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 KyleVick4
3.18/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Deep dark robust brown, with ok head and nice lacing along the sides.

S: Chocolate, deep dark chocolate with some hoppiness and a touch of smokiness

T: Its a good russian Imperial stout, but not a good porter. I like at least a touch of licorice in my porter, but this is practically all chocolate coffee. While the coffee is subdued, this doesnt fit the style that I have in my mind. I have detracted accordingly.

M: Nice medium/heavy body gave it a good porter feel, maybe a touch to light, but a low carbonation made me happy...

D: Again, if it was a RIS it would be a pretty good beer, but as a porter (prob my favorite style) I don't think it really is that great of a beer. nonetheless, I still finished it and did enjoy it for its RIS tastes...

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Photo of mrasskicktastic
3.18/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - A dark brown with one finger of light tan head that lingers for about a minute leaving only large bubbles on the surface. A thin ring of lacing sticks around too.

S - Elderberries, coffee, dirt and burnt leather . . . interesting.

T - In the foretaste we have a delightful coffee flavor meshed with mild berries and chocolate, then comes a very earthy tasting burnt meat (I mean like dipped in mud and left on an open flame overnight burnt, pure carbon, basically) flavor which overtakes it. Then, in the aftertaste it morphs into some sort of burnt / earthy bitterness.. A very faint coffee bitterness is present as well. Quite leathery tasting for a beer.

M - Thin, smooth, very refreshing.

D - Pretty good, as long as you don't mind the taste. I mean it isn't overwhelmingly unpleasant, it's just not the sort of thing I want. The mouthfeel makes it quaffable. I just wish it wasn't so leathery. I think I'll pass on this again, but I will be sure to try more of this breweries offerings.

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

Appearance: Dark with light struck ruby tint. Tannish head with great retention.

Aroma: Sweet chocolate and caramel with slight hint of vanilla. Earthyness noted.

Taste: Up front is sweet with slight hop presence. Hint of coffee and chocolate in mouthfeel. Roasted characteristics lend bitterness.

Notes: Not too robust, very sweet flavors with slight roasted bitterness. Good beer. Might be a good intro to darker flavors.

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

500 mL bottle,

A: Pours a dark red brown with a small off-white head, fair retention, no lace.

S: Surprisingly hoppy for a porter with some milk chocolate.

T: Nice nice chocolate and minor roasted notes. A tad too hoppy which overwhelms the preferable malt flavours.

M: Fizzy, medium-bodied, watery.

D: This was OK, but I can see the clear difference with the Meantime I had a few days ago; they're just in different leagues.

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Photo of ALESwhatCURESya
3.16/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This bottle reminds me more of an Old England elixer than it does beer. Long story short, the bottle may be cooler than the beer. It pours out very flat with a very thin head that quickly disappeared. It poured out a very nice chocolate color. The smell is typical of porter-style beer. Full nutty taste fill your mouth immediately but are dont linger very long. My first choice of beer is usually not a porter, but when i have a good one, I really enjoy it. This is an easy beer to drink, but has no special qualities that would make me run back to buy another.

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Photo of acrawf6
3.14/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours out a clear dark brown amber with a tan head. nice lacing.

Smell. lots of toffee and roasted maltiness. slight sourness to it as well.

Taste. toffee flavors again with a small roasty and smokiness too. a tad on the sweet side . aftertaste is bitter and somewhat coffee-like.

Mouthfeel. A bit thin, a lot due to the little bit of carbonation. but it does seem a little watery. good balance though.

Overall a decent beer, good in it's own right. Nice one to try, but i doubt i'll ever have it again.

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Photo of Blupoet03
3.13/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This beer starts out great, pouring dark amber with a pillow tan head. The nose is full of roasted malt characteristics: caramel, licorice, syrup, and dark chocolate.

Unfortunately, as soon as this beer hits your mouth, it goes down hill (as to its style). It is very fizzy and light, even refreshing. It just seems far to carbonated and light for a porter. The taste is good - mellow caramel and cocoa, espresso, even a little sour.

There was yeast residue in the bottle, which makes me assume that this is a live ale, causing its fizzyness.

There is a lack of body, and the taste dissipates, so it is hard to savor. On the plus side, it is thirst quenching and great in hot weather (our kitchen was 90 last night!).

I like this beer by itself, but as a porter not so much. It just isn't what I expect from a porter.

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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 Lupe
3.12/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a deep amber witha small head and leaves some lace. Fruity aroma with hints of dark chocolate, yeast and a buttery scent. A bit thin for a porter but did have a smooth mouthfeel. Taste started roasted malt and grain with a little spiciness. Finishes with a somewhat sour twang that is undesirable. If the aftertaste was better, this would be pretty good. Could have been a bad bottle, so I may give it another shot.

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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 KickInTheChalice
3.03/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 16.9 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Compared to most porters I am used to, this has a more transparent look. A walnut brown color base with almost clear edges, this is a far cry from the molasses black porters I like.

Smell: The aroma is very soft and subdued. Chocolate, roasted malt, and a bit of coffee all wander into my nose.

Taste: The flavor is fairly soft as well, and it feels no more complex. Chocolate and roasted malt stretch from start to finish without leaving much of an impression, and a light coffee flavor and bitterness close out the flavor.

Mouthfeel: This is thin, almost watery, with carbonation that is neither really creamy nor crisp, but somewhere in the middle.

Overall: This was fairly forgettable. With the number of good stouts and porters out there, having this one again is not a priority.

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Photo of beerceller99
3.02/5  rDev -21.4%
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 pants678
3.01/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Came from the bottle and into a normal english pint. Pour was not on par, zero head, a lace at best that looks to be a very light, easy beige.A very deep brown that is almost opaque, but light is getting through at the bottom of the glass.

Quite a range of distinct aromas, including tinges of coffee and chocolate like you'd expect. But there's also toffee and roasted malts. Really, it's nothing short of enticing.

Distinctly chocolate and malty, the toffee's there but it's not as strong. It is lacking in complexity, though. The front seems to be empty, but the back is charred. There's some fruity acidity present on the back as well, but still, it's not combining well or covered or being pressed in any way. There's much left to be desired, disappointing.

This Old-style porter is surprisingly and disconcertingly light. Perhaps it needs more carbonation, and absolutely needs more flavor to contend with.

Fore sure it's drinkable, but much too easy. While porters should be smooth, they should also have some more bite and bumps and bruises along the way. Those are not very present in this brew.

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Photo of John
3/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Translucent brown color. Some roasted malt and chocolate is noted in the aroma as well as the flavor. Malt backbone is lacking…a bit thin. The roasted malt lends a faint bitterness that’s passable I guess. Is this old style? True to style? I don’t know. But I’ll pass next time. There’s too many others that are far better IMHO.

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Photo of AlexJ
3/5  rDev -21.9%
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 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 magictrokini
2.95/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Hard to rate this one. Pours clear dark brown with no head. Aroma is heavily coffee and leather. The taste is weak. Good coffee, malt, and some bitter hops, all with an earthy feel. Watery mouthfeel. Finished like an ESB. Overall, this was good, I just wanted more.

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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 Phyl21ca
2.88/5  rDev -25%
look: 1 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle - Poured a translucent dark brew with absolutely no head and no carbonation. Aroma of toffee. Taste is a bit sweet, with some toffee and some bitterness. I’m not sure if this is a bad bottle, but the lack of carbonation is very annoying and leaves a bad taste in my mouth. This beer also lacks a strong body and the chocolate/coffee taste should be more detectable. Overall, a very disappointing beer that I will try at least one more time to ensure that I didn’t get a bad bottle.

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Photo of woemad
2.87/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

1pt. 9oz. bottle purchased at Jim's Homebrew in Spokane for $4.07. Bottle shaped like a big flask.

Poured a cola color with a weak, off-white head that dropped quickly. Modest amount of lace.

Smell is roasty, with elements of dark chocolate, dark tobacco and dark cherries. Dark seems to be a recurring theme here, eh?

Taste is similar to the aroma, but not quite what was promised. After an initial blast of bitter, roasted taste, the flavor seems to up and disappear. Not the most impressive tasting porter I've encountered.

In the mouthfeel department, this one comes up well short. It's thin, way too thin for anything purporting to be a porter.

This is a relatively lame porter, albeit one that came in a cool looking bottle. If there's no good beer available, it's a passable choice, but that's about it. I don't think I'll be picking this one up again.

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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 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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Photo of chuckm
2.82/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Perhaps my expectations were built up by the cool bottle and old english script but after drinking this beer I searched the bottle to see if it had really been produced in St. Louis or Milwaukee. What a mild porter, from a style which was a thick working mans grog meant to be both tasteful and filling to this pale approximation. I still think the attendant at my local beer store must have popped it open, drank a third and topped it off with water. still I doubt I'll spend the money to prove him guilty

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Photo of tfp4268
2.79/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

This beer pours dark brown with a practically non-existant head. Kinda thin looking for a porter. It left huge bubbles in the bottom of the bottle.

Smells malty, a litle choclatey, a little fruit...typical porter.

Taste is a little malt, and a lot of bitter...too bitter for the maltiness. IMHO

Mouthfeel is very thin , soda like.

It's fairly drinkable, but the bitterness hangs around long after the beer is gone, so it's not something I'd go out of my way to find. There are a lot better porters out there. Cool looking bottle tho.

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