Porter | Southern Tier Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Southern Tier Brewing Company
New York, United States
southerntierbrewing.com

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:
438
Ratings:
989
Avg:
3.68
pDev:
11.68%
 
 
Wants:
25
Gots:
127
For Trade:
0
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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 utopiajane
4.03/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours opaque but clear. Very dark brown.Thin head of tan foam that fell quickly but left lace. Nose is shy but malty and rich. Caramel and bread crust. Good roast taste, nothing burnt. Robust, smooth but with a slight edge to it. Medium mouthfeel, slightly chewy. Perfect carbonation, light hop bitter for balance and a touch of herbal at the swallow.

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Photo of Oldejoe
4.04/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look. Good rich dark mahogany, nice light tan medium head.
Smell. Beery, maybe a bit of chocolate, slightly to the crisp hop side.
Taste. Toasty, puckery, dry, some hidden malts.
Mouthfeel. Medium body, good sparkle, little, bit of puckerchew and dry hops at the end.
Overall. I prefer a heavier body and more malt character, but OK as a dry porter.

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Photo of bassboneman
3.44/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

L=dark, oily brown/black
S= Malty chocolate
T=thin bitter chocolate, malt is not very prominent - a slight finish of sour lemony/grapefruit...
F= not a very lingering feel at all. Vapid and thin.
O= despite not being a very memorable porter - it isnt bad and would certainly get it again.

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Photo of Mooslerfitness
3.33/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

L: black like rootbeer 2 finger dirty off wite head lots of lacing
S:chocolate not much else
T: little chocolate and hop at end little carbonation
F:pretty creamy
O: for OkAy not bad but wont buy again

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Photo of microbrewlover
4.14/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This brew pours a solid black with a two finger tan head which lasts for a while and some of it remains on top until the end. Good lacing and carbonation.

The smell is chocolate malts and some spicy hops. Dried fruits and nuts and a woody earthy smell.

The taste follows the nose mostly follows the nose with chocolate malts and some very slightly roasted and sweet malts. There is the dried fruit and nuts taste there but their taste is weak and barely noticeable. There are some mild spicy hops on the back end. The feel is somewhat creamy.

Overall, this is another winner from Southern Tier. It is not as bitter, full of coffee or chocolate other porters but it is very smooth.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
3.92/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark brown color with 2 fingers of head that fades down to a small cap

S: Dark fruits and roasted malt stands out the most, with hints of dark chocolate and coffee in the back

T: Follows the nose. Starts off with the roast and a bit of coffee, and goes into the semi-sweet dark chocolate and dark fruit notes. Very lightly bitter towards the end

M: Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation

O: A solid porter with a good balance between the roast and dark fruits. Very easy to drink, and an under-looked beer for being under $9 a 6-pack

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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 ryan1788a5
3.74/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a small snifter.

A: Very dark brown.mclarity appears to be good. Creamy khaki-colored head retains at a half inch in height. Spotty lacing.

S: Tootsie rolls, chocolate-caramel chews, iced coffee, molasses, light whiffs of roasted malts. A touch leathery and figgy.

T: Bakers chocolate, roasted malts, good dose of charcoal, lightly acidic, black coffee, grassy/herbal hop oils, flash of citrus. Bakers chocolate, char, and fading roasted malt acidity on the finish.

M: Medium bodied with a light creaminess. Smooth and satiny. Light prickling carbonation.

O: More acrid than the nose suggests. A very no-frills porter. Drinkable and serviceable enough, but it doesn't stand out too much.

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Photo of MrIncognito
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

A solid porter but just not quite as bold and rich as I would like. Mouthfeel was a little on the thin side and there was not a whole lot in terms of finish in the flavor. Notes of coffee and chocolate throughout with a light smokiness. Just wish all those flavors had been more robust and bold.

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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 Roxie_B
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Looks: Opaque and deep dark brown, nearly black. Half finger of tan head.
Smell: Dark roasted malts, a bit acrid for a porter. Coffee, light weight in the aromatics department.
Taste: Sweet and bright. Coffee, lactic acid citrusy hops that put me in mind of mandarin oranges.
Mouthfeel: Bright and bubbly if a bit aqueous. A bit of a sting on the back end.
Overall: Drinkable and refreshing.

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Photo of gonzo000
3.49/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A. Dark brown in color. Can see through if held up to light. One finger tan head that disappears quickly.

s. strong smell of burnt malt

t. Fine malt taste. Nothing special, nothing negative to say. Good flavor.

m. There is too much carbonation in this beer. Hard to get over the bubbly feeling.

o. Good beer. This porter would work well for warm days, as it is a bit lighter.

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Photo of Jetulio
4.06/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

355 ml. bottle poured into a Snifter glass

Appearance... Black beer with foamy head colour beige of one finger aprox not lasting, a thin ring last until the end

Aroma...   Llittle touch of malt and a strong chocolate aroma

Taste... Some tea and pine notes and then hop , touch of bitterness lasting in mouth

Mouthfeel... medium/full body and soft carbonation

Overall... a very recomendable porter, a chocolate predominance with style.

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Photo of damndirtyape
3.55/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle (bottled on 01/28/14) served in a libby globe porter/stoue glass.

Appearance: Very dark brown to black on the table, cola brown with some ruby red highlights when held up to the light. Thin light tan head upon pouring died back quickly to form a thin ring only. Some small strands of lacing.

Smell: Some roasted malts and dark roast coffee. With a swirl, a definite metallic tang that then takes on some citrus notes.

Taste: A bit of sweetness having a bit of faint milk chocolate flavor. The sweetness quickly passes and then more bitter flavors arrive including pine, strong tea, citrus peel, copper, and roasted malt.

Mouthfeel: Highly carbonated, approaching fizzy. Some smoothness and thickness under all the carbonation, but it's disturbed by the high carbonation. However, the carbonation does scrub the teeth and palate clean.

Overall / Drinkability: Hmmm....I wonder if this one is just past due with a bottling date of January. Still, there was an emphasis on robust and compared to many Southern Tier dark beers that I've had which are malt bombs, this is at the other end of the spectrum. Definitely a bitter brew, and perhaps a bit lopsided towards bitterness rather than "robust" as described on the label. It got better as it warmed up, but only so much. I may try again with a newer bottle and see if it gets more balanced or any better.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.65/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a deep brown color with a huge billowy brown tinted head. The head has a great level of retention, slowly fading to leave a moderate level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the beer is heaviest of a roasted malt smell with a rather strong showing of a caramel and toffee sweetness. Some other darker aromas of a light cocoa and a bit of cola are there along with some light dark fruit aromas of raisin. Some light coffee and a little bit of smoke round out the smell and while overall the aroma is somewhat complex, the aromas don’t really necessarily meld all that well together.

Taste – The taste begins thinner and somewhat more dry with a roasted malt flavor with some hints of caramel and toffee upfront. While it starts out weaker, the roasted flavors get stronger and stronger as the taste advances along with the caramel and toffee getting stronger as well. While the roasted and sweet get stronger a bitter coffee flavor begins working its way onto the tongue with some other flavors of a cocoa nature coming as well. The coffee remains rather light until the very end where it is met with some mild hoppy aromas of an earthy and herbal nature, which seem to accentuate the strength and bitterness of the coffee. With the slightly bitter nature of the coffee and hop and with the caramel dwindling a bit and a light bit of raisin coming to the tongue, one is left with a somewhat drier (for a porter) and slightly bitter but quite enjoyable roasted flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is very thin for a porter with a carbonation level that is rather average for a porter. The moderateness of the carbonation is rather nice for the roasted, sweet, and bitter coffee flavors, but with that said a thicker body would have created a much nicer medium and mouthfeel for this brew overall.

Overall – The look and taste of the brew are really fantastic. If it wasn’t for the lackluster smell and feel this could easily be a top class year round porter. Overall it is well worth a try though if you get a chance.

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Photo of Grugalug
3.77/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a pint glass.

A-It is a very dark ruby red with a half finger of off-white head. The head lingers a bit, and leaves quite a bit of really attractive lacing. Very few bubbles rising to the top. Looks quite nice.

S-Big malt presence. Quite a bit of caramel and a bit of toffee as well, which surprised me. No coffee or chocolate that I can detect. A really nice sweet malt aroma, but just the slightest bit of roasted malt. No hop character in the nose. Overall smells quite inviting.

T-Very satisfying. Where there was virtually no coffee on the nose, coffee-like bitterness is quite present and very nice. Hop bitterness is also present and is a great balance to the caramel-like sweetness. Again, no chocolate that I can detect but nonetheless very nice.

M-Lower levels of carbonation make this beer feel substantial. Certainly not chewy, but nice and just a nice amount of body.

O-A very nice example of the American take on the porter. While porters are not terribly bitter, they can be a bit intimidating to the newcomer. This would probably be a great choice for someone just getting their feet wet, and it is definitely complex enough to satisfy someone craving something with some complexity. Very nice.

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Photo of SLeffler27
3.42/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A half-inch, creamy, light chestnut head slowly drops a fine coating of lacing on a Dogfish Head snifter. Silky dark brown (SRM 33) to very dark brown is essentially black in the glass.

Dark roasted coffee dominates, yet acerbic detergent cannot be dismissed. Warmth does bring out a light aroma of baker’s chocolate.

This Porter opens with roasted malt and coffee grinds. Sweetness does keep the roasted flavors in check, while the finish repeats several times with deep roasted bitterness. Warming brings out light hop bitterness and flavors, such as grapefruit and pine resin.

A medium body is lifted by prickly carbonation while the alcohol is more prominent than expected. This beer is somewhat astringent with a course texture that approximates brushed wool.

This porter is best paired with food, probably something sweeter, such as Kansas City BBQ ribs.

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Photo of Emnmarko
3.26/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Bottled 4/26/13. Enjoyed 3/10/14

A- Dark and clear with a red hue. A one finger head dissipates almost immediately.

S- Dark roasted malts, dark fruits and a hop backbone. Smells quite good.

T- Well this is disappointing. This has the making for an impressive brew but someone fell asleep at the helm. Your typical porter flavor with a heaping helping of water. Completely underwhelming. Too bad.

M- A little light per style. A little watered down here too.

O- Ok at best. Probably the worst porter I've tried. Not my typical response to a southern tier brew and that's unfortunate. No flavor, no body. Oh well they still get my business for their IPA selections.

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Photo of Mojo
4.04/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle -> Dogfish Head glass

A - deep obsidian black with a one finger light brown head, fairly decent retention and lacing

S - weaker nose than I expected. Mostly coffee and chocolate and maybe an earthy note

T - lots of notes present here, caramel, coffee, chocolate, roasted nuts, molasses, black licorice, and a slight smoky flavor.

M - full and satisfying

O - a little less roasted than Smuttynose robust porter but probably better balanced.

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Photo of FLima
3.63/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Very dark brown color with a thin beige head with low retention.
Roast and lightly smoked aroma with notes of coffee and chocolate.
Flavor of coffee, earthy hops, roasted and smoked malts, vanilla, caramel, cocoa, nuts and wood. Very dry aftertaste with a residual roasted and woody notes.
Light body with appropriate carbonation and slightly acid.
Decent Porter, very enjoyable with very present coffee notes. It is a flavorful brew with medium complexity, but not really robust as the label says and not with a unique taste.

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Photo of patpbr
3.99/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a deep black with a tan head.
S - Roasted, Coffee, Chocolate
T - Follows the nose with a strong malts, coffee, chocolate, hints of vanilla and hops.
M - Medium body with a semi bitter bite.
O - A good porter but is lacking some bold characteristics.

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Photo of Flounder57
3.94/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle was poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: This beer poured a small mocha head that reduced to a thin layer. It is a pitch black color with no clarity or bubbles seen coming up through the glass. Spotty lacing as the beer was drank too.

Smell: Roasty, molasses, caramel, smoke, chocolate, and molasses.

Taste: Smoky, molasses, chocolate, roasty, caramel, stale, a little sour, and caramel.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, full bodied, medium carbonation, smoky bitterness, and very drinkable.

Overall: Pretty enjoyable and delicious porter. These guys seem to do everything solid. More please.

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Photo of delta490
3.41/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A- poured a deep brown, clear in certain light. A light tan head is present at the beginning and quickly fades, leaving every so slight bits of lacing

S- deep roasted notes of coffee with hints of alcohol

T- roasted malt dominates, but there is little subtlety. It's good, but not great.

M- a little thinner, even slightly watery

O- There are definitely some good parts of this beer and worth trying to add to a collection. But not the absolute best porter I've ever had.

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Photo of mitch3114
3.55/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into snifter glass.

Very fresh bottle. Brewed 09/04/13. Less than a month! I really like the date stamp on the bottle. Very simple and easy to read. Other breweries should follow ST's lead on this...

A-looks like a typical porter. The color is a little lighter than I expected. It was a dark brown on the pour. When it settled it was a little darker. It ended up being a dark brownish black. The head looked really nice and was about an inch thick. Light tan, thick and stayed around for awhile. Even after 15 minutes there was still a ring around the edge of the glass.

S- This brew smells really nice. It smelled much hoppier than I expected. Chocolate, malt.

T- Bitter from the roasted malt. Just a little hops. Not like the smell. Chocolate. Earthy.

M- Quite thick. Thicker than I expected. Nice mouthfeel.

O- Overall, this beer was ok. I think I was expecting more as I like this brewery a lot. For a porter the smell and the mouthfeel were great, but it just seemed pretty ordinary and not very memorable. In this day and age with so many different breweries sprouting up everywhere, an ok beer from a great brewery doesnt quite cut it-for me anyway. I will never buy this again. However, if I am at a restaurant and it's the only craft, I would get it. But that's not saying much.

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Porter from Southern Tier Brewing Company
3.68 out of 5 based on 989 ratings.
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