If these aren't the dog days of winter, well...we don't want to know. We picked up a six-pack of Southern Tier's porter in the hopes that it would fill our desire for a moody dark brew on these moody dark days. And you know what? It's perfect.
Beer Details: Porter from Southern Tier Brewing Company, Lakewood, New York. (5.8% ABV)
Appearance: Very dark brown and nearly opaque with little glints of red against the light. A thin head of mocha-colored foam leaves rings around the glass as you drink it down.
Aroma: Roasted nuts and dark caramel glaze, buoyed by the aroma of wet granite.
Taste: A wash of bitter coffee and dark chocolate chips runs straight down the middle of this beer. It mellows into some dark raisin and whole wheat flavors as it sits on the tongue, with a touch of burnt toast. The hops are pretty mild - more for balancing than for getting in your face. They're present in some lemon zest around the edges of the tongue and mineral water bitterness in the finish.
Surprisingly light bodied for a porter. This one isn't syrupy at all, and leaves the mouth tasting fairly clean and fresh. A good, solid porter.
Food Pairings: This beer makes us want grilled cheese sandwich made with a sharp cheddar or smoky gouda. And a creamy bowl of tomato soup to dunk them in.
Have you had this porter? What do you think of it?
(Image: Emma Christensen)