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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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574 Ratings

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Ratings: 574
Reviews: 499
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 11.2%
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

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-12-2002

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
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.

Photo of bjohnson
3.47/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark mahogany with half a finger brown of head that leaves nice lace on its way down. Smells of chocolate and caramel and roasted hops with a good carbonation. Tastes of chocolate and caramel with a slight fruit taste at the finish. Heavyness is pretty good, as I like heavier porters. Mouthfeel is good, leaves a smokey aftertaste. This is a very drinkable beer. I would have another!

Photo of Sammy
3.83/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

Photo of twelvsies
3.45/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep brown, with dark red highlights shining through the light. Little to no head. Smell is puzzling me a bit... plenty of roasted chocolate malt, then a strange biting quality, really sort of pungent for a porter. Again, lots of roasty malt in the taste, chocolate and coffee flavors, nothing really out of the ordinary. Milk chocolaty. This would be a better beer if the mouthfeel was a little more substantial. It's just not smooth or robust enough for a porter. I think that would help tie the rest of this beer together for sure. I've had some great ones by this company, but this one is kind of average.

Photo of Quaffer
3.28/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked this up in Boulder, CO.

Appearance: This porter poured a dark amber-brown color. It easily let light through when the glass was held up to the window, and this brought out the dark, ruby hues within its depths. The light tan head rose up two fingers and dissipated rather quickly. It remained a little rougher than I expected as it did so. Lacing was minimal.

Smell: Nice roasted malts and cream provided a solid base for the sharper aromas of cherries and hops that floated on top. However, it had a metallic twinge to it that really detracted from the rest of the smells.

Mouthfeel: Kind of light-bodied, but with a smooth, creaminess to it.

Taste: Very thin flavor, almost to the point of being watery at times. Roasted malts and sweet cream were heavy upfront. Then, well into the finish arose some light hops. An occasional hint of dark cherry came through in the aftertaste, but only because I was struggling to find something else in this beer.

The flavor that was there wasn't bad, there just needed to be a lot more of it, especially for a beer that bills itself as a robust porter.

Photo of abcsofbeer
3.53/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It's been awhile since I had any Porter. This one poured a beautiful, black color with a thick tan and rocky head. The lacing was very nicely done. The aroma is kind of grassy with chocolate in the background followed by a nice hoppy smell. I also detected some buttery caramel too. The taste is like a bitter chocolate, but, not too bitter. There is a nice balance of hops in there as well. As it warms, the flavors become more plentiful and better tasting.

Photo of woemad
3.66/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle picked up at Jim's Homebrew in Spokane for $1.90. According to the label, this was bottled the last week of April.

Poured a very dark brown with very slight rubyish highligts seen when held up top light and peered at enough to risk severe eyestrain. There was a good sized light-tan head that took a couple of minutes to drop. Moderate amount of lace.

Smell is of coffee and bitter baking chocolate. Not as roasty smelling as I would like for a "robust" porter.

Taste is similar to the smell. This is slightly roasty, but not near enough. The coffee flavor, while unmistakably present, takes a back seat to the chocolate. While the chocolate flavor is not cloyingly sweet , I still wish there was more of a coffee-bitter counterpoint to its sweetness.

This has a tad more carbonation than I like in a porter, but it's not a dealbreaker. Still, this isn't as thick as I like for the style, it seems just a little bit too watery to me.

This is a good session porter, but isn't a worldbeater by any stretch of the imagination. My only other Great Divide experience was brought to me by the Oak Aged Yeti, so this is obviously a letdown by comparison. Still, if my local had this on-tap, I'd drink it.

Photo of Oxymoron
3.83/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I picked up this while in Cincinnati. Pour was a soupy dark black color. The head was very tall and sudsy. I couldn’t even pour it all in my glass at first. There are some color distortions when tipped or held to the light. More of a brown color. The head has an off white but mostly tan color and limited lacing but still there.

The smell is slight with some coffee and more of a richer dark chocolate flavor. Some limited sweeter chicory notes are present as well.

The taste is rich. A rich chocolate flavor that becomes more prominent as it warms. Other notes of coffee are more noticeable at first but decrease over time. Overall the malt is the most nominate of flavors but other noticeable characteristics come out more. There is a sweet almost milky quality at first. Also as it warms more of the earthy hopes are present. I think I can detect Northern Brewers as well.

The beer is really carbonated which gives a zingy taste to it. Almost makes it taste watery. But this flavor is decrease over time. And then that carbonation flavor turns into a more smooth creamy flavor.

For future, I suggest to let this beer breath when tasting. Its worth it.

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

10/08/05- Purchased at John's Marketplace in Portland, OR.

Presentation- 12oz bottle with a born on dating strip on the side of the label. Poured into my Englander pint glass.

Appearance- Deep black pour with a very dirty brown 1/2 inch head. Medium lace left.

Smell- Typical chocolate and coffee scents waft through the room. More chocolate than coffee though.

Taste- Make sure you don't eat anything sweet while drinking this brew. I drank half of it before eating a rack of ribs with sweet BBQ sauce. It tasted totally different, in a bad way. At first it was fairly sweet with a really nice chocolate and coffee flavor. Some nice mildly smoked malts combined well. After eating the sweet sauce I could barely taste this stuff. Pretty much watered down the whole beer. So, pair it with something proper.

Mouthfeel- Low carbonation, not really creamy, but pretty smooth.

Drinkability- If had with the proper food pairing this is a pretty nice porter. Nice flavors going on.

Photo of hero27
3.46/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottled June '05.

Pours a deep, opaque brown color with a fairly thick, frothy tan head. Smells lightly of musty roasted caramel & barley malt..nothing offensive, just a bit subtle. Says it's a "robust" porter..I dunno about robust, but it doesn't taste too bad. The typical chocolate & coffee flavors blend together decently enough, and finishes quite dry. A bit thin on the palate, but an easy drinking porter.

Bottle reads "Saint Bridget was a patron Saint of Ireland, known for the amazing miracle of transforming their bathwater into beer for the thirsty clerics." ...amazing, and for years I thought that bathwater beer was Bud Light.

Photo of nickss
4.07/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Looks alot like coffee... dark dark brown... almost black, with a hint of ruby highlights in the midst. I didnt give it a high rating because even with an extremely hard pour, there was no head to speak of =(

Smells of chicory, coffee, chocolate and dark berries... delicious, but not as strong of an odor as I would have liked.

This brew tastes wonderful. Strong malt and caramel flavors, mixed with quite a bit of coffee. The only thing I wish is that, as others have stated, it was a bit more "robust" as the name implies.

The mouthfeel is thick and creamy, but with a bit of bite due to the carbonation.

All in all a wonderfully drinkable brew.... Can't wait to try a few more products from this brewery.

Photo of battlekow
3.91/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was happy to find this at Discount Liquor in Waukesha, as I've been wanting to try it and unable to find it anywhere in Milwaukee.

Saint Bridget is a foxy lady, dark dark brown with ruby highlights and a pretty, tan head. Her scent is rather tame, smelling a little roasted and burnt, but not strongly. Damn, but does she taste good though! Sweetly malty upfront, with a really big roasted finish that's fucking delicious. Sure, she's a little one-dimensional, but she'll last you all night long, an easily sessionable porter.

To be honest, I think this is closer to a cream stout than a "robust porter."

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

This one is a super dark brown (almost black) porter with a small off white head that disappears as soon as you finish pouring it. The smell is similar to a mocha cappuccino. Its flavor starts off a little watery, then gets malty and finishes with hints of chocolate and coffee. Its mouth feel is a bit watery and is mildly carbonated. This one is worth checking out, but not as robust as I like my “robust porters.”

Photo of benmiliron
2.56/5  rDev -31.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Paid $1.50 for a bottle. This stuff is kind of dark iron-colored water in appearance. Decent thick head. Smells of dark malt, coffee, maybe a bit of mold? Taste is not great, an easy bitterness, kind of rootish - like a bit of burnt twig. It's not sitting very well in the stomach, maybe a bad batch?

This is one to pass on.

Photo of RBorsato
4.55/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Black with a nice medium-sized creamy light brown head. Roasty and chocolate aroma is strong with a bit of hops at first pour. Chocolate dominates at first with coffee notes and eventually a nice hop balance. Medium bodied with a dry roasty finish.

Per Label: "Robust Porter"

PER GD website: 5.9% ABV

Per B.O.M. notes:
28 IBU
6.1% ABV
Malts: NW 2-row, Dark Caramel, Chocolate, and Black.
Hops: Northern Brewer and Hallertau.

Per GD website: World-renowned beer expert Michael Jackson declared St. Bridget’s one of the world’s best porters in his book on world beer, Ultimate Beer.

Bottled: Jan / 4th Week (notched on side)
Tasted: 06/12/05

Photo of arizcards
3.97/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to my friend Mr. Doyle for a sample from his beer of the month club!

Pours black with ruby red tones when held up to light. The head was tan and not very big. Nose is interesting, of chocolate, coffee, and malts. Taste is pretty much the same as the nose, with a nice dry hop finish. Mouthfeel is a bit on the thin side for the style, but a nice creamy quality comes out the longer it sits in my glass. Drinkabilty is good, this is a very tasty beer that I would try again.

Photo of winpig3
3.83/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: nice bubbly head that looked like an ice cold glass of milk. the color of the beer was deep dark brown to black.

Smell: given the apprearance, I expected a stronger nose.

Taste: increadibly smooth without the acidity and harshness I've experienced with other porters. It tasted of coffee and malt with a slightly sweet aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied

Drinkability: I really enjoyed this porter. This was the first Great Divide beer I've tasted. I definitely look forward to trying more of their beers when I have the chance.

Photo of WesWes
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.

Photo of malty
3.55/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served from a 12 oz. longneck w/ a notched bottled on (month and yr.) - Jan. '05.

Appearance was cola colored with a decent light fluffy beige head that settled down to 1/2 inch. Fantastic thick lacing!

Scent was very pleasant with loads of dark roasted earthy malts and chocolate. Very rich nose - with a touch of malted milk also.

The first few drinks showcased the faint smokiness of the malts. I was hoping for the rich fullness of the chocolatey malts to continue through the palate - but they really didn't. A nice dryness finishes off the mediocre malty display.

Mouthfeel was medium bodied with a lot of carbonation for this style. Again, it finishes with a well placed dryness.

Drinkability is good. Very unintrusive and nothing surprising.

A decent porter by all means. Probably better suited for a warm
weather 'dark beer' escape. The head, lacework and scent of this beer were outstanding!

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

12 ounce bottle. This beer pours out dark brown with a tan head. Strong cocoa aroma. It's the kind of aroma where you know the beer is going to taste good. And it doesn't disappoint. This is the most chocolatey beer I've had that didn't call itself a chocolate beer. The chocolate is balanced by a bitter coffee flavor. Medium to high mouthfeel. Medium carbonation. This is another good beer from Great Divide.

Photo of far333
4.03/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Bighuge
3.38/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown. Clear. Almost black. Thin, creamy light brown head. Retention is solid. Lace adequate. There's a nice, mild chocolate mixed with coffee roast on the nose. Pleasing. On the palate, light tones of roast, vanilla, coffee and cocoa. Nothing real bold here though. And nothing that really makes me take not. On the other hand, there's nothing wrong here either. A creamy mouthfeel. Medium body. It's decent enough, but doesn't make me want to run back to the store and grab more.

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

Poured a deep, dark brown... so dark that no light passed through my glass. The aroma is toasty & sweet, reminds me of coffee beans and caramel. The taste is noticeably sweet at first while richer, more bitter flavors come through the more you drink, and the more it lingers in your mouth. Flavors of burnt sugar, baker's chocolate and dark roast coffee all come through, as well as hints of a root-like, woody sort of flavor. Overall, while I've had a few porters that I like better, this one is certainly a very good example of the style, and I'd be more than happy to drink it again.

On a pairing note, it goes quite nicely with a manchego (aged sheep's milk cheese)... the pairing removes all bitterness from the beer, and your mouth is filled with the melding of sweet, creamy and earthy flavors.

Photo of fizzyfred
3.7/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Nice deep brown color with a strong smell of roast. The small head is a dark brown that looks tasty. It tastes smooth with the taste of roasted malt and slight chocolate. The beer is way to fizzy though. I'm not sure if this is abnormal being that it is bottle conditioned. Its tough to hold it in your mouth and get the flavors with strong carbonation tingle. I may need to try another bottle, or a draught.All in all, it was tasty.

Photo of silver0rlead
4.07/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a very nice porter, and its more balanced and drinkable than almost any other porter i've tried. Pours into a goblet with a 1 finger tan colored head and solid black color (not jet black). The roasted malt really comes out in the aroma, with scents of dark unsweetened chocolate as well as coffee and maybe even currant or plumb in the background. The taste really matches the smell, as you are first hit with a roasted coffe flavor along with some bittersweet chocolate that segues into a hoppy, bitter and dry finish. Definately a robust yet creamy and drinkable porter that uses coffee and chocolate flavors quite well. I used to think hops had no place in dark beers but i now know better as this along with some other porters and stouts (notably avery's new world porter) use hops quite well in dark beers. Overall a quality porter, maybe nothing incredible or exceptional but quite good none the less.

Saint Bridget's Porter from Great Divide Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 574 ratings.