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

BA SCORE
86
very good
604 Ratings
St. Peter's Old-Style PorterSt. Peter's Old-Style Porter
BEER INFO

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

Style: English Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.10%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 04-16-2002

BEER STATS
Ratings:
604
Reviews:
383
Avg:
3.84
pDev:
12.76%
 
 
Wants:
32
Gots:
48
For Trade:
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Photo of Texasfan549
3.44/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of nihudob
4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Fatehunter
3.77/5  rDev -1.8%
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 loulou80
3.62/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of joshkouri
3.55/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Beer-Ed
3.73/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BeerWithMike
4.49/5  rDev +16.9%
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 BrewsBr0ther
3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of mjwellman
3.65/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of cwkash
4.14/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of drunkenmess
3.73/5  rDev -2.9%
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 +14.6%
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 Titanium147
4.19/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Mike_Aguirre
4.6/5  rDev +19.8%
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 pimko
3.18/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Jeffsta1
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
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 +6.8%
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 Loveyourbeer
3.47/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of headphonick
3.63/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

@bodega bonavista carrer bonavista 10 barcelona

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Photo of Gear54
4.26/5  rDev +10.9%
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 +11.7%
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 -9.1%
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 +17.2%
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....
cheers

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Photo of GreyGhost4
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

St. Peter's Old-Style Porter from St. Peter's Brewery Co Ltd
3.84 out of 5 based on 604 ratings.
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