1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Sierra Nevada Porter - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

Not Rated.
Sierra Nevada PorterSierra Nevada Porter

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
88
very good

2,677 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

(view ratings)
Ratings: 2,677
Reviews: 1,314
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 11%
Wants: 82
Gots: 85 | FT: 1
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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Latest | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Sierra Nevada Porter Alström Bros
Ratings: 2,677 | Reviews: 1,314 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of blakelive784
blakelive784

Colorado

3.48/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12 fl oz brown glass bottle served in a snifter, reviewed live:

A - Pours a dark non-transparent shade of amber, with a light tan, one finger head. Retention is average. Standard fare.

S - Toffee, light cream and chocolate, and maybe some toasted and roasted malt. No cascade/centennial hops? I'm surprised. Mild strength.

T - The roasted malt is heavier than on the nose, and is welcome. I like the creamy body, and the subtle bitter chocolate is nice. It's built pretty well, though I find the bitter finish to be out of place. It's a little muddy, but I like it.

M - Best part of the beer. Full bodied, creamy, a bit coarse, and dry on the finish. Really good.

D - This one doesn't suffer from the typical SN flaws, and I like it quite a bit. It's your run of the mill porter, though the build and execution are both very good.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2012 03:15:24 | More by blakelive784
Photo of Zachtheporter
Zachtheporter

Wisconsin

3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

03-02-2012 06:44:46 | More by Zachtheporter
Photo of Peter
Peter

New York

4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

03-02-2012 02:24:15 | More by Peter
Photo of friedpotatoes
friedpotatoes

California

4/5  rDev +2.3%

03-02-2012 02:14:47 | More by friedpotatoes
Photo of jeff8086
jeff8086

South Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

03-01-2012 15:04:24 | More by jeff8086
Photo of Ajlvt
Ajlvt

Washington

4/5  rDev +2.3%

03-01-2012 02:53:14 | More by Ajlvt
Photo of shelby415
shelby415

Oregon

3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

02-29-2012 08:11:32 | More by shelby415
Photo of BFro
BFro

Illinois

4/5  rDev +2.3%

02-28-2012 22:58:40 | More by BFro
Photo of sdj5
sdj5

New York

4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

02-27-2012 16:18:09 | More by sdj5
Photo of stoutlover1978
stoutlover1978

Indiana

4/5  rDev +2.3%

02-27-2012 03:35:38 | More by stoutlover1978
Photo of kylemckinnis
kylemckinnis

Oregon

3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

02-27-2012 00:52:47 | More by kylemckinnis
Photo of Danobold
Danobold

Texas

4/5  rDev +2.3%

02-26-2012 22:59:45 | More by Danobold
Photo of johnkyoungoh
johnkyoungoh

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +2.3%

02-26-2012 22:40:49 | More by johnkyoungoh
Photo of TheCondor
TheCondor

Missouri

4.08/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Scored this bottle on my run to Gomer’s for porters and stouts. Grabbed it in a mix and match six pack. Pretty anxious to try it, as Sierra Nevada typically has good products and I’ve heard good things about this brew. Poured from a bottle into a snifter.

Appearance – Pours a deep brown, nearly black color, with a nice big tan head that sticks around for a while and leaves superior lacing. Quite an elegant display of porter-ness.

Smell – Roasted grain, malt, toffee, coffee, chocolate….there is a lot going on in the nose of this brew.

Taste – Certainly leads off with a nice roasted, malty hit to it, then brings the bitter hoppiness in at the end. There is a tinge of sweetness, some toffee and chocolate notes, but nothing too strong.

Mouthfeel – Nice and smooth, medium-thick bodied, finishes superbly. I was surprised at how gfast I was drinking the beer, as it finished so smooth and full that it was easy to take large drinks and a bunch of them.

Overall – I expected this beer would be pretty good, and I was not disappointed. This is a solid porter you can get for a decent price, I really like it, even more so than my cherished Bully! Porter. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2012 00:17:17 | More by TheCondor
Photo of UncleAddie
UncleAddie

Arizona

3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

02-25-2012 22:34:34 | More by UncleAddie
Photo of craftbeer31
craftbeer31

Kentucky

3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

02-25-2012 18:10:34 | More by craftbeer31
Photo of grannaniwa
grannaniwa

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

02-25-2012 01:58:28 | More by grannaniwa
Photo of GeneralZod
GeneralZod

California

4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

APPEARANCE
Poured out okay. It looked of an average porter. Very dark brown to almost black.

SMELL
It is strong of roasted malts.

TASTE
Can really tasted the roastiness of the malt and its bitter hops.
There is a hint of sweetness, possibly from toffee as an after taste.

MOUTHFEEL
Well carbonated, a little coarse but easy to drink.

OVERALL
This is an above average porter. The roasted malts is not too overpowering. Is one of the better beers I've had.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2012 01:44:13 | More by GeneralZod
Photo of TempeBeerMan
TempeBeerMan

Arizona

3.7/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a dimpled mug.

A – A tawny ruby brown near the edges, with the center being almost black. Half finger head of fizzy white bubbles fading instantly. Lacing present when you sip, but again disappearing almost instantly.

S – A medium aroma of roasted graininess and toffee.

T – Roasted grains most prevalent, but also hints of toffee, coffee, and chocolate. Underlying nuttiness, which was nice. Finish is bitter as the graininess carries. Maybe lacking a little richness.

M – Medium body and carbonation. Finishes semi-dry. Together with the taste these characteristics make the beer pretty drinkable/approachable.

O – A solid offering by SN, but nothing memorable or spectacular, and definitely not enough here to elevate this over other easily accessible porters such as Anchor Porter, and Stone Smoked Porter. Still, not bad at all.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2012 00:29:25 | More by TempeBeerMan
Photo of tjeppaint
tjeppaint

Maine

3/5  rDev -23.3%

02-24-2012 20:14:09 | More by tjeppaint
Photo of DrinkSlurm
DrinkSlurm

Connecticut

3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into pint.
Pours a deep dark black. Roasted coffee and malt aroma...
Very smooth and mild roasted malts, with a slight coffee note.
Very nice and smooth...drinkable, everyday porter. This is a great example of what porters should be. Smooth, roasted, and light but full of flavor and character.
As always Sierra Nevada does not fail.
Nice.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2012 03:34:44 | More by DrinkSlurm
Photo of BillH200174
BillH200174

California

3.63/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark black color, with a medium head. Aroma is roasty malts. A medium bodied porter. More chocolate than coffee in the nose. This beer is also a little hoppier than most porters. Smooth taste. A nice drinkable porter, nothing fantastic, just consistently good. Mouthfeel is full and round.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2012 19:22:23 | More by BillH200174
Photo of John11486
John11486

California

4/5  rDev +2.3%

02-21-2012 18:41:53 | More by John11486
Photo of aBeeraWeek
aBeeraWeek

Australia

4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A true and even dark dark brown colouration that appears thick and has a polished sheen. There is a foaming and creamy head that sits steadily, and holds well through those first mouthfuls.

Initially plenty of malt smells, but unusual not just the sweet caramel malts often found in Porters, but also a more mature aged malt, with a slight hint of oak. There is also a fine hint of chocolate to give it one of the classic modern Porter influences.

Interestingly it is the chocolate that comes in first on the taste. The chocolate taste is strong and slightly bitter, almost like cooking chocolate. Given the beautiful mature aromas this beer was giving off, this seems just too bold and immature. Soon more of a caramel tries to cover this up and you are left with a mild to bitter aftertaste.

Only a medium body and not as much stickiness in the mouth as you might find in other Porter. Carbonation starts off a little sharp but settles easily.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2012 10:34:33 | More by aBeeraWeek
Photo of Rocketman8911
Rocketman8911

California

5/5  rDev +27.9%

02-21-2012 05:53:52 | More by Rocketman8911
Sierra Nevada Porter from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 2,677 ratings.