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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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523 Ratings

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Ratings: 523
Reviews: 363
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 13.25%
Wants: 18
Gots: 10 | 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.

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Photo of ViveLaChouffe


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

Pours a dark ruby with a 1/4 inch tan head. not much lace to speak of. Smells malty and fruity, hints of maple or molasses.

The appearance and smell do not reveal the taste of this brew. Nothing overly complicated but a nice nutty and smoky taste to the malt. Smoky, roastes, burnt malt flavors. Roasted nuts and hints of vanilla. Lightly metallic. Medium bodied. Very smooth porter and pretty unique to most that I have tried. Very good.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2004 00:46:56 | More by ViveLaChouffe
Photo of NEhophead


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

1 pt .9 fl oz. Light green, antique style bottle.

Creamy off white head that fades to a few pools of bubbles almost immediately upon impact; poor retention. Some spotted lacing with very minimal strength. Deep reddish/black in color.

Sweet caramel, light molasses, and dark chocolate maltiness. A touch of roasted malts and rolled oats. Alcohol aroma is evident as well.

Dark chocolate, almond, and a bit of hazlenut flavors. The sweetness portrayed in the porter's aroma is subdued by a big bite of hop bitterness; slightly unbalanced regarding this. A very dry finish with an aftertaste composed of a dark toffee and almond/nut-like quality.

Full bodied but lighter on the palate than your average porter. Very dry and almost grainy.

A slightly above average porter. Not one I'll try again. In all honesty, the bottle was what grabbed my attention in the first place. The porter itself is nothing special.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2004 17:40:48 | More by NEhophead
Photo of ADR


4.3/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

An old school Porter from a flask bottle that looks like it should have patent medicine in it. Very dark black, just a little light comes through at the bottom. Dark tan head rises and falls in a minute. Nice thick lacing on the glass. Heavy aroma, malty but pruney with lots of spicing and slight medicinal qualities. Thick and chewy mouthfeel. Flavor is interesting in its depth and layers -- more prunes, fortified wine, dark roasted senses, a seeming layer of ashy bitters at the finish. Aroma keeps backing up the flavors in the mouth. Interesting rendition, lots of flavors to note that imply more alcohol than is really around. Reminds me of what an historical Porter may have tasted like, tavern owners blending all sorts of brews and even adding strange and unexpected flavorings for balance and color. The drinkability is kind of subjective to me, its a little different.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2004 16:24:24 | More by ADR
Photo of beerceller99


3/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Funky 50 cl. flask pours a dark brown fluid with a light brown head. Nice grassy burnt hop bud smell with roasted malts. Light to medium bodied with a watery mouthfeel. The taste is of lightly toasted grains with a tapioca pudding sweetness. Has a mildly bitter burnt grain finish.
Pretty weak for a Porter.
Pass on this brew and try their stout, it's much better.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2004 14:24:34 | More by beerceller99
Photo of HochFliegen


3.7/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

What a cool looking bottle and label for this beer. Thats what first attracted me to it. I had never heard of the brewery before this.

When I poured it I was thrilled as to how dark it was. It was black with the slightest hint of red that shines thru. The head was decent, thick and off white in color, and laced quite nice.
The smell was strong of chocolate and coffee.
The tatse was amazing. Starts sweet with a dark chocolate taste that turns to a smooth burnt coffee like flavor with a pleasing bitterness in the aftertaste. A bit dry in the aftertaste I thought.
A good porter. Really enjoyed it.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2004 00:50:01 | More by HochFliegen
Photo of RoyalT


3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance – This one is a nice ruby-laced black in color with an off-white, moderate head.

Smell – There’s no mistaking the big coffee grounds that leap out of the glass. This one is dark with some creamy, roasted malts and a light fruity hop profile.

Taste – The malts are big but mellow at the taste. The bitter coffee flavor provides good complexity as does the light, fruity hop compliment. This is a good one.

Mouthfeel – This Porter is a solid medium in the body and very creamy. The sharp bitter bite at the end provides a terrific contrast to the smooth character of the malts.

Drinkability – This is a good Porter that both entertains and satisfies. There are a lot of interesting things going on here, so have some fun with it.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2004 14:22:35 | More by RoyalT
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 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 woemad


2.83/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

1pt. 9oz. bottle purchased at Jim's Homebrew in Spokane for $4.07. Bottle shaped like a big flask.

Poured a cola color with a weak, off-white head that dropped quickly. Modest amount of lace.

Smell is roasty, with elements of dark chocolate, dark tobacco and dark cherries. Dark seems to be a recurring theme here, eh?

Taste is similar to the aroma, but not quite what was promised. After an initial blast of bitter, roasted taste, the flavor seems to up and disappear. Not the most impressive tasting porter I've encountered.

In the mouthfeel department, this one comes up well short. It's thin, way too thin for anything purporting to be a porter.

This is a relatively lame porter, albeit one that came in a cool looking bottle. If there's no good beer available, it's a passable choice, but that's about it. I don't think I'll be picking this one up again.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2004 02:01:43 | More by woemad
Photo of freed


4.18/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My awesome wife picked this up for me. Cool bottle, even if I know that the UV is silently killing flavor through the green glass.

Pouring was somewhat uneventful. There was almost no carbonation, so there was no fizz, and no head. But the deepest of browns was left.

The aroma is rather abrupt, in a wonderful way. Given that there's no foam to interfere with delivery with that aroma. Its a nice deep french roast.

The taste is also appropriately strong. The coffee flavors lead to a smooth tart finish - smokey and slightly tart. The body is also rather dense, again in a good way. Substantial to drink and an excellent compliment to my monthly steak. There's even a slight hop bitterness that I think helps with this great beer.

Plus, my wife likes the bottle.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2004 03:36:10 | More by freed
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 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 KroMagnon


3.48/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

The bottle is rather interesting, albeit green - its kind of flask shaped and indeed, on the back they say its a replica of a bottle made in 1770 here in the USA. The mouth is a tad small though and causes a bit of excessive splashing on the pour. Nevertheless, the beer comes out fine, as the head - which is a tad small - is composed of fine small bubbles. The beer itself is a bit light in color, more of a dark brown rather than black, which is fine for some porter styles. The aroma seems a bit one-dimensional: its all coffee, roasty malt. But thats OK, in this case the simplicity is nice and helps you focus on the beer itself. The flavor is a tad bitter from roasted burnt malts, not too sharp, with a faint hint of malt in the background. The aftertaste seems to accentuate the bitterness. The mouthfeel is a little thin, with some slight astringency (think: tea). But overall this is pretty nice, maybe not my favorite porter but not bad either.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2004 02:08:44 | More by KroMagnon
Photo of kbub6f

New York

4.08/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

One inch of beige, thick, still head leaves full, lacy lacing. The beer is dark, dark, brown-red-brown (almost black in low light). Bitter chocolate in the roasty nose; tangy underneath. The beer starts smoky, tangy, bitter. Middle is thick, a little oily with bitter chocolate. Finish is quite bitter, very tangy (almost acidic) and there's a smoky aftertaste. Interesting. Smoky, tangy, bitter, with some nice chocolate notes. I'm enjoying the fantasy that maybe this is what the original porters might have tasted like. Better warm.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2004 16:36:09 | More by kbub6f
Photo of Fish113d


3.73/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pouring it into a goblet, i could barely make out light through the glass. It was very dark and left a 1/4 inch tannish head, which dissipated like a squirrel fart. I served it chilled, so I know that had something to do with the carbonation coming to the surface.

Upon whofting it, I got the hints of caramel, coffee, and lots of malt....just the way an old style porter should be.

Taste- well, I would love to say it tasted as good as it smelled, but i got pretty much what I expected; tasted much like a Guiness; pretty bland, malty for the most part, and not very carbonated. However, i did get the caramel taste in the coffee so that was a plus. Mouthfeel, it was pretty light, and did not seem as though it would be hard to drink 2 or even 3 of these. It was not very heavy, but was okay. I still give Guiness the thumbs up over St. Pete's....

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2004 21:10:35 | More by Fish113d
Photo of Bighuge


4.47/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Nice clear ruby apperance. Thin bubbly light brown head. Retention is good and lace is adequate. Nose is slight cocoa and vanilla. roasted coffee bean and molasses. The mouthfeel is very silky. Like velvet. Body is medium-full. The flavors are java, roasted barley, burnt malt, chocolate (sweet and baker's) and vanilla. Damn subtle and damn nice. Very easy drinking. Could drink this stuff all night.

Gotta love the flask of a bottle too.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2004 04:04:23 | More by Bighuge
Photo of bditty187


4.22/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown in hue, black in the middle, shiny ruby around the edges; the color is attractive. A beige head topped the beer, it was a finger in height on a harder than normal pour. The head retention was fair, after a moment it faded to a foamy cap and then to a loose collar. The subsequent lacing was spotty. The nose is soft; it smells like chocolate milk with a dash of coffee in it. At the back are notes of astringent roast. Overall the bouquet isn’t very complex. However the smells are quite inviting. Then I smelled it again, after a few moments, and I got a suggestion of tobacco leaves, husks, and some earthy hops. Really working to pick up the details paid off. Lovely. Still, the potency is too low. The palate is awesome. This is a tasty porter. It is much roastier tasting that the nose leads on. Tricky bastard. There is a good amount of astringency, charcoal, charred husks, bittersweet chocolate, distant lactose sweetness, and earthy flavors. I am deeply impressed. The finish is long and charred. I bet this beer would really match nicely with some KC-style BBQ. The aftertaste is equally long, very roasty and even a little sweet. I really like this porter! It is not the most complex porter I’ve enjoyed but this is one of the yummiest. Sometimes there is nothing wrong with being a straight shooter. Medium/medium-full in body, low carbonation. The mouthfeel is pleasantly filling. It is a meal in a bottle. This is a very drinkable and agreeable beer. I really enjoyed it. My dear girlfriend Tara bought me a bottle in Iowa City because she liked how the bottle looked. Luckily I liked how the beer tasted! Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2004 02:25:21 | More by bditty187
Photo of cokes


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

The color is akin to staring at a penny in a poorly lit room. The head is puffy and tan and resides as a milky lace even after several minutes.
Nose is astringent, metallic, and aside (and its a very large aside) from that, fairly pleasant. With burnt walnuts and caramellows dunked coffee.
Begins with bitter chocolate, then it slips into a burnt, astringent, metallic mess, just as the aroma indicates. It salvages itself somewhat, with traces of blackened cedar, roasted nuts and carob. Mildly bitter, nondescript close.
Light bodied, simple, quaffable and standard, despite it flaws.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2004 02:03:34 | More by cokes
Photo of scottum


3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out a dark brown black with a short tan head which quit too quick. Tastes nice and almost stouty, but who am I to draw the line between the styles. Nice and full for the style which I like. Not a great porter, but certainly a solid one worth tasting if you see it. I'm enjoying the brew.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2004 22:09:14 | More by scottum
Photo of maxpower


3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Light brown in color, small creamy light tan head that doesn't last, aroma of dark roasted coffee and malts. Light body, thin and watery mouthfeel. Smokey coffee and chocolate flavors, with a light smokey burnt bitterness in the finish, some what watery, very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2004 13:35:15 | More by maxpower
Photo of IceAce


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

Appearance: My agressive pour netted almost no collar of foam as the temperature in my keg box is much too cold (38°) for this Porter. I allowed it to warm to 48° and repoured into a beer-clean .5 liter pilsner and managed to raise one finger of very light tan head. The body of this brew is a deep, deep brown with excellent clarity.

Aroma: The nose is dominated by chocolate and earthy, musky malts. The rapidly dissapating head left a thin but consistent lacing on the glass.

Taste: What this brew lacked in appearance and aroma was more than compinsated by the taste. While the first initial trial provided little more than the chocolate promised by the nose, subsiquent samples provided a look into the making of this 'true' porter. The foretaste is dominated by the brightness of the young light beer...the finish dominated by the mature old ale blended with it.

Mouthfeel: As described by the taste...this is a complex brew with a wonderful malt presence backed up with enough mellow hoppiness (fuggles?) and perfect CO² balance.

Drinkability: A beer I would go out of my way to find...and a perfect session beer for those with discriminating taste and a deep line of credit.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2004 08:11:31 | More by IceAce
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Ontario (Canada)

4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a decent porter, and probably more true to the traditional style than others. Its black with hints of mahogany and ruby. Its short lived head gives way to some nice Belgian lace. The flask style bottle is aesthetically pleasing. Aroma is of a firm chocolatey malt mostly with some yeast and subdued hop scents. The taste is of chocolate, coffee, sweet malts, and mild hop bitterness, in fact most of the bitterness seems to come from the dark chocolatey black malts rather than the hops. The carbonation is very light. The mouthfeel seems peculiarly oily or slick. The flavors are very well balanced and this is an above average porter. Will definitely try it again.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2004 03:19:33 | More by CAMRAhardliner
Photo of bark


3.28/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Colour is black with a hint of brown-red. The foam is light brown with small bubbles, and it is fast dissolving.

The smell is full of roasted malt, black coffee, cocoa and some bitter hops.

The carbon dioxide is gentle, yet refreshing with very small bubbles.

The taste is relatively mild and dry with a strong note of black coffee. At first, there is a rush of bitterness, and then a more balanced taste emerges with a taste of burned malt, coffee and cocoa.

Conclusion: A well-crafted, dry porter.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2004 18:28:13 | More by bark
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3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This poured to a dark tone with slightly red and brown colors mixed in as well. The head is present but minor, as was the lacing.

The taste is very solid and fulfilling. There is a hint of coffee along with an ever so subtle chocolate quality. It doesn't feel as smooth as it could in the mouth, but that's the closest thing I have to an actual complaint.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2004 09:31:41 | More by watermelonman
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4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

old style porter eh? interesting.... pours out a deep brown, very dark with a small off white head that dies to a ring. dark malts, light coffe hints and dark chocolate, makes for a nice welcoming aroma. a tad thin in the mouth, but slightly creamy. taste wise, its all porter, once again dark malts, chocolates, coffee...but also a bit sour and tangy. ends on a slightly metallic note. very drinkable and very enjoyable, this a solid porter that is unique.

$3.69 a bottle

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2004 06:33:32 | More by DESTRO
St. Peter's Old-Style Porter from St. Peter's Brewery Co Ltd
87 out of 100 based on 523 ratings.