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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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534 Ratings

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Ratings: 534
Reviews: 365
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 13.25%
Wants: 18
Gots: 12 | 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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Photo of botham
4.22/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a very deep, ruby red with an immense light coffee colored head that dissipates slowly. the liquid is very clear for a beer this dark, and has a slight sediment on the bottom of the bottle. judging by the size of the head on this brew, this hops and malts should be packed in.

smell is a competition between fruity yeast aroma and roasted malts. upon familiarizing with the smell, a brilliant hop aroma shows through.

taste is very roasted up front, with notes of coffee, hops, and a touch of earthiness. a slight cream flavor shows though after a few sips, along with a bit of bready character from the yeast.

aftertaste is very clean. hints of hops and coffee.

mouthfeel is medium-heavy bodied, with a creamy texture and a very smooth finish. a good one to slosh around a bit before swallowing.

drinkability is suprizingly good for a heavier brew like this. very smooth in all areas, and not too harsh in the alcohol department.

botham, Jul 14, 2007
Photo of witster18
4.18/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

dark brown color...near blk. Subtle toffee/chocolate nose...typical. taste....subdued....great flavors but not quite enough of 'em. I must say I like this! It's no edmund fitzgerald....but it's like its thinner and slightly less flavorful brother. On a great note - the sour ale adds an incredible creaminess and drinkability despite the near-waterlike-mouthfeel. If it wasn't over 4 bucks for this bottle it would be a great choice...but with Great Lakes EF available for 7.99 a six....why bother? ..flavors too subdued, and not much aftertaste to keep on enjoying this brew after swallowing it down... but as for easy-to-drink... probably tops in its style...this is like a pounders porter with great roots.... Easy drinkin porter of good quality that misses the mark only due to lighter porter flavor and thin mouthfeel...otherwise...excellent.

witster18, Jul 11, 2007
Photo of dstc
4.18/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the green medicine bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a very dark color, almost black with definite ruby tones. Small tan head that falls quickly and completely and leaves a very fine lace.

Nice bold smell. Smells of roasted malts, chocolate and coffee.

Taste mimics smells. Very bold, bitter roasted flavor. Unsweetened chocolate, roasted malts. That roasted flavor lingers in the aftertaste.

Smooth, medium bodied mouthfeel with light carbonation.

Very good porter. Have had some weak porter's lately and it was refreshing to have a real one, one with flavor. Will drink again.

dstc, Jul 10, 2007
Photo of tapman
4.08/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

#4 on my St. Peter's tour. Finally, bring on the dark, baby!

Dark mahogany with brown-red hints, but not as dark as most porters. Head is not too big, almost a whole finger maybe, is off white and consists of large bubbles.

Chocolate and toffee verging on coffee maltiness. Very excited to taste this one though I don't have much else to say.

A nice smoky chocolate taste. A good beer for a malt-mouth like myself (get it, opposed to hop-head...it'll catch on). I can feel the hops on the sides of my tongue more than I can taste them, but I assume they help to balance the beer. Bah! What place does hoppiness have with the porters anyways? I hope I don't get any negative beer-mails for saying that.

Mouthfeel could be a little thicker for the style, but the thinner texture adds to drinkability, at least in a social context like at a bar or whatever.

This is a good porter for the man who likes stouts. Not syrupy or too burnt tasting, it is a bit easier on the palate than other porters, and as a stout type of guy I really dig this beer, though I'm sure there are many who would argue with the Tapman on this one. Still, quite delicious and I could drink this one all night long.

tapman, Jul 06, 2007
Photo of flowerysong
4.33/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Appearance: Pours a clear dark mahogany. Tan head, two fingers, with good retention.

Smell: Roasted malt, dark chocolate, yeast and lemony hops.

Taste: Rich malt flavour with cocoa and coffee notes. Light hops are just right to balance the flavour; some caramel sweetness up front. Dry, earthy finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, medium carbonation. Initial creaminess gives way to a mildly bitter bite.

Drinkability: High. Well-structured, lots of complexity, very solid example of the style.

flowerysong, Jun 30, 2007
Photo of jayw414
4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

The "medicine bottle" style packaging made this selection jump off the shelf at me.

It poured a very rich, mahogany color with a thin, cream colored head. Initial aromas of smoky malt remained for the entire experience.

The mouthfeel was a bit thin; thinner than I would've liked, as a matter of fact. Though the mouthfeel contributed to its drinkability, I would've preferred something a bit creamier. Some English porters I've had blow St. Peter's away in this category.

The flavor, much like the aroma, was a smoky malt. That's it. There was no aftertaste. There was no foretaste. There was nothing except the one flavor. I allowed it to warm as I drank it (I tend to serve porters a bit colder than they are intended to be, but let them warm over time). I'm accustomed to porters being a bit more complex in their flavors.

All in all, a decent choice; but not a favorite of the style.

jayw414, Jun 29, 2007
Photo of sraimondi
3.7/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice dark mahogany hue, with some initial rocky head, with minimal spot lacing. A slight roast/choco aroma. The taste is very good, roast and choco, in the tradition of porter. I must say that I was a bit disappointed with the mouthfeel. It is quite thin for an English porter (no challenge to the Fuller's benchmark). At 5.10% ABV, good drinkability. I will probably not have another. As I said above, mouthfeel was a bit of a turn off. When I want a St. Pete's I'll instead opt for their outstanding Cream Stout.

sraimondi, Jun 21, 2007
Photo of largadeer
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is an interesting porter; quite unlike any others I've had. Less opaque than I was expecting, more of a transparent brown in color. Minimal head, very fine carbonation. Somewhat thin-bodied, reminding me more of a schwarzbier than a porter. The nose is extremely sweet, like a chocolate malt milkshake or a mocha latte. The taste is somewhere between a brown ale and a modern porter. Not as roasted as I was expecting, this has a more moderate balance of roasted and unroasted malts - not exactly what I was expecting, but unique and definitely enjoyable. I'd recommend this entirely for the sake of trying a very unique beer.

largadeer, May 30, 2007
Photo of mpyle
3.7/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Reddish brown, far from opaque appearance. Nice clarity, medium off-white head. Quite creamy with reasonably good retention.

Caught a whiff of butterscotch (diacetyl?). Very subtle malt aroma - not the dark roasty stuff of American Robust Porters.

Non-roasty dark malts, with a drying bitterness (seems to be more than just hops). Subtle fruitiness from the y east. Finishes dry, slightly roasty, but generally clean.

Medium body and low-med carbonation. No alcohol warming or astringency. Creamy and smooth, and overall a gentle mouthfeel.

An easy drinking porter. Dark malt subdued as appropriate for the style. Clean and gentle.

mpyle, May 12, 2007
Photo of Bookseeb
3.6/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Medium to dark amber in color with a thin head that disapates quickly. Smell of roasted malts and dark chocolate. Taste of dark malts, coffee and cocoa with a medium mouthfeel. Seems to lack a certain balance that I'm looking for and has a dry bitter aftertaste that sticks around awhile.

Bookseeb, Apr 19, 2007
Photo of jmc44
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Interesting old-style bottle. Blurbs on the back explain the beer and the bottle desgin; along with freshness date. Good information.

Pours a very dark brown with hints of ruby, with a thick, tight tan head that leaves a good lacing around the glass.

A nice aroma of roasted malt, with hints of chocolate, and coffee.

Flavor is much the same as the aroma, with an initial bitter roast character, followed by a lingering roast flavor coupled with the chocolate and coffee notes. Not much in the hops department here, as to be expected. Nicely done.

Medium bodied, smooth, and easily drinkable. Its light enough not to be filling but definitely has enough mass to it to make an impact.

A good beer, but a bit pricey - there's lots of good porters out there than can be had for less ($3.25 for 500ml @ Circle Liquors, Pennington, NJ)

jmc44, Apr 16, 2007
Photo of Poser
3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I might have served this a little cold.

Pours black with a hint of a red hue. Top is thin but creamy with good lacing. Aroma is unsweetened chocolate and burnt coffee. Medium-bodied and dry, roasted malts and coffee are upfront. It finishes with some hop bitterness and leaves an expresso flavor after.

Very complex, and my only complaint is that the bitterness lacks a little balance.

Poser, Apr 13, 2007
Photo of bjohnson
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown color with reddish tints towards the edges of the glass and bottom. Not much head on this guy from the start meaning that no retention occurred either. Sweet caramel malt notes with hints of molasses and slight chocolate and coffee grounds. Robust almost.

Sweet caramel and chocolate notes right from the start. Interesting infusion of coffee grounds gives the flavor a robustness that would be lacking without it. Slightly bitter though not quite noticeable until the aftertaste. Finishes smoothly and actually thins out a bit too much. A touch of smokeyness also detectable. A very nice and easy drinking porter from across the pond. Low abv and good flavor allows many of these to be had in one sitting. I will revisit this one.

bjohnson, Apr 12, 2007
Photo of AAvgerinos
4.65/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I came across this delectable treat at The Mercury Lounge in Goleta, California. Though it was a bit expensive at about $7/bottle, I can say it is probably the tastiest porter I've ever had (I've probably tried a dozen so far. i.e. so not a lot). I think the best trait this porter has is the exceptional balance between ingredients. A strong roast flavor comes through without the acrid burnt flavor typical of near black ales. A true porter that doesn’t try to be a stout. Unfortunately the lighting was horrible at The Mercury so I can’t comment on the appearance other than the unique bottles are quite an interesting sight. The mouth-feel was just thick enough to let you know a lot went into making the beer without making it filling, and the hops were just bitter enough to prevent the drink from having a sweet aftertaste. A beer that is good for a short session or with dinner. Again, the balance with this one is quite good. I hope to try one again some time.

AAvgerinos, Apr 12, 2007
Photo of Vancer
3.3/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Ol’ St. Peters was a decent porter, but for the import price of $3.25 a 500ml, I do believe you can do better locally. <ahem, Boulevard Bully>

Clear mahogany brown, frothy tan head, very good sheet rings of lace.

Nice aromas of chocolate and coffee malt shake. Good start for the eyes and nose, but the taste buds got gypped. Just a basic porter quaff – the above flavors were there, and it had a bit of the sour ale aspect I like, just weak and thin. Almost to a point of watery, but as mentioned a decent drinker.

Liked the oval flask type bottle, but green??

Vancer, Apr 06, 2007
Photo of cichief
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought a single bottle in Laurel, MD.

A- Very dark, almost black, when held to the light, however, I could see through this mahagony brew. A nice thick, tan, head of foam rested on top.

S- Scents of coffee and chocolate invite you in.

T- Very rewarding, roasted barley, chocolate, and slight coffee taste. Well balanced, not too sweet.

M- Very good, smooth and carbonated just so.

D- Very nice on a cool Spring night.

I have had this beer at the Jerusalem Tavern, Clerkenwell, London. It is never disappointing, an excellent example of the style.

cichief, Mar 31, 2007
Photo of theopholis
3.48/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours a fairly black, color with a deep ruby color when held up to the light. Has a decent tan head with very little retention, but has a nice, thick sticky lace.

Aroma- Roasted malt. Lots of it. Some chocolate with hints coffee. No hop aroma, not that any was expected..

Taste - Nice mild coffee with hints of chocolate and maybe just a hint of caramel. Nice and smooth. Also has a very dry feel to it, which actually belongs in mouthfeel, but it is so noticeable it actually impacts the taste.

Mouthfeel - Body is a little on the light side for a orter. Good carbonation level. As mentioned in the taste section, very dry, kind of minerally. Still...not bad.

Drinkability - A lot of porters are quite harsh. This is not one of them. Not the best porter, but very drinkable and pleasant all the same.

theopholis, Mar 24, 2007
Photo of BretSikkink
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Really dark brown, nearly black but certainly not light impermeable. Nose comes up chocolatey, phenolic alcohol flare, and an earthy wood. Note on website that this bottle is a blend of old and younger porters.

The chocolate malts come through big at first, definitely roasted flavors dominate here. Hops come in hard and fast, balancing the whole thing nicely. Solid beer, not overwhelming any direction. To me where it lacks behind the best porters is the mouthfeel, just comes up a little thin. Great for drinkability, no flavors that get "off" as the beer warms. Very tasty treat, session porter no doubt.

BretSikkink, Mar 12, 2007
Photo of vickersspitfire
4.13/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It has a very interesting aroma, it has an almost medicinal smell to it that’s covered by a sweet chocolaty scent. It pours out of the bottle a very deep brown color that could almost be mistaken for black if it weren’t for the dark amber hues that show up in the light. It has a very fine head that quickly dissipates into a thin ring around the glass and offers a good contrast to its dark body. The first thing you taste is a bitter edge of the porter but it rolls on to your tongue quit smoothly and has a semi crisp taste by the time it gets to the middle of your tongue. It has a dull slightly bitter after taste that reminds me of some sort of candy and only has a hint of alcohol.

vickersspitfire, Mar 07, 2007
Photo of stcules
3.6/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Mahogany, copper reflexes. A beautiful tan head.
At the nose a clear chocolate, and cocoa. Some caramel, and a not aggressive but pleasant roasted.
Soft, smooth and pleasant malt at the taste. Here again chocolate and cocoa notes. Some caramel, roast, and dried fruit, but quite light.
Some sweetness, but not too much.
Velvety aftertaste, pleasant. Chocolate again, with hints of bitterness in the end.

stcules, Mar 03, 2007
Photo of Ricochet
4.28/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Deep brown, light came through, very little lace and very little head

S: Malty, a little hops scent. Slight burnt scent.

M: 3 for 3. All of the St Peters beers that I've tried thus far have had an exceptional mouth. Just a little hops bitterness, just a little creaminess and a good wash with a leftover bitter finish. Again, this is what a porter should be.

T: Suttle chocolate/coffee with a backhanded hop slap. This is a straight forward English pub, order a porter and fish and chips beer beverage. It's malty profile with alcoholic touches, well, it's a very decent porter.

D: Another one that makes me feel like I'm having this in a pub. Very nice.

Ricochet, Feb 11, 2007
Photo of chuckm
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

chuckm, Feb 07, 2007
Photo of Gattopardo
3.73/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep, rich chocolate with a head that dissipates quickly. Aromas of coffee and sweet nuts are evident. Though the mouthfeel is strangely thin for a porter, I can’t say I mind as the flavor sensations are complex, ranging from a bitter coffee taste of hops to hazelnut qualities on the tongue. Just the right amount of carbonation helps it all go down. The label on the very attractive bottle contends that this is a porter in the classic mold, and if that is the case then I’m sad we don’t see this style around much anymore. The lightness tends to allow more appreciation of the taste. My drinking companion comments “it’s a porter that doesn’t force you to choose between a beer and dinner,” which I find nicely sums up both of our feelings.

Gattopardo, Feb 03, 2007
Photo of rarevos
4.08/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into pint glass.

A: Mahogany. Light for a porter, but I'm also used to American Porters. Very deep, dark, brown ale-looking. Head is 1/2 a finger's worth, isn't terribly long-lasting. Becomes a crown very quickly.

S: Chocolate and caramel malts, bit of a smokiness, hint of bitter espresso, and a minerally aroma at the back.

T/M: Dark, bitter coca up front that moves into caramel and sweet malt. Bitter coffee and an earthy, woody flavor. Bit of a minerally, burnt finish, along with a dry, dusty tail.

D: Pretty damn drinkable. Nothing really out of whack. Would have loved to have seen it in a darker bottle, but can't complain much about that. The bottle itself is unique.

rarevos, Feb 03, 2007
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.

BEERchitect, Feb 01, 2007
St. Peter's Old-Style Porter from St. Peter's Brewery Co Ltd
87 out of 100 based on 534 ratings.