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Sierra Nevada Porter - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
88
very good

3,220 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

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Ratings: 3,220
Reviews: 1,369
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 11.03%
Wants: 101
Gots: 255 | 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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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of HaydenP
4.25/5  rDev +9%

Photo of rjs246
4.25/5  rDev +9%

I am not a porter fan. I would drink a case of this porter. So much perfectly chocolatey maltiness. Yum.

Photo of samtrillo
4/5  rDev +2.6%

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.

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.96/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a shaker pint, the beer is a dark brown coloring with light amber highlights, and a fluffy, light, clingy, tan colored head. Aromas of coffee and toffee forward, with nutty highlights, caramel notes, hints of chocolate, and roasted overtones. Flavors are coffee and cream forward, with a tangy and rich toffee and caramel backbone, hints of roast and char, and bittersweet chocolate notes. The body is light and smooth, with a dry characteristic. The aftertaste is mostly bitter roast and cream sweetness, with a smooth, dry, lingering bitter finish. Solid beer.

Photo of GreenMind
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of nicholas2121
3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sierra Nevada Porter brewed by Sierra Nevada Brewing Co., with an ABV of 5.60% This brew pours out a nice brown color with a nice off white head. Sierra Nevada Porter has the look of cola, not saying that is a bad thing. The smell is rich with sweetness and grains. You also pick up some hops int the smell of this brew. The taste is bold with flavor and mild hops. Sierra Nevada Porter has a nice balance to it. There is nothing overpowering in this brew. The mouthfeel is nice,clean, and refreshing . Sierra Nevada Brewing Co., did a nice job with this one. Overall I'm giving Sierra Nevada Porter a 4 out of 5.

Photo of aasher
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of mtnwesdew
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of geneseohawk
3.6/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of jopezu
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of mschipper
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Poured into a pint glass. Appearance: dark brown/black with a finger of tan head that fades with spotty lacing. Smell: dark fruits, bitter hops, light hint of smoky, not much malt. Taste: bitter dark fruits, date and raisin, bitter hops, and a smoky taste. Mouthfeel: moderate carbonation, sticks around through the entirety of the drink. Overall: very good porter, not the best I've ever had but definitely up there. A good beer for fall and winter.

Photo of karlt
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

Photo of MichaelProcton
3.84/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of Silke_Neryn
3.25/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of ygtbsm94
3.8/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of WinterBrees
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

Photo of MarkQ617
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

I had this poured out of the bottle into a stout glass. The color was a very very dark brown, with an accompanying milk chocolate head. The smell was an excellent indication of the coming taste, dark roasted malts, some coffee, and a little cocoa. The mouthfeel was grainy. What a porter ought to be.

Photo of stwok21
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of northcoastwolf
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of Jacobus79
4.4/5  rDev +12.8%

Photo of ZebraCakez
4/5  rDev +2.6%

A: Pours an extremely deep brow, almost black color. Nice two finger head of pale foam fades away slowly to leave a nice, frothy layer on top. Visually pleasing to say the least.

S: A beautiful roasted malt aroma coupled with a mocha finish. Not terribly complex, but nice.

T: Again, roasted malt and dark chocolate. There is a light hoppy note, and on the finish I get a pleasant coffee taste.

F: Good body with a nice creamy consistency and a proper level of carbonation.

O: A great example of a Decent, no nonsense porter. An easy beer to drink, and perfect during the colder months.

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of Canada_Dan
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of RJB66
4.68/5  rDev +20%

Sierra Nevada Porter from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 3,220 ratings.