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Porter - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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795 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 795
Reviews: 407
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 11.99%
Wants: 17
Gots: 31 | 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 billab914


3.93/5  rDev +7.1%

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.

12-05-2009 23:17:44 | More by billab914
Photo of NJpadreFan

New Jersey

3.88/5  rDev +5.7%

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.

12-04-2009 22:40:48 | More by NJpadreFan
Photo of zeff80


4.08/5  rDev +11.2%

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.

12-01-2009 02:37:55 | More by zeff80
Photo of JohnnyBarman

Ontario (Canada)

4.18/5  rDev +13.9%

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!

11-30-2009 22:04:22 | More by JohnnyBarman
Photo of NightINgale

Russian Federation

4.2/5  rDev +14.4%

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.

11-25-2009 01:15:41 | More by NightINgale
Photo of ZorPrime

Quebec (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

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.

11-24-2009 01:49:18 | More by ZorPrime
Photo of Reinheitsgebot71

Ontario (Canada)

3.95/5  rDev +7.6%

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.

11-16-2009 22:47:30 | More by Reinheitsgebot71
Photo of ecoastman

Ontario (Canada)

3.98/5  rDev +8.4%

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)

11-11-2009 02:19:51 | More by ecoastman
Photo of ericj551

Alberta (Canada)

4.43/5  rDev +20.7%

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.

11-07-2009 04:26:30 | More by ericj551
Photo of Ralphus

Ontario (Canada)

4.08/5  rDev +11.2%

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.

11-04-2009 22:37:19 | More by Ralphus
Photo of cratez

Ontario (Canada)

4.03/5  rDev +9.8%

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.

11-04-2009 05:49:14 | More by cratez
Photo of shamus

Ontario (Canada)

4.43/5  rDev +20.7%

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.

11-04-2009 00:52:53 | More by shamus
Photo of allergictomacros

Ontario (Canada)

3.78/5  rDev +3%

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.

11-04-2009 00:36:29 | More by allergictomacros
Photo of hosehead83


4.22/5  rDev +15%

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

10-18-2009 23:22:39 | More by hosehead83
Photo of WeedKing4

Ontario (Canada)

2.98/5  rDev -18.8%

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.

10-16-2009 00:33:26 | More by WeedKing4
Photo of ludachris

Ontario (Canada)

3.93/5  rDev +7.1%

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.

10-13-2009 21:11:45 | More by ludachris
Photo of shroompod


3.83/5  rDev +4.4%

Pours a dark color , white head a little lacing.

Aroma of sweet malts , some roasted dark malts.

I get a lot of sweet dark fruit on initial tasting that reminds me of a double. Finish gets dried up slightly with a burnt black coffee note.

Mouthfeel is medium , carbonation is good.

Not quite what I'd expect from an American porter , but very easy to drink.

10-12-2009 23:18:29 | More by shroompod
Photo of BuffaloTapHugger

New York

3.48/5  rDev -5.2%

A: Pitch black in color with a minimal tan head which barley exists and runny lacing.

S: Roasted malt, molasses, coffee bean, brown sugar.

T: Rich and smooth with a robust flavor of malts and some miniscule hop action in the back making this nice.

M: Thin, good carbonation, abv blended swell.

D: Its drinkable, but not a goto porter by any means. Getting closer boys and girls....

10-12-2009 02:47:27 | More by BuffaloTapHugger
Photo of ClockworkOrange


3.83/5  rDev +4.4%

Out of a 12 ounce bottle and into my shaker glass. The porter appears a translucent deep brown color with about a finger of fizzy tan foam. Nose and flavors consist of roasted grains, bittersweet chocolate, mild coffee and mocha, caramel, grassy hops. Medium bodied with adequate carbonation levels and a bitter earthy finish. Worth a try.

10-12-2009 02:13:04 | More by ClockworkOrange
Photo of GodOfBeer

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +9%

Pours a very dark brown/black with a nice tan head, dies to a thin layer, some nice lacing, looking good.

Smells of strong coffee and toasted grains.

Tastes very similar, this might as well be a coffee porter. Some chocolate, smoke flavour and a nice surprising hop finish to balance it out.

Pretty smooth mouthfeel, but not very thick. All in all this is a very drinkable porter and a very good representation of the style, if you like coffee.

10-09-2009 03:10:31 | More by GodOfBeer
Photo of Tone


3.63/5  rDev -1.1%

Pours a dark brown color. 1/2 inch head of a tan color. Good retention and great lacing. Smells of sweet malt, roasted malt, and alcohol. Fits the style of an American Porter. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp with an average carbonation level. Tastes of roasted malt, alcohol, and sweet malt. Overall, the alcohol flavor is surprisingly strong for the low ABV level and hinders the other flavors.

10-09-2009 00:05:46 | More by Tone
Photo of ViveLaChouffe


3.85/5  rDev +4.9%

Part of a sampler pack I picked up while driving through Maryland a couple months ago.

Pours thick, pitch black in color topped with a thin tan head. A sweet aroma with some dark chocolate and a hint of mocha.

The taste follows the aroma for the most part. It's still sweetish with notes of dark chocolate but with more bitterness...coffee, a bit of herbal hops present. Good body, sweetish but with a clean finish.

Tasty. Very drinkable. The only knock I can give this beer is that I wish it was a bit more roasty but that's just a personal preference.

10-07-2009 16:28:01 | More by ViveLaChouffe
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Ontario (Canada)

2.63/5  rDev -28.3%

Appearance: Jet black, brown head with good retention, the way a proper porter should look

Smell: Roasted malts, coffee, mild smoke. Wonderful.

Taste: Never have I noticed such a discrepancy between smell and taste in a beer. The appealing aroma makes you think you're in for a treat, until it hits your tastebuds. Burnt malts, overbearing smokiness, tobacco and a lingering aftertaste of roofing tar (I used to work as a roofer, drinking this brought me back). Pretty disgusting.

Mouthfeel: Fairly thick, rich consistency.

Drinkability: Looks great, smells great, tastes horrible. The worst offering I've tried from Southern Tier...will never purchase again.

10-05-2009 01:45:43 | More by vikingmike
Photo of EatsTacos

Yukon (Canada)

4.38/5  rDev +19.3%

Pours a very dark brown, like black coffee with a hint of ruby. The head is thin and small

Aroma of chocolate wafer cookies, coffee beans, mocha, chocolate ice cream, and peppery spice

This beer is much more about flavour than nose. A lot of classic coffee and chocolate notes dominate. The sweetness is milky and somewhat sugary but this beer is very well balanced and the bittering hops are perfectly measured for my palate.

Light bodied and thin, with a very smooth carbonation. This beer might be a very good take at an English porter, I'm not sure its necessarily 'American'

10-02-2009 23:55:11 | More by EatsTacos
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Ontario (Canada)

2.88/5  rDev -21.5%

12oz bottle from the LCBO, pours a dark brown, a shade darker than your average cola. Finger of mocha head, dies down to sporadic patches for the lifespan. No lacing.

Nose is ... light. Some chocolate, hints of malt.

Taste is a little better. Base chocolate which is slightly unusual, malt layered on top, hints of smoke, a slightly odd "off" note, metallic perhaps. Not overly bad, solid porter flavor profile, not robust or big but solid. But the killer is the ultra-thin body coupled with over-carbonation which gives it an "edge". I guess this could be a fall-back drinker but I have better things to drink.

AS it warms you get more of that medicinal/vegetal/metallic offness - not so yummy.

10-01-2009 01:29:28 | More by ritzkiss
Porter from Southern Tier Brewing Company
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