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RATINGS: 809   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.43/5   EST. CALORIES: 174   ABV: 5.8%
Hearty malts meld with a subtle balance of hops to create a dark and nurturing ale of comfort and complexity. Hints of bittersweet chocolate and espresso fill the tongue, finishing with just a touch of smoke. Not too sweet or filling, this versatile dark ale dissuades the notion that a darker beer is a stronger beer. Five varieties of roasted malts are the source of Porter’s dark color and rich taste, while two varieties of hops bring a mellow bite to this deep toasty ale.
FOOD PAIRINGS: Particularly tasty with slow-cooked meats, grilled cheese, smoked sausage. Pairs well with chocolate desserts, pumpkin pie, cheesecake.
AVAILABILITY: Year-round / 12oz (6pk and 24 bottle cases) / 1/2 keg, 1/6 keg

STYLE: American Porter
ABV: 5.8%
FERMENTATION: Ale yeast, five varieties of malts, two varieties of hops
COLOR: Dark brown with a red hue
EFFERVESCENCE: Moderate, lingering
NOSE: Earthy, toasted grains
FLAVOR: Mild coffee bitterness, chocolate, a delicate malty sweetness with hints of carmel and smoke
BITTERNESS: medium-light
BODY: Creamy but not thick, medium bodied
SERVING TEMPERATURE: 45-50°F GLASS: Pint glass, mug AVAILABILITY: Year-round / 12oz (6pk and 24 bottle cases) / 1/2 keg, 1/6 keg CELLARING: 4-45°F

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
thouse (53) - New Jersey, USA - MAY 2, 2012
Surprisingly light bodied for a porter. This one isn’t syrupy at all, and leaves the mouth tasting fairly clean and fresh. A good, solid porter. Food Pairings: This beer makes mewant grilled cheese sandwich made with a sharp cheddar or smoky gouda. And a creamy bowl of tomato soup to dunk it in.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
hophead1234 (46) - - APR 9, 2015
Pours black with a light khaki head. Aromas of coffee and some malt sweetness. Taste of coffee, malt sweetness and a little smokiness. Thin mouth feel with nice lacing in the glass. Overall very nice example of an American style porter.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Noelweichbrodt (25) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - NOV 29, 2010
Superb. Dark, slight purple tinge. Nice creamy head, smells of espresso, chocolate, hops in a subtle blend. Tastes similar, but a special combination.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
bmanLS (134) - Gibsonia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 8, 2004
I love this porter. It sort of tastes like a strong nut brown ale. I don't taste much coffee but more of a nutty chocolate flavor. I could drink these all day. Nice job.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
Tobyrando (38) - New York, USA - DEC 17, 2014
Pours deep, rich black, nice toasty flavor. Great representation of the style. Most craft brewers seem fixated on adding a twist to classic styles to make them stand out, often the embellishment is more of a distraction than anything else. This is just a good, classic porter.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
wu1sabes (25) - USA - MAY 11, 2004
a superb porter that is full bodied, yet remarkably easy to drink with great flavor throughout

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Braudog (6312) - Yorktown, Virginia, USA - JAN 11, 2009
This is a gigantic beer. Pitch black with a gi-normous head of solid tan foam. The aroma is sweet chocolate, but subtle. This drinks with a thick chocolate-milky goodness, exceptionally well balanced between a robustly flavored brew and an easily quaffable brew ... this is all good! (#3477, 11/2008)

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
yesyouam (1016) - Fairport, New York, USA - APR 19, 2008
UPDATED: APR 25, 2008 (a second tasting) Southern Tier Porter is a nearly black, dark reddish brown ale with a thick, fluffy beige head that has excellent retention and leaves excellent lacing on the glass. The aroma is fresh and roasty like coffee and chocolate. Smells great! It is medium bodied, very smooth, and the finish is dry. It tastes great! It has an excellent roasty flavor that exhibits great balance. That’s what a porter is supposed to taste like! (first tasting) Southern Tier Porter is a dim, dark red ale adorned with an eggy beige head with oily bubbles that stays put and crusts up on the glass. Very handsome. The aroma is muted, grainy, roasty, fresh and dry. It if full bodied and fluffy in the mouth. The finish starts with a sharp bitter snap and then turns silty and dry. The flavor is quite well balanced. It doesn’t lean toward coffee or chocolate; it’s just dark roasted malt here. The end of the taste gets alkaline. The hops kick in to bring me grassiness and set the malt on a spin toward salmiakki. This is an ideal porter.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Embrouille (2835) - SWITZERLAND - AUG 19, 2009
Bottled 355ml. Comparing with Left Hand Black Jack Porter. Appearance: It pours a slightly hazy, dark ruby beer with a beautiful creamy lacing light beige head. Darker with a taller head. Much better retention too. Aroma: Extremely nice, wonderful, deeply pleasant, inviting and amazing. A lot of raspberry, vanilla, sorbet, wild strawberries, coffee beans, pistachio, chocolate truffes, Christmas cake, coconut and smoke. Absolutely mindblowingly fantastic. Flavor and palate: Subtle carbonation. Medium bodied. Low bitterness. A lot of raspberries showing up again. Surprisingly acidic. Complex. Faintly smoky. Great malt and hop profile. Wonderful long dry finish which is reminiscent of raspberry and smoke. Overall impression: I reveled in every sip. I can’t imagine a better Porter. The aroma is out of this world! Strongly underrated in my opinion.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Hammy78 (959) - Dundas, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 17, 2011
Bottle sample purchased at Southern Tier. Pours quite dark with a decent tanish head, no lacing to speak of. Aroma is sweet roasted malt. Taste is medium to full bodied, and sweet, malty. Awesome.

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