Southern Tier Brewing Company

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American Porter
Ranked #996
Ranked #36,138
3.7 | pDev: 11.62%
Southern Tier Brewing Company
New York, United States
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Photo of mothmanscott
3.66/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark brown producing a small short-lived, tan head that leaves behind no lace as it recedes. Aroma is toast and roasted malt, unsweetened cocoa. Taste is malty chocolate, toffee, roasted nuts with a hint of floral. A little smoke in the bitter finish.

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Photo of hungryghost
2.19/5  rDev -40.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

They got the color right. It pours dark but with minimal head.
Hint of roast in the nose.
Minimal flavor with a touch of roasted malts.
Thin watery mouthfeel.
Most dissapointing
Maybe I got a bad bottle. The other reviewers seem to like it.

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Photo of Gajo74
3.87/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Enjoying on tap at Gingerman NYC. Is this a different iteration of Southern Tier Porter. This one is called Robust Porter and is at 5.8% ABV.
Pours a deep dark brown, almost black color, with a moderate tan head that retains well. Creamy film and frothy lacing ornaments the surface and side of the glass.
Nice cocoa and mild coffee and roasted malt aroma. The malt also imparts a nutty quality.
Smooth and creamy, medium bodied and light fit the style. Sweet and cocoa like at first. The taste becomes slightly more bitter as I drink along. Mildly bitter espresso roast and a hoppy finish.
Solid and straightforward and easy to drink porter.

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Photo of mvanaskie13
3.88/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a custom shaped grip glass: color is dark brown, head is light tan, fine bubbles, minor lacing.

Smell is light sweet chocolate, roast, hint of hop bitterness. Simple but full aroma.

Taste is similar with a more balance of sweet/roast to the sweet side with strong to moderate chocolate, bitter hop flavors are earthy and light grass.

Mouthfeel is on the sweeter side, not cloying just moderate sweetness with moderate carbonation.

Overall a good, moderately sweet porter.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.65/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into an English pint glass, the appearance was a dark black color with a finger's worth of eggshell white foamy head that dissipated at a moderate pace. Some sly lace.
The aroma shaped a fairly decent smooth blend of roasty coffee, dark chocolate nibs, char/ash and a little bit of dark bread.
The flavor moderately leaned into the roastiness slightly but developed a keen sense of sweet underneath through the dark bread and a light contour of caramel sweetness. Smooth sweet to roasty aftertaste.
The mouthfeel was between light and medium bodied with a fair sessionability about it. Carbonation felt fine - somewhat low. ABV felt appropriate.
Overall, good as a beer for me personally that I would have again, but I couldn't really tell if it was American or English.

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Photo of Treyliff
3.57/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a snifter

A- pours a deep brown color with a small foamy khaki colored head that reduces to a cream thin film floating on top

S- smells of roasted malt, grains, light chocolate and char, dark bread & caramel

T- roasted malt, chocolate and cocoa up front, dark breads, a hint of earthy hop mid-palate, finishes with caramel, light coffee and more roast

M- medium body with moderate carbonation leads to a creamy mouthfeel that continues into a bit of a slick finish

O- easy drinking, straight-forward, porter

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Photo of NastyNorseman
3.49/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours deep brown with khaki head that rings out in the glass pretty rapidly. Roasted malts and cocoa hit the nose. Flavor is on par with the aroma. RIch malts with cocoa, a touch of coffee, just enough. A certain bitterness hangs on a bit long in the aftertaste. Medium-bodied. Not bad.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.08/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a dark brown coffee bean color with a 2 finger beige head. The head recedes and leaves a little lace on the sides of the glass.

Tons of roast barley and cocoa malts, with some lactose and light chocolate.

Flavor is mostly roasty and bitter, with some lactose hits here and there. Lots of metallic and burnt elements.

Feel is pretty creamy while keeping a nice roasty dryness. Still, it parches pretty ugly on the tongue and leaves an undesireable feel.

Overall, this porter sucks. The worst offering from Southern Tier.

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Photo of Guppy314
3.61/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

From a bottle, pours an opaque black with a beige head. Aroma of caramel and malt. Taste is malt forward with roasted coffee. Bitterness at the end isn't distinctly from hops, but nicely satisfying. Could drink this all day.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
3.86/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

(12 oz bottle, DOB 03/04/16... poured into a nonic)

L: deep reddish-brown color, practically opaque... oil-glisten atop fairly-tight spongy suds

S: mid-grade coffee grounds, dark brown bread crust with a background whisper of molasses, nutty and naked dark roast malt grain... perhaps a faint whiff of orange-y hops

T: coffee, cocoa, dark caramel, lightly-medicinal booze mid-to-back... coffee roast, oily roasted nut, and dried, sun-burnt grassy hops in the finish... mildly acidic, mildly bitter-tannic aftertaste, a bit drier than expected... dark chocolate flavor builds on palate with each sip... overall taste has nice intensity but lacks breadth in its malt spectrum

F: up front, some sips have a bite to them, whether it's the carbonation and/or the acids from the hops and dark malts... the underbelly is a touch jelly-wobbly with a lightly-viscous skin... marginal residual slick but, again, the finish is rather hushed and a notch or two lighter than expected... alcohol at low low heat

O: the overall taste leans heavily on its roasted character, the accompanying bitterness has a nice little bite, and it's thankfully not that sweet... lacks a unique taste to make you a devotee, but it's solid enough and I could drink 1 or 2 more

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Photo of Rock_Glenn
3.92/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is one of the few beers my wife and I agree is very tasty. Poured into a glass it looks the way a Porter should, Nice tan head and a dark body. It drinks a bit light for a Porter, and there is a very minor off-taste that I could never put my finger on. Maybe it's just overly or oddly hopped? Overall it's a good beer that I buy often because it's readily available at my local store and I know what I'm getting every time.

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Photo of 57md
3.86/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown color with copper edges and a half finger of head. The nose is pleasantly roasty. The roasted malt in the flavor profile starts off as relatively assertive but drops off by the finish.

This is a solid example of the style and an offering that pairs well with a meal. For example, I enjoyed mine with a rare steak and they were excellent together.

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Photo of dacrza1
3.74/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

DATE: March 29, 2016... OCCASION: watching Gone Girl with Shan on a Spring Break Tuesday... GLASSWARE: Kisatsky's Tavern pint... APPEARANCE: midnight black, cola-clinging bubbles adorn the glass... off-white head forms at a staunch, quarter-inch... coral fingers stretch as the glass drains... AROMA: malty, chocolaty suggestions early, with toasted cereal grains... not much hops to speak of, but not the point of th porter... PALATE: creamy, with a coffeeish body that adds texture at the throat... lactic milk smoothness .pervades the experience...TASTE: peat, coffee, some vegetable, and lactic suggestions... a strong, smoky flavor lingers at its end... OVERALL: not as memorable as the majority of the Southern Tier offerings, but this is sufficient for what is needed from a porter...

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Photo of Act25
3.85/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Tasted against their 2x Black IPA at 8%, and I think this gets the edge, but both are good. Try 6.
Almost a milk porter.

A - Pours with a finger of medium brown foam on top of an opaque, dark brown (not black) body with hint of amber. Ample head settles at a slow pace and leaves decent lace and ring.

S - Soft, malty notes of toasted dark bread and caramel with molasses. More licorice and chocolate than coffee, and some roast and char.

T - Follows smell. Features caramel and molasses up front on top of dark toast. Then a swelling note of rich, dark powdery chocolate. The beer finishes with more of the thick, chocolate, almost licorice notes and bready malt as well as some pine hop bitterness that balances well.

M - Medium body, but a well-made mouth feel, moderate carbonation, and a sweet but tingly finish.

D - There's complexity here including a hint of licorice. Great brewer. Try 6.

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Photo of Miccal
4.14/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Overall one of the best porters I have had. Best about 45deg. It was nice and dark with a smooth feel. Overall it was a nice malty porter smell and taste.

Will purchase again.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
3.71/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Enjoyed from a growler in a snifter. This nice porter pours a blackish dark mahogany with a nice tan head of foam that dissipates to a thick ring, pooling layer, and excellent lacing. Nose of dark roasted malts, subtle chocolate, and a touch of char with some fruity esters. Flavors exceed the nose with dark sweet roasted chocolate malts, hints of char come in on the back giving the roast lovers something to be happy about (like myself), and finishing with a lightly bitter malt aftertaste that cuts through the sweetness. Good mouth feel with medium carbonation is creamy and smooth. Excellent example of a porter.


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Photo of Zaktcc
3.24/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A - Pours a beautiful jet black color with a foamy white, 2 finger head. Head fades very quickly.

S - Very pleasant aroma all in all; dominated by the to be expected roasted malts. Quickly followed by a somewhat nutty aroma and maybe a hunt of chocolate. Overall very pleasant to the nose yet not too complex.

T - Hmm, I'm unsure. Doesn't really live up to the aromas. Very, plain and lacking in flavor I'm my opinion. If anything, fairly sweet and malty with hints of nuts, thought barely notable. Not bad, but not much to offer.

M - Light bodied beer and average carbonation. Fairly smooth with a sharp finish. Alright overall.

O - Had higher expectations for the beer given past treats I've had with Southern Tier, alas did not live up to them. The appearance and aromas are enjoyable and spot on to that of a porter, however, for me, the flavors and mouthfeel were lackluster. Decent and drinkable but bland.

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Photo of SitkaSteve
3.99/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was poured into a nonic pint glass.
The appearance was a dark black color with a one finger white to off white foamy head that dissipated within less than about a minute. Light clingy lacing graces the glass nicely.
The smell had some dark roasted malts. Light on the coffee portion and bringing in some dark fruits to sweeten.
The taste was basically the same. There's a light roasty to sweet aftertaste running into the finish kindly.
The mouthfeel was about light bodied with a nice sessionable feel to it. Carbonation seems to hit at the right spots to allow a somewhat gentle creaminess to hit my tongue.
Overall, I'd say this was a pretty good porter that I would have again, but you know what, its actually borderline English styled, I'd say.

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Photo of Billolick
3.86/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle

Pours dark and porter like, moderate head, leaving a whispy filn, thin collar and modest bits and strands of lace.

Dark chocolate on the nose.

Tasty porter with more chocolate, dark malts and dark beer goodness. Worthy and easy drinking porter

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Photo of tekstr1der
4.02/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Dark mahogany pour with thin off-white top and minimal lacing. Rich aromas of malt, roast. Flavors are malty with just a bit of smokiness. A bit too carbonated and thin to really get a good rich mouthfeel though. Not bad, but there are better close by on the shelf.

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Photo of jdelano
3.64/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Generally I like Southern Tier and Porters so I thought I couldn't go wrong here. Smell better than the taste. Found it to be rather thin. Pretty enjoyable but not very memorable.

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Photo of JamesBondGA
3.86/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark black like coke, with a thin to no head and almost zero lacing. smells and tastes slightly like chocolate. Drinks very smooth. decent porter.

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Photo of TheSixthRing
3.9/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Apperance - Pours deep, dark cola brown with a cocoa colored finger width head. Fair retention, resulting in a thin, broken layer of surface suds.

Smell - Quite an aromatic porter. Strong roasted malt with lesser chocolate notes and hints of earth and nuttiness.

Taste - Not quite on the level of the aroma. Light to moderate flavors of roasted malt and touches of chocolate. Earthy hop undertone and a fair nuttiness hits in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium-bodied with moderate carbonation and a light tingly bite. Silky texture and a smooth finish.

Overall - This is a nice porter. Though the flavor doesn't live up to the promise of the nose, it's definitely no deal breaker. Glad I snagged it while I had the chance.

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Photo of FrancisM12
4.22/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Don't feel the need to describe every detail of this beer. It just tastes good. Not my number 1 porter ,(yards tavern porter Is awesome too), but its up there. Great chocolate notes. Definitely try it. I hope you like it as much as I do.

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Photo of mrfrancis
2.88/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.75

A: Pours an inky black with subtle amber highlights and a creamy, thin khaki head.

S: Gentle, muted aromas of dark chocolate, vanilla bean, heavy cream, and earthy ale hops take quite some time to express themselves on the nose.

T: Notes of roasted grain, sweet cream, burnt toast, coffee, vanilla bean, dark chocolate, leather, grass, herbs, and lemon rind express themselves on the palate. The finish is bitter, with burnt toast, herb, lemon rind, and grass flavors most apparent.

M: Definitely on the thinner side of medium and somewhat slick throughout. Carbonation disappears quickly. I'm missing the luscious mouthfeel I expect of most porters.

O: This porter never really comes together for me. The nose is a tad too gentle, the flavor profile is too jumbled, and the mouthfeel is too thin, too watery, and undercarbonated. I hope this is just a bad bottle because this is by far the weakest Southern Tier product I have tried to this point.

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