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Porter - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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422 Reviews
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Reviews: 422
Hads: 925
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 11.14%
Wants: 21
Gots: 99 | FT: 0
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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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Photo of Sammy
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
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. (250 characters)

Photo of metter98
3.8/5  rDev +3.3%
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. (740 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
4/5  rDev +8.7%
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 (460 characters)

Photo of Knapp85
3.85/5  rDev +4.6%
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. (502 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
4.05/5  rDev +10.1%
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! (627 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
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. (399 characters)

Photo of biboergosum
3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
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. (611 characters)

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.1/5  rDev +11.4%
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. (1,439 characters)

Photo of zeff80
4.07/5  rDev +10.6%
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. (455 characters)

Photo of mikesgroove
3.58/5  rDev -2.7%
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. (613 characters)

Photo of oberon
3.93/5  rDev +6.8%
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. (514 characters)

Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.1/5  rDev +11.4%
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. (678 characters)

Photo of nickfl
4.3/5  rDev +16.8%
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. (1,195 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
3.97/5  rDev +7.9%
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. (605 characters)

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.77/5  rDev +2.4%
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. (714 characters)

Photo of jlindros
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Tap at portsmouth brewery

Light fizzy head, slight lacing, dark molasses brown color, hints of brown ruby light.

Nose has a bit of chocolate, milk choc, creamy porter, caramel, hints of earthy hops, a light toasty dry baltic porter like, hint of roast.

Taste is similar, semi sweet chocolate malt, milk choc, toasty malts, caramel, malty flavors, nice earthy decent bittering hops, fluffy, light nougat, soft brown malts. Finish gets a bit spicier hop, light earthy hop, bit more choc, little sticky, almost chalky, light caramel all lingering.

Mouth is fuller bodied, rich and slightly creamy, decent carb

Overall pretty nice, good malts, not too sweet like I've come to expect from ST. Drinkable but doesn't blow my socks off. (733 characters)

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.33/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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. (638 characters)

Photo of Jason
3.73/5  rDev +1.4%
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. (646 characters)

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.98/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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. (454 characters)

Photo of russpowell
4.23/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A recent pick up at macadoodles in Jane, MO...

Pours an effervescent mahogany with 3 fingers of mocha colored head.
Great lacing & above average head retention
S: Some charred grain, dark fruittyness

T: Slight coffee ground flavor, bakers choclate,& dryness up front. Slight herbal hop kiss as this warms along with more coffee & slight chocolaty sweetness. finishes sweet, dry & grainy with nice mocha flavor

MF: Medium bodied, creamy, nice balance

Drinks so easy, a very nice porter. Not great, on the edge IMO. I would happily buy some more (548 characters)

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.72/5  rDev +1.1%
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. (777 characters)

Photo of smcolw
3.6/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Ruby mahogany color. Light will shine through, but it needs to be bright. Nice head and proper corresponding lace. Looks like a wonderful Porter.

Semi-sweet chocolate aromas. I detect some graham cracker (huh?). It's like I'm about to have a smore. The hop is light, but I'm pleased that it is present.


The body is thinner than I expected, but the taste is better. I taste some coffee (black patent malt). The hop is subtle, but a nice balance. Overall, the taste is closer to dry than sweet. The best part is the aftertaste: which is excellent blend of hop bitterness and dry dark maltiness.

This is a better than average Porter. A little more body would make this one superior. (690 characters)

Photo of feloniousmonk
4.05/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep obsidian hue, adorned with a thick, full, cocoa/tan head of foam.
Lovely aroma: soft, creamy, nutty, and nice.
Rich malty flavor, properly roasty, but tremendously smooth and a touch sweet.
Medium-bodied, I like a fuller porter than this, ordinarily, but this one is so exceptionally palatable and pleasing, I'm not in the mood to quibble.
Very downable, and tasty, too.

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I'm having a 2nd bottle, almost 2 years later (10/02/05) and it's still sweet, slightly bitter, roasty, a top-notch, definitely drinkable porter. My review stands. Good stuff. (563 characters)

Photo of superspak
3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
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. (1,234 characters)

Photo of chinchill
3.84/5  rDev +4.3%
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. (1,015 characters)

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Porter from Southern Tier Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 422 ratings.