Saint Bridget's Porter | Great Divide Brewing Company

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Saint Bridget's PorterSaint Bridget's Porter
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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 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.

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Photo of jaydoc
4/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.58/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a pretty good porter here, very much in the english style. i found it to be a bit sweet and a bit under carbonated for my tastes, but otherwise its quite good. medium brown, crystal clear, with a ruby red glow in the light. not much head on it. the nose and taste both are chocolate malty and sweet, amber beer sweetness, an odd sensation in a porter, which i usually look at as being dryer and more clean. it has a slightly watered down texture too, which surprises me in this dark colored brew with so much residual sugar. its a little generic overall, a beer i have tasted a thousand times, nothing super distinct about it at all. that said, the flavors work well together and its a rather true to style porter. more carbonation would make it outstanding, but it drinks a little heavy without it. one and done for me.

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Photo of djrn2
4/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.85/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

This was a great beer but suffered from some thinness in the mouthfeel which I felt hurt an overall great beer. Full of great tasting malts, it smells and tastes delicious. It's just on the palette it feels a little odd. Still, another solid beer from Great Divide.

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Photo of Taphouse_Traveler
3.87/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

A nice porter that I have passed up many times. Proves to be a good brew. Typical porter color, texture, and retention qualities. Aromas are also typical with emphasis on chocolates, lacose, and a fermentation sourness. Tastes of milk chocolate that dominate a bit more than usual coffee flavors. Roasted grains are subdued under a milk sugar flavor. Texture is very smooth and creamy. Finishes mild and chocolatey sweet with a light lactose residue. A good porter with milk stout qualities. May be easily preceived as a Milk Stout.

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Photo of emerge077
3.98/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep reddish brown/black, tan foam creats some lacing.

Smell is mild roasted barley, hint of chocolate. Not especially huge in that department.

Taste is roasty, earthy, mild bitter chocolate, and dry grassy hop in the finish. It's agreeable, and smooth on the palate. Two pints would be easy. Not a bad example, it falls in the middle of the spectrum.

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Photo of zeff80
3.92/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured into a pint glass. A black color with a small, mocha colored head. Left some lacing.

S - It smelled highly of malt. There were also caramel and chocolately notes.

T - The chocolate flavors came through along with the roasted malt flavors.

M - It is fairly crisp and medium-heavy bodied. (I expected it to be heavy but it wasn't as heavy as it thought.)

D - It is very drinkable. It is a nice porter and I love the story of how they named it after Saint Bridget who turned bathwater into beer for clerics.

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Photo of brentk56
4.04/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a hazy dark brown color with a bounteous, rocky tan head that leaves some lacing

Smell: Chocolate, roasted malt and a touch of chicory

Taste: Starts out with a chocolate mocha flavor that kicks in with some fruity hops by mid-palate; after the swallow, the roasty bitterness kicks in and meets up with the sweet chocolate flavors in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied but a touch watery; moderate carbonation

Drinkability: There is a lot to like in this porter; if only it had a bit more thickness it would really be up there

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.18/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a black color porter with a small off-white foamy head with average retention. Aroma of faint chocolate malt with some roasted malt. Taste is pretty dry with some chocolate note and slightly bitter finish. Body is about average with some medium carbonation. Overall, this is a good and well balance example of a porter but lacks a bit of character to make this truly memorable.

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4/5  rDev +6.7%

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

A frothy head of light tan rises above an almost black but still brown body that reveals glimmering ruby hightlights when held to the light. The nose is welcoming with notes of coffee and chicory nestled within toffee and caramel; and a delicate waft of yeasty fruitiness. As might be expected, it's smooth across the palate with a medium body and fine-bubbled, moderate carbonation. The flavor isn't much different than the aroma suggests, but there is a bit more coffee (although it's more of your generic donut-shop java than Kenya AA or espresso, perhaps mocha java!). It's nice! In fact, I would think this could almost pass as a coffee porter! And the berry-like thread of fruitiness is there as well, mixed in amongst the softly caramelish malt and delicate hops. But the coffee returns in the finish and lingers ...oh-so-luxuriously... ...lending greatly to its character. Quite nice, and very drinkable!

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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.

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Photo of zestar
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of oberon
3.8/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

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Photo of nickfl
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

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

Acquired from DrJay courtesy of Birthday Club 2, so a big "Thank you" goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a dark reddish brown color with a very thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of smoky malts, dark chocolate, coffee and a little bit of dark fruit and hops.

T: The taste is pretty well-balanced with flavors of dark chocolate, dark fruits, roasted nuts and hearty dark malts. There's a decent hops presence for the style. This is one of those interesting beers that have a bunch of different flavors that seem to rotate with each other as you drink it. The after-taste is slightly sweet and smoky.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, slightly sticky finish.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, very good representation of style, decent kick, if you're in the mood for a porter and you want to drink several of them, then this is a good beer to pick. I could certainly see myself drinking quite a few of these on the right evening.

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Photo of smcolw
3.49/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Wonderful head: at least four fingers thick. As it recedes, it forms beautiful beige rocky formations. The liquid is very dark, nearly stout-like where light will not pass.

For a porter, the aromas are surprisingly light. I detect soured milk and freezer smells. Low chocolate and no hop. All in all, it doesn't invite me.

The taste reminds me of light chocolate milk, although the body is very thin for the flavor profile. To be clear, this is not a watery porter, but it has the consistency of a pale ale. The flavor is an improvement from the smell, but I would not describe it as "robust" as the label claims. I like the finish which has a very good blend of some spicy hop bitterness and dark chocolate.

This is a difficult beer to rate: in many ways, it is interesting and flavorful. Yet, there are distractions that make me pull back on the review. I would suggest going out and trying this, because I think I may be missing something here--like an unusual song that sticks around in your head longer than you think it should.

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

12oz bottle into a mug.

Pours a clear dark brown with 2+ fingers of foamy tan head that settles down into a great looking creamy retention that leaves thick lacing behind. The aroma is light roasty malts, coffee, chocolate sweetness, and floral hops in the backend.

The taste is quite flavorful. Roasted bitterness and espresso notes up front are nicely balanced by a sweetness combo of caramel malts and cocoa powder accents. Finishes with hop bitterness that mixes with some residual sweetness to leave a lasting impression on the palette. The mouthfeel has a light to medium feel to it with a laid back creamy presence.

A pleasant enough full feeling flavor profile, that is packed into a moderate sized body make this quite the good choice if your looking for a tasty yet easy drinking Porter.

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Photo of russpowell
4.23/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a slightly hazy mahogany/purple brown with a tan 2 finger deep head. Head drops to a healthy film with some lacing

Smell: Roasted malt and that's it

Taste: Roasted malts, graininess, and some choclate/mocha taste. Slight dryness, bitterness and nuttiness on the finish

MF: Rich silky and smooth with good carbonation levels

Very drinkable, would swear this at least one % abv lower than what it is, A tasty porter

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.66/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The appearance of this beer is a cloudy dark brown with creamy head. The smell is a little weak for my preference, there were hints of roast and mild coffee and malt. The taste was very smooth....nice malt, coffee, and a subtle hint of chocolate was present. The mouthfeel was decent and very drinkable.

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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.

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

Ruby red-influenced mahogany brown. Really now, any beer calling itself a Baltic porter should at least be opaque. Seeing sunlight on the other side of the glass is simply inexcusable. The head is light tan, average in size and modestly tacky. It's pitting as it falls and is leaving some decent lace in its wake.

The nose isn't nearly strong enough for the style. Let's just call St. Bridget's a garden-variety porter and be done with it. The aroma is of roasted malt with chocolate overtones; no coffee that I could detect. Wait just a minute... on second and third sniffs I do pick up the barest whiff of coffee.

The flavor follows the nose pretty closely and is still more chocolate-like than coffee-like. There's a good bit of roastiness, no complaints there. Some mild hop flavor and hop bitterness poke through on the finish. The body is closer to medium than to light and the carbonation is a trifle too active, making my tongue sizzle a little with each mouthful.

St. Bridget's Porter isn't bad beer (once I realized that it's a Baltic porter about as much as Paris Hilton is an intellectual). Firm up the body--on the beer, Paris is just fine--and halve the carbonation and this would be a pretty decent effort. As is, eh... a little above average.

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