This Southern Tier Is Just an Average Beer
A Review of Southern Tier Porter by Southern Tier Brewing Co.
Posted on 5/14/2011 by Brew's Your Daddy
                   
Fair
I'm always torn when it comes to Southern Tier. Admittedly I have yet to make it through their entire line, but I'm working on it. Ive never been let down by any of their 22oz offerings, but their more available selections in 6 pack have ranged between very good, to questionable at best. I'm saddened to say that this one is just about as average as it gets.

When I poured it into a glass, I didn't pick up on any aromas. Not uncommon for just a pour, though some other porters that I've had have greeted me with some good smells at this point. The color was nice though. It was a dark, dark reddish brown, bordering on black. I like that. When I tried to get in a little deeper and find something, it was difficult. I get some faint malt mixed with alcohol smell, and that's about it. Just to be sure, I went back for another test. This time I got weak cocoa and milk hints. I guess what I'm saying is that the aromas were on the mild side at best.

After taking a sip I was somewhat hopeful. I did pick up on some roasted malts. Considering the bottle says that they used 5 types of malts, this should come as no surprise. There might be some cocoa in there as well, but its way understated. Actually, the dominating flavor that I got through out was burnt. I kinda get the impression of an over done beer. Not in the sense of they went way too far, but that it was just left to work too long during the brew process. I think there are some good flavors in there, but I just can't push myself past the burnt notes. The after taste leans more towards a burned coffee. I don't know how else to put it.

The carbonation is on the high end for me, and I am pretty sure that others would agree. It actually takes me more to the mind set of a soda porter beer. As weird as that may sound, I think that's the best description that I've had for it in this entire review.

Overall, I can't say that I would recommend this beer for anyone to run out and get, but at the same time I cant call it terrible. If what they were going for was more on the over roasted and burnt flavors, they nailed it. And I'm not trying to be degrading in that statement. It's just not what Ive come to expect from a porter. There are some good flavors trying to come out in there, but they are just over powered. I think my best recommendation would be that if you are out at a bar somewhere, and this is your only choice above the macro-boys, go for it. It has flavor, and that's better than one can say for the big guys. But if you are looking for a prime example of how a porter should be done, look elsewhere.

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