Stegmaier Porter - Lion Brewery, Inc.
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Reviews by the Alström Bros:
3.95/5 rDev +7.6%
Presentation: 12oz brown bottle -- twist-off. No freshness date.
Appearance: Dark brown, near black with a very healthy creamy tan laced head -- good retention and stick.
Smell: Malty with coffee, caramel, light chocolate and a very faint roasted malt character in the nose. Hint of molasses.
Taste: Thick, full-bodied and even. Loads of body to this beer. Malts are mostly roasted with thin coffee and chocolate flavours, however the roasted is somewhat subdued by the body of the beer with a low level of acrid astringency. Rustic in its bread-like flavours. Sweet milkly caramel flavours pull-thru as the beer warms. A prickly hop flavour mixes with the roasted flavours with salty lime bite of bitterness, finishing a bit dry with lingering roasted and hops.
Notes: A tasty porter with loads of depth. Drink up!
09-08-2002 15:26:14 | More by Todd
3.68/5 rDev +0.3%
12 oz brown twist off long neck bottle with no freshness date. Deep and dark brown that is a couple of shades away from black, dark none the less. Good frothing of a tan lace that sticks in a web like way.
Sweet aroma, coffee and caramel in the nose. Faint roasted twang but does not even come close to the sweetness.
Husky bread crust flavour, mild roasted coffee and hints of bakers, chocolate. Smooth on the palate and that really adds to the drinkability. Mild hopping that lets the roasted malt character balance out the sweetness. More coffee like flavour flare out with a mild acrid flavour, this leads to a semi-dry finish.
An easy drinking porter to say the least, a stealthily complex session brew.
08-22-2002 10:54:46 | More by Jason
More User Reviews:
3.8/5 rDev +3.5%
Pours a deep brown with some red hues shining thru it with a light almond colored head that left quickly,an aroma of dried fruit and lightly alcoholic.Taste is of real bitter chocolate and tar with some burned fruit flavors a real sharp flavor to this brew which I cant put my finger on.I got a slight green olive flavor as well?Any alot of different flavors packed into this one a pretty nice porter worth trying.
11-26-2003 02:41:39 | More by oberon
3.83/5 rDev +4.4%
12 oz. bottle. Pours a nearly opaque black with red highlights. It has a thin fizzy dark brown head that quickly goes to a thin collar.
The aroma is dark chocolate, coffee and lactose.
The flavor is subdued at first, but comes out more as it warms. Some coffee and chocolate and sweet cream, a little bitter roastiness and a little fruitiness with a tinge of sourness. It has a big full mouthfeel.
Overall, a solid porter.
04-09-2005 04:10:56 | More by Beaver13
3.3/5 rDev -10.1%
Recieved from Jayli so a big thank you to her
Appearance: chestnut brown in color, 1/4 inch head, medium carbonation, clear
Smell: chocolate, roasted malt, and caramel
Taste: chocolate, roasted malt, and caramel
Mouthfeel: light watery body, moderate carbonation, semi-sweet
Drinkability: On the positive, I do like the flavors. The maltiness is there and so is the nice chocolaty aftertaste. What I think detracts from this beer is it being watery. It just did not match the rush of flavor. That said, I could have a couple--but moreso on warmer day.
02-04-2010 15:07:25 | More by tigg924
4.68/5 rDev +27.5%
Of the 25 American porters I have tried this one is my favorite. Easy to drink, affordable and loaded with roasted malt and dark chocolate taste. Although it is brewed locally it is hard to find in Southeastern PA, unfortunately. I am willing to drive an hour to pick up a case in Wilkes-Barre area because I am so fond of it. The other commonly available craft porters are a bit harsh or too weak and too high priced for every day drinking. Stegmaier is perfect for any occasion and goes well with any food.
11-27-2013 18:21:06 | More by wattoclone
3.2/5 rDev -12.8%
This one pours a dark black with little head which disappears which quickly turns into a lace ring around the outer edge. Taste of roasted sweetness with a bit of carbonation but still light and smooth on the tongue. I could definetly drink a few of these on a nice fall or cool spring day.
04-08-2006 01:58:05 | More by WeymouthMike
3.96/5 rDev +7.9%
Poured from 12oz bottle into porter glass. Jet black, showing deep garnet in light. Fizzy dark brown head that dissipates rather quickly, leaving some nice lacing on the glass. Smell is clean roasted malt, chocolate and coffee, with something I can't put my finger on that is a bit off-putting, like a speed bump in the smell. Something metallic, like iron. Taste thankfully does not reflect that worrisome note in the smell; taste is clean, crisp roasted coffee with chocolate undertones, finishing lingering on the tongue with some hop presence at the end. Mouthfeel is smooth but relatively light-bodied; besides the odd smell, this is a great sessionable porter.
01-27-2013 05:33:17 | More by BurgeoningBrewhead
3.6/5 rDev -1.9%
Appearance: Dark ruby brown body decent sized tan head dwinldes pretty quickly leaving little or no lace. Aroma: Nice roasty mild chocolate notes underlying fruit tones, with a subtle touch of hops thrown in there. Taste: Very mild porter touch of sweet fruit acidity in the forefront touch of chocolate and coffee not bad for the price very affordable and better than most other options while drinking in Meadville, PA. Mouthfeel: Pretty thin lighter body not bad even carbonation just not as thick as a standard porter. Drinkability: Nice quaffable brew pleasing local PA brewed porter all hail the Lion Brewery.
07-26-2004 17:25:04 | More by WVbeergeek
3.4/5 rDev -7.4%
Looked nice at first, deep dark brown with a big tan head. It died quickly and didn't have much lace or glass cling. Not much on the aromas, some roasted notes and a hint of chocolate and caramel. The flavor was the same as the nose but slightly more pronounced and also seems to have a dark fruity taste in there. It was decent but I'll probably never have it again. Not good but not bad.
09-12-2009 23:12:42 | More by apbarwood
2.5/5 rDev -31.9%
Appearance- flat lifeless black with no head.
Smell- Very sugary sweet chocolate and coffee bean.
Taste- Sweet black coffee with bits of sugary chocolate thrown in.
Mouthfeel- Watery, not velvety how I like my porters.
Overall- A weak attempt at this style. Not impressive at all.
02-25-2007 14:15:35 | More by NJpadreFan
4.2/5 rDev +14.4%
Recent BA review made me revisit an old favorite and I wasn't disappointed. Poured a deep rich brown with red highlights and emitted a tantalizingly sweet malty chocolate aroma.
Head was a dense, quiet tan with sticky lace that lasted for the short time before it disappeared down my throat. Taste was coffee/chocolate with a hint of licorice. Hops stay in the background and keep this porter from becoming too sweet.
Finished with some burnt grain and some oily hops. The medium body and balanced flavors make this a highly quaffable brew.
10-01-2002 17:17:59 | More by QXSTER1
3.53/5 rDev -3.8%
Very deep brown with reddish accents. Quick lived tan head. Fairly complex aroma of 'nearly burnt' coffee and caramel alongside woody and earthy notes, as well as some light background hop. Body is medium with an oily mouthfeel. The flavor is lightly roasted with hints of malt sweetness and a touch of dry cocoa, balanced with a firm hop bitterness. The finish is clean and dry. Lighter than expected for a porter. Like Yuengling's porter, I'd guess this is fermented with lager yeast. Still a nice beer overall.
08-09-2002 13:43:02 | More by NeroFiddled
4.13/5 rDev +12.5%
Thanks to Mymrnngjckt for this one!
12oz bottle into pint glass.
A: Pours a thick, two finger head that is a rich and dark tan. The body is a deep black, one that would most likely be associated with a stout. Thick lace is left behind and the head holds throughout the whole beer.
S: A very malty aroma, one that doe not show any signs of hops. A bit of sweetness to this one as well.
T/M: The front of this porter is a smooth experience from the mouthfeel, that leaves with a silk. The body tastes of nutty malts and has a nice layer to it. The finish shows the sweetness that is in the beer and I feel that only part that is not as developed as the rest of the beer.
D: A really great porter, one that drinks easy and holds really good taste profiles.
10-14-2010 13:29:27 | More by GDBEERMAN
3.98/5 rDev +8.4%
I was able to pick this up from my local spot for an absurd sale of $15 a case (24). I have been pouring it in my DFH snifter ever since. The color is opaque black, literally not allowing any light through it. There a tan coffee head which does not last very long as lacks persistent lacing.
The smell is of coffee and chocolate and black malts, which makes for an excellent blend of aromas. Those notes dominate this smell and they do not allow for any others to come through. On the first sip, a taste of black malt exists, but does not last as it lingers on the tongue. The finish really sets this beer in the very good category. Rich chocolate and black malts persist and combine excellently. A slight smoky flavor accents the background of this fine finish. There is also a hint of hop bitterness, which balances well with the strong malt content.
The carbonation is excellent and last through the entire drink. The 5.4% keeps the alcohol taste low and compliments the beer well. For the deal that I got, this beer was a steal. It is a fine crafted porter that will not disappoint. While the nose, is not stellar, the finish really brings it out and makes it an excellent drink. If anyone is in Boone then they need to pick this up.
03-19-2011 22:56:16 | More by Boitnott
3.1/5 rDev -15.5%
Picked up a case at Shangy's for about $26. It's dated 141 09, that's May 21, about 4 months ago. A beer should still be good after 4 months. Pours a beautiful dark brown with a tall head. Unfortunately, this beer is off and smells rubbery. The flavor is also muted with only a roast chocolate bread taste (which is nice) in the finish. There just isn't enough flavor, it could easily pass for a mass-produced dark lager. Sure, it's smooth and easy to drink, but uninspiring.
09-18-2009 21:19:17 | More by tempest
4.33/5 rDev +18%
This pours with a great tan head, settling slowly over deep brownish-red liquid. Nose is a roasted malt/chocolate/coffee joy to behold mixed with a light light diacetyl character that works well with this beer. Taste is a tasty mix of deep roastiness with a hoppy edge to it, more than a hint of coffee and slight caramel notes. Finishes with a quick fruity flourish, more roastiness that causes a nice dryness on the palate. A great beer, and a great value for the money spent - $3.99 for a sixer...one of the great beer bargians out there.
09-07-2004 20:10:37 | More by beerluvr
3.28/5 rDev -10.6%
Pours ebony with 3 fingers of mocha colored head. Above average head retention & lacing
S: Dark fruit, leafy hops intensifies when warm
T: Leafy hops, fruityness & wet charred grains up front. Figs, leafy hops & dryness dominate as this warms along with a touch of cocoa. Finishes dry with more leafy hops & carob
MF: Medium bodied, low carbonation & alright balance
Drinks alright, skews a bit too fruity for me
12-02-2009 03:51:16 | More by russpowell
3.88/5 rDev +5.7%
Thanks, BeerAdvocate ... if I hadn't read about Steg Porter here, I would have missed out on a real surprise of a beer brewed just 90 mins. or so from my house.
No freshness date on case or bottle.
Beer pours a dark brown with reddish overtones. Head is light brown and sticks around for a while.
I find the taste surprisingly complex and interesting, with layers of earth and roasted grain along with the to-be-expected (and quite tasty) coffee and chocolate.
Very well-balanced; just a nice pleasant beer to drink.
The beer scores high for mouthfeel too -- it's full-bodied, creamy, not a lot of heavy carbonation.
I was pretty well blown away by this beer, and I think most other beer drinkers would be quite surprised too.
I have rarely, if ever, heard Lion Brewery mentioned in the same breath as Yuengling. But if Lion's other beers are anywhere near this level, then Lion deserves the same cult following its fellow Pennsylvania brewery has.
(I've had Ying Porter, and Steg absolutely stomps it, in my humble opinion.)
I raise the last drops of my Steg Porter to the men and women who put out such a tasty, drinkable, remarkably affordable beer. Thank you.
03-06-2005 02:41:59 | More by elsinore
3.86/5 rDev +5.2%
Jet black with no light around the edge this Porter had all the components of a good stout. The head was thick in the middle and sat above a layer of carbonation.
The aromas were dark, dried fruits like prune date and raisin. A touch of chocolate and small bit of roasted coffee comes neatly tucked away.
The flavor is rich with the dried fruits and raisin seems dominant. Slight touches of prune and date mix with a dark chocolate. I did at times detect some malt, coffee and a smokey char but it was rare.
The feel is slightly thin with a higher level of carbonation than perhaps should be with the style.
Overall, at $1.50 a bottle in my local single shop, I'd rate this as one of the best bargains in craft beer.
09-21-2013 20:35:05 | More by KYGunner
3.9/5 rDev +6.3%
12 ounce bottle. Served in a mug, the beer pours dark brown with an inch frothy brown head. Head retention and lacing are both OK. Aroma is milk chocolate, caramel malt, coffee and brown sugar. The taste is similar to the aroma, with some slight hoppiness in the finish. Also, the taste isn't quite as strong as the aroma. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's coating and slick, and has moderate carbonation. Drinkability is good, it goes down easy and it's enjoyable to drink. Not a bad choice as a session beer. I think this is a good overall brew, and with the low price (compared to other similar porters), I'll definitely buy this again in the future.
11-14-2009 23:04:53 | More by bluejacket74
3.6/5 rDev -1.9%
Picking up mostly caramel malt in the aroma and scant else. Black with a fine two finger thick mocha head. Caramel malt int he fore with a little less than medium roastiness. Some minute chocolate notes and a touch of heavily creamed and sweetened coffee. Great mouthfeel. Perfect for the style.
01-24-2006 16:13:48 | More by Jredner
Stegmaier Porter from Lion Brewery, Inc.
83 out of 100 based on 140 ratings.