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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 12-09-2002

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Photo of OskarL
4.15/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - When you hold it to a light you can glimpse some redness in this otherwise black beer. A light brown head that stays for a while an leaves a lot of thick lacing that covers the whole glass.

Smell - Dark roasted malts, coffee, chocolate and toffee with a faint banana smell.

Taste - Pretty much as the smell. Roasted malts, chocolate in the start, then ripe banana and some hop bitterness. Well balanced.

Mouthfeel - Very smooth and creamy with a medium body and medium cabonation.

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Photo of bobsy
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wonderful dark red pour, which is almost off-black until you hold it up to the light. A finger of creamy light tan head forms and then drops to a collar and fine film, leaving some spots and streaks of lace behind. Chocolaty, herbal aroma with the hint of pitted fruit and coffee grounds. There's definitely something almost stout-like or porteresque to it.

The flavour also has a strong chocolate element, but is more than capably backed up by coffee, honey, and a certain spiciness. Kind of similar to a stout, in that its flavour profile seems to lean towards deeply roasted malts, and the tastes associated with that. There's a nice peppermint tinge to the finish, which makes this refreshing and intriguing. Smooth, almost oily mouthfeel, with little carbonation.

This is a prime example of a winter warmer and one of the most drinkable examples I've come across. The sweetness is in check and the spices don't run wild, in fact its so similar to a stout I probably wouldn't be able to pick it out of a lineup. Highly drinkable and recommended.

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Photo of ThatWineGuy
3.91/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep dark brown, almost black, the colour exiting from the oval green bottle into my tall St. Peter's glass took me by surprize. Under a light, there's a bit of scarlet under the dome. Light brown head is a half inch and large bubbles sit atop a wispy surface. With each taste, there's a different array of thin ribbon lace on one side of the glass or the other. Regeneration very good.

The taste of this beer also surprized me as it drank so much like a porter. Hoppy front end, chocolate notes, roasted malts and a long finish, nicely balanced, oatmeal, any spices were subdued. I agree completely with what the label states this is a beer rich in flavour. The mouthfeel is creamy, nice agreeable texture on a cold winter's day. First beer from this brewery, there are others available at the LCBO, now I look forward to trying them all.

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Photo of Long813
3.42/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

G: Duvel Tulip

A: Dark almost opaque rugby body with minimal bubbly head. No retention and some lacing.

S: Roasted malts, some breadiness and some bitterness stings the nostrils.

T: Bitter chocolate, roasted malts are in the initial taste, then a biscuity and hoppiness flavour follow.

M: Medium-light bodied and medium-high carbonation. Very thin texture and leaves a slight bittersweet feeling.

D: It was an interesting brew, but I didn't quite prefer it to other WWs. Guess it's hard to judge based on style if it's such a broad range.

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Photo of BTPete
3.7/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

bottle picked up from Mahar's advent of beers.

poured to pint glass

A: brown with ruby red highlights. Almost no head after a minute but a good swirl really aroused it and it retained well.

S: sweet toffee, bready character.

T: dark fruit, sweet ending with some bitterness.

M: active and medium bodied, nicely done overall for the style.

D: smooth and good flavored. I enjoyed this ale quite a bit. Shared with a friend who also really enjoyed. This is my first beer from St. Peter's and I will make sure to try others.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.97/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the 1 pint .9 fl. oz. dark olive bottle. Sampled on December 24, 2009. It pours a very dark brown with about a quarter inch creamy beige head. There is a kind of chocolate scent in the aroma along with a background of hops. It feels more like a Porter on first whiff. The taste is also very much like a porter with a light balance of hops and chocolate malts. This is tasty.

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

Presentation: 1 pint 0.9 oz. bottle into a nonic.

A- Dark mahogany brown with ruby highlights. Pours with ~2 fingers of tan head. Fades slowly into a thin cap. Fair amount of lacing.

S- Roasty, malty, toffee, bready sweetness dominates.

T- Nice roasty, malty sweetness, with hints of dark fruit and even licorice. Slightly smoky cocoa-esque biterness.

M- Moderate carbonation with a medium-full feel. Fairly creamy.

D- Quite good. Easy drinking and flavorful.

Future outlook: 4's all around. Rock solid, and worthy of a repeat.

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Photo of mintjellie
4.08/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown, almost black, with ruby highlights. A fingers worth of somewhat retentive tan head leaves behind a spotty lace. Mild aroma of coffee, cocoa powder, and plums. Tastes of black coffee and bakers chocolate. Plums provide a fruity counterpoint. Moderate roasted malt bitterness lasting long into the aftertaste. Medium bodied with low carbonation; smooth, creamy mouthfeel. Opened it a bit too soon after taking it out of the fridge, so it took a bit of time to open up. Once it opened up it was quite easy to open up to it. It's not a big beer. It's fairly simple too. The flavour has a certain depth to it though, the sort of simplicity that goes a long way.

This beer is similar to their cream stout, but drier. Coffee is a little bit more prominent, and chocolate less so. If you we're to give this to me blind, I'd probably think this stout. Regardless of what it is, this is a tasty beer. I had one for the first time last Christmas, and I have no idea why I didn't pick up more at the time; I'll be sure to pick up more this time around.

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

Thsi beer pours a jet black colour with beautiful carbonation that leaves a dense creamy two finger head with nice lingering lacing everywhere,the aroma is very typical of a winter warmer with aromas of dark chocolate,sweet coffee and spicy fruity hops,it has a nice above average mouthfeel with a big hint of mocha first up followed by some earthy,fruity hops but no bitterness at all just a nice earthy sweetness about it and very easy to drink,my only comnplaint being is that we dont see this brew in our winter.

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Photo of katan
3.45/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

500ml into a pint

A - Very dark brown, almost black. Some amber highlights in the light. Almost porter like. Head formation is light, 1mm, retained as a film. Looks dirty white in color. Carbonation appears light.

S - Bittersweet chocolate and bread yeasty notes. Very malt forward, liquid bread aggressive style. Are we sure this isn't a porter?

T - Starts off big time malt, roasted barley and tons of sweetness. Bittersweet chocolate is present. Mid-stream gets a pile of yeast, and only a tiny hint of hops. Some phenolic notes present. Finishes with a very potent chocolate malt note which lightly overpowers a somewhat sour yeast note.

M - Strong body - thick and creamy. Sugary backbone sticks to the tongue big time. Aftertaste leaves a notable bitter chocolate.

D - Moderate to low drinkability for a winter warmer. While it succeeds at warming, it doesn't seem to be completely in the vein of liquid bread quite like I was hoping for. Seems more like a porter that I would pair more with food than a time of year.

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Photo of MeisterBurger
3.65/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep dark black, deep clear ruby when held up to the light, topped by a healthy mocha head. The head dies down to a collar while thin ribs of lace are left in the glass.

The aroma is roasty, very stout like. Nothing much to say beyond that.

Tastes like cold coffee, in a beery, very stouty sort of way. Some baking chocolate bitterness lingers in the aftertaste. Finishes dry. Maybe a hint of cherries lurking about.

Mouthfeel is medium to light, not bad.

Um....overall this kind of just tastes like a variation of their Cream Stout and I'm not sure what is suppose to be especially wintery about it? I feel like I'm missing the punchline here.

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

A: This beer pours dark brown, almost black with a red tone. The long-lasting head is large, creamy offwhite and leaves lots of lacings.

S: Rich chocolate toghether with sweet roasted malt. Bitter hops and dark dried fruits.

T: Rich chocolate, roasted malt and coffee (black and strong). Bitter hops are also present in this well balanced brew.

M: The aftertaste is long-lasting and hold a dry bitterness. The body is full and the carbonation is mild.

D: A nice beer that I've desceibed like I would describe a stout - but it's nothing lika a stout - strange...
A really nice winter warmer with a little extra.

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Photo of kingcrowing
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

500ml bottle poured into a tulip.

Pours a deep brown with a very thin off white head. Nose is sweet and malty with some candy and licorice on the nose.

Mouthfeel is super watery and light with really not too much going on for a winter ale. Taste is a bit smokey and malty with some light sweetness It's ok but not great.

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Photo of wangbruins
4.42/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Dark, dark evil-looking black with a nice one-inch head and great lacing

S- Coffee and chocolate mostly with cherries and plums, which was a nice surprise

T- Bold coffee taste as well as cherry and a nice smoky finish

M- Tough but smooth with a smoky aftertaste

D- I wish I got more as this is an easy drink for me

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Photo of drpimento
3.82/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice beer. Poured from a bottle very aggresively to get a medium sized, tan head and some lace. Color is a very dark, almost opaque amber with brown highlights. Aroma is figs, dates, and a little of other dark ripe fruit, dark cocoa, and hint of coffee. Flavor is more like a porter. Decent body and fine carbonation. Don't pick up the alcohol much. A slight dry bitter finish. Alcohol at the very end. Quite drinkable.

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Photo of Suds
3.82/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This ale pours a dark brown color with beautiful crimson highlights. The most impressive aspect of the beer is really the aroma...it hit me immediately on the pour. Very dark and chocolate roasted characters. A touch of coffee, but mostly dark and roasted malts. Grain, and a bit of a grist-like scent. Low hop presence in the smell. The taste is a bit restrained, especially given the smell, although htere is some dark caramel notes and a full malt flavor. Barley. The beer is dry, and at times a little oily and slick. There's also a notable husky quality that occasionally makes an appearance. Medium body. This one is very enjoyable.

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Photo of MillRat
3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Found on half-price close-out at Prisco's grocery on Prairie in Aurora, IL. Pours a darker brown leaning a bit toward the yellow end of brown with a normal off-white head that retreats into a thin halo. Served at cellar temperature, it blooms with caramel and light roasted malts, like the complexity of a 120 L crystal malt, and dark fruit aromas. The flavor is true to the aroma, providing a rich full-bodied flavor adding complex bready and dark malt presence, a yeast character reminiscent of candied fruit and preserves, barely balanced by a lingering hop bitterness. Certainly a heavy beer, which is appropriate for the style, which definitely excludes it from the session beer club. Certainly one to seek in the single-bottle section for a cold winter night, or even a chilly summer night after a cold front has blown through.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.65/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 16.9oz bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A: The beer is a dark reddish brown color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of smoked roasted malts, dark fruits, chocolate, caramel, some spices and a touch of hops.

T: The taste is malty and a little smoky up front with flavors of chocolate, dark fruits, caramel and a little spice. There's a mild but complimentary hops presence that brings some balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and a little crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, slightly filling, decent kick, good representation of style, this is a good dark beer that's worth drinking for a while but there are other beers of its kind that I would choose first.

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Photo of Pencible
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This poured an opaque mahogany with a bit of light tan head. It smelled like earthy barley and prune and mocha, with a bit of alcohol. It tasted like sweet chocolate and prune and barley malt and bitter coffee, with a hint of oak. It was fairly thick with some carbonation, and had a bitter aftertaste. Overall this had a nice flavor and good body. In typical English fashion, it was very clean and understated, but was easy and enjoyable to drink. More of a porter than a winter warmer, but still a solid beer. Unfortunately, it wasn't distinct enough for me to remember to try again.

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Photo of jwc215
4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown with ruby highlights and a creamy rich tan head that slowly descends to a thin lasting cover. Web-like lacing sticks.

The smell is of earthy, leafy/herbal, earthy- tradional "English" spiciness with prunes and a hint of anise.

The taste is of toffee and dark fruitiness - towards port-like with a hint of anise - towards chocolate. An earthy, leafy, herbal hop bitterness stays in the back, but gives balance to the rich maltiness. As it progresses, prunes come out even more. There is a hint of warmth in the semi-dry finish.

It is full-bodied, but not thick or syrupy.

This has a malty richness with just enough hop bitterness to keep it balanced enough, and spicy enough, for a nice winter brew. This is a fun one, IMO. A solid choice for a winter beer that is more drinkable than many slow-sipper winter offerings, but is warming. Complex, but approachable. A nice take on a traditional English Winter Warmer!

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Photo of beveritt
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: Poured from the squat, green, 500 ml St Peter's bottle into an Imperial pint glass. Label is simple red, with a gold foil surround. Short description on the back label and some indecipherable ink stamping on the neck.

Appearance: Pours with just over 2 fingers of medium tan head. This settles slightly, essentially collapsing to a more dense head. Nice lacing. The beer itself is a dark brown, opaque in the middle, with a little light coming through the edges. No sediment in the bottle.

Smell: Sharp notes of a nutty, tobacco like sweetness with an underlying lactose sweetness.

Taste: This one is very difficult for me to pin down. Toffee like, but darker, more caramelized, bordering on charred. Mild hop bitterness in the finish. A hint of wet cardboard oxidation in the finish

Mouthfeel: Average carbonation level. Incredibly thick and viscous body.

Drinkability: This one was so-so. Great looking and a decent smell, but the overly charred flavor and the too forward oxidation make it just mediocre+.

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Photo of cdkrenz
4.46/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - Amazing rise of head even after the pour is finished. The light tan and frothy head stands like a trophy on top of an extremely dark brown body. This brew still and silent in its beauty. It leaves a nice lacing too.

S - Clove, a hint at coffee and anise.

T - While the flavors are subtle, they are accented throughout each pull. It starts out with a creamy long roasted malt moving to a slight chocolate flavor. Then onto a clove with some bite and finishing with a taste of coffee.

M - While I'm drinking the brew having kept it at 40 degrees it actually has a nice warm feel to it. It's very smooth with nearly no feel of carbonation. It has a thickness to it that I think brings out much of the flavor, as opposed to a coarseness bringing out the flavor.

~ I truely think this is one of the best brews I've had the luxury to enjoy. I strongly urge all my fellow BA brethren to partake in this wonderful brew. While the price tag may be stiff, the results are worth it.

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

Pours a very dark red/brown, may as well call it black. Barely any head, it looks like flat coke after a while...

Smells very malty with hints of chocolate, along with some fruity hops.

Chocolatey malts, sweet fruit and a nice hop finish.

This is where the beer falls apart, no carbonation at all, thin mouthfeel, not appealing!

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Photo of TKempe
4.17/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown with some ruby tints and a head that alas is a bit small and weak.

This smells very malty and salty (almost like licorice) on the one hand, fruity (prune) and sweet (toffee, sugar) on the other. Hop aroma is delicate and herbal. A dry, earthy and somewhat spicy note, alongside some alcoholic whiffs complete the nose. Somehow, this makes me think more of Belgian than English ale.

The taste follows the nose, but enhances in strength about everyting in it. Especially the finish is noteworthy in its richness and great duration. First malty and salty, a bit hoppy and sour-sweet next and becoming dryer and dryer, resulting in an intensly bitter and roasted, wood-like aftertaste.

Medium-bodied with gentle carbonation and a supple mouthfeel.

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

1 pint, 0.9 fl oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A = Deep ruby (almost garnet) red, small tan head, light lacing.

S = Sweet fresh uncooked bread dough, light scents of spices as if some winter treat were cooking in the other room, very light but warming smells.

T = Sweet flavors of soft doughy not quite fully cooked biscuits sprinkled with cinnamon and sugar but also with a slight perfectly balancing bitters that shows up at mid-palate and lasts well into the long finish.

M = Smooth foamy feel of medium body with very good mouthcoating.

D = An easy drinking Winter warmer that I look forward to in the cold months.

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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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