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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 Durge
4.28/5  rDev +16.6%

An aroma that will get your taste buds turning. Thick maltiness with each whiff. The first mouthful struck me as surprisingly mild, but with an immediate charcoal quality that spreads right to the back of your mouth and down the gullet with ease. This struck me as a very drinkable, year round sort of brew. It has that chewiness of a good porter but not the strength of most, which suits my tastes very well. Smooth, easy drinking, flavorful.

Durge, May 27, 2007
Photo of blitz134
3.4/5  rDev -7.4%

Pretty dark, basically black but has some brown highlights when held to the light. Light, foamy light tan head, 1/2 inch thick and holds on while reducing slowly.

Very light aroma, a touch of chocolate and lightly toasted malts with a little sweetness. Not much else.

Flavor is better. Toasted malts come out again with a little expresso and even some char in the finish. Simple, but more robust than the aroma led on.

Medium bodied mouthfeel that borders on being a little light. Medium carbonation. Flavor lingers for a while.

Overally pretty drinkable as a session type beer. Nothing overly noteworthy but a good offering nonetheless.

blitz134, Apr 25, 2007
Photo of Bierguy5
3.53/5  rDev -3.8%

Very dark brown in color, close to black, with a lot of ruby highlights. Thick creamy tan head, which holds together pretty well. As the beer disappears, there are a few patches of lace left clinging to the glass.

Thie first thing that stood out in the aroma was a bit of citrusy hops, which were followed by chocolate, and old coffee.

Citrusy hop flavor, some chocolate flavors, but overall pretty mild. Seems to be more on the hoppy side, without being overwhelming.

Decent body, but a bit overcarbonated. Pretty easy to drink, but not overly exciting.

Bierguy5, Mar 31, 2007
Photo of mcallister
3.1/5  rDev -15.5%

Average looking porter. Dark deep brown with a slight bricking around the edges. Small off white head with very little lacing that is thin and sparse.

Nose is average as well. Roasty chocolate aromas, with a scarce ground stale coffee way back in the nether regions. Burnt and slightly smokey.

Bone dry, roasty, burnt malts with hints of coffee and bitter chocolate. Not much in the way of fruit a bit of anise. Mouth is medium too full with a what I think is too much carbonation. Lacking complexity. An average beer at best.

mcallister, Mar 28, 2007
Photo of rickcampie
4.08/5  rDev +11.2%

this is a great drinkable porter. it pours black with a frothy tan head that leaves a good lacing behind.

the taste comes off a bitter char followed by a deep nutty/green wood taste. Strong malts, slight burnt hops. Green, dry aftertaste. good! good!

The mouth is medium bodied, without a lot of complexity on the tongue.The nose is pretty weak, offering some toasted malts, vanilla, and coffee.

drikability is decently balanced flavors and the semi-thin body make this a fairly easy drinker.

rickcampie, Mar 21, 2007
Photo of Fish113d
4.22/5  rDev +15%

Pouring from a chilled bottle into a pint glass, it pours a very dark brown (pretty) color with a hefty 2 fingers of tan dense head. Head retention is quite impressive and it leaves a bit of lacing on the glass as it DOES dissipate a bit. Solid aroma. Dark roasted almond aroma along with some coffee and chocolate as well. Very nice. Some floral hops also on the nose, which help balance it out nicely. Sipping reveals a rather light body with a mild carbonation and light roasty malt flavor. A bit of baker's chocolate tasted up front as well and some roasted almonds. This one packs a punch with flavor on the finish really, which is rather odd to me. It finishes with a rush of toasted chocolate bitterness and a bit of hops on the tongue. Very interesting. Easily a session brew. If available on tap, I'd drink this over many other brews. I truly enjoyed it.

Fish113d, Mar 01, 2007
Photo of MmmIPA
3.43/5  rDev -6.5%

Very black with ruby hints and a tan head.

Roasted,Choco, and some fruit highlights.

Roasted and some bitter choco.

the mouthful is a bit watery and it has some creaminess to it.The carbonation is like root beer.

This stuff is solid and tasty but the watery mouthful brings it down in points.Ide buy it again and try it when my palate has evolved.

MmmIPA, Feb 11, 2007
Photo of williamherbert
3.65/5  rDev -0.5%

It's black as night. Thick cardboard-colored head.

Very sweet malt aroma with that strong coffee bitterness added in to balance. Has hints of dark fruit (grape maybe?).

Strong, heavy malt flavor. Kicks in the coffee bitterness toward the end after the initial slightly sweet taste.

It's thick and bitter. Remains on the tongue for a while. Becomes a bit more milky as it warms up. Because of it's strong malt/coffee bitterness, might be tough to repeat. But it's a solid porter and nice after something very hoppy.

williamherbert, Feb 06, 2007
Photo of rohrbachsfan
2.3/5  rDev -37.3%

The color and consistency of a porter were there but the smell was a bit odd. The smell reminded me of soy sauce or perhaps raisins. There was harshness to the taste as well, something like burnt coffee as opposed to the nice roasted coffee flavor common to porters . Just didn't care for this porter.

rohrbachsfan, Feb 04, 2007
Photo of tempest
3.43/5  rDev -6.5%

On-tap at Faegan's in Syracuse.

I'm a big fan of porters and I can't say I'm too impressed. The flavor reminded me of cushed grains and wort. It wasn't a grainy flavor so much as dusty grains. There was still a nice chocolate aroma and creamy mouthfeel, but the flavor fell flat.

tempest, Jan 19, 2007
Photo of BEERchitect
4.05/5  rDev +10.4%

Again, Southern Tier hits home with a clean, crisp brew. Even with Porters, they make brewing easy. Good malty character, mixed with light yeasty esters, toasty, coffee, and a touch of cocoa. Very well balanced so that no character dominates the others. A sturdy hop addition of American 'C' hops add a bitter balance, piney flavors, and aromas of fresh-cut grass. The feel is as silky smooth as any porter anywhere. Malty textures without any residual sugars lingering on the palate. Finishes very clean and crisply malty; dangerously drinkable. This beer could easily become the epidome for the American Porter. Thanks Steve!

BEERchitect, Jan 17, 2007
Photo of beerphan
3.9/5  rDev +6.3%

12oz bottle -> american pint
no date

Pours a dark brown with deep dark copper highlights in the light. The small brown head succumbs to a puddle rather quickly, no lace.

Nose:A pretty full nose, with chocolate, coffee, and deep burnt malts.

Taste: Burnt malt flavors throughout, with a bit of roasty smokiness and some dark chocolate. Finishes dry with a smokey lingering bite.

The mouthfeel is medium, and actually a tad thinner than expected.

A quality porter that i could probably session on occassion if need be.

beerphan, Dec 21, 2006
Photo of Kendo
3.8/5  rDev +3.5%

A: Black with a foamy, 1-inch chocolate-milkshake colored head that lasted for awhile and left decent amounts of lacing as I worked my way down the glass.

S: Smelled of roasted grain and coffee, but was not particularly strong in the nose.

T: Sweet caramel malt, bitter coffee and charcoal. I wrote "somewhat woody" as well. Nice dry finish.

M: Medium bodied with a fair amount of carbonation.

D: Good. I found this to be pretty drinkable -- before I knew it the glass was 2/3 empty.

Notes: all in all a solid if non-spectacular offering from Southern Tier. I expected a heavier body, some more flavor (the menu at the bar said there were hints of vanilla, but I couldn't find any) and a stronger nose. But this is a decent porter.

Kendo, Dec 09, 2006
Photo of plaid75
3.98/5  rDev +8.4%

Poured deep black hue with a one finger tan head. There was decent retention and lacing.

The smell featured a deep burnt grain aroma with elements of coffee and dark chocolate.

The taste mirrored the aroma in that there was a solid burnt grain and bitter coffee flavor. There was a very dry finish.

The mouthfeel was full and dry. Good carbonation.

Overall a very drinkable porter. A good example of the style and very sessionable.

plaid75, Nov 07, 2006
Photo of kmpitz2
3.78/5  rDev +3%

12 oz bottle. The beer fills the glass a deep brown color with dark amber highlites at the bottom and edges of the brew. There is very little head, barely a film over top. Only a few bubbles are seen hitting the surface. The aroma is a little light. I get some moderate roasted grainey notes, with a solid nuttyness, along with a solid caramel sweetness. I just wish this was a little more forceful in the aroma. The flavor is right on with the flavor. Lots of roasted maltyness, followed by a mild caramel and nuttyness. It finishes with a nice sweet coffee on the finish that really takes this one higher than it would be without it. There is just a mild hint at bitterness on the finish that works really well with the coffee flavors. This is a nice tasting brew. Mouthfeel shows as thick with a light carbonation. This one is not quite chewy, but definately thick. As far as things go, I think this is a nice porter. I think the nuttyness is a little misplaced in it, but it is well rounded and tasty. I'm glad to have it in my glass.

kmpitz2, Nov 02, 2006
Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.35/5  rDev +18.5%

On-tap at Track 84 in Warwick, RI, served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark black color, with a short tan head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The smell is of coffee and roasted malt and a little bit of hops.

T: The taste mainly consists of a smoky coffee flavor and good amount of hops for the style. The after-taste is sweet & hoppy.

M: Very smooth, quite crisp for the style, medium-to-heavy body, light-to-medium carbonation, very clean finish.

D: Very tasty, not as filling as you would expect a porter to be, goes down very easily, one of the better porters that I’ve had.

TheManiacalOne, Oct 30, 2006
Photo of mjc410
3.98/5  rDev +8.4%

The pour into my Sam Smith pint raises a lofty and creamy light tan head that leaves some very slight lacing, over a nearly opaque body that has some garnet highlights. Head retention leaves something to be desired. The nose is very much filled with coffee, dark chocolate, bitter roast, and perhaps just a bit of dark fruitiness. Let me emphasize the chocolate aroma: it's quite lovely. The taste has an immediate bitterness to it that brings with it little of the chocolate from the nose, but makes up for it with strong espresso and roasted notes. Indeed, this porter also has some smoked character to it. The mouth is just a little shy of medium, with a fairly strong carbonation (for a porter, that is). This keeps the beer in the easy drinking spectrum.

Thanks to the McHugh family for this, the last of my Southern Tier beers!

mjc410, Oct 25, 2006
Photo of Doomcifer
2.25/5  rDev -38.7%

Pours an extremely dark brown, near pitch black, with a very stiff, light brown head. Great lacing as well. Although it looks nice, the smell left much to be desired. Nothing very noticable besides some breadiness. Taste was mediocre at best as well. Taste is roasty but not really coffeeish or dark chocolates either. Roasted dark malts, very dry mouthfeel. Tastes kind of burnt actually. Overall, this beer is mediocre. There is nothing that really sticks out and strikes me as being great about it, or even good.

This is the fist Southern Tier offering that has left me wanting. I guess I was due to find a beer from them that doesn't appeal to me.

Doomcifer, Oct 20, 2006
Photo of Rudgers73
4/5  rDev +9%

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A- Deep brown, dark red when held up to light. Froathy, tan head that leaves chunky lacing on the glass.

S- Bold, burnt caramel. Woody, dark chocolate. Rasins or figs maybe?

T- Bitter char followed by a deep nutty/green wood taste. Strong malts, slight burnt hops. Green, dry aftertaste.

M- Creamy and thick.

D- Nice on a cold night before bed with some walnuts or something.

Rudgers73, Oct 17, 2006
Photo of cabsandking
3.73/5  rDev +1.6%

Pours black but has a burgundy hue when held to the light. Tan head that slowly to pools of various sized bubbles. Sweet smoked malts, molasses, prunes, and vanilla in the nose. The first taste smokey and sweet with roasted barley, crisp, slightly tart, balance well with a good hop addition. Roasted coffee, and a dry charcoal expression in the back palate. Some buttery caramel characters also. Light carbonation and thick body. The finish is of dry crackers, smokey, chary, and has a nice cloying in the mouth.

cabsandking, Oct 15, 2006
Photo of brewcrew76
3.45/5  rDev -6%

A - Pours a watery black with a thin brown head that disappears almost immediately.

S - Bitter chocolate and coffee grounds. There is a milk stout kind of smell to it (lactic acid?).

T - Burnt coffee and bitter chocolate. There is some astringency to it that is a little overpowering to taste very good.

M - Somewhat thin and watery. It could use a little more body.

D - I was very disappointed in this one. With so many good porters available I doubt I will find myself trying this one again.

brewcrew76, Sep 23, 2006
Photo of BeerRun13
3.23/5  rDev -12%

Pours dark brown with a redish hue. I got a nice tan head out of an agressive pour. Some lace.
Nice dark chocolate and dark malt aroma.
The taste kinda' flattens out. Has a bit of that dark malt and chocolate flavor. A bit peppery.
Full bodied, but the mouthfeel realy drops off. It seems like i's almost gonna be creamy, but nothing pans out. Nothing in the mouthfeel to help push the flavor around.
That peppery flavor is somewhat of a nice/interesting touch, but not enough to keep me coming back.

BeerRun13, Sep 21, 2006
Photo of Osiris9588
2.9/5  rDev -21%

Pours black with weak, quickly dissipating head that leaves almost zero lacing.

The nose is pretty weak, offering some toasted malts, vanilla, and coffee. The flavor consists of coffee, deep roasted malts, a hint of vanilla, and a slight woodiness. The mouth is medium bodied, without a lot of complexity on the tongue.

Not too heavy or alcoholic to drink, but lacks the complex flavor that makes one want to drink another. I often buy the Southern Tier sampler pack, and these are always the last three to be grabbed, paling in comparison to the Phin and Matt's and the Pale Ale.

Osiris9588, Sep 12, 2006
Photo of rousee
3.55/5  rDev -3.3%

Pours black with a small head. Leaves some nice lace on the sides of the glass.
The nose is dark malt with some molasses and coffee, somewhat standard smell for a porter or stout.
Taste is good upfront dark rich malts. Some elements of brown sugar. Nice but a little thin. Mouthfeel does have some stickiness--nothing to detract much though. Pretty drinkable for the style.

rousee, Sep 01, 2006
Photo of rarevos
3.1/5  rDev -15.5%

Poured into snifter.

A: Dark brown with "barely there" tan head. Head reduced to just some bubbles after about a minute, no real lacing.

S: Coffee, a little grapefruit, roastiness, little hint of vanilla.

T: Vanilla, coffee and roastiness at the front, fruitiness toward the middle. Finish is slightly bitter, and has burned tail.

M: A little grainy at first, but it's fairly watery in the end.

D: Eh. It's OK, but it's not something I'd ever crave, as it's not bold enough or strong enough to satisfy the dark beer cravings. It's got a good roasty character, maybe a bit too burned at the end, but OK. As part of a mixed twelve pack, I'm glad it's there, but it's not something I'd ever seek out on its own.

rarevos, Aug 30, 2006
Porter from Southern Tier Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 804 ratings.