Raspberry Porter | Southern Tier Brewing Company

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Raspberry PorterRaspberry Porter

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Southern Tier Brewing Company
New York, United States

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by klewis on 10-22-2007

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of scruffwhor
4.66/5  rDev +37.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Medium and strong brown, with dark ruby red hues. Just very thin head at first that quickly recedes to nothing. I like the color, but the head and lack of bubbling brings it down a bit. The aroma is an awesome mix great porter maltiness and fruity raspberries. Light chocolate, maybe even caramel mixed with raspberries. The taste is almost a mirror image of the smell. A great dry malt bill mixed with, sweet, fruity raspberries. Chocolate powder, and light caramel notes. No creaminess, just good dryness. Light hops that help balance the sweet dryness of the malt and fruit.

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Photo of yesyouam
4.52/5  rDev +33.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Southern Tier Raspberry Porter is a deep raspberry brown in color, with great clarity and a splotch of a faded khaki head that leaves great lacing. The fresh raspberry aroma is loud and seems very authentic. It is a bit sweet in the nose and some smoky malt balances that out. It is medium-to-full bodied and quite smooth. The finish is pretty dry. The raspberry is not as prominent in the flavor as it is in the aroma. It tastes a bit like chocolate cake with fresh raspberries, served with a cup of coffee. The sweetness never gets out of hand, nor does the green bitterness or the roastiness. Great balance. If you try one fruit beer, make it this one.
(rated Dec 27, 2007)

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Photo of sawbones420
4.43/5  rDev +31.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Southern Tier rarely fails to impress. Easy to say they are my favorite American brewery.

12 oz. bottle poured into a snifter. Color is deep mahogany with a minimal white head that quickly dissipates.

Smells of tart raspberry (duh). Sips a very agreeable raspberry flavor, lacking the sweetness you might expect to accompany a "fruity" beer. Perhaps somewhat surprisingly, the fruit flavor sticks with you until you swallow, leaving a very pleasant aftertaste.

While the body comes off perhaps on the thinner side of the porter spectrum, this certainly isn't a light beer. The 5 I've given for drinkability derives in part from the "lightness" of this dark-hued brew.

Definitely my kind of fruit beer. None of the artificial sweetness you get in a Raspberry UFO or a Sea Dog (to name only a few), but a very full and satisfying "real" raspberry through and through. While the porter [flavor] aspects of this beer are subtle, they nicely prop up the deliciousness of the fruit, keeping the whole experience mellow. I find it easy to put back 3 or 4 of these in one sitting without having to anticipate a sugar-induced hangover.

No idea what the ABV is but I imagine it can't be excessively high. If it's much above 5%, it's masked very well.

A big treat that only comes round once a year and tends to fly off the shelf. Grab it if you see it.

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Photo of coldmeat23
4.42/5  rDev +30.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

GLASS: Kostritzer Mug
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 50 degrees

This pours a clear, golden, brown color, with mild ruby tinting. Almost two-fingers of tan colored foam make the head. Retention is very good and lacing is in sticky strands.

Wow. The raspberry profile dominates the nose, much more than I had expected. It is a very wonderful scent, both sweet and tart. I can get just the slightest hint of dark chocolates trying to break through, also.

You get the tanginess of the raspberries first. Then, the full flavor of the porter comes on. Roasted malt notes, light hints of coffee and a good level of dark and bittersweet chocolates. The chocolate notes combine with a good touch of raspberry sweetness, on the back end. These leaves the aftertaste filled with a presence of milk and dark chocolate covered raspberries, which is a nice, long finish.

This has a medium to almost full body on it. The medium level of carbonation is good for it's style, keeping it lively and active. It is smooth, with a very light touch of creaminess.

This is a great sessionable brew. Relatively low abv content (4.80%), combined with a flavor that is way more than one-dimensional, make this one a keeper.
Southern Tier comes through for me, yet again.

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Photo of mtnbikerpa
4.32/5  rDev +27.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle with no freshness date. Pours a very date brown color with about 1.5 inches of quickly disappearing head and minimal lacing on the glass. Strong scents of sweetness, berrys and some candy like cocoa. Good robust malts, cocoa flavors along with nicely balanced raspberry flavors. Mouthfeel in not to heavy. This would even be enjoyable in warmer whether. I plan to pair this with a thick ribeye steak and some string beans. Very drinkable nature, It would be easy to reach for another when I am finished.

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Photo of beerad666
4.3/5  rDev +27.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to fellow BA member kenoftheyear for leaving me a bottle of this.

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into an American pint glass. The color is a deep reddish brown color. It poured with little carbonation and a very little light tan head. For a moment the head built but quickly vanished. There is some excellent lacing on the glass.

The smell is of course Raspberry. But isn't overpowering or too sweet. This is an excellent and different fruit beer. The Raspberry is very well balanced and not over powering. Along with the Raspberry I'm getting a little woody taste, maybe from the hops.. The taste just tingles in the mouth leaving a almost sweet aftertaste with a small hint of sour. A nice clean finish.

Overall, this a very drinkable beer.

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Photo of sinstaineddemon
4.29/5  rDev +26.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - a dark crimson brew, with a thin tan head with some reddish tints, small amounts of carbonation streams

S - big raspberry notes in the aroma, strong and quality raspberry, some maltiness is evident, but the raspberry covers any other aromas that may be there

T - raspberry is there of course, with some distinct hoppiness that is well balances, and its quality raspberries, not raspberry syrup or jam, a nice fruit taste

M&D - rather nice fruit beer, especially for a porter, well balanced and easy to drink, nice to see southern tier spending some quality time on there non big beers

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Photo of blakesell
4.22/5  rDev +24.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the tap into a standard pint glass.

Appearance- Beer pours a light brown with a solid two fingers of head that quickly dies to a creamy cap across the top. Head is tan with no real lacing to speak of.

Smell- Raspberry from across the bar. Strong raspberries that only get stronger as I bring the pint to my nose. Creamy darkened malts with no hops to bitter the beer out.

Taste- Holy hell. Raspberry and chocolate coat the tongue. Malt backbone is not there and therefore leaves the adjuncts to run rampant over my taste buds. Creamy like a raspberry cheesecake, just enough chocolate for the crust.

Mouthfeel- Creamy, light-bodied, decadently carbonated, a fine fruit/vegetable beer, not astringent, lovely.

Drinkability- Very nice for the swilling needs especially for a dark beer. This one is smooth like a shaved.... leg.

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Photo of SaCkErZ9
4.17/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Dispensed from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Pours a very dark mohagany with ruby and violet highlights. A slight, white head tops the beer. Not much lacing to speak of. I really love the color of this one.

Aroma is of fresh, tart raspberries. A slight touch of robustiness typical in porters. This category is a tough one to judge with this beer. It is a raspberry porter; since raspberry is mentioned first, I assume the raspberry will be prominent. Not much porter in the aroma, which is okay with me.

Not much porter in the tasted either. Raspberries pretty much dominate. But it isnt a fake or artificial or overpowering berry flavor. It seems just right. I was hoping to taste a little more porter here, as it seems there is little porter in this one.

A very different beer. I enjoyed it. Fruit porters are hard to judge because one cant pick a category this beer belongs. Whatever category it is in, I like this one. Really drinkable and fruity without being sweet. Thin in the body but not watered down. Quite refreshing.

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Photo of Gehrig
4.09/5  rDev +21%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed at The Blind Pig in Champaign. Clear cherry red body with a finger of slightly tan head; modest duration and decent lacing. The smell bursts with fruit and spices, like warm raspberry cobbler; delicious! The taste is pleasant, better than I expected, for I feared a cloying fruity beer. This was sweet as well as tart and, though it wasn't diverse, the chocolate and caramel malts complement the fruit nicely with a nice, roasted backbone. Solid mouthfeel, smooth and creamy.

I had no idea what to expect from ST Raspberry Porter, fearing a cheap, cloying gimmicky beer despite Southern Tier's outstanding reputation simply because I was leery of the style. This delivered and, while it isn't the most complex beer around, it is solid and enjoyable. Good.

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Photo of Contra
4.07/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance is dark black, although it turns into a carmel color when held up to the light. Lacy head. Strong aroma of raspberries. Flavor is what the bottle describes - chocolately porter style, with fresh raspberries. What's nice about this beer is that the raspberry flavor tastes like actual raspberries, not like raspberry candy/syrup. The body is fairly light, too light for my preferences. It could use a bit more of a creamy body, although that might just be my tastes.

Overall, I'm very impressed. Usually when fruit is added into a beer's profile, it's done really poorly. Not in this case. Personally, I prefer Weyerbacher's Raspberry Imperial Stout, but Southern Tier made a fine beer here.

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Photo of joedon
4.07/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tried this at the Sunset Grill (Boston) today.

This is not a "dessert" beer but a very flavorful fruit ale.
Taste of fruit, hops and roast malt predominate. Big aroma of raspberry and chocolate. The mouthfeel is a bit on the thin side but still good as a dark beer. Good sipping beer and very fitting for a salad or fruit as a food course.

Highly attenuated: not sweet at all. Good fruit and roasty aftertaste. I would drink this again and try to brew my own home-brewed version.

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Photo of ujsplace
4.05/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into an oversized pub glass.

Nice creamy white head with a deep reddish amber body and descent lacing.

Smells of ripe raspberries and dark chocolates.

Mild malts, a hint of dark chocolate with a nice big raspberry middle and a slightly bitter hop finish...

Medium, creamy nicely carbonated...

Nice brew, very drinkable...

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Photo of STEG
4.04/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a standard pint glass from a 12 oz bottle. Poured a dark brown with a little head. Smells like raspberries and chocolate with a bit of coffee in there as well. Taste is more of the same, with a nice mouthfeel with just enough carbonation. This is a very drinkable brew, with just the right amounts of everything to create what they advertise on the label. Now I usually don't like porters and there's only one other porter (Sam Smiths Taddy) I would have ever considered getting again until now.

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Photo of ph2001
4.02/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle in pint glass

pours a dark brownish red shade. one finger of head.

smells of fresh raspberries. medium bodied. very crisp and clean tasting. the berry flavor is quite strong but balanced nicely into the porter flavor. its good but one of those you couldnt really drink more tha a few of.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a deep clear brown color ale with an average foamy head with average retention and no lacing. Aroma consists of real lightly sweet raspberry with some light roasted malt notes. Taste is a nice mix between some lightly bitter roasted malt notes with some black chocolate and some real raspberry taste. I am usually not the biggest fan of sweet fruity porter but I thought this was a real treat.

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Photo of albern
4/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This review will serve as a place holder until I have another opportunity to taste this beer more seriously. My initial reaction is quite positive. I would not have expected porter and raspberries to quite go together, but they do. The beer pours a ruby mahogany color, decent head, no retention. The nose is quite pronounced raspberry flavors. There is a bit of dark malt and roasted notes in the nose too.

The taste did not disappoint, but I do want to try this beer again. The chocolate and roasted notes seemed to balance quite nicely against the rather pronounced raspberry flavors. This is a fairly low ABV beer and maybe that helps things out a bit in that there is no throaty or boozy qualities that have to be considered in trying to find the right combination and balance of elements. More to come.

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Photo of mjryan
4/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I realized after I poured it that this beer does not resemble my defenition of a porter at all...its red for crying out loud! That being said Im not going to let it effect my scoring...becuase Im not a beer judge and dont care. Deep red coulor with a small head that disipates quickly. Not much lace, but some. Smells like raspberries (real raspberries)...imagine that. A little dark caramel aroma in there as well. Tastes like rasperries...again, imagine that, with a bit of bready malt and a slight hint of chocalate (I may have imagined the chocalte). Good amount of bitterness balances out this beer. The raspberry flavour is very fresh and dry. Not much sweetness which is a good thing, but not as tart as I might have expected. Highly drinkable and a unique fruit beer. I wonder why they labeled this a porter because to me its more like a raspberry red ale. I liked this one a lot.

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Photo of Jp7010
4/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Popped open a bottle from a 6-pack, and poured into a nonic. A chocolate brown with a half inch of cappuccino-colored foam, which took a few minutes to dissipate to a pleasant lacing. The smell was raspberries and roasted, chocolate malts. From the aroma, I was expecting the taste to be overpowering of raspberries. Fortunately, I was wrong. The rich roasted malts and slightly sour raspberry taste were well-balanced, and a nice hoppy bitterness even contributed to the taste. Amazingly well balanced for a fruit beer, especially a raspberry beer. The feel was of light carbonation, and a lighter body. Typically I find both fruit beers and porters to be not very drinkable. This brew surprised me, with how quickly it went down and how quickly I was looking in the fridge for another bottle.

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Photo of alkemy
4/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown with lots of ruby highlights. Not much of a head, but did manage a fair amount of lacing. Really smells of fresh raspberries. There's also a pleasant chocolate aroma. You get a hint of bready malts, but they are more pronounced in the taste rather than smell. Raspberries are the star of the show, but the chocolate notes really balance everything out. Quite a smooth feel, but I just felt it was too thin. If this had a little more viscosity it would be a real winner for me.

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Photo of ROMER79
4/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured a dark brown with a two finger head into a pint glass. Right off the bat the raspberries hit your nose with a hurricane of flavor. I could also catch a little bit of spices and chocolate in there. The taste was good. It was a mix of chocolate, raspberries, caramel, and roasted malts. It's feel was thick and full and it is a very easy beer to drink.

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Photo of GbVDave
3.97/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Val-Dieu chalice.

A: Pours a rather thin and watery looking, dark ruby tinted brown. Very clear with lazy carbonation. This sports the tiniest hint of off-white head.

S: Aromas of fresh raspberry, dark chocolate, roasted malt, and sweet toffee/caramel.

T: See above. The roasted malt flavor really pops as the temp rises as does the raspberry and some spicy hops.

M: Much bigger and thicker than it looks. Nice, spicy roastiness, with a subtle sweetness from the raspberry and a kiss of pepper from the hops.

D: Pretty darn refreshing. Could be a great warm weather session beer.

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Photo of robbyc1
3.97/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my glass with a nice white head, not much lacing, clear garnet red color, not as dark as expected, nor as murky as I thought it would be, but decent.

Nose has a light raspberry lift, very nice, but where is the chocolate they speak of on the 6 pack. Nothing else but raspberry.

Taste is like the nose, but soft and nice, a beer backbone behind the raspberry, but looking for more here. Site says it's 4.8% abv, not noticeable.

Good medium body in the mouth, just right carbonation, very nice going down. Drinkable for sure, have to see if the wife likes it.

As for me, if you put this together with Choklat you would have a great beer. As my review of Choklat said it's way to chocolaty, no beer there. Here, the porter gets lost, enough for a beer backbone but that's it. Anyway, I know these guys go overboard sometimes, not on this one, but Creme Brulee and Pumking I've heard that many people can't finish a full glass, to much of the main ingredient. Hope they keep trying - this one is not far off from being really good.

Update: Nov '08, better chocolate notes detected, really does back up the great raspberry nose notes. One of the better combinations around, I uped my tasted and smell scores to good to reflect this.

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Photo of Winter
3.95/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown with a slight amber hue. Head is khaki colored. The aroma consists of raspberries or raspberry jam, chocolate and caramel. The mouthfeel is medium. Nice malt backbone with raspberry flavor layered throughout. Some caramel and jammy raspberries. Hint of nuttiness and a kiss of hop bitterness toward the back dries things out a little. Raspberry flavor isn't too sweet at all.

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Photo of lackenhauser
3.94/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I always have a pre-conceived notion about beers like this-rasberry porter, cherry stout, etc. Its like there is an image in my mind and on my tongue as to how they should taste. Even the homebrews I have made and trying to perfect the perfect fruit/dessert beer.

Decent enough color but not dark enough to call it porter like. Slight hint of reddish hue. Definate rasberry aroma-no malt or roasted aroma-fruit dominates. Upfront fruit flavor but a good bite of hops and dark malt. Similar to a chocolate cherry cordial. Good mouthfeel. Very drinkable and enjoyable. Just the right balance between the beer itself and the fruit. One of the better fruit beers I have had. New Glarus Belgian Red is one thing. Trying to combine the fruit with a stout or porter is a whole other thing. Southernt Tier pulls it off here.

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