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

poured into a pilsner glass.

aroma: pleasant chocolate smell

appearance: dark brown to almost black. served cold, slightly less than a pinky of foam. light lacing.

flavor: malty, no notice of hops, no aftertaste. slight booziness on the tongue as it warmed and I let it sit.

mouthfeel: smooth, no noticable carbonation

overall: a tasty beer, something you could enjoy a few of over an evening.

something I would purchase again

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Photo of Kinsman
3.44/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown, almost black body with a semi-sticky light tan colored head. Fades a bit too quick but leaves some lace.

Aroma is chocolately sweet with just a hint of coffee, and even a bit minty from the hops. Not the robust espresso (or burnt coffee) you often find in American Porters but still welcoming.

Sweet chocolates and toffee tell the malts story while a flowery mintiness introduces the hops. I'm used to robust porters with strong up front coffee and roasted barley notes but with ST Porter they sit more on the back burner. It' fine for a nice change of pace from the norm, but I think I like a bit more umphh from my robustness.

Mouthfeel is light but smooth. At 5.2% ABC, this porter is certainly makes a nice "light" desert when something stronger would be too much for your swollen belly.

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

A nice solid Porter, very dark but not quite black. Good head retention that eventually laces the glass nicely. A well balanced tasting brew with a slightly herbal sort of aroma, that I can't quite place or give a name to, nevertheless very pleasing.

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Photo of divineaudio
3.41/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

bottle into a weizen glass.

a - pours a standard dark brown with faint red highlights. a thin cap of tan head rose and fell to a film pretty quickly. few spots of lacing.

s - chocolate covered cherries, root beer, coffee. very unique.

t - roasty and chocolatey with notes of dark fruit and cola. finish is dry and bittersweet. hop character is muted and doesn't really appear until after the finish. unfortunately, there's also a slight plasticky flavor happening as well.

m - full bodied, sticky, medium carbonation.

o - a little disappointed with this offering from southern tier, the other few of their brews i have tried were all pretty damn good. still an decent beer, but there are better examples of the style.

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Photo of mltobin
3.41/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a singe 12 oz bottle of this porter.

Appearance is a very dark brown color with 1/2 inch of head.
The smell is a mix of hazlenut, roasted malts, some spice. It has a taste of coffee, smoke and a small amount of chocolate. MF is medium with bitterness in the finish. It sits for some time on your palate. This is a good porter, but not something that I expect to revisit in the future.

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Photo of horshack7
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Well this beer is black with a tan head that is one finger thick.

Aroma: Lots upon lots of roasted malts, burnt hop notes add to it very nicely. Dark brown very close too pumpernickel notes of caraway seeds. coffee and chocolate round out the rest.

Taste: A solid amount of coffee, roasted malt and hops, dark bread as well. A little bit of carbonation on the palate. Chocolate bits here and there in the finish.

Notes: A well rounded American porter. Cheers.

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Photo of paperbackfoster
3.05/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

This one pours a deep chocolate color, notable for a hint of dark amber around the edges in the light. The carbonation is immediately perceived as low and the head - itself a creamier beige - is more of a ring than a head, as it dissipates before you think twice about it.

On the nose, there's almost a vanilla bean sweetness, with hints of cocoa and dark berries. I don't pick up on any smoke or coffee notes, which I tend to look for at least a little bit in all porters.

The beer has a sharp roast flavor and thin, toffee malt quality. There's a lengthy, acidic bitter finish that hints at far more carbonation than the eye can see. The body carries a bit of the berry from the scent, but it's still a very dry porter. I'm kind of reminded of a pumpernickel bagel.

I think it's the mouthfeel that really gets to me with this beer. It's thin, acidic, with what I can only describe as an inconsistent or incomplete carbonation. The beer appears so flat that I think the acidity is tricking me into feeling carbonation on the tongue. This is much thinner than I want from a porter. It lacks body, and the finish is just too long compared to what came before.

It's certainly not much of what I look for in a porter, but I suppose it hits its mark alright. It's not a heavy beer, and it's on the sweet side rather than the sharp malt bite of comparable stouts. It'd go better paired with a dessert than any entree. As the beer warms up much more, the body fills out a bit, which is good. The berry notes get juicier and the roast profile broadens. But despite it all, this is a porter that missed the mark for me. It feels like an incomplete beer, or even an attempt at another style that fell short and was saved into a porter.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.85/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured out a like a typical porter should, It was black in color and semi-thick looking with a nice brown head on top. The head faded and didn't do a whole lot in way of lacing. The smell of the beer had an earthy roasted aroma to it. The taste of the beer was slightly chocolately and had some burnt flavors going on in there too. The mouthfeel was a little heavier than I expected and it leaves a dry roasted feeling in the aftertaste. Overall not a bad porter, just not my favorite either.

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

12oz bottle at fridge temp poured into an imperial pint glass. DOB-4 29 11 (about 3 1/2 months old). listed as 5.8% ABV on the bottle. thank you ST for finally putting some bottled on dates, hopefully on their 22's as well.

pours out a really dark dark brown, ruby reddish hues when held to the light. 1 finger of light tan colored head, creamy, but faded to just a thin ring after a few minutes. lace is quick to fall back into the beer.

lightly roasted malt with hints of chocolate and coffee. someone previously mentioned a kind of andes mint candy, i definatly get some of that.

some light roasted malt and a bit of toasted grains with some hints of chocolate and coffee. bitter, slightly wierd burnt finish.

lighter body, just a slight touch weak and watery. carbonation may be just a touch too assertive.

i remember absolutly loving this beer when i was first getting in to craft and havent really had it since, now that ive finally come back to it, its just a little disappointing, id pass this up for an edmund fitz anyday, but im not saying i wouldnt drink it again.

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

Really nice looking pour: black with a finger of mocha head that left a skim of crema-like topping after a minute or two. Nice, but short-lived lacing. A quick swirl brings back the nice skim of head right until the end.

Aroma is different for a porter. No strong coffee or chocolate smells, more like an after-dinner chocolate mint.

Flavor is okay. Not as robust as the color promised. The first thing my tongue perceives is a light or weak coffee flavor and then I get some chocolate mint that kind of coats my mouth. It's not a bad sensation by any means, just different. There is some good coffee bitterness in there, and it picks up about half-way through the ale. It's certainly a more complex porter than I anticipated.

The mouth-feel is good for a porter, not too heavy and certainly not watery (which I despise in a porter or stout). The carbonation is good as well, just right actually, and it deserves high marks for that.

Overall, it left a good impression on me. The appearance and mouth-feel are quite impressive. The flavor was not quite as intense as I had hoped for, but it made up for it with complexity. A well crafted and purposeful porter that I would like to try on-tap. Probably not my first choice in a porter, but one that one could grow to like a lot. A must try for anyone who likes porters, like me.

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

12oz. bottle with DOB 4/29/11 printed along the bottom of the bottle in yellow ink. Hats off to ST for making the decision to put dates on their bottles!....and it's easy to see to boot!

Pours black in color, but you can see some reddish-brown hues when it’s held up to the light. One finger beige colored head following a medium pour. Minimal lacing on the sides of the glass.

Smells of roasted barley and dark chocolate with some subtle smokey tones in there as well.

Taste is a nice combination of roasted malts, hops, and that smokiness is coming through adding just enough flavor to help make this a full flavored porter.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, and about what you’d expect for the style. Pretty low carbonation on this one, which suits this beer nicely.

A nice porter overall.

Morey’s Bottom Line: This is good enough that it makes you wish that Southern Tier would lower the alcohol content a bit on some of their other dark beers. Pairs extremely well with Beemster X-O cheese, which is aged for 26 months.

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Photo of Lemke10
3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I bought a single bottle of this from Woodman's in Menomonee Falls, WI for about $1.50 in fall 2010.

Pours a very dark brown/black color. Has a strong scent of cocoa but that's about it. Very good robust taste that really hit the tounge well. Good taste in the rosted malts with a little cocoa and carmel in the mix. Rather smooth and drinks well with almost no after taste. A good dark beer that isn't quite as heavy as a Stout. Was very nicely made only wish the taste stuck around for a bit after the swallow.

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Photo of crewfan16
3.48/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

bought a six-pack of these the other day for something different. I am usually a fan of southern tier's beers, so thought I would try this out.

a- pours a rich dark brown/black with hints of light creeping around the edges. nice creamy, tan head rises up about a half inch, leaves without much lacing.

s- roasted malt, semi-sweet chocolate, coffee, just a hint of hops maybe at the back. nice smell, but nothing above average for a porter

t- taste is similar to the smell, but a little less. roasted malt, some chocolate and coffee. a little bitterness and hops on the back of the palate.

m- this one is a bit too carbonated for my taste. i think it takes away a bit of the flavor and weight. other than that, its very drinkable and tasty.

overall, a nice drinkable porter. Slightly above average. Priced right in my comfort zone at about $9 a six-pack and readily available, so im sure I will reach for it again.

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Photo of ngeunit1
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a rich dark black-brown color with just a bit of light peaking in around the corners. There is a nice finger-plus of tanish head that fades slowly leaving behind some nice lacing.

S - Aroma is a mix of roasted caramel and chocolate malts. There is also some coffee and some milk sweetness thrown into the mix.

T - Starts off with a mix of roasted chocolate and caramel malts. Through the middle the coffee flavor kicks in with a bit of milk sweetness. The finish is a mix of chocolate and coffee flavors that linger nicely.

M - Medium bodied with moderate-low carbonation. The beer feels smooth and creamy. The finish is a mix of sweetness form the chocolate and a bit of coffee bitterness.

D - Very drinkable. The chocolate and coffee are nicely balanced throughout. The creamy mouthfeel is also really great.

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Photo of StoutHunter
2.88/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I picked up a bottle of Southern Tier's Porter last weekend for $1.59 at The Lager Mill. I was looking for a new porter to try so I decided to give this a brew a shot. No visible bottling date. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a imperial pint glass.

A- The label on the beer is pretty plain but the color and font look ok and I like that it tells you how many different types of hops and malts they used. It poured a pretty deep dark brown that looked borderline black till I held it to the light and noticed all the ruby highlights. It had three fingers worth of fluffy off white slightly tan head that died down to a thick layer that stayed the rest of the time and left some spotty lacing.

S- The first thing I pick up are all the roasted malts in this brew that impart a nice balance of black coffee and dark chocolate. The aroma was on the sweet side and had a molasses and brown sugar like smell to it. I couldn't pick up any hops in the aroma. The aroma wasn't as strong and robust as I was expecting, but all the right aromas were there.

T- The flavor is pretty much an exact mirror of the aroma. It starts off with all those medium roasted malts that impart some black coffee and dark chocolate flavors that are not as bold and robust as I would like. I also thought the brown sugar and molasses like sweetness was a little overbearing and a little too sweet for my tastes. This finish was sweet and grainy with virtually no bitterness or hop presence.

M- Smooth and medium bodied, could be just a little thicker to be perfect. The carbonation was on the medium side and was just right for this beer.

Overall I thought this was a pretty average porter. Most of all those nice roasty porter flavors were there, but they weren't as roasty and robust as I would like in a porter. I also didn't like the sweetness in this beer which really hurt it's drinkability. There was no hop presence in this beer and I think that really hurt it. This beer needs to be more robust, less sweet, and have some hop presence to it to balance everything out. I don't think I would buy this again since there are many better local porters that are readily available to me and I can't say I would recommend it to anyone either, there was just too much shit that needs to be fixed with this beer. This was my first review for a Southern Tier beer and I wasn't impressed, I have tried some of their other beers and liked them, so I know they make some good beers, but this wasn't one of them.

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

12-ounce brown glass bottle poured into a stemmed flute. Thanks to Mike Marty and A-B Beverage for the sample!

Pours deep brown, inching towards black but lacking opacity and showing off nice ruby-mahogany highlights around the edges when held to the light. The solid two-fingered light tan head falls away fairly quickly yet with grace, grabbing occasionally at the walls of the glass and leaving behind a few thin rings and legs of lace.

A mild aroma yields notes of baker's chocolate, lightly roasted coffee, fresh earth and hints of sweet cream and herbaceous, earthy hops.

An opening of sweet caramel up front disappears quickly amongst notes of espresso and cacao. A bit of chalk and grassy hops swirl around the middle, mingling with coffee bean and drying the palate a bit before moving into a dry, slightly roasty finish with a lingering hint of dark bittersweet dark chocolate.

Light and deft on the palate, with the dry roastiness begging for another quaff, this is one easy-drinker and a fairly good, entry-worthy representation of the style that is not too complex but just interesting enough. Pair with braised beef, dark chocolate or drop in a scoop of ice cream for a grown-up float.

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Photo of dtivp
3.79/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a deep black with hues of ruby, a one finger tan head, good retention and light lacing.

Aroma was surprisingly weak, notes of smoky roasted malt and hints of coffee.

Taste of roasted malt, smoke and coffee. The coffee leaves a slight after taste.

Moth Feel was medium body with low carbonation. Very smooth and easy drinking.

Overall a good porter, could use a little sweetness for some. balance.

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Photo of kershner23
3.91/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

After having the Pumpking and Creme Brulee, I figured I should try a more traditional style from Southern Tier.

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass, very very dark, when held up to a light you get just the fainted ruby red hue sneaking through the middle.

Smell is not as strong as anticipated. At first, it was very light. Coffee and chocolate. Very pleasant, but from something this dark, I expected it to be stronger.

Tastes like a dark roast coffee. Slight burnt finish to it. Chocolate isn't very prevalent in the taste. A nice lingering coffee flavor.

Light to medium in body. Low carbonation. Easy drinking and goes down smooth..

Overall it is a very good porter. Something I would be most happy to have again. Would be excellent after a meal paired with some chocolate cake or ice cream.

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Photo of zoso1967
3.44/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Southern Tier Porter pours a deep dark rosewood brown that shows some nice garnet highlights when held up to the sun's rays. The head is tan, and though it starts to melt away quickly, a thin layer stubbornly stays on top of the liquid and leaves nice lacing.

The aroma is equal parts sweet and roasty. It is so balanced in fact, that I am not sure which aspect is stronger. Molasses and medium roast coffee are the main aromas present. I also detect dark brown sugar, toffee and some chocolate.

In the flavor the roasty notes are much more prevalent, as are some hop flavors. Dark roasty coffee, bitter cocoa and some grassy hops are held up by a good amount of dark molasses sweetness, a touch of toffee and the slightest hint of nutty character.

The mouthfeel is medium with a subdued amount of carbonation. It has a bit of a watery feel to it that I am not in love with, but the finish is very nice with an enjoyably roasty aftertaste.

ST's porter is a decent beer, but not at all up to par with a lot of other examples. It definitely does not strike me as being "robust" as the label advertises. It is a great deal though and a nice change up from my go to porters from Founders and Bell's

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Photo of cooncat
3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured at fridge temp into my SA glass. Purchased a case of this beer in Erie, Pa. for $30.

A good hard pour produces an almost opaque brew, with a nice wheat bread colored head. The head is foamy in nature, and leaves splashes of lacing on the glass. If you back-light the beer, you can see through it and it is a very deep garnet in color.

The nose is primarily roasted malts, with coffee, chocolate and caramel in the lead. Very little hop presence in the nose, but that is pretty much expected.

The taste is an extention of the nose. Roasted maltiness comes to the fore, with coffee, chocolate and caramel. The hops are very light, and, to my tastes, floral, earthy and piney in nature. Mouthfeel is a solid medium, with a spritely carbonation that refreshes.

Overall impression is that this is a very well balanced and highly drinkable (sessionable) porter. Very easy quaffing, and the light roastiness makes it so. I wanted to compare this offering of Southern Tier, who I hold in high regard, against what I consider the 'gold standard' of robust porters, Great Lakes' Edmund Fitzgerald. Upon comparison, I find Ed. Fitz to be a bit more robust, with stronger roast flavors. The Southern Tier porter I would consider smoother, rounder, and more sessionable. You could drink these all night long without fear of 'palate burn-out'.

Summing up, this is a highly recommended beer, and if you are lucky enough to be in the distribution area, don't be afraid to pick up a sixer ... or a case if you really dig sessionable porters. Well done Southern Tier!

Na Zdravje!

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Photo of engagechad
3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased as a single from Total Wine in Richmond, VA - tulip

Pours a very dark with a tan head, smells of dark molasses and spice, but not too prevalent. Tastes like a robust porter but just not the likes of smutty or founders. Feels great and overall it is a great beer but if given the choice within this style I would definitely take founders or smutty

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Photo of DrewV
3.13/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle out of the beer fridge at 45 degrees into a Spiegelau Stemmed Pilsner (tulip). Bottle differs slightly from the BA picture, calling this a "Dark Robust Porter" with newer graphics, but it's probably the same beer.

A: Dark cola, almost black, pours to a 1-finger medium-fine bubbly off-white/tan head.

S: Faint roasted malt, slight smoke, not much else. Very restrained aroma. I prefer my porters to be more nose-forward.

T: Follows the nose, mostly smokey. Thin flavor profile. If there is a complexity here, it's too faint for me to detect. No chocolate or mocha flavors, really, but I seem to detect some hop spiciness? Maybe even some floral notes. Hops are a mess here.

M: Bubbly carbonation, seems a bit too heavy. Would prefer a creamier mouthfeel here with finer carbonation.

O: A run-of-the-mill porter. Doesn't compare with better offerings like Edmund Fitzgerald. Maybe it's the way the hops are used, but the flavors seem a bit jumbled to me.

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Photo of FattyJLE
3.68/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

A - Pitch black with a quarter inch off-white head and minimal lacing.

S - Malty and roasty with a mild hint of coffee.

T - Well balanced between malt flavor and mild hop bitterness, but I would hesitate to call this 'robust.' A roasty, mildly burnt flavor throughout with a dry finish.

M - Moderately carbonated and medium bodied. Good feel on the palate.

O - A very solid porter, although I'm not sure on the 'robust' part. Nonetheless, there is not a thing wrong with this beer from a porter standpoint. Would have again.

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Photo of MrOH
3.7/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Super dark reddish brown, just shy of black, with a creamy, tan, finger thick head.

Light roast coffee, mainly. Some milk chocolate notes

Very smooth roastiness, not too much else to say. Just enough bite in the back to keep you on your toes. Lingering bitterness.

Pretty full bodied.

Nothing really too out there, but incredibly smooth. If you're looking to have a smooth, smooth porter, this would do it.

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Porter from Southern Tier Brewing Company
3.68 out of 5 based on 993 ratings.
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