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Saint Bridget's Porter - Great Divide Brewing Company

Saint Bridget's PorterSaint Bridget's Porter

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very good

563 Ratings

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Ratings: 563
Reviews: 498
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 11.47%

Brewed by:
Great Divide Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  5.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-12-2002)
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Photo of Brenden


3.84/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

It looks right for a porter, though it's got some lightness to the body and doesn't appear to have quite so much texture as the typical American-style, more robust porter. The tan head is retained fairly well after reaching one finger's height, though it gets a little wispy, and it manages a goodly amount of sticky lacing in patches.
Some chocolate is firm on the nose, on the sweeter side of bittersweet with some creaminess. There's an interesting near-tartness hiding. Roast is there, though not as prominent as it is in many of the style, and there's something like nuttiness underneath.
The taste is a little sweeter, a little creamier, and a little richer, all while allowing the roast to carry it without any acrid edge. There's a bit of coffee, and some earthiness comes into the finish even as a touch of balancing hops come out.
Despite the question in the look, this is a nice, full, rich porter with a full body and a smooth flow.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2013 13:29:08 | More by Brenden
Photo of Pegasus


4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Deep, almost opaque brown color with a massive, dense, and persistent light brown head. The head notably roils, even with a gentle pour. Patchy, sticky lacing adorns the glass walls.

Aroma: Coffee, chocolate, and roasted malt are prominent in the aroma.

Taste: Strong coffee and bitter chocolate flavors fuse with smoky undertones for a very smooth, rich taste. The hops are quite subtle and understated.

Mouth feel: Smooth, soft, almost creamy, very pleasant.

Drinkability/notes: Well-made and very drinkable.

Presentation: Packaged in a standard twelve-ounce brown long-neck glass bottle, served in a Sam Adams Boston Lager sensory glass.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2013 09:54:13 | More by Pegasus
Photo of LiquidAmber


3.4/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Review from 5/2010 notes. Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Dark red brown, one finger tan head. Faint aroma of caramel and roasted malt. Slightly bitter, light smoky malt and very distinct hay. I don't taste coffee or chocolate notes that are typical for an American porter. Thin bodied. A satisfactory kind of funky porter, but I won't need to visit again.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2012 20:35:49 | More by LiquidAmber
Photo of sulldaddy


3.73/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sampling a cellar temp bottle poured into snifter. The bottle is 2-3 years old and cellared the entire time. Kind of a mistake cellaring, but lets see what happened.

Beer pours rich brown color with creamy tan head of 3 cm foaming up and fading very gradually to a sturdy surface layer. Tight lattice as it recedes to the surface.
Aroma is some soft chocolate malt and caramel, with a bit of brown sugar mixed in the background. I dont get any hop qualities to speak on the nose and the booze isnt present either.

First sip reveals a flavor profile similar to the nose advertises. I get some roasted malt and milk chocolate with a bit of brown sugar sweetness on each swallow. Finish is roasted malt that lingers a bit and is fairly appealing after each mouthful.

The beer is easy to drink and very smooth textured. Gentle rolling carbonation aids the drinkability even more helping this beer to go down the gullet very easily and enjoyably. A nice american porter, I admit to being a bit thrown off by the words robust porter on the label, as it is not a big beer, but I still am enjoying this one and would pick up more of it if shopping for an easy drinking malty brew.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2012 03:21:42 | More by sulldaddy
Photo of taigor

New York

4.43/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into DFH pint glass.

A - Poured dark brown, almost black non-transparent color with medium tan head that quickly dissipated leaving significant amount of lacing around the glass.

S - Plenty of roasted malts, coffee and dark chocolate.

T - Starts off with slight sweet roasted maltness and gradually transforms into bitter coffee and dark chocolate finish.

M - Medium bodied with average carbonation.

O - Very good easy going robust porter from Great Divide. I would highly recommend it.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2011 19:39:05 | More by taigor
Photo of cagocubs


3.48/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle, aged 1+ years

Look: Initial pour looks tobacco brown, but as the glass fills it become a much darker brown. Nice 1.5 finger bubbly ivory head and lots of active carbonation. Head slightly laces.

Smell: Roasted Malts, barley, chocolate, coffee, and some caramel sweetness.

Taste: A taste I was not expecting. You can initially taste the hops, coffee/choco complex, aftertaste is extremely smokey, very surprising. It is not an offensive taste, quite unique.

Mouthfeel: A little too light bodied for a porter. Lots of carbonation make this unlike other porters.

Overall: A unique porter. It doesn't pack a powerful punch, but leaves you with unique characteristics. Not the best example of this style, but definitely wouldn't mind having another.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2011 03:36:01 | More by cagocubs
Photo of BBP

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours like a porter ought to. When poured, it's near black with good head retention (albeit a thin head) and good carbonation. Laces nicely as well.

S- Molasses, dark malt, coffee, and it's share of chocolate.

T- Tons of roastiness. While sweet in the beginning, I found the aftertaste was superb. This is another brew that has a taste that really lasts. It's actually a little sad that the initial sip isn't the most appealing. This beer is best when it lingers.

M- Creamy, and actually quite full for it's ABV. It's a bit overcarbonated to achieve this, but just slightly. It has a near bone dry finish, and it's slightly sticky.

D- It's a very drinkable porter, and it at the same time approaches the largeness of some higher ABV beers. There's a bit of heat, but not in the taste. It feels a bit bigger than it is.

I think GD did a great job with this porter, but I wouldn't call it one of their trophy beers. Nonetheless, very solid.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2011 22:27:29 | More by BBP
Photo of ngeunit1


4.22/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a fairly dark brown-black color wit ha finger of frothy tan head atop. The head fades slowly down to a thick ring leaving behind some nice lacing.

S - Aroma is a mix of roasted caramel and coffee and some sweet chocolate. There is even some noticeable hops in the background.

T - Starts off with lots of roasted coffee and caramel flavor with a bit of hop in the background. Bit of wood as well. Through the middle, some chocolate flavor and stronger roasted flavors come through. The finish is a mix of coffee and dark chocolate that lingers for a while.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Overall smooth and even a bit creamy. The roasted flavors really fill the mouth nicely and the coffee flavor that lingers is very pleasant.

D - Very drinkable. The coffee and chocolate flavors mix together very nicely. The hop addition is also mixes in really well.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2011 01:26:57 | More by ngeunit1
Photo of WoodBrew


3.73/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The appearance of this beer is a cloudy dark brown with creamy head. The smell is a little weak for my preference, there were hints of roast and mild coffee and malt. The taste was very smooth....nice malt, coffee, and a subtle hint of chocolate was present. The mouthfeel was decent and very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2011 12:47:51 | More by WoodBrew
Photo of mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.05/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

had the chance to try this gem on tap last week and i was really impressed with how much cleaner and richer it tastes on draft.

The pour was just about as good as you can get for the style. A rich dark brown that just about obscured all light from the glass. A nice three inch head of off white foam that came up the side of the glass and hung around for a good bit before finally settling down into the glass and leaving behind tons of side glass lace.

The smell was loaded with chocolate. Rich notes of sweet chocolate that were blended in with a touch of burnt coffee grinds and some nice dark fruits, grapes, maybe some plums balanced throughout the profile. Really nice profile here, with the dark yeast strain that really showed off some nice fruit and cocoa notes, especially as it warms. The flavor was more of the same, rich, with a health does of chocolate and dark fruits, swirling around together. Almost like some kind of quad like yeast strain in here. Very full and very enjoyable. The feel was full bodied with a rich carbonation profile that just added to the enjoyment. An easy drinker coming in around 5% I had no issues in enjoying the entire bottle over the course of the evening.

Serving type: on-tap

05-07-2011 02:54:53 | More by mikesgroove
Photo of n2185

North Carolina

2.98/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A: Pours black with two fingers of creamy beige head. Head retention is good with some decent lacing.

S: Some roasted malts up front followed by sweet chocolate and creamy coffee. There's a dry cocoa powder aroma as well. The nose is kind of weak on this beer--I had to really swirl and stick my nose in the glass to pick up anything and even then it was fairly faint.

T: Bitter roasted malts up front followed by creamy chocolate. The finish is very clean, leaving only a trace of the roasted malts. Not bad, but a bit bland.

M: Medium-light body with medium carbonation, this beer is creamy while in the mouth, but goes down surprisingly watery.

D: Goes down fairly smoothly with the light body and lack of bold flavors. Not a bad beer, but it seems like a watered down version of a stronger porter with the nose, taste, and mouthfeel all kind of weak. Not bad, just weak.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2011 20:36:37 | More by n2185
Photo of StJamesGate

New York

4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours partly translucent ruby brown with a smooth beige head that trails. Pure hot cocoa nose. Cocoa nibs up front, a raspberry acidic bite, roasty sourness, and mint and ginger snap hops. Lean finish, cocoa powder linger. Medium, smooth, round and chewy.

Nice and easy chocolatey porter. The label is misleading on two counts: it's not Dry Irish as the name might imply and it's not particularly robust.

Not quite Ed Fitz, but solid.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2011 18:39:21 | More by StJamesGate
Photo of JackieTH


4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on date: 9/2009

Appearance: Dark brown, clear with a finger of tan head.

Smell: Roasted malts, mild chocolates, along with a pleasant coffee house aroma.

Taste: Pleasantly smooth roasted malt and coffee mingles with mildly bitter chocolates. Smooth with just a nice bit of bitterness to get the taste buds working.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and creamy.

Drinkability: Flavorful and easy to drink, it's a fairly mild, straighforward porter.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2011 18:54:08 | More by JackieTH
Photo of BeerLover99


3.83/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- dark brown/black body, with one finger tan head, patchy lacing

S- roasted nuts, hint of chocolate, coffee.

T- big coffee, mild sweet up front, with bitter dark chocolate finish

M- med/heavy body, smooth going down, low carbonation.

D- Solid offering by Great Divide, had better porters, but this is still good. Could have more than a few in one sitting.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2011 15:59:28 | More by BeerLover99
Photo of Duff27


3.43/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled on: OCT 05 2009

A- One fingered light mocha head atop a dark brown/black porter. It looked like a common cola when I was pouring it, not as opaque as I'm used to porters being. Left some nice lacing and decent head retention all the way through.

S- Chocolate/coffee, albeit very faint.

T- Coffee. Bitter chocolate malt notes come on in the end.

M- Smooth, creamy. Leaves the mouth watering.

D/O- I found this little number to be very drinkable...light enough on the ABV front but with enough flavor to enjoy more than one. Not the best porter you're going to find but definitely not a bad offering from Great Divide.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2010 03:05:58 | More by Duff27
Photo of Dieffenbach


3.45/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Picked up this mysterious delight along with b33rfaaan at one of our local bottle shops. Surprised when I got home to find out it was bottled in March of 2009; disappointed I hadn't noticed this first.

A: Small head that disappears rather quickly. Initial thought was this reminds me of Coca Cola. Minimal lacing, deep reddish brown, but still clear.

S: Molasses and toffee. No detectable hops - a byproduct of its age? MOderate alcohol aroma.

T: AVerage duration, moderate sweetness. No hops, but it seems to have aged rather well.

M: Medium body, slightly metallic finish, soft carbonation with this texture.

D: Despite the 'low' marks, I did find this brew to be rather enjoyable. It was mellow and when I offered the fizzy-yellow beer loving wife a taste, she asked for a follow up taste later on. Maybe that says enough.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2010 00:43:43 | More by Dieffenbach
Photo of IronCitySteve


3.93/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark brown color with some slight amber hues on the edges. Provides a small off-white head with some patchy lacing.

S: As it warmed, more flavors of coffee, chocolate and dark barley malts came through.

T: A very sweet porter, with ample amounts roasted dark coffee and dark chocolate upfront, with a minimal amount of floral hop undertones.

M: It was pretty slick but felt just a tad watery.

D: Drinks like a dessert beer as it is very sweet. Still a very good Porter!

Serving type: on-tap

11-07-2010 21:06:36 | More by IronCitySteve
Photo of Marcrates


4.47/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer is very drinkable, and quite tasty.

A - Dark coffee with brownish creamy head

S - Not too overwhelming...smell coffee

T - Very pleasing.. a good balance of malt..some coffee and chocolate tast

M - Not too heavy, buy rich feeling..

D - Very drinkable!

Great beer..wish they still made it!

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2010 23:02:34 | More by Marcrates
Photo of b33rfaaan


3.65/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

An Average poor into a pilsner glass revealed a brown/ 1 fourth of an inch head.

Dark Brown with light brown highlights and a bit of red tones. Looks like a Porter should, minus the small head, which may be due to the age of the bottle (bottled on Mar of 2009).

Smells of semi sweet chocolate and coffe, with some toffee-malt like undertones.

The taste is interesting. The hops have faded over time, but the beer I would guess has gotten smoother over the past almost two years since it's been bottled. The taste follows the nose, it's smooth coffee like flavors and goes down really nicely, but feels undercarbonated (because of the aging I guess). But the smoothness is very nice, almost no bitterness at all.

Probably really good when it was fresh, but interesting enough as an aged beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2010 00:43:05 | More by b33rfaaan
Photo of BamaViper1


3.43/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a mug from a 22 oz. bottle, dated 12/15/09.

This beer may be a bit past its prime. I am aware.

This beer pours a chocolate brown forming an off-white head about 1/4 inch wide. This head leaves little whisps of lacing down the sides of the glass.

The first thing I could smell was almost the smell of burning bread mixed with puréed green vegetables. A second whiff gave rise to coffee mixed with a chocolaty malt backbone. My third try was almost all chocolate. Overall, not bad.

Bitter would describe my first taste of the beer. A little unexpected considering the malt and chocolate smell. However, the coffee notes do follow, dominated by a bitter dark chocolate. Notes of roasted malt do appear as well, but the finish is all bitter chocolate.

For a lower ABV beer, this porter has a substantial medium-full body with a lower carbonation presence. The finish is substantial as well; it's a little thick but not unpleasant.

As far as drinkability goes, I feel that I could easily drink a few of these in a single sitting. I don't know if I would pick this up again though, as I feel there are better options both in the porter department as well as from Great Divide. Considering that this beer is now retired, I guess that won't be a problem.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2010 05:29:32 | More by BamaViper1
Photo of Nomad1219

North Carolina

4.6/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was a typical porter in looks and smell, dark collored with ruby highlights, and a cappuccino colored head. Grass, chocolate, coffee scents noticable but not overbearing. The taste was excellent! I am not sure what the key to this was, it seemed to cover the tongue with a roasted coffee and mocha flavor that was coupled with a bitterness and bite. It was at once strong but not overpowering. This was a very balanced offering with enough hops to bite but enough sweet and bitter chocolate to balance each other nicely. It is very disappointing that this is not longer made.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2010 18:09:55 | More by Nomad1219
Photo of kwjd

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an opaque dark brown with thin tan head and some lacing down the glass. Smells of deep roasted malt with some mild chocolate. Flavour has a hint of bitterness with lots of sweetness. Quite a smooth mouthfeel. Very nice porter. Too bad it isn't brewed anymore because I would like to have this again.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2010 03:14:18 | More by kwjd
Photo of MbpBugeye


3.43/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This must have JUST become retired. Some is still on shelves and my bottle says it was bottled on March 15th 2010.

A- Pretty typical porter. Not too thick with a red color shining through creating highlights. Medium head with a little bit of lacing.

S- Roasted barley that smells like light coffee and chocolate. Some grassy hops bring things down to earth.

T- Moderate coffee, chocolate and grassy hops.

M- A little bit thin and carbonated for me.

This is a pretty decent porter, just not memorable.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2010 02:16:42 | More by MbpBugeye
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4.5/5  rDev +20%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ow wow! They don't make this anymore? Werid... Guess I am kind of glad I found a 5-7 month old case of Great divide

Bottled April 13th 2010

A - Pours a nice deep darkness with a mild brown hue in the base of my Newcastle Pub glass. The carbonation is astounding in this one raging tons of bubbles in the glass, bubbles in the empty bottle and a nice inch head. Sort of tan head at that.

S - Smells of a pretty robust porter. Mostly bittersweet chocolates and a nice quantity of coffee. Dark Barley plays it's role pretty well.

T - Mmm pretty decent. Starts off with mostly bitter coffee also borderline smokey and ashy then moves into a sweet base of dark chocolates and finishes bitter yet balanced due to the barley. Very good.

M - Medium bodied and base seems stronger than almost 6 percent.

D - Kind of hard for drinkability due to it no longer being made. I do have 3 more bottles left and will enjoy them but I guess I can't ever expect to find a sixer of this again, unless it's a year old or more. Still for a beer that's over 5 months old it drinks great! Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2010 23:51:53 | More by DrDemento456
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4.35/5  rDev +16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

bottled 3/29/2010

pours dark brown with ruby highlights and a 1+ finger tan head that left no lacing

smells of roasted malt chocolate hops and a tiny bit of coffee

just like the nose - the beer reminds me of a lighter version of yeti/storm king

mouthfeel is great - light with good carbonation smooth and creamy

drinkability - this porter is one you could drink one after another - the light mouthfeel the low abv(for craft poters with this flavor) is a good combo - too bad the retired the beer?

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2010 01:47:39 | More by jsh420
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Saint Bridget's Porter from Great Divide Brewing Company
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