Porter | Southern Tier Brewing Company

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

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by WesWes on 06-16-2003

BEER STATS
Reviews:
434
Ratings:
977
Avg:
3.68
pDev:
17.66%
 
 
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For Trade:
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Reviews by airheadmtrcycle:
Photo of airheadmtrcycle
3.64/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Really nice looking pour: black with a finger of mocha head that left a skim of crema-like topping after a minute or two. Nice, but short-lived lacing. A quick swirl brings back the nice skim of head right until the end.

Aroma is different for a porter. No strong coffee or chocolate smells, more like an after-dinner chocolate mint.

Flavor is okay. Not as robust as the color promised. The first thing my tongue perceives is a light or weak coffee flavor and then I get some chocolate mint that kind of coats my mouth. It's not a bad sensation by any means, just different. There is some good coffee bitterness in there, and it picks up about half-way through the ale. It's certainly a more complex porter than I anticipated.

The mouth-feel is good for a porter, not too heavy and certainly not watery (which I despise in a porter or stout). The carbonation is good as well, just right actually, and it deserves high marks for that.

Overall, it left a good impression on me. The appearance and mouth-feel are quite impressive. The flavor was not quite as intense as I had hoped for, but it made up for it with complexity. A well crafted and purposeful porter that I would like to try on-tap. Probably not my first choice in a porter, but one that one could grow to like a lot. A must try for anyone who likes porters, like me.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of jdelano
3.64/5  rDev -1.1%
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 devilshaircut
2.93/5  rDev -20.4%
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.

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Photo of mrfrancis
2.88/5  rDev -21.7%
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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Photo of oberon
3.93/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of beerhunter13
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of ricksrealm
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of claytong25
4.65/5  rDev +26.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Very simple bottle art, but the bottle says it all; It's a Porter from a small company called Southern Tier. This brewery is in my home state so I try to support them more than others.

This was actually my first porter that I ever tried and I loved it. I haven't had to many others to compare it to, but this beer made me a Porter fan. Very dark with an awesome flavor, but still goes down so smooth. For a beer this dark it is amazing how smooth it really is.

I always have a sixer of this stuff in my beer fridge. I haven't found anyone that didn't like this porter from Southern Tier!!

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Photo of blitz134
3.38/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pretty dark, basically black but has some brown highlights when held to the light. Light, foamy light tan head, 1/2 inch thick and holds on while reducing slowly.

Very light aroma, a touch of chocolate and lightly toasted malts with a little sweetness. Not much else.

Flavor is better. Toasted malts come out again with a little expresso and even some char in the finish. Simple, but more robust than the aroma led on.

Medium bodied mouthfeel that borders on being a little light. Medium carbonation. Flavor lingers for a while.

Overally pretty drinkable as a session type beer. Nothing overly noteworthy but a good offering nonetheless.

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Photo of csmartin6
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of warnerry
3.18/5  rDev -13.6%
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.

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Photo of generallee
3.98/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: It has a dark opaque color with a thick foamy tan head. Its head hangs on for awhile and leaves nice rings of lace behind on the glass.

Smell: There is a nice roasted malt aroma with sweet molasses and just a hint of citrusy hops.

Taste/Mouth feel: The favor is full of dark, roasted and malty flavors with burnt caramel and molasses sweetness. Mild bitterness is supplied by a light hops presence that adds some balance. This is all wrapped up in a very drinkable medium body with a pleasant smooth mouth feel and carbonation.

Notes: Drinkable and full of flavor, nice!

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Photo of nstroup
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of TimoP
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of Doomcifer
2.27/5  rDev -38.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Pours an extremely dark brown, near pitch black, with a very stiff, light brown head. Great lacing as well. Although it looks nice, the smell left much to be desired. Nothing very noticable besides some breadiness. Taste was mediocre at best as well. Taste is roasty but not really coffeeish or dark chocolates either. Roasted dark malts, very dry mouthfeel. Tastes kind of burnt actually. Overall, this beer is mediocre. There is nothing that really sticks out and strikes me as being great about it, or even good.

This is the fist Southern Tier offering that has left me wanting. I guess I was due to find a beer from them that doesn't appeal to me.

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Photo of JakerLou
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of BuckeyeSlim
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of megamass
3/5  rDev -18.5%

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

Presentation: 12 oz brown bottle with no freshness date.

Appearance: Chunky froth that leaves a tan lacing behind. Nearly black in color … sure what the hell, it is black.

Smell: Minty, root-like with a sweet roasted aroma.

Taste & Mouth Feel: Medium bodied with a smooth bitty mouth feel. Burnt yet not astringent … tad smoky with charred malt flavors throughout. Clean malty palate, hops are mild with a slight balancing act with the malt. Finishes with a wet charred flavor.

Drinkability & Notes: A very interestingly layered porter, quite flavorful yet not robust at all. I paired this with some smoked cheddar and rye crackers.

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Photo of Billolick
3.86/5  rDev +4.9%
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 warriorsoul
3.68/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A brew remaining from a previous trade w/ shippos.
Pours black w/ just a hint of light passing through on the edges...half a finger of beige head w/ an agressive pour. The cling is thin and goes bye-bye fairly quickly.
Faint aroma w/ mainly roasted malts...a hint of dark chocolate in there.
Taste is also very subtle...a hint of smoky flavor going on.
Bread-like yeast flavors mixed in and no sweetness detected at first, but appears somewhat once this puppy hits room temperature.
Mouthfeel is thicker than I was expecting and the carbonation is decent.
Although this brew is not "wowing" me, I am really enjoying it and can make this a session brew w/ no effort.
Score must suffer due to me having Smutty's Robust Porter last night...tough act to follow.
I really like all of the ST brews I have tried to date...keep 'em coming.

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Photo of tigg924
4.17/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: dark brown 1/4 inch head

Smell: chocolate, caramel, and malt

Taste: chocolate dominates, burnt malt, some woodiness, and a touch of peanut butter

Mouthfeel: very smooth, light for a porter, semi-sweet

Drinkability: This is my favorite from the brewery so far. This was the mystery beer in the sampler pack I picked up. This is a tasty brew and I will look for it.

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Photo of olradetbalder
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of JohnnyBarman
4.15/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a nonic. A rich black brown hue, leaves a thin, light tan head, which dissolves into a ring around the glass. A bit of foamy lacing.

The smell is great: roasted malt, caramel, toffee. As a porter should.

This is why porters are my favourite style! The flavours in this brew (roasted malt, chocolate, plums, caramel, coffee) work together wonderfully to produce an exceptional flavour. Really enjoyed this one. A nice, crisp aftertaste too, lingering bitterness.

Mouthfeel is a little bit thinner than it'd like, but the carbonation is about right.

A very drinkable porter, not my favourite, but certainly one I'll happily purchase again. Great stuff!

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Photo of BrianParsons
4.5/5  rDev +22.3%

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