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

Stocky 1 pint .0oz green glass bottle. Pry off cap. Gold and purple label.
Opaque body, ruby edge. Large brown airy head, great retention and lace.
Delicious scent. Roasted dark stout notes of cocoa and coffee beans. Sweet milk and molasses, nice warm spices, ginger, brown sugar and Christmas.
The flavor is a nice mild version of the scent with lots of hops poking through. Some licorice root.
Mellow and round full body with a very dry finish.
Highly drinkable.


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Photo of Evil_Pidde
4.01/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: This looks so great: Dark brown/black, with a very large, pretty longlasting, brown head - the head is great!!! Some lace.

S: The smell is dominated by the heavy roasted sweet malt (both coffee and chocolate is noticable). But there are also dried fruits and some vanilla.

T: Heavy roasted sweet malt (but here the coffee dominates over the chocolate - opposite from the smell). Dried fruit and some vanilla. The taste is very well balanced.

M: The aftertaste is rather long - more sweet than bitter, but dry. Medium body and light carbonation.

D: A very nice stout. More balanced due to the sweetness than the dry Irish ones.

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Photo of righthereisay
3.73/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Love the old school bottle with no frills label. Nice and black, little bit of foam at the top.

I must admit the smell wasn't extremely pleasant. A little like milk and beer....I guess it is what it is...

Not too sweet. Not too bitter. Nice complex flavor with no 1 flavor outdoing the others. Great aftertaste.

I personally think there is a iittle too much carbonation, but maybe I just have heartburn.

This doesn't have as much body as I would like, but it can go down pretty quickly anyways...

Not too sweet, which I think is a good thing. Overall, a good beer. Maybe best for an after dinner treat.

Purchased in a 16.9 ounce cool bottle.

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

Pours an almost pitch black, with a very small tan head. Smell is a hint of roasted malts. Taste is bitter coffee and chocolate up front, followed by a sweet malt middle, and an earthy, dry bitter finish. Mouthfeel is velvety smooth, nice low carbonation. Super drinkable for 6.5% ABV, this is a great sweet stout that I plan on drinking again.

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Photo of morimech
4.3/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cola color with two inches of light tan head that had good retention before settling to a thick cap. Heavy sheets of lace first appear before receding to spotty lacing. Has an aroma of roasted malt, chocolate, coffee, and oh yea, those lovely English hops. The flavor is not at all sweet for a so-called sweet stout. Has flavors of roasted malt, moca, charcoal, and finishes with some herbal and floral hop flavors. Definate hop bitterness is noted as well as some alcohol warmth. The body is not that substantial. I would say on the lighter side of medium. Carbonation is low so the beer has a soft texture. Lacks the body to give a good creamy stout feel. This is a wonderful stout that packs some serious English hop action. If I could be assured of getting this fresh, it would be a regular in my rotation. A bit on the edge of actually being a Milk/Sweet Stout, at least compared to ones I have had in the past.

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Photo of Macca
3.15/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This pours pitch black with a finger of beige head which disappointingly dies away to quickly.

A little bit of chocolate and coffee on the nose but I keep getting a lot of diacetyl and dark fruit.

Ok the coffee and chocolate fights back on the palate but the diacetyl is such a dominant factor it is really taking the edge of everything else.

A bit light in body for my tastes. I don't like my stouts that fizzy.

I really think that there might be more to this brew than what I am getting tonight. Maybe a problem with this bottle?

Either way I am disappointed.

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Photo of trentley87
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Absolutely pitch black. Thick tan head which is slow to dissipate and leaves generous lacing all the way down my pint glass. Almost looks too good to drink. Aroma is delicious, roasted malts, coffee and general "stoutiness." Flavor and mouthfeel leave nothing to be desired smooth creamy, roasty, malty...yummy. I could drink this all day. Possibly my new favorite stout, but I have three more to try today.

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Photo of argock
4.43/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from 16.9oz light green bottle into a clear pint glass. No discernible freshness date. Purchased at Wine Warehouse (Charlottesville, VA) for $3.79.

A: Black-brown with 2-finger tan head with rocky and foamy character. Above-average head retention and plenty of lace formations down the glass.

S: The aroma profile is very vinous with more sherry and dark fruit aromas than expected, although coffee and dark chocolate mingle with cream sweetness.

T: The flavor is unbelievable for the style with intricate dark chocolate and coffee flavors accenting a dense roasted dark malt background that pervades all flavor characteristics of this beer. There is lactose-sweetness, but it is a minor player along with the earthy, leafy hops that pop through at the finish to give a musty, lightly dry finish.

M: Firmly medium-body with low carbonation and milky-mocha aftertaste.

D: A fantastic cream stout -- easily the best and most flavorful I have ever had. I will be picking this up many more times in the future.

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Photo of weeare138
3.62/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appears a dark brown with an auburn hue when held to the light. A dark tan cap slowly fades out. Spotty bits of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is smokey, with cocoa, nuts, vanilla cream, and perhaps a "meaty" aroma, as well.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas with a raisin flavor pulling through that mixes well with the sweet lactose flavor.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with smoked meet, prunes, and sweet malt clinging to the palate.

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Photo of Eldalonde
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours deep dark brown with light amber hues noticeable on the sides. Very thin tan head. Smells of sweet cream and roasted malts. This beer has a medium body which harbors a delicate sweet cream flavor against a deep roasted malt backdrop. Finishes lightly hopy along with burnt coffee and earthy notes making their way forward as well.

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Photo of ricke
3.78/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark brown (basically black), clear liquid with a medium sized pale beige head that leaves nice looking lacings.

S: Mostly milk and gentle notes of dark fruits. Plenty of vanilla as well. Faint notes of chocolate.

T: A smooth and harmonious taste where the lactose really gets to do its job. Well integrated milky, almost creamy, sweetness mixes with plenty of fruits. Relatively big notes of vanilla. Sweet malts with a mild roasted character. The roastiness goes rather good with the soft milky sweetness in this one. Faint notes of chocolate and perhaps some coffee. The finish is somewhat dry and mildly bitter with notes of wood and lingering roasted malt. The finish is a little too short, but other than that its a really tasty beer.

M: Medium to full body, very smooth texture.

D: I like this one. Very tasty and well balanced. Drinks really easily. Not your biggest stout though, but it's not supposed to be that either.

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Photo of jsh420
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

pours dark dark brown almost black with a 1/2 finger tan head that left some spotted lacing

smell - the nose was a suprise the biggest thing i picked up on was the grassy hops and then some pale malts - nose was ver similar to a english bitter

taste was good - sugary sweet milk along with grassy hops then a good amount of bitter chocolate on the aftertaste

mouthfeel/drinkability- body was a bit thin but that only makes it more drinkable - this is a stout you can drink in hot summer weather (like today 90+)

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Photo of maddogruss
3.68/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got a bottle of this from the Cloverleaf Tavern.

A: Pours a dark brown body with a nice, tan head with pretty solid retention and lacing.

S: A slight, roasted laty smell to it with some bittersweet, roasted tones as well. Slight coffee smell as well.

T: A pretty roasted taste with some coffee undertones. A smooth, slightly malty aftertaste that did well to compliment the roasted bitterness.

M: A nice, smooth mouthfeel that was also fairly light; pretty nice for a stout.

D: A pretty drinkable beer due to a nice mouthfeel and taste combination. Pretty solid drinking beer and fairly smooth. Worth a shot if you get the chance.

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

Poured black with a tan 1 finger head that left a light lace.

Smell was like a coffee frappe, with some vanilla and yes, light curry.

Tasted of molasses, espresso, and malts.

Rich smooth and creamy. Very drinkable and a decent overrall milk stout.

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Photo of aristeros
3.63/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass. Pours a Coca-Cola brown with a bit of tan head, some lacing. I smell dark fruits and sweet malts, maybe molasses.

Sweet, but not as much as expected; like black coffee and sugar. The dark fruits--dates--mingle with roasted malt and coffee flavors. Sweetness lingers. A little bit too much carbonation, but overall well-balanced. It doesn't have as much depth as it could.

More like a straight up stout or dry stout than a milk or cream stout to my palate.

A good brew that was well worth trying, but it's calling itself a cream stout and if I wanted dark fruit I'd have cracked the bottle of Old Rasputin I've got in the fridge.

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Photo of TheSarge
3.68/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

St. Peter's Cream Stout pours very well, to produce a good amount of light colored chocolate looking head, and the lacing sticks well throughout my 500ml serving. The body is very black, hardly shows any hues, and is quite opaque.

This brew smells milky and sweet. There is a good balance of metallic hops aroma too.

The taste is slight chocolate and mild coffee.

This feels right on par for the style. A bit coarse up front, but has a slight oily slickness. There's maybe even a slight warm feel to this brew too.

It's been a while since I've had a stout like this, and it sure was a pleasure!

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Photo of skrib09
3.82/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

poured out black with a tan, creamy looking head.

wafting sweetness hits the nose immediately. hints of coffee and chocolate along with a light caramel or toffee maybe.

smooth sweetness comes in the form of chocolate and milk flavors. really light flavors though.

mouthfeel is a bit grainy or bubbly maybe. the light flavors really make this a drinkable beer though.

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Photo of markskar
4.23/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

500 ml bottle, part of a nice collection of bombers my brother gave to me when I visited him in CT today (though St. Peter's is available locally in NH). Review is based on notes from earlier today:

Pours pitch black with a creamy white head. Has a strong, roasted aroma that hints of sweetness. The taste is just wonderful--nicely balanced with only hints of the roasted malts evident in the strong aroma, but instead is a delicious feast of sweet malts and mild fruity esters.

Mouthfeel is exceptional, as a cream stout needs to be, and this brew from St. Peter's goes above and beyond. This was a meal in itself, but paired perfectly with the smoked mozzarella, turkey & basil panini sandwiches prepared by our wonderful mom for lunch (hadn't seen her or enjoyed her phenomenal cooking for several months--respect due!).

Wonderfully drinkable. Could enjoy this any time of day, any time of year. Highly recommend this one.

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Photo of buyaa
4.23/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: certinally dark but held to the light and you can see some brown/red in the corner of the glass. small tan head with fine bubbles that stick the side of the glass. Classic bottled stout.

S: suprisingly malty with a sweet coffee

T: smooth almost subdue flavor Starts with a sweet creamyness followed by a small hop bit and finishies with a well roasted malt.

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Photo of Buschyfor3
4.17/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a stubby 1pt 0.9 fl oz bottle into my new St. Bernardus chalice (just wanted to try it out!)

A: This stout chugs out of the bottle - slow, viscous, thick. Pours a deep brown/near black body that looks every bit the part of motor oil; completely opaque. Small, dark khaki, frothy head forms on top but quickly vanishes beyond a couple bubbles along the sides of the glass.

S: At the start I'm picking up some sweetness dark fruits - plums, dates cherries - followed closely by notes of molasses, melted dark chocolate, toffee, caramel, burnt sugar and roasted coffee beans. There also seems to be a faint salty note, almost like soy sauce, that comes in at the end. A rich nose offering up nice aromatics.

T: Upfront there are big, dark flavors. Dark fruits, predominantly ripe cherries, followed by dark chocolate, roasted coffee and molasses. Mid sip, the sweetness of the dark fruits and chocolate mellows out into a toasted, buttery nut flavor, with some lingering sweetness met with a brief, salty soy sauce note. The finish re-introduces the roasted coffee and melted chocolate flavors in a smooth, slow progression.

M: Undoubtedly creamy. Low carbonation. This beer looked oily and it has a slick, oily mouthfeel that coats the throat on the way down.

D: 6.5% ABV creates a slight warming feeling; otherwise, the alcohol remains fairly well hidden. Could (and would) easily enjoy another one of these.

Another great milk/sweet stout. This is the third time I've had St. Peter's Cream Stout but the first time I've been able to review it; nonetheless, each time has been quite enjoyable. Decently complex stout with a pleasant mouthfeel makes this a treat to drink. I can definitely recommend this beer.

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Photo of Gyle41386
4.3/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 16.9 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Very dark pour, nearly black, which a rich mocha colored head. Pretty good retention. Lots of sticky lacing.

The aroma doesn't exactly scream "cream stout." I'm getting a lot of roasted barley, espresso beans, and some bittersweet chocolate. Color me surprised.

The dark chocolate jumps out first, but the coffee wins the flavor battle, and reminds you of its victory with a long, dry, roasted coffee bean finish. There's also a nice spicy hop character.

This is a supremely drinkable stout. Very smooth feel, with a nice creaminess. Nice, full body. Very good beer.

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Photo of AVDeuph
2.96/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This is the first time I have had this beer, bought from Whole Foods, served in a goblet.

A: Quite black, but in smaller quantities reveals some beautiful crimson reflections.

S: Smells a bit like Guinness, not a great start. Some astringency that I don't find agreeable. A little sweaty too.

T: Some pleasant dark chocolate flavors, but not exactly the cream stout depth and sweetness that I was expecting. Some mild bitterness, and I have to say this falls more into the category of an Irish Dry Stout for me.

M: Overly carbonated. Not exactly creamy, not exactly light, not exactly unique.

D: Well as you might guess I don't find this to be the most drinkable stout. When I think of how easily I can accidentally drink all of my Founder's KBS, at 10%, it's clear that this beer is lacking.

Classic glad-I-had-it case for me.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.7/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nice deep black-brown, with flashes of dark orange at the very edges. Thick and solid head of crema coloured bubbles. Lacing is very good. Looks very tasty indeed.

Nice roasted earthy notes on the nose. Chocolate, leaf mould and mushrooms. Quite a pleasant sweetness there as well, almost a vanilla pod note. Very nice.

Taste is quite smooth, but with an assertive ashy blackness to coat the mouth. Not much of a hint of sweetness, unfortunately, which would have been nice, and would have matched the nose a little more. There's not much layering either;l it's a dark ash character lying on what's a rather thin malt base. Mouthfeel is chewy and shiny. Props.

It's a nice stout. Pleasant characters and a smoothness that makes it pretty drinkable. Just doesn't have the complexity of the interest to make it truly brilliant, unfortunately.

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

A- A light black/ very dark brown with a thin, light brown head that looks pretty creamy.

S- Chocolate, bananas, butter. Has a very distinct British aspect.

T- Lots of banana flavors, a very sweet chocolate aspect, and a bit of smokiness. The banana and sweetness become a bit overwhelming.

M- The carbonation is nice, but there is a slight astringent quality to this.

D- A decent example of the style, but a bit too sweet and British for my tastes.

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

1pt .9oz bottle shared 'courtesy' of weeewaaa6969.

Poured a dark brown color with a small sized off white head. Aromas of roastiness, chocolate, lighter coffee, and caramel. Tastes of roastiness, chocolate, and coffee.

Notes from and tasted on: 4/23/09

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St. Peter's Cream Stout from St. Peter's Brewery Co Ltd
Beer rating: 3.87 out of 5 with 1,061 ratings
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