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 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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Photo of dgilks
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours very dark, not-quite-black with a light tan head.

Very sweet aroma with plenty of sweet chocolate and light non-bitter espresso notes. Quite fruity.

A wonderful porter without lots of roast notes which often overwhelm self-styled porters. Plenty sweet, rich dark fruity notes with figs and raisins predominant. An interesting light chocolate touch and a light bitterness in the back palate. Complex and delicious.

A nice thick body here with light carbonation makes this beer a great winter beer that sits nicely on the palate. Great.

A wonderful, traditional style porter with lots of great flavours going on. Wonderfully drinkable for a standard strength beer.

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Photo of champ103
4.07/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Dark brown/Ruby color. A foamy beige head forms and leaves nice lace down the glass.
S: Roasted and toasted malt. Chocolate and coffee notes. Some dates, figs, and a nutty aroma. Very unique.
T: Dark roasted and toasted malt again. Woody and smoky.
M/D: Medium body, creamy, but a bit watery. A good sessionable porter.

I love porters, and this is a good one.

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

The beer after vamoosing from the unique green bottle pours a deep incarnadine color, the head mediocre in size, the texture creamy and the Irish lace pronounced on the sides of the glass. Nose is a tad earthy, somewhat sweet, fresh and crisp, seems to be a hint of peat? Start is lightly sweet, nice malt profile; the top is fair to middling in its feel to the palate. Finish has a nice mild acidity, the hops pleasing in their spiciness, quite dry and a nice mild English Porter, one worth a sample at least.

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Photo of stcules
3.6/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Mahogany, copper reflexes. A beautiful tan head.
At the nose a clear chocolate, and cocoa. Some caramel, and a not aggressive but pleasant roasted.
Soft, smooth and pleasant malt at the taste. Here again chocolate and cocoa notes. Some caramel, roast, and dried fruit, but quite light.
Some sweetness, but not too much.
Velvety aftertaste, pleasant. Chocolate again, with hints of bitterness in the end.

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Photo of Pencible
4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This poured slightly hazy and very dark tan with no head. It smelled like dark chocolate and earthy roasted malt. Its flavor was a pretty straightforward blend of coffee bitterness and chocolate sweetness. It was slightly thick with a bit of carbonation and a mildly bitter aftertaste. Overall this was a basic porter, but it was good.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
3.43/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

It pours a dark semi-transparent reddish-brown, almost sable, with a very thick ecru head. Aroma is oily and a little smoky, mainly of molasses or brown sugar but not cloyingly sweet. Flavor is on the thin side - smoky and molasses-y, a little sweet but still with just a hint of hoppy bitterness. Texture is smooth and a bit watery, but this is still a decent brew.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.72/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cool looking 500 mL greenish bottle pours a dark brown color with some crimson highlights. Creamy foam is tan and fades pretty quick, nice lacing though.

Smells of minerals and fruits with a touch of smoke and vinegar. Roasty malts do not have much sweetness to them.

Malts become a little more sweet and prominent on the flavor but still has plenty of lingering chalky minerals and berry fruitiness. Finishes dry with a noticeable floral hopping. Very smooth drinking porter, could be a bit more robust and creamy in the mouthfeel. There is a distracting hint of smoky vinegar that I'm not a big fan of, but a pretty minor complaint. Pretty good brew, I could drink this again without much trouble.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.57/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark copper with a small creamy tan head.
For a porter the nose is really centred towards caramel, toffee and diacetyl rather than roasted barley. Not that it's not noticeable, just not at the forefront. Which actually happens to appeal to me!
Flavours show more roasted malt than the aroma, but there's still a fair whack of caramel and toffee. It works quite well. Finish is a bit sharp and certainly dries out (quite a feat considering all that sweet malt!).
Body is rather light, I would have liked something a little richer. Carbonation is too high.

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Photo of Brenden
4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

It's a very dark brown, but with a bit of clarity and a slight reddish tint. The head is tan, about half a finger tall, with a modicum of bubbly lacing left behind by the layer of froth that rests atop the brew.
There's something a bit like chicory behind some bittersweet cocoa in the nose, a note of caramel, roast, and tanginess running through.
The tang is lemony and a little funky, balancing some figgy sweetness, a hint of smoky and creamy vanilla, and some earth extremely well. This one isn't too hard on the palate, but isn't too weak or shallow. There's plenty for the tongue to decipher, and it works very nicely.
This holds the lightish-medium body of the classic style as I understand it, some good flow without a lot of weight but not lacking, either. Maybe it ends up a little light and fizzy, carbonated like a soda, but with a little added weight to it.

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Photo of tavernjef
3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Roasty browned color with a translucent glow within. Small capping of dirty whitish foam. Keeps a thin collar with a few bubbles and the lacing is placed in a few strewn out patterns of spots and broken strings.

Aroma has a slight char over dried chocolate fudge and roasted grains with a bit of coffeeness thrown in. Quite dry and charred.

Taste is middle of the road roasty without much finish however. The char is evident within the flavor, perhaps a bit more smokey sweet leaning in towards the midway and finish. Almost Rauch-like with the smokey bits. Dryish, tender, and a bit of malty sweetness of black malt peaks in the middle; weakened coffee and chocolate notes make for a bit of interest as it rolls through the finish. Dryness ensues with charred leftovers across the palate; quite smokey, but well balanced as so. Not overbearing.

Body is a tad slim with a medium body offered in a weaker middle. The edges of the body and flavor become best in the finish, giving the beer its only true Porteresk charater with lightly drying char and a slight more smoothness and body to it.

A pretty solid porter. A bit underwhelming at points but grows on ya quickly with its clean, well-crafted nature and notations of roasted goodies like, char, malt, coffee, and chocolate.

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.77/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a finger and half of tan head on a black body.
The aroma is roasted malt, mild coffee.
The taste is coffee and chocolate bitterness, mild malt sweet. Simple but effective profile.
The texture is thicker and soft around the edges.
It's a solid, everyday drinking porter.

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Photo of RoyalT
3.97/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance – This one is a nice ruby-laced black in color with an off-white, moderate head.

Smell – There’s no mistaking the big coffee grounds that leap out of the glass. This one is dark with some creamy, roasted malts and a light fruity hop profile.

Taste – The malts are big but mellow at the taste. The bitter coffee flavor provides good complexity as does the light, fruity hop compliment. This is a good one.

Mouthfeel – This Porter is a solid medium in the body and very creamy. The sharp bitter bite at the end provides a terrific contrast to the smooth character of the malts.

Drinkability – This is a good Porter that both entertains and satisfies. There are a lot of interesting things going on here, so have some fun with it.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into a perfect pint.

3.5 A: Clear dark amber brown color. Just over one finger of frothy/creamy beige head. Retention is a touch below average, but a decent sized ring of lacing is left.

4.0 S: Roasted barley with toastiness and a heavy graininess. Under that there's a doughy neutral sweetness. Dry with chocolate and caramel. Mineral with hints of coffee.

4.25 T: Taste is like the nose, but a little less dry, which makes for good balance overall. Roasty toasty malts, big graininess and doughiness. Chocolate, caramel, neutral malt chewiness. Mineral, coffee, and biscuit.

4.25 M: Medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Chewy without being sweet. Pleasantly creamy.

4.0 D: Another winner from this brewery. A very good option if you are in the mood for something English.

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Photo of laituegonflable
3.62/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark cola coloured, a bit of an ochre head, just a film of bubbles now. No carbonation, but of course there shouldn't be. Thin but fairly nicely webbed lacing. Not fantastic, but quite true to style.

Dark toffee characters and a lot of chocolate malt on the nose. A bit of sour sultana or raisiny notes as well, cocoa and spicy fruit chutnet or something. Brooding, impressive nose. Very nice.

Tastes similar to the nose, with the same chocolatey texture and hints of dark brandied fruit but curtailed by a roasted espresso tap at the back of the palate. Palate is a little bit shorter than I would like. It's definitely like it's just had its tail clipped off by that slightly gritty, toasty finish which lingers in a slightly musty way. Not bad, certainly a typical version of the porter, but not quite as dark or potent. Pleasant complexity, just needs more flavour on the palate to make it stand out. Mouthfeel is quite good, maybe a touch watery.

Suitable for drinking :)

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


Presnetation: Unique Dark Green Glass bottle, that looks like a glass flask. This beer pours a dark brown colour with a nice, white head.

The aromas are of sweet malts, chocolate, coffee, and more. The taste is very similar to the aroma. The mouthfeel is not too heavy or thick and the drinkability is very good.


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Photo of Jeffo
3.72/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Got this at De Bierkoning in Amsterdam.

From a 500ml bottle into a pint glass.

APPEARANCE: A transparent brown pour produces a one finger, medium looking, crackling, light beige head with good retention. Dark brown, very clear body with touches of carbonation decorating the film top. Head slowly fades to a good foam cap. A splotchy wisp remains until the end but leaves no real lacing down the glass. Average looking for the style.

SMELL: Decent nose of dark malts, roasted nuts, chocolate notes and some leather. Earthy hops and some liquorice as well.

TASTE: Dark malts and lots of earth hops. Some roasted nuts, leather notes for sure, and some sweet toffee as well. Bolder, sweet caramel and bitter, earthy hop aftertaste lingers nicely.

PALATE: Medium body and carbonation. Somewhat creamy on the palate, but slightly prickly carbonation on the swallow. Goes down fine and finishes slightly dry on the palate.

OVERALL: A solid English porter. Really easy to drink, and plenty flavorful and enjoyable. Definitely one to re-visit, and worth drinking in mass quantities if you see it available somewhere.

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
3.91/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This offering “begs” to be purchased, just because of the “I must pick up this up from the Shelf and Touchy-Feely it” high quality, dark green oval bodied flask shaped bottle. A rather simple looking generic style cream colored small oval label with a dark green border, sits below the raised glass words St. Peter’s Brewery. Excellent, unique, distinctive presentation.

The body is black when viewed at an obtuse angle whilst sat on the Desk in a dimly lit room at night. Held up to artificial light, it reveals a very dark brown color; a cross between a dark roast chestnut and a young mahogany. A gorgeous, thick creamy tan brown head, about ¾” to start with, sits atop this aged beer. Later the head settles to a thinner ¼”, but it lasts for quite some time. Excellent conditioning.

The Nose is of old beer, but with an impudent cheeky young playful odor. Aged oak casks, some vinuous traits, and a light smoky hint mixed with burnt sugar caramel.

The immediate thing that struck me was the smokiness in this beer. Right from the offset, it has a pseudo-Rauch feel. Smooth woody smoked traits, malty middle, and some bitter aftertaste. Lingering dry malt-bitterness. Slightly spritzy tartness at times, probably from the mature Old Ale. Solid carbonation, lends life, body and mouthfeel, most probably this is from the younger Light Ale.

An excellent modern day attempt at an “Old-Style Porter”, that encapsulates the best factors of a mature complex Old Ale and a livelier younger Light Ale. The blend has excellent synergy.

A very English Style Porter, in a Bottle originally designed in America, from England’s most innovative and interesting Brewery, sampled back in Long Beach, USA. Circles within Circles. This is a very good, high quality offering. Now THIS – would be very good if served on Cask, I just know it would!

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

500 ml bottle (1 pint 0.9 fl oz.) with no apparent bottled on date present. The local beer store has had these for close to a year now, and I'm finally getting around to it. Awesome old school 18th century style bottle. My first encounter with this brewery, expectations are about average.

Poured into a clear balloon snifter glass.

A - Pours a massive fluffy four fingers of light mocha colored head on top of a chestnut brown / dark ruby colored body. Nice chunky foamy head as the beer drinks, looking like the whipped topping on a root beer float. Nice thin ribbons of lacing on the glass. Some noticeable yeast content when held to the light.

S - Smell is of light cola, brown sugar, some nuttiness, used coffee grounds, vanilla, cream, cookie dough, powdery cocoa / chocolate, & some yeast.

T - Taste follows the nose: cold black coffee, brown sugar sweetness, raisins, earthiness, and some mineral qualities to it on the finish. A very nice classic example of the style. I'm really digging this.

M - Creamy and smooth with a bitter, sticky finish. Maybe a tad over carbonated and a bit full-bodied for the style.

Overall, a well-made classic styled porter, with intriguing packaging, and a nice blurb about the brewery on the bottle. Definitely looking forward to trying more beers from this brewery.

St. Peter's Old-Style Porter ---3.5/5

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Photo of cokes
3.53/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The color is akin to staring at a penny in a poorly lit room. The head is puffy and tan and resides as a milky lace even after several minutes.
Nose is astringent, metallic, and aside (and its a very large aside) from that, fairly pleasant. With burnt walnuts and caramellows dunked coffee.
Begins with bitter chocolate, then it slips into a burnt, astringent, metallic mess, just as the aroma indicates. It salvages itself somewhat, with traces of blackened cedar, roasted nuts and carob. Mildly bitter, nondescript close.
Light bodied, simple, quaffable and standard, despite it flaws.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.96/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

St. Peter’s Old Style Porter has a thick, beige, spongy head, thin lacing left behind, and a clear, reddish-brown appearance. The aroma is of medium-roasted, sweet, tannic barley malt, and the flavor is of the same, with some chocolate notes and an underlying and pleasant bitterness. The mouthfeel is medium, slick, and smooth, and St. Peters’s Old Style Porter finishes semi-dry, refreshing, and highly drinkable. Overall, this is excellent.


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Photo of Reidrover
3.93/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bought in the wonderful Old -fashioned dark green bottle with a wonderfully spartan but effective label
Wow this is one nice looking beer..dark.dark blood ..nice but small had that dissapeares into a great lace.
A very noticable aroma of hops from this brew. a nice sour touch too.
mm theres a load of flavour going on in this beer..malt indeed a lot of it..followed by toffee and buterscotch..althe way to liquorice and hops bitterness.
Very very nice indeed in my mouth..smootth..yet adventurous!
Not a great 'quaffing" beer to say the least..yet intresting stuff here!

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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 Brent
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A blend of old and new ales - they combine for a very nice beer. Quite mellow, with chocolate and some gentle chrarcoal-ish flavors. Normally, a beer this mild tends to be one-dimensional, but here we have both depth of flavor and softness. A nice "comfort food" sort of porter.

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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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