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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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Ratings: 1,000 |  Reviews: 441
Photo of SixpointJMH
4.33/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

i quite enjoyed this one, moreso than i would have expected from the reviews of it thusfar (though not scathing, it seems most find this one to be fairly average). it pours a lovely dark, dark brown/ruby colour with a decent sized (yet only moderately sticky) off white head. the smell is of roasted, burnt malt, earth, and a touch of semi sweet chocolate with a hint of coffee somewhere. good but a bit thin, though it should be so (i think) for a porter. the flavour is a mixture of roasted malt, smoked bitterness, toasted bread, etc. and, again, remains thin, but thick enough to hold it's own. i liked that this one doesn't try to go big and pose as a stout. it's flavourful and definitely easy to drink. recommended.

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Photo of bultrey
3.83/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This porter is a dark brown bordering on black, with a nice tan head that settles down to just a whisper, but lasts the whole beer. I smell anise and chocolate in the nose. This is a very fresh tasting beer, with good roasted chocolate malt, and I would say fairly aggressive hopping for a porter. It does not have a particularly creamy mouthfeel; in fact, it's a little bit thin, but that does serve to make the beer drinkable. The aftertaste is coffee and the finish is dry and rather refreshing for a dark beer. This would make a great session porter, and I'm looking forward to seeing what else this brewery has to offer.

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

Presentation: 12 ounce brown glass bottle. A dark purple neck and obverse label has the words Southern Tier Brewing Company. The main label also has the words ‘Porter Dark’ and ‘Real Beer’. No strength or freshness listed.

Appearance: Dark chestnut brown body that exhibits ruby mahogany hue when held to the light. Creamy thick, egg-white stiff tan colored head that laces well. Nice carbonation levels and a decent presentation.

Nose: Coffee nose, with some light dark chocolate hints. More nutty and toffee aromas as it warms up.

Taste: Nice hit of roasted malts, some toasted hops, and a dark chocolate middle. Scorched coffee, dry bitterness and a light but sticky bonfire toffee feel at the end. Lingering coffee bitterness. Nutty at times.

Mouthfeel: Lovely and creamy at first, but the coffee bitterness can leave a scorched earth feel at the back of the mouth which dominates a little too much.

Drinkability: I managed the one 12 ouncer quite easily, but the dry burnt roasted bitterness has a feeling like I swallowed a mouthful of instant coffee granules at times, and this would bother me in the longer time I think.

Overall: I initially though that this looked like a great Brown Ale when I poured it, yet the more I worked my way through it, I wondered if I had a Brown Ale with an incorrect label, especially as the nutty aspects break through as this warms. Porter Dark or Brown Ale?? Different, but nevertheless pretty decent.

Thanks to the Evil-Davo from the Dark-Side for this “Porter Dark cum Brown Ale” sample! Cheers Mate.

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

12oz bottle obtained via trade with Shippos. Thanks for the opportunity...

Poured in an imperial pint glass, forms a 1/2" tan head, which laces quite well. A barely translucent reddish dark brown brew, with a slightly smoky coffee dark malt aroma. Reminds me of a lighter bodied Guinness, but tasting with more coffee bitterness. Mouthfeel and drinkability are both pretty good. Nothing much detracting here, but not much to honk the horn about either. An acceptable porter.

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

Presentation: 12 oz brown bottle with no freshness date.

Appearance: Chunky froth that leaves a tan lacing behind. Nearly black in color … sure what the hell, it is black.

Smell: Minty, root-like with a sweet roasted aroma.

Taste & Mouth Feel: Medium bodied with a smooth bitty mouth feel. Burnt yet not astringent … tad smoky with charred malt flavors throughout. Clean malty palate, hops are mild with a slight balancing act with the malt. Finishes with a wet charred flavor.

Drinkability & Notes: A very interestingly layered porter, quite flavorful yet not robust at all. I paired this with some smoked cheddar and rye crackers.

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Photo of heidelbeerg
3.43/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Got this one on tap. Poured dark brown/black with a thin head. Pretty much opaque. Smell and taste were both roasted coffee and dark chocolate. Mouthfeel was a little thin for what I was expecting. Overall very drinkable. I like this style and could drink these all night. Certainly worth a try.

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Photo of cbl2
3.62/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


After a hard pour, beer produces little to no head, and is not quite as dark brown/ruby as is to be expected by the style. Too much light gets through this one.


Sweet roasted malt and chocolate are the predominant odors. More reminiscent of a milk stout than porter.


Smoky in character, with a definitely sweet malt presence on the tongue. Not as complex and chewy as I like my porters, but thoroughly drinkable.

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Photo of longpondbeerman
3.63/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours an inky brown; no light comes through. Modest tan head that leaves a patterned lace. The aroma is of peaty malts. There are some hops behind it all. First taste is very smoky, like ashes in the fireplace. Second taste too. Dark roasted coffee, but no sign of those hops. A little too much carbonation for a porter that's on the heavy side.

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Photo of necoadam
2.98/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured out a black color with a big amount of carbonation. A little surpised by the carbonation because porter's shouldn't have this much carbonation to them. Smell consisted of roasted coffee and grains. A little bit of hops can be detected as well. Taste was a little lackluster I thought. Coffee flavors come through with some hop bitterness and a touch of grainy flavors as well. Aftertaste had some coffee and roasted flavors in it. I've had their mild ale and pilsner and this porter is a little weak. Nothing seems to mesh together in here. I'll pass this beer next time.

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

Had this brew last night at Mahar’s, served in a 12 oz. Bottle. The beer poured to a opaque brownish/black color with a nice bubbly, 2 finger, dark tan head that has great retention and breaks down to great lacing for the entire brew. The aromas of this brew roasted malt with coffee, chocolate and other earthy smells dominating, a very nice smelling brew! The taste of this brew has a lot to do with the roasted qualities experienced in the aroma with some highlights of chocolate and caramel in the middle. The backend was a mixture of the caramel and a nice hop. Over all I liked this brew, little on the thin side but enjoyed it as the temps where up a bit! During the colder months I think I would reach for something a little more robust. Looking forward to trying some of there other offerings.

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Photo of Running4beer
3.65/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out dark brown almost black with a reddish glow when held to the light, medium tan head that fades to a lace. Aroma is a roasted coffee sweet malt with a bit of chocolate. Taste is similar to the aroma roasted coffee and chocolate malt. I was expecting a little more flavors more robustness to this porter but regardless it was still quite tasty. Mouthfeel was medium bodied and very easy to drink more than one. Not a bad porter but it's lacking something.

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Photo of beergeek279
3.8/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in the 12 oz. bottle into a snifter. The color was dark brown, with a bit of head. The smell was a nice coffeeish bitterness. The taste was very bitter...a nice coffeeish taste dominating the sweetness. Mouthfeel was a bit thin. As for drinkability, could have a few.

Though not their best beer, Southern Tier still continues to amaze me. This brewery is a perfect example of not judging a book by its cover, since the contents within far exceed the label outside. A good if not great dry porter, and I'd probably still have one again.

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

A dark dark almost black color with an average head of a tan color. The smell was aromatic with strong hints of coffee and roasted malts. The taste was of roasted malts and coffee. I thoroghly enjoyed this porter. It was very smooth and easy to drink. It also has a nice warm feeling. I like that.

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Photo of crookedhalo
3.63/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Deep coppery brown with a thick beige to tan colored head. Rather hoppy smelling for a porter, roasty and malty smelling, too. I just noticed the hops first. Tastes rather malty and roasted malt notes, coffee, chocolate, and other typical porter notes, only a bit subdued. Slight watery aftertaste, but doesn't interfere with the overall experience. Good porter in the context of knowing it's ABV is low. Could drink this one all day, but I'm not going to.

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Photo of aaronh
2.95/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Dark brown body topped by a rather thin tan head that quickly fades to nothing, even with an agressive pour. A bit of a sweet chocolate aroma, but overall fairly faint. The taste is also rather uneventful. Theres a decent amount of bitterness, but also a touch of wet cardboard. Carbonation is a bit light, bordering on flat. Slight roasted notes on the aftertaste, but it starts tasting a bit like watered down cola with a cigarette butt floating in it. Still better than most macro offerings, but perhaps a "tier" below the other offerings I've tried from this brewery. Not bad, but definitely not a stellar example.

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Photo of yankeeheel
2.75/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a dark ruby with a small off white head. Retains the head very slightly. Smells strongly of coffee and nut.

The taste is a little underwhelming. The coffee is rather weak and quickly fades away leaving a lot of carbonation and just a hint of hops. Not a lot of depth of flavor here. It is somewhat creamy but that really can't save it for me. It had some potential but couldn't follow through.

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Photo of Suds
3.65/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Southern Tier's Porter pours a very dark-brown, nearly black color. The head is a respectable blanket of cream-colored, stable foam. Aroma is mostly roasted grains, with a slightly burnt smell. Hop flavors are subdued. Nice maltiness up front, with a sharp graininess throughout the beer. There is a surprisingly acidic quality, that I could do without. Finish is quite bitter, and not bad. Overall, it's a respectable, very enjoyable porter.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.05/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep obsidian hue, adorned with a thick, full, cocoa/tan head of foam.
Lovely aroma: soft, creamy, nutty, and nice.
Rich malty flavor, properly roasty, but tremendously smooth and a touch sweet.
Medium-bodied, I like a fuller porter than this, ordinarily, but this one is so exceptionally palatable and pleasing, I'm not in the mood to quibble.
Very downable, and tasty, too.

I'm having a 2nd bottle, almost 2 years later (10/02/05) and it's still sweet, slightly bitter, roasty, a top-notch, definitely drinkable porter. My review stands. Good stuff.

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

Good solid porter on tap at MacGregor's. Poured a deep brown with cranberry red spalshed along the bottom of the mug. Small ring of tan head. Smelled earthy and coffee like and that is pretty much what the taste was. Tons of roasted whole bean smell and just a slight hint of caramel. Also a sharp grainy effect that I have found in more American porters than English ones(my buddy had a Fuller's and it was much creamier and less harsh). None the less this is another fine selection from the Southern Tier line and I am excited about the availability of the beers.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.72/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a deep ruby brown nice full tan head large bubbles looks highly carbonated, collar of lace forms nicely nice rings of webbed lacing. Aroma: I like the mild nut tone along with the deep roasted malts and chocolate and coffe hints thrown in there a solid all around porter not over the top but very solid aromatically speaking. Taste: Light chocolate maltiness a refreshing rush of espresso like tone, not bad fairly smooth and creamy in flavor not bad at all. Mouthfeel: A bit on the light side for a porter not great but still very good. Drinkability: Fairly easy porter not too many complexities here if your looking for an excellent porter pass on this one much better ones but this is good microbrewed porter that I will partake in when the price is right.

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Photo of HappyHourHero
4.22/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured a nice foamy tan head that settled down to coat the top of the beer and and bit of lace on the glass. I love the smell of this beer, typical roasty porter smell up front and then you get hit with the hops. The hops carry over to the taste as well. The first taste is of porter, then you can really taste the hops, which carry over to the aftertaste. The biggest downfall is that its a little on the thin side. I don't think porters are typically this hoppy, but being a hophead I love it.

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Photo of goz
2.98/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a dark brown with ruby highlights, small tan head that quickly recedes to a small ring. Aroma is a bit thin, but consists of roasted coffee, chocolate (bitter), and a tiny bit of hops. Flavor is also a bit on the thin side, dominated mostly by some coffe flavors, but also some bitter chocolate and a bit of toffee. Has a fairly thin and watery feel in the mouth.

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

This is a fairly straightforward porter.

Aroma is of baker's chocolate with just a hint of sourness. Could be a little more pronounced.
Pours deep and clear brown/garnet, with a small, foamy off-white head.

Taste plays no tricks; it's roasty malt that's neither bitter nor sweet, with hints of chocolate and licorice. Non-intrusive yeast is a plus, and mild hops keep the beer this side of brown ale.

An easy drinker with some substance, not bad at all.

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Photo of Shiredave
3.91/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle-colorfull yellow on purple lable with absoluely no information about the beer other than "dark" and "real beer". It poured a nice, tawny brown, not very "dark" for a porter, w/ specks of lace after collapse.
Aroma of burnt toffee - more like a Brown ale to me. Solid Porter flavors tho of chocolate malt and coffee w/ a slightly thin, medium body. Very tasty, hop flavor mixes well with the roasty, chewy grains. Lingering hop and dark malt flavors stick with you long after you swallow.
Real beer? No yeast trub in this bottle.
A good brown Porter.

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

The beer pours a traditional dark brown/black color with a light tan head. The head is gone within seconds of the pour, but the appearance is still strong. The aroma is of roasted barley and chocolate malts. The taste also has the same malt character. It is well balanced and low/med bodied. This is a fine porter. It doesn't stray much from the old standard, but if it isn't broken, don't fix it.

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