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Saint Bridget's Porter - Great Divide Brewing Company

Saint Bridget's PorterSaint Bridget's Porter

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BA SCORE
85
very good

563 Ratings
THE BROS
91
outstanding

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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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-12-2002)
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.85/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2005 23:48:25 | More by Sammy
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

3.6/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2004 00:01:13 | More by BuckeyeNation
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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
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brentk56

North Carolina

4.03/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2006 02:52:03 | More by brentk56
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

3.18/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2006 14:58:28 | More by Phyl21ca
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

3.68/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2006 17:46:14 | More by BEERchitect
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

2.68/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2005 07:57:36 | More by ChainGangGuy
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oberon

North Carolina

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

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2004 01:10:12 | More by oberon
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

4.13/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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!

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2005 23:33:02 | More by NeroFiddled
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

3.6/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2003 17:43:45 | More by feloniousmonk
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

4.08/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2007 03:52:19 | More by TheManiacalOne
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emerge077

Illinois

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

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2007 01:34:08 | More by emerge077
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russpowell

Oklahoma

4.28/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2006 04:40:19 | More by russpowell
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WesWes

New York

3.95/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark brown color with a thick frothy tan head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a dry, yet malty scent that boasts of black, chocolate, and roasted malts. It has some coffee notes as well. The taste is good as well. It has a smooth, dry black malt flavor with an earthy, coffee-like finish. It goes down easy with decent mouthfeel. It is a full bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a pretty good porter. It has good flavor and aroma, a fine sessions brew.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2005 00:29:52 | More by WesWes
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Mora2000

Texas

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

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2009 01:42:05 | More by Mora2000
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zeff80

Missouri

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

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2006 15:30:36 | More by zeff80
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

2.83/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a clearish almost black color with intense ruby highlights. The head is light brown and lightly substantial when roused. The aroma as I pour this beer is mostly of buttery diacetyl and chocolate. As I go in for a deeper sniff, my worst fears are realized as it smells like a used and abused popcorn machine with it's fake buttery scents. There is a hint of chocolate and roast malt, but it is overwhelmingly drowned out by the diacetyl.

Dare I take a sip, I do. Up front it is lightly sweet, light bodied with a maltiness that, unfortunately melds into a finish that is dominated by the diacetyl (butter, and butterscotch). The diacetyl is not as evident in the taste as it is in the aroma, and in that sense this beer is not quite as bad as I was expecting. The dark malt notes are barely perceptible in the taste, there is really not any roast character, just a nice chocolate-like finish. Without the diacetyl, this seems to be a straight forward easy drinking porter that would be really nice to have a few pints of while at the bar, with it I am afraid this is not worth finishing.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2004 18:30:59 | More by Gueuzedude
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jwc215

Wisconsin

4.08/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours almost black (brownish hues) with a thin head that has decent retention.

The smell is of roasted coffee and chocolate.

The taste is of roasted coffee and chocolate. Slight alcohol peeks through. Velvety smooth. Dry, bittersweet finish.

Medium to full bodied. Nice texture.

Not the most complex porter I've had, but tasty and very enjoyable to drink. Nice blance of biitersweet - coffee/chocolate...pretty robust!

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2007 22:56:05 | More by jwc215
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

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

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2008 00:21:14 | More by RblWthACoz
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WVbeergeek

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +20%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2010 15:12:22 | More by WVbeergeek
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smcolw

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Wonderful head: at least four fingers thick. As it recedes, it forms beautiful beige rocky formations. The liquid is very dark, nearly stout-like where light will not pass.

For a porter, the aromas are surprisingly light. I detect soured milk and freezer smells. Low chocolate and no hop. All in all, it doesn't invite me.

The taste reminds me of light chocolate milk, although the body is very thin for the flavor profile. To be clear, this is not a watery porter, but it has the consistency of a pale ale. The flavor is an improvement from the smell, but I would not describe it as "robust" as the label claims. I like the finish which has a very good blend of some spicy hop bitterness and dark chocolate.

This is a difficult beer to rate: in many ways, it is interesting and flavorful. Yet, there are distractions that make me pull back on the review. I would suggest going out and trying this, because I think I may be missing something here--like an unusual song that sticks around in your head longer than you think it should.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2008 21:46:30 | More by smcolw
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tempest

Pennsylvania

3.68/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark ruby with a short head that disappeared in a few minutes. Looks a little light overall.

Smells nice and roasty. A lot of sweet malt in the nose. Almost reminds me a little of a bock for some reason.

Simple taste, but done fairly well. A little sweet bite, followed by roasty malts with coffee notes and the slightest biterness at the end.

Mouthfeel is a little thin. A good porter needs a little body too it and this is a little short. The carbonation, however, provides a nice zip without being too powerful overall.

Very drinkable. Tasty and goes down easy. This is a nice porter, but personally I'd rather drink something else all night.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2005 05:34:12 | More by tempest
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Billolick

New York

3.98/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2005 02:37:06 | More by Billolick
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rhoadsrage

Illinois

3.95/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- This beer has a deep thick black body with a big smooth creamy reddish-brown head that last and last.

S- The aroma of dark malt with hints of coffee and some prunes are noted.

T- This beer has a rich dark malt taste with some dry dark cocoa powder notes. There is a slight tanginess in the finish. As it warms more of a bitter dark coffee note comes through at the beginning. Then a faint hop bitterness at the finish pops up.

M- This beer has a medium-light mouthfeel with some fizz qualities at the finish.

D- This beer has a dark rich texture with some good depth in the flavor. Nice porter that focuses on malt and less on hops.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2006 20:13:29 | More by rhoadsrage
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jdhilt

New Hampshire

3.63/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a four-finger tan head that fades slowly leaving a clumpy lace. Black - totally opaque. Good carbonation, heavy bodied not thin as rated in Sep2003. I think it is fresher this time. Nose is a smokey roasted coffee. Starts with a roasted sweetness and finishes like a roasted coffee. $1.29 for a 12oz bottle from the Liquor Barn, Lexington, KY.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2003 22:20:16 | More by jdhilt
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Saint Bridget's Porter from Great Divide Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 563 ratings.