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
England, United Kingdom

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 Sammy
3.48/5  rDev -9.4%
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 -1.8%
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 -17.2%
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 -19.8%
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 +3.9%
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 -15.6%
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 -13.5%
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 +9.1%
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 -6.5%
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 -42.2%
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 +28.1%
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 -7.6%
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 +1.6%
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 +9.9%
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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Photo of Opethsprite
3.93/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

NO head a'tall. Very dark brown with hints of purple, red, and yellow all about the thinner areas. Strong aroma of roasted coffee beans and dark chocolate. The tartness of berries is also present. Beautiful nose. The taste is of strong malts that fade into the coffee and chocolate present in the smell. Very sweet finish. It's very strange; at first, I don't taste much of anything. The beauty of the various aforementioned tastes comes very late in the sip. Mouthfeel: Ug. It's terribly watery with a tingly finish. Unfortunately, this strange mouthfeel all but kills the drinkability. Still, it's a very pleasant choice if mouthfeel is not an issue for the drinker.

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Photo of Sigmund
4.15/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cask conditioned at the 32nd Cambridge Beer Festival, gravity dispense. Very dark brown to chestnut, nearly black. Lovely strong aroma of roast malts, dark chocolate and prunes. Notes of oak and cigars too. Flavour is roasty, smooth and mellow with chocolate notes. Roasty aftertaste. Very good.

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Photo of hobbes2112
3.61/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Batch number (I think) 5074
Pours a deep cola brown with ruddy edges. Nice creamy tan head, loose lacing.

Aroma is malt, dark unsweetened chocolate.

Taste is quite good, coffee and dark chocolate up front and a buttery chocolate finish. Nice little hop presence at the end, not quite a kick though. Right near the end of the long aftertaste I found some peanut butter, but only when the beer was room temp.

Mouthfeel was ok. Light carbonation, smooth almost creamy feel, but something still felt thin.

Even though I dinged it a little on mouth, I would call this a very drinkable beer. I could see this as a great beer all seasons and with food.

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Photo of brentk56
3.92/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a deep chocolate brown body with some ruby highlights; not much of a head but it does leave some nice lacing down the side of the glass

Smell: Lots of nice coffee and roasted malts elements; a touch of hops rounds out the aroma

Taste: Starts out with a bitter black coffee roast to the tastebuds; some tobacco and smoke as well; finishes with a subtle hop kick that is slightly astringent

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with an appropriate level of carbonation for a porter

Drinkability: A bit different and perplexing initially but a porter I can certainly warm up to

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Photo of fdrich29
3.67/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

St Peter's Old-Style Porter, 1 PINT 0.9 FL. OZ. bottle purchased at Marty's Wine in Newton, Massachusetts.

"Brewed with skill and patience in one of Britain's finest Small breweries."

I loved the Cream Stout enough to now try every offering from St. Peter's I can get my hands on. I was happy to spot this bad boy on the bottom shelf of Marty's Stone endcap.

Not a whole hell of a lot to look at once it's poured, a wee bit of bubbling lacing around the edges of this black and crimson brew. Smells nicely of malt and figs. Tastes a bit smokey and strong malt, but overall a bit plain without much dimension or complexity. Mouthfeel is a boring and flat, I've had bottled waters with more flair on the palate.

Very easy to put back, and although I was underwhelmed I would recommend giving it a shot.

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Photo of ScottS
2.99/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a fairy light colored porter. It looks thick as it's pouring out of the bottle and does't have any head on it. The aroma is fairly mild with hints of soy sauce, earth, black patent malt, mild hops, and a rich maltiness. The beer has mild carbonation and a light body.

The flavor is pretty malty when the beer first hits the tongue. The malt gives way to some bitterness from the black patent malt and a mild, spicy hop bitterness. While this beer is nothing special it is unusually drinkable and goes down very quickly.

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Photo of Toddv29424
3.58/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer is not as thick as some of the stouts produced by St. Peter's brewery, but is it is pretty dark when poured. There is no head. The taste is almost like meat, pretty heavy and layered. I think this is the different kinds of grain that are added into the mix. But the consistency is hard to get over, thick like molasses and about the same amount to taste. Any fan of the traditional heavy English Porter will adore this beer.

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Photo of BDTyre
4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ranks up there with Fuller's. Note quite black in colour, with a very weak tan head. Smells like a good porter with a bit of a sour note. Taste is very similar to Fuller's: burnt chocolatey malt taste with hints of coffee. Again, a bit on the sour side but enjoyable nonetheless.

Some have commented on the thin mouthfeel. I'm just not detecting this. Yeah, its a bit thinner than Fuller's and it sure doesn't chug out of the bottle like a baltic porter, but is not weak.

This is probably my number two or three porter, and one I would buy again in an instant if it wre available to me on a regular basis.

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Photo of horndecker
3.77/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

It's inky, deep and dark, and murky at first, with ruby highlights. Not much head, off-white, with biggish bubbles. Rather than lace, there appears sudsy, sticky traces of oily foam.

There are aromas of soy, cocoa, and muted dark fruits. A bit of raspberry, a bit of fig. The flavor is burnt and smoky, with an intense roasted center, and a substantial coffee-ish bitterness.

Although these porters are often lighter in body than their look implies, St. Peter's is even lighter than that. Not very substantial. So while the flavors that develop are wonderful, they are delivered in a disappointing package. If this is what defines "old-style", then I guess I prefer "new-fangled".

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Photo of frank4sail
3.32/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Rootbeer like color in the glass with a smalish beige head that does not last long. The beer comes in a medicine bottle (oval shaped green glass). Nose smells like sweetish black jelly beans (anise). Dry slightly smokey inital taste with a medicinal sweetish back side. Lightish on the mouth and tongue. The finish leaves a dry malty tongue. Not exciting but different.

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Photo of aaronh
2.84/5  rDev -26%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Deep garnet body with a minimalist head. Great aroma consisting of sweet roasted malt and brown sugars. Nice caramel note as well. The flavor is a bit smoky, with hints of molasses. Very unbalanced. The mouthfeel is thin as well, and the drinkability suffers because of it. Great bottle, nice aroma, poor beer.

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St. Peter's Old-Style Porter from St. Peter's Brewery Co Ltd
3.84 out of 5 based on 604 ratings.
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