Sierra Nevada Porter - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Sierra Nevada PorterSierra Nevada Porter

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1,397 Reviews
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Reviews: 1,397
Hads: 3,444
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 9.67%
Wants: 117
Gots: 381 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  5.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-09-1999

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Photo of tekstr1der
3.66/5  rDev -6.9%
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. (190 characters)

Photo of FickleBeast
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
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. (495 characters)

Photo of youngs11
3.97/5  rDev +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 (665 characters)

Photo of SensorySupernova
4.22/5  rDev +7.4%
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. (635 characters)

Photo of Franziskaner
3.89/5  rDev -1%
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. (269 characters)

Photo of muchos
4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
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. (560 characters)

Photo of beerinabottle
4.46/5  rDev +13.5%
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. (191 characters)

Photo of predikit
3.45/5  rDev -12.2%
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. (414 characters)

Photo of Beric
4/5  rDev +1.8%
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. (864 characters)

Photo of 57md
4.06/5  rDev +3.3%
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. (175 characters)

Photo of samtrillo
4/5  rDev +1.8%

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. (660 characters)

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.96/5  rDev +0.8%
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. (588 characters)

Photo of nicholas2121
3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
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. (620 characters)

Photo of mschipper
4/5  rDev +1.8%

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. (450 characters)

Photo of MarkQ617
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

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. (300 characters)

Photo of ZebraCakez
4/5  rDev +1.8%

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. (592 characters)

Photo of Greywulfken
3.84/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: dark brown into black, two fingers of tan head on top

S: roasty dark malts suggest mocha and toasted bread

T: smooth malts bring mild cocoa and coffee-like flavors; toasted and subtle smoke characteristics; touches of herb and earth

M: light-medium body, moderate carbonation, slick and smooth, mild aftertaste, mellow bitterness

O: a nicely made porter, good for fans of the style or as a solid introduction to the style. (429 characters)

Photo of iTunesUpdates
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Did a side by side with the Stout. For $1.25, this is a great brew to drink on those cold nights. For FL that means 70 degrees, but hay, that is cold here! (155 characters)

Photo of dacrza1
3.86/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

DATE TASTED: November 20, 2014... GLASSWARE: Barley Creek pint... OCCASION: cold days like these call for a porter... APPEARANCE: another pitch-black body; off-brown head; slightly creamy; lacing is hazy and intricate... AROMA: beautiful brown ale hops; some doughy, bready hints--enticing ... PALATE: solid, rather easy-drinking and flat; a bubbly finish; the expected cola consistency....TASTE: earthy, slightly malty base that is appreciably roasted; hops evoke a vegetable-like quality; some coffee and cocoa, enough to add dimension to the profile ... OVERALL: indeed a working man's brew--invigorating and warming, though low in alcohol and not heavy enough to diminish its drinkability ... (696 characters)

Photo of barnzy78
4.01/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, PKGD 09/09/14, I've had this many times, but surprisingly never reviewed it.
A - creamy tan head leaves a spattering of lacing on the glass atop a dark brown colored ale
S - bittersweet chocolate, roasty, nutty, earthy
T - big roasty flavor with more bittersweet chocolate, nutty grain, earthy hops with some pine toward the semi-bitter finish
M - medium body, moderate carbonation, dry finish
O - If you are looking for the definition of a classic American porter, this is it. Nothing outside of the box; just very solidly crafted. (545 characters)

Photo of HamdenHector
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: deep brown with a hint of ruby at the edges; less than a 1 finger light brown head that receded to an uneven cap; very nice lacing;

S: pungent, could smell it from several feet away; chocolate, coffee, roasted grain, and a little smokiness; not getting much in the way of hops;

T: follows the nose; moderately bitter at the finish;

M: a little thinner than I expected; prickly carbonation;

O: liked the aroma more than the flavor; (437 characters)

Photo of Meyertj
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Fresh 12oz bottle poured into a snifter

Appearance - Dark brown to almost black. I got about a 1/2 inch head. Lacing was evident.

Smell - Hints of cocoa and coffee.

Taste - It tastes like it smells. Not overpowering with the cocoa, yet just enough. I don't taste any bitterness, but I am used to drinking IPAs.

Feel - Creamy and smooth. Extremely drinkable.

Overall - Very good porter. I believe this would not only be a go to porter for drinking, but would make a good cooking beer also. (500 characters)

Photo of Andrew041180
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Great looking beer, as are all of Sierra Nevada's products. I think my main takeaway from this beer is that it is crazy drinkable. Nice and clean. I like the flavors, but it still leans more towards the burned coffee flavor than I like. Leans that way, not dominated by. I could certainly drink a few of these in a sitting, but I like beers that lean more towards chocolate than coffee. (391 characters)

Photo of TheMarkE
3.8/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Cola brown, good foam and lacing.

Smell: Chocolate and toasted malts.

Taste: Coffee and roasted malts, a hint of hops.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied.

The Verdict: Good beer. Smooth and straight forward with no surprises. (231 characters)

Photo of dmgeng
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

Got this as part of the "Snow pack" sampler pack.

A - Deep dark brown color basically black. Egg shell head with some lacing.

S - Decent porter aroma with caramel/chocolate/roasty/malty tones. Smells more like a generic beer with some of the toasted notes associated with a porter; basically, it smells lighter than most I've had.

T - As the smell would suggest the beer is a light flavored porter. The beer has the flavors you would want just not in the amplitude that I would expect or enjoy. The roasted/chocolatey character is the first, then some sweeter caramel/toffee, and then some of the bitterness from the hops/roasted malt closes the taste. Dryer on the finish than most porters but still enough sweetness to know that you are not drinking a Guinness.
M - Light to moderate mouth-feel. Light carbonation. Overall a lighter feeling beer that is cleaner and would make a good beer for pairing foods that would be in contrast to provide balance for a spicy meal.

Overall, this is a good beer but is by no means my favorite porter. Like I have said many times in this review, it is not a heavy beer and you should not expect such either. My recommendation for a try is to either pair it directly with something like say a BBQ brisket or to only get it if it is part of a sampler pack.

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Sierra Nevada Porter from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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