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Porter - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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429 Reviews

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Reviews: 429
Hads: 953
Avg: 3.68
pDev: 17.66%
Wants: 22
Gots: 113 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Southern Tier Brewing Company
New York, United States | website

Style | ABV
American Porter | 5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: WesWes on 06-16-2003

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

Appearance: Nearly black, with a frothy 'chino colored head. When held up to the light it reveals a hazy scarlet secret. Yes.

Smell: This beer smells creamy, if that is possible. Smooth coffee scent, milk, cold cappuccino, bitter malt, but not in a offensive way. Lovely. Delish.

Mouthfeel: Feels a bit light, but certainly creamy. And now for something competely different.

Taste: Roasted malt and hops come through. I have a tough time tasting the hops in porters and stouts, but they're there. Great taste, relatively complex and hard to put into words.

Drinkability: Immensely drinkable, session brew material. Not too heavy, but packed with flavor. Try it.

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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.

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Photo of LucaBrasi
3.89/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a constant in my fridge so I had it on tap this evening. The appearance is a deep brown this time with a minimal head. The smell is still of burnt chocolate and carmel. The taste had coffee flavor and hints of chocolate but seemed bitterer than out of the bottle. The mouthfeel is still nice and smooth with light carbonation and even though with the extra bitterness it’s still a highly drinkable beer. Perhaps it was a fluke thing. Who knows. Either way this is still a top porter on my list.

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Photo of LuckySevens82
3.92/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle coutesy of PintofAle.
Pours a deep brown with almost no head. There is a bit of tan lacing on the top of the beer however.
Smell is roasted malts, a bit of coffee, and a lot of chocolate.
Taste is pretty similar to the aroma. Coffee is punched up a bit, and the chocolate from the aroma is a bit less than I would have imagined, but still present. Bitter hops come in and balance this pretty sweet beer out very well.
Mouthfeel is a bit thin. The carbonation is fine though.
Overall, a very drinkable and good beer. A good session beer and one that I would return to from time to time were I able to find it.

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Photo of RonfromJersey
3.85/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Black with ruby highlights, topped by two inch slab of level tan head. Good lacing quickly evident.

Rich dark chocolate and coffee aroma. Sweet and inviting.

Taste features coffee and chocolate, with just a subtle nip of hops around the edges. There's also a sort of bland deadspot in the middle of everything, not something that tastes wrong, just like the beer goes missing for an instant. Weird idea, I know, but that's the impression.

Mouthfeel is ok, could be a little thicker and still be safely short from stout territory. Easy drinkability. A throw-a-few-back porter.

A nice, easy going beer. Not bad, won't rock your world.

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Photo of riversider76
4.02/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a rich brown. Roasted, creamy smell that is plesant. Good head,and lots of lace. Light to medium mouth feel. Tastes great.Full flavor, with a little bite. Not bitter, and no bad after taste. For a dark beer it's refreshing. You could easily have more than one or two! I liked this beer a lot. Give it a try!

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Photo of goodbyeohio
2.06/5  rDev -44%
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.

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Photo of tgbljb
3.97/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

purchased as part of mixed twelve pack.
poured a very deep brown color with off-white puffy head. smell is of roasted malt and coffee. Taste is of coffee and roasted malt with dry textures. Aftertaste leaves a nice dryness that beckons for more. A first class brew.

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Photo of Naes
4.2/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The appearance is black with reddish hues around the edges. It has a large frothy head which is light tan and quite sticky, that laces well. There is also a good amount of carbonation that sticks to the side of the glass.

The smell is of roasted malt with hints of coffee and a little bit of chocolate hides in there as well.

It tastes of bitter chocolate and coffee. The aftertaste makes way for the roasted malt (not as present as the aroma suggests) and a slight presence of hops. Overall, it is a wonderfully blended flavor.

Its mouth feel is smooth, medium bodied and nicely carbonated.

This one is a highly drinkable porter. If you dig the porters, I highly suggest this one.

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Photo of jimbotrost
4.27/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased 3/04 and sampled 8/04 (notes). Pours a deep brown with ruby highlights, very nice. Creamy head is full and carbonation is medium, nice for style. Nose is excellent with roastiness and hints of chocolate. Dry coffee flavor and a chalky mouthfeel. Finish is even more stout like, but is a great brown porter.

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Photo of twelvsies
3.15/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appears a little lighter and a litter more clear than your typical porter, but still dark brown. Not that all porters have to adhere strictly to the usual style characteristics (dark, malty, robust, to name a few) but this just seemed to come up short in my opinion. Taste had a nice singed malt taste, but there was also an odd rootbeer flavoring that I wasn't interested in. Also, this was way more carbonated than I think a porter should be. Didn't really want to drink more after one. Plenty of better porters out there, but don't forget about the other good brews that Southern Tier puts out.

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Photo of sulldaddy
4.06/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I am sampling a room temp bottle in a pint glass.
The beer pours a dark chocolate brown with a 1 cm soft creamy beige head foaming up easily. The head fades very slowly to a sturdy surface layer and leaves tightly packed lacing as it recedes.
Aroma is mild with toffee, roasted malt, a bit of chocolate and some lite grassy hops.
First sip reveals a soft creamy body with prickly carbonation that stings my tongue a little.
Flavor is roasted malt and even a bit of smokiness up front, this gives way to some sweet chocolate and finishes with some coffee mixing with a bit of grassy hops. Slight drying on the finish as well. Overall it is a very easy drinking beer that goes down nicely and is flavorful. A nice porter that I will try again.

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Photo of warriorsoul
3.68/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of NEhophead
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Creamy coffee colored head. Some thin lacing with average strength. Nearly opaque, deep brown in color.

Hazlenut, coffee syrup, espresso, and some dark chocolate. Semi-sweet but also a touch of roasted malt.

Dark chocolate and light espresso/mocha; very creamy and milky. Followed by a mild sweetness, grape and cherry. Very dry hop bitterness. Coffee, hazlenut, and dark chocolate aftertaste.

Full bodied; creamy and milky on the palate. Thin on the palate for the style.

A pretty middle of the road porter. More milky than I'd like or expect from the style.

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

This beer seems to be selling very well locally, in fact there were only two six packs left when I made a Saturday evening stop at the grocery store around the corner. I'd been wanting to try this one since I had it at the Tanglewood fest in the fall, but it never seems to be around. It's my lucky day and at $6.39 the price isn't out of touch.

As I poured I got the whole bottle into the pint glass with a nice brown 1" head, perfect. One thing I noticed about this opaque delight was that it had that cool characteristic, it had legs. I know that's more of a wine term, where there are streams of beer/foam that trail down the inside of the glass and stick. To me it just has a look of quality.

The aroma put off by this porter was reminiscent of mocha chocolate flavors similar to that of a stout, pleasinly matching it's creamy taste. The taste itself was interesting because at first touch in the mouth it came off as slightly bitter, but then went down smooth, weird how it switched over like that.

I mentioned before that I thought it was creamy, and it was, but I would have liked it a bit more if it had a slightly heavier mouth-feel.
This beer went down very smooth, which always amazes those who watch you drink porters or stouts because they all think it looks so heavy. If they only knew, their loss.

As you can tell I liked this beer, which is why I immediately had a second. I'm sure I will sample more in the future, gotta support the local boys!

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Photo of edchef1850
4.15/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I have had this six pack of southern tier porter laying around for a while now and I finally got a chance to taste. I'm glad i finally did. This is a very nice beer, clean dark classic porter look in the pint.Appearance score took a hit because of packaging, some advocates might disagree with this but I feel that packaging of a product certainley sends a message to the drinker, you drink with your eyes first ,after all.That being said Southern Tier does a poor job with it's labeling, very generic and uninspired. This might be by design ,but I dont think it works .Fortunatley whats inside the bottle more than makes up for uninspired branding.The head could have been a little thicker, but ill take the blame for that, with a crumby pour. I like the balance in the mouth, nice toasty hints, some sweetness, yet clean and not overpowering. southern tier does a good job with their beers, and this one is no exception. I would love to try this on tap, as i am always partial to a pint in a pub on tap, it always seems to improve the overall experience.I would suggest this beer to all, it is a pleasant experience, and i'll be finishing thew six pack soon.

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

Barely transparent, black topped with a thick froth of tan head. Great head retention, keeping a thick layer thourhgout, as wel as leaving a speckling of lace clinging to the glass. The aroma gives forth tons of roasted, charred malt, citric hops, and coffee. Pretty celan, only mild amounts of esters, with heaps of chocolate and blackened malt. The flavor opens with a charred coffee maltiness, quickly overtaken by an assertive citrus, piney hop flavor. Hints of plum and cashew, mostly an underline beneath the roasted malt bittersweetness. Lingering roasty and bitter hop flavor on the thingue. Excellent. I could drink this by the liter.

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Photo of Bighuge
4.1/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Almost black in appearance. A one finger light brown head caps the top. Retention leaves something to be desired and the lace is negligible. Nose is roasty and chocolatey and a little minty even. The taste is quite agreeable. I like the dry chalky mouthfeel in conjunction with the bitter roasted notes in the flavor. Chocoalate comes into play. And there's a great lingering bitterness after the swallow. This is a beer I'd dip into every so often were it available here.

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Photo of kbnooshay
3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice foamy tan head with a fairly black/brown body. I first noticed the coffe aroma. This is a very rich beer(not as rich as brooklyns black chocoalte) but the sweet chocolate taste really stands out to me. This isn't as distinct as the other southern tier beers as you are not knocked out and amazed by the potent hops and pine flavor but it is still a solid brew. I could very easily see myself picking up a 6 pack of this every 3 months or so.

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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.

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Photo of granger10
4.05/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a dark brown color with a nice one inch semi tan head. Smell is of roasted malts, chocolate, and some floral type hops. Taste is of chocolate, roasted espresso, maybe some nuttyness in there underneath. Hops are there and provide a nice counterbalance to the sweet, roasted malts. Well balanced and smooth. Body is a bit on the light side. Kind of a simple beer with the coffee/chocolate dominance and balance all around, just a well made, easy drinking, sessionable porter. I'm really enjoying this Southern Tier sampler pack.

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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.

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Photo of Sixpoint
3.92/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this beer on tap at... where else? Spuyten Duyvil.

I think I've had half a dozen or so of Southern Tier's offerings, and this beer was my favorite.

The appearance was noteworthy. This most have been a brown porter, because it basically looked like a dark brown ale. There really was no hint of deep brown/black in this beer, but rather it was pretty much a dark red to brown.

The aroma was fine. I got a lot of chocolate malt and some aroma hops as well, all in addition to a subtle addition of black patent malt. Very enticing.

The beer tasted great. It was really well balanced, and there was a toffee flavor that went well with a nice addition of flavor hops in the end.

The beer was a bit thin-bodied, but then again, it probably is appropriate for the style.

Overall, it's a pretty good session ale. I could definitely see myself having a few pints of this. Recommended.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.65/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a two-finger tan head that fades slowly leaving an even lace. Black - nearly opaque. Good carbonation, heavy bodied. Nose is a smokey roast. Starts with a roasted coffee flavor, finish has a slight bitterness. $1.85 for a 12 oz bottle from Hoosick Street Discount Bev. Troy, NY.

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

i quite enjoyed this one, moreso than i would have expected from the reviews of it thusfar (though not scathing, it seems most find this one to be fairly average). it pours a lovely dark, dark brown/ruby colour with a decent sized (yet only moderately sticky) off white head. the smell is of roasted, burnt malt, earth, and a touch of semi sweet chocolate with a hint of coffee somewhere. good but a bit thin, though it should be so (i think) for a porter. the flavour is a mixture of roasted malt, smoked bitterness, toasted bread, etc. and, again, remains thin, but thick enough to hold it's own. i liked that this one doesn't try to go big and pose as a stout. it's flavourful and definitely easy to drink. recommended.

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Porter from Southern Tier Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 429 ratings.