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 compass40204
4.2/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black with a nice layer of froth which dissipated quickly. Not much lacing as I drink it down. Smells faintly licorice with coffee up front. Rich malt nose, too. I detect some alcohol in the aroma also. Chewy mouthfeel. This stuff is a meal. Tastes of coffee and roasty malts. Alcohol warmth is present but not unpleasant or out of place. Finishes very clean. Not the smoothest porter but highly enjoyable and complex.

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Photo of OnThenIn
3.55/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: The beer had two fingers of tan head. The body of the beer was a dark brown with slight ruby notes.

Smell: There was a bit of roasty and chocolate in the nose. Some sweetness and a coffee like aroma as well.

Taste: The beer starts out with a bit of bitterness that is a mix between the roasted bitterness and the hops. It then opens up to coffee and dark chocolate like flavors. It is a bit creamy and also a tiny bit watery. There is some sweetness towards the back end with a bit of astringency.

Mouthfeel: The beer is a little thinner than I would expect, but with good carbonation.

Drinkability: This is not a bad beer. It has a nice roasty flavor, and a bit plan, in a good way.

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

Great Divide: St. Bridget's Porter (Bottled 12/22/09) (Tasted: 05/04/10)
12 oz. bottle poured into an imperial pint glass.

Heard this one is going the way of the dodo, so I had to get a last taste of it. It is one of my landlords favorite porters, so we picked up a case with which to properly mourn and celebrate the passing of a great beer.

Appearance: Very dark brown on the pour, looks black in the glass, definitely not opaque when held up to the light. Head is small, tan and foamy, ok lacing, ok retention, about two millimeters.
Odor: Blast of fresh milled pale malt, toasted brown bread, chocolate and cracked nuts. Musky, spicy and earthy hop aromas underneath.
Consistency: Light end of medium bodied, low carbonation. Grainy, endearingly rough & roast on the tongue. Slight creaminess.
Flavor: Dark roast coffee and bakers chocolate, subtle hints of fudge and citrus/spice hop flavor. Background is filled out nicely with a layer of sweet toasted pale malt. Finish is clean and roasted, espresso lingers.

Though I prefer my porters a bit fatter in the middle, this is a great example of a robust porter. The malty coffee flavors are beautifully executed, I'll miss this beer. (Assuming the rumors are true?)

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

Single bottle (bottled on 12/22/09) poured into a Shaker pint glass.

Appearance: Dark brown (garnet red shades when held up to the light) beer. Tan foam (1/4" thick) upon pouring died down to a thin foam across the top. Some lacing noted - not a lot.

Smell: Sweet coffee and mild cocoa. Some hoppiness in there as well towards the end of the sniff.

Taste: Very nice blend of hops (bitterness) and sweet roasted malts (chocolate flavors). A bittersweet chocolate comes on as an aftertaste with this beer towards the end of the glass.

Mouthfeel: Mild carbonation on the tongue, otherwise just thick enough to be noticeable upon drinking. Definitely not watery.

Drinkability: Went well with a meal and I could easily drink one of these alone and have another one. At times it reminds me more of a Russian Imperial Stout than a Porter (has hints of Yeti to it in the hop/coffee/chocolate combination) but overall very nice and I'm glad I was able to pick up a bottle since it's moving to just on-tap (or so I've heard).

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Photo of Gyle41386
3.63/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Dark brown pour. Mocha colored head is somewhat small, but retains pretty well. Spotty lacing on the glass.

Standard porter nose...roasted malt, chocolate, coffee. Some caramel sweetness, and a slight sour twinge.

Flavor favors the coffee side, though there is a pretty solid chocolate presence. Not overly roasty, which is a plus. Little hop bitterness.

Medium bodied. A bit thinner than I'd like. Carbonation is fine, perhaps a bit overdone. Lightly dry finish.

It's an easy drinker, but it's pretty dull. Can't remember if I read on the forums that Great Divide wasn't going to make Saint Bridget's Porter anymore or not, but I certainly wouldn't miss it. It's still a good porter, but it seems a bit below Great Divide's standards.

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Photo of emmasdad
3.48/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark-brown color, shot through with hints of red. Nice, decent light brown head. Aromas of roasted malt and dark chocolate. Flavors follow along the same lines: more roasted malt and dark chocolate. The body is somewhat thin here, but a pretty solid offering.

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Photo of allforbetterbeer
3.35/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Freshness date clearly marked on bottle. Poured into a pint glass.

A: A hard pour yields 3 fingers of head that dissolves into one, with nice lacing and fine retention. Body is clear charred ruby, lighter than many others.

S: The usual chocolate, highly roasted malts, and coffee like any good porter, but with the addition of extra hops. This sets the nose of this porter apart from others, and may be a plus or minus depending on the drinker's opinion about porters with noticeable hops.

T: To my surprise, hops were the first to awaken my taste buds when this beer washed over my tongue. The hop taste was predominant, and never quite moved out of the way to let the malts, caramel, coffee, or chocolate take center stage.

M: Thin body for a porter, little mouth coating and medium carbonation.

D: Drinkable for what it is, but not particularly drinkable as a porter.

Overall: What an odd unbalanced beer this is. Tasting it blind I would have said it was a weird American pale ale or some variation of that style, but never a porter. What kind of porter feels like an pale ale and tastes like a watered down stout mixed with something hoppy? Certainly not bad to drink, but not a success as a porter. Seriously, did someone pour Sierra Nevada Pale Ale in this when I wasn't looking?

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Photo of Goldfish19
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

~ 12 oz bottle from Big Z Beverage in Huntington, NY.

Appearance: Dark brown with a creamy tan head.

Smell: Roasted malt, coffee, and some bitter chocolate.

Taste: A delightful and well-balanced mixture of roasted malt, coffee, and dark chocolate.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, silky and smooth.

Drinkability: Very easy to drink.

All in all, I really wanted to give this beer a higher score, but the watered down taste kept me from doing so. With that said, this is still a solid offering from Great Divide. ~

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Photo of LordAdmNelson
3.78/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A nice easy drinker here from GD. Pours a dark brown with nice ruby highlights when held up to light. Decent tan head that hangs out for a little bit. Smell starts out very nice, some sweetness, a bit of chocolate, coffee, roasted malt, but it subsides as the head does. Taste is nice, similar notes as in the nose, with the added dimensions of wood and smoke. Occasionally takes on a pencil-like flavor, though. MF is a bit thin, I would like it to be creamier. Drinkability is very good, it's a decent six-pack to pick up if you're in the mood for a middle-of-the-road porter.

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Photo of thecarster1
3.97/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a- bottle poured into a pint, nearly a fingers worth of tan head that falls to an uneven layer of lace, deep dark brown coloring.

s- mmm, coffee, roasted biscuit, bready, carmelized brown sugar sweetness.

t- nice savory porter, bready, good amount of roast, slight smoke, some nutty notes - walnut, coffee bitterness, semi-sweet chocolate, burnt caramel sweetness, finish is dry and moderately bitter.

m- on the lower end of full bodied with active carbonation.

d- the drinkability is really nice here, i could easily have more than one, very enjoyable and flavorful. i'm gonna try my hand at making a black and tan with one of these, i think it will turn out well!

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Photo of Teleweizen2
4.2/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Glass - Sam Adams pint

A - pours a deep brown color, ruby red when backlit. A fingers worth of kakhi colored head sits on top.

S - roasted malt/coffee aroma with hints of dark chocolate.

T - a Lot of sweet chocolate malty flavors and a coffee style bitterness to balance the sweetness.

M - full bodied with carb on the lower side.

D - I just had to get one of these because I heard they won't be brewing it any longer and I'm just sorry I didn't get more. It is a damn fine porter.

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Photo of mralphabet
3.6/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass....

A: Poured a brownish-black with a slight reddish tinge. About 3 fingers of thick brown-colored head that fades to a very nice ring that leaves some wonderful lacing.

S: Sweet roasted malt with hints of chocolate, caramel and some licorice.

T: The smell did not disappoint and the taste follows up pretty well.... The roasted sweetness is there followed up with more coffee notes.

M: Medium bodied, a little creamier than I first thought.... Finish is pretty bitter and dry. Oddly the alcohol in this beer is more present than it's 5.90%.

D: Not a bad little Porter.... Fits the style. Not crazy good, but not that crazy bad. Worth picking it up if you can find it.

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Photo of jmerloni
3.22/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - A dark brown that appears thin. Not very whole looking and you can almost see through it. Head is minimal and recedes at a decreasing rate so it ends up lasting a while. It becomes very sticky at the end of the receding...Kind of interesting.

S - VERY interesting and strange. Extraordinarily earthy smelling like tree bark and grains. Maybe some vanilla in there as well and maybe some cocoa powder. Some hops and not much malt.

T - Not overly impressive and pretty dull. Much of what's in the nose along with an aftertaste that is a bit anisey.

M - Medium bodied and overcarbonated. Finish isn't as dry as it could be. Decent overall.

D - Drinkable, certainly, but kind of a dull beer. There's not much to it. I don't really know why Great Divide would make this brew when they have Edmund Fitzgerald as well. Wouldn't get this again. It's too bad this is the Great Divide porter in my local packie rather than Edmund Fitzgerald. It's not bad - but it's pretty boring. Take it or leave it I guess.

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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 Andreji
4.02/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is my second great divide brew, a lucky opportunity bordering the end of my visit here.

Nice very cloudy brown to black pour, thin but lassting white or tan head really. some fresh lacing.

Smells of dark chocolate all over. bitter sweet feel. overwhelming hops but very nice nonetheless.

Taste is rather different. Very subtle sweetness but dominated mostly by a compelling smoked feel, sort of like smoked meaty feel and an ash background to it- bitter, nice tasting no less, but a strong enough taste to bear so easily and continuously- especially one after another. much like a robustly pulled porter or very light rauch. Not bad.

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Photo of cbutova
4.16/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Have had this one a few times, reviewed from notes. Pours out almost pitch black but some light shines through around the edges. A nice fluffy, off-white two finger head has nice retention and leaves heavy lace behind. A huge pillow stays on top of the beer. Smell is of roasty malts, cocoa and slight coffee notes. Earthy and grassy hops shine through in a nose with good strength. The taste is of roasty malts, caramel/sweets, and some coffee and cocoa notes. Nice earthy/grassy hops to balance off the taste. The mouthfeel is a moderate body with pretty nice creaminess and moderate carbonation. A coat of earthy hops stays on the tongue and the body feels a bit oily. Drinkability is nice. It is definitely a good session beer. Heavy flavors with a great price. A good porter that is being retired apparently, it's too bad...

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Photo of hosehead83
3.78/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a standard pint glass
Dark brown with reddish highlights-Generous head of off-white foam
Aroma-Subtle coffee and chocolate
Taste-French roasted coffee, subtle dark chocolate notes, creamy, with a dry, slightly smoky finish.
Overall a pretty tasty representation of the style.

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Photo of Radome
3.06/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance - Beer is very dark but crystal clear with definite red highlights when held up to light. Head is thick and creamy and off-white.

Smell - Fairly muted aroma, mostly of roasted grain and some hops. There is also a sharp chemical smell in the background.

Taste - Roast grain and some hops taste dominate, but fade quickly. On the aftertaste there is sharp hops bitterness and again a chemical quality. No malt backbone or any other flavors to add complexity.

Mouthfeel - Thin mouthfeel; very high carbonation, higher than I would prefer for a porter.

Drinkability - Overall a decent porter, but nothing to write home about. My main complaints are the one-dimensional taste and excess carbonation.

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Photo of hreb
3.65/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cold 12 oz bottle, Jan 08 2010 bottling date, poured into pint glass. Eerily specific food pairing suggestions on label. Beer pours a very dark brown, not quite black, with a red tinge. Almost no head. Rich, nutty aroma, but with a chemical quality, too (not diacetyl).

First sip is immediately sharp on the front of the tongue with carbonation and an acidic bitterness. Secondary flavor profile brings out nuts and toasty bitterness. Medium light body.

As I continue drinking the beer a flat hop bitterness emerges as the dominant flavor, and indeed, aftertaste.

Overall: not unpleasant, but over-carbonation for the style, a chemical flavor, and lack of dimension reduce enjoyabilty.

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Photo of cpetrone84
3.88/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-pours a dark brown color that lets hints of red hues pass through with light shined upon it. The head is a light brown color, relatively thick with little retention. It does leave a nice thick lacing on the glass

S-the nose is interesting, average in strength. Roasted barley and a light dark chocolate malt tickle the nose first. Hints of roasted coffee make a brief appearance as a strong hop profile takes over. Big herbal hops, tea leafs, and just a hint of citric notes.

T-the taste also has a strong hop profile but not as strong as the nose. Roasted coffee and lots of dark chocolate start this off. Hints of vanilla run in as roasted barley takes hold. The hops then take a step in quite gently. Herbal notes with the tea leafs as in the nose.

M-full bodied porter with a great smooth texture, it feels quite creamy. Low levels of carbonation keep it going down the mouth extremely easily but somewhat lacking in terms of body at the finish.

D-excellent porter, well hopped in the finish giving it a nice balance. Big roasted flavors up front really hit the porter tastes in a great way. Easy drinking and tasty

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Photo of kegger22
3.45/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Great Divide Saint Bridget's Porter was a dark brown color with an inch high, tan head that quickly reduced to nothing.

The aroma was an inviting blend of roasted chocolate and roasted coffee.

At first blush St. Bridget, thanks largely to its solid aroma, seems to be a top notch porter. Unfortunately after a few sips, you realize that the roasted chocolate malt is a little on the weak side, and St. B was nothing special.

The mouth feel warms up to medium bodied and carbonation was sufficient.

Drinkability was just so-so, in lock step with the flavor.

I have heard that Great Divide is retiring Saint Bridget's porter; she won't be missed for long for there are many better porters out there.

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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 ATPete
3.73/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, bottled Jan 08 2010

Since this one is going away i figured id give it a review before it does. Pours a lighter-than-deep-brown color, transparent with a medium sized sticky tan head. Faint nose of roasted chocolate malt. Round and roasty, a long burnt finish follows the quaff, malt forward all the way, other tasting notes of cherry cola and a faint herbal hop character late on the finish. Ashy and burnt, semi sweet and very smooth, easy to drink. One of the better everyday offerings from GD, shame to this one on the way out.

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Photo of ocelot2500
3.45/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep mahogany with small tan head that leaves little lacing on the glass.

Smells of light and sweet coffee with a touch of chocolate.

Tastes of light roasted malts up front with a sweetness on the back end. Again, tastes light and sweet, reminiscent of an iced mocha. Chocolate and light coffee characterize the roasted malts.

Mouthfeel is light and not what I would expect for the style, but has a smooth amount of carbonation to it.

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Photo of tatoodkelt
3.55/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Consumed 2/28/10- from notes.

Brown 12oz bottle as pictured poured into a pint glass.

A- A deep brown, made me think of root beer, topped off with a 2 finger khaki colored head that faded slowly. More carbination than I expected, some lacing.

S- Roasted coffee tinged with a little chocolate.

T- The same elements as the smell except the coffee is fainter and the chocolate a little more prevalent, with a little vanilla mixed in as well.

M- Medium bodied, the carbination throws this on off for me. Not as smooth as most porters I've had.

D- Pretty easy to drink, could be a good session beer as well as a good choice for macro people looking to try something new.

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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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