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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 JosiahS


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
Photo of KickInTheChalice


3.03/5  rDev -21.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2011 06:11:34 | More by KickInTheChalice
Photo of kflorence


4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2011 03:12:02 | More by kflorence
Photo of fullsweep

United Kingdom (England)

4.38/5  rDev +13.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2011 21:40:41 | More by fullsweep
Photo of Polycarp


3.93/5  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

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2011 00:03:38 | More by Polycarp
Photo of MONKandTUCK


3.43/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2011 23:03:14 | More by MONKandTUCK
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United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)

3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2011 15:58:42 | More by Wattsox
Photo of techfed87


3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
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!

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2011 02:49:12 | More by techfed87
Photo of jlb502


3.38/5  rDev -12.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2011 04:06:41 | More by jlb502
Photo of Cozzatoad


3.48/5  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

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2011 13:42:05 | More by Cozzatoad
Photo of TitanTake


4.7/5  rDev +22.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2011 01:42:05 | More by TitanTake
Photo of BelgiumBill


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
Photo of damndirtyape


3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Single bottle poured into a Tulip stout glass. No date on bottle that I could find.

Appearance: The beer is a clear (but dark) cola brown on the table - ruby red in color when held up to the light. The beer poured a 1/2" very bubbly light tan head upon first pouring, but this died down to a ring at the edge and a thin island in the middle. Some tiny islands of lacing here and there.

Smell: Caramel and toffee with a hint of something toasted. As it warms up there is more of a buttery smell in there as well as something vaguely berry-like.

Taste: Toffee and caramel again, with a hint of something smoked in the middle and at the end. Toffee and caramel and toasted malts dominate - not cloying, but the bitterness from the hops just tempers the malt sweetness. Not until the beer is warmed up to room temp can I finally taste the bitterness, and even then it takes a back seat to the other flavors. Not a bad thing mind you.

Mouthfeel: Good, but quickly fleeting carbonation on the tongue although every now and then it's a bit fizzy. Otherwise a bit watery but with some lingering sensation on the teeth.

Drinkability: Quite drinkable - nothing really remarkable, but just good enough that I keep drinking it, noticing that it is was gone fast, and wishing I had another one. I had this with Kedgeree and it went well, and this beer strikes me as being able to go well with a lot of different foods. I'll have to revisit again with a different meal - maybe something meatier.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2011 23:07:38 | More by damndirtyape
Photo of midwestbrewers


3.1/5  rDev -19.5%
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!

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2011 02:05:31 | More by midwestbrewers
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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 Jeffo


3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Got this at De Bierkoning in Amsterdam.

From a 500ml bottle into a pint glass.

APPEARANCE: A transparent brown pour produces a one finger, medium looking, crackling, light beige head with good retention. Dark brown, very clear body with touches of carbonation decorating the film top. Head slowly fades to a good foam cap. A splotchy wisp remains until the end but leaves no real lacing down the glass. Average looking for the style.

SMELL: Decent nose of dark malts, roasted nuts, chocolate notes and some leather. Earthy hops and some liquorice as well.

TASTE: Dark malts and lots of earth hops. Some roasted nuts, leather notes for sure, and some sweet toffee as well. Bolder, sweet caramel and bitter, earthy hop aftertaste lingers nicely.

PALATE: Medium body and carbonation. Somewhat creamy on the palate, but slightly prickly carbonation on the swallow. Goes down fine and finishes slightly dry on the palate.

OVERALL: A solid English porter. Really easy to drink, and plenty flavorful and enjoyable. Definitely one to re-visit, and worth drinking in mass quantities if you see it available somewhere.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2011 19:39:51 | More by Jeffo
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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.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2011 23:15:39 | More by jbphoto88
Photo of yesyouam

New York

4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

St. Peter's Porter is a dark red-brown ale with a light brown head that has outstanding retention and lacing. It has a malty aroma that's sweet like toffee with a note of roast. It's medium-light bodied and lively with a quick finish. The flavor is like the aroma with plenty of roast and toffee. It's a good compromise between sweet and roasty. It's well beyond a brown and not a stout at all, so I'd call it a solid porter.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2011 20:51:20 | More by yesyouam
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New Jersey

4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Even with a forceful pour no head was evident. Dark cherry red color. Slow moving bubbles. Spotty lacing.

I smell some dark malts, milk chocolate and some bitterness.

Milk chocolate mixing with some, roasted nut, toffee and coffee. Very nice taste. A slight bitter and Smokey taste as it finishes.

Smooth, light, crisp. Not really carbonated. Feels nice.

Drink ability is good. I could certainly have another with a wonderful taste such as this. Very light body for a porter.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2011 09:21:02 | More by 9InchNails
Photo of bens0n


4.13/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a dark brown color, almost black but not quite with a small amount of off-white head that fades quickly, but leaves quite a bit of lacing too.

It has a rich chocolately aroma with a touch of roasted coffee, almost has a sweet quality to it.

Taste wise its much more of the same, but it has a slick, oily consistency to it which is interesting, and I like. It has a very smooth quality to it, there is nothing really special about the flavor, but its still very rich and full of roasted notes. Very low carbonation which is also a big plus.

Very satisfying beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2011 01:47:16 | More by bens0n
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North Carolina

4.28/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. The beer is a dark, creamy brown/black color with a thick, creamy pale colored head. The smell is a blend of malt, smoke, port wine, and sweet spices. Initial flavors of pale malt and slightly sour undertones, with highlights of bitter coffee flavors, and notes of earthy tones. There are sour undertones to the aftertaste, as well. The beer is full and smooth in mouth, with a nice, gentle finish. The sourness is gone by the end of the beer, and the taste remains pleasant in mouth between sips. A very easy to drink beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2010 03:11:16 | More by GarthDanielson
Photo of beertunes


3.15/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

I've seen this at a local store for a while, figured it's time I gave it a shot. Poured into 10oz glass. Poured a clean, clear, see-through dark mahogany, not the barely tranlucent, almost black I was expecting. The beer had about 1/4 inch of dark Tan head that decent retention and very light lacing.

The aroma was fairly rich and was nicely grainy. The flavors didn't quite meet the expectations the aroma set. Mostly nice grain with a trace of a hop tang on the finish.

The body was surprisingly thin, much more similar to a red ale than the Porters I'm familiar with. The beer was nicely drinkable, the pint bottle went down quick and easy.

Overall, an alright brew. Worth trying if you see it around.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2010 01:59:00 | More by beertunes
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4.38/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: A bit of a thin looking head, despite being 3 fingers thick, it is fading fast. It leaves a decent, light beige lacing. The beer is black at first glance, but takes on a deep brown when penetrated by light. This looks pretty typical porter to me, very classic, though it could use a creamier head and perhaps a little richer color. 4/5

S: Dry roasted grain dominates while some mild, floral English hops also make a little appearance. Again, this isn't the richest or intense aroma, like the appearance, but it seems to typify the subtle beauty of English brewing. 4/5

T: The taste is equally mild, not slap you in the face, and very refreshing. There are some beers that are mild, and that allows something not good to show through, or that just don't impress because they lack impact and balance. This is neither of those things. This is balanced, subtle and really quite delicious. 4.5

M: Smooth, but not heavy or rich, perfect carbonation. A little more body maybe, but this was pretty good. 4.5

D: Highly drinkable, a perfectly sessionable beer, but perhaps a little depth could make it more interesting drinking experience. 4.5

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2010 15:12:08 | More by mdwalsh
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3.43/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a glass from a bottle.

A - Pours a light brown forming a 1/4 inch head with soda pop carbonation. The head faded quickly leaving lice lace behind.

S - Light aroma of dark malts a bitter cocoa.

T - Light bitter cocoa flavor along with a hint of dark fruit/raisins. Not as much of a roasted characteristic as expected.

M - Feels more medium bodied but very light on the carbonation and very smooth, almost watery.

D - Lighter flavor, body, and aroma than expected. Not a bad porter, and an Old Style English Porter titles fits this well. Easily sessionable. The beers gets better as it warms.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2010 04:07:38 | More by beeragent
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4.13/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Deep, dark brown body with a hint of purple when held to light. The head is light tan and about an inch tall with nice stamina.

S - Aromas are not by any means overwhelming. In fact, they're slightly difficult to detect. I catch hints of coffee, spice and clove.

T - Easy and light chocolate malt flavor over a well established malt base. Very tasty with its English style finish.

M - The feel is light and airy with a watery smoothness. There's a slight coarse feel at the tip of my tongue but that's the only abrasiveness.

~ This is a great porter. I strongly recommend this porter to any fan of full flavored beers. I wish I had a few more bottles.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2010 16:25:19 | More by cdkrenz
St. Peter's Old-Style Porter from St. Peter's Brewery Co Ltd
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