Southern Tier Brewing Company

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American Porter
Ranked #997
Ranked #37,343
3.7 | pDev: 11.62%
Southern Tier Brewing Company
New York, United States
Reviews: 444 | Ratings: 1,011 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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GRBJR from New York

3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Aug 30, 2014
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jdelano from New York

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.

Oct 13, 2015
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mrfrancis from Kentucky

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.

Apr 13, 2015
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devilshaircut from Massachusetts

2.93/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

look 4
smell 3.5 nice dark chocolate
taste 2.5 had promises due to the look and smell, but ultimately the taste didn't live up look and smell. slight chocolate and butter but not much else. slightly watery.
feel 2.5
overall 3. average. wouldn't really drink again.

Jan 11, 2015
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Freggs from New York

4/5  rDev +8.1%

Nov 29, 2012
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redleg411 from Wisconsin

3.6/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Feb 05, 2015
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cornpone from New York

4.25/5  rDev +14.9%

Jan 21, 2014
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hophead123 from New York

5/5  rDev +35.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Overall good porter with nice toasted flavor

Apr 08, 2015
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tzieser from New Jersey

2.9/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

poured from a 12oz bottle into a standard pint glass.

a: pours black in color with an off-white head that simmers pretty quickly. a small lacing stays for a while, but it's pretty underwhelming.

s: faint aromas of roasted malt. subtle grassy notes. not much else.

t: roasted malts hit first with notes of bittersweet chocolate. finishes a tad bitter and dry. body is somewhat thin and watery. not quite as rich and hearty as i hoped for.

m: thin, watery.

if you're looking for a good porter, look elsewhere.

Nov 20, 2011
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warnerry from Michigan

3.18/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - pours deep brown with one finger of tan head. Head fades pretty quickly, leaving very little lacing.

S - Chocolate and roasted malts. Faint hop presence. Relatively subtle.

T - Taste is much more roasted malts than chocolate. Taste is actually a bit watery. Does has a decent hop presence.

M - Light, thin mouthfeel. Finishes earthy and bitter.

O - Decent porter, but nothing I would seek out. Just too thin to be that enjoyable.

Aug 28, 2011
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Jason1337 from Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Apr 17, 2013
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Steve_Studnuts from Pennsylvania

3.85/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Nov 12, 2015
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BeerForMuscle from New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Jul 02, 2013
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AngusOg from North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Jul 31, 2013
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alesaram from Guam

5/5  rDev +35.1%

Oct 16, 2012
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3.27/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Aug 20, 2015
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udubdawg from Kansas

3.91/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a very dark brown but shows a lot of red color when held to the light, a surprising amount of which makes shows through. Head is tan, creamy, a little over an inch, and both lasts and laces the glass well.

Aroma is a tad lighter than the best examples, but sticking ones nose in reveals ample toasted malt covered with a chocolate, an herbal hop, no alcohol or diacetyl.

Flavor is quite good, full, sweet, balanced by a substantial bitterness - both from hops and a little from charred malt - which builds on the palate. A mild astringency is keeping it from an elite score. The char shows up much more in the flavor than aroma. Body is barely medium but creamy, carbonation soft - more would be too much with the bitterness/astringency of the hop/malt bill. All in all it is a solid porter that I'd have again. Seems to be somewhere between the brown and robust styles. recommended.

Jun 20, 2010
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wvsabbath from West Virginia

3.65/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Serving Type - Bottle

Appearance - Dark black/traces of brown, nice thick creamy 3 inch head, lots of lacing.

Smell - Dark fruits, malts, bitter coffee, chocolate, smoke, some added sugars and a little hop aroma also.

Taste - Bitter dark fruits and coffee are the first taste. Chocolate and some hops sneak in at the finish. It does have a robust flavor, dark bold smokey-ness. As it warmed more plum and rasin came out.

Mouthfeel - It is actually a little thin and not overly flavorful so its not a mouth wrecker at all. Tounge gets the malts, coffee and a little bitterness, palette gets remaining malts, some chocolate and hops. Finish is thin and weak.

Overall - Decent, better and worse porters out there. Its a little weak in the flavor department, but its smooth and easy to enjoy. Worth a drink to porter fans but dont expect a world class beer.

Nov 09, 2011
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mcmeekin91 from Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -18.9%

Oct 16, 2012
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nstygles from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sep 23, 2017
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JoeyBeerBelly from New York

3.84/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, served in a pint glass.

A - dark brown/black color with a small tan head that thinned to a ring.

S - sweet, roasted coffee aroma.

T - good tasting brew, sweet roasted malt and coffee flavor.

M - medium bodied with mild carbonation.

D - very easy to put back a few of these, not too filling and abv is middle of the road.

Sep 24, 2007
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GrindFatherBob from New York

4/5  rDev +8.1%

Dec 14, 2011
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IAmHollywood13 from Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Jun 05, 2014
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Bm1 from New York

3.18/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2.5

May 25, 2015
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Bouleboubier from New Jersey

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

Jun 29, 2016
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