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Porter - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
83
good

849 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 849
Reviews: 410
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 11.99%
Wants: 20
Gots: 49 | 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

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: WesWes on 06-16-2003)
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1/5  rDev -72.8%

apmcpm, Jan 18, 2012
Photo of goodbyeohio
1.98/5  rDev -46%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

probably the black sheep of this 12-pack.

dark but clear beer with a brownish ruby hue. thick 1-finger foam with random sized bubbles on the surface. attractive. leaves a spiderweb of lacing in its wake. smell contains mild coffee and lactose notes. bitter flavors are primarily chalky and unfortunately dominant. creamed coffee follows through to the aftertaste, but can only be enjoyed once the beer is long gone down the chute. light body and very noticeably in possession of the same 'southern tier hop/malt profile' that taints the tripel. a mess of a beer, drinkable for its lightness.. as long as you enjoy eating dirt.

goodbyeohio, Jul 17, 2005
Photo of Siv_Art
2/5  rDev -45.5%

The bottle claims it's a "Dark Robust Porter" but it was anything but. Thin, clear, and tasted like a light beer version of a porter. No thanks.

Siv_Art, Oct 29, 2014
Photo of JBarx
2/5  rDev -45.5%

JBarx, Aug 27, 2012
Photo of Doomcifer
2.25/5  rDev -38.7%
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.

Doomcifer, Oct 20, 2006
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2.25/5  rDev -38.7%

ALLISON01, Nov 04, 2014
Photo of imaguitargod
2.25/5  rDev -38.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Pours to a very small and quickly dissipated head (used a tulip glass) and comes in the typical porter color (dark black). Very little carbonation especially for a porter.

The really am displeased with the taste of this. I've had other Southern Tier products and liked all of them (especially their barley wine) so this was a let down. The hopes are extremely up front and is the first and last thing you taste. Very little roasted malt flavor and the aftertaste has a bit of a soapy taste to it.

imaguitargod, Feb 21, 2008
Photo of rohrbachsfan
2.3/5  rDev -37.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

The color and consistency of a porter were there but the smell was a bit odd. The smell reminded me of soy sauce or perhaps raisins. There was harshness to the taste as well, something like burnt coffee as opposed to the nice roasted coffee flavor common to porters . Just didn't care for this porter.

rohrbachsfan, Feb 04, 2007
Photo of Zonian1
2.5/5  rDev -31.9%

Zonian1, Jan 14, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -31.9%

Johnnyv310, May 30, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -31.9%

byronic, Jan 21, 2014
Photo of chrispoint
2.5/5  rDev -31.9%

chrispoint, Feb 18, 2012
Photo of AnotherBeerGeek
2.5/5  rDev -31.9%

AnotherBeerGeek, Jul 06, 2013
Photo of mater
2.5/5  rDev -31.9%

mater, Nov 14, 2011
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2.5/5  rDev -31.9%

tsmiller7, Dec 29, 2011
Photo of maddamish
2.58/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

This porter is just a watery mess that has little redeeming value. It doesn't have the body that a good porter should have. The taste was a little off. The coffee notes were watered down and almost non-existent.

Bottom Line: Bland boring and watery,

maddamish, Apr 22, 2006
Photo of vikingmike
2.63/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Appearance: Jet black, brown head with good retention, the way a proper porter should look

Smell: Roasted malts, coffee, mild smoke. Wonderful.

Taste: Never have I noticed such a discrepancy between smell and taste in a beer. The appealing aroma makes you think you're in for a treat, until it hits your tastebuds. Burnt malts, overbearing smokiness, tobacco and a lingering aftertaste of roofing tar (I used to work as a roofer, drinking this brought me back). Pretty disgusting.

Mouthfeel: Fairly thick, rich consistency.

Drinkability: Looks great, smells great, tastes horrible. The worst offering I've tried from Southern Tier...will never purchase again.

vikingmike, Oct 05, 2009
Photo of steve8robin
2.65/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I like the over-the-top Southern Tier flavors, so I figured I'd give this one a try...

A: Deep dark brew with burgundy highlights emitting through. Very dark purple with a small off-white head that fades quickly. Good.

S: Watery roastiness with hints of chocolate and vanilla. Kind of like dirty bath water. Eh.

T: Super roast upfront with a weird metallic grassy taste. Kind of like drinking a green tea or something. Desperately trying to pull out more flavors, but really struggling. Eh, no good.

M: Super light with hints of hops. Decent.

D: Goes down super easy, but hard to get past the metallic watery flavor. Decent.

All in all, nope, avoid this brew. Not worth your time or money no matter what. Hunt Chocolate or Unearthy instead. Avoid.

steve8robin, Jul 18, 2010
Photo of RedChrome
2.65/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This pour produced a nice beer the color of...a Sharpie marker. Moderate tan colored head had a less then average retention. I was hoping for a better head then this beer provided.

Very nice malt aromas with hints of chocolate, and cocoa. There is also a linguring odor of slight hops. Overall the aroma is an excellent blend.

Very strong malt with a very bitter aftertaste. I liked the first sip, but once the aftertaste hit me, I was not impressed with the taste of this beer. There was no flavor of the trace hints I noticed in the aroma.

Despite the flavor, the feel of this beer was very smooth with a nice amount of body.

I wouldn't drink this beer again, but if you are a porter fan, I am sure you will find more to like about it then I did.

RedChrome, May 16, 2006
Photo of AgentZero
2.7/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - More brown than black, although dark. Tan head.

S - I hope this is a bad bottle, because something is not right here. Get some caramel and sugar but some sort of messed up chemical smell I can't describe mixed in with the rest of the porter characteristics. Not good.

T - A touch roasty, light coffee malts, don't really get the chemical thing in the taste, other than some sort of strange bite at the end that hits the roof of your mouth. Also, not good.

M - Pretty light drinking porter, moderately carbonated.

D - It's an easy drinker I suppose, but the experience is bad enough to keep you from wanting to drink it.

AgentZero, Mar 25, 2010
Photo of MarcatGSB
2.7/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from bottle in New Holland tulip. Bottled on date was 06/24/2011.

A: Pours a deep cola color with a lively, prickly, half finger cream head. Nice lacing, clings to the side of the glass, persistently and even.

N: Roasted barley syrup. Very mild, some soft vanilla.

T: Fairly one dimensional. Light initial waves of roasted barley, but not a whole lot more.

M: Dry mouthfeel, with little aftertaste. A good level of carbonation, but no lasting impression.

D and O: Kind of dull and not exciting. Lack of overall character really gives me a bad impression.

MarcatGSB, Feb 14, 2012
Photo of jrallen34
2.7/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I drank this from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

The bere pours brown with a light tan head.

The aroma is really bad, it almost smells like chroline. I thought it be the glass but then I poured it for my table mates into different glasses and they got the same thing.

The taste is much better than the aroma, but that's still not saying a lot. Its light coffee mostly.

The feel is pretty light.

Overall, another ST to run from. The aroma just crushes this.

jrallen34, Mar 25, 2010
Photo of yankeeheel
2.73/5  rDev -25.6%
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.

yankeeheel, Nov 10, 2003
Photo of FMJ921
2.75/5  rDev -25.1%

FMJ921, Jul 23, 2014
Photo of grniz3
2.75/5  rDev -25.1%

grniz3, Oct 07, 2012
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Porter from Southern Tier Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 849 ratings.