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Stegmaier Porter - Lion Brewery, Inc.

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BA SCORE
83
good

140 Ratings
THE BROS
86
very good

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Ratings: 140
Reviews: 108
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 13.35%
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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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

PaBeerLover, Jan 31, 2013
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
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4/5  rDev +9%

Dapperticus, Jan 01, 2013
Photo of welldigger888
3.98/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured an opaque black with a nice creamy head with leggy lacing in sheets down glass. Very nice almost nitro stout kinda head and lace job here. Well done indeed.

Well, with the seasonal head full type thing, here goes nothing. Nice even roast with possibly a hint of hop & coffee like creaminess. Maybe a touch of smoked malt.

Very balanced roasted grain, smokey malt, cream & coffee like flavors that have a balanced hop bitterness playing well together. again with the winter head bug thing take with a grain or two of salt. This brew is going down like a champ!

Firm and complex mouth feel here, leading into a very drinkable porter. This is good chit man. Creaminess abounds on a porter that reminds me of a nice dry stout. Meant as a complement.

I like this brew and will try more if given the chance, well done porter.

welldigger888, Dec 29, 2012
Photo of Knapp85
3.3/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This poured out as a black color with a pretty big brown head on top. The retention is decent and has a very light lacing. The smell of the beer is roasted and very chocolatey. The taste is more like a stout, very rich and full flavored. The mouthfeel is a bit on the heavy side. It's drinkable and has a nice carbonation to it. Overall this beer was pretty good but I would call it a stout instead of a porter.

Knapp85, Dec 02, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

mwar, Dec 01, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

mdillon86, Nov 25, 2012
Photo of Enoch
4/5  rDev +9%

Enoch, Aug 13, 2012
Photo of jharkins07
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

jharkins07, Feb 09, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

JohneHoodlum, Dec 09, 2011
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4/5  rDev +9%

sigtau200ws, Nov 26, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

deapokid, Nov 25, 2011
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4/5  rDev +9%

Rochefort10nh, Nov 22, 2011
Photo of bacher468
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

bacher468, Nov 19, 2011
Photo of Tone
3.48/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a black color. 1/3 inch head of a brown color. Slight retention and poor lacing. Smells of sweet malt, slight roasted malt, hint of alcohol, and slight dry hop. Fits the style of an American Porter. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of roasted malt, slight sweet malt, slight dry hop, hint of wood, hint of yeast, and a hint of grain. Overall, aroma is slightly muted, but the tastes is much more complex.

Tone, Jun 30, 2011
Photo of chocosushi
2.68/5  rDev -27%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Rewarded a sixer for working a shift for a fellow coworker
Most likely purchased at Byron's Liquor
12 oz Poured into Fuller's Pint

A ~ Dust on the bottle first off. Looked nice,
minimal head, hardly any lacing.

S ~ Smells of leather and roasted (minimal) malts.

T ~ Does not taste anywhere close to the color of the beer.
Minimal roasted flavor. Some chocolate and smoke coming through, mostly smoke. No coffee notes whatsoever, as i have
come to love in Porters.

M ~ THIN. Not very pleasant, cloying flavor that reminds me of if salt was added to alter the palate a bit. Not a fan.

Overall, a very wimpy porter with
not alot going on or shining through, period.
Would not drink again.

chocosushi, May 03, 2011
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
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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Motor oil black with slim sepia accents at the borders. They are plenty of big stouts that aren't this light-rejecting. A modest chunk of pale caramel colored foam looks decent for long enough to matter. Glass coverage is so-so at best.

The beer doesn't smell as black as it looks, but it's fine for the style. Malts include pale, black, chocolate and caramel (a pretty standard lineup). Let's hope the brewery used enough of them and in the right proportions.

Stegmaier Porter tastes like what anyone who has experience with Lion Brewery beer would expect it to taste. It's a relatively well-constructed no-bells-no-whistles ale that falls far short of amazing. Nothing wrong with that. Sometimes no highlights and no lowlights is good enough.

The flavor profile doesn't hang its hat on any particular flavor. The rundown includes bittersweet chocolate, roasted coffee beans, dark caramel and a hard water mineral vibe. Neither sweet nor bitter makes a big splash. Sorry, but that next gear is never reached, not even with warming.

Even though the body/mouthfeel could be slightly larger and the bubbles could be better integrated, it does just enough to keep pace with the rest of the attributes.

Stegmaier Porter is about as basic as an American porter gets, which doesn't make it bad beer at all. Keeping the price down is probably the best way to see that it continues to sell.

BuckeyeNation, Jan 08, 2011
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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 TheHoppiest
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle that was purchased as a single at World Market. Pours a dark brown, with a good inch of tan head that reduces to a thin lid. Good soapy retention as I swirl it.

Has a roasted, biscuity smell, with faint coffee and barley notes.

Taste is muted; some coffee malt and caramel sweet, pleasantly mild, with faint hop bitterness at the end. Smooth and easy drinking.

Mouthfeel is smooth, but slightly dry as it finishes.

Fairly drinkable, but not terribly complex. I'd like to try this on tap sometime.

TheHoppiest, Sep 25, 2010
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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle from Penn. expatriate, my label differs from illustration, poured into UCLA pint glass 9.19.2010.

1/2 finger brown head, medium-fast dissipation resulting in thin broken layer of foam on top of dark brown opaque body, multiple streams of carbonation visible when held close to light. Roasted malt, some dark chocolate and coffee in the nose, not much hops noticeable, perhaps a bit of grassiness. Taste mirrors nose with the chocolate quite prominent, with a winey/chocolaty finish. Medium full mouthfeel, pretty smooth, decent effervescence. OK drinkability. Pretty tasty but not well balanced, which I guess you should expect when dealing with contract brewers who don't have a vested interest in final product other than selling.

jdense, Sep 20, 2010
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3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Looks: bottle with a twist-off cap, which I popped off with a bottle opener -- they should really warn you about these things. Underneath the cap is a little word puzzle with pictures. Mine spells out "dance floor." The beer itself is a deep chocolate brown, super dark for a porter. Zero light penetrates the dense liquid, although faint maroon highlights can be seen at the edges. The head is tiny and dissipates quickly, but when it was there it was an interesting cherry-brown.

Smells: smoky. Lots of dark roast coffee, some cocoa nibs, cooking bread and a bit of burnt wood. Some grassy, piney hops tickle the nostrils. Behind it all, tangier notes of prunes.

Tastes: like pretzels. It took me a few minutes of pondering what the main flavor I was getting from this beer was, but there it is: pretzels. Also pancakes, walnuts, marshmallow, campfire. In the front, plum sweetness and some tangy bitter dark chocolate. After the swallow: a burst of coffee flavored with sweet cream.

Feels: sparkly carbonation is maybe just a tad high for this. The body, too, is a little thin, medium-light and runny. It does gain a little creaminess as it warms, but I crave more.

Drinks: like exceeded expectations. I wasn't expecting so complex and interesting a porter. A nice, drinkable little surprise.

Phelps, Aug 26, 2010
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4.53/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured beer from a 12oz bottle into a tall 10oz beer glass. Pours a VERY dark brown, almost black. A creamy, small head disappears quickly.
Smells of dark coffee, malt.

This has to be one of the best beers I've ever tried! A very good example of a porter.
First taste is of cocoa, dark malt, coffee and licorice.

I generally prefer dark beers to ales/lagers so I am partial to this type of beer. Regardless, if you prefer porters, stouts or dunkels, you MUST give this porter a try.

Maybe a little too dark for downing more than a couple on a hot day or at one sitting, but a truly enjoyable porter to drink with a meal or when you are in a mood for one or two darker beers.

WaffenSS, Aug 25, 2010
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3.18/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a nonic.

Pours a very, very dark brown, near black color. Has a quick to fade away tan head. Head is down to a light lace ring around the edges, and a tiny lace scattered about head. Almost no lace to speak of. Slightly less then average looking brew.

Brew smells of sweet chocolate and caramel malts, toffee. Maybe a hint of alcohol in the nose as well. Smells almost espresso like. Slightly above average smelling brew.

Brew is slightly smooth, a little carbonated. The brew has a very underwhelming flavor; slight chocolate, roasted flavor. Has a nutty flavor as well. This is a very watery, unflavored brew. It is certainly not a robust or flavorful brew. Almost like it is flat. Slightly below average taste for the style.

This brew was a severe disappointment; not flavorful, not good to look at. It goes down easy - but who cares. Luckily I just picked up one of these in a mixed six pack. Maybe I got a bad bottle, based on the reviews I thought it would be better. Has decent drinkability.

magine, Jul 15, 2010
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4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz from Grocery Outlet, Salem Oregon. $4.29 a six pack. Very good looking beer, darkest of browns almsot black with a thick ,creamy light brown head that sticks. Good toasty porter malt aromas, some aroma of chocolate and faint cereal. good again.taste is creamy semi bitter chocolate, some raisins and cocoa nibs, Ok on the palate not too thin. Actually not a bad traditional style porter. A surprise from this contract brewer.

Reidrover, Jun 18, 2010
Stegmaier Porter from Lion Brewery, Inc.
83 out of 100 based on 140 ratings.