Porter - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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Ratings: 917
Reviews: 429
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 11.72%
Wants: 21
Gots: 95 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Southern Tier Brewing Company visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: WesWes on 06-16-2003

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Ratings: 917 | Reviews: 429
Reviews by DrinkingDrake:
Photo of DrinkingDrake
3.31/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Not as thick as I thought on the pour. Came out a dark and left a thin layer of head with some big bubbles.
A subtle but robust nose of dark roasted malts and some sweet caramel and coffee. Very smooth and full of chocolate and dark roasted malt. A great fresh dark malty aftertaste that leaves a mild astringency. For a porter this is very drinkable.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.93/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep brown with some dark orange highlights witha thinner tan head that is gone pretty quickly,aromas are of bittersweet chocolate and roasted nuts and dark roast coffee but doesnt pack a real punch.A very well rounded,flavorful porter here bitter chocolate and coffee hit up front but finishes very earthy and dry in the finish with a big dose of hops.A tad thin but very flavorful and extremely quaffable from a western NY brewery that i really like and plan to visit next spring on a trip to the inlaws.

Photo of claytong25
4.65/5  rDev +26.7%
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!!

Photo of blitz134
3.38/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pretty dark, basically black but has some brown highlights when held to the light. Light, foamy light tan head, 1/2 inch thick and holds on while reducing slowly.

Very light aroma, a touch of chocolate and lightly toasted malts with a little sweetness. Not much else.

Flavor is better. Toasted malts come out again with a little expresso and even some char in the finish. Simple, but more robust than the aroma led on.

Medium bodied mouthfeel that borders on being a little light. Medium carbonation. Flavor lingers for a while.

Overally pretty drinkable as a session type beer. Nothing overly noteworthy but a good offering nonetheless.

Photo of warnerry
3.18/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - pours deep brown with one finger of tan head. Head fades pretty quickly, leaving very little lacing.

S - Chocolate and roasted malts. Faint hop presence. Relatively subtle.

T - Taste is much more roasted malts than chocolate. Taste is actually a bit watery. Does has a decent hop presence.

M - Light, thin mouthfeel. Finishes earthy and bitter.

O - Decent porter, but nothing I would seek out. Just too thin to be that enjoyable.

Photo of generallee
3.98/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: It has a dark opaque color with a thick foamy tan head. Its head hangs on for awhile and leaves nice rings of lace behind on the glass.

Smell: There is a nice roasted malt aroma with sweet molasses and just a hint of citrusy hops.

Taste/Mouth feel: The favor is full of dark, roasted and malty flavors with burnt caramel and molasses sweetness. Mild bitterness is supplied by a light hops presence that adds some balance. This is all wrapped up in a very drinkable medium body with a pleasant smooth mouth feel and carbonation.

Notes: Drinkable and full of flavor, nice!

Photo of Doomcifer
2.27/5  rDev -38.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Pours an extremely dark brown, near pitch black, with a very stiff, light brown head. Great lacing as well. Although it looks nice, the smell left much to be desired. Nothing very noticable besides some breadiness. Taste was mediocre at best as well. Taste is roasty but not really coffeeish or dark chocolates either. Roasted dark malts, very dry mouthfeel. Tastes kind of burnt actually. Overall, this beer is mediocre. There is nothing that really sticks out and strikes me as being great about it, or even good.

This is the fist Southern Tier offering that has left me wanting. I guess I was due to find a beer from them that doesn't appeal to me.

Photo of Jason
3.73/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 12 oz brown bottle with no freshness date.

Appearance: Chunky froth that leaves a tan lacing behind. Nearly black in color … sure what the hell, it is black.

Smell: Minty, root-like with a sweet roasted aroma.

Taste & Mouth Feel: Medium bodied with a smooth bitty mouth feel. Burnt yet not astringent … tad smoky with charred malt flavors throughout. Clean malty palate, hops are mild with a slight balancing act with the malt. Finishes with a wet charred flavor.

Drinkability & Notes: A very interestingly layered porter, quite flavorful yet not robust at all. I paired this with some smoked cheddar and rye crackers.

Photo of warriorsoul
3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A brew remaining from a previous trade w/ shippos.
Pours black w/ just a hint of light passing through on the edges...half a finger of beige head w/ an agressive pour. The cling is thin and goes bye-bye fairly quickly.
Faint aroma w/ mainly roasted malts...a hint of dark chocolate in there.
Taste is also very subtle...a hint of smoky flavor going on.
Bread-like yeast flavors mixed in and no sweetness detected at first, but appears somewhat once this puppy hits room temperature.
Mouthfeel is thicker than I was expecting and the carbonation is decent.
Although this brew is not "wowing" me, I am really enjoying it and can make this a session brew w/ no effort.
Score must suffer due to me having Smutty's Robust Porter last night...tough act to follow.
I really like all of the ST brews I have tried to date...keep 'em coming.

Photo of tigg924
4.17/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: dark brown 1/4 inch head

Smell: chocolate, caramel, and malt

Taste: chocolate dominates, burnt malt, some woodiness, and a touch of peanut butter

Mouthfeel: very smooth, light for a porter, semi-sweet

Drinkability: This is my favorite from the brewery so far. This was the mystery beer in the sampler pack I picked up. This is a tasty brew and I will look for it.

Photo of JohnnyBarman
4.15/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a nonic. A rich black brown hue, leaves a thin, light tan head, which dissolves into a ring around the glass. A bit of foamy lacing.

The smell is great: roasted malt, caramel, toffee. As a porter should.

This is why porters are my favourite style! The flavours in this brew (roasted malt, chocolate, plums, caramel, coffee) work together wonderfully to produce an exceptional flavour. Really enjoyed this one. A nice, crisp aftertaste too, lingering bitterness.

Mouthfeel is a little bit thinner than it'd like, but the carbonation is about right.

A very drinkable porter, not my favourite, but certainly one I'll happily purchase again. Great stuff!

Photo of Osiris9588
2.9/5  rDev -21%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours black with weak, quickly dissipating head that leaves almost zero lacing.

The nose is pretty weak, offering some toasted malts, vanilla, and coffee. The flavor consists of coffee, deep roasted malts, a hint of vanilla, and a slight woodiness. The mouth is medium bodied, without a lot of complexity on the tongue.

Not too heavy or alcoholic to drink, but lacks the complex flavor that makes one want to drink another. I often buy the Southern Tier sampler pack, and these are always the last three to be grabbed, paling in comparison to the Phin and Matt's and the Pale Ale.

Photo of dogfishandi
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle at fridge temp poured into an imperial pint glass. DOB-4 29 11 (about 3 1/2 months old). listed as 5.8% ABV on the bottle. thank you ST for finally putting some bottled on dates, hopefully on their 22's as well.

pours out a really dark dark brown, ruby reddish hues when held to the light. 1 finger of light tan colored head, creamy, but faded to just a thin ring after a few minutes. lace is quick to fall back into the beer.

lightly roasted malt with hints of chocolate and coffee. someone previously mentioned a kind of andes mint candy, i definatly get some of that.

some light roasted malt and a bit of toasted grains with some hints of chocolate and coffee. bitter, slightly wierd burnt finish.

lighter body, just a slight touch weak and watery. carbonation may be just a touch too assertive.

i remember absolutly loving this beer when i was first getting in to craft and havent really had it since, now that ive finally come back to it, its just a little disappointing, id pass this up for an edmund fitz anyday, but im not saying i wouldnt drink it again.

Photo of alexkeil
4.2/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I love drinking porters...especially in the summer. I fatigue quickly of light summer beers with the lemons and the lightness...I find I start craving toasty flavors, coffee notes, malty sweetness backed by hop bitterness, chewy enough to be a meal. Especially with the grill a lager is not going to compliment those char flavors like a hardy porter will. I don't even want to get into the details with this one: it tastes good, its what a porter should taste like, its what a beer should taste like.

Photo of jazzyjeff13
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.

Photo of far333
4.08/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Low head of frothy white foam that settles out quickly gives way to a reddish brown with ruddy edges. Aroma of rich dark malt and faint cocoa. Rich flavors of roasted malt, cocoa and leather, hints of root beer, a mild cherry twang, subtle oak and smoke, some licorice. Lots of interesting flavors. Moderate mouthfeel, even carbonation, finishes a bit tannic and powdery. Tasty beer, but I agree with others who say it leans more toward English than American/robust.

Photo of yankeeheel
2.75/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a dark ruby with a small off white head. Retains the head very slightly. Smells strongly of coffee and nut.

The taste is a little underwhelming. The coffee is rather weak and quickly fades away leaving a lot of carbonation and just a hint of hops. Not a lot of depth of flavor here. It is somewhat creamy but that really can't save it for me. It had some potential but couldn't follow through.

Photo of kpantz
3.87/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Executive Summary: Southern Tier's spin on the porter is faithful and quite tasty, but not overly memorable. Still, a solid brew, and its presence in their sampler case is FAR from a deterrent!

Appearance: Clear, deep burgundy/mahogany. Nearly opaque. Thin coffee ice cream colored head reduces quickly to a film.

Smell: Roasted malts, chocolate. There's a hint of fruit (cherries or figs) as well.

Taste: Smoky, roasted flavor to start, with a bit of hop bitterness at the finish. A slight taste of alcohol mingles about, but does not overpower.

Mouthfeel: Absolutely PERFECT for a porter. This is why I love porters - the stout-like depth of flavor without the weight, making it a great beer for all but the coldest weather (and you can make exceptions even then!).

Drinkability: Porters aren't usually high on my session beer list, as they don't hold my interest for too long, but I could knock a couple of these back without longing for something else.

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.72/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a deep ruby brown nice full tan head large bubbles looks highly carbonated, collar of lace forms nicely nice rings of webbed lacing. Aroma: I like the mild nut tone along with the deep roasted malts and chocolate and coffe hints thrown in there a solid all around porter not over the top but very solid aromatically speaking. Taste: Light chocolate maltiness a refreshing rush of espresso like tone, not bad fairly smooth and creamy in flavor not bad at all. Mouthfeel: A bit on the light side for a porter not great but still very good. Drinkability: Fairly easy porter not too many complexities here if your looking for an excellent porter pass on this one much better ones but this is good microbrewed porter that I will partake in when the price is right.

Photo of chinchill
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.

Photo of OStrungT
4.17/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This beer pours a very dark brown color, with a thin light brown head. The head fades quickly, leaving a decent lacing.

This beer has a robust roasted malt aroma. It has a nice sweet caramel aroma as well. It smell some chocolate and coffee aromas as well.

This beer tastes like it smells. Chocolate upfront. Coffee and caramel mixing in. It has a nice mild roasted malt flavor.

This beer goes down smooth, leaving a chocolate sweet aftertaste. It is low on carbonation.

This beer would probably make a good session beer. It is low in alcohol, and it is not an overly aggressive beer.

Overall: Thanks HimerMan for this beer. It is good. Sometimes I drink a porter, and it is just so boring. This one is good and flavorfull.

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

12oz brown bottle with no date into a pint glass.
A: Dark brew that pours thinly creating a nice well capped tan head.
S: Roasted toasted malts moderate hops. Mocha and coffee present themselves as the beer warms up a bit.
T: More of the nose, with lots of roasted malts and the hop bitterness in the back. Slight sweetness in the middle with a dry hop bittered finish.
M: Light to moderate body with lots of carbonation.

Photo of CloudStrife
3.77/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

Photo of Jeffreysan
3.81/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

Photo of azorie
3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a: poured into a mug, nice dark black with tan head about 1/3 of a inch, not much lacing.

s: slightly smokey, hints of dark burnt chocolate, slight hoppy hint there. Not sure as usual I got a sinus problem. Seems nice to me though.

T: nice rich dark chocolate and bitter coffee bite. Had some hop bitterness a first but as it warmed that disappeared. tastes good to me. a tad chalky. malt is slightly smoky in the background that is well balanced. semi rich

m: a bit thin for my liking. Low carbonation, low to medium body.
easy to drink though.

O: good decent porter. say 5.8% ABV, not sure if beer is changed or OP got it wrong. good porter.

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Porter from Southern Tier Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 917 ratings.