St. Peter's Cream Stout
St. Peter's Brewery Co Ltd

St. Peter's Cream StoutSt. Peter's Cream Stout
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Style:
English Sweet / Milk Stout
Ranked #564
ABV:
6.5%
Score:
88
Ranked #12,674
Avg:
3.9 | pDev: 12.56%
Reviews:
638
Ratings:
1,093
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St. Peter's Brewery Co Ltd
 
England, United Kingdom
Avail:
Year-round
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SCORE
88
Very Good
St. Peter's Cream StoutSt. Peter's Cream Stout
Notes: 'Fuggles' and 'Challenger' hops plus a blend of 4 local barley malts create an aromatic, robust, dark chocolate cream stout with a satisfying bittersweet aftertaste. Brewed with skill and patience in one of Britain's finest small breweries.

St. Peter's Brewery is located in a medieval hall in a remote and beautiful corner of Suffolk. There our beers begin their lives deep below the brewery with water drawn from a pure source - as it has been for over 700 years, essential for the full flavour and pure character of all St. Peter's beers.
Our beautiful flask-shaped oval bottle is a faithful copy of one produced c. 1770 for Thomas Gerrard of Gibbstown, just across the Delaware River from Philadelphia. The original is now kept at St. Peters Hall and is a rare example of an oval Eighteenth Century beer bottle.
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Photo of Jmatz
3.49/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours an opaque blackish brown with a small, dark khaki head.

Smells sickly sweet and very boozy. Didn't seem promising, but...

Tastes quite unlike it smells. Very smooth, a little sweetness, plenty of coffee and dark chocolate, malty, a mild bit of bitterness coffee drinkers will enjoy. A touch of a bourbon like flavor on the tail end. Quite enjoyable.

I'd buy again.

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Photo of Foyle
4.85/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Poured from 500ml bottle into pint glass. A thin tan, sudsy head drops quickly with mild lacing. Color is opaque brown. Aroma of rich roasted malt, chocolate, nuts, citrus rind. Mouthfeel thick and creamy with a long slowly drying finish. Flavors of dark roasted malt, slight char, cream, chocolate, cocoa powder, nuts, earthy and citrus hops. Overall: outstanding.

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Photo of FLima
3.79/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pitch black color with a thick caramel head with decent retention.
Aroma with predominant notes of dark chocolate and plums.
Flavor with notes of dark chocolate, plums, roasted malts, citrusy and earthy hops and pine. Dry and bitter aftertaste.
Medium body with appropriate carbonation.
Balanced and flavorful Stout with lots of cocoa and plums notes and well hoped. This felt like the precursor of a Black IPA.

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

Thick above average body with a creamy oily feel. Carbonation is about light-medium
Aroma is espresso, roasted malt, licorice, dark cocoa
Taste is similar with licorice showing up more in the taste than the aroma. It sits about in the middle of the road as far as sweet or bitter with neither dominating.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
4.57/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

(500 ml bottle, code 18 025... poured into a Belhaven pint)

L: deep dark reddish-brown liquid; inch-high, thick frothy, dark khaki-colored foam, which recedes into a messy, bubbly crest to one side of the glass... the chunky, bubbly collar persists, but leaves little lace

S: rich dark chocolate frosting, mellow roasted/charred grain with a slight edge to it; suggests layered, loaded malt depth

T: see-saw interplay of milk (dark) chocolaty and coffee-roasty malts; swell of sweet cocoa syrup in the finish, which lingers in the aftertaste along with a lightly peppery char and a roasty, toasty graininess, maybe even a hint of burnt raisin... the roast builds a little as it goes, but it's complimented/tempered nicely by the burnt sugar notes

F: slightly oily density up front, not quite thick, but it's cut a bit by the alcohol, which after a few sips leaves a delicate, almost capsicum heat at the back of the palate... definite meat on its bones

O: rich, roasty, fantastic... subtle nuances you won't get in a US-made example... the price per bottle can be a deterrent, but it'll be worth it if the craving hits ya

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Photo of Act25
4.09/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Loved to taste this milk stout blind vs Left Hand, Carton, etc
a) deep dark body, with low carb.
s) Nice sweet, with dark malt, roasted grain, coffee, Chocolate, licorice.
t) Large, rosy malty, roasted, body of burned toast crust with plenty of bitter hop to temper that candy shop sweetness.
f) Milkly start, then charcoal and chalky finish.
o) Lovely surprise.

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Photo of mishi_d
3.87/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Black color, tan head, aroma of chocolate and coffee with fruity notes, light sweetness, lightly sour, medium bitterness, medium body, soft carbonation, a traditional stout.

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Photo of REVZEB
3.79/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This one was interesting in that it had a clear vision, executed, and was a little off the beaten path. In the milk/sweet stout, it is firmly in the milk, with very little sweetness at all, and instead a creamy chocolate milk complexion and taste. Has lots of vanilla, malt and chocolate in smell. The contrasting thinness and creaminess in the body is what is most memorable about this beer, that and the cool historical bottle.

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Photo of Cylinsier
3.82/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

500 ml bottle

Pours opaque black, tan head retains as a film.

Smells of caramel, licorice, leather and biscuit.

Tastes of licorice, mesquite, toasted biscuit, coffee beans and lactose.

Light to medium body, light tingly carbonation on the tongue.

Good aroma and flavor in this English stout. The body feels thin but I guess that's more common with UK stouts. Pretty tasty and enjoyable sweet stout, worth trying.

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Photo of TheBierdimpfe
3.86/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Opaque black color. Slightly creamy and bubbly light brown 1-2 finger head, lasting around 5 minutes, with decent legs but mediocre swirl reaction. Flavors of light cherries and vanilla, berries, dark grains, chocolate, coffee, and herbal hops (ex. fuggles, progress, challenger). Soft creamy medium body with light prickly carbonation, but a long soft crisp. Medium strength finish, moderately roasted and fruity, with some walnuts and a hint of wood. Slightly bitter and leafy. Very well balanced brew, okay freshness, quite filling though. Drinkability is very good. Can't be more classic and authentic than this one, overall high quality craft.

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Photo of q33jeff
3.38/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

**
09/26/12

Bottle to pint glass.

AROMA: peat, slight coffee
APPEARANCE: dark brown, black. Small head but creamy looking.
TASTE: smokey flavor, some sweetness. Coffee, chocolate, black cherry
FEEL: A bit lacking in body for a stout.

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Photo of chitoryu12
3.65/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Look: As black as tar. The thin tan head quickly disappears.

Smell: Roasted malt, chocolate, coffee, sweet sugar.

Taste: A very strong roasted bitterness that overrides most of the other flavors. It's hard to make out even the toasted malt underneath.

Mouthfeel: Very thin and with little carbonation, making it feel flat.

Overall: Unfortunately, the cool bottle is all this stout has going for it. As an actual beer, it falls flat.

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Photo of Nass
4.57/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Very tasty stout I was ecstatic when I saw a bottles of this at my local liquor store. The bottle does not look like your regular 12 ounce beer bottle, it looks more like a small liquor bottle. This is almost as good Young's Double Chocolate Stout in my opinion although this is sort of pricey pint to purchase. Cheers! A-

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Photo of andyinsdca
1.52/5  rDev -61%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

The bottle had a date code of 17 07 03 (is that the brewed-on date or the best-by date?). Poured the 500ml bottle into my beer mug. Flat as a pancake. No head or carbonation. Smelled and tasted sickly-sweet. Since it was so flat, it was effectively undrinkable. Dumped it out after a couple of sips.

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Photo of PorterPro125
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Serving Type: 500 mL bottle poured into a Pint glass

L- Pours an opaque black liquid that is slightly ruby around the edges. Head is tan but very thin, receding quickly into a minuscule ring.

S- Milk chocolate, roasted malt, cream, slightly herbal hops. Lots of sweetness here, as to be expected with a Milk (cream in this case) Stout.

T- Coffee, roasted malt followed by a creamy, slightly chocolatey sweetness. The finish is moderately bitter with notes of dark chocolate. Obviously, the flavour profile is leaning toward the sweet side, but it isn't cloyingly so.

F- Low carbonation and a medium body. Nothing out of the ordinary here.

O- I tend to prefer a more bitter than sweet profile when it comes to beer, but I did enjoy this one. It offers both interesting sweet notes and a little bit of bitterness to cut the sweetness off at a point. Personally, I think it's a little too sweet to have any more than one in a night, but it is a good brew nonetheless.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.52/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured into an English pint glass.
The appearance was a murky dark brown close to black color with a nice looking white semi-foamy to bubbly cap of a little head. Some trickling small bubbly to foamy lace running down the glass with the sips.
The aroma had some sweet cream, milk chocolate, dark chocolate, some herbal to earthy hops, a tickle of vanilla and ended with a slight "toast"-like character.
The flavor started sweet and seemed to develop some light English earthy and herbal qualities that I expected for the style coming from an English brewer. Mild aftertaste of some dark chocolate and milk chocolate, somewhat like bittersweet cocoa nibs.
The mouthfeel was between light and medium bodied with a fine sessionability about it. Carbonation felt a bit under with a nicely projected ABV by the brewer. Smooth creamy and milky finish with a touch of vanilla.
Overall, I know this started as an English style, but call me a typical American, but I think I tend to like most American "milk/sweet stouts." I don't want to be too harsh on this since I'm wondering if I need to get used to the brewer's yeast they used in this. Makes me wonder if they used their house yeast.

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

Decanted from a 16.9 oz (500 ml) bottle into a conical pint glass; production code 16251.
A: Pours a dark black color with a quarter inch tan-brown head rapidly dissolving to a rim and with a very small amount of soapy lacing.
S: Aromas of milk chocolate more than dark, cafe au last, vanilla and burnt toast.
T: Flavors pretty much follow the nose, although definitely also a raisin/fig note. More dark chocolate than milk and dark coffee predominate. There is a nice melange of roasted, sweet, and bitter elements. Strong bitterness notable early which lessens as it warms.
M: Medium bodied with light carbonation. Creamy and causes a nice tingling sensation on the palate.
O: A distinctive milk stout. The competing roasted and bitter elements make a nice counterpoise to this often overly sweet style.

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Photo of davidperez
3.97/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a munique glass, it pours black as night, with a two-finger head, frothy, creamy and light brown, with excellent retention. Nice lacing. After a while, the head settles as a thin layer of brown foam of a darker hue.

The bouquet is rich and assertive. Cacao nibs, milk chocolate, toasted malts, coffee, caramel, assertive vanilla.

Upfront, a nice amount of bitterness entering alongside coffee, roasted malts, and dark chocolate. Soon after the sweetness marks its presence in the form of vanilla, milk chocolate, sweet malts and caramel. It has a nice balance in the sense that once that the sweet notes appear, they don't overpower the palate since the bitter notes still linger in the background.
It has a long aftertaste, with a fresh sweetness, akin to vanilla and milk chocolate.
On the downside, it has a bit of a watery mouthfeel, not quite suitable for this style; but the mouthfeel is very smooth too.

A very good beer.

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Photo of OlaB
4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

L: pours a pitch black color with a small top of white-brown head that disolves inn a rapid pace.

A: roasted malts,dark and milk chocolate,cofee,caramel,vanilla and burned sugar.

T&F: my imression of the flavours is that it has a good balance with the roasted,bitter and sweet notes. Strong chocolate and cofee flavour with roasted malts in the background at the begining, then i feel it gets more sweet with creamy notes.The finish is bitter,but still with the roasted flavours in the background, and is a good lenght inn the aftertaste.
Medium bodied with light carbonation. The mouthfeel is smooth and creamy.

O: This for sure was a beer for my preferance. A really enjoyable stout that I absolutelly would be trying again.

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Photo of Dzu
3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle.
L: Black/very dark brown with a creamy foam head.
S: Chocolate, cacao beans, roasted sugar.
T: Chocolate cake, cream.
F: Medium body and carbonation.
O: Not so saturated for my taste.

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Photo of sirmartinez
4.48/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful bottle, autenthic English look and feel. Poured into my pitcher, small, yet lasting, almost creamy brownish head and coffee-cocoa smell, and a pitch black, creamy body. Not too strong taste, but everything in place; deliciously sweet malts, very slight bitterness, flavorful with caramel and chocolate. Mild carbonation, as it should be in a stout. Slides down extremely smoothly, especially considering it's 6.5%, and it leaves minimal aftertaste.
One of the best stouts I've ever had the pleasure of drinking! I'd drink it regularly - if it wasn't for the price.

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Photo of Bierliebhaber3
4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This cream stout pours a pitch black color with a somewhat small frothy tan head. The scent is of dark chocolate, bready malts, and a bit of sugar. It’s a bit dessert like, reminiscent of a lower sugar cake, quite pleasant. The taste, however, isn’t as sweet as expected. This is a malt bomb stout with a real emphasis on roasted, bready malts and bitter dark chocolate with a more subtle coffee undertone. The finish is creamy although the bitterness detracts from the smoothness of the finish a bit. The body is as heavy as a stout should be, which is very much so. Overall it’s a very nice, classic stout on the robust end of the spectrum, especially for a cream stout, which is the way I like them. My only criticism is that the flavor lacks some complexity which keeps it from being an elite stout in my opinion.

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Photo of JayDubTrub
3.94/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Sneaky beer - I get almost no nose off of this, and it pours nearly flat, almost no head and minimal lace. The color's a dark pond with hidden warmth, I imagine this beer is clear if light could penetrate it. Once tasted, a consistent if mild carbonation throughout the beer, very reminiscent of a good cask-conditioned ale (poured a store bought pint); fairly dense body magnified by a quite malty, slightly hoppy sweetness. Definite dark chocolate that's not overbearing and mellows as the pint goes down.

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Photo of BlackBeerPirate
3.99/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Taste: SMOOTH, semi sweet, chocolate malts, milky, vanilla toffee. Same with the nose.
Mostly black in color, opaque, with tan head and some lace. Medium body. Yum. 34 IBUs

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

500 ml bottle into imperial pint glass, bottled on 11/2/2015. Pours crystal clear nearly opaque dark brown color with a small dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of big milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, brown sugar, toasted dark bread, vanilla, cream, light smoke/nuttiness, herbal, light pepper, slight dark fruit, and roast/toasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity dark/roast/bready malt, lactose, and light earthy hop/fruity yeast notes; with great strength. Taste of big milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, brown sugar, toasted dark bread, vanilla, cream, light smoke/nuttiness, herbal, light pepper, slight dark fruit, and roast/toasted earthiness. Light herbal/spicy hop and roast bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, brown sugar, toasted dark bread, vanilla, cream, herbal, light smoke, and roast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Great complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt, lactose, and light earthy hop/fruity yeast flavors; with a great roast/hop bitter/sweet balance, and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Slight dryness from roast/hop bitterness as well. Light carbonation and medium-full body; with a very smooth, creamy/silky/velvety, and slightly sticky/chalky mouthfeel that is awesome. Zero warming alcohol for 6.5%. Overall this is an outstanding English style cream stout! All around awesome complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt, lactose, and light earthy hop/fruity yeast flavors; very smooth and easy to drink. Spot on English malt complexity, with an awesome mouthfeel. A highly enjoyable offering.

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St. Peter's Cream Stout from St. Peter's Brewery Co Ltd
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 1093 ratings