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Sierra Nevada Porter - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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3,100 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 3,100
Reviews: 1,353
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 11.03%
Wants: 96
Gots: 207 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  5.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-09-1999)
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Photo of Redneckwine
4.18/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Fresh 12oz bottle into tulip

Appearance - Black and opaque with edges showing dark, ruby brown tones, 2 finger tan head recedes into a wispy cap, leaves good lacing. Looks like a porter should.

Smell - Roasty, toasty grain mingling with an earthy cocoa sweetness

Taste - Roasty grain is nice and earthy, cocoa sweetness and coffee notes hit the right spot, very subtle grassy/floral hop presence only really helps balance, a touch of estery fruitiness, a bit of a spicy sourness complexity shows mid-palate, finishes fairly dry with some mild roasty bitterness.

Feel - Creamy and smooth medium body with easy-going carb suits this brew perfectly: not too heavy feeling. Extremely drinkable.

Overall - An outstanding porter; this one seems more balanced than a lot of other porters out there, which makes for a really sessionable brew. I'd have liked to see a tad more hop presence in this, but that is just a personal preference. This is right up there with the best American porters in my book.

Redneckwine, Oct 28, 2014
Photo of illpass78
4.04/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a stout glass.

Appearance: Pours a thick near-black with a one-finger tan-ish head that sticks around a long time. Pretty heavy carbonation.

Aroma: Nice bouquet of aromas here. Coffee, dark malt, roastiness, tiny touch of floral hops. Touch of smoke, too. Some mocha in the background.

Taste: Follows the nose with black coffee leading the way.

Mouthfeel: Nice, sturdy body. Good fall/winter depth.

Overall: Really good porter from one of the brewers that repopularized the style in the United States. Hits all the right notes, and can pair with a meal or stand up on its own.

illpass78, Oct 22, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

Justin8mypants, 28 minutes ago
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4.75/5  rDev +21.8%

Mdodge8837, Today at 12:14 AM
Photo of Mongrel
3.76/5  rDev -3.6%

Mongrel, Yesterday at 11:20 PM
Photo of HamdenHector
3.96/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: deep brown with a hint of ruby at the edges; less than a 1 finger light brown head that receded to an uneven cap; very nice lacing;

S: pungent, could smell it from several feet away; chocolate, coffee, roasted grain, and a little smokiness; not getting much in the way of hops;

T: follows the nose; moderately bitter at the finish;

M: a little thinner than I expected; prickly carbonation;

O: liked the aroma more than the flavor;

HamdenHector, Yesterday at 10:53 PM
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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Berg77, Yesterday at 09:59 PM
Photo of Meyertj
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Fresh 12oz bottle poured into a snifter

Appearance - Dark brown to almost black. I got about a 1/2 inch head. Lacing was evident.

Smell - Hints of cocoa and coffee.

Taste - It tastes like it smells. Not overpowering with the cocoa, yet just enough. I don't taste any bitterness, but I am used to drinking IPAs.

Feel - Creamy and smooth. Extremely drinkable.

Overall - Very good porter. I believe this would not only be a go to porter for drinking, but would make a good cooking beer also.

Meyertj, Yesterday at 12:12 PM
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4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

gordonj, Yesterday at 04:54 AM
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4.04/5  rDev +3.6%

campfirebrew, Yesterday at 01:18 AM
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4.25/5  rDev +9%

mdlb44, Yesterday at 12:09 AM
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3.8/5  rDev -2.6%

Yancey82, Thursday at 10:38 PM
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3.84/5  rDev -1.5%

SurferEric, Thursday at 06:27 AM
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4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

ktforce, Thursday at 03:40 AM
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4.56/5  rDev +16.9%

Josh_ew_uh, Wednesday at 09:27 PM
Photo of Andrew041180
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Great looking beer, as are all of Sierra Nevada's products. I think my main takeaway from this beer is that it is crazy drinkable. Nice and clean. I like the flavors, but it still leans more towards the burned coffee flavor than I like. Leans that way, not dominated by. I could certainly drink a few of these in a sitting, but I like beers that lean more towards chocolate than coffee.

Andrew041180, Wednesday at 08:54 PM
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3.7/5  rDev -5.1%

Vyvyan, Wednesday at 04:59 AM
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3.92/5  rDev +0.5%

rouest, Tuesday at 09:45 PM
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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

Alpha309, Tuesday at 05:38 AM
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4.01/5  rDev +2.8%

stephenjmoore, Tuesday at 01:27 AM
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Sierra Nevada Porter from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 3,100 ratings.