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Porter - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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875 Ratings

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Ratings: 875
Reviews: 415
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 11.72%
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 tigg924
4.17/5  rDev +13.6%
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.

Photo of LauraAlberts
3.58/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Coffee/Cola appearance - Dark Brown

Smell: Light coffee aroma - kind of smells like a pizza box - some smooth roasty aromas too.

Taste: Coffee Beans, Roasty finish - Great up front - great on the backside - but not much happening between.

Mouthfeel: Fullbodied - Soft tannins - nice mouthfeel - thin - but not watery - nice soft porterness.

Drinkability: Very drinkable - I recommend this porter for the beginning porter drinker. Definitely not the best in already stellar lineup from Southern Tier but a solid example of the style.

Photo of adamette
3.49/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Live Review. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle given to me by my friend Brian around Christmas time. Poured into my Samuel Smith pint glass.

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.

M As stated, good and smooth, a quality that I enjoy in a porter.

D Fair to good. This is one of the more drinkable porters, not a style that lends itself tremendously to high drinkability.

Photo of MLasoski
3.76/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured this beer straight into a pint glass and a very, very thin head formed, which dissipated rather quickly. I caught a subtle coffee and malt smell right off the bat. The body is an extremely dark brown because of the roasted malts. The taste of the porter has a combination of chocolate, coffee, and malt. Very well-balanced. It is not as thick as other porters that I have tried, which is not necessarily a bad thing. It means I can probably have more than one of these and not feel completely full.

Photo of chilly460
3.1/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - Typical for the type, poured dark brown with a nice 1 finger tan head. Head did stick around for a bit.

S - Some nice roastiness and sweet malt

T - A bit disappointing compared to smell. Nice malts and hint of coffee, but was somewhat "weak" compared to other porters, no bold flavor.

M - Watery

D - This would be alright to have a few beers as it doesn't have any overwhelming flavor, but if I wanted a Porter I'd go elsewhere.

Photo of wiseguy142
3.23/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours near black, brown around the edges with a eery yellow head with good lacing. Head is gone within a minute of the pour.

Aroma is of british hops with some roasted character but mostly a soda-like fizzy mineral aroma to it. I can sort of see where this is going already.

Taste kicks back with more roastiness and a semi-sweet finish. Very thin though and lacks body. Slightly bitter/salty and I don't think the hops fit the porter very well. I think a porter should be creamy and dark, but the hops add a sort of awkward bitterness to it.

Photo of hooliganlife
4.08/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured coffee black with a nice cream head that retained quite well.

Various scents such as fig, cocoa, and light roasted malts.

This was a very dry porter but a bit of a charcoal flavor. Light roasted malts and a light hop bitterness.

medium carbonation that was there from the start through the finish. a bit too much in my opinion. very full.

Not a bad porter, kind of had that northeast feel to it. It almost tasted more like a stout than a porter. very drinkable!

Photo of ThatWineGuy
3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very dark cola appearance; in bright sunlight, I can just barely make out the outline of my fingers on the other side of the glass. Tan head rose and fell leaving minor lacing and a ring. Smell of brownies, dark rye bread, roast malt. Taste is also of roast malt, mild coffee flavour, with a smooth texture in the mouth and medium bitterness. I found this beer nicely balanced with dryness and astringency held in check. With Southern Tier, I've come to expect good quality to excellent beer and this is certainly a very good porter, although not in the same league as some of their other offerings. Having said that, anything from this brewery is well worth having in your fridge, too bad it's not widely available in Ontario, I picked this up from Premier Gourmet in Buffalo.

Photo of Richardberg
3.4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A: poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Dark brown / deep ruby liquid with virtually no head.

S: sweet caramel malt, some darker malts as well

T: smooth blend of malty flavors that aren't especially distinctive, slight bitterness, no alcohol to speak of

M: very thin for a porter. sometimes this is accompanied with a nice dry finish or spicy alcohol bite, but not here.

D: very drinkable porter, just kinda boring.

Photo of Amsterdam
3.13/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Overall a good beer, but not a great beer by any means.

By "dark" they mean, I guess, that it is a porter, but don't be fooled into thinking it is darker than other porters or 'especially' dark. Even now, with the bottle sitting in front of me, I am unable to tell you the alcohol content, but it tastes as if it's lower than 5.5% (I'll check after this posting). That is typically the point at which it becomes difficult to create a truly "dark" beer.

Short lasting head with okay lacing.

Generally an okay drinking porter, but one without much depth of character to really set it apart from other porters.

I'd say try it and see if it might be a good beer to have on hand to cleanse your taste buds for the next great beer.

Photo of billybob
3.73/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

much more like a stout than a porter to me pours very dark with a quarter inch head and a fair amount of lace that sticks around. slightly smoky burnt malt nose. slight coffee dark burnt malt not as sweet as a regular porter and slightly dry finish. light to medium body and carbonation is good. one of southern tier,s better beers.

Photo of bamadog
4.05/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured a very very dark brown with hints of deep red in it. A nice one finger light tan head was present briefly, but vanished to a thin lacing that stuck around for the glass.

Smell: Chocolatey and a little malty with a slight roastiness to it.

Taste: No especially overpowering aspects to it - fairly balanced between the roasty bitterness and the slight chocolate in the back. A fine taste - kind of reminiscent of the DFH chicory stout (although not quite as good of an overall drink).

Mouthfeel: I felt the mouthfeel was a little more reminiscent of the DFH chicory stout as well due to the strong carbonation - very potent that made it a nice lively drink. Has a nice to stickiness to it.

Drinkability. I would give it fair marks here - a nice beverage overall that won't knock you out and has a great taste. Southern Tier has yet to fail me.

Photo of sliverX
3.57/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

poored a dark brown but when held to the light ruby through can almost see through it there was no head just a thin bubble film
smell was light sweet coffee with a slight hint of chocolate
taste was light and sweet and followed the nose with it mostly being coffee hinting with chocolate
mouthfeel was so thin it was just a step above water
Drinkability with it being so water-like it was so very easy to drink and would be easy to session

Photo of brianh78
3.65/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I'm not a big fan of porters to begin with, but I just had to try/review this one...

Appearance: deep brown with red tones when held to the light. It creates spots, not a lattice, on the glass. The head is very thin and dissipates quickly.

Smell: Chocolate and coffee prevail with some toasted maltiness and a slight bitter note

Taste: sweet-ish. The coffee flavor comes first, then settles to a roasty malt, and finishes slightly bitter.

Mouthfeel: it sticks with you, even though it's a little thin.

Drinkability: it's a decently tasty porter and is slightly filling. I could only drink one.

Photo of donteatpoop
3.17/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

More clarity than I was expecting given the emphasis of the word "dark" on the label... Maybe that was for people who don't know that porters are dark. Finger of tan head that was quickly fleeting, left slight residual lacing along the glass.

Heavy coffee notes hit the nose.

This is a very unbalanced porter, the roasted malt coffee taste is far more bitter than it should be and the hops are practically non existant.

Great mouthfeel, very thick and creamy on the palate; pleasant after taste, and a nice level of carbonation.

I doubt I'd drink more than one of these... Unless I was desperate.

Photo of jmalex
3.4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I've made my way through a good portion of Southern Tier's bomber offerings. Now I'm trying to sample as many of their standards as I can.

APPEARANCE: Pours a deep dark brown with reddish highlights into a Sam Adams glass. The head almost doesn't completely form and settles out as a medium collar with a few rogue bubbles.

SMELL: Moderate-strength aromas of black malt and coffee are most prominent. Sitting back a bit is the full spectrum of chocolates to toffee to caramel. It's all balanced by the most subtle of hop aromas though it doesn't take on any specific flavors.

TASTE: A little odd. All of the expected rich and dark flavors are severely lacking in intensity. The caramel is low, the coffee is bitter, and the chocolate is non-existent. The finish gives a lasting bitterness and astringency which has a significant dose of hop flavor. Bitterness is at a higher level than I'd expect, which there's nothing wrong with, but coupled with a lack of malt sweetness, it's a little jarring.

MOUTHFEEL: Lighter bodied than I'd like, but not excessively so. Carbonation is lower as well, but likewise still within proper bounds.

DRINKABILITY: Better than it sounds. The lighter body helps it go down easy (not that that's what I was looking for). No issues getting through a glass of this... unless, of course, you start thinking about all the better porters you could be drinking.

Eh, not the best beer I've had from them for sure, but it's still a decent choice. That said, there's so many others I like better, and I'll be sticking with those.

Photo of bigdeuce
3.56/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Great looking pour, big head, nice lacing. Some chocolatey malts with a nice nutty goodness. A bit metallic, however. A nice porter though, nonetheless with some boldness and maybe some figs. A bit sweet on the nose, some nice bitterness on the back end. A dry finish, maybe a bit unrefined. Worth a shot.

Photo of yesyouam
4.48/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(a second tasting, Apr 25, 2008) Southern Tier Porter is a nearly black, dark reddish brown ale with a thick, fluffy beige head that has excellent retention and leaves excellent lacing on the glass. The aroma is fresh and roasty like coffee and chocolate. Smells great! It is medium bodied, very smooth, and the finish is dry. It tastes great! It has an excellent roasty flavor that exhibits great balance. That's what a porter is supposed to taste like!

(first tasting, Apr 19, 2008) Southern Tier Porter is a dim, dark red ale adorned with an eggy beige head with oily bubbles that stays put and crusts up on the glass. Very handsome. The aroma is muted, grainy, roasty, fresh and dry. It if full bodied and fluffy in the mouth. The finish starts with a sharp bitter snap and then turns silty and dry. The flavor is quite well balanced. It doesn't lean toward coffee or chocolate; it's just dark roasted malt here. The end of the taste gets alkaline. The hops kick in to bring me grassiness and set the malt on a spin toward salmiakki. This is an ideal porter.

Photo of scruffwhor
3.89/5  rDev +6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another of ST's beers that I can only seem to get in their mixed twelve pack.

Medium brown hue with ruby highlights. Very speedy film of foam after the pour that diminishes to nothing quickly. Good roasted malt araom has notes of faint crushed mint hops and medium brownie. Great roasted flavors i thi beer. Sessionale brownies, a little coffee and dark chocolate. Good session beer. Southern Tier needs to put this porter in six-packs for IL.

Photo of mdm46410
3.69/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle and served in an English pint glass. This beer poured a sleek, near-black with some mahogany highlights around the edges of the glass. A thin head of tan foam quickly faded away, leaving little lace. The aroma included freshly gound coffee, milk chocolate, and some caramel. Mildly roasty. The flavor contained some moderately bitter coffee and roasted malt, along with a balancing hop bite. The mouthfeel was medium-bodied and had light to moderate carbonation. Not bad. A pretty standard porter.

Photo of yossarian14
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a dark dark brown porter, nothing getting though until you hold it to the light. Dark brown highlights the edges and the bright white light shine red through the thick black coffee. I got minimal head with some spotty lacing. Coffee and dark chocolate dominate the aroma with a roasted maltiness holding it together. Tastes roasty toasty and a little burnt. Theres campfire smoke and espresso. mmm.
The mouthfeel is just right for the style. Any fuller body and I'd feel like I were drinking a stout. But this is medium bodied with crisp carbonation. Very drinkable and right up my alley. A nice example of an American Porter.

Photo of Minkybut
3.55/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured this beer into my tumbler at 50 degrees. The beer poureda really dark black rich looking brew with a tan creamy head. The head decayed really fast though and was gone by the second chug. The smell of the beer was slighly sour which worried me there for a minute. But upon tasting the beer had a nice dark roasted coffee taste that was quite good. I will uy again.

Photo of avalon07
4.03/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a brownish color and a somewhat thick texture. There was a huge, tan-colored, long-lasting head and good lacing.

S: Aroma of malts, chocolate and a little coffee.

T: A fairly well done taste. Roasted malt, chocolate and some coffee.

M: A decent amount of carbonation and a smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

D: This is a drinkable beer. It goes down easy and has a nice quality about it.

Photo of tmitch75
4.15/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this one up as a bonus in a glassware swap from BA ironbike1. I believe their artwork has been updated since the photo, the current label is black and purple.

Pours a deep pitch black color, the little light that does get through is a dark dark brown. Minimal chocolate brown head disappears quickly.

Roasty chocolate on the nose, it's a nice creamy smell, with a touch of coffee.

Chocolatey flavor too, but there's a lot more there... oak, vanilla, dark fruit, and a bit of smoke.

Good medium body with a creamy smooth texture. This is a very good porter, big ups to ironbike1 for the gift!

Tasted on 11/30/08.

Photo of MMAJYK
3.42/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Quick review into my notebook.

A- Milk chocolate color, clear with reddish hues to it. Head is patchy and made of loose bubbles.

S- Roasty and sweet, milk chocolatey still, and creamy. Definitely reminds me of chocolate milk.

T- Roasty and a touch of smoke. A little watered down and not very complex. Not much hop backing and one dimensional.

M- Thin and watery, medium carbonation.

D- Decent beer, no bells and whistles, just middle of the road.

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