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Raspberry Porter - Southern Tier Brewing Company

Raspberry PorterRaspberry Porter

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218 Ratings
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Ratings: 218
Reviews: 195
rAvg: 3.37
pDev: 17.51%

Brewed by:
Southern Tier Brewing Company visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: klewis on 10-22-2007)
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Photo of sulldaddy


3.15/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pouring a cellar temp bottle into a pint glass.
Pours a rich dark brown with some mahogany highlights on the edges of the glass. Minimal creamy beige head foams up and remains a thin surface layer.
Aroma is mild with raspberry and chocolate almost like a fruit filled candy, maybe the fruit paste kind not the gel.
First sip reveals a very light and thin body and tiny gentle rolling carbonation.
Flavor is similar to the nose, with a mild overall profile, but I get some roasted malt and dry baker's chocolate. These flavors roll to sweet raspberry notes. Finish is also a little dry.
Not a flawed brew but not overly interesting. It held up pretty well over time, but I wonder if it was a little more bold fresh?

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2012 04:27:23 | More by sulldaddy
Photo of rlee1390


3.15/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A-Black, but not dark, one finger head.

S-Mainly raspberries, some not much roasted malt.

T-Completely dominated by the raspberries, roasted malt and other porter flavors can't really be found. No bitter as well.

M-Medium bodied, smooth not much carbonation.

O-Had this, the Porter and Raspberry Wheat tonight to compare all three. I would assume this a blend of the others. However what made the Porter and Wheat good (Roasted Malts, Chocolate, coffee, hops/light refreshing and fruity) when mixed did not help each other. The robustness of the porter was overwhelmed by raspberries but the lightness of the wheat was taken over by the porter.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2011 15:11:01 | More by rlee1390
Photo of mikesgroove

South Carolina

3.1/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The pour was wonderful. Rich and cool looking brown was tinted ever so slightly around the edges with a reddish hue.. Nice head of tan came up over the top to a height of around two inches before settling back down. Light around of grain, bready malts and a touch of fruit. Lightly sweet as it warmed. The flavor was not what I was thinking. not enough fruit here to really make a difference. Mostly malt grain like flavor with a slight accent of fruit in the mid palate and finish. Smooth and nice carbonation in an otherwise light to medium bodied ale. Easy to drink offering up little to no resistance.

Overall a very interesting beer that was slightly letting me down in the fruit department. Still would not mind having it again, but I would not look for it.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2011 01:01:31 | More by mikesgroove
Photo of Knapp85


3.48/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours out almost like a dark brown ale... strange, this is probably the first and only porter I've had with this light of a color. The head is a tan shade of color. The aroma is a little bit like a toasted raspberry muffin. Pretty nice smelling overall. This flavor was a little watered down it seems. Not the biggest amount of flavor in a beer of this style could have. I this beer was a bit disappointing.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2011 04:40:58 | More by Knapp85
Photo of prdstmnky


3.13/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

*review from notes May 2010*

Grabbed as part of a mixed sixer, poured into a pint glass. Dark, reddish-brown body with a finger of light tan head that quickly fades leaving some spotty lacing. The nose is dominated by strong raspberry scents, with some chocolate notes sneaking through as well. Unlike the strong berry aromas, it was somewhat muted in the taste, which was unexpected. I get much more chocolate and some roasted malts, than the raspberry - its there, but no where near as dominant as in the nose. I find this porter a bit thin, and lighter bodied for the style, but had a nice carbonation level to it. It is fairly sweet too, so I wouldn't wanna drink more than one in a sitting.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2010 02:07:08 | More by prdstmnky
Photo of Khazadum


3.2/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Grabbed a bottle of this while I was at Dick's Last Resort for a birthday celebration. Asked for a glass to pour it into and was subsequently labeled 'Beer Snob' for the entire night and given a vulgar hat in regards to it... pretty sweet joint!

A- Mild, dulled, caramel head that disappoints. Similar description can be used for the body that reminds me almost exactly of a sodapop. Fizzy... gross.

S- Heavy raspberry notes, faint charcoal, and nothing else.

T- Little bit of darker fruits, all raspberry all the time. Start to finish raspberry domination. Disappointing. I can't even call this a porter.

M- Watery, thin, minimal carbonation, and nothing lingering. This was worse than a raspberry pop, by this point.

D- At least it shines on drinkability. This could have been a raspberry juice box with carbonation for all I could see presented. It lacked the acidity to be that, however. It was easy to drink, not problems in terms of alcohol. Too bad it just was just blah in every category. I'd drink again in hopes this bottle was just a poorly kept one.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2010 23:29:18 | More by Khazadum
Photo of CrazyDavros


3.45/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark copper with ruby hints and a small creamy head.
Raspberries are very prominent on the nose, like raspberry puree. Very concentrated. Underneath is a little dark chocolate and a hint of soft sweet roasted malt. Very nice, but I would have liked more roasted malt.
Flavours seem to make up for it, with only an initial burst of raspberry before some soft nutty roasted malt kicks in. Still, I'd like more malt.
Carbonation is too high and ruins what could be a nice malty finish.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2010 11:01:58 | More by CrazyDavros
Photo of thequeen711


2.93/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured purplish, (to match the raspberries!) barely a head. Taste of water-down raspberry juice, with a hint of malt and hops. I usually enjoy most offerings from Southern Tier, but this novelty doesn't live up to the raspberry flavoured beers I've previously tasted (Blushing Monk, Reubaeus). Still drink offerings from the Souther Tier Brewers, but this needs more flavour.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2010 16:01:54 | More by thequeen711
Photo of mdwalsh


3.83/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this for a long time, took my sweet time going though the sixer for no good reason.

A: Still a nice one finger head, but that fades pretty quick. The beer is nice and dark but that's about it. Little active carbonation I can see through the barely reddish body.

S: Still LOTS of raspberries. In fact, I would say these beer has improved with age. Fresh, I found it a little too roasted, but the raspberries stayed and the roast did not, so I find this grand. Regarding this as much as a fruit beer as I do a porter.

T: The raspberry is there nicely. Could be much stronger and still work, but it's hardly weak. I basically get your normal American take on a porter -some roast, no hops, plus a good raspberry flavor. But the roast might be a little much here, would prefer a sweeter porter base.

M: Light, really. Could use a bit more body, and the carb is too low for me. A fruit beer needs more carb that average.

D: I know a lot of close friends who love this beer. I find it meh.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2010 05:03:05 | More by mdwalsh
Photo of LittleCreature


2.48/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Appearance - 4.0
Pours a thumb of pale beige head over a clear brown body that is easily penetrated by light. Good head retention and lace.

Smell - 2.5
Sweet Belgian fruit lambics come to mind, as do redskin lollies. A little chocolaty malt gets through, but this doesn't smell anything like a normal porter.

Taste - 2.5
I am again, immediately reminded of fruit lambics, but without the sour. A very light porter grainy with a touch of cocoa and coffee, very little bitterness. This allows the sweet yet tart raspberry to shine through, though not completely overpowering the other flavours. Still, it is too thin and too sweet for my liking.

Mouthfeel - 2.5
Light to medium bodied which feels wrong for a porter. Moderately carbonated with fine bead, actually a little watery.

Drinkability - 2.0
I wouldn't drink it again.

OVERALL - 2.75
Some may enjoy the raspberry porter, but for me it is a hybrid style that does not work. I'd be interested to try a fuller bodied porter, with more roasted malt used as a base for a similar beer. As it is, I see this as a beer for people who don't really like beer, hence the low score.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2010 09:37:56 | More by LittleCreature
Photo of AgentZero


2.85/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pretty light for a porter, big reddish tint and a tan head.

S - I get it, it's a raspberry beer, is it anything else? Overkill here with sweet raspberry smell, I'd say sugary, but not quite that deep, more like artificially sweet. It smells nice, for candy. Not so good for beer, could have like something more complex.

T - This is a beer that should appeal to your non-craft beer fans, it's non-offensive, very raspberry flavored. So much raspberry, as in it's all you get, that even basic porter characteristics are hard to find. Tastes fake too, not nearly deep enough, more like some sort of raspberry syrup.

M - Not unpleaseant, but too thin for a porter.

D - Well, it's not hard to drink, it's just not good beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2010 20:08:14 | More by AgentZero
Photo of jrallen34


2.7/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I drank this from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

The beer pours a clearish light brown with a pink tint. Light tan head.

The aroma is super sweet fruit with a finish of tart raspberries.

The taste is bad, its total generic raspberry juice, way to sweet and fake tart.

The feel is really bad, almost watery.

Overall, this beer is generic garbage. Run far away.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2010 13:25:11 | More by jrallen34
Photo of billab914


2.63/5  rDev -22%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Portsmouth snifter glass. Poured dark brown in color with a thin lacing barely covering the top of the beer. It did however leave some nice lacing on the glass as I drank it.

I'm getting mostly raspberry extract from the nose, not much else. Anything else that is present is very light compared to the raspberry. The taste is pretty light on the roastedness, chocolate, and coffee flavors I expect with a porter. Instead there is a strong raspberry extract taste to it.

Mouthfeel is very light for a porter with moderate to low carbonation. Drinkability is average for the beer. If you go in expecting a good porter you will be disappointed but if you expect an average fruit beer it's drinkable.

Overall my biggest complaint is it's not very porter like at all. Not much roast or chocolate flavors and a very thin mouthfeel. It tastes like they subbed out the wheat in the raspberry wheat to just enough dark malts to change the color of the beer. I might feel differently if this wasn't listed under the porter style and was instead under the fruit beer style. Rating to style doesn't do this beer any favors for sure.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2010 00:14:32 | More by billab914
Photo of mtnbikerpa


4.33/5  rDev +28.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle with no freshness date. Pours a very date brown color with about 1.5 inches of quickly disappearing head and minimal lacing on the glass. Strong scents of sweetness, berrys and some candy like cocoa. Good robust malts, cocoa flavors along with nicely balanced raspberry flavors. Mouthfeel in not to heavy. This would even be enjoyable in warmer whether. I plan to pair this with a thick ribeye steak and some string beans. Very drinkable nature, It would be easy to reach for another when I am finished.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2010 17:47:27 | More by mtnbikerpa
Photo of dgilks


3.68/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice, rich, sweet malty aroma with lots raspberry jam notes. Just a hint of tartness from the berries. Good.

Quite a light coloured porter with nice ruby highlights from the raspberry. The head is small and doesn't last long.

The initial attack is of raspberry jam with it flowing into a richer, toasty malt profile. Not much of the chocolate expected in a porter and it comes across as a little thin.

Light body with moderately-high carbonation. It's okay.

As a beer it is quite enjoyable. Plenty of fruit which suits the beer and plenty of flavour. The dryness helps to clear out what could be a cloyingly sweet beer but it feels a little empty on the end.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2010 05:57:47 | More by dgilks
Photo of runner72


3.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - brown with a slight reddish hue. 2 finger head which laces the glass

S - Rasberries, rasberries, rasberries. They certainly got the rasberry smell

T - I was expecting a heavy dose of rasberry in the taste. It was there, but not over powering. smooth, malty otherwise. No hint of hops. It doesn't stand out to me and doesn't strike me as a porter. It tastes more along the lines of a summer, fruity beer.

M - Smooth, you can smell the rasberry with it in your mouth. Little carbonation

D - Drinkable but does not stand out. Light for a porter.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2010 02:45:33 | More by runner72
Photo of ujsplace


4.05/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into an oversized pub glass.

Nice creamy white head with a deep reddish amber body and descent lacing.

Smells of ripe raspberries and dark chocolates.

Mild malts, a hint of dark chocolate with a nice big raspberry middle and a slightly bitter hop finish...

Medium, creamy nicely carbonated...

Nice brew, very drinkable...

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2010 00:54:08 | More by ujsplace
Photo of juju7


3.18/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

It's a Cherry Ripe folks. Not much more, not much less. Way more raspberry than porter. I can barely find the porter in this besides the colour. It's not unpleasant, but it just isn't doing much other than being a raspberry flavoured ale. Did I miss something?

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2010 12:55:07 | More by juju7
Photo of twaddlac


2.63/5  rDev -22%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

A- Semi-opaque with a ruby/amber color. No head at all, yeasty lace with a lot of carbonation around the glass.

S- All raspberry, nothing else. Not much malt, but there are subtle hints of roasted malts.

T- Very watery, very disappointing; not much taste at all in this beer. The aftertaste of raspberries is pretty good though. No malts or anything, just a watered down carbonated kool-aid. Maybe a hint of hoppy bite at the end? Could be due to just the raspberry flavoring.

M- Medium-light body, mild carbonation and somewhat dry.

D- Sure, you can drink this beer.. I would not recommend it though. It is very smooth and easy to put away, but nothing good as far as taste. It is unique, but very disappointing.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2010 04:02:54 | More by twaddlac
Photo of KI9A


3.35/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Cola black, not much head. Good lacing. No retention.

S: Berries. Thats all.

D: Chocolate covered rasberries. Sweet, but not cloying. Some toasty malts in the backround.

M: Eh, somewhat flat, even for a porter. A bit thin. A bit fuller body would really, really help this beer.

D: Not overly sweet, I can drink a couple of these. Great to sip after dinner.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2010 02:36:14 | More by KI9A
Photo of damndirtyape


3.8/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Single bottle (no date I could decipher) poured into a tumbler.

Appearance: Dark transparent color - has a natural raspberry juice color (dark red with hints of brown). Hardly any foam upon pouring and what was left was just at the edges of the glass.

Smell: When first poured and cold, you get a strong raspberry smell combined with some chocolate notes. It smells a lot like a raspberry chocolate treat. As it warms up the raspberry diminishes.

Taste: When cold, one gets the raspberry up front, strong but not overpowering, and then a slight coffee finish. As it warms up, the raspberry gets toned down some and the malt comes out more. The coffee finish goes away. Tasty, but best when cold.

Mouthfeel: Minimal carbonation on the tongue, just a little bit thick, but otherwise nothing special.

Drinkability: This beer is best when cold, as it warms up the pleasant raspberry starts to go away and which takes away from the enjoyability of the beer in my opinion. Still, it's nice, but not something I can see reaching for again. Would make a great dessert beer in the summer.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2010 23:06:39 | More by damndirtyape
Photo of magine


3.93/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a mug.

Pours a red amber color, with an off white head. Has some nice sticky lacing and a minimal head is left behind.

Brew smells of raspberry, sweet toasted malts.

Brew tastes smooth and has a niee raspberry flavor. The flavor is not over done as well. Taste maybe some chocolate as well. Finishes very clean. A very refreshing, tasty porter.

This brew is very unique, I typically dont go for a fruit flavored brew. However this is a good brew. And would be great on a hot day. Could easily session this.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2010 02:38:36 | More by magine
Photo of Minotaur


3.88/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Into a pint glass, from bottle: it pours a dark brown with red highlights. There is minimal head and lacing which things down quickly

The aroma has a sweet toasted malt with sweet-sour raspberry. There is very little hop presence in the scent.

The beer carries a very dry toasted malt flavor with some darker coffee, roast notes. The raspberry is on the back of the tongue and not cloying. It tastes almost like fresh fruit and is bright and sour-sweet. This kind of ale can become syrupy and unpleasant. There is a present dryness and smoothness. Any hops there provided a density instead of a sourness or pronounced bitterness.

It is very drinkable with a medium heaviness in the mouthfeel.

I normally don't like fruit flavored beer but this is extremely well balanced and the fruit accents the dark coffee flavor instead of dominating it.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2010 23:16:22 | More by Minotaur
Photo of alkemy


4/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown with lots of ruby highlights. Not much of a head, but did manage a fair amount of lacing. Really smells of fresh raspberries. There's also a pleasant chocolate aroma. You get a hint of bready malts, but they are more pronounced in the taste rather than smell. Raspberries are the star of the show, but the chocolate notes really balance everything out. Quite a smooth feel, but I just felt it was too thin. If this had a little more viscosity it would be a real winner for me.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2009 02:24:59 | More by alkemy
Photo of JohnnyBarman

Ontario (Canada)

3.45/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Got a bottle of this from a friend of mine who visited New York. Usually I've had pretty good luck with Southern Tier, but I must admit the idea of a raspberry porter intrigues.

Pours a dark mahogany colour. A thin, light tan head, dissolving into a ring. Little flecks of lacing.

The smell is certainly raspberry-dominated, with a little bit of dark chocolate. Maybe a little bit of dark malts in the back, but only just.

The taste starts off all raspberry, but quickly transitions to a slightly burnt bitterness. Not bad; not very complex, however.

Mouthfeel is far too thin to be classified as a porter in my book.

Kudos to Southern Tier for experimenting. Certainly a brew that was well worth a try. Not my favorite, and I wont seek it out again, but enjoyable nevertheless. With a bit of tweaking, this one could be a real winner.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2009 04:16:45 | More by JohnnyBarman
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Raspberry Porter from Southern Tier Brewing Company
77 out of 100 based on 218 ratings.