St. Peter's Old-Style Porter
St. Peter's Brewery Co Ltd

St. Peter's Old-Style PorterSt. Peter's Old-Style Porter
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English Porter
Ranked #52
Ranked #15,936
3.88 | pDev: 12.63%
St. Peter's Brewery Co Ltd
England, United Kingdom
Very Good
St. Peter's Old-Style PorterSt. Peter's Old-Style Porter
Notes: A blend of a mature and young ale creates a porter of traditional character that’s dark cherry in colour and complex in taste. Aromas of liquorice, rum, raisin and chocolate with hints of coffee are in abundance in this full-bodied, warming ale.
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Photo of jrc1093
3.76/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Bottle reads '19210' (presumably bottled on 7/29/19)

Pours a jet brown body with mahogany/ruby accents at both the bottom and the surface along with a slight, half-finger cap of khaki foam; mediocre head retention yields a splintered bubbly cap, a light smattering of stringy lacing, and a thin, bubbly collar.

Aromas of subdued spent coffee grounds backed with ample roast open, with deepening malted chocolate coming into its own as the beer warms; the middle consists of licorice, a touch of raisin, and dark fruit, with dark chocolate and nuanced roasty malts rounding out the close.

Taste brings a smooth malt and chocolate note in harmony upfront, while malty char with a touch of vanilla and subtle licorice come through across the mid-palate; a silky roast and coffee undertone further defines itself with a quiet sweetness and comprises the finish.

Mouthfeel provides a medium body supported with a thorough fluffy carbonation; drying, with an easygoing malty grit touching the palate as the finish closes with a slight thinness lending to a peaking drinkability in an effortless swallow.

A quality display of nuanced malty roast and balanced sweetness packing character beyond what its 5.2% ABV might suggest; simply a steady and easygoing porter which maintains high drinkability and just enough detail to the profile to call for continued sipping.

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Photo of GuyFawkes
4.42/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

From old, undated notes. Poured from the bottle.

Dark brown; lots of ruby when held to the light.

Dark khaki head; minimal lace.

Cream and oats in the nose.

Medium thick mouthfeel.

Oats & cream in the flavor, too, but an odd sweetness takes the front seat here.

Out of the blue & like nothing I've ever tasted in a porter. Cherries, chocolate, oatmeal & cream.

A strange yet delicious beer. Mind = blown.

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Photo of walknot
4.82/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

A - Dark ruby/brown
S - Sweet, raisins
T - Balanced, raisins, lightly bready, mild sweet
C - Lighter than average carbonation, moderately creamy
I greatly enjoyed this beer.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
4.14/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

(green, 500 ml bottle, code 16207 ... poured at cellar temp into a proper British nonic pint)

L: bottle has thin ring of sediment midway on neck, washed away during pour... brown liquid, dark garnet highlights; finger-high, messy, silky-creamy tan foam... thin cap persisted

S: light caramel, turbinado, light molasses... touch of flowery hops; soft, subtly apple-like esters... mellow degree of roastiness, perhaps more on par with a slightly-roasty brown ale... even at a cellar temp, the aromas don't exactly explode, but what's there is nice

T: popping flash of a raunchy twinge (only) on first sip that immediately gave way to a rich, almost milk chocolaty malt that persisted through each sip... mellow, lingering, herbal bitterness, along with some delicate dark-toasty grain in the aftertaste... firm caramel underbelly, but a rather dry finish

F: feather-soft, subtly sudsy carbonation... plush, medium body with a touch of chewiness... liquid heaven

O: sorry I've passed this by countless times over the years - this is actually quite excellent (and these marks may improve with subsequent savorings), and I'd undoubtedly get this again forever

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Photo of puck1225
3.53/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

I think I had a poorly sealed bottle, it seemed a bit flat. No head or lacing. Taste and smell were good. Nice chocolate and licorice notes. Otherwise, this would have been a drain pour. I have liked St. Peter’s brews before, I will give this another try sometime.

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

500 ml bottle into imperial pint glass, bottled on 3/24/2016. Pours crystal clear very dark reddish brown color with a 1 finger dense and fluffy light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, brown sugar, toasted dark bread, herbal, and pepper; with lighter notes of smoke, char, nuttiness, dark fruit, and roast/toasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of dark/roast/bready malt and light-moderate earthy hop notes; with good strength. Taste of big chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, brown sugar, toasted dark bread, herbal, and pepper; with lighter notes of smoke, char, nuttiness, dark fruit, and roast/toasted earthiness. Light-moderate herbal/spicy hop and roast/char bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, brown sugar, toasted dark bread, smoke, char, herbal, pepper, and roast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Great complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt and light-moderate earthy hop flavors; with a nice roast/hop malt/bitterness balance; some light lingering hop/char astringency near the end of the glass. Light-moderate dryness from hop/char bitterness, increasing through the glass. Light carbonation and medium body; with a very smooth, moderately creamy/bready, and sticky/chalky balanced mouthfeel that is nice. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 5.1%. Overall this is an excellent English porter. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt and light-moderate earthy hop flavors; very smooth and easy to drink. Seems like a cross between Brown/Robust porters in style. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of Dentist666
4.18/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Clear dark brown beer with 1-finger creamy beige head.
Smell - creamy, brown malts, chocolate, roasted, nuts, butter.
Taste - chocolate, coffee-ish, moderate hop bitterness.
Medium body, soft carbonation, chewy. Very good beer.

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Photo of Mitzvahman72
4.53/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

With a nice, dark mahogany color, it has that roasty peat flavor that compliments the balanced, slightly sweet complexion of the beer. There is also a nice caramel, light, refined coffee, and sweetened dark fruits. The aroma has dark chocolate milk and a very nice, refined roastiness that’s not so in your face. Thanks to the smooth carbonation, the mouthfeel is refreshingly light. This is a very uncomplicated porter brewed the way porters are supposed to be! This is like a peaty version of the Old Goat stout from San Marcos Brewing Company.

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Photo of ArchimedesSox
4.11/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Dark brown to black, nearly opaque, thin khaki head, good lacing

S: Roasted malts, yeast

T: Sweetness of the roasted malts, a slight bitterness, then a chocolaty aftertaste

M: Velvety, medium fullness

O: Really quality beer. Smell comes in well and the taste is great. Mouthfeel really lets you know its a good beer.

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Photo of Ferb
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I like this a lot. It is actually a blend of old and new porters that gave the porters in the 18th century their unique taste that I have read about. Naturally I wasn't there at the time so I can only imagine the experience, but this porter has an ever so slight sour taste that hits the back of my tongue. It is by no means offensive, as it changes to dark roasted coffee and molasses and to a citrus (!?) note for a split second then back to roastiness. Truly this is one of the great and unique porters out there if you can find it.

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Photo of bbtkd
3.6/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

St Peter's Old-Style Porter, 5.1% ABV, 0? IBU (unknown IBU but not 0 as one site says). Pours brown and thin, one finger of tan head. Not much for nose, maybe some malt, palate is malt and coffee, with some lingering coffee bitterness. Porter is not my go-to style, but this is quite drinkable. The St Peter's bottles are a bit odd - heavy and oval.

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

This porter is fine, very good even, but certainly nothing so outstanding in the bottle I sampled as to warrant as high of ratings as I've been seeing here.

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Photo of Bruno74200
3.99/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L - light dark

S - buttery notes, vanilla and coffee

T - butter, vanilla, tobacco

F - quite smooth

O - a well craft blend of an old ale and a new ale that makes a great porter!

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.77/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a finger and half of tan head on a black body.
The aroma is roasted malt, mild coffee.
The taste is coffee and chocolate bitterness, mild malt sweet. Simple but effective profile.
The texture is thicker and soft around the edges.
It's a solid, everyday drinking porter.

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Photo of BeerWithMike
4.49/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Sampled last night on 10/10/15 (would of been my mom's 79 birthday). Had a couple of their brews before but not this one. Comes in a pretty deep green 1 Pint, .9 Ounce (500 ml) bottle from the new World's Market in Omaha for $4.99. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured in to a "It's 5 O'Clock Somewhere" pint glass.

Brew pours a super dark brown almost pitch-black in color with ruby highlights. Has a thin light beige cap with some light lacing when sipped. Aroma is of dark roasted malts with some dark fruit. Bit more going on with the taste as there is also some hints of chocolate, toffee and peat. One tasty brew! Goes down easy with no bitter or harsh aftertaste at all..Medium+-bodied with perfect carbonation for this brew style.

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Photo of drunkenmess
3.73/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark with a brownish ruby highlite or tinge. Nice frothy off white head. Seems to diminish while drinking but still lingers. Light lacing through out. Smell is sorta sweet like fruit, maybe apricot? Taste was a bit bitter/skunky at first but once it breathed that faded. Almost like a Lager to me more than a Porter. More of an Ale taste than what I've become used to with American Porters. But since this not American and it's old school, I respect and dig the quality. Not a bad drink at all.
Just not my cup of tea when it comes to Porters.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.4/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | 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: "A blend of a mature old ale and a young light ale creates a porter of traditional character, dark in colour, complex in taste. 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".

Once I Pop!ped the cap, I was anxious to get started, so I employed a heavy-handed pour. This produced three fingers of dense, light-tan head with moderate retention that left great, sticky lacing in its wake. Nose was earthy, reminiscent of a root cellar or root vegetables. I also got anise, chocolate and light smoke. Oooh. Color was Dark Brown to Very Dark Brown (SRM = > 27, < 34) with NE-quality clarity and garnet highlights. Mouthfeel was medium-to-full, approaching, but not quite achieving creaminess. The taste was a riot of flavors - big on anise, some sweet chocolate, a little smoke. This was the kind of beer that I could really get behind! I always characterize myself as a self-avowed hophead, but I will try anything once. This was a perfect example of why one should keep an open mind. I am a big supporter of the brewery and until they let me down, I will champion their cause. The dictum on this site has been review to taste, not to style, but in this case, it tasted great and was stylistically spot-on. Finish was semi-sweet and very satisfying. The flavors all melded together beautifully and left me wishing for more.

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Photo of Mike_Aguirre
4.6/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Very nice porter, one of my favourites. It´s not sweet nor acid, just bitter with strong coffee notes. I find it very sesionable and a good representative of the style.

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Photo of Jeffsta1
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Just an ok beer.

Looks pretty good, nice dark color, pretty tan head.

Smells stale, unattractive, a big lager-y, though with some attractive malt notes that partially redeem it.

Malt, bitter, hint of cocoa. Meh.

Pretty good mouthfeel. Not highly viscous but still somehow conveys richness

Beautiful bottle is the best part of the whole thing. There's better, don't re-buy.

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Photo of dacrza1
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

DATE TASTED: April 18, 2015... GLASSWARE: HopDevil nonick.. OCCASION: a nightcap after celebrating bro-in-law Gil's 40th anniversary... APPEARANCE: pitch black body as expected; creamy, substantial head that settles to a 1/2 inch; laces in swaths of brown--and the bottle scores points too... AROMA: definite toffee, burnt cereal malts and chocolate; peat and smoke elements as well... PALATE: a creamy, medium-bodied, mouth-filling porter that finishes with subtlety; mildly active... TASTE: luscious toasted cereal malts and possible Columbus hops create a full-bodied, sweet, semi-lactic taste; enough earthy qualities to create a warming experience... OVERALL: a strong, enjoyable porter that contains all expected aspects of the style; the ABV % is adequate but not noteworthy; St. Peter's offers another style-appropriate bottle, with cola and peat stoking a working man's drink...

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Photo of Gear54
4.26/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From a pint bottle into a snifter. Bottle has an interesting look to it. Not standard at all.

Beer is pitch black with little carbonation and no head. No lace left on the glass at all.

Smell is roasted malts, coffee, and dark chocolate.

Taste follows the nose well with lots of toasty and roasted flavors. Just a touch of booze at the end.

Feel gets the lowest marks for me. It's way light in the mouth for a porter and I wish the flavors had lasted longer on the finish.

Overall a solid porter. I want to have more from this brewery. This is my first St. Peter's

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Photo of Hoppsbabo
4.29/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Black body with a fine off-white head.
S: Peppy toffee.
T: I has a bacon-like smokiness, but not an in your face one. Has a slight plasticy/chlorinated flavour that I often get from stout. Not completely dry. Just about right actually. A touch of dried fruit and a fruity kind of aftertaste. Muddy with some dark Minstrels chocolate.
O: Would LOVE to try it on cask. These guys know how to make stouts.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.49/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an almost opaque super dark crimson-brown with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Tiny streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa powder, earth, and very slight skunk aromas. Taste is much the same with char, cocoa powder, and earth flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of roast bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with very earthy and char forward qualities that come across stronger in the flavors.

Serving type: bottle.

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Photo of Bis4beer70
4.5/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

this is brilliant
a porter w/smooth tones & mellow like an english countryside
bloody good porter
drinking whilst listening to Maiden's seventh son album...that's mellowing out to me....

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Photo of ThaneMcC
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Appearance: dark ruby brown, tan lace, faint lacing as foam resolves, minimal carbonation.
Smell: Dark malts, molasses, chocolate, buttered toast, citrus, burnt caramel.
Taste: A gentle and smooth blend of malts up front, chocolate, just the right amount of sweet without being syrupy, hint of coffee and dark chocolate, hoppy bite at the end that cleans the palate. Barnyard, leather earthy quality, good, clean dry finish.
Mouthfeel: medium bodied, minimal carbonation
Overall: classic porter, not particularly complex, easily quaffable and enjoyable.

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St. Peter's Old-Style Porter from St. Peter's Brewery Co Ltd
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 624 ratings