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 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 itÂ’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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Photo of sulldaddy
4.06/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I am sampling a room temp bottle in a pint glass.
The beer pours a dark chocolate brown with a 1 cm soft creamy beige head foaming up easily. The head fades very slowly to a sturdy surface layer and leaves tightly packed lacing as it recedes.
Aroma is mild with toffee, roasted malt, a bit of chocolate and some lite grassy hops.
First sip reveals a soft creamy body with prickly carbonation that stings my tongue a little.
Flavor is roasted malt and even a bit of smokiness up front, this gives way to some sweet chocolate and finishes with some coffee mixing with a bit of grassy hops. Slight drying on the finish as well. Overall it is a very easy drinking beer that goes down nicely and is flavorful. A nice porter that I will try again.

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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 NEhophead
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Creamy coffee colored head. Some thin lacing with average strength. Nearly opaque, deep brown in color.

Hazlenut, coffee syrup, espresso, and some dark chocolate. Semi-sweet but also a touch of roasted malt.

Dark chocolate and light espresso/mocha; very creamy and milky. Followed by a mild sweetness, grape and cherry. Very dry hop bitterness. Coffee, hazlenut, and dark chocolate aftertaste.

Full bodied; creamy and milky on the palate. Thin on the palate for the style.

A pretty middle of the road porter. More milky than I'd like or expect from the style.

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

This beer seems to be selling very well locally, in fact there were only two six packs left when I made a Saturday evening stop at the grocery store around the corner. I'd been wanting to try this one since I had it at the Tanglewood fest in the fall, but it never seems to be around. It's my lucky day and at $6.39 the price isn't out of touch.

As I poured I got the whole bottle into the pint glass with a nice brown 1" head, perfect. One thing I noticed about this opaque delight was that it had that cool characteristic, it had legs. I know that's more of a wine term, where there are streams of beer/foam that trail down the inside of the glass and stick. To me it just has a look of quality.

The aroma put off by this porter was reminiscent of mocha chocolate flavors similar to that of a stout, pleasinly matching it's creamy taste. The taste itself was interesting because at first touch in the mouth it came off as slightly bitter, but then went down smooth, weird how it switched over like that.

I mentioned before that I thought it was creamy, and it was, but I would have liked it a bit more if it had a slightly heavier mouth-feel.
This beer went down very smooth, which always amazes those who watch you drink porters or stouts because they all think it looks so heavy. If they only knew, their loss.

As you can tell I liked this beer, which is why I immediately had a second. I'm sure I will sample more in the future, gotta support the local boys!

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Photo of edchef1850
4.15/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I have had this six pack of southern tier porter laying around for a while now and I finally got a chance to taste. I'm glad i finally did. This is a very nice beer, clean dark classic porter look in the pint.Appearance score took a hit because of packaging, some advocates might disagree with this but I feel that packaging of a product certainley sends a message to the drinker, you drink with your eyes first ,after all.That being said Southern Tier does a poor job with it's labeling, very generic and uninspired. This might be by design ,but I dont think it works .Fortunatley whats inside the bottle more than makes up for uninspired branding.The head could have been a little thicker, but ill take the blame for that, with a crumby pour. I like the balance in the mouth, nice toasty hints, some sweetness, yet clean and not overpowering. southern tier does a good job with their beers, and this one is no exception. I would love to try this on tap, as i am always partial to a pint in a pub on tap, it always seems to improve the overall experience.I would suggest this beer to all, it is a pleasant experience, and i'll be finishing thew six pack soon.

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