Stegmaier Porter | Lion Brewery, Inc.

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Stegmaier PorterStegmaier Porter

Brewed by:
Lion Brewery, Inc.
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.60%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Stegmaier Porter is brewed with a combination of domestic six-row barleys and various roasted malts. This timeless brew is accented with a combination of Tettnang and Cascade hops. Fermented at high temperatures with our in-house ale yeast, the final product releases a roasted aroma with faint hop overtones. The flavor presents a grainy, slightly burnt malt background. It delivers tones of dark chocolate, accented with a slight coffee bitterness to round out the flavor. Stegmaier Porter is opaque brown in color and boasts a full, creamy head.

Added by UnionMade on 09-10-2001

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Ratings: 165 |  Reviews: 115
Photo of wattoclone
4.69/5  rDev +27.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Of the 25 American porters I have tried this one is my favorite. Easy to drink, affordable and loaded with roasted malt and dark chocolate taste. Although it is brewed locally it is hard to find in Southeastern PA, unfortunately. I am willing to drive an hour to pick up a case in Wilkes-Barre area because I am so fond of it. The other commonly available craft porters are a bit harsh or too weak and too high priced for every day drinking. Stegmaier is perfect for any occasion and goes well with any food.

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Photo of WaffenSS
4.48/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured beer from a 12oz bottle into a tall 10oz beer glass. Pours a VERY dark brown, almost black. A creamy, small head disappears quickly.
Smells of dark coffee, malt.

This has to be one of the best beers I've ever tried! A very good example of a porter.
First taste is of cocoa, dark malt, coffee and licorice.

I generally prefer dark beers to ales/lagers so I am partial to this type of beer. Regardless, if you prefer porters, stouts or dunkels, you MUST give this porter a try.

Maybe a little too dark for downing more than a couple on a hot day or at one sitting, but a truly enjoyable porter to drink with a meal or when you are in a mood for one or two darker beers.

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Photo of thebeerdoctor
4.44/5  rDev +21%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is an outstanding American porter. The comparison to Anchor Porter is quite appropriate. Here is an authentic recipe at about half of the price of its famous San Francisco cousin. It also reminds me of Pyramid Espresso Stout, produced over a decade ago. Roasted malt rich and satisfying. Easily one of the best values in American craft beer. Almost an entire meal, I would say the best way to fully enjoy this fine beer, is one bottle a session, poured into a no-nonsense ale glass. Cheers!

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Photo of tiltedglass
4.43/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Not only a great buy, but a true tasting porter, without the stout smoothness. This one has a nice bite, a complicated taste, and a slightly fermented (as in sour!) aftertaste. I love this stuff, one of my favorite American porters. You need to drink it once without knowing it's actually very affordable, so that you give it a fair chance. Nice, though it might be history, from what I hear.

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Photo of Durge
4.39/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A heavy black color with brown edges, with a big brown head that settles down to scattered bubbles pretty quickly, and faint lacing (sliding carbonation). The smell is thick and friendly of chocolate and malt, raisins and some licorice. Very edible. Drinking at room temperature from a pint glass this has a very nice smokey taste at first, some sweet coffee malt and dry edges, a subtle presence of licorice. I wouldn't exactly call this highly complex, but it is just a solid porter for my tastes. It's a bit acqueous but not in a bad way, very easy to drink, doesn't seem very strong for alcohol yet it has a warming feel as it slides into the belly. Carbonation is relatively light but effective in bringing some refreshment to this well charactered brew. I love this. Thanks to Mike for the sample, now how to get more here in Connecticut!

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Photo of alehopman
4.38/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured in nonic glass creating a huge billowy tan head which was persistant w/great lacing and sheeting. Very dark brown to black, medium carbonation.

Smell is of oak with some earthy/whiskeyish components.

Taste is also complex: earthy hops, coffee, slight carmel and a great smoky, roasted finish. A slight sour backround is pleasant and rounds out the flavor profile. Hop addition is style appropriate unlike some craft brewed American porters.

Mouthfeel is substantial w/o being cloying.

Drinkability definately points to sessionable. Could easily quaff several.

When I initially reviewed this I thought it was bottom fermented and thought it was odd given the well developed flavors. Palealeman rightfully advised me since then that it is actually top fermented and it all made sense. I picked this up in PA on a business trip for around $17 a case. A regional brew that was a pleasant surprise.

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Photo of beerluvr
4.3/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This pours with a great tan head, settling slowly over deep brownish-red liquid. Nose is a roasted malt/chocolate/coffee joy to behold mixed with a light light diacetyl character that works well with this beer. Taste is a tasty mix of deep roastiness with a hoppy edge to it, more than a hint of coffee and slight caramel notes. Finishes with a quick fruity flourish, more roastiness that causes a nice dryness on the palate. A great beer, and a great value for the money spent - $3.99 for a of the great beer bargians out there.

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Photo of Phatz
4.3/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

There are many good things I could say about a Steggy Porter. First is is local from PA. Second it is one of the cheapest beers you can buy at the distributer. Third, it is one of the best values in the beer world; in my opinion. What we have here is a better than 4.0 beer for under $20 a case. What is not to like about that. So we're off to a good start.

Appearance: Pours black with a thick brown head and beautiful rings of sticky lacing lining the walls of my glass.

Smell: Magnificent aroma of coffee and bittersweet dark chocolate roasted malts, anise and caramel.

Taste: The taste echos the nose. Roasty with chocolate coffee and caramel a hint of vanilla and a touch of smoke in the aftertaste. All the elements are in perfect balance make an extremely quaffable brew. It has a bit of a cola like aftertaste with the dry coffee flavors left on the cheeks.

Mouthfeel: It is very smooth across the tongue. Light, but apropos to style, with a gentle dry finish and a drop of sweetness.

Drinkability: The feature of the beer is the extreme ease with which it drinks. It is approachable and gentle but flavorful and at these prices you can afford to drink a case in a night.

Hope this is helpful.

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Photo of NeilSilber1
4.3/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Very dark porter, basically opaque chocolate color topped by a deep brown foam. On the nose prominent roast of dark chocolate and coffee. Light hoppy aromas with tones of earth and floral citrus. Big roasted breads dark toasted coffee and caramel malty sweetness with a well balanced bitter hop with intense malty coffee caramel chocolate bready love. Not too sweet with right balance of malty and hop. Great porter that gets better as it slowly warms and sits...

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Photo of mvanaskie13
4.3/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Lucky to find thus one on draft, at Kung Fu Necktie...

Nice pour in pint glass, solid black with tan head that dissipates quickly, still impressive

smell is nice roasted coffee chocalatey malt. Great.

Taste is roasted coffee malts and hint of caramel and chocolate.

Mouthfeel is nice flavors linger with the mild carbonation on the sides if the tongue.

Extremely drinkable, lve this one from Steg.

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Photo of cyguyjg
4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

Photo of QXSTER1
4.22/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Recent BA review made me revisit an old favorite and I wasn't disappointed. Poured a deep rich brown with red highlights and emitted a tantalizingly sweet malty chocolate aroma.

Head was a dense, quiet tan with sticky lace that lasted for the short time before it disappeared down my throat. Taste was coffee/chocolate with a hint of licorice. Hops stay in the background and keep this porter from becoming too sweet.

Finished with some burnt grain and some oily hops. The medium body and balanced flavors make this a highly quaffable brew.

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Photo of Gusler
4.2/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a beautiful deep hazy brown to black color the head impressive in size, frothy in its texture, with fine sheets of lace. It’s always been my feeling since being converted to the dark side so many years ago that “Any beer You Can See through Is To Light”. Hints of butter, with light toasted grains and also some caramel sweetness, quite pleasant, with a malt sweet start and a middling top. Perkily hopped, spirited in its carbonation, bitter chocolate dry aftertaste and one quite decent “Porter”, and well worth a sample.

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Photo of plaid75
4.2/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a deep black hue with a one finger creamy caramel head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a nice balance of smoky and coffee-like burnt grain and lightly sweet caramel malt.

The taste was upfront heavy burnt grain. Dark chocolate and coffee flavors dominated along with a nice smoky finish.

The mouthfeel was full and creamy, with a very dry finish.

Overall a very good and tasty porter. Simple and easy to drink. A nice robust brew and a great value for the money.

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Photo of tgbljb
4.2/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured a very deep brown, almost black color with robust tannish head that was long-lasting and nicely coated the glass as it fell. Very attractive. Smell is robust being a mixture of Raisins, plums, prunes. figs, and roasted malt. Taste is a real pleasure to enjoy. Coffee, chocolate, malts, dark fruits abound. It almost seems like someting to pour over vanilla ice cream (something different to try?) Finishes with nice coffee taste and a lingering dry bitterness. An immensely enjoyable beer, especially when you consider the price.

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Photo of SAmori
4.2/5  rDev +14.4%

I must admit it: this is a fine porter. Porter is my favorite style and this is a full flavored example of the style from one of my least favorite Pennsylvania brewers.

The porter provides all the porter attributes: a rich tan head (that I wish stuck around longer), notes of coffee and chocolate with a medium mouthfeel. I would not call this a robust beer but it it is fully flavored and impenitrably dark. Coupled with its modest price per case and you have a winner. Whatever Stegmaier did with this ale it should do across its lineup. Very solid.

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4.13/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Mymrnngjckt for this one!
12oz bottle into pint glass.
A: Pours a thick, two finger head that is a rich and dark tan. The body is a deep black, one that would most likely be associated with a stout. Thick lace is left behind and the head holds throughout the whole beer.
S: A very malty aroma, one that doe not show any signs of hops. A bit of sweetness to this one as well.
T/M: The front of this porter is a smooth experience from the mouthfeel, that leaves with a silk. The body tastes of nutty malts and has a nice layer to it. The finish shows the sweetness that is in the beer and I feel that only part that is not as developed as the rest of the beer.
D: A really great porter, one that drinks easy and holds really good taste profiles.

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Photo of sulldaddy
4.13/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I am sampling this brew chilled and in a pint glass. The beer pours a clear chestnut brown with soft fluffy tan head foaming up easily. Fades slowly to a sturdy surface layer. Aroma is cocoa powder, espresso, and some earthy hops.
First sip reveals a soft creamy texture and average body. Small tingly carbonation is present. Flavor is similar to what nose advertises. Some chocolate a hit of roasted malt some caramel sweetness mixes with brown sugar for a sweet finish. Very smooth and easy to drink. Quite a tasty brew!

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Photo of rarevos
4.07/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Says "Traditional Pennsylvania-style" on the front label. No idea what that means.

A: Pours an opaque dark brown with nothing at the edges when held up the the light; this is damn dark. Dark brown head is pretty fleeting and all that's left a minute after I pour is a foam crown and a little island.

S: Brown sugar, rum-soaked cherries, licorice, chocolate and molasses.

T: All of the above, though in reverse order of appearance and intensity. There's a nice, dry-hop flavor at the end, followed by a burnt finish and a long, bitter cocoa tail.

D: Surprisingly good, and a beer I could drink a lot of were it available in my neck of the woods.

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Photo of fretlessman71
4.06/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pertinent Preliminary Comments: Thanks to sundontlie for providing this one for me.

APPEARANCE: Almost jet black, with the faintest hints of brown-purple coming through the bottom edge of the glass when held to light. The stream of beer coming out of the bottle even looked impressive! Semi-firm tan head, tight bubbles, settles to a sheer cap. More sheeting than lacing on the sides of the glass at first, but toward the end the lacing is incredible!

AROMA: Chocolate and dark fruit are all over this one – like a really good Russell Stover truffle on Valentine’s day.

FLAVOR: Some fruity twang at first, then the chocolate comes back through. Not much black patent flavor here. Very smooth. A little prickliness from the carbonation, but it doesn’t last. A very pleasing fruity aspect comes through toward the back of the mouth near the tonsils. Finish is mostly sweet, just a little sour (in a good way), and not at all sticky or cloying. Hops just barely come through.

MOUTHFEEL: Nice and light. A little heavy on the carbonation.

DRINKABILITY: Wonderfully smooth. Not sure of the alcohol – feels like about 5.5% or so. More than adequate.

OVERALL COMMENTS: A terrific porter. A little on the sour side for my tastes, but imminently drinkable and enjoyable. I’m thinking my good buddy chaz would like this one – the heavy roastiness gets to him…

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Photo of matty
4.06/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pitch black colored beer with a slowly fading brown creamy head.Aroma is chocolate.Taste is cocoa,cream and coffee.This is one of the best smelling beers I can remember having.Very creamy,very smooth and very delicious.I would buy a case of this in a heartbeat.Highly recommended!!

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Photo of NClifestyle
4.06/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Oh my, blackness. This beer pours up as dark as they come, but looks shiny, with a medium sized, tan creamy head. Sheets of lace, stray large bubbles. Head drops quickly.
Smell is sweet chocolate, with a hint of alcohol and sugar cereal.
The taste is coffee-like, and powerful. Some hints of smoke in there to boot. Roasted flavor hits at the swallow, with a nice bittersweet chocolate flavor, not sweet.
Mouthfeel is medium, not much in the carbonation department, but enough for a tingle on the tongue, more smooth.
This is a strong(er) beer, and I like it quite a bit. Would not drink many of these in a session, but would seek it out again. Not to mention, I'm a porter guy, so. Although it's an American porter, it does have some strange German nature about it. Have to thank the BeerBeing for this one.


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Photo of UnionMade
4.04/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a transparent black, shining burgundy through light. A thin coating of beige head tops the beer, gradially losing steam and disappearing completely about halfway through.
The aroma is quite roasty, with a bit of toffee and chocolate. Bittersweet. Rather pronounced esters, carrying through even over the rich roasted barley. A cherry smell, with a bit of fig and some prune. Very, very mild herbal hops, with a bit of a sherry quality to the overall aroma.
The flavor starts with a rather sweet toffee tinged roasted barley. Very soft malting, almost german in feel, like the roasted malt for a schwarzbier. Mild, unoffending carbonation, yet provides a lightly sparkly mouthfeel. Some esteriness, although not as much as in the aroma, come through toward the middle. The cherry flavor is present, although overshadowed by fig and some raisin. Very mild herbal hops come in at the end, with some dryish yeast flavor. A lingering coffee roasted flavor. Medium to light bodied.
A surprisingly good porter, from a brewery without much of a reputation for brewing really great beers. This porter is certainly a winner, and definitely in my top ten porter list, if I made one.

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Photo of CBFanWish
4.03/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Before this there was only dark. This was different. It is darker than the darkest nights in hell. Only the brightest of lights can shine through this. Even then, Only a single ray of light may shine through. But also in the way of any light is a thick frothy cloud of brown head. This is not a beer. It is the gateway to the afterlife. If you are a sinner. The smell was strong. Roasted malts that carry a chocolate aroma filled the air. They naturally give way to a chocolate taste with the slightest hints o coffee. The funny thing is, there is no real aftertaste. As quick as it came, the taste sharply left my palate. Sharp is the only way to describe it. A very good beer. May be tempting satan himself, but it is worth the rest of eternity in hell.

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Photo of Pete9094
4.03/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours jet black with mocha colored head. Looks nice. Head stays with you to the bottom of the glass with nice lacing
S- Bittersweet chocolate, coffee aroma. Wow!
T-Great balance of roasted malt w/ subtle hop balance. Lots of different flavors mixed into this brew. Chocolate, coffee, licorice, with fruity overtones, at times.
M- Creamy mouthfeel that doesn't back down.
D- This stuff NEVER dissapoints and gets better with every case. This is the best $18 you will ever spend. Lion BC has really stepped up to the plate lately with their core products and the addition of some seasonal offerings ie: Bock, Double IPA, could a wheat beer be in the cards for the Summer... Easy to drink.
Give this a try. Go Phillies!

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Stegmaier Porter from Lion Brewery, Inc.
Beer rating: 3.67 out of 5 with 165 ratings