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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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very good

375 Reviews

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Reviews: 375
Hads: 578
Avg: 3.84
pDev: 15.89%
Wants: 30
Gots: 37 | 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

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-16-2002

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Photo of tonybiblerocks
5/5  rDev +30.2%
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.

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Photo of karait95
3.67/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

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Photo of jar2574
3.28/5  rDev -14.6%
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.

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Photo of tylerprince
3.88/5  rDev +1%
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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Photo of DavidST
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16.9oz bottle into a pint glass, unknown freshness date. This pours a dark brown color almost black with a bubbly smallish tan head which quickly dissipates. The smells are of roasted malts, chocolate, cream, not bad. The feel is medium to light. The taste is pretty good, dark roasted malts, chocolate, not bad.

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Photo of chinchill
4.21/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

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Photo of falloutsnow
3.71/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle from Brix in Omaha, NE
No bottled on date
Poured into a New Belgium globe glass

St. Peter's English porter is a fairly true to style porter, with pleasant malt complexity and roasted flavors. The aroma, however, is somewhat lacking and the mouthfeel could be fuller. Still, when Fuller's is not available, this is a suitable stand-by.

Can pours a tall (>3cm) head of medium and small bubbles, mild tan in color. Head appears to be quite fluffy, as more than a few minutes are required for it to collapse back down, eventually leaving just a small ring around the glass. Leaves some lacing along sides of glass, but not replenished with each sip. Body, out of the light, is a very dark brown, seemingly opaque; in light, it is a transparent wood-stain brown color. Modest carbonation is visible.

Aroma is slightly sweet, mixed with equally slight chocolate, char, smooth fresh sweet cream. Would have enjoyed a more expressive nose.

Taste opens with pleasant roasted barley meets sweetness and slight char. Bitter, washed-out chocolate and similarly bitter, washed-out coffee ground flavors are next, with slight vanilla. Charred flavors contribute some mild bitterness or tartness to the taste, which is quite nice. Mild charred taste in the aftertaste. Really, I think this is quite an enjoyable tasting English porter.

Body is medium-light with a bit of wateriness around the edges, could be more substantial and more satisfying. Carbonation is suitably moderate, fitting. Finish is dry to semi-dry. Generally, good, but a bit more thickness would do wonders.

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Photo of Edwaka01
3.55/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a nonic pint.

A - Poured a light bronze. In the glass, dark brown-red - barleywine-esque. 1 finger cream colored frothy head, fading slowly, leaving lace trace.

S - Slightly soured milk. Sweet, plenty of vanilla. Malty.

T - Malt forward. Sweet, vanilla, caramel. Not much to say here.

M - Nice refreshing carbonation. Not as full as I expected.

O - Maybe this is "true to style," as in the fact that this is more like the old porters, but I'm not crazy for it. I won't be rushing back to buy this one anytime soon or probably ever. Too much else out there.

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Photo of wcintula
4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Love the look and size of these bottles, as they fill a nonic pint perfectly.

Pours with a dark brown body with dark reddish brown highlights. The beer's head reaches just above the glass, leaving a nice lacing on its way down.

The smell is of hops and a buttery yeast. When sipped, that yeast flavor is at the forefront and continues all the way to the back. There are slightly skunked hops and roasted malts among this horde of yeast.

It's a great beer, as well as great looking. Go old school and grab yourself one of these.

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Photo of SolipsismalCat
3.93/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. Reviewed alongside Original Flag Porter.

A: Dark brown with two-finger, off-white, foamy head that lasted a couple of minutes. Okay lacing.

S: Roasted caramel malt. Mild.

T: Moderate sweetness and light bitterness. Roasted and smoky up front. Very toasty flavor in the finish.

M: Medium bodied with soft to fizzy carbonation. Ultra smooth.

O: Solid English porter. The nose was a bit mild, but not bad. I preferred the Original Flag porter slightly.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Photo of kflorence
4.17/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Imported from my ratebeer.com profile - APR 25, 2008

Pours very dark brown with very nice head. St. Peters beers always smell so good! Smells of bittersweet chocolate, vanilla and burnt cocoa. Fairly light mouthfeel for such a dark beer, starts out with sweeter notes of chocolate, nuts, caramel and vanilla. Finishes a little on the dry side, slightly bitter with some malt, tea and hop presence. A very good beer, and nice english style porter. I think I would prefer more of the up front flavor in the finish, but this is definitely a good quality beer.

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Photo of fullsweep
4.35/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Green 500 mL bottle in the classic St. Peter's style/shape (I love those bottles). Anyway . . .

A: black/dark brown/cola coloured with a 1-finger head that dissipates rather quickly yet leaves a nice bit of lacing all the way around the glass.

S: mild hints of cocoa, liquorice yet with a mild creamy edge taper to it.

T: very nice! This is quite possibly the best porter I've ever had. Nice and bitter up front but with a creamy sweetness to mellow things out.

M: again, exceptional on the mouthfeel. It has the perfect mix of a creamy/sticky sweetness with just enough bite to make it interesting.

O: a great beer and possibly my favourite porter so far! I'd drink this more often if I could afford it, hehe.

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Photo of Polycarp
3.92/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Deep brown, massive 2-inch head

Smell - Smells like chopped wood to me, very pleasing

Taste - Strong coffee notes that are balanced out well by the wood smell

Mouthfeel - Medium consistency, rolls back through the mouth easily

Overall - B

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Photo of MONKandTUCK
3.42/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the robust bottle. Verrrraaa Naaaaiiice!

A- is this a Brown Porter? Not terribly dark or thick, by Porter/Stout measures.

A- CHOCOLATE. Unquestionably English Ale Yeast. Dark fruit.

T- coffee. Buttery esters. Finishes sweet. Not perfectly dry.

M- thin, but finishes malts. I tend to like Porters the other way around: robust body, and dry finish. Very drinkable; especially for folks who are used to Pale Lagers or Belgian ales.

O- when I first had this I was going through a Belgian stint. Compared to Duvel, DuPont and others this is a beef, chewy beer with complex malt character, cheeky hop presence and mild yeast character. More objectively, its a bit thin and boring for my liking. Drinkable, but not preferable.

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Photo of Wattsox
3.8/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle, consumed Jun 2011, BBE Oct 2011.

A - Dark brown body with ruby red highlights and a loose-bubbled, rapidly dissipating head that settles down to sparse cover with decent lacing and cling.

S - Sweet roasty malts lead the aroma, with some dark chocolate notes.

T - Similar to the aromas, roasted malts lead the taste with some chocolate and caramel notes. Finishes with roasty bitterness and a faintly lingering finish.

M - Medium body, fairly light carbonation, smooth and a little dry, with a light, bitter finish.

O - Overall, quite a nice example of the style, good to enjoy on its own or as a session beer.

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Photo of techfed87
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

As a sidenote, the bottle design on this beer is very cool.

Pours a bit lighter than I expected it to. Head is adequately sized. Color is darker brown, although porous. Smell is almost newcastle-like, although that could be from the sour nature of it.

First sip is much different than I expected it to be. I would say that it was almost the newcastle equivalent of a porter, in the fact that it shares much of its qualities with the brown ale newcastle has made itself famous for. Then again, I don't have that much experience with English ales, so the style could coinside with different beer styles in certain taste categories. It's very drinkable, light on the tongue, and not too bitter at all. To be honest, if I were wanting to have a beer with a meal, I would probably want this style of porter over say, something much more intense such as a Founder's Porter.

A surprisingly good beer. Try it!

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Photo of jlb502
3.35/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The most interesting thing about this beer is how much it lingers on the palate. The initial taste of light skunky hops, roasted malt, raisin and yeasty bread almost immediately gives way to a creamy, mouth-coating bread and butter. That's the flavor and sensation that really sticks around, to the point where the initial taste is almost secondary.

Overall the appearance, initial taste and smell of this beer are average but there is something unique about the overall experience.

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Photo of Cozzatoad
3.47/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle

A- Very dark brown, shines a bit if seen through light. Head is just little more than a lace, beige with very very small bubbles. Almost no retention and almost no lacing. This beer looks a bit lifeless

S- Sweet malts (toffee for sure, maybe some faint hints of caramel and nuts) with a delicate but quite persistent roasted feel underneath

T- More on the bitter side if compared to the aroma. Coffee is dominant with a toasted feel underneath. Nuts and toffee show up at times with some sweetness to them, especially on the back of the palate. A faint bitter and hearty aftertaste from the hops remains on the tongue

M- Mouthfeel is drier than your average porter, though that does not seem to be fitting the style very much. The beer has quite a big body for the style but still remains very smooth. Carbonation is very low (you may feel it a bit on the tongue) but appropriate for this beer

O- This beer has not much character in my opinion: the mouthfeel is very even and flavours never get very interesting. This is still a nice example of the style and a highly drinkable beer

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Photo of TitanTake
4.66/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased a bottle from World Market for a try.

Poured into a tall clear glass.

A - Deep, dark amber color; almost completely blocks out the light; thick tan head with lots of lacing

S - Nice oaky aroma with a malty back end; some hints of caramel

T - deep roasted malts and some yeast; something else is here though, maybe toffee; something sweet

M - Thick and carbonated nicely; coating the mouth and tongue with the sweet bitterness

O - I was happy when I poured this into the glass, but pleasantly shocked when took the first drink. It literally widened my eyes with the sweet, malty goodness it brings. i had to force myself to slow down and enjoy every drop.

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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.

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St. Peter's Old-Style Porter from St. Peter's Brewery Co Ltd
86 out of 100 based on 375 ratings.