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

BA SCORE
87
very good
184 Reviews
St. Peter's Winter AleSt. Peter's Winter Ale
BEER INFO

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

Style: Winter Warmer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 12-09-2002

BEER STATS
Reviews:
184
Ratings:
260
Avg:
3.9
pDev:
11.03%
 
 
Wants:
23
Gots:
17
For Trade:
0
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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 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 Treborofmoria
4/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

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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 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 OldGrowler
3.4/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A typical ale/porter/stout variety. Slight roast, moderate malt, not complex enough to carry the bitterness. Unpleasant aftertaste. Metallic notes didn't impress me. Nothing outstanding. The spicy malty smell was the best part. I much preferred the Peter's English Ale.

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Photo of pattysykes
3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

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Photo of Kubus
3.82/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a pleasant dark brown, colour is definitely on point, but only about half a finger of head forms and disappears within seconds.

Smell: Difficult to pinpoint, and as strange as it sounds, all I could smell is a typical "beer" aroma which smelled bitter. Not that this is a bad thing, difficult to describe though.

Taste: Pleasant, not too weak, not too strong, just above average, your typical Winter Ale.

Mouthfeel: Guinness. No, Really.

Drinkability: If you are offered one, or the other beers available seem sub-par, this beer is acceptable. Toss it into your basket if you like ales and you're at the store picking something else up, but it is not worth actively seeking out.

Note: I realize that this review may seem harsh, but if you have not tried it and you do spot it somewhere, feel free to pick it up, you may be surprised.

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Photo of helmstreet
4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in Ommegang BPA tumbler.

A- small, tan head, dark body

S - sweet, light, somewhat estery and buttery

T - hop sharpness that mellows into bready caramel and ends slightly toasty.

M- creamy without being heavy.

D - a really nice winter ale. Subtle, but not too cute.

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3.9 out of 5 based on 260 ratings.
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