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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: 4
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 jdense
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
Photo of Phelps
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
Photo of WaffenSS
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
Photo of magine
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
Photo of Reidrover
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
Photo of Elimination
3.25/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I got this at a grocery outlet (seems like a similar expierience to the post below) discount beer...hmmm

apeearence is root beer colored with barely any carbonation

smell slight rum, a whisk of old coffee, chocolate, smells like it is barrell aged

taste is as if coca cola made a coffee flavored soda and then let it sit out in the sun for a few years... but at the same time, the aftertaste sparkles with chocolaty malt with mocha undertones that makes it decent

mouth feel is barely an enjoyment, a few bubbles, just kind of goes down

drink is good, this would be something my bmc loving friends might actually drink because it comes between the few characteristics of being a good beer/'dark beer' and what they normally drink

its ok at 4ish bucks a 6 pack but wouldnt buy it for anything more

Elimination, Jun 17, 2010
Photo of cjhofelt
1.58/5  rDev -56.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

Got this really cheap at the grocery Warehouse. I thought it odd to be so discounted so I figured I'd give it a try.

I poured it into the glass and it's a lovely beer. Black with hints of red and magenta. Lovely thick head was a nice cafe au'lait color.

Smelled a bit malty, actually, very strongly of malt and nothing else.

The taste was surprisingly awful. This is the most unbalanced beer I've ever had. I prefer malty beer, but this was nothing BUT malt. There was no hint of hop bitterness to balance the malt sweetness. The grain flavor was so overwhelming that it reminded me of soy sauce. I could barely finish the glass, and I certainly won't be finishing the six-pack.

I tried cooking with it, but the soy sauce flavor overwhelmed everything.

Perhaps this was a rejected batch? Perhaps it was old? It didn't taste oxidized, so I doubt that's the issue. I'm surprised that it has any review above average here.

It'll be a long time before I give this one a second chance.

cjhofelt, Jun 06, 2010
Photo of tiltedglass
4.7/5  rDev +28.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Not only a great buy, but a true tasting porter, without the stout smoothness. This one has a nice bite, a complicated taste, and a slightly fermented (as in sour) aftertaste. I love this stuff, my favorite American porter. You need to drink it once without knowing it's actually affordable, so that you give it a fair chance. Nice!

tiltedglass, Jun 04, 2010
Photo of mvanaskie13
4.33/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Lucky to find thus one on draft, at Kung Fu Necktie...

Nice pour in pint glass, solid black with tan head that dissipates quickly, still impressive

smell is nice roasted coffee chocalatey malt. Great.

Taste is roasted coffee malts and hint of caramel and chocolate.

Mouthfeel is nice flavors linger with the mild carbonation on the sides if the tongue.

Extremely drinkable, lve this one from Steg.

mvanaskie13, Apr 16, 2010
Photo of bump8628
3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown to near black with an inch or so of tan head.

Roasted malts contribute cocoa and musty coffee notes backed by enough caramel malt to soften up the edges. Hop bitterness is about even giving only a hint of earthy hop flavor.

A pretty standard, but solid, porter. It has nice flavors and it's easy to drink.

bump8628, Apr 02, 2010
Photo of SanDiegoBeerLove
3.7/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Dark Brown with light brown highlights, alla cup of Coffee. Head is thin, light Tan, and fades quickly.

S - Smell of Coffee, Chocolate, Bourbon, and Brown Sugar.

T - Tastes of Coffee, Chocolate, and Vanilla.

M - Good mouthfeel with low/average carbonation but a little Chalky and Tannic.

D - This is a good drinkable Porter.

SanDiegoBeerLove, Mar 26, 2010
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 yuenglings
3.3/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Has a mostly black color with a brownish hue good head at first that diminishes rather quickly but still is able to leave good laceing.
Ounce brought to the nose you can smell a strong burnt nutty choco maltyness upfront with the slightest bit of hops at the end.
The taste is not as good as the smell theres a strong metalic taste that over powers most of the good choco coffe nut taste.
Good smooth and creamy with a good balance but you could almost feel the metalic flovor on your toung.
I prolly would not buy another case of this nut one or two at a bar that has nothing better sure why not. If the could get rid of that metalic tast and feel they would have a really great porter.

yuenglings, Jan 17, 2010
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 fightingwords
3.05/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A-- chestnut colored body, with a slighty dirty colored tan weak head. Very little lacing.

S--more of a sweet caramel nose with hints of toasted malts. Not as much coffee or chocolate as other porters...I had gathered this from the lighter colored head.

T--light earthy flavors, malty with just a bit of bitterness. Pretty average. I got a sort of metallic after taste that hung around.

M--very light bodied, could be weak or underwhelming to those that like their porters 'sultry' but I found it only slighty lighter than preferable.

D--plenty drinkable, some people will love this as a sessionable beer.

I didn't like this beer very much. It's fairly priced, if not cheap by some standards, and it tries to be traditional, but it just doest hang.

fightingwords, Nov 18, 2009
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 kegger22
3.28/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a dark brown with a modest head that quickly dissipated to a collar. The aroma was roasted malt. The taste was rather bland, so I gave it a few minutes to warm up. Didn't help, just a sour/bitter taste coming through. The feel was medium bodied with adequate carbonation. Drinkability was OK, but limp flavor just didn't invite more. I only paid $1.09 for a single bottle so not bad at all when compare to price. You really do get what you paid for though.

kegger22, Nov 13, 2009
Photo of Jayli
3.73/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

consumed 10/6/09
I received this one from TheManiacalOne so a big THANK YOU goes out to him!

This beer pours a deep opaque chocolate brown with a one finger of light brown head. Head recedes quickly to a thin film and leaves spotty lacing on the glass. Nose of caramel and toffee malts, some brown sugar and milk chocolate. Taste is caramel and toffee malts up front, roasted malts and coffee fill out the middle, with chocolate and brown sugar in the finish leaving a rather sweet aftertaste to the beer. Lighter side of medium body, low carbonation, somewhat thin at first with a thicker creamy feel in the middle and a dry finish. Not a bad beer to stick with for a bit.

Jayli, Oct 07, 2009
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 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 BatsforBeer
1.83/5  rDev -50.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

A: Dark black with a little red, reminiscent of cola, very little tan head dissipates quickly, very carbonated; looks like soda.

S: Metallic, ozone, with some notes of caramel and chocolate.

T: Slightly toasty with a hint of chocolate way late, under a very off metallic taste.

M: Medium Heavy bodied, medium carbonation turns creamy.

D: Not drinkable at all, I don't even want to finish this glass.

I grabbed this out of a buddies fridge so I do not know what this particular beer went through. I looked for a date on the bottle but found none.

BatsforBeer, Sep 12, 2009
Photo of mikedashg
3.43/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A-pours black from a 12oz into my sniffer. Very small tan head

S-roasted malts, coffee, expresso beans, chcolate,

T-pretty much same as the nose. Mild bitterness.

M-A little light in the mouth, moderate body.

D-not a bad one here. Nice and drinkable. Nothing too outstanding. Like the history on the bottle since the late 1800's the brewery was founded. Then the line/name was taken over by lion in the 70's

mikedashg, Aug 25, 2009
Photo of GordonQuid
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

Black with an off-white half inch tan head with ample lacing.

Smells of coffee, chocolate malt and noble hops. Toffee-caramel and espresso.

Taste is fresh and medium bodied blend of dark patent and roasted malts. A good noble hop bite and a nice clean and dry finish. This reminds me of a Sheaf stout but milder as a porter.

This is a good porter for the money $5.99 a six in the Toledo, OH area.

Very drinkable and good.

GordonQuid, Aug 17, 2009
Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Acquired via trade from lionking so a big "Thank You" goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark brown color, with a short light brown head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of dark roasted malts, coffee, milk chocolate and a faint touch of hops.

T: The taste is malty and smoky up front with flavors of black coffee and milk chocolate. There's a little bit of dark fruit in the back ground and there's a mild but complementary hops presence that brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, this is a nice solid porter that is worth drinking for a long time.

TheManiacalOne, Jun 25, 2009
Photo of wac9
3.28/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

hey another beer from pa .first its the over powering smell of coffe which usaully means a bad thing but not here. this is a poor man beer , it cheap and it taste leave you not wanting more there is something missing in this beer , skip it if you have money

wac9, Jun 13, 2009
Stegmaier Porter from Lion Brewery, Inc.
83 out of 100 based on 144 ratings.