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Porter - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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Reviews: 422
Hads: 929
Avg: 3.68
pDev: 17.66%
Wants: 21
Gots: 101 | 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

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Beer added by: WesWes on 06-16-2003

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Photo of BlackBearForge
3.77/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Southern Tier Porter is a very dark maroon brown, nearly black with a modest off white head that disappears quickly to near non-existence with very little in the way of lacing.

The aroma is pure dark chocolate and strong brewed black coffee.

The flavors are awash in dark bittersweet chocolate, dark brewed coffee and bitter roasted malts and grains. Hops keep the malt sweetness in check while a light sourness builds in the finish. This porter really begins to shine as it warms to the proper drinking temperatures as the sourness evens out and the dark roasted grain harshness becomes more mellow and blends with the chocolate and coffee tones allowing some less evident caramel and light raisin flavors to make an appearance.

The mouthfeel is quite full, somewhat chalky and slick. Carbonation is moderate to low which seems appropriate as the beer warms.

I'm not so sure I'd categorize this as a Robust Porter. It is a very flavorful porter however, and worth a try especially if you like the darker beers. It treads closely to the stout category but seems clearly identifiable as a porter. I'll have to savor more of the six-pack before I see where is falls in the line of the porters I like.

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Photo of HeavyMetalBrew
4.42/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Dark amber, perfect head/lacing. Signs of carbonation.

Smell: Caramel. Roasted malt. Grains.

Taste: Grains, roasted malt, chocolate. There is a bitterness at the end.

Overall: This is a definitely a really good porter. I definitely recommend this one.

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Photo of RussBecker1
2.98/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

A-Pours a very deep dark brown almost completely opaque. Almost no head, but looks like a nice porter.

S-Almost entirely chocolate. Very surprising considering porter malts are usually the first to enter my nose, but they were at best an after thought here.

M- Hardly any character to the mouth. Nice carbonation keeps it crisp to a point, but acts counterproductively to the taste.

T-Notes of chocolate are there and nice, but there are not supported by anything as the smoked malts are barely noticeable making the taste finish on a rather watery note.

O-Although a fine beer, there are much better porters out there, and much better southern tier products.

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Photo of bnes09
3.58/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown, almost black and mostly opaque. Cream colored head with some lacing. Roasted, dark aroma. Flavor is toasty and sweet. Hints of cooked corn meal and mild coffee. Descent balance with average complexity. Smooth feel and dry in the finish with an herbal hop snap. Good carbonation. Standard porter overall yet tasty and easy to drink.

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Photo of DCon
3.99/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bought a Mix-A-Six Pack from MacDoodles in Joplin, MO for $9.85 and added a 12 Fl Oz bottle of this to it. Poured from the Black/Purple Plain labeled bottle into a Shaker Glass. Has no freshness date on the bottle.

Aroma- The nose is a very strong roast/light burnt character but has TONS of hop in here! Enjoyed seeing something different come of a Porter aroma. Reminds me of something FFF would put out there.

Appearance- Pours a .5 finger head that dies quick. Has a deep brown colored body and almost opaque like a stout. Leaves a few dark suds behind.

Flavor- Has a strong malt character (of course) and dark roastiness. Light coffee, coming from these dark roasts hits all the way through and then has a medium bitterness level on the finish. Filled with hops!

Mouthfeel- Medium-Full Bodied, Medium Carbonation, Roasty, but doesn't have much more to offer afterwards...

Overall Impression- A very hopped up Porter reminding me of a FFF Alpha Klaus! Enjoyed greatly and look forward to having again.

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Photo of vfgccp
3.96/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Light tan head with great retention and lace. Dark, ruby cola body.

S - Sweet cappuccino and milk chocolate. Touch of mineral-like salt and char.

T - Delicious. Soft, toasted chocolate and cream. Medium roast coffee finish.

M - Super smooth, with a dead-on medium full body.

O - On the sweeter side of style, but with a great roast character to balance it. Fantastic mouthfeel.

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Photo of barczar
3.45/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an opaque deep brown color with a solid quartet inch milk chocolate head that lingers.

Alcohol, floral hop, and roast malt surface initially in the aroma, with hints of mint and chocolate adding complexity.

The flavor reveals an underlying note of citrus, or perhaps an acrid malt bite, with roast malt comprising the backbone. There's a bit of burnt breadcrust, and a hint of chocolate, but the tang is overpowering.

Body is fairly thick, with moderate carbonation and a bit of astringency. There's a tingly finish to it.

Overall, a bit too much hop profile for the style. The malt character was overwhelmed, and what was detectable was too roasty. Could use more malt complexity.

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

Thanks to EgadBananas for providing this bottle. Poured into a pint glass. Pours dark brown with a quickly dissipating tan head. The beer appears clear ruby red near the edge of the glass. A little bit of lacing is left on the side of the glass during consumption. Chocolate, coffee, and malt dominate the aroma. It's mildly sweet smelling. There are flavors of bitter chocolate, coffee, and sweet malt. There are some hops, but this is not a strong flavor. The body is light to medium with some carbonation. The finish is dry. The drinkability is high. Overall, this is a very good beer. While not the best porter I ever had, this is certainly recommended.

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Photo of therica
3.78/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A= very dark near black; slight off-white head with minimal rimming.

S= chocolate, biscuit, cereal like a bowl of cornflakes, slight toasted smoke.

T= modestly dry, modest chocolate, nutty, nice malts, some balanced very nice hops but not overly bitter, slight green grassy malts. The chocolate seems more evident or less evident depending on the gradually warming temperature of the beer.

M= nice residuals of the taste that linger to be savored for a while. Slightly grassy, slight chocolate notes.

O= overall I guess I was expecting slightly more excitement after being a longtime fan of their Baltic Porter. Still, a decent offering.

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

Dark brownish black colour with a light brown to white coloured head that is about a centimetre tall and bubbly before fading to a thin lacing.

Roasted malts and chocolate to begin with, a dark rich chocolate at that. There is a rich and dark fruity aroma, possibly some figs and a sugary, caramel sweetness to it.

Dark roasted malts and some sweet fruits. There is some sugar and touches of vanilla along with rich chocolate and lighter caramel flavours. A nice tasting and very drinkable porter.

Medium bodied with moderate carbonation and a rich, smooth taste that strikes me as a well balanced beer with a roasted malt, bitter finish that rounds things off nicely.

A good example of a porter and one of the nicer beers I have tried of late. This one was a very well balanced beer with good strong flavours in the taste and it made for easy drinking. There is a nice lingering aftertaste.

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Photo of omokoro
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled stamped DOB: 3/26/2012.

Pours a dark brown with copper highlights. A one finger, light tan head that dissipated into lacing The most prominent aromas earthy, piney hops, chocolate and malt. This beer starts bitter and ends with a hint of smoke. There is a nice malt backbone. Overall this is a very pleasant porter, a style that I am still becoming familiar.

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Photo of Louski
4.07/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into standard pint glass.

Pours a dark black-brown with a very thin layer of tan head. Smells of coffee, chocolate and spice that's typical of a dark porter. Taste and smell go hand-in-hand with a good robust coffee flavor followed by a bitter dark chocolate taste and smooth malty finish. if it lacked anything, it's that extra punch of perhaps alcohol and some mild sweetness. Overall a good beer that i would certainly have again.

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Photo of farrago
3.69/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Weak head, maybe half a finger tops of light brown foam, no real lacing to speak of. Immaculate and unblemished black liquid, the rims form a broad orange circle with yellow at the furthermost parts, transparent thereabouts. The nose presents an attractive spine of hops, herbal matter and pressed flowers before yielding the floor to café au lait, milk chocolate, scones, orange peel and cola notes, so much roast and toast, maybe an undercurrent of dark fruits, steady presence and without rough patches. Medium-bodied, the carbonation is soft and downy which adds to the smooth, creamy texture, effortlessly fills in every crevice of your palate. Sweet yet not sugary, hard to imagine more malty roast, all chocolate, cocoa, mocha, coffee, nuts and breakfast baked goods. The orange citrus, pine and pinch of pepper add moderate contrast. Plum and black cherry fruit make a swift appearance. There’s not a lot of nuance nor subtlety here but there’s consistency and richness in spades. Waves of it, in fact.

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Photo of LuckyCavendish
2.92/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Porters make great winter drinking, but I couldn't decide if I liked this one cold or room temperature. I decided I didn't like it that much either way. The flavor was hollow - it starts with a nice mouth filling roasted coffee blast, but ends empty and stale. Not the worst beer, but a very average beer.

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Photo of stewart124
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep brown to black with some reddish hues. Tan head that didn't last long. Cocoa and some mint in the nose.

Dark caramel with some dark candied fruits up front. Medium bodied with plenty of roasted malts without the astringent bite. Lightly roasted coffee and more cocoa. Some vanilla and toasted notes that blend well with a healthy dose of noble hops.

Really a malt forward porter that comes of very well. Approachable and easy to drink.

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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.

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

Poured from a bottle and served in a mug, the beer pours a thin, very dark brown coloring that is black in the depths and has a pencil thin, light brown head that disappears rapidly on the surface of the brew. Aromas of coffee bitterness and roast are highlighted with nutty sweetness and a touch of smoke. On the palate, the beer is crisp, with light, bitter, roasted coffee and earthy undertones blended together on a thin, crisp body. The aftertaste is rich and slick, with a coffee grounds flavor to it. Slick and quick finish, with a slightly bitter feel left behind. Solid brew.

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Photo of thain709
3.47/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a lighter brown...almost transparent...with ruby highlights...one finger, off white head disappears in a minute...no lacing left behind

S - Rather light...some roasted malt, chocolate, smoke

T - Again not a lot of flavors jumping out...the roast is nice and it plays through the entire beer...towards the middle it becomes a bit smokey but it's not overpowering...the chocolate is dark and bitter especially towards the finish...the finish also brings out some coffee and light hops

M - Medium bodied...a little light sometimes...the roasty finish could be longer

O - This is a big difference from the other "dark" Southern Tier beers...I understand this a porter and it's brewed year round, but I found myself wanting more after having their big beers

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Photo of UDbeernut
3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

on tap at Miss Lucy's Kitchen in Saugerties, Ny. poured into a cheater pint

Pours a deep dark amber color with ruby on the edges, foamy 1/2" tan head with good retnetion, educes to a small cap. Nose is kind of bland, light roast and chocolate. This is a well balanced porter, roastiness is the main influence mixed with faint chocolate, flower, slight toast. Medium body, tends to feel a bit flat and thick on the toungue. Finishes dry, I wish it had a tad more carbonation to help.

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Photo of MarcatGSB
2.73/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from bottle in New Holland tulip. Bottled on date was 06/24/2011.

A: Pours a deep cola color with a lively, prickly, half finger cream head. Nice lacing, clings to the side of the glass, persistently and even.

N: Roasted barley syrup. Very mild, some soft vanilla.

T: Fairly one dimensional. Light initial waves of roasted barley, but not a whole lot more.

M: Dry mouthfeel, with little aftertaste. A good level of carbonation, but no lasting impression.

D and O: Kind of dull and not exciting. Lack of overall character really gives me a bad impression.

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Photo of sniper061
3.7/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I had this porter at the brewery pulled from the tap. It poured nice and dark like you would expect it too. There was little to no lacing after about 45 seconds. The taste on the front gives you that dark chocolate and subtle fruit feel, on the back of your mouth it gives you just a little bit of hops to enjoy. As usual most of the beers that I drink I drink while eating something. I believe that pairing beers, especially craft beers is something that is very fun to do. Southern Tier Brewery only has a soup du jour and a pulled pork sandwich on its menu. I had the pulled pork sandwich with the Porter and found it to balance the sweetness of the bbq sauce as well as the acidity of the coleslaw. I enjoyed it and brought home a 1/6 keg of it for my home.

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Photo of elNopalero
4.45/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I’ve been looking forward to cracking this one open for a while. I don’t get too many Southern Tier brews but they’ve all been delicious.

My bottle was different than the one pictured. Not unusual, but worth noting. No age statement.

This one pours a ruby charcoal with a bit of a foamy top. There’s a distinctive roast aroma on this, with just a hint of dark roast espresso underneath. It’s not bad at all. Tastes roasty up front with a sharp peak and a hint of bitterness on the finish. It’s an easy drinker and one that I’d enjoy again.

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Photo of mrasskicktastic
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A fairly dark brown brew with a small head and no lacing.

S - Coffee, cola, char and hazelnuts.

T - Sweet, black patent, a bit of hazelnuts, hint of both coffee and cola. Aftertaste is pretty flat, only a touch of the foretaste, no real bitterness.

M - Slightly waxy, thin, a little smooth, pretty refreshing.

D - A nice porter - nothing too great, but it is enjoyable. I probably won't buy it again, but I'd drink it if offered.

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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.

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Photo of SolipsismalCat
3.64/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass. Reviewed alongside Breckenridge Vanilla Porter.

A: Clear dark brown with a half-finger, off-white head that diminished in 30 seconds. Not much lacing.

S: Dark fruit, coffee, and a bit of chocolate.

T: Moderate sweetness and light bitterness. Toasted bready malt. Not as much dark fruit as in the nose. But, the roasted coffee and chocolate flavors are there.

M: Medium bodied with fizzy carbonation. Relatively smooth.

O: Not a bad porter. The head was disappointing, but the nose and flavor weren't bad. I did prefer the Breckenridge Vanilla porter though.

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