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 ybnorml
3.58/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A dark brown beer with mahogony highlights. Has a big foamy light brown head and a little bit of lace. The aroma starts out with a strong coffee character. Followed by a nice chocolate note. A roasted malt bitterness smoothly covers your tongue with bittersweet chocolate notes and a hint of charcoal.

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Photo of Hagbard
3.47/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

No visible date on the bottle, but it does inform you that the contents are dark. Indeed, it pours a very dark brown, almost black. There are ruby highlights at the bottom of the glass. There is a very thin tan head that fades quickly to a film. The nose is full of smooth and soft dark malts, which combine to impart a chocolatey aroma with a nice malt backbone. There are no hops discernible. The taste is very smooth. Chocolate undertones with an almost nutty aspect. Not much of a hop presence. It has a fairly nice malty base going on. The first real misstep is in the finish where there is a noticeable metallic element. Other than that, this is a fairly nice, if a bit simple, porter. The mouthfeel is appropriate. The drinkability is good, but would be better without the metallic bit in the finish. I enjoyed this offering.

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Photo of Jredner
4.08/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma is full of chocolate malt, cream and miniscule hints of vanilla. Deep black with a thumb thick tan head. Fore is roasty chocolate malts, cocoa, sweet cream, light coffee notes and a hint of nougat. Very nice mouthfeel that is perfectly to syle. A well done porter.

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Photo of orfeu
3.15/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dark brown with slightly garnet see-thru highlights. Cola-like carbonation and a thin beige foam cap, somewhat sticky lacing. Roasted malt aromas with a sweet, burnt chocolate predominating. A few hops show up as well. These hops are much more present in the taste, and it's a less than pleasant experience at first: mostly grassy earthy flavors over a thin-to-medium-bodied chocolate and roasted coffee malt base. Mouthfeel is much waterier than I care for. The aftertaste is the most characteristically "porter-like" aspect, revealing the balance of malt and hops that the actual taste doesn't achieve. Not my favorite from Southern Tier.

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Photo of fretlessman71
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pertinent Preliminary Comments: Thanks to Chris St. Mary for providing this for me. Never heard anything about them, so not much to tell here.

APPEARANCE: Translucent ruby brown when held to light. Tan head doesn’t have much staying power, but the lacing is excellent.

AROMA: Dark fruit, dark chocolate, and coffee with cream. Must be a touch of hops in there as well.

FLAVOR: Ahh, good bitterness right off the bat. It’s nice to see the occasional porter with hop character. Flavor is chocolate milk and roasted malt, with maybe a touch of fig and a bit of cold coffee grounds as well. Clean bitter finish; makes you want another sip. Very nice.

MOUTHFEEL: A little thin; carbonation too.

DRINKABILITY: Pretty good – at 5.2% ABV, I could get away with having a few of these and I probably wouldn’t get bored. Sure goes down easy.

OVERALL COMMENTS: This is a good, solid porter – don’t see enough of these anymore. Could use a little more body. Gonna have to keep an eye out for Southern Tier brews from now on – if this is any indication, the rest of their lineup ought to be pretty darn good as well.

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Photo of Ricochet
3.55/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Black, poured with little head, but there is a brown overtone. Decent.

S: Like chocolate milk? This was really an unusual scent, but that was how it first smelled when it was poured. Deep chocolate, sweet like a milk stout, but this was the first beer I've ever had that reaction too.

M: Thinner than most, like a stout. The bitterness was very nice and it left a stong coffee feel as it went down.

T: Coffee. Chocolate. Burnt malt. Hops bitterness. It really seemed like a milk stout moreso than a porter. Decent for a porter but not quite there.

D: Price/Taste was pretty good, but I'd rather get the Ale from Southern Tier, a lot better in the style.

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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 jp32
3.68/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours nearly pitch black in color. Some mahogany tones seep through when held to the light. The head retention is tan and foamy.

Smell is malty and I also notice the floral hops being quite pronounced in the aroma. Maybe a bit much so for a porter. Also add a little coffee and a little brown sugar. A nice smelling brew.

The taste is flat. Not flat as in carbonation wise, but flat as in lack of flavor. Very malty, but not much else. Kind of boring tasting, I would expect more from a good porter. It doesnt taste bad by any means, just not too exciting. Its begging for some type of kick or bitterness.

Mouthfeel is smooth. Maybe too much energy spent on making this a smooth and easy-drinking beer than on making it a robust, multi-dimensional tasting one.

Drinkability is fine. I'd easily suck down a few more if I had them on hand... but there's other porters I'll pick up over this one next time.

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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 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 nlmartin
3.45/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a pub glass.

Appearance: Pours black in the glass with a somewhat ruby opaqueness. The head was a short lived cola colored inch and half. Lace trails remain behind on the glass.

Smell: Smells of roasted coffee and carmel malts.

Taste: Slightly smokey charred coffee and chocolate make themselves known.

Mouthfeel: This is a light to meduim bodied beer.

Drinkability: This is a very drinkable beer. The lightness of the beer helps the smokey charred flavors go down.

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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 Dewey0603
3.64/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown with a large creamy head.The smell is a little weak.I could detect some coffee and chocolate,but it's pretty slight.This tastes almost like a chocolate stout.The flavor of chocolate is very pronounced and with a little bit of coffee,make this a very tasty beer indeed.The m/f is a little less than I like in a porter,but not bad.All in all,you really can't go wrong with this beer,if you see it,pick it up.

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Photo of amstelcat
3.85/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured into the glass leaving a half inch of dirty white foam but left a nice bit of lacing as the beer was consumed. Aroma seemed like sweet black coffee. Color is a very dark brown. Tasted some burnt toast and toffee flavors but didn't leave a lingering after taste like some porters. Felt good and rich going down. A very drinkable, but not quite memorable porter.

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Photo of Onceeven
4.05/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Nearly black, with a frothy 'chino colored head. When held up to the light it reveals a hazy scarlet secret. Yes.

Smell: This beer smells creamy, if that is possible. Smooth coffee scent, milk, cold cappuccino, bitter malt, but not in a offensive way. Lovely. Delish.

Mouthfeel: Feels a bit light, but certainly creamy. And now for something competely different.

Taste: Roasted malt and hops come through. I have a tough time tasting the hops in porters and stouts, but they're there. Great taste, relatively complex and hard to put into words.

Drinkability: Immensely drinkable, session brew material. Not too heavy, but packed with flavor. Try it.

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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 LucaBrasi
3.89/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a constant in my fridge so I had it on tap this evening. The appearance is a deep brown this time with a minimal head. The smell is still of burnt chocolate and carmel. The taste had coffee flavor and hints of chocolate but seemed bitterer than out of the bottle. The mouthfeel is still nice and smooth with light carbonation and even though with the extra bitterness it’s still a highly drinkable beer. Perhaps it was a fluke thing. Who knows. Either way this is still a top porter on my list.

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Photo of LuckySevens82
3.92/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle coutesy of PintofAle.
Pours a deep brown with almost no head. There is a bit of tan lacing on the top of the beer however.
Smell is roasted malts, a bit of coffee, and a lot of chocolate.
Taste is pretty similar to the aroma. Coffee is punched up a bit, and the chocolate from the aroma is a bit less than I would have imagined, but still present. Bitter hops come in and balance this pretty sweet beer out very well.
Mouthfeel is a bit thin. The carbonation is fine though.
Overall, a very drinkable and good beer. A good session beer and one that I would return to from time to time were I able to find it.

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Photo of RonfromJersey
3.85/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Black with ruby highlights, topped by two inch slab of level tan head. Good lacing quickly evident.

Rich dark chocolate and coffee aroma. Sweet and inviting.

Taste features coffee and chocolate, with just a subtle nip of hops around the edges. There's also a sort of bland deadspot in the middle of everything, not something that tastes wrong, just like the beer goes missing for an instant. Weird idea, I know, but that's the impression.

Mouthfeel is ok, could be a little thicker and still be safely short from stout territory. Easy drinkability. A throw-a-few-back porter.

A nice, easy going beer. Not bad, won't rock your world.

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Photo of riversider76
4.02/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a rich brown. Roasted, creamy smell that is plesant. Good head,and lots of lace. Light to medium mouth feel. Tastes great.Full flavor, with a little bite. Not bitter, and no bad after taste. For a dark beer it's refreshing. You could easily have more than one or two! I liked this beer a lot. Give it a try!

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Photo of goodbyeohio
2.06/5  rDev -44%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

probably the black sheep of this 12-pack.

dark but clear beer with a brownish ruby hue. thick 1-finger foam with random sized bubbles on the surface. attractive. leaves a spiderweb of lacing in its wake. smell contains mild coffee and lactose notes. bitter flavors are primarily chalky and unfortunately dominant. creamed coffee follows through to the aftertaste, but can only be enjoyed once the beer is long gone down the chute. light body and very noticeably in possession of the same 'southern tier hop/malt profile' that taints the tripel. a mess of a beer, drinkable for its lightness.. as long as you enjoy eating dirt.

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Photo of tgbljb
3.97/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

purchased as part of mixed twelve pack.
poured a very deep brown color with off-white puffy head. smell is of roasted malt and coffee. Taste is of coffee and roasted malt with dry textures. Aftertaste leaves a nice dryness that beckons for more. A first class brew.

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Photo of Naes
4.2/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The appearance is black with reddish hues around the edges. It has a large frothy head which is light tan and quite sticky, that laces well. There is also a good amount of carbonation that sticks to the side of the glass.

The smell is of roasted malt with hints of coffee and a little bit of chocolate hides in there as well.

It tastes of bitter chocolate and coffee. The aftertaste makes way for the roasted malt (not as present as the aroma suggests) and a slight presence of hops. Overall, it is a wonderfully blended flavor.

Its mouth feel is smooth, medium bodied and nicely carbonated.

This one is a highly drinkable porter. If you dig the porters, I highly suggest this one.

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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 twelvsies
3.15/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appears a little lighter and a litter more clear than your typical porter, but still dark brown. Not that all porters have to adhere strictly to the usual style characteristics (dark, malty, robust, to name a few) but this just seemed to come up short in my opinion. Taste had a nice singed malt taste, but there was also an odd rootbeer flavoring that I wasn't interested in. Also, this was way more carbonated than I think a porter should be. Didn't really want to drink more after one. Plenty of better porters out there, but don't forget about the other good brews that Southern Tier puts out.

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