I’ve tried a few beers from Southern Tier Brewery, most recently their Jah-Va Coffee Stout, but I’ve also checked out the Southern Tier Krampus and Pumking as well. I really wasn’t even aware that Southern Tier made ‘regular’ beers until I saw this package of Southern Tier Porter on the shelf!
One of the things I mentioned in all three of the Southern Tier Imperial reviews is that I wished treir beers were just a little lower ABV. The flavors of the Pumking and Jah-Va in particular were fabulous, but the alcohol came through a bit too strong in the taste for my liking. Still, they got 3-star reviews which really isn’t too shabby. So, here we have a non-imperial beer from Southern Tier and a style that I like!
For starters, this 5.2% ABV American Porter pours a clear, but very dark brown color. With the aid of my halogen desk lamp, I can almost see through this beer which is usually unusual. It created an above-average sized foamy light-brown head that is partially my fault from an overzealous pour! As the head dies down, there is a decent amount of lacing left on the glass.
Southern Tier Porter has a familiar, and not surprising smell to it. Mostly sweet malt, but a decent amount of chocolate and a little coffee is in there too. I’m liking the smell. If you don’t like porters that are smoky as some American porters seem to be – you’ll like this one from Southern Tier. No smokiness!
Taste is pretty close to the smell, but there is some more hops apparent in the flavor than in the smell which you can hardly notice really. It smells malty and sweet, and for the most part it tastes malty and sweet too, but there’s a little hop bite especially toward the finish where it also leaves off a little bitter too. I think the hops in this beer were just right, you notice them in the flavor but they don’t steal the show. Nice harmony there.
This porter is a little more watery than I would have liked, but it was OK I guess because it was still a very drinkable beer. Its got a low carbonation factor and the mild hops and practically non-existent alcohol flavor make this a smooth beer.
Overall, this is a good beer that does a lot of things right, and I’ll certainly have no problems finishing off the rest of the pack! Still, its not overly interesting either, and I doubt it will be something that I reminisce about with myself in the future, but I did enjoy this bee a little more than its higher ABV Southern Tier siblings.
So, if you like porters, and especially if you like porters that aren’t big on the smoke thing, you might want to check out the Southern Tier Porter.
Good beer. Rating:
What’s your favorite American Porter? Ever try the Southern Tier porter or any of their other ‘regular’ beers? What did you think about it?