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
86
very good

371 Reviews
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Reviews: 371
Hads: 567
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 9.64%
Wants: 26
Gots: 33 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
St. Peter's Brewery Co Ltd visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
English Porter |  5.10% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-16-2002

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Reviews: 371 | Hads: 567
Photo of JDV
1.86/5  rDev -51.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Based upon 2 ratings from separate bottles in separate states:
Dark Brown pour with quickly diminishing light off white head that doesnt last as long as if the head were bubbles from poured water.
VERY SKUNKY smell. This was my first skunky beer I've ever run into and it was abundantly obvious. The skunky smell faded some after 5 minutes, and gave way to a moderate chocolately coffee smell, with a bit of lingering skunk leftover still though. Taste was very strongly of coffee and little else. Fairly thin overall, and tasted almost ok aside from the skunkiness which i could not look past. Very little bitterness. Overall both bottles from different states were skunked and didn't impress at all. not a good porter. (721 characters)

Photo of samie85
1.89/5  rDev -50.8%
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. (548 characters)

Photo of kojevergas
2.12/5  rDev -44.8%
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. (702 characters)

Photo of Naes
2.22/5  rDev -42.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Its dark brown to black in color and has a small bubbly head. Also, it has a lot of carbonation sticking to the side of the glass.

Aroma is strong. Tones of earth, liquorish and malts bombard the nose. It’s a strong and not all that pleasing aroma IMO.

This one tastes just like it smells. Blagh, it has an earthy funk that disagrees with my palate.

It’s medium bodied and not a drinkable beverage, but that’s just me talking.

I had one of these beers about 3 years ago and did not like it. I figured that it would be better than I remembered, but this one still has the exact flavor in the aftertaste that I recall not liking.

Edit: After getting to the bottom of the glass, the flavor is less offensive. Tones of chocolate and coffee are showing through. (774 characters)

Photo of PintOHops
2.28/5  rDev -40.6%
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. (987 characters)

Photo of biglite351
2.46/5  rDev -35.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This might have been an off bottle.

A - color of burnt amber or dark honey. Near white head that falls fast and leave slight lacing.

S - I think it smells of fruit cheese and caramel.

T - tastes like it smells.

M - good coating with only a mild tingle on the sides of the tongue.

D - pass (293 characters)

Photo of peabody
2.63/5  rDev -31.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours out a dark blackish red color with very little tan suds. Slight lacing occurs.
Smell is like dirty water with malts and just a dash of hops. Very slight fruitiness but way in the back and barely noticeable.
Taste is bland for a porter. It's watery and bitter like an ESB but without the hoppiness most good ESB's have.
Aftertaste is not oily and the bitterness is not pleasant.
Don't like this at all. This is my first and last St. Peter's beer. (452 characters)

Photo of JosiahS
2.71/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a pint glass, super-dark brown with red tinges. One finger tan head with fine bubbles. Splashy lacing.

Slightly sour lactic aroma with intense cocoa, mocha and a bit of cherry. Toasty, roasty overtone.

Medium body with a loose yet slightly oily mouthfeel. Medium carbonation.

flavor is bit sour with an overpowering tang. Beneath that are some nice roasted malt characters, taost bread, mocha, chocolate, molasses.

I'm left wondering if this thing went bad or the sour flavor is intentional. I don't like it. (524 characters)

Photo of tfp4268
2.79/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

This beer pours dark brown with a practically non-existant head. Kinda thin looking for a porter. It left huge bubbles in the bottom of the bottle.

Smells malty, a litle choclatey, a little fruit...typical porter.

Taste is a little malt, and a lot of bitter...too bitter for the maltiness. IMHO

Mouthfeel is very thin , soda like.

It's fairly drinkable, but the bitterness hangs around long after the beer is gone, so it's not something I'd go out of my way to find. There are a lot better porters out there. Cool looking bottle tho. (549 characters)

Photo of chuckm
2.82/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Perhaps my expectations were built up by the cool bottle and old english script but after drinking this beer I searched the bottle to see if it had really been produced in St. Louis or Milwaukee. What a mild porter, from a style which was a thick working mans grog meant to be both tasteful and filling to this pale approximation. I still think the attendant at my local beer store must have popped it open, drank a third and topped it off with water. still I doubt I'll spend the money to prove him guilty (506 characters)

Photo of aaronh
2.84/5  rDev -26%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Deep garnet body with a minimalist head. Great aroma consisting of sweet roasted malt and brown sugars. Nice caramel note as well. The flavor is a bit smoky, with hints of molasses. Very unbalanced. The mouthfeel is thin as well, and the drinkability suffers because of it. Great bottle, nice aroma, poor beer. (310 characters)

Photo of BelgiumBill
2.85/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured aggressively a pint into a Guinness pint glass which produced the smallest bubble beige head which vanished quickly. Virtually no lacing. Very low carbonation.

Smelled of sweet roasty malt but not a powerful nose.

Flavors of sweet toasty malt and chocolate nibs.

While the flavors were pleasing, I found the lack of carbonation and nominal head off putting and out of balance resulting in a less than satisfactory mouthfeel.

This is one I won't buy again which is disappointing because the St Peter's Cream Stout is one of my favorites. (547 characters)

Photo of woemad
2.87/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

1pt. 9oz. bottle purchased at Jim's Homebrew in Spokane for $4.07. Bottle shaped like a big flask.

Poured a cola color with a weak, off-white head that dropped quickly. Modest amount of lace.

Smell is roasty, with elements of dark chocolate, dark tobacco and dark cherries. Dark seems to be a recurring theme here, eh?

Taste is similar to the aroma, but not quite what was promised. After an initial blast of bitter, roasted taste, the flavor seems to up and disappear. Not the most impressive tasting porter I've encountered.

In the mouthfeel department, this one comes up well short. It's thin, way too thin for anything purporting to be a porter.

This is a relatively lame porter, albeit one that came in a cool looking bottle. If there's no good beer available, it's a passable choice, but that's about it. I don't think I'll be picking this one up again. (876 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
2.88/5  rDev -25%
look: 1 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle - Poured a translucent dark brew with absolutely no head and no carbonation. Aroma of toffee. Taste is a bit sweet, with some toffee and some bitterness. I’m not sure if this is a bad bottle, but the lack of carbonation is very annoying and leaves a bad taste in my mouth. This beer also lacks a strong body and the chocolate/coffee taste should be more detectable. Overall, a very disappointing beer that I will try at least one more time to ensure that I didn’t get a bad bottle. (490 characters)

Photo of divineaudio
2.91/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

imperial pint into a weizen glass.

this beer pours medium brown with garnet highlights. i got the biggest head i've ever seen on a beer; 4 fingers worth, dense, tan and foamy. seriously looks like something you'd get from a milkshake. leaves a bit of spotty lacing in the glass.

smell is light roast, dark fruit and a little wet cardboard.

taste is roasted malt, dark fruit (raisin maybe?), milk chocolate, and cola. bitterness is mild. very malty sweet, almost cloying.

medium bodied with lots of carbonation and a sticky, syrupy feel.

i really wanted to like this one, but the sweetness and syrupy feel got to be too much halfway through the bottle. english porters are one of my favorite styles, but i can't see myself returning to this one. (750 characters)

Photo of magictrokini
2.95/5  rDev -23.2%
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. (265 characters)

Photo of ScottS
2.99/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a fairy light colored porter. It looks thick as it's pouring out of the bottle and does't have any head on it. The aroma is fairly mild with hints of soy sauce, earth, black patent malt, mild hops, and a rich maltiness. The beer has mild carbonation and a light body.

The flavor is pretty malty when the beer first hits the tongue. The malt gives way to some bitterness from the black patent malt and a mild, spicy hop bitterness. While this beer is nothing special it is unusually drinkable and goes down very quickly. (531 characters)

Photo of John
3/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Translucent brown color. Some roasted malt and chocolate is noted in the aroma as well as the flavor. Malt backbone is lacking…a bit thin. The roasted malt lends a faint bitterness that’s passable I guess. Is this old style? True to style? I don’t know. But I’ll pass next time. There’s too many others that are far better IMHO. (333 characters)

Photo of AlexJ
3/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dark brown, not black, with ruby highlights when held to light. No lacing.

Aroma is fairly typical, some cocoa, coffee, earthy, and lightly nutty.

Flavor similar, cocoa and coffee flavors, with earthy wood tones, leather, tobacco, and English hops to balance. Not bad, but one-dimensional and boring.

Body between mediun and light with a slick, smooth mouthfeel. (371 characters)

Photo of pants678
3.01/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Came from the bottle and into a normal english pint. Pour was not on par, zero head, a lace at best that looks to be a very light, easy beige.A very deep brown that is almost opaque, but light is getting through at the bottom of the glass.

Quite a range of distinct aromas, including tinges of coffee and chocolate like you'd expect. But there's also toffee and roasted malts. Really, it's nothing short of enticing.

Distinctly chocolate and malty, the toffee's there but it's not as strong. It is lacking in complexity, though. The front seems to be empty, but the back is charred. There's some fruity acidity present on the back as well, but still, it's not combining well or covered or being pressed in any way. There's much left to be desired, disappointing.

This Old-style porter is surprisingly and disconcertingly light. Perhaps it needs more carbonation, and absolutely needs more flavor to contend with.

Fore sure it's drinkable, but much too easy. While porters should be smooth, they should also have some more bite and bumps and bruises along the way. Those are not very present in this brew. (1,109 characters)

Photo of beerceller99
3.02/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Funky 50 cl. flask pours a dark brown fluid with a light brown head. Nice grassy burnt hop bud smell with roasted malts. Light to medium bodied with a watery mouthfeel. The taste is of lightly toasted grains with a tapioca pudding sweetness. Has a mildly bitter burnt grain finish.
Pretty weak for a Porter.
Pass on this brew and try their stout, it's much better. (368 characters)

Photo of KickInTheChalice
3.03/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 16.9 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Compared to most porters I am used to, this has a more transparent look. A walnut brown color base with almost clear edges, this is a far cry from the molasses black porters I like.

Smell: The aroma is very soft and subdued. Chocolate, roasted malt, and a bit of coffee all wander into my nose.

Taste: The flavor is fairly soft as well, and it feels no more complex. Chocolate and roasted malt stretch from start to finish without leaving much of an impression, and a light coffee flavor and bitterness close out the flavor.

Mouthfeel: This is thin, almost watery, with carbonation that is neither really creamy nor crisp, but somewhere in the middle.

Overall: This was fairly forgettable. With the number of good stouts and porters out there, having this one again is not a priority. (849 characters)

Photo of evh883
3.08/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

The appearance of this beer is decent at best. It has nearly almost no head and what it does have goes away fast leaves almost no traces.

The aroma is amazingly complex. A dominant dark chocolate scent along with slight coffee and earthy, burnt notes is present in the bouquet.

Not a bad flavor at all. Has a sligh sweeteness at first which is then followed by a harsh bittereness that hangs around on the tongue for a while. This makes the drinkability of it not so great.

Has a full bodied, creamy mouthfeel as you would expect in a nice porter.

Overall, this beer has fantastic aromatic characteristics along with a nice bitter taste and mouthfeel that make it worthwhile for any porter fans. (707 characters)

Photo of midwestbrewers
3.12/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Poured a kind of dark muddy looking brown with no head. No lacing either. LOW carbonation.

S: Very malty and sweet. Not really any hop character.

T: Sweet and malty as the smell. Low carbonation but the good retention.(didn't go flat) Not bitter at all.

This is just an OK beer. It was a little sweet on the smell and taste for me. The color, smell and taste were all mediocre for me. I do however place a disclaimer on my review. Being from the Midwest the freshness of the beer is always in question, and this one being a more "Off the Beaten Path" brew could have been there for a while. I will try it again and others from St. Peter just not for a while. Good beer St. Peters Brewery! (696 characters)

Photo of Lupe
3.12/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a deep amber witha small head and leaves some lace. Fruity aroma with hints of dark chocolate, yeast and a buttery scent. A bit thin for a porter but did have a smooth mouthfeel. Taste started roasted malt and grain with a little spiciness. Finishes with a somewhat sour twang that is undesirable. If the aftertaste was better, this would be pretty good. Could have been a bad bottle, so I may give it another shot. (421 characters)

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