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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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Reviews: 182 | Ratings: 255
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 WVbeergeek
3.71/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears a somewhat opaque mahogany brown almost black hue with ruby highlights, large velvet smooth textured beige head forms thick and the lacing is chunky and sporadically spaced. Aromatics are full of herbal tea tannins upfront cocoa in the malt profile with more of that creamy dark chocolate accents flowing. Herbal hops are not over pronounced but meld very nicely herbal qualities of leafy tobacco come out as well as the herbal tea notes. Flavor profile dry dusted dark chocolate with sweet mild fruit components finishes dry with herbal tea like bitterness. Great balance creamy with dark chocolate and a touch of coffee roast quality about it. Mouthfeel is medium bodied texture is so smooth it glides going down and carbonation is tame and really cask like in a sense. Drinkability, a welcome addition to the Winter ales I've come across so far this season. Unique and extremely flavorful compared to the average English ale.

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Photo of Gbgbrouge
3.72/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle, black opaque with low beige head. Aroma is full and complex, caramel, butterscotch, coffee, and some chocolate. Taste is sweet, medium malt body and a sweet sour finish. Notes of caramel, coffee, chocolate and liqourice.

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Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.74/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Stupid groundhogs said there'd be 6 more weeks of winter. Might as well make the best of it with some more winter ales!

Poured into a nonic glass. A rich, dark brown brew, almost pushing into porter colour, but with some ruby highlights. Initially leaves a thin, off-white head, which has receded into a ring. A few flecks of lacing.

The nose is quite nice: toffee, malts, dark fruits, spices, and caramel.

The taste is pretty terrific. Similar tasting notes to the nose, but with a clean, almost dry finish. There's a bit of woodyness to the brew that makes me think of a fireplace. Good stuff, rich and hearty.

Mouthfeel is thick, almost syrupy, with very low carbonation. Could have used a bit more, actually, but still good.

All in all, a very satisfying winter warmer. There's a number of characteristics of the brew that lead me to place it more in the brown ale, or porter category, which for me is a huge plus! I've got another one in the fridge, which suits me just fine!

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Photo of kwjd
3.74/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown colour with thin tan head that dissipates fairly quickly. Almost no lacing on the glass. Smells of mild roasted malt, earthy hops, caramel and and chocolate. Flavour has mild bitterness and bigger on sweetness. Smooth mouthfeel. This really reminds me of a porter.

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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 cjgator3
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

16.9oz green flask-like bottle. Pours a dark brown color with a light tan head. The smell is roasted malt with touches of caramel and chocolate. The taste much like the aroma is dark roasted malts with a nice dose of hops in the finish. Overall, this is a very nice winter seasonal that I would not mind having again. Recommended.

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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 Reinheitsgebot71
3.76/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one is courtesy of the LCBO winter release this year. Huzza yet another St. Peters product to try.

Out of the gimmicky yet cool bottle pours the dark ruby brew. Hues of burgundy and rosewood shimmer in the light betwixt the dark brown gloom of the beer. A two finger off white head crowns this one, much more airy in bubble circumference than I'd have expected.

I'm not sure if it was just my nostrils but I had to strain to get a lot out of the bouquet. Coffee and dark chocolate dominated backed by strong roasted malt aromas. Hints of vanilla and some subdued fruity esters notably cherries in syrup rounded out what my nose could conceive.

The first thing to hit me was a sharp bitterness from the darker malts. This slowly phased out to a well balanced symphony of bitter chocolate and cocoa flavours mixed with mellow spicy note of cinnamon and allspice. Chocolate covered raisins and roasted hazelnuts add nice complexity and texture. The finish brings boozy warmth, reminiscent of fruit brandy and maraschino cherries. The aforementioned spices add a nice depth as well. Hop and dark malt bitterness adds a nice counterpoint to the warming alcohol.
These rich malt and spice flavours create a wonderful tongue coating mouth feel with a slight syrup texture.

A nice beer, it certainly warmed me up. The only thing that let me down was the nose, which I felt was a bit weak.

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Photo of tapman
3.78/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- A super dark mahogany body with an espresso brown head. Looks thick, warm, and inviting.

S- Burnt barley with a 70% cocoa dark chocolate base, like that new Hershey's one they recently released. Very small alcohol sting and musky hops.

T- Very much like extremely dark chocolate. Hops are musty, like a museum or an atic, though not exactly. It's like the taste equivilant of the smell, like grassy hops are grassy, but in a tasty way. Dark roasted malts with a nutty finish. Very bitter aftertaste.

M- Thick and creamy. Full bodied and smooth.

D- Not too strong, but very bitter in the long run that gets more annoying as you go. Still, a decent brew from St. Peter's.

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Photo of slitherySOB
3.78/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Finally got my computer back. On to the reviews...
St. Peter winter ale. Probably should drink this in winter weather. But oh well. Pours a red, almost stained mahogany colour. Does let a bit of light through. About a one finger head that lasts. Lace sticks to the glass. Rather nice to look at. Big, malty bread smell. Bit of ripe fruits, some spice and an earthy hop smell as well. Taste is as close to liquid bread as I've ever experienced. Very malty, almost hearty beer. Some fruits and berries as well, with a bit of spice and earthy hops. Warming alcohol after each swallow almost soothes the throat. Pretty much a meal in a bottle. Mouthfeel is thick and reminds me a bit of pudding. Drinkable, though one usually satisfies for a while. As said, it's like a meal in a bottle.

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

500ml bottle poured into an oversized tulip.

A: Pours black with a thin tan head quickly reduced to a ring of foam. A little lacing.

S: Roasted malt, coffee.

T: Bittersweet chocolate, a bit of coffee.

M: Seems to have a lot of the characteristics of a stout but the mouthfeel is a little thin if that's the aim here. Low but pleasant carbonation level.

D: Pretty easy drinking.

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

Pours a clear, dark brown with minimal coffee-coloured head that dissipates very quickly. Dark enough that the pint glass is opaque, but light enough that amber highlights at glass edges are visible without holding it up to the light.

Mild aroma of roasted malts with coffee tones. The flavour follows suit with a more robust malt spectrum. Roasted and toasted malt sweetness with hints of chocolate and coffee. Well balanced with a sweet finish and the 6.5% ABV is completely hidden. None of the spice elements that are common in North American Winter Warmers, but a pleasure to drink.

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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 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 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 UCLABrewN84
3.82/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an almost opaque super dark brown/black with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy streaks of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of roasted malt, caramel, and some dark fruit aromas. Taste is much the same with a candied dark fruit flavor on the finish. There is a mild amount of roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer but I think it tastes better than it smells.

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

A - Very dark. Far more brown than red, some decent head retention at first.

A - Fruity esters and malts... I've had fruitier smelling beers from this brewery. Nothing blows me away, but if you're new to English-style beers, this will be a treat!

T - Malty, kinda sweet and toasty. This beer is not the sap I've had in bigger beers, but comes close for the low ABV that it has. Finish is reasonably dry. Hard to distinguish a theme here. It's kinda just meant to the be big and broad (relatively speaking). Some English hops sneak up on the nose and taste buds, periodically, keeping the flavor interesting.

M - Big and chewy, gets heavy fast.

O - For 6.5% this beer packs a punch, but also seems to lack direction. I dunno what it is, but this one just doesn't hit home for me like their IPA and Cream Stout. In part, I think it might have been WHEN I had this beer, rather than the beer itself. I won't forever pass it up in the future, but it's not a beer I'll go out of my way to try.

*This is a beer that I very much believes needs to be paired with food. Spicy chilli, smoked fish, BBQ with plenty of greens, korma, and shepherd's pie all come to mind as great companions.

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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 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 botham
3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

pint bottle poured into a nonic. pours black with ruby red highlights, and a sizable, tight, tan head that remains for a while and leaves great lacings.

aroma is rich, though mildly dry. caramel, black, and chocolate malts are prevalent, without many hops. a roasted character creates the base. a bit of earthiness is present, with notes of plum and a bit of oak. very rich in aroma, which is reminiscent of a porter.

taste is roasted, with the same caramel, chocolate, and black malts. taste is less rich than the smell would suggest. a smooth and semi-dry finish makes this one a solid brew.

mouthfeel is a bit thin. the flavors are big and complex, but the boldness is lost in the lack of body.

drinkability is good. the alcohol is not present, and the brew is not heavy and filling. a decent winter brew, worth a try. cheers!

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Photo of metter98
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is very dark amber (near black) in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured into a pint glass with lacy patterns of bubbles covering the surface.
S: The smell is slightly sweet and has aromas of roasted malts.
T: The taste is quite complex and has flavors of caramel, bittersweet chocolate, coffee, roasted malts and toffee along with some hints of smoke. No bitterness from the hops is perceptible.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a bit thin on the palate with a low amount of carbonation.
D: The beer isn't that difficult to drink but doesn't provide a rich malty flavor or alcohol warming like other beers in the style. It tastes more similar to a porter.

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Photo of claspada
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aromas are very heavy with lots of chocolate on the front. Caramels and some toffee also comes through.
The taste differs from the nose slightly. It starts out with a fairly strong coffee essence, then followed by lots of chocolate flavors with the caramel complimenting that profile. Some slight herbal bitterness in the finish from either the dark roasted grains or some light UK hops. Full malt flavor. Really nice sweetness up front. Some nearly burnt roast that leads to a long dry finish. The heavy malt flavors contrast atypically with the lighter body. A nice example of the winter warmer style. You can always rely upon the English to do a classy style correctly. St. Peters is one of the few English breweries which you can consistently rely on to deliver an authentic, quality AND fresh product to the states (second only to Sam Smith). Extremely drinkable and worth the purchase if located.

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Photo of stephendr
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

one pint .9 oz. glass bottle- color of deep amber, with a medium tan colored head - nose of roasted malts, slight coco, and mild hops – taste of roasted malts, dark roast coffee, some toffee, and mild hops - body is medium, and round , and with medium low carbonation – aftertaste of sweet malts, coffee, dry, and lingering

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A fine offering with a balance of malt, alcohol, and spiciness. The malts are complex, but difficult to put a handle on; caught somewhere between a Brown Ale and a Bock in flavor, but with a lighter body expected from either. Alcohols keep the beer thinned, but compliment with a sweet powerful dryness. Hopped for mostly balance, while offering a hint of pine and grassy notes. A standard brown hue with near clarity. Any other spices (nutmeg, cinnamon, or allspice) remain muted and compliment the esters and phenols well. Medium maltiness and bitterness that linger into the aftertaste with a hint of nuttiness, cocoa, coffee, and spices that carry into the next sip. Not a bad offering, but nothing tangible to celebrate either. There is a fine line between 'complex' and 'hodge-podge'.

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St. Peter's Winter Ale from St. Peter's Brewery Co Ltd
3.9 out of 5 based on 255 ratings.
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