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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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531 Ratings

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Ratings: 531
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:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-16-2002)
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Photo of edchicma
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%

A very nice offering. Extremely dark color with a great creamy head that laces nicely down a pint glass. Smell had a yeasty lemony quality. Taste had elements of smoke, lemon, possibly a hint of chocolate. Hop presence was present but not overwhelming. Very drinkable with a decent body, that left a nice dry, somewhat hoppy finish. Very interesting flask bottle and label. Might make a good stocking stuffer for Porter fans.

edchicma, Dec 04, 2003
Photo of ALESwhatCURESya
3.15/5  rDev -18.2%

This bottle reminds me more of an Old England elixer than it does beer. Long story short, the bottle may be cooler than the beer. It pours out very flat with a very thin head that quickly disappeared. It poured out a very nice chocolate color. The smell is typical of porter-style beer. Full nutty taste fill your mouth immediately but are dont linger very long. My first choice of beer is usually not a porter, but when i have a good one, I really enjoy it. This is an easy beer to drink, but has no special qualities that would make me run back to buy another.

ALESwhatCURESya, Nov 26, 2003
Photo of homersimpson
3.85/5  rDev 0%

Dark brown with only a hint of darkest ruby. Cream colored head disappears quickly.
Sweet, almost fruity with coffee and a hint of smoke.
Medium body, slick going down. Low carbonation
Definitely smoky and sweet. A nice bit of hop to make it more palatable. Earthy tones from start to finish. Leaves you with a bittersweet twang.
Quite complex and interesting.

homersimpson, Nov 26, 2003
Photo of AudioGilz
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%

It's very dark brown, not opaque though. The head is tan and thick, nice looking beer. A mellow roasty chocolate aroma treats. I'm immediately pleased with the solid presence of hops in the finish. On the way to that finish is a buttery roasty feeling of chocolateness. It's very smooth and not very thick at all, not too thin though. The hoppy finish is dry and wonderful. This is an awesome porter.

AudioGilz, Oct 31, 2003
Photo of TAMU99
4.08/5  rDev +6%

A very enjoyable porter with good flavor and balance....

A: Deep brown with medium creamy foam that lingers long enough to release the scents, but not so long that it interferes with drinking

S: Crisp, strong smell of barley and wheat with touch of pear (?)

T: Deep smoky flavor with a nice finish of toasted caramel and hints of bitter chocolate - well crafted flavor profile

M: Creamy with a sharpness that isn't too overpowering

D: I was surprised it was so easy to drink.

Surely worth your time.

TAMU99, Oct 24, 2003
Photo of pio
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%

beautiful stupendous head and retention, very nice amount of lace. the color of the beer is dark amber, quite dark. scents of port wine, a hint of coffee, caramel and an array of hops. a nice molasses too. it's a creamy and straight ahead porter a little toasty and woody with the major players being a crisp coffee and caramel, a slight sweet gets roasted in the middle and dries for the finish. very bubbly and active mouthfeel but i am going to stick to my guns on the creamy note i had at the start of this review. very drinkable...maybe when i'm rich!

pio, Oct 22, 2003
Photo of Globetrotter
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%

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.

Globetrotter, Oct 14, 2003
Photo of TheLongBeachBum
3.93/5  rDev +2.1%

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!

TheLongBeachBum, Oct 08, 2003
Photo of Brent
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%

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.

Brent, Oct 01, 2003
Photo of BeerResearcher
4.13/5  rDev +7.3%

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!

BeerResearcher, Sep 10, 2003
Photo of beerinator
3.15/5  rDev -18.2%

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.

beerinator, Aug 28, 2003
Photo of Mitchster
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

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.

Mitchster, Aug 24, 2003
Photo of marburg
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%

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.

marburg, Aug 11, 2003
Photo of francisweizen
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%


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.


francisweizen, Aug 05, 2003
Photo of Darkale
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%

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.

Darkale, Jul 31, 2003
Photo of granger10
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%

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!)

granger10, Jul 29, 2003
Photo of ngandhi
3.48/5  rDev -9.6%

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.

ngandhi, Jul 25, 2003
Photo of TheDM
3.48/5  rDev -9.6%

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.

TheDM, Jun 29, 2003
Photo of bobinverted
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%

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.

bobinverted, Jun 20, 2003
Photo of jeffboo
3.6/5  rDev -6.5%

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.

jeffboo, Jun 03, 2003
Photo of Reidrover
3.93/5  rDev +2.1%

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!

Reidrover, Mar 22, 2003
Photo of feloniousmonk
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%

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!

feloniousmonk, Mar 02, 2003
Photo of John
3/5  rDev -22.1%

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.

John, Jan 28, 2003
Photo of MJR
3.35/5  rDev -13%

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.

MJR, Dec 28, 2002
Photo of OatmattStout
3.4/5  rDev -11.7%

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,

OatmattStout, Nov 24, 2002
St. Peter's Old-Style Porter from St. Peter's Brewery Co Ltd
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