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Sierra Nevada Porter - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Sierra Nevada PorterSierra Nevada Porter

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BA SCORE
87
very good

3,370 Ratings
THE BROS
88
very good

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Ratings: 3,370
Reviews: 1,408
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 10.8%
Wants: 107
Gots: 330 | 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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-09-1999

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Ratings: 3,370 | Reviews: 1,408
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 mltobin
3.69/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of devin305
3.91/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of RCLOHR267
3.79/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.'s
Porter
3.77/5.00

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 RichD
3.94/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Savarese85
4.14/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Jperapipes
3.53/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Moose90
3.42/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Beersnake1
3.49/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jkane101
3.87/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Kurt1326_
4.23/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of StevenMilligan
4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SLAWLOR70244
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of tylerstravis
3.84/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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 Pro_Magnon
3.96/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Jhfinn
3.35/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

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 Zesiger
3.85/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of rsquared59
3.78/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Dicers
3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Ultimate
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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Sierra Nevada Porter from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 3,370 ratings.