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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Photo of SmithwicksNut
3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: a two finger tan head with tight bubbles, nice lacing, brown in color.

S: a malt aroma with mild roastiness

T: a moderate malt taste consistent with a porter in this category. I anticipated something a little heavier but all in all it was good.

M: clean, moderate maltiness, what I expected, not overly carbonated.

D: a very enjoyable beer. It gave me evrything I expected in a Porter.

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Photo of AlesRTasty
4.01/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - when poured into a pint glass the color was deep brown to black with a nice creamy tan head
S - roasted malt as expected
T - fantastic, it had a rich coffee flavor with the perfect hint of chocolate, as it warmed the flavors really came through and left a great roasted coffee aftertaste
M - good, lightly carbonated.
D - very tasty robust porter, I highly recommend it if you can find it

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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 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 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 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 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 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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Photo of Gattopardo
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep, rich chocolate with a head that dissipates quickly. Aromas of coffee and sweet nuts are evident. Though the mouthfeel is strangely thin for a porter, I can’t say I mind as the flavor sensations are complex, ranging from a bitter coffee taste of hops to hazelnut qualities on the tongue. Just the right amount of carbonation helps it all go down. The label on the very attractive bottle contends that this is a porter in the classic mold, and if that is the case then I’m sad we don’t see this style around much anymore. The lightness tends to allow more appreciation of the taste. My drinking companion comments “it’s a porter that doesn’t force you to choose between a beer and dinner,” which I find nicely sums up both of our feelings.

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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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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 MaineBirdMan
3.54/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured this porter out of a 16.9oz bottle. Simple but very cool green bottle. There was little to no head.

Smell: I couldn't really get much of a nose from this porter. There was a hint of chocolate in the air.

Color: Mahogony/burnt caramel

Mouthfeel: Easy on the tongue. Not too much carbonation present. Very smooth finish. Didn't linger on the tongue for very long. Wanted to keep drinking more to keep the flavor in my mouth.

Taste: Very chocolaty. I thought of tootsie rolls. Little to no hops. Not much alcohol tasted.

Drinkability: I could sit and drink this one all day long. It was like mother's chocolate milk.

The only downfall with this beer, for me, was that there seemed to be something missing with the finish. If it just could have lingered a little longer on the tongue I would have it as one of my favorite porters.

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Photo of Ferb
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I like this a lot. It is actually a blend of old and new porters that gave the porters in the 18th century their unique taste that I have read about. Naturally I wasn't there at the time so I can only imagine the experience, but this porter has an ever so slight sour taste that hits the back of my tongue. It is by no means offensive, as it changes to dark roasted coffee and molasses and to a citrus (!?) note for a split second then back to roastiness. Truly this is one of the great and unique porters out there if you can find it.

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

An English "Old Style" porter...

This is a very refined brew... It is quite different from American style porters.

The brew was a dark reddish brown, transparent.

It poured a great head and was well carbonated, leaving lacing all down in the glass.

The smell was of roasted grains and somewhat minerally, in a good way.

The taste was smooth, crisp and lightly malted with a hint of roasted barley.

Everything about this beer was judicious it seemed. A really nice alternative to "big" porters when in the mood. Probably a good summertime porter.

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Photo of Mythos82
4.73/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 16.9 oz bottle.

A: The pour was a smooth pour with hardly any head to it. Dark color that cast a dark amber hue in the light. Small bubbles produced a great lacing down the side of the glass.

S: Smell starts with a sweet mineral smell that lingers in the nostrils. Deep and dark aromas that leave a deep sense of a rich butterscotch.

T & M: Taste reminds me of a rich butterscotch pudding that lingers on the palate. A slight brown sugar taste finishes out the profile and leaves a warm sense to the mouth a and throat.

O: I have always been a fan of a good English porter and was definitely was not disappointed by this beer.

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Photo of BAbaracus
3.84/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours deep caramel brown with medium carbonation and minimal head retention. Smells of heavy caramel and malt. Thin, runny coffee up front. Finishes more or less the same way she started. In other words, not a whole lot going on except for a solid blend of roasted coffee, heavy malt and a sticky caramel coating on the tongue and lips. A pretty solid porter but nonetheless lacking an identity of it’s own. Would go best with a meal of smoked meats or a chocolate dessert, where the beer would complement the food rather than have to rely on it’s own merits.

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Photo of TitanTake
4.66/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased a bottle from World Market for a try.

Poured into a tall clear glass.

A - Deep, dark amber color; almost completely blocks out the light; thick tan head with lots of lacing

S - Nice oaky aroma with a malty back end; some hints of caramel

T - deep roasted malts and some yeast; something else is here though, maybe toffee; something sweet

M - Thick and carbonated nicely; coating the mouth and tongue with the sweet bitterness

O - I was happy when I poured this into the glass, but pleasantly shocked when took the first drink. It literally widened my eyes with the sweet, malty goodness it brings. i had to force myself to slow down and enjoy every drop.

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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 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 akogrady
4.35/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Nice dark, dark brown, nearly opaque. Short head that gradually melts away.

S - Smells rich and earthy. A little roasty character to it.

T - Delicious. A rich flavor with roasty background filling out the malt/hops (more malt than hops) profile in a very tasty manor.

M - Goes down quite smooth with moderate carbonation.

D - Could definitely have a few in an evening.

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Photo of bobinverted
4.12/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

St. Peters Old-Style Porter comes in a unique, olive green, flask shaped bottle. The info on the bottle say that this is a blend of mature old ale and young light ale. It pours an opaque, deep brown that allows a little ruby to show through when held up to the light. There is minimal head with poor retention and a just little lacing. The aroma is sweet, healthy and earthy, like fruity chocolate. The flavor is sweet yet roasty and full. Overall a delicious porter.

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Photo of vhiggins
3.32/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer poured brown on top with hints of red toward the bottom
Average head that hangs to the side of the glass as it goes down.

Right away it tasted sweet with coffee and chocolate flavors but ends bitter
which I liked very much. The smell is syrupy and sticky and left that feeling
in my mouth. Mouth-feel was very thin for a porter it felt like a flat cola, the
sweetness only added to that. Overall it was was beer I will drink when i can.

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Photo of rborthwick
4.16/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Traditional and beautiful.
Moderate head retention and lace.
Nice caramel aroma.
Very smooth and drinkable. Old style porter that is extremely drinkable. Not overly complex. A perfect quaff when you are just looking to relax and enjoy a good old traditional porter. I strongly recommend this beer. It has many similarities with Samuel Smith's Taddy Porter.

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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 jglazer75
3.7/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I've had a few of these, but not in a while. I remember them being lighter porters with a bit more carbonation than usual and slightly caramel flavor. That's, more or less, what I got. A little more coffee like than I had remembered, and it has a bit of carbonation that keeps it fairly light-ish. Not much on the nose, except for a bit of toasted malt. The head was mid-sized and faded quickly, though it did lace well. The mouth after a while, the taste faded into a bitter-ish, dark coffee. Supremely drinkable since it's lighter than, say, a Fuller's.

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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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