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:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-02-2002

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Photo of MaltyGoodness
3.91/5  rDev +0.8%
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 -18.6%
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 +10.3%
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 +10.8%
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 +15.2%
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 +3.6%
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 -4.6%
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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Photo of MillRat
4.07/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: A deep brown that fades to black about a quarter-inch from the edge of the glass with a cocoa-colored head that fades rapidly, leaving no lace.

S: Very nice blend of roasted malt and chocolate. No hop presence.

T: Leads off with a dark brown sugar note that turns molasses-y, chocolatey and roast malt in turn. A very nice fading of a slight sweetness into a dry, but not astringent, finish. Hop bitterness is present but nowhere near dominant, letting the dark malts do the heavy lifting

M: A nicely medium-bodied beer that works well with the flavors.

D: Good for two or three bottles, but the heavy finish, not to mention the 6.5% ABV, put this clearly out of the session category.

Overall a hearty recommendation as a stouter cream stout.

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Photo of Freshie
3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Black alluring colour, with tan frothy head that dissapates quickly to the sides.

Smell of roasted sweet malts. chocolate, and coffee.

The taste is smooth and thick, with malty chocolate and coffee. Some hop spice, and finishes with a musty yeast. The aftertatse sticks to your throat which is a bit unpleasant.

Very drinkable, and very tasty.

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Photo of oberon
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I really dig the bottles of the St. Peter's line of beers I think this the sixth beer I have had from them,this poured a near pitch black with a few highlights of ruby when held up to the light with a substantial beige head atop that left a broken lace around the Guinness glass.Mmm the aromas are great and complex notes of dark fruit,highly roasted malt,bitter chocolate and even some nuttiness when served at the right temp this brew gives off alot.First off a deep bitter chocolate and brown sugar character hits with a charred dark fruit flavor melding into a pretty dry almost woody finish that lingers for a bit,it really dries out alot in the finish.Not really a creamy mouthfeel wich I was hoping for and it was a bit sharp at first,in saying that it is the only qualm I have with this stout and its not much of one.I liked it alot it would be a good chocolate dessert beer because the roastiness would cut thru the chocolate and it has a little chocolate character in itself,I recommend it for sure.

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Photo of bossmanjg
3.1/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The bartender at Alternative Brews in Amherst, NY suggested St. Peters Cream Stout to me. After taking my time consuming this beverage, I reached the following conclusion.

Appearance: It was a dark caramel color, aesthetically a very pleasing beer. Holding the glass up to the ambient light of the establishment allowed for very little light transfusion. And as for head, you might get better head from a nun.

Smell: The aroma was not unique by any manner in the beginning; it smelled of a common cream stout. But, as it warmed in my grip, it only improved like the sweet cigar smoke that surrounded me. Although, now that I think about it the aroma could have been a blend.

Taste: Average at best. The usual chocolate flavors were, I felt, quite muted. Even the roasted coffee flavor commonly present in a stout, wasn’t.

Mouth feel: Again I feel the best word would be average. If I didn’t know that I was drinking a stout, I would probably think I had a mouth full of Coors light. Yeah, I said it. You’ve grown now maybe your beer should as well! (That’s for you Aaron…. He he he)

Drinkability: This is, for me at least, not a session beer. One here or there to break the commonality of regular boring pub fair, maybe.

And as always remember the immortal words:

“Beer is proof that God loves us, and wants us to be happy.”

~Benjamin Franklin

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Photo of mrasskicktastic
3.51/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A black brew with about two fingers of head that live for about a minute. No lacing.

S - Burnt malt, elderberries, coffee, chocolate and dates.

T - A sudden hit of sugary coffee and dark, dark chocolate that lasts for only an instant before it is replaced by a charred malt with a touch of cacao backing which shifts into a medium strength charred bitterness. With that bitterness there is a bit of a lingering chocolate sweetness still.

M - Smooth, thin, creamy and pretty refreshing.

D - Pretty good, but it does leave something desired. I imagine there are a lot of cheeses which would provide a simply amazing pairing with this stout. It is a pretty quaffable brew. Of the St Peter's brews which I have tried recently, this is my favorite. I don't particularly care for my stouts to have a charred flavor to them, which seems pretty common to this line up.

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

Though St. Peter's Cream Stout is quite dark when poured, it's not nearly as flavorful as one might expect. It's nearly jet black as expected, though with very minimal brown head. The nose is also quite subdued, primarily coffee and roasted malt, though barely detectable. The flavor isn't as creamy as many other cream stouts either. It's a rather mildly flavored stout with the bitter roasted malt flavor smoothed over by the cream. Something of a mix between a traditional stout and what one might think of as a traditional cream stout. Not the best example of the style, but at least pleasant enough. Minimal carbonation and somewhat thin mouthfeel were a bit of a let down too. All in all, it's not bad by any means, just kinda weak.

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Photo of msolar
4.13/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wow, it’s dark. The tinted green bottle give the impression that the beer might not actually be so dark. It’s a full pint, and leave ~1cm of head.

A lot of coffee aroma.

Flavor – very smokey, and a bit of bitterness.

I didn’t sense as much chocolate, but then again, I recently had a Young’s Double Chocolate Stout.

If it wasn’t so tough to find, this would be a regular in my fridge.

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

Where has this beer been all my life? I just recently discovered St. Peter's Cream Stout and thank (insert deity) I did.

Poured in the glass with minimal head. This beer absorbed light like a black hole. Dark chocolate and coffee aromas and taste. Nice mouthfeel with a good amount of carbonation. VERY delicious and VERY drinkable.

A very tasty beer that I plan to do a homebrew knockoff of very soon.

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

Yum, yup that sums it up. This is a pretty good cream stout. It is the right color and has an ok head for a cream sout anyway. it has a nice roasted, chocolate laced, almost roasted chocolate if there is such a thing. In fact maybe a bit smokey, which translates into the flavor well... The smokey kick is almost like that of a rauchbier. Hmmmm, smoke and bitter dark chocolate, I can get used to that. The body is a bit thin, but other than that it is a pretty good tasting brew that will be in my fridge when I am looking for a decent cream stout.

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Photo of barleywinebrewer
4.27/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - midnight black, thin tan head.
S - roasted coffee beans, roasted barley, chocolate dominate, a background of hops.
T - Similar to the smell but with a creaminess that is a very pleasing touch.
M - much lighter in body than expected.
D - very tasty! very creamy! very I'd like another!

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Photo of auntfloyd
3.58/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Served from a 16.9 oz "flask" bottle into a standard pint glass.

Pours a very dark, almost opaque black with very little head, which rapidly disappears entirely.

The scent is of coffee, mocha, and sweet malts. Very sweet-stout-y.

The taste is similar: hints of coffee, mocha, chocolate, backed by a dry roastiness.

The mouthfeel is fairly thin, especially for a stout. It is not very heavy or very carbonated, and is in decent tasting, but not outrageous, which adds up to a very high drinkability.

Overall, this is a good ale; I wouldn't turn one down. That said, with all the much better stouts out there, I don't think I will be picking this one up again either. I far prefer the offerings from North Coast, Stone, Brooklyn, or Weyerbacher to St. Peters.

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Photo of edskirk3
4.46/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A 16.9 oz 3 Stooges-style hooch bottle (it even makes that glug sound effect when you pour it), no decodable freshness info. Decanted into pint glass, yielding a brief mocha-colored head and infinitely dark body. A little bit too effervescent for a stout, methinks. Smells great though.

Full-bodied and (dark) chocolatey, but the main thing I notice is the way my teeth tingle a bit after each mouthful, as if I've just eaten a very rich piece of cake. Apropos for a 'sweet' stout, wouldn't you say? St. Peter's Brewery has its newest disciple.

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

1 PT 0.9 Fl Oz bottle>oversize wine goblet

AP: Very darkest brown not totally opaque, starts off lively and bubbly. A Thin, off-white head dissipates quickly, seemd to flatten out becoming very cask-conditioned looking.

Smell: Very sweet malt, robust, mild coffee hints.

Taste: A very complex malted flavor with oatie, smokey and oak-barrel-aged effects with a "smoked Molasses" flavor and a nice coffee and cream that rides underneath. There is also a sour/tart taste that comes from the tastebud's being pulled in two very different directions...a creamy sweetness and smoked nuts flavor divides the palate.

MF: A Full-bodied, hefty and smooth feel and a bit flat feeling at the end.

DA: This is a really good example of a milk Stout, I dig the style and it's pretty easy to drink at 6 %.

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Photo of spk154
4.8/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is by far one of the best beers I have ever had the pleasure of
Start with the aroma...hints of mocha and coffee, subtle yet present.
It has the smooth, easy drinking texture quintessential to a cream stout, without being overly heavy. And then, the taste. Never being obnoxiously sweet, flavors
reveal themselves subtely and eloquently...with hints of cocoa, expresso, and cream working themselves ever so lovingly over your
tongue. Very drinkable, all in all, and were it not for the price ($6 dollars/btl), I feel like this would make an easy session beer.
In my opinion, among the very best in character, flavor, and drinkability.

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Photo of KyleVick4
4.57/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 2 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

1 pint .9 oz

A: Pours with a real nasty head, creats large bubbles that look almost soapy. But quickly dissipate into a nice enough head. Nothing special though. Decent lacing and the color is pitch balck. Gottafix that soapy head look, not very appetizing...

S: Mmmm rich dark chocolates with some fig notes. Coffee and hops hit me at the same time. Roasty malt and a touch of liquorice make this a complx smell that hits hard and lingers. Mmm love it!

T: A very silky creamy beer, lots of chocolate and dark toasted malts. Dark deep rich chocolate flavor is more powerful than the coffee hints. Strikingly similiar to Old Rasputin and thats a compliment as that was my favorite beer for quite a while. Very bittersweet ending, that might come on a little too strong, and with an abv of only 6.5 I think a short aging period might help smooth things out ... maybe.

M: Silky and creamy good carbonation but a tad rough around the edges. Cant describe it right. Maybe a touch to much carbonation? Either way a superb beer.

D: Almost done with the glass as I typed. I will buy this again and again. Nice job by the people at St. Peters for making this brew. Other than the nasty look of the head this is a top notch beer.

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Photo of joeack
3.73/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a deep dark brown with no head at all. Smell of espresso, chocolate and molasses. Didn't taste the higher alcohol at all and the sweetness came through very well. Had the feeling that this one was slightly past the expiration date and would love to try a fresher one but overall enjoyed it.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.57/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Burnt umber with generous reddish gold trim at the bottom edge of the glass and a small light brown head up top. The cap is a loose collection of bubbles more than it is dense, creamy foam and doesn't leave much lace as a result. With a better looking crown, the next highest score would have been a slam dunk. Or, if I'm keeping this British, a dead cert.

Cream Stout has a wonderful nose that, nevertheless, doesn't smell very cream stouty to me. I think of vanilla or coffee-with-cream when I think of this style. The aroma is more along the lines of roasted barley, bittersweet chocolate and ground espresso beans. This one could give a few American double stouts a scare.

Tremendous beer and easily one of the best stouts to come out of the British Isles. Black coffee has easily pulled ahead of dark chocolate, although both flavors empty both barrels with each and every sip. Citric hops play a valued role as well and add even more palate interest. I'm amazed at how rich and complex this beer is. Deelicious.

I still don't see the milk part of the 'milk/sweet stout' moniker, but I'll definitely go along with the sweet. The thing is though, the sweetness is perfectly matched by an equal amount of bitterness and sourness, making each mouthful a wonderous contrasts of flavor sensations as well as flavors. The finish is impressively drying and bitter. I didn't quite start the bottle out at room temperature as the label recommends, but it's hard to believe that any more flavor intensity is possible.

My first impression of the body/mouthfeel was that it was good, not great. As I enter the bottom half of the bottle however, it has become a smooth, silky, melted chocolate glaze-like treat. When judged against its style peers, I don't know that I've experienced better.

St. Peter's Cream Stout, especially given my experience with a handful of this brewery's other offerings, came out of left field. Sorry, too American. It was a right googly, it was. Not only is it the best English stout that I've ever had, it just might be the best English beer period.

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Photo of atozymurgy
3.33/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice, full, coffee-colored foam. Beer is dark brown to black, with ruby highlights. Aroma features lots of roasted barley, with notes of caramel and chocolate. Hints of hoppiness, and some smokey notes too. Flavor dominated by roasted barley and sweet, dextrinous maltiness, rounded out by bitterness. The bittering comes not from hops, but from roasted barley and roasted malts. There's a bit of hop flavor there, too, but it's mild. Finish very sweet, but ends with harsh bitterness. Mouthfeel very full up front, but finishes thin and oily.

Overall, this isn't quite what I expect from a cream stout. It's good, and there's definitely a good amount of sweetness, but the harsh bitterness is out of place here.

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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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