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

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605 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 NDuquette
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

Photo of dgilks
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours very dark, not-quite-black with a light tan head.

Very sweet aroma with plenty of sweet chocolate and light non-bitter espresso notes. Quite fruity.

A wonderful porter without lots of roast notes which often overwhelm self-styled porters. Plenty sweet, rich dark fruity notes with figs and raisins predominant. An interesting light chocolate touch and a light bitterness in the back palate. Complex and delicious.

A nice thick body here with light carbonation makes this beer a great winter beer that sits nicely on the palate. Great.

A wonderful, traditional style porter with lots of great flavours going on. Wonderfully drinkable for a standard strength beer.

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Photo of mcsquint
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from imperial pint bottle into dimpled mug.
A - Opaque black in color. Nice two finger tan head, that diminishes somewhat quickly, leaving light lacing on inside of glass.
S - Dark roasted malt,milky chocolate, and a bit of coffee.
T - Chocolate malt,more coffee than the smell would indicate, a bit of mild hops on the finish.
M - Not as slick or as lingering as some English porters. Nice balance of malt and hops gives it a surprisingly quick finish.
D - I would have to add this to my short list of drinkable porters. This has lots of flavor, yet not so heavy as to limit me to one bottle. It is made in the old school method of true English porters. I highly recommend it as a benchmark for all porters to be measured against.

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Photo of BeerWithMike
4.49/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Sampled last night on 10/10/15 (would of been my mom's 79 birthday). Had a couple of their brews before but not this one. Comes in a pretty deep green 1 Pint, .9 Ounce (500 ml) bottle from the new World's Market in Omaha for $4.99. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured in to a "It's 5 O'Clock Somewhere" pint glass.

Brew pours a super dark brown almost pitch-black in color with ruby highlights. Has a thin light beige cap with some light lacing when sipped. Aroma is of dark roasted malts with some dark fruit. Bit more going on with the taste as there is also some hints of chocolate, toffee and peat. One tasty brew! Goes down easy with no bitter or harsh aftertaste at all..Medium+-bodied with perfect carbonation for this brew style.

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Photo of TheBeerWolf
4.48/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Pours to almost a very dark almost amber hue, nice dark eggshell head with good lacing.

S - Smells malty, roasted coffee

T - Up front but not overwhelming bitterness. Roasty notes, an almost rootbeer like flavor

M - Pretty light mouthfeel for a porter with lively carbonation

D - Due to the mouthfeel and IMO great taste I could imagine drinking a few in a sitting.

This beer is very good. I enjoy those heavy complex beers myself but for when you don't want something that bowls you over but still has some of the dark beer character this is a great choice. Some might take points away for it not being as heavy as they like but this is a plus in my book with this one. Everything balances out nicely and you don't want to go sleep in the corner after having a pint of it. Great beer IMO. Will definately visit again. St Peters makes some good stuff.

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Photo of Bighuge
4.45/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Nice clear ruby apperance. Thin bubbly light brown head. Retention is good and lace is adequate. Nose is slight cocoa and vanilla. roasted coffee bean and molasses. The mouthfeel is very silky. Like velvet. Body is medium-full. The flavors are java, roasted barley, burnt malt, chocolate (sweet and baker's) and vanilla. Damn subtle and damn nice. Very easy drinking. Could drink this stuff all night.

Gotta love the flask of a bottle too.

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Photo of aromatorio
4.45/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

My dad told me this was his favorite beer from a recent trip to the UK. A little unbelieving, I picked up a bottle from the local Whole Foods.

A: Nothing spectacular yet. It is a deep burgundy, almost like blood mixed with tar or pitch. Dark but with hints of ruby in there. The head was nice but not anything to write home about (despite what dad says).

S: Again, smelled nice but not like "whoa". I couldn't quite decide if this smelled light or dark. It was somewhere between a stout and a Belgian beer to my sniffer. I smelled lighter honey/citrus notes, but then when I tried to confirm I caught whiffs of roasted malts.

T: OK, he might be on to something here. This porter is so incredibly smooth I feel like someone slipped some Bailey's into it. There is an effusive creaminess that is wonderful.

M: Working off the above creaminess, I was surprised at how delicious this beer was. It went down like a double-malt milkshake. I could feel it go down the whole way to my belly. And it was good.

D: Exceedingly low alcohol content and a ridiculously good taste make this one of my all-time favorites for a session brew. It's even a cool bottle. Only downside is the cost!

As a side note - I think Skunky beers should NOT be reviewed. Unless it is blatantly due to a bottling defect, I feel that you shouldn't lower a beer's overall score. Afterall, ANY beer can be spoiled due to too much light. Don't let that discourage others from trying one.

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Photo of jmatthew
4.44/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Oily black w/ rusty accents, pours with almost no head. Strong dark chocolate with hints of roasted coffee on the nose. Taste is roasty, malty and sweet with prominent bitter chocolate and coffee notes. Very thin mouthfeel, finishes rather brief with a faint lingering smokiness. Drinks very smooth and easy with blatant yet pleasant flavor.

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Photo of GCBrewingCo
4.44/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer poured crystal clear black with ruby highlights. The head, well, there was no head. A few bubbles at the top, but nothing else. However, those bubbles did lace the glass.

The aroma was complex with chocolate in the front, coffee in the back, and malt in between. Also just a slight roastiness and slight smokiness.

The flavor was bitter chocolate with a slight winey/sour complexity. Also a coffee flavor and a pleasant smokiness.

The finish was dry, pleasant bitter chocolate and lasting. The body was medium light to medium and very nice.

There was little to no carbonation in the beer, the cap was a bear to remove so I assume the lack of carbonation was on purpose due to being an English beer.

I have found a new favorite. A very nice beer and easy to drink.

16.9 ounce bottle, the medicine one.

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Photo of skillerified
4.43/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown to black in the middle with deep cherry colors at the edges. Nice creamy and sudsy head that tops off the glass. Looks tasty.

Dark, lightly roasted malt around the edges. Dried dark berries in the middle. A little bit of chocolate (chocolate covered cherries maybe). There's a sort of earthy or woodsy scent too (not pine). A very full and rounded smell, if that makes any sense. Definitely gets a more fruity vibe going as you work your way down the glass. I actually felt it resembled a sparkling wine at points.

Mild and delightful coffee flavors at the forefront. A bit of a tobacco flavor in the middle, like a nice cigar (not cigarette tobacco). A little bit of a toasted bread flavor (with butter almost!). Maybe a hint of whiskey-like smoke too. Quite a combination.

Extremely well balanced and very smooth. Just sits perfectly on the palate. Nice malt center with a great mildly bitter finish, but neither overpowering the other. Just about the perfect mouthfeel.

So this is why people drink Porters. I haven't had many and this is definitely the first one I've liked. Pretty close to a sessionable ABV too. No complaints about this brew. Not quite world-class, but not too far off either.

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Photo of ImperatorScab
4.43/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of malty
4.43/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark mahogany brown that emits a ruby glow. When held against a std. 75W light bulb, itÂ’s brilliantly clear. A loose and creamy beige 1/2" head sits quietly atop. Graceful rings of lace all the way down.

The scents are subdued, but I can detect leather, milk chocolate & and malt powder - which ain't bad at all. Sweet vanilla cake fresh from the oven is really making me salivate.

The flavor of the leather I encountered earlier really shines, along with a dry bitter dark chocolate backdrop to even out the early earthy flavors. A few more sips bring forth some macerated black cherries drenched in figgy paste flavors. Dark malts but not very burnt of charred - just a nice roast. Ever so balanced chocolate & dark fruit elements.

Mouthfeel is exquisite. Soft, airy light-med. body with ultra fine (toned-down) carbonation. It almost has the feeling of cask. Dry and somewhat chalky finish.

Drinkability is through the roof. With its low level of ultra fine carbonation, this one won't fill you up so fast.

Overall a splendid example of a dry English porter. I've never been so lucky to try on on its native soil, but I'd like to think it would taste like this. Very eloquent and balanced. This one really shines in its subduedness. I'd like to keep many of these on hand if I could afford them. Nice treat and very much worth the $3.49/16.9 oz. bottle.

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Photo of TheQuietMan22
4.42/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Very attractive brew. Poured a deep ruby brown -- almost black, but not quite. Two fingers of cappuccino colored head developed and dissipated slowly to leave a spotted lacing and ring around the edge.

Smell: A lot of dark malts -- coffee, caramel, maybe a little chocolate -- and dark fruits; I'm thinking plum for some reason, but it's not that sweet. Dates, maybe?

Taste: Whoa -- that's good. There's a perfect hop bite. The taste is dominated by the dark malts: coffee is the most prevalent, but the caramel comes into play, too. The dark fruit, whatever it is, comes through as well.

Drinkability: There's nothing better than old school -- or old-style, in this case. St. Peter's Old-Style Porter is a top-notch brew.

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Photo of jongillin
4.42/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this one from the bottle poured to a glass.
This is to me the quintessential old English style porter.
The appearance is really a sight to behold. Looks great with all the trade marks of porter color and a slightly tan colored head. The head stays and laces the glace nicely with every sip.
The smell gives some nice over tones of the roasted malt as well as some coffee flavor. It smells just like a porter should. The taste on this is all about the malts: coffee and chocolate. Rich and well balanced flavor that leaves you wishing you had bought six instead of the one.
Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth. Some carbonation but just right.
Just like most things out of this brewery it is very drinkable. So, when you go to the liquor store and see that it is $4 a bottle just repeat to yourself that it is worth it.

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Photo of jwhancher
4.42/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Old school flask style bottle. Replica circa 1770 across the Delaware River right here in Philly. Poured into English style pub glass.

A: appears ruby brown with low but good carbonation and thin head that eventually fades to nothing. Just like an English pub would serve it. Impressive.

S: butter, dry cocoa, licorice, some roast, slight coffee, earthy hops, graham crackers.

T: starts sweet but ends dry with faint roasty porter finish. Sweetness reminiscant of chocolate, cocoa, coffee. Nice firm bitterness at the end.

M: feels about medium. Light enough to drink quite easily but malt complexities seem to weigh it down enough so you can ponder the great taste.

O: wonderful beer. Glad to have found this at Total Wine. Would definitely buy & drink again. Takes me back to the Old World if I imagine I could. If only I could brew a beer this great tasting, complex with low alcohol of 5.1%.

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Photo of Offa
4.42/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a wonderful porter.

Dark reddish brown, it has a mdeium tan head that slowly shrinks and leaves a little lace.

The aroma is rich, toasty, with chocolate and a hint of earthy fruit.

The taste is chocolaty but not overly so, and has toastiness that is dry but not too dry, hints of coffee and earthy fruit. It has a full sweetness balanced with light bitterness and a drish finish. It has a lot of subtle complexity with the different elements blending harmoniously and leaving it very tasty yet extremely drinkable.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.4/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

I have to cop to really having an affinity for the St. Peter's Brewery line of beers. It may have something to do with their flask-shaped bottles, but if the contents were no bueno, I would have eschewed their beers long before this. Face it, aesthetics will only get you so far. No, these are good, well-executed beers that are stylistically adherent.

From the (cask-shaped) bottle: "A blend of a mature old ale and a young light ale creates a porter of traditional character, dark in colour, complex in taste. Brewed with skill and patience in one of Britain's finest small breweries."; "Historical Notes [-] St. Peter's Brewery is located in a medieval hall in a remote and beautiful corner of Suffolk. There our beers begin their lives deep below the brewery with water drawn from a pure source - as it has been for over 700 years, essential for the full flavour and pure character of all St. Peter's beers."; "Our beautiful flask-shaped oval bottle is a faithful copy of one produced c. 1770 for Thomas Gerrard of Gibbstown, just across the Delaware River from Philadelphia. The original is now kept at St. Peter's Hall and is a rare example of an oval Eighteenth Century beer bottle."; [depicted -] St. Peter's Hall, circa 1280 AD".

Once I Pop!ped the cap, I was anxious to get started, so I employed a heavy-handed pour. This produced three fingers of dense, light-tan head with moderate retention that left great, sticky lacing in its wake. Nose was earthy, reminiscent of a root cellar or root vegetables. I also got anise, chocolate and light smoke. Oooh. Color was Dark Brown to Very Dark Brown (SRM = > 27, < 34) with NE-quality clarity and garnet highlights. Mouthfeel was medium-to-full, approaching, but not quite achieving creaminess. The taste was a riot of flavors - big on anise, some sweet chocolate, a little smoke. This was the kind of beer that I could really get behind! I always characterize myself as a self-avowed hophead, but I will try anything once. This was a perfect example of why one should keep an open mind. I am a big supporter of the brewery and until they let me down, I will champion their cause. The dictum on this site has been review to taste, not to style, but in this case, it tasted great and was stylistically spot-on. Finish was semi-sweet and very satisfying. The flavors all melded together beautifully and left me wishing for more.

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Photo of aforbes10
4.4/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

the last of a motherload of beers my wife bought for me this past christmas. pours with almost no head, and what there is clears almost immediately. very black, not not opaque. Odor is very chocolately, sort of like putting your nose in a bag of dark chocolate chips. roasted smell too and some alcohol is apparant. Smooth, roasted flavor, almost charcoal like. some grassy, dried leaf flavors too. Smooth and gulpable. Overall, fandiddly-tastic. my first St. Peter goes over great.

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.4/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This one pours a dark amber brown with an inch of foam. It was a vigorous pour but the foam wasn't easy to come by.

The smell is nice and roasty and has a bitter-sweet thing going on. Nice.

The taste is very nice. Roasted malts start off giving a pleasant bitterness with some light notes of milk chocolate and toffee for some sweetness, and even a bit of a coffee kick. It has a slight tartness to it near the finish. Nice and tasty this one. I'm liking it a lot.

The mouthfeel is medium and the carbonation is still in lightish territory. Very nice feel overall.

Drinkability? Damn good! I wish I had more bottles as it goes down way too easy. A nearly brilliant interpretation of an English Porter that packs a lot of flavour. Highly recommended!

Oh, and the foam doesn't quite disappear as there's still some spotting in what will be my last sip from my glass. Lacing is minimal.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4.38/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

(Served in a glass mug)
A- The dark brown body has reddish highlights with a light tan creamy head that last and last.
S- This beer has a light fragrant roasted black malt flavor without a bitterness and a dry caramel quality that finishes with a slight tartness and a chocolate note that grows as the beer warms.
T- This beer has a smooth mellow roasted malt flavor with a toffee flavor and a watery taste to follow. There is a nice roasted mellow finish.
M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with no alcohol heat or astringency.
D- This beer has a good session beer with a great depth and a nice subtle complexity and I would love to try this on cask.

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Photo of beveritt
4.38/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: Poured from a 500 ml green bottle into an Imperial pint glass.

Appearance: Pours with 3 fingers of tan head. This settles very slowly, leaving behind incredible, spidery lacing. The beer itself is a very deep brown and opaque in the middle.

Smell: Creamy malt aroma, with hints of lactose and vanilla.

Taste: Slightly sour upfront, with a mellow chocolate and marshmallow finish. Hints of vanilla and oak.

Mouthfeel: Lower than average carbonation level, as is appropriate for the style. Body is incredible, thick and mouth coating.

Drinkability: A delicious, full bodied porter that stands out in all respects. Definitely going to add this to the regular lineup.

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Photo of Afterburner
4.38/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: pours a dark, dark brown, nearly black. Foamy head, which retires fairly quickly, but leaves persistant lacework.

Smell: Toffee-ish, roasted barley. Not much in the way of esters, but I suspect that's due to the temperature.

Taste: Wow! This is a very nice beer. Strong malt aspect at the beginning, transforming into a burnt toffee character mid-palate, and finally closing with a flavor of brown bread and mild hop character in the lingering finish. Exceptionally well-balanced beer.

Mouthfeel: Chewy and smooth.

Drinkability: Excellent. I could drink another few of these, easy. Very tasty.

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Photo of donteatpoop
4.38/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A very solid beer.

Pours a deep brown color with ruby highlites, bears a medium head with amazing durability and lacing.

I can't help that think, though I have had many good porters; this one is what a porter should taste like.

Smells of malts and caramels. Tastes of dark malts and caramel, as well as light underlying hoppy tones. Delightful.

Great mouthfeel, very thick on the palate.

I would love to have this for a session drink.

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Photo of BierJager89
4.38/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A: Black with a brown head.

S: Roasty, sweet malt, chocolate, coffee, smells good.

T: Taste is the same, but better. It's very flavorful, and the nose was quite dull, comparatively.

M: Very full bodied. Very smooth.

O: A damn fine porter. This beer made me fall in love with the brewery, and I've tried almost everything of their that I can get my hands on.

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Photo of danny013
4.37/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle poured into a 20 oz. imperial pint glass. Beer pours a dark brown, nearly opaque body with big hints of mahogany where the light passes through. Thick, 2 finger light brown head sits atop the beer, falls down to a 1/8" clumpy head that stays around for the pint and leaves some light lace.

Aroma is of chocolate malts, some light coffee, and some herbal hops mixed in with a light sourness. Bready malts and just a hint of alcohol linger in the back. Very pleasant, good depth.

As the beer is drank, sweet malts envelope the tongue and transfers smoothly to a rather surprising aggressive earthy hoppiness. A light sourness hints around in the back of the beer, plays a nice counterpoint to the aggressive hops. Thick bread notes intermingle, and the bitterness gives way to a rich bittersweet chocolate flavor as the beer is swallowed, bringing the beer back to the sweet side. Chocolate slightly fades to a dry finish and a pleasant bitter sourness which lingers on the tongue.

A full-bodied porter matched perfectly with a light carbonation to bring out the creamy mouthfeel to make a smooth, easy drinking porter.

Drinkability is great, a great tasting porter that is both full of flavor and depth and easily quaffable. A great example, and certainly one of the reasons this remains my preferred style of beer. Second beer from St. Peter's Brewery, and have been pleasantly surprised with what they have to offer so far! Look forward to drinking many more of this beer and trying out some others from them.

Let it warm up to cellar temps, sit back and relax, sip slowly, and wade through this fine porter.

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St. Peter's Old-Style Porter from St. Peter's Brewery Co Ltd
3.84 out of 5 based on 605 ratings.
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