Beer: Robust Porter
Brewery: Southern Tier
Style: American Porter
Serving Style: Bottle
Glassware: Pint glass
Drinking Establishment: Ally’s apartment
Primary Consumer: Ally
Sight: Deep, gorgeous ruby-brown coloration, like well-made French press coffee. Thin head when poured.
Scent: Mild smoky/roasted malt aroma, with bittersweet chocolate undertones.
Flavor: Light, roasted coffee tones initially; but as it mellows, the bittersweet chocolate notes shine through.
Feel: For a “dark robust” beer, much lighter mouthfeel than expected. Low carbonation.
Perhaps I’m biased towards this Southern Tier Porter because I’m a fan of S.T.’s work in general (their Creme Brulee Imperial Milk Stout? Swoon!), but this is one of the better tasting Porters I’ve had in awhile. The name is a bit deceiving: although it is dark in color, it’s not as robust as one might hope, or at least expect. But that didn’t detract from the drinking experience; instead of one flavor dominating the brew, every aspect of this Porter’s flavor profile complements the others for a mellow, easy-to-drink dark beer. And since the coffee and chocolate flavors aren’t overpowering, this beer would do well served alongside a coffee- and/or chocolate-flavored dessert.
Concluding remarks: A not-too-sweet, not-too-heavy Porter that would make for a food-pairing fantasy night when met with your favorite tiramisu–or, for the less fancy among us, a chocolate donut.