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 JustinQ
5/5  rDev +29.9%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

Photo of poskok
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

Photo of bkilpatr
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 500 ml bottle into a pint glass. 12/09/08.

Pours a dark mahogany brown color with nearly four fingers of tan head. The head dropped very slowly and left nice sticky lacing all over the glass. Aroma is sweet malt, toffee, chocolate, caramel.

Taste is full of sweet toffee and caramel, chocolate, toasted malt, and a hint of smoke. The finish is bitter and earthy with tobacco, floral hops, and slight coffee. The feel is just on the thin side of medium-bodied, with ample carbonation. Very smooth with a clean finish. Drinkability is very good. Almost sessionable. Full of flavor and not too heavy.

Photo of kflorence
4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Imported from my ratebeer.com profile - APR 25, 2008

Pours very dark brown with very nice head. St. Peters beers always smell so good! Smells of bittersweet chocolate, vanilla and burnt cocoa. Fairly light mouthfeel for such a dark beer, starts out with sweeter notes of chocolate, nuts, caramel and vanilla. Finishes a little on the dry side, slightly bitter with some malt, tea and hop presence. A very good beer, and nice english style porter. I think I would prefer more of the up front flavor in the finish, but this is definitely a good quality beer.

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.

Photo of shuajw
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of killcore
4.32/5  rDev +12.2%

Photo of pants678
2.93/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Came from the bottle and into a normal english pint. Pour was not on par, zero head, a lace at best that looks to be a very light, easy beige.A very deep brown that is almost opaque, but light is getting through at the bottom of the glass.

Quite a range of distinct aromas, including tinges of coffee and chocolate like you'd expect. But there's also toffee and roasted malts. Really, it's nothing short of enticing.

Distinctly chocolate and malty, the toffee's there but it's not as strong. It is lacking in complexity, though. The front seems to be empty, but the back is charred. There's some fruity acidity present on the back as well, but still, it's not combining well or covered or being pressed in any way. There's much left to be desired, disappointing.

This Old-style porter is surprisingly and disconcertingly light. Perhaps it needs more carbonation, and absolutely needs more flavor to contend with.

Fore sure it's drinkable, but much too easy. While porters should be smooth, they should also have some more bite and bumps and bruises along the way. Those are not very present in this brew.

Photo of Liondiscs
2.5/5  rDev -35.1%

Photo of BuffaloTapHugger
3.38/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had this porter at the Hardware Cafe on Allen Street in the heart of Buffalo.

Poured a nice head. Darkness arose from the pint glass offered to me as I poured half the bottle,... and took it all in.

Smelled like a porter, but I prefer only one porter. EF from Cleveland, which I was drinking earlier down the street. Bias yes, but it is... what it is.

This is a good porter, but not one worth going out of the way for.

Photo of HawkIPA
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

Photo of ryanonline
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

a deep brown color, almost black, with a thin quickly disipating off white head. not a lot of lacing.

caramel and a dash of hops on the nose. smells like a strong brown ale.

smokey and delicious. sort of a tangy backbone too. this is like if kc masterpiece and Guiness had forged a long standing friendship where they danced around their feelings for one another and one night after quite a few drinks they had dirty forbidden sex which resulted in the female (probably guiness) having to make an ackward conversation about how they maybe having to make a decision about "what to do with it" but after a lot of deep soul searching they both decided that even if they didn't end up together it was best that they keep it and after they both moved to england they had it and then decided to sell it to people as beer....but in a good way.

clean but a bit watery, sort of a lingering dryness.

very drinkable, light yet wonderfully pleasing to the palate. i could see myself having a couple of these at a barbecue.

nice beer, but, st. peters makes some good but sort of unremarkable beers. not bad, but not one of those that i would really be asking for with any frequency.

Photo of Cozzatoad
3.48/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle

A- Very dark brown, shines a bit if seen through light. Head is just little more than a lace, beige with very very small bubbles. Almost no retention and almost no lacing. This beer looks a bit lifeless

S- Sweet malts (toffee for sure, maybe some faint hints of caramel and nuts) with a delicate but quite persistent roasted feel underneath

T- More on the bitter side if compared to the aroma. Coffee is dominant with a toasted feel underneath. Nuts and toffee show up at times with some sweetness to them, especially on the back of the palate. A faint bitter and hearty aftertaste from the hops remains on the tongue

M- Mouthfeel is drier than your average porter, though that does not seem to be fitting the style very much. The beer has quite a big body for the style but still remains very smooth. Carbonation is very low (you may feel it a bit on the tongue) but appropriate for this beer

O- This beer has not much character in my opinion: the mouthfeel is very even and flavours never get very interesting. This is still a nice example of the style and a highly drinkable beer

Photo of gonzo46and2
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Bottle is an old style flask. A small powder blue label on the front displays a black bird. Pours with an enormous head that takes a very long time to dissipate. The color is a dark mahogany brown.

Smell is roasty and nutty with bits of dark chocolate and coffee. A big grainy malt profile rings through as well.

Taste is smooth and a mostly reflects the pleasant aroma. There is a bit of bitter balance with some generous hopping. This is a fine tasting beer.

Mouthfeel is thin for the flavor and is quite refreshing. There's a bit of oilyness from the hops that keeps the flavor lingering on the tip of the tongue.

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3.6/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of YonderWanderer
4.33/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: A nice dark brownish black with a thin layer of foam at the top. Decent lacing on the glass.

S: Hints of coffee and chocolate primarily, with a bit of a roasted flavor behind it.

T: Similar to the smell, but better. A hint of sweetness, some mild coffee, and a bit of chocolate all melded together. Very,very tasty.

M: Smooth is the best word to describe it. Not too thin, not too thick.

D: This is a great porter, and very sessionable as well. Another excellent brew from a great brewery.

Photo of terrabyte
3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, dark brown color with a small head.

Aroma was too mute to pick anything up, which is disappointing. I'd love to have a 2.8 rating instead of "average" 3.

Flavor started off slow. I was a little worried. After a while it opened up and I could enjoy a smoked oak flavor with a nice nutty aftertaste. When my glass was empty I actually smiled when I realized I had more to pour from the large bottle that this comes from.

Mouthful was good. It seemed lower on the carbonation which worked great.

I found the drinkability to be very nice. Nothing too spectacular, but I enjoyed drinking this beer. I was a little leary when I bought it, being clear glass and something that even Cub Foods sells singles of, but I was not disappointed. I feel more comfortable trying other styles from St. Peter's.

Photo of briman
3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from bottle into standard pint glass.

Pours dark brown, with ruby highlights when held up to the light. Good clarity. Very little head or lacing.

Aroma is mild roasted malts, with some chocolate notes.

Taste is only slightly sweet upfront, with mild roasted malt, and chocolate coming through. Moving towards the back, the flavor changes to more of a coffee characteristic, with a moderate dark roasted malt bitterness in the finish. Definite black malt characteristics, slightly burnt in the aftertaste.

Medium-light body, with low carbonation. Pretty well balanced, maybe a touch more bitter in the finish than I would expect from a porter, but it's not oft-putting. Pretty good overall, and could be a candidate for a session beer.

Photo of BattleRoadBrewer
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Packaged in colonial-style oval, olive green glass pint, a "faithful copy of one made c. 1770 for Thomas Gerrard of Gibbstown, just across the Delaware River from Philadelphia." Date/lot code is cryptic. I love the bottle, and buy St. Peter's often so I can use the bottle to present my homebrewed ales.

Poured aggressively into a nonick pint. Generated a modest head with the strong pour. It is crystal clear, dark mahogany brown.

A slight bit of skuniness in this sample--depends on where I buy it how lightstruck it will be. I let it stand for 10 minutes to breathe and to warm up to serving temperature.

Aroma is now mostly clear of the skunk, a bit of spicy and citrusy hops and chocolate malt.

Tastes good, I like this beer. Not too much caramel or toffee. Subtle notes of anise and coffee.

Mouthfeel is a bit thin, little residual dextrins. Perfect level of bitterness to complement the flavor. Carbonation is very slight.

Drinkability is great, nice session beer. I enjoy having two sometimes.

Or I should say, this would be a great session beer, except for the outlandish price. Costs about $4.50 a pint in most stores, should be more like $3. I've found comparable German schwarzbiers for $2.65 for a half liter swing top.

2nd editorial rant: From some beer stores this beer in its attractive greenish brown bottle is badly skunked, others it's not skunked at all. The obsession with putting all stock on open shelves at room temperature under daylight or glaring fluorescents is beer abuse. Retailers should keep their excess cellared and in the original boxes it was shipped in. St. Peter's recently switched bottle shapes from the lovely ovals to boring round stumpy bottles (common UK bottle shape) for most of their beers. But kept the same green color. Their effort should have been to make the classy oval bottles in brown glass instead.

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

Pretty much what I was expecting. Poured almost black, with dark chocolate and coffee aromas.

Taste was similar. Slightly toasted grain, more dark chocolate, more coffee. Not as sweet as most stouts and porters, which offers a nice change.

Felt good, and fairly easy to drink. Overall a solid beer, though not among the best.

Photo of tchenery
3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured to a pint. Head dissipates quickly, but leaves a very thin lacing. The beer is almost opaque but very dark brown, not black in color.

It smells almost hoppy like a pilsener. I'm really not picking up on much else except a slight chocolatey malt scent but you have to dig for it.

The beer is very smooth and thinner in body than I imagined it would be. It has a very forward malt flavor followed by a slight English hop bite towards the end, finishing with a drying sensation.

Very drinkable.

Photo of pipinmalikonj
2.75/5  rDev -28.6%

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