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Stegmaier Porter - Lion Brewery, Inc.

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Stegmaier PorterStegmaier Porter

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BA SCORE
83
good

144 Ratings
THE BROS
86
very good

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Ratings: 144
Reviews: 108
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 13.08%
Wants: 3
Gots: 2 | 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 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.

Photo of UnionMade
4.03/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a transparent black, shining burgundy through light. A thin coating of beige head tops the beer, gradially losing steam and disappearing completely about halfway through.
The aroma is quite roasty, with a bit of toffee and chocolate. Bittersweet. Rather pronounced esters, carrying through even over the rich roasted barley. A cherry smell, with a bit of fig and some prune. Very, very mild herbal hops, with a bit of a sherry quality to the overall aroma.
The flavor starts with a rather sweet toffee tinged roasted barley. Very soft malting, almost german in feel, like the roasted malt for a schwarzbier. Mild, unoffending carbonation, yet provides a lightly sparkly mouthfeel. Some esteriness, although not as much as in the aroma, come through toward the middle. The cherry flavor is present, although overshadowed by fig and some raisin. Very mild herbal hops come in at the end, with some dryish yeast flavor. A lingering coffee roasted flavor. Medium to light bodied.
A surprisingly good porter, from a brewery without much of a reputation for brewing really great beers. This porter is certainly a winner, and definitely in my top ten porter list, if I made one.

Photo of jcalabre
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Originally sampled on 6 November 2002. Stegmaier pours dark brown w/ a thin tan head. The nose has whiffs of caramel & molasses. It is sweet on the tongue w/ a clean finish. This porter is very drinkable & enjoyable. It's a nice example of the style

Photo of BeerResearcher
3.95/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Here's a good beer for me to rate. I have only vaguely heard of Stegmaier and have never tried any of their brews...no preconceptions. Poured a tar pitch color with a rapidly vanishing light tan head and some trails of lace. The aroma of coffee, chocolate malt, hops and licorice are quite aggressive and long lasting. The sweet malt body is thinner than it appears. Separate flavors of dark bitter chocolate, coffee, licorice and citrusy hops, separate at first, begin to meld. A light smoky taste seems to come and go. A molasses flavor develops and clean lime-like finish ends it...except that smoky flavor again.

Photo of feloniousmonk
3.93/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Deep black in color, with a lovely. tawny brown color. Aroma is to die for, rich and redolent with espresso, anise, cocoa, and rum. A porter lover's dream come true! Extraordinarily smooth on the palate, with very little bitterness, supremely quaffable.
Body is medium, as is the finish, but the flavor is lush and rewarding with a nicely rounded mouthfeel.
Body feels thinner toward the end, and a nutty character enters into the flavor profile, heretofore undetected.
Quite a nice session porter, but for my taste, it could stand to be bolder and heartier. Big thanks to paceyourself for placing this product into my possession!

Photo of vitesse
3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

served in 12 oz. brown bottle.
nice foamy brown head. dark chocolate-brown color and caramel-candyish smell.
taste is sweet, roasty, chocolatey maltiness. the malts just taste so good in this porter. very little hoppiness. not bitter, but sweet and pretty subtle.
mouthfeel is good. not especially thick. drinkability is good. the various flavors have such a good balance that i could drink a lot of these in one session.
at 3.99 a sixer, quite a deal. definitely recommend if you're in the mood for a good porter.

Photo of GreatPondBrewer
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured a deep, dark color with a little bit of dark red around the edges of the glass. It also had a nice tan head that was initially rather large. It then receded into a thin film on the top of the beer which is still sitting in the bottem of my glass. The smell was somewhat fruity with hints of toffee, but no real roasted smells, which is what I was expecting. Rich caramel tastes abounded with subtle notes of toffee and espresso. This was especially thick for a porter, but it was not at all disappointing.

Photo of Gusler
4.22/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a beautiful deep hazy brown to black color the head impressive in size, frothy in its texture, with fine sheets of lace. It’s always been my feeling since being converted to the dark side so many years ago that “Any beer You Can See through Is To Light”. Hints of butter, with light toasted grains and also some caramel sweetness, quite pleasant, with a malt sweet start and a middling top. Perkily hopped, spirited in its carbonation, bitter chocolate dry aftertaste and one quite decent “Porter”, and well worth a sample.

Photo of Jarod
3.9/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured into the glass a ruby/brown color. The head was a dark beige, foamy in nature. Bubbles were present in the class but not overly carbonated. The aroma had hints of coffee, chocolate, caramel malt, fruit, and wood. The taste was of roasted coffee/chocolate, a little bitter/sweet, also, there was caramel, malt, and it finished with the coffee and malt, but it became more subtle at the end. Good beer, will try to get more when in the area.

Photo of allboutbierge
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A good brew. The local beer bar has these for 1.75 bottles. Roasted malt/Coffee/sweet Chocolate flavors...a fairly sweet tasting porter. Dark brown with red tint color underneath a fluffy and attractive head. Not too heavy but has a full tasting body. One of my favorites when I go out.

Photo of psugrad98
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark rich brown. Slight reddish hue. Thick foamy cream colored head. Aroma of rich roasted malt. Tastes rich but slightly burnt. Has a coffee-like character to it. Slightly bitter overcooked taste when served cold, but that trait leaves as the brew warms. Slight alcohol character appears toward the end of the pint. Slightly above average regional porter.

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.

Photo of Maestro
3.58/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer was quite a suprise at 13.99 for a case. It has a sweet nose and a thin, tan head. The first taste is a good combination of maltiness and hoppiness. As you move towards the middle there is a bit of roasted flavor and some hints of caramel. The hops seem to remain throughout the beer but are never over-powering. The beer finishes smoothly and prepares you for the next. This is a good session beer from the heart of Pennsylvania.

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!

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.

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.

Photo of jdhilt
3.73/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A good, smooth porter - just enough carbonation basically dark and chewy. 12 oz. was not enough. Originally brewed at the Stegmaier Brewery until 1974.

Photo of Brent
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Marketed under the Stegmaier brand, but according to the bottle Stegmaier was an old line brewery that went out of business until Lion resurrected the name. This porter is very creamy, almost stout-like. Nice restrained roasted coffee character and a clean, bitter finish. Very smooth.

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Stegmaier Porter from Lion Brewery, Inc.
83 out of 100 based on 144 ratings.