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

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

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

Style: Milk / Sweet Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-02-2002

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Reviews: 618 | Ratings: 1,046
Photo of BeerWithMike
5/5  rDev +28.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Sampling right now on 1/25/14. Had this one a few times in the past and LOVE it! Single 550ml (16.9 ounce) bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooker and poured into a pint glass.

Pours almost black with just a tad of a beige head which leaves some spotty lacing. Perfect carbonation and not real 'fizzy', like I like them. Smells of sweet chocolate, roasted malts and coffee. The taste is the about same and very easy to drink with NO bitter aftertaste. I simply LOVE this one! This is the best that it gets in my opinion. My favorite "Cream Stout" to date!

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Photo of karst
4.97/5  rDev +28.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I loved the flavor of the perfectly blended Fuggles and Challenger hops with a blend of 4 barley malts. Flavor and aroma seem to merge as I taste this dark cream stout. When I swallow this medium full mouth feel necter, it provides one of its best features- a bittersweet aftertaste. Some reviewers have described as woody, smokey, and/or roasted. However described - its awesome. Seems to finish so dry it should not be called a sweet stout. My 500 ml. "flask" bottle definately contained the right stuff! That is why it was a back to back gold medal winner in the I.B.C ('03 -'04).

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Photo of roddwolff
4.92/5  rDev +26.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

One of my favorites beers; have a black color, putting it against the light, there's a reddish very dark color; thefoam is creamy and abundant, looks like ice cream with coke; the smell have essences of prunes, toast malts and blueberries; the taste is exquisite, it's smooth bitter with some coffee, chocolate and blueberries; the mouthfeel is like american coffee; have a great body, a creamy consistency and decent level of alcohol; very good to accompany cookies, and also to take it alone; if i was an english priest, i would always drink this beer.

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Photo of Division89
4.82/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Look - Deep and dark with darkish thick head
Smell - Rich, pretty complex
Taste. - Wonderful! Coffee, chocolate, maybe hints of some berries?
Feel - Very nice for me. Not too thick, but still cream-like and pleasant.
Overall - Really really good. Slightly dangerous. :P

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Photo of Ecliptica
4.8/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Oh. My. God. This brew is unbelievable.

Purchased for $4.15 a single at Martin Wine Cellar in Metairie, LA (brand new, never seen it before) and so glad I randomly chose to make a Stout expedition because this was amongst the best beers I've ever had.

Poured the brew from the 16.9 oz green bottle into a pint glass. The beer poured black as night with a quickly dissipating tan head that left no lacing.

The smell was potent; the dark chocolate smell is quite evident and it even smells like tannin, though that could very well just be the chocolate since the brew wasn't bitter as one would expect with the tannin smell. Roasted coffee and malts make an appearance as well, but the chocolate overrides everything.

Oh, the taste. This blend of roasted malts, chocolate, and burnt grain mix together beautifully and create the quintessential stout taste. There is a bit of a molasses and slight, slight, slight bitter tannin or licorice or something aftertaste with just a tad of hops to wash it down. Super complex and super delicious.

With almost no carbonation, the beer felt delicious on the palate. It lead to a tremendously drinkable brew where 16.9 oz wasn't nearly enough. Despite the jet-black appearance, it's neither thick nor heavy and goes down so smoothly. As I find it hard to say what the best beer I've ever had is between styles, I can without a doubt say that this is one of the single best beers I've ever had - certainly the best in this style - thus the high rating. Highly, highly recommended.

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Photo of spk154
4.8/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is by far one of the best beers I have ever had the pleasure of
Start with the aroma...hints of mocha and coffee, subtle yet present.
It has the smooth, easy drinking texture quintessential to a cream stout, without being overly heavy. And then, the taste. Never being obnoxiously sweet, flavors
reveal themselves subtely and eloquently...with hints of cocoa, expresso, and cream working themselves ever so lovingly over your
tongue. Very drinkable, all in all, and were it not for the price ($6 dollars/btl), I feel like this would make an easy session beer.
In my opinion, among the very best in character, flavor, and drinkability.

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Photo of trinitone
4.8/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Where has this beer been all my life? I just recently discovered St. Peter's Cream Stout and thank (insert deity) I did.

Poured in the glass with minimal head. This beer absorbed light like a black hole. Dark chocolate and coffee aromas and taste. Nice mouthfeel with a good amount of carbonation. VERY delicious and VERY drinkable.

A very tasty beer that I plan to do a homebrew knockoff of very soon.

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Photo of weaponexpo
4.78/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Served in a Chimay Golden Goblet

A : Pours a dark black, the head looks oily and tan. It's about 1 finger.

S :Very rich, smells like a coffee flaovored heavy merlot.

T :Smooth and sweet. Creamed toffee coffee meets deep fruit.

F : Smooth with a thick texture with mild fizz.

O : I freaking love this beer and I will it drink often from now on. Some stouts go nuts with the coffee tones but this is perfect to me. So smooth and creamy.

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Photo of likethetaste
4.75/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I got this at a German Restaurant in a mall down in Greensboro, NC. Wow, this was tasty. Poured a beautiful dark color with a head that disappeared quickly but left a nice lacing. This tasted wonderful with just the right mix of chocolate, coffee flavor. It finished well and had a little bit of a crisp finish.

I loved this so much I had to go get another bottle! I would definately get this wonderful stout cream again!

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Photo of JasonCoop
4.69/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

pours a deep black with very little head. kind of strange looking

smells deeply of chocolate. subtle coffee in there too

taste is nice full flavored dark chocolate. a bit of a coffee twang to it too. nice and roasty tasting. one of the better tasting stouts i've tried lately.

mouthfeel is creamy and smooth. it has a refreshing bite on the finish too though.

all in all i highly recommend this to stout lovers.

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Photo of BBM
4.67/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a deep, dark brown into a Fullers pint glass. Rocky brown head sits atop it. Bitter chocolate, coffee, and caramel are all present in the nose.

Unlike many "sweet stouts" I've had, this one is not sweet at all, and I love it. Bittersweet German chocolate, English hops, and coffee beans all create a wonderfully full and bitter flavor. Don't get me wrong, there is a bit of sweet toasted malts here as well, but it certainly doesn't overtake what is a kickass English stout. Forget those overhopped American stouts; this one shows how to properly give a stout some bite. I really liked this beer and would recommend it highly.

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Photo of MrBen
4.65/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Picked up a bottle of this fine stuff recently and was impressed overall. Nice presentation. It's tough to toss up an incredibly huge head, even with a reckless pour.

Wonderful stout nose, fantastic color. No light can shine through this. Very light on the carbonation, which adds a lot to the drinkability. This has a rich mouthfeel, very filling on the palate, but it's also quite liquid. Not too thick or heavy, given its full body. A little more complexity would be welcome, but the depth of flavor is still there.

This is an all-day beer. A great brew.

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Photo of hustlesworth
4.65/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A- pours really dark and opaque with a tiny strip of russet brown highlight at the bottom of my imperial pint glass. very attractive head is a dark tan cappuccino color and has that old indescribable roasted malt and plenty of hops look that is so hard to describe. foam retention and lace are both more than satisfactory.

S- deeply roasted and nutty, caramel, lactose tartness, raisin, prune, grape, currant, cedar, sandalwood, burnt grapefruit, toffee, walnut, damp old log, soil, stone, cocoa, coffee, mineral water. *no alcohol aroma is evident until near the end of the glass. see below.

T- bittersweet and exceptionally balanced. after the first impression of cocoa, coffee and milk chocolate, the malt flavors give way to reveal a taste of clean hard water before a satisfying somewhat piney earthy and herbal bitter hop finish accented by some more roasted malt. notes of multiple dark squishy and dried fruits and nuts come to mind all soaked in coffee with a pinch of cinnamon and dark brown sugar. raisin, date, prune, oak, hazelnut, walnut, a resurging sweetness, and a roasted bitter finish.

MF- huge soft body, like melted chocolate, and tight carbonation that falls somewhere between medium and low in zestiness. goes down without effort for such a voluminous creamy brew and encompasses one of those odd characteristics of sweeter style stouts to be thirst quenching and overly drinkable, pushing it to the limit.

D- goes somethin like this: it's 4am, ready for bed, havin a beer right quick, then i'm out. i figured this one would be bout 4.2-5.0% abv and there was no evidence of alcohol in the aroma or flavor so i just keep chuggin away then i look at their website and see this bad boy is 6.5% and the beer's gettin warmed up by now and i get a whiff of alcohol and my thoughts are beginning to wander and i'm writing meaningless shit like this. the point i'm trying to make is that this is a big brew in every category and it drinks like a guinness or something much less potent. went down so easily that i could easily get into trouble easily after a few pints of this potion, easily. see, i'm already being obnoxious. nite.

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Photo of Shovelbum
4.64/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a frothy light mocha head over a black body. Head recedes fairly quickly leaving meagre lace. Smells of roasted nuts, sweet milk chocolate and caramel malt. Super creamy mouthfeel out of the starting gate. Flavors of espresso and chocolate, balanced with a substantial malt sweetness and British minerals make for a well rounded brew. Mild bitterness. Full bodied, low carbonation. As noted above, smooth and creamy mouthfeel.

Several different flavors that are clearly distinguishable but in perfect concert with each other. A well crafted and satisfying brew.

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Photo of Cthulhusquid
4.63/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Look: Poured into a Duvel tulip. Finger length creamy, brown head. Opaque black body.

Smell: Solid dark chocolate and cocoa, with notes of milk chocolate and young coffee bean.

Taste: Dark and milk chocolate, notes of roasted peanuts and coffee.

Feel: Full bodied, medium carbonation, creamy, and perfectly balanced sweetness/bitterness.

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Photo of Hoppsbabo
4.6/5  rDev +18.6%

A: Black with a nice beige head, like the crema on a good espresso. Goes down quickly though.
S: Peppy and very fudgy. Dried fruits.
T: Cor blimey, it's delicious! Like the nose it's Bassett's Refreshers peppy yet the mouthfeel is soothing and creamy. It's fairly sweet and full of coffee. Lots of warming alcohol in the finish. As it warms I get dried fruit and a subtle medicinal flavour. Also some chlorine but that's typical of stout. Even some earthiness in the finish. Bitterness to sweetness level is perfect.
O: I think St Peters make some of the best bottled beer in Britain.

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Photo of queenboadicea
4.58/5  rDev +18%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A good rush of chocolate, coffee, and smoke in this nice little stout. Both of these flavors are prominant on the palate, but the finish is long, smooth and pleasing. There is a small amount of bitterness, but that only heightens the coffee flavor and is matched well with a very, very faint sweetness. The color is so opaque it's almost like a black seems to absorb light! There are very few bubbles and only slight hints of lacing. One of the best imported stouts I've tried.

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Photo of jeffboo
4.58/5  rDev +18%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Yum!! Make that two Yums!! I do like this stout. Yum!! Thick black brew with brown head, it has a classic stout look,you know the one, just gazing into the glass makes you want to jump right in and float on top for awhile. Huge sweet roasted coffee aroma that encourages the glass to your lips. Very nice, smooth,creamy, nice medium body that makes the lifting a little easier. This beer just floats on the tongue. Lots of roasted grain flavor with enough sweetness to balance the grains. Did I forget to mention that I enjoyed this beer very much?!!

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Photo of scruffwhor
4.58/5  rDev +18%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a ligh black with highlights of prune juice. Just a mediocre head quickly recedes to nothing. The aroma is a tantalizing lactosey cream and bananas mixed withdry roasted malts and coffee beans, with just a touch of smoked peet. The taste is a creamy, yet gypsum dry cream with fruity notes of banana and bubblegum. Dark roasted malts giving off flavors of coffee grounds and light coccoa powderwith a touch of walnut. The dryness and powdery palate feels just stupendus, the finish is actually quite velvety though. My favrite milk stou so far.

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Photo of ecoboy
4.57/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I loved this "foody" stout: I wasn't even "in the moment" and surprised myself with the high numbers. Very recommended.

Roasty! Malty! Not sweet at all! Noticeable hops in a stout for a change. Lovely food character of solidity followed by the noticeable hop bite. Label claim of chocolate is truly subtle. Thick rich finish lingers long. Mouthfeel more burly than both Guinness and Sam Smith's Imperial (my touchstones for jumping off of...)

Poured from the bottle with light carbonation. Completely opaque.

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Photo of KyleVick4
4.57/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 2 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

1 pint .9 oz

A: Pours with a real nasty head, creats large bubbles that look almost soapy. But quickly dissipate into a nice enough head. Nothing special though. Decent lacing and the color is pitch balck. Gottafix that soapy head look, not very appetizing...

S: Mmmm rich dark chocolates with some fig notes. Coffee and hops hit me at the same time. Roasty malt and a touch of liquorice make this a complx smell that hits hard and lingers. Mmm love it!

T: A very silky creamy beer, lots of chocolate and dark toasted malts. Dark deep rich chocolate flavor is more powerful than the coffee hints. Strikingly similiar to Old Rasputin and thats a compliment as that was my favorite beer for quite a while. Very bittersweet ending, that might come on a little too strong, and with an abv of only 6.5 I think a short aging period might help smooth things out ... maybe.

M: Silky and creamy good carbonation but a tad rough around the edges. Cant describe it right. Maybe a touch to much carbonation? Either way a superb beer.

D: Almost done with the glass as I typed. I will buy this again and again. Nice job by the people at St. Peters for making this brew. Other than the nasty look of the head this is a top notch beer.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.57/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Burnt umber with generous reddish gold trim at the bottom edge of the glass and a small light brown head up top. The cap is a loose collection of bubbles more than it is dense, creamy foam and doesn't leave much lace as a result. With a better looking crown, the next highest score would have been a slam dunk. Or, if I'm keeping this British, a dead cert.

Cream Stout has a wonderful nose that, nevertheless, doesn't smell very cream stouty to me. I think of vanilla or coffee-with-cream when I think of this style. The aroma is more along the lines of roasted barley, bittersweet chocolate and ground espresso beans. This one could give a few American double stouts a scare.

Tremendous beer and easily one of the best stouts to come out of the British Isles. Black coffee has easily pulled ahead of dark chocolate, although both flavors empty both barrels with each and every sip. Citric hops play a valued role as well and add even more palate interest. I'm amazed at how rich and complex this beer is. Deelicious.

I still don't see the milk part of the 'milk/sweet stout' moniker, but I'll definitely go along with the sweet. The thing is though, the sweetness is perfectly matched by an equal amount of bitterness and sourness, making each mouthful a wonderous contrasts of flavor sensations as well as flavors. The finish is impressively drying and bitter. I didn't quite start the bottle out at room temperature as the label recommends, but it's hard to believe that any more flavor intensity is possible.

My first impression of the body/mouthfeel was that it was good, not great. As I enter the bottom half of the bottle however, it has become a smooth, silky, melted chocolate glaze-like treat. When judged against its style peers, I don't know that I've experienced better.

St. Peter's Cream Stout, especially given my experience with a handful of this brewery's other offerings, came out of left field. Sorry, too American. It was a right googly, it was. Not only is it the best English stout that I've ever had, it just might be the best English beer period.

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Photo of Phatz
4.55/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This was a fantastic rich creamy milk stout. The appearance and smell are beautiful but the real synching point of the beer was how remarkably smooth and creamy the silky body just flowed through your palate.

Appearance: Black with a frothy head.

Smell: I could smell the whole cream malt balls aroma coming up through the roasty, chocolaty body. Fantastic!

Taste & mouthfeel: Mocha Chocolaty, super smooth with a silky cream like taste and texture that is truly exceptional.

Drinkability: This beer is absolutely as drinkable as the style can be!

Hope this is helpful.

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Photo of Crotor
4.55/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an opaque black with 1.5 fingers of dense, tan head - beautiful...

It's all intense, pitted fruit and roastiness through the aroma. Like charred, caramelized plums. With a hint of coffee... Deep and rich, and then a bit round and buttery on the edges. One of the most impressive aromas I've experienced on a beer.

Stunningly perfect mouthfeel - treading that ground between too light and too viscous - it's playful, creamy, and pushed forward a bit by the hops & roasted grain tannins. Just a wee bit to counter the creaminess and the sweetness. Dark, pitted fruit of indeterminite character frolics while coffee-like roastiness stabs through. And there's some chocolate. And just enough residual sweetness in the back of it all...

A damned fine beer. Paired with a bit of Dubliner cheese & some rustic bread, it makes for an excellent ploughman's lunch...

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Photo of adam42381
4.54/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Review from notes at World of Beer - Fort Myers on 9/24/11.

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

Appearance: Pours a coffee black with brown edges and a 1 finger creamy light tan head. Nice lacing.

Smell: Sweet cream, sweet malt, toffee and a touch of coffee. Very sweet. Smells absolutely perfect.

Taste: Vanilla and sweet malt up front followed by coffee in the middle before ending with a touch of bitter hops at the finish. Aftertaste is bittersweet.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full-bodied with a decent amount of carbonation.

Drinkability: Very good drinkability. You could drink a few on a cool evening.

Overall: Excellent beer overall. This is the best cream stout I've ever had. I highly recommend this one.

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