Southern Tier Porter

New York
United States
Southern Tier Porter
Judges Ratings 
1 Review
86
Aroma:
20 / 24
Flavor:
35 / 40
Appearance:
6 / 6
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20
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 Porter's 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 Comments

Profile

ABV: 
5.8%
Served at: 
45 - 50° F
Judges Review 
James Link's picture
Judges Rating:
86
Aroma:
20 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
35 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

This American Porter produced a clean chocolate malt aroma that was somewhat subdued. Coffee notes were accompanied by hints of vanilla and only a faint wisp of hops, which were more earthy than floral. This beer was a deep mahogany in color, was very clear with a medium tan head.

As was evident in the aroma profile, roasted grain flavor was toned down (although the balance leaned in that direction) with very little malt sweetness apparent. Hops contributed mostly to bitterness and very little to flavor. Since the balance of an American Porter is more roast to malt (rather than hops to malt as with many other styles), this example left both a bit understated. This beer's body was medium to thin with conditioning and alcohol level appropriate for the style.

Cleanly brewed and very drinkable, this American Porter was on the lighter end of the spectrum.