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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Photo of sirmartinez
4.48/5  rDev +15.5%
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 +3.9%
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 +1.5%
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 +2.8%
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 +7%
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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Photo of Mitzvahman72
4.02/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Balanced and slightly sweet with a Near black brown color, this beer showcases peat smoke with coffee and cocoa nibs in the palette. The aroma has a pleasantly peaty bread aroma, along with a nice and mildly smoked chocolate aftertaste. The stout also has a very nice mouthfeel that goes well with the subtle carbonation of the beer. This can have a roasty characteristic that’s not so obnoxiously bitter compared to other roasty stouts. While the cream stouts are not my forte, this is a solid stout for its category. I recommend trying out their Old-Style Porter as well.

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Photo of PsenicnoCRO
3.49/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

L - nice, but nothing special
S - not strong smell
T - ok, creamy, but not to much. filling also some heavy alcohol, like somebody aded some fruit liquer
F - good after, but nothing special
O- good beer, but I was expecting much more from it according high market price.

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Photo of mmmbeer89
3.01/5  rDev -22.4%
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 bbtkd
3.79/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

St Peter's Cream Stout, 6.5% ABV, 34 IBU. Not much nose - OK I must fess up here - I have a lousy sense of smell. For all I know this smells like baby unicorns. Pours dark and thin, one finger of tan head which mostly dissipated while I tried to get an in-focus picture. Palate is sweet with some coffee bitterness. Not bad.

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Photo of puck1225
3.93/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a very dark brown into a tall glass. Not much head but good lacing. Nice rich smell and taste. Definitely coffee and some dark chocolate. A very enjoyable beer and I love the shape of the bottle!

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Photo of LennyOvies
3.51/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

L- Pitch black, dark beige head, very low persistence. Visible carbonation.
S- Red wine, chocolate, berries.
T- Red wine, roasted grains, dark fruits.
F- Smooth, medium.
O- Good stout but lacking. Nothing special.

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Photo of bamberger603
4.3/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pure black with a thin buff head clinging around the edges.
Smell: Not a whole lot here, but a faint sweetness. Caramel and toast.
Taste: Wonderful malty sweetness; not overpoweringly sweet, but a fantastic combination of molasses and fresh bread. No bitter hoppy or coffee notes here.
Feel: Nothing but smooth, satisfying quaffability. A great silky creaminess with just enough carbonation to remind you that its there, and provide the slightest bite in lieu of the hops.
Overall: This is an outstanding stout. It hits the mark of providing easy drinking, malt forward drinkability, while still providing a respectable ABV at 6.5%.

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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 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 ScaryEd
4.35/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a deep, dark cola-color with a 1 finger tan head.

The smell is full of notes of chocolate, fig, and woody, dark fruit. Some faint notes of burnt coffee can be detected.

The flavor starts off with plenty of fig and raisin, followed by dark chocolate, vanilla and roasted coffee. There's also a strong oat character on the back end. Starts out sweet and ends up bitter.

The feel is medium bodied with decent carbonation. Very creamy and smooth. Alcohol is undetectable.

Overall, a pretty complex stout that offers a lot of varying flavors and aromas. A great balance between the dark fruit and chocolate that really blends well together. The flavor gets even better as it warms.

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.73/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a thin tan head on a black body.
The aroma is lots of licorice, burnt wood and roasted malt.
The taste is nicely sweet with a good balancing chocolate bitterness.
The texture is soft and smooth.
A really nice stout.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.52/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I have to cop to really having an affinity for the St. Peter's Brewery line of beers. It may have something to do with their flask-shaped bottles, but if the contents were no bueno, I would have eschewed their beers long before this. Face it, aesthetics will only get you so far. No, these are good, well-executed beers that are stylistically adherent.

From the (cask-shaped) bottle: "'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."; "Historical Notes [-] 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. Peter's Hall and is a rare example of an oval Eighteenth Century beer bottle."; [depicted -] St. Peter's Hall, circa 1280 AD".

I Pop!ped the cap and let fly, giving it a chance to really foam up. I got two fingers of dense, deep-tan/light-brown head with good retention for my efforts. Color was Black/Opaque (SRM = 44), allowing zero light penetration. Nose was really rich and chocolaty, very much like a brownie. My mouth began to water at the prospect. Mouthfeel was dense, full and creamy. It was more like a dollop of chocolate ice cream than a sip of beer! I have said repeatedly that I am a hophead, but this was right up my alley. The finish held a light smokiness that kept the sweetness in check. It is one of those rare beers that I can and have drunk repeatedly, but the difference is that I finally managed a review. I highly recommend this and everything else from St. Peter's.

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Photo of Andrewharemza
4.19/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

From bottle, pours Pitch black with light brown fast disappearing foam. Aromas of chocolate, dark chocolate, cocoa, little coffee but more on the chocolate note. Taste creamy chocolate dark chocolate my god it's nice.

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Photo of Bugcatcher
4.54/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Absolutely delicious beer. Smell is wonderful and it goes down smooth. This beer has amazing flavor. A little thicker mouth feel would make it perfect but regardless it's a great brew

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Photo of vinicole
3.84/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very deep chestnut with a dark beige short lasting head.
Aroma of chocolate malt.
Bittersweet flavour spoilt by burnt toast at the finish which becomes subdued further into the tasting. Chocolate again.
Moderate carbonation. Rather smooth.
Slow to start but grows into a nice tasting stout.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
4.08/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a Hefeweizen glass.

A : Pours a tarry, black, obsidian body @ 100% opacity. The head is almond colored and very fluffy, porous, and large. 3 fingers and sticks to the side of the glass in soapy mountains as it recedes. It rests at about 1 finger.

S : Rich, roasted coffee aromas. Kona beans. Very earthy. Some light cacao, and a milky waft. Bouquet at medium strength.

T : Very dark and dirty to start, but quickly dries out to a rich, thick, malty flavor. Coffee bean, including the bitterness that comes with it. Some faint, faint cocoa but barely discernible. A lactose swirl also accompanies the profile. It finishes primarily roasted with coffee and bean.

F : The first thing I noticed when I put this to my lips is how rich and creamy it was. It's basically like a frothy coffee, and retains creaminess throughout the whole tasting, ending on a dry, nippy note. The carbonation is zippy and about right.

O : I'd have this again, it's very milky, creamy, and also dry. Not a bad choice for those looking for a basic cream stout with lots of coffee and milk.

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Photo of SLeffler27
4.07/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A Harp nonic glass successfully contains the thick creamy khaki head that looks remarkably similar to pancake batter. The head rests for a long while, leaving a coating of lace over the dark brown (SRM 28-33) beer.

Sweet roasted malt competes with baker’s chocolate and equal parts pumpernickel bread.

Pumpernickel bread feature prominently in the flavor alongside bittersweet chocolate. A late, long bitter finish accentuates the deep roasted flavors without a burnt quality. The middle is dry and sweet with cappuccino and rich, moist brownies.

This cream stout is smooth with a very full, creamy body. Carbonation and alcohol are both light, but present, in this otherwise chewy beer.

St. Peter’s exemplifies a meal in a glass. Perhaps better on a cool autumn night than a warm summer afternoon. Regardless, this is easy to consume and would work well on any occasion or with brownie bottom pie.

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Photo of JaimeLondon
3.84/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of the best Stouts I've ever had.
It has an opaque body, almost black; and is possible to make a big creamy and beige foam on this one.
Smell and taste have roasted malts as the highlight - not extremely strong, but it has a "clear smell" and a "clear taste. Hoppy character is not at high level, but it gives an extra to the beer. Sweet notes that are difficult to distinguish are present till the aftertaste.
Feel is creamy, of nice body and carbonation.
Quite of a simple beer but delicious nevertheless.

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Photo of lk1974
4.24/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Looks dark, like a good porter or a light imperial stout. When a light is shined through the glass, some light appears on the opposite side indicating a lighter and lower gravity beer.

Smells of chocolate very strongly with that metallic aftertaste of a porter in perfect balance with the more sweet tones. Has absolutely no smell of coffee whatsoever, which I find a little disappointing.

Tastes very rich in flavor: chocolate, malt, balsamic vinegar, coffee - no... it's espresso, with the oily flavor and bitterness that only good espresso has. Bitter flavors are stronger than the sweeter flavors, with the malt and the espressor weighing in more heavily. It could be a little sweeter, but I think that the earthy flavors and bitterness are really refreshing - which is an uncommon trait in most porters.

Feel is good, but a little thin and lacking in carbonation.

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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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