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Porter - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
83
good

822 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 822
Reviews: 407
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 11.72%
Wants: 18
Gots: 37 | 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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Photo of Sammy
3.73/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Good balance, chocolate malts, very drinkable. Some chocolate and coffee aroma. Taste: Neither overly sweet nor bitter. Black colour, not much head. Some hop bitterness, assertive carbonation.. Middle mouthfeel. Decent porter.ppreciate the lower ABV.

Sammy, Apr 30, 2006
Photo of djrn2
4/5  rDev +9%

djrn2, Dec 12, 2011
Photo of zestar
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

zestar, Aug 06, 2014
Photo of spycow
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

spycow, Mar 09, 2013
Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

acurtis, Jun 21, 2014
Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev +9%

nmann08, Nov 24, 2011
Photo of metter98
3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear but very dark amber in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin tan head that quickly died down, leaving a thin film covering the surface and a thick ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: There are aromas of dark chocolate and coffee beans in the nose.
T: The taste is rather similar to the smell and has flavors of dark bittersweet chocolate, coffee beans and roasted malts. There are some slight hints of bitterness in the finish.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate with a low amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is a very easy drinking porter that is also quite flavorful. It’s session so I would have no problem drinking several of these in one sitting.

metter98, Jan 21, 2012
Photo of Texasfan549
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Texasfan549, Apr 26, 2012
Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.1/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Opaque mahogany with garnet highlights. The wheat toast brown head is compact and creamy with multitudinous surface pits. Impressive persistence. When it eventually begins to deflate, it leaves a decent display of ecru lace in shotgun-blasted sheets.

The nose is very nice and has enough guts that I don't have to bathe the tip of my nose to appreciate its character. Chocolate-covered hops are uppermost with notes of black coffee zipping this way and that.

Still going strong. Alhough it doesn't strike me as a 'robust' porter, as the brewery claims, the medium body still manages to convey plenty of mouth-filling flavor. The hops are still front and center without dominating the whole. Ground coffee beans have now surged and are neck and neck with melted bittersweet chocolate and roasted barley

This is a well-crafted beer. All of the flavor elements work together in perfect harmony and the smooth, light-enough-to-be-gulpable-but-full-enough-to-bathe-the-tongue body is just right. I'm having trouble finding much to criticize. Uh... this is only a 12 oz. bottle?

Southern Tier Porter isn't a big porter and it certainly isn't a 'robust' one. It is, however, delicious and is just light enough that several could disappear without a second thought. Too bad I only have this one. If I lived in their distribution area, I would never be without a few sixers of Southern Tier beer. Thanks to HappyHourHero for the bottle.

BuckeyeNation, Dec 01, 2004
Photo of BEERchitect
4.05/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Again, Southern Tier hits home with a clean, crisp brew. Even with Porters, they make brewing easy. Good malty character, mixed with light yeasty esters, toasty, coffee, and a touch of cocoa. Very well balanced so that no character dominates the others. A sturdy hop addition of American 'C' hops add a bitter balance, piney flavors, and aromas of fresh-cut grass. The feel is as silky smooth as any porter anywhere. Malty textures without any residual sugars lingering on the palate. Finishes very clean and crisply malty; dangerously drinkable. This beer could easily become the epidome for the American Porter. Thanks Steve!

BEERchitect, Jan 17, 2007
Photo of kjkinsey
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

kjkinsey, Apr 26, 2012
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of Jerc: Poured a clear black color ale with a medium foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of bitter roasted malt is somewhat average. Taste is also dominated by medium bitter notes from roasted malt with some light sweetness and some notes of black chocolate. Body is about average with some medium carbonation. Easily drinkable porter with some limited complexity.

Phyl21ca, Dec 18, 2007
Photo of mikesgroove
3.58/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Grabbed this one to fill out a mixed sixer the other day. Served cold and poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 04/08/11.

The pour was very nice. Rich dark brown with a nearly black look to it and a nice two inch head of tan. The aroma was loaded with chocolate and rich roasted malts. Big sweet profile here. As I go in for th first taste I am over whelmed with cocoa and rich dark tones. Nice touches of molasses and rich sweet flavors that carry over into a huge sweet finish. Big body on this and a great easy drinking feel.

Overall a very solid and very drinkable porter I will look for again.

mikesgroove, May 02, 2011
Photo of kylehay2004
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

kylehay2004, Aug 24, 2013
Photo of Knapp85
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured out a like a typical porter should, It was black in color and semi-thick looking with a nice brown head on top. The head faded and didn't do a whole lot in way of lacing. The smell of the beer had an earthy roasted aroma to it. The taste of the beer was slightly chocolately and had some burnt flavors going on in there too. The mouthfeel was a little heavier than I expected and it leaves a dry roasted feeling in the aftertaste. Overall not a bad porter, just not my favorite either.

Knapp85, Aug 08, 2011
Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.1/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours out a near black body with a tall head stand of beige-hued foam.

Smell: Chiefly malty nose abound with sweetish notes of chocolate, sugar-sweetened coffee, and caramel-dipped toast.

Taste: Dark maltiness with fairly sweet malty tastes of milk chocolate morsels, melted caramel ice cream, and mild coffee. Light earthiness throughout. Subtly grassy hops with no more than enough bitterness to balance. Very subdued fruitiness. A bit of licorice awakens as it warms slightly. Light bitterness, light roastiness on the dry finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Delightfully drinkable! Not a bad choice for a regular go-to porter.

ChainGangGuy, Jun 11, 2010
Photo of oberon
3.95/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

oberon, Sep 29, 2005
Photo of JAHMUR
4/5  rDev +9%

JAHMUR, Nov 27, 2011
Photo of TMoney2591
3.98/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Chicago Bears shaker pint glass.

Somehow I never found this guy before last week or so. Odd. It pours a clear garnet-brown topped by a bit less than a finger of dirty white foam. The nose comprises roasted malts, molasses, brown sugar, and maple syrup. A nice amount of roast, if I do say so myself. The taste runs very similarly, though the roast is slightly muted, but this is made up for a bit with a touch of walnut. The body is a straight medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a kinda dry finish. Overall, a nice porter, not amazing, but more than drinkable and rather enjoyable.

TMoney2591, Nov 25, 2010
Photo of biboergosum
3.9/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another BeerBistro gimmee, on a cool, rainy Big Smoke evening...

This beer pours a fairly solid black, with a slight reddish edge, with one finger of soapy light beige head, which leaves some minor webbed lace in its wake. It smells of light coffee malt, some mild chocolate, and a hint of smoke. The taste is tangy grassy hops, dry chocolate, caramel malt, and some bitter coffee. The carbonation is soft, the body pretty much medium weight, slick and smooth, and it finishes mostly dry, the hops coming into balance with the roasted malt.

A nice porter, hoppier than expected, and a good cap to the evening.

biboergosum, Jan 26, 2010
Photo of zeff80
4.08/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out a clear, dark brown (cola-like color) with a small, tan, head of foam. It left a little lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of chocolate, coffee and some grasses.

T - It has a nice roasty malt flavor with coffee notes. There are hints of chocolate with a nice bitter hop bite.

M - It was smooth and crisp with a dry finish. A light to medium-bodied beer.

D - This is a good porter. It is very easy drinking and makes a great session brew.

zeff80, Dec 01, 2009
Photo of NeroFiddled
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A full, big-bubbled head of dark tan foam rises above an almost opaque black-brown body; yet the head retention is somewhat limited. Only glints of ruby-mahogany can be seen around the edges and base of the glass. The nose is rich and inviting with wafts of distinct bittersweet chocolate and toffee over more subtle notes of coffee. It's smooth across the palate with a medium-light body and restrained carbonation. The flavor is not as rich as the nose suggests it might be, but the same bittersweet chocolate, toffee, and mocha character remains. A delicate undercurrent of yeasty fruit and a splash of grassy hop flavor add some character; and a solid bitterness backs it leading to a very dry, powdery finish.

NeroFiddled, Jan 23, 2005
Photo of StonedTrippin
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

dark and roasty this is a great porter. looks a little red in the glass behind a black chocolate cloak and a moderate thin head. smells like the grill when its going hot, but with some tangy fruiy undertone too. taste is really rich but not sweet, more malty than a lot of porters, and with a definitey dried cranberry type of fruit essence. not sure i fully understand this one, but i absolutely enjoy it. will go for the sixpack not the single next go around

StonedTrippin, Dec 22, 2011
Photo of Jason
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

Jason, Aug 08, 2004
Photo of nickfl
4.33/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours with one finger of medium brown foam on top of an opaque, black body with just a hint of amber showing through. The head settles at a moderate pace and leaves decent lace.

S - Soft, malty notes of bread and caramel with a hint of darker molasses. Some light roasted notes in the background, more chocolate than coffee.

T - Caramel and molasses up front with some dark bread character. More molasses in the middle as well as a swelling note of rich, dark chocolate. The beer finishes with more of the thick, sweet chocolate and bready malt as well as light hop bitterness and some pine hop flavor that compliments the chocolate surprisingly well.

M - Medium-thick body, moderate carbonation, and a sweet finish.

D - Very drinkable and well balanced, this could really pass as a chocolate porter with all of its intense, chocolate roast character. The chocolate dominates the flavor, but there are also notes of caramel, molasses, and a hint of licorice to keep things interesting. Quite nice, I passed by this beer on the store shelves quite a few times before I finally decided to give it a try, and I am pleasantly surprised to find that it deserves more attention than I gave it.

nickfl, Jan 07, 2011
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Porter from Southern Tier Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 822 ratings.