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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 WesWes
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
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 +1%
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 Gueuzedude
3.54/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pretty well carbonated beer, a careful pour produces a three finger thick, darkish tan colored head in my 25cl tulip glass. The beer is a deep, dark brown / almost black colored brew, but it does show a brilliantly clear, dark ruby hue when held up to the light. The head has an impressive structure to it (dense and creamy), as it slowly subsides it forms some really neat structures as well as a dense lacing layer on the sides of my glass. The aroma has a nice fruitiness to it up front, but this takes on notes of over-ripe, almost soured fruit when you start to explore. There is a touch of nuttiness to the aroma and some light roasted notes as well as some toasted bread notes. There is also a faint mustiness here that mixes with the over-ripe fruit aromatics.

Fairly sweet tasting, but has an astringent, roast grain flavor to it that helps to balance this out. Flavors of cocoa powder, a touch of black coffee and black toast notes are noticeable all of which help to provide a sort of bitterness to balance the up front sweetness. Somewhat light bodied, enough to be quaffable, but not so much that this doesn't have a soft, viscous heft to it as it slides down the throat. The sweetness accents some light fruitiness that provides flavors of raisins, some berry flavors and perhaps a touch of fig-like notes.

Given that the roast character is not huge here, I am quite surprised how astringent and bitter the roast grain character comes off. Still this is a fairly tasty brew, it is just a bit out of balance. As the beer warms up a bit some of the astringent bitterness seems to mellow out a bit, though it is still there.

Purchased: Plaza Liquors, Tucson AZ

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Photo of biegaman
3.77/5  rDev -1.8%
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 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 Zorro
3.92/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear brown colored beer with nice maroon color when held up to the light. Normal sized tan head forms and falls.

Smell is light perfume of English style hops and toffee with dark roasted grains and faint cocoa powder.

Taste starts out neutral too slightly sweet with a big taste of patent malt in the finish. Mild grain flavor and a hint of coffee but the flavor is quite mild.

Mouthfeel is good.

Easy enough to drink and smooth, but at $5.50 a pop I can pass on this one next time.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
3.3/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

New style green 500ml bottle, best before late May 2008, drank on a very cold (for the Uk) friday afternoon.

Poured into a Gordon Xmas tulip shaped glass (twice).

Deep, deep ruby red, or the darkest maroon ever, topped with a good browny biege head.

Rich liquorice smell, dark toffee, treacle and molasses. Some burnt toast aroma in the nose as well.

I was expecting a richer, warmer, roastier taste than the beer gave. The aroma hinted of great things to come, sadly they didn't appear in the drinking taste area. An average Porter at best.

The beer wasn't watery, but it lacked that body/muscle/heart a good Porter possesses.

It is a pleasant drink, but only that, a pleasant drink.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.67/5  rDev -4.4%
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 puboflyons
3.79/5  rDev -1.3%
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 Derek
3.99/5  rDev +3.9%
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 lacqueredmouse
3.92/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark ruby red, very clear throughout, with a nice filmy head of yellowish bubbles. Lacing is good, but there's something vaguely insipid about the look overall.

Lots of roasted, malty grain on the nose. Very sweet, lots of rye-bread notes, just rich and heavy. What a malt bomb.

Big, grain and malt characters on the palate as well. It's all huge notes of roasted barley, organic and bready. Not a hint of hops. Stays just malty and rich throughout. Mouthfeel is a little thin, but that's not unexpected, in a way.

It's a good beer, albeit one with just one big character. Bold and unapologetic, and surprisingly drinkable.

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Photo of corby112
3.8/5  rDev -1%
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 clayrock81
4.15/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A leathery dark brown color with a faint head that left a lace ring on top that followed down. A sweet malt smell like some chocolate and molasses/hoeny(?) with some faint hops. Very smooth and semi-creamy, this medium-to-full bodied beer has a good coffee and roasted malt taste while enjoying some hoppiness and sweetness. I thought the finish was great as it was strong but not drying at all. I could have this all day.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.45/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a dark mahogany red from a wiskey type green bottle that produced a 1 finger rocky tan head that was only average retention wise and less so lacing.

S: a nice dry cocoa powder and fresh coffee hints.

T: The initial flavor yielded a nice chocolate and coffee flavor with dark, burnt caramel and raisins. Coffee with some breadiness were detected as well some floral hopping while it finished dry with a nice roasted lingering chocolate fade.

M: very thin, lightly carbonated and smooth.

D: Okay and only average drinking porter, some nice floral hopping but was light with only a moderate flavor.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a deep amber with a small head. Fruity nose with hints of cocoa. 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 small bite and roasted malt, cocoa finish. Pretty good.

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Photo of wl0307
4.33/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

BB 08/09/2009, served cool in a broad-rimmed goblet (Westmalle).

A: pours a mahogany, gently bubbly body; the slowly building-up beige beer head stays thick like a souffle, gradually breaking down to a 1cm foam retaining throughout the drink... just lovely
S: very pronounced brown-sugary dark malts dominate the nose upfront, in a while succumbing to an aromatic-roasty and bitter-sweet chocolatey note with a faint vanilla hint, and abundant sour-sweet fruity notes of ripe dark fruits. In the background, a faint, deeply dried grassy hop aroma sustains, a bit reminiscent of Czech cerne lager. Overall, fulsome, rounded, and quite balanced~~
T: a lightly sour black-fruitiness, a little comes with an intense taste of bitter chocolates ... quickly revealing a deeper layer of dryish and more bitter roasted/charred flavour of coffee-beans and nuts; the aftertaste is not so much flavoursome as dryish hop-bitter, which is so pronounced and chewy that it almost rings a bell of Chinese herb-medicine soup, radiating lingering herbal bitterness beyond boundaries... Throughout the drink, the sound input of light sourness stays loyally on the side, underlining the bitter elements just nicely...
M&D: a full-bodied porter, with a creamy texture full of fine fizziness; the bitter flavour is echoed constantly by a healthy dose of sourness as balancer, but overall it is an aggressively bitter Porter unlike the usual fares. To me it's just quaffable and utterly enjoyable!

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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 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 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 fruity.it 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 cjgator3
4.12/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a dark ruby colored body with a small half finger head. Smell is of sweat malts and coffee. Mouthfeel is nice and creamy. Taste starts out sweat and finishes with a bite of coffee flavor that stays around for a few seconds after the sip. Overall a very enjoyable brew and one of the best porters I have had to date.

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.63/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass, the beer pours dark brown with an inch off-white head. Head retention is OK, lacing is very good. It smells like toffee, roasted malt, chocolate, and some citrusy hops. The beers tastes pretty much the same way it smells, but has a hoppy bitter aftertaste. Mouthfeel is light/medium, and thin, thinner than I would like anyway. Drinkability is good as the beer is smooth and is easy to drink. Overall I think it's decent, not a bad choice at all.

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Photo of bark
3.25/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Colour is black with a hint of brown-red. The foam is light brown with small bubbles, and it is fast dissolving.

The smell is full of roasted malt, black coffee, cocoa and some bitter hops.

The carbon dioxide is gentle, yet refreshing with very small bubbles.

The taste is relatively mild and dry with a strong note of black coffee. At first, there is a rush of bitterness, and then a more balanced taste emerges with a taste of burned malt, coffee and cocoa.

Conclusion: A well-crafted, dry porter.

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Photo of DrJay
3.77/5  rDev -1.8%
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 Brad007
3.38/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I love the bottle. Pours a dark brown color with carbonation that seeps up from the bottom of the glass when poured. Aroma is dry and roasty with some coffee essence. Taste is somewhat similar except that there's more of a coffee essence to it. I couldn't tell how old this beer is. Anyway, It's not too bad. Just somewhat different than what I expected. Not bad though and easy drinking all around.

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

Pours a rich red/brown, topped by a big off white head, very creamy looking, head settles down nicely. Smell is coffee and roasted grains, some chocolate, iron and bread. Taste is iron, roasted coffee, little chocolate, taste is rather weak. Mouthfeel felt pretty thin, carbonation is low, disappointing.

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