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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Reviews: 616 | Ratings: 1,044
Photo of Sammy
4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A surprisingly good stout from a very decent established brewery. A chocolate black appearance with creamy black head. Bittersweet taste that is balanced. Overall better more enjoyable that the Guinness for Belgiums the night before. Medium plus mouthfeel, understated carbonation.Nicely hopped.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.59/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an opaque black with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a small cap on top of the beer. Foamy patches of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, and slight char aromas. There is also a bit of a soy sauce aroma that comes out as the beer warms up. Taste is much the same with bittersweet cocoa and char flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that has a solid roasty and cocoa presence that is slightly better in the smell.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a very distinc stout. it pours a mean dense black color with a nearly two inch off white head that leaves nice ring lacing on the glass. the nose is a little sweet, can definitely smell those milk sugars left over, as well as an oddly potent alcohol content for a beer under 7% abv. some dark chocolate and creamy vanilla are in the first flavors i taste. it would be sweet, but the bitter burnt malts temper the sweetness perfectly. there again is that booze towards the end. mouthfeel is a little bit thin in terms of body, but it has a very smooth mouthfeel. carbonation is very light, and this feels traditional to me in some way. also love the packaging. overall a very tasty beer, a nice illustration of the milk stout genre.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.65/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This stout pours out as a black color with a rich creamy tan head. The aroma is big with roasted malts and a little bit of smokiness in the mix too. The taste is slightly salty from the smokiness, the roasted malts give off a really nice toasted burnt quality that really nice. The beer doesn't have too much in way of hops. The mouthfeel is relatively smooth and creamy. Overall this is a pretty good Milk Stout.

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Photo of metter98
3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is essentially jet black in color (traces of amber are visible at the bottom of the glass when it is held up to the light) and has a low amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin tan head that quickly died down, leaving a ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: The smell is quite sweet and has aromas of chocolate, molasses and toffee.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell and has some added notes of cherries and plums in the flavor. There are some hints of bitterness in the finish.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and creamy on the palate with a low to moderate amount of carbonation. Despite the sweetness, there is no sticky feeling.
D: The beer is very easy to drink and quite sessionable, particularly since it isn't very filling and any traces of alcohol are well hidden from the taste.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.02/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Very stong with the roasted grain to be a Cream Stout, even an English Cream Stout at that. The color is an opaque dark brown with bright ruby around the edges. Aromas release strong malt, roasted grain, and licorice. Tastes boldly malty and roasted with burned toast flavors and actual hop flavors to accompany bittering. Licorice and cocoa flavors hold firm into the finish. Texture is slight of heavy and clean if not for a strong burned grain bite. Fermentation with milk sugars and grain adds a complex sour, fruity note in the finish. A bit charcoal or chalky in the finish. Still a good Stout that will stand up to American counterparts.

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Photo of brentk56
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pitch black color with a very modest head that quickly declines to a thin cap leaving a few squiggles of lace

Smell: Strong dark smells of black bread, espresso and bitter chocolate; almost tar-like

Taste: Black bread and chocolate, up front, with a chalky coffee flavor that develops by mid-palate; after the swallow, a lactic sourness adds complexity to the finish

Mouthfeel: Full-bodied and creamy with a nice level of carbonation

Drinkability: A nice, full-flavored brew though not my favorite example of the style

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.53/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color stout with a large light brown foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of dry coffee and light roasted malt. Taste is also dominated by some dry coffee with some roasted malt. Body is somewhat creamy, which I enjoyed, but also too thin with some average carbonation. Not bad but definitely one of the best from this hit or miss brewery.

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Photo of oline73
3.12/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours an almost opaque dark brown with just a layer of off white head that goes away completely.

Smell: Mildly sweet roast with a creaminess to the sweet smell. Some caramel and dark fruit mixed in.

Taste: The roast is a tad more bitter than the smell would have suggested. The creamy sweetness is there, but the roast kind of overpowers it.

Mouthfeel: Just on the thick side of medium with very mild carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: Not a bad stout, but I would have liked the taste to be smoother.

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Photo of zeff80
4.17/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a dark brown to jet black color with a mocha colored, bubbly/foamy, two-finger head. It left an intricate lace pattern.

S - It smelled of chocolate. There were earthy notes and hints of oak.

T - Wow, this had strong roasted malt flavor with rich, dark chocolate taste to match it. It was sweet with a sharp, bitter kick.

M - It was soft, smooth and creamy. A medium-bodied beer.

D - I've tried 3 other St. Peter's brews and was slightly disappointed, but this one surprised me at how tasty it was. It is clearly worth the price.

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Photo of Thorpe429
2.68/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to Amyliz4 for the bottle. Served in a wine glass.

Pours black with a slight head and quite a few moderately-sized bubbles. Head recedes quickly without leaving too much lacing behind. The nose has a pretty strong buttery component; another off flavor is not what I need from this brewery after the Pale Ale. There is some slight roast and chocolate as well, so at least there's something to cover the diacetyl up a bit. I'm not that fortunate with the taste, as this is more buttery than the nose, though there still is a slight roast component that shows up. Somewhat dry finish with a bit of a buttery mouth-coating component. Not something I would try again.

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Photo of superspak
4.15/5  rDev +7.2%
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 nickfl
3.43/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - The beer pours with one finger of medium brown foam on top of a black body with clear, amber highlights.

S - Sweet aromas of licorice and molasses. Strange, fruity notes of caramel and banana with a hint of cherry.

T - Fruity notes of bittersweet chocolate up front with some caramel and cola. More molasses in the middle along with a bit of licorice. The moderately dark, sweet sugary character continues through the finish with more molasses and cola notes that are balanced my light bitterness and a hint of roast character.

M - Medium-thick body, moderate carbonation, and a sweet finish.

D - Dark and fairly complex with a low level of roasted character. There is a distinct note of licorice present throughout that blends well with the molasses like malt. Some roast character does finally come out in the finish with a light coffee note that helps to balance out the significant sweetness. Not bad, but like everything else that I have had from St. Peter's I can't help but think that many other breweries make a better version of the same 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 chinchill
3.99/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From bottle.

Clear dark red-brown; nearly opaque. good head and lacing.

Aroma: complex and highly appealing. Approaches 9.

Flavor: mildly sweet; great balance; lingering taste of dark chocolate and dark roasted malts. No burnt elements.

Feel: medium body with good, low carbonation.

O: excellent.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.73/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

A: The beer is a deep dark brown color, with a short foamy off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of dark fruit, dark roasted malts, lactose and milk chocolate.

T: The taste is very malty and creamy as you would expect with flavors of milk chocolate, lactose and some dark fruit. There's a faint touch of smokiness and a very mild hops presence that provides some balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and a little crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, slightly filling, good kick, good representation of style, this is a good stout that's mild but not too mild and is worth drinking for a while.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.06/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

First had: bottle from Total Wine, Cherry Hill, NJ

Poured into a Leffe goblet, a dark brown-black with not quite a finger of light brown head that receded to a patchy layer. Good aroma, though not very pronounced as I'd imagined it would be; roasty malts and coffee beans, with some hints of dark chocolate. Taste was not what I expected either. Subtle caramel, pumpernickel, bitter dark chocolate and coffee...citrusy notes (?). Much more bitter than is typical for a stout, with a lingering aftertaste, and a finish perhaps more suited to a dry stout. Medium mouthfeel, a lot lighter than it seems it should be; drinkable, but not quite something I'd go out of my way for.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.2/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Black in color, with a bubbly brown head. The head and any traces of lacing soon vanished, leaving it to look like a sad, flat Pepsi.

Smell: The aroma is decent, with roasted malts, dark chocolate, tobacco, and soy present.

Taste: Lots of upfront sweet roastiness, which gives way to a smokey creaminess and finishes with an all encompassing burnt flavor. Disappointed, this wasn't at all what I was expected. Thankfully, I only purchased a single bottle. That's the ultimate retort to a so-so beer. "Do your worst, you'll be gone soon enough."

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, smooth, creamy and with a very soft carbonation.

Drinkability: It was all a bit mundane for me. The best part of this beer experience was the shape of the bottle.

Anyway, just thought I'd share.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.57/5  rDev +18.1%
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 russpowell
4.01/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Date code of 6331. Thought I hadn't had this but here's goes a 2nd take on this stout:

Pours jet black with 1 finger of tan/mocha colored head. Minimal lacing & no head retention

S: Roasted grains & hint of iron

T: Dryness & roasty grains up front. Iron & lactic notes follow as this warms. Finishes with hints of coffee & iron, plus a bit of chocloate & dryness

MF: Rich & creamy

Drinks pretty easy for than the ABV, this is much better than first sample!

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Photo of Slatetank
3.97/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Taken from tasting notes:
Decanted cool from a green bottle into a pint. Pours w/ a luxurious 2 finger head made of fluffy tan bubbles. A midnight hued contained withing the flask shaped green bottle is a nice presentation.

A subtle aroma of yeast fruitiness and dark malt pervade this example. A round, soft and modestly full mouthfeel make for excellent quaffability. Cream stout is accurate as malt roastiness and chocolatey sweet ale flavor add to the finish. An excellent example of the cream stout style w/ rich body, luxurious mouthfeel, mocha sweetness and subtle hop spice.

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Photo of smcolw
3.74/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Large bubbled "head", pours like a nearly flat soda. Color is okay: a dark, deep brown.

Very smooth aroma, some chocolate, a touch of hop, even a little yeast.

More highly carbonated than expected! Lots of black patent flavors resulting in a strong coffee flavor. Tastes much closer to a dry stout than a cream one. There's burnt toast tastes in the back of the throat and in the swallow, which is where a significant amount of bittering hop shows up. Thinner body than other stouts.

A worthwhile beer to try, uniquely enigmatic: it's thin but full flavored, awful appearance with high carbonation and a decent smell.

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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 woodychandler
4.52/5  rDev +16.8%
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 Huhzubendah
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer appears a deep, dark brown with a lasting beige head. The aroma brings a light roast, chocolates, English malts. I have always enjoyed this beer. I haven't had it in a while, and I am reminded how much I like it. Silky smooth and creamy feel. Chocolate and a delicate roast character, finishing with a milk chocolate creaminess. Lingering notes of chocolate and mild bittering hops. Light bodied and remarkably easy to drink, though I am a huge fan of this style. Overall, a solid beer to which I will return.

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