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 flowerysong
4.3/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Appearance: Pours a clear dark mahogany. Tan head, two fingers, with good retention.

Smell: Roasted malt, dark chocolate, yeast and lemony hops.

Taste: Rich malt flavour with cocoa and coffee notes. Light hops are just right to balance the flavour; some caramel sweetness up front. Dry, earthy finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, medium carbonation. Initial creaminess gives way to a mildly bitter bite.

Drinkability: High. Well-structured, lots of complexity, very solid example of the style.

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Photo of droomyster
4.3/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown with attractive reddish tints on the edges and small tan head up top. Smells toasty and lightly roasty, with a chocolaty sweetness. Flavor is full of character, very big and round. Toasted malts and an earthy bitterness feature prominently on the palate and the bitter, cold coffee finish lingers long. A very enjoyable beer in every way.

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Photo of Suds
4.29/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is a very dark, almost black, tea-like color. It presents a very thin, shallow head and a magnificent roasted grain aroma. Also, the smell has some floral characteristics and a little alcohol can be detected. The taste is of bitter coffee, with burnt and roasted grain flavors. Overall, the beer is very dry, however, and nicely complex. The finish is a lingering bitterness. Great beer...I liked the bottle too.

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Photo of Hoppsbabo
4.29/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Black body with a fine off-white head.
S: Peppy toffee.
T: I has a bacon-like smokiness, but not an in your face one. Has a slight plasticy/chlorinated flavour that I often get from stout. Not completely dry. Just about right actually. A touch of dried fruit and a fruity kind of aftertaste. Muddy with some dark Minstrels chocolate.
O: Would LOVE to try it on cask. These guys know how to make stouts.

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Photo of Tupperwolf
4.29/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

As I pour from the distinctive St. Peter's yellow-green medicine bottle, I notice very little carbonated action, and begin to force-pour some head. To my general surprise, this method is effective in producing a nice, thin-bubbled porter-style tan head which leaves walls of tan Brussels lacing. The pour is a very light coffee-brown that condenses to be nearly black, but doesn't pretend to be a stout - it readily shows a ton of ruby when held up to the light.

I'll admit it - to this day I have been less than truly impressed with St. Peter's offerings, the few of which I've had. Their bottles make them worth buying and I consider them a reputable English brewer worth exploring. However, the smell of this brew points out that there might be more than meets the eye to St. Pete's - this lacks the somewhat bland, oxidized smells I've come to associate with their beers, and instead assaults the sense of smelll with a burly, roasted-coffe and raw, green, gritty barley nose.

The mouth is much, much more of the same - a very green, very roasted taste, as though someone cut down the barley before it had truly matured and threw the grains right over a fire. It's not smoky, but meaty, teeth-clenching, raw sustinance - it makes me want to pound my chest and roar in an unsophisticated, living-off-the-land way.

A lovely mouthfeel for a porter! It's just a little on the heavy side, beefed up with a lovely fluffiness that really creates an experience in the mouth. It's half-smooth, half-poofy, really nice to quaff.

Despite my lack of really particular details, the somewhat rambling order of this review illustrates my happiness with this porter. One of the very best I've tried from the UK side of the pond!

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Photo of ADR
4.28/5  rDev +11.5%
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 2KHokie
4.28/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

One pint bottle. Black with ruby highlights. Sizeable tan head. The head really lingers and leaves behind nice lacing. Roasted malt, caramel, and a little wine in the nose. Low carbonation with a medium-thick mouthfeel. Flavor is similar to the nose, minus the wine. A little coffee, lots of caramel, some earthiness. It also has a dry bitterness that works well with the malty sweetness. Overall this is a very enjoyable porter!

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Photo of neonbrown82
4.27/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a good English porter. Pours to a dark brown, nearly black with a thin white head.

As soon as I popped the cap, a huge chocolatey aroma spewed forth from the bottle, along with that typical stock ale porter smell. Smells just how I would expect my English porter to smell. After reading some of the other reviews, I've found a few descriptors that match this perfectly: dried leaves and oaken vanilla smoothness.

The taste is just as good. Has a nice up front chocolate with a good mix of sweet, sour, and bitter. Very earthy with little roasted bitterness. This truly seems like an old-school blend of stock, pale, and bitter. Doesn't linger on the palate for too long. This is a highly drinkable English porter.

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Photo of gfreed
4.27/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Keep in mind that if you're used to drinking excellent UK porters such as Sam Smith's Taddy Porter, or equally excellent American porters such as Founder's or Berkshire Drayman's, you'll need to adjust your expectations before drinking St. Peter's. The former are big, loud, avuncular porters that offer a muscular and meaty handshake; St. Peter's, on the other hand, is slender and subdued and understated. As porters go, it's a great beer on a lighter scale. The aroma has enough roastiness and coffee to immediately qualify for the style, but it's got the British twang of hoppy oranges without actually tasting like oranges. It's very smooth and a tad thin, but I didn't find it so watery as others have. I detected a touch of scotch in both the aroma and the taste, which was a pleasant addition. Subtle and well worth the price.

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Photo of aristeros
4.27/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a pint glass. I've had several St. Peter's brews before. A careful pour yields less than a finger of white head and no lacing. RC Cola brown with decent clarity, reddish highlights in the light, and some carbonation visible. Looks good enough.

Smells of tootsie rolls and creamed coffee, big roasted malt smells. Roasted malts and strong black coffee up front, not too bitter, light caramel and tobacco near the back end.

Watery mouthfeel, surprisingly so. Was hoping for something more chewy. Smooth, complex, light enough to be sessionable, which is not the case for many porters, but not my favorite from this brewery.

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Photo of udubdawg
4.27/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours dark brown, but a lot of red shows through when held to the light and the clarity is excellent. Head is tan, a bit fizzy, but counter to my expectation upon seeing it pour, it lasts quite well and leaves quite a few spots of lacing.

Nose is fresh, earthy, and full of malt aromas. There's a pale, a toast, and a light chocolate. I don't think I get hops, but I don't mind a bit. It's a little like sticking my nose in my Maris Otter grain bin (What, you don't do this all the time too?). So far so good!
Sweet, toasty maltiness up front, firm bitterness behind, very drying in the finish and pretty clean. Mild coffee flavor. Again there is an earthy suggestion to the entire beer. Really well done. No diacetyl, but a touch of astringency.
Creamy medium full body. Carbonation is fairly low and there is little to slow the inevitable descent of the level in my glass. Time to fill 'er back up!

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Photo of fx20736
4.26/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a nonic, served at cellar temp.

Coal black with a thick, 3 finger fluffy khaki head that lingers. Nice lacing.

aroma is cocoa, espresso beans, vanilla, butterscotch with finally some musty hops and maybe a fain whiff of smoke.

mouthfeel is oily and not very carbonated.

taste: roasted malt, licorice, a rye like spiciness, butterscotch, a blend of dark roasted coffee, cocoa powder and a touch of smoke at the end.

Amazing beer, aroma and taste are complex and outstanding. I am beginning to love St. Peters brewery.

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Photo of Gear54
4.26/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From a pint bottle into a snifter. Bottle has an interesting look to it. Not standard at all.

Beer is pitch black with little carbonation and no head. No lace left on the glass at all.

Smell is roasted malts, coffee, and dark chocolate.

Taste follows the nose well with lots of toasty and roasted flavors. Just a touch of booze at the end.

Feel gets the lowest marks for me. It's way light in the mouth for a porter and I wish the flavors had lasted longer on the finish.

Overall a solid porter. I want to have more from this brewery. This is my first St. Peter's

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Photo of IntriqKen
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark, ruby-amber with a nice tight, foamy tan head that sticks around throughout the drink almost like a nitro pour.

Aroma is dark toasted malt with a hint of orange<?>

Taste is where this really shines...dry toasted amber malt, bitter chocolate, dark brown sugar (without being overly sweet) and a nice, dry, slightly bitter finish.

Wonderful English Porter....made as it should be without the sweetness you would find in a stout.

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Photo of geexploitation
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours deep brown, almost black, with mahogany highlights. Head is initially thick and stacked, but quickly dissipates to a dusting that nonetheless leaves sticky lacing. Big butter aroma, mixed with highly roasted malts and an impression of dryness. That dryness is not borne out by the palate, however. It starts off with sweet coffee, rich buttery cream, and a touch of dark fruit before finishing with a slightly sour note that's reminiscent of beers made on a Yorkshire square. Nicely complex, but not overbearing. Mouthfeel is thick and creamy, with plenty of residual sugars. Excellent for consuming many pints over an evening. Great session beer, and great food pairing beer.

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Photo of daliandragon
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I have a special spot in my heart for St. Peter's. I remember drinking their organic ale a few years ago when I lived in this amazingly tiny, leaky apartment in South Lambeth near Stockwell station and was in a bad mood, which the beer helped out with. It's solid if you can find it.
Their old style porter pours middle dark and transluscent into my mug with a respectable tan head with big bubbles and a delicious sweet creamy malt base with yeast and a slightly eggy tone in the nose.
Coffee and dark chocolate malt line the taste which finishes in a round, full flavor with a mellow, lactose influenced mouthfeel that is settling and very easy to drink.
This is extremely drinkable and closer to a true milk stout than I thought was legal. Now I'm definitely pumped to go back to Suffolk Co. and check this place out.

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Photo of BarleyMine
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured this in a snifter with really no head to speak of (may not have gotten the proper tilt). The color is a rich, reddish brown. It smells great, with tones of sweetness, carmel, and noticable rasin/sherry like notes. The taste is sweet, also sherry like with notes of smoke and wood. The mouthfeel is a bit light for the flavor, but it's smooth and very drinkable.

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Photo of Ricochet
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Deep brown, light came through, very little lace and very little head

S: Malty, a little hops scent. Slight burnt scent.

M: 3 for 3. All of the St Peters beers that I've tried thus far have had an exceptional mouth. Just a little hops bitterness, just a little creaminess and a good wash with a leftover bitter finish. Again, this is what a porter should be.

T: Suttle chocolate/coffee with a backhanded hop slap. This is a straight forward English pub, order a porter and fish and chips beer beverage. It's malty profile with alcoholic touches, well, it's a very decent porter.

D: Another one that makes me feel like I'm having this in a pub. Very nice.

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Photo of naterock
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours dark red, almost black, with a fluffy tan head.
S: Dark roasted barley, very malty little hop. Entices me to taste.
T: Malty and Bitter at the same time. characteristic English Porter,
M: Not to carbonated, nice and smooth
D: This is why I prefer Porters to any other beer style, An absolutely remarkable Porter. A little pricey to drink a whole lot of it, but I will certainly enjoy a pint once in a while.

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Photo of Erdinger2003
4.23/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a big fluffy head that doesn't dissipate easily. The color is dark, but you can easily see light throughout the beer. Lacing is very very sticky. Smell is slightly hoppy with a little roasty background. English ales are harder to pick up after all the American beers. The taste is light with coffee roastiness. Very drinkable. Mouthfeel is smooth, but reminds me a little of the mouthfeel of water. Overall, I do like this brew and will have it again.

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Photo of Skidz
4.23/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a medium-dark brown that finishes to a very dark brown with good amounts of red showing on the sides. A nice cream-colored head forming on top that quickly settles into a nice thin layer.

Smells of coffee, malts with some roasted notes too. I'm also smelling something slightly sweet, probably chocolate. Diving in...mmm, tasting the coffee/roasted grain flavors mixed with a nice sweetness that seems like milk chocolate; with a nice creaminess to it. Bitterness comes out in the end, but nothing to take away from the flavor that lasts and lasts. That bit of creaminess stays with you the whole way.

Excellent build, not like the usual porters I've had, but I really liked this, regardless. Nice medium-full body leaves you hungry for more. I could easily drink a good many of these. With the excellent quality and craft of this beer, as with all the St. Peter's bottles I've tried to date, comes a moderate-high price tag. I still recommend you try them all out for yourself, as they are definately worth any sum of money.

This beer makes my list of true winners.

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Photo of jpkoch1962
4.22/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from green medicine bottle into pint glass -chilled to cellar temps. Very dark brown color with tints of mahagony; very stout, thick longlasting head with lacing. The aroma was dominated by bitter sweet chocolate, slightly roasted coffee and burnt brown sugar sweetness. Complex taste as would be expected of a two threaded ale. Musty, earhy front end with hints of bittersweet chocolate, and brown sugar. Some raw burnt sugar notes and a definite bite of roasted coffee. Very smooth body with just enough carbonation to liven things up. Hop bitterness came though enough to balance this porter out.

My only critique is the low amount of hop bitterness. A classic English Porter normally has a decent amount of Fuggles or Goldings to balance the malt bill out. However, this is a very nice porter, just the same. Pair with a slab of sharp Stilton and dark rye bread.

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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 RedDiamond
4.22/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

St. Peter's is less than opaque with some dark burgundy color. It is clear with no sediment and features a relaxed smoked malt aroma, a scant head, and erratic lace. The taste is earthen, peaty, luxurious, yet not bombastic or high strung. In short, it is a country ale, not a high profile contender, and yet this rustic simplicity is at the heart of its appeal.

The finish is satisfying and bitter. The mouthfeel is gentle, inviting. On the whole, this simple ale comes across as relaxing and highly pleasurable to drink. The aroma really came alive towards the end.

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Photo of chinchill
4.21/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

16.9 oz green bottle served in a Unibroue snifter.

A: Pours a clear, dark reddish brown with a small off-white head that soon dies down to a lasting island and ring; leaves spotty lacing.

S: Exceptionally pleasant mix of dark fruit + chocolate + roasted malt + baked bread + a dash of spicy hops. Excellent if more subdued than I wish, given the great quality.

T: Plenty of rich, roasted malt flavor here, but that's not all. ... This is surprisingly hoppy for a English porter; enough to leave it very nicely spicy and slightly bitter. Nice roasty aftertaste.

M: moderate carbonation; enough to leave the medium-body smooth but lively. Light dryness in the finish.

O: A very well-crafted brew that should be sought out by fans of porters.

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St. Peter's Old-Style Porter from St. Peter's Brewery Co Ltd
3.84 out of 5 based on 603 ratings.
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