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

very good
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 rollinrob83
3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A) Pitch Black with a thick cream/brown head that lasts throughout.

S) Gives the aroma of Roasted Dark Chocolate

T) Taste is similar to the smell with a dark chocolate flavor that leaves a roasted aftertaste

M) Smooth but heavy; a little dry but not to bad (good balance)

D) Goes down smooth but probably couldn't drink it all the time. Overall, it's a good stout that's definitely worth adding to your regular selections.

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Photo of discovolante65
3.48/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I think I'm getting better at this stuff! Fellow BA and I split this one. Without checking any reviews or anything about it, we were both perplexed by it. It seemed to us to fall somewhere between a sour and a milk stout. To my surprise, our findings were spot-on. We have traveled a little further down beer geek road together. On to the review.

Poured into a Guinness shaped pint. Black coffee in color with a nice tan frothy head that did its best to make the minute last, and then transformed itself into a collar of beautiful lace.

Smells like sour cream, coffee milk (RI ONLY!) and perhaps some cocoa.

Taste is roasted. Every hint you get has a roasted flavor to it. It is creamy and a little sour milk, with coffee and malts, and a hint of non-bitter hops. Coffee makes a second appearance at the end. I don't really get chocolate out of it though.

I think it was a bit thin, but the creaminess of the flavor made up for it.

Drinkability - not my every day style, but I enjoyed it. I am glad I had someone to split it with, as I'm not sure I would've drank the whole thing in one sitting.

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Photo of Jayli
3.23/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Went to British Beer Company in Walpole, MA 2/7
Beer poured black with a small tannish head. There wasn't much on the head but it lasted a minute and left slight whispy lacing. Nose is sweet, but not too sweet, can smell the creaminess as well. There wasn't much of the coffee notes to it.
Although coffee wasn't present in the nose, it definitely came through in the taste. Not as sweet tasting as other cream stouts.
Overall this does more of the 'stout' and less of the 'cream' - this isn't a bad beer but I've had better cream stouts.

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Photo of roopy40
4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Black with a creamy white head that dissipated slowly. Head was not overly big, but sufficient. Left some nice lace.

S - Oats, chocolate (powdery), swirling toffee and perhaps hazelnut.

T - Creamy and delicious milk chocolate and odd coffee ice cream flavors.

M - Silky, smooth with a dry finish almost like a dry stout. I actually looked at my friend (discovolante65) I was trying this with and thought it was somewhere between a milk stout and dry stout before looking it up and chuckled at how close we were at calling it. Can I get "The Ogre" from Revenge of the Nerds to yell this? BEER NERDS!

D - Drinkable, but certainly needed to be throw into a mix. I don't know that I could put more than one down in a night as I tend to like to jump around. It is very good and should be tried by any stout lover. I'll go for one again in the future.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my Yeti snifter a nice deep black color with a creamy light brown head. Fades a bit fast, but leaves nice lacing and collar.

Interesting nose, even when a bit on the cold side. Mocha coffee aroma mixes with half dried grapes that have not quite become raisins. Has a bit of a smoky presence as well.

Pleasantly surprised with this beer. Many flavors dance across the tongue...bitter chocolate, raisins, smoked malt and coffee beans. Smooth, creamy and nicely balanced with a toasty malt and English hop finish. I really enjoyed this beer and look forward to the next time I have it.

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Photo of clayrock81
4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a small head on a black body and minimal lace. Very thick malt smell with hints of chocolate and roasted malts. Extremely smooth and creamy with a large amount of cocoa malt for a sweetness that is always on the palate. Hints of toffee and caramel malt also. The beer is balanced with roasted and some coffee malt for a pleasantly dry backbite, although it is a little too much (I wish the sweetness and creaminess could just taper off on the backend rather than be overpowered). A great session beer.

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Photo of CMW
4.12/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pours extremely dark, almost black in color. While almost completely opaque, I could see some reddish/brown highlights present when held up to the light. During the initial pour, a beautiful one-finger tan head formed but disappeared quickly and left very little lacing. The body does appear to be somewhat less robust than other stouts in this category.

I immediately think of freshly brewed coffee. Malts are very present and there is a fair balance of roasted and sweet malt aromas. I can also detect some dark cherry notes as well.

There are numerous flavors present but, the roasted malt seems to dominate. There are some subtle chocolate notes and also a hint of the dark cherry. There is a small dash of hops in the end and it finished fairly smooth, but dry. The alcohol was definitely noticeable in the finish, a rarity in a stout.

This brew is a very good offering from St. Peter's. If I had to log a complaint, it would be that this stout is too thin and less of a cream offering. However, it is full of flavor and easy to drink despite being 6.5% abv.

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

Presentation: Poured from a 500 ml green bottle into an Imperial pint glass. Label is fairly simple, with the depiction of a raven, one foot raised, with a superimposed key. Back label has a nice description of the beer and the brewery. No clear freshness date.

Appearance: Pours with 1 finger of dark tan head. This settles slowly, leaving behind a small amount of lacing. The beer itself is black and opaque, with the slightest hint of a dark brown around the edges. No sediment in the bottle.

Smell: Sweet lactose with hints of coffee and chocolate in the finish.

Taste: A well balanced mix of lactose sweetness and roasted barley bitterness. Hints of baker's chocolate in the finish. Slight sourness mixes with the lactose sweetness and lingers well after each drink.

Mouthfeel: Average carbonation level. Body is decent, with a fair amount of slickness.

Drinkability: As i explore more and more of the styles I like, I stumbled upon this little gem. Well balanced and flavorful, definitely a hit.

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Photo of TerryW
3.55/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours very dark with only a short head that is gone before too long. Some lace.

Nose is smoky and malty. Distinctly toasty or burned to taste, dominated by malts with a slightly chalky mouthfeel. This is offset somewhat by a hint of creaminess. Most of the presence of this beerseems to be in its mouthfeel. After that a fairly average stout, well made but not remarkable.

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Photo of showell
3.47/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dark brown, out of a pint bottle, with a small tan head. The smell was nice. Chocolate with a hint of coffee. The taste started out a very nice chocolate, but after a few sips the bitterness increased, and it had a hint of bitter through the rest. On average, this beer was average. Not bad, but there are others I'd rather drink, but I wouldn't turn it down if someone gave me one either.

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Photo of cvfish
3.71/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a dark brown color that produced a tan head that retained well and left some lacing around the glass

S - Roasted malts

T - Coffee with cream, brown sugar, slight bitterness, and chocolate

M - Smooth and creamy, meduim body, moderate carbonation

D - Good beer, a little on the creamy side, if you want something different than this would be a good pick

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

The appearance is a dark brown/black with the consistency of a watery stout. The smell is predominantly smoky, which flows into the taste. The taste is the sharp, bitter, smoky taste noted previously, but has a bit of light fruity characteristics, with a bit of a plum and cherry. Does not have enough smoothness for a cream stout, and the finish is a good indicator of this, with a slightly sour, smoky flavor to the tongue.

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Photo of CityBoy1986
3.97/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

16.9 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass

The pour is a very deep brown with a small tan head that is gone quickly. Little lacing is left on the glass.

The nose is mostly coffee with chocolate. There is a bit of sweet bread in there, too. The taste is more of the same, with a touch of bitterness on the finish.

Mouthfeel is heavily-bodied with low carbonation. It's a bit like drinking a cream that is coffee/chocolate flavoured. Drinkability is okay, but I wouldn't want more than a few of these (not that I wouldn't like the money to afford a few of these).

It's not bad, but there are better examples of the style.

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Photo of Patrick999
3.79/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured into a pint glass. Nice deep black with brown highlights, foam not really all that substantial though.

S - Does smell good - milk chocolate with light roasted coffee.

T - Is this beer, or am I drinking an iced mocha latte? Smooth coffee and chocolate flavor, a little nutty with a hint of sweetness.

F - Not quite as rich and creamy as you might expect, but creamy enough.

D - The bottle is a goner, no problems with drinkability. Wouldn't want more than one at a time though.

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Photo of yesyouam
4.08/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This cream stout is a brown/black with a small khaki head that vanishes quickly. The aroma is of roast-- roasted malt-- a lot of it! It is full-bodied with soft carbonation. The flavor is of medicinal hops and bitter roast. Nice stout!
(rated Mar 28, 2007)

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Photo of jujubeast6000
2.06/5  rDev -46.9%
look: 1 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Reviewed 3/22/2006 (16.9oz bottle):

Pours a dark black color body, with almost no head, tan-colored. Has a strong aroma of coffee, mocha, some chocolate, some hops. Very fizzy, taste of coffe, chocolate, slight pale bitter aftertaste. Light texture, not thick.

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Photo of grub
3.82/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle. sampled dec 17/08.

pours deep brown, not quite black yet still pretty much opaque. a small light brown head forms, dropping slowly and leaving spotty lace.

aroma is great. touch of lactic sourness. dark and milk chocolate. coffee. light roasty character. biscuit and whole wheat bread. bit of candy-like caramel and toffee. touch earthy.

taste is nice. milk chocolate. bit of dark chocolate. just a hint of lactic sourness. coffee. light roast. toasted multi-grain bread and biscuit. earthy. the slightly sweet caramel+toffee component from the aroma is sadly gone, leaving a more monotone, less exciting brew behind.

mouthfeel is good. just over medium body. medium carbonation level.

drinkability is nice. fairly balanced. i was pretty excited by the aroma, but the taste fell flat a little. still, overall a nice stout that i've had many times and will happily pick up again.

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Photo of magictrokini
4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A stellar beer. Near-midnight pour with an oily brown topping. Aroma is thick with chocolate and nuts. Smooth mouthfeel. Taste is dark chocolate up front that fades into a roasted malt finish. Good hop bitterness in the end.

I normally hate these organics, but every now and then you get one of these that make it all worthwhile. It makes you wonder why the others are so bad.

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3.77/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a (beautiful) 1pt. 0.9oz. bottle into a goblet.

A: Pours a deep, dark brown with garnet edges. The head started out tan and thin and disappeared quickly, leaving very little lacing.

S: Milk chocolate and toasted nuts dominate the nose.

T: Dark toasted malts, roasted coffee and milk chocolate with a metallic finish. Not quite as complex as i had hoped, but no slouch either.

M: The almost complete absence of head really hindered this beer's appeal. The mouthfeel is chewy and delicious with delicate carbonation. Oh creamy, tan delicious head, where have you gone?

D: Definitely not a standout in the cream stout class, but I wouldn't turn down a glass either.

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Photo of selecter70
4.4/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Least alone, you gotta love their bottles! While more common now, I still love popping into the Coat of Arms in Portsmouth, where I first discovered this gem. The pour is a bit weak looking & the head is small and now as creamy rich as you might expect. It has a dark-orangey brown appearance and a nice complex taste that is easy to keep drinking. There is a nice chocolate-malt with hint of cinnamon and lemon hops in the taste. While not the 'best' example of cream stout, I still love it.

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Photo of Bung
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured dark chocolate brown. White, small bubbly head. Roasted malt and chocolate in the nose. Tastes of the same, smooth and creamy in the mouth. Just enough hops for a nice clean finish. My favorite of their offereings so far. Excellent English Stout.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.53/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color stout with a large light brown foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of dry coffee and light roasted malt. Taste is also dominated by some dry coffee with some roasted malt. Body is somewhat creamy, which I enjoyed, but also too thin with some average carbonation. Not bad but definitely one of the best from this hit or miss brewery.

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Photo of Morbo
3.55/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours black and impenetrable with a one inch mocha head. The head reduces to barely more than a film and leaves some decent lacing in its path.

The nose is pretty sweet, like malted milk balls and chocolate covered espresso beans.

Taste is dominated by chocolate malt and molasses, but not nearly as sweet as the candy shop nose suggests. There is also some dark roast coffee, raisin, walnut... and that odd burnt/smoky flavor that I have found in many St. Peters beers. I am guessing that it is from the storied copper kettles and thus is a feature that the brewery prides itself on. I'm personally not a fan, as to my taste buds it has somewhat of a burnt rubber character.

Medium bodied with low carbonation, giving a slightly syrupy mouthfeel, though still a bit lighter feeling than I was expecting.

A solid cream stout, my only complaint is the breweries "house flavor," which I can't knock them for too much. I wouldn't drink more than a couple of these in an evening though.

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Photo of kflorence
4.08/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Wow, was this beer a surprise. Bottle at Brickskellers in D.C.

Pours a very dark black/brown color with hazy brown head. Smells of coffee and chocolate. Mouthfeel is almost like chocolate milk, thick and sweet with roasted chocolate flavors and coffee, very tasty. Definitely one of my favorite cream stouts, I will look for this beer whenever I am in the mood for something dark and heavier. Not quite as flavorful as say, Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout, but definitely up there on my list of Stouts. I enjoyed the less-than-smooth mouthfeel, especially with the complexity this beer offers... I am perfectly fine having it a bit oily/syrupy.

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

Pours an opaque black with a one-finger tan head that reduces to a foam slick. Decent lacing. Smells of sweet chocolate/coffee and dark roasted malts. Taste is similar, but with a strong bitter character and some metallic phenols in the background. Mouthfeel is thick and slightly oily. Overall, a nice beer and a refreshingly balanced cream stout.

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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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