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Sierra Nevada Porter - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

Sierra Nevada PorterSierra Nevada Porter

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BA SCORE
88
very good

2,563 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

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Ratings: 2563
Reviews: 1310
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 10.74%


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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Groomsy

Kentucky

4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I figured I'd try this just to see how Sierra Nevada would interpret what is usually known as a more malty beer. Bottle poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: I could tell as soon as I started pouring that this would be thinner than other porters I've tried (that's coming later in the review). It poured a dark brown, and when held to the light, had brown and red edges. There's some strong carbonation in this beer, but nothing over the top. At face value though, it looks jet black with a thin one-finger tan head which disappears rather quickly and leaves a nearly complete ring of foam on top. Big chunks of lacing adorn the glass during consumption.

Smell: On par for a porter - A mix of roasted malts and caramel with slight hints of coffee and a little bit of dark chocolate. Unlike other porters though, this porter has a pretty substantial hop presence which is on the "earthy" end of the spectrum. In fact the overall aroma is very earthy, but inviting. Not outstanding, but good for what it is.

Taste: Follows the smell closely. There are rather tangy and sharp notes of sweet caramel and roasted malts which hit the tongue at first, and the hop presence - earthy but clean - comes out in the middle. The beer finishes on an assertively bitter note of more hops, coffee, and dark chocolate. Nicely balanced flavors here, especially considering that SN are known for assertively hoppy beers.

Mouthfeel: About medium consistency. Thinner than other porters I've had, but it keeps in step with the flavors and aroma of the beer. Very creamy, although it's not super thick, probably due to the balanced carbonation at work here. Even with the lingering bitterness, the beer finishes fairly clean, but isn't dry.

Drinkability: With its wide availability and decent price, I could see myself getting a hold of this on a regular basis during the colder months. Very drinkable and inviting, almost sessionable.

While not a staple beer of SN, this is still solid and enjoyable. A standard but enjoyable American Porter, definitely worth trying time and time again.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2010 01:42:46 | More by Groomsy
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S- Malty sweet, chocolate, coffee.

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Sierra Nevada Porter from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 2,563 ratings.