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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3.85/5
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611 Ratings
St. Peter's Old-Style PorterSt. Peter's Old-Style Porter
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
St. Peter's Brewery Co Ltd
England, United Kingdom
stpetersbrewery.co.uk

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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Ranking:
#10,693
Reviews:
385
Ratings:
611
pDev:
12.73%
Bros Score:
4.1
 
 
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Photo of russpowell
4.57/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured a clear dark ruby red with chunky tan colored head that falls off to thin filmy, but active head. Head retention and lacing are average

Smell: Toasted malt and other malt overtones with a slight fruitty smell (dates & grapes??)

Taste: Rich toasty malt taste with fruitiness (grapes and raisins), licorice, nuttyness and dryness in the finish

MF: Great balance with ideal carbonation levels

One of the better UK ( I think) beers I had lately, will have to look further into the reviews to verify what's happening here. Wherever it comes from,I highly reccomend, could drink this all night. After a quick post from Jason I learned this is indeed from the UK, but there is a brewery by the same name in Australia. My search parameters were not very good...

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Photo of woodychandler
4.4/5  rDev +14.3%
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 ChainGangGuy
3.58/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

16.9 ounce bottle - $3.49 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a surprisingly clear, very dark, reddish-brown body with an inch of bubbly, off-white head.

Smell: Mild, roast nose with meager notes of chocolate, nuts, and fruit.

Taste: Roasty, coffee-toned malts with a surprisingly large dose of chocolate. A few oven-toasted almonds tossed in. Medium sweetness throughout. Very minor tough of sourish fruitiness. Rather hop character and bitterness. Finishes dry with a lingering taste of roasted malts.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Just a tad light in the body, but otherwise a pleasant, easy-drinking porter.

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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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Photo of Jason
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: Green 1 pint .9 fl. oz. Old fashioned medicine style bottle with a quick blurb about the beer on the back label as well as a &#8220;best before&#8221; date.

Appearance: Nearly black in colour, more of a extremely dark brown, and still holding some ruby highlights. Pours rich creamy tan lace that leaves trail of web like stickiness.

Smell: Dark unsweetened chocolate or carob, light musty buttery yeast nose, lemony twang from the hops and some charcoal tie things up in the aroma.

Taste: Strong medium body, sturdy smoothness and a dryish mouth feel. Carbonation is mild and very appropriate. In your face coffee and carob flavour with a small and quick yet rounded sweetness. Hop bitterness flares in to a happy medium to bring a perfect balance. Earthy dry. Musty buttery yeast hits middle to end to add a lustful character to this ale, touch of astringentcy towards the end from the roasted malts to stop with a dry finish.

Notes: Old style porter to say the least, A blend of old and new beer. A very well structured beer with lots of flavour going on &#8230; a sharp cheddar and whole grain crackers pairs extremely well with this one.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of BeerForMuscle
3.96/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of johnnnniee
3.63/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear dark reddish brown with a frothy cream colored head that slowly dissipates to lots of sticky lace. The aroma is a bit vinous with some dark fruity aromas. Burnt sugars, light chocolate and coffee playing supporting roles. The flavor is a touch lactic with vinous and dark pitted fruits melding into toffee, caramel, and a hint of smoke. Medium to thin body with a light level of carbonation and a sweet burnt mouthfeel. Interesting beer. This is not really what I think of when I think porter, but it was good enough to keep me interested through the glass.

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Photo of Hopheadjeffery
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of rab53
3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

Photo of Billolick
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

they get points added for a classy and very unusual bottle. This one poured very bark, allmost black with a very large head, that got me worried it had gone bad, no worries as the head dissipated to a fluffy off white crown. Left nice, well developed lacing. Malty, burnt grain nose. Tasty drinkable porter, burnt notes, chocolate, light coffee, good depth of flavor, very enjoyable with a steak and salad. I'm interested to now try the others in this line of brews.

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Photo of JAHMUR
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of RblWthACoz
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of GarthDanielson
4.3/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. The beer is a dark, creamy brown/black color with a thick, creamy pale colored head. The smell is a blend of malt, smoke, port wine, and sweet spices. Initial flavors of pale malt and slightly sour undertones, with highlights of bitter coffee flavors, and notes of earthy tones. There are sour undertones to the aftertaste, as well. The beer is full and smooth in mouth, with a nice, gentle finish. The sourness is gone by the end of the beer, and the taste remains pleasant in mouth between sips. A very easy to drink beer.

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Photo of jwc215
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown with a thin off-white head that stays around, though it doesn't quite cover the top fully as the drink progresses.

The smell is of roasted coffee, hints of chocolate, sweet malt and an underlying fruitiness.

The taste if of sweet dark grains with hints of roasted coffee and chocolate. A slight bit of charcoal is there, but doesn't give it too much smokiness. There is a touch of mustiness to it, especially as it progresses. The sweetness is balanced by an underlying lemony, earthy hop bitterness in the finish.

It has a creamy medium body. Pretty smooth with the help of some buttery diacetal.

Complex, but overly rich. A classic porter with a modern twist. Tasty and enjoyable.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.04/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A Stygian hued brew, with a short, but sweet, cream-colored head. Aroma is a delicious jolt of cocoa and coffee. I should put my face in this beer's nose every morning, in lieu of my regular pot of java! Other flavors add to the complex profile: molasses, dark rum, a hint of anise. Much more headiness in aroma than the typical porter. How does it taste? Rich, deep, full of texture. Surprisingly less bitter on palate than I'd expect from so dark an aroma. Very smooth. Full malt, just-right hops. This brew is a meal unto itself. Texture got a little thin at the end, don't know what happened there. But I liked it, I really liked it. Felt much different from the normal porter, or even the above average porter.
Thanks to Uglyradio!

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Photo of Hayley_86
3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

Photo of tommy5
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of Rochefort10nh
5/5  rDev +29.9%

Photo of flagmantho
3.67/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from 16.9 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: very dark brown with almost a reddish tint. A tiny amount of foam represented the head.

Smell: very nutty and chocolatey ... quite nice.

Taste: mild and malty; the nuttiness is quite prominent and the chocolate takes a bit of a backseat compared to the aroma. Not terribly bitter, but quite tasty.

Mouthfeel: I am a tiny bit disappointed here; there's medium body and very little carbonation, but above all it almost seems watery ... not a good thing.

Drinkability: while it is tasty and I wouldn't mind downing a few more if someone else were paying, I don't think I'd order another.

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Photo of brandoman63
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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 DoubleJ
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

So...is this a clear bottle or a pale olive green bottle? Not that is really matters that much, I just care if my beer isn't skunked. On to the beer:

Dark cola brown in color, with hues of reddish amber. The head is billowy and is sticking together quite well. Aroma firepower is medium-low, faint roasted chocolate character, wood, maybe some butterscotch. Fortunately, my mouth is happier than my nose with this beer. It has a medium, soft, somewhat yeasty body. Toffee and butterscotch hit the palate at first. Butterscotch continues its role as the main flavor here, while roasted malt is faint on the palate. Notes of chocolate chips start to gain definition halfway through the beer. Chalky aftertaste.

A well-done, authentic porter to its roots; This porter is a blend of old mature ale and a younger light beer. My first beer from St. Peter's, a welcoming first impression on me.

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Photo of Derek
3.99/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Production Date: G145 (whatever that means?)

A: Redish-black, plenty of tan head, nice lacing. Couldn't be better.

S: Chocolate malt.

T: Fruit & bitter-sweet chocolate, plenty of depth (not just a cheap burnt flavour). Aftertaste is slightly roasty and strangely tangy.

M: Light body, with light-to-moderate mouthfeel.

D: Very drinkable, smooth flavours, nothing over-powering.

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Photo of BillRoth
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 611 ratings
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