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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

525 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 525
Reviews: 363
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 13.25%
Wants: 18
Gots: 10 | 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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Cl88


1/5  rDev -74%

09-08-2012 00:56:34 | More by Cl88
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chefduff2

New York

1.75/5  rDev -54.5%

01-16-2013 04:52:30 | More by chefduff2
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JDV

Texas

1.83/5  rDev -52.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2008 18:37:47 | More by JDV
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samie85

Illinois

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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kojevergas

Texas

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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Naes

New York

2.2/5  rDev -42.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2005 04:58:52 | More by Naes
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PintOHops

California

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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biglite351

Pennsylvania

2.48/5  rDev -35.6%
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

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2010 02:26:25 | More by biglite351
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cdayb1

California

2.5/5  rDev -35.1%

01-09-2013 09:07:46 | More by cdayb1
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Hopstout

Minnesota

2.5/5  rDev -35.1%

09-18-2012 02:40:19 | More by Hopstout
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Liondiscs

California

2.5/5  rDev -35.1%

08-20-2013 09:12:42 | More by Liondiscs
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jkhobbs99

Texas

2.5/5  rDev -35.1%

06-28-2014 14:08:19 | More by jkhobbs99
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peabody

Kentucky

2.6/5  rDev -32.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2008 21:55:03 | More by peabody
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JosiahS

California

2.7/5  rDev -29.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2011 00:10:42 | More by JosiahS
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Kerne

Florida

2.75/5  rDev -28.6%

01-19-2014 00:37:18 | More by Kerne
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tfp4268

Kentucky

2.75/5  rDev -28.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2006 20:29:04 | More by tfp4268
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pipinmalikonj

Croatia (Hrvatska)

2.75/5  rDev -28.6%

11-21-2013 11:42:49 | More by pipinmalikonj
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chuckm

Indiana

2.75/5  rDev -28.6%
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

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2007 04:08:22 | More by chuckm
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aaronh

Pennsylvania

2.78/5  rDev -27.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2005 00:06:33 | More by aaronh
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woemad

Washington

2.83/5  rDev -26.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2004 02:01:43 | More by woemad
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BelgiumBill

Virginia

2.85/5  rDev -26%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2011 00:34:20 | More by BelgiumBill
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

2.9/5  rDev -24.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2004 17:15:24 | More by Phyl21ca
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divineaudio

Michigan

2.9/5  rDev -24.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2010 02:22:30 | More by divineaudio
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pants678

California

2.93/5  rDev -23.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2009 02:26:34 | More by pants678
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magictrokini

California

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2008 18:21:22 | More by magictrokini
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St. Peter's Old-Style Porter from St. Peter's Brewery Co Ltd
87 out of 100 based on 525 ratings.