Steel Bridge Porter | Widmer Brothers Brewing Company

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Steel Bridge PorterSteel Bridge Porter

Brewed by:
Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
Oregon, United States

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.60%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by artoolemomo on 11-09-2013

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Ratings: 28 |  Reviews: 12
Reviews by craigreno:
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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Photo of Jason
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz brown bottle, sample from the brewery.

Pitch black liquid, three fingers off light tan head. Roasty nose with suggestions of coffee, light molasses, chicory, and cocoa powder. Smooth roasty palate, semi-chewy medium body. Faint charcoal among undertones of coffee and chocolate. Robust but easy drinking. A very well put together Robust Porter.

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Photo of Fuzzycuffs
4.23/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Fatehunter
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Pours a finger of tan head on a black body.
The aroma is a wonderful roasted malt, chocolate and coffee.
The taste is mild malty with a good pine bitterness in the background.
The texture is smoother.
It has the nice porter traits with a nice hop bitterness.

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Photo of imbibehour
4.24/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

Deep dark walnut brown and nearly black, but fairly clear as well. Nice excellent cascading and fist full controlled booming head. Tan light with soapy retention and lots of staying power. Excellent looking brew.

Really nice porter nose. Light char, but with an excellent airy milk chocolate note. Thick and rich with a nice milky tone and excellent hint of sweetness to go with it. Quite inviting, and practically feels like you could bite right down into it. Very nice.

Palate is quite nice as well. An interesting mix as the porter angle goes for nice light character, but has plenty of roasty tones. Finish is real interesting with lots of lingering mocha chocolate thickness and a touch of sweet air. Mouthfeel is actually quite prickly, with a noticeable hop angle that gets into slight woody pine. Malt chocolate is also kind of molasses and carob notes, like a husky cocoa nib or shell, giving to earth and soil bent flavors.

This is a really nice memorable porter.

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Photo of SamuelMiller
3.97/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.48/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from the COOP.. Pours black with dark brown head.. coffee and bittersweet chocolate notes while still pretty dry... roasty and mild.. Pretty solid porter with perhaps a little thin mouthfeel.


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Photo of jrsqc7
3.4/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Very pretty beer. Good head great lacing.
Tastes like over steeped coffee from a French press and dark chocolate. Burnt taste lingers.
An appropriately robust texture.
Overall good but not great. Would try again.

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Photo of fizzician
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Lighter feel and flavor than a typical porter. Initial flavor not too complex, but develops into a nice rich mocha.

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Photo of grnmtnman
3.93/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of constantine_272
4.01/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Absolutely black. Zero light penetrates this brew; most impressive. A light brownish and white spotted head foamed up on the pour and left a sticky lacing mess. Smells creamy and milky. The taste however is a more bitter cold coffee sort of flavor and a dark deep roasted grain with a mild brown sugar sweetness following up the end. A woody oakiness musk aftertaste persists with a distinct maduro cigar. Feel is nice and light and mellow. A crisp hop bittering balances the big roast well but the sugary finish was slightly odd--not bad, just seems to come out of nowhere. A very unique beer for sure with such a huge roast. It was tasty, and worth trying for sure. I also like how drinkable it was considering how big the flavor profile was.

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Photo of vkv822
3.57/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

22oz into a tulip.

Pours black, with a thick, foamy tan head head. Great retention.

Roasty, cocoa malts. Light espresso notes.

Medium+ body, foamy carbonation. A well done Porter.

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Photo of RHVC59
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of jordanginsberg
4.19/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Donkster46
3.49/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of artoolemomo
3.67/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance- Pours up a good amount of head that seems to have pretty good retention. The head is a medium beige/light mocha while the body is an opaque, dark chocolate brown. So far, the lacing is really good and is mostly perforated sheeting. Retention proves to be excellent.

Nose- Simplistic but rich. Pretty much what you would expect from a porter. Large roasted notes, lots of coffee. This is much more apparent from the bottle. The glass shows only mild roasted notes and none of the mild chocolate you get from the bottle. The glass does show a bit of creaminess and milk. Swirling shows a very sour coffee smell.

Taste- Pretty reflective of the nose. Nice rounded roasted malts which have faint hints of coffee and chocolate. Not a lot of complexity (as with the nose). Some chalkiness on the finish but this is something I tend to find with all of Widmer's beers. Very rich in roasted malts. Slight woody bitterness. May not be complex but it does make up for that with its balance and integration. The presence may be slight but it is a very smooth beer. The chalk and dryness of the finish accentuate one another too much. No real flaws and very accessible for a “dark” beer. Above average to good. Slight sweet/sour notes start to appear as it opens up. Slight cherry, red fruit. Almost below the radar.

Mouthfeel- A little bit more than medium bodied. I really appreciate that this isn't watery and has some structure. A bit of grittiness helps as well. The dry finish may be too dry.

Drinkability- A very easygoing and inviting porter. Doesn't challenge the palate but it is interesting and robust enough to keep me drinking. The 3+ dollar price tag for a bomber isn't too shabby either.

Overall- Much better than expected. This is a pretty good, run of the mill porter. It won't amaze you but it is worth a try. It could surprise you though.

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Photo of PKS
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Libeertarian
3.99/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes taken 03/11/17:

Seems rather opaque, dark brown to black. Deep-hued red around the edges. Creamy, foamy, orange-brown desert mud colored head with excellent retention. Abundant lace taking the form of 3 or so solid ringlets. Perfect roastiness, light tobacco and some soil but not much else, weakens fast. Palate is a lot more robust, as the label states. Just packed with roasty, smoky-tart character right on through to the finish, swaying neither toward toffee on the sweet side nor beyond pipe smoke on the burnt side, though there’s a nice showing of dank, leathery hops. Retro-olfaction is smoked wood and soil but also both peppery and strangely fruity/spicy, not quite licorice, not quite cinnamon, but reminds me of both. Aftertaste is a lingering bitterness which is just a tad much. Medium-bodied and sloshy, carbonation is sharp and prickly but sparse at first yet it seems almost nitrous by the finish. Fairly warming and more than mildly astringent. Overall, mouthfeel is about what one should hope for in this style.

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Photo of CoryR
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Bunman3
3.87/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Enjoyed, free, on my Alaska Airlines flight to Seattle, it pours black, with a dark fizzy head. The requisite Porter flavors are all here - roasted malt, coffee, dark chocolate. There is just enough hop bittering to nicely round out the experience. Overall, a very enjoyable brew!

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Photo of Troy-Hawaii
3.4/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Part of a variety 12-pack Foodland $13.99
Smell of chocolate, roasted malts
Dark black color
Heavy mouthfeel
Medium carbonation
Roasted malt flavors, thinner tasting than expected
Overall just ok. The llok and smell makes it seem promising, but the flavors are thinner and don't meet the expectations.

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Photo of gandres
3.81/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of sharpski
3/5  rDev -21.5%

Photo of Squire
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TrueMetalJake
3.98/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Steel Bridge Porter from Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.82 out of 5 with 28 ratings