Porter - Southern Tier Brewing Company
Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
Ratings: 795 | Reviews: 407 | Display Reviews Only:
3.73/5 rDev +1.6%
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.
04-30-2006 06:56:09 | More by Sammy
3.83/5 rDev +4.4%
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.
01-21-2012 04:56:16 | More by metter98
4.1/5 rDev +11.7%
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.
12-01-2004 22:39:26 | More by BuckeyeNation
4.05/5 rDev +10.4%
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!
01-17-2007 04:17:58 | More by BEERchitect
3.5/5 rDev -4.6%
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.
12-18-2007 15:28:17 | More by Phyl21ca
3.58/5 rDev -2.5%
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.
05-02-2011 00:15:19 | More by mikesgroove
4.1/5 rDev +11.7%
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.
06-11-2010 19:48:18 | More by ChainGangGuy
3.88/5 rDev +5.7%
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.
08-08-2011 20:51:58 | More by Knapp85
3.95/5 rDev +7.6%
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.
09-29-2005 21:17:55 | More by oberon
3.98/5 rDev +8.4%
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.
11-25-2010 07:08:48 | More by TMoney2591
4.08/5 rDev +11.2%
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.
12-01-2009 02:37:55 | More by zeff80
3.9/5 rDev +6.3%
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.
01-26-2010 02:37:49 | More by biboergosum
3.75/5 rDev +2.2%
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.
01-23-2005 13:46:12 | More by NeroFiddled
4/5 rDev +9%
Pours pitch black. Tan head that falls fairly quickly. Sickly sweet nose that has some borderline molasses characters to it. Gets dusty after a bit. Flavor is thick with malts, but not complex I would say. It is just robust, deep, and very thick. Nice malty characters just abound on this one. Feel is pretty thick on the liquid and low on the carbonation it seems. Very drinkable porter indeed. No wild flavor profiles here, just a nice smooth deep one.
12-31-2007 08:55:04 | More by RblWthACoz
4.35/5 rDev +18.5%
On-tap at Track 84 in Warwick, RI, served in a US tumbler pint glass.
A: The beer is a deep dark black color, with a short tan head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.
S: The smell is of coffee and roasted malt and a little bit of hops.
T: The taste mainly consists of a smoky coffee flavor and good amount of hops for the style. The after-taste is sweet & hoppy.
M: Very smooth, quite crisp for the style, medium-to-heavy body, light-to-medium carbonation, very clean finish.
D: Very tasty, not as filling as you would expect a porter to be, goes down very easily, one of the better porters that I’ve had.
10-30-2006 16:13:21 | More by TheManiacalOne
4.33/5 rDev +18%
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.
01-07-2011 06:07:45 | More by nickfl
Porter from Southern Tier Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 795 ratings.