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RATINGS: 814   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.43/5   EST. CALORIES: 174   ABV: 5.8%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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 Porters 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

ABOUT THE BEER
STYLE: American Porter
BREWED SINCE: 2002
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: 45-50F GLASS: Pint glass, mug AVAILABILITY: Year-round / 12oz (6pk and 24 bottle cases) / 1/2 keg, 1/6 keg CELLARING: 4-45F

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3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
UDBeernut (2871) - Saint Johns, Florida, USA - FEB 17, 2012
on tap at Miss Lucys Kitchen in Saugerties, Ny. poured into a cheater pint Pours a deep dark amber color with ruby on the edges, foamy 1/2" tan head with good retnetion, educes to a small cap. Nose is kind of bland, light roast and chocolate. This is a well balanced porter, roastiness is the main influence mixed with faint chocolate, flower, slight toast. Medium body, tends to feel a bit flat and thick on the toungue. Finishes dry, I wish it had a tad more carbonation to help.


3.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ludhaber (126) - Massachusetts, USA - MAR 25, 2017
Southern Tier has been brewing some good beer. Love their IPA sampler. This beer is quite tasty as well. Just enough chocolate malt to balance the sweetness. Hops is in the background. Very tasty.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
bigben873 (246) - Virginia, USA - MAR 25, 2017
Not as malty as some porters, smooth and robust. Deep, dark brown. March madness 2017

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
retinadoc (236) - - DEC 27, 2016
Bottle. Anemic flavor and aroma compared to the current crop of potent Imperial Stouts and truly "robust" porters. Medium carbonation. Innocuous, but rather bland. Distant coffee and malt flavors. Smooth. Very slightly sweet. Slightly bitter finish. The kindest praise for this beer is that it has no off-flavors, but overall it is a lukewarm taste experience. Disappointing.

4.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
HiFives (10) - Brush Prairie, Washington, USA - NOV 16, 2016
12oz bottle, unrefrigerated :( caramel, bread, chocolate, coffee, roasty, nuts, soy sauce, brown, black, tan foam, medium sweetness, lightly bitter, full body, creamy, slick feel, average carbonation,

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
sinfull (1592) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - OCT 12, 2016
Dark brown color. Medium-sized , beige head. Aroma of roasted malt and chocolate. Same notes in moderate sweet taste . Roasted bitterness at the end. Smooth and easy to drink. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
koleminer20 (3272) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - JUN 12, 2016
Flight #3 at the brewery with ebone1988. The pour is a darker brown with a lot of light ruby shining through. There is a thin ring of light khaki head and a lot of soapy lace. The aroma is very milky and sweet right up front. The maltiness and strong roast come in on the back end. Chocolate and bitter roast finish it out. Its not terrible. The flavor is milky and sweet. There is a light roast and a lightly bitter finish. Its watery and flavorless in the middle. The mouth feel is thin and watery with a lack carbonation and a dry thin finish. The aftertaste is thin and roasty with a sweet lactose there as well. This is not a great porter

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
slowrunner77 (11480) - Reno, Nevada, USA - MAY 7, 2016
Sweeter than expected with a little less roast. Cramel, toffee, chocolate coffee nose and flavor. Body is medium. Smooth, easy drinker.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Quick3Beers (1142) - East Falmouth, Massachusetts, USA - APR 10, 2016
Pours a dark brown from a bottle. Toasty, coffee and chocolate aroma and flavor. Rather sweet. I feel like a lot of porters have lots of effervescence in the mouth that reminds me of soda, not sure why, but this one has it too. Okay beer.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MadRobin (2929) - Silver Spring, Alabama, USA - APR 4, 2016
Poured from 12 oz. bottle at Quarry House Tavern in Silver Spring, MD. Opaque, dark mahogany with a a khaki head and very good lacing. Aroma of roasted malt, roasted coffee, chocolate and caramel. Taste of roasted coffee, roasted malt, chocolate and mild fruity hops. Medium/full body and medium carbonation. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dacrza (929) - Great Meadows, New Jersey, USA - MAR 29, 2016
DATE: March 29, 2016... OCCASION: watching Gone Girl with Shan on a Spring Break Tuesday... GLASSWARE: Kisatskys Tavern pint... APPEARANCE: midnight black, cola-clinging bubbles adorn the glass... off-white head forms at a staunch, quarter-inch... coral fingers stretch as the glass drains... AROMA: malty, chocolaty suggestions early, with toasted cereal grains... not much hops to speak of, but not the point of th porter... PALATE: creamy, with a coffeeish body that adds texture at the throat... lactic milk smoothness .pervades the experience...TASTE: peat, coffee, some vegetable, and lactic suggestions... a strong, smoky flavor lingers at its end... OVERALL: not as memorable as the majority of the Southern Tier offerings, but this is sufficient for what is needed from a porter...


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