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Beer #23 – January 23, 2010: Saint Bridget’s Porter

January 23, 2010

Beer: Saint Bridget’s Porter

Brewery: Great Divide Brewing Company, Denver, Colorado

Style: Porter

Serving Type: 12 oz bottle

Price: $7.99 / 6-pack

Availability: Year-Round

Glassware: Shaker pint

Strength: 5.9% ABV (alcohol by volume)

Drinkability: At just under 6% alcohol, this fits the definition of a “session beer”, i.e. a beer you can drink all evening long.

Tasting Notes

Appearance: Pours a deep, dark walnut brown with a velvety tan head.

Aroma: A melding of roasted grains and earthy, piney hops.

Mouthfeel: Moderate body + moderate carbonation = Substance without heaviness

Taste: This beer starts with a nice melding of rock candy sweetness and medium roast coffee flavors with just a little creaminess.  The effervescence builds in the middle to lend a mineral water and black pepper kick, that finishes with an earthy, herbal and moderately bitter pine-tinged hoppy finish.  With the pronounced hop presence, this is definitely an American take on a Porter (traditionally, a very mildly hopped British style).

Pairing: While one typically would not think of pairing a dark and roasted beer with seafood, porters pair particularly well with seared scallops, with the roasted notes complimenting the “seared” flavor.  Add the hops presence in this beer, and you have a brew that can stand up to spice and heat.  I’d say curried seared scallops would be an ideal match.

Trivia: St. Bridget (a.k.a. St. Brigid) lived in 5th century Ireland, and was renowned for her generosity, believing that both the spirit and body required proper nourishment.  She apparently performed miracles where she would make small amounts of food and drink multiply to feed both fellow clergy and strangers.  But her place in beer history was sealed when she once turned her bathwater into beer.  And that’s a miracle we can all raise a pint to!

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