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

very good
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 cichief
4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought a single bottle in Laurel, MD.

A- Very dark, almost black, when held to the light, however, I could see through this mahagony brew. A nice thick, tan, head of foam rested on top.

S- Scents of coffee and chocolate invite you in.

T- Very rewarding, roasted barley, chocolate, and slight coffee taste. Well balanced, not too sweet.

M- Very good, smooth and carbonated just so.

D- Very nice on a cool Spring night.

I have had this beer at the Jerusalem Tavern, Clerkenwell, London. It is never disappointing, an excellent example of the style.

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Photo of Wasted_Youth
3.54/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Malt, tobacco, and hops. It's definitely just alright.

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Photo of Kerne
2.75/5  rDev -28.4%

Photo of ujsplace
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of goschool
3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

What an awesome bottle. The pour isn't too bad either. Dark, almost black in color with a tan head. An earthy aroma, much like that of an old ale, joins coffee and chocolate in the nose. The taste has the coffee and chocolate, and the earthy, almost peaty character, plus some dark fruit and a barely there hop bitterness. The mouthfeel is thin, yet still somewhat creamy. It's certainly different from most porters and it's absolutely worth a try.

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Photo of MystikCelt
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

Photo of Lupe
3.12/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a deep amber witha small head and leaves some lace. Fruity aroma with hints of dark chocolate, yeast and a buttery scent. 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 somewhat sour twang that is undesirable. If the aftertaste was better, this would be pretty good. Could have been a bad bottle, so I may give it another shot.

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Photo of biglite351
2.46/5  rDev -35.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This might have been an off bottle.

A - color of burnt amber or dark honey. Near white head that falls fast and leave slight lacing.

S - I think it smells of fruit cheese and caramel.

T - tastes like it smells.

M - good coating with only a mild tingle on the sides of the tongue.

D - pass

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Photo of ark57
3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It pours black with some ruby tinges and a tan head. There is some roasted malt aroma as well as slight whiskey and charcoal notes. The body is smooth with some coffee and bittersweet chocolate flavors and again some slight whiskey. It is nice to see a porter like this.

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Photo of lehueve
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of hckyfn9999
3.58/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark brown, with a tan colored head. Good retention, nice amounts of lacing. Aroma is of roasted malt, sweet chocolate and a very faint hopiness. Aroma isn't very strong. Not a very complex beer taste-wise. A nice roasted bitterness, with a touch of chocolate. Finish is dry. Goes down easy. Nothing spectacular here. I prefer a porter with a little more flavor.

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Photo of drizzam
3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured from the cool green medicine bottle into a clear pint glass. No freshness date. The body of the brew is a clear dark brown color with some ruby highlights when held up to the light. Topped with a one finger light khaki head that doesn't leave much in terms of lacing.

S - Sweet caramel malt. A little one dimensional, but still pleasant.

T & M - The malty backbone dominates with hints of dark chocolate lingering in the background. Some slight hop bitterness toward the back end, but it isn't by any means well pronounced. Medium bodied and it finishes somewhat dry, with very little aftertaste. Very little carbonation.

D - This is a highly drinkable brew. I could see this as a session beer as smooth and easy as it goes down. The only thing that lessens the drinkability is the price. I've been very impressed by this brewery and look forward to trying even more of what they have to offer.

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

Photo of Mike_Aguirre
4.6/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Very nice porter, one of my favourites. It´s not sweet nor acid, just bitter with strong coffee notes. I find it very sesionable and a good representative of the style.

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Photo of kilobees
3.6/5  rDev -6.3%

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

It's very dark brown, not opaque though. The head is tan and thick, nice looking beer. A mellow roasty chocolate aroma treats. I'm immediately pleased with the solid presence of hops in the finish. On the way to that finish is a buttery roasty feeling of chocolateness. It's very smooth and not very thick at all, not too thin though. The hoppy finish is dry and wonderful. This is an awesome porter.

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Photo of jlb502
3.35/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The most interesting thing about this beer is how much it lingers on the palate. The initial taste of light skunky hops, roasted malt, raisin and yeasty bread almost immediately gives way to a creamy, mouth-coating bread and butter. That's the flavor and sensation that really sticks around, to the point where the initial taste is almost secondary.

Overall the appearance, initial taste and smell of this beer are average but there is something unique about the overall experience.

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Photo of battlekow
3.24/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Man, what a cool bottle. "Our beautiful flask-shaped oval bottle is a faithful copy of one made c.1770 for Thomas Gerrard of Gibbstown, just across the Delaware river from Philadelphia."

Appearance: Dark with an uncommonly white head. Big bubbles.

Smell: Too sweet and of anise/licorice and caramel. Maybe a little chocolate. Lacks, for the most part, the nose I associate with porters.

Taste: Better than the smell. Starts off the same, but finishes with a lingering, toasty bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Satisfyingly thick.

Drinkability: bottle. This tastes how regular Guinness initially did to me, before I educated my palate and discovered that it was beef jerky water.

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Photo of Arborescence
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of BeerdedEric
4.17/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Even with a forceful pour no head was evident. Dark cherry red color. Slow moving bubbles. Spotty lacing.

I smell some dark malts, milk chocolate and some bitterness.

Milk chocolate mixing with some, roasted nut, toffee and coffee. Very nice taste. A slight bitter and Smokey taste as it finishes.

Smooth, light, crisp. Not really carbonated. Feels nice.

Drink ability is good. I could certainly have another with a wonderful taste such as this. Very light body for a porter.

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Photo of packetknife
3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I really like their bottles for the certain 'it's gotta be good for me' quality. The pour is a really dark brown with amber hues when the light hits it. Light brown thing head that laced aggressively. Smoke and ash (wood) on the nose, with a bit of baker's chocolate.. very pleasant and probably better in the winter. Lots of malt, baker's chocolate, caramel, some light unidentifiable tartness. Consistent throughout with a distinct coffee-like aftertaste. Creamy and just barely thick enough but feels 'right' and very drinkable.

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Photo of jurbanik
3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

Photo of gueuzeonhigh
4.07/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

For some reason, I love the bottle shape.
This beer is a dark brown but clear color.
Little if any head, but large bubble froth clung together and adhered to the perimeter of my glass.
Some lacing.
A slight nose- of earth and toasted malt.

The flavor is cordial. In my opinion, perhaps a bit light. I nod toward heavier weight porters, yet I believe that this beer is well within the world of a porter style beer.

There's the mark of an ale, with bitter hops notes commingled with toasted malt's sweetness and earth tones.

The finish is slight. The bitter flavor profile holds its stance on my palate but the rest of the foundations crumbles into a transparent watery mouthfeel. This undoubtedly contributes to my opinion that this porter is on the "light" side.

Mouthfeel is more toward a thin one dimensional beer, yet it's not so slight that I'd catch myself abandoning this beer for another porter.

Drinkability is notable. At least it's not laden with a phenomenal ABV that one bottle later I'm welded to my seat!

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Photo of jar2574
3.28/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Nice lacing, big head on the initial pour, dark beer that is ruby red when held up to light. Musty, malty, slightly sour smell. Smell isn't strong enough to warrant much opinion. Taste is very mild, hardly much there, but what is there is a malty, sour mash type flavor. An OK beer, probably better when it's fresh in England than after sitting on a shelf for a while.

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Photo of MJR
3.35/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Has a medium brown body with garnet highlights. The head starts out smallish and shrinks down to a small ring around the edge with a few rogue bubbles floating here and there. Actually, this beer's body looks exactly like Pete's Wicked Ale used to look like, when it was somewhat drinkable!

Smell: Aroma of licorice, toffee, and a bit of caramel. Very slight roasted smell as well. As it warms, a touch of fruit shows itself.

Taste: Combines a semi-spicy, licorice note with a sharp roasted flavor. There's the toffee and caramel from the nose, but they're way in the background. A slight hop bitterness shows up late, mostly in the aftertaste. That fruity flavor from the aroma is barely noticable. I also pick up a bit of a sour tang towards the end. Fairly complex.

Mouthfeel: Somewhat medium-bodied with a rounded feel. A bit thin for a porter. I looked at their website and noticed that this available on hand-pump...that may help a bit with the body and thin mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Average. This is an interesting brew, having been brewed to old porter standards, where an aged, dark ale and a young, lighter ale would be mixed to create porter. Having said that, I don't think I would go back to this one often.

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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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