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

BA SCORE
87
very good
260 Ratings
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
Ratings:
260
Reviews:
184
Avg:
3.9
pDev:
11.03%
 
 
Wants:
22
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18
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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 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 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 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 allergictomacros
3.42/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pretty dark, ruby red. Head is a bit small, loose, and drops quickly. First impression is "heavy looking". Aroma is heavy malt with some roastiness, soy sauce, fruitiness and British hops. Taste is heavy and sweet, gigantic fruitiness and malt. Feels very thick and heavy on the tongue, and isn't the easiest drinking beer. I really feel this one in my belly. The hop bitterness shows up in the aftertaste and lingers for a good long timel.

As a winter warmer, it does a pretty good job. Big, heavy, and warming, but no more than one a night of these for me.

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Photo of AgentMunky
3.43/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 500mL bottle into a pint glass. Best before December 2010.

A: Very nice! Ruddy dark-brown, with a thick, sturdy head. What appears at first glance to be a black beer is betrayed by soft edges. Held up to the light, one can just barely see shadows on the other side of the glass. Lacing clings to the sides. I approve!

S: Sweet molasses-malt and equal amounts of springy hops.

T: Almost sour fruit spars with the expected molasses, caramelised taste. Carbonation and hops are not far behind. Mostly malty in character, but disturbingly tart. The aftertaste is light, reflecting a diminished version of all the aforementioned flavours.

M: Nothing notable -- some fizz, some spark. Meh.

D: Alcohol is definitely noticeable, surprising considering the relatively low ABV. Not sure from whence the odd sourness comes, perhaps it's because I'm flirting with the Best Before date, maybe it's just the style. At any rate, it detracts from an otherwise pleasant ale. It is true winter outdoors (0° C and five inches of snow on the ground) and that does make this beer feel more appropriate. Based on this tasting, I can't recommend it.

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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 augustgarage
3.46/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 500mL bottle into my Dogfish Head shaped pint glass (every time I drink an English ale I realize I need a nonic).

Liquid is somewhat lighter shade of bistre. A large rocky khaki head crumbles to a slin foundation of cream. Average lacing, fairly viscous legs.

Hints of peat and caramel in the nose - with a savory herbal note. Root beer, Cadbury egg filling, and a touch of butter cream. Odd.

Very sweet malt, with a secondary layer of roasted malt. Stale coffee, and peppery bitterness mid-palate. There is something slightly vegetal - almost like carmelized carrots - though I don't think this is DMS. The finish is nutty and suggestive of cheap melted chocolate.

Medium bodied, moderate filling carbonation, and a slight hint of iron. Not especially warming...

The flavor profile is a bit strange, but this is a solidly middle of the road example of the style. Some similarity to the '09 Anchor Christmas Ale when fresh.

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Photo of rarbring
3.48/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The beer is clear dark brown, a high tan head that settles slowly, leaving some lacing and a few curtains.

Sweet syrup, cereal, bread and oranges.

Starting with sweet brown bread, some honey and syrup, some mild burned notes, nuts and apples.

Medium low carbonation, slightly spritzy bubbles, soft with a big body, a slight dryness.

In all a very decent winter warmer.

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Photo of JMS1512
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of ElGordo
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the 500ml bottle into a New Belgium snifter. Body is a rich brown hue with ruby red highlights, topped by a small amount of fast-disappearing khaki-colored head. Aroma of nutty, slightly sweet malt and a touch of dark fruit (fig, raisin). Palate is malty and sweet up front, with the fruity notes coming through in the back of the mouth. Body is a touch thin for a stronger ale, and a mild warming from the alcohol follows down the throat on the swallow. A decent, drinkable winter warmer, although the price is a little steep.

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Photo of aztraz
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of Stugotzo
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of mechanicalprints
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of civicm87
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of His_Royal_Hoppiness
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of Beerbuddha
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a dark brown color and had a nice thick off white fluffy head to it. The smell was of roasted malts. It tasted of roasted malts with a nice slight hoppy finish. The mouthfeel was heavy with low carbonation. Overall drinkability was decent. Nice to drink when it is cold out.

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Photo of whartontallboy
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of mrfrancis
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of imperialking
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of baggio
3.51/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Intended to drink this on x-mas eve but kind of forgot it....

A: Blackness with a finger thick & creamy head.

S: Liquorice, Roasted malts, Pepper, Ripe dark fruit, cafe latte.

T: Espresso, roasted malts, dark chocolate, fruits a plenty.

M: Very drinkable with a nice aftertouch of roasted malt and bitter hops. Medium carbonation.

A very drinkable brew indeed. Lacks some spices to be a christmas-beer but it's a very good stout/porter-clone. Goes down way easily. Give it a go!

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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 Erdinger2003
3.53/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a small head that has a great lacing and never goes away. The color is black and hard to see through. The color is a reddish purple color when a small amount of light comes through. The smell is roasty with a slight chocolate note. The taste is slightly bready with coffee. Mouthfeel is good, not great, but not bad either. Smooth like water. I think this beer isn't very complex, but very very good. It was nice to have this one time, but for the price it won't be my new session beer.

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Photo of kmo1030
3.53/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

deep dark brown with a thin light tan head that laces a little.
it's got a burnt carmamel and toffee malt aroma, with dark fruitiness, mostly plum and prune type smells. i'm not grabbing any hops out of here.
the taste contains bitterweet burnt chocolate, with the same plum and prune from the aroma. the burnt bitterness is actually a balancing influence. it's got some smoke that actually almost borders on a peat-y character. molasses comes out with warmth playing of of the already present caramel charactrer.
the mouth feel is a little light, but ends up lending a little bit to drinkability actually.
decent drinkability, but the burnt bitterness wears on you somewhat, not enough to significantly detract though. my only critique is that this beer is sort of loosely constituted, that is to say that the flavors don't seem to gel well, and don't work as a cohesive unit. well worth a try though, especially since it's a pretty cheap one and done beer purchase.

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Photo of Drew966
3.53/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

St. Peter's Winter Ale pours a deep, dark brown, in fact it's almost black with a ring of ruby around the bottom edge of the glass and a thick bone colored head. Poured from a beautiful green half liter bottle, this one is the new version, no longer flask shaped. Sweet malt is evident in the smell. Numerous flavors wash over my tongue, there is definitely a strong vinous nature, wood (oak?), caramel malt, perhaps a touch of spice and with a bitterness toward the end that rounds it out nicely. Not exactly what I expected, but rewarding nonetheless. The mouthfeel is a bit thinner than I would like, but it may be appropriate for the style.

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St. Peter's Winter Ale from St. Peter's Brewery Co Ltd
3.9 out of 5 based on 260 ratings.
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