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Porter - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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429 Reviews
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Reviews: 429
Hads: 951
Avg: 3.68
pDev: 11.96%
Wants: 22
Gots: 110 | FT: 0
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Southern Tier Brewing Company
New York, United States | website

Style | ABV
American Porter | 5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: WesWes on 06-16-2003

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Photo of Miccal
4.14/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Overall one of the best porters I have had. Best about 45deg. It was nice and dark with a smooth feel. Overall it was a nice malty porter smell and taste.

Will purchase again.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
3.71/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Enjoyed from a growler in a snifter. This nice porter pours a blackish dark mahogany with a nice tan head of foam that dissipates to a thick ring, pooling layer, and excellent lacing. Nose of dark roasted malts, subtle chocolate, and a touch of char with some fruity esters. Flavors exceed the nose with dark sweet roasted chocolate malts, hints of char come in on the back giving the roast lovers something to be happy about (like myself), and finishing with a lightly bitter malt aftertaste that cuts through the sweetness. Good mouth feel with medium carbonation is creamy and smooth. Excellent example of a porter.

Cheers

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Photo of Zaktcc
3.24/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A - Pours a beautiful jet black color with a foamy white, 2 finger head. Head fades very quickly.

S - Very pleasant aroma all in all; dominated by the to be expected roasted malts. Quickly followed by a somewhat nutty aroma and maybe a hunt of chocolate. Overall very pleasant to the nose yet not too complex.

T - Hmm, I'm unsure. Doesn't really live up to the aromas. Very, plain and lacking in flavor I'm my opinion. If anything, fairly sweet and malty with hints of nuts, thought barely notable. Not bad, but not much to offer.

M - Light bodied beer and average carbonation. Fairly smooth with a sharp finish. Alright overall.

O - Had higher expectations for the beer given past treats I've had with Southern Tier, alas did not live up to them. The appearance and aromas are enjoyable and spot on to that of a porter, however, for me, the flavors and mouthfeel were lackluster. Decent and drinkable but bland.

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Photo of SitkaSteve
3.99/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was poured into a nonic pint glass.
The appearance was a dark black color with a one finger white to off white foamy head that dissipated within less than about a minute. Light clingy lacing graces the glass nicely.
The smell had some dark roasted malts. Light on the coffee portion and bringing in some dark fruits to sweeten.
The taste was basically the same. There's a light roasty to sweet aftertaste running into the finish kindly.
The mouthfeel was about light bodied with a nice sessionable feel to it. Carbonation seems to hit at the right spots to allow a somewhat gentle creaminess to hit my tongue.
Overall, I'd say this was a pretty good porter that I would have again, but you know what, its actually borderline English styled, I'd say.

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Photo of Billolick
3.86/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle

Pours dark and porter like, moderate head, leaving a whispy filn, thin collar and modest bits and strands of lace.

Dark chocolate on the nose.

Tasty porter with more chocolate, dark malts and dark beer goodness. Worthy and easy drinking porter

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Photo of tekstr1der
4.02/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Dark mahogany pour with thin off-white top and minimal lacing. Rich aromas of malt, roast. Flavors are malty with just a bit of smokiness. A bit too carbonated and thin to really get a good rich mouthfeel though. Not bad, but there are better close by on the shelf.

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Photo of jdelano
3.64/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Generally I like Southern Tier and Porters so I thought I couldn't go wrong here. Smell better than the taste. Found it to be rather thin. Pretty enjoyable but not very memorable.

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Photo of JamesBondGA
3.86/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark black like coke, with a thin to no head and almost zero lacing. smells and tastes slightly like chocolate. Drinks very smooth. decent porter.

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Photo of TheSixthRing
3.9/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Apperance - Pours deep, dark cola brown with a cocoa colored finger width head. Fair retention, resulting in a thin, broken layer of surface suds.

Smell - Quite an aromatic porter. Strong roasted malt with lesser chocolate notes and hints of earth and nuttiness.

Taste - Not quite on the level of the aroma. Light to moderate flavors of roasted malt and touches of chocolate. Earthy hop undertone and a fair nuttiness hits in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium-bodied with moderate carbonation and a light tingly bite. Silky texture and a smooth finish.

Overall - This is a nice porter. Though the flavor doesn't live up to the promise of the nose, it's definitely no deal breaker. Glad I snagged it while I had the chance.

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Photo of FrancisM12
4.22/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Don't feel the need to describe every detail of this beer. It just tastes good. Not my number 1 porter ,(yards tavern porter Is awesome too), but its up there. Great chocolate notes. Definitely try it. I hope you like it as much as I do.

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Photo of mrfrancis
2.88/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.75

A: Pours an inky black with subtle amber highlights and a creamy, thin khaki head.

S: Gentle, muted aromas of dark chocolate, vanilla bean, heavy cream, and earthy ale hops take quite some time to express themselves on the nose.

T: Notes of roasted grain, sweet cream, burnt toast, coffee, vanilla bean, dark chocolate, leather, grass, herbs, and lemon rind express themselves on the palate. The finish is bitter, with burnt toast, herb, lemon rind, and grass flavors most apparent.

M: Definitely on the thinner side of medium and somewhat slick throughout. Carbonation disappears quickly. I'm missing the luscious mouthfeel I expect of most porters.

O: This porter never really comes together for me. The nose is a tad too gentle, the flavor profile is too jumbled, and the mouthfeel is too thin, too watery, and undercarbonated. I hope this is just a bad bottle because this is by far the weakest Southern Tier product I have tried to this point.

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Photo of claytong25
4.65/5  rDev +26.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Very simple bottle art, but the bottle says it all; It's a Porter from a small company called Southern Tier. This brewery is in my home state so I try to support them more than others.

This was actually my first porter that I ever tried and I loved it. I haven't had to many others to compare it to, but this beer made me a Porter fan. Very dark with an awesome flavor, but still goes down so smooth. For a beer this dark it is amazing how smooth it really is.

I always have a sixer of this stuff in my beer fridge. I haven't found anyone that didn't like this porter from Southern Tier!!

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Photo of utopiajane
4.03/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours opaque but clear. Very dark brown.Thin head of tan foam that fell quickly but left lace. Nose is shy but malty and rich. Caramel and bread crust. Good roast taste, nothing burnt. Robust, smooth but with a slight edge to it. Medium mouthfeel, slightly chewy. Perfect carbonation, light hop bitter for balance and a touch of herbal at the swallow.

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Photo of Oldejoe
4.04/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look. Good rich dark mahogany, nice light tan medium head.
Smell. Beery, maybe a bit of chocolate, slightly to the crisp hop side.
Taste. Toasty, puckery, dry, some hidden malts.
Mouthfeel. Medium body, good sparkle, little, bit of puckerchew and dry hops at the end.
Overall. I prefer a heavier body and more malt character, but OK as a dry porter.

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Photo of bassboneman
3.44/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

L=dark, oily brown/black
S= Malty chocolate
T=thin bitter chocolate, malt is not very prominent - a slight finish of sour lemony/grapefruit...
F= not a very lingering feel at all. Vapid and thin.
O= despite not being a very memorable porter - it isnt bad and would certainly get it again.

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Photo of Mooslerfitness
3.33/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

L: black like rootbeer 2 finger dirty off wite head lots of lacing
S:chocolate not much else
T: little chocolate and hop at end little carbonation
F:pretty creamy
O: for OkAy not bad but wont buy again

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Photo of microbrewlover
4.14/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This brew pours a solid black with a two finger tan head which lasts for a while and some of it remains on top until the end. Good lacing and carbonation.

The smell is chocolate malts and some spicy hops. Dried fruits and nuts and a woody earthy smell.

The taste follows the nose mostly follows the nose with chocolate malts and some very slightly roasted and sweet malts. There is the dried fruit and nuts taste there but their taste is weak and barely noticeable. There are some mild spicy hops on the back end. The feel is somewhat creamy.

Overall, this is another winner from Southern Tier. It is not as bitter, full of coffee or chocolate other porters but it is very smooth.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
3.92/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark brown color with 2 fingers of head that fades down to a small cap

S: Dark fruits and roasted malt stands out the most, with hints of dark chocolate and coffee in the back

T: Follows the nose. Starts off with the roast and a bit of coffee, and goes into the semi-sweet dark chocolate and dark fruit notes. Very lightly bitter towards the end

M: Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation

O: A solid porter with a good balance between the roast and dark fruits. Very easy to drink, and an under-looked beer for being under $9 a 6-pack

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Photo of devilshaircut
2.93/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

look 4
smell 3.5 nice dark chocolate
taste 2.5 had promises due to the look and smell, but ultimately the taste didn't live up look and smell. slight chocolate and butter but not much else. slightly watery.
feel 2.5
overall 3. average. wouldn't really drink again.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
3.74/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a small snifter.

A: Very dark brown.mclarity appears to be good. Creamy khaki-colored head retains at a half inch in height. Spotty lacing.

S: Tootsie rolls, chocolate-caramel chews, iced coffee, molasses, light whiffs of roasted malts. A touch leathery and figgy.

T: Bakers chocolate, roasted malts, good dose of charcoal, lightly acidic, black coffee, grassy/herbal hop oils, flash of citrus. Bakers chocolate, char, and fading roasted malt acidity on the finish.

M: Medium bodied with a light creaminess. Smooth and satiny. Light prickling carbonation.

O: More acrid than the nose suggests. A very no-frills porter. Drinkable and serviceable enough, but it doesn't stand out too much.

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Photo of MrIncognito
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

A solid porter but just not quite as bold and rich as I would like. Mouthfeel was a little on the thin side and there was not a whole lot in terms of finish in the flavor. Notes of coffee and chocolate throughout with a light smokiness. Just wish all those flavors had been more robust and bold.

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Photo of mhuber
4.5/5  rDev +22.3%

Pours clear but dark brown with very little head that dissipates quickly. The aroma of the malts comes through but is quickly overshadowed by the flavor of the hops, which are fairly prominent in this porter. A clean finish and not too heavy. This is a great beer, I enjoyed every drop!

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Photo of Roxie_B
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Looks: Opaque and deep dark brown, nearly black. Half finger of tan head.
Smell: Dark roasted malts, a bit acrid for a porter. Coffee, light weight in the aromatics department.
Taste: Sweet and bright. Coffee, lactic acid citrusy hops that put me in mind of mandarin oranges.
Mouthfeel: Bright and bubbly if a bit aqueous. A bit of a sting on the back end.
Overall: Drinkable and refreshing.

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Photo of gonzo000
3.49/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A. Dark brown in color. Can see through if held up to light. One finger tan head that disappears quickly.

s. strong smell of burnt malt

t. Fine malt taste. Nothing special, nothing negative to say. Good flavor.

m. There is too much carbonation in this beer. Hard to get over the bubbly feeling.

o. Good beer. This porter would work well for warm days, as it is a bit lighter.

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Photo of Jetulio
4.06/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

355 ml. bottle poured into a Snifter glass

Appearance... Black beer with foamy head colour beige of one finger aprox not lasting, a thin ring last until the end

Aroma...   Llittle touch of malt and a strong chocolate aroma

Taste... Some tea and pine notes and then hop , touch of bitterness lasting in mouth

Mouthfeel... medium/full body and soft carbonation

Overall... a very recomendable porter, a chocolate predominance with style.

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Porter from Southern Tier Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 429 ratings.