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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 mizx
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of bryehn
4.04/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours an opaque dark brown with a cola-like nut brown colour visible around the edges. The small tan coloured head burns off quickly, leaving behind a thin, but long-lasting collar and little to no lacing.

Deep, multi-layered aroma. Smells of roasted malts, coffee, dark fruits and berries, chocolate, grasses, anise, a hint of smoke and wet wood.

Tastes of bitter coffee, roasted malts and chocolate, with a sweet fruit and berry undertone. The finish has a solid bitterness to it.

Full-bodied with a moderate carbonation level. Very creamy on the tongue. Coffee and chocolate permeate the aftertaste, along with a very subtle fruitiness.

Smells and drinks more like a stout than anything. Very drinkable, yet satisfying winter warmer. The aroma, taste and aftertaste are all very similar, but every sip seems to be a different mix of chocolate, coffee and fruit.

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Photo of ralree
4.23/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Deep nearly opaque brown with a 2-finger tan head. Great retention, and decent lacing. A good looking beer to say the least.

S: Lots of roasted chocolate malt. This one should be very good. Hops undetectable - just sweetness almost like a chocolate stout.

T: Oh man - chocolate, coffee, and over-roasted malt overwhelm the first flavors, creating a great bittersweet and almost smoky atmosphere (I like burnt malt). Sweet flowering hops are detectable. Very satisfying

M: Pretty astringent - puckering lingers with you for a bit. Very creamy texture, medium-heavy bodied. Perfect carbonation. Pretty chewy. Slightly wet finish.

D: Very drinkable - would be enjoyable in front of a nice warm fireplace. I don't think it would go well with a meal, but that's more personal preference.

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Photo of BierStein711
3.2/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

This beer was poured into a shaker pint.

The beer is a ruby red with a three finger head.

The smell was of toffee, dark fruits, and sweet malts

Tasted only the toffee and the sweet malts.

The mouthfeel was warming and thick.

Overall, this beer was a beautiful letdown.

I don't know if I will revisit this beer style.

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Photo of Stocean1
4.22/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured into a pint glass there was only a half inch light cocoa head that disappeared instantly to a thin colllar of fine bubbles. The body is nearly black with some deep brown highlights on the edges and is nearly devoid of any lacing.

S - toasted malt, leafy hops, dark raisins, licorice

T - sweet malt,leafy herbal hops, bitter rye bread, licorice and dark fruit, with a pleasant smoky wood coming through in the finish. Definitely some booze and perhaps a hint of cinnamon. Cloves.

M - This is a creamy smooth brew especially given the complex flavors present. Some carbonation and pleasantly bitter in the finish. Sweet but not cloying. Some spicy notes but they are subdued and do not dominate the palate.

O - a spectacular winter warmer that I will hit annually.

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Photo of bloberglawp
3.86/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a BNA4 glass.

Pours dark amber/red almost porter territory. Aroma of english malt, reminds me of a strong scotish style ale. Some charred malt, alot of heavily caramelised wort aromas.

Taste : very barleywine like, huge malt, quite bitter. A little astringent but acceptable. Delicious.

I like this one alot. I'd have this one with aged cheddar and dried figs.

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Photo of zillo043068
5/5  rDev +28.2%

Photo of Mit
3.1/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

a-dark beer. minimal head.

s-malty, dark fruit type smells, coffee, very nice. Nice bitterness in the aftertaste

t-coffee flavours, malts...seems somewhat muted compared to the smells that originally presented themselves.

m-kinda thin I found for a higher ABV.

d-pretty drinkable, prob wouldn't drink too much with tastier IMO winterwarmers out there though.

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Photo of gmcfarre
4.25/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

16.9 oz bottle poured into traditional pint glass

A - Well, the bottle sure looks nice. After pour, this beer looks a lot like a coke: dark brown carbonated body with nice 1 inch tan head. Head lasts well with moderate lacing when tipped.

S - Clean, lightly roasted grain with a touch of nuttiness. Raisin and dark fruits accompany. Mild hop presence with a slightly floral scent. Smells "English" - I guess that means the use of traditional English malt and hop varieties is evident.

T - Starts sweet and slightly tart with strong fruited flavors. A bit roasted and lightly nutty. Bitterness really picks up as it finishes, making this a well rounded brew whose focus never strays from the sweet grain flavor.

M - Medium bodied with a mild carbonation and oily mouthfeel. Doesn't dry much in the aftertaste, but leaves some sweetness on the tongue.

D - A very drinkable version of a classic English Winter ale. Don't expect much spice, but this is certainly full flavored with an easy drinkability. Recommended.

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Photo of BGDrock
4.38/5  rDev +12.3%
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!

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Photo of Vyronian
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

Photo of HATS4BATS
4.14/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

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

500mL bottle purchased from LCBO in Toronto. Pours a very dark brown with no head. Nice aroma of malt and spices. Flavour is very full, and immediately hits you with some upfront sweetness. The sweetness then gives way to the malts and spices that were on the nose. Very full mouthfeel. I am a bit sensitive to beers that are sweet, but this one uses the sweetness well.

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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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Photo of Swedes21
3.55/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a chilled glass

Appearance - beer pours a dark brown colour with a faint amount of head. Head is an off-white colour and there is some decent lacing. Beer appears to be fairly clear when held up to light, hard to tell carbonation levels.

Smell - i can smell coffee, burnt caramel/toffee and malts. Besides that, its a pretty simple smell.

Taste - very "chilled" taste to this early, then the coffee and caramel/toffee kick in. I found the sweetness doesn't come through on this beer.

Mouthfeel - slight added carbonation levels increase the taste and add a velvet feel. I found the sweetness came through a bit more near the end.

Drinkability - Found this to be an OK beer, nothing special. Good try wouldnt seek again as their are better beers out there in this category.

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Photo of Stugotzo
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

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 Anze
4.09/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MattyV
4.12/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours an opaque cola colour with 1 finger of creamy beige head that shrinks down a lasting ring.

Not picking up too much in the nose at first, the standard English malt aroma with very subtle hints of toffee, chocolate, and butter.

Toffee/caramel malt flavours that quickly segue into a substantial but not overpowering bitterness from the dark malts and hops. I was expecting this to be more on the sweet/malty side. Finish is on the dry side, no lingering flavours, but slightly chalky.

Substantial mouthfeel, as expected. Medium to full-bodied, with soft creamy carbonation. No big complaint here but I found it a tad undercarbed.

This was quite different from what I was expecting; my only other experience with winter warmers was Sam Smith's Winter Welcome Ale. While this is a whole different beast, it's a delightful porter'ish brew that I'd likely reach for again.

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Photo of Chrily
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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 TheBrk
3.25/5  rDev -16.7%

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 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 mechanicalprints
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

St. Peter's Winter Ale from St. Peter's Brewery Co Ltd
Beer rating: 3.9 out of 5 with 261 ratings
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