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:
'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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3.18/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle poured into a snifter

Pours a dark black with a small amount of slightly brownish head

Smell is slightly sweet with a slightly funky ending aroma.

Taste is bitter coffee / choocolate with some of the milk stout characteristics. Ending with a bitter chocolate note

Not a beer I cared for. Surprising since I did like it at a tasting.

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4.15/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into pint glass. Deep brown/mahogony, very close to black. Small 1 finger head that vanishes quickly with some okay spot lacing. Smell is coffee and sweet milk/sugar. Falls in line with a milk stout with some dark chocolate coming through on the end. Some fig notes as well, nice complex taste. Feel is of silk and cream. Iced coffee with a mild hint of carbonation. Good, medium mouthfeel to add to the great smooth taste. Overall- Wow, really a surprise. A very good milk stout with complex flavors and great feel. Not quite a session beer, but could drink a few without a problem. Nice body and a solid all around effort. Very tasty-

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3.41/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a Nonic glass.

Appearance: A fairly large off-white head cascades quickly and settles not long after. The beer is deep brown, with a beautiful streak of ruby red when held up to light (also visible around the edges of the glass). Pretty good lacing.

Smell: Unmistakably a milk stout -- lactose up front, but a teensie bit unpleasant. Milk chocolate in the background is much nicer. No hops that I can detect.

Taste: Follows the nose. Lactose and cocoa are the dominant flavors. A bit of herbal hops on the finish. Sweetish, but the flavors are muted.

Mouthfeel: Creamy, almost chewy. Some good sugary coating in the front of the mouth, dryer in back. Light carbonation.

Overall: Maybe I'm spoiled by American stouts, but I was expecting a little more punch. It's good, but not great.

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3.71/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured out of a 16.9 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A – Black with no light coming through. Big finger of creamy tan head that stayed around a bit and left a nice cover. Nice lacing.

S – Slight cocoa scent, mocha and a hint of bitterness.

T – Just a hint of a dark chocolate taste. Coffee as well. Has a fairly bitter bite to it and is slightly acidic. Definite roasty malts. Tastes like malted milks balls with an edge. You feel just a slight alcohol warming at the end.

M – Medium to full bodied with medium carbonation. Definitely a creamy brew as advertised.

O – Not too bad at all. I like the tastes and flavors but would love them to jump out a bit more but definitely tasty.

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3.82/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: black, opaque, very thin, tan head. No hints of lacing.
S: sweet with a bit of roasted malt. Chocolate and some coffee.
T: nice notes of dark chocoalte and some muted boozy flavor. The roasted malts come through toward the back, as do the balancing hops. Its sweet, but a slighty bitter finish that is appropriate.
M: creamy, milky and not nearly as full bodied as I expected. A tad sticky.
O: this brew does nothing great but everything well. Its solid all the way around and a very nice value. Will have it again as I would deem it sessionable, affordable and of good quality.

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4.13/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Big, creamy tan head. Jet black all the way to the edges of the glass. Let down only by its low profile lacing.

S - Roasted malt, fuggles, herbs.

T - Roasted malt, chocolate, smooth cream, toffee, slight coffee. Not very complex but delicious.

M - Perfectly full, smooth, creamy body.

O - Not the most multi-dimensional beer out there, but very sessionable and just a great drinking experience.

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3.3/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The regular 500ml olive green bottle, best before I know not.

Poured into a vase shaped pint glass, badged by 'Old Speckled Hen'. The body is blackcurrent red with a good foaming crown of tight bubbles, tan in hue. The head stayed throughout the tasting and helped to give the beer a steady, well carbonated look.

Intense treacle, banana and vanille aromas, thought it was Hefe-Weiss like at first, wasn't expecting that. Chocolate and coffee aromas turned up as the beer warmed, but not completely taking away the banana/treacle milk shake smell I found straight after the pour.

Very smooth and creamy. Toffee also appeared during the tasting to add an extra dimension and make it even sweeter than it already seemed.

A lot going on in this stout, too much for me to be honest, boardering on sickly sweet and just a little to creamy for me.

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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.

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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.

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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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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.

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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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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.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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