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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

Brewed by:
St. Peter's Brewery Co Ltd
United Kingdom (England)

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 MONKandTUCK
3.42/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the robust bottle. Verrrraaa Naaaaiiice!

A- is this a Brown Porter? Not terribly dark or thick, by Porter/Stout measures.

A- CHOCOLATE. Unquestionably English Ale Yeast. Dark fruit.

T- coffee. Buttery esters. Finishes sweet. Not perfectly dry.

M- thin, but finishes malts. I tend to like Porters the other way around: robust body, and dry finish. Very drinkable; especially for folks who are used to Pale Lagers or Belgian ales.

O- when I first had this I was going through a Belgian stint. Compared to Duvel, DuPont and others this is a beef, chewy beer with complex malt character, cheeky hop presence and mild yeast character. More objectively, its a bit thin and boring for my liking. Drinkable, but not preferable.

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Photo of Wattsox
3.8/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle, consumed Jun 2011, BBE Oct 2011.

A - Dark brown body with ruby red highlights and a loose-bubbled, rapidly dissipating head that settles down to sparse cover with decent lacing and cling.

S - Sweet roasty malts lead the aroma, with some dark chocolate notes.

T - Similar to the aromas, roasted malts lead the taste with some chocolate and caramel notes. Finishes with roasty bitterness and a faintly lingering finish.

M - Medium body, fairly light carbonation, smooth and a little dry, with a light, bitter finish.

O - Overall, quite a nice example of the style, good to enjoy on its own or as a session beer.

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Photo of techfed87
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

As a sidenote, the bottle design on this beer is very cool.

Pours a bit lighter than I expected it to. Head is adequately sized. Color is darker brown, although porous. Smell is almost newcastle-like, although that could be from the sour nature of it.

First sip is much different than I expected it to be. I would say that it was almost the newcastle equivalent of a porter, in the fact that it shares much of its qualities with the brown ale newcastle has made itself famous for. Then again, I don't have that much experience with English ales, so the style could coinside with different beer styles in certain taste categories. It's very drinkable, light on the tongue, and not too bitter at all. To be honest, if I were wanting to have a beer with a meal, I would probably want this style of porter over say, something much more intense such as a Founder's Porter.

A surprisingly good beer. Try it!

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Photo of jlb502
3.35/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The most interesting thing about this beer is how much it lingers on the palate. The initial taste of light skunky hops, roasted malt, raisin and yeasty bread almost immediately gives way to a creamy, mouth-coating bread and butter. That's the flavor and sensation that really sticks around, to the point where the initial taste is almost secondary.

Overall the appearance, initial taste and smell of this beer are average but there is something unique about the overall experience.

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

500ml bottle

A- Very dark brown, shines a bit if seen through light. Head is just little more than a lace, beige with very very small bubbles. Almost no retention and almost no lacing. This beer looks a bit lifeless

S- Sweet malts (toffee for sure, maybe some faint hints of caramel and nuts) with a delicate but quite persistent roasted feel underneath

T- More on the bitter side if compared to the aroma. Coffee is dominant with a toasted feel underneath. Nuts and toffee show up at times with some sweetness to them, especially on the back of the palate. A faint bitter and hearty aftertaste from the hops remains on the tongue

M- Mouthfeel is drier than your average porter, though that does not seem to be fitting the style very much. The beer has quite a big body for the style but still remains very smooth. Carbonation is very low (you may feel it a bit on the tongue) but appropriate for this beer

O- This beer has not much character in my opinion: the mouthfeel is very even and flavours never get very interesting. This is still a nice example of the style and a highly drinkable beer

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Photo of TitanTake
4.66/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased a bottle from World Market for a try.

Poured into a tall clear glass.

A - Deep, dark amber color; almost completely blocks out the light; thick tan head with lots of lacing

S - Nice oaky aroma with a malty back end; some hints of caramel

T - deep roasted malts and some yeast; something else is here though, maybe toffee; something sweet

M - Thick and carbonated nicely; coating the mouth and tongue with the sweet bitterness

O - I was happy when I poured this into the glass, but pleasantly shocked when took the first drink. It literally widened my eyes with the sweet, malty goodness it brings. i had to force myself to slow down and enjoy every drop.

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Photo of BelgiumBill
2.85/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured aggressively a pint into a Guinness pint glass which produced the smallest bubble beige head which vanished quickly. Virtually no lacing. Very low carbonation.

Smelled of sweet roasty malt but not a powerful nose.

Flavors of sweet toasty malt and chocolate nibs.

While the flavors were pleasing, I found the lack of carbonation and nominal head off putting and out of balance resulting in a less than satisfactory mouthfeel.

This is one I won't buy again which is disappointing because the St Peter's Cream Stout is one of my favorites.

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Photo of damndirtyape
3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Single bottle poured into a Tulip stout glass. No date on bottle that I could find.

Appearance: The beer is a clear (but dark) cola brown on the table - ruby red in color when held up to the light. The beer poured a 1/2" very bubbly light tan head upon first pouring, but this died down to a ring at the edge and a thin island in the middle. Some tiny islands of lacing here and there.

Smell: Caramel and toffee with a hint of something toasted. As it warms up there is more of a buttery smell in there as well as something vaguely berry-like.

Taste: Toffee and caramel again, with a hint of something smoked in the middle and at the end. Toffee and caramel and toasted malts dominate - not cloying, but the bitterness from the hops just tempers the malt sweetness. Not until the beer is warmed up to room temp can I finally taste the bitterness, and even then it takes a back seat to the other flavors. Not a bad thing mind you.

Mouthfeel: Good, but quickly fleeting carbonation on the tongue although every now and then it's a bit fizzy. Otherwise a bit watery but with some lingering sensation on the teeth.

Drinkability: Quite drinkable - nothing really remarkable, but just good enough that I keep drinking it, noticing that it is was gone fast, and wishing I had another one. I had this with Kedgeree and it went well, and this beer strikes me as being able to go well with a lot of different foods. I'll have to revisit again with a different meal - maybe something meatier.

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Photo of midwestbrewers
3.12/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Poured a kind of dark muddy looking brown with no head. No lacing either. LOW carbonation.

S: Very malty and sweet. Not really any hop character.

T: Sweet and malty as the smell. Low carbonation but the good retention.(didn't go flat) Not bitter at all.

This is just an OK beer. It was a little sweet on the smell and taste for me. The color, smell and taste were all mediocre for me. I do however place a disclaimer on my review. Being from the Midwest the freshness of the beer is always in question, and this one being a more "Off the Beaten Path" brew could have been there for a while. I will try it again and others from St. Peter just not for a while. Good beer St. Peters Brewery!

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Photo of metter98
3.92/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear and very dark amber in color; some hints of carbonation are visible in the form of rising bubbles. It poured with little in the way of a head except for a ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: There are moderate aromas of roasted malts in the nose.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell and is filled with flavors of roasted malts and hints of caramel. The finish has some notes of bitterness.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and a bit thin on the palate with a light amount of carbonation.
D: The beer is very drinkable and quite sessionable because it doesn't have a high alcohol content and isn't very filling.

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Photo of Jeffo
3.72/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Got this at De Bierkoning in Amsterdam.

From a 500ml bottle into a pint glass.

APPEARANCE: A transparent brown pour produces a one finger, medium looking, crackling, light beige head with good retention. Dark brown, very clear body with touches of carbonation decorating the film top. Head slowly fades to a good foam cap. A splotchy wisp remains until the end but leaves no real lacing down the glass. Average looking for the style.

SMELL: Decent nose of dark malts, roasted nuts, chocolate notes and some leather. Earthy hops and some liquorice as well.

TASTE: Dark malts and lots of earth hops. Some roasted nuts, leather notes for sure, and some sweet toffee as well. Bolder, sweet caramel and bitter, earthy hop aftertaste lingers nicely.

PALATE: Medium body and carbonation. Somewhat creamy on the palate, but slightly prickly carbonation on the swallow. Goes down fine and finishes slightly dry on the palate.

OVERALL: A solid English porter. Really easy to drink, and plenty flavorful and enjoyable. Definitely one to re-visit, and worth drinking in mass quantities if you see it available somewhere.

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Photo of jbphoto88
3.29/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from an olive green 1 pint 0.9 oz bottle. This beer is deep red and murky clear. You can see through it at the bottom of the glass but as the taper widens it becomes unclear. The head is as close to perfect as I've ever seen. Thick, tan and lovely as it laces the glass.

The nose is average at best. There are hints of roasted grains but they are muted. Not much of a smell when it comes right down to it.

The taste is good but very much an English porter. Muted and not very complex but still satisfying. The flavor is consistent with a fine toasted bread. Slightly sweet but watered down.

Mouthfeel is very smooth and almost creamy. Mild carbonation and a medium body. Not bad, but very average. I can picture sitting in an English pub sipping this one late into the evening.

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Photo of yesyouam
4.13/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

St. Peter's Porter is a dark red-brown ale with a light brown head that has outstanding retention and lacing. It has a malty aroma that's sweet like toffee with a note of roast. It's medium-light bodied and lively with a quick finish. The flavor is like the aroma with plenty of roast and toffee. It's a good compromise between sweet and roasty. It's well beyond a brown and not a stout at all, so I'd call it a solid porter.

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Photo of 9InchNails
4.17/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Even with a forceful pour no head was evident. Dark cherry red color. Slow moving bubbles. Spotty lacing.

I smell some dark malts, milk chocolate and some bitterness.

Milk chocolate mixing with some, roasted nut, toffee and coffee. Very nice taste. A slight bitter and Smokey taste as it finishes.

Smooth, light, crisp. Not really carbonated. Feels nice.

Drink ability is good. I could certainly have another with a wonderful taste such as this. Very light body for a porter.

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Photo of bens0n
4.14/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a dark brown color, almost black but not quite with a small amount of off-white head that fades quickly, but leaves quite a bit of lacing too.

It has a rich chocolately aroma with a touch of roasted coffee, almost has a sweet quality to it.

Taste wise its much more of the same, but it has a slick, oily consistency to it which is interesting, and I like. It has a very smooth quality to it, there is nothing really special about the flavor, but its still very rich and full of roasted notes. Very low carbonation which is also a big plus.

Very satisfying beer.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
4.3/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. The beer is a dark, creamy brown/black color with a thick, creamy pale colored head. The smell is a blend of malt, smoke, port wine, and sweet spices. Initial flavors of pale malt and slightly sour undertones, with highlights of bitter coffee flavors, and notes of earthy tones. There are sour undertones to the aftertaste, as well. The beer is full and smooth in mouth, with a nice, gentle finish. The sourness is gone by the end of the beer, and the taste remains pleasant in mouth between sips. A very easy to drink beer.

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Photo of beertunes
3.17/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

I've seen this at a local store for a while, figured it's time I gave it a shot. Poured into 10oz glass. Poured a clean, clear, see-through dark mahogany, not the barely tranlucent, almost black I was expecting. The beer had about 1/4 inch of dark Tan head that decent retention and very light lacing.

The aroma was fairly rich and was nicely grainy. The flavors didn't quite meet the expectations the aroma set. Mostly nice grain with a trace of a hop tang on the finish.

The body was surprisingly thin, much more similar to a red ale than the Porters I'm familiar with. The beer was nicely drinkable, the pint bottle went down quick and easy.

Overall, an alright brew. Worth trying if you see it around.

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Photo of mdwalsh
4.35/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: A bit of a thin looking head, despite being 3 fingers thick, it is fading fast. It leaves a decent, light beige lacing. The beer is black at first glance, but takes on a deep brown when penetrated by light. This looks pretty typical porter to me, very classic, though it could use a creamier head and perhaps a little richer color. 4/5

S: Dry roasted grain dominates while some mild, floral English hops also make a little appearance. Again, this isn't the richest or intense aroma, like the appearance, but it seems to typify the subtle beauty of English brewing. 4/5

T: The taste is equally mild, not slap you in the face, and very refreshing. There are some beers that are mild, and that allows something not good to show through, or that just don't impress because they lack impact and balance. This is neither of those things. This is balanced, subtle and really quite delicious. 4.5

M: Smooth, but not heavy or rich, perfect carbonation. A little more body maybe, but this was pretty good. 4.5

D: Highly drinkable, a perfectly sessionable beer, but perhaps a little depth could make it more interesting drinking experience. 4.5

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Photo of beeragent
3.4/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a glass from a bottle.

A - Pours a light brown forming a 1/4 inch head with soda pop carbonation. The head faded quickly leaving lice lace behind.

S - Light aroma of dark malts a bitter cocoa.

T - Light bitter cocoa flavor along with a hint of dark fruit/raisins. Not as much of a roasted characteristic as expected.

M - Feels more medium bodied but very light on the carbonation and very smooth, almost watery.

D - Lighter flavor, body, and aroma than expected. Not a bad porter, and an Old Style English Porter titles fits this well. Easily sessionable. The beers gets better as it warms.

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

A - Deep, dark brown body with a hint of purple when held to light. The head is light tan and about an inch tall with nice stamina.

S - Aromas are not by any means overwhelming. In fact, they're slightly difficult to detect. I catch hints of coffee, spice and clove.

T - Easy and light chocolate malt flavor over a well established malt base. Very tasty with its English style finish.

M - The feel is light and airy with a watery smoothness. There's a slight coarse feel at the tip of my tongue but that's the only abrasiveness.

~ This is a great porter. I strongly recommend this porter to any fan of full flavored beers. I wish I had a few more bottles.

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Photo of CHADMC3
3.71/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The pour consists of a rich, dark brown body with an abundant, frothy tan head that patiently gives way to a loose yet generous lacing.

The aroma consists of generous roasted malt, fruit, and perhaps bread.

Flavor is similar with toasty notes of malt and dark fruit.

Medium to full in body with medium carbonation and slightly drying.

A decent example of the style, and easy to drink.

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

Poured to a pint. Head dissipates quickly, but leaves a very thin lacing. The beer is almost opaque but very dark brown, not black in color.

It smells almost hoppy like a pilsener. I'm really not picking up on much else except a slight chocolatey malt scent but you have to dig for it.

The beer is very smooth and thinner in body than I imagined it would be. It has a very forward malt flavor followed by a slight English hop bite towards the end, finishing with a drying sensation.

Very drinkable.

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Photo of RuudJH
3.89/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Porter from England, 0.5 l. bottle.

Brown colour with a cream colour head, very nice lacing.
Smell is of roasted malts, and both dark and fresh red fruit.
Taste adds to this notes of chocolate, maybe a bit of coffee. Bitterness is character of this brew.
Mouthfeel is light to medium. Refreshing carbonation.

All in all, quite a good experience in the smell. For the rest it's decent, not exeptional.

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Photo of divineaudio
2.91/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

imperial pint into a weizen glass.

this beer pours medium brown with garnet highlights. i got the biggest head i've ever seen on a beer; 4 fingers worth, dense, tan and foamy. seriously looks like something you'd get from a milkshake. leaves a bit of spotty lacing in the glass.

smell is light roast, dark fruit and a little wet cardboard.

taste is roasted malt, dark fruit (raisin maybe?), milk chocolate, and cola. bitterness is mild. very malty sweet, almost cloying.

medium bodied with lots of carbonation and a sticky, syrupy feel.

i really wanted to like this one, but the sweetness and syrupy feel got to be too much halfway through the bottle. english porters are one of my favorite styles, but i can't see myself returning to this one.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.72/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cool looking 500 mL greenish bottle pours a dark brown color with some crimson highlights. Creamy foam is tan and fades pretty quick, nice lacing though.

Smells of minerals and fruits with a touch of smoke and vinegar. Roasty malts do not have much sweetness to them.

Malts become a little more sweet and prominent on the flavor but still has plenty of lingering chalky minerals and berry fruitiness. Finishes dry with a noticeable floral hopping. Very smooth drinking porter, could be a bit more robust and creamy in the mouthfeel. There is a distracting hint of smoky vinegar that I'm not a big fan of, but a pretty minor complaint. Pretty good brew, I could drink this again without much trouble.

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