Saint Bridget's Porter | Great Divide Brewing Company

very good
498 Reviews
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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Photo of mikesgroove
4.05/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

had the chance to try this gem on tap last week and i was really impressed with how much cleaner and richer it tastes on draft.

The pour was just about as good as you can get for the style. A rich dark brown that just about obscured all light from the glass. A nice three inch head of off white foam that came up the side of the glass and hung around for a good bit before finally settling down into the glass and leaving behind tons of side glass lace.

The smell was loaded with chocolate. Rich notes of sweet chocolate that were blended in with a touch of burnt coffee grinds and some nice dark fruits, grapes, maybe some plums balanced throughout the profile. Really nice profile here, with the dark yeast strain that really showed off some nice fruit and cocoa notes, especially as it warms. The flavor was more of the same, rich, with a health does of chocolate and dark fruits, swirling around together. Almost like some kind of quad like yeast strain in here. Very full and very enjoyable. The feel was full bodied with a rich carbonation profile that just added to the enjoyment. An easy drinker coming in around 5% I had no issues in enjoying the entire bottle over the course of the evening.

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Photo of n2185
2.99/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A: Pours black with two fingers of creamy beige head. Head retention is good with some decent lacing.

S: Some roasted malts up front followed by sweet chocolate and creamy coffee. There's a dry cocoa powder aroma as well. The nose is kind of weak on this beer--I had to really swirl and stick my nose in the glass to pick up anything and even then it was fairly faint.

T: Bitter roasted malts up front followed by creamy chocolate. The finish is very clean, leaving only a trace of the roasted malts. Not bad, but a bit bland.

M: Medium-light body with medium carbonation, this beer is creamy while in the mouth, but goes down surprisingly watery.

D: Goes down fairly smoothly with the light body and lack of bold flavors. Not a bad beer, but it seems like a watered down version of a stronger porter with the nose, taste, and mouthfeel all kind of weak. Not bad, just weak.

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

Pours partly translucent ruby brown with a smooth beige head that trails. Pure hot cocoa nose. Cocoa nibs up front, a raspberry acidic bite, roasty sourness, and mint and ginger snap hops. Lean finish, cocoa powder linger. Medium, smooth, round and chewy.

Nice and easy chocolatey porter. The label is misleading on two counts: it's not Dry Irish as the name might imply and it's not particularly robust.

Not quite Ed Fitz, but solid.

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

Bottled on date: 9/2009

Appearance: Dark brown, clear with a finger of tan head.

Smell: Roasted malts, mild chocolates, along with a pleasant coffee house aroma.

Taste: Pleasantly smooth roasted malt and coffee mingles with mildly bitter chocolates. Smooth with just a nice bit of bitterness to get the taste buds working.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and creamy.

Drinkability: Flavorful and easy to drink, it's a fairly mild, straighforward porter.

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Photo of BeerLover99
3.8/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- dark brown/black body, with one finger tan head, patchy lacing

S- roasted nuts, hint of chocolate, coffee.

T- big coffee, mild sweet up front, with bitter dark chocolate finish

M- med/heavy body, smooth going down, low carbonation.

D- Solid offering by Great Divide, had better porters, but this is still good. Could have more than a few in one sitting.

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Photo of Duff27
3.41/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled on: OCT 05 2009

A- One fingered light mocha head atop a dark brown/black porter. It looked like a common cola when I was pouring it, not as opaque as I'm used to porters being. Left some nice lacing and decent head retention all the way through.

S- Chocolate/coffee, albeit very faint.

T- Coffee. Bitter chocolate malt notes come on in the end.

M- Smooth, creamy. Leaves the mouth watering.

D/O- I found this little number to be very drinkable...light enough on the ABV front but with enough flavor to enjoy more than one. Not the best porter you're going to find but definitely not a bad offering from Great Divide.

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

Picked up this mysterious delight along with b33rfaaan at one of our local bottle shops. Surprised when I got home to find out it was bottled in March of 2009; disappointed I hadn't noticed this first.

A: Small head that disappears rather quickly. Initial thought was this reminds me of Coca Cola. Minimal lacing, deep reddish brown, but still clear.

S: Molasses and toffee. No detectable hops - a byproduct of its age? MOderate alcohol aroma.

T: AVerage duration, moderate sweetness. No hops, but it seems to have aged rather well.

M: Medium body, slightly metallic finish, soft carbonation with this texture.

D: Despite the 'low' marks, I did find this brew to be rather enjoyable. It was mellow and when I offered the fizzy-yellow beer loving wife a taste, she asked for a follow up taste later on. Maybe that says enough.

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

A: Pours a dark brown color with some slight amber hues on the edges. Provides a small off-white head with some patchy lacing.

S: As it warmed, more flavors of coffee, chocolate and dark barley malts came through.

T: A very sweet porter, with ample amounts roasted dark coffee and dark chocolate upfront, with a minimal amount of floral hop undertones.

M: It was pretty slick but felt just a tad watery.

D: Drinks like a dessert beer as it is very sweet. Still a very good Porter!

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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 b33rfaaan
3.61/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

An Average poor into a pilsner glass revealed a brown/ 1 fourth of an inch head.

Dark Brown with light brown highlights and a bit of red tones. Looks like a Porter should, minus the small head, which may be due to the age of the bottle (bottled on Mar of 2009).

Smells of semi sweet chocolate and coffe, with some toffee-malt like undertones.

The taste is interesting. The hops have faded over time, but the beer I would guess has gotten smoother over the past almost two years since it's been bottled. The taste follows the nose, it's smooth coffee like flavors and goes down really nicely, but feels undercarbonated (because of the aging I guess). But the smoothness is very nice, almost no bitterness at all.

Probably really good when it was fresh, but interesting enough as an aged beer.

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Photo of BamaViper1
3.45/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a mug from a 22 oz. bottle, dated 12/15/09.

This beer may be a bit past its prime. I am aware.

This beer pours a chocolate brown forming an off-white head about 1/4 inch wide. This head leaves little whisps of lacing down the sides of the glass.

The first thing I could smell was almost the smell of burning bread mixed with puréed green vegetables. A second whiff gave rise to coffee mixed with a chocolaty malt backbone. My third try was almost all chocolate. Overall, not bad.

Bitter would describe my first taste of the beer. A little unexpected considering the malt and chocolate smell. However, the coffee notes do follow, dominated by a bitter dark chocolate. Notes of roasted malt do appear as well, but the finish is all bitter chocolate.

For a lower ABV beer, this porter has a substantial medium-full body with a lower carbonation presence. The finish is substantial as well; it's a little thick but not unpleasant.

As far as drinkability goes, I feel that I could easily drink a few of these in a single sitting. I don't know if I would pick this up again though, as I feel there are better options both in the porter department as well as from Great Divide. Considering that this beer is now retired, I guess that won't be a problem.

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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 kwjd
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an opaque dark brown with thin tan head and some lacing down the glass. Smells of deep roasted malt with some mild chocolate. Flavour has a hint of bitterness with lots of sweetness. Quite a smooth mouthfeel. Very nice porter. Too bad it isn't brewed anymore because I would like to have this again.

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Photo of MbpBugeye
3.4/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This must have JUST become retired. Some is still on shelves and my bottle says it was bottled on March 15th 2010.

A- Pretty typical porter. Not too thick with a red color shining through creating highlights. Medium head with a little bit of lacing.

S- Roasted barley that smells like light coffee and chocolate. Some grassy hops bring things down to earth.

T- Moderate coffee, chocolate and grassy hops.

M- A little bit thin and carbonated for me.

This is a pretty decent porter, just not memorable.

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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 jsh420
4.32/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

bottled 3/29/2010

pours dark brown with ruby highlights and a 1+ finger tan head that left no lacing

smells of roasted malt chocolate hops and a tiny bit of coffee

just like the nose - the beer reminds me of a lighter version of yeti/storm king

mouthfeel is great - light with good carbonation smooth and creamy

drinkability - this porter is one you could drink one after another - the light mouthfeel the low abv(for craft poters with this flavor) is a good combo - too bad the retired the beer?

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Photo of AgentMunky
4.07/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a nonic glass.

A: Dark, but around the edges it looks like Coca-Cola. Light, thin head. Some noticeable bubbles.

S: Strong roasted malts have the scent of bittersweet chocolate (not too dark, between 65% and 70%, maybe). Deep whiffs reveal the drier coffee notes underneath.

T: An exemplary porter! Smooth, but with a carbonated spiciness preceding the main flavour of roasted-sweet malt that endures longer than expected. The aftertaste departs from a hopped maltiness, introducing undertones of dark coffee and light coffee that mirror what I smelled. Clean and pleasant throughout.

M: Mild and smooth; a little carbonation, a little drying effect. Not particularly impressed.

D: I would drink this often, so it's a real shame that it was discontinued. An excellent porter, maybe my favourite, and definitely recommended for lovers of the style.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.45/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Label says this was bottled on 11/24/2009.

Appearance: rich amber-brown body which looks almost black until held up to the light, when a nice ruby tinge is let through. Head is a thick finger of light tan foam. Pretty good.

Smell: aroma is chocolatey and roasty with a dose of earthy, vegetabley hops. Usually I like this combination, but in this instance I don't feel like they're well-integrated with one another. Not bad, but could be better.

Taste: flavor is a little bit mellower than the aroma, with an added coffee character. Bitterness is quite high and, again, the beer lacks balance. There is a bit of tartness consistent with a porter. Not terrible, but again, I feel like the flavors could be better melded.

Mouthfeel: medium-light body with a very good level of carbonation. Creamy and quite enjoyable.

Drinkability: the vegetable quality of the hops just starts to get on my nerves eventually. I won't seek this out again (which shouldn't be a problem, because apparently they no longer make it).

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

Poured from a 12 oz bottle bearing a "bottled on October 5, 2009" stamp into a pint glass. Only after pouring did I learn that this brew had been discontinued.

Pours a mahogany brown with glint of ruby in the light. Has a bubbly tan head that reduces leaving thick lacing down the sides.

Has a mild coffee smell, tempered with a bit of barley malt, and hints of chocolate.

Taste is more impressive than the smell. Mild coffee and dark chocolate, with hints of sweet toffee malt, finishing rather smooth with a small hint of bitter.

Mouthfeel is medium, and dry.

A drinkable brew, tasty enough to want again, but give the other quality porters out there, it wouldn't be my first choice.

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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 buschbeer
3.68/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I poured into a pint glass to two fingers of tan head. This beer is a ruddy brown in color. It has a biscuity smell to it. The taste is coffee/bitter chocolate and it leaves a burnt aftertaste. It has a meduim body and is an easy drinking beer. Of course, almost every porter that I have ever tried is easy drinking.

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Photo of chefkevlar
3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured into a DFH snifter. Pours a deep, dark brown...almost black...with a quickly receding layer of tan head.

S: Chocolate and coffee, some caramel, a little black pepper spice

T: Coffee at first, followed with some bittersweet chocolate notes and then more coffee at the finish. Great flavor, but it doesn't last long

M: A little thinner than what I expected, with decent carbonation

D: Moderate, this is a decent porter, but the body is a little thin and the taste seems a little wattered down

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Photo of DNICE555
4.1/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the B with souped up. I'm reviewed this in a bottle and wow... what a difference on tap. Maybe the bottle was past it's prime. Very nice looking for a porter. Pleasant coffee chocolate aroma and taste. I gave this beer a second chance and I was very happy. The flavors seemed much bolder and the body was thicker. I had a second I enjoyed this one soo much. The Great Divide is definitely a solid brewery.

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

The beer pours a blackish brown color with pretthy good head retention and decent lacing. Don't get a whole lot on the nose, just some light cola, chocolate and coffee. The aroma is pleasant, though a bit light. Flavors tend to replicate the nose pretty closely in this light weight, fairly dry porter. As with the aroma profile, the flavor in this beer is quite attractive... I just wish there was more of it. There is a hint of bitterness in the finish, which tends to dry out the modest amount of sweetness in this beer. Mouthfeel is light to medium, and the beer is a bit thin on the palate. Given the abv., I'm not hugely surprised by the fairly thin texture to this beer. Still, drinkability is pretty good, and there's no doubt this beer has enough flavor, coupled with its low abv., to make this very much an easy going, crowd pleasing porter.

Nothing to get excited about here, but on the other hand, this beer has no flaws and is an easy to appreciate and enjoy porter.

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Photo of ArsenicDrone
3.96/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Got this because it was from Great Divide (makes Yeti), and because of the name.

Appearance: poured into a tulip pint and didn't see any foam forming, so I poured faster. Apparently Bridget doesn't give head (or not much). Dark reddish color.

Smell: best part of this beer. Distinct olive smell, bit of sweetness, and otherwise malts. The malt smell increases as the beer warms. I don't recall ever smelling olives on a beer before, and it's nice.

Taste: not bad, but not great. That olive smell only translates a little to the taste. Normal coffee and roasted malt stout/porter taste, decently balanced, with a minor contribution from the alcohol. Stronger bitter aftertaste than the flavor would suggest.

Mouthfeel: a little thinner than it could be, but the carbonation comes out in the mouth, helping it along.

Drinkability: I'd only have one of these at a time, partly due to the aftertaste.

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Saint Bridget's Porter from Great Divide Brewing Company
3.75 out of 5 based on 577 ratings.
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