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Porter - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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777 Ratings
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Ratings: 777
Reviews: 405
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 11.96%
Wants: 17
Gots: 27 | 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 Maestro


3.25/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

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


3.85/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.


Serving type: bottle

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

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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?

Serving type: bottle

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


3.73/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

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


3.38/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

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


3.25/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

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


3.98/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

Serving type: bottle

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


2.65/5  rDev -28%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

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


3.58/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Ontario (Canada)

3.73/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

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


2.58/5  rDev -29.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

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,

Serving type: bottle

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


3.85/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Executive Summary: Southern Tier's spin on the porter is faithful and quite tasty, but not overly memorable. Still, a solid brew, and its presence in their sampler case is FAR from a deterrent!

Appearance: Clear, deep burgundy/mahogany. Nearly opaque. Thin coffee ice cream colored head reduces quickly to a film.

Smell: Roasted malts, chocolate. There's a hint of fruit (cherries or figs) as well.

Taste: Smoky, roasted flavor to start, with a bit of hop bitterness at the finish. A slight taste of alcohol mingles about, but does not overpower.

Mouthfeel: Absolutely PERFECT for a porter. This is why I love porters - the stout-like depth of flavor without the weight, making it a great beer for all but the coldest weather (and you can make exceptions even then!).

Drinkability: Porters aren't usually high on my session beer list, as they don't hold my interest for too long, but I could knock a couple of these back without longing for something else.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2006 01:50:50 | More by kpantz
Photo of GnomeKing


4.33/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Roasted, slightly dry, crisp, with the hops coming through as stongly as the chocolate malt flavor--maybe even more strongly. It's also mildly smoky. There are many flavors that come though boldly, yet the beer is very drinkable because the flavors are pitched perfectly and well balanced.

The color is as dark brown as you get without being black. There's moderate lacing and there was only a little bit of head, which disappeared quickly.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2006 03:41:38 | More by GnomeKing
Photo of LarryV


4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours basically a black color with minimum head. Aroma of toasted chocolate malt. Taste is smooth, creamy with overtones of cocoa and charred malt. A rather enjoyable Porter and easy to drink. I got these in a mix pack of Southern Tier and I've found all of their beers to be quite drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2006 00:02:36 | More by LarryV
Photo of ybnorml

Rhode Island

3.58/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A dark brown beer with mahogony highlights. Has a big foamy light brown head and a little bit of lace. The aroma starts out with a strong coffee character. Followed by a nice chocolate note. A roasted malt bitterness smoothly covers your tongue with bittersweet chocolate notes and a hint of charcoal.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2006 23:50:23 | More by ybnorml
Photo of Hagbard


3.48/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

No visible date on the bottle, but it does inform you that the contents are dark. Indeed, it pours a very dark brown, almost black. There are ruby highlights at the bottom of the glass. There is a very thin tan head that fades quickly to a film. The nose is full of smooth and soft dark malts, which combine to impart a chocolatey aroma with a nice malt backbone. There are no hops discernible. The taste is very smooth. Chocolate undertones with an almost nutty aspect. Not much of a hop presence. It has a fairly nice malty base going on. The first real misstep is in the finish where there is a noticeable metallic element. Other than that, this is a fairly nice, if a bit simple, porter. The mouthfeel is appropriate. The drinkability is good, but would be better without the metallic bit in the finish. I enjoyed this offering.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2006 15:55:11 | More by Hagbard
Photo of Jredner


4.13/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma is full of chocolate malt, cream and miniscule hints of vanilla. Deep black with a thumb thick tan head. Fore is roasty chocolate malts, cocoa, sweet cream, light coffee notes and a hint of nougat. Very nice mouthfeel that is perfectly to syle. A well done porter.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2006 00:32:25 | More by Jredner
Photo of orfeu

New Mexico

3.13/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dark brown with slightly garnet see-thru highlights. Cola-like carbonation and a thin beige foam cap, somewhat sticky lacing. Roasted malt aromas with a sweet, burnt chocolate predominating. A few hops show up as well. These hops are much more present in the taste, and it's a less than pleasant experience at first: mostly grassy earthy flavors over a thin-to-medium-bodied chocolate and roasted coffee malt base. Mouthfeel is much waterier than I care for. The aftertaste is the most characteristically "porter-like" aspect, revealing the balance of malt and hops that the actual taste doesn't achieve. Not my favorite from Southern Tier.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2006 21:32:04 | More by orfeu
Photo of fretlessman71


4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pertinent Preliminary Comments: Thanks to Chris St. Mary for providing this for me. Never heard anything about them, so not much to tell here.

APPEARANCE: Translucent ruby brown when held to light. Tan head doesn’t have much staying power, but the lacing is excellent.

AROMA: Dark fruit, dark chocolate, and coffee with cream. Must be a touch of hops in there as well.

FLAVOR: Ahh, good bitterness right off the bat. It’s nice to see the occasional porter with hop character. Flavor is chocolate milk and roasted malt, with maybe a touch of fig and a bit of cold coffee grounds as well. Clean bitter finish; makes you want another sip. Very nice.

MOUTHFEEL: A little thin; carbonation too.

DRINKABILITY: Pretty good – at 5.2% ABV, I could get away with having a few of these and I probably wouldn’t get bored. Sure goes down easy.

OVERALL COMMENTS: This is a good, solid porter – don’t see enough of these anymore. Could use a little more body. Gonna have to keep an eye out for Southern Tier brews from now on – if this is any indication, the rest of their lineup ought to be pretty darn good as well.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2006 20:15:55 | More by fretlessman71
Photo of Ricochet


3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Black, poured with little head, but there is a brown overtone. Decent.

S: Like chocolate milk? This was really an unusual scent, but that was how it first smelled when it was poured. Deep chocolate, sweet like a milk stout, but this was the first beer I've ever had that reaction too.

M: Thinner than most, like a stout. The bitterness was very nice and it left a stong coffee feel as it went down.

T: Coffee. Chocolate. Burnt malt. Hops bitterness. It really seemed like a milk stout moreso than a porter. Decent for a porter but not quite there.

D: Price/Taste was pretty good, but I'd rather get the Ale from Southern Tier, a lot better in the style.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2006 07:04:52 | More by Ricochet
Photo of charlesw

New York

4.38/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Fours, straight up. What can I say? I don't think it typical for a porter to have quite this profile - but it's still good. But, hey, like, what am I talking about? Well. Uh. Beer. What are you talking about? Anyway, yeah. Southern Tier Porter. Nice. Looks like a good porter. Smells like a good porter. Tastes close to a porter with perhaps a little more emphasis on the caramel flavors and a touch less of the chocolate and coffee. Nicely sweet and with a slightly heavier body than typical, as well. Good stuff!

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2006 23:57:15 | More by charlesw
Photo of jasonpeckins32


3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours nearly pitch black in color. Some mahogany tones seep through when held to the light. The head retention is tan and foamy.

Smell is malty and I also notice the floral hops being quite pronounced in the aroma. Maybe a bit much so for a porter. Also add a little coffee and a little brown sugar. A nice smelling brew.

The taste is flat. Not flat as in carbonation wise, but flat as in lack of flavor. Very malty, but not much else. Kind of boring tasting, I would expect more from a good porter. It doesnt taste bad by any means, just not too exciting. Its begging for some type of kick or bitterness.

Mouthfeel is smooth. Maybe too much energy spent on making this a smooth and easy-drinking beer than on making it a robust, multi-dimensional tasting one.

Drinkability is fine. I'd easily suck down a few more if I had them on hand... but there's other porters I'll pick up over this one next time.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2006 06:20:13 | More by jasonpeckins32
Photo of ccs

New Hampshire

4.68/5  rDev +27.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Black brew, tinges of red when held up to the light. Thin head, off white color. Smell is smoky, malty, light hops. Taste is good, slightly smokey, sweet, mild hops after inital taste. Mouthfeel of this beer is thick and malty. Very nice. I think this brew is definitely drinkable and wish I had another.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2006 06:14:17 | More by ccs
Photo of Gavage

New Jersey

4.4/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Clear brown in color with some ruby highlights. Thick fluffy 2" tan tan head. Nice lacing develops.

Smell: the aroma has caramel, chocolate, and coffee tones.

Taste: the flavor is of mellow roasted malts, soft bitter chocolate, hint of molasses, coffee, and a decent bitterness. This is one flavorful porter.

Mouthfeel: smooth at the start, and the finish is smooth and somewhat dry. Medium body.

Drinkability: great. This bottle was nice and fresh, and I wish I picked up more than a sixpack of this stuff.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2005 02:24:06 | More by Gavage
Photo of nlmartin


3.45/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a pub glass.

Appearance: Pours black in the glass with a somewhat ruby opaqueness. The head was a short lived cola colored inch and half. Lace trails remain behind on the glass.

Smell: Smells of roasted coffee and carmel malts.

Taste: Slightly smokey charred coffee and chocolate make themselves known.

Mouthfeel: This is a light to meduim bodied beer.

Drinkability: This is a very drinkable beer. The lightness of the beer helps the smokey charred flavors go down.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2005 04:19:12 | More by nlmartin
Porter from Southern Tier Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 777 ratings.