Porter | Southern Tier Brewing Company

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3.68 w/ 995 ratings

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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Ratings: 995 |  Reviews: 440
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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Photo of TMoney2591
3.97/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Chicago Bears shaker pint glass.

Somehow I never found this guy before last week or so. Odd. It pours a clear garnet-brown topped by a bit less than a finger of dirty white foam. The nose comprises roasted malts, molasses, brown sugar, and maple syrup. A nice amount of roast, if I do say so myself. The taste runs very similarly, though the roast is slightly muted, but this is made up for a bit with a touch of walnut. The body is a straight medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a kinda dry finish. Overall, a nice porter, not amazing, but more than drinkable and rather enjoyable.

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Photo of lovindahops
3.46/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Final brew of the evening for me. First southern tier porter ever

A- dark as night with slightly mocha head. Good foam and lacing

S- dry and almost bland malt in the form of coffee and dry cocoa. Not very intrusive

T- dark sugary cocoa clashes with that coffee theme. Typical porter that has some malt flavor that isn't bad

M- the mouth is syrupy and coated with flavor. Pretty good

D- st makes some amazing brews. Porter does not quite follow that path but it still tastes pretty good

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Photo of BARFLYB
3.2/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle into a pint glass, never had this one.

Southern Tier Porter is a dark beer, it's pretty much black barring some redness to the sides. As the ounces go down, so does the darkness, leaving the liquid easier to scope through. Barely even a cap, no lace. Where dat be at? Smell is of burnt roast, old licorice, smelly toffee, rotting fruit, I don't like it, I don't know why, I just don't like it. This needs to warm up significantly before any true characteristics come out, and when they did, it did not jive with me. That fruit comes up, it's light like but there, roast mixed with burnt/char, stale vanilla, nuts, chocolate, no coffee. It's a mixed bag, a muffled bag at that. Feel is less than medium, goes down slimy, with a faint bitterness towards the end, needs a kick of carb. Next.

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

My good friend Frank has long touted ST Porter as well worth trying. Indeed it is. One and one-half fingers of light tan froth top a deep dark brown with ruby trim body. Decent duration and lacing; standard for porter. Big nose, chock full of roasted malts, lots of chocolate, coffee, and caramel.

The taste is certainly full of coffee and chocolate, supplying ST Porter with a deep, rich, roasted flavor that very much reminds me of Arcadia's London Porter--very coffee and chocolate heavy. However, within the taste is a subtle but unmistakable berry flavor that pokes through, providing some complexity to a good but rather straight-forward beer.

Creamy, rich, smooth texture with a nice bite, ST Porter is all too easy on the palate. In no way a sipper, this was more a quaffer, and went well with two slices of leftover pepperoni pizza.

It is not a great porter, but ST Porter must "settle" for very good, and that it is--rich in flavor, loaded with coffee and chocolate, and smooth. ST has done well by its loyal fan base with this, and I am glad I have several more chilling in the fridge.

Very good.

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Photo of TheDeuce
3.2/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Southern Tier Porter...on tap at McGregor's

Appearance-a medium black color, pours a medium sized tan head that sits around until most is gone after a few seconds. Medium medium medium.

Smell-roasted malt, sourdough, touch of coffee, light hops, par for the porter course.

Taste/Mouthfeel-light to medium mouthfeel, nice smoothness, begins with notes of chocolate and sugar, mild malt hit, finishes with a mix of malt and chocolate.

Drinkability-lighter porter, flavors work.

Overall-ok porter, not great but likeable.

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

pours a bit more translucent than I expected and is a dark brown color with some mahogany highlights. a nice beach sand colored head rasies to a finger and a half and sticks around for a while with decent lacing.

light aroma of dark roasted malts, some cacao, some molasses and caramel. some watery burnt coffee and roasted nut aromas as well.

taste starts off similar to a cream/milk/sweet stout giving a creamed coffee flavor, which transitions into some milk chocolate and finishes with a bit of nuttiness and some dark fruits as well. finishes with some cocoa powder and a brown sugar sweetness.

pretty standard for a porter, yet not quite robust. medium bodied with just a touch of carbonation and a quick, watery finish.

drinks pretty well. rather refreshing for a porter, which belies its description as robust. A decent beer, but I have had better for the style.

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

A- Black into a chalice with a small light tan head that has good retention. Spotty, creamy lace makes a decent coat on the glass.

S- An aroma of good strength brings dark fruit, cocoa, roast malt and slight hops.

T- The last three ST 12oz beers I have had share a papery, oxidized? flavor. It isn't hugely distracting but it gets in the way a bit. Dark fruit/raisins up front with roast cocoa malt. Some grainy flavor and slight hops in the finish.

MF- Moderate creamy body with a good amount of carbonation. Very slight bitterness on the palate, from hops or even cocoa. Just a bit watery.

DB- I certainly like the cocoa flavors here but the cardboard/paper (corn+floral combo?) flavor takes away from the experience. I have also tasted this in the 2xIPA and the IPA.

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

12oz Bottle

Appearance - The beer pours a dark brown (almost black) colour with a small frothy and foamy light brown head. There is some really nice lacing down the sides of the glass. The head lasted for only a few minutes before it was gone.

Smell - chocolate, malts, roasted nuts, coffee

Taste & Mouth - the beer has a nice amount of carbonation, the beer feels light and creamy at the same time. The most noticeable flavours are chocolate/coffee and roasted malts. The beer finishes with a slightly bitter chocolate and malty after taste.

Drink - A pretty decent porter, not the best I've ever had but still very drinkable.

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Photo of bylerteck
3.14/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - Pours an extremely dark brown with only limited amounts of light coming through what appears as a dark red body. One finger khaki head fades fast to a thin cap. Medium carbonation coming up the glass.

S - Loads of coffee and some chocolate there as well. Possibly a molasses and/or licorice aspect there too with some nice dark malts. Coffee dominates.

T - Coffee is there again with a certain richness for the chocolatey component. Sweetness is present.

M - Light to medium bodied with not alot of carbonation in the mouth. The lack of carbonation creates a sense of smoothness but it could use a bit more body.

D - Decent but I would prefer something else to be honest. Maybe it's the sweetness or the richness of the coffee and chocolate but I can't see myself enjoying many of these in a row.

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Photo of heebes
3.82/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a dark deep brown with a foamy carbonated head. Quickly dissipates leaving no lace.

Smells of roasty dark malts, toasted chocolate and coffee.

Taste is thick with the mixed chocolate and burnt coffee flavour. The malts are very dominate leaving a slightly bitter finish. Refreshing, this tastes like a dessert. Medium bodied, roasty to the palatte.

Overall this is very drinkable. The 5.2% is well hidden and I could see having a few of these. This was a stray bottle on a discount rack so I may not have gotten a fresh impression.

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Photo of russpowell
4.23/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A recent pick up at macadoodles in Jane, MO...

Pours an effervescent mahogany with 3 fingers of mocha colored head.
Great lacing & above average head retention
S: Some charred grain, dark fruittyness

T: Slight coffee ground flavor, bakers choclate,& dryness up front. Slight herbal hop kiss as this warms along with more coffee & slight chocolaty sweetness. finishes sweet, dry & grainy with nice mocha flavor

MF: Medium bodied, creamy, nice balance

Drinks so easy, a very nice porter. Not great, on the edge IMO. I would happily buy some more

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Photo of claspada
3.2/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a clear dark brown with a bubbly off white head that dissipates rather quickly.

Aroma is of roasted malts, some citrus hops, slight chocolate as well.

Taste is a straightforward porter with a fairly dry finish. Lots of roasted malts and then chocolate flavors to a lesser extent. Slight citrus hop bitterness tries to find a voice, but never manages to get through the roasty malts.

Simple dry/creamy mouthfeel, medium carbonation, medium to thin body.

A decent porter, nothing to write home about, but good non-the-less.

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Photo of biglite351
2.96/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - red through center of glass. Tall off-white creamy head.

S - medium heavy but smells like an average porter mixed with an average bock.

T - toasted malts and maybe a mild dark chocolate. Not very deep.

M - medium coating with a tingle all over the mouth.

D - were the flavor a little deeper I could drink this all night, as it is there are a lot more that I would rather have.

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Photo of buschbeer
3.7/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I poured into a pint glass to an inch of tan head. It is a dark brown beer with garnet highlights. The aroma is sweet with dark chocolate. The taste is similar with the addition of some coffee on the finish. The mouthfeel is a little weak, but it is a very drinkable beer. I have yet to meet a porter that I haven't found tolerable.

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

Singled purchased at the liquor store. Served in a standard pint glass. Dark brown color with an average sized head. Smell really had a nice roasted coffee scent to it. Taste was quite good, as I really enjoyed the dark bittersweet chocolate aspect of this beer's flavor. Also had a smooth dark maltiness to it. Mouthfeel was on the thin side but by no means was it watery. This porter was smooth enough to be an easy drinker. This is a straight up, nothing fancy porter than shows ST can make just as good a beer for a six pack as they can for their 22 oz bottled specialties.

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

Pours a dark brown with a light brown head. Not much retention, decent lacing. Aroma is of chocolate, hops and a bit of alcohol. Flavor starts with a bit of a bite of bitter, earthy hops. Unsweetened chocolate and roasted coffee malt finish off the brew. A pretty standard porter flavor profile, nothing really stands out as good or bad. Medium bodied and goes down pretty easy.

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Photo of steve8robin
2.69/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I like the over-the-top Southern Tier flavors, so I figured I'd give this one a try...

A: Deep dark brew with burgundy highlights emitting through. Very dark purple with a small off-white head that fades quickly. Good.

S: Watery roastiness with hints of chocolate and vanilla. Kind of like dirty bath water. Eh.

T: Super roast upfront with a weird metallic grassy taste. Kind of like drinking a green tea or something. Desperately trying to pull out more flavors, but really struggling. Eh, no good.

M: Super light with hints of hops. Decent.

D: Goes down super easy, but hard to get past the metallic watery flavor. Decent.

All in all, nope, avoid this brew. Not worth your time or money no matter what. Hunt Chocolate or Unearthy instead. Avoid.

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Photo of TheHoppiest
3.6/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Pours a mahogany color with ruby glints when held up to the light. Had a bubbly tan head that pillows down to a light frothy head.

Has a pleasant nutty, toasted malt smell, with hints of dark chocoalate and coffee.

Sharper tasting than I'd expect; its bitter bordering on sour. Slightly nutty and malty underneath, it reminds me of a weak black coffee, slightly carbonated.

Mouthfeel is rather thin, with the tannic qualities of this beer bittering up the tongue.

Decent beer, and certainly drinkable. Southern Tier is such an awesome brewery, though, its almost unfair to compare this "merely" decent beer against their other truly tasty offerings.

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

pours a very dark brown but shows a lot of red color when held to the light, a surprising amount of which makes shows through. Head is tan, creamy, a little over an inch, and both lasts and laces the glass well.

Aroma is a tad lighter than the best examples, but sticking ones nose in reveals ample toasted malt covered with a chocolate, an herbal hop, no alcohol or diacetyl.

Flavor is quite good, full, sweet, balanced by a substantial bitterness - both from hops and a little from charred malt - which builds on the palate. A mild astringency is keeping it from an elite score. The char shows up much more in the flavor than aroma. Body is barely medium but creamy, carbonation soft - more would be too much with the bitterness/astringency of the hop/malt bill. All in all it is a solid porter that I'd have again. Seems to be somewhere between the brown and robust styles. recommended.

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

12oz. Bottle:

Part of a weekend session. Dark pour, clear, ruby highlights as a good porter should show. Smallish mocha cap reduces but laces OK.

Aroma of roast coffee, floral herbs and burnt toffee.

Dose of roasty husk tastes of patent malt and sweet crystal malts are balanced by resinous hopping, lightly, sweet and caramel like in the body, goes to a clean drying finish where charred husk astringence and hops turn lightly bitter, nice twist on the style,

London porter meets US Micro process and dry hopping....satisfying, drinkable not too filling.

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Porter from Southern Tier Brewing Company
Beer rating: 52.7% out of 100 with 995 ratings
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