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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Ratings: 613 |  Reviews: 386
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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Photo of briman
3.97/5  rDev +3.1%
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 -8.6%
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%
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%
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 +4.2%
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 -2.6%
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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Photo of jongillin
4.42/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this one from the bottle poured to a glass.
This is to me the quintessential old English style porter.
The appearance is really a sight to behold. Looks great with all the trade marks of porter color and a slightly tan colored head. The head stays and laces the glace nicely with every sip.
The smell gives some nice over tones of the roasted malt as well as some coffee flavor. It smells just like a porter should. The taste on this is all about the malts: coffee and chocolate. Rich and well balanced flavor that leaves you wishing you had bought six instead of the one.
Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth. Some carbonation but just right.
Just like most things out of this brewery it is very drinkable. So, when you go to the liquor store and see that it is $4 a bottle just repeat to yourself that it is worth it.

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Photo of JayTheFinn
3.32/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I thought I'd picked up a lager when I smelled this one. It's got a sour sort of scent.

No head on mine, just a few large bubbles. Super dark reddish brown.

Terrific smokey, chocolate flavor that's a bit unexpected after the smell.

Little sharp on the tongue at first, but in general a smooth drink. A lasting cotton-mouth aftertaste.

One and done for the night for me, but I'd definitely have another some other time.

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

I have a special spot in my heart for St. Peter's. I remember drinking their organic ale a few years ago when I lived in this amazingly tiny, leaky apartment in South Lambeth near Stockwell station and was in a bad mood, which the beer helped out with. It's solid if you can find it.
Their old style porter pours middle dark and transluscent into my mug with a respectable tan head with big bubbles and a delicious sweet creamy malt base with yeast and a slightly eggy tone in the nose.
Coffee and dark chocolate malt line the taste which finishes in a round, full flavor with a mellow, lactose influenced mouthfeel that is settling and very easy to drink.
This is extremely drinkable and closer to a true milk stout than I thought was legal. Now I'm definitely pumped to go back to Suffolk Co. and check this place out.

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Photo of scooter231
3.63/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark, dark brown. Little head, though what head is there is just giant bubbles. No lacing. Just darkness. Smells quite vinegary- balsamic, to be precise. Lots of soy sauce going on as well. Tart lemon kind of brings it all together.

Taste is a good balance of sweet malts and spicyish hoppyness. Some dark fruit sweetness is in there, and a bit of a coffee/espresso twang. Mouthfeel is slightly chewy, slightly slick. A pretty good porter, drinkable, not too heavy- but nothing terribly exciting.

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Photo of Tupperwolf
4.29/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

As I pour from the distinctive St. Peter's yellow-green medicine bottle, I notice very little carbonated action, and begin to force-pour some head. To my general surprise, this method is effective in producing a nice, thin-bubbled porter-style tan head which leaves walls of tan Brussels lacing. The pour is a very light coffee-brown that condenses to be nearly black, but doesn't pretend to be a stout - it readily shows a ton of ruby when held up to the light.

I'll admit it - to this day I have been less than truly impressed with St. Peter's offerings, the few of which I've had. Their bottles make them worth buying and I consider them a reputable English brewer worth exploring. However, the smell of this brew points out that there might be more than meets the eye to St. Pete's - this lacks the somewhat bland, oxidized smells I've come to associate with their beers, and instead assaults the sense of smelll with a burly, roasted-coffe and raw, green, gritty barley nose.

The mouth is much, much more of the same - a very green, very roasted taste, as though someone cut down the barley before it had truly matured and threw the grains right over a fire. It's not smoky, but meaty, teeth-clenching, raw sustinance - it makes me want to pound my chest and roar in an unsophisticated, living-off-the-land way.

A lovely mouthfeel for a porter! It's just a little on the heavy side, beefed up with a lovely fluffiness that really creates an experience in the mouth. It's half-smooth, half-poofy, really nice to quaff.

Despite my lack of really particular details, the somewhat rambling order of this review illustrates my happiness with this porter. One of the very best I've tried from the UK side of the pond!

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Photo of acrawf6
3.14/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours out a clear dark brown amber with a tan head. nice lacing.

Smell. lots of toffee and roasted maltiness. slight sourness to it as well.

Taste. toffee flavors again with a small roasty and smokiness too. a tad on the sweet side . aftertaste is bitter and somewhat coffee-like.

Mouthfeel. A bit thin, a lot due to the little bit of carbonation. but it does seem a little watery. good balance though.

Overall a decent beer, good in it's own right. Nice one to try, but i doubt i'll ever have it again.

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Photo of wcudwight
3.42/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a dark brown with a fizzy tan head that has little retention. Sparce spotty lace.
Smells like burnt toast, and caramel with a touch of citrus zing.
The taste is much more complex than the aroma or appearance. Starts off with a mild bready flavor. Heavy coffee and charcoal with a hint of sweetness in the middle and a very bitter aftertaste for a porter IMHO.
Mouthfeel is good. Thick and chewy with a nice dry finish.
Overall a drinkable porter but the bitterness hurts it a bit here.
I would recommend trying this one and I will have another, but they are much better porters out there.

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Photo of Jredner
3.35/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark Brown pour from a very cool Victorian looking medicine bottle. Toasted malt aroma, but very light and you really have to breathe deep to smell it. Bitterness is very present. Only mildly toasted flavors of coffee and choclate. Has a sassafrass sweetness initially, but the bitter dominates.

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Photo of Drew966
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours very dark brown to black color, a vigorous pour resulted in a small head that dissipated quickly. Chocolate malt aroma. Taste is excellent, theres quite a bit going on I'm sure others could point out specific flavors, lets just say its nicely balanced, nice amount of astringency and finishes dark chocolate like. One of my favorite styles, and this is one of the best I've had. Highly recommend, as are the others I've had from this brewery. I'm not sure if I like this or their cream stout better... guess I'll have to try them side by side.

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

Pours flat, dark brown to black in color...very little lacing. Strong coffee notes in the smell along with a nutty and fruity aroma. Rather nice. Taste is very much like cold coffee to start (especially with the lack of any carbonation) quite bitter but still fairly tasty despite that. Somewhat sweet aftertaste in fact. The only detractor for me is the wateriness but other than that I like it. Very smooth going down and would suggest this to anyone who likes a solid porter.

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

1 pint .9 ounce uniquely shaped bottle. This beer has a dark reddish brown color with a small, creamy head. The aroma is just a bit roasty with chocolate and nuts. Malty flavor with a nice nuttiness. A little bit acidic. Just a hint of cherry flavor. The finish is dry and roasty and just a little bit metallic. Some skunk, but not enough to ruin the beer. The body is thin, but the flavor is quite nice. Good drinkability.

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Photo of Bierguy5
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Cool looking green medicine bottle. Pours a dark brown color, with lots of ruby tones. Thick frothy tan head. Decent retention, not much lace on the sides of the glass. Milk chocolate and buttery aroma. Slightly vinous nose. Very smooth, light roasty and chocolate flavors. Low hop bitterness, and just a hint of sourness. Earthy hop flavor. Low carbonation, light to medium in body. Vevry drinakble. Very good English-style porter.

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Photo of aforbes10
4.4/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

the last of a motherload of beers my wife bought for me this past christmas. pours with almost no head, and what there is clears almost immediately. very black, not not opaque. Odor is very chocolately, sort of like putting your nose in a bag of dark chocolate chips. roasted smell too and some alcohol is apparant. Smooth, roasted flavor, almost charcoal like. some grassy, dried leaf flavors too. Smooth and gulpable. Overall, fandiddly-tastic. my first St. Peter goes over great.

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Photo of Absumaster
3.38/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

i poured this from a very nice bottle. The beer was pitch black with very thick, coarse foam. Smell was slightly burned, with something oily in the back
Taste was dry and bitter, burned, licorice. Very nice medium body. This is a mix of old and fresh beer, which add complexity and make it different from other porters I had, which were more sticky. In my opinion this beer leans towards a stout.

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Photo of russpowell
4.57/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured a clear dark ruby red with chunky tan colored head that falls off to thin filmy, but active head. Head retention and lacing are average

Smell: Toasted malt and other malt overtones with a slight fruitty smell (dates & grapes??)

Taste: Rich toasty malt taste with fruitiness (grapes and raisins), licorice, nuttyness and dryness in the finish

MF: Great balance with ideal carbonation levels

One of the better UK ( I think) beers I had lately, will have to look further into the reviews to verify what's happening here. Wherever it comes from,I highly reccomend, could drink this all night. After a quick post from Jason I learned this is indeed from the UK, but there is a brewery by the same name in Australia. My search parameters were not very good...

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Photo of whynot44
3.92/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Medium bodied, dark reddish brown with a small tan head that disappears if you blink.

The aroma is earthy roasted malt, coffee, a bit of caramel and a hint of chocolate and burnt toast.

The taste is also mostly dark roasted malts, caramel, dark chocolate with a bit of smoky burnt toast flavor at the finish and a floral hops bite for balance. Only mildly sweet, smooth , mellow and easy to drink.

A good first Porter for those new to the style.

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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 613 ratings
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