo of rhoadsrage
4.4/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

(Served in a glass mug)
A- The dark brown body has reddish highlights with a light tan creamy head that last and last.
S- This beer has a light fragrant roasted black malt flavor without a bitterness and a dry caramel quality that finishes with a slight tartness and a chocolate note that grows as the beer warms.
T- This beer has a smooth mellow roasted malt flavor with a toffee flavor and a watery taste to follow. There is a nice roasted mellow finish.
M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with no alcohol heat or astringency.
D- This beer has a good session beer with a great depth and a nice subtle complexity and I would love to try this on cask.

rhoadsrage, Mar 11, 2010
Photo of jbphoto88
3.33/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from an olive green 1 pint 0.9 oz bottle. This beer is deep red and murky clear. You can see through it at the bottom of the glass but as the taper widens it becomes unclear. The head is as close to perfect as I've ever seen. Thick, tan and lovely as it laces the glass.

The nose is average at best. There are hints of roasted grains but they are muted. Not much of a smell when it comes right down to it.

The taste is good but very much an English porter. Muted and not very complex but still satisfying. The flavor is consistent with a fine toasted bread. Slightly sweet but watered down.

Mouthfeel is very smooth and almost creamy. Mild carbonation and a medium body. Not bad, but very average. I can picture sitting in an English pub sipping this one late into the evening.

jbphoto88, Jan 29, 2011
Photo of CamuMahubah
4.47/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark black with mahoghany highlights.

Roasted oak and semi-sweet chocolate!

First taste was a bit of bbq sauce. After that things settled down a bit. Charcoal and bitter chocolate. Hop acid levels are just right. This one is balanced.

Beer of substance...

Very easy to drink because of the balance. Tastes like a porter should. Do not let the green bottle scare you away! I'm not usually a porter fan and I got talked into trying this one. I owe my buddy a "High Five"! This is a classic porter. I wish all porters were this enjoyable!

CamuMahubah, Mar 18, 2008
Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

acurtis, Jul 14, 2013
Photo of Brenden
4.06/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

Brenden, Aug 02, 2014
Photo of anders36
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A dark reddish brown colour, with a mediumthick creamy head. It smell dark chocolate and pepper, with some hints of hops. The taste is roasted and a bit smokey. It also have some hints of coffee and chocolate. The aftertaste is long and bitter. This is a very nice porter and i think it would go very well with a pice of chocolate cake.

anders36, Apr 09, 2004
Photo of skillerified
4.45/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown to black in the middle with deep cherry colors at the edges. Nice creamy and sudsy head that tops off the glass. Looks tasty.

Dark, lightly roasted malt around the edges. Dried dark berries in the middle. A little bit of chocolate (chocolate covered cherries maybe). There's a sort of earthy or woodsy scent too (not pine). A very full and rounded smell, if that makes any sense. Definitely gets a more fruity vibe going as you work your way down the glass. I actually felt it resembled a sparkling wine at points.

Mild and delightful coffee flavors at the forefront. A bit of a tobacco flavor in the middle, like a nice cigar (not cigarette tobacco). A little bit of a toasted bread flavor (with butter almost!). Maybe a hint of whiskey-like smoke too. Quite a combination.

Extremely well balanced and very smooth. Just sits perfectly on the palate. Nice malt center with a great mildly bitter finish, but neither overpowering the other. Just about the perfect mouthfeel.

So this is why people drink Porters. I haven't had many and this is definitely the first one I've liked. Pretty close to a sessionable ABV too. No complaints about this brew. Not quite world-class, but not too far off either.

skillerified, Dec 12, 2007
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St. Peter's Old-Style Porter from St. Peter's Brewery Co Ltd
87 out of 100 based on 537 ratings.