Saint Bridget's Porter - Great Divide Brewing Company
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Reviews by RuinationPress:
4.35/5 rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
The Great Divide Brewing Company hails all the way from my home state of Colorado and my home town of Denver. Started in 1994 founder " Brian Dunn recognized Denver's potential to be a great beer city,. Combining his business background with his passion for beer, which was developed through his international travels and his experience as a homebrewer, he decided to start a brewery. He set up shop in an abandoned dairy-processing plant at the edge of downtown Denver and began brewing the beers that would eventually carry Great Divide Brewing Company to its status as one of America's most decorated microbreweries and would help transform Denver into an international destination for beer lovers. Brian Dunn's goal was to create adventurous beers that reflect the Colorado lifestyle. He wanted to capture Denver's urban energy and Colorado's awe-inspiring mountains. From great session beers like DPA to massively hoppy, big beers like Hercules, Great Divide has become synonymous with progressive, balanced, assertive hand-crafted ales. 'The excellence of our beer is the result of our unwavering commitment to both experimentation and quality. A beer like Old Ruffian would never be imagined without the former, nor would it be drinkable without the latter. We are also firmly dedicated to our community, whose support has been essential to our success, and the environment, which we depend upon for ingredients and which we have a duty to protect. In short, we'd like to think of Great Divide as an example of everything that makes Denver, and Colorado, so great.'"
Appearance is fairly typical for a porter: dark brown, cloudy and hard to see through. Hold this one up to the light, and it lets the suns rays whine through ever so gently accents what is an almost golden brown in color. Poured slowly into a pint glass, the bubbles came trickling to the top as I straightened out the glass. A decent amount of foam produced by the pesky little bubbles.
Place this one near your nose and you're in for a treat. A deep, rich smokiness comes out. Caramel and rye malt seem to be prominent as well, highlights of chocolate and spice. A hint of hops on the nose of this one as well.
Goes down very smooth with the chocolate and spice hitting me first. The chocolate is a little sweet, giving the taste some bitterness I didn't expect to get. Could have been the hops, but tastes more like a bittersweet chocolate. Another sip brings out the spice, subtle but it was there. Like liquid pleasure, just makes you feel good while going down, anxious for another sip.
Mouthfeel is very nice. The bubbles are perfect and leave a smooth, crisp feeling in your mouth.
Overall this is a very solid porter. I thoroughly enjoyed this one and even went out to buy more of it at the local store. Porters can be tricky in my opinion and can come out week. Not so in this case. A great beer from Great Divide and weighing in at around 5.9% ABV, this is a good session porter. This paired very well with plate of mozzarella, sourdough bread and salami I was snacking on.
Serving type: bottle
11-24-2009 14:43:18 | More by RuinationPress
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3.56/5 rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
a pretty good porter here, very much in the english style. i found it to be a bit sweet and a bit under carbonated for my tastes, but otherwise its quite good. medium brown, crystal clear, with a ruby red glow in the light. not much head on it. the nose and taste both are chocolate malty and sweet, amber beer sweetness, an odd sensation in a porter, which i usually look at as being dryer and more clean. it has a slightly watered down texture too, which surprises me in this dark colored brew with so much residual sugar. its a little generic overall, a beer i have tasted a thousand times, nothing super distinct about it at all. that said, the flavors work well together and its a rather true to style porter. more carbonation would make it outstanding, but it drinks a little heavy without it. one and done for me.
Serving type: on-tap
04-23-2014 15:35:24 | More by StonedTrippin
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
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
Saint Bridget's Porter from Great Divide Brewing Company
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