Saint Bridget's Porter | Great Divide Brewing Company

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Saint Bridget's PorterSaint Bridget's Porter

Brewed by:
Great Divide Brewing Company
Colorado, United States

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.90%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 03-12-2002

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Ratings: 577 |  Reviews: 498
Photo of JudgeRoughneck
4.97/5  rDev +32.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This black porter has a thin tan head with sticky, stratified lacing. It smells of marshmallow, coacoa, spicy hops, cherry, and alcohol.

Roasted malt and hop bitterness remain distinct but come together wonderfully as creamy caramel, coffee, and chocolate tastes all emerge in layers before blending together with a hint of cinamon in the finish.

This is mid-bodied with a creamy, fluffy mouthfeel. Wow.

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Photo of wesleyhighley
4.74/5  rDev +26.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is my go-to porter. Good price, good taste, and if you're up to it you can put down a six-pack in a sitting without feeling bloated. Additionally, it doesn't taste as thin as other really drinkable porters I've tried.

It's got a great dark malt taste and makes my liver smile (or I like to think it does).

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Photo of jasonjlewis
4.65/5  rDev +24%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My computer fucked up and deleted my review! BASTARD!

This beer pours an insane head that takes up half of my glass. The retention is insane as well. The color is very dark brown.

THe smell is beergasmic. I had a premature beergasm before even tasting this beer. Such thick chocolate malts witha nice caramel malt balance. Black licorice and tofee offer themselves as enticing scents as well. The roasted malt smell is perfectly balance followed by a slight mint undertones add a complexity on this nose that make me want to declare my love for this beer before even drinking it.

Taste if sweet chocolate malts balanced by a nice caramel malting. Pale malts are balanced out by the chocolate and caramel malts. Roasted malts are not overbearing and are balanced pefectly. Black licorice and tofee blend well with this beer. IT has an almost cofee-like flavor to it. Mint undertones add an extra dimension of complexity that make me beergasm again. Hops come in to provide dry bitterness to finish.

Nice crispness on the palate with a slight creaminess. I need to buy a case of this beer now!

I could session the hell out of this beer.

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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

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Photo of pants678
4.55/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Looks delicious, a fairly dark pour with a good head foam. Smells nice, but tastes sublime. It's the perfect consistency and texture for a porter. Very smooth, tastes of chocolate and sharp hint of cinnamon. Perhaps it's just me, but there is no after taste from this beer.

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Photo of Nomad1219
4.55/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was a typical porter in looks and smell, dark collored with ruby highlights, and a cappuccino colored head. Grass, chocolate, coffee scents noticable but not overbearing. The taste was excellent! I am not sure what the key to this was, it seemed to cover the tongue with a roasted coffee and mocha flavor that was coupled with a bitterness and bite. It was at once strong but not overpowering. This was a very balanced offering with enough hops to bite but enough sweet and bitter chocolate to balance each other nicely. It is very disappointing that this is not longer made.

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Photo of buffettfan
4.54/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I just threw this one into a build your own six pack because I needed on more beer. Man, am I glad I did!

Pours a dark brown, almost ruby when held up to the light.

Aroma- probably the best smelling beer I've ever had the plesure of smelling!! A dark roasty malted, chocolate smell. If there was a candle with this smell, I would buy!

Almost didn't want to take a sip, as I was afriad the taste would not live up to the smell. The taste was much as I expected. A roasty, toasty malted taste, with a nice chocolate note, a slight hint of roasted espresso beans.

Mouthfeel, a tad light, nice and smooth however.

Drinkabilty, the best porter I have had in a long long time.

I LOVED this beer!

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Photo of pwoods
4.53/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12oz. brown bottle, purchased at Party Source, poured into a pint. Looks like it was bottled in the first week of May. No year.

A: Very deep brown with next to no visibility. Maybe a finger of light mocha head with little retention. Patchy lacing throughout.

S: Juicy red grapes and a like cola scent. Maybe just a bit of burnt coffee rinds. All porters seem very weak on the aroma side.

T/M: Very tasty. Big notes of smooth and creamy milk chocolate. Caramel sweetness adds loads to the complexity. Undertones of red grapes and a touch of coffee help round things out. Body is a bit on the lighter side.

D: This might be my favorite porter. I'm glad it's readily available.

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Photo of cdizinno
4.53/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: Poured into a tulip glass from a 12 oz brown with BOTTLED ON: SEP 10 2009, stamped on the label.

A: Dark chocolate brown, nearly black with a nice thick tan head and large bubbly lacing. Very different.

S: Hints of coffee, caramel and chocolate.

T&M: Rich and smooth with a full bodied malty palate. Lots of robust coffee and dark chocolate flavor. Mild bitterness from the hops.

Nice porter. Almost like a stout, but very good.

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Photo of ultralarry2006
4.52/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle. Leaves a one finger biege colored head that quickly recedes to a foam ring at the edges, and there is a very little bit of spotty lacing. The body is black.

Smell - hearty aroma of roasted malt and also maltbread, and some chocolate, and a hint of coffee, and a hint of some lemony hops. Smells very hearty.

Taste - very much as the nose promises, hearty flavors of roasted malt, and maltbread, with chocolate, come on in the front, joined in the middle by a hearty smokiness that goes into the finish and even lingers on in the aftertaste. And chocolate also becomes more assertive in the middle, through to the finish and aftertaste beyond. This is robust and hearty and rich and delicious.

Mouthfeel - full to medium bodied, and smooth, a little fluffy ( like eating puffed grain cereal ) .

Drinkability - this ale is excellent and totally sessionable.

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Photo of cliffnorm
4.51/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Pours a hazy dark brown. Tan head that leaves some lacing

Smell: Chocolate, roasted malt and a touch of coffee

Taste: Starts out with a chocolate mocha flavor; after the swallow, some roasty bitterness kicks in and meets up with some sweet toffee flavors in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied; nice porter

Drinkability: There is a lot to like in this porter; the most would be its drinkablility!

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Photo of WVbeergeek
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.

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Photo of Rob315
4.5/5  rDev +20%

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

A- Translucent, dark brown color with a garnet red tint. Head has some big bubbles in it and also leaves some lace from the rim of microscopic bubbles.

S- Coffee, chocolate, molasses and caramel.

T- Bitter coffee, semi-sweet chocolate, sweet molasses and gooey caramel.

M- Moderate body and smooth carbonation

D- Balanced and clean.

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Photo of mugglesandhops
4.5/5  rDev +20%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle bought in OKC @ Joe's Place
Poured into pint glass a dark brown body with a light tan head with great lacing. Smells of chocolate and coffee. The taste is what really got me on. Huge coffee and chocolate malt taste, one of the best porters I have had. Medium body. Great tasting porter that is widely available.

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

First off, I'm not a fan of porters. Just not my thing. However, Saint Bridget's Porter from Great Divide may just be enough to change my mind!

It pours a pitch black with a small (less then a fingers worth) of head. After a few sips a small head continued to remain. Nothing bad at all about the beers appearance.

Smells good, a bit like a typical porter, but smoother and less bitter then I'm used to, which is a very good thing.

The taste is great. Smooth and creamy. Very smooth and creamy! It does have a little bit of an aftertaste, but not a bad one, it just tastes like the beer itself and nothing out of the ordinary. Slight hints of chocolate and sweet malty tastes can be found consistently throughout the entire serving.

Mouthfeel can also be described as smooth and creamy, not overpowering in any way. Very good overall.

I only had one bottle to try, but I'd happily drink a second if one was available. Overall drinkability is very good to excellent.

Definitely try Saint Bridget's Porter should you have the chance. It's well worth trying, even if you are like me and don't care for porters as a style.

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Photo of jmbranum
4.48/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Another of the stash of beer I bought from the really good liquor store in Junction City, KS (drinking tonight in Temple, TX on a trip)

Inky black-brown beer with slight creamy head. Subtle toasty aroma. Smooth mouthfeel. Extremely drinkable.

Flavor is full, rich and robust. Lots of toastyness. Some dark chocolate. Nice balance, just the right amount of bitterness. Quite close to being stout.

Definitely will get this one again.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4.46/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ow wow! They don't make this anymore? Werid... Guess I am kind of glad I found a 5-7 month old case of Great divide

Bottled April 13th 2010

A - Pours a nice deep darkness with a mild brown hue in the base of my Newcastle Pub glass. The carbonation is astounding in this one raging tons of bubbles in the glass, bubbles in the empty bottle and a nice inch head. Sort of tan head at that.

S - Smells of a pretty robust porter. Mostly bittersweet chocolates and a nice quantity of coffee. Dark Barley plays it's role pretty well.

T - Mmm pretty decent. Starts off with mostly bitter coffee also borderline smokey and ashy then moves into a sweet base of dark chocolates and finishes bitter yet balanced due to the barley. Very good.

M - Medium bodied and base seems stronger than almost 6 percent.

D - Kind of hard for drinkability due to it no longer being made. I do have 3 more bottles left and will enjoy them but I guess I can't ever expect to find a sixer of this again, unless it's a year old or more. Still for a beer that's over 5 months old it drinks great! Cheers!

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Photo of Marcrates
4.45/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer is very drinkable, and quite tasty.

A - Dark coffee with brownish creamy head

S - Not too overwhelming...smell coffee

T - Very pleasing.. a good balance of malt..some coffee and chocolate tast

M - Not too heavy, buy rich feeling..

D - Very drinkable!

Great beer..wish they still made it!

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Photo of yesyouam
4.45/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Saint Bridget's Porter is a crystal clear, dark reddish brown ale with a thin, light khaki head that thins out to a film and holds steady to leave solid sheets of lacing. It has a very roasty aroma that leans toward coffee. There's a touch of sweet resin in the nose. It's medium bodied and very smooth with a very dry finish. It leaves a slightly alkaline mouth feel. It has really good balance: a touch of sweetness, ample bitterness and lots of roasted flavor. It's coffee-like. The aftertaste is bitter both like dark chocolate and something green. There is a slight hint of molasses. This is a very nice full flavored porter.

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Photo of hanco005
4.42/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass

A—dark brown, with ruby hints that shine through when held to the light, a 1 ½ inch thick cloud like cocoa colored head that reduces to a ¼ inch and stays there for the life of the beer, web like lacing is produced

S—chocolate is strong, hints of alcohol, not getting much else

T—sweet chocolate and tons of it, is this a chocolate beer? Some mild caramel and a touch of coffee, it is very sweet and I love it. This is great!

M—smooth, thick and creamy, medium/fuller bodied, good carbonation

D—excellent….simply excellent. This has just become my favorite porter. I will seek this out again and again.

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Photo of blakesell
4.42/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz. beer bottle into a standard beer mug.

Appearance- Pour has a pretty frothy head, about a finger thick that dissipates into a finer cream across the top.

Smell- Rich chocolaty aroma with roastiness evident and a hint of caramel. Slightly watery in the undertones.

Taste- Chocolate roasted malts, lactose sugars. Very light and flavorful with a slight burnt note in the aftertaste. Still goes down smooth and would be great on ice cream.

Mouthfeel- Very nice carbonation levels with a strange rusty lingering on the mouth after swallowing. There is a slight iron off flavor.

Drinkability- Very. It goes down smooth and I could drink several with no real arguments. 5.9ABV isn't too bad so I could probably handle that OK.

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Photo of Gambrinus1184
4.42/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12-ounce bottle into a Sam Adams pint glass.

A: Poured a near-black coffee color with a dense head of tan carbonation which left some nice lacing. There are ruby highlights in the center of the brew when held to the light.

S: Smells of a rich coffee porter, with robust roasted malt aromas and a touch of unsweetened cocoa powder.

T: The taste is a robust combination of bittersweet chocolate, strong brewed coffee and a rich hop oil presence which is subtle, yet quite welcoming.

M: Mouthfeel is rich and full, but not overbearing for a porter.

D: At near 6% ABV, it's not the strongest porter on the market, but still one to watch out for. You might not care though, as the flavors warrant a session with this one.

A very tasty porter indeed. I liked how it didn't err to much on the malty side, and actually seemed to make it a point to smack you with hops in the mid-palate. The rich coffee flavors were a real treat, and the aftertaste is so powerful, I think I can still feel it a day later. Very good.

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Photo of isubsmith
4.42/5  rDev +17.9%
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.

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Photo of taigor
4.41/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into DFH pint glass.

A - Poured dark brown, almost black non-transparent color with medium tan head that quickly dissipated leaving significant amount of lacing around the glass.

S - Plenty of roasted malts, coffee and dark chocolate.

T - Starts off with slight sweet roasted maltness and gradually transforms into bitter coffee and dark chocolate finish.

M - Medium bodied with average carbonation.

O - Very good easy going robust porter from Great Divide. I would highly recommend it.

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Saint Bridget's Porter from Great Divide Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.75 out of 5 with 577 ratings