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 laituegonflable
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
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 +7.2%
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 -12.1%
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 +8%
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 +5.9%
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 +2.1%
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 +27.1%
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 -27.4%
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 -2.3%
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 -9.6%
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 +10.1%
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 +11.1%
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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Photo of rollinrob83
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
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 -10.1%
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 -16.5%
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 +8.5%
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 +4.1%
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 +4.7%
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 +6.5%
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 +3.4%
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 -8.3%
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 -10.3%
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 -4.1%
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 -3.6%
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 +2.6%
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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St. Peter's Cream Stout from St. Peter's Brewery Co Ltd
Beer rating: 3.87 out of 5 with 1,060 ratings
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