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Sierra Nevada Porter - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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very good

3,312 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 3,312
Reviews: 1,396
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 10.77%
Wants: 102
Gots: 294 | 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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3.53/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle. 1 of 5 in a double-blind tasting.

A - Quite thin, not a ton of head. A thin ring of off-white hangs out around the edges with a sheen across the surface.

S - Not much smell to be honest. What I do get is a hint of sweetness and dark fruit.

T - Hmmm not what I would have thought. Taste some cola, some vanilla, some alcohol, some prunes. Definitely sweet (maybe a bit too sweet for me). Ends smooth with a touch of bitterness.

M - Not bad. Nice body and good carbonation. Goes down easily and doesn't stick with me all that long.

O - Wasn't struck with this one... thought it was ok. Brown sugar/cola syrup dominates (albeit in a subtle way).

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3.86/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into an oversized Harpoon pint glass
A - Rough pour yields a nice white, rocky, big-bubbled head, which dissipates slowly. Color is brown with hints of garnet when held up to the light. GORGEOUS-looking beer.
S - Funny, it smells like "beer"; smells like a brewery smells, a bit dank, with some chocolate and toffee around the edges as well.
T - Taste is very toffee-like, with a LOT of roastiness in there as well, which is the lingering flavor after a sip. The malty sweetness is balanced by the smokiness. Hops are only evident by the fact that the sweetness isn't overwhelming; don't taste much bitterness in here.
M - Very smooth with low carbonation.
Porters aren't my *favorite* style, but Sierra Nevada can do no wrong in my eyes, and this is a great beer.

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4.34/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a shaker pint glass.

The beer is a coffee black with ruby hues showing through the light. The head is very light cream color that leaves a film after receding. Very light watery stays on the glass. The beer smells of bitter chocolate, roasted malts, and cold coffee. The taste is similar to the aroma with chocolate, roasted malts, and coffee especially coming through. The mouthfeel is slightly more watery than most stouts -- something I associate with porters.

Overall, this is probably one of the best tasting porters I've come across.

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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.

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4.07/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark in the glass. Brownish ruby when help up to the light. Clear, not cloudy. Not much lacing.

Roasty, and chocolate notes on the nose. Subtle, yet present.

Bitter chocolate on the mouth up front. Roasty malts with a hint of coffee follow. Smooth as silk.

Thicker mouthfeel. Good carbonation to compliment the roasty flavors.

Really a terrific beer. Sierra Nevada is the master of so many styles, and their porter really is no exception. There are bigger more exciting porters out there, but for a non-barrel aged/imperial/chutney porter, this one is a complete winner. Essentially the older brother of Tumbler.

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look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours a reddish cola color with two and a half fingers of thick, frothy head that leaves a crazy amount of lace behind.

S-Smells of dark roast and dark chocolate with some hints of earthy hops.

T-Cocoa and dark chocolate with some roast and some earthy bitter notes.

M-Rich and medium bodied with a creamy, mouth-coating feel.

D-Very easy drinking and approachable with great, classic porter notes.

Sierra Nevada Porter from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 3,312 ratings.