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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: 579
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

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-16-2002

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Reviews: 375 | Hads: 579
Photo of Globetrotter
3.86/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I sampled this at a Moscow beer bar. It came out room temperature, which didn't hurt it at all. Poured a nice deep burgundy brown under a two fingered tan head with plenty of contour and staying power. Mine left some very nice lacework down the side of the glass. The smell was mostly caramel and nuts, with just a hint of smokiness. The mouth was heavy with sweetness and appropriately carbonated. The taste was as it should be - a bit sweet, with malts and plums and caramel, chased by a mild hoppy bitterness and just a touch of roastiness. The plum and hops built the aftertaste, which was quite pleasant. I'm a sucker for a good porter, and this is a good one.

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
3.91/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This offering “begs” to be purchased, just because of the “I must pick up this up from the Shelf and Touchy-Feely it” high quality, dark green oval bodied flask shaped bottle. A rather simple looking generic style cream colored small oval label with a dark green border, sits below the raised glass words St. Peter’s Brewery. Excellent, unique, distinctive presentation.

The body is black when viewed at an obtuse angle whilst sat on the Desk in a dimly lit room at night. Held up to artificial light, it reveals a very dark brown color; a cross between a dark roast chestnut and a young mahogany. A gorgeous, thick creamy tan brown head, about ¾” to start with, sits atop this aged beer. Later the head settles to a thinner ¼”, but it lasts for quite some time. Excellent conditioning.

The Nose is of old beer, but with an impudent cheeky young playful odor. Aged oak casks, some vinuous traits, and a light smoky hint mixed with burnt sugar caramel.

The immediate thing that struck me was the smokiness in this beer. Right from the offset, it has a pseudo-Rauch feel. Smooth woody smoked traits, malty middle, and some bitter aftertaste. Lingering dry malt-bitterness. Slightly spritzy tartness at times, probably from the mature Old Ale. Solid carbonation, lends life, body and mouthfeel, most probably this is from the younger Light Ale.

An excellent modern day attempt at an “Old-Style Porter”, that encapsulates the best factors of a mature complex Old Ale and a livelier younger Light Ale. The blend has excellent synergy.

A very English Style Porter, in a Bottle originally designed in America, from England’s most innovative and interesting Brewery, sampled back in Long Beach, USA. Circles within Circles. This is a very good, high quality offering. Now THIS – would be very good if served on Cask, I just know it would!

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Photo of Brent
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A blend of old and new ales - they combine for a very nice beer. Quite mellow, with chocolate and some gentle chrarcoal-ish flavors. Normally, a beer this mild tends to be one-dimensional, but here we have both depth of flavor and softness. A nice "comfort food" sort of porter.

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Photo of BeerResearcher
4.15/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice olive green flask-style bottle. It pours a red tinged dark chocolate color. The beige head of various sized bubbles fades to a constantly thin-rimmed coating. I enjoy the coffee and chocolate aroma. The whiff of malt, light smoke, burnt caramel and hops are present as well. Chocolate malt with sweet caramel and mild coffee mingle quite nicely. A pleasant citrus bitterness and light taste of plums provide some balance. Nice Porter!

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Photo of beerinator
3.17/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Dark with light struck ruby tint. Tannish head with great retention.

Aroma: Sweet chocolate and caramel with slight hint of vanilla. Earthyness noted.

Taste: Up front is sweet with slight hop presence. Hint of coffee and chocolate in mouthfeel. Roasted characteristics lend bitterness.

Notes: Not too robust, very sweet flavors with slight roasted bitterness. Good beer. Might be a good intro to darker flavors.

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Photo of Mitchster
3.48/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Rather light in color for a porter, dark amber with some chestnut around the edges, forming a whipped, light-tan head atop fine bubbles with good retention and lacing. Aroma is very English, aking to Fuller's London Porter, with a ton of butterscotch, toffee, caramel, and chocolate syrup. The butterscotch really becomes obtrusive towards the last 1/3 of the bottle, hurting it's drinkability. Mouthfeel is wet and slick, with a very dry and woody finish. Medium body. Taste begins with thin, woody Sumantran coffee, there is a peppery tinge of clean alcohol, a distinct peat-smoked malt note, a hint of manure and charcoal, and then a very dry, darkly roasted grainy finish with a suggestion of a mining quarry. The mild to moderate earthen bittering hops accentuate the dry finish. This is another brew that gets better as it warms, softening the mouthfeel and accenting the malts.

This is a very characteristic English-Style porter, comparable to Fuller's in many ways. While this in a good brew, I prefer my porter's with more body.

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Photo of marburg
3.82/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A little light for my liking -- very see-through and more reddish than brown/black. Looks like a weak dopplebock. Decent head but no real retention. There's a lot going on in the nose here. Very roasted and sooty with some s'more chocolate. Lightly roasted malts, coffee character, and a semi-sweet chocolate are covered by a hoppy finish that balances nicely. A little light in color and in body. A good porter but not outstanding.

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Photo of francisweizen
3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


Presnetation: Unique Dark Green Glass bottle, that looks like a glass flask. This beer pours a dark brown colour with a nice, white head.

The aromas are of sweet malts, chocolate, coffee, and more. The taste is very similar to the aroma. The mouthfeel is not too heavy or thick and the drinkability is very good.


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Photo of Darkale
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nearly black body, thin tan head that fades quickly. Aroma is deep sweet chocolate.

A bit thin in the mouth, smooth and slick, lightly carbonated. Slightly nutty and chocolate taste, with light hops thrown in.

Drinkability is through the roof. Give me ten of these, please. A sweet, drinkable, smooth, very friendly porter.

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Photo of granger10
3.77/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

This one poured a medium brown color with no head on it. Smelled of weak malt and hop mix. Taste was quite good but also quite weak. Roasted wood comes to mind here. Floral hops are in the background and come through by the middle. Other flavors are too weak to detect but they are there. Finishes roasty and leaves me wanting more. Like the color, the body was too thin to be a porter. This could have been really good with a nice bold body to it. However it was quite drinkable, I feel like I could drink a whole lot of these in one night . . . (but not at how much they cost!)

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Photo of ngandhi
3.47/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

The presentation is outstanding. What a unique flask-shape bottle with an old world meets mod script.

It pours nicely, drinks easily, but really doesn't live up to the prestige my beerman gave it. The flavor is mostly chocolate, but not beer chocolate -- more like Swiss Miss. Nothing particularly special, this beer reminds me of chocolate "stouts" like Young's.

The dissapointment here is its weak body. This earthy but mostly sweet taste would have been well supported by a fuller beer. Unfortunately, it tastes almost watered down and this lack of depth allows an unpleasant chalkiness to come out in the mouth.

From what I hear, St. Peter's does make some special stuff and it's especially difficult to find. I dropped 2.50 for a 12 oz. bottle of this and it wasn't worth it. If you can find a better deal, it's worth trying at least once (as all things are). As much as I dislike Young's Double Chocolate, your money would be better spent there. For a good, light stout just go with Samuel Smith Oatmeal.

Good, but not good enough.

Relax, relax.

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Photo of TheDM
3.46/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

There was very little head on this beer which had a nice dark brown colored body. The aroma has a hint of coffee in it. Some carbonation rolls off the tongue, but not much. It has a pleasant taste indicative of the porters I have drunk, but it was not as good as some of the other Porters. Still it is a beer I can drink all night long.

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Photo of bobinverted
4.12/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

St. Peters Old-Style Porter comes in a unique, olive green, flask shaped bottle. The info on the bottle say that this is a blend of mature old ale and young light ale. It pours an opaque, deep brown that allows a little ruby to show through when held up to the light. There is minimal head with poor retention and a just little lacing. The aroma is sweet, healthy and earthy, like fruity chocolate. The flavor is sweet yet roasty and full. Overall a delicious porter.

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Photo of jeffboo
3.62/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A brewery reintroducing us to an old method of blending old and young beers. A good one for the curious, as the results are an aquired taste not unlike a lambic. It is a reddish brown brew with a tiny tan head. The aroma is very complex with notes of molasses, malt, raisin and licorice. It has a tangy malt and hop flavor with a rich malt finish that's dry and acidic like a red wine. It reminds me of some of the flavors I noticed in Sam Smith's Imperial Stout. Give it a try even if just to support this type of experimentation.

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

Bought in the wonderful Old -fashioned dark green bottle with a wonderfully spartan but effective label
Wow this is one nice looking beer..dark.dark blood ..red ..nice but small had that dissapeares into a great lace.
A very noticable aroma of hops from this brew. a nice sour touch too.
mm theres a load of flavour going on in this beer..malt indeed a lot of it..followed by toffee and buterscotch..althe way to liquorice and hops bitterness.
Very very nice indeed in my mouth..smootth..yet adventurous!
Not a great 'quaffing" beer to say the least..yet intresting stuff here!

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.04/5  rDev +5.2%
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!

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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.

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

Appearance: Has a medium brown body with garnet highlights. The head starts out smallish and shrinks down to a small ring around the edge with a few rogue bubbles floating here and there. Actually, this beer's body looks exactly like Pete's Wicked Ale used to look like, when it was somewhat drinkable!

Smell: Aroma of licorice, toffee, and a bit of caramel. Very slight roasted smell as well. As it warms, a touch of fruit shows itself.

Taste: Combines a semi-spicy, licorice note with a sharp roasted flavor. There's the toffee and caramel from the nose, but they're way in the background. A slight hop bitterness shows up late, mostly in the aftertaste. That fruity flavor from the aroma is barely noticable. I also pick up a bit of a sour tang towards the end. Fairly complex.

Mouthfeel: Somewhat medium-bodied with a rounded feel. A bit thin for a porter. I looked at their website and noticed that this available on hand-pump...that may help a bit with the body and thin mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Average. This is an interesting brew, having been brewed to old porter standards, where an aged, dark ale and a young, lighter ale would be mixed to create porter. Having said that, I don't think I would go back to this one often.

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3.43/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Not a fan of this beer for the style it claimed to be, it seemed to have real taste of chocolate and caramel in the beer from it's natural grains. It was as if they had actually added flavors artificially to mash. It had a small and fleeting head and seemed a bit watery and flat on mouthfeel. It tasted was sweeet and finished tha same as it tasted to start. My friend had one and said it was real good and compared it to a local Beer in Bru Room @bar in new haven, CT " damm good expresso stout" which is the greatest beer I have ever had in a brew pub, but I'll review that one at a later when I finish undercovering all is many complexities. . My point I guess about my friend is that he knows nothing about beer [after making those comments] or life for that matter and he was drunk. This beer was just average and one dimensional. I will not buy this beer again,

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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.

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Photo of Suds
4.29/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is a very dark, almost black, tea-like color. It presents a very thin, shallow head and a magnificent roasted grain aroma. Also, the smell has some floral characteristics and a little alcohol can be detected. The taste is of bitter coffee, with burnt and roasted grain flavors. Overall, the beer is very dry, however, and nicely complex. The finish is a lingering bitterness. Great beer...I liked the bottle too.

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Photo of jmatthew
4.44/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Oily black w/ rusty accents, pours with almost no head. Strong dark chocolate with hints of roasted coffee on the nose. Taste is roasty, malty and sweet with prominent bitter chocolate and coffee notes. Very thin mouthfeel, finishes rather brief with a faint lingering smokiness. Drinks very smooth and easy with blatant yet pleasant flavor.

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Photo of Jason
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

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Photo of WilliamPhilaPa
3.99/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Presentation is a dark green color old medicine bottle. Pours a nearly black color, hardly any head or lace...perhaps a slightly off bottle…if so it did not effect the flavor much. On the nose there is the aroma of dark chocolate. Mouthfeel is really smooth and slick. On the palate the flavors were, dark chocolate, coffee, slight sweetness, buttery, and roasty malts.

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Photo of inebrius
3.23/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a deep amber and decent head. Huge baked apple and raisin nose. More apple on the tongue held up with roasted malt and some grain. Although there are some good things happening in this brew a most evident sour and fruity character make it weak as a porter.

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