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Sierra Nevada Porter - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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2,718 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 2,718
Reviews: 1,315
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 11%
Wants: 84
Gots: 93 | 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)
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4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown almost black color with a off white creamy head and good lacing on the glass. Aroma is of roasted malt, chocolate, and caramel malts. Taste is very much the same with a forefront caramel sweetness followed by a roasty finish. Well balanced and a good porter.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2012 21:48:49 | More by Adam5150
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4.13/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours to a very dark ruby/brown color with a small light brown head. Nose is straight roasted malts and a little chocolate. Taste is more bitter than the aroma would suggest. Roasted coffee and bitter dark chocolate. Medium weight, lively carbonation. Lightly sweet on the finish with big smoke on the aftertaste.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2012 15:46:03 | More by Labeerfinder
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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

03-20-2012 00:38:28 | More by station815
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2.83/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On Tap at Taco Mac Decatur 11/20. Reviewed From Notes.

(Appearance) dark brown, deep copper red tones shine through. Light surface cover, consistent thin lacing on the sides. 4

(Smell) very light dark malts, blend of caramel and coffee, a touch of chocolate. Barely potent. Unfortunate. 2.5

(Taste) Thin dark malts, less coffee and mildly bitter chocolate tastes than given in nose. Very light smoke tones also present. Mildly sweet, very mild tastes. Really underwhelming. 2.5

(Mouthfeel) There's some content for every drop of the beer. Incredibly smooth but light with flavor. 4

(Overall) A much lighter interpretation of the style, far weaker in most aspects than Id have hoped for. Probably my least favorite Sierra Nevada as of yet. 3

Serving type: on-tap

03-19-2012 23:49:50 | More by Jadjunk
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

03-19-2012 05:47:36 | More by QuakeAttack
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4.13/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- pours dark dark brown with a thin tan head.

S- malt, rum, chocolate, brown sugar, raisins.

T- roasted malt, chocolate, cherries, coffee, And toffee.

M- good carbonation and a velvety creamy mouthfeel.

O- I enjoyed this porter. It was a very solid brew with a nice flavor. Although I like this beer I seem to like BB porter much more from what I remember.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2012 04:38:53 | More by Giovacchini
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New York

3/5  rDev -23.3%

03-18-2012 05:45:29 | More by deonreds
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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

03-18-2012 01:50:32 | More by JustinWhipple
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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

03-17-2012 20:12:49 | More by Crimsontider22
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Ontario (Canada)

3.58/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A random single procured on a recent trip...

A - Pours a dark ruby red collur, finger of tan head with solid retention and some sporadic lacing.

S - Musty cocoa, hint of espresso, buttered bread and a hint of earthy green hops. A tad mild off the top, but the scents improve as the glass empties.

T - Not as sweet as I was hoping, a more bitter cocoa and raw espresso dominates. Hints of coffee grinds and musty cardboard and muddled amongst some leafy green hop notes.

M - Medium bodied, smooth and a touch of dryness lingers.

O - Well, to say I was mildly disappointment would be an understatement. By no means terrible, it's just a very mild ale compared to what I'm used to from Sierra Nevada. Certainly easy drinking and flavourful, but they could have easily amped it up a notch without offending any of their fans.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2012 00:18:16 | More by andrenaline
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3/5  rDev -23.3%

03-16-2012 20:42:49 | More by brinch
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New York

4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a really dark brown 'see-thru' mahogany color from a 12 oz bottle, with ABV clearly printed on the label.
Two finger off-white colored head that took forever to dissipate.
Aroma is extremely malty with lots of sweet chocolate, caramel notes coming through. Hints of bready yeast and grain.
Taste right from the beginning to the finish is on the sweeter side. The maltiness comes through nicely with just hints of bitterness towards the finish. The balance between the sweetness and the slight bitterness is perfect.
Very good mouthfeel and drinkability. This porter has all the makings of a good sessions beer. Lots of lacing all along the insides of the glass.
Overall, this is another winner from Sierra Nevada. Nothing exceptional, but just a good all round porter. Perfect for anyone who is getting into porters or craft beer. Definitely recommended and absolutely worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2012 04:56:15 | More by CaptDavyJones
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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

03-15-2012 05:19:11 | More by DCgolfpro
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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

03-14-2012 04:44:48 | More by nrombes
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

03-14-2012 01:52:06 | More by brewzip
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

03-12-2012 22:39:17 | More by Kornoms
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North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

03-12-2012 20:43:51 | More by jrpeka
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South Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

03-12-2012 20:11:31 | More by UltimateLivewire
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3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tulip pint glass.

A: Clear, dark brown color with two fingers of persistent mocha-tinted foam head. Heavy lacing remains on the glass.

S: Nutty and slightly unctuous. Minerality is also detectable, while airy carbon dioxide is not entirely masked.

T: Begins off-dry, with roasted malt and floral hop aromatics. Acidity is mild into the middle where persistent roasted grain is rustic but not too dark. Bitterness is of moderate intensity in the finish, but with a sharpness to it that is further accentuated by attendant earthy and herbaceous flavors.

M: Thin to medium viscosity, creamy and slightly acidic on the palate, with low carbonation.

D/O: This porter seems at first take like a good candidate for the archetypal model, then the hops begin to stand out. This beer is not hop-focused, but it deviates from the English tradition in the quality of the hop flavors that are presented early. As described above this beer tastes distinctly floral, with more traditional earthy flavors developing secondarily. It is a worthwhile contribution to the style in its own right; a fair balance between interest and approachability is struck.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2012 00:38:54 | More by beagle75
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

03-10-2012 04:37:20 | More by delawaaare
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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

03-10-2012 03:36:49 | More by SpillyBeers
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

03-09-2012 16:58:14 | More by jasonvorhz
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4.75/5  rDev +21.5%

03-09-2012 14:55:40 | More by Chrixsus
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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

03-09-2012 07:15:21 | More by OldTime
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

03-09-2012 07:14:57 | More by Rynodyno
Sierra Nevada Porter from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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