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

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St. Peter's Old-Style PorterSt. Peter's Old-Style Porter

Brewed by:
St. Peter's Brewery Co Ltd
England, United Kingdom

Style: English Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.10%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 04-16-2002

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Reviews by MaineBirdMan:
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3.54/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured this porter out of a 16.9oz bottle. Simple but very cool green bottle. There was little to no head.

Smell: I couldn't really get much of a nose from this porter. There was a hint of chocolate in the air.

Color: Mahogony/burnt caramel

Mouthfeel: Easy on the tongue. Not too much carbonation present. Very smooth finish. Didn't linger on the tongue for very long. Wanted to keep drinking more to keep the flavor in my mouth.

Taste: Very chocolaty. I thought of tootsie rolls. Little to no hops. Not much alcohol tasted.

Drinkability: I could sit and drink this one all day long. It was like mother's chocolate milk.

The only downfall with this beer, for me, was that there seemed to be something missing with the finish. If it just could have lingered a little longer on the tongue I would have it as one of my favorite porters.

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Photo of Jason
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: Green 1 pint .9 fl. oz. Old fashioned medicine style bottle with a quick blurb about the beer on the back label as well as a “best before” date.

Appearance: Nearly black in colour, more of a extremely dark brown, and still holding some ruby highlights. Pours rich creamy tan lace that leaves trail of web like stickiness.

Smell: Dark unsweetened chocolate or carob, light musty buttery yeast nose, lemony twang from the hops and some charcoal tie things up in the aroma.

Taste: Strong medium body, sturdy smoothness and a dryish mouth feel. Carbonation is mild and very appropriate. In your face coffee and carob flavour with a small and quick yet rounded sweetness. Hop bitterness flares in to a happy medium to bring a perfect balance. Earthy dry. Musty buttery yeast hits middle to end to add a lustful character to this ale, touch of astringentcy towards the end from the roasted malts to stop with a dry finish.

Notes: Old style porter to say the least, A blend of old and new beer. A very well structured beer with lots of flavour going on … a sharp cheddar and whole grain crackers pairs extremely well with this one.

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Photo of drunkenmess
3.73/5  rDev -3.1%
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 +14.3%
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 Gear54
4.26/5  rDev +10.6%
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 oberon
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured more of rich tawny brown with not much head just a soapy-like semblence of one but the nice rich color made up for the lack of head,aroma was nutty with milk chocolate presence as well with just a touch of coffee.Taste is the same alot of nuttiness with an almost almond flavored coffee drink flavor to it,now I have a problem with the wateriness of this brew though really thin I think compared to American counterparts wich Iam used to.None the less this a easy drinking flavorful porter with a cool bottle I would buy again and will.

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Photo of Popsinc
3.89/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A super dark brown pour with a minimal tan head. It seems to be very smooth and very light on the carbonation.

The nose is wonderfully chocolatey and heavy on the chalky cocoa notes. The taste starts off with light roasted malts and quickly makes a turn for a delightful chocolate treat without being very sweet. The cocoa notes fade into a semi-bitter & dry finish.

Although this is a nice creamy beer, the downside is that this beer remains too light-bodied for the style. A very nice sipping beer containing rich qualities without being overpowering or heavy. A little too light bodied for my liking but still, the good outweighs the bad here.

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Photo of RoyalT
3.97/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance – This one is a nice ruby-laced black in color with an off-white, moderate head.

Smell – There’s no mistaking the big coffee grounds that leap out of the glass. This one is dark with some creamy, roasted malts and a light fruity hop profile.

Taste – The malts are big but mellow at the taste. The bitter coffee flavor provides good complexity as does the light, fruity hop compliment. This is a good one.

Mouthfeel – This Porter is a solid medium in the body and very creamy. The sharp bitter bite at the end provides a terrific contrast to the smooth character of the malts.

Drinkability – This is a good Porter that both entertains and satisfies. There are a lot of interesting things going on here, so have some fun with it.

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Photo of hopsleeroy
3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared with girlfriend

A-Very dark brown almost black with ruby edges
S-Caramal and chocolate malt, earthy grass hop presence
T-Subdued roast with mild chocolate, earthy hop flavor, Ver mild fruitiness as it warms, I have gotten used to american porters which tend to be heavier in the roast than this one, very balanced blended flavors, slight bit of plastic flavor that keeps score down
M-Medium to full in mouth, slightly creamy
D-Easy drinking porter but would probably look for different interesting flavors after a while

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Photo of Stall02
3/5  rDev -22.1%

Photo of sgoodship
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I so loved the St. Peter's Cream Stout that I was hoping to drink that all over again. I really had to force myself to switch gears into a Porter mode.

A: 1 Pint 0.9fl.oz. green bottle. It poured a nice clean, slightly off-white head. As the drink progresses, the head got craggy. Nice lacing and a stuck to the glass in a web pattern. Very dark brown - almost black. Some nice mahogany highlights on the bottom of the glass - catching the light.
S: Beautiful bitter chocolate and coffeee. Bitter smeetness balanced by hops.

T: Malty at the front end, moving to the expected bitter chocolate and ending with a crisp hoppy sourness to balance it off. Wanted more of the chocolate/coffee pay-off but taste delivers more heavily in the back-end - middle wasn't bold enough for me. As the drink progressed, the hoppiness definitely took on a more fruity personality - exceptionally bold.

M: Nice, creamy, full body but clean. Felt just right. Little bit of carbonation to liven things up. Hoppiness really hits you at the back of the throat on the back-end.

D: A really nice porter but I felt like it was lacking something in taste for me. Not quite what I was expecting or looking for. Don't want to take away from the quality of it. I would be more than happy to return to this brew but definitely wouldn't be a stand-by for me.

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Photo of Billolick
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

they get points added for a classy and very unusual bottle. This one poured very bark, allmost black with a very large head, that got me worried it had gone bad, no worries as the head dissipated to a fluffy off white crown. Left nice, well developed lacing. Malty, burnt grain nose. Tasty drinkable porter, burnt notes, chocolate, light coffee, good depth of flavor, very enjoyable with a steak and salad. I'm interested to now try the others in this line of brews.

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Photo of fdrich29
3.67/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

St Peter's Old-Style Porter, 1 PINT 0.9 FL. OZ. bottle purchased at Marty's Wine in Newton, Massachusetts.

"Brewed with skill and patience in one of Britain's finest Small breweries."

I loved the Cream Stout enough to now try every offering from St. Peter's I can get my hands on. I was happy to spot this bad boy on the bottom shelf of Marty's Stone endcap.

Not a whole hell of a lot to look at once it's poured, a wee bit of bubbling lacing around the edges of this black and crimson brew. Smells nicely of malt and figs. Tastes a bit smokey and strong malt, but overall a bit plain without much dimension or complexity. Mouthfeel is a boring and flat, I've had bottled waters with more flair on the palate.

Very easy to put back, and although I was underwhelmed I would recommend giving it a shot.

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Photo of tonybiblerocks
5/5  rDev +29.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

In a word, Perfect. Best Porter I've ever had after 20 years of drinking beer. Smooth, smooth, smooth! Yummy. I picked it up because of its unassuming label, quite simple. St.Peters also makes a stout you must have too. I've only seen them in specialty shops here in south TX. 'Nuff said.

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Photo of dcevans
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of sydneyMTBdog
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of magictrokini
2.95/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Hard to rate this one. Pours clear dark brown with no head. Aroma is heavily coffee and leather. The taste is weak. Good coffee, malt, and some bitter hops, all with an earthy feel. Watery mouthfeel. Finished like an ESB. Overall, this was good, I just wanted more.

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Photo of wo87810
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of williamjbauer
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of ADR
4.28/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

An old school Porter from a flask bottle that looks like it should have patent medicine in it. Very dark black, just a little light comes through at the bottom. Dark tan head rises and falls in a minute. Nice thick lacing on the glass. Heavy aroma, malty but pruney with lots of spicing and slight medicinal qualities. Thick and chewy mouthfeel. Flavor is interesting in its depth and layers -- more prunes, fortified wine, dark roasted senses, a seeming layer of ashy bitters at the finish. Aroma keeps backing up the flavors in the mouth. Interesting rendition, lots of flavors to note that imply more alcohol than is really around. Reminds me of what an historical Porter may have tasted like, tavern owners blending all sorts of brews and even adding strange and unexpected flavorings for balance and color. The drinkability is kind of subjective to me, its a little different.

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Photo of chinchill
4.21/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

16.9 oz green bottle served in a Unibroue snifter.

A: Pours a clear, dark reddish brown with a small off-white head that soon dies down to a lasting island and ring; leaves spotty lacing.

S: Exceptionally pleasant mix of dark fruit + chocolate + roasted malt + baked bread + a dash of spicy hops. Excellent if more subdued than I wish, given the great quality.

T: Plenty of rich, roasted malt flavor here, but that's not all. ... This is surprisingly hoppy for a English porter; enough to leave it very nicely spicy and slightly bitter. Nice roasty aftertaste.

M: moderate carbonation; enough to leave the medium-body smooth but lively. Light dryness in the finish.

O: A very well-crafted brew that should be sought out by fans of porters.

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Photo of foamer
3.58/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep brown which turns a rich burgundy when held up to the light with a nice tan head which leaves a nice wall of fine bubbles on the sides of the glass. I was a little bit concerned about it coming in a green glass bottle, and indeed there was a descrenible skunkiness upon opening the bottle, but it did disappear and the beers roasted chocolately nutty aroma came through. Unsweetened chocolate plays heavily on the palate with some roasted malts and finishing with a lingering almost nutty finish. A very pleasant and easy-drinking porter. Nice silky mouthfeel and all around a decent little import from the LCBO this fall.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4.38/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

(Served in a glass mug)
A- The dark brown body has reddish highlights with a light tan creamy head that last and last.
S- This beer has a light fragrant roasted black malt flavor without a bitterness and a dry caramel quality that finishes with a slight tartness and a chocolate note that grows as the beer warms.
T- This beer has a smooth mellow roasted malt flavor with a toffee flavor and a watery taste to follow. There is a nice roasted mellow finish.
M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with no alcohol heat or astringency.
D- This beer has a good session beer with a great depth and a nice subtle complexity and I would love to try this on cask.

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Photo of jbphoto88
3.29/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from an olive green 1 pint 0.9 oz bottle. This beer is deep red and murky clear. You can see through it at the bottom of the glass but as the taper widens it becomes unclear. The head is as close to perfect as I've ever seen. Thick, tan and lovely as it laces the glass.

The nose is average at best. There are hints of roasted grains but they are muted. Not much of a smell when it comes right down to it.

The taste is good but very much an English porter. Muted and not very complex but still satisfying. The flavor is consistent with a fine toasted bread. Slightly sweet but watered down.

Mouthfeel is very smooth and almost creamy. Mild carbonation and a medium body. Not bad, but very average. I can picture sitting in an English pub sipping this one late into the evening.

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Photo of CamuMahubah
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark black with mahoghany highlights.

Roasted oak and semi-sweet chocolate!

First taste was a bit of bbq sauce. After that things settled down a bit. Charcoal and bitter chocolate. Hop acid levels are just right. This one is balanced.

Beer of substance...

Very easy to drink because of the balance. Tastes like a porter should. Do not let the green bottle scare you away! I'm not usually a porter fan and I got talked into trying this one. I owe my buddy a "High Five"! This is a classic porter. I wish all porters were this enjoyable!

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