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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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548 Ratings

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Ratings: 548
Reviews: 365
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 13.25%
Wants: 20
Gots: 15 | 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 DESTRO
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

DESTRO, Apr 10, 2004
Photo of anders36
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A dark reddish brown colour, with a mediumthick creamy head. It smell dark chocolate and pepper, with some hints of hops. The taste is roasted and a bit smokey. It also have some hints of coffee and chocolate. The aftertaste is long and bitter. This is a very nice porter and i think it would go very well with a pice of chocolate cake.

anders36, Apr 09, 2004
Photo of Afterburner
4.45/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: pours a dark, dark brown, nearly black. Foamy head, which retires fairly quickly, but leaves persistant lacework.

Smell: Toffee-ish, roasted barley. Not much in the way of esters, but I suspect that's due to the temperature.

Taste: Wow! This is a very nice beer. Strong malt aspect at the beginning, transforming into a burnt toffee character mid-palate, and finally closing with a flavor of brown bread and mild hop character in the lingering finish. Exceptionally well-balanced beer.

Mouthfeel: Chewy and smooth.

Drinkability: Excellent. I could drink another few of these, easy. Very tasty.

Afterburner, Apr 08, 2004
Photo of MuddyFeet
3.53/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

OK, the St. Peter's bottles sell this beer for me. Something a little different once in a while is nice. In appearance the beer is an impenetrable dark brown with very little head or lace with the pour. The beer's flavor makes me think of Hershey's dark chocolate, with the bittereness of that candy. I wish I could've had more but there were three of us sharing one bottle.

MuddyFeet, Apr 04, 2004
Photo of ark57
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It pours black with some ruby tinges and a tan head. There is some roasted malt aroma as well as slight whiskey and charcoal notes. The body is smooth with some coffee and bittersweet chocolate flavors and again some slight whiskey. It is nice to see a porter like this.

ark57, Mar 26, 2004
Photo of Gusler
3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer after vamoosing from the unique green bottle pours a deep incarnadine color, the head mediocre in size, the texture creamy and the Irish lace pronounced on the sides of the glass. Nose is a tad earthy, somewhat sweet, fresh and crisp, seems to be a hint of peat? Start is lightly sweet, nice malt profile; the top is fair to middling in its feel to the palate. Finish has a nice mild acidity, the hops pleasing in their spiciness, quite dry and a nice mild English Porter, one worth a sample at least.

Gusler, Mar 21, 2004
Photo of RedDiamond
4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

St. Peter's is less than opaque with some dark burgundy color. It is clear with no sediment and features a relaxed smoked malt aroma, a scant head, and erratic lace. The taste is earthen, peaty, luxurious, yet not bombastic or high strung. In short, it is a country ale, not a high profile contender, and yet this rustic simplicity is at the heart of its appeal.

The finish is satisfying and bitter. The mouthfeel is gentle, inviting. On the whole, this simple ale comes across as relaxing and highly pleasurable to drink. The aroma really came alive towards the end.

RedDiamond, Mar 20, 2004
Photo of Popsinc
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A super dark brown pour with a minimal tan head. It seems to be very smooth and very light on the carbonation.

The nose is wonderfully chocolatey and heavy on the chalky cocoa notes. The taste starts off with light roasted malts and quickly makes a turn for a delightful chocolate treat without being very sweet. The cocoa notes fade into a semi-bitter & dry finish.

Although this is a nice creamy beer, the downside is that this beer remains too light-bodied for the style. A very nice sipping beer containing rich qualities without being overpowering or heavy. A little too light bodied for my liking but still, the good outweighs the bad here.

Popsinc, Mar 02, 2004
Photo of Phyl21ca
2.9/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 1 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle - Poured a translucent dark brew with absolutely no head and no carbonation. Aroma of toffee. Taste is a bit sweet, with some toffee and some bitterness. I’m not sure if this is a bad bottle, but the lack of carbonation is very annoying and leaves a bad taste in my mouth. This beer also lacks a strong body and the chocolate/coffee taste should be more detectable. Overall, a very disappointing beer that I will try at least one more time to ensure that I didn’t get a bad bottle.

Phyl21ca, Feb 27, 2004
Photo of Imbiber
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appears black at first but is actually very dark ruby. Fruity aroma, vinous and unusual, with caramel in there too. Flavour is balanced with malt and fruit in the fore, slight (note: only slight) papery notes from shallow carbonation detract a bit though (I'm not complaning). A bit of citrus but mainly malt in the aftertaste. Good but not outstanding.

Imbiber, Feb 26, 2004
Photo of TerryW
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark purplish brown. Pours a one finger head that settles to a film and leaves lots of sticky, curtain-like lace.

Tons of chocolate in the nose of this one, along with coffee and roast malt. Creamy mouthfeel and quite bitter on the palate. This lingers quite nicely. Powerful mouthfeel. Coffee, chocolate, somewhat burnt. Initial sweet hit quickly turns very dry.

Lots of muscle in this beer, a nice quaff.

TerryW, Feb 10, 2004
Photo of Skidz
4.28/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a medium-dark brown that finishes to a very dark brown with good amounts of red showing on the sides. A nice cream-colored head forming on top that quickly settles into a nice thin layer.

Smells of coffee, malts with some roasted notes too. I'm also smelling something slightly sweet, probably chocolate. Diving in...mmm, tasting the coffee/roasted grain flavors mixed with a nice sweetness that seems like milk chocolate; with a nice creaminess to it. Bitterness comes out in the end, but nothing to take away from the flavor that lasts and lasts. That bit of creaminess stays with you the whole way.

Excellent build, not like the usual porters I've had, but I really liked this, regardless. Nice medium-full body leaves you hungry for more. I could easily drink a good many of these. With the excellent quality and craft of this beer, as with all the St. Peter's bottles I've tried to date, comes a moderate-high price tag. I still recommend you try them all out for yourself, as they are definately worth any sum of money.

This beer makes my list of true winners.

Skidz, Feb 08, 2004
Photo of WMBierguy
3.55/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm not really a porter fan, but I liked the looks of the bottle and thought that I'd try it out. It pours a dark reddish black, and resembles Coca Cola. It was a very smooth drink, free from the normal bitter aftertaste that I associate with porters. It was a pleseant surprise. I recommend this to anyone who wants a "beginner's" porter.

WMBierguy, Feb 07, 2004
Photo of ybnorml
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a glass it creates a magnificent thick foamy tan head. The aroma is a tantalizing mixture of coffee and caramel. Very good roasted malt flavor with hints of chocolate and coffee. The finish is a great balance between the roasted bitterness and a light malty sweetness, also there is a gentle hint of licorice. I definitely could sit around and enjoy a couple of pints of this porter without any arm twisting.

ybnorml, Feb 01, 2004
Photo of gueuzeonhigh
4.08/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

For some reason, I love the bottle shape.
This beer is a dark brown but clear color.
Little if any head, but large bubble froth clung together and adhered to the perimeter of my glass.
Some lacing.
A slight nose- of earth and toasted malt.

The flavor is cordial. In my opinion, perhaps a bit light. I nod toward heavier weight porters, yet I believe that this beer is well within the world of a porter style beer.

There's the mark of an ale, with bitter hops notes commingled with toasted malt's sweetness and earth tones.

The finish is slight. The bitter flavor profile holds its stance on my palate but the rest of the foundations crumbles into a transparent watery mouthfeel. This undoubtedly contributes to my opinion that this porter is on the "light" side.

Mouthfeel is more toward a thin one dimensional beer, yet it's not so slight that I'd catch myself abandoning this beer for another porter.

Drinkability is notable. At least it's not laden with a phenomenal ABV that one bottle later I'm welded to my seat!

gueuzeonhigh, Jan 24, 2004
Photo of GCBrewingCo
4.45/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer poured crystal clear black with ruby highlights. The head, well, there was no head. A few bubbles at the top, but nothing else. However, those bubbles did lace the glass.

The aroma was complex with chocolate in the front, coffee in the back, and malt in between. Also just a slight roastiness and slight smokiness.

The flavor was bitter chocolate with a slight winey/sour complexity. Also a coffee flavor and a pleasant smokiness.

The finish was dry, pleasant bitter chocolate and lasting. The body was medium light to medium and very nice.

There was little to no carbonation in the beer, the cap was a bear to remove so I assume the lack of carbonation was on purpose due to being an English beer.

I have found a new favorite. A very nice beer and easy to drink.

16.9 ounce bottle, the medicine one.

GCBrewingCo, Jan 23, 2004
Photo of CRJMellor
3.73/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown with red/copper tints. Small creany medium tan head. Nose of chocolate and sour notes with a small amount of roasted barley. Tastes of semi-sweet chocolate, mild coffee with a somewhat dry finish. Relatively thin mouthfeel yet refreshing. Mild hop note on the back end. Very drinkable beer got better as it warmed.

CRJMellor, Dec 23, 2003
Photo of edchicma
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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%
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.

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

TheLongBeachBum, Oct 08, 2003
St. Peter's Old-Style Porter from St. Peter's Brewery Co Ltd
87 out of 100 based on 548 ratings.