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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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Added by WesWes on 06-16-2003

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

Grabbed this one to fill out a mixed sixer the other day. Served cold and poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 04/08/11.

The pour was very nice. Rich dark brown with a nearly black look to it and a nice two inch head of tan. The aroma was loaded with chocolate and rich roasted malts. Big sweet profile here. As I go in for th first taste I am over whelmed with cocoa and rich dark tones. Nice touches of molasses and rich sweet flavors that carry over into a huge sweet finish. Big body on this and a great easy drinking feel.

Overall a very solid and very drinkable porter I will look for again.

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Photo of WoodBrew
2.82/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Back in Johnstown, Pennsylvania AGAIN...for business. Had dinner at the Boulevard restaurant...AGAIN. This night they had the Southern Tier Dark Porter....ON TAP! The color was very dark amber, almost black with white head that laced ok. The nose was weak...didnt smell anything. The taste was ok...not very rich...like I prefer my poters. There were hints of coffee and earth. The mouthfeel was good thank to the light ABV. This beer is worth a taste and I would only session if it was this vs. miller lite.

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Photo of cooch69
4.2/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This porter pours a deep thick dark brown when held up to the light. It's nose contains dark semi sweet cacoa notes and roasted malts.

Taste is really easy going for a porter, it is a nice break from some other Southern Tier offerings. Creamy smooth, chocolaty and rich malts. Very good indeed.

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Photo of Mitchster
3.62/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

"Brewed with 2 types of hops and 5 types of malts" $10.99 for a 6'er at BevCo. 5.8% ABV per the website. 46.7ÂșL.

Pours out to a clear black, but not opaque, forming a modest light tan head with average retention and good lacing. Mild to moderate carbonation. The aroma is of black walnut, burnt marshmallows, souring milk, chalk, and vanilla. Mouthfeel is sharp, chalky, with a medium-light body, and dry finish. The taste is a recap of the aroma...strong chalkiness in the middle, which I like. Medium woodsy bitterness, french roast coffee. Finish of ash, burnt marshmallow. Aftertaste of herbal hops.

Robust in the sense of the intensity of the dark malts, but not robust in body. Still, this is a good porter when you're in the mood for something dark and burnt.

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Photo of AdamBear
3.73/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-dark brown with a very thing white head

S-slightly smells like chocolate and it seems to be a bit formal. medium strength

T-it comes in with a hit of chocolate then mocha and then a bit of hops. its definitely more hoppy than the average porter. has a good thick mocha after-taste. this is just an average porter.

M-heavy with a medium carbonation and only a slightly dry finish

D-well to be honest, the more i drink, the better it becomes. its pretty filling, but i liked it til the end.

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

I love drinking porters...especially in the summer. I fatigue quickly of light summer beers with the lemons and the lightness...I find I start craving toasty flavors, coffee notes, malty sweetness backed by hop bitterness, chewy enough to be a meal. Especially with the grill a lager is not going to compliment those char flavors like a hardy porter will. I don't even want to get into the details with this one: it tastes good, its what a porter should taste like, its what a beer should taste like.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Southern Tier's Porter pours a dark brown, small off white head. Smells of roasted malts and some smoke. In the flavor, roasted malt, dark fruit, and very light coffee flavors. Simple and to the point, the Southern Tier porter is pretty tasty and at a moderate strength. Good sessionability, but overall was just an average porter.

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Photo of Tilley4
3.48/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A servicable but not remarkable porter here...

Faint hints of chocolate and coffee are present in the aromas and flavors but there's nothing here to make me want to revisit this...

Pretty much a middle of the road porter... Not bad but not memorable...

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Photo of KTCamm
3.66/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours black with touches of brown in the light. Light layer of off white foam. Good lacing. Light chocolate smell, but not strong. Rich roasted taste, light coffee bittering at the finish. Smooth. Modest carbonation pokes through. Drinkable porter, bittering finish picks up as beer warms.

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Photo of PicoPapa
3.08/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle. Pours a black color with some red hues and a thin head that leaves quickly. Some lacing. Aromas of dark chocolate, roasted malts, and some coffee. Flavors of mostly coffee and malts, but the taste is rather weak. A bit thin and watery. Overall I'm disappointed with this offering. I like Southern Tier a lot but this is a very pedestrian brew.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Out of all the Southern tier Beers ticked can't believe I didn't find this one until two weeks ago. Picked up at D's six packs and Dogs for a couple clams.

A - Looks nice. Got an inch of light tan head, bubbly and lively with a ton of carbonation throughout a dark amber in color beer. Expected it to be pitch black but I can see the light.

S - Mostly dominated by coffee and roasted malt with very little actual chocolate or hops.

T - I get a solid roast with a nice bit of chocolate bitter and dark with a sweetness that covers the end. Not as hoppy as I wanted or creamy but it is full of flavor.

M - This beer has body, got a nice medium body yet kind of dry.

D - Great for the style. I guess it's really just a downright good porter, you get roast, then bitter and finishes semi-sweet. Solid brew.

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Photo of FleeVT
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz brown bottle with no date into a pint glass.
A: Dark brew that pours thinly creating a nice well capped tan head.
S: Roasted toasted malts moderate hops. Mocha and coffee present themselves as the beer warms up a bit.
T: More of the nose, with lots of roasted malts and the hop bitterness in the back. Slight sweetness in the middle with a dry hop bittered finish.
M: Light to moderate body with lots of carbonation.

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Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.52/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Very dark, almost black but with tinges of red and brown. 1/2 finger head that didn't last too long but left sheets of lacing that slowly slide down the glass and rejoin the brew, leaving a nice ring around the outside of the glass. Clarity is high, as you can see fine, smooth rising bubbles around the edges of the glass.

Smell wise it's pleasantly dark and roasted malts, coffee, chocolate, and a slight nutty aroma.

Taste is nice, if not remarkable. Easy roasted malts carry the flavor, with notes of nuts, coffee, chocolate, brown sugar and molasses.

Feel is ok, relatively smooth and medium bodied, but for a porter it could be thicker.

Drinks ok. Not super anxious to have it again, but it's still a pleasant beer to drink.

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Photo of ZeroSignal
4.02/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle poured into a DFH Snifter

A - Dark, ruby tinged pour with a thick light brown head that settles quickly to a skim, but laces nicely

S - Roasted malt aroma that borders on "burnt"; carries an earthy edge to it

T&M - Lot's of earthy, deep roasted malt character. Probably a bit higher hopped then most porters, but it's earthy characteristics meld nicely with the malts and provides balance. The malt character does have that "burnt" edge to it, and the hop profile keeps things flowing. On the thinner side and lighter bodied (well, at least for a porter). A truly sessionable porter with a very reasonable ABV.

D - One of the more drinkable porters I can recall ever having. Simple but bold flavor profile, well crafted with a very reasonable ABV. If you're looking for a drinking man's porter, this may fit the bill.

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Photo of weeare138
3.92/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appears a dense, inky black with a small tan head that slowly fades into a gentle collar. Spotty bits of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of smoky, peat filled malt with cocoa, caramel, ripe fruit, and black grapes.
Taste is of the aromas with sweet milk chocolate, toasty, smoky flavors leading to a sweet, chewy caramel and yeasty, rum cake blast that rounds out the beer nicely.
Mouthfeel is full bodied, chewy, mildly grainy, gummy, and spritzy.

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

12 oz. bottle poured into a Duvel Tulip style glass. Comes out deep brown/almost black with lighter brown edges. The pour produced a big tan head with lots of different sized bubbles, ends up with some slightly better than average lacing.

Smell is good, to put it bluntly, it's like dark chocolate covered hops. Malts are the strongest part of the beer, mostly chocolate and some slight coffee tones. Could be a suggestion from the blend of malts and hops but I feel like I get a slight fig smell too, which I haven't had from a porter before.

The taste is equally good. Not really a whole lot different from the smell. Toasted dark chocolate and some earthy hops, a good blend.

Mouthfeel is good, a little thinner than I expected, especially with the word "robust" on the label. Full bodied, good carbonation and has a nice clean bitter finish. Very drinkable, another very good beer from Southern Tier.

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Photo of EgadBananas
3.35/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Huge thanks to rageagainst123 for this brew!

Pours a very dark brown, nearly opaque, but there are mahogany and brown hues afoot. Head is a finger, and light beige. Lacing is minimal and retention is marginal.

I get a little piny hops in there at first. Moves to a more malty aroma, followed by hints of chocolate and roastedness. Maybe some coffee, but it's faint.

Taste is better, with some nice malt sweetness, a little bit of chocolate, some roasted notes, and a tiny bitter finish.

The feel is solid medium in body, slightly creamy and slmooth. Carbonation is medium.

Pretty good drinkability. This isn't a "wow" porter, but it's a solid one.

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Porter from Southern Tier Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.68 out of 5 with 1,001 ratings
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