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 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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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.97/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - dark brown pour with some brownish-red. Thin head, quickly fades.

Aroma - raisin and caramel, a bit of sweet chocolate mixed in as well.

Taste - charred malt with an immediate smoky element. Brief hint of metal but most surprisingly there is no sweetness that the smell alluded to. The finish is bitter chocolate and finally some pleasant sweetness works its way into the finish.

Mouthfeel - dry, slightly chalky, average body and below average carbonation.

Drinkability - very solid porter but pricy at 4$ per.

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Photo of Phatz
4.53/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The presentation is great: a very unique bottle (great for bottle collectors). St Peter's Old-Style Porter, comes in a 1 PINT 0.9 FL. OZ. bottle that resembles the shape of a flask or an old fashion medicine bottle. Very cool!

I have had three experiences with this beer. The first: very good. The second: disappointing. And the third was fantastic. I think I figured out the secret to this beer and I will share it with you in a minute.

This Porter pours out into your pint glass as a dark amber/brown. It is thick in appearance at first, but once you hold it to the light you can see both the light and the shadows of what is between you and the light. So I would call it dark but partly translucent. It gave a thick frothy head (ivory in color) that lingered for a good five minutes before fading into a lasting froth.

The smell was VERY mild, very little aroma at all, in fact. I could barely get the smell of earthy malt and alcohol.

A taste of the frothy head instantly gave me leather, followed by a pleasant taste of tobacco (like pipe tobacco not crappy cigarettes). As the beer went down quickly, I realized the flavor is pretty straightforward; there are not a lot of hidden flavors in multiple layers of this beer. While it is not terribly complex, it is however very pleasant and EXTREAMLY drinkable. There are the flavors of medium toastedness, slight earthy malty flavors, and BARELY dark chocolate, coffee, and caramel. But none of these jump out at you. More you just notice a blended flavor, not too sweet not too bitter, that is truly unique and quite tasty.

What stands out about this beer is not anything extraordinary in the taste but the remarkably light mouthfeel for a beer that seems so dark. For a Porter, I'd say this is probably medium-light. It is very frothy in the mouth and incredibly easy to down!

There are in other reviews comments about the strong overtones of bite and alcohol. I had that problem with my second encounter with St Peter's Old-Style Porter but not this time. I did not get that at all this time and I think I figured out the secret to this beer. I drank it this time (at home) BARELY chilled. It was perfect! The last time I had it at the bar at refrigerator temperature. I was disappointed, especially because my first experience was so fantastic. The first time I had it, I was also at the bar, but it was a party and after I ordered my beer I was asked to attend to host stuff. Until I got back to my beer it was barely chilled, and I loved it. Somehow this beer needs to NOT be too damn cold or the alcohol will bite you like a rabid dog.

However, served at just the right temperature this is one of the most drinkable Porters I have ever had.

Hope this is helpful.

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

Appearance: Deep mahogany brown in color, utterly clear, with a rather small, persistent white head, scattered broken lace, and slight carbonation.

Aroma: Rich aroma of bitter cocoa, bitter chocolate, coffee, and a mild chalkiness, in all, quite appealing.

Taste: Coffee and bitter chocolate notes up front, followed by a moment of sweetness, somewhat like molasses, later in the taste, a mild herbal and metallic hop presence dominates. The finish is earthy and smoky with a hint of nuttiness.

Mouth feel: Rich and full, with a dry and chalky finish.

Drinkability/notes: Quite wonderful, I have often considered what the London porter of the early nineteenth century might have been like. For the purpose of imagination, this fits the bill nicely.

Presentation: Packaged in an elegant half-liter flask of dark green glass with raised embossing, in the style of the late 1700's, although, alas, it probably adds significantly to the cost of this beer. Served in a standard pint tap glass.

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Photo of mdagnew
3.77/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml Bottle bought from the Vineyard, Belfast..

Poured a deep dark red colour... Head was creamy tan - disappears almost instantly...

Aroma - Dark chocolate, liquorice, treacle, coffee, dark fruits, cough syrup...

Taste – Strong coffee and bitter chocolate, strong maltiness, dark fruits...

Feel - Quite smooth as there is not that much carbonation...

Overall - A pretty good and very drinkable porter. Definitely worth a try...

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Photo of neonbrown82
4.27/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a good English porter. Pours to a dark brown, nearly black with a thin white head.

As soon as I popped the cap, a huge chocolatey aroma spewed forth from the bottle, along with that typical stock ale porter smell. Smells just how I would expect my English porter to smell. After reading some of the other reviews, I've found a few descriptors that match this perfectly: dried leaves and oaken vanilla smoothness.

The taste is just as good. Has a nice up front chocolate with a good mix of sweet, sour, and bitter. Very earthy with little roasted bitterness. This truly seems like an old-school blend of stock, pale, and bitter. Doesn't linger on the palate for too long. This is a highly drinkable English porter.

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Photo of Morris729
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours black ruby in color with a short and creamy tan head that fades into a ring of lace. Nose is dark caramel blended with a peaty earthiness and a touch of a rather funky aroma that I’m having a hard time placing (bleu cheese perhaps?). Moderate in body, perhaps a bit thin. Taste begins with fresh coffee and unsweetened chocolate with a bit of burnt caramel. Earthy hops round out the finish which is quite dry. An interesting porter—certainly worth a try.

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Photo of grindcore666
3.91/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out a deep deep brown with a backlit burgundy shining through. Had an average head which broke away pretty weak, leaving an unimpressive tan haze behind.

Appearance aside, I'm fully impressed with this ones taste..roasted black coffee, light nutty and chocolatey notes, and a damn fine burnt atertaste. Mouthfeel is creamy, although light-bodied, and totally satisfying. I will definitely pick one of these up again.

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Photo of AlexJ
3/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dark brown, not black, with ruby highlights when held to light. No lacing.

Aroma is fairly typical, some cocoa, coffee, earthy, and lightly nutty.

Flavor similar, cocoa and coffee flavors, with earthy wood tones, leather, tobacco, and English hops to balance. Not bad, but one-dimensional and boring.

Body between mediun and light with a slick, smooth mouthfeel.

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Photo of foamer
3.58/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep brown which turns a rich burgundy when held up to the light with a nice tan head which leaves a nice wall of fine bubbles on the sides of the glass. I was a little bit concerned about it coming in a green glass bottle, and indeed there was a descrenible skunkiness upon opening the bottle, but it did disappear and the beers roasted chocolately nutty aroma came through. Unsweetened chocolate plays heavily on the palate with some roasted malts and finishing with a lingering almost nutty finish. A very pleasant and easy-drinking porter. Nice silky mouthfeel and all around a decent little import from the LCBO this fall.

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Photo of Sammy
3.48/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Like a stout. Looks dark like a porter, but light mouthfeel and chalkiness. Understated carbonated. Tabacco. Drop of chocolate malt. Nice drinking really. Good roasted barley.One-dimensional. Alcohol in nose. Cool bottle, drink this fresh at the LCBO as the glass looks susceptible to UV damage.

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

Clear, dark ruby/brown colour with a thin, light brown head. Moderate lacing. Very roasted aroma with plenty of chocolate malt. Ripe, fruity character as well, reminiscent of cherries. Pronounced bitterness, seemingly from dark malts as well as hops. Still, plenty of roasted maltiness and a hint of fruit. Lingering roasted and bitterness follow the appearance of dark chocolate towards the end. Medium carbonation is well integrated and melds well with the texture. A tasty beer, a little more roasted than I expect in a porter, but good all the same.

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

Pours a rich red/brown, topped by a big off white head, very creamy looking, head settles down nicely. Smell is coffee and roasted grains, some chocolate, iron and bread. Taste is iron, roasted coffee, little chocolate, taste is rather weak. Mouthfeel felt pretty thin, carbonation is low, disappointing.

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Photo of evh883
3.08/5  rDev -20%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

The appearance of this beer is decent at best. It has nearly almost no head and what it does have goes away fast leaves almost no traces.

The aroma is amazingly complex. A dominant dark chocolate scent along with slight coffee and earthy, burnt notes is present in the bouquet.

Not a bad flavor at all. Has a sligh sweeteness at first which is then followed by a harsh bittereness that hangs around on the tongue for a while. This makes the drinkability of it not so great.

Has a full bodied, creamy mouthfeel as you would expect in a nice porter.

Overall, this beer has fantastic aromatic characteristics along with a nice bitter taste and mouthfeel that make it worthwhile for any porter fans.

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Photo of Derek
3.99/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Production Date: G145 (whatever that means?)

A: Redish-black, plenty of tan head, nice lacing. Couldn't be better.

S: Chocolate malt.

T: Fruit & bitter-sweet chocolate, plenty of depth (not just a cheap burnt flavour). Aftertaste is slightly roasty and strangely tangy.

M: Light body, with light-to-moderate mouthfeel.

D: Very drinkable, smooth flavours, nothing over-powering.

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Photo of battlekow
3.24/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Man, what a cool bottle. "Our beautiful flask-shaped oval bottle is a faithful copy of one made c.1770 for Thomas Gerrard of Gibbstown, just across the Delaware river from Philadelphia."

Appearance: Dark with an uncommonly white head. Big bubbles.

Smell: Too sweet and of anise/licorice and caramel. Maybe a little chocolate. Lacks, for the most part, the nose I associate with porters.

Taste: Better than the smell. Starts off the same, but finishes with a lingering, toasty bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Satisfyingly thick.

Drinkability: bottle. This tastes how regular Guinness initially did to me, before I educated my palate and discovered that it was beef jerky water.

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Photo of DogFood11
3.32/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass. Appeared tired and broken down. No head or lacing to speak of. The bottle design keeps it from being dissapointing before the first whiff. I enjoyed the earthy coffee and burnt malt aroma. Tasted a burnt flavor but also a sweet malt finish and some bitterness. watery mouthfeel with no carbonation. It actually was highly drinkable as it was inoffensive and goes down smooth. Seemed to be a run of the mill porter that follows the guidlines but fails to shine.

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Photo of fretlessman71
4.19/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pertinent Preliminary Comments: By far the most unique beer bottle shape I’ve seen; the light amber bottle looks as if a bottle of hair tonic and a whiskey flask got together and made a whole bunch of little bottles, who grew up and had little bottles of their own. The color leaves me a little wary; a fair amount of light could have gotten in to do some damage. Sure hope not!

I wonder if they pull pints of porter at St. Peter’s. Or just pull porter at St. Peter’s. Or pull peters at St. Porter’s. Or something…

APPEARANCE: Cherry cola brown – clear as a bell. Spongy tan head leaves pretty good lace.

AROMA: Dark fruit and chocolate come screaming through. Malt follows, with toffee notes as well. Wonderful.

FLAVOR: Burnt toffee and roasted malt in the front, a mild roasty bitterness in the middle with a touch of cappuccino, baker’s chocolate in the finish. Really nice! Not a lot of hop kick here; what there is happens to be just right. Just a hint of diacetyl in the finish as well.

MOUTHFEEL: Lightweight, medium low carbonation.

DRINKABILITY: VERY high. At 5.1% ABV I could lift a few of these.

OVERALL COMMENTS: Wonderful balance – nice subtle black malt kick, just the right amount of sweetness, and easy on the alcohol – I’ll be back for sure!

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Photo of HardTarget
3.59/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle Inspection: Very cool darker green flattened bottle, like a thick flask shape, with an embossed seal and small oval label. Back label has marketing blurbs and an indecipherable date code.

Aroma: Chocolate malt, roasted grains, citric hops, hints of licorice, chicory coffee and only a whiff of that dusty porter smell. Overall, easy on the nose.

Appearance: Dark brown glass shows ruby clarity with good lighting, respectable tan cover with a blend of large bubbles and creamy collar that give lace respective of the different size. Lace gave out about a quarter of the way down, and the head collared about there too.

Flavor: The smells are represented, but somewhat muted. Flavor profile starts at a harshly roasted note, goes to a sweetish, almost watery middle, and fades out with a fairly firm hop bitter, which has a slight metallic note. It’s a fairly complex ride.

Mouthfeel: Light-medium body, low carbonation, creamy texture, fairly dry finish.

Overall Impression: Interesting taste. All the bits just don’t seem to fit together though. I like the citric hop finish, I can appreciate the roasted start, and the sweet-water middle is fair… just disjointed somehow. Still, an enjoyable porter, and I’m not crazy about porters. Cool bottle though. I’ll drink this one, but can’t see myself ordering one again.

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Photo of Naes
2.22/5  rDev -42.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Its dark brown to black in color and has a small bubbly head. Also, it has a lot of carbonation sticking to the side of the glass.

Aroma is strong. Tones of earth, liquorish and malts bombard the nose. It’s a strong and not all that pleasing aroma IMO.

This one tastes just like it smells. Blagh, it has an earthy funk that disagrees with my palate.

It’s medium bodied and not a drinkable beverage, but that’s just me talking.

I had one of these beers about 3 years ago and did not like it. I figured that it would be better than I remembered, but this one still has the exact flavor in the aftertaste that I recall not liking.

Edit: After getting to the bottom of the glass, the flavor is less offensive. Tones of chocolate and coffee are showing through.

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Photo of 1whiskey
4.92/5  rDev +27.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Before I start, let me just say that I love this bottle. :)

This pours out a beautiful black cherry color, not quite opaque. The head is thin, but it stayed all the way down.

Nose is super sweet, the sweetest I have ever experienced in a beer. Dextrose (malt sugar) cherries, raspberries, and dark chocolate.

Tast mirrors the aroma very well, but not quite as potent. Additionally, there are some earthy hop notes, and a faint ghost of espresso as well. Very complex flavor, but incredibly smooth and easy to drink. Marvolous!

Mouthfeel is very creamy (not syrupy), with just enough CO2 to make it interesting. Leaves a little hop oilyness on the palate, which is fine by me.

Wonderful! Wonderful! Wonderful! I am so happy to have discovered this beer. This would pair well with dessert, or serve it as dessert by itself. This is easily the best beer I have tried for the first time this year, and I highly recommend it to all BA's.

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Photo of assurbanipaul
3.55/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown-black with a thin light tan head. Aroma is dark chocolate malt, some alcohol, some vinous elements.

Taste is dry black patent and chocolate malts with a fair amount of bitterness. Hints of smoke and charcoal, unsweetened coffee and a very slight vinous nature. Dry overall but a faint sweetness lingers in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is light and clean, easy to drink. Ease of drink probably leaves it less than it could be. This one seems to hit the style mark but doesn't really do much more than that.

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Photo of packetknife
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I really like their bottles for the certain 'it's gotta be good for me' quality. The pour is a really dark brown with amber hues when the light hits it. Light brown thing head that laced aggressively. Smoke and ash (wood) on the nose, with a bit of baker's chocolate.. very pleasant and probably better in the winter. Lots of malt, baker's chocolate, caramel, some light unidentifiable tartness. Consistent throughout with a distinct coffee-like aftertaste. Creamy and just barely thick enough but feels 'right' and very drinkable.

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4.22/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This porter comes packaged in a cool looking "medicine" bottle. It is old school for sure and aptly named as "Old-Style Porter".
The beer pours out a dark brown, mahogany color with some amber tint. A 1" creamy tan head forms and drops to about 1/2" for the rest of the ride down. Perfect lacing.
The aroma is a nice mild roast coffee. A little nuttiness and the good earthiness I love in a porter.
The taste is superb, a nice roasted malt, coffee with some sweet chocolate. Nuttiness in finish turns into nice bitterness. Mild hops.
Mouthfeel is creamy, just a little thin but very tasty.
This beer is extremely drinkable and I was very pleasantly surprised. Very, very good. Highly recommended!

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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 615 ratings