Sierra Nevada Porter - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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3,432 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,432
Reviews: 1,423
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 10.8%
Wants: 111
Gots: 375 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  5.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-09-1999

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Photo of doechsli
4.08/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I was pleasantly surprised by this beer.....I don't pretend to be an expert. I just like beers and this one was quite good.

Photo of bark
4.33/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The colour is very dark brown, almost black (80 EBC), the liquid is clear. The two finger head is airy and beige. It sinks slowly leaving thick lacing.

The smell is smooth and roasted. Red berries, caramel, pumpernickel, some clean sweetness. Hints of caramelised orange peels and clean bitterness.

The taste is balanced with a notable bitterness, roasted malts, caramel, black toast and hints of charcoal. Medium body. The aftertaste got clean bitter notes in the background, hints of pumpernickel rye bread, toffee and dried red berries. The creamy finish reminds of caramel ice cream.

The carbonation is medium to strong, the small fresh bubbles short-lived. The liquid is semi-smooth and a little dry.

Theis porter is very clean and highly drinkable. A true classic!

Photo of JaimeLondon
3.07/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

It pours an extremely dark amber color and a small cream-colored foam with some bubbles.
Smell is poor, somethink like a decaf (mild coffe and some roasted malt)
Tastes like malts and coke, it's actually ok, but not very pleasant.
Feel is only good thing here; the beer is somewhat balanced and have a nice bitter end.

Photo of Mosant
3.25/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

I bought a 6 pack of 12 oz bottles.
Appearance: pours dark golden syrup colour with good off-white head. Looks good.
Aroma: mild coffee aroma present as well as toasted malts coming through.
Flavour: great bitter coffee flavours and nice bitter finish. Very enjoyable.
Overall: I really liked other SV beers I have tried so I was looking forward to this one. It did not disappoint. While I have had better dark porters from Aussie craft brewers this is still a very good one by comparison. Looking forward to the next bottle!! (Now!).

Photo of Adamanton
3.6/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Big coffee taste. This is more of a light milk stout than a porter. Not bad but not what I think a porter is.

Photo of Gajo74
3.96/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A solid Porter from Sierra Nevada. Pours a dark brown. A big woody aroma ,as well as malts, coffee and alcohol. Lots of roasted malts and wood, in the taste, are consistent with the aroma. Creamy and smooth feel, medium bodied to light, pretty drinkable.

Photo of cyguyjg
4.14/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I guess I just prefer the east coast style of porter.

Photo of fscottkey
4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: [4.50] Dark brown cola color. The beer has a nice 1/2 finger of head. The head is tan and looks dense and rich. The head makes nice arcs of lace on the glass. The bottle lists the ABV (5.6%) and a born on date (11/05/14)

S: [4.50] Nice rich roasted and coffee notes. I had to double check the bottle to make sure it was "porter" and not coffee stout. It really has a nice bold roasted coffee aroma!

T: [3.75] The is coffee up front. I also get some subtle chocolate. The mid to late is roasted malts. The is a bit of sweetness late also.

M: [4.00] The carbonation is a bit above average. The body is slightly creamy and medium.

O: [4.00] I am impressed with this beer. It is rock solid. At 5.6% I could session a few of these together on a cold winter night. It is not excellent in any category - but it is very good in all of the categories.

Photo of Beer_Johnston
3.96/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This is the reason I started liking porters so much.

Photo of Jeffsta1
3.55/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Dark color. Convincing. Pale tan head. Fine, reasonable persistence.

Smells a bit stale, but not lager-y.

Taste has a pleasant maltiness, but then a bitterness that doesn't entirely fit right with the rest of the beer.

Feels pretty good in the mouth.

Unfortunately this is consistent with my other impressions of Sierra Nevada - other than Bigfoot (good stuff!) I respect their beers more than I actually enjoy them.

Photo of Nugganooch
3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle from the Winter Snowpack
Noted on 11/19/2014 – Sierra Nevada balloon glass

A: Super dark brown with some garnet hues as the light permeates the glass. Another thick heady production of light khaki cream over top. Retains for quite a while until sinking back into the glass. Lots of soapy lace left splashed upon the glass walls.

S: Dark roasted malts dusted with brown sugars and nutty cocoa powder. I get some mild bitter coffee notes in the nose with a finish of some stone fruit like esters. A touch earthy and a touch of roast char to it. Not bad at all and encompassing all the key characteristics for the style.

T: Dark roasted malts evoke some mild coffee and cocoa notes with a light smokiness coming through on the back end. Good dose of earthy hops lends a subtle bitterness that drives through to a dry roasted finish. Very mellow and easy drinking with some really nice balance.

M: Moderate to lightly filling with a smooth consistency provided by the carbonation. Lightly bitter and dry in the finish. Pretty clean and rounded out in the end.

D: A very satisfying take on the style. Sessionable with a smooth and well crafted approach. Nice roast flavors in good harmony without much else to overcomplicate things. Sierra Nevada does not produce a single bad beer.

Photo of drunkenmess
3.77/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice an thick. Liked the taste and feel, not one of my go to beers but still a very nice selection. Would prefer the stout instead, delicious.

Photo of PlutonowyManiek
3.71/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.25

Dark brown color. Head large, beige.
The smell of rich caramel, roasted malt notes, gentle plum and raisin.
The flavor is richer than the aroma. We have a caramel, prunes, raisins in the background appears weak coffee, brown bread and little notes of chocolate. Porter from the Sierra Nevada is very smooth, almost velvety, drink it easily. Bitterness in the finish is delicate and very pleasant. On the downsides I could mention, too much saturation, and alcohol, which is strongly felt.

Photo of drmeto
4.24/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

-strong coffee,caramel,dark chocolate
-Follows the nose plus raisins and a slight hop bitterniss
Fantastic Porter

Photo of arvidkoval
3.67/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

L- Dark red, with an off-white head that did not hang around.

S- Very nutty aroma, not much else.

T- Roasty coffee flavor, more nuttiness, bittersweet chocolate, dry finish.

F- Bubbly, Watery feel.

O- Decent porter, good flavor.

Photo of founddrama
3.41/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Mild aroma. Flavor leans to cocoa (not chocolate but cocoa). Mouthfeel surprisingly light because it's carbonated more than expected.

Photo of Jadjunk
3.77/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

"Before Sierra Nevada was a reality, nights were spent perfecting homebrew recipes and dreaming of starting a brewery. One of our favorite beers was a porter. Made before roasted malts were readily available, we spent time in the kitchen roasting barley for our own malt. The result is a big malt flavor - rich, bittersweet and roasted." Brewed in the style of an American Porter. Available in 12 oz. bottled 6 packs and on draft.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to a Sierra Nevada snifter glass. Served above 51 degrees Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a foamy cream mocha head over a dark brown body with soft garnet highlights. Retention is good and lacing is light and patchy. 4

(Smell) Moderately roasted barley, pale and toasted toffee malts with a moderate sweetness. Hints of earthy coffee and chocolate round out the aroma and the hop profile is subtle earthy with a modest bitterness. Potency is moderate. 3.75

(Taste) Starts and finishes on a moderate roasted malt note, generating subtle degrees of coffee bean and bittersweet chocolate, finishing on assertively toasted malts with a subtle drag of licorice spice well after the last sip. Sweetness is moderate but there is enough earthy bitterness from the specialty malts and roast to effectively balance the beer out. 3.75

(Mouthfeel) The texture is silky smooth, moderately oily and medium dry. Carbonation is medium generating a moderate frothiness and a medium crisp finish. Body is medium for the style, medium+ overall. Balance is slightly earthy bitter over sweet. Alcohol presence is light and there are no off characters. 3.75

(Overall) Sierra Nevada's take on the American Porter style plays it simple but effectively, with most of the flavor and depth originating from the roasted flavors of kilned barley malts. The flavor range, as simple as the ingredients going in may seem, generates an impressive range of flavor for such a highly drinkable body, which plays light yet smooth as is characteristic as per the style. Sierra Nevada keeps this beer about as close to a textbook example of an American Porter as they possibly could. There are no doubt superior, keenly original Porters and even many far inferior examples, but as challenging as it is locating American-brewed porters in year-round status in the Southeast, this one in particular may be the best option to balance availability, value and quality. At a reasonable price, it would warrant a repeat taste on occasion by me. 3.75

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Photo of Brabander
3.31/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Not the best beer from this brewer i highly respect. A bit thin but reasonable drinkable.

Photo of EvoRich
4.34/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look: Pours a very deep dark brown color. A big, fluffy head which is retained well.

Smell: Very sweet, creamy, chocolate, and roasty aromas.

Taste: A very surprisingly sweet flavor all the way through. Chocolate and peanut butter flavors, roasted nuts and malts.

Feel: Carbonation is a big high. But the beer is smooth.

Photo of BWood
2.59/5  rDev -33.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Just doesn't feel like a porter to me. It's like they took a IPA and made it darker. Not a fan

Photo of mchegash
3.77/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - 4/5
A muddy red-brown, with about a finger of tan light tan head.

Smell - 3.75/5
Delicious roasted malts, with hints of coffee and chocolate, and a light hoppiness. Slightly sweet smell

Taste - 3.75/5
Light slightly sweet malts, with a good amount of hops. The malts are roasty with coffee and chocolate flavors. The malts and hops are well balanced, although I would perhaps prefer a little more maltiness.

Mouthfeel - 3.75/5
Medium bodied, smooth, with a light amount of carbonation

Overall - 3.75/5
This was a decent beer. Not really that amazing, but decent.

Photo of CIBoy10
2.88/5  rDev -26%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Look - 12 oz. bottle into a chalice. Pour yields a nice off-white head that dissipates rapidly. Not much lacing. Opaque black coloring.

Smell - Loads of coffee. Smells bitter if that's possible.

Taste - Heavy on the coffee tasting hop bitterness. That's about all I get. Not much chocolate or anything else you'd expect. Maybe a little cocoa. The bitter finish lasts and sits on the tongue.

Feel - Feels very carbonated and crisp. Not necessarily a good thing for me. I like this style to be silky.

Overall - Not to my liking compared to many other widely distributed porters. Not terrible though. I probably wouldn't get it again.

Photo of LexingtonBeer
3.7/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Great overall taste. Very little aftertaste. Perhaps a bit too carbonated.

Photo of DownSouthGeorgiaBrew
3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Coffee and Beer, the two things I love, and this beer blends them together perfectly. Look: Dark Brown with a soft white head, and this beer left a fair amount of lacing around my glass as I drank. Smell: this beer had a wonderful aroma of coffee and cocoa. Taste: Awesome flavors of coffee, cocoa, and malts. Feel: Very carbonated and rich, which I loved. I'm not a fan of Sierra Nevada beers, but they've hit a homerun with this one.

Photo of maedhros09
3.91/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Look: Dark brown, nearly black but still transparent. Very big head of light tan head with good retention and lacing

Smell: Lightly roasty and grassy/herbal hops

Taste: Light caramel sweetness and mildly roasty. Dry, robust grassy/herbal/floral hop finish

Feel: Light to medium body

Overall: In terms of color and flavor this is a lighter dry porter with a stronger than average hops presence particularly in the finish. Pretty easy drinking and very enjoyable.

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Sierra Nevada Porter from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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