Winter Ale
St. Peter's Brewery Co Ltd

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Winter Warmer
Ranked #17
Ranked #13,654
3.92 | pDev: 10.71%
St. Peter's Brewery Co Ltd
England, United Kingdom
Very Good
Winter AleWinter Ale
Notes: This deep mahogany red strong ale is a classic example of a winter warmer that’s high in alcohol and rich in taste. An excellent balance of malty sweetness and hoppy bitterness, gives aromas of Christmas cake with hints of black treacle and vine fruits.
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TheBierdimpfe from Canada

3.49/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Opaque black color. Slightly creamy light brown 1 finger head, lasting around 5 minutes, with decent legs and swirl reaction. Flavors of toffee, dark grains, raisins, walnuts, and herbal hops. Slick creamy medium to full body with light carbonation. Medium strength finish, malty roasted feel with soft leafy hops. Decent freshness, good balance, and well bodied for the style. Warms up pretty well indeed. Overall very good quality craft.

Jan 26, 2018
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josanguapo from Spain

4.23/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

From elcervecero. In Ikea's pint glass. Playing Blackwell Legacy. Complex, with smokey and coffee notes and still very drinkable. Not what I expected in a winter beer but still great. Much better than the St Peter's brews Ive bought in ECI: because the recipe or because the conservation?

Jan 10, 2017
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pattysykes from Australia

3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours cola with lingering tan head. Aroma is roasted malts, dark chocolate and dried fruit. Tastes of coffee, sweet malt, dark fruit and a little spice. Full body with light carbonation. Aftertaste of chocolate and dark berries. Really nice balance overall.

Jan 06, 2017
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Dentist666 from Russian Federation

4.18/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into pint.
Opaque dark brown beer with one finger beige head, good retention.
Smell - rich and complex - chocolate, coffee, dark fruits, caramel.
Taste - round and pretty cool, sweet, roasted malts, dark fruits, marmalade, licorice.
Full body, soft carbonation.

Nov 12, 2015
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taxandbeerguy from Canada

4.07/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

500 ml medicine bottle served just above fridge temperature into a pint glass. One of those beers I've seen many times before (especially at this time of the year) but never bothered to pick up. Let's give it a try.

Appearance - St. Peter's winter ale pours the darkest of ruby coloured beers, so dark that it may appear dark brown or even near black. A small half finger of off white head has modest retention and leaves a small swath of lacing down the sides of the glass.

Smell - pretty good aroma, some thick grainy aromas and hints of orchard fruits such as pear and plum. Overall smells like and amped up dark mild ale. Christmas spice aromas are sort of there, but toned down and definitely not distracting for what promises to be a very good beer.

Taste - some graininess, some fruitiness and a mild bitterness. Orchard fruits throughout and the Christmas spices are present but only in a supporting role. Complex. Some liquorice and butterscotch start up after a few sips and enhance this beer. After a few sips, substitute orchard fruits with raisins. Yum!

Mouthfeel - smooth with some creaminess, moderate body and definitely not a dry finish.

Overall - a well crafted holiday beer, with a festive presence but never overdoing things and ensuring that you enjoy the base beer with its holiday accents.

Nov 07, 2015
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hansavijaticar from Croatia (Hrvatska)

4.5/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Lovely winter warmer. Reminds me of Brewdog's Dogma. Dark, with reddish hue, caramely, but with great balance, medium mouthful. Alongside Cream Stout, the best beer from St. Peter's.

Sep 08, 2015
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Mike_Aguirre from Mexico

4.85/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Cerveza de invierno, normalmente este estilo de cervezas son más alcohólicas y de cuerpo más denso que las cervezas de verano.

Alcohol: 6.5 ABV

Apariencia: Color rojizo muy oscuro, casi negro. Con brillos color rubí. Corona de espuma muy leve color marfil.

Aroma: A frutos rojos maduros, vino, uva, jerez, roble, barrica, dulzor de la malta, azúcar quemada, caramelo, maderas. Muy balanceado y agradable.

Sabor: Excelente sabor, notas de café espresso, frutos oscuros, notas ácidas muy tenues, amargor seco, dulzura sutil de las maltas. Toques ahumados y antiguos.

Sensación: Cuerpo medio-alto y carbonatación baja.

General: Deliciosa cerveza de sabor complejo, no apta para principiantes.,

Feb 05, 2015
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dcmchew from Romania

3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Dark brown with a frothy tan head, popping away fast, leaving just some messy lacing.
Smells quite rich, with nice toffee, caramel, some cocoa, even sweet coffee, nicely roasted malts, dark bread, spices, butterscotch.
Sweet malty taste, rich with toffee and caramel. Light layer of dark chocolate, some fig and raisin, but nice roasted dark malts right away. Bready middle, with some spices showing up (light licorice, cinnamon, really faint nutmeg). Finishes roastier, but not burnt, nutty, with some dusty cocoa powder and warm alcohol.
Aftertaste is pretty poor, a bit of nut and dark malt, earthy hop, bit of alcohol. Light bodied, medium carbonated.
A nice winter warmer, probably one of the best beers from St. Peter's.

Jan 28, 2015
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Cramshawbar from Canada

3/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

There is an (for me at least) rather uncomfortable after taste dominating here. I don't know whether it's the date or perhaps the liquorice. Safe to say, this is not my cup of beer.

Jan 12, 2015
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Gbgbrouge from Sweden

3.72/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle, black opaque with low beige head. Aroma is full and complex, caramel, butterscotch, coffee, and some chocolate. Taste is sweet, medium malt body and a sweet sour finish. Notes of caramel, coffee, chocolate and liqourice.

Jan 06, 2015
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jrenihan from Canada

3.91/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Label says "F 24 13". Whether that means bottled on Feb 24, 2013 or June 24, 2013, I am not sure.

The beer is very dark brown with a very small tan head. The head fades quickly, leaving some bubbles.

Nose contains grassy English hops, as well as caramel and toffee. Slight dark fruit. A bit of a spice aroma, clove mainly. There is an alcohol aroma, which is surprising given the moderate strength of this beer.

Taste is nice. RIch malty flavours, with caramel, toffee and some dark fruit (date, mainly). Some grassy hop flavours as well. Well balanced between bitter and sweet. Good.

Full bodied, moderately carbonated and quite chewy.

Overall, quite an enjoyable beer. Nice and robust.

Nov 28, 2013
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RonaldTheriot from Louisiana

4.11/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

St. Peter’s Winter Ale has a thin, off-white head, a very dark brown (essentially black) appearance, some visible bubbles steams on the side of the glass, and not a whole lot of lacing left behind. The aroma is of rich, dark-roasted barley malt, black cherries, sugar, a bit of chocolate, and maybe a trace of added spices. Taste is of all that, with a fruit cake note, some bitterness, and a bit of charcoal. Mouthfeel is medium to heavy and slick, and St. Peters’s Winter Ale finishes semi-dry, refreshing, and moderately drinkable. Overall, this is quite delicious.


Nov 03, 2013
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dacrza1 from New Jersey

4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 4.25

Date Rated: April 5, 2013...
Glassware: Victory Hop Devil nonick...
Occasion: The Hobbit on DVD--this will be a good pairing...
Appearance: cold black body (not quite a necromancer) with gray, dirty-snow-colored head that sinks swiftly into a thin halo...
Aroma: malty and robust--a roasted ale more in line with a porter than a special ale...
Palate: medium-bodied and porterly, almost soda-like in its slickness--more a Gamgee than a Baggins; not a fan of the consistency, admittedly...
Taste: wine-like astringency finishes what becomes a softly warming, fruity/grape flavor--late hints of vanilla suggest complexity...
Overall: an earnest strong ale that gave me a heightened, mellow ripple trough the body as it finished--like besting Gollum in a game of riddles...

Jun 14, 2013
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kojevergas from Louisiana

3.25/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

1 pint .9 fl oz brown glass bottle acquired for cheap at Total Wine Redondo Beach; I think the price was between $1 and $2. Label is red. I dig the strangely shaped bottle. Pressure cap is branded. Expectations are average.

Served straight from the fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a light tan colour head of gorgeous cream, very good thickness, and quite good (6+ minute) retention for the above average ABV. Body colour is a very dark caramel-brown; nontransparent and opaque. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Very light thin lacing as the head recedes. Not horribly vibrant, but then again it's nontransparent...

Sm: Sweet malts. Fruit - fig, bright sugarplum, dates. Caramel and toffee. Brewer's chocolate. Surprisingly Belgian in malt character, with a nice dose of biscuit. Raisin. Light herbal notes. A bit of spice - anise? A subtle, diverse aroma of moderate to fairly high strength. Little yeast character is detectable. I don't get any alcohol.

T: Caramel, toffee, heavy date fruit, biscuit malt, fig, malty sweetness, and light candi sugar. Complex and enjoyable. Pleasant to drink. Balanced if imperfect. Not horribly subtle. A bit too sweet, but still enjoyable. I do get some candi sugar. Balance is okay. Could use more complexity and subtlety. It's a bit wanting. I do like it. A bit of toasted character. Sugary.

Mf: A bit undercarbonated. Smooth. Wet. Good presence on the palate. Depth of flavour is above average.

Dr: Drinkable and enjoyable. A surprisingly tasty winter ale. Well priced. I'd get it again. Not exemplary, but a solid seasonal. I wouldn't want to have more than a bottle a night; it's just so sweet and sugary. But it's a good offering. Hides its above average ABV well.

High C+

Mar 10, 2013
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Fatehunter from Oregon

4.12/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Two and half fingers of light tan head on a just-short-of-black body.
The aroma is roasted malt, black licorice and caramel. Great depth here.
The taste is strong on the black licorice, backed up by the roasted malt. There’s a mild bitterness to balance out the malt sweetness.
This has a heavy body with low carbonation. The texture is oily.
A wonderful ale.

Feb 01, 2013
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Digimaika2 from Canada

4.22/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

(3.75) A: Shows an attractive clear pomegranate red colour with a bubbly dirty beige head that quickly scatters to form a ring. Healthy lacing with some streaking down the glass.

(4.25) S: Dark bakers chocolate, black licorice, winter spices (nutmeg and cloves), and dark fruits (raisins and dates). An underlying herbal aroma to this that is quite subtle and adds a nice layer. Slightly boozy but more of a raisin soaked booze vibe. Very good.

(4.25) T: Roasted malt traits notably a dry dark chocolate, herbal-like hop elements, spices, restrained darker fruits (raisins and cherries), and toffee. There’s almost an earthy peat taste in the finish that is intriguing. I want to describe each flavour as subtle, so instead I will say this is very smooth and well balanced. Delicious.

(4.25) M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Oily and dry with a slight chalky texture, but in a good way.

(4.25) D: This is a very well balanced and smooth winter ale (possibly more porter-like) with complexity and an assortment of flavour. Definitely worth a try, if not for the medicine bottle shape.

Jan 31, 2013
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HATS4BATS from Canada

4.14/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Complex and layered. Powerful nose of coffee and chocolate in balance. Flavour leads with smack of toffee with enduring notes of burnt coffee, salted chocolate and malt. At times struggles to conceal ample alcohol content. Feel of a traditional ale with pleasant after-taste that holds complexity in balance.

Dec 30, 2012
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jaz58 from Canada

4.35/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A decent winter ale.

Poured into a pint glass, when held up to the light, the colour is ruby red.

The nose is warm with good hints of malt and a little chocolate.

Very thin creamy head which dissipated quickly.

Taste features toffee and butterscotch with a good bitters to finish.

Mouthfeel is round and good.

Overall a good ale to warm you up on a cold winter night.

Dec 09, 2012
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kristiekatk from Rhode Island

4.09/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I love the fat little bottle this beer comes in. Makes me think that I’m drinking an olde timey home remedy for something. Let’s say gout.

St. Peter’s pours a deep ruby, almost black, with a head that fades into a thin and bubbly ring. The aroma is all malted milk balls and roasted malts, very porter-ish. There’s also a good tinge of leafy hops, molasses and burnt caramel.

Vanilla, fruit, and English hops dominate the front end of this beer, resting on a roasted malt base. A lot of char notes mixed with the hops provide for a great balance between sweet and bitter. The mouthfeel is slick and well-rounded, though it feels a lot lighter than what I would like it to be.

Overall, I’m not exactly sure what is overly winter-y about this beer, but I did enjoy it and think it would taste great paired with a warm winter meal.

Dec 07, 2012
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BlurryVisi0n from New York

4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in pint glass (Sam Adams signature glass).

Appearance: Cloudy brown, with an obvious amber tint to it. You see many and I do mean many tiny bubbles when placed to the light.

Smell: Light nutmeg barley feel, It is a scent that you can definitely not hate.

Taste: Nice sweet and bitter. Malty feel and lightly spicy feels like nutmeg.

Mouth: Medium and very sticking. I am placed the glass down and still minutes still feeling it. This beer comes off slightly a little like fruit bread but toastier.

Overall: For about four bucks, this beer was a blessing. When i go back I will pick up two more while the season is kicking. Drink up and enjoy, Salud!

Dec 06, 2012
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UCLABrewN84 from California

3.82/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an almost opaque super dark brown/black with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy streaks of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of roasted malt, caramel, and some dark fruit aromas. Taste is much the same with a candied dark fruit flavor on the finish. There is a mild amount of roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer but I think it tastes better than it smells.

Oct 20, 2012
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BGDrock from Canada

4.38/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From notes:

Appearance: chocolate brown with a red hue; beautiful thick head; fine suds; great lace

Aroma: sweet and malty; caramel and toffee; hint of banana

Taste & Mouthfeel: smooth and creamy; strong coffee flavour; dark caramel that moves toward toasty, almost like sitting by a fire; light carbonation; not as sweet as the scent, but that's a good thing; roasted flavour stands out more over time

Overall: really fits the bill - a perfect winter beer - roasted and warming, not too sweet; to be had in a mountain chalet surrounded by snow!

Mar 25, 2012
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MONKandTUCK from Pennsylvania

3.82/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Very dark. Far more brown than red, some decent head retention at first.

A - Fruity esters and malts... I've had fruitier smelling beers from this brewery. Nothing blows me away, but if you're new to English-style beers, this will be a treat!

T - Malty, kinda sweet and toasty. This beer is not the sap I've had in bigger beers, but comes close for the low ABV that it has. Finish is reasonably dry. Hard to distinguish a theme here. It's kinda just meant to the be big and broad (relatively speaking). Some English hops sneak up on the nose and taste buds, periodically, keeping the flavor interesting.

M - Big and chewy, gets heavy fast.

O - For 6.5% this beer packs a punch, but also seems to lack direction. I dunno what it is, but this one just doesn't hit home for me like their IPA and Cream Stout. In part, I think it might have been WHEN I had this beer, rather than the beer itself. I won't forever pass it up in the future, but it's not a beer I'll go out of my way to try.

*This is a beer that I very much believes needs to be paired with food. Spicy chilli, smoked fish, BBQ with plenty of greens, korma, and shepherd's pie all come to mind as great companions.

Feb 18, 2012
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hopsolutely from Canada

3.8/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, dark brown with minimal coffee-coloured head that dissipates very quickly. Dark enough that the pint glass is opaque, but light enough that amber highlights at glass edges are visible without holding it up to the light.

Mild aroma of roasted malts with coffee tones. The flavour follows suit with a more robust malt spectrum. Roasted and toasted malt sweetness with hints of chocolate and coffee. Well balanced with a sweet finish and the 6.5% ABV is completely hidden. None of the spice elements that are common in North American Winter Warmers, but a pleasure to drink.

Jan 16, 2012
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Treborofmoria from Michigan

4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This pours dark to almost black with ruby around the edges. Light does not pass through it. I did not have the head retention that was listed previously, probably due to being from bottle as opposed from tap. Surprisingly sweet up front with powerful malt on the back. A classic winter warmer style. This whole beer rings of "old school" The nose has sweet almost bubblegum notes, similiar to a wheat beer. The body is all ale though. I haven't had too many of this brewery's beers, but this is definitely one to remember and try next holiday season. One or two or a snowy night would be very pleasant.

Jan 14, 2012
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