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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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540 Ratings

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Ratings: 540
Reviews: 365
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 13.25%
Wants: 18
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 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
Photo of Brent
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

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%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

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%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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

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


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

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%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

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
St. Peter's Old-Style Porter from St. Peter's Brewery Co Ltd
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