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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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560 Ratings

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Ratings: 560
Reviews: 371
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 12.99%
Wants: 24
Gots: 23 | 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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-16-2002

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Ratings: 560 | Reviews: 371
Photo of kbub6f
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

Photo of Fish113d
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
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....

Photo of Bighuge
4.45/5  rDev +15.6%
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.

Photo of bditty187
4.18/5  rDev +8.6%
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.

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.

Photo of scottum
3.97/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

Photo of maxpower
3.77/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

Photo of IceAce
4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

Photo of CAMRAhardliner
4.07/5  rDev +5.7%
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
3.25/5  rDev -15.6%
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
4.12/5  rDev +7%
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
4.38/5  rDev +13.8%
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
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
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
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
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
4.22/5  rDev +9.6%
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
3.89/5  rDev +1%
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
2.88/5  rDev -25.2%
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
4.23/5  rDev +9.9%
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
3.53/5  rDev -8.3%
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
4.12/5  rDev +7%
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.

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