Porter | Southern Tier Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
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 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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Photo of nickfl
4.3/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours with one finger of medium brown foam on top of an opaque, black body with just a hint of amber showing through. The head settles at a moderate pace and leaves decent lace.

S - Soft, malty notes of bread and caramel with a hint of darker molasses. Some light roasted notes in the background, more chocolate than coffee.

T - Caramel and molasses up front with some dark bread character. More molasses in the middle as well as a swelling note of rich, dark chocolate. The beer finishes with more of the thick, sweet chocolate and bready malt as well as light hop bitterness and some pine hop flavor that compliments the chocolate surprisingly well.

M - Medium-thick body, moderate carbonation, and a sweet finish.

D - Very drinkable and well balanced, this could really pass as a chocolate porter with all of its intense, chocolate roast character. The chocolate dominates the flavor, but there are also notes of caramel, molasses, and a hint of licorice to keep things interesting. Quite nice, I passed by this beer on the store shelves quite a few times before I finally decided to give it a try, and I am pleasantly surprised to find that it deserves more attention than I gave it.

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Photo of Axic10
4.35/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a growler I purchased at the brewery into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a dark brownish black with a finger or two of khaki colored head that settles after a few minutes.

Smell: Coffee, roasted/burnt malt and chocolate.

Taste: Coffee, dark chocolate, roasted malt.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied and very smooth.

Drinkability: One of my oldest favorites from Southern Tier. A very nice porter.

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

A: Pours the color of weak black coffee with shades of magenta around the edges. Slim beige head just covers the top of the beer.

S: Dark roast coffee, dark chocolate, burnt toast, molasses.

T: Tastes very similar to how it looks and smells, weak coffee, hint at chocolate, bready molasses, cola syrup.

M: Medium to light bodied, light carbonation, ends dry.

D: Not blowing me out of the water, to be honest.

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

Tasted blind courtesy of KimR, thanks again!

Pours a dark brown color with a small white head.

Aromas are nice. Coffee, cream, light nuttiness, and faint dark chocolate.

Taste is very similar to the nose. Some bitter coffee and bakers chocolate up front, then settles into lightly creamy sweetness. Finish is fairly dry with hints of pine and mineral hops.

Mouthfeel is good. Full, smooth, and with nice crisp carbonation.

Drinkability is up there. This is a very nice flavorful and not overly heavy brew. I'd be more than happy to have another of these.

I'm thinking this is a porter, possibly one with coffee? Let's reveal... It's a porter, (and a good one I might add) Southern Tier Porter.

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Photo of OtherShoe2
3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours very dark brown with foamy tan head. Nice ruby hues when held to the light. Some spotty lacing.

Some light coffee and charred malt aromas, but I get less of that than expected.

This drinks like a black and tan. Toasted malt, some french roast coffee and charred elements, good hop bitterness. Finishes nice, some earthiness.

Thinner than expected. Medium bodied. Ok carbonation.

Not what I was looking for. Went down ok, but would not repeat.

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

A-Pours black with a vigorous pour producing a 1/2" tan head that fades fast but leaves admirable lace.

S-The nose is pleasant but subdued. More presence here would go a long way, but what I am picking up is: roasted malt, coffee, bakers chocolate and hints earthy hops.

T-Thankfully the taste comes in more pronounced than the nose. Bakers chocolate and coffee are the first things I noticed with roasted malt coming in mid palate. A slightly sweet molasses flavor finishes.

M-Medium body. Carb level is (IMO) perfect. Not too much or too little. Somewhat dry.

D-Goes down easily. Another is certainly doable.

A solid offering from a solid brewery. Nothing groundbreaking here, just a good, solid beer.

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Photo of scottbrew4u
4.17/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Black in color with very little light coming through. A bubbly tan head settles rather quickly to a nice layer.

S: Smells of char, roasted and burnt malt, ashy with a sweet molasses note. Some earthy hops in there too.

T: Robust burnt and roasted malt with notes of char and ash, molasses and dark chocolate. Hops give some bitterness along with burnt malt to round out this full flavored beer.

M: Full body with smooth subtle carbonation and velvety texture.

D: A very well balanced robust porter that has a good malt profile and nice balance that allows for ease of drinkability. It goes down smooth and easy. If you like porters it is one to seek out.

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Photo of DrinkingDrake
3.31/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Not as thick as I thought on the pour. Came out a dark and left a thin layer of head with some big bubbles.
A subtle but robust nose of dark roasted malts and some sweet caramel and coffee. Very smooth and full of chocolate and dark roasted malt. A great fresh dark malty aftertaste that leaves a mild astringency. For a porter this is very drinkable.

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Photo of BeerResearcher
3.62/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz dark brown bottle. No freshness date.
Poured into a Sam Adams fluted glass.
It pours a very deep root beer color with a moderately fading tannish beige head.
Smells of dark roast coffee, chocolate, rye bread and citrus peel.
This is a malt-forward brew. Cocoa, coffee, sweet vanilla, and malt dextrose dominate. A light grapefruit bitterness pokes through. A faint metallic tang is way in the background.
The body is velvety smooth, almost buttery in texture.
It's very gulpable.
The label lists this as a "Robust" Porter. I don't think so. It lacks any alcohol punch.
Pairs well with grilled burgers with cheddar, or vanilla ice cream with chocolate sauce.

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Photo of FickleBeast
3.89/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours very dark, nearly pitch black, with a tiny wisp of head. Aroma is sweet caramel malts.

Nice roasted malt flavor without any bitter astringency. Finishes moderately dry, but the mouthfeel is a bit on the thin side. No lingering flavors or hop flavors detected. Nicely drinkable. Overall a pretty solid offering.

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Photo of aranheaney
4.1/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a Guinness Pint glass:

A-Deep, dark brown with little head and some lacing that's left behind

S--coffee, toffee, some roasted malt

T-similar to the smell, but also a little bit of molasses

M-very good, nicely balanced with a clean finish

D-Extraordinarily high, if one were to session porters, this would be a great candidate.

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Porter from Southern Tier Brewing Company
3.68 out of 5 based on 990 ratings.
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