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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
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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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Photo of Tbn2
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a cool looking green bottle to a pint glass.

Pours with barely any head sitting on top of an almost black body that has mahogany hues framing it. Certainly pours like an old school porter.

Smells of chocolate, butter, touch of coffee, and some burnt sugar.

Tastes very smooth. Beginning has a good crisp feel. Halfway down the butter and chocolate taste takes over. The end is very crisp and clean. The coffee and chocolate give is a dry feeling and the hops add just a bit of bite as well. It does feel a little watery on the palate but this isn't a thick American Porter. You have to adjust your taste buds and remember what you are drinking when you drink this.


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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 elerner
4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Not too bitter, goes down easy. A very solid porter.

I bought a bottle so I could contrast it with the porter I brewed. Not surprisingly, the St. Peter's was better.

Smell is a bit "boozy", but the taste had lots of character and complexity. Notes of chocolate, caramel, molasses, and coffee.

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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 msubulldog25
4.08/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

1 pint 0.9 fl.oz. olive-green bottle - poured to a pint glass. Found this one sitting alone in the bin at Beaumont Market a couple weeks back - a $3 'curiosity buy'.

A side note: the bottle/label is among the more identifiable trademarks in the beer world...like an unearthed relic from the Old World.

A: Pours dark brown, a glimmer of ruby redness in it's mahogany depths. Held to light, it shows a clarity with light carbonation, except for a bottom-hugging coating of large bubbles. Excellent head, a two-finger topping of beige sea-foam froth. Lace sticks in an elegant pattern, like fish scales.

S: Initially, curiously sweet and malty aroma of gingerbread, sweet apples and a little butterscotch. Does have a more familiar 'cocoa' mingled with a mineral/chalky backing.

T: Powdery dark chocolate, modest coffee, dark fruit skins and an earthy, almost charred, dry finish. A bit of tea-like spice lingers with a vaguely floral hoppiness.

M: Fairly light body, as to be expected. Slight carbonation, a hint of prickle. Finishes remarkably quickly and relatively cleanly

D: Quite enjoyable. I've neglected this (and the entire St. Peter's lineup) for far too long, probably based on some misconceptions about their (at one time) clear bottles and issues of freshness. This was a fine and eminently drinkable little porter. If I need an English Porter, I'd gladly go here again.

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Photo of bkilpatr
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 500 ml bottle into a pint glass. 12/09/08.

Pours a dark mahogany brown color with nearly four fingers of tan head. The head dropped very slowly and left nice sticky lacing all over the glass. Aroma is sweet malt, toffee, chocolate, caramel.

Taste is full of sweet toffee and caramel, chocolate, toasted malt, and a hint of smoke. The finish is bitter and earthy with tobacco, floral hops, and slight coffee. The feel is just on the thin side of medium-bodied, with ample carbonation. Very smooth with a clean finish. Drinkability is very good. Almost sessionable. Full of flavor and not too heavy.

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

Poured from imperial pint bottle into dimpled mug.
A - Opaque black in color. Nice two finger tan head, that diminishes somewhat quickly, leaving light lacing on inside of glass.
S - Dark roasted malt,milky chocolate, and a bit of coffee.
T - Chocolate malt,more coffee than the smell would indicate, a bit of mild hops on the finish.
M - Not as slick or as lingering as some English porters. Nice balance of malt and hops gives it a surprisingly quick finish.
D - I would have to add this to my short list of drinkable porters. This has lots of flavor, yet not so heavy as to limit me to one bottle. It is made in the old school method of true English porters. I highly recommend it as a benchmark for all porters to be measured against.

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Photo of colts9016
4.18/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The color is like motor oil. Chocolate, coffee, malt and a hint of floral is what I could pick up. Very thick body bitter finish and smooth mouth feel. The Beer taste like chocolate, coffee toasted malts. a hint of molasses and bit pine and earthy. overall a good old style porter

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Photo of BarleyMine
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured this in a snifter with really no head to speak of (may not have gotten the proper tilt). The color is a rich, reddish brown. It smells great, with tones of sweetness, carmel, and noticable rasin/sherry like notes. The taste is sweet, also sherry like with notes of smoke and wood. The mouthfeel is a bit light for the flavor, but it's smooth and very drinkable.

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Photo of roadhouse
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16.9 oz. bottle into a pint glass. I like the concept of it being a blend of old and young beers - old style.

Appears very dark brown in color, ruby red behind the light. One inch light tan head with some rocky peaks at the top settles to a centimeter thick cap that leaves some pretty good lacing.

Aroma is of milk chocolate, caramel, toffee, raisins, plums, and a general fruitiness.

The taste starts off with a quick dash of dark chocolate that seems to come back in the finish a lot stronger. Midway there is some dark fruit notes and then it dries a little and becomes like mocha coffee with the aforementioned chocolate resurgence.

Mouthfeel is medium-light, creamy, and easy to drink.

This was a bit different from many porters but still was pretty good. I didn't quite enjoy the flavor as much as I had hoped but what can you do.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.45/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a dark mahogany red from a wiskey type green bottle that produced a 1 finger rocky tan head that was only average retention wise and less so lacing.

S: a nice dry cocoa powder and fresh coffee hints.

T: The initial flavor yielded a nice chocolate and coffee flavor with dark, burnt caramel and raisins. Coffee with some breadiness were detected as well some floral hopping while it finished dry with a nice roasted lingering chocolate fade.

M: very thin, lightly carbonated and smooth.

D: Okay and only average drinking porter, some nice floral hopping but was light with only a moderate flavor.

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Photo of hunteraw
3.51/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

According to the label, this is an old style porter, resulting from a blend of "old mature ale" and a "younger light beer."

Appearance: Rich garnet color, quite clear. Big, very nice off-white head, with good retention and lots of attractive lacing.

Smell: Round aroma with nuts, roast coffee and caramel coming into play.

Taste: Coffee and toast at the front. Bitter dark chocolate at the finish. Slightly acidic. Hop flavors are typically understated, but bitterness is solid.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, a little too carbonated in my opinion.

Drinkability: Quite decent, sessionable at 5.1% abv.

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Photo of corby112
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving style: bottle.

pours dark brown almost black with thin beige head. Aroma of roasted malts, coffee, chocolate and hazelnut. Very smooth drinking creamy porter with a nice roasted malt flavor. Hints of chocolate, roasted coffee and nuts. very good!

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Photo of KraegerB
4.32/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Presentation- 1pint .9 fl oz. green Old fashion bottle.

The beer pours a near black in colorand almost opaque when held to the light it appears red-ish brown near the edges of the glass. There wasn't really much of a head when poured into the glass and there doesn't seem to be much carbonation.

Smell - Dark chocolate scent.

Feel - Medium bodied, smooth.

Taste - Definite coffee taste. Hint of sweetness. There is a well balanced bitterness from the hops. this beer has a nicely balanced taste

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Photo of jpkoch1962
4.22/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from green medicine bottle into pint glass -chilled to cellar temps. Very dark brown color with tints of mahagony; very stout, thick longlasting head with lacing. The aroma was dominated by bitter sweet chocolate, slightly roasted coffee and burnt brown sugar sweetness. Complex taste as would be expected of a two threaded ale. Musty, earhy front end with hints of bittersweet chocolate, and brown sugar. Some raw burnt sugar notes and a definite bite of roasted coffee. Very smooth body with just enough carbonation to liven things up. Hop bitterness came though enough to balance this porter out.

My only critique is the low amount of hop bitterness. A classic English Porter normally has a decent amount of Fuggles or Goldings to balance the malt bill out. However, this is a very nice porter, just the same. Pair with a slab of sharp Stilton and dark rye bread.

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Photo of ectomorph
3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Love the St. Peter's green medicine bottles.

A - Dark brown with some faint ruby. Small light tan head fades to a ring pretty fast.

S - Dark chocolate with some citrus at the end. Very clean.

T - Dark and roasty malt flavors. Some smoke and bitter chocolate. English hops bitterness balances things somewhat.

M - Medium body and good carbonation pushes this in the right direction.

D - Moderate to high. Not extreme on one end or the other. Another great brew from St. Peter's

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Photo of gonzo46and2
4.07/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Bottle is an old style flask. A small powder blue label on the front displays a black bird. Pours with an enormous head that takes a very long time to dissipate. The color is a dark mahogany brown.

Smell is roasty and nutty with bits of dark chocolate and coffee. A big grainy malt profile rings through as well.

Taste is smooth and a mostly reflects the pleasant aroma. There is a bit of bitter balance with some generous hopping. This is a fine tasting beer.

Mouthfeel is thin for the flavor and is quite refreshing. There's a bit of oilyness from the hops that keeps the flavor lingering on the tip of the tongue.

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Photo of DoctorDog
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 1 pint 0.9 oz bottle into a mug.

A- Very dark, reddish-brown. Too hard of a pour unleashes a lovely, massively thick, tan head. Head dwindles slowly, leaving ample lacing.

S- My nose is a bit off again, so I'm struggling to conjure specifics beyond some vague roastiness, and perhaps some vague coffee/molasses hints. Damn my temperamental olfaction!

T- Some slightly sweet molasses flavors upfront, followed by coffee-esque bitters at the finish, and some other toasty goodness that I can't seem to find a label for at the moment...slightly banana bread, perhaps (?). Excellent.

M- Medium/light carbonation. Smooth.

D- A fantastic winter sipper IMO. Seemed light enough to down several in a row if the mood struck. Made me wish I had a scone to eat for some reason....

Future outlook: Solid in all areas. Repeat business likely. Has me excited to find and try their Cream Stout.

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Photo of Offa
4.42/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a wonderful porter.

Dark reddish brown, it has a mdeium tan head that slowly shrinks and leaves a little lace.

The aroma is rich, toasty, with chocolate and a hint of earthy fruit.

The taste is chocolaty but not overly so, and has toastiness that is dry but not too dry, hints of coffee and earthy fruit. It has a full sweetness balanced with light bitterness and a drish finish. It has a lot of subtle complexity with the different elements blending harmoniously and leaving it very tasty yet extremely drinkable.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a deep amber with a small head. Fruity nose with hints of cocoa. A bit thin for a porter but did have a smooth mouthfeel. Taste started roasted malt and grain with a little spiciness. Finishes with a small bite and roasted malt, cocoa finish. Pretty good.

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

A: a two finger tan head with tight bubbles, nice lacing, brown in color.

S: a malt aroma with mild roastiness

T: a moderate malt taste consistent with a porter in this category. I anticipated something a little heavier but all in all it was good.

M: clean, moderate maltiness, what I expected, not overly carbonated.

D: a very enjoyable beer. It gave me evrything I expected in a Porter.

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Photo of danny013
4.37/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle poured into a 20 oz. imperial pint glass. Beer pours a dark brown, nearly opaque body with big hints of mahogany where the light passes through. Thick, 2 finger light brown head sits atop the beer, falls down to a 1/8" clumpy head that stays around for the pint and leaves some light lace.

Aroma is of chocolate malts, some light coffee, and some herbal hops mixed in with a light sourness. Bready malts and just a hint of alcohol linger in the back. Very pleasant, good depth.

As the beer is drank, sweet malts envelope the tongue and transfers smoothly to a rather surprising aggressive earthy hoppiness. A light sourness hints around in the back of the beer, plays a nice counterpoint to the aggressive hops. Thick bread notes intermingle, and the bitterness gives way to a rich bittersweet chocolate flavor as the beer is swallowed, bringing the beer back to the sweet side. Chocolate slightly fades to a dry finish and a pleasant bitter sourness which lingers on the tongue.

A full-bodied porter matched perfectly with a light carbonation to bring out the creamy mouthfeel to make a smooth, easy drinking porter.

Drinkability is great, a great tasting porter that is both full of flavor and depth and easily quaffable. A great example, and certainly one of the reasons this remains my preferred style of beer. Second beer from St. Peter's Brewery, and have been pleasantly surprised with what they have to offer so far! Look forward to drinking many more of this beer and trying out some others from them.

Let it warm up to cellar temps, sit back and relax, sip slowly, and wade through this fine porter.

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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 wl0307
4.33/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

BB 08/09/2009, served cool in a broad-rimmed goblet (Westmalle).

A: pours a mahogany, gently bubbly body; the slowly building-up beige beer head stays thick like a souffle, gradually breaking down to a 1cm foam retaining throughout the drink... just lovely
S: very pronounced brown-sugary dark malts dominate the nose upfront, in a while succumbing to an aromatic-roasty and bitter-sweet chocolatey note with a faint vanilla hint, and abundant sour-sweet fruity notes of ripe dark fruits. In the background, a faint, deeply dried grassy hop aroma sustains, a bit reminiscent of Czech cerne lager. Overall, fulsome, rounded, and quite balanced~~
T: a lightly sour black-fruitiness, a little comes with an intense taste of bitter chocolates ... quickly revealing a deeper layer of dryish and more bitter roasted/charred flavour of coffee-beans and nuts; the aftertaste is not so much flavoursome as dryish hop-bitter, which is so pronounced and chewy that it almost rings a bell of Chinese herb-medicine soup, radiating lingering herbal bitterness beyond boundaries... Throughout the drink, the sound input of light sourness stays loyally on the side, underlining the bitter elements just nicely...
M&D: a full-bodied porter, with a creamy texture full of fine fizziness; the bitter flavour is echoed constantly by a healthy dose of sourness as balancer, but overall it is an aggressively bitter Porter unlike the usual fares. To me it's just quaffable and utterly enjoyable!

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Photo of clayrock81
4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A leathery dark brown color with a faint head that left a lace ring on top that followed down. A sweet malt smell like some chocolate and molasses/hoeny(?) with some faint hops. Very smooth and semi-creamy, this medium-to-full bodied beer has a good coffee and roasted malt taste while enjoying some hoppiness and sweetness. I thought the finish was great as it was strong but not drying at all. I could have this all day.

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St. Peter's Old-Style Porter from St. Peter's Brewery Co Ltd
Beer rating: 3.85 out of 5 with 611 ratings
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