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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 jwc215
4/5  rDev +3.9%
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 +2.6%
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 -2.3%
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 +0.8%
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 -3.1%
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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Photo of Minkybut
4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into tumbler at 50 degrees, but wish I had started it at 55. Beer was very dark for a porter. It had a nice head that lasted almost long enough. It was a tasty belend of dark choc. and toasted malty hints. I really liked it and will most certainly purchase again.

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Photo of Impsonsay
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is my first English style Porter (and my first review :D )

A: Pours an inviting, deep, almost mahogany brown. Thin white head that dissipates very slowly, and clings to the side of the glass.

S: Has a delicious smell of choclate and mocha that increases as the beer gets warmer.

T: Malty with moderate hop bitterness, strong aftertaste of coffee and dark choclate. These flavors gain strength and character as the beer gets warmer.

M: Not too thin, yet not overpowering. Has a moderate to high level of carbonation.

D: I enjoyed this beer immensely and I can't wait to pick it up again. I'm very pleased with this beer, it actually exceeded my expectations.

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Photo of biegaman
3.77/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A beer I'd enjoy trying again. One of the better St. Peter offerings. Some nice warming character as result of good choice malts. Only hints of typical porter flavour, coffee etc I speak of. Wicked smooth mouthfeel but seems lacking certain character. No real head developed. Aroma was weaker as well. I can't argue this isn't good, but something was lacking and I wasn't quite satisfied.

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Photo of MillRat
3.63/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a clear medium brown with just a hint of garnet. Smallish cream-colored head that disippates quickly, but leaves a little lace.

S: Good roastiness with just a hint of hops, appropriate for the style.

T: Starts out with a barely-sweet maltiness that quickly gives way to a bitterness balanced between chocolate malt and english hops, finishing mildly dry, more like a Beaujolais than a Cabernet. Overall the flavors are fairly subdued for a porter.

M: Rather thin for a premium porter, closer to Yeunglings than Fullers or Sam Smith. The lingering dry aftertaste keeps this refreshing and enjoyable instead of disappointing.

D: The drier finish and lack of powerful flavors make this a possible session beer, even if the price per bottle is a bit steep.

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

November 1st. All Saint's Day. St. Peter's Porter seemed more than appropriate. Pours a very dark ruby brown in color with a bubbly light tan head. Intriguing vinous aroma combines notes of sweet chocolate, dark roasted malt, coffee and caramel. Medium-bodied mouthfeel. Dark roasted malt and bitter chocolate start things off. A coffee-like dry espresso flavor arrives midway followed by a feint hint of a charred oak smokiness. Burnt plum toward the back ushers in a dry lingering finish.

The gin bottle design is a nice touch and I like the blend of old and new to create this porter. It's a very dry and complex English porter. Well worth the time spent exploring it.

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Photo of KyleVick4
3.18/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Deep dark robust brown, with ok head and nice lacing along the sides.

S: Chocolate, deep dark chocolate with some hoppiness and a touch of smokiness

T: Its a good russian Imperial stout, but not a good porter. I like at least a touch of licorice in my porter, but this is practically all chocolate coffee. While the coffee is subdued, this doesnt fit the style that I have in my mind. I have detracted accordingly.

M: Nice medium/heavy body gave it a good porter feel, maybe a touch to light, but a low carbonation made me happy...

D: Again, if it was a RIS it would be a pretty good beer, but as a porter (prob my favorite style) I don't think it really is that great of a beer. nonetheless, I still finished it and did enjoy it for its RIS tastes...

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Photo of vhiggins
3.32/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer poured brown on top with hints of red toward the bottom
Average head that hangs to the side of the glass as it goes down.

Right away it tasted sweet with coffee and chocolate flavors but ends bitter
which I liked very much. The smell is syrupy and sticky and left that feeling
in my mouth. Mouth-feel was very thin for a porter it felt like a flat cola, the
sweetness only added to that. Overall it was was beer I will drink when i can.

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Photo of barefootbrewer
4.01/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured practically opaque with a thick persistent head. The smell is heavy and sweet with a slight smoky smell. The beer is sweet with a bitter aftertaste. It is well balanced and quite smooth for a porter. The mouthfeel is chewy but not chunky like some porters I have noticed with other porters. I’d consider this a very drinkable beer and will do so whenever possible.

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Photo of mrasskicktastic
3.18/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - A dark brown with one finger of light tan head that lingers for about a minute leaving only large bubbles on the surface. A thin ring of lacing sticks around too.

S - Elderberries, coffee, dirt and burnt leather . . . interesting.

T - In the foretaste we have a delightful coffee flavor meshed with mild berries and chocolate, then comes a very earthy tasting burnt meat (I mean like dipped in mud and left on an open flame overnight burnt, pure carbon, basically) flavor which overtakes it. Then, in the aftertaste it morphs into some sort of burnt / earthy bitterness.. A very faint coffee bitterness is present as well. Quite leathery tasting for a beer.

M - Thin, smooth, very refreshing.

D - Pretty good, as long as you don't mind the taste. I mean it isn't overwhelmingly unpleasant, it's just not the sort of thing I want. The mouthfeel makes it quaffable. I just wish it wasn't so leathery. I think I'll pass on this again, but I will be sure to try more of this breweries offerings.

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Photo of goschool
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

What an awesome bottle. The pour isn't too bad either. Dark, almost black in color with a tan head. An earthy aroma, much like that of an old ale, joins coffee and chocolate in the nose. The taste has the coffee and chocolate, and the earthy, almost peaty character, plus some dark fruit and a barely there hop bitterness. The mouthfeel is thin, yet still somewhat creamy. It's certainly different from most porters and it's absolutely worth a try.

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Photo of jglazer75
3.7/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I've had a few of these, but not in a while. I remember them being lighter porters with a bit more carbonation than usual and slightly caramel flavor. That's, more or less, what I got. A little more coffee like than I had remembered, and it has a bit of carbonation that keeps it fairly light-ish. Not much on the nose, except for a bit of toasted malt. The head was mid-sized and faded quickly, though it did lace well. The mouth after a while, the taste faded into a bitter-ish, dark coffee. Supremely drinkable since it's lighter than, say, a Fuller's.

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Photo of jettjon
3.63/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From an oddly shaped 16.9 ounce bottle that looks more like a pint of cheap wine than a good beer. Into the pint glass, it's looking good, however: a very dark brown, approaching opaque, with just a few bubbles. Thick creamy head of light tan head that fades away slowly, leaving good lacing. Nice looking beer with a nice, substantial head. Nose of toasted malt... pretty subdued. Tastes of toasted malt, fairly mild in character. Good mild coffee flavor. Nothing overwhelming here, just a decent, moderate porter (or stout as far as that goes). Mouth a bit thin for my liking, watery and lightly creamy. Drinkability is quite good, and it's mild enough and with low enough ABV to be easily sessionable.

Overall, this beer presented a heckuva lot like a Guinness. Which is to say not bad, but not spectacular either. Worth a try.

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Photo of GuinnessSmurf
3.79/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark cola brown color with only a trace of head - quickly fading on top to nothing.

Smell has notes of plum, roasted malts, and cocoa - none being overly powerful. Very balanced.

Oh my - thats rich! It really tastes smooth. Reminds me of the Fuller's London porter a bit, but with a bit less sweet and a bit more dry, bitter cocoa.

Body is very smooth but has a few tiny bubbles throughout the body that make it interesting.

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Photo of johnniemarg
3.87/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I pint 0.9 oz bottle poured into an imperial pint glass.

Pours a dark ruby brown color, almost cola colored, with a small but creamy looking offwhite head.

Smell is chocolate, roasted malt and coffee.

Taste is generally in line with the smell. Sweet and chocolatey at first and then a long dry roasted coffee finish.

Mouthfeel is thin for a porter.

All in all, a good, tasty porter. I enjoyed their cream stout more than this, but this is a good, highly drinkable beer.

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Photo of tfp4268
2.79/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

This beer pours dark brown with a practically non-existant head. Kinda thin looking for a porter. It left huge bubbles in the bottom of the bottle.

Smells malty, a litle choclatey, a little fruit...typical porter.

Taste is a little malt, and a lot of bitter...too bitter for the maltiness. IMHO

Mouthfeel is very thin , soda like.

It's fairly drinkable, but the bitterness hangs around long after the beer is gone, so it's not something I'd go out of my way to find. There are a lot better porters out there. Cool looking bottle tho.

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

Pours deep brown, almost black, with mahogany highlights. Head is initially thick and stacked, but quickly dissipates to a dusting that nonetheless leaves sticky lacing. Big butter aroma, mixed with highly roasted malts and an impression of dryness. That dryness is not borne out by the palate, however. It starts off with sweet coffee, rich buttery cream, and a touch of dark fruit before finishing with a slightly sour note that's reminiscent of beers made on a Yorkshire square. Nicely complex, but not overbearing. Mouthfeel is thick and creamy, with plenty of residual sugars. Excellent for consuming many pints over an evening. Great session beer, and great food pairing beer.

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Photo of BeerSox
3.82/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Old Style Porter comes in a green-tinted medicine-shaped bottle with a simple black label on the front and back. The content is dark brown, still showing red in the light. The head color is hard to see because there was very little when poured. Seems a little lighter than other porters.

The aroma is flowery from the strong hop presence, with silent sweet notes. Some bits of coffee aroma can be detected, as well as molasses.

Hop flavor is dominant, with very little indication of malts. Finishes dry. Even with only inklings of malts, this beer is has complexity. As the beer warms, more alcohol becomes present, and it finishes drier.

Medium body, along with low carbonation. The bigger hop presence makes this beer bitter without maltyness to back it up, however it is still a nice beer. You may not step over your own mother to get one, but you definitely won’t turn it down.

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Photo of BAbaracus
3.84/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours deep caramel brown with medium carbonation and minimal head retention. Smells of heavy caramel and malt. Thin, runny coffee up front. Finishes more or less the same way she started. In other words, not a whole lot going on except for a solid blend of roasted coffee, heavy malt and a sticky caramel coating on the tongue and lips. A pretty solid porter but nonetheless lacking an identity of it’s own. Would go best with a meal of smoked meats or a chocolate dessert, where the beer would complement the food rather than have to rely on it’s own merits.

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Photo of cypressbob
4.08/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle

Pours with a very dark burgandy body, with little light it appears nearly black. Off white head with good retention

Smell, some chocolate coming off, little bit of freshly brewed coffee and a little sweet turkish delight

Taste, slight musky chalkiness initially and on the finish, some smokey bitterness, turkish delight once again but not alot of sweetness

A tasty porter, worth a visit again

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Photo of shererjt
3.62/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a deep, ruby-red clear with a small-to-medium, late-developing head. Aroma was rich coffee and malt with a nice balance of hops. A good-smelling porter. Body was medium-to-full. Lots of roasted malt and bitterness. Could have used a little more malty sweetness, but it was assertive and flavorful. Had a rather lively mouthfeel with a bit of astringency from the roasted malts. Drinkability was also above average. Wasn't something that I'd want to drink pint after pint of, but I would come back and try it again someday.

A good, solid, robust version of a British porter. Bottle was also neat, if that matters.

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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 610 ratings
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