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Sierra Nevada Porter - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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2,914 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 2,914
Reviews: 1,330
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 11.03%
Wants: 90
Gots: 161 | 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.

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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, Tuesday at 08:46 PM
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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4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

WoodBrew, Today at 01:42 AM
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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

dankjohn, Today at 01:42 AM
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4/5  rDev +2.6%

Judgie, Yesterday at 11:02 PM
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4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +9%

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3.8/5  rDev -2.6%

LoganMc, Wednesday at 10:32 PM
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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

fehrminator, Wednesday at 07:26 PM
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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

mbbransc, Tuesday at 01:29 PM
Photo of DenverHopHead
3.7/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle with a packaged on date of 9/9/14; into a pint glass.
Appearance - dark cola color, builds a thick, creamy khaki colored head. Lacing is absolutely gorgeous!
Smell - dark, roasted coffee and fresh baked bread.
Taste - some smoky flavor to go along with the coffee and baked bread.
Feel - medium body, creamy and robust; flavorful porter, but lacks depth.
Overall - I'm not a huge fan of the style, however, this is a very nice version.

DenverHopHead, Tuesday at 02:44 AM
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3.92/5  rDev +0.5%

nyyfanatic213, Tuesday at 01:08 AM
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4/5  rDev +2.6%

Casey3236, Monday at 11:49 PM
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4/5  rDev +2.6%

BradleyR, Monday at 06:02 PM
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3.84/5  rDev -1.5%

MickeyHops, Monday at 01:50 PM
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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Techichi, Monday at 01:03 PM
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3.85/5  rDev -1.3%

DrkLgr, Monday at 12:19 PM
Photo of BeerDocT
3.78/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance 3.75: Pours out a deep, dark blackish brown. Creamy head with good head retention and decent lacing.

Smell 4.0: Great bouquet. Hints of smoked grains, light hops and deep, dark malt.

Taste 3.75: Front is smoky, but flat. Middle is dry and smoky with tastes of a grassy hop. Finish is smooth, chocolaty and satisfying. Aftertaste is short and smoky.

Feel 3.5: Mouthfeel is good. Slightly watery in the mouth, but not distracting.

Overall 3.75: Good brew. I like porters, but they ten to be too light for me. This one is not light at all and has a very clean finish. However, I found it a bit too smoky for my tastes. Nonetheless, a good beer that has many fans.

BeerDocT, Monday at 05:07 AM
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Sierra Nevada Porter from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 2,914 ratings.