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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Added by WesWes on 06-16-2003

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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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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. 46.7ºL.

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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