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Sierra Nevada Porter - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
88
very good

3,073 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

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Ratings: 3,073
Reviews: 1,349
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 11.03%
Wants: 92
Gots: 202 | 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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4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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Photo of dmgeng
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

Got this as part of the "Snow pack" sampler pack.

A - Deep dark brown color basically black. Egg shell head with some lacing.

S - Decent porter aroma with caramel/chocolate/roasty/malty tones. Smells more like a generic beer with some of the toasted notes associated with a porter; basically, it smells lighter than most I've had.

T - As the smell would suggest the beer is a light flavored porter. The beer has the flavors you would want just not in the amplitude that I would expect or enjoy. The roasted/chocolatey character is the first, then some sweeter caramel/toffee, and then some of the bitterness from the hops/roasted malt closes the taste. Dryer on the finish than most porters but still enough sweetness to know that you are not drinking a Guinness.
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M - Light to moderate mouth-feel. Light carbonation. Overall a lighter feeling beer that is cleaner and would make a good beer for pairing foods that would be in contrast to provide balance for a spicy meal.

Overall, this is a good beer but is by no means my favorite porter. Like I have said many times in this review, it is not a heavy beer and you should not expect such either. My recommendation for a try is to either pair it directly with something like say a BBQ brisket or to only get it if it is part of a sampler pack.

Glass- Snifter

dmgeng, Yesterday at 01:37 AM
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4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

syndelee, Yesterday at 12:35 AM
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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

kb2250, Saturday at 02:55 PM
Photo of ChadwickHines
3.25/5  rDev -16.7%

Great porter and is as good as it gets in their lineup

ChadwickHines, Saturday at 12:51 PM
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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

Lucular, Saturday at 02:04 AM
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4.25/5  rDev +9%

bendukes86, Saturday at 01:12 AM
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Sierra Nevada Porter from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 3,073 ratings.