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:
31
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48
For Trade:
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Ratings: 604 |  Reviews: 383
Photo of Impsonsay
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
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 -1.8%
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 -5.5%
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 +4.2%
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 -17.2%
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 -13.5%
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 +4.4%
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 -17.2%
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 -0.3%
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 -3.6%
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 -5.5%
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 -1.3%
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 +0.8%
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 -27.3%
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 +10.7%
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 -0.5%
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%
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 +6.3%
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 -5.7%
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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Photo of briman
3.97/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from bottle into standard pint glass.

Pours dark brown, with ruby highlights when held up to the light. Good clarity. Very little head or lacing.

Aroma is mild roasted malts, with some chocolate notes.

Taste is only slightly sweet upfront, with mild roasted malt, and chocolate coming through. Moving towards the back, the flavor changes to more of a coffee characteristic, with a moderate dark roasted malt bitterness in the finish. Definite black malt characteristics, slightly burnt in the aftertaste.

Medium-light body, with low carbonation. Pretty well balanced, maybe a touch more bitter in the finish than I would expect from a porter, but it's not oft-putting. Pretty good overall, and could be a candidate for a session beer.

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Photo of jabocu
3.52/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep mahogany with a thin off white cap. Aroma is chocolate, licorice, light caramel and fruity esters, light alcohol in the back. Immediate flavor is chocolate with some coffee astringincy biting in the background. Notes of cherry, licorice, and earthiness. Very smooth feel, with a medium body, mild carbonation, and dry finish.

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Photo of SilentSabre
4.35/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 2 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I must say, I was quite surprised at this one. Its ghastly appearance had not only no head at all, but it had large, clear bubbles as though I had just aggresively poured tea into the glass. This doesn't even look like beer. The colour is dark reddish brown. The smell was fabulous! Loads of burnt chocolate malts and coffee. Nearly devoid of hops. The taste, too, is full of chocolate, roasted malt, and coffee. Mouthfeel is quite thin and much lighter in weight than one would be lead to believe. This is a delicious, wonderfully smelling, and easy to drink porter. Aside from its peculiar appearance, I say this is one of my favourites.

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Photo of cjgator3
4.12/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a dark ruby colored body with a small half finger head. Smell is of sweat malts and coffee. Mouthfeel is nice and creamy. Taste starts out sweat and finishes with a bite of coffee flavor that stays around for a few seconds after the sip. Overall a very enjoyable brew and one of the best porters I have had to date.

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Photo of AlesRTasty
4.01/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - when poured into a pint glass the color was deep brown to black with a nice creamy tan head
S - roasted malt as expected
T - fantastic, it had a rich coffee flavor with the perfect hint of chocolate, as it warmed the flavors really came through and left a great roasted coffee aftertaste
M - good, lightly carbonated.
D - very tasty robust porter, I highly recommend it if you can find it

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

Looks like... a porter! Deep dark brown with a tan head... light can get through this one when potent. Smells very malty... a good, solid, fresh malty scent.
Tastes of coffee soda? Chocolate soda? Chocolate coffee soda? Has bittersweet stuff going on a la coffee and dark chocolate.
This brew could stand to be either a bit more bubbly or a bit more smooth. Either direction would help to refine and define this brew a little bit better.
All in all this is easy to drink and something that porter and stout lovers should enjoy well enough.

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