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St. Peter's Winter Ale | St. Peter's Brewery Co Ltd

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St. Peter's Winter AleSt. Peter's Winter Ale

Brewed by:
St. Peter's Brewery Co Ltd
England, United Kingdom

Style: Winter Warmer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Winter

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 12-09-2002

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Photo of beernut
3.55/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

pours avery dark red (almost back if not near light(. Great thick tan head that fades rather quickly. Aroma is sweet malt, toffee/caramel. Taste is malt, toffe and caramel,ends with a slight hop taste. Very smooth, will warm your heart and soul on a cold winter's night.

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Photo of Dantheman4162
4.32/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a green glass pint bottle.

Nice dark, red beer, very dark.

full solid dark head.
Smooth caramel and nutty taste. Not overpowering. A good hearty beer. Finished smooth with a sweet molasses finish. definitely recommended. I need to check this one out again, haven't had one in a while (review taken from notes)

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Photo of phantomwyse
2.97/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

A: Dark, dark brownish red with a very slim, muddy burnt sienna highlight. Cream head of average proportions and look.

S: Nice sweet caramel, plum, chocolate covered cherries.

T: Toffee at the outset with tart cherry following and a funky, rubbery sourness that pervades the whole back end that I can't put a specific flavor to, but it isn't entirely pleasant.

M: Medium bodied with a great creaminess.

D: Starts off as a nice and drinkable traditional winter warmer, but that funk at the end killed it for me. Will try again to see if my bottle was the issue.

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Photo of cratez
3.35/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured out of a 500ml bottle into a Westmalle glass.

A: dark brown, deep ruby body (bordering on black), zero head, no lacing. Looks more like an uninteresting porter than a winter warmer.
S: roasted malt, brown sugar, and sherry.
T: burnt malt, sherry, raisins, and oak in the body with a dry, bitter hop aftertaste. The higher alcohol content is well-hidden. A dark, rich, and robust beer, true to the 'winter ale' name. The bitterness is slightly overdone though.
M: crisp and medium bodied with a powerfully bitter and dry finish.
D: this beer is bold in taste and pleasant enough to smell, but it's a little too bitter for my liking. The appearance is also underwhelming. Still, the porter/sherry-like character and subtle fruitiness work well enough. A worthy warmer overall.

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Photo of uno99
4.4/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: I love this bottle. Looks like an old timey medicine bottle or something. I poured this into a goblet and tried my darnedest to induce a head but no such luck. Liquid however is almost like a stout. if you hold it up to the light however its actually a VERY deep red. looks like a really flavorful red wine almost

S: Very earthy. wood mold, mushroom. not pungent, but pleasant.

T: This is excellent! very stout like in the taste. Nicely balanced with earthy malt and toffee. nice hoppy finish. Would like to try this on tap sometime.

M: This is a tradition English brew so I'm not gonna take off many points for the lack of carbonation. I feel its about right given the style and the feel really suits the taste of this excellent winter warmer. Its thick but not sticky at all.

D: I'd love to have a couple/few of these every week from about Mid December to late march... Too bad its not easy for me to get.

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Photo of GWaters
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

1 Pint 0.9 Fl oz. olive green embossed bottle - No freshness date

Poured into a chilled mug

I bought this at the Liquor Shop in Tyngsborough.

Over the past couple of weeks, I have groups winter ales and holiday ales in together. This beer smacked my in the face and said, "Shame on you!" This is truly a winter ale. This ale elicits an image of a great room with a roaring firepit, and friends laughing about stories told - completely ignorant, or not caring, of the bitter cold wind whipping outside.

This is a strong dark ale, with no bitter after taste. Very nice.

Pour: This beer pours very dark brown. Appears ruby colored if held up to the light. The head is heavy and dark - 3/8"

Smell: Warm sweet molasses-like malty aroma. A strong whiff of alcohol as well. Hints of toffee, caramel, and tannins. .

Taste: What you smell is what you get! A robust parade of flavors - malted molasses and a sort of roasted, slightly smokey flavor. This is truly a British Beer!

Drinkability: Every bottle is a meal. Not too heavy, but there is plenty of warmth and flavor to keep the consumer pleased. Very drinkable.

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Photo of scottoale
4.11/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml. olive green embossed bottle with foiled labels and no freshness date. It pours a very dark brown with ruby red highlights when held to the light. A thick and creamy 1/2" tan head adorns the liquid, but settles eventually.

Sweet malty nose comprised of toffee and caramel, some oak, vanilla and tannins in general. A bit earthy as well. The taste is truly the same as the aroma...nice sweet complexity of malt and roastiness, even slightly smokey at times with butterscotch, toffee and caramel flavors from the start, right down to the bitter char of a finish. A great tasting English style winter brew. Classic.

Medium bodied with a smooth creamish feel in the mouth, just the right carbonation for this style, the alcohol is barely detectable and just slightly warming...drinkability for sure!

Very enjoyable brew.

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Photo of hegelec
4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served from a 500 mL bottle into a nonic pint glass.

Lovely dark, nearly opaque brew with ruby highlights. A single finger of tan head, decent retention. Very good lacing.

Aroma is primarily of roasted malts -- rich chocolate and coffee. The profile seems similar to a nice porter. A little agitation yields juicy, dark fruit smells -- especially cherry. Very enticing.

Taste follows aroma, very deep, malty and a little smokey. Modestly sweet, but very well balanced with hop bitterness. Very tight! A touch more floral hops flavour is now obvious. The finish is bitter and somewhat dry and metallic. A hint of butterscotch in the aftertaste. This is a tasty beer.

Mouthfeel is luxurious. Fairly low carbonation, so smooth and creamy. Moderate fullness, but not nearly overwhelming. Slight warming sensation from the higher alcohol. I could indulge in a pint or two of this without being too weighed down. A good sign.

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Photo of nickynick
3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

St. Peter's Winter Ale poured a dark brown, with a thin head. Smell was full of loads of sweet malts hints of milk chocolate. The taste was full of dark malt, bittersweet chocolate, and coffee. Mouthfeel was good with nice carbonation. Drinkability was ok, a bit filling. Overall a nice beer. The bittersweet of this beer made it a very interesting beer.

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Photo of TerryW
3.8/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very dark with next to nothing for a head. Lots of spotty lace. Chocolately and smokey nose. Comes across a lot like a porter rather than a common ale.

Strongly flavoured, again with lots of smoke and chocolate. Smooth drinking, slightly chalky. Lingering burned character.

A fairly stern beer, not for the faint of heart, but interesting and worth a try.

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Photo of Vendetta
3.42/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This will be my second effort with St. Peter's. I have previously reviewed their average IPA.

Pours deep black, creamy. Small head, quickly dissipating. Goes down incredibly smooth -- strong, smoky malts, roasted coffee beans. Finishes super smooth, great palate. Solid beer.

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Photo of Morbo
3.52/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a very dark shade of brown with hints of red at the edges and a small beige head. If it weren't for all the lacing you could convince someone that it is a glass of cola.

The nose is sweet with tons of molasses and milk chocolate. Dark fruits are also present, mostly plum but a little fig as well, and just a hint of spice.

The taste is much like the nose except for a generous dose of woody/rubbery smokiness that the nose didn't alert me to.

Medium bodied with slight carbonation and a dry finish that highlights the otherwise subtle bitterness and spicing.

This is pretty smooth and would be quite drinkable if not for the burnt rubber flavor I get from the smokiness.

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Photo of Blakaeris
4.3/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours purplish black in color with red highlights. Head is initially slight and soapy, dissipating quickly.

Aroma is charred dark grain with roasted malt. Molasses, plum, and black currant offer a residual sweetness. Definite alcohol presence.

Taste is similar to the nose. Aforementioned dark fruit is balanced with a pleasant woody smokiness. Charred grain, coffee, and dark chocolate offer bitterness. Finish holds mild spices and comes off a bit musty along with lingering anise and alcohol.

Mouthfeel is medium in body. Very smooth and slick.

A very interesting winter warmer. Smokey stout character seamlessly blended with sweet dark fruit and light spices. Pleasant and easy to drink.

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Photo of linnet
3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

dark ruby colour, small tan head, no lacing. smells of malts, some smoke?, caramel, coffee. taste is roasted, smokey hint of coffee there is a nice bitterness too, alcohol is evident but not overwhelming. carbonation is lively.This beer almost reminds me of a porter.

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Photo of tgncc
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice appearance; a dark ruby red/brown color, clear beverage, with persistent tan head, some lacing evident. Aroma is very attractive; mainly sweet malts, molasses, dark fruits, some chocolate and alcohol. The flavor is roasted coffee, chocolate, sweet malts, noticeable alcohol. Medium to thick mouthfeel. The finish is true to the style; it is mainly roasty, with noticeable warming alcohol. Very enjoyable, especially on a stormy night. This is somewhat reminiscent of a coffee stout or porter.

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Photo of robbyc1
3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear dark ruby with a small tan head, nice lacing down the glass as it goes.

Nose is slightly viscous with dark fruits, a bit winy, sweetness promised. Hard to discern some of it. Might need some warming to give more nose.

Dark fruit flavor, very deep with a bit of chocolate, very nice, with a long finish well balanced, no sign of hops, but neither sweet nor sour. Well made. Needs a bit more though, maybe it's too cold for more tastes, I'll let it warm a bit.

Full slick mouthfeel, a bit oily and slippery, very soft. Very low carbonation which is why it's hard to smell the esters.

Goes down as an easy but intriguing beer. Well worth it on a cold night, great warmer even though the abv is low for this type, well done. This is the closest beer to Anchor's Our Special Ale, maybe they share more than a few ingredients? Really nice, but I want a bit more from this to give it an A.

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Photo of whynot44
4.07/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark cola brown with ruby highlights and a modest tan head that retains fairly well and manages some nice lacing.

The aroma is dark caramel malt, dark fruit, molasses, a hint of nuts and chocolate. The taste is dark bread, plums, toffee, carmel, dark chocolate, coffee and spices. The finish is fairly dry, spicy, with a bit of hops bite and a definite alcohol note.

Medium bodied, smooth, drinkable, but really more of an after dinner sipper. Altogether a very nice cold weather brew. Could be good following winter activities.

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Photo of Douglas88
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle bought at College Liquors in Grand Junction, CO. Man, I love 500 ml bottles. Pours a dark ruby color with a large light brown head, and great lacing. The aroma is full of chocolates, some light hops, and caramel. The taste is very nice; sweet caramel malts, some light bitter hops, rich toasted malts and some milk chocolate in the finish. Very nice and well balanced. A very enjoyable brew.

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Photo of ThreeWiseMen
3.31/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Apeearance: Big bubbly tan head on top of a pitch black (brownish) liquid. Thick lacing and good retention.

Smell: Crisp (light) hops, nuts, and alcohol. Not much else. A very odd, yet light, smell.

Taste: A bit of coffee and a bit of nuts. Definite spicy, with a lot of malt. Aftertaste has a fairly strong alcohol flavor to it. This is a weird taste thats very hard to describe...

Mouthfeel: Smooth yet spicy. Low carbonation. Fairly thick body and low-moderate warming effect. Numbing my lips, which feels quite odd...

Drinkability: An odd (maybe distinct is a better word) taste for sure. We think they released this a couple months too early (or too late). It wasn't quite ready yet.

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Photo of smcolw
4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours like a dark brown ale, where the faintest of light will shine through. Solid head with great retention. Spider web lace on the glass.

Warm molasses-like malt aroma. A strong whiff of alcohol as well. No discernible hop, though.

This taste has elements of three different beers to me. It starts off as a un-hoppy brown ale. Soon, the alcohol makes its presence known and the beer becomes closer to an Old Ale (not quite enough to make it a barley wine). The swallow features a strong black patent malt bite that is reminiscent of a Stout. This finish provides good balance. The body is also quite rich with a minimal amount of carbonation (makes the head even more impressive).

If memory serves me correctly, I imagine I'm rating this the best of the St. Peter's offerings. It is a deceptive beer. I would also describe it as being "very English" in style and flavor. Think Samuel Smith.

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Photo of kimcgolf
3.6/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours from the bottle to a very dark brown with a thin off-white head that lingers to mid-glass and leaves okay lacing. Aroma is slightly muted, but what is there is burnt coffee, dark malty fruit and a hint of chocolate. At mid-glass, as beer warms, the hint of the 6.5% alcohol also becomes more dominant.

Mouthfeel of this medium bodied beer is full and slightly sweet, and the flavor picks up the burnt coffee and dark fruit of the nose.

All rounds out to a nice long finish.

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Photo of Offa
4.28/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is an interesting beer that really blends qualities of both an old ale and a more hoppy bitter.

It is dark red-brown, almost black, with a medium light brown head slowly shrinking to a foamy top and ring. It leaves nice lace.

The aroma is slightly burnt caramel and toasted brown bread with a little dark chocolate, earth, and a light fruity wine quality. It has unexpected bitterness adding an unusual quality for the other elements and making it more interesting and memorable. The qualities work very well together and it is full-bodied but light and easy to drink.

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Photo of Quej
3.68/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Very dark brown with a little red showing through. Not much head and no visible carbonation.
S - Lots of sweet chocolately malt scents, cocoa, and the sour smell of ripe red fruit.
T - Quite malty and fruity up front, leads to a more sour and bitter finish. Quite chocolaty and fruity overall.
M - Very nice, quite lively, a medium body.
D - Not terribly good, a little too malty for sessioning.

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Photo of Antilochus
3.67/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Winter's over but I found this in my cellar! Production date: J177. 6.50% abv, 500mL non-oval bottle. Poured in a nonic.

Appearance is dark cola, tan head that descends to cloud and collar.

Huge malt aromas: cooked bananas (overripe), bread, caramel, brown sugar, butter.

Palate is very herbal! Minty, first, but tastes like chirotto - sort of orange peely. Malt sweetness, light bitterness that becomes more pronounces in the finish. Chocolate... grain... hints of old coffee, in that order. Burned wood - campfire. Pretty long finish, stays bitter. A little boozy for only 6.5% abv. Oily feel with light-med carb.

Malt bomb with lots of porter characteristics.

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Photo of ElGrecoVerde
3.91/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was surprised by how deep and thick this ale was. It poured like mud and blood, inevitably reminding me of Johnny Cash's "A Boy Named Sue".

The smell was like bitter, bitter roasted coffee. It stung the nostrils a bit too much.

Taste was also a little bitter, but the roasted flavors really come out, and toffee and caramel show as well. There's some raisin and toast flavors present as well.

Felt smooth, though more oily than creamy. Drinkability was good.

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St. Peter's Winter Ale from St. Peter's Brewery Co Ltd
Beer rating: 3.9 out of 5 with 262 ratings
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