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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

1,413 Reviews
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Reviews: 1,413
Hads: 3,526
Avg: 3.92
pDev: 16.84%
Wants: 122
Gots: 443 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
California, United States | website

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 EvoRich
4.34/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look: Pours a very deep dark brown color. A big, fluffy head which is retained well.

Smell: Very sweet, creamy, chocolate, and roasty aromas.

Taste: A very surprisingly sweet flavor all the way through. Chocolate and peanut butter flavors, roasted nuts and malts.

Feel: Carbonation is a big high. But the beer is smooth.

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Photo of mchegash
3.77/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - 4/5
A muddy red-brown, with about a finger of tan light tan head.

Smell - 3.75/5
Delicious roasted malts, with hints of coffee and chocolate, and a light hoppiness. Slightly sweet smell

Taste - 3.75/5
Light slightly sweet malts, with a good amount of hops. The malts are roasty with coffee and chocolate flavors. The malts and hops are well balanced, although I would perhaps prefer a little more maltiness.

Mouthfeel - 3.75/5
Medium bodied, smooth, with a light amount of carbonation

Overall - 3.75/5
This was a decent beer. Not really that amazing, but decent.

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Photo of CIBoy10
2.88/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Look - 12 oz. bottle into a chalice. Pour yields a nice off-white head that dissipates rapidly. Not much lacing. Opaque black coloring.

Smell - Loads of coffee. Smells bitter if that's possible.

Taste - Heavy on the coffee tasting hop bitterness. That's about all I get. Not much chocolate or anything else you'd expect. Maybe a little cocoa. The bitter finish lasts and sits on the tongue.

Feel - Feels very carbonated and crisp. Not necessarily a good thing for me. I like this style to be silky.

Overall - Not to my liking compared to many other widely distributed porters. Not terrible though. I probably wouldn't get it again.

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Photo of DownSouthGeorgiaBrew
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Coffee and Beer, the two things I love, and this beer blends them together perfectly. Look: Dark Brown with a soft white head, and this beer left a fair amount of lacing around my glass as I drank. Smell: this beer had a wonderful aroma of coffee and cocoa. Taste: Awesome flavors of coffee, cocoa, and malts. Feel: Very carbonated and rich, which I loved. I'm not a fan of Sierra Nevada beers, but they've hit a homerun with this one.

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Photo of maedhros09
3.91/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Look: Dark brown, nearly black but still transparent. Very big head of light tan head with good retention and lacing

Smell: Lightly roasty and grassy/herbal hops

Taste: Light caramel sweetness and mildly roasty. Dry, robust grassy/herbal/floral hop finish

Feel: Light to medium body

Overall: In terms of color and flavor this is a lighter dry porter with a stronger than average hops presence particularly in the finish. Pretty easy drinking and very enjoyable.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.73/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

I have really come to enjoy Sierra Nevada's offerings. I haven't tried their Porter yet, but I'm about to cross that bridge!

Appearance : top notch, chocolate brown in the glass and beautiful cranberry red held up to the light. The head is thick and juicy, khaki colored and leaving tons of webbed lacing behind. Just awesome.

Aroma : roasted barley, chocolate malts, honey, stiff hop, cocoa powder, plant.

Taste : very heavy hop presence, followed by cocoa and roasted malts. The hop is dominant throughout the tasting. The finish is dry roasted Cocoa malts and more hop. The more I drink it the more I enjoy it.

Mouthfeel : extremely zippy yet smooth. Medium to medium-light bodied. Ends dry.

Overall : a fine offering but way too much hop for my preference. It borders on Odell's Cutthroat, with its hop presence - but it is leagues better in my opinion. Nice cocoa and roasted notes, but lots of hop within a light to medium body.

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Photo of TBonez477
3.79/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a dark brown, almost black. A finger of khaki head emerges with similar lacing, but head quickly dissipates.

S: Strong, sweet floral aroma indicative of the hops in the brew. No hint of the usual roasted aroma typical of the genre.

T: A very balanced flavor treading between brown ale, red and porter. Rich malt sweetness is held in check by the strong hop presence. Very faint roasted flavor, hardly present at all.

M: Very thin mouth feel, slides off the palate like it was never there. The high amount of carbonation assists the hops in keeping the beer refreshing and easy to drink.

O: Not your typical porter at all. Arguably over hopped for the family but a very interesting selection and certainly one that could turn into a few!

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Photo of cjgiant
4.04/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle pkgd 10/21/2014 (quick notes):
pour was beautiful, very dark brown to black, with beautiful fluffy white head, lasting with significant lacing. all other aspects were just solid, nothing standing out, nose and taste of dark chocolate to coffee, little Sierra hop bite perhaps at the end. carbonation perhaps a tad strong early on. to repeat in a word, solid.

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Photo of PA-hunter
3.77/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured 12oz bottle into glass. 5.6% abv

Appearance- Pours a very very dark brown....borderline black. Two finger white head.

Smell- Smoky, molasses, caramel, toasted bread.

Taste- Lightly toasted biscuit flavor imparted by the sweet dark malt. This flavor remains fresh, developing into a smoky, roasted chocolate flavor. This leads to a dry bitter finish.

Mouthfeel- Medium heavy in body, active carbonation.

Overall- An average, no bs porter with decent complexity. Not world class but still quite good. Well done and right on par for the style!

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Photo of Ricochet
3.63/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

L: Black but through light, see through with carbonation and a bit of the head on the pour that went away quick leaving some lace on the top and sides.

S:Average porter, nothing stood out. Burnt malt and a bit of chocolate.

F: Creamy but thins out fast with a touch of bitter at the end

T: I have always thought that SN's beers were about as standard of the style as one can get. Not too offensive, just a standard porter. Chocolate malt, coffee like, thin and creamy when it needs to be. A great start if trying darker beers.

O: I have bought this before and will again.

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Photo of twosheds
3.64/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very dark brown with barely any head.

Smells like chocolate and hops.

Very malty and somewhat of a chocolate flavor, but with a decent amount of hop bitterness.

More carbonation that I would normally expect with a porter, but not too much.

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Photo of SitkaSteve
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Various times this was poured into a mug and a pint glass.
Today, this was poured into a mug.
The appearance was a nice looking fairly dark brown color with a one finger white foamy head that dissipated within about a quick minute. Light rings glaze around the glass.
The smell had a super huge roasty coffee bean and delicate roasted cocoa. Ah, it smells so good!
The taste is basically the roasty and sweet cocoa flavoring into the aftertaste and leading to a dry finish.
The mouthfeel was subtly sweet and roasty leaning on a medium sort of body, nicely carbonated for the style and for me.
Overall, this was a very nice American Porter. I love it for it is and what it continues to be to me.

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Photo of dbl_delta
3.73/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from bottle marked "PKGD 09/09/14" into glass mug.

Dark, opaque in fact, with just a hint of reddish light seeping in around the edges. About a finger of head, which dissipated quickly. No lacing to speak of.

Tastes of burnt malt plus maybe some coffee and a hint of chocolate. Not a whole lot else going on. Low carbonation. Very drinkable, but not something that I would go out of my way for.

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Photo of Act25
4.11/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dense mocha head lasts a very long time and laces well, atop a reddish brown body, redder than a stout. perfect.

Smell: Dark fruit, ripe, coffee, dark chocolate, and English toffee. Some toasted walnut and malt.

Taste: Follows the smell, with more ripe fruit salad, then robust roasted coffee, malt, hay, wood. Smokey.Finishes dry, with peppery hop, and bitter.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with a lot of carbonation. Wish for more cream, weight.

Overall: Love it. If you love smoke, you'll love this.

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Photo of tekstr1der
3.66/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours dark with tan head. Nose is mostly malt and some roasted/coffe notes. Flavor is malty and feels a little dry. Finish lingers, again somewhat dry and strong roasted taste. Pretty tasty.

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Photo of FickleBeast
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a nonic.

Pours nearly pitch black with 2 fingers of mocha foam. Aroma is quite roasty, with a hint of hops as well. First sip is full of chocolate and coffee roast flavors, and a smooth bitter finish. Very easy drinking and well balanced.

This is a very nice porter, with no one flavor dominating the profile. It has nice roasted notes, nice bitter notes, and some chocolate sweetness all playing harmoniously. An easy choice to grab if you are craving the style.

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Photo of youngs11
3.97/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz. bottle into snifter.

Appears dark, dark auburn. Mostly opaque with ring of coffee foam and spots lacing glass.

Smells of coffee, dark fruit, molasses.

Initially bitter, taste becomes more complex towards finish. Leaves with notes of walnut, sunflower seed, toasted wheat. Great balance of bitter and malt with a diverse profile that improves as it warms.

Slightly sticky, medium-heavy with a little chewiness, smooth with a subtle prickle.

This is a great porter. While coffee is expected and noticeable in aroma and taste, there is an exciting malt profile that was unexpected from aroma alone. Rather filling, great in the winter. Recommend

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Photo of SensorySupernova
4.22/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Very dark brown with a tan head that eventually settled to a thin layer over the whole top and left lots of lacing on the way down. I shook up the bottom of the bottle, so some light colored sediment floated down to the bottom.

Smell: Roasted malts and chocolate, caramel.

Taste: Roast malts up front, a bit of sweetness, with lingering mild bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Very creamy body with moderate carbonation.

Overall: A solid porter - my favorite of the Snow Pack variety pack. It doesn't try anything crazy, but does all the fundamentals of the style well. I like it about the same as Deschute’s Black Butte Porter.

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.89/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Dark brown in color and some light does penetrate. There's a half inch of dense beige head. I smell bakers chocolate and dark malt. I taste chocolate and coffee. There's a sharp bitterness in the fade with the coffee note. The mouth is moderately chewy and sticky.

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Photo of muchos
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Bottled on 10/06/14. Clearly label dated.
Consumed on 12/07/14. In the Duvel.
L: Dark dark ruby-brown. Light tan foam head which hangs on for a few minutes.
S: Roasted malt. Toasty. Slight fruit, like golden raisins. Slight cocoa and hops. But mostly a lightly sweetened toastedness.
T: Caramel, burnt toast, bitter hops, light plum or prune. But toasted malt dominates, slightly sweet.
F: Light body for a porter.
O: I haven't had too many porters, but this is a pretty darn good beer. Another solid one from the Sierra Nevada 'Snowpack' seasonal sampler.

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Photo of beerinabottle
4.46/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle on a Christmas afternoon in Ireland watching a Christy Moore video. A good porter but I would love to try a tap version to compare to draught Guinness as served in an Irish bar.

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Photo of predikit
3.45/5  rDev -12%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours brown, settles in the glass dark brown. Leaves a small light tan head that dissipated quickly.

Smell is rather subtle and muted. Roasted oats, light hops are detectable.

Tastes similar to oatmeal stouts, roasted oats take the front, with earthy hops in the background, has a sour finish with a hint of molasses. Flavor is rather subtle overall.

Medium bodied, medium carbonation, rather good drinkability.

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Photo of Beric
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving: Bottle into pint
Served: December 2014

Appearance: Pours a black with significantly more reddish hues than a stout- Porter's cousin. Crowned with a dirty head with big soapy bubbles that stick around for a little while, but don't leave any lacing. Looks appetizing.

Smell: Bold coffee, dark chocolate, and English toffee. Some toasted walnut.

Taste: Robust roasted notes round out the same qualities present in the smell. The beer has a pinch of smoke to it, but not much. Finishes bitter.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with good carbonation.

Overall: An excellent beer, and one I'm glad I had the opportunity to try. I love Sierra Nevada for including this outstanding brew into the winter Snow Pack seasonal sampler. An excellent beer, and one I highly recommend. I love the lighter body with the robust flavoring- it's a nice switch up from huge stouts.

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Photo of 57md
4.06/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Dark brown with ruby edges. Decent roast in the nose.

Roasted malt flavor with an average body for the style.

This is a very well crafted offering and imminently drinkable.

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Photo of samtrillo
4/5  rDev +2%

Pours identical body to the stout but with slightly whiter head. No lacing compared to the stout.

The nose is predominately cocoa powder with an earthy grain feel.

The taste is more of a sweeter chocolate compared to their stout where coffee notes blend to create a mocha sensation. This does have coffee aspects as well, just as pronounced. There's also some sort of sour aspect that is missing from the stout with this one.

The mouthfeel is much lighter and crisper. More carbonation.

From what I could gather, the porter and stout have very similar taste profiles. The stout is smoother and creamier, while the porter is more crisp and a tad bit sour.

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Sierra Nevada Porter from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 1,413 ratings.