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Porter by Southern Tier Brewing Company

I was out of beer, so to the local beer store I went.  I picked up beer #283 just by what it said on the label…brewed with 2 varieties of hops and 5 types of malts.  It also mentioned in very small letters…ale in tx.  Wonder what that means?  I also picked up a bag of habanero kettle chips.  Sounds good to me!

The beer I picked up is Porter by Southern Tier Brewing Company from Lakewood, New York.  Their version of an American Porter has an ABV of 5.2%.  Lets get drinking!

It had a very dark brown color…for all I know it could have been black.  There was only the tiniest of heads in the form of a tan ring.  The nose was disappointing, it really didn’t have much of an aroma at all.  There was a very faint chocolate smell…and that was about it.  The taste was a bit better with a roasted malt flavor and a bit of semi-sweet chocolate.  It had a slight hoppy herbal thing going on at the very end  There was no aftertaste whatsoever.  It had a light but not quite watery body, very low carbonation, and was quite creamy and smooth.  It went down really easy.

I was disappointed.  I was expecting so much more from this, mostly in the way of a nice coffee like flavor which it did not have.  I would also have liked a bit of a bitter bite…oh well…I can dream.  That being said it wasn’t horrible…just maybe a tad bit below average.  The best American Porter I have had, and this didn’t come close, was Robust Porter by Smuttynose Brewing Company, drink that instead of this.  Oh yeah…the habanero chips were excellent…nice and hot!

Rating: C

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