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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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Ratings: 221 |  Reviews: 195
Photo of djrn2
3/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of Knapp85
3.47/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours out almost like a dark brown ale... strange, this is probably the first and only porter I've had with this light of a color. The head is a tan shade of color. The aroma is a little bit like a toasted raspberry muffin. Pretty nice smelling overall. This flavor was a little watered down it seems. Not the biggest amount of flavor in a beer of this style could have. I this beer was a bit disappointing.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
2.82/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Porter eh? Tastes almost like their raspberry wheat to me. Doesn't have nearly enough of a body to be a porter in my mind, way too thin and watery. Raspberry dominated all of the tastes and tasted a bit fake for my liking. While I'm glad I tried it out, I wouldn't get it again.. a bit too fake and gimmicky.

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Photo of brentk56
3.6/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a very dark but translucent amber color with a head that retains well and strokes the glass with shards of lace

Smell: Raspberry syrup with some chocolate undertones

Taste: Swirling the beer around my mouth, the raspberry syrup and modest chocolate flavors appear up front, with a touch of roasty bitterness behind; after the swallow, it all pretty much fades away

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate to high carbonation

Drinkability: I had really high hopes for this beer; I think they should re-formulate it and release it in their big beer, bomber series; as it is, it is certainly drinkable but just not very exciting

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Photo of oline73
2/5  rDev -40.8%

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 NeroFiddled
3.82/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Southern Tier's Raspberry Porter pours a clear, very deep chestnut brown colored body beneath a short head of frothy tan foam. The head retention is fair, and it maintains a silky surface covering throughout most of the glass. Initially it also leaves some very nice lacing about the glass, although that fades along with the head.

The nose is all raspberry, sweet and tart and juicy. Only a little bit of cocoaish malt sneaks in from behind.

The flavor offers a combination of mild raspberry and gently chocolatey malt. The fruit appears upfront, and the chocolate comes in towards the swallow, and then lingers in the gentle finish. It's soft and readily accessible with a mild bitter note of support and only hints of grassy and leafy hops.

It's interesting, but it's not very porter-like. The fruitiness is really nice. It seems to be from real fruit. And I like the way that the two main flavors trade back and forth; and when one isn't accented (across the middle for example) they mesh together really well. Nicely done.

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Photo of oberon
3.11/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap at the Pizza Plant on Main,poured from the tap kind of a nutty brown color with good clarity a thinner but tight off white head atop.A little to much raspberry in the nose not any porter roastiness and just a hint of dark chocolate mainly just sweet and I mean real sweet fruitiness.That sweetness translates on to the palate in a big way starting out with that raspberry and chocolate really hitting home with not enough of a dryness to balance it out only a hint of earth in the finish but it never comes close to standing up to the near cloying sweetness.I t was a one and done for me to much fruit and like others have noted not enough porter,I love ST but this well it could be better in alot of ways this is something my wife would enjoy though.

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Photo of billab914
2.63/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Portsmouth snifter glass. Poured dark brown in color with a thin lacing barely covering the top of the beer. It did however leave some nice lacing on the glass as I drank it.

I'm getting mostly raspberry extract from the nose, not much else. Anything else that is present is very light compared to the raspberry. The taste is pretty light on the roastedness, chocolate, and coffee flavors I expect with a porter. Instead there is a strong raspberry extract taste to it.

Mouthfeel is very light for a porter with moderate to low carbonation. Drinkability is average for the beer. If you go in expecting a good porter you will be disappointed but if you expect an average fruit beer it's drinkable.

Overall my biggest complaint is it's not very porter like at all. Not much roast or chocolate flavors and a very thin mouthfeel. It tastes like they subbed out the wheat in the raspberry wheat to just enough dark malts to change the color of the beer. I might feel differently if this wasn't listed under the porter style and was instead under the fruit beer style. Rating to style doesn't do this beer any favors for sure.

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Photo of smcolw
2.71/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Modest head that dies to a ring of bubbles. Spotty lace. The liquor is dark amber and quite clear. Does not remotely look like a porter.

Nice, dry berry aroma comes through. Quite mild in the malt department--I miss the chocolate that normally would be present with this fruit. Smells closer to raspberry sherbet.

This is NOT a porter. I might call it an amber. Mild hop, mild malt flavors. This all about the raspberry--dry raspberry. No sweetness to this brew. It's also very watery.

Normally, I love Southern Tier's beers but this one clearly misses the mark, just on the naming alone.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.33/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear, dark reddish-brown body with a small, bubbly, white head.

Smell: Strong raspberry aroma with background smelling vaguely of chocolate and dark malts.

Taste: Dark maltiness with a hint of baker's chocolate and a rather restrained sweetness. The raspberries are really downplayed for the taste when compared to the aroma, which, depending on your liking towards raspberries, can either be a good or bad thing. Slight pinch of bitterness near the drying finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: When looking at the separate components, you see a middling fruit beer and a pretty dull porter. Leaning on one another they present a decent beer, but that's about it. Alright, now sign me up for a Raspberry Wheat.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.11/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The pour was wonderful. Rich and cool looking brown was tinted ever so slightly around the edges with a reddish hue.. Nice head of tan came up over the top to a height of around two inches before settling back down. Light around of grain, bready malts and a touch of fruit. Lightly sweet as it warmed. The flavor was not what I was thinking. not enough fruit here to really make a difference. Mostly malt grain like flavor with a slight accent of fruit in the mid palate and finish. Smooth and nice carbonation in an otherwise light to medium bodied ale. Easy to drink offering up little to no resistance.

Overall a very interesting beer that was slightly letting me down in the fruit department. Still would not mind having it again, but I would not look for it.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.72/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Got this in the Black Booty Bif from ClockworkOrange Thanks for the chance to try this.

Pours a dark brown with ruby/orange highlights when held up to the light. Has a dismal head that disappears to lacing on the glass. Aroma is Raspberry's right up front, but not as in your face as some raspberry brews I've had. Mix in some caramel malt and some roast. I love the way this smells. Taste is a roasty chocolaty Raspberry's. Again the raspberry is subtle compared to some. Mouthfeel is a little thin. Great smelling brew, taste is good, but I would have liked some more body. I could easily session this one.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.22/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appears a dark ruby brown hue no dark jet black with highlights here this is pale by porter standards, I'm thinking a water chaser will be necessary for this one. Light tan beige head forms with dimples dwindles relatively quick and thin scant lacing forms sporadically around my ST/BC pint much like the AC/DC symbol with a lightning bolt. Aroma seeds and tart sweet raspberry juice phenols arise mild roasty character with some dark chocolate there no strong coffee edge or tame herbal hops just sticky sweet raspberry sweetness arises. Flavor a blend of chocolate covered raspberry meant for dessert and the holidays guessing from the Pointsettas blended with the raspberries on the label. Some porterish content here but for the most part I can't get past the sticky sweet raspberry flow. With each sip some herbal hops to begin to arise so I guess they didn't leave that dimension out of the equation. A touch of dry dark chocolate with roasty mild light coffee filter remains floating in raspberry jammed water. Mouthfeel is thin for any porter and really thin for a Southern Tier product what the hell is going on with ST's raspberry infatuation I'm guessing it's the sales of the Raspberry Wheat this past summer. Sturdy carbonation with a spritzy thin body as stated above it works quite well raspberry doesn't stick to the palate indefinitely. Drinkability is okay that's about all I have to say I'm not sold on this and I don't condone great brewers to run for the fruit but ST has done okay with their efforts, I could drink a couple of these.

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Photo of rab53
2/5  rDev -40.8%

Photo of jwc215
3.52/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours dark rubyish brown with a tan head that almost disappears, leaving minimal lacing on the glass.

The smell is of raspberry with a lightly smoked porterish background.

The taste is of syrupy raspberry. What possibly saves it is the background of a decent/even nice porter. There is some chocolate and a hint of roastiness. Finishes sweetish.

It's a bit on the light-side, but it is a porter, and not a stout, and there is a creaminess to it. And, it does hold on to medium-bodied.

Not bad for what it is, but the sweet raspberry syrup makes it fine for one - perhaps as a dessert beer - and is better than the typical "fruit" beer - but, that's about it.

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Photo of Wasatch
3.65/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks goes out to drseamus for this one.

Pours a nice dark brown color, nice carbonation, nice one-finger plus creamy tan head, lots of nice sticky lacing follows. The nose is malty, nice touch of raspberry, and some nice caramel tones. The taste is malty, raspberry tones, and some caramel. Medium body. Drinkable, I like this one, very nice.

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Photo of Gavage
3.55/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: pours a dark brown color with a 2" thck head that lasts a while. Lacing paints the glass during the session.

Smell: raspberries and hints of chocolate are pleasant on the nose.

Taste: raspberries are up front in the flavor profile with softer chocolate and malt sweetness bringing up the rear. Bitterness balances out some of the sweetness and a dryness arrives at the end. Raspberries need to be toned down a touch, but otherwise this was quite tasty.

Mouthfeel: lightly crisp at the start, but smooth and dry at the finish. Medium bodied. Aftertaste is pretty short as the flavors leave the tastebuds quickly.

Drinkability: After having two 12 oz bottles in one session, I had enough of the fruity flavor. A single bottle in a session would suffice.

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Photo of Rochefort10nh
3/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of brandoman63
3.25/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of WesWes
3.62/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a dark brown color with a thick frothy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a bold raspberry scent that accompanies a well rounded porter aroma. It has a nice mix of pale, crystal, and chocolate malts. The taste is decent. It has a dry roasted malt flavor which is overpowered with loads of tart raspberries. THe mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium/full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is an above average fruit beer, but that's it. This is the weakest offering from Southern Tier. I like the idea, but I'd scrap this one for sure.

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Photo of Latarnik
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of biegaman
3.67/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Lacquered mahogany with a concentrate of, lo and behold, raspberry colour that is most apparent when held into the light. Despite being dark the beer is most certainly clear. No head formed and even the outlining looks a little trim and faded. It's darker than a typical fruit beer but lighter than a typical porter, which is perhaps to be expected.

That balance is quickly slanted in the aroma where luscious, sun ripened raspberries, both red and black varieties, thrive. The smell might be vivid enough to convince some that it's actually summer time. The label reads "porter brewed with raspberries" which I take to mean the real thing and not an artificial flavouring; the smell leads me inclined to believe so.

Fortunately, more porter-like qualities come forth in the flavour. All those thoughts of juicy, fruity berries are vanquished by cocoa powder, roasted cereal grains, smoke, almond brittle and creamy nougat. I get as much nutty character (pecans, all of a sudden) than I do chocolate, or much less coffee (of which, thankfully, there is none). I much like this flavour, although like their regular porter, find it substantially meek for my tastes.

Raspberries and porter seem an unlikely combination; wait, no they don't at all! Come to think of it, whenever we have a box of chocolates in the house the fruit-centered ones (raspberry in particular) always go first. The others, deemed less tasty by comparison, sometimes don't get eaten at all. Every drop of this will disappear, that I can assure you.

If you like raspberries or you're an open-minded porter fan, then this is most definitely a beer you'd want to try. Because it's not easily accessible to me I doubt I'll have it again soon, but that said, I already went back to buy it a second time, I liked it that much the first. This is yet another Southern Tier product (basically all of them) that I really enjoyed drinking.

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5/5  rDev +47.9%

Photo of tigg924
3.33/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: 1/4 inch head, dark brown

Smell: strong raspberry, slight milk chocolate

Taste: big raspberry taste, light chocolate

Mouthfeel: very smooth

Drinkability: Here this is listed as a porter. It most likely is a straight 2.5 porter. There are way better options--no questions--way better. If you classify this as a fruit beer which I think it is..It should be a straight 4.0...This is very raspberry, but missing some beer taste...I enjoyed the beer and will have it again in the summer--just not if I am looking for a porter.

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Raspberry Porter from Southern Tier Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.38 out of 5 with 221 ratings
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