yesyouam (1016) - Fairport, New York, USA - DEC 27, 2007
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Southern Tier Raspberry Porter is a deep raspberry brown in color, with great clarity and a splotch of a faded khaki head that leaves great lacing. The fresh raspberry aroma is loud and seems very authentic. It is a bit sweet in the nose and some smoky malt balances that out. It is medium-to-full bodied and quite smooth. The finish is pretty dry. The raspberry is not as prominent in the flavor as it is in the aroma. It tastes a bit like chocolate cake with fresh raspberries, served with a cup of coffee. The sweetness never gets out of hand, nor does the green bitterness or the roastiness. Great balance. If you try one fruit beer, make it this one.
coldmeat23 (232) - Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA - NOV 11, 2009
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
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 itís 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.
Cletus (6251) - Connecticut, USA - NOV 20, 2008
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle courtesy of dkachur. Pours ruby red with a thin white head. Smells of pronounced raspberries. Tastes of chocolate, raspberries, roasted malt, spice. Excellent!
nuplastikk (3839) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 11, 2007
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz bottle. Dark brown-cherry color with a hint of red shining through. The raspberry flavor works very well with the dark malt. Very nice beer. Highly drinkable, not unlike a Flemish sour brown ale. Has some nice roasty chocolate notes in there as well, reminding you that it is still a porter at heart. Well done.
Ambrose (141) - East Aurora, New York, USA - DEC 7, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Maybe Itís me, maybe Iím as awsome as Iíll ever be. Prehaps when I drink beer Iím sort of picking up on my own greatness and it makes whatever Iím drinking taste fantastic. Or then again maybe this is just a fantastic beer and Iím not great at all, even in the slightest......NAH!
gws57 (1271) - Saint Charles, Illinois, USA - FEB 22, 2009
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Had this one bottled at the Real Time Sports in St. Charles, Illinois. Poured a hazy, dark brown with a thick, tannish head. Sweet berries and bready nose, but not overpowering. Raspberries are present but not overbearing the flavor, which is well balanced, sweet and dry. A bit chocolaty. Soft finish. This is an excellent example of a great fruit beer.
Pwn3d (1959) - Manhattan, New York, USA - OCT 10, 2009
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at the pony bar in NYC. When I saw this sucker I knew I had to have it... Been missing out on this sucker for far too long! Rich chocolate and rich raspberry flavors.. Tastes like my morning coffee at cafe groppi. This might be the single most underated beer on this site.
turbo (1271) - Arizona, USA - JAN 16, 2008
4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cola colored with a thin white head.
I have to give a 10 for aroma because I have yet to smell any Fruit beer that has a better aroma! Strong aroma of fresh raspberrys with chocolate on the side.
Flavor is also raspberrys, chocolate and light roast.
I dont give a crap what anyone says. I liked this beer!
Boutip (4307) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 2, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
drowland (5719) - Valdosta, Georgia, USA - AUG 6, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
I really liked this stuff. I was skeptical about a raspberry porter, but the flavors go along great in this recipe. The raspberry flavor is really great and upfront, but is balanced very well with the common porter flavors, namely chocolate. It comes across almost like eating a raspberry flavored chocolate candy. Tasty!