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Porter - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
83
good

764 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 764
Reviews: 405
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 11.99%
Wants: 16
Gots: 24 | 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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thekevlarkid

Maryland

3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Out of a mixed twelve pack (also a road trip acquisition) I discovered this NY state gem. Poured out of the bottle a dark, near black brown like Coca Cola complete with reddish hues on the meniscus. Thin tan head unfortunately did not lace much nor retain well. Understated aromas of milk chocolate, sweetened coffee and liquid smoke. Flavors were dominated by coffee, milk chocolate chips (y'know, the Nestle kind!), biscuity malt and some weak hops. Slightly woody like oak and a little nutty as well. Long chocolate finish. Medium/light carbonation and a good but not great mouthfeel. Very sessionable for a porter but not great for New England standards.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2008 12:33:08 | More by thekevlarkid
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biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

3.93/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Lemon trimming and butterscotch edges add highlights to the top and outer dimensions of this otherwise deep and dark coloured beer. It is more of a dim brown, and although very dark indeed, it is not black. I'd have preferred a little foam with the bubbles, but this looks alright all the same.

Hints of smoke, burnt toffee, bitter chocolate, and plenty of dark caramel means this certainly has all the elements it needs to smell great, although I wouldn't consider the aroma much more than nice. It fails to jump out and seduce you, but still makes for something nice to hold under your nose.

The flavour is full of chocolate chips. It is without its usual cookie/biscuit accompaniment and tastes more like a bitter, unrefined bakers chocolate. The generous hoping which has begun to fade in this bottle imparts a faint note of mint.

The beer is light bodied, dry, and only lightly bitter. It drinks on a level that many more mainstream drinkers will appreciate. That said, they pack a nice amount of flavour into that and this is something that would make a wonderful 'cross-over' beer for commercial lager drinkers.

Southern Tier's Porter Dark (as oppose to "porter light"?) is a less than spectacular beer from an otherwise spectacular brewery. It is an average porter and if you are someone getting into craft beer or beginning to explore dark beers than this is a great place to start. Do it, come on over, join the dark side!

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2008 03:05:40 | More by biegaman
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kirok1999

Ohio

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

Poured a nice dark brown with a slight foamy head.
Smelled of sweet coffee and a bit of chocolate.
Tasted the same but a little milder than the smell. There's chocolate and coffee and some mild sweetness but the best part is the smell.
The carbonation is a bit high for my expectation of a porter. There's an average, mildly watery mouthfeel. Pretty drinkable as it's totally inoffensive.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2008 15:01:33 | More by kirok1999
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LumpyGuitar

New York

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

Had this bottled with tonights dinner of Latin American cuisine, at The Mission in Syracuse.

Poured a dark brown with about 3 fingers of tan head, head lasted quite some time.

Smells of coffee, malt and some dark chocolate. As the beer warmed it developed a scent of oatmeal, and the same is true for its flavor.

Taste is bitter with streams of coffee and chocolate, roasted malts dominate and as the beer warms it takes on a slight flavor of oat.

Mouthfeel is good. Carbonation is a bit higher than what I like in a porter but its perfect here and blends very well.

I've had better porters but this isn't bad. Drinkability is good but I don't think I'll find my way back to this one.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2008 05:52:33 | More by LumpyGuitar
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Riverwarrior

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

S = Mocha and hops.

T = Roasted malt flavor upfront with cocoa in the middle. Piney hops shows up near the end. The finish is fairly bitter.

MF = A little thin and is highly carbonated.

Overall, this is a decent American Porter that is worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2008 00:27:54 | More by Riverwarrior
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

3.48/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Fantastically over carbonated, a careful pour yields six-fingers in height of lightly browned, tan colored froth. The beer is a near black, dark brown color that shows a brilliantly clear, deeply ruby tinged color when held up to the light. The aroma is a mix of sour, tart notes up front with rich, chocolate and roast grain notes towards the end. The chocolate aromatics are quite nice and there is a really expressive, toasted malt not that is a mix of coffee, browned bread crust and browned biscuits. The initially noticed, sour fruitiness becomes less noticeable as my nose get used to it, so I am able to focus on the malt character much more.

Light and quite fruity tasting up front; it tastes a bit like fermented prune juice in some ways, but does have a noticeable roast character. The finish, in addition to a sort of moldy note, has a solid bitterness that is a combination of hop and roast grain. Roast grain notes of black coffee, light dark cocoa and a deeply toasted, complex grain character. The initial, excessive carbonation knocked all of the CO2 out of this beer so that it is quite smooth and quaffable; this pairs quite well with the light body.

While clearly heading south (better check those bottling lines) the sourness and touch of funk seems to work for the most part in this beer. I am actually enjoying the beer, this is something a bit like I would imagine a blended Porter would be like; young fresh beer blended with old, funky brew to create a more complex, yet still quaffable product. Should I even be encouraging the brewery to clean up their QC regimen cause this isn't half bad.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2008 03:23:11 | More by Gueuzedude
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generallee

New York

4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: It has a dark opaque color with a thick foamy tan head. Its head hangs on for awhile and leaves nice rings of lace behind on the glass.

Smell: There is a nice roasted malt aroma with sweet molasses and just a hint of citrusy hops.

Taste/Mouth feel: The favor is full of dark, roasted and malty flavors with burnt caramel and molasses sweetness. Mild bitterness is supplied by a light hops presence that adds some balance. This is all wrapped up in a very drinkable medium body with a pleasant smooth mouth feel and carbonation.

Notes: Drinkable and full of flavor, nice!

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2008 14:23:17 | More by generallee
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Murchmac

California

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

Thanks to Beertruth, beer is truth and the truth shall set you free.

Tonight the forecast will be dark, with brown highlights and no head. Looks like a dark deep cherry red wood.

Smells sweet, cocoa, hops in there too. Kinda like a hop fudge sundae.

The taste isnt as big as I thought it would be. Pretty tasty though. Bitter, but not as smooth as anderson valley's porter. Choco-coffee flavors.

Burnt cocoa aftertaste, dry, pleasant coffee tastes.

Their special big beers have bold tastes, I wished these ones did too. Still, strong like bull.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2008 07:07:14 | More by Murchmac
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PBBC

New York

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

Pours a deep brown, ruby highlights, nice grey-tan head that disappears quickly.

Smell is sweet, slight caramel, with a nice tinge of roasted chocolate, almost a fruity aroma.

Taste is excellent, feels thick across the tongue with burnt caramel tastes, slight bittersweet chocolate... burnt, almost ashlike taste lingers with the light hop presence on the sides and back of the tongue.

Overall... great example of porter, sweet, not too dry... would definitely buy again.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2008 03:17:00 | More by PBBC
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zdk9

Texas

3.6/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a shade of black with some ruby highlights showing through. Head was somewhat feeble to start off but is leaving stronger lacing than expected.

S- Roasted nuts, slight butteryness (almost walnut oil), just a tad of fruit.

T- Quite bitter. Good amount of roasted malt flavor. After careful searching I can find the hops flavors- grapefruit and orange. Nice balance.

M- This is a rather creamy beer which doesn't really fit my palate for a porter. Some sharper carbonation is in order.

D- A good offering but not one that sparks my interest terribly much.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2008 03:14:33 | More by zdk9
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blakesell

Ohio

3.93/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the tap into a standard pint glass.

Appearance- Beer pours a very dark brown, near black with a red hue shining clearly through the beverage. The head is a finger of creamy tan foam with lacing glued to the sides.

Smell- Roasted malts with a pretty fair amount of hops on the nose. Light frutiness with hard water minerality and olives? Greek olives? I'm losing my mind.

Taste- Rich roasted malts giving way to those fruity yeasty esters of lemon, ginger, and hops with a smooth floral feel of rose water and light bitters.

Mouthfeel- Creamy, slightly sticky, not warming, crisp, medium full bodied and medium on carbonation.

Drinkability- The bottle is much smoother than the tap which tastes much different. This beer was somewhat cool, but not worth more visits on this handle.

Serving type: on-tap

05-06-2008 18:21:47 | More by blakesell
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Metalmonk

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a cola-like darkness with a thin head that reduces to a thin film in a minute or so. Looks as much like an average black lager as it does a boring old porter. Not too exciting, nothing glaringly wrong either. I guess not all dark beers qualify as seductive and entrancing abysses.

Smoky malts come to the fore of the aroma, giving a kind of woody/campfire vibe. Some dark fruit way in the background, sort of berry-like.

Flavor definitely delivers, balancing charred malts, coffee and dark fruit/berry. More character emerges with its interesting char/milk finish. As the liquid holds in the mouth and the flavors do their thing, it seems a big juicy porter...then dries very quickly after the swallow.

Mouthfeel unfortunately lays on the thin side while also having too much carbonation. Not a hugely off-putting texture, but kind of a letdown considering how tasty it is.

Some so-so qualities and some very good qualities. But it's the flavor that counts, and I'm not surprised Southern Tier pulls through again on that front. They need to do a Baltic Porter.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2008 20:57:20 | More by Metalmonk
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hellcatsjg

Virginia

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

Thanks to Ragaeagainst123 for the trade

Appearance: What you would expect. Dark black beer with a good amount of white head. Head disappears and there is not much lacing to speak of.

Smell: Roasted coffee is strong, with a decent amount of malts and a slight bit of hops as well.

Taste: Very nice porter. Roasted coffee takes the lead along with the malts. There is a nice balancing bitter hop flavor that goes well with the coffee. Tastes like a creamy cup of bitter coffee, but in a good way.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with maybe a bit more carbonation than I would like. Bitterness lingers in the mouth and may not appeal to everyone.

Drinkability: Very good porter. The good aspects of the style are at the forefront and there is a good hop flavor as well. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2008 23:48:52 | More by hellcatsjg
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animal69

Louisiana

3.6/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

picked up their sampler pack, this was actually the 3rd. in my line-up ; pours a deep orangish-brown w/ a thin creamy tan cap which left a fair amount of lacing in my nonic ; a moderate smell, a sweet darker grain smell, a bit like coffee & toast, a faint piney hop note in there as well ; a rich dry, nutty flavor from the onset, a slightly sour note to it as well, some darker fruits and touch of alcohol in the finish ; light-med bodied w/ a creaminess that was surprising, a decent co2 level prob. helps ; a very drinkable brew, prob. in the top 5 Am. porters i've had...

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2008 06:05:20 | More by animal69
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prototypic

Ohio

3.98/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a very dark brown color with a creamy tan, two finger head. Retention was very good though lacing was a bit average.

Smell: Very robust roasted malt aroma is first out of the gate. It's followed up by a nice, sweet chocolate malt smell. They blend well with a light coffee scent. Definitely has a smoky aroma.

Taste: Chocolate and roasted malts mix very well and are sweet. Coffee flavor is stronger in taste than the smell would suggest. Smoked flavor really shines and adds a lot to this beer. It has a dry finish and leaves a coffee aftertaste.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: It's medium bodied. Carbonation is very good. Nice and smooth. I find it to be very drinkable. Taking down a number of these would not be difficult. Overall, it's a very good porter. Definitely worth checking out.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2008 03:10:22 | More by prototypic
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Wasatch

Utah

3.35/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks goes out to drseamus for this one.

Pours a dark brown color, too much carbonation, huge foamy tan head, lots of sticky lacing afterwards. The nose is malty with some caramel. The taste pretty much follows the nose. Medium body. Drinkable, way too much head on this one, tells me that something is wrong in the bottling, so not really impressed with this one.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2008 22:34:54 | More by Wasatch
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tpd975

Florida

3.05/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This one comes from BeerTruth who else.

A: Pours a wonderful deep dark black color with a two finger puffy khaki head. The head dies to a nice collar but leaves behind wonderful lacing.

S: Very light aroma but what I do smell is mostly chocolate and coffee grounds. There is a hint of smoke and charcoal.

T: Charcoaled coffee and bitter chocolate. Not much else going on here. Kind of flat tasting.

M: Thin and watery.

Overall: Not my favorite ST, brew or my favorite porter. It could use a little more malty goodness and body. Too flat and watery for me.

Serving type: bottle

02-29-2008 19:30:20 | More by tpd975
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erosier

Connecticut

4.33/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a really dark brown/black with a tall and medium light tan colored head. It has a really nice aroma of dark roasted malts and hints of sweet chocolate in the aroma. The taste is excellent for a porter. Deep roasted malts layered with some really nice chocolate aftertaste. It is a really smooth and fresh tasting porter. The drinkability is very good as I would have a few of these before the night is over. It is a really good porter and I recommend trying this one.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2008 19:51:00 | More by erosier
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imaguitargod

Ohio

2.25/5  rDev -38.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Pours to a very small and quickly dissipated head (used a tulip glass) and comes in the typical porter color (dark black). Very little carbonation especially for a porter.

The really am displeased with the taste of this. I've had other Southern Tier products and liked all of them (especially their barley wine) so this was a let down. The hopes are extremely up front and is the first and last thing you taste. Very little roasted malt flavor and the aftertaste has a bit of a soapy taste to it.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2008 19:53:05 | More by imaguitargod
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SilentSabre

North Dakota

3.23/5  rDev -12%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A very avergae porter. This particular bottle has a different label than what's pictured. Mine is black and purple with white and silver writing. Anyway, poured a very dark reddish brown with a khaki coloured head that vanished in about 20 seconds or so. Smell was dark malts with a touch of hops hiding in the back. Taste was neither too sweet, nor too bitter; very pleasant. Some roasted flavours present, although rather subtle. Mouthfeel was very average, as was most everything else about this porter. Certainly not a bad beer, just very average. Thanks to Ding for the chance to try this.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2008 03:56:19 | More by SilentSabre
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours pitch black. Tan head that falls fairly quickly. Sickly sweet nose that has some borderline molasses characters to it. Gets dusty after a bit. Flavor is thick with malts, but not complex I would say. It is just robust, deep, and very thick. Nice malty characters just abound on this one. Feel is pretty thick on the liquid and low on the carbonation it seems. Very drinkable porter indeed. No wild flavor profiles here, just a nice smooth deep one.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2007 08:55:04 | More by RblWthACoz
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of Jerc: Poured a clear black color ale with a medium foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of bitter roasted malt is somewhat average. Taste is also dominated by medium bitter notes from roasted malt with some light sweetness and some notes of black chocolate. Body is about average with some medium carbonation. Easily drinkable porter with some limited complexity.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2007 15:28:17 | More by Phyl21ca
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ZimZamZoom

West Virginia

3.55/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a 7 oz. sampler glass.

Dark brown, with a tan head. Fairly decent lacing as the head recedes. Nice scarlet undertones when held to a light.

Aroma is of roasted malts, dark roast coffee, cocoa. Taste is nice and roasty, with some caramel and a long bitter finish.

Nice and smooth in the mouth, good body yet not filling. I could drink a few of these. This would pair up nicely with a nice smokey chipotle.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2007 01:02:53 | More by ZimZamZoom
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OStrungT

California

4.18/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This beer pours a very dark brown color, with a thin light brown head. The head fades quickly, leaving a decent lacing.

This beer has a robust roasted malt aroma. It has a nice sweet caramel aroma as well. It smell some chocolate and coffee aromas as well.

This beer tastes like it smells. Chocolate upfront. Coffee and caramel mixing in. It has a nice mild roasted malt flavor.

This beer goes down smooth, leaving a chocolate sweet aftertaste. It is low on carbonation.

This beer would probably make a good session beer. It is low in alcohol, and it is not an overly aggressive beer.

Overall: Thanks HimerMan for this beer. It is good. Sometimes I drink a porter, and it is just so boring. This one is good and flavorfull.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2007 00:54:02 | More by OStrungT
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Dogbrick

Ohio

3.43/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On draught at Kennedy’s On The Quays. This beer is a dark brown color with a medium light brown head that has decent retention. Spotty lacing on the glass. Aroma of cocoa and milk chocolate along with bits of coffee and malt. Medium, glassy smooth body with sweet chocolate and roasted malt flavor. Very little bitterness. The finish is sweet at first with a mildly bitter hops aftertaste. Lacks robustness that would put it in the "very good" category. This is a actually kind of a letdown considering their other beers are solid.

Serving type: on-tap

11-06-2007 18:41:08 | More by Dogbrick
Porter from Southern Tier Brewing Company
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