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Porter - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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875 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 875
Reviews: 415
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 11.99%
Wants: 20
Gots: 65 | 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 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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

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.

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.

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.

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)

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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

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....

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

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

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.

Porter from Southern Tier Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 875 ratings.