Saint Bridget's Porter - Great Divide Brewing Company
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3.85/5 rDev +2.7%
An average porter, satisfying, medium thick. Black, good initial foam. Moderate use of chocolate and roast. Burnt roast aroma. Good hops, carbonation. Moderately on sweet side. Great Divide has not served me up a bad brew. Only the faintest hint of sourness, perhaps mellowed by about nine months of ageing.
11-01-2005 23:48:25 | More by Sammy
3.6/5 rDev -4%
Ruby red-influenced mahogany brown. Really now, any beer calling itself a Baltic porter should at least be opaque. Seeing sunlight on the other side of the glass is simply inexcusable. The head is light tan, average in size and modestly tacky. It's pitting as it falls and is leaving some decent lace in its wake.
The nose isn't nearly strong enough for the style. Let's just call St. Bridget's a garden-variety porter and be done with it. The aroma is of roasted malt with chocolate overtones; no coffee that I could detect. Wait just a minute... on second and third sniffs I do pick up the barest whiff of coffee.
The flavor follows the nose pretty closely and is still more chocolate-like than coffee-like. There's a good bit of roastiness, no complaints there. Some mild hop flavor and hop bitterness poke through on the finish. The body is closer to medium than to light and the carbonation is a trifle too active, making my tongue sizzle a little with each mouthful.
St. Bridget's Porter isn't bad beer (once I realized that it's a Baltic porter about as much as Paris Hilton is an intellectual). Firm up the body--on the beer, Paris is just fine--and halve the carbonation and this would be a pretty decent effort. As is, eh... a little above average.
06-14-2004 00:01:13 | More by BuckeyeNation
4.03/5 rDev +7.5%
Appearance: Pours a hazy dark brown color with a bounteous, rocky tan head that leaves some lacing
Smell: Chocolate, roasted malt and a touch of chicory
Taste: Starts out with a chocolate mocha flavor that kicks in with some fruity hops by mid-palate; after the swallow, the roasty bitterness kicks in and meets up with the sweet chocolate flavors in the finish
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied but a touch watery; moderate carbonation
Drinkability: There is a lot to like in this porter; if only it had a bit more thickness it would really be up there
09-22-2006 02:52:03 | More by brentk56
3.18/5 rDev -15.2%
Bottle: Poured a black color porter with a small off-white foamy head with average retention. Aroma of faint chocolate malt with some roasted malt. Taste is pretty dry with some chocolate note and slightly bitter finish. Body is about average with some medium carbonation. Overall, this is a good and well balance example of a porter but lacks a bit of character to make this truly memorable.
09-22-2006 14:58:28 | More by Phyl21ca
3.68/5 rDev -1.9%
A nice porter that I have passed up many times. Proves to be a good brew. Typical porter color, texture, and retention qualities. Aromas are also typical with emphasis on chocolates, lacose, and a fermentation sourness. Tastes of milk chocolate that dominate a bit more than usual coffee flavors. Roasted grains are subdued under a milk sugar flavor. Texture is very smooth and creamy. Finishes mild and chocolatey sweet with a light lactose residue. A good porter with milk stout qualities. May be easily preceived as a Milk Stout.
03-21-2006 17:46:14 | More by BEERchitect
4.05/5 rDev +8%
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.
05-07-2011 02:54:53 | More by mikesgroove
2.68/5 rDev -28.5%
Appearance: Dark cola brown. Modest off-white head, though wispy, and lacking any substantial lacing.
Smell: Not an overly fragrant brew. Only a mild bouquet of toasted grains, a soft aroma of dark chocolate with a very slight buttery hint of diacetyl.
Taste: Roastiness, chocolate, carob, and coffee flavors are all present, but all are fairly muted. It all just comes across as just a little flat and unimaginative to me. This beer leaves the taste buds yearning for more flavor, more depth.
Mouthfeel: Starts off uncomfortably watery; this aspect becomes more and more apparent as time goes on. Beyond a lingering astringency, there really isn't a finish to speak of. "Robust" is a complete overstatement.
"I am altering the beer. Pray I don't alter it any further."
Drinkability: Being rather light for the style, coupled with the 5.9% alcohol, this beer goes down easy. Although, while it is drinkable, I'll look elsewhere to fulfill my "robust" porter needs.
11-13-2005 07:57:36 | More by ChainGangGuy
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
4/5 rDev +6.7%
Pours a deep reddish brown/black, tan foam creats some lacing.
Smell is mild roasted barley, hint of chocolate. Not especially huge in that department.
Taste is roasty, earthy, mild bitter chocolate, and dry grassy hop in the finish. It's agreeable, and smooth on the palate. Two pints would be easy. Not a bad example, it falls in the middle of the spectrum.
02-27-2007 01:34:08 | More by emerge077
3.93/5 rDev +4.8%
A - Poured into a pint glass. A black color with a small, mocha colored head. Left some lacing.
S - It smelled highly of malt. There were also caramel and chocolately notes.
T - The chocolate flavors came through along with the roasted malt flavors.
M - It is fairly crisp and medium-heavy bodied. (I expected it to be heavy but it wasn't as heavy as it thought.)
D - It is very drinkable. It is a nice porter and I love the story of how they named it after Saint Bridget who turned bathwater into beer for clerics.
07-27-2006 15:30:36 | More by zeff80
4.13/5 rDev +10.1%
A frothy head of light tan rises above an almost black but still brown body that reveals glimmering ruby hightlights when held to the light. The nose is welcoming with notes of coffee and chicory nestled within toffee and caramel; and a delicate waft of yeasty fruitiness. As might be expected, it's smooth across the palate with a medium body and fine-bubbled, moderate carbonation. The flavor isn't much different than the aroma suggests, but there is a bit more coffee (although it's more of your generic donut-shop java than Kenya AA or espresso, perhaps mocha java!). It's nice! In fact, I would think this could almost pass as a coffee porter! And the berry-like thread of fruitiness is there as well, mixed in amongst the softly caramelish malt and delicate hops. But the coffee returns in the finish and lingers ...oh-so-luxuriously... ...lending greatly to its character. Quite nice, and very drinkable!
03-16-2005 23:33:02 | More by NeroFiddled
4/5 rDev +6.7%
A new friend of mine asked me if I tried this, and I had done no review. Soooo... Time for a tasting!
Pours a clear but pretty dark brown with a creme head that falls to a thin line very quickly. Nose has touched of chocolate and coffee, but overall it's a mild nose. Flavor is smooth. No realy crazy flavor aspects yelling and screaming IMO. Just a balanced malt body with real minor side tone of sweetness. Feel has a biting carbonation to it that strikes me as unusual. This is a pretty smooth and easy drinking porter. It strikes me more as a porter that goes along English lines, but who cares about that. It's pretty nice to drink.
03-09-2008 00:21:14 | More by RblWthACoz
4.08/5 rDev +8.8%
Acquired from DrJay courtesy of Birthday Club 2, 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 dark reddish brown color with a very thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.
S: The aroma is of smoky malts, dark chocolate, coffee and a little bit of dark fruit and hops.
T: The taste is pretty well-balanced with flavors of dark chocolate, dark fruits, roasted nuts and hearty dark malts. There's a decent hops presence for the style. This is one of those interesting beers that have a bunch of different flavors that seem to rotate with each other as you drink it. The after-taste is slightly sweet and smoky.
M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, slightly sticky finish.
D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, very good representation of style, decent kick, if you're in the mood for a porter and you want to drink several of them, then this is a good beer to pick. I could certainly see myself drinking quite a few of these on the right evening.
10-04-2007 03:52:19 | More by TheManiacalOne
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
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
4.28/5 rDev +14.1%
Poured a slightly hazy mahogany/purple brown with a tan 2 finger deep head. Head drops to a healthy film with some lacing
Smell: Roasted malt and that's it
Taste: Roasted malts, graininess, and some choclate/mocha taste. Slight dryness, bitterness and nuttiness on the finish
MF: Rich silky and smooth with good carbonation levels
Very drinkable, would swear this at least one % abv lower than what it is, A tasty porter
02-11-2006 04:40:19 | More by russpowell
3.68/5 rDev -1.9%
12oz bottle into a mug.
Pours a clear dark brown with 2+ fingers of foamy tan head that settles down into a great looking creamy retention that leaves thick lacing behind. The aroma is light roasty malts, coffee, chocolate sweetness, and floral hops in the backend.
The taste is quite flavorful. Roasted bitterness and espresso notes up front are nicely balanced by a sweetness combo of caramel malts and cocoa powder accents. Finishes with hop bitterness that mixes with some residual sweetness to leave a lasting impression on the palette. The mouthfeel has a light to medium feel to it with a laid back creamy presence.
A pleasant enough full feeling flavor profile, that is packed into a moderate sized body make this quite the good choice if your looking for a tasty yet easy drinking Porter.
03-21-2008 02:10:45 | More by Kegatron
3.6/5 rDev -4%
Dark brown color, beneath a big, frothy head, which crackles and snaps. Go ahead and put it up to your ear! Aroma: essence of espresso and chocolate and some smooth spiciness. Taste: very smooth, very mellow, a lasting finish, and an abiding cocoa flavor. Carbonation's higher than I like. A good porter, but could be better.
01-14-2003 17:43:45 | More by feloniousmonk
4.18/5 rDev +11.5%
Presentation - Served in a standard pint glass at 55 degrees according to the bottled on date it was packaged on the first week of January.
A - A deep brown w/ highlights of mahogany and crowned with a khaki head that left a moderate amount of lace.
S - Nutty, toasted notes and spices with a creamy dark chocolate presence as it is swirled. Toffee and caramel sweet scents are riding high on the back of a smooth coffee aroma.
M - A chalky, roasty nuttiness with dry medium bodied depth on the slightly thin side
T - Walnut like dryness combines with a mineral like spice and herbal note. In the sweet middle is a chocolate/coffee flavor that is pleasing with subtle hop accents. A mellow malty, browned graininess is evident later on . Hints of molasses and pine footnotes are unmasked in the final sips.
D - Just slightly more roasted and deeper in dark flavors thqan a borderline brown ale. Sweetness is subdued giving a chance for roastier elements to emerge. a decent representation with an emphasis on caramel malt and medium roast coffee tastes. I woud consider this a good go to porter as it has many flavors tha are engaging and enjoyable, but hold back slightly in depth.
05-10-2007 01:56:30 | More by Slatetank
Saint Bridget's Porter from Great Divide Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 572 ratings.