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

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1,048 Ratings
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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Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-02-2002

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Photo of SirDrinxAlot
4/5  rDev +3.1%
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 -6.4%
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 -5.2%
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 -1.5%
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%
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%
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 +7.5%
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 +10.8%
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 -23.7%
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 -4.6%
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 -18%
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 -1.5%
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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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.73/5  rDev -3.9%
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 laituegonflable
3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours very dark with a slight red tinge around the very edge, oh and brown as well. Slight beige head, not much of it any more, left a nice phalanx of lacing. Tilted lacing is delicious, looks pretty nice.

Smells chocolatey and nice, with a strong cocoa stench and a fairly prominent sour grape hit as well. Fairly simple for all the pleasure it gives me though, maybe just a trifle weak.

Taste is very rich and roasted with a bitter charcoal intensity to it. It almost tastes darker as it gets nearer the finish, but for the most part it is quite sweet and chocolatey. Maybe not sweet, it's got a nice very dark roasted toffee kind of aspect, like toffee that is burnt slightly beyond sweetness and slightly into bitter charcoal territory. There is a slight fruit aspect behind the main palate, almost apricot-esque. Finish is quite intensely bitter roastedness. I detect maybe a hint of alcohol here, but for the most part mouthfeel is very smooth and creamy.

A pleasant drinking stout.

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Photo of timmah427
4.15/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark brown with a large tan head that stays throughout. Really nice appearance.

S - Chocolate, toasted malt, and sweet dark fruit

T - Again; Chocolate, coffee, toasted malt, and some sticky sweetness

M/D - Nice and sticky. Exactly what I like in a stout. Just the right level of carbonation makes this one drinkable. Not that I would want to slam a bunch of them, but hey, it's a stout. I was really surprised by this beer, and it will probably be my stand-by (non-imperial) stout.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.4/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

My sweet tooth is calling for this one. On to the beer:

A 1/2 inch of head forms on top this black liquid. The pour isn't as viscous as expected. The head goes away to a paper-thin trace within a few minutes. The aroma has a mild tone of cured meat buried underneath a sea of dominating molasses and licorice. As for its taste, it's a bit coarse. Peat smoke is tasted at first, molasses and a kick of chocolate then take over. The molasses has a bit of chewiness to it. Then, a brush of alcohol is felt, and it leaves a chalky flavor. Roasted grain is tame, and sticks around in the aftertaste.

This is a solid English Stout, though some of the little nuisances make it go down the hatch a little slower.

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Photo of AaronRed
4.18/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured nicely into a 20 ounce pint glass- so I could get the whole beer in there. I didn't chill it down too much and I was rewarded with a nice tan creamy head that stayed throughout. Chocolate and caramel aromas, accompanied by a sweet molasses. A slight notice of hops in the back keeps this beer from being too sweet. A very well balanced cream stout- sorta subtle and lets you know that someone really took the time to make this balanced. A creamy texture and the maltiness of it sticks to your lips after each sip. A must try if you like stouts.

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

beautiful dark brown, nice one-finger thick frothy cap of a rich bright caramel-brown that fades relatively quickly and leaves a bit of whispy lacing down the glass.

fairly strong aroma of roasted malt with a good bit of coffee and bittersweet cocoa in there as well. a light touch of alcohol - almost rum and dark fruit. surprisingly deep and rich for a cream stout.

Taste actually follows the aroma in it's richness. I was surprised by the robustness of the flavor profile - rich roasted malt, caramel, coffee, and dark fruits. a bit of spice, a bit of cocoa, and a touch of cream. more bittersweet and pungent than anticipated, and less creaminess than anticipated. not that it's a bad thing.

Mouthfeel is full and smooth with fairly subdued yet ample carbonation that creates a smoothness that makes this one easy to drink. not quite as velvety or smooth as it could be, but definitely a solid, all-round good feel.

Drinkability is impressive. an exceptional combination of strong flavors, a nice light creaminess, a solid mouthfeel, and a fairly nice looking brew. I'd definitely recommend this one as a solid stout... and a fair example of a cream stout. Definitely worth having again.

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Photo of jbertsch
3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I poured this into a Sam Adams "Perfect Pint" glass. It's jet black, and I poured it straight down the middle to get a decent head. If I had poured it down the side I wouldn't have gotten any head (giggidy). Head was a foamy tan. Almost like the color of a root beer float made with chocolate ice cream. Lacing is fairly minor, as it dissipates quickly.

I smell sweet malts, with some coffee, chocolate, and... fig I think it is. Maybe even a little black licorice. Oddly enough, through all that, I do smell some hops... as well as alcohol.

In terms of taste - There's a malty alcohol taste with light coffee and chocolate notes. Hops comes through at the end, with some fig in there as well. Overall, quite delicious.

Mouthfeel is creamy at first, but not as heavy as you might think. The creaminess that's there makes it more smooth than anything, and doesn't necessarily had to the weight or boldness.

In terms of drinkability: This isn't as heavy as I thought it would be, so it's pretty easy to drink in terms of heaviness...for a cream stout. But it seems like it gives you a buzz easily (is it really just 6.5%?). Overall, it's definitely easy to drink one, but having a second one right afterwards isn't of interest to me.

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Photo of roddwolff
4.92/5  rDev +26.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

One of my favorites beers; have a black color, putting it against the light, there's a reddish very dark color; thefoam is creamy and abundant, looks like ice cream with coke; the smell have essences of prunes, toast malts and blueberries; the taste is exquisite, it's smooth bitter with some coffee, chocolate and blueberries; the mouthfeel is like american coffee; have a great body, a creamy consistency and decent level of alcohol; very good to accompany cookies, and also to take it alone; if i was an english priest, i would always drink this beer.

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Photo of blatherbeard
2.81/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Yet another in my series of INFAMOUS! on the spot reviews!!!!

Lets see now, when i pour this beer i get the feeling that its very evil. It goes into the glass with a jet black color and creamy brown head. The head dissipates fairly quickly with absoloutly no lacing at all.

The smell is a bit strong of alchohol. Faint notes of chocolate, seep through but mostly just alchohol.

The taste...well its not much different than the smell really. Heavy alchoholic flavor with backround notes of chocolate..and i do mean BACKROUND.

Very creamy but also very light for a stout. Not a whole lot of carbonation which is what i would expect.

Still a drinkable beer though. Goes down smooth, no bitter aftertaste. I might get this once in a while as something different but overall, i have other milk or cream stouts id rather be drinking.

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

Poured a beautiful dark black with a thick creamy light brown foamy head.

Chocolate malt dominates the nose. Hints of nuts and coffee as well.

Taste is like a mellow stout, creamy, though not as much as anticipated. The dark malt flavors come through and there are hops throughout. The finish is a mild bitter that lingers. Light buzz in the mouth, along with the creamy consistency.

A drinkable stout. I enjoyed this beer - don't *need* to have one again right away, but would enjoy it if I did.

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Photo of ThreeWiseMen
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours out brownish-black and nearly opaque with soft glimmers of red-brown around the edges. A tight, creamy, light brown head sits on top. Moderate retention and nice-looking lacing.

Smell: Coffee, smoke, strong flower-hop/alcohol/raisin weirdness, and nuts.

Taste: Nuts, smoke, roasted barley, dairy, and black coffee. Tastes a bit meaty. Resinous, bitter, English hops in the finish. Not really getting the dark chocolate listed in the description on the back of the bottle; getting more of smoke, nuts, and roastiness.

Mouthfeel: Cool and milk-like, though not as creamy as expected. Moderate carbonation, light warmth, and a consistency that's not too thick or heavy. Finishes dry. Okay, but doesn't fit my idea of a cream stout.

Drinkability: Smoky/roasty flavor is overdone and makes this one difficult to drink at first. That flavor eases up a bit with time and gives way to sweeter, flowerier notes. Still, I wasn't a big fan. Seems to be flavored similar to an Irish dry stout.

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Photo of Chapter40z
4.26/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I kept seeing this beer at my local store and finally decided one day to pick it up, Whoa I'm glad I did.

A. Dark dark brown, poured a nice 2 finger tan head. Black as night in the glass.

S. Roasted malts stand out at first, also a dark chocolate sweetness. Maybe even some coffee notes but not heavy.

T. MMM delish! kind of has a mocha coffee taste. The sweetness offsets the bitterness extremely well. Very well balanced beer in my opinion.

M. Smooth lightly carbonated, finished with almost a black coffee mouth coating feel.

D. Very pleased with this beer, as reflected in my scoring. Not a super expensive beer and definitely worth a try.

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Photo of pd360
4.3/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

What an enjoyable drinkable beer this one is. Pours a nice dark, almost black mahogany with a thin caramel head. The smell is slightly sweet molasses. While others here have complained that this beer is not especially complex, I would agree to a point. While it might not be the most complex beer, I found it was smooth and creamy with a delicious flavor. I could drink many of these happily (and I think I will).

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St. Peter's Cream Stout from St. Peter's Brewery Co Ltd
3.88 out of 5 based on 1,048 ratings.
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