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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 Minotaur
3.87/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Into a pint glass, from bottle: it pours a dark brown with red highlights. There is minimal head and lacing which things down quickly

The aroma has a sweet toasted malt with sweet-sour raspberry. There is very little hop presence in the scent.

The beer carries a very dry toasted malt flavor with some darker coffee, roast notes. The raspberry is on the back of the tongue and not cloying. It tastes almost like fresh fruit and is bright and sour-sweet. This kind of ale can become syrupy and unpleasant. There is a present dryness and smoothness. Any hops there provided a density instead of a sourness or pronounced bitterness.

It is very drinkable with a medium heaviness in the mouthfeel.

I normally don't like fruit flavored beer but this is extremely well balanced and the fruit accents the dark coffee flavor instead of dominating it.

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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 JohnnyBarman
3.45/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Got a bottle of this from a friend of mine who visited New York. Usually I've had pretty good luck with Southern Tier, but I must admit the idea of a raspberry porter intrigues.

Pours a dark mahogany colour. A thin, light tan head, dissolving into a ring. Little flecks of lacing.

The smell is certainly raspberry-dominated, with a little bit of dark chocolate. Maybe a little bit of dark malts in the back, but only just.

The taste starts off all raspberry, but quickly transitions to a slightly burnt bitterness. Not bad; not very complex, however.

Mouthfeel is far too thin to be classified as a porter in my book.

Kudos to Southern Tier for experimenting. Certainly a brew that was well worth a try. Not my favorite, and I wont seek it out again, but enjoyable nevertheless. With a bit of tweaking, this one could be a real winner.

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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 Frosty80
3.86/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Color: pours light brown. sits a clear, garnet-brown

Smell: fresh raspberry and chocolate dominate. very low hop aroma. no roast to speak of. perhaps a slight bready presence

Taste: raspberries dominate but is not overwhelming. balanced with chocolate and sweet, bready malt. hop flavor and bitterness are very low

Mouthfeel: smooth, heavy-medium body with low carbonation

Notes: not very roasty or bitter so makes a great, fruity and easy-drinking dark beer. would be paired great with ice cream

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Photo of david18
3.43/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I like this brewery a lot and definitely applaud their experimentation and willingness to go to extremes. This one is interesting because of the combination of strong fruit flavor, dark malt and low abv. Overall the raspberry is way too present in the beer, which negatively effects the taste and mouthfeel for me. The look and smell is great and since it's low in abv, you can have one and not feel too looped. Worth a try but not one I'd highly recommend.

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Photo of BWH3
3.27/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Translucent brown with a bright red note. Head is small, thin bubbly beige.

S: A lot of tart raspberry. A bit of chocolate.

T: Similar with a bit more chocolate. A dry grain taste in finish. Hops are absent for the most part.

M: Too thin for a porter. Poor head

D: A bet a lot of people try this beer, but not a lot love it. I thought this beer would be intense, sweet and rich on par with Mokah or Creme Brulet. Unfortunately, it was not.

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Photo of Cakanator
2.7/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

On tap @ Sierra. Pors pretty dark with some hints of red. Overall great aroms which is the best part of it. Otherwise this is smooth light raspberry porter. Some hints of cocoa, nothing to blow me away though. I think Souther Tier brews are better when they jack it up both price and quality wise. Black water series brews are key to their success. I haven't been a fan of their six packs. Mostly over priced and ordinary.

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Photo of thain709
3.92/5  rDev +16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - A dark brown body but it does have some lightness to it for a porter...a tan head stands about 1.5 fingers and fades into a spotty cap...some lacing is left

S - Fresh, sweet raspberries fill the aroma...chocolate is an after thought in the nose

T - Mirrors the nose to the point...raspberries dominate for about 3/4's of this beer...this isn't bad because they never become cloying...they are sweet in flavor...the chocolate comes in at the end again and almost takes away some of sweetness of the raspberries but adds the sweetness of its own

M - Medium bodied...actually a little thin for a porter but nicely carbonated

D - I can see why this has a B- rating (people may think it's too sweet or the raspberries are fake) but this is a pretty good beer...you get a lot of raspberries (so they aren't lying about that) and the porter characteristics stand out as well

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

Presentation: 12oz brown pop top, nice label, no freshness date to be found

Appearance: Dark walnut beer with garnet highlights; a hard pour produces a creamy dark ivory cap with pretty good retention

Smell: Vibrant fresh/natural sweetened raspberry puree...some mild bittersweet chocolate notes as well, which are quite nice...this is pretty pleasant

Taste: Right in keeping with the aromas...there are really nice, natural raspberry flavors here, with a touch of chocolate in the background...it's sweet at first, but ends kind of sharp and bitter, with (in my opinion) too much burnt/black malt. Some mild bitter coffee on the finish as well.

Mouthfeel: A bit light for the style, on the light side of medium

Drinkability: Medium-high

Conclusion: This is a pretty tasty American Porter...the fruit/porter combination is done really well, and is not at all fake which is rare for a lot of American fruit beers...the only thing that brings this down is the kind of dry/overly bitter finish.

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Photo of cupcakequeenie
3.83/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- The porter pours a dark reddish color "raspberry chocolate" is a good description here. Little carbonation and head retention.
S- Initial whiff is of raspberry, chocolate is not very identifiable.
T- The chocolate comes in after the raspberry again but is easily identified. Normal coffee-ish porter taste, too. The tastes come out after it has warmed a bit.
M- A medium body with the little carbonation. The down side to tasting better is that the beer is virtually flat after it warms a bit.
D- The sweetness of the raspberry is balanced by the chocolate coffee undertones and I feel as though it is a good after dinner beer.

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Photo of PirateUlf73
3.75/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

A: A pleasant ruby-b;lack color with a substantial light-tan head.

S: Quite strong raspberry presence with an underlying roasted malt and chocolate note. Very sweet.

T: Dominant raspberry flavor with some roasty chocolate notes to smooth thins out. Almost like biting into a raspberry-filled chocolate candy.

M: Medium-bodied with some nice raosty noted to spread the line. Finished sweet and fairly clean.

D: Light enough to be sessionable, rich enough to be interesting. A symphony of balance.

Overall, I greatly enjoyed this beer. Very much a dessert beer. Definitely worth tasting, if for no other reason than to get great ideas for desserts.

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Photo of rpstevens
3.17/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a bottle into a Portsmouth tulip.

The beer pours a dark brown with a frothy white head. If you hold it up to the light there is a ruby/amber glow in the center of the beer. The head leaves a fuzzy lacing on the sides of the glass.

The smell is soft/sweet raspberries (not bitter or sour), there is also some dark chocolate and coffee in the nose.

The taste is much like the smell, the coffee and raspberries start the flavor followed by some bitter chocolate tones. The flavors are well-represented, but there seems to be something missing.

The beer is well carbonated, and it's not a bad taste, it's just not something that leaves me craving more.

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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 gmfessen
3.54/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a beer mug, upon opening beer is foaming out of the bottle; this is a winter release and it's had a good amount of time to carbonate in the bottle. When it finally settles down and I get to pour the rest of the beer into the mug, it is a very deep brown color with crimson highlights and a heavy, tan/cream head. The smell is all raspberries, maybe a hint of chocolate; reminds me of Chambord. No hop presence to speak of. The taste is pretty well executed; although the "porter" is not detectable in the nose, it is present initially in the taste until it transitions to raspberry sweetness and finishes rather neutral with just a hint of chocolate raspberries. The beer makes a nice transition from porter to raspberries but it doesn't really seem to go anywhere from there, almost one-dimensional. Mouthfeel is much thinner than I was hoping for as is the carbonation. Drinkability is very good; this could be a sessionable beer but I think I would want it more as a summer beer to change it up from drinking all the wheat beers and lagers as opposed to a winter seasonal.

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Photo of goblue3509
2.59/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a coffee color with a off white head. The smell is of too much raspberry, it is a little overpowering and cheap smelling. The taste is of fake raspberry with a little malt on the back end. The mouthfeel is a little slightly carbonated. Overall it is a smooth beer but the raspberry taste is a little too fake.

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

Appearance - Poured dark brown. The head was minimal and retention was lacking. No lacing. Little to no visible carbonation.

Smell - The artificial raspberry smell was very upfront, almost overbearing and really detracted from the other aromas of the beer. Hints of malt and chocolate followed.

Taste - Somewhat unique. Strangely the ratio of raspberry flavor to beer was refreshing but really pushed the limits of fruit flavoring in a beer. Once again, the raspberry flavoring somewhat took away from the rest of the beer masking the hints of malt and chocolate, though the blend did work.

Mouthfeel - Was enjoyable. It seemed at times to be almost flat but for some reason worked. It went down very smooth. Very little carbonation.

Drinkability - Was very easy and smooth to drink and is not as heavy as a traditional Porter it seemed. It almost seemed kind of watered down, yet for some reason, added to the experience and really worked for this Porter. Somewhat unique and enjoyable. I feel this would make a nice dessert beer.

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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 jonziefle
3.48/5  rDev +3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured a darker brown, but still see through. Clear. Half finger head the disappears quickly, leaving just a thin layer. Looks pretty flat; not a lot of life. No lacing at all.

Smell: Strong syrupy sweet smell of raspberries. Not like fresh raspberries, more like candy. Some darker, smokey chocolate scents deep down, but not a match for the raspberries. Doesn’t smell like a porter at all

Taste: The taste is much more of a traditional porter, with a hint of raspberries (the smell is the other way around). Little bite to start, transitioning into smokey and chocolate malts. Complimentary raspberry sweetness balances well. Slight metallic/dirt taste at the end. Flavor lasts awhile.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, but a little thin for a porter.

Drinkability: A good porter with a twist. From the smell, I thought this was going to be too syrupy sweet and artificial tasting, but I was pleasantly surprised. The raspberry taste is a good compliment to the smokiness of the porter. Very smooth and easy drinking.

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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 ClockworkOrange
3.15/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A 12 ounce bottle poured into a standard shaker "pint" glass. The porter appears a clear deep chestnut color with about a finger of quickly fading ecru foam. Nose and flavor are that of raspberry extract, medium roasted bready grain, a hint of cocoa, hops are barely there. A tad thin bodied with light carbonation. Not one of their best efforts IMO.

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

Dark brown with a little ruby, poured with no head and little lace. Smells like a candy powder raspberry with just a hint of the malt. Mouth was light and thin, slight foaminess and went down with slight bitter and a little chocolate with almost no raspberry remainder. Tastes, well, like a decent porter if a little thin and a nice raspberry added, not overpowering, but a little candy spree like. Touch of chocolate at the end, not sweet at all.

I'd say this is a decent effort. I'd get it again as a light starter before moving on.

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Raspberry Porter from Southern Tier Brewing Company
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