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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 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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Photo of MillRat
4.07/5  rDev +5.2%
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 -0.5%
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 +5.9%
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 -19.9%
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 -9.3%
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 -10.1%
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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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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