Porter | Southern Tier Brewing Company

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Southern Tier Brewing Company
New York, United States

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

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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 ccs
4.65/5  rDev +26.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Black brew, tinges of red when held up to the light. Thin head, off white color. Smell is smoky, malty, light hops. Taste is good, slightly smokey, sweet, mild hops after inital taste. Mouthfeel of this beer is thick and malty. Very nice. I think this brew is definitely drinkable and wish I had another.

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Photo of mhuber
4.5/5  rDev +22.3%

Pours clear but dark brown with very little head that dissipates quickly. The aroma of the malts comes through but is quickly overshadowed by the flavor of the hops, which are fairly prominent in this porter. A clean finish and not too heavy. This is a great beer, I enjoyed every drop!

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Photo of yesyouam
4.48/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(a second tasting, Apr 25, 2008) Southern Tier Porter is a nearly black, dark reddish brown ale with a thick, fluffy beige head that has excellent retention and leaves excellent lacing on the glass. The aroma is fresh and roasty like coffee and chocolate. Smells great! It is medium bodied, very smooth, and the finish is dry. It tastes great! It has an excellent roasty flavor that exhibits great balance. That's what a porter is supposed to taste like!

(first tasting, Apr 19, 2008) Southern Tier Porter is a dim, dark red ale adorned with an eggy beige head with oily bubbles that stays put and crusts up on the glass. Very handsome. The aroma is muted, grainy, roasty, fresh and dry. It if full bodied and fluffy in the mouth. The finish starts with a sharp bitter snap and then turns silty and dry. The flavor is quite well balanced. It doesn't lean toward coffee or chocolate; it's just dark roasted malt here. The end of the taste gets alkaline. The hops kick in to bring me grassiness and set the malt on a spin toward salmiakki. This is an ideal porter.

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Photo of elNopalero
4.45/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I’ve been looking forward to cracking this one open for a while. I don’t get too many Southern Tier brews but they’ve all been delicious.

My bottle was different than the one pictured. Not unusual, but worth noting. No age statement.

This one pours a ruby charcoal with a bit of a foamy top. There’s a distinctive roast aroma on this, with just a hint of dark roast espresso underneath. It’s not bad at all. Tastes roasty up front with a sharp peak and a hint of bitterness on the finish. It’s an easy drinker and one that I’d enjoy again.

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Photo of ericj551
4.44/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Southern Tier Porter pours a clear red black with almost no head, despite the vigorous pour. The aroma is inviting, caramel, toffee, and some roasted malt with some delicious herbal hops. The flavor is well balanced, just enough slightly astringent roasted malt to balance the caramel sweetness. The finish is dry and slightly hoppy. Glad to see this one up in Northern Ontario, I have a feeling I will be drinking more of it.

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Photo of HeavyMetalBrew
4.42/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Dark amber, perfect head/lacing. Signs of carbonation.

Smell: Caramel. Roasted malt. Grains.

Taste: Grains, roasted malt, chocolate. There is a bitterness at the end.

Overall: This is a definitely a really good porter. I definitely recommend this one.

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Photo of shamus
4.42/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A ruby dark beer. It smells of a fresh brewed pot of coffee in a pine forest. You can feel that lake breeze at the break of day. A winner. Tastes of chocolate, coffee and toast. Strangely or not the hops are distinct in this porter and float near the surface (taste wise not literally!). I'm a fan.

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Photo of bgildea
4.42/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Nice dark black color. Little head that faded quickly. Slight lacing.

S: Smells great! Nice hearty roasted malts smell comes across instantly. Notes of chocolate and sweets come through at the end.

T: Great hearty roasted porter. Hints of cocoa and coffee finish. Very tasty.

M: Slightly thinner than I expected. But nice light carbonation.

D: Very drinkable. It's a great porter with a nice hearty taste. I could drink these all night.

Overall: Very good porter, with hints of chocolate, roasted malts, and slight coffee after taste. If you like dark porters, then you will definitly like this one.

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Photo of Heischman
4.41/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beer/Brewery - Porter/Southern Tier Brewing Company
City/State- Lakewood, New York
STYLE – American Porter
ABV – 5.2%
IBU – 45
SERVING TYPE – 12 OZ bottle
GLASSWARE – Tall Footed Pilsner
APPEARANCE – Burgundy in color, nice thick head of foam resting at ½ inch good bubble flow from the bottom. Wonderful lacing.
AROMA- Sweet and malty
TASTE – Nice Coffee and roasted malts, with a small hint of hoppy
MOUTHFEEL – Smooth as a porter should be, with a god bit of carbonation lingering after the sip.
CONCLUSION – I like this porter, it is easy to drink and not to heavy. If you are not a coffee drinker than this may not be for you. I however am, so this is right up my alley. I do wish the ABV was a bit more but it is still an enjoyable beer.

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Photo of Gavage
4.38/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Clear brown in color with some ruby highlights. Thick fluffy 2" tan tan head. Nice lacing develops.

Smell: the aroma has caramel, chocolate, and coffee tones.

Taste: the flavor is of mellow roasted malts, soft bitter chocolate, hint of molasses, coffee, and a decent bitterness. This is one flavorful porter.

Mouthfeel: smooth at the start, and the finish is smooth and somewhat dry. Medium body.

Drinkability: great. This bottle was nice and fresh, and I wish I picked up more than a sixpack of this stuff.

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.38/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - opaque black up top, some burgundy notes around the thinner bottom of the glass. A light mocha cap of almost two fingers. It falls back to a thin cover, leaving a nice pattern of lace behind.

Aroma - good roasted malt, fresh coffee aromas. Holds good intensity as the beer set up.

Taste - dark roasted malt, this one is all grain. Very roasty with an aftertaste of char on the swallow. A tasty burnt flavor that I normally don't go for, but for whatever the reason it blends in very well here. A lengthy aftertaste, maintaining its burnt grain character.

Mouthfeel - carbonation is crisp but dulled through the solid body.

Drinkability - one of the better porters I've had in a while. More a colder weather kind of beer, I bet it's be good with some ribs or anything off the grill.

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Photo of jucifer1818
4.37/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Still a bit too light for my taste, committing closer to a dark brown ale than a porter
Smell: Rich intense chocolate
Taste: Excellent. Where the beer really shines. Right moca, chocolate, coffee, no off flavors
Would go well with ice cream

Mouthfeel: fairly full, but Id prefer something heavier

Overall: this is what Rogue Moca porter SHOULD had been, and it is by far one of the best normal porters Ive ever tasted with not too much smokyness or roasted barley to bog down its flavors.

If you can get it get it. You wont be dissipoitned by this excellent brewery

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Photo of charlesw
4.35/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Fours, straight up. What can I say? I don't think it typical for a porter to have quite this profile - but it's still good. But, hey, like, what am I talking about? Well. Uh. Beer. What are you talking about? Anyway, yeah. Southern Tier Porter. Nice. Looks like a good porter. Smells like a good porter. Tastes close to a porter with perhaps a little more emphasis on the caramel flavors and a touch less of the chocolate and coffee. Nicely sweet and with a slightly heavier body than typical, as well. Good stuff!

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Photo of Axic10
4.35/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a growler I purchased at the brewery into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a dark brownish black with a finger or two of khaki colored head that settles after a few minutes.

Smell: Coffee, roasted/burnt malt and chocolate.

Taste: Coffee, dark chocolate, roasted malt.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied and very smooth.

Drinkability: One of my oldest favorites from Southern Tier. A very nice porter.

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Photo of EatsTacos
4.35/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very dark brown, like black coffee with a hint of ruby. The head is thin and small

Aroma of chocolate wafer cookies, coffee beans, mocha, chocolate ice cream, and peppery spice

This beer is much more about flavour than nose. A lot of classic coffee and chocolate notes dominate. The sweetness is milky and somewhat sugary but this beer is very well balanced and the bittering hops are perfectly measured for my palate.

Light bodied and thin, with a very smooth carbonation. This beer might be a very good take at an English porter, I'm not sure its necessarily 'American'

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Photo of SixpointJMH
4.33/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

i quite enjoyed this one, moreso than i would have expected from the reviews of it thusfar (though not scathing, it seems most find this one to be fairly average). it pours a lovely dark, dark brown/ruby colour with a decent sized (yet only moderately sticky) off white head. the smell is of roasted, burnt malt, earth, and a touch of semi sweet chocolate with a hint of coffee somewhere. good but a bit thin, though it should be so (i think) for a porter. the flavour is a mixture of roasted malt, smoked bitterness, toasted bread, etc. and, again, remains thin, but thick enough to hold it's own. i liked that this one doesn't try to go big and pose as a stout. it's flavourful and definitely easy to drink. recommended.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.33/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Track 84 in Warwick, RI, served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark black color, with a short tan head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The smell is of coffee and roasted malt and a little bit of hops.

T: The taste mainly consists of a smoky coffee flavor and good amount of hops for the style. The after-taste is sweet & hoppy.

M: Very smooth, quite crisp for the style, medium-to-heavy body, light-to-medium carbonation, very clean finish.

D: Very tasty, not as filling as you would expect a porter to be, goes down very easily, one of the better porters that I’ve had.

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Photo of erosier
4.32/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a really dark brown/black with a tall and medium light tan colored head. It has a really nice aroma of dark roasted malts and hints of sweet chocolate in the aroma. The taste is excellent for a porter. Deep roasted malts layered with some really nice chocolate aftertaste. It is a really smooth and fresh tasting porter. The drinkability is very good as I would have a few of these before the night is over. It is a really good porter and I recommend trying this one.

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Photo of GnomeKing
4.3/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Roasted, slightly dry, crisp, with the hops coming through as stongly as the chocolate malt flavor--maybe even more strongly. It's also mildly smoky. There are many flavors that come though boldly, yet the beer is very drinkable because the flavors are pitched perfectly and well balanced.

The color is as dark brown as you get without being black. There's moderate lacing and there was only a little bit of head, which disappeared quickly.

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Photo of mattcrill
4.3/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Cola brown pour that becomes dense black in the snifter. A wispy tan head develops and then quickly fade to a vein of a white ring around the glass. No carbonation noted in the body.

Smell: An earthy combination of cocoa, mocha, espresso, and just a tinge of some hop bitterness.

Taste: A delicate balance of malt sweetness with some coffee/roasted bitterness. Maybe just a hint of smokiness in the background with some lingering and soft hop bitterness at the end.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and lively carbonation.

Drinkability: Very enjoyable. Perfect with the snowy weather. I picked up the STBC sampler pack. This is a fine brewery and I look forward to trying/reviewing their other beers.

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Photo of nickfl
4.3/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours with one finger of medium brown foam on top of an opaque, black body with just a hint of amber showing through. The head settles at a moderate pace and leaves decent lace.

S - Soft, malty notes of bread and caramel with a hint of darker molasses. Some light roasted notes in the background, more chocolate than coffee.

T - Caramel and molasses up front with some dark bread character. More molasses in the middle as well as a swelling note of rich, dark chocolate. The beer finishes with more of the thick, sweet chocolate and bready malt as well as light hop bitterness and some pine hop flavor that compliments the chocolate surprisingly well.

M - Medium-thick body, moderate carbonation, and a sweet finish.

D - Very drinkable and well balanced, this could really pass as a chocolate porter with all of its intense, chocolate roast character. The chocolate dominates the flavor, but there are also notes of caramel, molasses, and a hint of licorice to keep things interesting. Quite nice, I passed by this beer on the store shelves quite a few times before I finally decided to give it a try, and I am pleasantly surprised to find that it deserves more attention than I gave it.

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Photo of jimbotrost
4.27/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased 3/04 and sampled 8/04 (notes). Pours a deep brown with ruby highlights, very nice. Creamy head is full and carbonation is medium, nice for style. Nose is excellent with roastiness and hints of chocolate. Dry coffee flavor and a chalky mouthfeel. Finish is even more stout like, but is a great brown porter.

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Photo of mdagnew
4.25/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

355ml bottle bought online from Mybrewerytap.com

Poured a deep dark burgundy red / almost completely black colour... Dirty tan head poured very fairly thick and foamy with a meringue like top.. this faded slowly to good one finger covering... some decent lacing clings to the glass throughout...

Aroma - Lots of good strong roasted bready malts mixed with strong biscuit notes... butterscotch, good roasted nuttiness, dark brown sugar / molasses sweetness, light fruits (blackcurrents, apples, prunes), earthy, some sooty traces...

Taste - Pretty much as above.. hops more noticeable - some grassy and peppery notes... good bitterness coming through from the roasted malts...

Feel - Sharp and dry with a little creaminess underneath... medium bodied... at 5.2% this is a very drinkable brew...

Overall - A supremely well balanced porter... definitely recommended...

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Photo of Durge
4.25/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

An aroma that will get your taste buds turning. Thick maltiness with each whiff. The first mouthful struck me as surprisingly mild, but with an immediate charcoal quality that spreads right to the back of your mouth and down the gullet with ease. This struck me as a very drinkable, year round sort of brew. It has that chewiness of a good porter but not the strength of most, which suits my tastes very well. Smooth, easy drinking, flavorful.

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