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Porter - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
83
good

792 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 792
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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maddamish

Tennessee

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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kpantz

Pennsylvania

3.85/5  rDev +4.9%

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.

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

Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev +18%

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.

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

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +9%

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.

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

Rhode Island

3.58/5  rDev -2.5%

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.

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

Connecticut

3.48/5  rDev -5.2%

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.

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

Florida

4.13/5  rDev +12.5%

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.

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

New Mexico

3.13/5  rDev -14.7%

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.

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

Colorado

4/5  rDev +9%

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.

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

Ohio

3.53/5  rDev -3.8%

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.

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

New York

4.38/5  rDev +19.3%

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!

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

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

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.

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

New Hampshire

4.68/5  rDev +27.5%

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.

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

New Jersey

4.4/5  rDev +19.9%

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.

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

Ohio

3.45/5  rDev -6%

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.

12-12-2005 04:19:12 | More by nlmartin
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mattcrill

Ohio

4.33/5  rDev +18%

Appearance: Cola brown pour that becomes dense black in the snifter. A wispy tan head develops and then quickly fade to a vein of a white ring around the glass. No carbonation noted in the body.

Smell: An earthy combination of cocoa, mocha, espresso, and just a tinge of some hop bitterness.

Taste: A delicate balance of malt sweetness with some coffee/roasted bitterness. Maybe just a hint of smokiness in the background with some lingering and soft hop bitterness at the end.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and lively carbonation.

Drinkability: Very enjoyable. Perfect with the snowy weather. I picked up the STBC sampler pack. This is a fine brewery and I look forward to trying/reviewing their other beers.

12-11-2005 18:50:18 | More by mattcrill
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jmz62565

Connecticut

3.68/5  rDev +0.3%

Pours a dark brown with a large creamy head.The smell is a little weak.I could detect some coffee and chocolate,but it's pretty slight.This tastes almost like a chocolate stout.The flavor of chocolate is very pronounced and with a little bit of coffee,make this a very tasty beer indeed.The m/f is a little less than I like in a porter,but not bad.All in all,you really can't go wrong with this beer,if you see it,pick it up.

11-21-2005 23:40:09 | More by jmz62565
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amstelcat

Ohio

3.88/5  rDev +5.7%

This beer poured into the glass leaving a half inch of dirty white foam but left a nice bit of lacing as the beer was consumed. Aroma seemed like sweet black coffee. Color is a very dark brown. Tasted some burnt toast and toffee flavors but didn't leave a lingering after taste like some porters. Felt good and rich going down. A very drinkable, but not quite memorable porter.

11-04-2005 20:34:53 | More by amstelcat
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Onceeven

New York

4.05/5  rDev +10.4%

Appearance: Nearly black, with a frothy 'chino colored head. When held up to the light it reveals a hazy scarlet secret. Yes.

Smell: This beer smells creamy, if that is possible. Smooth coffee scent, milk, cold cappuccino, bitter malt, but not in a offensive way. Lovely. Delish.

Mouthfeel: Feels a bit light, but certainly creamy. And now for something competely different.

Taste: Roasted malt and hops come through. I have a tough time tasting the hops in porters and stouts, but they're there. Great taste, relatively complex and hard to put into words.

Drinkability: Immensely drinkable, session brew material. Not too heavy, but packed with flavor. Try it.

11-03-2005 02:47:58 | More by Onceeven
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oberon

North Carolina

3.95/5  rDev +7.6%

Pours a deep brown with some dark orange highlights witha thinner tan head that is gone pretty quickly,aromas are of bittersweet chocolate and roasted nuts and dark roast coffee but doesnt pack a real punch.A very well rounded,flavorful porter here bitter chocolate and coffee hit up front but finishes very earthy and dry in the finish with a big dose of hops.A tad thin but very flavorful and extremely quaffable from a western NY brewery that i really like and plan to visit next spring on a trip to the inlaws.

09-29-2005 21:17:55 | More by oberon
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LucaBrasi

New York

3.85/5  rDev +4.9%

This is a constant in my fridge so I had it on tap this evening. The appearance is a deep brown this time with a minimal head. The smell is still of burnt chocolate and carmel. The taste had coffee flavor and hints of chocolate but seemed bitterer than out of the bottle. The mouthfeel is still nice and smooth with light carbonation and even though with the extra bitterness it’s still a highly drinkable beer. Perhaps it was a fluke thing. Who knows. Either way this is still a top porter on my list.

09-02-2005 01:47:06 | More by LucaBrasi
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LuckySevens82

Florida

3.93/5  rDev +7.1%

12 oz bottle coutesy of PintofAle.
Pours a deep brown with almost no head. There is a bit of tan lacing on the top of the beer however.
Smell is roasted malts, a bit of coffee, and a lot of chocolate.
Taste is pretty similar to the aroma. Coffee is punched up a bit, and the chocolate from the aroma is a bit less than I would have imagined, but still present. Bitter hops come in and balance this pretty sweet beer out very well.
Mouthfeel is a bit thin. The carbonation is fine though.
Overall, a very drinkable and good beer. A good session beer and one that I would return to from time to time were I able to find it.

08-14-2005 02:11:59 | More by LuckySevens82
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RonfromJersey

New Jersey

3.83/5  rDev +4.4%

Black with ruby highlights, topped by two inch slab of level tan head. Good lacing quickly evident.

Rich dark chocolate and coffee aroma. Sweet and inviting.

Taste features coffee and chocolate, with just a subtle nip of hops around the edges. There's also a sort of bland deadspot in the middle of everything, not something that tastes wrong, just like the beer goes missing for an instant. Weird idea, I know, but that's the impression.

Mouthfeel is ok, could be a little thicker and still be safely short from stout territory. Easy drinkability. A throw-a-few-back porter.

A nice, easy going beer. Not bad, won't rock your world.

08-13-2005 04:15:38 | More by RonfromJersey
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riversider76

New York

4/5  rDev +9%

Pours a rich brown. Roasted, creamy smell that is plesant. Good head,and lots of lace. Light to medium mouth feel. Tastes great.Full flavor, with a little bite. Not bitter, and no bad after taste. For a dark beer it's refreshing. You could easily have more than one or two! I liked this beer a lot. Give it a try!

07-31-2005 02:09:35 | More by riversider76
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goodbyeohio

Oregon

1.98/5  rDev -46%

probably the black sheep of this 12-pack.

dark but clear beer with a brownish ruby hue. thick 1-finger foam with random sized bubbles on the surface. attractive. leaves a spiderweb of lacing in its wake. smell contains mild coffee and lactose notes. bitter flavors are primarily chalky and unfortunately dominant. creamed coffee follows through to the aftertaste, but can only be enjoyed once the beer is long gone down the chute. light body and very noticeably in possession of the same 'southern tier hop/malt profile' that taints the tripel. a mess of a beer, drinkable for its lightness.. as long as you enjoy eating dirt.

07-17-2005 21:32:37 | More by goodbyeohio
Porter from Southern Tier Brewing Company
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