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Sierra Nevada Porter - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Sierra Nevada PorterSierra Nevada Porter

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BA SCORE
88
very good

2,757 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

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Ratings: 2,757
Reviews: 1,318
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 11%
Wants: 86
Gots: 106 | 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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kkipple

South Carolina

3.9/5  rDev -0.3%

Had this on tap at CW's Tap Room in my hometown.

Sierra Nevada Porter is a chalky brown, slightly transparent beer with a small head and minimal lacing. Smells mostly of roasted grains and malt -- nothing too impressive.

Taste? Creamy, heavy roasted malt flavor, high carbonation, bittersweet beer. Mild coffee. Some hops are present. A good, basic porter. Leaves with a slighty dry aftertaste.

Not much to say on this one. It's certainly enjoyable, although uncomplex. Great for an intro to the porter style, if you like this, you'll probably like most porter.

01-22-2006 23:11:19 | More by kkipple
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NEhophead

Massachusetts

3.88/5  rDev -0.8%

Creamy tan head that leaves a thin, whispy sheet. Patches of condensed lacing that has a bit of trouble sticking. Deep brown with shades of coal and mahogany.

Sweet vanilla, light toffee. Milk chocolate; roasted coffee beans. Light whaffs of alcohol aromas.

Semi-sweet caramel and creamy, milk chocolate. Touches of vanilla and toasted almonds, pine nuts. Rich, roasted malt character that leaves a light bitterness. Smooth, creamy finish with an aftertaste of vanilla and milk chocolate.

Medium bodied; rich and creamy on the palate.

A light Porter whose flavors are subdued and more mellow than most versions of the style. Nevertheless, pleasant and enjoyable.

01-21-2006 21:59:03 | More by NEhophead
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danielocean03

Indiana

4/5  rDev +2.3%

Pours a deep, dark brown into a pint glass with thick khaki colored foamy head. Lacing coats the glass as the head falls slowly. Smells sweetly of chocolate, coffee with cream, heavy malt overtones, slight hop aroma present as well. Tastes fairly hoppy, exceptionally well balanced with a blend of dark roasted coffee, tingles on the tongue some. Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth, not unlike a stout although a lighter bodied brew. Very drinkable, well done, this is my first American Porter, and is fairly similar to a Baltic Porter, although much lighter and fizzier.

01-16-2006 02:46:56 | More by danielocean03
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orfeu

New Mexico

4.28/5  rDev +9.5%

Just a bit more than transclucent dark brown with ruby highlights. Dense beige foam, light carbonation. Complex aromas of roasty malts, coffee, chocolate, vanilla (subtle), and spicy hops. Nice roasted coffee flavor, with chocolate and vanilla notes. Toasted grains and a hop bite at the finish. Medium-bodied, smooth mouthfeel, almost silky. Nostril-stinging hop burps. Great drinkability. Easily a session porter if there ever was one.

01-15-2006 04:56:42 | More by orfeu
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riversider76

New York

4/5  rDev +2.3%

It's January, and 60 degrees in Buffalo! This beer pours almost black.Nice tan head. Good retention, and lacing. Smell is of roasted malts,with a hint of coco. Mouthfeel is fairly thick. Taste is roasted with a nice hop bite up front. Finish is smooth and dry. Very drinkable!

01-12-2006 01:03:44 | More by riversider76
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allengarvin

Texas

3.98/5  rDev +1.8%

12-oz bottle, poured into a wide chalice glass. Dark oak color, clear if held up to light, with a tannish head of foam (nice retention & lacing). Roasted malt aroma with a tad bit of hops. Lot of roasted flavor up front, but more cocoa and caramel than the SN stout. Moderate hops with a lightly spicy/peppery flavor. Neutral yeast flavor. Finishes dry and somewhat tannic. Body is a little thin & watery.

01-10-2006 02:24:32 | More by allengarvin
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Byeast

Florida

4.18/5  rDev +6.9%

This tasty porter from Sierra Nevada pours very dark with a fairly small head that quickly turns to large spots. Taken to the nose , light scents of fruity hops and chocolate seem the most present. Taste begins with semisweet chocolate and turns to pleasant bitter hops , deep-roasted barley, and a trace of caramel flavor. Very nice. Medium carbonation in the mouth. The Goldings and Willamette hops , along with its 4 malts , make this a very tasty and drinkable porter. I will definatly be drinking more of these.

01-09-2006 01:19:51 | More by Byeast
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chOAKbarrell

Maryland

4.35/5  rDev +11.3%

Billowy, frothy large tan head. Almost opague color.

Malty nose... I'm not picking up a whole lot. I drank a Rogue Shakespeare stout before this, so that may affect how this beer tastes to me.

Definite caramel flavor. This beer is a bit sharp at first, and then mellows out at the end, leaving a roasted finish. Extremely tasty.

The mouthfeel is pretty well developed. Maybe a tad watery, but I dont want to nitpick.

Among Sierra Nevada's "Big three": the Pale Ale, Stout, and Porter, this is probably # 3, which is not a bad thing. It is just simply a bronze medal. Extremely flavorful, well balanced, and an excellent choice anytime. Still heads above your average porter.

01-08-2006 23:45:04 | More by chOAKbarrell
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mooseisloose

Florida

4.47/5  rDev +14.3%

Poured this beeer into a goblet, but sniffing it out of the bottle beforehand it almost didn't make it into the glass. The sweet chocolate cheesecake smell is excellent. Once in the glass, however, the head was frothy tan and clung to the side of the glass like a true champ. This beer is very dark, light can't even be seen through the corners like you can even with a stout. The taste is very well rounded and there is no lingering of any one taste but a great balance of flavor throughout. This is the best balance of bitter and sweet that I think I have dranken to date. Have enjoyed many Sierra Nevada ales and stumbled across this porter. Hopefully the source will continue to stock, this is a new one on my list of favorites.

01-08-2006 00:28:43 | More by mooseisloose
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bultrey

New York

4.1/5  rDev +4.9%

So I'm walking home the other day, anticipating the burgers waiting for me later that evening, and I say to my self, "Self, what's with all this imperial, double, extreme shit. How about a great winter time session brew tonight with your dinner?"
So I picked me up a sixer of this. Exactly what I needed. Dark, dark brown, thin but persistent head, tastes of caramel, cocoa, coffee gorunds, and anise, with a tingly but tame hop bitterness. Reminiscent of another stellar but overlooked porter from Anchor (thought this is not quite as roasty) Could drink the whole sixer in one sitting, I do believe. I gotta drink more beers like this, yo.

01-04-2006 00:15:08 | More by bultrey
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AltBock

Ohio

4.1/5  rDev +4.9%

12oz. stubby bottle with a twist off cap. I didn't realize it was twist off until I used a bottle opener on it.

Poured a very dark brown color (almost black) with a small head of tan colored foam that dissipated into small rings around the mug. It had a faint aroma of dark chocolate, roasted malt and at sometimes, just a hint of caramel. The smell was good, but I think it needed to be just a little bit stronger. The flavor was that of strong roasted malt, dark chocolate, and some coffee notes in the background. The mouthfeel was medium bodied with a strong roasted aftertaste. Very refreshing! Overall a cheap excellent porter that would make an excellent session Porter. This was my very first Sierra Nevada product and I'm going to make sure I try more of their beers in the future. Good work Sierra Nevada!

12-31-2005 19:17:00 | More by AltBock
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Iguana

Oregon

4.15/5  rDev +6.1%

Appearence - Pours a near black with reddish hues around the edges where light gets through with a 1cm head that laces up fairly quick.

Smell - Smell is real nice, a mix of coffee and chocolate.

Taste - This one tastes real good, starts out chocolatey and fades to sot of a roasted nutty flavor, real pleasing.

Mouthfeel - Overall the mouthfeel is not bad, kinda middle of the road as far as porter's i've had go.

Drinkability - This is a pretty nice porter, great taste and for the price I can see myself downing a few of these.

12-24-2005 06:48:25 | More by Iguana
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brentk56

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +2.3%

Appearance: Pours a brown/black color with a tan head that leaves spotty lacing around the glass

Smell: A nice blend of cocoa and fruity hoppiness

Taste: Strong coffee/mocha flavor on the front end with some fruity hop bitterness that kicks in very quickly; after the swallow, there is a smoky and slightly sour flavor that joins to add complexity; charcoal aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Rather light for a porter; more like a hoppy brown ale

12-22-2005 01:00:19 | More by brentk56
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Matthew

Connecticut

3.9/5  rDev -0.3%

This beer suprised me. Much better than I had expected. Poors a deep blackish color with a giant dirty tan colored head. Lots of lacing.
Smell is of heavy roasted malts and a nice hoppy aroma but isnt very poingnant but rather you really have to make an effort to pick up alot of this beers aroma.
This is a bigger tasting porter than most I've tried and is very pleasant. The first thing I noticed is this beers hoppiness for the style. Nice roated malts, deep in flavor with a finish of hoppy goodness.
Mouthfeel is a little bit heavier than most porters but definatley not over the top and this beer is very drinkable. I had mine with a good meal of fake steak, a baked potato, and fresh spinach and it was enjoyed very much so I had another after dinner.
Very nice porter from sierra nevada. Definatley worth checking out.

12-15-2005 22:18:55 | More by Matthew
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jamie2dope

Massachusetts

4.1/5  rDev +4.9%

This is maybe my fifth or sixth time trying this beer. Pours a near black color with an impressive thick head and lace that sticks around throughout. Smells like mild chocolate with some faint fruit flavors. Taste is somewhat smoky with a mild hop presence that compliments the roasted character. It stays rather sweet throughout, but does leave the palate with a light sour taste towards the end. For a somehwhat heavy porter, drinkability is top notch, I could drink these all night. I have had quite a few of the Sierra Nevada beers, and this one does not disapoint. It is simply a good beer to have around when theres a lack of selection at a packy near you. Drink Up

12-12-2005 07:06:32 | More by jamie2dope
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acrawf6

Louisiana

4.03/5  rDev +3.1%

Pretty dark dark brown with thick tan head. Lacing hugs my glass as it is slowly emptied, sheet of head rests uponthe beer. Very nice.

the aroma is quite pleasant to, but not very strong. i really have to sink my nose into this once the head drops. because of this it seems like this beer would be on the light side for a porter, but the taste disagrees.

Taste has a hoppy presence, but the roasted malts balance very nice. small citrus flavor to this, maybe from the alpha acids, i dont know. but the aftertaste is great. lots of roasty and smoked flavors expand in my mouth

Mouthfeel is good. Of course, not as heavy as the bigger brother stouts (at least most of them), but very nice. well balanced, a little more slick than i thought it would be. average carbonation.

overall, a great porter to fall back on. great one to enjoy. I can usually find a 6-pack for around $6, cant go wrong with that.

12-10-2005 21:01:58 | More by acrawf6
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Golden2wenty1

Wisconsin

4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

Picked up a single at Steve's on University Ave here in Madison.

Pours near black with a finger of cappucino-tinged frothy head. Nose is intensely refreshing - minty hops and grassy/grainy toasted malts with a hint of cocoa powder. Taste is crisp and well-hopped for a porter, with the floral notes balancing the roasted malts, espresso beans and cocoa. Mouthfeel is slick and crisply carbonated. This is a damn tasty, refreshing, and drinkable porter. If I wanted a session porter, this would be it. A very impressive showing from Sierra Nevada.

12-09-2005 23:51:29 | More by Golden2wenty1
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metallistout

Ohio

4.6/5  rDev +17.6%

This one pours a dark brown to ruby color, with a tan thick head that stayed in my glass for the whole duration of this enjoying adventure.
Smells of dark roasted coffee and caramal malt.

The robust chocolate and coffee malts tingling on the back of my tongue as the a lovely hop balance comes in for an extra flavor attack. I do love this beer.

I can't tell if I like this better than Edmund Fitzgerald or not. Edmund is pretty damn good, but again so is this tasty brew!

OK so I drank another Edmund and it still isn't that damn good!

12-09-2005 00:20:28 | More by metallistout
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Vancer

Illinois

4.33/5  rDev +10.7%

Oh man, what a good American porter from SN. Almost black pour, brown edges, tan and lacey head – mouth is already watering. Yep, rich and bold malty chocolate aroma followed by a superb quaff.

Some hints of burnt toast, but no sour ale aspect. Crisp and dry, almost makes it to a Irish stout category. Just another solid SN brew, best enjoyed in the winter by the fire. Oh, good economical American price!

12-02-2005 21:00:08 | More by Vancer
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MSchae1017

Georgia

4.35/5  rDev +11.3%

This was tasted in a Pint Glass from a bottle.

The beer pours completely opaque with a sizeable head that hold and laces nicely. The beer smells of some good bitterness and malts with some sweetness. The taste carries the same characteristics but a charred/roasted maltiness can also be detected. The beer is not as thick as I would like from a porter but there is good carbonation. Porters are quickly becoming one of my favorite beer styles and this falls right in line

11-29-2005 02:29:52 | More by MSchae1017
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whynot44

Missouri

4.13/5  rDev +5.6%

Medium bodied, very dark reddish brown with a tan head that lingers and leaves some nice lace.

Aroma is sweet roasted malt and coffee with a spicy hops background.

Taste is well balanced, mellow and fairly smooth - coffee, caramel, maybe a touch of smoke and a pleasant hops bite that carries through in the aftertaste with a little alcohol warmth.

Very drinkable, especially in cool weather.

11-24-2005 08:10:50 | More by whynot44
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russpowell

Oklahoma

4.68/5  rDev +19.7%

Reviewing this beer was like running into an old flame and finding her better looking, single and still interested! Bought a sixer on a whim and was rerewarded

Poured Mahagony brown to purplelish, heading to inky blackness. Chunky tan/brown head retained impressive head and lacing all the way down the glass. Nice gas beads bubble to the surface right up to the last swallow

Taste: roasted grains, choclate, and hop bitterness on the tounge and throat. Licorice and slight nutiness assert themselves

Mouthfeel: Silky smooth with great balance, carboantion levels perfect

I liked this as much as any beer I've had in the last few months.

11-24-2005 03:14:25 | More by russpowell
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dgallina

Georgia

3.88/5  rDev -0.8%

Poured slightly transparent brown with garnet edges. Very little head, but good lace and lots of carbonation for a porter. Smells of sweet dark fruits, deeply toasted coffee and chocolate malts, touches of alcohol spice and piney hops. Flavors begin with very sweet grains, building nice burnt-toast coffee malts in the middle. Medium dry and sweet finish with lingering toasted bread and prickly hop flavors. Body is slightly thick, oily and syrupy, with quite a lot of prickly carbonation for the style.

11-22-2005 03:11:39 | More by dgallina
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jasonpeckins32

Michigan

4.35/5  rDev +11.3%

It pours a very dark brown color topped with a crisp, flush tan head that sticks around for quite a while. The nose is a nice balance of hops with a malty backbone. I notice semi-sweet chocolate in the smell as well. The taste is of roasted malts and something that reminds me of burnt chocolate cake. Possibly dried fruits also, but on a very minimal level. The mouthfeel is medium-bodied, a squeak thinner than I had expected. Nice, smooth character. The drinkability is great, I could drink it all day and all night. I believe I've yet to be let down by any sierra nevada brew. Good Stuff.

11-20-2005 23:08:51 | More by jasonpeckins32
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Enola

North Carolina

4.05/5  rDev +3.6%

This is a fine offering from SN. Poured out a deep mahogany color with a thin head. The smell is of roasted coffee. It has a somewhat bitter taste with a little bit of bite at the end. The mouthfeel is slightly off a bit due to the bite but it is not too bad. I could drink these all night. This is a good beer worth buying again.

11-19-2005 21:44:12 | More by Enola
Sierra Nevada Porter from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 2,757 ratings.