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 CAMRAhardliner
4.35/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours from the St Peter's flask shaped bottle black with amber glints around the side of the glass. The head is fizzy and shortlived, reducing to a ring very quickly but managing to leave a good coating of lace on the glass. The aroma is full of coffee and more bitter than I was expecting for a Milk Stout. Some cocoa powder and herbal hop aroma and alcohol spice are also in the nose. The taste is a robust mix of the aforementioned flavors fortified with some sherry and field berry notes and dark chocolate. A warming boozyness mingles with astringent black malts and English hop bitterness in the finish. The mouthfeel is thick and very languidly carbonated.

This is a fantastic stout. Immensely complex and very easy to drink. Seek this one out.

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Photo of thekevlarkid
3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Out of the bottle this beer was a classic opaque black with a huge, billowy, brown head. The head displayed very good retention eventually devolving from a rocky cap to a thin layer.Very nice sticky lacing too. Earthy aromas of coffee, rich soil, roasted malt and hints of tobacco. The flavors were rich and dark, unsweetened chocolate and espresso coffee first hit my tongue followed by roasted and charred malt with hints of creamy sweetness in the middle followed by the long bitter finish. The mouthfeel was very smooth but thin for the style which is also a result of the light carbonation. Though the flavors are on and it is quite enjoyable I felt this beer lacked a bit of the weight and assertiveness others in its class posses.

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

A - Poured a very dark brown color with a light brown head that fades quickly leaving lacing

S - Is of roasted malt with chocolate scents

T - The roasted malt dominates with a coffee finish

M - This beer has a creamy body with medium carbonation to it

D - An overall good stout wouldn't be my first choice when picking out a stout to drink but its better than others out there worth trying sometime

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Photo of sgoodship
4.3/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

St. Peter's was established five years after I left the UK, so that's why I hadn't heard of them. When I started getting more serious about beer, the name kept coming up and this was my first taste of any of their brews - not disappointing. BTW - the bottle is beautiful. Looks old but modern at the same time.

A: Beautiful, thick laté head. Good lacing. Really sticks to the glass as it progresses. Black - doesn't get much blacker than this. No light passing through - not even on the edges.

S: Coffee hit me immediately. Some caramel malt - a little dark cherry. A little mustiness too. Not too bold a smell. Not bad but I would have been happy to get more.

T: Lovely chocolate flavor. The coffee is there too. It then goes to a tangy hoppiness at the end but you are left with a bitter dark chocolate aftertaste. Very very pleasing.

M: Thick body but not creamy enough for me - I wanted a more rounded cream mouth. Feels a little thin at the end. Light carbonation - made me contemplate whether less carbonation would have made it better for me.

D: If I was visiting the UK and they had this beer and an open fire, I would be more than happy to sit and drink a good few and get all rosy cheeked next to the flames. Highly recommend it and can't wait to try the St. Peter's Old-Style Porter than is waiting for me.

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Photo of ljbrisson
4.04/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Shared this with my father-in-law over the weekend. Poured into a chalice black with a thin, sandy head which disappears soon after initial pour. Aroma is of berries, roasted malt, and chocolate, with lots of sweetness. Mouthfeel is a little slick, a little thin based on the look, medium carbonation balances well. Taste up front is sweet chocolate, some toffee, berries, with a bit of vinous, sour finish. Drinkability was quite high; I would love to try another one of these. This was the first cream stout I have tried, and it tasted completely different from what I was expecting. Overall, a solid brew.

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Photo of Jeffo
3.48/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this at Bert's Bier Huis in Utrecht, Netherlands.

Poured into my big mug.

APPEARANCE: Black. Big bubbly uneven bumpy head is persistent but doesn't look all that appealing. Bubbles pop nicely though and a thick layer stays until the end. Medium carbonation and some nice lacing.

SMELL: More barely malt with a little bit of coffee as well. Pleasant, but not strong enough really. Pretty average for this style.

TASTE: Malt and some coffee. Some pure chocolate in the aftertaste as well. The taste is better than the nose. Bitter aftertaste, but not overwhelming.

PALATE: Thick and some carbonation. Goes down smooth and dry. Feels great. This is how a stout should feel.

OVERALL: Very drinkable because it tastes nice and is not overwhelming. Not as tasty as others I've had, but is very enjoyable and looks better once the massive uneven head levels out into a nice thick layer. Definately something I could drink a few of.

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

Pours a 3/4 inch head with a full dark brown color. Retention is superb. Every swirl of the glass leaves a nice foam on the outer edge of the glass. This has the appearance of a well crafted brew.

A mixture of malts on the nose, predomoinantly dark malt with an undertone of caramel. A slight flowery english hop aroma comes out as well. As the beer warms I get a whiff of toffee.

Pale sweet malts upfront with a touch of caramel malts that is dominated by a bittersweet chocolate flavor from the dark malt and a nice combination of mint and black licorice. As the beer warms the creaminess blends right in nicely. A toffee flavor starts blending itself in quite nicely. There is a sort of grassy/flowery bitterness from the hops on the end that balances the beer out. The malts are nicely balanced and smooth with the cream, but I can only imagine what this beer is like brand new, fresh, free from any oxidation.

This beer clings fairly well to the palate and is moderately smooth, but could be a bit smoother.

This is a nice cream stout. I wish I could get a brand new fresh bottle in the UK. I can only imagine the difference.

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Photo of ATPete
3.63/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle

A- Pours a dark brown almost black color with a good thick brown head that leaves lots of sticking.

S- Big nose of roasted chocolate malt.

T-/M/D- Lots of dry bakers chocolate up front, subtle coffee notes and hints of apple and hop bitterness. Fairly light in body for a cream stout, it was lacking the creaminess. Still a damn good beer though, very drinkable.

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Photo of Mauerhan
3.25/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

aggressive pour into a stein produces a strong tan head that lasts for a few minutes before retreating back to an unimpressive layering on the top of the beer.

dark black color, with a tan head. smells like a typical stout. although i get a bit of the alcohol on the nose.

taste is good. enjoyable. i get quite a bit of the alcohol on this beer. even for a 6.5 they dont try and hide it. mostly smooth favor, a bit of a bitter flavor that rides into the smoothness of the cream.

very little carbonation. for the most part an enjoyable beer. nothing to write home about but good none the less

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Photo of Onslow
3.74/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

saved the best til last by the look of the ratings of St Peters beer's, and the last one I had (ipa) made me almost not buy this, i am happy i did... pours a jet black colour, with a proud hearty head, similar to guinness of all things... vanilla, chocolate, guinness aromas ... some nice flavours, alcohol shows abit , nice roastiness and a smooth drinker ... leaves a clean aftertaste ... enjoyable .. "frank, you rascal"

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Photo of Ben4881
4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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

This beer is a deep, dark, black as night color with a light tan head bringing decent retention. The head fades to a thin layer of bubbles and a nice foamy ring around the glass. Heavy lacing is apparent with every sip, but drops quickly and disappears.

A soft, sweet, smell of creamy marshmallow with a slight caramel aroma trickles into the nostrils. The smell is very pleasant, but a definite creeper. At first waft, there is almost no smell detectable.

A subtly sour malt flavor hits the tip of the tongue, then the flavor smoothes out to a silky, roasty, toasty flavor on the swallow. The finish is wet and mellow. Following, is a slightly dry aftertaste with dark chocolate notes.

This brew is silky and smooth. It is rather heavy, but not impossible to drink. Noticeable carbonation pops in the mouth, but it is not overwhelming, it's just enough to keep the body from being too heavy.

A sweet, smooth, mild flavor gives this beer great drinkability despite its hefty nature. One could certainly, slowly, enjoy a few of these without becoming overwhelmed.

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Photo of zeff80
4.17/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a dark brown to jet black color with a mocha colored, bubbly/foamy, two-finger head. It left an intricate lace pattern.

S - It smelled of chocolate. There were earthy notes and hints of oak.

T - Wow, this had strong roasted malt flavor with rich, dark chocolate taste to match it. It was sweet with a sharp, bitter kick.

M - It was soft, smooth and creamy. A medium-bodied beer.

D - I've tried 3 other St. Peter's brews and was slightly disappointed, but this one surprised me at how tasty it was. It is clearly worth the price.

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Photo of Shumista
4.15/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

16.9 oz green medicine bottle that has been in my fridge for a while into a tulip shaped glass. Paired with a breyer's ice cream cookie sandwich.

A- Pours completely black with a large brown head that hangs around.
S- Warm chocolaty aroma with roasted malts.
T- Wow this is good. Creamy bitter chocolate and coffee taste that is not as sweet as I expected it to be. Roasted malts in there too.
M- Thick and creamy.
D- I think one 16.9 ounce bottle is enough for a sitting.

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Photo of OtherShoe2
3.87/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a thick black with a creay, milky tan head that leaves some faint sticky lacing.

Smells of coffee, chocolate, dark raisiny fruit, and some syrupy spicyness.

Lots of , well, creamy bitterness. Coffee, chocolate, -- heavy flavors here that are a bit cloying -- you are fully aware of the calories here!

Heavy, thicker mouthfeel -- carbonation is not getting thru.

I like this one, and could have a couple, but not much more than that. A very intense version of the style, but the heavy layers of flavor make you want to move onto something else, or share the second bottle. Worth a try, by far. Oh, you'll pay ofr this pleasure -- $4.50/bottle, Boston prices.

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Photo of demitriustown
3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

bottle: pours a thick black with a tan head which is minimal. Aroma is chocolate, caramel, very malty, licorice, alcohol, and slightly hoppy. Taste is got a nice roastiness to it, chocolate, somewhat nutty, nice and big malt notes, nice and thick, and an alcohol tinge to it. Palate is bitter, not carbonated at all, long and lively. Overall, This is a decent Sweet stout. This is a really solid beer.

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Photo of EStreet20
3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

16.9 oz bottle, 20 ounce "tulip" pint.

A - A very nice India Ink black brew. When held up to light a tiny bit of red shines through ont he bottom of the beer. An equally nice tan head sits two fingers high on top.

S - Sugary malts, some caramel sweetness.

T - Starts out very seet. Some chocolate and a bit of butterscotch flavor in there. Finishes with some roasted flavors.

M - Body is a tad watery for the style/flavors. Does seem to feel fuller as it warms up.

D - A good stout overall. Really nice on the nose, and has some good flavor. Bulk up the body a little and this would be even smoother.

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Photo of scruffwhor
4.58/5  rDev +18%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a ligh black with highlights of prune juice. Just a mediocre head quickly recedes to nothing. The aroma is a tantalizing lactosey cream and bananas mixed withdry roasted malts and coffee beans, with just a touch of smoked peet. The taste is a creamy, yet gypsum dry cream with fruity notes of banana and bubblegum. Dark roasted malts giving off flavors of coffee grounds and light coccoa powderwith a touch of walnut. The dryness and powdery palate feels just stupendus, the finish is actually quite velvety though. My favrite milk stou so far.

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Photo of BBM
4.67/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a deep, dark brown into a Fullers pint glass. Rocky brown head sits atop it. Bitter chocolate, coffee, and caramel are all present in the nose.

Unlike many "sweet stouts" I've had, this one is not sweet at all, and I love it. Bittersweet German chocolate, English hops, and coffee beans all create a wonderfully full and bitter flavor. Don't get me wrong, there is a bit of sweet toasted malts here as well, but it certainly doesn't overtake what is a kickass English stout. Forget those overhopped American stouts; this one shows how to properly give a stout some bite. I really liked this beer and would recommend it highly.

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Photo of Keith238
3.94/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Spotted a collection of beers from St. Peters at the local store and decided on the cream stout. Having never heard of the brewery before, I have to admit the squat, green bottle caught my eye. It was in good company with the larger bottles from Dogfish Head, Rogue and Stone breweries so I took a chance and it paid off.

The brewery describes the beer as "an aromatic, robust, dark chocolate cream stout with a satisfying bittersweet aftertaste" and I agree wholeheartedly. As pleasing to the nose as it is to the palate.

The appearance was average at best, nothing remarkable. You can't miss the chocolate flavor yet it's not overpowering. Smooth mouthfeel, high drinkability. Nice tan colored lacing around the glass but the head did die off rather soon. At about 7 bucks a bottle, I wish I had bought a few more.

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Photo of sprucetip
4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Good chance this is an old sample, as Anchorage, Alaska is a long way from England. And I don't think this brew sells well enough to turn over quickly. And it was on sale for very attractive price.

very dark brown but not quite black, clear with red highlights when held to light. One finger tan head doesn't hang around for long. some lacing also goes away quickly.

creamy, malty, some chocolate, roasted grains and maybe coffee. Subdued but quite pleasant.

Taste like it smells. Sweet and creamy at first with roasted grains and an ever so slight hint of hop bitterness coming in through the middle and lingering. I'm getting the chocolate in the finish too, maybe it is bitter chocolate more than hops? Whatever it is, I approve. And how many years old is this ale, anyhow?

Creamy but thin in the mouth. I was guessing she was something like 4.5% until I looked up and saw that it was 6.5%. Surprised me, it feels much thinner.

Drinks easier than a stout should. That's not a defect, I'm just wishing I had another, as it is going away too soon.

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Photo of PBBC
4.38/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep dark blackish brown with grey-tan head, offering nice contrast,

Smells like burnt caramel, slightly sweet, no hop presence.


Smooth, alot of roasted flavor, but not overwhelming, finishes nicely off the back of the tongue with burnt-caramel/ bitter cocoa flavor. A little sweeter than I would have picked for an all-night beer. Leaves a lingering roasted/burnt flavor on the back of the tongue.

Overall, a great example of Cream stout... smooth almost chewy mouthfeel.

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

Pours a near opaque and handsome black color, thin head that dissipates slowly at first then disappears altogether just minutes later.

Nose is ripe with coffee grounds and milk chocolate. Three Muskateers' bar nougat also.

Medium bodied stout with sweet malt, lactic tartness, and smooth creamy finish. Carbonation provides a nice zest so it doesn't drink too milkshake-like as you'll find with many nitro stouts these days.

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Photo of Ecliptica
4.8/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Oh. My. God. This brew is unbelievable.

Purchased for $4.15 a single at Martin Wine Cellar in Metairie, LA (brand new, never seen it before) and so glad I randomly chose to make a Stout expedition because this was amongst the best beers I've ever had.

Poured the brew from the 16.9 oz green bottle into a pint glass. The beer poured black as night with a quickly dissipating tan head that left no lacing.

The smell was potent; the dark chocolate smell is quite evident and it even smells like tannin, though that could very well just be the chocolate since the brew wasn't bitter as one would expect with the tannin smell. Roasted coffee and malts make an appearance as well, but the chocolate overrides everything.

Oh, the taste. This blend of roasted malts, chocolate, and burnt grain mix together beautifully and create the quintessential stout taste. There is a bit of a molasses and slight, slight, slight bitter tannin or licorice or something aftertaste with just a tad of hops to wash it down. Super complex and super delicious.

With almost no carbonation, the beer felt delicious on the palate. It lead to a tremendously drinkable brew where 16.9 oz wasn't nearly enough. Despite the jet-black appearance, it's neither thick nor heavy and goes down so smoothly. As I find it hard to say what the best beer I've ever had is between styles, I can without a doubt say that this is one of the single best beers I've ever had - certainly the best in this style - thus the high rating. Highly, highly recommended.

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Photo of Absumaster
4.14/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A dark black beer with no head to speak of.

Smell is strong roasted like coffee and has a light tartness that is very appealing and makes the smell quite interesting and worth sniffing for minutes. Some whiffs of a fruity, English yeast.

Taste is roasted with coffee notes. The roast is not sharp and adds a nice maltbitter. Hops are present and add a great earthy hoppiness and bitterness. I am not sure where the cream comes from, but for sure the mouthfeel is smooth. Aftertaste is dry and lingers through with a perfect blend of roast, coffee, bitterness and a complex tartness.

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Photo of hyland24
3.43/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 1 pint 0.9 oz medicine bottle.

A- This beer poured dark black with a thick creamy dark tan bubbly head leaving behing a good bit of sticky lacing.

S- Smell starts off with hints of roasted malt followed by a decent bit of alcohol and raisins with a slight wine scent.

T- The beer has heavy roasted malt flavor followed with hints of raisin and smoke. As the beer warmed up I picked up coffee and chocolate followed by slight alcohol warmth.

MF&D- Thin for a cream stout. Didnt coat the mouth too well and didnt leave behind much flavor. Drinkable beer although I wouldnt go out of my way to try it again.

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