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 WeymouthMike
3.22/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This one pours a dark black with little head which disappears which quickly turns into a lace ring around the outer edge. Taste of roasted sweetness with a bit of carbonation but still light and smooth on the tongue. I could definetly drink a few of these on a nice fall or cool spring day.

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Photo of timtheenchanta
3.93/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very dark brown. Nearly black. Small dark tan head with little retention. Some spots of froth stay on top of the liquid and there's some thin webby lacing.

Coffee, big roasted flavor. Light hops. There's a small bready smell to it. Not sure what would bring that about.

The taste is similar with more hops. The combination of the roastedness and hops make this one finish rather dry.

Enjoyable beer that I would gladly try again. to BeerBeing for this one.

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Photo of nvsblman
4.02/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a heavy, deep brown with a light coffee brown head. Really nice aroma with some dark chocolate and toffee and also some roasted nuts and vanilla. The chocolate is also upfront in the taste with some caramel and a nice coffee finish. Just slightly noticable is the hoppiness. Medium to full bodied without being too heavy. Lightly carbonated. This has a really nice malt profile and is a pretty nice porter.

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Photo of TheDeuce
3.1/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Decent for the price, poured a tan bubbly head, pitch black. Some faint smells of roasted coffee and a little bit of a whisky scent as well (odd?). Taste was bitter as a porter should be but not all that complex, obviously wasn't that much thrown in the tank aside from coffee-flavored ingrediants. This beer is porter-like enough to warrant a drink (at 14 bucks a case perhaps many drinks) but compared to top tier products by other breweries it pales in comparison.

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Photo of DarkerTheBetter
3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured a dark black with a think light tan head. Smelled of sweet roasted caramel and a smoky marshmallow with slight hints of coffee. Tastes of smoky camp fire, subtle dark sweet malts and coffee with a slight blend of plumb skin sourness. Finishes with a dry roasted espresso. I was surprised how much this finished exactly like coffee. The mouth feel was light with a full mouth of small bubbles. This one surprised me. The flavor was potent, well put together and it’s very easy going down. For about $14 a case, this is an amazing porter.

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Photo of Jredner
3.51/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picking up mostly caramel malt in the aroma and scant else. Black with a fine two finger thick mocha head. Caramel malt int he fore with a little less than medium roastiness. Some minute chocolate notes and a touch of heavily creamed and sweetened coffee. Great mouthfeel. Perfect for the style.

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Photo of Naes
3/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Black in color with a small tan head that disappeared quickly.
The aroma is malty sweet with hints of chocolate.
The flavor is a bit watered down, but does have a chocolate / coffee presence.
Mouth feel is light for a porter and is mildly carbonated.

Overall this is a decent beer, but with so many other choices out there, this is nothing to seek out.

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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 LucaBrasi
3.3/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep brown appears black like spent motor oil. Creates a small head which disappears rather quickly.
The smell is like roasted malts, chocolate and nuts.
Taste like coffee and caramelized malts, finishes with a chocolate taste.
The mouthfeel is crisp from the tingle of carbonation.
drinkablility is good. A porter I wouldn’t go out of my way for.

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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 Beaver13
3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle. Pours a nearly opaque black with red highlights. It has a thin fizzy dark brown head that quickly goes to a thin collar.

The aroma is dark chocolate, coffee and lactose.

The flavor is subdued at first, but comes out more as it warms. Some coffee and chocolate and sweet cream, a little bitter roastiness and a little fruitiness with a tinge of sourness. It has a big full mouthfeel.

Overall, a solid porter.

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Photo of elsinore
3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks, BeerAdvocate ... if I hadn't read about Steg Porter here, I would have missed out on a real surprise of a beer brewed just 90 mins. or so from my house.

No freshness date on case or bottle.
Beer pours a dark brown with reddish overtones. Head is light brown and sticks around for a while.
I find the taste surprisingly complex and interesting, with layers of earth and roasted grain along with the to-be-expected (and quite tasty) coffee and chocolate.
Very well-balanced; just a nice pleasant beer to drink.
The beer scores high for mouthfeel too -- it's full-bodied, creamy, not a lot of heavy carbonation.

I was pretty well blown away by this beer, and I think most other beer drinkers would be quite surprised too.
I have rarely, if ever, heard Lion Brewery mentioned in the same breath as Yuengling. But if Lion's other beers are anywhere near this level, then Lion deserves the same cult following its fellow Pennsylvania brewery has.
(I've had Ying Porter, and Steg absolutely stomps it, in my humble opinion.)

I raise the last drops of my Steg Porter to the men and women who put out such a tasty, drinkable, remarkably affordable beer. Thank you.

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Photo of WesWes
3.8/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a deep dark black color with a 1/2" tan head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a smooth, creamy, chocolate aroma with some hints of patent malts. The taste is decent. It has a rich black patent malt flavor that goes down easy and finishes dry and earthy. The mouthfeel is decent as well. It is a full bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a good drinking porter and actually quite a surprise. I've had some other Stegmaier brews and they sucked, but this was outstanding.

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Photo of Citadel82
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tor such a modestly priced brew this is quite a beer. A rich malty Porter.

Serving Size 12 ounces with no freshness date on the bottle.

Pours a deep ruby chestnut with a thick tan head that leaves creamy thick lace.

Smells of of malt and earth .

The taste is sweet malt, cofee, date-nut bread. Rich and complex.

This is a great beer at an everyday beer price. Under four bucks a sixer if you can believe it.

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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 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 WVbeergeek
3.61/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark ruby brown body decent sized tan head dwinldes pretty quickly leaving little or no lace. Aroma: Nice roasty mild chocolate notes underlying fruit tones, with a subtle touch of hops thrown in there. Taste: Very mild porter touch of sweet fruit acidity in the forefront touch of chocolate and coffee not bad for the price very affordable and better than most other options while drinking in Meadville, PA. Mouthfeel: Pretty thin lighter body not bad even carbonation just not as thick as a standard porter. Drinkability: Nice quaffable brew pleasing local PA brewed porter all hail the Lion Brewery.

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Photo of kennyo
2.59/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Good old PA brewery, first tried it after I found an old bottle in my aunt's basement. Saw it for $4.99 a six pack at Half Time.

Pours a nice deep dark reddish/brown, almost opaque, with a nice head with subsided pretty quickly. The beer has a sweet, malty, molasses aroma to it. Thin mouthfeel. The beer starts off nice porterlike qualities but turns sour mid taste and then its gone. Has a nice low carbonation level to it. Beer could be drinkable, $4.99 a six, but the sourness turns me off.

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Photo of resirob
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep, dark, almost opaque reddish-black. Small tan head with good retention and just a little sticky lace.

Aromas of light roasted coffee, a tinge of chocolate, and warm toast.

Starts with a nice softly sweet roasted maltiness, followed by a mild coffee flavor, then a bittersweet chocolate finish. A really nice porter.

Mouthfeel was medium full, with light carbonation.

Drinkability is very good - this would make a great session beer. This inexpensive beer is an outstanding value.

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Photo of CharlesRiver
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I picked up a six pack of this in Sturbridge, MA just because it cost something like $4 and I wanted to try something new. Very dark brown in color with a good size tan head that lasts. The smell is very sweet with more chocolate than anything coming through. The taste is very similar as the sweetness is very powerful. The taste also brings more coffee notes as well as something a bit chalky?

Overall, very easy to drink and worth the $4 something I paid for it. Would I buy it again, yes.

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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 yen157
3.9/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Light milk chocolate colored head made up of very fine bubbles. Doesn't hand on to long, but it is clingy and compacts to a healthy 1/4". Rum, chocolate, and bread crust make up the nose. Very seductive. Nice "mild" porter. Not too astringent, but some charcoal flavor resides amongst the toffee, bread crust, and caramel. Diacetyl is present, but is well incorporated. Smooth and sweet, this is pretty nice. Carbonation is a bit low, even for my liking.

Note: I need to try this again because there was a distracting sourness in this brew. Something like sour milk. I really don't think that it was supposed to be there, so I'm assuming that it was an off bottle and not factoring it into the rating.

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Photo of oberon
3.78/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep brown with some red hues shining thru it with a light almond colored head that left quickly,an aroma of dried fruit and lightly alcoholic.Taste is of real bitter chocolate and tar with some burned fruit flavors a real sharp flavor to this brew which I cant put my finger on.I got a slight green olive flavor as well?Any alot of different flavors packed into this one a pretty nice porter worth trying.

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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 jcalabre
3.7/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Originally sampled on 6 November 2002. Stegmaier pours dark brown w/ a thin tan head. The nose has whiffs of caramel & molasses. It is sweet on the tongue w/ a clean finish. This porter is very drinkable & enjoyable. It's a nice example of the style

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