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

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3.87/5
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BEER INFO

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

Style: Milk / Sweet 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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Photo of carolinabeerguy
4.54/5  rDev +17.3%
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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Photo of weller1js
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance: pours a heavy dark brown, well-carbonated with 1-2 finger-thick bubbly-foamy tan head, dissipating into a more creamy lacing; vibrant orange is notable at edges when held to light; no noticable thickness or film in the movement.

smell: light roasted notes that mesh with crisp, sweet notes of toffee and milk.

taste: begins with a sweet maltiness, with roasted notes presenting themselves with bitter hop notes with a light burn that persists through the finish, although the undertones of the finish are creamy and sweet.

mouthfeel: creamy silkiness and burn of malts and bitter hops are noteworthy.

overall: prime example of a cream stout, no attributes are forced with a good progression and decent mouthfeel despite a notable thickness.

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

6oz->Sam Smith
A ~ Pours blackish brown with partial lacing. Not much carb.

S ~ Caramelized malts, soil, bit of hardwater (metal)

T ~ Roasted malt, Stale Chocolate Cake, Milk sugar..touch of raisin bread.

M ~ Never too sweet which is very refreshing. Spritzy at first in terms of carb, but Sadly the finish is rather flat.

D ~ Not a bad Milk/Cream/Sweet Stout by any means. Just average; it is what it is.

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Photo of mdcrouser
3.33/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Deep black, with limited head that is reduced to a mere dusty tan fuzz.

Some chocolate, coffee beans and mild hoppy freshness. Seems fairly reduced though.

Tart breakfasty coffee, dark juicy berries and even the bitter sweetness like you'd associate with chocolate syrup. The hoppiness comes through at the close, with just a hint of greenery and oiliness.

I kept wishing for more creaminess in the body here - it just doesn't stand out to me though, being somewhat thin, reminding me a bit of a homebrew.

Nice enough, but nothing outstanding here - move along.

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Photo of GarrettB
2.65/5  rDev -31.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

St. Peters models itself as the classic image of the English brewery, drawing from its locale and surrounding environment to spin together a truly English brew. It's the image Americans seek as they sojourn around the English countryside, hunting for the uber-local beers that distinguish one pub from another. The bottle and label for St. Peters' line of beers adds to this local and Anglo-Saxon flavor, and to be honest, the flavor too. The flavor is sweet and cloying, though without the dark chocolate malts or roasted flavors I typically associated with stouts and their style off-shoots. This is sweet and light, packed with scents of sugary grapes and cough medicine. For those beer drinkers who enjoy well-operated historical events and museums, this tastes like something you'd receive as a sample to illustrate what the original root beer recipe tasted like. I even imagined it tasting like an old-timey panacea, curing all your aches, pains and even stubborn cases of polio. The flavor has a similar taste, with sassafras and the raw herbal quality of a homemade root beer. It's a singular taste, but one I'm unaccustomed to, with a palate and flavor that distinguish this beer as an old-fashioned flavor looking to impact modern palates.

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

A very enjoyable cream stout.

Clear opaque & dark pour, almost black with a hint of red at the edges of the glass. Silky and creamy mouthfeel in-tune with the coffee-coloured lacing.

The aroma is sweet and milky with hints of cocoa and vanilla. As an ideal desert beer, the flavour is also sweet, creamy and ends with delightful chocolate tones. Roasted malts are also a key element of this well balanced taste.

Would definitely recommend!

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Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A 500ml olive-green bottle with a BB of July 2012 (date barely legible).

Poured into a Sam Smith's pint glass. A deep black hue with dark brown highlights. Yields a huge head of creamy brown foam with a fine texture and good retention; this eventually subsides to a surface layer. Aroma of rich dark malt and sweet burnt caramel - notes of roasted grain, toffee, molasses, chocolate, dried fruit and spicy liquorice.

Tastes of roasted malt with some sweetness and a dry bitter finish. Notes of burnt grain, carbonised toast, coffee, chocolate, molasses, dried fruit, and liquorice along with overtones of sweet caramel/toffee. A stewed hop flavour in the background, although most of the bitterness seems to come from the roasted malt. Mouthfeel is smooth, slick and tingly, but thinner than I expected. Aftertaste of roasted malt and mild caramel sweetness.

Nice - lots of flavour. A stout with plenty of roasted malt character and a hint of lactose sweetness to add balance. The only minus is the body, which could have been a tad more substantial. That said, it's a great beer and well worth sampling.

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

A: Pours a deep dark brown with a finger of brown head.

S: Roasted and bready malt aroma.

T: Roased malt followed by a hint of bitter coffee and a very slight hop bitterness. I get ash in the late finish.

M: Medium body with average carbonation.

O: An average stout.

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Photo of kemoarps
3.63/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

poured a molasses black with a gigantic brown head that is still dissipating as I type. Eventually it settled into a thin coating over the top.

The nose is sweeter than I anticipated. Also kind of creamy (less surprising as it IS a cream stout). When I first cracked it the sweetness was decidedly a brown sugar aroma, though that has mellowed into more of a creamy caramel with hints of milk chocolate

The flavour follows the nose for the most part. My first taste thought was: woah, that is brown sugar. That has dissipated as I've kept drinking it, as the flavour has transitioned to more of that creamy caramel. The malts are balanced by an earthiness, though I would never describe this beer as hoppy. It does have a little toast flavour to it, and the little hops that are present kick in about 2/3rds of the way through.

Runs across the tongue decently, a little bit of bite to it. Fairly creamy, and doesn't have the overbearing aftertaste that can permeate some brews, finishes well.

Check it out if you want to. Not necessarily a must have, but you can certainly do considerably worse.

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Photo of cagocubs
3.72/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from fat pint light brown bottle into pub glass.

A: Pours awkwardly. Rushes out of bottle and fizzes like soda. I thought the head would dissipate immediately for how fizzy it was, but to my surprise it receded to a thin layer and splotched a cap. Color is accurate and nice with a opaque dark brown to black.

S: Smells clean, roasted malts and chocolate are present. Other than that very little can be made out.

T: Bitter chocolate and roasted malts are present throughout sip, but strong towards finish. An odd sweetness enters the palate at first but gets warmed away with sip. Not offensive, but inviting.

M: Medium to heavy body. Carbonation is good as it was held in check. Good warming. A little alc bite.

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Photo of claspada
3.51/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark, near black color with crimson highlights around the edges. A nice large toasted tan head sits on top leaving nice lacing.
Aromas begin with bitter/roasted espresso beans, then you get some cocoa and chalky bitter dark chocolate as well. That distinctive English breadiness is also present.
The tastes begin with a deep bitter chocolate and darker caramel flavors. There is a pretty dry almost woody finish that lingers for a bit. Flavors are dominated by some dry coffee with some roasted malt.
Mouthfeel is medium with ample carbonation. Body is somewhat creamy, but for a cream stout it could really use some more pop here.
Overall a good beer but not top of the class for me. Not enough of that yummy lactose milky/creaminess you get in other better examples, like Lancaster which is still tops in my book. Good but not great.

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Photo of plfahey
4.12/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16.9 oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance-Black with just the faintest glow of ruby when held to the light-appears relatively clear though nearly opaque due to dark color. Medium brown color head is of densely packed tiny bubbles and has decent retention.

Aroma-Sweet and roasty, with notes of caramel, toasted bread, cream, chocolate, and light coffee. Toasted bread actually stands out the strongest, and there's the faintest hint of diacetyl which contributes to the roundness of the aroma. Hops are absent. Smells sweet and nourishing.

Flavor-Sweet caramel first, before chocolate sets in in the midpalate, along with toasted bready flavors. Finish is moderately dry, with roast and light espresso coming through, though sweetness lingers long into the aftertaste before being overtaken by the roast. There's also a hint of sour/acidic character to the flavor, but this is quite low, and only serves as a point of complexity. Bitterness is medium low, and only makes itself known in the finish.

Mouthfeel-Medium to medium full body, and moderate carbonation, which is soft and pleasant. The mouthfeel is very smooth and almost silky.

A classic in the sweet stout category, and I can see why. The aroma and the flavor are both mellowly sweet with just enough roast to balance and make me believe that it is in fact a stout. Delicious and smooth-I love it.

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Photo of Brittmb29
3.55/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

1 Pint .9 fl oz bottle from total wine served cold split between 2 pint glasses to share

A- Dark (almost cherry) black with tan fluffy head from pour dissipates to foam ring without much lacing.

S- malt sweetness creeping with slight chocolate and dry alcohol, light scented.

T- Hoppy acidity at front with roasty malt and alcohol. Background fruity flavor. Lactose sweetness keeps all bitter balanced; slight coffee in after taste.

M- Carbonation bubbles at the beginning and maintain creamy medium body feel ending on dry note.

O- With 6.5% Abv this is a great pint if you only have time for one, but it's flavor is not tiring on the palate. tasty cream stout with unique flavors which make up for the smell.

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

had from bottle brough from asdas.
Was not sure about this at first coz other st peters brews i though were a bit on the watery side & did't want this to be as stouts are my fav style of beer!.

Pour was dark with some brown to it, small to no head but thats a norm with most strong stouts.

Taste was nice & creamy with coffee notes not to overpowering! Smooth & milky.

Overall i was surprised how gd this was! A nice solid stout that i will be having again & again.

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Photo of Pintofbrown
3.79/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a dark brown that quickly built into a thick three finger head. No lace to be seen as the foam descends. Ruby highlights in the sides of the glass.

No noticeable carbonation. The cap has slowly fallen to a soapy one finger head. As I look at the body I notice how great it is, a great opaque coffee body.

Nose: Very light malt smell, as in almost not there. It seemed almost like bread malts for a second, but it’s gone just as fast. Also some caramel malt sweetness here, like as in toffee, but very subtle. Coffee notes maybe?

Definitely not noticing chocolate notes. The fact that “subtle” was used to describe the nose on a stout means this beer has not done its job.

Taste: Thank goodness this thing tastes so damn good! Finally, here is the sweetness from the chocolate flavor meshing with hints of caramel and roasted coffee. The earthy hop bitterness is not in the finish as the bottle suggests. It is more in the middle of the palate, almost the first thing you taste really.

The bread malt on the nose is not here. Doesn’t St. Peter’s realize their name sake is the patron saint of bakers, as in bread? The drink would also be better off if the hop bitterness lasted through the finish as the bottle suggests. Small, small criticisms though, as this really does tastes quite good.

Mouth feel: It’s a creamy, medium body finish with the alcohol definitely coming through, warming the throat and the belly. No lingering bitterness here drying it up. It would be a nice addition to the finish. However, it’s still a good mouth feel.

Overall: It is a very good stout, and the sweetness bill on the palate is well done. Fix the nose on this thing, add some more malt to go with the sweetness, and dry up the finish, then the drink would be incredibly hard to put down.

As it stands, it is still a very worthy cream stout. And one that should be tried if found sitting in your local brew store.

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

A: Pours a dark brown/black color with a hint of purple. The head starts off pretty deep brown/tan color then fades into a nice tan. The head sticks around and leaves a decent amount of lacing.

S: Has hints of sweet notes with a nice background of grain and nuts.

T: Starts with some sweet notes with hints of fruit/sweetness in the background. The flavor moves into a nice malty finish and aftertaste.

M: A decent amount of chew to it, but not too much.

O: Overall the beer was pretty good. It looked great coming out of the bottle, but didnt pack to much with its aroma. The taste was pretty good, with the best part being the malty after taste. I'd recommend checking out this beer.

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Photo of JizackFH
3.63/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A - This beer pours a very dark brown color. It has a nice 2-finger light tan head on it. The head has great retention and leaves some lace behind.

S - It smells toasty with some light coffee scents. There are also some notes of chocolate and a bit of hops.

T - There is a nice roasted malt and coffee flavor. It has flavors of chocolate and caramel sweetness. There is a mild bitterness that comes in near the finish.

M - This has a medium body and good carbonation. It goes down easy and has a smooth velvety feel to it. The flavors are soft and there is a slight bitterness at the finish.

D - This has good drinkability. It has a real smooth creamy feel to it that just makes it go down very easily. Overall, I thought this was a really nice beer. I haven't had many milk stouts, but I really enjoyed this. I would drink it again.

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Photo of Fitwitchik
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle to a pint pub glass.

Huge creamy 2" head on a sea of lovely opaque chocolate brown.

Smell immediately the warm chocolate with slight vanilla coffee, almost a caramel scent.

Taste was incrediable smooth. Couldn't help but notice a dry vanilla finish. Delightful for a stout. Will buy again although won't share it with my husband.

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Photo of fullsweep
4.33/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500 mL green bottle (though not the trademark St Peter's shape) poured into a pint glass/tumbler.

A: thick, foamy head of light brown, 3-finger thickness. Even with a slow pour, I had to wait before the entire bottle into the glass. The beer underneath is cola/black in colour--even held up to the light, there is not much transparency. A beautiful beer.

S: upon first pour/sniff, there is a mild but very pleasant and very present fruity essence--a hint of cherries, with a bit of cream sherry alcohol and a teentsie bit of cocoa.

T: exceptionally smooth and creamy, very sweet and rich but not overpowering--this is a delightful beer. I was surprised that I did NOT pick up a more roasted flavour, but that is my only complaint about this stout.

M: again very creamy and smooth--great stuff!

O: I really enjoyed this beer--it was a great treat after my 21-mile hike today. :)

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

Aggressive pour yields a three finger tan head, opaque brown body.

Smell is distinctively British, with some vanilla and chocolate and the deep stouty smell one would expect.

Taste is quite mild, yet bold (if that makes sense) and again, *very* British. Vanilla and nut take over the end, a bit toasty and biscuity on the front. Almost drinks like a vanilla cola.

Mouthfeel is creamy-- substantial but not very carby.

Overall, a very characteristic British stout, and a good example of the style. Sweetish and malty, very biscuity. If you're an English dark beer fan, yes. If you're looking for a drier Irish stout (I wasn't) pass.

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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 RobJTejas
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

a - a pretty dark red brown. pours nicely, formed an 1 1/2" nutty brown head with little lacing. Lots-o-carbonation. Almost looks like a cola.

s - warm soft pretzels and a warm glass of milk up front. followed bysubtle dark cocoa, trace roasted nuts finish.

t - very complex taste so its difficult to disect. I get the cocoa in the front but the bitter dry is in the back. Milky sweet throughout with the deffinate nutty taste of roasted hops on top.

m - once again I have to reference cola, light to medium body goes down fast. This bottle could quite literally vanish before your eyes! Possibly a touch too much carbonation, but just like 10 or 11 bubbles.

o - very tasty and refreshing easy drinker. my only real compaint is with the price tag, at $6 USD this beer is too expensive for me to like any more than this.

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Photo of Kooz
2.74/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured into a Sam Adams glass--nice thick brown head, almost black body. Head largely dissipates pretty quickly, but enough stays. This is a good looking beer.

A nice, toasted smell comes through. Looks and smells good. Looking forward to the tasting, so here goes...

A bit disappointing. Sour to start, then bitter. Coffee and dark chocolate hints at the end, but not enough to save this taste--it's, well, okay. It's layered and complex, but depth doesn't substitute for quality.

Which leads us to mouthfeel, which is lacking. It's watery and acrid. The balance is off--if this were a more traditional milk stout (or cream stout), it wouldn't be quite as tart, but unfortunately, it isn't.

I'm having trouble finishing the one bomber I started. I can't imagine trying to down another. In fact, this beer may have ruined me for the night. Was worth a try and had high hopes, but that's where it ends.

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Photo of rickyleepotts
3/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I know I have had this beer before… but I don’t recall where. Or when. I knew as soon as I saw the bottle I had sipped on this brew… but again, I have no recollection of enjoying it. Or maybe I had too many and just can’t remember anything from that night!

Either way, the beer looks great in the class. It doesn’t have much of a head, and looks thick in the glass. But rumor has it this beer doesn’t drink like a typical stout. This is a “traditional” stout. Whatever that means. I do know that Guinness is a traditional stout… and I hate that beer. So I hope this beer is better. It smells better than a Guinness. Then again, a Guinness doesn’t smell (or taste) like much of anything.

There is an immediate rush to the front of your palate. Then it trickles to the back of the tongue and just sits there for a few minutes. Then fireworks go off inside your mouth as a refreshing smoothness overcomes you. It’s like going over that first hill on big fast roller coaster… in the front seat no hands! You know what I’m talking about!

The aftertaste then dies down a little, and sits there like an after dinner mint would. I always liked getting those when we used to go to Shoney’s growing up. They were half mint… half chocolate. I never knew which side I liked best, so I would just go all in.

There is NO carbonation at all. I like that, but at the same time it scares me. If a beer doesn’t have any carbonation, that means it’s drinkable. So I could just sit here and drink until the cows come home. (This is actually a milk stout… and I made a cow reference. Not on purpose at all. I promise!)

This is a good beer. I wonder if they have this on tap anywhere around here? I wonder if that would add that level of carbonation I am looking for.

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

Poured from a pint bottle...

Appearance: Dark chocolate with a 1 finger light coffee brown head and lots of carbonation.

Smell: Strong sweet caramel and chocolate malt notes.

Taste: An amazingly balanced stout with plenty of carbonation to make this drinkability beyond most and a flavor complex enough to keep one sipping. Creamy malted notes keep you thinking.

Mouthfeel: Looks full but drinks with a medium body and plenty of crisp carbonation.

Overall: I'm not heavy on stouts but this is a perfectly balanced attempt at a cream stout. A great starting point for anybody interested in the style!

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St. Peter's Cream Stout from St. Peter's Brewery Co Ltd
Beer rating: 3.87 out of 5 with 1,057 ratings
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