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Sierra Nevada Porter - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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88
very good

3,308 Ratings
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88
very good

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Ratings: 3,308
Reviews: 1,396
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 10.77%
Wants: 102
Gots: 292 | 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 Josievan
4.25/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Deep, dark brown with just a slight tinge of red when held to the light.

Smell: Dark roasted malts, not unlike wheat bread.

Taste: Bittersweet toffee character. The roasted malt flavor is forceful but pleasant. Aftertaste is really quite sweet. Surprisingly little bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Merging on thick, but not to the point of chewiness.

Drinkability: In terms of the style, it goes down very easily. I say if you're looking to have a few American porters, have at it.

Notes: When I've had this beer previously, it tasted very much like simply a good West-coast interpretation of a porter. This is neither good nor bad, just an observation. But this time, I didn't get as much of those California hop/bitterness characteristics as I did overall great porter characteristics. I've come to the conclusion this is just a great American porter, West-coast or otherwise.

Photo of Mardukk
3.93/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark Mahogany with a creamy mocha head and lasting lacing.

Smells of chocolate like roasted malts.

Tastes of roasted malts slightly smokey with a somewhat unique citrus hop finish. The hops give it a nice little bite not often found in the style.

It has a solid medium to light bodied feel that is very drinkable. I'm enjoying the balancing of malt to citrusy hops.

Overall, it's a very well made and super drinkable porter...I will seek this out again.

Photo of Trappissed
4.18/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Subtle chocolate malt in the smell, with a little cocoa. With the taste, I am getting mostly dark roasted chocolate. Also venturing to fruity(dark) and nutty. This is pretty damn good. Nice semi-creamy mouthfeel. Amazed it took me this long to locate this Anchor offering.

Photo of BedetheVenerable
3.68/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12oz brown pop top, classic label; no freshness date I can find; there's a code here that might be something of that nature, but it's quite cryptic.

Appearance: Dark walnut beer with amber highlights and a big, dark ivory cap that falls to 3/4 of a finger and lasts a good while

Smell: Some dry, nutty notes with hints of chocolate creme soda, with some very light roasty notes as well. This is nice, but honestly it seems more like an English Brown Ale than an American Porter

Taste: This gets back on track stylistically. Light-medium roast grains (esp. chocolate malt?), some juicy fruitiness, and a medium hop bitterness. Ends with notes of burnt malt and fruity hops. Roasted notes emerge a bit as the beer warms. Not a ton of depth, but pretty quaffable.

Mouthfeel: On the light side of medium bodied

Drinkability: Fairly high

Conclusion: This is a solid, tasty porter. Not a ton of depth, but it's straightforward and enjoyable.

Photo of DoreenAndDave
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice dark color. Not much of a head. Looks nice. Smell is good. Toast and malt. The taste is excellent. Rich but not heavy. Sturdy but also crisp. Tastes malty, with nice hop bitterness. This beer has a nice depth to it, without being aggressive. Quite drinkable. Refreshing and tasty. Overall, a very very good beer. It's a nice, well crafted porter. I like it a lot..

Photo of mikedashg
3.79/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured a deep black with a nice sized foamy light tan head that stayed around for some time.

S - Not too much here, but some nice roasted malt and light hop presence. Smells a little sour actually.

T - Way better then the smell, again roasted malts, light hop bitterness with a little acidic twang. Light hints of chocolate and coffee as it warmed up. But my favorite part was the licorice, oak and tobacco

M - A little creamy on the palette, moderate carbonation and body. Not too thick, not too thin. Pretty darn good.

D - Nothing exceptional, but better then average porter that's widely available in my parts.

Photo of hosehead83
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a twelve ounce bottle into a standard pint glass
Dark brown/black in color with a big thick, tan head of foam
Aroma-Roasted coffee and chocolate notes
Taste-Coffee, dark malts, subtle hop notes-A bit thin-bodied, but very drinkable-Could use a little more kick, but nevertheless a nice easy-drinking porter. Would be a nice "intro" porter for newbies.

Photo of philbe311
4.13/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Mammoth rocky yet creamy light tan head comprised of alternating sized bubbles settles at three fingers a show excellent retention... Completely opaque pitch black color... A very very deep dark brown color through which only the slightest bit of light sneaks through... Some foam clings to the sides of the glass...

S - Roasted malts... Hints of coffee... Hints of chocolate... A faint hoppy presence... Excellent aroma, but a little too subdued...

T - Follows very closely to the nose... Roasted malts and coffee dominate, but neither are overpowering... Actually each is quite subdued... Hints of chocolate and a minor hop tinge...

M - Medium bodied... Slightly on the thin side... Rich and smooth... A little on the creamy side... Fairly simple and straight forward but completely enjoyable...

D - Exceptional drinkability... Not outstanding in any one area, but this beer disappeared quite quickly leaving me wanting another (and another)... In addition, this provides an exceptional value proposition...

Photo of stoptime
3.12/5  rDev -20%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma: There is very little smell to this beer. I mainly get a clean, malty nose with a slight spiciness.

Appearance: Dark and cloudy, but slightly opaque at the bottom of the pour. Topped off with a thick creamy head.

Flavor: Chocolaty roastiness, a clean finish with a slight hop flavor.

Mouthfeel: Creamy, but not too thick and heavy. (As a porter should be.)

Overall, this is a nice example of a classic porter.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.22/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A classic porter. Looks delicious, dark brown mahogany appearance. Smells delicious, a little coffee and chocolate, deep burnt malt. Tastes even more delicious. Got lingering feel, could have a few of these. Used to not appreciate this beer when my palate wasn't fully developed.

Great product by a great brewery. Enjoy the massive hop assault that you probably won't see replicated by many other porters. Big, rich, bitter.

Photo of bobsy
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown with ruby tones when head up to the light. A light tan head slowly fades to a fine film, but leaves concentric rings of lace on the way down, and compliments a pleasing appearance. The aroma is far fruitier than you'd usually expect for a porter, with notes of berries throughout, but after a while coffee and cocoa come through along with nuts. There's also very evident hopping that doesn't let you forget this is from the west. The berry dominance is inverted in the flavour, where the roasted malt tones come to the fore, with the fruit underneath. Again chocolate and coffee are prominent, but are curtailed by a grapefruit bite in the finish. Its certainly got a nice balance between hops and malt. Medium body and carbonation suit the style well.

As with all Sierra Nevada brews, this is extremely well-crafted, and presents itself as a very sessionable porter.

Photo of natelocc787
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

As with most of Sierra Nevada's offerings the appearance is top notch. Blackest of Brown with a gigantic beige head that leaves sheets of lacing as it dissipates. Nose is roasty with muted chocolate and coffee. The taste is big and bold for such a low abv, roasted barley malt, supreme blend coffee, milk chocolate wafers and finished with a nice bitter punch from the big hop presence. Mouthfeel could have been bolder, heavier and thicker. Nitpicking really, extremely sessionable and hard to beat for the price and quality.

Photo of puboflyons
4.12/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle no. 9237216-39. Sampled on November 21, 2009. The pour is a rich dark brown with nice lacing but essentially no head. The aroma is vaguely smoked with some clean hops on the nose. The mouthfeel is of decent quality. It is about medium-heavy but smooth. The taste is very clean with a nice bit of smoky malts and fresh hops. Well-balanced and likeable.

Photo of AndyAvalanche
4.18/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured it into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint Glass. This beer pours dark brown with dark red/amber highlights on the edges when held to the light. Dark and deep enough that you can't see through it clearly. This beer produces a huge tan colored head that only takes a few minutes to go away, but produces some pretty generous lacing and stick to the glass. The smell is very good. The hops are present, but I'd say that roasted malts and coffee flavors come out first followed by the hops. The taste goes in a bit of a different order in my opinion. It's really important that this beer touches every part of your tongue, because there's a lot of flavor in this beer. For some reason, no matter what I tasted a quick taste of the hops, but it was immediately followed by the roasted malts and coffee flavor. The second portion is smooth and sweet from the caramelized roasted malts. You can taste roasted coffee beans as well right behind the malts. The bitter finish comes from the hops, not too strong, but certainly noticeable, citrus if I'm not mistaken. This is I'd say a medium bodied beer. This is a very drinkable beer, putting the fact that it's a porter aside, very drinkable. Great brew from Sierra Nevada.

Photo of watkins
4.25/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Pours a clear ruby-brown with a frothy two-finger head.

S: Smells of chocolate malt, almost sweet cocoa powder. Pretty subtle.

T: Nice and chocolatey on the front, opening up to a roasty, almost woody bitterness that is quite welcome and compatible with its mild sweetness.

M: A little light on the carbonation for my liking in dark beers.

D: I could have this all day long in the colder months, or just as a solid session beer. Sierra never fails to impress.

Photo of RustyDiamond
4.3/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Thirsty Bear nonic glass. Super fluffy off-white tannish head about 3 fingers tall. Dark brown with some slivers of red peeking through. Aroma of smoky marshmellow, malt chocolate powder. Milk chocolate on the nose, very smooth up front and creamy. Milky mouthfeel, just a nudge of hops to let you know they are there. Touch of bitter hop, maybe bitter chocolate...hard to tell. Extremely balanced and easy drinking. Dry, subtle dry chocolate on the finish. About as good as it gets for an American Porter.

Photo of noslenwerd
4.3/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours very dark, with little to no light shining through the glass

Very sweet smelling but not overpowering.

This beer was the perfect mix of chocolate, a bit of coffee, and finished of with just the right amount of bitterness...

I will without a doubt drink this beer again

Photo of ZorPrime
4.7/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Adil for sending me this one. I was looking forward to tasting this Porter.

Dark black color with some red on the edges. The head is brown, dense and made of little, very fine (small), bubbles. As always from Sierra Nevada, the head sticks well to the glass. The aroma is malty, grilled (roasted) malts more precisely. Notes of coffee but not overwhelming, just enough to make it smell very good. I get some chocolate notes too. Wow, very nice aroma. The taste is mainly roasted malts with some light notes of coffee. At the end, I get some smokiness... awesome. Exceptional taste. I wish I could get this one all year here...

Mouthfeel is creamy and the finish is dry with a bitterness just well balanced. Excellent beer! Thanks Adil and Cheers to that!

Photo of Mosstrooper
3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into Roanoke College branded American pint glass.

Appearance: Pours black with some amber showing through the edges. Large, foamy, tan head that stays for a while.

Smell: Sweet roasted chocolate malt.

Taste: Begins with lots of chocolatey sweetness, and finishes with coffee-like bitterness and a toffee aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, medium body with only a bit of carbonation. Sticky finish.

Drinkability: Not the best, but a very pleasant porter.

Photo of porterwoobie
4.38/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle, poured into a standard pint glass.

A: darm brown color, clear, huge tan head that hangs around for awhile, some lacing.

S: roasted grains, some dark chocolate. the hop aroma has a fair contribution. it has a good aroma, could be a little bolder.

T: chocolate and roasted grains. it has a light coffee (breakfast blend instead of espresso) character. bitter, dry finish.

MF: medium bodied, medium-light carbonation. cream-like aspect to the mouthfeel.

Drinkability: this is a porter that other porters should be judged against. excellent beer.

Photo of wahhmaster
3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a nonic imperial pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a dark cola color with a thick foamy head that dissipates slowly leaving nice lacing.

Smell: Sweet roasted malts with strong hints of chocolate.

Taste: Heavy on the roasted malts with a nice bittersweet chocolate flavor as well (reminds me of dark chocolate). Leaves kind of a roasted coffee aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Pretty full-bodied with a bit of a sticky finish that leaves a nice aftertaste in your mouth.

Drinkability: A good porter and another excellent beer from Sierra Nevada. They have yet to disappoint me.

Photo of Rayek
3.92/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Deep walnut brown with a dense cream cap. Head retention is good, but little lace is left behind. Nice clarity.

S: A nice floral aroma from the hops mixes with a molasses, chocolate and toffee sweetness.

T: Very complex. Lots of malt up front. Nice molasses and caramel flavors. Balanced hops come on in the middle. They have a mostly woodsy quality with a touch of citrus. Finishes with lingering floral bitterness and molasses sweetness.

M: Oily and slightly syrupy. Good carbonation.

D: A great session beer. I could drink this all night.

Photo of gloobygloob
4.12/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours pretty thick and dark brown, with a creamy tan head with last for a minute.

smells big, with yeast, chocolate, and coffee bitterness. some sugar and sweetness in the back.

tastes big and sweet initially, finishes with the roasted coffee and lingers long and smokey. this beer really smells and tastes more like a stout than a porter as it lacks usually porter bitterness.

mouth is calm and smooth but it really lights up in the after taste, really smokey. pretty heavy dont think i could drink more than a few but it is a delight.

Photo of flagmantho
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: very dark brown with a ruby tinge when held up to the light. Head was large upon pour but settled down to a white pillowy froth.

Smell: notes of toastiness and chocolate. Pretty nice.

Taste: malty with chocolate notes. There is also a little roastiness with tartness on the side. Hops come through a little and, what few there are, are pretty earthy. A pretty good porter.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a good level of carbonation.

Drinkability: pretty good. This would make a solid session porter.

Photo of CampusCrew
4.11/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance: loaded head and creamy froth deep dark brown, not nearly ebony

smell: subtle dark roasted coffee and dark chocolate. a little disapointing

taste: coffee flavor and slight chocolate, slightly weak porter but a great session one

mouthfeel: medium to full bodied

drinkability: a nice beer and SN usually is right on style.

Sierra Nevada Porter from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 3,308 ratings.