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Porter - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
83
good

726 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 726
Reviews: 402
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 11.99%


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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ppoitras

Massachusetts

3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle obtained via trade with Shippos. Thanks for the opportunity...

Poured in an imperial pint glass, forms a 1/2" tan head, which laces quite well. A barely translucent reddish dark brown brew, with a slightly smoky coffee dark malt aroma. Reminds me of a lighter bodied Guinness, but tasting with more coffee bitterness. Mouthfeel and drinkability are both pretty good. Nothing much detracting here, but not much to honk the horn about either. An acceptable porter.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2004 00:50:18 | More by ppoitras
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Jason

Massachusetts

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2004 22:40:55 | More by Jason
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heidelbeerg

Pennsylvania

3.45/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Got this one on tap. Poured dark brown/black with a thin head. Pretty much opaque. Smell and taste were both roasted coffee and dark chocolate. Mouthfeel was a little thin for what I was expecting. Overall very drinkable. I like this style and could drink these all night. Certainly worth a try.

Serving type: on-tap

06-18-2004 16:38:11 | More by heidelbeerg
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cbl2

New York

3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance:

After a hard pour, beer produces little to no head, and is not quite as dark brown/ruby as is to be expected by the style. Too much light gets through this one.

Smell:

Sweet roasted malt and chocolate are the predominant odors. More reminiscent of a milk stout than porter.

Taste/Mouthfeel:

Smoky in character, with a definitely sweet malt presence on the tongue. Not as complex and chewy as I like my porters, but thoroughly drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2004 22:59:51 | More by cbl2
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longpondbeerman

Maine

3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours an inky brown; no light comes through. Modest tan head that leaves a patterned lace. The aroma is of peaty malts. There are some hops behind it all. First taste is very smoky, like ashes in the fireplace. Second taste too. Dark roasted coffee, but no sign of those hops. A little too much carbonation for a porter that's on the heavy side.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2004 22:08:33 | More by longpondbeerman
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necoadam

Connecticut

2.98/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured out a black color with a big amount of carbonation. A little surpised by the carbonation because porter's shouldn't have this much carbonation to them. Smell consisted of roasted coffee and grains. A little bit of hops can be detected as well. Taste was a little lackluster I thought. Coffee flavors come through with some hop bitterness and a touch of grainy flavors as well. Aftertaste had some coffee and roasted flavors in it. I've had their mild ale and pilsner and this porter is a little weak. Nothing seems to mesh together in here. I'll pass this beer next time.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2004 00:16:56 | More by necoadam
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Stimack

New York

3.73/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this brew last night at Mahar’s, served in a 12 oz. Bottle. The beer poured to a opaque brownish/black color with a nice bubbly, 2 finger, dark tan head that has great retention and breaks down to great lacing for the entire brew. The aromas of this brew roasted malt with coffee, chocolate and other earthy smells dominating, a very nice smelling brew! The taste of this brew has a lot to do with the roasted qualities experienced in the aroma with some highlights of chocolate and caramel in the middle. The backend was a mixture of the caramel and a nice hop. Over all I liked this brew, little on the thin side but enjoyed it as the temps where up a bit! During the colder months I think I would reach for something a little more robust. Looking forward to trying some of there other offerings.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2004 01:26:51 | More by Stimack
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Running4beer

Massachusetts

3.65/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out dark brown almost black with a reddish glow when held to the light, medium tan head that fades to a lace. Aroma is a roasted coffee sweet malt with a bit of chocolate. Taste is similar to the aroma roasted coffee and chocolate malt. I was expecting a little more flavors more robustness to this porter but regardless it was still quite tasty. Mouthfeel was medium bodied and very easy to drink more than one. Not a bad porter but it's lacking something.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2004 20:16:55 | More by Running4beer
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beergeek279

Pennsylvania

3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in the 12 oz. bottle into a snifter. The color was dark brown, with a bit of head. The smell was a nice coffeeish bitterness. The taste was very bitter...a nice coffeeish taste dominating the sweetness. Mouthfeel was a bit thin. As for drinkability, could have a few.

Though not their best beer, Southern Tier still continues to amaze me. This brewery is a perfect example of not judging a book by its cover, since the contents within far exceed the label outside. A good if not great dry porter, and I'd probably still have one again.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2004 23:07:46 | More by beergeek279
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CBFanWish

New York

4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A dark dark almost black color with an average head of a tan color. The smell was aromatic with strong hints of coffee and roasted malts. The taste was of roasted malts and coffee. I thoroghly enjoyed this porter. It was very smooth and easy to drink. It also has a nice warm feeling. I like that.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2004 19:31:21 | More by CBFanWish
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crookedhalo

Pennsylvania

3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Deep coppery brown with a thick beige to tan colored head. Rather hoppy smelling for a porter, roasty and malty smelling, too. I just noticed the hops first. Tastes rather malty and roasted malt notes, coffee, chocolate, and other typical porter notes, only a bit subdued. Slight watery aftertaste, but doesn't interfere with the overall experience. Good porter in the context of knowing it's ABV is low. Could drink this one all day, but I'm not going to.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2003 16:50:09 | More by crookedhalo
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aaronh

Pennsylvania

2.95/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Dark brown body topped by a rather thin tan head that quickly fades to nothing, even with an agressive pour. A bit of a sweet chocolate aroma, but overall fairly faint. The taste is also rather uneventful. Theres a decent amount of bitterness, but also a touch of wet cardboard. Carbonation is a bit light, bordering on flat. Slight roasted notes on the aftertaste, but it starts tasting a bit like watered down cola with a cigarette butt floating in it. Still better than most macro offerings, but perhaps a "tier" below the other offerings I've tried from this brewery. Not bad, but definitely not a stellar example.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2003 06:39:47 | More by aaronh
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yankeeheel

Maine

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2003 00:47:42 | More by yankeeheel
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Suds

Pennsylvania

3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Southern Tier's Porter pours a very dark-brown, nearly black color. The head is a respectable blanket of cream-colored, stable foam. Aroma is mostly roasted grains, with a slightly burnt smell. Hop flavors are subdued. Nice maltiness up front, with a sharp graininess throughout the beer. There is a surprisingly acidic quality, that I could do without. Finish is quite bitter, and not bad. Overall, it's a respectable, very enjoyable porter.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2003 11:43:18 | More by Suds
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

4.05/5  rDev +10.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2003 22:25:29 | More by feloniousmonk
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GreatPondBrewer

California

4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good solid porter on tap at MacGregor's. Poured a deep brown with cranberry red spalshed along the bottom of the mug. Small ring of tan head. Smelled earthy and coffee like and that is pretty much what the taste was. Tons of roasted whole bean smell and just a slight hint of caramel. Also a sharp grainy effect that I have found in more American porters than English ones(my buddy had a Fuller's and it was much creamier and less harsh). None the less this is another fine selection from the Southern Tier line and I am excited about the availability of the beers.

Serving type: on-tap

10-20-2003 03:47:43 | More by GreatPondBrewer
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WVbeergeek

Ohio

3.7/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2003 17:12:14 | More by WVbeergeek
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HappyHourHero

Indiana

4.22/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured a nice foamy tan head that settled down to coat the top of the beer and and bit of lace on the glass. I love the smell of this beer, typical roasty porter smell up front and then you get hit with the hops. The hops carry over to the taste as well. The first taste is of porter, then you can really taste the hops, which carry over to the aftertaste. The biggest downfall is that its a little on the thin side. I don't think porters are typically this hoppy, but being a hophead I love it.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2003 23:27:47 | More by HappyHourHero
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goz

Massachusetts

2.98/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a dark brown with ruby highlights, small tan head that quickly recedes to a small ring. Aroma is a bit thin, but consists of roasted coffee, chocolate (bitter), and a tiny bit of hops. Flavor is also a bit on the thin side, dominated mostly by some coffe flavors, but also some bitter chocolate and a bit of toffee. Has a fairly thin and watery feel in the mouth.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2003 00:44:19 | More by goz
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shirfan

New York

3.9/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a fairly straightforward porter.

Aroma is of baker's chocolate with just a hint of sourness. Could be a little more pronounced.
Pours deep and clear brown/garnet, with a small, foamy off-white head.

Taste plays no tricks; it's roasty malt that's neither bitter nor sweet, with hints of chocolate and licorice. Non-intrusive yeast is a plus, and mild hops keep the beer this side of brown ale.

An easy drinker with some substance, not bad at all.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2003 20:57:44 | More by shirfan
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Shiredave

New York

3.95/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle-colorfull yellow on purple lable with absoluely no information about the beer other than "dark" and "real beer". It poured a nice, tawny brown, not very "dark" for a porter, w/ specks of lace after collapse.
Aroma of burnt toffee - more like a Brown ale to me. Solid Porter flavors tho of chocolate malt and coffee w/ a slightly thin, medium body. Very tasty, hop flavor mixes well with the roasty, chewy grains. Lingering hop and dark malt flavors stick with you long after you swallow.
Real beer? No yeast trub in this bottle.
A good brown Porter.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2003 20:02:44 | More by Shiredave
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WesWes

New York

4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a traditional dark brown/black color with a light tan head. The head is gone within seconds of the pour, but the appearance is still strong. The aroma is of roasted barley and chocolate malts. The taste also has the same malt character. It is well balanced and low/med bodied. This is a fine porter. It doesn't stray much from the old standard, but if it isn't broken, don't fix it.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2003 18:36:39 | More by WesWes
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