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Raspberry Porter | Southern Tier Brewing Company

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Raspberry PorterRaspberry Porter

Brewed by:
Southern Tier Brewing Company
New York, United States

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by klewis on 10-22-2007

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 195 | Ratings: 221
Photo of beerking1
3.87/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours rather pale brown for a porter, but within the range for a brown porter. White head fades fast, leaving a small collar. Aroma is pure raspberries. A little artificial, but not bad. Hints of chocolate malt in the background.
Flavor is berries up front, real nice, but this time the chocolate malt comes through more. A somewhat weak porter, but with real nice raspberry character making up for the missing porter character. Pretty good balance overall. Much more beer character than most fruit beers. It is a little thin for a porter, but this is to be expected for a fruit beer.
If you like raspberries, and enjoy porter, you will probably like this beer, but it will not convince hardcore beer drinkers who disdain those all-fruit beers.

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Photo of brantadid
2.55/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured a very dark/blackish ruby color with very little head. Head was very white. No lacing to speak of.

Smelled like rasberries, but not the fruit. It actually smelled like the chocolate that has rasberry filling in it.

Interesting flavor. The flavor profile is basically; porter, rasberry flavor, porter. Slight burn malt flavor, followed by a very artificial rasberry flavor, and finished with a burnt/bitter flavor.

Very low carbonation. Watery mouthfeel. My biggest issue with this beer was how artificial the rasberry flavor was. I think this could be a really great, interesting beer if they can get the rasberry flavor right.

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Photo of tpd975
3.72/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a nice cola color with a big bubbly head. The head dies down quickly and little in the way of lacing is left behind.

S: Wow as soon as I cracked the bottle I was overcome with the aroma of raspberries. No chocolate, no coffee, and no toffee this one smells of pure raspberry nectar.

T: What you smell is what you taste...for the most part. Tons of fresh tasting raspberry juice dances on the tongue. This one is pretty carbonated. My entire mouth is coated with sweet raspberry. This one could pass as a soda drink. In the end there is an ever so slight hint of chocolate malt, but not much other than raspberry.

M: Nice light and bubbly.... Is this a porter?

D: Pretty drinkable. Light brew and rather tasty in a strange sort of way.

Overall: Not your typical porter in any way shape or fashion. It's thin, with no real porter characteristics. That being said if treated more as a fruit beer it's pretty tasty. Tons of raspberry taste with a nice sparkling quality about it. I could never dream of getting my wife to enjoy a dark brew but she loved this one. It would serve as a good gateway beer, and as an alternative to a fruit beer to those fruit beer lovers.

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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 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 hellcatsjg
3.42/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Have seen this referred to below as cola colored. Very apt description. Finger of head disappears very quickly and no lacing is present.

Smell: Decent scent of chocolates and raspberrries.

Taste: Not much of a porter taste here, but the raspberries come through well. You get a bit of a malty chocolate flavor but that gives way to the raspberry flavor that rounds out the swallow. Not much going on here, and a bit weaker than I was hoping for.

Mouthfeel: A bit on the light side, more watery than I would like. There is a nice raspberry flavor that lingers for a while.

Drinkability: Not a bad beer, but not one that I would search out again for a while. The concept is a good one, but the beer could use a bit more work on the porter side of things. The raspberry flavor is nice, though a bit artificial tasting.

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Photo of LittleBreeze
3.07/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Beer Thirty Tasting

Pours cola brown with ruby hints

Aroma: The aroma hits as soon as the bottle is opened. Strong...Raspberry and a hint of chocolate.

Taste: Strong raspberry taste. Sometimes I can taste the hint of a porter trying to break through but it gets lost in the mix.

Mouthfeel: A bit thin...

Drinkability: This beer could be paired with several desserts. Easy enough to drink a few of them

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Photo of PBoegel
3.32/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

grabbed a six pack this afternoon, very inviting aroma profile, fruit is prominent and reminscint of specialty holiday chocolate candies, tastes are many sweet and slight sour of raspberry on top of sweet chocolate and light roasted malts, worth the effort, a fine dessert beer.

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Photo of jmalex
3.7/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I like raspberry. I love porter. What a great combo! I sure hope this is good.

APPEARANCE: Pours into a new Sam Adams glass a deep maroonish brown that is barely transparent. The head is white and starts at almost one finger. It drops to a thick collar and features many splotches of leftover head across the surface.

SMELL: What do you know! It's a porter... and raspberries! They're definitely both there, but the raspberry seems slightly more intense. It's difficult to tell if it's real fruit or from an extract, but I'll give it the benefit of the doubt because it's not terrible off-putting. The porter aromas are tougher to pull out, but things seem in order. A hint of chocolate and a decent amount of roast pull this one together.

TASTE: The porter comes first and is fairly straightforward. Black and roasted malt are prominent, and caramel and chocolate flavors more or less aren't. As the beer crosses the palate, the raspberry begins to intensify and takes on somewhat of a candyish flavor. The fruit peaks on the finish and carries through until after the swallow. The flavors don't really mesh and meld too much and really are quite distinct and separate. I'm still can't decide what kind of raspberry was used to flavor, but it does seem awfully sweet. And all that said, I like it. It's a great combo, and better execution would improve it greatly.

MOUTHFEEL: The body is medium at best and seems to lack depth. Carbonation is right at a just above medium level which is where I like it.

DRINKABILITY: It's definitely got an almost cloying candiness to it. The sweetness might be at a good level, but I could use less from the fruit and more from the malt. It's odd because most fruit beers I tend to have are the opposite. Regardless, it's not hard to finish 1 or 2, especially with dessert.

Eh, I can't not recommend this beer. It's definitely worth buying for the novelty and worth buying for a tasty dessert accompaniment. Just be prepared going into it. It'll certainly pique your interest.

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Photo of iceball585
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Dark reddish brown color, semi-transparent, thin white ring head, few tiny carbonation bubbles rising

S- Raspberries, chocolate, sweet smell

T- Raspberries, dark chocolate, vanilla, roasted malts, cherries, grains, hint of bitter hops

M- Light/medium body, medium/heavy carbonation, smooth but slightly fizzy bitter the end

D- Definatly worth trying

This is a really interesting beer. Really strong flavor of raspberries but just a little too fizzy for my tastes.

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Photo of rohrbachsfan
3.88/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Deep brown but still transparent.

Smell: Raspberries and malt

Taste: Roasted malt, espresso, and sweet raspberries. Mild bitterness.

Mouthfeel: medium carbonation with a dry sweet finish.

Drinkability: Very nice but expected it to be a tad darker. Would drink again.

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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 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 williamherbert
3.82/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The color is reddish brown. Fragile foamy head disappears fast. Looks watery, but also dark and substantial. Deep and rich, but not doesn't look thick. Good lace.

Smells like a coffee with a hint of raspberry. Both scents go together nicely. The bitter coffee and berry smells are good together.

The berry is the dominant initial flavor; coffee comes after the swallow. A wheat flavor is present too -- somewhat. Not that complex, but nicely balanced. Like a black + red flavor.

It's smooth, but with the slight thickness of a porter. Good smooth/rough contrast in the feel. It's a good sweet/bitter beer with some depth in the contrasting flavors. Both bitter + sweet are strong.

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

12oz. bottle

Pours a rich dark brown color with ruby highlights. A thin tan head fades. Nice lacing around the glass.

Fresh raspberry aroma among mild scents of roasted malts and cocoa.

Nice raspberry taste upfront giving way to a mild roasty taste and a pleasant cocoa flavor. It's a decent combination of flavors, but I don't think the base porter would fare so well on it's own merits.

Thin body, mild carbonation.

Overall, a drinkable brew and one of the few non-pumpkin fruit beers released in the fall.Get this one if you are looking for a fruit beer, not so much if you are thirsty for a meaty porter.

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Photo of letsgopens
3.45/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark copper brown with some deep ruby highlights visible when held to the light. The head is fairly thick and light beige in color. It holds well and leaves some average lace.

Heavy, tart raspberry in the aroma. Very appetizing and fruity throughout. Some citrus and caramel. Malty and very sweet.

More bitter and yeasty than expected. In a fruit beer, especially one that smells like this, I would expect either sweeter or tarter. Instead the flavor is predominately bitter and a bit yeasty/dry. Raspberry and dark fruit are present, some decent tartness but still a bit mild. Some roasted malt and a bit of cherry in the finish.

Matted and heavier on the palate but still a bit thin for my taste in porters. Low to moderate carbonation. Pleasant, but certainly not as good as many of the Southern Tier masterpieces that I’ve grown accustom to.

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

A - Pours a dark brown with medium head. Quite a bit of lacing in the glass.

S - How many times can you say Raspberry? Its dominant. There are other subtle scents in there, some spice, a little coffee, but raspberry is so dominant.

T - Once again, raspberry. It is prevalent, but not in a bad way as you might expect. It marries well with the malt of the beer. Very palatable.

M - Not as carbonated as I'd have expected. I thought this would be heavier on the carbonation. I expected this to be a mix of Porter and Rasperry Wheat, the density of the beer is there, but the carbonation is much less.

D - Great. It is a good mix of a porter and fruit beer. I am not a fruit beer fan, but this is among the better ones.

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Photo of Imstillthegman
3.27/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I wasn't sure what to expect with this one...but here's what I experienced.

The pour yielded a fairly clear, cola like color. There was a short glimpse of a head but it quickly diminished to a very thin ring. No lacing present.

The aroma is just what one would expect from the name. There are raspberries (smells a bit artificial) and a light, bitter coffee scent. The berries come through first with the coffee lagging behind.

The flavor is along the same line. Berries up front, coffee second. Sweetness and the bitterness play off of each other nicely.

The mouthfeel leads me to believe what I feared...that this may just be a mix of their porter and their raspberry wheat. Thin for a porter and the carbonation is too active in the mouth. The aftertaste is slightly sweet and drying. This isn't horrible, but it isn't all that I had hoped for either.

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

On-tap at The Brewkettle - Strongsville, OH - 10/22/07

A: Pours a solid brown with a foamy head. A good amount of lacing left on the pint glass.

S: Big smell of fresh raspberries and not much else.

T: A prominent raspberry taste, but not as overpowering as the aroma. Complemented by a somewhat nutty malty character. Bitter and earthy in the end. A bit watery in the finish with the flavor quickly dropping out.

M: Fairly light bodied for a porter with moderate carbonation.

D: A good beer, but this one didn't blow my socks off. With some tweaking and a little more flavor, this one could be a winner.

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Raspberry Porter from Southern Tier Brewing Company
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