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Porter - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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791 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 791
Reviews: 407
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 11.99%
Wants: 17
Gots: 31 | 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 plaid75

New York

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.

11-07-2006 02:39:32 | More by plaid75
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.

11-02-2006 01:06:42 | More by kmpitz2
Photo of TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

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.

10-30-2006 16:13:21 | More by TheManiacalOne
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!

10-25-2006 19:06:04 | More by mjc410
Photo of Doomcifer

Rhode Island

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.

10-20-2006 01:25:11 | More by Doomcifer
Photo of Rudgers73

New York

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.

10-17-2006 23:55:15 | More by Rudgers73
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.

10-15-2006 16:48:02 | More by cabsandking
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.

09-23-2006 17:55:19 | More by brewcrew76
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.

09-21-2006 23:43:57 | More by BeerRun13
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.

09-12-2006 03:02:11 | More by Osiris9588
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.

09-01-2006 19:42:51 | More by rousee
Photo of rarevos

New York

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.

08-30-2006 17:15:38 | More by rarevos
Photo of dansm


3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

A-Pours a nice dark brown with some reddish hues. Fluffy little tan head fades pretty quick.

S-The aroma of coffee jumps right out. With a little effort, roasted nuts and just a faint hoppiness comes out as well.

T-Again, the taste leads off with a black coffee, followed by a hint of roasted nuts. The bitterness of the hops comes in at the finish.

M-I found it a little watery, with a decent amount of carbonation.

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

08-29-2006 00:52:14 | More by dansm
Photo of PBRstreetgang


4.13/5  rDev +12.5%

Pours a very dark mahogany-brown, nearly black- with deep ruby highlights and decent clarity. One finger biege head, lacking retention and spotty lacing. Nice burnt malt and cocoa bouquet with a hint of hops. Roasted barley and charred crystal sweetness upfront, followed by baker's chocolate and a touch of coffee grounds. Robust herbal hop flavor drys the aftertaste and balances very well. Medium bodied, lightly carbonated with a silky mouthfeel that has texture without being heavy, yet very drinkable without being thin. Finishes dry and slightly hoppy - but with a rich residual coffee/roasted flavor. A great Porter for hopheads.

08-25-2006 06:00:47 | More by PBRstreetgang
Photo of Maestro


3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

This was a fairly dull porter. The head pours a creamy tan and there is a nice lacing. After that, I smell a subdued maltiness and nearly no hops. The taste is good, but the flavors are very dry and hard to pin point. Mouthfeel is quite thin. Drinkability is okay. There is just nothing outstanding about this porter.

08-24-2006 00:51:22 | More by Maestro
Photo of SteveO1231


3.85/5  rDev +4.9%

12oz. brown bottle without a freshness date. Pours an opaque black with purple hues when held up to the light. Thick foamy tan head settles after a few gulps. Aroma of espresso, dark chocolate and toffee. Full bodied texture, a sweet caramel/toffee flavor hits the palate followed by a smokey roasted flavor. The finish is perfectly bitter for a porter and leaves the palate with a dark chocolate/ coffee bean dryness. Nice complex roasted character in this brew, I enjoyed it very much.


08-10-2006 22:28:34 | More by SteveO1231
Photo of AlexJ

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Very dark brown pour with attractive garnet cast. A thick, rich head of mocha froth stays put for an eternity before sliding down my pint glass.

Aroma is dark malt, old coffee, old chocolate, and hints of cedar and evergreen. Very subtle, but not offensive.

Flavor thankfully better than the nose. Dark malt, mocha, raisin, and roasty nut notes are balanced by pleasantly piney and lightly floral hops. Simple in terms of depth, but tastey.

Body is barely above light and could use some beefing up. Texture and mouthfeel are chewy and smooth, almost creamy. Light body makes it drink like a lighter style, but with the dark roasty flavors of a porter. Porter light?

08-04-2006 22:08:32 | More by AlexJ
Photo of oldirtycaffrey


3.73/5  rDev +1.6%

Very good, somewhat strong beer. It is black/ruby in color with virtually no head. No lacing to speak of either on the glass. The smell is strong with hints of chocolate, coffee, wood, and alcohol. The taste is very good -- strong alcohol taste, even though it only has a 5.2ABV. The mouthfeel is OK, and for a porter, the drinkability is good. Could have a few of these in one sitting, but then it would be on to something a bit lighter.

06-07-2006 01:46:15 | More by oldirtycaffrey
Photo of ndekke39


3.38/5  rDev -7.9%

Poured from bottle. No freshness date found on the bottle.

A: Dark, black color. Rich texture. Small, white head to it.

S: Difficult to pin down any particular aromas. Hints of coffee, but that was about it.

T: Dark roast coffee. Bitter flavors on the center of the tongue. Hints of nuttiness, too, but again, difficult to specify.

M: Fizzy carbonation. A little loose and watery on the tongue.

D: Very easy to drink, almost too easy.

Overall, a decent beer, although it lacks the punch and depth of other porters.

06-01-2006 16:44:49 | More by ndekke39
Photo of MDekker


3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

Undated bottle. Poured a dark brown, nearly black in the glass, with a small creamy tan head, and left a little lacing. The smell was predominantly a dark, roasted coffee aroma. Tastewise it was a bit thin. The dark malty flavors came through, like any decent porter, with the bitter finish, but overall there wasn't anything too substantial there. In the mouth it felt a little watery. Overall, it was easy to drink but only because of what it seemed to be lacking. This porter went to head-to-head with Bell's Porter and the Edmund Fitzgerald, and was a clear third-place finisher. I'll stick with the others.

05-29-2006 17:09:38 | More by MDekker
Photo of jyeast101


3.98/5  rDev +8.4%

Black in color with a slight carmel brown head. Smells of hops and malt. A bit sweet in smell. Hops come first. The taste is sweet and malty. A bit of a bitter finish. A good beer. Very drinkable. Good lacing on glass. Taste a bit of the alcohol as an aftertaste.

05-24-2006 20:51:13 | More by jyeast101
Photo of RedChrome


2.65/5  rDev -27.8%

This pour produced a nice beer the color of...a Sharpie marker. Moderate tan colored head had a less then average retention. I was hoping for a better head then this beer provided.

Very nice malt aromas with hints of chocolate, and cocoa. There is also a linguring odor of slight hops. Overall the aroma is an excellent blend.

Very strong malt with a very bitter aftertaste. I liked the first sip, but once the aftertaste hit me, I was not impressed with the taste of this beer. There was no flavor of the trace hints I noticed in the aroma.

Despite the flavor, the feel of this beer was very smooth with a nice amount of body.

I wouldn't drink this beer again, but if you are a porter fan, I am sure you will find more to like about it then I did.

05-16-2006 19:00:25 | More by RedChrome
Photo of smcolw


3.58/5  rDev -2.5%

Ruby mahogany color. Light will shine through, but it needs to be bright. Nice head and proper corresponding lace. Looks like a wonderful Porter.

Semi-sweet chocolate aromas. I detect some graham cracker (huh?). It's like I'm about to have a smore. The hop is light, but I'm pleased that it is present.

The body is thinner than I expected, but the taste is better. I taste some coffee (black patent malt). The hop is subtle, but a nice balance. Overall, the taste is closer to dry than sweet. The best part is the aftertaste: which is excellent blend of hop bitterness and dry dark maltiness.

This is a better than average Porter. A little more body would make this one superior.

05-06-2006 00:54:15 | More by smcolw
Photo of Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.73/5  rDev +1.6%

Good balance, chocolate malts, very drinkable. Some chocolate and coffee aroma. Taste: Neither overly sweet nor bitter. Black colour, not much head. Some hop bitterness, assertive carbonation.. Middle mouthfeel. Decent porter.ppreciate the lower ABV.

04-30-2006 06:56:09 | More by Sammy
Photo of maddamish


2.58/5  rDev -29.7%

This porter is just a watery mess that has little redeeming value. It doesn't have the body that a good porter should have. The taste was a little off. The coffee notes were watered down and almost non-existent.

Bottom Line: Bland boring and watery,

04-22-2006 14:30:31 | More by maddamish
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