1. Extreme Beer Fest. March 20 & 21, 2015 in Boston, Mass. Join us!
  2. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  3. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Sierra Nevada Porter - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

Not Rated.
Sierra Nevada PorterSierra Nevada Porter

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
very good

3,049 Ratings
very good

(view ratings)
Ratings: 3,049
Reviews: 1,346
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 11.03%
Wants: 92
Gots: 196 | 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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Sierra Nevada Porter Alström Bros
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Ratings: 3,049 | Reviews: 1,346 | Display Reviews Only:
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
Photo of KateK
4.28/5  rDev +9.7%

KateK, 23 minutes ago
Photo of thecrowing
4/5  rDev +2.6%

thecrowing, Today at 05:07 AM
Photo of TreyIsWilson
3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a dark brown with large three-finger foamy tan head. Light soapy lacing.

S - Aroma of roasted malts, toasted grains, and a light smokiness.

T - Taste is lots of dark roasted malts along with a some sweet chocolate. The finish has more roasted malts and some light dark fruits.

M - Medium bodied with medium carbnation. Very smooth and creamy mouthfeel.

O - Very nice easy drinking for a porter.

TreyIsWilson, Today at 04:18 AM
Photo of ScottK22
4/5  rDev +2.6%

ScottK22, Today at 03:44 AM
Photo of pstam87
4/5  rDev +2.6%

pstam87, Today at 03:42 AM
Photo of JamieDuncan
4.11/5  rDev +5.4%

JamieDuncan, Today at 03:40 AM
Photo of PatrickKellyCT
4.36/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

PatrickKellyCT, Yesterday at 11:24 PM
Photo of Camjmorton
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

Camjmorton, Yesterday at 09:26 PM
Photo of Rod_J
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Rod_J, Yesterday at 03:11 AM
Photo of SysopChris
4.12/5  rDev +5.6%

SysopChris, Yesterday at 12:43 AM
Photo of MPSTARR
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

MPSTARR, Wednesday at 10:06 PM
Photo of Topher78
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

Topher78, Wednesday at 09:20 PM
Photo of mr-jj
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

mr-jj, Tuesday at 03:45 AM
Photo of TheRaven
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

The hallmark of all Sierra beers, in my opinion, is consistent satisfaction. That is how I view this porter. Not the best, but it won't disappoint you, either. Toasted malts up front. Smooth finish with very little warmth on the back end. Great to purchase as part of a variety pack and to keep in the fridge for that random weeknight when you want a good porter to complement dinner. But I would probably try something more exotic if drinking at a time or place with options.

TheRaven, Tuesday at 03:29 AM
Photo of Ozzylizard
4.21/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle dated 090414 at40 degrees into nonic
Aroma of roasted malt
Head enormous (>8 cm), light brown, frothy, rapidly diminishing to a broken 2 mm ring and layer
Lacing fair - partial rings of average to large bubbles
Body dark brown to black, opaque
Flavor begins slightly sweet with a hint of chocolate and roasted malt; no hops, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate medium to full, creamy, soft carbonation

Appearance 4.5, Aroma 4, Flavor 4.25, Palate 4.25, Overall4.25

Ozzylizard, Monday at 10:26 PM
Photo of olradetbalder
2.25/5  rDev -42.3%

olradetbalder, Monday at 01:04 PM
Photo of tvghost
4/5  rDev +2.6%

tvghost, Monday at 11:52 AM
Photo of timontheroad
3.76/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Sierra Nevada Porter

Bottled 10-17-14. Pours dark brown, not quite opaque with just a little light shining through. Nice fluffy head that settled quickly to a quarter inch. Aroma is slight coffee and chocolate, and a little light all around. Flavor is slight dark roast malt with a slight sweet caramel, almost cola flavor. Mouthfeel was pretty thin, with very little carbonation. Overall, not bad at all, but not great.

timontheroad, Monday at 03:17 AM
Photo of fhjskdjtgdglsf
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

fhjskdjtgdglsf, Monday at 01:18 AM
Photo of Ronniebrew
4.51/5  rDev +15.6%

Ronniebrew, Monday at 01:14 AM
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Sierra Nevada Porter from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 3,049 ratings.