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

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St. Peter's Cream StoutSt. Peter's Cream Stout

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St. Peter's Brewery Co Ltd
England, United Kingdom

Style: English Sweet / Milk Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
'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.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-02-2002

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Reviews by corby112:
Photo of corby112
4.48/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours very dark brown almost black color with a thick coffee-colored head. Beautiful aroma of malty chocolate, coffee, toffee, and hints of dark fruits. Wonderful roasted coffee taste mixed with dark chocolate and dark berries. Dry finish. Great beer!

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Photo of andyinsdca
1.52/5  rDev -60.7%
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 mmmbeer89
3.01/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

It's not a bad beer but to me it's not worth the price (I paid 5.49 for a pint bottle). Not much smell, A light cream flavor but it has a metallic aftertaste.

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Photo of davidperez
3.97/5  rDev +2.6%
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 oberon
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I really dig the bottles of the St. Peter's line of beers I think this the sixth beer I have had from them,this poured a near pitch black with a few highlights of ruby when held up to the light with a substantial beige head atop that left a broken lace around the Guinness glass.Mmm the aromas are great and complex notes of dark fruit,highly roasted malt,bitter chocolate and even some nuttiness when served at the right temp this brew gives off alot.First off a deep bitter chocolate and brown sugar character hits with a charred dark fruit flavor melding into a pretty dry almost woody finish that lingers for a bit,it really dries out alot in the finish.Not really a creamy mouthfeel wich I was hoping for and it was a bit sharp at first,in saying that it is the only qualm I have with this stout and its not much of one.I liked it alot it would be a good chocolate dessert beer because the roastiness would cut thru the chocolate and it has a little chocolate character in itself,I recommend it for sure.

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Photo of RoyalT
3.27/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance – This one is very dark in color with a small head that went down very quickly.

Smell – The strong vanilla and light alcohol notes came out first. They were followed by a malty backbone that was somewhat reserved.

Taste – The roasted malts came on at the taste. They were very mellow and laced with vanilla bean.

Mouthfeel – This medium-bodied stout had a tangy mouthfeel and a strong, alcoholic sting.

Drinkability – This one is not a stand out but drinkable nevertheless. It has some sharp flavors but lacks the ultra-creamy mouthfeel that one looks for in the style.

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Photo of liveandletdie
4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Haven't had this beer for some my memory may be a little foggy on this one but they no longer sell it where I bought it so I cannot obtain it anymore. Regardless- it has a unique bottle, looks very home made in appearance. I really enjoyed the flavor on this one, as well the mouth feel. It was heavy but extremely smooth. Sweet in all of the right places with raisin type sweetness. I could also taste of chocolate. A much more friendly stout compared to others who do not like the more agressive stouts. It is among my top beers that I have had, highly recomended.

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Photo of ricke
3.78/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark brown (basically black), clear liquid with a medium sized pale beige head that leaves nice looking lacings.

S: Mostly milk and gentle notes of dark fruits. Plenty of vanilla as well. Faint notes of chocolate.

T: A smooth and harmonious taste where the lactose really gets to do its job. Well integrated milky, almost creamy, sweetness mixes with plenty of fruits. Relatively big notes of vanilla. Sweet malts with a mild roasted character. The roastiness goes rather good with the soft milky sweetness in this one. Faint notes of chocolate and perhaps some coffee. The finish is somewhat dry and mildly bitter with notes of wood and lingering roasted malt. The finish is a little too short, but other than that its a really tasty beer.

M: Medium to full body, very smooth texture.

D: I like this one. Very tasty and well balanced. Drinks really easily. Not your biggest stout though, but it's not supposed to be that either.

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Photo of Zakk
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of tbryan5
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of sgoodship
4.3/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

St. Peter's was established five years after I left the UK, so that's why I hadn't heard of them. When I started getting more serious about beer, the name kept coming up and this was my first taste of any of their brews - not disappointing. BTW - the bottle is beautiful. Looks old but modern at the same time.

A: Beautiful, thick laté head. Good lacing. Really sticks to the glass as it progresses. Black - doesn't get much blacker than this. No light passing through - not even on the edges.

S: Coffee hit me immediately. Some caramel malt - a little dark cherry. A little mustiness too. Not too bold a smell. Not bad but I would have been happy to get more.

T: Lovely chocolate flavor. The coffee is there too. It then goes to a tangy hoppiness at the end but you are left with a bitter dark chocolate aftertaste. Very very pleasing.

M: Thick body but not creamy enough for me - I wanted a more rounded cream mouth. Feels a little thin at the end. Light carbonation - made me contemplate whether less carbonation would have made it better for me.

D: If I was visiting the UK and they had this beer and an open fire, I would be more than happy to sit and drink a good few and get all rosy cheeked next to the flames. Highly recommend it and can't wait to try the St. Peter's Old-Style Porter than is waiting for me.

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Photo of -DF-
3.99/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Dmann
4.32/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Mmmm. Right out of the bottle this one smelled great, like dark chocolate. It poured with a very thin head that settled into a thin ring around the glass. After the first sip, the great coffee flavors hit me first, with a hint of chocolate, followed by a slight bitterness at the end. My only complaint in the flavor department is that the roasted coffee flavor was so good, I wanted more. But you can't have everything eh?. It had a great creamy mouthfeel, but could have been improved with a little more carbonation. Overall, a highly enjoyable brew.

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Photo of nickadams2
3.83/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A_Pours black with a half inch dark brown head that dissipates into a thin ring. Spotty lacing.

S_Roasted malt,smoke and sweet cream.

T_Roasted malt,cream,vanilla and a touch of smoke. Hops are present but barely.

M_Medium bodied,creamy and slick.

D_Very drinkable. Good example of a cream stout.

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Photo of chOAKbarrell
3.61/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer didn't start out well. Poured into a glass, the head was almost non-existant. I began a mild panic and poured the beer directly in the glass, so I did get a little head, which subsequently died right down. No lacing at all. Hmm, not good.

Smells delicious. Tons of roasty toasty chocolate tones. Complex.

Taste is on par with the smell. Excellent deep flavor.

Mouthfeel was a little light for such a high-quality nose & taste.

St Peter's Cream Stout is a fine beer & all, but the main problem with it is that for $3+ a bottle, it is not a very good deal. This beer doesn't have anything going for it that say, Samuel Adams' Cream Stout doesn't have. Basically, you can find the same caliber cream stout, possibly superior, for a good bit less, and more plentiful (6 pack of something else opposed to St Peter's singles).

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Photo of newcastleme
3.17/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

A: Dark black with little lacing.

S: Not overpowering with bits of coffee.

T: Strong flavors of cream (go figure), and some espresso.

M: The mouthfeel is very pleasant. It's very drinkable and has a nice body. The only downside is that the stout aftertaste can be bitter with the higher alcohol content.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500 ml green bottle. Black in color, with a surprisingly small head. It had a coffee, dark chocolate aroma. It tasted about the same as it smelled, but could also detect some sweet dark fruit. I thought it was a little thin in my mouth, but still found it to be a very pleasant beer.

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Photo of Jason
3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

16.9 oz antique green medicine style bottle with a stamped on freshness date and words about the brew on the back label.

Very black in colour with a thin tiny bubbled tan lace that at least leaves a ring of lace towards the end.

Soft creamy sweetness with hints of coffee and dark chocolate with faint earthy and musty diacetyl aromas.

Very creamy with a small smoothness in the back, full bodied with a struggling crispness off of a light carbonation. Roasted flavours range from mild charcoal to coffee, dark chocolate to faint molasses. Hops are in there for balance though the roasted flavour does have a small bitter bite also. Buttery, musty diacetyl lays down a light butterscotch flavour within the roasted character. Finishes sweet with a creamed coffee note.

The only problem I had with this brew is that it could have used a bit more smoothness, other than that it was quite a tasty brew and paired well with some fresh mocha chocolate chip cookies. Who needs milk …

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Photo of MaxFoster
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of merlin48
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I love the retro bottle. This pours an inky, opaque, deep brown body with a two finger, light brown head. Good retention with attractive, patch lacing.
Aroma is chocolate, and smoked almonds, with a significant hops presence for a stout.
Mouthfeel is creamy and medium bodied, with moderate carbonation and a mild hops bite.
Flavor begins with creamy, chocolate malts, followed by a walnut flavored, hops bitterness. Roasty flavors abound here, with coffee notes emerging in the middle, and lasting until the finish. The finish and aftertaste are mildly bitter, taking over from the initially sweet chocolate character. My only complaint with this nice stout is that it starts to feel watered down toward the finish, with detracts from drinkability a bit. Overall, a very finely crafted, English stout, with a pleasant hops presence that balances the dark, roasty, malts very well.

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Photo of Billolick
3.92/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

16.9 ounce interestingly shaped and colored bottle. Pours burnt dark raisin black/brown, very minimal head, indicated very low carbonation and very slight lacing observed. This is a flavorful sweet stout, lots of soggy burnt raisins, dark malts, coffee, burnt grains and vanilla flavor to go around. Nice cold weather sipper. Stout lovers, give it a try. Newbies would probably be turned off by this deeply flavorful and mysterious stout

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Photo of fdrich29
4.52/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

St. Peter's Cream Stout, 1 Pint 0.9 FL. OZ. throwback bottle purchased at Downtown Wine and Spirits, Davis Square, Somerville, Massachusett

"Fuggles and Challenger hops plus a blend of 4 local barely malts create an aromatic, strong, dark chocolate cream stout with a satisfying bittersweet aftertaste".

Damn, this is a nice beer! Smells of chocolate and roasted malt. Incredible!!

Taste is sweet and chocolate, smooth with a slightly bitter aftertaste, nothing unpleasant about this brew. I can not think of it's equal in this class. Goes down smooth, easily drinkable.

Make the trip to Davis Square and pick up a few bottles of this beer, you'll thank yourself for it.

As we say in Gloucester the third week of every June..."Viva San Pedro!!"

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Photo of GreenMountainBoy
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of olradetbalder
3/5  rDev -22.5%

Photo of JohnnyBarman
4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Nearly a blizzard outside, so thanking the beer gods for a day off work with a good strong stout!

Pours a near black hue, a thin tan head that is pretty much just a ring, but leaves a good amount of lacing for how much head there was.

The smell is a fine blend of dark chocolate, coffee, roasted nuts. A bit of sweetness to the finish.

Taste is bitter chocolate, dark coffee, with a slight butter creaminess to the finish. A puckery bitterness is left on the tongue. Can't detect the higher ABV. More bitter than creamy.

Medium body, a bit thin for my taste, but good, mild carbonation.

Glad I finally tried this one - I've walked past it a few times at the LCBO and finally picked one up. A fine stout and a handsome bottle as well.

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