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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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BA SCORE
87
very good

552 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 552
Reviews: 366
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 12.99%
Wants: 21
Gots: 14 | 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 CAMRAhardliner
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.

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.

Photo of watermelonman
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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

St. Peter's Old-Style Porter from St. Peter's Brewery Co Ltd
87 out of 100 based on 552 ratings.