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Sierra Nevada Porter - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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very good

2,817 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 2,817
Reviews: 1,321
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 11.03%
Wants: 85
Gots: 123 | 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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4/5  rDev +2.6%

dorf, May 09, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

jcomp21, May 09, 2012
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4/5  rDev +2.6%

jweingarten, May 07, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Mick-e-d, May 07, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

avisong, May 06, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +9%

kmfreeman1, May 04, 2012
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4/5  rDev +2.6%

tbeer40, May 04, 2012
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4/5  rDev +2.6%

HangingJohnny, May 03, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

DAVEnHOPS, May 02, 2012
Photo of 12stepCornelius
4.93/5  rDev +26.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I tried this beer after making a create-your-own variety six pack at my local market. I served this from a 12 oz. bottle into a pub-style standard beer glass and just got done drinking it.

The appearance of it was dark, almost completely black. The head was a very deep tan almost beige color, about 2 1/2 fingers and was very creamy. The head dissipated after a bit, but mostly stuck around at 1/2 a finger, leaving lacing at the beer diminished.

The smell was straight up coffee, malts, and toffee for me. With a good bit of roastiness that was oh so present. I was very impressed with how accurate the smell was to the description of the ingredients used and was surprised by how pleasant it was.

This has to be one of the most flavorful beers I've ever had. I'm new to trying different beers having recently turned 21 and the taste of this just about blew my socks off. Coffee, cream, toffee, and dark roasted malts. Man it hit the spot. I'm a fan of the darker beers like Guinness and whatnot so this was right up my alley. The finish is that of a deep, bold bitterness that warms your throat and leaves a slightly smoky taste in your mouth. Somewhat sweet but not too much at all.

The mouthfeel was very smooth and also creamy. It has a bit of carbonation at the back of the sip, but otherwise this is a fairly flat beer if you were to compare it with a lager. Very nice.

Overall this has now got to be one of my top five beers. Something I will come back to every so often and savor again. I will reiterate in saying that I just turned 21, so my experience with different beers is lacking so others might know of better porters than this. I've tried the Anchor Porter as well and while that one was good, SN's porter brought more to the table in terms of what I expected a good porter to taste like. I'm used to Keystone and Bud Light, so this is shaping up to be a very interesting brew exploration experience for me to say the least.

12stepCornelius, May 01, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

NumberNone, May 01, 2012
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3/5  rDev -23.1%

mbiscombe, Apr 28, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

sennin, Apr 28, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +9%

Njstoutlover23, Apr 28, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

mrsimm, Apr 28, 2012
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4/5  rDev +2.6%

bcsbeer, Apr 26, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +9%

ATXRyan, Apr 25, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

beaker30, Apr 25, 2012
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2.9/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle poured into shaker pint, no freshness date

three finger off white head

This was not what I was expecting. I was hoping for a bitter porter, rather than a semi-sweet one. Four finger white head when poured correctly which leaves elegant lacing. The beer tastes of the two-row malt, and chocolate. I would call this an ok beer from an outstanding brewery.

BierStein711, Apr 25, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

FriedGold2112, Apr 24, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

pentasyllabic, Apr 24, 2012
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3/5  rDev -23.1%

Irrationalist, Apr 23, 2012
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4/5  rDev +2.6%

agreenman19, Apr 23, 2012
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4/5  rDev +2.6%

wil08son, Apr 22, 2012
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3/5  rDev -23.1%

DelicateDelirium, Apr 22, 2012
Sierra Nevada Porter from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 2,817 ratings.