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Sierra Nevada Porter - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Sierra Nevada PorterSierra Nevada Porter

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very good

3,302 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 3,302
Reviews: 1,395
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 11.03%
Wants: 102
Gots: 293 | 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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Photo of tlazaroff
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: It's a dark dark ruby color, in which you can only see the ruby through the glass when a light is on the other side. The head retention of this beer is amazing, I poured it five minutes ago and it's still there, nice and thick.

S: This has those great roast notes that make a porter a PORTER. Not much of a strong coffee scent, which are generally the porters that I prefer, but rather a sweet kind of toffee/chocolate aroma.

T: This is very good, it's a porter that gets away from that classical black coffee and espresso flavor and goes for the toffee element. It is sweet upfront and finishes with a light bitterness.

M: Moderate to high carbonation and a nice thicker medium body, and its a tad dry.

D: Drinkability is quite nice on this one, it's smoothness helps quite a bit. I really like this beer, but my local porter is still my favorite.

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Photo of harrymel
3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled early August, 2011 A: pours dark brown with a finger of tannish foam which falls over a couple minutes to a sheet of the same. Spotty lace. Limited clarity. (3) S: Nice sweet dry black malt comes up accented with cocoa, coffee and hazelnut. (4) T: Nice and bready with toasted oat flavor and some slight sheet grass. Just a hint of nuts and cereal. (4) M: Creamy and full bodied with moderate, yet prickly carb. Semi slick finish. (4) O: Well done, as usual from SN. Great porter. (4)

Photo of trevorjn06
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep mahogany/brown with a small, tan head that lasts. Some lacing on the glass.

Aroma is dark roasted coffee, a hint of crackers and light caramel in the background.

Taste is roasted and dry. Begins with roasted malts, moves into coffee and a bit of toffee with that cracker-like aspect coming back. Towards the finish some dark chocolate and hop bitterness appears and coffee lingers on the palate.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium/low carbonation. Very light astringency.

Overall an good American porter. Dry, roasty and easy drinking.

Photo of patm1986
3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

dark brown. some thin foam. it looks like a solmn wave upon a pale shore.

roasty, hopp, meaty, grainy, oaty, specifically a little mesquite aroma. 

grainy. some sweetness. a bit more hoppy than matly or a dead balance.

oily then dry nice carbonation.

if i'm a sailor, i'm there.

Photo of hopsolutely
3.6/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A dark, clear amber with limited cappuccino coloured head.

Roasted malt notes in the aroma, with hints of smokiness, cloves and nuts. There’s a lot going on in the taste, but not as robustly well balanced as the Sierra Nevada Stout which I enjoyed at the same time as this porter (wanted a direct comparison). A sweeter finish with none of the west-coast hop citrus notes for which I’d hoped.

Still a great beer, but if given a choice, in the future I'll focus on their stout!

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4.18/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a really dark brown with a tan two-finger, fluffy, foamy head.

Malty, caramel, and bread aromas.

Wow, a really great grainy, bready flavor. I'm not used to drinking a lot of porters, and it's not really sweet like I expected. This beer is more about the "grainy" taste. You can really taste the grains.

A medium body carries this beer well. And it's pretty dry for the most part, with some slight bitterness on the back end.

I've been turned off of porters for a while, after drinking some subpar examples. I think this one has turned me back on to the style.

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3.13/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I've been on a bit of a porter kick and surprisingly this is easily the least flavorful and interesting example of the style I've had in recent memory. Sierra Nevada is obviously quite reliable. I'm surprised at the description of this beer's appearance by others because my bottle poured a dark brown with reddish highlights and I could clearly see my fingers on the other side of the glass. Little head falls quick and not much lace.

Aroma is very mild, faintly toasty and roasty; hints of toffee and coffee....taste is very much the same, with a very modest roasted character and restrained bitterness. Not much in the way of chocolate or coffee flavors; certainly not bad but very much on the lighter side of the ledger. Finish is nice enough, medium carbonation; fairly dry.

This is a highly drinkable lightweight porter but it fails to deliver on the roasted malty taste I look for in this style. Perhaps a good introductory selection to porters but will fail to excite more adventurous drinkers.

Sierra Nevada Porter from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 3,302 ratings.