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

St. Peter's Old-Style PorterSt. Peter's Old-Style Porter
607 Ratings
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 corby112
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving style: bottle.

pours dark brown almost black with thin beige head. Aroma of roasted malts, coffee, chocolate and hazelnut. Very smooth drinking creamy porter with a nice roasted malt flavor. Hints of chocolate, roasted coffee and nuts. very good!

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Photo of Tbn2
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a cool looking green bottle to a pint glass.

Pours with barely any head sitting on top of an almost black body that has mahogany hues framing it. Certainly pours like an old school porter.

Smells of chocolate, butter, touch of coffee, and some burnt sugar.

Tastes very smooth. Beginning has a good crisp feel. Halfway down the butter and chocolate taste takes over. The end is very crisp and clean. The coffee and chocolate give is a dry feeling and the hops add just a bit of bite as well. It does feel a little watery on the palate but this isn't a thick American Porter. You have to adjust your taste buds and remember what you are drinking when you drink this.


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Photo of puboflyons
3.79/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

From the 25 fl. oz. bottle. Sampled on June 22, 2013.

The pour is very dark brown with reddish hues. It could have been darker but I won't complain much.

The aroma is of dark malts, black licorice, and brown sugar. Hops are far in the background. But it smells like a sweeter Porter should smell.

The body is light to medium to bold with a moderate creaminess.

The taste is quite likable. Plenty of dark malts, brown sugar, and a low hop bitterness that plays up toward the end but does not overpower. It really tastes like a Porter should but a lot sweeter than I prefer.

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Photo of GuinnessSmurf
3.79/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark cola brown color with only a trace of head - quickly fading on top to nothing.

Smell has notes of plum, roasted malts, and cocoa - none being overly powerful. Very balanced.

Oh my - thats rich! It really tastes smooth. Reminds me of the Fuller's London porter a bit, but with a bit less sweet and a bit more dry, bitter cocoa.

Body is very smooth but has a few tiny bubbles throughout the body that make it interesting.

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Photo of dmorgan310
3.79/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BMoney575
3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sampled on 7-30-09
8142 code on the bottle.

Pours an extremely cloudy dark brown color, with a bit of transparency at the top. The head is thin but viscous, leaving nice lacing.

Smell is sweet, earthy malt, and lots of English. A little buttery, and a little spicy. Pleasant, but not really my style.

Taste is surprisingly tame, not as earthy as the smell, with a great caramel sweetness followed by a sizable smoky bitterness. Not bad.

Mouthfeel is a little on the flat side, but the thickness makes up for it and suits the beer well.

Drinkability is good, but the sweetness could get old quickly.

Overall, a beer that is good, right down the middle. Try it.

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Photo of ectomorph
3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Love the St. Peter's green medicine bottles.

A - Dark brown with some faint ruby. Small light tan head fades to a ring pretty fast.

S - Dark chocolate with some citrus at the end. Very clean.

T - Dark and roasty malt flavors. Some smoke and bitter chocolate. English hops bitterness balances things somewhat.

M - Medium body and good carbonation pushes this in the right direction.

D - Moderate to high. Not extreme on one end or the other. Another great brew from St. Peter's

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.77/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a finger and half of tan head on a black body.
The aroma is roasted malt, mild coffee.
The taste is coffee and chocolate bitterness, mild malt sweet. Simple but effective profile.
The texture is thicker and soft around the edges.
It's a solid, everyday drinking porter.

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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 granger10
3.77/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

This one poured a medium brown color with no head on it. Smelled of weak malt and hop mix. Taste was quite good but also quite weak. Roasted wood comes to mind here. Floral hops are in the background and come through by the middle. Other flavors are too weak to detect but they are there. Finishes roasty and leaves me wanting more. Like the color, the body was too thin to be a porter. This could have been really good with a nice bold body to it. However it was quite drinkable, I feel like I could drink a whole lot of these in one night . . . (but not at how much they cost!)

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

A beer I'd enjoy trying again. One of the better St. Peter offerings. Some nice warming character as result of good choice malts. Only hints of typical porter flavour, coffee etc I speak of. Wicked smooth mouthfeel but seems lacking certain character. No real head developed. Aroma was weaker as well. I can't argue this isn't good, but something was lacking and I wasn't quite satisfied.

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

Light brown in color, small creamy light tan head that doesn't last, aroma of dark roasted coffee and malts. Light body, thin and watery mouthfeel. Smokey coffee and chocolate flavors, with a light smokey burnt bitterness in the finish, some what watery, very drinkable.

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Photo of riversider76
3.76/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep brown, with a nice red hue. Thin tan head. decent retention,and nice lacing. Smell was nice, but weaker than I expected. Dark chocolate, and fruits mostly, with a sweet edge. Body is on the thin side,with just a bit of carbionation. Sweet chocolate up front, with a slight bitter edge to the finish. Excellent!

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Photo of Phoneguy
3.76/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of sydneyMTBdog
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of wo87810
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of williamjbauer
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of cliff1066
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of ThaneMcC
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Appearance: dark ruby brown, tan lace, faint lacing as foam resolves, minimal carbonation.
Smell: Dark malts, molasses, chocolate, buttered toast, citrus, burnt caramel.
Taste: A gentle and smooth blend of malts up front, chocolate, just the right amount of sweet without being syrupy, hint of coffee and dark chocolate, hoppy bite at the end that cleans the palate. Barnyard, leather earthy quality, good, clean dry finish.
Mouthfeel: medium bodied, minimal carbonation
Overall: classic porter, not particularly complex, easily quaffable and enjoyable.

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Photo of CRJMellor
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown with red/copper tints. Small creany medium tan head. Nose of chocolate and sour notes with a small amount of roasted barley. Tastes of semi-sweet chocolate, mild coffee with a somewhat dry finish. Relatively thin mouthfeel yet refreshing. Mild hop note on the back end. Very drinkable beer got better as it warmed.

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Photo of Sazz9
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of tommy5
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

St. Peter's Old-Style Porter from St. Peter's Brewery Co Ltd
Beer rating: 3.85 out of 5 with 607 ratings
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