I poured a 12oz bottle into an official Southern Tier goblet. It was bottled on February 14, and cost $2.50 ($0.21 per ounce).
Appearance: Opaque black body, some carbonation visible at the edge of
the glass. Forms a small, tan, soapy head which mostly dissipates and
leaves trace lacing on the glass.
Smell: Roasted malt with hints of coffee and dark chocolate.
Taste: If you want a nice dark beer, but don’t want anything too heavy
then Southern Tier Porter is an ideal choice. It has the classic porter
flavor of dark malts, but the palette isn’t nearly as bitter and intense
as a stout. Moderately sweet, almost reminiscent of a cola, but without
the overt sugary sensation.
A strong flavor of dark malt is present as soon as the beer hits the
tongue. Though black, it’s more of a toasted malt character than heavily
roasted. There’s a gentle sweetness, almost like that found in an
oatmeal stout, but not nearly as strong. At the cusp of the swig I get
an intense bitterness - a combination of dry bitterness and some
astringency akin to burnt toast or baker’s chocolate. It quickly resides
and transitions back to a sweeter, almost milk chocolaty taste. While
this all may sound complex, it’s actually a bit repetitive and a tad
mild overall. So it’s tasty, yes, but nothing absolutely amazing.
Drinkability: While Southern Tier Porter is far from a session beer, it
at least doesn’t drink like anything mammoth. The mouthfeel is not to
heavy, with a smooth texture, gentle carbonation and easy finish. At
5.8% ABV it’s got the right amount of flavor for its mid-level weight
class, though it’s a challenge to sip and savor because it’s so