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Saint Bridget's Porter - Great Divide Brewing Company

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Saint Bridget's PorterSaint Bridget's Porter

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BA SCORE
85
very good

575 Ratings
THE BROS
91
outstanding

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Ratings: 575
Reviews: 499
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 11.47%
Wants: 16
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
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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Photo of mschofield
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown, topped with a one finger tan head, leaves webs of lacing.
Chocolate and coffee aroma, malty and earthy.
Dark chocolate and burnt coffee taste, herb and wood notes in the back. Coffee bitterness and aftertaste.
Medium bodied, and a good drinker.

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

Dark brown porter with vague light illustrating some redness. Brown froth dissipates to clingy lace. Smells of dark toast. There's appropriate dryness and smokiness, but wait there's a cherry in the middle. I like this porter. Well rounded and robust, drying....Ummmm. There's a little ripe Italian plum complete with pits. Finishes dry and smokey. Yeah, yeah, I think it's really good.

Photo of Billolick
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

Photo of Southernbrew
3.9/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very dark brown, just short of black. Healthy tan head sits on top.

Lovely aroma, lots of roasted coffee and caramel, very nice.

Nice full body, fairly smooth. Hearty roasted coffee flavors blend with baker's chocolate as well as hints of caramel. Expected bitterness comes through near the end and a moderate roasted coffee aftertaste is left.

Very fine porter, exactly as I expect from a porter.

Photo of BeerFink
4.18/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an extremely dark red, which will allow some light to pass. A nice off white head comes up and then dissipates into rings of lacing. Smells of chocolate and coffee. The smell is slightly weak, although inticing. The taste is superb. Very big roasted malt presence, heightened by coffee and hints of bitter chocolate. It finishes slightly hoppy with a bit of citrous taste. The aftertaste is bitter like black coffee, very pleasant. The mouthfeel is slightly thin for such a full bodied taste. The drinkability is great, I could see downing several of these in a session.

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

Appearance: Murky, dark, nearly black and opaque - everything you'd expect from a porter. Not much head from the pour but what little there was stuck around. Nice whispy lace.

Nose: Excellent, roasty coffee smell. Lots of chocolate tone as well. Hints of hops as well.

Taste: Unsweetened chocolate, coffee, roasty-ness, a hint of hops to balance the roasted malts.

Mouthfeel: Perhaps slim for a porter when compared to (say) the Sinebrychoff. Well balanced for a porter. Pretty smooth opening taste, slightly bitter finish. Not overly sticky or sweet on the palatte.

I really think this beer is underrated (35th of 42 baltic porters). It is very drinkable and quite tasty. It is certainly more drinkable, though perhaps not as complicated, as some of the higher-ranked porters.

Photo of rowew
3.83/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 12 oz longneck bottle with freshness info that isn't actually notched (does Great Divide ever actually mark these?!). Description of the beer on the label.

Appearance: Pours almost black with a thin tan colored head that fades quickly.

Smell: Sweet chocolaty aroma with hints of coffee. Very nice.

Taste: Mmm .. chocolate and coffee with quite a few roasted flavors. Mouthfeel is slightly on the thin side for a porter, but otherwise quite tasty. Just enough hop bitterness to balance the nice roasted malt flavor and leave a fairly dry aftertaste that lingers nicely.

Overall Impression: A tasty, well balanced porter. Much better than some of the lighter Great Divide Beers that have disappointed me lately.

Photo of beerceller99
3.03/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle pours a black color which turns garnet when held up to a lamp. Slight tan head. Blackened malt, bittersweet chocolate smell. Light to medium bodied. Dark toasted malt taste with toffee and coffee flavors. Finishes with a bitter burnt malt taste.
Not one of GD's better brews.

Photo of GIVEMEBACKMYSON
3.93/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

This gets a decent head from a somewhat aggressive pour. It doesn't retain all that well, but I can live.
The flavor is immaculate. Strong notes of espresso, cocoa, a little caramel, and some burnt sugar taste that is reminiscent of this xmas candy mom used to make.
The only downside to this beer is in the mouthfeel. A lack of carbonation leaves it a little empty. A little flat. A little syrupy. Nonetheless, quite tasty. I will drink this again and enjoy it. I promise.

Photo of TastyTaste
3.25/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Translucent dark maroon color, off-white head is fairly big, then fades to a solid 1/8" layer of creamy head. Smell is of bitter chocolate and fair amounts of acidity, standard fair. Taste is a very muted and smooth, but somewhat boring by lack of any flavors that really stand out at all. Not exciting, but good enough drinkability.

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

Bottle notched as being bottled in January of what I guess is this year. I figure this beer will retain it's flavor since it's so dark. Appearance is almost black with some ruby color when the glass is put near the light. Head is large and creamy, thick lacings surround the inside of my glass. The taste is very flavorful. Dark chocolate taste is followed by lighter roasted coffee taste in the finish. This is very complex and full-flavored. Mouthfeel is pretty creamy. Drinkability is very good, this is very full flavored, yet still smooth enough for longer sessions.

Photo of clvand0
3.95/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a brown color with a small head that dies off quickly and doesn't leave much lacing on the glass. Very nice aroma. Chocolate, coffee, nuts, toffee. This one has a nice flavor - coffee, chocolate, but it's missing something that should say 'Baltic'. This is just a standard porter. A bit thin as well. Not bad at all, but not at Baltic Porter.

Photo of kmpitz2
4.05/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a deep brown color with a small head that falls to ring the beer. The nose really like Bell's Double Cream Stout. Chocolate and marshmellows, maybe a touch of toffee. Not a baltic porter at all, but I do like how it smells. The flavor is also nice. The chocolate and slightly creamy nature that finishes with a blast of coffee. Still not a baltic porter, but still good and complex. I like it. The feel is moderate at best. A bit too thin for me. Drinkability is good as well. I really do like this one and I would think about getting it again over the winter. Solid Brew.

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

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.

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

Pours dark red with black undertones. Medium tan head of moderate size on the pour fades away but leaves streaks of lace on the glass.
Aroma of roated nuts, choclate and bun-o-matic coffee.
flavor dominated by chocolate, light roasted malt. Coffee taste is nowhere to be found.
Mouthfeel is sweet to start, even a little lactose hit. Middle has a mild, soft roasted note with some sharp resin hop notes on the finish. Way too thin for a Baltic. Has to be misclassified
Drinkability is decent. Slight lactose hit is a little off-putting. Overall decent, but not highly memorable. Certainly nowhere near a Baltic Porter.

Photo of tavernjef
4.1/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Newer label with a red headed Irish gal posing in a bra-like top that looks kinda like those old trading cards. Color is a nice dark brown with medium to darker red highlights, soft and supple finger high foam of light tannish hue, lacing of all kinds sticking well.

Aroma is crisp and clean of toasty roasty grains and black malt, dry overall with nice underlayers of coffee and hazelnut and some little levels of cocoa and or dry chocolate.

Smooth taster, firm and slightly drying, just as a good porter should be, and this is. Quick front with only slipping features of sweet malts, just around midway is the fun stuff, chocolate dustings, roasty grainyness, toasted bread, drying out some, but never to the point of departing a level of discontent. Subtle finish of cocoa, coffee, and malted sweetness that has an everpresent and favorable little drying effect.

Feel is about medium body, smooth and mellow, dry with some sweetness and some roastyness to it. Goes down with surprising ease and goodness to the lips. A fine example of an American style porter.

Photo of Gueuzedude
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.

Photo of Backer2004
3.68/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

As you pour St. Brigid's, it looks more like a stout than a porter. Tried this out a six pack mix of singles at a great beer store in Charlotte. Poors an average head and lacing - nothing too special. Easier to drink than most porter's. I like the label better than the one featured here. If trying a porter, this is not a bad choice.

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

Ah just like seeing an old friend long time gone from your life, this one has been gone for over 4 years, well this old friend, has come back to stay, as it’s now available in Arizona thanks to the great people at Little Guy Distributing.

The beer after its disemboguing the 12-ounce brown bottle sets in my glass of honor a deep brown to almost black color the head portly in size, the texture semi-creamy and the color a toothsome light tan with the resultant lace a satin sheet to lie upon the glass. Nose is sweet with malt, lightly toasted grain aroma also present, crisps and clean to the senses, start is somewhat sweet with a pleasing grain profile, and the top is middling to full in feel. Finish has a delectable hop spicy bite, the acidity pleasant and the aftertaste dry and linger, a very good porter and one I hope to enjoy quite often, now that its home to roost.

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

12oz bottle purchased as a single somewhere in VA, one of many things gathered at either Vienna Whole Foods, Norm's, or Westpark Wine & Beer.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/2" tan head over the dark brown (but still translucent) brew. Head exhibits some (but not a lot of) staying power, with lacing not quite what I would expect from a porter. Aroma is of chocolate malts and oats, with some notes of dark fruits. Taste is upfront dark grains, esp chocolate, with a nice heartiness, almost can taste the husks. Mouthfeel seems a bit thin feeling, yet it seems hearty with grains, somehow. I don't know, but it's pretty good. Drinkability is good as well. Worth your time if you like porters.

Photo of meathookjones
3.68/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This poured out a standard black color with a glass filling head of brown foam. Decent retention and sheet of lace decorated the glass fir a while as well. The aroma doesn’t seem too complex with a strong dark chocolate scent that is back by a lesser-roasted smell. Great smelling if you love dark chocolate as I do but there is not too much to figure out with the nose. Taste is very similar to the smell with a strong bittersweet dark chocolate presence and a roasted malt flavor that was almost as strong. Mouthfeel was about you standard medium with a creamy feel to it. I think the drinkability is great on this but with the simplicity of the taste and smell it might get old to some. Very much like a liquid dark chocolate treat here. Not bad overall but a decent example of the style.

Photo of oelergud
4.35/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very dark as a porter should be, only the slightest ruby hue at the very edge of the glass. Good tan head, mostly small bubbles with medium sized ones dispered in between. Retention could be improved as well as the lace.
Smells incredible. Earth, musty hay, freshly ground coffee and faint chocolate makes up the nose.
Thats a really good porter taste. Tangy dark rye bread, strong and sweet with a robust bitterness, well balanced, a real meal in a bottle. Earth and rye dominate followed by subdued roast coffee and chocolate.
Good body, plenty of presence but knows when to leave, leaves a thin coat in the mouth with an incredibly well balanced after taste that lingers well.
Very good drinkability. This is a beer I'll get more of.

-Oelergud

Photo of oberon
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.

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

12 oz. bottle served at celalr temperature in a pint glass.

Appearance: Black liquid with brown highlights topped by a thick and frothy tan head. Receded to a layer of foam and left a healthy latticework of foam on the glass.

Smell: Burnt malts with hints of prunes, cherries, and coffee.

Taste: Bittersweet burnt malts are very prominent, almost one dimensional. Mildly tart with the cherries on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Thickly medium bodied wtih gentle carbonation. Slighly hearty.

Drinkability: An ok (Baltic) porter, but maybe a bit too tart/bitter to my tastes. Worthy of a try, but I'll take a Fuller's instead.

Photo of ngandhi
4.33/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Toffee, toffee, everywhere.

Despite the near-perfect palate to this beer -- a roast big enough for stout, yet soft enough to easily be pegged as a porter -- St. Brigid's finest quality is its aroma. Though never especially astounding or even entirely original, the nose is godly from roasted, beany malt which comes out in full force, uninhibited by the hops.

Relax, relax.
ng

Saint Bridget's Porter from Great Divide Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 575 ratings.