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 RyanRiddell
3.2/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Actually the first beer I bought to bring home some 3 days after my 21st birthday. No particular draw, just judging a book by its cover. Clean design, green medicine bottle.

Black pour, dark brown head, light lacing, light carbonation.

Musky, bitter, dark chocolate taste.

Not as consistent or smooth and I hoped for, but a fair experience. I will probably give it another good try when I'm in the mood for a stout while not being adventurous enough to try something new.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.59/5  rDev -7.5%
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 mfnmbvp
3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle, (1 pint 0.9 fl oz.) with no apparent bottled on date present. My second beer from St. Peter's Brewery, following St. Peter's Old-Style Porter. Expectations are slightly above average.

Poured into a clear snifter glass.

A - Pours a dark cola / mahogany brown body with about two fingers of mocha head. Some ruby highlights when held to the light. About average for the style.

S - Smell is of cocoa, coffee, some alcohol phenols / solvent, hint of lactose, and some dark red fruits, raisins, figs, and some well water. Dark chocolate covered fruitiness really begins to emerge as the beer warms.

T - Taste is of powdery cocoa, chocolate, dark malt roast, hint of spice, and dark fruit: raisins, figs, cherries. A bit of fruit sugar tartness on the finish.

M - Feel is smooth, crisp, and clean. Good carbonation with a sticky mineral / well water finish. Ideal carbonation.

Overall, a fine stout from St. Peter's. I enjoy the classic flavor and simplicity of these beers, they remind me a bit of Samuel Smith's beers, which is also from the United Kingdom. I look forward to trying more of these.

St. Peter's Cream Stout ---4/5.

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Photo of BWED
3.72/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

500 ml bottle poured into a pint.

A- Black, with some red highlight. Head pours light brown at a 1/2 finger. No lacing.

S- Dark roast combined with some sweetness. Cocoa.

T- Sweet burnt cocoa. Cocoa bitterness balances it out.

M- Full body, sweet with a creamy finish. Bit of a bitter finish.

O- A solid stout. Not too sweet. Not too dry. Nice creaminess as well.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
3.45/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a perfect pint.

3.25 A: Black color. Two fingers of frothy tan head. Retention is about average and just a whisp of lacing is left.

3.25 S: The nose is subtle on this one. Moderate roastiness, light chocolate and caramel, and a touch of tangy lactose. Hints of coffee underneath.

3.5 T: The taste has a lot more power. Moderate roastiness with chocolate and caramel. Decidedly grainy maltiness and some mineral.

3.75 M: Medium body. Thick, starchy chewiness. Good moderate carbonation with a light creaminess.

3.5 D: Good beer, but I rather like St. P's other offerings more.

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Photo of TeamMathis
4.04/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Black. Leaves a dark lace head.
Smell: Light roasted coffee and chocolate.
Taste: Some coffee, vanilla, and chocolate. Small alcoholic aftertaste.
Mouthfeel: Creamy and moderate carbonation.

This is really a creamy delight. The nice taste of roasted coffee and chocolate coats the tongue. It's an excellent milk stout. I would get this again.

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

Dark brown in color, thick but not imperial stout thick, this beer has the appropriate look for a cream stout. A light brown head is dense and craggy, shows good retention as it sits at 3/4 finger for almost an entire meal, and leaves excellent patchy lacing. This has a solid look to it.
The nose gives off light roast, an earthy touch, a bit of vanilla, and a touch of something like tobacco.
A pleasant minerality and a light metallic touch to the earthiness are not unexpected given the use of what I assume are solely English hops and malt varieties. There's a mild but flavorful roast with the same vanilla-like sweetness. There's not the remotest hint of anything acrid or harsh, and there's something I hesitate to call smoky but is reminiscent of the taste.
This is a remarkably smooth beer. Creamy, silky and velvety, the only offense any beer lover could find is that they might expect more body in a stout. The thing is, this is a full-bodied beer. If you want to be destroyed, pick up a properly made RIS, but it's no real shortcoming here.

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Photo of Dope
3.43/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

No bottle date that I can find, might be at least a year old though.

A: Pours dark brown with a big fluffy and effervescent light brown head. Head fades at a moderate pace, leaving very little lacing, just a little dots of fluff here and there.

S: Lots of sweet cream. A little bit of chocolate. Very mild.

T: Lots of cream and a little milk chocolate. Sweetness drops away, leaving a sort of acrid, bitter chocolate and char in the finish. Quite dry in the finish.

M: Fairly thin, not nearly as creamy as I was expecting.

O: Kind of a plain cream stout. Not as creamy as I'd like, and not nearly enough roasted malt to back it up. Just kinda meh all around.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.42/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

St. Peter's Cream Stout has a very thick, frothy, tan head, a very dark brown appearance (ruby, under direct sunlight), and some good lacing left behind. The aroma is of sweetness, molasses, toffee, and dark bread crust. Taste is of sweet, dark, black bread crust, roastedness, some charcoal, sugar, cream, and dark bread dough, with an underlying and not weak bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium and a bit slick, and St. Peter's Cream Stout finishes dry, bitter, sweet, and fairly drinkable. Overall, this is a wonderful beer, and I highly recommend it.


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Photo of jtierney89
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Deep deep mahogany with good clarity it looks. Tan head. Milk chocolate sweetness on the nose with good roast character.

Rich creamy body but with lively carbonation as well. Lactic sweetness throughout with sweet Chocolate notes and Nutella and grainy toasted biscuit. Finishes with a roast and coffee bitterness. Smooth and nicely balance, not overly sweet with a unique body, I like it.

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Photo of MaximalC
3.53/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours nearly black with ruby highlights and a sparse, khaki colored head. Aroma is mild and roasty with a hint of chocolate and alcohol. Roasted malt dominates the flavor profile, but the character is not particularly like coffee or chocolate--just a general roasted flavor. Lactose comes through a bit in the finish and moreso as the beer warms. Some alcoholic warmth is also noticeable, but it's not especially strong. Hop flavor is fairly mild, just enough to lend some balance. Carbonation feels a shade higher than necessary for the style, and the body could be a little fuller. With that said, this remains a safe and drinkable English stout.

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Photo of burnerfinger
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Decided to get me a pre-CHRISTmas beer to mark a job re-assignment

poured from the pint bottle into my new belgium goblet:

A thick creamy tan head that settles fast and leaves nearly ZERO lacing . This brew is all but opaque.

S: sweet burnt molasses.

T: bitter burnt notes - much less sweet on the tongue than on the nose.

M: a bit light on the body - carb is just right for the style.

D heavy but nice, definitely up to snuff as they

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Photo of Geegmasta
3.78/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass

Appearance- Pours super dark and at first glance seems black as night but hold it up to a light and you notice some light coming through as a very saturated red/brown. Head was negligible as it was so small. Bubbles slowly rise from the abyss and keep the surface moving.

Smell- Smells sweet, almost like a dark chocolate with some hint of alcohol to it. There's something almost fruity about the sweetness too, I'm picking up a raisin scent.

Taste- Comes on sweet with a bitter snap afterwards. Definitely tasting mild dark chocolate flavor and some grape/raisin-ness too. It finishes with flavors of roast malts and leaves a smokey aftertaste.

Mouthfeel- More carbonation than I would have imagined which tingles in the mouth and lingers as bubbles slowly escape from the liquid being absorbed and swallowed. Has a medium body.

Overall- Not a bad brew but calling it a cream stout is a bit misleading in my opinion. It's more of a dark ale with hints of chocolate and fruit. It is fairly on the sweet side but not in a creamy sense. I almost don't know what to say about it, almost reminds me of a wine.

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Photo of Treyliff
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- pours a dark black, nearly opaque. Thick and foamy dark tan head with good retention and just a bit of lace

S- intense smoked malts with some dark chocolate and licorice, almost picking up a charred whisky-like aroma

T- roasted malts with a smoky bitterness. Flavors of bitter-sweet chocolate, charcoal, butterscotch, and a bit if sweet milk-like sweetness. Finishes slightly sweet with a smoky malt finish.

M- very light carbonation, medium body, creamy mouthfeel. Seems like it needs just a bit more carbonation to give it a bite.

O- overall an enjoyable brew. Smoky yet sweet with a bitter chocolaty finish. My only complaint was the mouthfeel was a little off for me.

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Photo of mcanderson0
3.93/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A: Opaque. Brown to black in color. I can already feel the viscosity as I pour; its silky smooth. A velvety, thin, tan layer of head forms and sticks around for a while. Little to no lacing, the head absorbs it as it falls down the glass.

S: The lactose lends a sweet character to the malt; this is unlike the raw and sugary sweetness of a bottle conditioned brew... This sweetness due to the lactose seems "married" better to the malt profile. A hint of chocolate and whole coffee beans.

T: Milk, chocolate, soft coffee flavor. Mocha latte is the first thing that comes to mind, especially due to the...

M: ...mouthfeel. Dang, so soft and creamy. Very easy to drink, goes down smooth. I almost forget I'm drinking a beer.

O: What a great beer. Simple and to the point. This one lacks complexity but complexity isn't what I'm after by coming to a milk stout. St. Peter's delivered.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4/5  rDev +3.1%
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 Cozzatoad
3.68/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle

A- Deep black, some dark brown hints on the edges of the glass. 1 and a half finger off-white head. Decent retention, though not much lacing to speak of

S- Since it's an english i knew i didn't have to expect a bursting aroma, but still this was quite subdued, though very nice. Dark malts, with some notes of milk chocolate and maybe a slight roasted hint. Obviously quite sweet for a stout

T- Pretty much what the smell suggested. A very soft/creamy feel, with that slight buttery note that is typical of many english ales. Notes of milk chocolate, maybe liquorice, again a slight roasted hint shows up from time to time. Maybe a bit boring after a while but still always perfcetly balanced and pleasantly drinkable

M- As already mentioned, super soft, creamy mouthfeel on both tongue and palate. just a thin hint of carbonation on the tongue to avoid excessive heaviness

O- Not a super tasty beer but still one that you can drink with ease and great pleasure

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Photo of eduardolinhalis
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle served in an English Pint glass.

A: Pours a nice deep black color forming a big bubbled aired tan head. Medium retention and some lacings formed and left

S: Intense on roasted malts. Sweet. With notes of dark chocolate and coffee

T: Pretty much like the nose. Dominated by roasted malts. Sweet upfront followed by notes of dark chocolate and coffee. In overall, a biscuity beer finished by a good roasted malts bitterness

M: Medium body and carbonation. Roasted malts bitterness as aftertaste

O: Very drinkable. Quite smooth and pleasant Stout. Recommended

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Photo of ckollias
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed this bottle out of a large snifter glass.

A: Pours a dark black hue with a thin dark brown 2-finger head that quickly dissipates and leaves a wispy lace.

S: Strong sweet malty syrup aroma.

T: Dark rich ale smooth with a general sweetness and toasted malt bitterness. Good chocolate and coffee overtones, with a creamy malt background.

M: Medium body and medium carbonation.

O: This is a good cream stout. Lots of character and flavor.

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Photo of NuclearDolphin
4.45/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Pint Glass

Appearance - Pours an almost clear black color with a slight crimson tinge. Pours a brown colored head with decent retention. Not really anything in terms of lacing

Smell - Chocolate, Milk/Dairy, Roasted Malts and some Yeasty flavors. Not overwhelming but good nonetheless

Taste - Milk, Chocolate, Roasted Malts, and Yeasts. Each flavor is extremely rich and sweet. It's exactly how a Milk/Chocolate Stout should taste. It really doesn't get any better than this when it comes to flavor, at least for this style of beer

Mouthfeel - Fairly thick bodied and very little carbonation. It feels so creamy and smooth and it fits the flavor perfectly. The name "Cream Stout" is a perfect fit for this beer

Overall - The flavor and mouthfeel are hard to top, which the smell could've been richer.'s very easy to overlook it's flaws just because it tastes so damn good! Even if you don't like stouts, you need to try this out!

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.35/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

50ml bottle purchased locally for $4.99.

It looks to be pitch black and there's a good +1 finger head of tannish foam. Excellent lacing.

The smell is very roasty with notes of sweet malt and milk chocolate.

This tastes very good! Roasted malt with some sweet notes, light licorice, and chocolate make for a great combination; sometimes the sweetness dominates, other times the roasted malt and chocolate dominate. Either way works for me.

A very smooth mouthfeel and easy drinkability...I find this is the way a Milk Stout should be like. I wish the writing on the label wasn't so small so I could actually read it.

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Photo of Philousa
2.21/5  rDev -43%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Very dark black, but you can see it's clear against the light, catching it brown in the corners. Very thin head retains a cover over the top of my etched nonic pint. Aroma is roasty and, you guessed it, creamy and light. This is more than just a stout aroma; I also get some barley in there that's not charred or roasted, indicating some depth to the taste. The cream definitely manifests itself as sweet with the slightest hint of vanilla, but is washed away quickly by the bitter dark malt and a metallic taste. This is definitely one of the lightest stouts I've had in terms of mouthfeel, finish is slightly dry.

This is entirely too metallic and it stays in the back of your mouth. No me gusta.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From the olive colored old style bottle that all the St. Peter's brews come in. Sampled on August 23, 2012.

It pours a dark brown with a moderate head that rises and falls quickly. Hints of mahogany in the light.

The aroma is of dark malts, smoke, licorice, and a slight hop bite.

The body is thin to medium and creamy.

The hop bite is a bit more predominant in the taste but overall it still embodies a sweet, dark malt, and licorice character. Still, a likable enough beer.

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Photo of RickS95
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a relatively thin, black with a moderate light brown head. The beer appears somewhat thin, but the head looks mostly creamy. Decent retention, very, very slight lace.

Lots of roasty notes, faint chocolate bits and licorice.

Really nice hit of chocolate the second the beer hits your tongue. Roasted barley. Hops only show up where they're supposed to, in the swallow.

Good balance between sweet and bitter. A bit thinner than I'd like, but par for the course on a milk stout. Lots of smoke. Creamy. Not much carbonation.

A good beer, very easy to drink. Really good example of the type. Cheap too. Gonna have to get some more of this.

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Photo of TheRealBigC
3.73/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice black & tan as a cream stout should, nothing too strong on the nose. Nice a creamy taste, but surprisingly not as creamy of a feel. There is a touch of carbonation which is odd, but it doesn't really diminish the quality of the stout. It's also not quite as sweet as the style suggests, but the chocolate & coffee flavors are still quite tasty.

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St. Peter's Cream Stout from St. Peter's Brewery Co Ltd
3.88 out of 5 based on 1,042 ratings.
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