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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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523 Ratings

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Ratings: 523
Reviews: 363
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 13.25%
Wants: 18
Gots: 10 | 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 Rochefort10nh

New Hampshire

5/5  rDev +29.9%

11-27-2011 15:51:22 | More by Rochefort10nh
Photo of Halcyondays


3.2/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

500 mL bottle,

A: Pours a dark red brown with a small off-white head, fair retention, no lace.

S: Surprisingly hoppy for a porter with some milk chocolate.

T: Nice nice chocolate and minor roasted notes. A tad too hoppy which overwhelms the preferable malt flavours.

M: Fizzy, medium-bodied, watery.

D: This was OK, but I can see the clear difference with the Meantime I had a few days ago; they're just in different leagues.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2010 00:55:00 | More by Halcyondays
Photo of BlackHaddock

United Kingdom (England)

3.25/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

New style green 500ml bottle, best before late May 2008, drank on a very cold (for the Uk) friday afternoon.

Poured into a Gordon Xmas tulip shaped glass (twice).

Deep, deep ruby red, or the darkest maroon ever, topped with a good browny biege head.

Rich liquorice smell, dark toffee, treacle and molasses. Some burnt toast aroma in the nose as well.

I was expecting a richer, warmer, roastier taste than the beer gave. The aroma hinted of great things to come, sadly they didn't appear in the drinking taste area. An average Porter at best.

The beer wasn't watery, but it lacked that body/muscle/heart a good Porter possesses.

It is a pleasant drink, but only that, a pleasant drink.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2008 16:26:42 | More by BlackHaddock
Photo of kojevergas


2.1/5  rDev -45.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Served from a cask into a pint glass at a pub in London. Reviewed from notes.

A: Pours a half finger head devoid of cream, thin, and of terrible retention. Colour is a solid black.

Sm: Aroma is light in strength. Cream and caramelized malt is all me broken nose detects. All apologies, lads.

T: Cream, stale off-coffee, and a rough awful finish. A bit watery, probably a result of the cask. Some vanilla comes through. Simple, decently balanced, and badly built for the style.

Mf: Too smooth and too wet. It doesn't complement the style or the flavour of the beer.

Dr: It's hard to drink because it's watery garbage. It might be better on draught, but as is it's expensive and of poor quality.

Serving type: cask

10-04-2011 07:45:47 | More by kojevergas
Photo of corby112


3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving style: bottle.

pours dark brown almost black with thin beige head. Aroma of roasted malts, coffee, chocolate and hazelnut. Very smooth drinking creamy porter with a nice roasted malt flavor. Hints of chocolate, roasted coffee and nuts. very good!

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2008 09:40:18 | More by corby112
Photo of lacqueredmouse


3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark ruby red, very clear throughout, with a nice filmy head of yellowish bubbles. Lacing is good, but there's something vaguely insipid about the look overall.

Lots of roasted, malty grain on the nose. Very sweet, lots of rye-bread notes, just rich and heavy. What a malt bomb.

Big, grain and malt characters on the palate as well. It's all huge notes of roasted barley, organic and bready. Not a hint of hops. Stays just malty and rich throughout. Mouthfeel is a little thin, but that's not unexpected, in a way.

It's a good beer, albeit one with just one big character. Bold and unapologetic, and surprisingly drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2009 01:40:46 | More by lacqueredmouse
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4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a deep amber with a small head. Fruity nose with hints of cocoa. A bit thin for a porter but did have a smooth mouthfeel. Taste started roasted malt and grain with a little spiciness. Finishes with a small bite and roasted malt, cocoa finish. Pretty good.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2008 23:25:16 | More by barleywinefiend
Photo of wl0307

United Kingdom (England)

4.35/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

BB 08/09/2009, served cool in a broad-rimmed goblet (Westmalle).

A: pours a mahogany, gently bubbly body; the slowly building-up beige beer head stays thick like a souffle, gradually breaking down to a 1cm foam retaining throughout the drink... just lovely
S: very pronounced brown-sugary dark malts dominate the nose upfront, in a while succumbing to an aromatic-roasty and bitter-sweet chocolatey note with a faint vanilla hint, and abundant sour-sweet fruity notes of ripe dark fruits. In the background, a faint, deeply dried grassy hop aroma sustains, a bit reminiscent of Czech cerne lager. Overall, fulsome, rounded, and quite balanced~~
T: a lightly sour black-fruitiness, a little comes with an intense taste of bitter chocolates ... quickly revealing a deeper layer of dryish and more bitter roasted/charred flavour of coffee-beans and nuts; the aftertaste is not so much flavoursome as dryish hop-bitter, which is so pronounced and chewy that it almost rings a bell of Chinese herb-medicine soup, radiating lingering herbal bitterness beyond boundaries... Throughout the drink, the sound input of light sourness stays loyally on the side, underlining the bitter elements just nicely...
M&D: a full-bodied porter, with a creamy texture full of fine fizziness; the bitter flavour is echoed constantly by a healthy dose of sourness as balancer, but overall it is an aggressively bitter Porter unlike the usual fares. To me it's just quaffable and utterly enjoyable!

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2008 21:10:01 | More by wl0307
Photo of Billolick

New York

3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

they get points added for a classy and very unusual bottle. This one poured very bark, allmost black with a very large head, that got me worried it had gone bad, no worries as the head dissipated to a fluffy off white crown. Left nice, well developed lacing. Malty, burnt grain nose. Tasty drinkable porter, burnt notes, chocolate, light coffee, good depth of flavor, very enjoyable with a steak and salad. I'm interested to now try the others in this line of brews.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2004 11:23:59 | More by Billolick
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4.4/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

(Served in a glass mug)
A- The dark brown body has reddish highlights with a light tan creamy head that last and last.
S- This beer has a light fragrant roasted black malt flavor without a bitterness and a dry caramel quality that finishes with a slight tartness and a chocolate note that grows as the beer warms.
T- This beer has a smooth mellow roasted malt flavor with a toffee flavor and a watery taste to follow. There is a nice roasted mellow finish.
M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with no alcohol heat or astringency.
D- This beer has a good session beer with a great depth and a nice subtle complexity and I would love to try this on cask.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2010 14:57:06 | More by rhoadsrage
Photo of Zorro


3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear brown colored beer with nice maroon color when held up to the light. Normal sized tan head forms and falls.

Smell is light perfume of English style hops and toffee with dark roasted grains and faint cocoa powder.

Taste starts out neutral too slightly sweet with a big taste of patent malt in the finish. Mild grain flavor and a hint of coffee but the flavor is quite mild.

Mouthfeel is good.

Easy enough to drink and smooth, but at $5.50 a pop I can pass on this one next time.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2008 21:47:33 | More by Zorro
Photo of jdhilt

New Hampshire

3.63/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Forced to buy this, you know who has ever seen a 12oz oval bottle? Anyway a good porter, some dry spiciness, low carbonation and head.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2002 16:05:15 | More by jdhilt
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3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

So...is this a clear bottle or a pale olive green bottle? Not that is really matters that much, I just care if my beer isn't skunked. On to the beer:

Dark cola brown in color, with hues of reddish amber. The head is billowy and is sticking together quite well. Aroma firepower is medium-low, faint roasted chocolate character, wood, maybe some butterscotch. Fortunately, my mouth is happier than my nose with this beer. It has a medium, soft, somewhat yeasty body. Toffee and butterscotch hit the palate at first. Butterscotch continues its role as the main flavor here, while roasted malt is faint on the palate. Notes of chocolate chips start to gain definition halfway through the beer. Chalky aftertaste.

A well-done, authentic porter to its roots; This porter is a blend of old mature ale and a younger light beer. My first beer from St. Peter's, a welcoming first impression on me.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2009 03:09:36 | More by DoubleJ
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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

12-07-2013 19:59:59 | More by BillRoth
Photo of biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A beer I'd enjoy trying again. One of the better St. Peter offerings. Some nice warming character as result of good choice malts. Only hints of typical porter flavour, coffee etc I speak of. Wicked smooth mouthfeel but seems lacking certain character. No real head developed. Aroma was weaker as well. I can't argue this isn't good, but something was lacking and I wasn't quite satisfied.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2006 19:56:52 | More by biegaman
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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

11-22-2011 22:12:30 | More by brandoman63
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3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

05-23-2012 00:20:27 | More by rab53
Photo of beerthulhu

New Jersey

3.45/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a dark mahogany red from a wiskey type green bottle that produced a 1 finger rocky tan head that was only average retention wise and less so lacing.

S: a nice dry cocoa powder and fresh coffee hints.

T: The initial flavor yielded a nice chocolate and coffee flavor with dark, burnt caramel and raisins. Coffee with some breadiness were detected as well some floral hopping while it finished dry with a nice roasted lingering chocolate fade.

M: very thin, lightly carbonated and smooth.

D: Okay and only average drinking porter, some nice floral hopping but was light with only a moderate flavor.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2008 23:36:16 | More by beerthulhu
Photo of Viggo

Ontario (Canada)

3.15/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a rich red/brown, topped by a big off white head, very creamy looking, head settles down nicely. Smell is coffee and roasted grains, some chocolate, iron and bread. Taste is iron, roasted coffee, little chocolate, taste is rather weak. Mouthfeel felt pretty thin, carbonation is low, disappointing.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2005 17:35:24 | More by Viggo
Photo of Bighuge


4.47/5  rDev +16.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2004 04:04:23 | More by Bighuge
Photo of DrJay


3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear, dark ruby/brown colour with a thin, light brown head. Moderate lacing. Very roasted aroma with plenty of chocolate malt. Ripe, fruity character as well, reminiscent of cherries. Pronounced bitterness, seemingly from dark malts as well as hops. Still, plenty of roasted maltiness and a hint of fruit. Lingering roasted and bitterness follow the appearance of dark chocolate towards the end. Medium carbonation is well integrated and melds well with the texture. A tasty beer, a little more roasted than I expect in a porter, but good all the same.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2005 23:51:05 | More by DrJay
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2004 21:28:34 | More by Gusler
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3.15/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

I've seen this at a local store for a while, figured it's time I gave it a shot. Poured into 10oz glass. Poured a clean, clear, see-through dark mahogany, not the barely tranlucent, almost black I was expecting. The beer had about 1/4 inch of dark Tan head that decent retention and very light lacing.

The aroma was fairly rich and was nicely grainy. The flavors didn't quite meet the expectations the aroma set. Mostly nice grain with a trace of a hop tang on the finish.

The body was surprisingly thin, much more similar to a red ale than the Porters I'm familiar with. The beer was nicely drinkable, the pint bottle went down quick and easy.

Overall, an alright brew. Worth trying if you see it around.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2010 01:59:00 | More by beertunes
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

01-07-2013 22:29:30 | More by PEIhop
Photo of Brad007


3.4/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I love the bottle. Pours a dark brown color with carbonation that seeps up from the bottom of the glass when poured. Aroma is dry and roasty with some coffee essence. Taste is somewhat similar except that there's more of a coffee essence to it. I couldn't tell how old this beer is. Anyway, It's not too bad. Just somewhat different than what I expected. Not bad though and easy drinking all around.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2007 02:14:03 | More by Brad007
St. Peter's Old-Style Porter from St. Peter's Brewery Co Ltd
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