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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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534 Ratings

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Ratings: 534
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-16-2002)
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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

BigBarley, Mar 23, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

drewfromboulder, Dec 28, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

tommyguz, May 10, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Leschber, Oct 18, 2012
Photo of falloutsnow
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle from Brix in Omaha, NE
No bottled on date
Poured into a New Belgium globe glass

St. Peter's English porter is a fairly true to style porter, with pleasant malt complexity and roasted flavors. The aroma, however, is somewhat lacking and the mouthfeel could be fuller. Still, when Fuller's is not available, this is a suitable stand-by.

Can pours a tall (>3cm) head of medium and small bubbles, mild tan in color. Head appears to be quite fluffy, as more than a few minutes are required for it to collapse back down, eventually leaving just a small ring around the glass. Leaves some lacing along sides of glass, but not replenished with each sip. Body, out of the light, is a very dark brown, seemingly opaque; in light, it is a transparent wood-stain brown color. Modest carbonation is visible.

Aroma is slightly sweet, mixed with equally slight chocolate, char, smooth fresh sweet cream. Would have enjoyed a more expressive nose.

Taste opens with pleasant roasted barley meets sweetness and slight char. Bitter, washed-out chocolate and similarly bitter, washed-out coffee ground flavors are next, with slight vanilla. Charred flavors contribute some mild bitterness or tartness to the taste, which is quite nice. Mild charred taste in the aftertaste. Really, I think this is quite an enjoyable tasting English porter.

Body is medium-light with a bit of wateriness around the edges, could be more substantial and more satisfying. Carbonation is suitably moderate, fitting. Finish is dry to semi-dry. Generally, good, but a bit more thickness would do wonders.

falloutsnow, Mar 14, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Ragnarok88, Jun 01, 2013
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
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3.73/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml Bottle bought from the Vineyard, Belfast..

Poured a deep dark red colour... Head was creamy tan - disappears almost instantly...

Aroma - Dark chocolate, liquorice, treacle, coffee, dark fruits, cough syrup...

Taste – Strong coffee and bitter chocolate, strong maltiness, dark fruits...

Feel - Quite smooth as there is not that much carbonation...

Overall - A pretty good and very drinkable porter. Definitely worth a try...

mdagnew, Nov 17, 2005
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3.73/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep, rich chocolate with a head that dissipates quickly. Aromas of coffee and sweet nuts are evident. Though the mouthfeel is strangely thin for a porter, I can’t say I mind as the flavor sensations are complex, ranging from a bitter coffee taste of hops to hazelnut qualities on the tongue. Just the right amount of carbonation helps it all go down. The label on the very attractive bottle contends that this is a porter in the classic mold, and if that is the case then I’m sad we don’t see this style around much anymore. The lightness tends to allow more appreciation of the taste. My drinking companion comments “it’s a porter that doesn’t force you to choose between a beer and dinner,” which I find nicely sums up both of our feelings.

Gattopardo, Feb 03, 2007
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3.73/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

looks like rootbeer. and the head isn't too far off, although longer-lived. actually the head REALLY looks like rootbeer foam

well, it does not smell like rootbeer. distinctive roasty breadiness and even a touch of pear? not sweet to the nose, but dark and featuring an earthy hop

not rich in flavor or mouthfeel. dry, bready, hoppy. once it warmed i actually enjoyed it greatly. it's a quaffable glass of the kind of roasty flavors that so often come attached to 10% alcohol and oodles of sugar. i can dig it

bruachan, Sep 27, 2007
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3.73/5  rDev -3.1%
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....

Fish113d, Aug 09, 2004
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3.73/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Looks like... a porter! Deep dark brown with a tan head... light can get through this one when potent. Smells very malty... a good, solid, fresh malty scent.
Tastes of coffee soda? Chocolate soda? Chocolate coffee soda? Has bittersweet stuff going on a la coffee and dark chocolate.
This brew could stand to be either a bit more bubbly or a bit more smooth. Either direction would help to refine and define this brew a little bit better.
All in all this is easy to drink and something that porter and stout lovers should enjoy well enough.

ommegangpbr, May 11, 2006
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3.73/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is my first English style Porter (and my first review :D )

A: Pours an inviting, deep, almost mahogany brown. Thin white head that dissipates very slowly, and clings to the side of the glass.

S: Has a delicious smell of choclate and mocha that increases as the beer gets warmer.

T: Malty with moderate hop bitterness, strong aftertaste of coffee and dark choclate. These flavors gain strength and character as the beer gets warmer.

M: Not too thin, yet not overpowering. Has a moderate to high level of carbonation.

D: I enjoyed this beer immensely and I can't wait to pick it up again. I'm very pleased with this beer, it actually exceeded my expectations.

Impsonsay, Dec 05, 2006
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3.7/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cool looking 500 mL greenish bottle pours a dark brown color with some crimson highlights. Creamy foam is tan and fades pretty quick, nice lacing though.

Smells of minerals and fruits with a touch of smoke and vinegar. Roasty malts do not have much sweetness to them.

Malts become a little more sweet and prominent on the flavor but still has plenty of lingering chalky minerals and berry fruitiness. Finishes dry with a noticeable floral hopping. Very smooth drinking porter, could be a bit more robust and creamy in the mouthfeel. There is a distracting hint of smoky vinegar that I'm not a big fan of, but a pretty minor complaint. Pretty good brew, I could drink this again without much trouble.

twiggamortis420, Jul 22, 2010
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3.7/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Reddish brown, far from opaque appearance. Nice clarity, medium off-white head. Quite creamy with reasonably good retention.

Caught a whiff of butterscotch (diacetyl?). Very subtle malt aroma - not the dark roasty stuff of American Robust Porters.

Non-roasty dark malts, with a drying bitterness (seems to be more than just hops). Subtle fruitiness from the y east. Finishes dry, slightly roasty, but generally clean.

Medium body and low-med carbonation. No alcohol warming or astringency. Creamy and smooth, and overall a gentle mouthfeel.

An easy drinking porter. Dark malt subdued as appropriate for the style. Clean and gentle.

mpyle, May 12, 2007
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3.7/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice dark mahogany hue, with some initial rocky head, with minimal spot lacing. A slight roast/choco aroma. The taste is very good, roast and choco, in the tradition of porter. I must say that I was a bit disappointed with the mouthfeel. It is quite thin for an English porter (no challenge to the Fuller's benchmark). At 5.10% ABV, good drinkability. I will probably not have another. As I said above, mouthfeel was a bit of a turn off. When I want a St. Pete's I'll instead opt for their outstanding Cream Stout.

sraimondi, Jun 21, 2007
St. Peter's Old-Style Porter from St. Peter's Brewery Co Ltd
87 out of 100 based on 534 ratings.