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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BA SCORE
86
very good

371 Reviews
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Reviews: 371
Hads: 567
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 9.64%
Wants: 26
Gots: 33 | 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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Photo of jbphoto88
3.29/5  rDev -14.3%
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. (789 characters)

Photo of yesyouam
4.13/5  rDev +7.6%
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. (425 characters)

Photo of 9InchNails
4.17/5  rDev +8.6%
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. (481 characters)

Photo of bens0n
4.14/5  rDev +7.8%
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. (580 characters)

Photo of GarthDanielson
4.3/5  rDev +12%
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. (564 characters)

Photo of beertunes
3.17/5  rDev -17.4%
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. (708 characters)

Photo of mdwalsh
4.35/5  rDev +13.3%
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 (1,140 characters)

Photo of beeragent
3.4/5  rDev -11.5%
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. (607 characters)

Photo of cdkrenz
4.08/5  rDev +6.3%
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. (660 characters)

Photo of CHADMC3
3.71/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The pour consists of a rich, dark brown body with an abundant, frothy tan head that patiently gives way to a loose yet generous lacing.

The aroma consists of generous roasted malt, fruit, and perhaps bread.

Flavor is similar with toasty notes of malt and dark fruit.

Medium to full in body with medium carbonation and slightly drying.

A decent example of the style, and easy to drink. (388 characters)

Photo of tchenery
3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured to a pint. Head dissipates quickly, but leaves a very thin lacing. The beer is almost opaque but very dark brown, not black in color.

It smells almost hoppy like a pilsener. I'm really not picking up on much else except a slight chocolatey malt scent but you have to dig for it.

The beer is very smooth and thinner in body than I imagined it would be. It has a very forward malt flavor followed by a slight English hop bite towards the end, finishing with a drying sensation.

Very drinkable. (501 characters)

Photo of RuudJH
3.89/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Porter from England, 0.5 l. bottle.

Brown colour with a cream colour head, very nice lacing.
Smell is of roasted malts, and both dark and fresh red fruit.
Taste adds to this notes of chocolate, maybe a bit of coffee. Bitterness is character of this brew.
Mouthfeel is light to medium. Refreshing carbonation.

All in all, quite a good experience in the smell. For the rest it's decent, not exeptional. (403 characters)

Photo of divineaudio
2.91/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

imperial pint into a weizen glass.

this beer pours medium brown with garnet highlights. i got the biggest head i've ever seen on a beer; 4 fingers worth, dense, tan and foamy. seriously looks like something you'd get from a milkshake. leaves a bit of spotty lacing in the glass.

smell is light roast, dark fruit and a little wet cardboard.

taste is roasted malt, dark fruit (raisin maybe?), milk chocolate, and cola. bitterness is mild. very malty sweet, almost cloying.

medium bodied with lots of carbonation and a sticky, syrupy feel.

i really wanted to like this one, but the sweetness and syrupy feel got to be too much halfway through the bottle. english porters are one of my favorite styles, but i can't see myself returning to this one. (750 characters)

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.72/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cool looking 500 mL greenish bottle pours a dark brown color with some crimson highlights. Creamy foam is tan and fades pretty quick, nice lacing though.

Smells of minerals and fruits with a touch of smoke and vinegar. Roasty malts do not have much sweetness to them.

Malts become a little more sweet and prominent on the flavor but still has plenty of lingering chalky minerals and berry fruitiness. Finishes dry with a noticeable floral hopping. Very smooth drinking porter, could be a bit more robust and creamy in the mouthfeel. There is a distracting hint of smoky vinegar that I'm not a big fan of, but a pretty minor complaint. Pretty good brew, I could drink this again without much trouble. (701 characters)

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.73/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 16.9oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep brown color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of roasted malts, dark fruit, coffee and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out very malty with flavors of coffee and milk chocolate. There's a background flavor of dark fruit along with a mild sweetness. The hops presence is mild but complementary. The malt character is hearty and there's a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, it's a good beer to session with if you're in the mood for the style, but there are other dark session beers that I would pick first. (842 characters)

Photo of bump8628
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Brown with ruby highlights when held up to the light and thin cap of light tan head.

Light coffee, lots of toffee, caramel, hints of tobacco, subtle earthy hops, and a not-so-subtle sourish twang round out the main flavor components. Nice, mild carbonation and a full mouthfeel. Old-style is a good descriptor as it seems they have done an admirable job of recreating the Porters of old.

A very enjoyable drinking experience. Unique among the sea of other Porters out there. I enjoyed it more than my "B" rating would seem to indicate. (537 characters)

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

Nice packaging - unique ribbing on the base of bottle looks cool!

Poured a deep dark amber (I'm talking amber black) with minimal head.

Strong fruitcake, malty aroma. Excellent balance with mild bitterness.

Lovely chocolate roast flavor. Nice velvety thickness on the mouthfeel leaving the drinker craving more.

Enjoyable! (327 characters)

Photo of biglite351
2.46/5  rDev -35.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This might have been an off bottle.

A - color of burnt amber or dark honey. Near white head that falls fast and leave slight lacing.

S - I think it smells of fruit cheese and caramel.

T - tastes like it smells.

M - good coating with only a mild tingle on the sides of the tongue.

D - pass (293 characters)

Photo of udubdawg
4.27/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours dark brown, but a lot of red shows through when held to the light and the clarity is excellent. Head is tan, a bit fizzy, but counter to my expectation upon seeing it pour, it lasts quite well and leaves quite a few spots of lacing.

Nose is fresh, earthy, and full of malt aromas. There's a pale, a toast, and a light chocolate. I don't think I get hops, but I don't mind a bit. It's a little like sticking my nose in my Maris Otter grain bin (What, you don't do this all the time too?). So far so good!
Sweet, toasty maltiness up front, firm bitterness behind, very drying in the finish and pretty clean. Mild coffee flavor. Again there is an earthy suggestion to the entire beer. Really well done. No diacetyl, but a touch of astringency.
Creamy medium full body. Carbonation is fairly low and there is little to slow the inevitable descent of the level in my glass. Time to fill 'er back up! (901 characters)

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.57/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark copper with a small creamy tan head.
For a porter the nose is really centred towards caramel, toffee and diacetyl rather than roasted barley. Not that it's not noticeable, just not at the forefront. Which actually happens to appeal to me!
Flavours show more roasted malt than the aroma, but there's still a fair whack of caramel and toffee. It works quite well. Finish is a bit sharp and certainly dries out (quite a feat considering all that sweet malt!).
Body is rather light, I would have liked something a little richer. Carbonation is too high. (560 characters)

Photo of thierrynantes
4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer bottle (50 cl.), tasted in 2010.

Appearance : dark colour, with tan foamy head (not persistent).
Smell : roasted malt aroma.
Taste and mouthfeel : bitter coffee and chocolate with a sweet taste.
Drinkability : a good beer in the style English Porter (drink at cellar temperature). (287 characters)

Photo of gfreed
4.27/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Keep in mind that if you're used to drinking excellent UK porters such as Sam Smith's Taddy Porter, or equally excellent American porters such as Founder's or Berkshire Drayman's, you'll need to adjust your expectations before drinking St. Peter's. The former are big, loud, avuncular porters that offer a muscular and meaty handshake; St. Peter's, on the other hand, is slender and subdued and understated. As porters go, it's a great beer on a lighter scale. The aroma has enough roastiness and coffee to immediately qualify for the style, but it's got the British twang of hoppy oranges without actually tasting like oranges. It's very smooth and a tad thin, but I didn't find it so watery as others have. I detected a touch of scotch in both the aroma and the taste, which was a pleasant addition. Subtle and well worth the price. (834 characters)

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

500 mL bottle,

A: Pours a dark red brown with a small off-white head, fair retention, no lace.

S: Surprisingly hoppy for a porter with some milk chocolate.

T: Nice nice chocolate and minor roasted notes. A tad too hoppy which overwhelms the preferable malt flavours.

M: Fizzy, medium-bodied, watery.

D: This was OK, but I can see the clear difference with the Meantime I had a few days ago; they're just in different leagues. (430 characters)

Photo of aristeros
4.27/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a pint glass. I've had several St. Peter's brews before. A careful pour yields less than a finger of white head and no lacing. RC Cola brown with decent clarity, reddish highlights in the light, and some carbonation visible. Looks good enough.

Smells of tootsie rolls and creamed coffee, big roasted malt smells. Roasted malts and strong black coffee up front, not too bitter, light caramel and tobacco near the back end.

Watery mouthfeel, surprisingly so. Was hoping for something more chewy. Smooth, complex, light enough to be sessionable, which is not the case for many porters, but not my favorite from this brewery. (636 characters)

Photo of OtherShoe2
3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown with a dense tan head. Fair lacing.

Lots of dark roasted coffee and bitter chocolate aromas. A hint of smoke.

Lots of charred malt, french roast coffee, and bitter chocolate with some light sweetness, and a bunch of bitterness. Finish is long with lingering coffee flavors and pleasant bitterness. Good stuff.

A little on the watery side, but the thinner edge makes this all the more drinkable. Carbonation was ok, and it helped clear the palate. I like their stout much better, but this was very good. Easy to drink. Worth a try. (550 characters)

St. Peter's Old-Style Porter from St. Peter's Brewery Co Ltd
86 out of 100 based on 371 ratings.