Sierra Nevada Porter - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Sierra Nevada PorterSierra Nevada Porter

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very good

3,428 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 3,428
Reviews: 1,423
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 10.8%
Wants: 111
Gots: 376 | 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 The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.73/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

Photo of TBonez477
3.79/5  rDev -2.6%
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!

Photo of jrossowgreenberg
3.86/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Nothing to ride home about really

Photo of cjgiant
4.04/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

Photo of PA-hunter
3.77/5  rDev -3.1%
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!

Photo of Gatordaddy
3/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Unpleasant smell, bland flavor profile.

Photo of scottbrew4u
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This is as delicious and smooth as a porter lover would want. Not a standout but a rock solid porter!

Photo of Ricochet
3.63/5  rDev -6.7%
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.

Photo of twosheds
3.64/5  rDev -6.4%
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.

Photo of SitkaSteve
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

Photo of nelsonracite
2.75/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

not a huge porter fan

Photo of dbl_delta
3.73/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

Photo of Act25
4.11/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

Photo of tedvr
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark with a white medium head. Mild burnt coffee smell. Burnt coffee taste with a dry finish.

Photo of CJNAPS
4.12/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours really dark, really dry Porter. drinkable but not something I will hunt for

Photo of tekstr1der
3.66/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

Photo of NEBeerGirl
3/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Drinkable but just does not standout

Photo of FickleBeast
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

Photo of DJoe
2.94/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

rather bland and disappointing. i expected more

Photo of Paul_Zills121
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

nice bit of coffee flavor, little foam head

Photo of youngs11
3.97/5  rDev +2.1%
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

Photo of SensorySupernova
4.22/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

Photo of JJfreeou21
4.54/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Impeccably smooth. Perfect everyday porter. What a porter should taste like.

Photo of Franziskaner
3.89/5  rDev 0%
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.

Photo of muchos
4.15/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

Sierra Nevada Porter from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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