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 Opethsprite
3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
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 +7.8%
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 -6.2%
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 +1.8%
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 -4.7%
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 -22.3%
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 -7%
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 +9.1%
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 -2.1%
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 -13.8%
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 -26.2%
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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Photo of ypsifly
3.6/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Almost black with a slight and quickly fading head that is light tan and leaves some lacing.

Smells of roasted malts, coffee, cocoa, and a whiff of something metallic that seems out of place.

Malts dominate the taste, and that metallic whatever is still in the background. Not near enough to turn me off, but its there. Finishes on the dry side.

Nice velvety mouthfeel.

This is quite a drinkable brew. Not as full bodied or hoppy like the American porter, but good enough to make me want to go out and sample the other two styles by this brewery that are on shelf at my favorite store.

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Photo of Quaffer
3.65/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

16.9 oz. bottle. Picked this up in KC, MO. Not available here in Wichita.

Appearance: This porter poured a dark brown that revealed deep ruby highlights when held up to the light. The off-white head rose up to only a finger with a lot of effort and dissipated at a normal rate. A thin ring of dense foam remained around the edge of the glass, which left behind a lot of lacing.

Smell: A nice combination of plums, milk chocolate, mocha latte, and cream. It became slightly smokey as it warmed up.

Mouthfeel: Light- to mediuim-bodied. It was creamy smooth upon the tip of the tongue, but thinned out as it moved back in the mouth. Light carbonation in the back of the mouth as well.

Taste: Not nearly as round and complex as the aroma. Bitter coffee and roasted malts upfront. This developed into a muddled hops bitterness in the middle. The finish was a continuation of the bitterness, as well as some tangy dark fruits and cream.

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Photo of frazbri
3.21/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Deep brown with auburn accents, short white head, but outstanding lacing. Aromas of liquorish and chocolate. Coffee, chocolate, slight fruitiness, and a charcoal/cigar finish. Modest carbonation, light body and a dry finish.

It's hard to say why I don't love this porter. It is a complex and flavorful brew (if somewhat muted). Does it need more body? Most beers this light in body don't display the array of flavors in St. Peter's. Do I crave more hops? I don't consider myself a hophead, but I have come to expect more aggressive hopping. I don't find any major flaw in this porter, I just want a little more intensity.

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

Appearance: Deep, very dark ruby color. No head at all.

Aroma: Rich, earthy dark-chocolate nose.

Flavor: Lot of dark malt flavors: chewy caramel, coffee & chocolate abound. Only a faint roastiness in the back. Restrained hop presence, and like the Golden ale, a touch of butterscotch diacetyl at the end. Finish is slightly fruity, and less sweet than expected from the maltiness.

Mouthfeel: Even taking in the low carbonation, a bit watery. Creamy & chewy texture though.

Very nice English-style porter.

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Photo of dgallina
4.08/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours nearly-black deep mahogany with a finger of creamy tan head that disappears rapidly, but leaves good thick lacing on the glass. Smells of nearly-overpowering sweet malts with rich chocolate and slightly musty earth notes. Taste begins with malt sweetness, but slowly develops roasted bitter chocolate and coffee flavors, finishing with a tasty burnt-toast bitterness. Medium-heavy, creamy, and nicely carbonated in the mouth.

An unexpectedly nice tasting porter!

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Photo of Stimack
3.77/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Picked up this brew on a whim the other day for the Thanksgiving Holiday and just tried it last evening. I guess the shape of the bottle is what drew me to the brew, odd old type of a bottle. The brew it self poured to a deep dark brown color that was more close to black than brown but the light that was able to filtered through gave it ruby highlights. The head on this brew was very small and had a cream tan color that left some lacing. I guess the lack of a head could have been due to my careful pour, maybe a little to careful? Over all it is a fair looking brew. The aroma is pretty good with highlights of chocolate, roasted malt along with an earthy scent. The taste had a sweet taste at first then broke to a stronger malt taste highlighted by a accompanying hop taste that went well with it adding a degree of spice. Over all it is a pretty nice tasting brew. One thing that I did notice is that it is a dry brew and it also feels almost watered down for a mouthfeel? Not a bad brew and one that I would have again but do feel that there are other better Porter examples. Definitely am intrigued buy the bottle and would like to try some of the other brews they offer.

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

Pours a dark ruby with a 1/4 inch tan head. not much lace to speak of. Smells malty and fruity, hints of maple or molasses.

The appearance and smell do not reveal the taste of this brew. Nothing overly complicated but a nice nutty and smoky taste to the malt. Smoky, roastes, burnt malt flavors. Roasted nuts and hints of vanilla. Lightly metallic. Medium bodied. Very smooth porter and pretty unique to most that I have tried. Very good.

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Photo of NEhophead
3.47/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

1 pt .9 fl oz. Light green, antique style bottle.

Creamy off white head that fades to a few pools of bubbles almost immediately upon impact; poor retention. Some spotted lacing with very minimal strength. Deep reddish/black in color.

Sweet caramel, light molasses, and dark chocolate maltiness. A touch of roasted malts and rolled oats. Alcohol aroma is evident as well.

Dark chocolate, almond, and a bit of hazlenut flavors. The sweetness portrayed in the porter's aroma is subdued by a big bite of hop bitterness; slightly unbalanced regarding this. A very dry finish with an aftertaste composed of a dark toffee and almond/nut-like quality.

Full bodied but lighter on the palate than your average porter. Very dry and almost grainy.

A slightly above average porter. Not one I'll try again. In all honesty, the bottle was what grabbed my attention in the first place. The porter itself is nothing special.

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Photo of ADR
4.28/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

An old school Porter from a flask bottle that looks like it should have patent medicine in it. Very dark black, just a little light comes through at the bottom. Dark tan head rises and falls in a minute. Nice thick lacing on the glass. Heavy aroma, malty but pruney with lots of spicing and slight medicinal qualities. Thick and chewy mouthfeel. Flavor is interesting in its depth and layers -- more prunes, fortified wine, dark roasted senses, a seeming layer of ashy bitters at the finish. Aroma keeps backing up the flavors in the mouth. Interesting rendition, lots of flavors to note that imply more alcohol than is really around. Reminds me of what an historical Porter may have tasted like, tavern owners blending all sorts of brews and even adding strange and unexpected flavorings for balance and color. The drinkability is kind of subjective to me, its a little different.

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Photo of beerceller99
3.02/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Funky 50 cl. flask pours a dark brown fluid with a light brown head. Nice grassy burnt hop bud smell with roasted malts. Light to medium bodied with a watery mouthfeel. The taste is of lightly toasted grains with a tapioca pudding sweetness. Has a mildly bitter burnt grain finish.
Pretty weak for a Porter.
Pass on this brew and try their stout, it's much better.

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Photo of HochFliegen
3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

What a cool looking bottle and label for this beer. Thats what first attracted me to it. I had never heard of the brewery before this.

When I poured it I was thrilled as to how dark it was. It was black with the slightest hint of red that shines thru. The head was decent, thick and off white in color, and laced quite nice.
The smell was strong of chocolate and coffee.
The tatse was amazing. Starts sweet with a dark chocolate taste that turns to a smooth burnt coffee like flavor with a pleasing bitterness in the aftertaste. A bit dry in the aftertaste I thought.
A good porter. Really enjoyed it.

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

Appearance – This one is a nice ruby-laced black in color with an off-white, moderate head.

Smell – There’s no mistaking the big coffee grounds that leap out of the glass. This one is dark with some creamy, roasted malts and a light fruity hop profile.

Taste – The malts are big but mellow at the taste. The bitter coffee flavor provides good complexity as does the light, fruity hop compliment. This is a good one.

Mouthfeel – This Porter is a solid medium in the body and very creamy. The sharp bitter bite at the end provides a terrific contrast to the smooth character of the malts.

Drinkability – This is a good Porter that both entertains and satisfies. There are a lot of interesting things going on here, so have some fun with it.

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Photo of WesWes
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer pours a translucent dark brown/ almost black color with a 1/4" creamy tan head that fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a rich malty scent that boasts of roasted, chocolate, and crystal malts. It has an intense toastey feel. The taste is decent. It has a rich and dry black malt flavor with a lingering grainy aftertaste. It has a nice chocolate flavor that would be enhanced it the mouthfeel were any better. The mouthfeel sucks. It is a full bodied beer with very low carbonation. This porter has good aroma and flavor, but because the mouthfeel is lacking, the drinkability suffers. It's one and done for me.

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

Mahogany unless backlit, then its true nature is revealed. Crimson-infused walnut with orange highlights, crowned by a smallish ecru head that is reasonably persistent. Fine sticky lace ends up covering a fair portion of the glass. A good look.

The nose is of gently roasted dark malt and chocolate. Unfortunately, it isn't aromatic enough for any complexities to be evident. I'm guessing they aren't present at all, but I'll have to wait for taste bud submersion to be sure.

It's more flavorful than the nose let on, but not by much. Old-Style Porter, as I've come to learn, looks and tastes the way that classic porters should look and taste. That is, on the light side compared with most of the versions emanating from the U.S. My bias, however, is toward big beer and I much prefer those flavorful, full-bodied porters that straddle the line between stouts and porters. I like to call them storters.

The flavor profile consists of lightly roasted malt, weak chocolate and weaker coffee. Even though there's a minimal hop presence, a pleasant bitterness creeps in on the flinty, tending toward dry finish. The body is medium on first blush, thinning on the tail end of each mouthful, and the carbonation is below the radar. This is simple, straightforward, drinkable beer.

St. Peter's Old-Style Porter is a fine example of the classic porter style and is, no doubt, exactly what its brewers intended it to be. Since this is my review though, I can't ignore my big beer bias. As a result, I'll have to downgrade it just a tad. For those who like the English Porter style, this is pretty good stuff.

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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