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

very good
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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 Cthulhusquid
4.63/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Look: Poured into a Duvel tulip. Finger length creamy, brown head. Opaque black body.

Smell: Solid dark chocolate and cocoa, with notes of milk chocolate and young coffee bean.

Taste: Dark and milk chocolate, notes of roasted peanuts and coffee.

Feel: Full bodied, medium carbonation, creamy, and perfectly balanced sweetness/bitterness.

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Photo of weaponexpo
4.78/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Served in a Chimay Golden Goblet

A : Pours a dark black, the head looks oily and tan. It's about 1 finger.

S :Very rich, smells like a coffee flaovored heavy merlot.

T :Smooth and sweet. Creamed toffee coffee meets deep fruit.

F : Smooth with a thick texture with mild fizz.

O : I freaking love this beer and I will it drink often from now on. Some stouts go nuts with the coffee tones but this is perfect to me. So smooth and creamy.

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Photo of ScaryEd
4.35/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a deep, dark cola-color with a 1 finger tan head.

The smell is full of notes of chocolate, fig, and woody, dark fruit. Some faint notes of burnt coffee can be detected.

The flavor starts off with plenty of fig and raisin, followed by dark chocolate, vanilla and roasted coffee. There's also a strong oat character on the back end. Starts out sweet and ends up bitter.

The feel is medium bodied with decent carbonation. Very creamy and smooth. Alcohol is undetectable.

Overall, a pretty complex stout that offers a lot of varying flavors and aromas. A great balance between the dark fruit and chocolate that really blends well together. The flavor gets even better as it warms.

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.73/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a thin tan head on a black body.
The aroma is lots of licorice, burnt wood and roasted malt.
The taste is nicely sweet with a good balancing chocolate bitterness.
The texture is soft and smooth.
A really nice stout.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.52/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I have to cop to really having an affinity for the St. Peter's Brewery line of beers. It may have something to do with their flask-shaped bottles, but if the contents were no bueno, I would have eschewed their beers long before this. Face it, aesthetics will only get you so far. No, these are good, well-executed beers that are stylistically adherent.

From the (cask-shaped) bottle: "'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."; "Historical Notes [-] 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. Peter's Hall and is a rare example of an oval Eighteenth Century beer bottle."; [depicted -] St. Peter's Hall, circa 1280 AD".

I Pop!ped the cap and let fly, giving it a chance to really foam up. I got two fingers of dense, deep-tan/light-brown head with good retention for my efforts. Color was Black/Opaque (SRM = 44), allowing zero light penetration. Nose was really rich and chocolaty, very much like a brownie. My mouth began to water at the prospect. Mouthfeel was dense, full and creamy. It was more like a dollop of chocolate ice cream than a sip of beer! I have said repeatedly that I am a hophead, but this was right up my alley. The finish held a light smokiness that kept the sweetness in check. It is one of those rare beers that I can and have drunk repeatedly, but the difference is that I finally managed a review. I highly recommend this and everything else from St. Peter's.

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Photo of Andrewharemza
4.19/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

From bottle, pours Pitch black with light brown fast disappearing foam. Aromas of chocolate, dark chocolate, cocoa, little coffee but more on the chocolate note. Taste creamy chocolate dark chocolate my god it's nice.

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Photo of Bugcatcher
4.54/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Absolutely delicious beer. Smell is wonderful and it goes down smooth. This beer has amazing flavor. A little thicker mouth feel would make it perfect but regardless it's a great brew

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Photo of vinicole
3.84/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very deep chestnut with a dark beige short lasting head.
Aroma of chocolate malt.
Bittersweet flavour spoilt by burnt toast at the finish which becomes subdued further into the tasting. Chocolate again.
Moderate carbonation. Rather smooth.
Slow to start but grows into a nice tasting stout.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
4.08/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a Hefeweizen glass.

A : Pours a tarry, black, obsidian body @ 100% opacity. The head is almond colored and very fluffy, porous, and large. 3 fingers and sticks to the side of the glass in soapy mountains as it recedes. It rests at about 1 finger.

S : Rich, roasted coffee aromas. Kona beans. Very earthy. Some light cacao, and a milky waft. Bouquet at medium strength.

T : Very dark and dirty to start, but quickly dries out to a rich, thick, malty flavor. Coffee bean, including the bitterness that comes with it. Some faint, faint cocoa but barely discernible. A lactose swirl also accompanies the profile. It finishes primarily roasted with coffee and bean.

F : The first thing I noticed when I put this to my lips is how rich and creamy it was. It's basically like a frothy coffee, and retains creaminess throughout the whole tasting, ending on a dry, nippy note. The carbonation is zippy and about right.

O : I'd have this again, it's very milky, creamy, and also dry. Not a bad choice for those looking for a basic cream stout with lots of coffee and milk.

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Photo of SLeffler27
4.07/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A Harp nonic glass successfully contains the thick creamy khaki head that looks remarkably similar to pancake batter. The head rests for a long while, leaving a coating of lace over the dark brown (SRM 28-33) beer.

Sweet roasted malt competes with baker’s chocolate and equal parts pumpernickel bread.

Pumpernickel bread feature prominently in the flavor alongside bittersweet chocolate. A late, long bitter finish accentuates the deep roasted flavors without a burnt quality. The middle is dry and sweet with cappuccino and rich, moist brownies.

This cream stout is smooth with a very full, creamy body. Carbonation and alcohol are both light, but present, in this otherwise chewy beer.

St. Peter’s exemplifies a meal in a glass. Perhaps better on a cool autumn night than a warm summer afternoon. Regardless, this is easy to consume and would work well on any occasion or with brownie bottom pie.

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Photo of JaimeLondon
3.84/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of the best Stouts I've ever had.
It has an opaque body, almost black; and is possible to make a big creamy and beige foam on this one.
Smell and taste have roasted malts as the highlight - not extremely strong, but it has a "clear smell" and a "clear taste. Hoppy character is not at high level, but it gives an extra to the beer. Sweet notes that are difficult to distinguish are present till the aftertaste.
Feel is creamy, of nice body and carbonation.
Quite of a simple beer but delicious nevertheless.

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Photo of lk1974
4.24/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Looks dark, like a good porter or a light imperial stout. When a light is shined through the glass, some light appears on the opposite side indicating a lighter and lower gravity beer.

Smells of chocolate very strongly with that metallic aftertaste of a porter in perfect balance with the more sweet tones. Has absolutely no smell of coffee whatsoever, which I find a little disappointing.

Tastes very rich in flavor: chocolate, malt, balsamic vinegar, coffee - no... it's espresso, with the oily flavor and bitterness that only good espresso has. Bitter flavors are stronger than the sweeter flavors, with the malt and the espressor weighing in more heavily. It could be a little sweeter, but I think that the earthy flavors and bitterness are really refreshing - which is an uncommon trait in most porters.

Feel is good, but a little thin and lacking in carbonation.

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Photo of Division89
4.82/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Look - Deep and dark with darkish thick head
Smell - Rich, pretty complex
Taste. - Wonderful! Coffee, chocolate, maybe hints of some berries?
Feel - Very nice for me. Not too thick, but still cream-like and pleasant.
Overall - Really really good. Slightly dangerous. :P

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Photo of josanguapo
2.64/5  rDev -31.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

From Club del Gourmet de Corte Inglés of San Juan de Aznalfarache. Playing KB Dark Side. Even though it isnt my prefered style of beer, its drinkable. But the coffee flavor is something I dislike.

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Photo of badgustav
4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Look - deep brown, almost black, and nearly opaque. Head is a rich, smooth brown, fades slowly
Aroma - rich, malty, and with hints of raspberry. A surprisingly complex nose
Taste. - a sweet cereal, with a subtle hop bite. Rich and flavorful.
Feel - pleasant but thin. Slight after notes of hops
Overall - surprising, enjoyable, and dangerously drinkable

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Photo of drunkenmess
3.54/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I liked this beer... but was expecting more. Still not bad, don't get me wrong I will get again. Very easy to drink, goes down smooth. Will try again.

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Photo of Mike_Aguirre
4.15/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Very dark brown with a light brown head.

S: Old fruits, dark fruits, bread, coffee, chocolate, figs, sherry.

T: Chocolate, coffee, mild sweetness, dark fruits, mild acidity in the aftertaste. Also very mild hop in the aftertaste.

F: Medium body with low carbonation, you can feel the warmth of ethanol in the aftertaste too.

O: Good beer, I don´t like sweet beers and this is pretty drinkable for me.

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Photo of gonzo000
3.72/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Beer pours a deep brown color with a 2 finger head when poured into a pint glass. The head settles to a thin layer of foam that lasts. Thick lacing on the side of the glass.

Smell has a bit of a plastic tone, which Also appeared in the back half of the taste.

This taste is very good. The Malt shines through, but the plastic aftertaste was not overwhelming, but still unwelcome.

Very smooth on the mouthfeel. Silky smooth.

A very good stout.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark black, with a creamy looking one inch head, and a little bit of lacing.

Smells like chocolate, vanilla, a bit of lactose, and strongly roasted malt.

This is less sweet and more roasty than I would expect out of a cream stout/milk stout. I get some chocolate, roasted malt, espresso, vanilla, dark fruits, and cherries, very slightly. It's a pretty full flavored stout for only 6.5% ABV.

As implied by the name, this is a pretty creamy stout, great mouthfeel, with a lower level of carbonation, and a medium sized body.

This is a pretty good English cream stout, I really enjoyed it. Cool looking bottle, too.

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Photo of BeerDrinkersWorldTour
3.58/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Deep black colour with a rocky beige head that had very low retention becoming a lace cover very quickly and leaving only a tiny ring of lace in the glass at the very end.

Smell - Coffee and chocolate dominate the aroma with some sweet toffee and vanilla. there is also light hops aroma and some earthy wood notes at the end.

Taste - Creamy and sweet with a pretty heavy coffee flavour bitter woody hop at the back end a light yeasty taste in the middle and some mild vanilla toffee sweetness underscoring the whole lot.

Mouthfeel - creamy and full with good drying linger. Lightly carbonated this beer has the mildest tingle that is almost invisible.

Overall - By and large I do like this beer and will buy it again. It started very well and the middle flagged a little before a very pleasing finish. This is an odd way to describe a beer and I have not had many beers that seemed to drink differently as the bottle goes down. It pares well with dried sausage and Gouda cheese.

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Photo of Hoppsbabo
4.6/5  rDev +18.9%

A: Black with a nice beige head, like the crema on a good espresso. Goes down quickly though.
S: Peppy and very fudgy. Dried fruits.
T: Cor blimey, it's delicious! Like the nose it's Bassett's Refreshers peppy yet the mouthfeel is soothing and creamy. It's fairly sweet and full of coffee. Lots of warming alcohol in the finish. As it warms I get dried fruit and a subtle medicinal flavour. Also some chlorine but that's typical of stout. Even some earthiness in the finish. Bitterness to sweetness level is perfect.
O: I think St Peters make some of the best bottled beer in Britain.

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Photo of xboxhueg
3.25/5  rDev -16%

500ml bottle into a pint glass. (Dig the bottle)

Pours not quite jet black/inky, light gets through and shows a nice ruby red on the edges. About a finger of fluffy off white head that dissipates and leaves a thin film.

Get a lot of dark roasty notes on the smell, no real coffee/chocolate notes to speak of. Slight breadiness and maybe a twang of sourness.

Mouth feel is light to medium, good amount of carbonation for a stout, refreshing.

The taste is very reminiscent of Guinness to me, only better. Very roasty, slightly sweet no real hops to speak of. Any bitterness if any is coming from the dark roast. Faint hints of a dark chocolate but not much.

Overall- Not my favorite stout by far, but it's pretty good I wouldn't turn it down. I think there are better stouts for the money but definitely worth trying. Sidenote- I found myself not impressed what so ever when I first poured, got exponentially better as it warmed.

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Photo of M_SRD
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Ode to a Cream Stout: One downfall I noticed immediately was this beer isn't much of a stout, but good none the less! Strong malt and chocolate taste with a dry bitter finish, a great "dessert" beer to finish a meal.

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Photo of Malt_Man
3.25/5  rDev -16%

Served cold from 500ml bottle into straight pint glass.

A) Black and opaque. Had a fairly lively tan head at first that disappeared quickly, leaving a thin film with a little lacing.

S) I drink stout cold, so not getting a lot. Smells fairly alcoholic, smells fairly light for a 6.5% stout (hey, that is strong in England!)

M) Light carbonation, in line with the norms of the style. Being cold it is fairly refreshing. Goes down very easy for 6.5%.

T) Very light for the strength. Slight coffee hints. No bitterness to speak off. Very light aftertaste. Just not a lot to write about.

O) In two minds on how to write this up. This is like a very good version of Guinness, with no real flaws. Goes down super easy. My criticism would be: does it have to be 6.5% to achieve that? Buy it if you are a general stout fan, you will enjoy it without being blown away. If you are an stout fan from England looking for our equivalent of Founders et al., this is nowhere near.

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Photo of chinchill
3.99/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From bottle.

Clear dark red-brown; nearly opaque. good head and lacing.

Aroma: complex and highly appealing. Approaches 9.

Flavor: mildly sweet; great balance; lingering taste of dark chocolate and dark roasted malts. No burnt elements.

Feel: medium body with good, low carbonation.

O: excellent.

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St. Peter's Cream Stout from St. Peter's Brewery Co Ltd
3.87 out of 5 based on 1,044 ratings.
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