Southern Tier Brewing Company

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American Porter
Ranked #992
Ranked #36,529
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
Reviews by nstygles:
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4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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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 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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Photo of devilshaircut
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.

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Photo of Freggs
4/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of redleg411
3.6/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of cornpone
4.25/5  rDev +14.9%

Photo of hophead123
5/5  rDev +35.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Overall good porter with nice toasted flavor

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Photo of tzieser
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.

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Photo of warnerry
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.

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Photo of Jason1337
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

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

Photo of BeerForMuscle
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of AngusOg
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of alesaram
5/5  rDev +35.1%

Photo of Nfiorini513
3.27/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of udubdawg
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.

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Photo of wvsabbath
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.

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Photo of mcmeekin91
3/5  rDev -18.9%

Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
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.

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Photo of GrindFatherBob
4/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of IAmHollywood13
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of Bm1
3.18/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2.5

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 superspak
3.88/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, bottled on 1/21/2013. Pours crystal clear very dark reddish brown color with a 1-2 finger dense khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Light soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of chocolate, cocoa, caramel, toast, toffee, coffee, biscuit, light nuttiness, floral, and toasted earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/roasted malt notes; with solid strength. Taste of chocolate, cocoa, caramel, toast, toffee, light coffee, biscuit, light nuttiness, and toasted earthiness. Light earthy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of chocolate, cocoa, caramel, toast, toffee, light coffee, biscuit, and light nuttiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance, robustness, and complexity of dark/roasted malt notes; with a good sweet/roast flavor balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied; with a creamy and smooth mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice porter style. All around good balance and robustness of flavors; and very smooth to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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Beer rating: 84 out of 100 with 1011 ratings