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Porter - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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874 Ratings
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Ratings: 874
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 ViveLaChouffe
3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of vikingmike
2.63/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

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.

Photo of EatsTacos
4.38/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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'

Photo of ritzkiss
2.88/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of MeisterBurger
2.85/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Southern Tier's labels always remind me of energy drinks. I mean, the beer's generally not bad. And it's a good design. It just doesn't really invoke a sense of craft beer, does it? Or is that just me?

It pours like it should, deep ruby-black with an inch of head that lingers. It's hard not to admire a dark beer that laces this beautifully.

The aroma is weak. Roasty. I almost get grains and mild vegetal...or something. Smells a bit like a rotten tooth. It's not that pleasant.

The taste is coffee. Roasted malt. A mild dollop of chocolate with a hint of caramel. Some dried dark fruit. Has a dry roasty finish, and something metallic or minerally that lingers in the aftertaste.

The mouthfeel is medium, maybe leaning towards light.


It's not really stunner of a porter and why, after a strong start with the IPA, does the LCBO seem to keep bringing in Southern Tier's weakest offerings?

Photo of Viggo
2.95/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle from the LCBO.

Pours a clear dark ruby red, almost mahogany, definitely not black, thick tan head forms, slowly settles down to a medium ring and layer around the glass, some lace spirals stick to the glass. Smell is weird, very earthy, some caramel and light roastiness, chocolate wafers, kind of dry and toast, a bit of light fruitiness and bready malts, not much of a porter. Taste is a little better, nice chocolate and caramel maltiness, light roast, good bit of dark fruit, berries and raisins, very strange medicinal/iron flavour thats doesn't quite sit right, kind of sharp and bitter in the finish. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with medium to high carbonation. Not a very good beer and a crappy porter.

Photo of Anthony1
3/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A Mostly dark body that might display some edges of dark maroon in front of direct light. Head which was medium brown was short lived. I tried to pour it big too. Little to no lacing. This is kind of an average look for a porter except that the head was disappointing.

S Nice dark malt smell with chocolate undertones. Inviting and interesting.

T Well this is a "straight up" porter and by that I mean that it delivers on everything a porter should be with dark roasted malts, some smoothness and even some dark chocolate tastes. It is carefully brewed and satisfying for a basic porter. I do enjoy the tinge of chocolate that I was not expecting at the outset. It makes it an enjoyable porter.

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

Pours near-black with a big chunky beige head. Head settles to a thin ring fairly quickly. Leaves rough lacings throughout.

Mostly caramel on the nose, strong malt character.

Loads of typical porter/stout flavours. Slightly burnt caramel up front with some strong smokey and roasted characters filling it out. An unexpected, though welcome, sweetness in the finish, slightly medicinal, almost root-beer like.

A very nice drinker, surprisingly so given the strong flavour profile.

Photo of cdizinno
3.05/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Presentation: 12 oz brown bottle, newer version than picture, with no freshness date. Poured into a tulip glass.

A: Dark black with a decent tan head. When held up to the light there is a barely noticable hue of redness. Mild lacing.

S: Mild roasted aroma. Not much of anything else.
T&M: Medium bodied with a rough carbonation. Sweet malt, mild smokey or roasted flavors. Maybe some background licorice flavor as I sip toward the bottom of the glass.

Decent porter.

Photo of coldmeat23
3.45/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

GLASS: Sam Adams Perfect Pint Glass
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 45 degrees

Pours a very dark, ruby tinted black. It has a massive head of thick, fluffy, tan colored foam. (Over half of the glass is foam, with an easy pour.) Retention is great and the lacing is plentiful and sticky.

I get lots of roasted coffee in the nose. Some nice notes of chocolate and a touch of caramel. Light maltiness and a touch of booziness.
Overall, it's much more subdued than expected.

Dominant flavor is roasted coffee. Mild chocolate notes back it up. Deeply roasted malt flavor, almost burnt. This helps give a pretty bitter bite in the finish.

Sadly, to sum it up in one word: weak. It is quite thin-bodied. Not quite waterey, but very thin. Carbonation level is pretty darn high, which gives it an unwanted sharpness.
This is not up to the standards that I expect from Southern Tier, I'm sad to say.

It's very drinkable, in general. As a representation of the style though, it falls a little flat and I'd rather have something else.

Photo of johnnnniee
4.1/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked this up on a recent trip to NY with the family.

Pours a clear dark brown with a bubbly off white head that dissipates rather quickly. Smells of milk chocolate, some citrus hops, slight roasty aroma as well as a slight alcohol nose. The aroma reminds a little of chokolat only on a smaller scale. There's a slight phenolic in the nose I pick up once or twice. Taste is a straightforward porter with a fairly dry finish. Lots of chocolate and roast flavor. Slight citrus hop bitterness tries to find a voice, but never manages to get through the roasty malts. A touch of alcohol in there as well. Creamy/oily mouthfeel, medium carbonation, medium to thin body. I really enjoyed this one. Great sessionable Porter.

Photo of mdwalsh
3.28/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Hmm, pours out 100% foam. Honestly. But This was not the case with my other bottles, so I won't hold it against this guy TOO much. It poured out pretty cola colored, It's a dark but not opaque brown and a light brown/tan head. This column of foam really is unreal. Great head retention and some decent active carbonation.

S: Smells malty, and maybe of some coffee or roasted malt. No hops. I also get burnt sugar. The smell is sharp and can I get it from even a few feet away. Its not the righr smell for a porter to me, no sweet enough, too roasted.

T: Tastes more like coffee than it smells, very bitter in that regard. Yuck. I get some burnt sugar but no sweetness. No hoppy flavors either. The oddest thing is, while I know the whole regions of taste thing is false, I only taste this in the front of my mouth. Not the tip, but the front.

M: Thin, but not watery. perfectly carbed though.

D: If you like coffee, very drinkable. If not, not so much.

Photo of GatorBeerNerd
4.1/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle purchased at Charleston Beer Exchange and poured into a pint glass.

A: Pours a deep dark brown that appears black until head up to the light where it reveals some red highlights. The light brown head doesn't last long. The thin covering of bubbles that remains does leave some bits of lace on the glass as it is consumed.

S: This smells more like a coffee stout than a porter. Lots of coffee and chocolate aroma in the nose.

T: Quite a bit of roasted malts and the chocolate and coffee from the nose show up on the tongue as well. This is a tasty beer.

M: The body is medium and the carbonation makes it feel nice and smooth.

D: It goes down very easy due to its smooth feel and low ABV.

Photo of goblue3509
3/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a brown reddish color with a one finger head. The smell is of roasted malt and a little earthy hop hidden in there. The taste is of roasted malt and maybe some caramel in there as well. Not as malty as other porters. The mouthfeel is lightly carbonated. Overall it is an average porter it is drinkable but nothing great.

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

A: Dark dark brown with some reddish hues. No head, no lacing.

S: Sweet bready and carmel maltyness. Has some earthyness to it.

T: lightly roasted malts. Little bittnerness. Some faint sweet cereal flavors and earthy tones.

M: Light bodied for a porter,.

D: Drinkable, yes. Good taste, yeah. Boring, maybe.

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

Found this at The Cracked Kettel in Amsterdam.

From a bottle into a snifter.

APPEARANCE: Pours a one finger medium-thin tan head that quickly fades to a thin wisp. Very dark brown in color with lower end carbonation. A ring of film remains to the end but leaves no lacing down the glass.

SMELL: Roasted and smoky barley malt up front with a big pure chocolate presence as well. Touches of black coffee and espresso in the background.

TASTE: Roasted, almost burnt or charred barley malt in dominant here. Pure chocolate comes through and a good dose of bitter espresso there as well. Aftertaste is strong and long lasting with lots of burnt malt and bitter chocolate and coffee flavors. A bold US porter taste profile.

PALATE: Medium body and higher end carbonation. A little lighter on the palate, though still quite creamy and silky slick. Goes down smooth and finishes slightly dry on the palate. Nice, though perhaps slightly too slick and oily for some.

OVERALL: A solid brew to be sure. Nothing overly special going on here, but a good example of what an American porter has to offer. Definitely a drinkable brew I'll re-visit sometime in the near future.

Photo of Gambrinus1184
3.93/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12-ounce bottle into a Ro's Restaurant pint glass.

A: Poured black with a one-finger head of mocha colored foam. Lacing was light but looked nice as the lace color matched the head.

S: Smells slightly zesty with charred malts, coffee and some herbal hops kicking around.

T: Taste has a nice bittersweet charred malt and hop leaf flavor at first. Becomes a little light tasting around mid palate but washes down with a satisfying coal and bitter coffee flavor.

M: Mouthfeel is full bodied but easy drinking, not tough to get through at all.

D: A nice sessionable porter to have on hand for a late night evening of cards around the campfire. Would pair well with Devil's Food Cake or a tray of smoked cheese and crackers.

Photo of Jayli
3.78/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a nice deep dark brown with ruby high lights when held to the light. Roughly a one finger of foamy tan head capped this beer, relatively decent retention and left wispy lacing on the glass the whole way down. The coffee notes in the nose are outstanding, mixed with some chocolate and nice deep roasted malts. Taste is inline with the nose - coffee flavoring first, nice bitterness blending in with chocolate - dark bitter chocolate, roasted malts come through to give a nice toasty flavoring and in the finish - the most surprising, but I detected a bit of fruitiness raspberry or blackberry hit the tongue just in the finish. Mouthfeel is very thin, medium to higher carbonation, touch of creaminess but the thinness in the body is very apparent. This is a highly drinkable beer, and by far a sessionable beer.

Photo of argock
4.18/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz brown bottle into a clear pint glass. No freshness date. Single purchased at Ancona's (Ridgefield, CT) for $1.85.

A: Very dark chestnut brown with 1-2 finger, foamy beige head with decent retention and ample lacing.

S: Rich cola, chocolate, and light coffee aromas mix with roasted dark malt aromas with a nice balance of sweetness and acrid qualities. Hops are earthy and floral but not overly assertive.

T: A very good porter that hits the style solidly with strong toasted dark malt acridness that is countered by a medium-high earthy hops influence. Milk chocolate and cappucino flavors accent a full-flavored brew.

M: A little thin with light-medium body and carbonation. Strong and long acrid dark chocolate aftertaste.

D: A very good porter that will find its way into my fridge this fall and winter. It has a good balance of dark malt and hops without either being to overwhelming. I have had some better porters lately (Founders, Berkshire Drayman's) but this one is very good.

Photo of strengthdoc
3.35/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

The beer poured our of the bottle to yeild a very poor head and a mildly sweet chocolate aroma. It was very dark brown in color. The mouthfeel was fairly thin. The taste very mild and moderately sweet. I found this beer to be OK, but didn't really see any reason to drink it over the many porters available. It could use a little more body.

Photo of SpecialK088
3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a sam adams perfect pint glass

Pours a deep brown with a nice fluffy head but suprisingly doesnt lace down the glass really at all

Rich roasted malt and brown sugar mostly in the nose

Rosted malt with notes of chocolate and coffee. Also has some brwon sugar sweetnees in the middle and finish

Mouthfeel is a bit oily with a medium body. honestly does not feel real good on the palate. Almost a little dry

Easy to drink and could see having it if its around but nothing I would reach for over alot of other options for a porter

Photo of dan4th
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From a sampler 12-pack, poured a short glass from 12 oz bottle into tumbler. Pours nearly opaque with almost no head, any white foam disappears immediately. The smell of this beer is the strongest recommendation for it, with a burnt-coffee, almost chocolatey aroma. Considering how heavy this beer looks and smells, it has a light mouthfeel with a tongue-clearing carbonation bite which I really liked. Probably best porter I've tried in months (on first taste).

Photo of tj4288
3.98/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

not a big fan of dark porters myself, but this is my favorite i have ever tried, very easy drinkability for such a dark porter (even without food) and this beer is currently one of my favorite beers from southern tier brewing.

a- very dark
s- very good, slightly bitter, coffee smell also
t- slightly bitter coffee
m- crisp, bitter
d- very good for a porter

Photo of naterock
3.9/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

pourd into a pint glass. Deep brown nearly black with a two finger head and patchy lacing. a Deep red hue when held to light.

Roasty malts witha twinge of coffee and a slight nose of chocolate. Kind of a burnt toast nose witha little bit of an alcohol tinge but very slight.

Hop bitterness up frontthat is a bit earthy and hard to distinguish. Roasty malts and a kiss of chocolate.

Mouth is a bit too overcarbonated and is a bit thinner than most but by a hair. Drinks easy and is a really typical american porter Overall good but nothing special or spectacular.

Photo of tigg924
4.2/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: dark brown 1/4 inch head

Smell: chocolate, caramel, and malt

Taste: chocolate dominates, burnt malt, some woodiness, and a touch of peanut butter

Mouthfeel: very smooth, light for a porter, semi-sweet

Drinkability: This is my favorite from the brewery so far. This was the mystery beer in the sampler pack I picked up. This is a tasty brew and I will look for it.

Porter from Southern Tier Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 874 ratings.