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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Reviews: 195 | Ratings: 221
Photo of gestalt162
3.01/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

"Porter brewed with raspberries"- from 12oz bottle poured into pint glass

A: 1 finger toasted marshmallow colored head of small bubbles, doesn't completely dissolve away. Body is a deep reddish black, almost a dark raspberry. Little bits of lacing on the glass.

S: Sweet raspberries with a small hint of roast in the back. Maybe a tiny hint of dark chocolate. More like a raspberry soda than anything else.

T: Initial hit of raspberry syrup leads into roasted malt, maybe a slight touch of coffee. Not a robust roast mind you, but way more than the smell would indicate. Not much in the way of hops, just enough to dry out the finish. Raspberries add some sweetness to the middle. A tiny hint of dark chocolate in the middle-end. Finishes dry and with an after taste of the roasted malt, with no raspberries in the finish.

MF: A little thinner than I would have liked, and pretty flat by the end of the glass.

D: Drinkable, and probably a good complement to dessert, but can be worked on. I could only take one in a sitting, and wouldn't seek this out again.

The second raspberry-themed beer I have tried from Southern Tier (the other being the summer complement to this, the Raspberry Wheat, with an identical raspberry flavor). I'm unimpressed by this beer, mainly because I can't really think of a place where this beer would fit. I wouldn't use this to convert people into porter lovers, as it's not a good example of the style. People who are into "fruity" beers might be turned off by the roasted malt. It functions best as a dessert beer, but in that regard, I don't really feel that the chocolatiness of the roasted malt exerts itself nearly enough.

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Photo of woodske1
2.19/5  rDev -35.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Another Beer that Southern Tier makes entirely too much of and trys to push a little too hard in my eyes. I actually like the porter and raspberry beers on their own, but together...it just doesn't work.

You also can't drink more than one or two of them at most.

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

12 oz. bottle tried 1 Mar 2009. Thanks to R&S for this one.

Poured in a Celis pint glass. Incredibly small brown head, even with a vigorous pour. Well carbonated. Clear dark chocolatey brown color with red highlights. Aroma of sweet tart raspberries and chocolate. Strong chocolate flavors, bittersweet and cocoa. Raspberry flavor highlights instead of overpowering. A bit like one of those chocolate oranges at Christmas (except raspberry of course). Some astringency in the finish. Thin body, light ethanol.

Tasty but the astringency at the finish and light body detract.

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

Big fat thanks to superhuge OlieIPA for opening this boring bottle of crap. OK, it wasn't a bottle of crap, but we just drank a tanker of ten fidy each and split a bottle of Black Flag, so this poor little porter seemed like a puny little girly beer.

Poured ruby hued, thick looking.

Scent is confusing. Cranberry juice? Raspberries? Pretty decent.

Taste like Lipton raspberry iced tea and cigarettes. Very "wine cooler."

We should have opened this earlier and it may have gotten some more respect since I'm a huge fan of Southern Tier.

Overall: marginal

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Photo of OlieIPA
2.75/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Given to me by the very sexy Aimstatus and poured into a tulip glass.

A: Minimal head and lacing, along with a prune juice color.

S: Extremely cranberryish...or raspberry, as PatronWizard so sternly insists.

T: Very blah! I was anticipating a lambic sort of flavor profile from the aroma, but it turned out being too mild and hard to pick up anything but overly ripe fruits.

M: Way too thin with mild carbonation.

D: Not sure what to think...other than okay at best.

Overall: This is the perfect beer when your 19 and going to party, but other than that...this okay. Cheers!

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Photo of isubsmith
3.64/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

My friend brought one of these back from Wisconsin. I haven't seen it locally.

Pour a very light brown with a bit of red in the right light. Surprisingly transparent. Average head.

The nose was very raspberry. It took a lot of effort to get any of the porter smells you'd expect, eg roasted coffee or bitter chocolate. The raspberry certainly over powers them.

Taste was basically all raspberry. The finish had some porter tastes (bitter chocolate, roasted coffee) but the upfront taste is all raspberry. I really felt that the beer could use a lot more porter and a bit less raspberry. Maybe if they did this as an "imperial" it would have been better.

The beer was rather weak in the body department too. Perhaps I'm just comparing too much to all the other Southern Tier "Imperial" beers, but this beer was a bit thin even for a generic porter.

Overall, I think it has potential and could be very interesting if the "porter" part was improved and the "raspberry" part was toned down a bit.

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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 alexgash
3.34/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle.

Surprisingly light caramel brown with burnt sienna edges. Small, gauzy, light beige head. Raspberries all over the nose. Almost more of a concentrated raspberry syrup smell. At any rate, it's a nice mix of sweetness and seedy tartness. Some very light roasted chocolate notes buried underneath.

Toasted malts and grainy astringency up front. Raspberry flavor picks up mixed with a floral perfume-y taste. Thin caramel and faintly roasted malt in the background. Weak coffee bitterness in the finish doesn't mesh well with the lingering raspberry. Moderate to light body is a tad watery. Not too bad, but could use a little more dark roastedness and body.

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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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Photo of AdmiralDiaz
2.88/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from 12oz bottle to snifter.

A: Pours a nice looking dark brown with amber edges. Almost no head and no lacing.

S: Smells like strong raspberries and sweet caramel malts. Bold and delicious scented.

T: Ouch, fail. Faint malts upfront turn into a very dry raspberry finish, not very enjoyable.

Overall: I had hopes for this beer that was only a $1, but it wasn't worth it, smells great but poor appearance, carbonation, and enjoyability. Proceed with caution.

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

12oz. bottle poured into pint glass

a: deep amber color with small head with slight retention, reduces to a little lacing cap

s: rasberry tart and roasted malt

t: very nice taste, mostly rasberry and roasted/carmelized malts. Alchohol does show up slightly as it warms

m&d: very nice mouth from this porter, I would almost consider it thin. This is a good beer to use as a gateway for some of the BMC crowd.

Overall not bad.... I would consider this more of a Fruit beer than a true porter, but is well executed.

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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 rbouton
1.92/5  rDev -43.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Wow! If Leinenkugels(sorry fans) got together with Frankenberry and Trix, this would be the ugly baby. The second you pop the cap, it smells like tou just opened a bag of Twizzlers. Way too much artificial raspberry odor.
Looks like a porter, pours like a porter, but do not expect a porter from this pour. The odor/taste of plastic raspberries immediately kills any hope of enjoying a good porter. Very watery, which I was not expecting. Almost a drain pour, but as I do respect beer, I powered through it. Just glad I didn't spring for the $9 bomber of their Creme Brulee. May have went into Diabetic Shock.
Recommend this for the wine cooler crowd, or the select few who may look foward to cracking open a Leinenkugel's Sunset wheat after a hard day.

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Photo of donkeyrunner
3.09/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Crystal clear dark ruby color. Thin beige head that quickly dissipates. Minimal lacing.

Smells very strongly of raspberry and dark chocolate. Very similiar to the chocolate box raspberry filled creme candies that Forrest Gump and my grandma eat.

Tastes like dark chocolate covered cherries. Smooth but some what watered down: this is carried over into the mouthfeel as well. I was worried this would be a lowest common denominator, overly sweet fruit beer but was pleasantly suprised to find a somewhat fair balance between porter and raspberry. It's not great, but it's nowhere near as bad as it could be.

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Photo of mynie
3.88/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Solid porter pour. Maybe a little too translucent for some, but the head's nice and from a foot or two away it looks solid dark.

Smells strongly of rich, red raspberries and little else. Some faint hints of porter grain in there, but not all that much. It's smells like a beer, not a glass of juice, but it's just not quite beery enough.

Tastes much more balanced (beery vs. fruity-wise). Fresh raspberries spread from start to finish and are backed up nicely by a lightly bitter porter middle and a raw, chocoately malt finish. Nothing mindblowing but pretty good.

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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 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 HardcoreHopHead
3.28/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Drank from small Rocks glass.

Gave a cool mahogany color which seemed light for a porter. Light head retention.

The nose gives a Lindemans Framboise warning, but it at least seems to be organic raspberry.

The initial taste contained much less raspberry then the nose let on, which was a relief. Lightly roasted with a woody finish. Light in body for a porter. Gentle aftertaste.

Overall, a small porter that I wouldn't order for myself again. Something I would only recommend with a properly paired food, such as cheese cake.

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Photo of roopy40
2.24/5  rDev -33.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Appearance - Not as dark as most porters I've had.
Taste - Raspberry and very little roasted flavor.
Mouthfeel - Very light body (for a porter) and not a good finish in my opinion.
Drinkability - Not very, I dumped it because I just couldn't deal with it.
Overall - Could have been a lot better and frankly I'm disappointed because I love every other ST offering I've had the pleasure of drinking. Could use some chocolate flavor to it possibly and that may help it some, but it just lacked in so many areas, I don't think it can be saved. Back to the drawing board?

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Photo of Beejay
3.3/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: A lovely reddish amber.. deep, with a little tan foam on top.

S: sweet raspberry, with a little bitter note at the end.. Smells like raspberry preserves... yum.

T: Lots of bitter taste at the beginning. Tastes like dark chocolate, butter with a slight sweet raspberry tint. Not the big burst of raspberry that I expected..

M: Thin and bubbly, slightly slick. Doesn't really have a long after taste.

D: Good in general, not something I would buy all the time, but interesting. I wish it tasted like it smelled, this was a little bit of a let down.

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Photo of discovolante65
3.07/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Split this with a friend. Bought this one having never seen or heard of it before, and solely bought on brand recognition alone.

Poured into a SA curved pint glass.

Pours a nice watery-pepsi color with a small, short-lived head that gives way to some nice bubbles and a short collar. quite possibly the lightest porter I've seen.

Smell is dominant in raspberry with a little caramel and some seasonal spice.

Taste is immediately raspberries, but everything else is watery and slips away before I can enjoy it. Little beat of grain in there. There's no roasted flavor, barely a hint of malty goodness, and no detection of hops. There is a slight chocolate flavor to it. but watered down.

Mouthfeel is watery and incredibly thin for a porter.

Drinkability- I am disappointed in this one. So far, I would consider this brewery to be a consistent home run hitter, but not on this one. If someone handed it to me and said it was a raspberry wheat, or an ale, I would have felt better about this, but it's no porter.

My score reflects the poor category placement of this beer. Sorry ST, but you missed the mark on this one.

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Photo of Blakaeris
3/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours mahogany-copper in color. Head is modest and dissipates quickly.

Aroma is raspberry, hints of vanilla and nutmeg.

Similar to the nose, raspberry fruitiness with a mild caramel base. Some dark grain. Finish is clean and lightly hopped to bring a bit of bitterness to this otherwise sweet offering.

Mouthfeel is light bodied for a porter.

The porter is missing from the raspberry porter. A deep roasted dark grain character would have made this beer rich and flavorful. Unfortunately, the raspberry has a heavy hand and the porter is shadow of what it should be.

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

Poured a light cola colored brown with some light ruby highlights, with a thin yet sticky tan had. Much lighter in color than most porters.

The smell is dominated by raspberries with just a hint of dark malt sneaking through.

Has a nice raspberry flavor with out being overly sweet. The porter flavors are decent with a bit of dark malts and some coffee and chocolate coming through, but just way to muted with the raspberry flavors dominating a bit to much.

The mouthfeel is a bit light with a bit of creaminess.

Not bad its just to bad the porter part of the beer wasn't a bit bigger to balance out better with the raspberry part.

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Photo of NJpadreFan
2.62/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Southern Tier- Raspberry Porter

A- Clear Amber brown with a small filmy head. No lacing.
S- Nice fresh raspberries with a light hint of chocolate malt.
T- Light sweet raspberries with a touch of roasted chocolate malt, very faint.
M- Light and sweet. fruity up front with a mild dry malt finish.

Overall- The lightest porter, I think, I've ever had. Not much more than raspberry going on here.

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Photo of Yekaterina
3.89/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Well, what can I say? I definitely selected an interesting beer for my first review. My better half and I definitely enjoyed this one very much, but I have to admit that it wasn't exactly what I expected.

Appearance: nice amber color with some reddish tints, it pours with a thin white head which doesn't linger for very long. The color was lighter than I anticipated for a porter.

Aroma: Raspberries and dark chocolate malts, now I'm anticipating the flavor!

Taste: The raspberry and chocolate flavors are well balanced and compliment each other nicely. I noticed that chocolate malts are a little more pronounced when consumed at a higher temperature.

Feel: Nice smooth mouthful, body is not as heavy as I anticipated for a porter, but still very enjoyable and very drinkable.

I will definitely buy this one again.

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Raspberry Porter from Southern Tier Brewing Company
3.38 out of 5 based on 221 ratings.
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