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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 04-16-2002

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Photo of jayw414
4.17/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

The "medicine bottle" style packaging made this selection jump off the shelf at me.

It poured a very rich, mahogany color with a thin, cream colored head. Initial aromas of smoky malt remained for the entire experience.

The mouthfeel was a bit thin; thinner than I would've liked, as a matter of fact. Though the mouthfeel contributed to its drinkability, I would've preferred something a bit creamier. Some English porters I've had blow St. Peter's away in this category.

The flavor, much like the aroma, was a smoky malt. That's it. There was no aftertaste. There was no foretaste. There was nothing except the one flavor. I allowed it to warm as I drank it (I tend to serve porters a bit colder than they are intended to be, but let them warm over time). I'm accustomed to porters being a bit more complex in their flavors.

All in all, a decent choice; but not a favorite of the style.

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Photo of sraimondi
3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice dark mahogany hue, with some initial rocky head, with minimal spot lacing. A slight roast/choco aroma. The taste is very good, roast and choco, in the tradition of porter. I must say that I was a bit disappointed with the mouthfeel. It is quite thin for an English porter (no challenge to the Fuller's benchmark). At 5.10% ABV, good drinkability. I will probably not have another. As I said above, mouthfeel was a bit of a turn off. When I want a St. Pete's I'll instead opt for their outstanding Cream Stout.

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Photo of largadeer
4.04/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is an interesting porter; quite unlike any others I've had. Less opaque than I was expecting, more of a transparent brown in color. Minimal head, very fine carbonation. Somewhat thin-bodied, reminding me more of a schwarzbier than a porter. The nose is extremely sweet, like a chocolate malt milkshake or a mocha latte. The taste is somewhere between a brown ale and a modern porter. Not as roasted as I was expecting, this has a more moderate balance of roasted and unroasted malts - not exactly what I was expecting, but unique and definitely enjoyable. I'd recommend this entirely for the sake of trying a very unique beer.

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Photo of mpyle
3.69/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Reddish brown, far from opaque appearance. Nice clarity, medium off-white head. Quite creamy with reasonably good retention.

Caught a whiff of butterscotch (diacetyl?). Very subtle malt aroma - not the dark roasty stuff of American Robust Porters.

Non-roasty dark malts, with a drying bitterness (seems to be more than just hops). Subtle fruitiness from the y east. Finishes dry, slightly roasty, but generally clean.

Medium body and low-med carbonation. No alcohol warming or astringency. Creamy and smooth, and overall a gentle mouthfeel.

An easy drinking porter. Dark malt subdued as appropriate for the style. Clean and gentle.

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Photo of Bookseeb
3.6/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Medium to dark amber in color with a thin head that disapates quickly. Smell of roasted malts and dark chocolate. Taste of dark malts, coffee and cocoa with a medium mouthfeel. Seems to lack a certain balance that I'm looking for and has a dry bitter aftertaste that sticks around awhile.

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Photo of jmc44
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Interesting old-style bottle. Blurbs on the back explain the beer and the bottle desgin; along with freshness date. Good information.

Pours a very dark brown with hints of ruby, with a thick, tight tan head that leaves a good lacing around the glass.

A nice aroma of roasted malt, with hints of chocolate, and coffee.

Flavor is much the same as the aroma, with an initial bitter roast character, followed by a lingering roast flavor coupled with the chocolate and coffee notes. Not much in the hops department here, as to be expected. Nicely done.

Medium bodied, smooth, and easily drinkable. Its light enough not to be filling but definitely has enough mass to it to make an impact.

A good beer, but a bit pricey - there's lots of good porters out there than can be had for less ($3.25 for 500ml @ Circle Liquors, Pennington, NJ)

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Photo of Poser
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I might have served this a little cold.

Pours black with a hint of a red hue. Top is thin but creamy with good lacing. Aroma is unsweetened chocolate and burnt coffee. Medium-bodied and dry, roasted malts and coffee are upfront. It finishes with some hop bitterness and leaves an expresso flavor after.

Very complex, and my only complaint is that the bitterness lacks a little balance.

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Photo of bjohnson
4.02/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown color with reddish tints towards the edges of the glass and bottom. Not much head on this guy from the start meaning that no retention occurred either. Sweet caramel malt notes with hints of molasses and slight chocolate and coffee grounds. Robust almost.

Sweet caramel and chocolate notes right from the start. Interesting infusion of coffee grounds gives the flavor a robustness that would be lacking without it. Slightly bitter though not quite noticeable until the aftertaste. Finishes smoothly and actually thins out a bit too much. A touch of smokeyness also detectable. A very nice and easy drinking porter from across the pond. Low abv and good flavor allows many of these to be had in one sitting. I will revisit this one.

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Photo of AAvgerinos
4.59/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I came across this delectable treat at The Mercury Lounge in Goleta, California. Though it was a bit expensive at about $7/bottle, I can say it is probably the tastiest porter I've ever had (I've probably tried a dozen so far. i.e. so not a lot). I think the best trait this porter has is the exceptional balance between ingredients. A strong roast flavor comes through without the acrid burnt flavor typical of near black ales. A true porter that doesn’t try to be a stout. Unfortunately the lighting was horrible at The Mercury so I can’t comment on the appearance other than the unique bottles are quite an interesting sight. The mouth-feel was just thick enough to let you know a lot went into making the beer without making it filling, and the hops were just bitter enough to prevent the drink from having a sweet aftertaste. A beer that is good for a short session or with dinner. Again, the balance with this one is quite good. I hope to try one again some time.

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Photo of Vancer
3.35/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Ol’ St. Peters was a decent porter, but for the import price of $3.25 a 500ml, I do believe you can do better locally. <ahem, Boulevard Bully>

Clear mahogany brown, frothy tan head, very good sheet rings of lace.

Nice aromas of chocolate and coffee malt shake. Good start for the eyes and nose, but the taste buds got gypped. Just a basic porter quaff – the above flavors were there, and it had a bit of the sour ale aspect I like, just weak and thin. Almost to a point of watery, but as mentioned a decent drinker.

Liked the oval flask type bottle, but green??

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Photo of cichief
4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought a single bottle in Laurel, MD.

A- Very dark, almost black, when held to the light, however, I could see through this mahagony brew. A nice thick, tan, head of foam rested on top.

S- Scents of coffee and chocolate invite you in.

T- Very rewarding, roasted barley, chocolate, and slight coffee taste. Well balanced, not too sweet.

M- Very good, smooth and carbonated just so.

D- Very nice on a cool Spring night.

I have had this beer at the Jerusalem Tavern, Clerkenwell, London. It is never disappointing, an excellent example of the style.

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Photo of theopholis
3.47/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours a fairly black, color with a deep ruby color when held up to the light. Has a decent tan head with very little retention, but has a nice, thick sticky lace.

Aroma- Roasted malt. Lots of it. Some chocolate with hints coffee. No hop aroma, not that any was expected..

Taste - Nice mild coffee with hints of chocolate and maybe just a hint of caramel. Nice and smooth. Also has a very dry feel to it, which actually belongs in mouthfeel, but it is so noticeable it actually impacts the taste.

Mouthfeel - Body is a little on the light side for a orter. Good carbonation level. As mentioned in the taste section, very dry, kind of minerally. Still...not bad.

Drinkability - A lot of porters are quite harsh. This is not one of them. Not the best porter, but very drinkable and pleasant all the same.

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Photo of BretSikkink
4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Really dark brown, nearly black but certainly not light impermeable. Nose comes up chocolatey, phenolic alcohol flare, and an earthy wood. Note on website that this bottle is a blend of old and younger porters.

The chocolate malts come through big at first, definitely roasted flavors dominate here. Hops come in hard and fast, balancing the whole thing nicely. Solid beer, not overwhelming any direction. To me where it lacks behind the best porters is the mouthfeel, just comes up a little thin. Great for drinkability, no flavors that get "off" as the beer warms. Very tasty treat, session porter no doubt.

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Photo of vickersspitfire
4.08/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It has a very interesting aroma, it has an almost medicinal smell to it that’s covered by a sweet chocolaty scent. It pours out of the bottle a very deep brown color that could almost be mistaken for black if it weren’t for the dark amber hues that show up in the light. It has a very fine head that quickly dissipates into a thin ring around the glass and offers a good contrast to its dark body. The first thing you taste is a bitter edge of the porter but it rolls on to your tongue quit smoothly and has a semi crisp taste by the time it gets to the middle of your tongue. It has a dull slightly bitter after taste that reminds me of some sort of candy and only has a hint of alcohol.

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Photo of stcules
3.6/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Mahogany, copper reflexes. A beautiful tan head.
At the nose a clear chocolate, and cocoa. Some caramel, and a not aggressive but pleasant roasted.
Soft, smooth and pleasant malt at the taste. Here again chocolate and cocoa notes. Some caramel, roast, and dried fruit, but quite light.
Some sweetness, but not too much.
Velvety aftertaste, pleasant. Chocolate again, with hints of bitterness in the end.

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Photo of Ricochet
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Deep brown, light came through, very little lace and very little head

S: Malty, a little hops scent. Slight burnt scent.

M: 3 for 3. All of the St Peters beers that I've tried thus far have had an exceptional mouth. Just a little hops bitterness, just a little creaminess and a good wash with a leftover bitter finish. Again, this is what a porter should be.

T: Suttle chocolate/coffee with a backhanded hop slap. This is a straight forward English pub, order a porter and fish and chips beer beverage. It's malty profile with alcoholic touches, well, it's a very decent porter.

D: Another one that makes me feel like I'm having this in a pub. Very nice.

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Photo of chuckm
2.82/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Perhaps my expectations were built up by the cool bottle and old english script but after drinking this beer I searched the bottle to see if it had really been produced in St. Louis or Milwaukee. What a mild porter, from a style which was a thick working mans grog meant to be both tasteful and filling to this pale approximation. I still think the attendant at my local beer store must have popped it open, drank a third and topped it off with water. still I doubt I'll spend the money to prove him guilty

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Photo of Gattopardo
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep, rich chocolate with a head that dissipates quickly. Aromas of coffee and sweet nuts are evident. Though the mouthfeel is strangely thin for a porter, I can’t say I mind as the flavor sensations are complex, ranging from a bitter coffee taste of hops to hazelnut qualities on the tongue. Just the right amount of carbonation helps it all go down. The label on the very attractive bottle contends that this is a porter in the classic mold, and if that is the case then I’m sad we don’t see this style around much anymore. The lightness tends to allow more appreciation of the taste. My drinking companion comments “it’s a porter that doesn’t force you to choose between a beer and dinner,” which I find nicely sums up both of our feelings.

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Photo of rarevos
4.07/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into pint glass.

A: Mahogany. Light for a porter, but I'm also used to American Porters. Very deep, dark, brown ale-looking. Head is 1/2 a finger's worth, isn't terribly long-lasting. Becomes a crown very quickly.

S: Chocolate and caramel malts, bit of a smokiness, hint of bitter espresso, and a minerally aroma at the back.

T/M: Dark, bitter coca up front that moves into caramel and sweet malt. Bitter coffee and an earthy, woody flavor. Bit of a minerally, burnt finish, along with a dry, dusty tail.

D: Pretty damn drinkable. Nothing really out of whack. Would have loved to have seen it in a darker bottle, but can't complain much about that. The bottle itself is unique.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.33/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This brewery is kinda hit-or-miss isn't it. Expected a very nice, but simple and one-dimensional Porter, but the beer didn't reall live up to my expectations. The pour showed a lighter and more opaque hue than found in today's Porters-- somewhere between rich amber and brown. Though nice head retention, the beer also shows over carbonation and lack of protiens. The aroms confirmed the fear of part-grain character, though turns out more malted barley than the nose revealed. Along with a slightly better than average maltiness, the flavors also showed a moderate bready, lightly grainy, cola-like flavor that fell short of Brown Ale status. The feel was a bit too light, pushing the grain emphasis. Finished with that cola flavor and feel. Though the beer was not a disaster, I was expecting better in terms of rich chocolate, malty, richness and fuller, firmer body.

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Photo of jwc215
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown with a thin off-white head that stays around, though it doesn't quite cover the top fully as the drink progresses.

The smell is of roasted coffee, hints of chocolate, sweet malt and an underlying fruitiness.

The taste if of sweet dark grains with hints of roasted coffee and chocolate. A slight bit of charcoal is there, but doesn't give it too much smokiness. There is a touch of mustiness to it, especially as it progresses. The sweetness is balanced by an underlying lemony, earthy hop bitterness in the finish.

It has a creamy medium body. Pretty smooth with the help of some buttery diacetal.

Complex, but overly rich. A classic porter with a modern twist. Tasty and enjoyable.

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Photo of tavernjef
3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Roasty browned color with a translucent glow within. Small capping of dirty whitish foam. Keeps a thin collar with a few bubbles and the lacing is placed in a few strewn out patterns of spots and broken strings.

Aroma has a slight char over dried chocolate fudge and roasted grains with a bit of coffeeness thrown in. Quite dry and charred.

Taste is middle of the road roasty without much finish however. The char is evident within the flavor, perhaps a bit more smokey sweet leaning in towards the midway and finish. Almost Rauch-like with the smokey bits. Dryish, tender, and a bit of malty sweetness of black malt peaks in the middle; weakened coffee and chocolate notes make for a bit of interest as it rolls through the finish. Dryness ensues with charred leftovers across the palate; quite smokey, but well balanced as so. Not overbearing.

Body is a tad slim with a medium body offered in a weaker middle. The edges of the body and flavor become best in the finish, giving the beer its only true Porteresk charater with lightly drying char and a slight more smoothness and body to it.

A pretty solid porter. A bit underwhelming at points but grows on ya quickly with its clean, well-crafted nature and notations of roasted goodies like, char, malt, coffee, and chocolate.

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Photo of riversider76
3.76/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep brown, with a nice red hue. Thin tan head. decent retention,and nice lacing. Smell was nice, but weaker than I expected. Dark chocolate, and fruits mostly, with a sweet edge. Body is on the thin side,with just a bit of carbionation. Sweet chocolate up front, with a slight bitter edge to the finish. Excellent!

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Photo of BBM
3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer poured from a neat looking dark green bottle as a dark brown, almost black, thick brew with little-to-no head. The smell was subtle, but there were notes of fruits and sugar.

The taste is very solid, with a big unsweetened chocolate flavor that ends on an astringent bitter note. There is a lot of malt character here, but it's not overpowering. The mouthfeel is a little thin, as is the case with most English porters. It's quite drinkable, an easy beer to session. Overall this is an above average example of the style, and is reccomended to anyone who enjoys a good porter.

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Photo of terrabyte
3.73/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, dark brown color with a small head.

Aroma was too mute to pick anything up, which is disappointing. I'd love to have a 2.8 rating instead of "average" 3.

Flavor started off slow. I was a little worried. After a while it opened up and I could enjoy a smoked oak flavor with a nice nutty aftertaste. When my glass was empty I actually smiled when I realized I had more to pour from the large bottle that this comes from.

Mouthful was good. It seemed lower on the carbonation which worked great.

I found the drinkability to be very nice. Nothing too spectacular, but I enjoyed drinking this beer. I was a little leary when I bought it, being clear glass and something that even Cub Foods sells singles of, but I was not disappointed. I feel more comfortable trying other styles from St. Peter's.

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St. Peter's Old-Style Porter from St. Peter's Brewery Co Ltd
3.84 out of 5 based on 605 ratings.
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