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 Padron4KM
3.97/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16.9 oz pale green bottle in the shape of a whiskey flask.

Dark mahogany with ruby hues around the edges. Two finger coffee colored head dissipates quickly, and very little lace is left behind.

Espresso and chocolate aroma. There is an underlying sweetness that reminds me of chocolate covered cherries or blueberries

Roasty coffee and sweet creamy chocolate flavors.

Finish is long and bittersweet.

I was quite surprised. After trying the Golden Ale, which I thought was average at best, I was expecting a mediocre stout. Not the case. This was excellent. Will definitely buy again.

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Photo of clickpush
3.41/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pour: bottle to tulip glass. Comes out with a compact two finger brown head with looser bigger bubbles at its peak, all over a black body agitated by a few tiny bubble trails along the sides of the glass. The head makes a medium quick descent, leaving a bit of sticky webbing along the glass and medium good lacings.

Nose: Sweet honey with sour touches, grainy and malty and uncomplex. Slight anise notes, candy canes, and straight malt extract.

Mouth: Sweet again, milk chocolate flavors mingle with roasted grains. Chard crust, evaporated milk sweetness. Somewhat too lactic to have a high drinkability rating. A lingering bitter aftertaste tainted by acidic sour milk that I don't particularly like. Hops are almost unperceivable as they're covered by the roasted malt flavors. Mouthfeel is a bit too carbonated for a stout, IMO, and not chewy enough.

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Photo of soulgrowl
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Chocolate malted milk head, smooth and moderate, atop an opaque, blackened brown body. Fair retention.

Smell: Vanilla, soy sauce, molasses, peanuts, roasty char, and a bit of licorice. Surprisingly not very milky or chocolatey for a milk stout, but there is a lot of coffee coming through.

Taste: Peanuts, tobacco, and sweet caramel first, giving way to soy and molasses, then coffee, cream, cola, and dark Dutch cocoa. Finish is dry and sort of tangy.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and sticky, parchingly dry in the finish.

Drinkability: This is a pretty good beer, a bit unusal for the style and not as sessionable because of the more assertive flavors and ABV, but still easy to drink.

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.71/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer comes in one of the coolest flask style bottles. This stout is dark black (surprise!) with a nice thick tan head that died very quickly. The smell is roasty and very, very enticing. The taste is nice and roasty with a little chocolate but the flavor is very weak overall. The taste does not live up to the smell. It almost teases your tongue and then runs away. The mouthfeel is very smooth and silky. As it warms up the beer really starts to surprise me with a nice flavor. The drinkability is pretty high as this one doesn’t seem to high in alcohol. This is a good beer but I am so spoiled by American stouts that it doesn’t quite measure up.

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Photo of Ricochet
3.8/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Fourth and final...for now, and it didn't disappoint, but it was the most "ordinary" of the four. (EA, IPA and Porter)

A: Black. No light. Small Lace with no head.

S: Sweet, burnt malt, nothing to pinpoint, stout stout stout.

M: Strong swallow, wasn't as creamy as advertised, very bitter and alcoholic, nice fresh stout aftertaste.

T: Coffee weak but there, sweet and burnt malt were strongest and the alcohol was muted so the taste was not ruined and it showed on the swallow and aftertaste. Pretty subdued hop profile.

D: Actually, this was a little sweet for my tastes, the other elements made it a decent contender, but seemed like others that I had here in the states, therefore only average. I think of the four, IPA is the winner.

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Photo of rarevos
4.38/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into pint glass.

A: Pours a very deep brown, almost black. Head is about one finger thick, decent staying power.

S: Dark, bitter, unsweetened chocolate. Has a creamy thing going on, like you're tempering chocolate on a stovetop in a double boiler and you add heavy cream, coffee liquor, vanilla, and a drop of liquid smoke.

T/M: Mild, smooth, balanced. Has a slight burnt/roasted component, but this is all about the bitter chocolate, bitter coffee, and bitter/roasted nut flavors. The finish has a bitter, dry hop flavor, kind of earthy. Really nice. As with all good oatmeal or cream stouts, the mouthfeel is divine. Smooth, creamy, perfect.

D: Bizarrely, this is just as easy for me to find as the Sam Adams Cream Stout (and since it's a 16.9 ounce bottle, this is actually cheaper than SA for me). So this is my go-to cream stout. I keep these in a cabinet and drink them at room temperature. Divine.

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Photo of JasonCoop
4.69/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

pours a deep black with very little head. kind of strange looking

smells deeply of chocolate. subtle coffee in there too

taste is nice full flavored dark chocolate. a bit of a coffee twang to it too. nice and roasty tasting. one of the better tasting stouts i've tried lately.

mouthfeel is creamy and smooth. it has a refreshing bite on the finish too though.

all in all i highly recommend this to stout lovers.

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Photo of rousee
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The pour on this beer is really pretty lousy. Pours a dark brown cola color. Some amber hues are noticed also but its got no life to the carbonation and it doesnt leave any lace or retain much foam at all. I know this sample is fresh too as it was purchased in the last week and it was a new arrival at the store I got it from.

The smell is very nice blend of dark roasted malts--mixed with chocolate and some raisin like fruitiness a la an imperial stout. I am glad it doesnt have an overbearing sweetness to the smell as some sweet stouts can.

The taste is a blend of much the same dark roasted malts--elements of chocolate but not real overpowering and balanced by a fruity finish. The fruit I am getting would be either raisins or plums or even prunes.

Nice mouthfeel and good drinkability. Tastes lower than 6.5% abv.

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Photo of supercolter
2.23/5  rDev -42.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I am going to have to go against the grain here and not recommend this beer. The appearance is very used motor oily with zero head and still less lacing. Smell is worse, a hint of coffee and cocoa malt and then a sour cream smell. (not actual sour cream but cream that went sour). Taste is very similar to the smell, but the with a bit less of the unsugared cocoa taste. Mouthfeel is fine for the style. Drinkability is not there.

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Photo of rkuhnel
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a St. Peters offerings sold for $3.85 at my local Northcoast Coop here in Eureka, CA. It poured a nice dark red (almost black) that left a big juicy light tan head that settled quickly and left chucks of lacing on the side of the glass. Attractive pour. Nose of burnt malts. Very rich creamy mouthfeel. Flavors of dark malts, coffee, chocolate, and fruit. Finish was nicely bitter. Excellent brew, and a worthy stout.

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

1 pint, .9oz brown bottle from A-1 to-go. Black, almost completely opaque body with only feignt ruby-red high-lights around the edges - one of the darkest beers I've had. A really thin film of light tan head. Smells malty and roasty with a hint of banana or licorice? Tastes mostly like burnt malt, with a fair bit of sweetness, presumably from the cream. Mouthfeel is a bit lighter than expected, a bit aqueous, which helps the drinkability. But the burnt astringency kind of hurts it... Still this is quite a nice little stout. I could see myself getting this sometimes.

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Photo of terrabyte
4.22/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours quite black with a curiously tiny tan head.

Aroma seems similar to other cream stouts I have had. This one seems more heavy on the milk side of milk chocolate, though.

Flavor is a pleasing milk chocolate that grows and expands in the aftertaste. This seems like an earthy beer that balances the slight liquorice sweetness. The bitterness really tranforms this beer's flavors all the way through.

Mouthfeel is a bit oily, and quite tangy from the bitter aftertaste. It's also quite low in carbonation, which I think certainly works for this beer, yet gives it a thin watery texture.

Drinkability is quite high. A great flavor that seems simple at first, possibly due to the thin low-carbonation. But quite complex from beginning to end. Good stuff, and yet anotehr St. Peter's beer that seems immune from clear and green bottles!

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Photo of hungryghost
4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours damn near black with very little head or lacing.
Smells of sweet malts, faint coffee fainter chocolate and a slight smokiness.
Dark and sweet, taste hints of bitter chocolate, stronger coffee and lots of malt. Thick, smooth and pretty creamy. Would make a good dessert beer, with chocolate of some sort. Sip it slowly, the flavor increases as it reaches room temp.

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Photo of bjohnson
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed this with breakfast for this new beer sunday.

A: Out of the odd shaped bottle with a tight neck pours a murky dark brown almost black color. Cream colored head has nice retention around the rim of the glass. Decent lacing.
S: Subtle roasted malt and barley with a nice infusion of sweet chocolate.
T/M: Roasted malt and barley with coffee and chocolate flavors filling in as supporting cast. Sweet caramel or molasses pops up. Smooth and creamy on the palate. Hops show up with a nice stinging bitterness in the finish followed by a coffee like bitterness in the aftertaste.
D: A fine beer to have with a stack of pancakes or waffles. Not a session type brew as the abv is slightly high. Good bottle for use for a homebrew!

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Photo of jpagewatts
3.69/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

pours an opaque black with a thin dark tan head that disappears quickly. the smell is wonderfully rich with hints of coffee against a deep milk chocolate back. the taste has roasted and sweet elements in the background, but the foreground is a very sour taste that lingeres in the mouth. there's a good deal of sweetness to balance it, but still. it's a study in contrast. the sourness detracts from the mouthfeel, but makes the beer interesting enough for me to drink again.

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Photo of shadow1961
3.66/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

St. Peter's Cream stout pours out (of it's very pretty bottle) a thin
tan foam over a black brew. Carbonation is hard to gauge do to
the black-as-my-heart nature of the brew. There's probably not
much. The nose is of malt, chocolate, and raisin. The flavor is big
and yet mellow, sweetish molasses turning to bitter chocolate with
something boozy way in the background and a bit of hop. Mouthfeel
is fresh and tingly. The aftertaste is a bit of chocolate and malt. An
interesting stout- it's big and dark yet also clean and refreshing. You
could almost slam this but you really shouldn't.

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Photo of jwc215
3.87/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours jet black with a thin tan head that soon becomes a swirl than vanishes.

The smell is of dark, rich milk chocolate and hints of fruitiness.

The taste is of sweetened cream and chocolate. Subtle dark fruitiness underneath. A touch of earthiness balances it out while leaving a sweet character.

The feel is full-bodied, but not thick. Soft, but with a certain rawness.

This is a classic cream stout. Tasty, milky, creamy, but also that touch of interfering rawness. Just a bit too much raw alcohol comes through for style. Still in all a delicious cream stout.

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Photo of Pegasus
4.47/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Opaque dark amber in color, with a small off-white head, which retains well, and thin rings that line the glass walls.

Aroma: Deep, rich sweet chocolate, roasted coffee beans, and hints of cream, which carries on forever.

Taste: Bitter chocolate and espresso notes at the open, with a mildly sweet undercurrent. Midway through the taste, roasted coffee bean flavors appear. Beneath it all, there is an earthiness as well. Finishes with a mild, lingering herbal hop note.

Mouth feel: Smooth and full, with a hint of zesty carbonation.

Drinkability/notes: A superb, rather offbeat example of the style. Highly recommended.

Presentation: Packaged in a custom light-green glass flask in the style of the late eighteenth century, sealed with a pop-off crown. Served in a standard pint tap glass.

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Photo of MaltyGoodness
3.91/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle - Xmas present from Josh

Pours a dense black color with a frothy cocoa head that settles to about 1/4 inch and maintains. Nice thick lacing on the glass.

Aroma is roasty with hints of cocoa, a light smokiness, and a distinct sourness.

Roasted malt flavor upfront leading into a nice sour tanginess. The sour taste leads into a light smokiness with some cocoa and coffee flavors. Light sourness lingers at the finish.

Medium body, creamy texture, full carbonation.

Nice, drinkable stout. The sourness was a nice change of pace, and really kept my interest from start to finish.

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Photo of seanyfo
3.16/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured this one into a Duvel glass for the banter and the first mistake was it was too cold for a stout.

A- jet black body with a 2-3 finger tan head. Moderate Lacing

S- First thing that hit was the smokiness. I feel like Someone poured in a dram of Laphroig in the Beer. So damn peaty. Some roasted malts also.

T- once again, very peaty/smokey. Couldnt detect a creamy stout here for me. Comparable to an Irish Dry. Lots of roasted malts in the finish which linger on.

M- Pretty smooth, moderate creamy body. low carbonation

D- Yup i did serve it too cold, but allowed it to warm. but i couldnt get passed the peaty taste. Hated it. Not for me thanks

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Photo of cypressbob
4.28/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle

Pours with a deep, dark rich browny/black body, burgandy and ruby hues when held up to the light. Very thick and viscous, Tight thick tan head with great retention. Smooth lacing all the way down the glass

Smell, strong notes of vanilla, cream, a light spattering of chocolate. Some lingering roasted malt around in the background, some sweetness too

Taste, sweet roasted malt, vanilla, milk chocolate, double cream, lingering malt in the background once again. Coffee and a little bit of molasses. There is sweetness present however its not over powering like some other sweet stouts I've had

A superb beer, I'm generally not a fan of milk stouts but this is fantastic

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Photo of acrawf6
4.3/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a nice rich opaque black with a nice dark tan head.

Smell. Quite nice. A nice amount of roasted malts. Slight coffee aroma with some creaminess to it. A touch sharp on the malts, but great for the style.

Taste. A whole lot of roasted malts. Also seems a bit smokey. Has a nice mild amount of sweetness, but nothing overpowering. Also has a nice creaminess that goes well with the beer. Finishes with a very nice taste of roasted malts.

Mouthfeel.On the fuller side. Nice balance, with a nice creamy texture.

Overall, a very nice beer. One i could enjoy very often when looking for a nice full flavored porter or stout.

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Photo of tavernjef
4.47/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Inked black with a nary medium scoped cap of lightly tanned foam. Quickly snaps to a thin collar and barely any lacing. A few tiny dots speckle the glass.

Nice roasty burnt sweet oat malt nose. Espresso coffee notes and earthy darkened. Underlings of dark fruity stuff are touch and go, stays with courage onto a cookie dough center with burnt edges to most wiffs

Taste is more of the same yummy things derived from the aroma with milky darkened chocolatey sweetness and roasty burnt cookie dough. Nicely firm and forward, right from the first hit to the lips. Lovely chocolate tone to it; lengthy and slightly hinted to earthen and coffee notings. Small undertow of dark fruity malt of fig and raisin slide around the back end. Stays mostly chocolately though, and with a great, firm balanace.

Feel is super creamy and quite medium if not closing in on nearly full with a firm hold of chocolate. Very slippery and semi silky. Nice light dryness of earth and coffee floats off the finish as the chocolately burntness stays everywhere it hits.

A superb Cream Stout! Great bottle too. These St. Peter's brews are quite dandy and I'm gonna have to seek these out from time to time, and more often. Especially this stout. Damn fine stuff!

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Photo of DrJay
4.02/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Very dark with clear ruby highlights. Not much head off a hard pour, mostly large, tan bubbles that don't stick around long, but fine bubbles form a thin layer. There's a bit of spotty lacing. Roasty aroma with sweet caramel and milk chocolate notes, plus a subtle smokiness. Mild bitterness from hops, but there is some from the dark grain as well. Roasted malts dominate, giving it some chocolate and burnt character. I think there's a bit of smoke in the finish too, which is definitely a little acidic with a mild nuttiness. Medium bodied with creamy carbonation and a silky texture. Dryness from the roasted barley. Not bad at all. Thanks for picking this up grub!

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Photo of BattleRoadBrewer
3.7/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Packaged in colonial-style oval, olive green glass pint, a "faithful copy of one made c. 1770 for Thomas Gerrard of Gibbstown, just across the Delaware River from Philadelphia." Date/lot code is cryptic. I love the bottle, and buy St. Peter's often so I can use the bottle to present my homebrewed ales.

Served at 35F, the aroma at the bottleneck was subdued, a little chocolatety.

Poured very aggressively into a nonick pint, yet no head, just some large bubbles. Looks like cola, but darker. A bit of lace on the glass.

Aroma in the glass when cold is plenty of molasses with some chocolate and a hint of cherry.

Tastes chocolately, sweet, malty, burnt, with a hint of fruitiness and a hint of licorice.

Mouthfeel is pleasant, but perhaps a bit thin for the style, and missing carbonation. No hint of alcohol.

As it warms, licorice flavor and aroma takes over, dominating other essences, up to near room temperature when it is all licorice from the nose right through the finish.

Drinkability is good, this is a nice light stout that stands out in a sea of aggressive beers--one can find heavier porters. I'd wish for the licorice to be a bit more subdued. Finish it before it warms to room temp for best flavor. Recommended.

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St. Peter's Cream Stout from St. Peter's Brewery Co Ltd
Beer rating: 3.87 out of 5 with 1,066 ratings