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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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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Photo of beergod1
3.51/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into Samuel Smiths Pint glass, Dark Ruby/Brown, faint, lasting tan head. Aroma was very mild, some burnt malt. As i sipped it, and it warmed, the flavors became more apparent (as most beers do ) The taste is pretty similar to the nose, but a little weaker and more of a bitter finish than expected. Good flavor just not quite what I was expecting. Toasty, Light malt. A nice Porter, but used to more flavorful Porters.

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Photo of BeanBone
4.17/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: A dark brown body with reddish highlights and a finger of cream-colored head that leaves great lacing.

Aroma: Lots of sweet, nutty, roasty, and slightly husky malt.

Flavor: Just what the nose promised; lots of nutty and roasty malt with just a hint of citrusy hops for balance. It's simple, but never boring. Lots of nuttiness and roastiness in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and velvety with moderate carbonation and a slightly drying finish.

Drinkability: Easily quaffable, this goes down quickly without being bland.

Verdict: Saint Bridget' is a solid little American Porter with plenty of character. It's straightforward, easily drinkable, and thoroughly tasty.

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Photo of Natural510
3.95/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, packed Apr 5 2010

Dark, dark brown, resembling unmiled chocolate, with the faintest of ruby highlights. Nice ring of tan lacing which hangs around the side of the glass.

I'm getting chocolate, caramel, coffee to the nose, only moderate in sweetness.

Fairly sweet, fairly bitter flavor with notes of cola, caramel, raw cocoa and coffee. Well-balanced between the roasted malt & hops. Yeast offers a nice twang in its own right.

Nicked in the body/feel department, as it is not quite as robust as some of its counterparts.

Quite drinkable nonetheless, and quite a bit of flavor jam-packed into a lower-ABV (by American craft standards) porter.

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Photo of pasdachuri
3.57/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep brown color with ruby red highlights. A finger of beige head on top.

Aroma was roasted malt/coffee aroma with hints of dark chocolate.

The taste is pretty similar to the nose, but a little weaker and more of a bitter finish than expected. Good flavor just not quite what I was expecting.

Slightly thin mouthfeel with ample carbonation.

Not the best porter out there but worth trying nonetheless.

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Photo of Metronomis
4.34/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

The porter is a dark brown and surprisingly light in color for the porter's I've regularly had. A very thin white head sits on top but fades away quickly. The taste is predominantly burnt, but it goes down extremely smoothly and leaves a burnt taste behind. It is possible to detect coffee and chocolate within. Ultimately it isn't very heavy for what it is and provides a really good drinking experience.

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Photo of Dubber55
3.03/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottled January 9, 2010

Dark brown when held up to the light. Half finger of white head

Smell consists mostly of coffee, some roasted malts, and hops

Intially, I taste coffee, a bit of chocolate, and roasted malts. Has a hoppy, slighty bitter, and dry finish

The mouthfeel is thin to medium leaning more towards the thin side. Appropriate for a low abv porter. Low carbonation.

Drinkability is decent. This beer is not overly dry or acrid but a bit too hoppy for my palate.

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Photo of ncfranklin
3.85/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle into a pint glass with a bottled on date of Aug 18th 2009. The age of this one had me concerned.

A : Pours a deep dark brown with mahogany highlights. A frothy, lacey tan head emerges to about a finger high.

S : Chocolate and coffee are dominant, with richer malts hiding underneath. Plenty of sweetness to the nose.

T : A rich breath of malt with chocolate and coffee, followed by a roasty bitterness on finish. A light aftertaste. Not as sweet as expected, well balanced.

M : Heavy bodied and smooth. It's a meal.

D : I'm not a porter fan usually, but this one settles with me well. One or two would be great.

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

Poured in to Leffe tulip

A - Dark brown in colour with almost no head.

S - Roasted malts with sweet chocolate

T - A nice balanced roasted malt profile - not specifically heavy on coffee or chocolate.

M - Light body, somewhat watery.

D - A good porter. I would buy this again but there are others that I would prefer.

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Photo of rapidsequence
3.69/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle.

Appearance: Pours a very dark brown, but is a very clear ruby when held up to the light. A sort of bone white head last a couple of minutes and leaves a couple spots of lacing. Acceptable.

Smell: Good smelling beer. Roasted malts with bittersweet chocolate and coffee. Almost a little smoky. Let it warm and swirl it and it turns into an excellent smelling beer.

Taste: Very roasty, almost charcoally. More coffee and less chocolate. Sort of like smoking a cigarette and drinking waffle house coffee-- in the best possible way. The finish leaves you with a more flavorful chocolate-coffee-roast malt profile and a kiss of hops.

Mouthfeel: Its carbonated almost to the point of fizziness. It makes the beer feel thin up front and the flavor suffers initially.

Drinkability: Overall its a reasonably solid beer. Its also accessible and inexpensive. I think if the carbonation level was lower, it would fix most of the shortcomings.

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Photo of pwsoldier
3.44/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours deep mahogany with a small tan head. Lacing is fairly light.

S - Strong, sweet notes of toffee and toasted marshmallows are backed up by vanilla, caramel, and a bit of coffee. I like it.

T - Toasted sweetness dominates up front followed by a tinge of bitter coffee in the finish. The overall flavor profile is a bit lacking in complexity and depth.

M - Definitely on the light side for a porter due to an abnormally high level of carbonation. Finishes dry.

D - A decent beer, but a lackluster for the style. There's better porters out there than this one.

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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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