Saint Bridget's Porter - Great Divide Brewing Company
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Reviews by cthulu81:
4.28/5 rDev +14.1%
Great Divide beers are usually a real treat to write about, and this robust , sexy porter fits the bill perfectly. So here we go. It pours a nice ruddy, dark harvest amber that comes to a summit with a frothy, fluffy beige head. It lies contented on the surface and clings lazily to the sides. In the aroma are underpinning deeper roast notes, enhanced by an odd but pleasant herbal character. I am almost getting hints of thyme. Savory and delicious. A sumptuous warm brownie smell comes around as the beer warms. OK, sweet and savory. The depth of the nose leads me to believe there is some flavor in store here. Let's find out. Immediately dark roast steps up to bat, but without bringing raw, harsh acidity along with it. The malt reminds me of a dark piece of bread toasted until just the corners have started to burn and smeared with a small amount of dark fruit preserves. Yes, chewy. In summation, this is a solid rendition of a style that can be as bland as a limp brown ale or as super-charged as beast born of blackened malt and bred without care for moderation. It is complex enough to entice but is equipped with training wheels should the driver feel uncomfortable with the genre. Well crafted and pleasurable to drink. Thank you Bridget, it is nice to make your acquaintance.
02-10-2010 17:05:11 | More by cthulu81
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3.83/5 rDev +2.1%
Pours a deep brown not quite black with some reddish/orange tints thru out with a short lasting head that leaves no lace.Not a real rich aroma for a Baltic Porter some milk chocolate and some nuttiness ok for a "plain" porter but Baltic not so sure.Taste is nice and well rounded some unsweetened chocolate and dark roast coffee a touch of earth and healthy dose of bittering that really comes thru late.A decent porter but is this really a Baltic Porter I highly doubt it.
08-20-2004 01:10:12 | More by oberon
4.15/5 rDev +10.7%
Appearance This has a pretty but dull brown body with a nice, moderate dark white head that showed good retention and left lacing throughout the drink.
Smell Wow, this has some very dark and bitter roasted notes. Theres a leafy hoppiness here along with some very modest sweets that come out more as the beer warms.
Taste The flavors follow the smell for the most part but really blossom as the beer comes to room temperature from the cellar. This is heavily-roasted but not burnt, probably more so than any other Porter that Ive had to date. The sugars are actually kind of intense but because of the strong malt character play a fairly modest role in the overall flavor profile. The hops dont even taste like hops at all but just serve to give the beer a slightly leafy flavor.
Mouthfeel This is shy of medium-bodied with some really good bitterness. Its not like a Brutal Bitter, though. The bitterness really shows a lot of depth and is present throughout the drinking experience.
Drinkability This is a perfect session Porter for the Porter lover. Its not heavy, low in alcohol, and balanced.
Comments Great Divide has become one of my favorite breweries and is a very reliable new beer pick, which is why I chose this as my 1,600th review.
06-18-2006 10:05:44 | More by RoyalT
4.97/5 rDev +32.5%
This black porter has a thin tan head with sticky, stratified lacing. It smells of marshmallow, coacoa, spicy hops, cherry, and alcohol.
Roasted malt and hop bitterness remain distinct but come together wonderfully as creamy caramel, coffee, and chocolate tastes all emerge in layers before blending together with a hint of cinamon in the finish.
This is mid-bodied with a creamy, fluffy mouthfeel. Wow.
05-07-2006 17:32:17 | More by JudgeRoughneck
3.98/5 rDev +6.1%
A decent porter, yes, but robust...eh, not so much. Not that it's bad, but when a bottle promises a robust brew, expectations are set a little high. The smell offers a little promise of a full body, with hints of coffee grounds and licorice. The taste fulfills this promise to a lesser extent, pushing the licorice tones to the forefront, with a taste not unlike coffee sludge in the background. A full mouthfeel could carry this well, but it seems to beg for a creamier body (that's what she said) and has a light watery texture instead. Easy drinkability for porter lovers, but may not win over new fans.
02-12-2009 02:14:17 | More by StoutHearted
3.9/5 rDev +4%
This beers pours a nice deep deep reddish-brown color with a decent tan head that resolves to a thin layer of bubbles. It has a nice bready, malty, chocolatey aroma. The flavor is full of malty goodness with caramel and chocolate most prevalent. The aftertaste lingers with a pleasant sweetness. I'll definitely get this beer again.
09-30-2008 02:32:22 | More by explosivebeer
3.6/5 rDev -4%
First off, the label with the sexy redhead gets a five.
Pours a standard dark mahogany color. Smells of chocolate and coffee-nothing special, but nice. There is a bit of off flavoring at first, but it's not bad. A bit of coffee, a bit of chocolate. Typical porter.
Not a bad porter here. Certainly it's a cut above the other Great Divide brews in 12-oz bottles. I'd drink again.
12-02-2004 05:07:02 | More by skybluewater
4.13/5 rDev +10.1%
Saint Bridget's Porter pours from the 12oz bottle a dark brown/black with deep red highlights and a half inch of bone white head on top of the brew. Aromas of roasted coffee arrive first with a wonderful milk chocolate background. Dark and a bit burnt as well. Some hops sneak in there as well. A really nice aroma.
First sip brings dark roasty, toasty malts upfront with a nice mix of burnt coffee and cocoa powder running throughout. A bit creamy with a touch of caramel and hops on the finish. Overall, this is a straight up tasty porter with a nice mix of flavors.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied and quite smooth with sturdy carbonation. Has a nice body to it. I find this to be a very drinkable porter with a nice flavor profile. I could easily sit down to a few of these. Yet another quality brew from the folks over at Great Divide. Thanks to my bro for bringing this back directly from Colorado.
03-30-2006 03:08:14 | More by orbitalr0x
4.1/5 rDev +9.3%
Standard caramel brown porter color. Nice fluffy mocha head, though.
A good mix of sweetness and roasty in the nose. Possibly some nuttiness as well.
Mmm, very rich and smooth taste & mouthfeel. Velvety smooth mouthfeel, actually. This is probably my favorite part of this beer. A lot of caramel flavor and not much detectable in the way of hops or bitterness.
Another solid offering from Great Divide.
02-15-2006 22:43:34 | More by chOAKbarrell
3.6/5 rDev -4%
Pours an opaque blood red basically blackish. Though the blood red tint is unmistakeable. Finger head, subtle lacing.
Nice roasted malt, yummy alcohol smell. Strong cocoa. There is something sweet at the end, but I cant place it.
Dry, biscuit (chalky?), roast, simple yet solid body. No hop presence or bouquet
Site well. ABV of ~6% is quite nice. Malty finish is yummy.
Overall a nice beer. Not the best, but one I wouldnt mind having. I guess Im left with a bit to be desired but only because I love GD brew company, I guess theve set my bar to high ;)
06-15-2008 21:20:09 | More by JasonA
3.25/5 rDev -13.3%
12 oz bottle. Pours a light brown with a thin off white head that recedes to a thin film and leaves some lacing.
The aroma is sweet and roasted chocolate malts with some vegetal notes.
The flavor is sweet lactic chocolate with a roasted coffee finish with decent bitterness. The mouthfeel is medium to thin and watery.
Overall, a decent but pretty unremarkable porter. It is one of GD's better "regular" beers.
01-14-2008 03:39:56 | More by Beaver13
3.88/5 rDev +3.5%
Poured dark brown with nice ruby highlights with little to no tan head. No real lacing. Aroma is roasted malts and chocolate. Taste is bittersweet chocolate, coffee, and mild nuts. Roastiness is mild in aftertaste. Mouthfeel is watery. Very drinkable porter.
04-04-2007 20:49:16 | More by Duster72
4.08/5 rDev +8.8%
Presentation: 12 oz brown with the "month and week bottled" notch on the side for freshness.
Appearance: Deep dark brown, nearly black with a whispy tan lace on top.
Smell: Hints of coffee and carob with a touch of overcaramelized sugar.
Taste: Rich and smooth with a full bodied malty palate. Lots of robust coffee and unsweetness chocolate flavours that help balance the roasted bitterness as well as the hops. More roasted bitterness linger into the after taste.
Notes: Big and bold, balanced and straight lined which optomizes the drinkability for me. A remarkable brew.
03-12-2002 10:35:57 | More by Jason
3.98/5 rDev +6.1%
12 ouncer sampled, sports "Month and week Bottled" dating notched on the label. Hmm, thats differant...Nose is sweet malt and some lactic vapors. This is a nice, smooth sweet porter. Reminds me of a Milk stout. Notes of chocolate and coffee reverberate over the palate. Smooth, velvety mouthfeel, adds to the drinkability score. Slight hoppy dryness in the finish. All in all a very drinkable and worthy porter
03-02-2005 02:37:06 | More by Billolick
4/5 rDev +6.7%
Appearance: dark brown, 1 inch head, medium carbonation
Smell: malt, caramel, and chocolate
Taste: toasted malt, burnt wood, expresso, cream
Mouthfeel:smooth, dry, sweet, medium body
Drinkability: A very good porter with nice robust flavor. I could have several
06-05-2009 14:15:17 | More by tigg924
4/5 rDev +6.7%
Pours dark brown with a beige head. Aroma is lots of roasted malt, pretty standard robust porter aroma. The flavor is more of the same with a lot of roasted character. The mouthfeel is thin-medium, a little thinner than I like in a porter but it doesn't seem to hurt the beer any. Good porter.
12-30-2009 01:42:05 | More by Mora2000
4.15/5 rDev +10.7%
Poured a very dark brown with reddish edges, and a rocky half inch head of cream colored foam. Bits of lacing left on the pint. Coffeeish aroma , also some chocolate , and a slight hop. Taste is also of coffee , slight semi-sweet chocolate , a dark-fruity tang and some hints of floral hops in the finish. Mouthfeel is fairly light and smooth , with a lingering smoke aftertaste. Very interesting and exceedingly drinkable porter. Different and delicious hints of flavors in this one , i would like it if they came out a bit more , but it tastes great.
03-13-2006 05:31:04 | More by Byeast
3.53/5 rDev -5.9%
Had this with dinner tonight. Poured out of a twelve oz. into my pint glass.
Appearance-Pours out of the bottle with a nice finger and a half or so of light tan head. Beer is a solid dark brown/black that allows in minimal light. Nothing terrbily special about the appearance on this one to leave me impressed, but a decent looking porter nonetheless.
Smell-Losts of roasted malts in the nose. Not terribly complex, and I'm only able to really pick up on the roastiness, with a faint bit of burnt coffee and perhaps the lightest bit of smoke or peat. Again, smells pretty decent, but nothing to really set it apart.
Taste-Much of what I picked up on in the nose. Lots of pleasant roastiness in this one as the beer washes over the tongue. Roasted malt and coffee were the most prominent flavors for me, but the coffee isn't terribly strong, sitting more towards the back of the beer in a slightly burnt aftertaste. Slight smokiness again, though a bit more noticeable in the taste than the smell. Overall, a very mild and pleasant taste, but once again not very complex compared to some of my other favorite porters.
Mouthfeel/Drinkability-This is where this beer really suffers for me. I found the mouthfeel to be very thin for a porter. The carbonation was very light and not too aggressive, but the beer just wasn't thick enough for what I like in a porter and even tended towards the watery side. While I generally find thinner beers to be a bit easier to drink, this one just didn't carry enough weight for me to be an outstanding porter and really affected my desire to have more.
Overall, this beer is certainly decent with a very pleasant flavor and smell, if not terribly complex. However, I simply found it too watery to really satisfy. I'd certainly drink this again, but it won't replace any of my standby porters.
07-15-2009 03:04:06 | More by boatshoes
4.03/5 rDev +7.5%
Deep dark brown, nearly black, with ruby highlights where light gets through. Thick and foamy light brown head about an inch high sinks slooowly down. Aroma is inviting, not too strong, but interesting - roasted malt, some molasses, and some hops as well. Even and smooth mouthfeel leads to a sharp, but balanced flavor of dark brown sugar, bitter coffee, deep roasted malt, a bit of cocoa, an the slightest bit of hop bitterness. Very nice beer, thanks to Brent for sharing this one.
05-11-2005 23:21:50 | More by far333
3.58/5 rDev -4.5%
Nice pour, darker brown with a fluffy 1 1/2 inch head that holds ring shapes well. A little fruit in the aroma, along with sweet malty notes. Impression is not very robust, bittered chocolate that doesn't crack like a rifle shot. Mouthfeel is a touch velvety. Bittering is most noticeable at the back. Body and flavor are decent, nothing stood out as outstanding.
06-24-2002 09:00:53 | More by ADR
4.5/5 rDev +20%
What was in her bath water that would make a beer this dark? Pours a cola hue with a tan thick head forming above the rim of the glass. Nice speckled thin lacing surrounds the sides of my pint. Aromatics offer up deep roasted barley tones like dark cocoa and bitter coffee. A bit of herbal hops and sweet dark fruit as well, overall just a dry roasted malt character. Flavors blend nicely, with dark chocolate and bitter coffee. Balanced from front to back with a bit of sweet bread dough and dried fruits, herbal hops are ample this is a beautiful porter that shouldn't be getting the axe. I'm glad I grabbed a bottle, I remembered enjoying this on tap a few times but never formally jotted my thoughts down. Mouthfeel is medium to fuller bodied but never cloying smooth dry bitterness with a bit of powdered yeast cake left on the palate between sips, along with dark chocolate dryness. Velvet smooth carbonation levels this is a great world class porter up there with Edmund Fitzgerald and Founders Porter. Drinkability is easygoing could sip on this in session without a problem any day.
03-16-2010 15:12:22 | More by WVbeergeek
3.53/5 rDev -5.9%
Poured into a globe.
Appearance: Body has a nice dark brown color with hints of red, slightly translucent. Poured a 2 finger fluffy tan head that shrank with decent lacing into a lumpy film.
Smell: Has some really nice sweet malt notes. Some brightness on top. Hints of coffee and chocolate. Nothing really stands out and hits you in the nose.
Taste: Starts of with some roasty, toasty notes. Some milk chocolate notes. Hints of coffee. There are some hops, not a lot. Enough to add a tiny bit of bitterness. A very balanced porter I think.
Mouth: A medium body. Leave the tongue a little thick. Not bad.
Drink: This is a pretty clean drinker. I could drink this more often, though I have my bully porter to goto if i want a porter.
01-05-2009 03:08:25 | More by turamarth
Saint Bridget's Porter from Great Divide Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 572 ratings.