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Porter - Southern Tier Brewing Company


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725 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 725
Reviews: 402
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 11.99%

Brewed by:
Southern Tier Brewing Company visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: WesWes on 06-16-2003)
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Photo of Grugalug

New York

3.79/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a pint glass.

A-It is a very dark ruby red with a half finger of off-white head. The head lingers a bit, and leaves quite a bit of really attractive lacing. Very few bubbles rising to the top. Looks quite nice.

S-Big malt presence. Quite a bit of caramel and a bit of toffee as well, which surprised me. No coffee or chocolate that I can detect. A really nice sweet malt aroma, but just the slightest bit of roasted malt. No hop character in the nose. Overall smells quite inviting.

T-Very satisfying. Where there was virtually no coffee on the nose, coffee-like bitterness is quite present and very nice. Hop bitterness is also present and is a great balance to the caramel-like sweetness. Again, no chocolate that I can detect but nonetheless very nice.

M-Lower levels of carbonation make this beer feel substantial. Certainly not chewy, but nice and just a nice amount of body.

O-A very nice example of the American take on the porter. While porters are not terribly bitter, they can be a bit intimidating to the newcomer. This would probably be a great choice for someone just getting their feet wet, and it is definitely complex enough to satisfy someone craving something with some complexity. Very nice.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2014 02:39:34 | More by Grugalug
Photo of SLeffler27

New York

3.43/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A half-inch, creamy, light chestnut head slowly drops a fine coating of lacing on a Dogfish Head snifter. Silky dark brown (SRM 33) to very dark brown is essentially black in the glass.

Dark roasted coffee dominates, yet acerbic detergent cannot be dismissed. Warmth does bring out a light aroma of baker’s chocolate.

This Porter opens with roasted malt and coffee grinds. Sweetness does keep the roasted flavors in check, while the finish repeats several times with deep roasted bitterness. Warming brings out light hop bitterness and flavors, such as grapefruit and pine resin.

A medium body is lifted by prickly carbonation while the alcohol is more prominent than expected. This beer is somewhat astringent with a course texture that approximates brushed wool.

This porter is best paired with food, probably something sweeter, such as Kansas City BBQ ribs.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2014 19:57:07 | More by SLeffler27
Photo of Emnmarko


3.23/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Bottled 4/26/13. Enjoyed 3/10/14

A- Dark and clear with a red hue. A one finger head dissipates almost immediately.

S- Dark roasted malts, dark fruits and a hop backbone. Smells quite good.

T- Well this is disappointing. This has the making for an impressive brew but someone fell asleep at the helm. Your typical porter flavor with a heaping helping of water. Completely underwhelming. Too bad.

M- A little light per style. A little watered down here too.

O- Ok at best. Probably the worst porter I've tried. Not my typical response to a southern tier brew and that's unfortunate. No flavor, no body. Oh well they still get my business for their IPA selections.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2014 23:14:20 | More by Emnmarko
Photo of Mojo


4.06/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle -> Dogfish Head glass

A - deep obsidian black with a one finger light brown head, fairly decent retention and lacing

S - weaker nose than I expected. Mostly coffee and chocolate and maybe an earthy note

T - lots of notes present here, caramel, coffee, chocolate, roasted nuts, molasses, black licorice, and a slight smoky flavor.

M - full and satisfying

O - a little less roasted than Smuttynose robust porter but probably better balanced.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2014 04:21:23 | More by Mojo
Photo of FLima


3.64/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Very dark brown color with a thin beige head with low retention.
Roast and lightly smoked aroma with notes of coffee and chocolate.
Flavor of coffee, earthy hops, roasted and smoked malts, vanilla, caramel, cocoa, nuts and wood. Very dry aftertaste with a residual roasted and woody notes.
Light body with appropriate carbonation and slightly acid.
Decent Porter, very enjoyable with very present coffee notes. It is a flavorful brew with medium complexity, but not really robust as the label says and not with a unique taste.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2014 02:03:14 | More by FLima
Photo of patpbr


3.99/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a deep black with a tan head.
S - Roasted, Coffee, Chocolate
T - Follows the nose with a strong malts, coffee, chocolate, hints of vanilla and hops.
M - Medium body with a semi bitter bite.
O - A good porter but is lacking some bold characteristics.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2014 01:43:47 | More by patpbr
Photo of Flounder57


3.95/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle was poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: This beer poured a small mocha head that reduced to a thin layer. It is a pitch black color with no clarity or bubbles seen coming up through the glass. Spotty lacing as the beer was drank too.

Smell: Roasty, molasses, caramel, smoke, chocolate, and molasses.

Taste: Smoky, molasses, chocolate, roasty, caramel, stale, a little sour, and caramel.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, full bodied, medium carbonation, smoky bitterness, and very drinkable.

Overall: Pretty enjoyable and delicious porter. These guys seem to do everything solid. More please.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2013 01:06:10 | More by Flounder57
Photo of delta490


3.39/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A- poured a deep brown, clear in certain light. A light tan head is present at the beginning and quickly fades, leaving every so slight bits of lacing

S- deep roasted notes of coffee with hints of alcohol

T- roasted malt dominates, but there is little subtlety. It's good, but not great.

M- a little thinner, even slightly watery

O- There are definitely some good parts of this beer and worth trying to add to a collection. But not the absolute best porter I've ever had.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2013 00:07:57 | More by delta490
Photo of mitch3114

New York

3.51/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into snifter glass.

Very fresh bottle. Brewed 09/04/13. Less than a month! I really like the date stamp on the bottle. Very simple and easy to read. Other breweries should follow ST's lead on this...

A-looks like a typical porter. The color is a little lighter than I expected. It was a dark brown on the pour. When it settled it was a little darker. It ended up being a dark brownish black. The head looked really nice and was about an inch thick. Light tan, thick and stayed around for awhile. Even after 15 minutes there was still a ring around the edge of the glass.

S- This brew smells really nice. It smelled much hoppier than I expected. Chocolate, malt.

T- Bitter from the roasted malt. Just a little hops. Not like the smell. Chocolate. Earthy.

M- Quite thick. Thicker than I expected. Nice mouthfeel.

O- Overall, this beer was ok. I think I was expecting more as I like this brewery a lot. For a porter the smell and the mouthfeel were great, but it just seemed pretty ordinary and not very memorable. In this day and age with so many different breweries sprouting up everywhere, an ok beer from a great brewery doesnt quite cut it-for me anyway. I will never buy this again. However, if I am at a restaurant and it's the only craft, I would get it. But that's not saying much.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2013 01:41:12 | More by mitch3114
Photo of superspak


3.9/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, bottled on 1/21/2013. Pours crystal clear very dark reddish brown color with a 1-2 finger dense khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Light soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of chocolate, cocoa, caramel, toast, toffee, coffee, biscuit, light nuttiness, floral, and toasted earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/roasted malt notes; with solid strength. Taste of chocolate, cocoa, caramel, toast, toffee, light coffee, biscuit, light nuttiness, and toasted earthiness. Light earthy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of chocolate, cocoa, caramel, toast, toffee, light coffee, biscuit, and light nuttiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance, robustness, and complexity of dark/roasted malt notes; with a good sweet/roast flavor balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied; with a creamy and smooth mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice porter style. All around good balance and robustness of flavors; and very smooth to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2013 04:47:47 | More by superspak
Photo of curasowa

New York

4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark, dark ruby color with a thin cap of tan head that fades to a ring.

Aroma: Roasted malt and cocoa powder

Taste: Rich roasted malt up front with lots of chalky cocoa mixing in. Some earthy bitterness shows up in the middle and then fades in the finish, which is chalky and slightly astringent.

The Rest: Body is just on the thin side of medium. This is a balanced, no-frills, straight-up Porter that checks all the boxes of the style and is pretty delicious. It doesn't overpower or overwhelm and is very sessionable.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2013 01:19:28 | More by curasowa
Photo of Jeffreysan


3.76/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

12 ounce bottle poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Pours completely black and devoid of all light, like tar, with a finger of oatmeal-colored head that quickly faded to a thin halo of foam that gripped the glass.

Aroma: Lots of roasted malt, but that’s about it. For a porter, it’s not that impressive. It contains none of the roasted coffee or dark chocolate that I’m used to in other porters.

Taste: A lot like the aroma, lots of roasted malt and barley, but not much else. Again, none of the subtle (or intense as in some porters) coffee, chocolate, vanilla, burnt sugar, nutty notes that I’m used to tasting in porters. The beer tastes good, but as a porter goes, it’s pretty thin and a little disappointing. No finish whatsoever.

Mouthfeel: Thin, and watery, with not much carbonation.

Overall: Southern Tier’s porter tastes very pleasant, but it is very forgettable. Actually for a porter, it’s pretty weak. I really miss the roasted coffee chocolate, vanilla, burnt sugar, nutty notes that I’m used to tasting in porters. In my opinion, the beer actually makes a better schwarzbier than a porter.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2013 22:29:20 | More by Jeffreysan
Photo of KYGunner


3.66/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

No ruby porter color here. This thing is so ruby it's black/purple. Good looking in color it does lack a significant head. The carbonation is so excited that it rises to the surface and then pops.

Very thin in scent there is a light malt, tea leaf and chocolate aroma.

Chocolate malt hits the forefront with a dry, bready finish. Cracker like dryness and hints of roasted coffee sit deep in the background.

Overall, so much for the robust on the label. This is tasty, don't get me wrong, but it doesn't grab me like I had hoped.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2013 21:25:22 | More by KYGunner
Photo of chinchill

South Carolina

3.84/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Undated 12 ounce brown glass bottle of "DARK ROBUST PORTER" served in a snifter.

Appearance: Very dark and reddish mahogany body that looks nearly black but is clear and has exceptional ruby-mahogany edges. Creamy tan colored head soon reduces to a ring but leaves some decent lacing on the glass.

Smell: Medium and dark roasted malts with light spicy hops and hints of coffee and roasted nuts. Aroma strengthens and improves with warming.

Taste: Hops contribute a nice bit of spiciness and lead to an excellent sweet/bitter balance, but the flavor is clearly dominated by roasted malts. Mostly a dark roast and there's a touch of smoke in the finish, but no unwanted burnt flavors. Roasted nuts, dark malt and an abundance of coffee in the lingering and mildly bitter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Nice and smooth, with a medium+ body and near perfect carbonation.

O: a relatively gentle, subtle and refined American porter with admirable balance and complexity. Not as rich or strong as a typical Robust Porter.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2013 22:57:39 | More by chinchill
Photo of gcamparone

Rhode Island

3.86/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a snifter.

A- Pours a deep brown body with a small white head that reduces quickly and leaves little lacing. Nice color.

S- Big milk chocolate and coffee notes, pretty nice smelling.

T- Subtle coffee, milk chocolate, vanilla notes with a cardboard-like phenolic finish. Not too flavorful but the flavors that are there are good. Aftertaste is roasted malt.

M- Thin-ish but drinkable. Medium carbonation.

Overall not a bad porter - the shining point is how easy it goes down. Could be a little more robust, considering the label says "robust porter". Worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2013 02:44:19 | More by gcamparone
Photo of Danderson


3.6/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had to pour a little vigorously to get any head, which was light and thin. Perhaps it's my mood (long day at work) but the smell was perfect - smooth, soft, creamy-chocolatey. At first, seemed to go down more smoothly than expected, but by the end, noticed the carbonation (not bad; just seemed to change over time). It was a little colder than was necessary; still regulating the beer fridge, so that may have dampened the flavor a bit, but still felt that it had a distinct light-chocolate/coffee taste.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2013 01:11:56 | More by Danderson
Photo of shand


3.21/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3

Southern Tier Porter pours deep brown with a finger of head - about standard for the style. The aroma is sweet and roasty, with a bit of chocolate. The taste is where things get a little weird. I'm not sure if it's an over-roast flavor or some sort of coffee addition that adds a touch of acidity that is rather distracting during the sip. After that passes, it's pretty solid porter territory, with a nice strong roast through the finish. The mouthfeel is thin and a bit too highly carbonated, and the drinkability is solid. Overall, an average porter that has a few flaws that really hold it back.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2013 02:08:59 | More by shand
Photo of mooseo


3.34/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

12oz bottle into tulip.

A - Dark black-brown with a very small light tan head.

S - Subtle aroma of light roast, chocolate, and black coffee.

T - A delicate but tasty blend of roasted malt, faint dark chocolate, and coffee. Finishes with a touch of bitterness and burnt smoked wood flavor.

M - Rather light/thin mouthfeel. Smooth. A bit acidic, especially in the finish.

O - Just an 'ok' porter. The mouthfeel is a little odd and a bit too thin. Not much here in terms of complexity or robust flavor. But what remains is still a rather pleasant, drinkable beer that I would have again if the opportunity presented itself.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2013 04:33:36 | More by mooseo
Photo of SEG1975

Ontario (Canada)

3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a chilled pint glass

Opaque dark brown with decent amount of head that diasappeared quickly.

Decent aroma with a strong bitter chocolate / coffee scent

Mouthfeel is smoothe, but not as thick as I was hoping for

Taste: Coffee undertown is more dominant than the bitter chocolate. Malty, but not overpowering.

Over all a decent Porter that I have found is best served slightly chilled.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2013 01:52:45 | More by SEG1975
Photo of fps_dean


3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

My girlfriend bought this for me, as she knows that Southern Tier is one of my favorite breweries.

This porter is a very dark brown, with a good amount of head to it after pouring, but disappears rather quickly.

There is a very strong chocolate and milk scent. The taste is not much different, but add in a good amount of hops.

Overall, this is not as thick as most porters, and goes down a bit smoother. It is also probably best served at a warmer temperature.

At first, I wasn't sure what I thought of this one, but after finishing a couple I decided I definitely do like this porter, and will buy it again.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2013 02:50:36 | More by fps_dean
Photo of Raven3464


3.43/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: It pours a black body, but not pitch black. A light brown, two finger head tops off the glass. Lacing is decent.

Smell: Smokey malts, mocha, and a hint of chocolate can be noted. None of the aromas particularly stand out.

Taste: The flavors follow the nose. A smokey malt taste blends with some chocolate notes. There is an acidic bite in the aftertaste, likely from hops attempting to make an appearance.

Mouth feel: It is medium bodied. I normally prefer porters to be a bit heavier.

Overall: As others have pointed out, it is good but not great. It represents the style well but lacks the personality found in other brews.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2013 07:02:11 | More by Raven3464
Photo of fx20736

New York

3.96/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

oured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass, served at room temp.

Black with a latte colored head, nice lacing.

aroma; espresso dominant with some dark chocolate

mouthfeel; nice, silky.

taste: slightly burnt malt, smoky, espresso, not alot of cocoa, bitterness is assertive at the end and is not easily identifiable.

notes; good but not great, I would not turn it down but not so sure I would buy a sixer with so many other great porters out there.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2013 01:06:02 | More by fx20736
Photo of jazzyjeff13

United Kingdom (England)

3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A 355ml bottle with a bottled-on date of May 2011. Bought from a web-shop some time back; curse them for selling me such old beer! I can only hope that it will still be alright...

Poured into a Delirium chalice. A deep ruby hue that appears black in the glass. Yields a large head of creamy beige foam that lasts for a few minutes before settling as a surface layer. Aroma of subtle dark malt with hints of roasted grain, molasses, dried fruit, liquorice, mild smokiness and a faint whiff of booze. Restrained but pleasant.

Tastes of dark malt with smooth character and a dry finish. Subtle notes of roasted grain, nuttiness, molasses/brown sugar, dried fruit, faint liquorice and stewed hops. Mildly sweet, with a hint of sourness in the background. A slight bitterness upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is smooth, dry and tingly, with a decent but somewhat insubstantial body. Aftertaste of faint roasted malt.

Quite nice, in a rather sedate fashion. Roasted malt and other associated aromas/flavours are present but tread lightly. Perhaps the flavours are muted due to age - I'll have to try a fresher bottle some time. At any rate, it goes down without complaint. Drinkable and perfect for when you want something undemanding. Worth sampling.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2012 00:48:40 | More by jazzyjeff13
Photo of Geegmasta

New York

3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass.

Appearance- Black as night, just the way I like it. Small head was formed about 0.25'' in height and stark white in contrast to the body of the beer. Slowly bubbled out over the course of a minute or two.

Smell- A nice burnt malty scent with hints of coffee and caramel. Seems to come off as chocolately as the scent fades.

Taste- Coffee and roasted malts ambush the toungue and the aftertaste leaves a nice smokey flavor.

Mouthfeel- A medium body coats the mouth and quickly receeds down the esophagus. Almost no carbonation.

Overall- A nice dark porter. Not the best but certainly not the worst. An enjoyable porter none-the-less. I don't mind some coffee taste but it's a bit much for me. But that's just me being picky I reckon. Something to have at a restaurant if it's offered, otherwise I don't know if it would honestly be worth the microbrew price.


Serving type: bottle

12-06-2012 03:48:55 | More by Geegmasta
Photo of CloudStrife

New York

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Pours a dark mahogany brown with a 1 finger light tan head. Quick to dissipate it leaves just a little lacing. Some light gets through the edges.

S: Roasty and chocolaty malt, almost a milk stout like quality. A dark fruitiness to it as well.

T: Roasty chocolaty malts like the aroma. Pretty solid brew, has a lactic stout like quality with a lot of maltiness. A small hop in the end.

M: A good amount of carbonation. A little thin like most porters but a velvety smooth mouthfeel.

Overall a real enjoyable porter. Can always rely on it to be tasty. One I would drink again and recommend to others.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2012 01:54:05 | More by CloudStrife
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Porter from Southern Tier Brewing Company
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