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Sierra Nevada Porter - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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3,082 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 3,082
Reviews: 1,350
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 11.03%
Wants: 93
Gots: 204 | 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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Ratings: 3,082 | Reviews: 1,350 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of Sammy
3.68/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Easy drinking milder tasting well malted porter. Initial white head that dissipitates on top of coal black. Bit of molasses and roasted barley aroma. Tad of coffee and chocolate, tilted toward sweetness. Nicely and smartly carbonated. Quite the session ale.

Sammy, Jan 24, 2007
Photo of t0rin0
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

t0rin0, Jan 20, 2013
Photo of spycow
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

spycow, Mar 09, 2013
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.58/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dated 12/7/11. I would assume this is a best by date.

Pours an almost opaque dark brown with a 1 inch puffy khaki head that fades to a film on the top of the beer. A thick curtain of foam coats the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, caramel, and toffee. Taste is of dark roasted malt and some toffee flavors. A mild roasty bitterness on the palate after each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp and bubbly mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty solid porter that is easy to drink.

UCLABrewN84, Dec 10, 2011
Photo of djrn2
4/5  rDev +2.6%

djrn2, Dec 02, 2011
Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

zestar, Jul 15, 2014
Photo of acurtis
4/5  rDev +2.6%

acurtis, Jan 15, 2012
Photo of Thorpe429
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to my dad for picking this up at International Beverage Selections in Grand Rapids. Served in a Hill Farmstead Wine Glass.

Pours dark brown with very little head or lacing and a good swirl doesn't bring anything up. The nose is very mild chocolate and roast plus some residual sweetness. The taste is quite bland. THere is some mild chocolate up front followed by light sweetness and a bit of roast. Body is medium with a fairly-full finish. Not quite enough carbonation, however. A bit disappointing, but this finishes up the "Top Beers - Beers of Fame" for me. Would like to try every beer on the site with at least 1000 reviews.

Thorpe429, Mar 14, 2011
Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev +2.6%

nmann08, Nov 25, 2011
Photo of Texasfan549
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Texasfan549, Apr 08, 2012
Photo of metter98
3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is clear yet very dark amber in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high beige head that died down but consistently left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface.
S: There are light to moderate aromas of roasted malts in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the taste has flavors of roasted malts and some hints of toffee and burnt malts. There are some hints of bitterness in the finish.
M: It feels on the light side of medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer goes down very easily and is quite sessionable.

metter98, Sep 03, 2011
Photo of GRG1313
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

GRG1313, Mar 06, 2014
Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev +2.6%

kjkinsey, Dec 05, 2011
Photo of brentk56
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a brown/black color with a tan head that leaves spotty lacing around the glass

Smell: A nice blend of cocoa and fruity hoppiness

Taste: Strong coffee/mocha flavor on the front end with some fruity hop bitterness that kicks in very quickly; after the swallow, there is a smoky and slightly sour flavor that joins to add complexity; charcoal aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Rather light for a porter; more like a hoppy brown ale

brentk56, Dec 22, 2005
Photo of BEERchitect
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It's about as true-to-style as you get. It's got all of the robust roasted grains, sweet barley malt base to offset the roasted coffee bitterness. Added cocoa for flavor and hops for balance. Light fermentation sourness and a mild lactose flavor for complexity. Despite the boldness, the balance and body lightens the impact and mellows out nicely. Though no dominating characters to mention, it's unfortunate that this beer is hardlly mentioned among the conversation of great Porter. It's deserving.

BEERchitect, Mar 03, 2006
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.73/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a medium black color porter with a medium size off-white head with pretty good retention. Aroma of roasted malt with a nice touch of coffee and chocolate. Taste is a well balance mix between roasted chocolate and coffee malt with some medium bitterness at the end. Another good well balance product from this brewery.

Phyl21ca, Mar 13, 2006
Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown with ruby highlights. I can't quite see all the way through the beer, even with backlighting. The cap is ecru in color and looks sticky and faintly rocky over time. It fades to a thin, covering film and leaves broken rings and small sheets of lace on the glass.

Hops are the first thing that I notice in the nose. Not because they're overpowering, but because I didn't expect them to be present in a porter. The usual aromas of roasted malt and coffee are definitely present, but the hops have their say.

This beer has an interesting two-phase palate profile. Initially, the malty flavors of coffee and chocolate dominate. As they fade, the softly citric hops fade in and gently take over. Hops dominate the finish as well, but are fairly understated. The mouthfeel is medium for the style, though I find myself wishing that it was a little more substantial. Just personal preference.

Sierra Nevada Porter is a solid drinker with an interesting and delicious flavor profile. I'm glad that it's so readily available because I could easily make it my regular porter.

BuckeyeNation, Feb 04, 2004
Photo of jaydoc
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

jaydoc, Jan 23, 2014
Photo of kylehay2004
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: very dark. Little light passes. 2 finger frothy and long lasting head with lacing half way through.

S: mild roast, with hint of chocolate.

T: roast and caramel up front with a smokey finish. Kind of standard for a porter really.

M: little oily. Mild to moderate carbonation. Medium to full body.

O: a solid overall porter with no real memorable quality otherwise. Easy to drink.

kylehay2004, Jul 05, 2011
Photo of mikesgroove
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I cannot believe I had never had this one before this eveing. I picked it up on a whim, served it chilled in ap int glass and enjoyed with dinner tonight. Consumed on 01/07/2009.

The pour was very nice with a rich dark brown color. SMooth mellow looking with a nice rich head of light tan and a delicate side glass lacing that really made it look quite nice.

The aroma was a nice mix of sweet, molasses like malts and a light roasted profile. Nice balance here with a hint of hop bitterness as it came around. The flavor was more of the same. Rich roasted malts, sweet chocolate like flavors and a nice little touch of hops in the finish. Mellow, medium bodied ale with nice carbonation and a smooth, and very drinkable taste.

Overall it was very solid and for an everyday, and very available porter, this is really exceptional. I was very impressed, and I am lookign forward to having this one again,

mikesgroove, Jan 08, 2009
Photo of womencantsail
4.25/5  rDev +9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another one of those beers that I just have never gotten around to reviewing.

A: The pour is absolutely great. A dark, dark brown with a finger's worth of off-white colored foam. The head on this beer is amazing, and leaves some awesome lacing.

S: The smell of this one is a bit different than what you'd expect from a porter. The nose is full of citrus hops followed by a background aroma of roasted malt and coffee.

T: The hops are not quite as pronounced here. There is still a nice little citrus flavor, but the roasted malt, coffee, and chocolate are the big players here (more what I think of when I have a porter).

M: The body is maybe a bit thin, but still good. There is a nice level of carbonation to liven things up on the palate.

D: Another great beer from Sierra Nevada. These guys make some of the best session/most drinkable beers out there. You can never go wrong with a Sierra product.

womencantsail, Dec 17, 2009
Photo of Knapp85
2.95/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Tasted a lot like any other Porter I've had in the past. At least this is a slightly different change of pace for Sierra Nevada. This brew shows that there is more to SN than just Pale Ales and IPA's. This beer pour a rich dark brown with a foamy light brown head. The roasted malts are nicely balanced in this with the hops used in the brew.

Knapp85, Mar 30, 2011
Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
4/5  rDev +2.6%

westcoastbeerlvr, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.03/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a clear, dark brown, near black body with a tall, frothy, off-white head.

Smell: Somewhat roasty nose smelling of coffee grinds and notes of unsweetened chocolate earthy hops.

Taste: Predominately roasty and bitter, the beer yields some light hints of pale malts, chocolate malts, and caramel. Almost nil sweetness which quickly fades away, leaving the roast, earthy bitterness to take us to the dry, roasty finish.

Mouthfeel: Just barely medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Just a tad thin, a tad simple, and just not what I'm really looking for in a porter. On to their stout!

ChainGangGuy, Jan 26, 2009
Photo of oberon
3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice deep brown with some red highlights witha nice creamy tan head.The aroma was chocolaty and a little nuttyThis porter has definant hoppiness in the finish thats for sure,but it has the roasted nutty malt character to begin with.A pretty good balanced porter,maybe one of the hoppiest I have had and I really liked it..

oberon, Jul 06, 2003
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Sierra Nevada Porter from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 3,082 ratings.