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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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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 ManekiNeko
3.67/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle served at celalr temperature in a pint glass.

Appearance: Black liquid with brown highlights topped by a thick and frothy tan head. Receded to a layer of foam and left a healthy latticework of foam on the glass.

Smell: Burnt malts with hints of prunes, cherries, and coffee.

Taste: Bittersweet burnt malts are very prominent, almost one dimensional. Mildly tart with the cherries on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Thickly medium bodied wtih gentle carbonation. Slighly hearty.

Drinkability: An ok (Baltic) porter, but maybe a bit too tart/bitter to my tastes. Worthy of a try, but I'll take a Fuller's instead.

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Photo of ngandhi
4.32/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Toffee, toffee, everywhere.

Despite the near-perfect palate to this beer -- a roast big enough for stout, yet soft enough to easily be pegged as a porter -- St. Brigid's finest quality is its aroma. Though never especially astounding or even entirely original, the nose is godly from roasted, beany malt which comes out in full force, uninhibited by the hops.

Relax, relax.

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

This one has a dark brown body and a very large, meringue-like head. There’s a roasty aroma like smoked coffee. There’s more of the same in the flavor. Over carbonation gets in the way a bit and keeps you from being able to get the full flavor, leaving it a bit thin and sourish until you can swirl out enough CO2 to let it come into it’s own.

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

Pours a nice brown/black with a small tan head that retains reasonably well. Smells of full-bodied coffee and roasted malts. Tastes big and full of character. Roasted malts, a bit of carmel, and a nice carbonation balance this brew out well. Not something that would make me stand up and take notice but a very nice porter. Definitely something to sip and enjoy. A very good beer and worth trying.

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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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Photo of Tballz420
3.8/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is a near-black color, with a tan colored head topping it off. The scent is roasted/chocolate malts. These are also the highlight of the taste, along with some hops. The chocolate and roasted malt flavors are well incoporated in this beer. Still isnt my favorite style, but this is a good tasting porter.

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Photo of Mitchster
2.54/5  rDev -32.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Brewed with Northwest 2-row, Dark Caramel, Chocolate, and Black malts. Hopped with Northern Brewer and Hallertau.

Pours to a clear dark-brown, not quite black, forming a quickly receding tan head. Lacing is minimal, and the head remains as a thin layer of clumpy bubbles. Carbonation is moderate. Aroma is quite odd...there is a strong odor of green unmalted barley husk, akin to some New Holland Brews, very blatant Kiwi fruit, mild green hops, and a very obvious note of canned fruit cocktail, like peach syrup. Also hints of coffee, sweet chocolate and vanilla. Medium-light body. Taste begins with an obtuse sharp roasted character...the fruit cocktail and kiwi nose makes you think that's what you're tasting, but you're not. The start immediately and abruptly ends in a very prominent metallic note, sparse roasted grains, and a semi-wet chalky finish. The finish is oddly sour, like someone soaked a tootsie-roll in tonic water with quinine. The kiwi and fruit cocktail aroma is something I haven't appreciated in a beer before, but it's definitely here. The bitterness is quite mild. Mouthfeel is thin and watery with a medium-light body.

I don't know what to think of this beer. It's very odd. Is this a new style?...Kiwi Porter? I dunno. Flimsy mouthfeel, pronounced metals and quirky oddities make it as attractive as http://www.fatchicksinpartyhats.com/

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

Appearance: Pours a dark reddish brown with a nice tan head. Lacing is thin down the glass.

Smell: Aromas of chocolate and malts are very prevelant in this brew. Not all that huge of a nose here.

Taste: Hits you with smooth malty notes, strong coffee and bitter chocolate rounding it out. It's very flavorful, but taste disapears quickly and leaves a bitterness to the brew, but I don't like the finish.

Mouthfeel: Pretty light a good ammount of carbonation.

Drinkability: A drinkable porter I'll give it that, but not a favorite.

I guess I kinda like a sink your teeth into it porter more than anything. This isn't that for me.

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Photo of filabrazilia
3.7/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark amber with a nice tan head. Pretty good lace.

There is a mildly sweet malty aroma. This beer is not as aromatic as I would have expected--a little one dimensional.

There is a wonderfully rich amlty flavor that carries chocolate and carmel with it. There is a smooth bitter finish that rounds out the sweetness nicely. This tastes pretty good.

This is not a full as I would have expected. A sharp bitter finish is the most memorable aspect of the mouthfeel. Again, a little one dimensional.

This is a decent porter that has some redeeming qualities although it's not nearly as complex as I think it should be. It's drinkable, but there are other beers I would rather have.

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

Poured dark brown with a little garnet color showing through when held up to the light. The thin tan head looked so creamy that I was disappointed that it didn't stick around long.

Smell was of malty dark chocolate. Could taste the alcohol first, followed by chocolate malt. Little bit of coffee bitterness, but not much.

Mouthfeel was thinner than expected, but was helped some by swirling my imperial pint glass to revive some of the creamy head.

Not bad, but I expect something bolder from a porter. (The fact that the last porter I tried was Rogue Mocha Porter probably didn't help any!)

This was very pleasant, though and really went pretty well with the hearty homemade vegetable beef soup and crusty homemade wheat bread I had for dinner.

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Photo of TPoling
2.33/5  rDev -37.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

A thin, tan head topped off the black liquid with hints of ruby. The nose of chocolate and coffee was marred by sour notes. The taste was very sour and old or infected.

(Note to self: Review this fresh off the shelf and edit this review. This one was bottled in April and sent through a beer of the month club and not tasted for review until November.)

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Photo of AtLagerHeads
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A decent, but unimpressive porter that fails to impress in any particular dimension. The inky looking body portrays a bit of thinness and is lacking in depth. The intially great tan head vanishes in less than a minute and leaves small lace traces.

The aroma is light but gives slight roasted notes along with a hint of chocolate. The flavor is of roasted malts and a bit "off" being rather earthy without real substance. The body is watery and thin. Not a "go to" beer, but not hateful.

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Photo of Crosling
3.62/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This porter poured a dark brown with hints of orange shining through the edge of the glass. The head is was very thick and creamy at first, like most Great Divide beers. Then, the head died after only about 30 seconds and formed a hefty ring around the glass and small patches floating above the beer shaping Australia at first and then a tiger's claw. Minimal lacing.

Nice Aroma. The nose is full of chocolate, lots of chocolate. Roasted Coffee as well as some less assertive hops. My guess would be Northern Brewer.

The first flavor that hit me was alcohol which was very bizarre. Chocolate was apparent in the mid-palate. Small flavors of expresso but not as apparent as I usual like my Porters to have. Some caramel and toffee but mostly just chocolate. The chocolate was too dominant. Poor finish as well. The flavor doesn't "linger" along. More like a medium bodied Porter. Certainly should not be classified as robust.

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

Deep black leads you -- somewhat falsely -- to expect a deep, rich brew. And to some extent, it is. Light bodied, I think, even for a porter. Light coffee and subtle hints of roasted nuts. A little buttercream flavor upfront leads to unsweetened cocoa and roasted malts which extends through the finish. Pretty well balanced and pretty drinkable. Not outstanding -- but nice.

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Photo of beerguy101
3.84/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Dark brown/black color. Medium white foamy head. Aroma is roasted malts and chocolate. Light to medium bodied porter. Malts are roasted, with flavors of chocolate and toffee. The hops are grapefruity and fairly aggressive for a porter. Very soft, lively carbonation. Very smooth taste. Not very sweet. The finish is very dry and it’s really hoppy for a porter, but it seems to work. This is a very drinkable rich and robust porter. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is dry. Aftertaste is slightly bitter

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Photo of marc77
3.8/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Deep chestnut in hue with alluring, glassy crimson flashes when held to light. One fingered tan, massed, persistent head leaves sparse, diffuse lace. Balmy notes of unsweetened cocoa and burnt, pseudosmokey black patent upfront in aroma, with supporting notes of dark lovibond caramel malt and subtle, buttery carob. Appetizing and well rounded aromawise. Sweettart combination of deeply caramelized sugar and acidic, black malt incipient in flavor. Chocolate malt character is well integrated and couples well with the trace pruneish fruit undertone. Somewhat sweet and dessertlike, but only transiently. Roasted grain bitterness augments late and tapers residual sweetness nearly completely, leaving a pleasantly lingering bitter cocoa impression. Unfortunately thinnish in overall body, with an overly lean, passably viscous mouthfeel. Finishes with a brusque snap of simple residual sweetness, but otherwise dry, with hints of light roast coffee. St. Brigid is a balanced, agreeably mellow porter. Soft on the palate, perhaps overly so, and thus a bit lanky in body. A tasty brew, nonethless.

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Photo of jcalabre
3.28/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: This pours Dark brown with reddish bricking.
Mouthfeel: This is a medium bodied beer with a slightly watery texture. It starts out a bit bitter and finishes surprisingly smoothly. Not bad, not great. If it had a bit more body I would be more impressed, oh well.

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

Pours with a four-finger tan head that fades slowly leaving a clumpy lace. Black - totally opaque. Good carbonation, heavy bodied not thin as rated in Sep2003. I think it is fresher this time. Nose is a smokey roasted coffee. Starts with a roasted sweetness and finishes like a roasted coffee. $1.29 for a 12oz bottle from the Liquor Barn, Lexington, KY.

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Photo of TheDM
4.08/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

After a long rough day at the office, I came home to this brew. This was the first brew of the evening. Upon pouring it into my glass I notice a very small head from a very dark, but not opaque, brown color. It had a very nice strong malty odor. The initial taste hinted of carbonation but later died out. It head a mild initial malty taste that later came on a bit, but not much, stronger. The coffee flavor from this brew was not overpowering as in some I have tasted. I only felt a small feeling from the alcohol in the brew. It was not very strong, but rather on the mild side. I was not disappointed in my first brew of the evening. Cool, but what's next?

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Photo of Morris729
3.95/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours black ruby in color with a thin tan colored head that quickly fades into a trace amount of lace. Nose is fresh coffee with notes of mild chocolate and butterscotch. Medium to heavy in body with a smooth and creamy mouthfeel. Taste is rich malts, robust coffee, and bitter dark chocolate. A very enjoyable porter, though a more full-bodied mouthfeel would help to improve this brew.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.62/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown color, beneath a big, frothy head, which crackles and snaps. Go ahead and put it up to your ear! Aroma: essence of espresso and chocolate and some smooth spiciness. Taste: very smooth, very mellow, a lasting finish, and an abiding cocoa flavor. Carbonation's higher than I like. A good porter, but could be better.

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Photo of budgood1
3.59/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

very dark brown, bordering on black...nice tan head and lots of lace hanging around for the duration. a somewhat muted aroma of chocolate malt...a hint of coffee and the slightest caramel/toffee smell...the hop profile in the nose is slight...i was sort of let down by the smell. choco malts dominate the flavor, and a hint of burnt bitter coffee. a bit thin...and very dry mouthfeel, coming from the roasted malt rather the bitterness of any hops. not a bad porter, but certainly not my favorite.

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Photo of ADR
3.58/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nice pour, darker brown with a fluffy 1 1/2 inch head that holds ring shapes well. A little fruit in the aroma, along with sweet malty notes. Impression is not very robust, bittered chocolate that doesn't crack like a rifle shot. Mouthfeel is a touch velvety. Bittering is most noticeable at the back. Body and flavor are decent, nothing stood out as outstanding.

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Photo of Brent
3.53/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not a bad porter, but not particularly robust, either. Nice roasted coffee notes, with a hint of dark chocolate hiding in the background. Mouthfeel was a little on the thin side. The finish was tart and astringent, and not well balanced against the malt profile. Not one I will put on my "go back for more" list.

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