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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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very good

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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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-16-2002)
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Photo of Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.48/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Like a stout. Looks dark like a porter, but light mouthfeel and chalkiness. Understated carbonated. Tabacco. Drop of chocolate malt. Nice drinking really. Good roasted barley.One-dimensional. Alcohol in nose. Cool bottle, drink this fresh at the LCBO as the glass looks susceptible to UV damage.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2005 22:10:34 | More by Sammy
Photo of BuckeyeNation


3.63/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Mahogany unless backlit, then its true nature is revealed. Crimson-infused walnut with orange highlights, crowned by a smallish ecru head that is reasonably persistent. Fine sticky lace ends up covering a fair portion of the glass. A good look.

The nose is of gently roasted dark malt and chocolate. Unfortunately, it isn't aromatic enough for any complexities to be evident. I'm guessing they aren't present at all, but I'll have to wait for taste bud submersion to be sure.

It's more flavorful than the nose let on, but not by much. Old-Style Porter, as I've come to learn, looks and tastes the way that classic porters should look and taste. That is, on the light side compared with most of the versions emanating from the U.S. My bias, however, is toward big beer and I much prefer those flavorful, full-bodied porters that straddle the line between stouts and porters. I like to call them storters.

The flavor profile consists of lightly roasted malt, weak chocolate and weaker coffee. Even though there's a minimal hop presence, a pleasant bitterness creeps in on the flinty, tending toward dry finish. The body is medium on first blush, thinning on the tail end of each mouthful, and the carbonation is below the radar. This is simple, straightforward, drinkable beer.

St. Peter's Old-Style Porter is a fine example of the classic porter style and is, no doubt, exactly what its brewers intended it to be. Since this is my review though, I can't ignore my big beer bias. As a result, I'll have to downgrade it just a tad. For those who like the English Porter style, this is pretty good stuff.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2004 23:41:59 | More by BuckeyeNation
Photo of brentk56

North Carolina

3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a deep chocolate brown body with some ruby highlights; not much of a head but it does leave some nice lacing down the side of the glass

Smell: Lots of nice coffee and roasted malts elements; a touch of hops rounds out the aroma

Taste: Starts out with a bitter black coffee roast to the tastebuds; some tobacco and smoke as well; finishes with a subtle hop kick that is slightly astringent

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with an appropriate level of carbonation for a porter

Drinkability: A bit different and perplexing initially but a porter I can certainly warm up to

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2005 21:42:31 | More by brentk56
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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
Photo of BEERchitect


3.35/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This brewery is kinda hit-or-miss isn't it. Expected a very nice, but simple and one-dimensional Porter, but the beer didn't reall live up to my expectations. The pour showed a lighter and more opaque hue than found in today's Porters-- somewhere between rich amber and brown. Though nice head retention, the beer also shows over carbonation and lack of protiens. The aroms confirmed the fear of part-grain character, though turns out more malted barley than the nose revealed. Along with a slightly better than average maltiness, the flavors also showed a moderate bready, lightly grainy, cola-like flavor that fell short of Brown Ale status. The feel was a bit too light, pushing the grain emphasis. Finished with that cola flavor and feel. Though the beer was not a disaster, I was expecting better in terms of rich chocolate, malty, richness and fuller, firmer body.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2007 03:54:02 | More by BEERchitect
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New York

3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear and very dark amber in color; some hints of carbonation are visible in the form of rising bubbles. It poured with little in the way of a head except for a ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: There are moderate aromas of roasted malts in the nose.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell and is filled with flavors of roasted malts and hints of caramel. The finish has some notes of bitterness.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and a bit thin on the palate with a light amount of carbonation.
D: The beer is very drinkable and quite sessionable because it doesn't have a high alcohol content and isn't very filling.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2011 03:39:50 | More by metter98
Photo of ChainGangGuy


3.63/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

16.9 ounce bottle - $3.49 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a surprisingly clear, very dark, reddish-brown body with an inch of bubbly, off-white head.

Smell: Mild, roast nose with meager notes of chocolate, nuts, and fruit.

Taste: Roasty, coffee-toned malts with a surprisingly large dose of chocolate. A few oven-toasted almonds tossed in. Medium sweetness throughout. Very minor tough of sourish fruitiness. Rather hop character and bitterness. Finishes dry with a lingering taste of roasted malts.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Just a tad light in the body, but otherwise a pleasant, easy-drinking porter.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2009 01:40:45 | More by ChainGangGuy
Photo of oberon

North Carolina

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2004 19:11:32 | More by oberon
Photo of feloniousmonk


4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A Stygian hued brew, with a short, but sweet, cream-colored head. Aroma is a delicious jolt of cocoa and coffee. I should put my face in this beer's nose every morning, in lieu of my regular pot of java! Other flavors add to the complex profile: molasses, dark rum, a hint of anise. Much more headiness in aroma than the typical porter. How does it taste? Rich, deep, full of texture. Surprisingly less bitter on palate than I'd expect from so dark an aroma. Very smooth. Full malt, just-right hops. This brew is a meal unto itself. Texture got a little thin at the end, don't know what happened there. But I liked it, I really liked it. Felt much different from the normal porter, or even the above average porter.
Thanks to Uglyradio!

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2003 18:46:38 | More by feloniousmonk
Photo of TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 16.9oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep brown color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of roasted malts, dark fruit, coffee and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out very malty with flavors of coffee and milk chocolate. There's a background flavor of dark fruit along with a mild sweetness. The hops presence is mild but complementary. The malt character is hearty and there's a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, it's a good beer to session with if you're in the mood for the style, but there are other dark session beers that I would pick first.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2010 03:14:59 | More by TheManiacalOne
Photo of russpowell


4.58/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured a clear dark ruby red with chunky tan colored head that falls off to thin filmy, but active head. Head retention and lacing are average

Smell: Toasted malt and other malt overtones with a slight fruitty smell (dates & grapes??)

Taste: Rich toasty malt taste with fruitiness (grapes and raisins), licorice, nuttyness and dryness in the finish

MF: Great balance with ideal carbonation levels

One of the better UK ( I think) beers I had lately, will have to look further into the reviews to verify what's happening here. Wherever it comes from,I highly reccomend, could drink this all night. After a quick post from Jason I learned this is indeed from the UK, but there is a brewery by the same name in Australia. My search parameters were not very good...

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2006 16:25:32 | More by russpowell
Photo of WesWes

New York

3.48/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer pours a translucent dark brown/ almost black color with a 1/4" creamy tan head that fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a rich malty scent that boasts of roasted, chocolate, and crystal malts. It has an intense toastey feel. The taste is decent. It has a rich and dry black malt flavor with a lingering grainy aftertaste. It has a nice chocolate flavor that would be enhanced it the mouthfeel were any better. The mouthfeel sucks. It is a full bodied beer with very low carbonation. This porter has good aroma and flavor, but because the mouthfeel is lacking, the drinkability suffers. It's one and done for me.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2004 01:41:05 | More by WesWes
Photo of zeff80


3.45/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out a dark brown almost black color with a tan, bubbly, two-finger head. It left thick rings of lace.

S - It smelled of toffee and some mild malts.

T - It tasted malty. It had an odd bitterness that started to fade as I drank it.

M - It was smooth and soft. A light to medium-bodied beer.

D - This was an okay porter. Kind of a strange bitterness. I'd say it's overpriced at $5 a bottle.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2007 02:11:31 | More by zeff80
Photo of Gueuzedude


3.53/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pretty well carbonated beer, a careful pour produces a three finger thick, darkish tan colored head in my 25cl tulip glass. The beer is a deep, dark brown / almost black colored brew, but it does show a brilliantly clear, dark ruby hue when held up to the light. The head has an impressive structure to it (dense and creamy), as it slowly subsides it forms some really neat structures as well as a dense lacing layer on the sides of my glass. The aroma has a nice fruitiness to it up front, but this takes on notes of over-ripe, almost soured fruit when you start to explore. There is a touch of nuttiness to the aroma and some light roasted notes as well as some toasted bread notes. There is also a faint mustiness here that mixes with the over-ripe fruit aromatics.

Fairly sweet tasting, but has an astringent, roast grain flavor to it that helps to balance this out. Flavors of cocoa powder, a touch of black coffee and black toast notes are noticeable all of which help to provide a sort of bitterness to balance the up front sweetness. Somewhat light bodied, enough to be quaffable, but not so much that this doesn't have a soft, viscous heft to it as it slides down the throat. The sweetness accents some light fruitiness that provides flavors of raisins, some berry flavors and perhaps a touch of fig-like notes.

Given that the roast character is not huge here, I am quite surprised how astringent and bitter the roast grain character comes off. Still this is a fairly tasty brew, it is just a bit out of balance. As the beer warms up a bit some of the astringent bitterness seems to mellow out a bit, though it is still there.

Purchased: Plaza Liquors, Tucson AZ

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2008 01:00:18 | More by Gueuzedude
Photo of jwc215


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

Pours dark brown with a thin off-white head that stays around, though it doesn't quite cover the top fully as the drink progresses.

The smell is of roasted coffee, hints of chocolate, sweet malt and an underlying fruitiness.

The taste if of sweet dark grains with hints of roasted coffee and chocolate. A slight bit of charcoal is there, but doesn't give it too much smokiness. There is a touch of mustiness to it, especially as it progresses. The sweetness is balanced by an underlying lemony, earthy hop bitterness in the finish.

It has a creamy medium body. Pretty smooth with the help of some buttery diacetal.

Complex, but overly rich. A classic porter with a modern twist. Tasty and enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2007 23:56:24 | More by jwc215
Photo of BlackHaddock

United Kingdom (England)

3.25/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

New style green 500ml bottle, best before late May 2008, drank on a very cold (for the Uk) friday afternoon.

Poured into a Gordon Xmas tulip shaped glass (twice).

Deep, deep ruby red, or the darkest maroon ever, topped with a good browny biege head.

Rich liquorice smell, dark toffee, treacle and molasses. Some burnt toast aroma in the nose as well.

I was expecting a richer, warmer, roastier taste than the beer gave. The aroma hinted of great things to come, sadly they didn't appear in the drinking taste area. An average Porter at best.

The beer wasn't watery, but it lacked that body/muscle/heart a good Porter possesses.

It is a pleasant drink, but only that, a pleasant drink.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2008 16:26:42 | More by BlackHaddock
Photo of Halcyondays


3.2/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

500 mL bottle,

A: Pours a dark red brown with a small off-white head, fair retention, no lace.

S: Surprisingly hoppy for a porter with some milk chocolate.

T: Nice nice chocolate and minor roasted notes. A tad too hoppy which overwhelms the preferable malt flavours.

M: Fizzy, medium-bodied, watery.

D: This was OK, but I can see the clear difference with the Meantime I had a few days ago; they're just in different leagues.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2010 00:55:00 | More by Halcyondays
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4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a deep amber with a small head. Fruity nose with hints of cocoa. 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 small bite and roasted malt, cocoa finish. Pretty good.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2008 23:25:16 | More by barleywinefiend
Photo of kojevergas


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
Photo of Billolick

New York

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2004 11:23:59 | More by Billolick
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2010 14:57:06 | More by rhoadsrage
Photo of jdhilt

New Hampshire

3.63/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Forced to buy this, you know who has ever seen a 12oz oval bottle? Anyway a good porter, some dry spiciness, low carbonation and head.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2002 16:05:15 | More by jdhilt
Photo of lacqueredmouse


3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark ruby red, very clear throughout, with a nice filmy head of yellowish bubbles. Lacing is good, but there's something vaguely insipid about the look overall.

Lots of roasted, malty grain on the nose. Very sweet, lots of rye-bread notes, just rich and heavy. What a malt bomb.

Big, grain and malt characters on the palate as well. It's all huge notes of roasted barley, organic and bready. Not a hint of hops. Stays just malty and rich throughout. Mouthfeel is a little thin, but that's not unexpected, in a way.

It's a good beer, albeit one with just one big character. Bold and unapologetic, and surprisingly drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2009 01:40:46 | More by lacqueredmouse
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2002 18:36:29 | More by Jason
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3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear brown colored beer with nice maroon color when held up to the light. Normal sized tan head forms and falls.

Smell is light perfume of English style hops and toffee with dark roasted grains and faint cocoa powder.

Taste starts out neutral too slightly sweet with a big taste of patent malt in the finish. Mild grain flavor and a hint of coffee but the flavor is quite mild.

Mouthfeel is good.

Easy enough to drink and smooth, but at $5.50 a pop I can pass on this one next time.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2008 21:47:33 | More by Zorro
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St. Peter's Old-Style Porter from St. Peter's Brewery Co Ltd
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