Porter | Southern Tier Brewing Company

997 Ratings

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

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

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4/5  rDev +8.7%

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4/5  rDev +8.7%

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4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of tzieser
2.9/5  rDev -21.2%
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 bacher468
3/5  rDev -18.5%

Photo of DoctorB2B
4/5  rDev +8.7%

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4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of jeffthepony
3/5  rDev -18.5%

Photo of jtierney89
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a dark and bubbly amber/brown with a thin lace of head that fades quickly. Smells heavily of roasted malts with hints of smoke and chocolate. Medium to full in body in body but with high carbonation. Flavors of chocolate, caramel, coffee and wood but with a burnt characteristic. Mild piney hop presence on the back end. Very well balanced with nicely blended flavors. More than drinkable. Finishes smooth with a mild coffee bitterness.

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Photo of Burt
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of Immortale25
4.03/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into an Evolution Brewing pint glass. No readable freshness date.

A- Pours a completely opaque black with almost a 1/4 inch head that slowly drops down to usual surface bubbles. Not so much lacing.

S- Has immediate strong chocolate notes with alcohol fumes heavy in the delivery which is kind of odd considering this is only supposed to be 5.2%. Roasty as hell.

T- Lots of malty flavor upfront that fades nicely off the palate. Usually porters just make me wish I was drinking a stout instead, but this one is definitely an exception. The 5 different types of malt seem to mingle with one another in harmony since there is a very defined roasty beginning but goes down so smooth with very little bitterness and no metallic taste. Could be a little stronger given how flavorful it is, which is usually Southern Tier's M.O.

M- Thicker and darker than most porters but is very deceiving since it slides down so nicely. Medium carbonation. Robust indeed as the label says.

O- A super solid porter. Score one more for the Tier.

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Photo of mikennat
4/5  rDev +8.7%

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4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of mater
2.5/5  rDev -32.1%

Photo of wvsabbath
3.65/5  rDev -0.8%
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 rinhaak
3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a Sam's Perfect Pint glass.

Pours a dark reddish-black with a white, one fingered head.

The nose is very sweet: lots of sweet malt, overripe fruit, and cola.

The taste is well done: a nice balance of coffee grounds, burnt/bittersweet chocolate, cherry, peach, and hops.

Overall a pleasant porter that is quite drinkable. Not an extraordinary beer, but nicely made.

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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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3.73/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle sampled on October 23, 2011. The pour is dark brown with flickers of ruby in the light. The head is minimal but long lasting. Nice dark malts in the aroma with a bit of coffee but more to the malts. The body falls into the medium range but there is a creamy, milky texture too. The taste tends to highlight the malts with a low bitterness in the hops toward the end. A pleasing and mellow Porter.

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3.77/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Not that dark, when pouring you can see through the brown color, one finger head.

S-Roasted malt dominates with some chocolate and coffee.

T-Full of roasted malt the chocolate and coffee sneek in as well. Decent hop finish as well.

M-Creamy, medium bodied walks the fine line between carbonate and flat finish.

O-A decent porter, the hop presence was nice but mainly dominated by the roasted malt.

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Photo of soju6
3.83/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark brown color with ruby hues around the edge. Small tan head with nice lacing.

S: Aroma of dark chocolate, burnt coffee and a hint of smoke.

T: Has a flavor of dark chocolate, some coffee and trace of smoke.. Nice mild bitterness and a dry finish.

F: Body is a bit light, smoth and somewhat creamy. Needs a bit more character to be robust.

O: Easy drinker, nice middle of the road Porter. Worth a try. Another solid beer from Southern Tier.

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Photo of azorie
3.83/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a: poured into a mug, nice dark black with tan head about 1/3 of a inch, not much lacing.

s: slightly smokey, hints of dark burnt chocolate, slight hoppy hint there. Not sure as usual I got a sinus problem. Seems nice to me though.

T: nice rich dark chocolate and bitter coffee bite. Had some hop bitterness a first but as it warmed that disappeared. tastes good to me. a tad chalky. malt is slightly smoky in the background that is well balanced. semi rich

m: a bit thin for my liking. Low carbonation, low to medium body.
easy to drink though.

O: good decent porter. say 5.8% ABV, not sure if beer is changed or OP got it wrong. good porter.

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Photo of enfield249
2.9/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - Deep ruby red/brown in color. Clear as a bell, and a thin head of mocha colored foam.

S - Very faint, but dark fruit, slight roast, mostly just a malty sweetness.

T - Pretty much the same as the smell. The primary flavor here is the roast/chocolate flavors, and not much of the fruityness. Not overly sweet.

M - Clean. A little too clean for a porter. You can still taste it after a minute or so, but only slightly.

O - Maybe I am just spoiled with big, complex porters, but this one just didn't do it for me. Seemed kinda boring.

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Photo of TippySelenoid
3.7/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass.

This beer is a transparent dark ruby in color, not quite black. Tan lacing for a head.

It has a malty aroma, with a little bit of astringency.

Has a roasted flavor. Some dried fruit/raisin flavors and malts as well. It's a kinda bitter beer, but not at all in a bad way.

It has a medium body with slight carbonation.

I like this beer. It's bitter but wholly drinkable. This is a very sessionable beer.

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Photo of far333
4.08/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Low head of frothy white foam that settles out quickly gives way to a reddish brown with ruddy edges. Aroma of rich dark malt and faint cocoa. Rich flavors of roasted malt, cocoa and leather, hints of root beer, a mild cherry twang, subtle oak and smoke, some licorice. Lots of interesting flavors. Moderate mouthfeel, even carbonation, finishes a bit tannic and powdery. Tasty beer, but I agree with others who say it leans more toward English than American/robust.

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

Southern Tier played it safe with this beer, but that is not always a bad thing. There is room in the beer world for a nice, straight-forward porter. Up front mild but adequate roasted malt flavor with medium mouthfeel - nothing over-roasted. Acidity was well-balanced, as it seems many porters stray into an astringency. Hopping plays second fiddle to the malt, which seems to place this beer more in the English porter realm than the more aggressive American Porter (remember when we called it "robust porter?").

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Porter from Southern Tier Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.68 out of 5 with 997 ratings
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