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Porter - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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804 Ratings
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Ratings: 804
Reviews: 407
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 11.99%
Wants: 18
Gots: 37 | 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

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: WesWes on 06-16-2003)
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Photo of biboergosum
3.9/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

biboergosum, Jan 26, 2010
Photo of Hypersomnia
3/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. In the glass it's black with a thin film of head. During the pour it looked lighter than I would have expected for a porter.

Aroma is a nice chocolate maltiness with a hint of caramel and also a bit of oily creaminess.

Flavor is quite disappointing, much more watery than I would have expected based on the aroma but I think a clue was the lighter look during the pour. Has a decent light coffee flavor plus a bit of alcohol (this doesn't taste bad but is unimpressive given the relatively low alcohol of this beer). Surprisingly, this has kind of has a "seltzer" flavor when it's pretty cold which seems to go away a bit as the beer warms. As it warms there is a more obvious roasted coffee flavor that is quite nice. There is a graininess (or something) that kind of ruins the taste (and I think the mouthfeel). Overall this is just way to watery for the style or at least for my liking.

The mouthfeel is just too watery, non of the "slickness" that I generally like in a Porter.

The finish on this is not particularly good. The little that is there is not very tasty.

I haven't tried very many porters and the others I have had were excellent, but I think this is by far the worst porter I have had.

I guess that this is relatively easy to drink but I wouldn't want to drink more of these. So I think the drinkability is kind of low.

This is not a terrible beer, but I wouldn't go as far as to call it good. I didn't see a born on or best by date on the bottle so it's possible I got an old batch but I don't believe this is that old since it even has the new label on it and I bought it pretty recently.

Hypersomnia, Jan 21, 2010
Photo of fartkowski
3.25/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Serving type: 355ml bottle, bought at the LCBO
Poured a very dark, pretty much black, with about 1 inch foam head.
The first taste was very interesting. At first it tasted kind of like a normal beer, but after about 3 seconds, it had a strong smokey, burnt taste to it.
The bitterness lingered for quite a while.
This was the first porter I've ever tried. I have since had ones that were way better. I would say that this was a pretty average one.

fartkowski, Jan 11, 2010
Photo of wordemupg
3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

355ml bottle poured into pint glass jan7 2010

A very dark brown with a thumbs worth of thick mocha head that falls quickly and leaves a couple rings of lace

S milk chocolate and perhaps some licorice and raisin

T not far from the smell but it has a stale coffee flavor to go along with it and this takes away from the experience just a little

M a little thin but not watery, and it could use a little more carbonation but nothing to be ashamed of

D a decent beer and worth trying and I would drink it again if I could buy it where I live

again I'm thanking adil for sending this one my way, yet another brewery not available in my part of the world. for a session beer this ones decent for this cold winter night

wordemupg, Jan 08, 2010
Photo of SingleCell
3.65/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a mug after warming out of the fridge for a few mins.

A: Poured a deep dark red with dark red tinges, almost cola like. A very light one inch tan, frothy and sudsy looking head vanished quite quickly leaving a bubbly ring of tan lace.

S: Wonderful smell right after cracking open the bottle. Sweet cappuccino and stale dark roasted coffee made with milk along with a definite hint of dark chocolate and chocolate muffins.

T: Metallic, chocolate, bitter-stale-roasted coffee. A sweet yet bitter finish that reminds me of the same taste you get after eating a seed packed piece of kiwi fruit (without the kiwi fruit taste in this case of course).

M: Prickly creamy carbonation with a very light and watery mouthfeel. Could have used just a bit more body but good nonetheless...

D: The bittersweet finish kind of threw me for a loop. However, I would have another if I had it on hand. Also the alcohol was nowhere to be found, even at room temp, which was nice.

Overall a good porter. Tasty stuff however the winner for me in this beer was the smell. Cheers!

SingleCell, Jan 05, 2010
Photo of Augustiner719
3.38/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass:

Appearance: Pours a dark, yet see through brown/black color with some amber orange and red highlights up to the light. Just off white head that is pillowy but leaves quickly. Not much lacing.

Smell: Smells like a tootsie roll. A bit flat on the aromatics, but pronounced tootsie roll aroma.

Taste: Tastes a little bit one dimensional. Coffee with heavy cream mixed with melted tootsie rolls. Nice malty prescense but not wowing me.

Mouthfeel: A little on the thin side. I had this next to Sierra Nevadas and its much thinner. Flavor lingers a bit, but its thin and disjointed a bit. Almost watered down.

Drinkability: Good sessionable porter. Lightweight and not filling at all so you can put a 6er of this back no problem. Worth a try, but dont go out of your way for this.

Augustiner719, Dec 30, 2009
Photo of cudmud
3.55/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: This beer has a nice, deep brown color with slight lacing and head.

Smell: The smell is the highlight of this beer. This brew boasts coffee, chocolate, and toffee aromas.

Taste: This beer has a nice toasted flavor and a wonderful bitter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel and Drinkability: This beer has a nice level of carbonation and the bubbles dance across your tongue. A guy could be temped to drink a few of these while watching sports.

cudmud, Dec 29, 2009
Photo of TerryW
3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a big head that settles down to a heavy film. Lots of spotty lace. Beer is dark dark walnut brown. Looks decent.

Slightly medicinal or boozy aroma over top of chocolate and coffee. Quite smooth and soft to drink, not really chalky like many porters can be. Slightly metallic with a touch of lingering dryness. Flavour is roasted grain and chocolate.

Quite subdued as porters go, but real easy to drink.

TerryW, Dec 25, 2009
Photo of eat
3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Southern Tier Porter pours a deep, dark brown. Not quite opaque, light shines through at the edges revealing some cola-coloured highlights. I poured this one hard and it only produced a .5 finger head and only for a minute or so, receding to a thin ring of light-beige foam around the glass. Zero retention and only a little lacing.

Smells like milk chocolate, molasses, roasted malt, caramel and hints of hops and iron. Really nice but not enough presence.

This is pretty different for a porter. Much more hoppy than most offerings of the style. It's on the watery side for taste, but shows some nice light flavours of hops, coffee, chocolate and roasted malt. Other than the watery-ness, it's fairly well-balanced.

The feel is light like the taste. Too thin for my taste, but maybe that's what they were going for here: thin all around. Medium-light carbonation.

I can't say I'm really a fan of this porter, too thin in taste and body. I could see others being really into it though, if you're not into thick, flavourful stouts and porters. It does go down pretty easy for a porter but if I'm looking for a beer that goes down easy, I'm not usually going to be drinking a porter. It looks like a porter but if I were blindfolded I would probably say it's a dark ale of some sort by taste alone. I don't think I'll be buying this again.

eat, Dec 12, 2009
Photo of billab914
3.93/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a dark brown with a small tan head that disappeared quickly. Moderate lacing on the glass. Aroma has flavors of roasted grains with some chocolate and coffee notes. Taste is sweet at first but the bitter flavors of coffee and chocolate come through at the end. Mouthfeel is medium bodies and carbonation is moderate. Drinkability is good, this is a nice easy drinking porter. Nothing outstanding or over the top with this one but it's a good easy drinking flavorful porter.

billab914, Dec 05, 2009
Photo of NJpadreFan
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Southern Tier- Porter

A- Dark ruby brown with a small foamy tan head. Light amount of lacing along the top of the glass.
S- Slight burnt chocolate malt grains and a touch of pine hops.
T- Thick sweet chocolate malt, lightly burnt but not overpowering. Slight cream, brown sugar, and molasses flavor in the body with a ashy finish.
M- Thick and sweet. Dry chocolate throughout with a creamy body and a dry, touch of bitter hops, and burnt finish.

Overall- A good sessionable porter. Worthy of a few pints.

NJpadreFan, Dec 04, 2009
Photo of zeff80
4.08/5  rDev +11.2%
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.

zeff80, Dec 01, 2009
Photo of JohnnyBarman
4.18/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a nonic. A rich black brown hue, leaves a thin, light tan head, which dissolves into a ring around the glass. A bit of foamy lacing.

The smell is great: roasted malt, caramel, toffee. As a porter should.

This is why porters are my favourite style! The flavours in this brew (roasted malt, chocolate, plums, caramel, coffee) work together wonderfully to produce an exceptional flavour. Really enjoyed this one. A nice, crisp aftertaste too, lingering bitterness.

Mouthfeel is a little bit thinner than it'd like, but the carbonation is about right.

A very drinkable porter, not my favourite, but certainly one I'll happily purchase again. Great stuff!

JohnnyBarman, Nov 30, 2009
Photo of NightINgale
4.2/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz/355ml bottle poured into a tulip pint glass.

A - Dark brown with some initial carbonation and a frothy light-brown head. The body is somewhat opaque with a ruby red glow. The lacing and head retention are okay.

S - The roasted malts produce a strong espresso-like aroma, with hints of dark chocolate, caramel, and a bit of dark fruit. Some hops are also present in the smell, giving the beer a nice floral undertone.

T - Fairly smoky, with a fair amount of sweetness, and a wonderful coffee-chocolate taste profile. Some subtle hop character. The after-taste is moderately bitter, with lingering coffee notes, and just a hint of dark fruit.

M - Medium-to-full bodied. Very smooth, with just a it of crisp carbonation. A very roasty, full flavoured mouthfeel.

D - Drinks very easily. This is a good full-bodied, yet sessionable porter.

NightINgale, Nov 25, 2009
Photo of ZorPrime
3.25/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks again to Bobsy for this Porter!

The beer color is black, pretty dark too. No head, bummer. The aroma is light intensity, which, for me, is unusual for Southern Tier. I'm having a hard time distinguishing everything in the smell. I get light notes of chocolate, but beside this... dah dah. Taste is roasted malts. The beer feels thin in the mouth, and the carbonation is very present. A little bit too simplistic for me... or am I becoming more snobby. Good to drink for no special occasion, however it is definitely not a special occasion beer. I think I wished I would have had more from this one... oh well... life is cruel! Decent beer, but nothing else.

ZorPrime, Nov 24, 2009
Photo of Reinheitsgebot71
3.95/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Another southern tier beer available at the LCBO, good news to me!

It pours a deep brown colour with hints or rube when put to the light. An off white head caps the elixir steeling down to islands of bubbles which cling to the glass here and there.

Smells of roast malt, sour cherry, and fresh cut green apple esters greet the nose as well as hints of coffee, caramel and roasted malts.

Crabapple tartness backed by subdued roast malt and toffee flavours are the first tasted. Grassy notes creep in as well as a faint hint of wheat germ. Mild hop bitterness mixes with the astringent quality of the roast malts giving a clean astringent finish. Overall the flavours seem well balanced but subdued.

This is a nice session porter, well balanced with the slight acidic sourness one looks for in the style.

Reinheitsgebot71, Nov 16, 2009
Photo of ecoastman
3.98/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A good and interesting porter with some bolder hopping. I prefer a porter with a little more full taste but I could easily have a few of these and might pick this up again soon for the right price.

This porter pours opague black and blocks light well even when held to a light. Not much head with an aggressive pour and little lacing.

It smells clean with a nice herbal hop aroma that is more prominent than the usual roasted coffee and cocoa characters.

The same ratio of flavours are found as in the nose. Mild maltiness and finishes with a medium level of bitterness that lingers with the citrus from the higher hopping. Later, the dry cocoa flavour and mild cherry remains in the aftertaste.

Starts watery and smooth with a mild courseness with the bitter finish. Low carbonation as a porter usually goes (and is not my personal favourite character)

ecoastman, Nov 11, 2009
Photo of ericj551
4.43/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Southern Tier Porter pours a clear red black with almost no head, despite the vigorous pour. The aroma is inviting, caramel, toffee, and some roasted malt with some delicious herbal hops. The flavor is well balanced, just enough slightly astringent roasted malt to balance the caramel sweetness. The finish is dry and slightly hoppy. Glad to see this one up in Northern Ontario, I have a feeling I will be drinking more of it.

ericj551, Nov 07, 2009
Photo of Ralphus
4.08/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Southern Tier's porter is a bit different than many porters out there. What it lacks in in your face flavour it makes up for in drinkability. This is a good sessionable porter that goes down quick.

It pours a dark mahogany color. Two fingers of foam rise and then fall to a small ring leaving a small amount of lacing behind. The smell is a moderate mix of coffee, pine and dark fruits.. and the taste is similar. Coffee, ash and chocolate but a nice piney hoppiness as well. I like it.

Mouthfeel is thin but smooth. Carbonation just right and the whole thing goes down ridiculously well. Nice to see the LCBO bringing in something enjoyable.

Ralphus, Nov 04, 2009
Photo of cratez
4.03/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

355ml bottle from the LCBO, poured into a shaker.

Black in colour with a thin ring of beige/tan film. There's some red hues lurking in the body. Spotted lacing throughout the glass, fine and sugary. Aromatic and slightly fruity hops on the nose, smells of brown sugar/honey, roasted grains, and barley. Taste is dark roasted malt and hints of coffee upfront, followed by a subtle milky flavour. Spicy, biting hops and smokey ash round out the aftertaste, leaving a toasted, chalky flavour on the palate. Lingering lactic notes. Mouthfeel is slick and medium-bodied with above average carbonation. A dry and pleasantly bitter finish.

Overall, this is a damn good session beer. Rogue, Sierra Nevada, and Great Divide make better renditions of the style, but this has most of the features that I like in a porter. It's certainly more flavourful than many Canadian beers and I'm glad that the LCBO is offering it. Recommended.

cratez, Nov 04, 2009
Photo of shamus
4.43/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A ruby dark beer. It smells of a fresh brewed pot of coffee in a pine forest. You can feel that lake breeze at the break of day. A winner. Tastes of chocolate, coffee and toast. Strangely or not the hops are distinct in this porter and float near the surface (taste wise not literally!). I'm a fan.

shamus, Nov 04, 2009
Photo of allergictomacros
3.78/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Clear, but dark ruby red, with a 3/4 inch tan head of moderate heft. Nose is dark caramel and fruit with hints of black cherry. Some coffee and dark berries on the first sip. Decent bitterness and some herbal hops in the finish. Burnt, dark sugars and a bit of a sweet edge also come through. Fairly smooth mouthfeel with a moderate carbonated zip. Quite easy drinking.

allergictomacros, Nov 04, 2009
Photo of hosehead83
4.22/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a twelve ounce bottle into a standard pint glass
Dark, cola-like in color, with average two inch collar of foam
Aroma-Coffee and dark chocolate
Taste-Roasted coffee, subtle smokiness, dark chocolate-Easy drinking, this would be a fine everyday porter to keep in your fridge

hosehead83, Oct 18, 2009
Photo of WeedKing4
2.98/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Oct 6, 2009
12oz bottle. Pours pure black, but light in body. Pretty bland flavour to be honest, but I am new to Porters and the Stouts. Definately easy to drink, but this isn't anything special. This had no personality to me. Won't be on my shopping list again.

WeedKing4, Oct 16, 2009
Photo of ludachris
3.93/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep chestnut brown (black, from a distance) with dark amber highlights. Half a finger of tan head with minimal lacing.

Smell of dark chocolate, mocha, coffee, roasted malts and a light smokiness. Maybe some mint?

Dark bitter chocolate, mocha, roasted ,malts with a dry coffee grain finish.

Light bodied, smooth, wet with a dry kick for a finish. Very easy to drink.

Overall, seems like a decent offering from Southern Tier. Being my first American porter, the difference in the taste and mouthfeel was very noticeable in comparison to other English porters I've had. I think I prefer Fuller's over this, but still a nice fall beer.

ludachris, Oct 13, 2009
Porter from Southern Tier Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 804 ratings.