St. Brigid’s PorterJuly 1, 2003 Denver, CO
Great Divide Brewing Co.
Available: CO, NM, TX, MI, WI, OH
This robust porter is named for the Irish saint credited with turning her bathwater into beer. It is brewed with Northwest two-row, dark caramel, chocolate and black malts, and Northern Brewer and Hallertau hops, fermented with American ale yeast.
Alcohol by weight: 4.7
A sensual brew with an inviting nose of chocolate, licorice, pepper and new mown hay that fills the room. The head is long-lasting and rocky, rightly so. The lovely balance of rich roasted malt and flower-like hops is very wine-like. The black beer with hook and line-caught Alaska white king salmon piccata and a dessert of paper-thin organic apple strudel was a real Rocky Mountain high.
- Charles Finkel
A local beer for me. With no prejudice I will say it is a classic American porter. Floral hop aroma and flavor embrace sweet cocoa malt character to create a dark porter ale that beckons with every sip. My tongue is dancing and my mind is prancing. This is porter!
- Charlie Papazian
St Brigid was a fifth-century Irish abbess who is reputed to have turned her bathwater into ale. Great Divide’s interpretation of porter avoids the bath-tub and produces a reddish-black beer with a massive barley white head. The magnificent aroma is dominated by bitter chocolate with hints of vanilla and dark hedgerow fruits. Satiny malt slides across the tongue, while floral hops make an impression. The finish is smooth, with rich malt vying for attention with resiny hops and tangy fruit.
- Roger Protz
Founder of Merchant du Vin and the Pike Brewing Co., Charles Finkel is a pioneer in the marketing of craft beers in America.
Author of the New Complete Joy of Homebrewing, founder of the Great American Beer Festival and a Beer Examiner at www.examiner.com, Papazian is a leading voice in beer and brewing.
Roger Protz is the author of Complete Guide to World Beer and 300 Beers to Try Before You Die. He is a respected beer authority and editor of the CAMRA Good Beer Guide.