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Stegmaier Porter - Lion Brewery, Inc.

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BA SCORE
83
good

141 Ratings
THE BROS
86
very good

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Ratings: 141
Reviews: 108
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 13.08%
Wants: 4
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Lion Brewery, Inc. visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: UnionMade on 09-10-2001)
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Photo of Todd
3.95/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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!

Todd, Sep 08, 2002
Photo of Jason
3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Jason, Aug 22, 2002
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.8/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

oberon, Nov 26, 2003
Photo of Beaver13
3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 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.

Beaver13, Apr 09, 2005
Photo of tigg924
3.3/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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.

tigg924, Feb 04, 2010
Photo of wattoclone
4.68/5  rDev +27.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

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.

wattoclone, Nov 27, 2013
Photo of WeymouthMike
3.2/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

WeymouthMike, Apr 08, 2006
Photo of sigtau200ws
4/5  rDev +9%

sigtau200ws, Nov 26, 2011
Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead
3.96/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

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.

BurgeoningBrewhead, Jan 27, 2013
Photo of WVbeergeek
3.6/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

WVbeergeek, Jul 26, 2004
Photo of apbarwood
3.4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

apbarwood, Sep 13, 2009
Photo of NJpadreFan
2.5/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Stegmaier- Porter

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.

NJpadreFan, Feb 25, 2007
Photo of QXSTER1
4.2/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

QXSTER1, Oct 01, 2002
Photo of NeroFiddled
3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

NeroFiddled, Aug 09, 2002
Photo of GDBEERMAN
4.13/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

GDBEERMAN, Oct 14, 2010
Photo of Boitnott
3.98/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

Boitnott, Mar 19, 2011
Photo of tempest
3.1/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

tempest, Sep 18, 2009
Photo of beerluvr
4.33/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

beerluvr, Sep 07, 2004
Photo of russpowell
3.28/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

russpowell, Dec 02, 2009
Photo of PaBeerLover
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

PaBeerLover, Jan 31, 2013
Photo of elsinore
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

elsinore, Mar 06, 2005
Photo of KYGunner
3.86/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

KYGunner, Sep 21, 2013
Photo of bluejacket74
3.9/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

bluejacket74, Nov 14, 2009
Photo of Jredner
3.6/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Jredner, Jan 24, 2006
Photo of mdillon86
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

mdillon86, Nov 25, 2012
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Stegmaier Porter from Lion Brewery, Inc.
83 out of 100 based on 141 ratings.