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Sierra Nevada Porter - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Sierra Nevada PorterSierra Nevada Porter

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3,078 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 3,078
Reviews: 1,350
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 11.03%
Wants: 92
Gots: 203 | 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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Photo of cbleary
4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed out of a 12oz. bottle into a pint glass.

The beer poured nicely with a generous light tan head and a coffee black body. The taste featured notes of roasted malt, a surprising degree of mild citrus hops, and a bit of black coffee on the finish. It was medium to heavy bodied but still quite drinkable and warming as well. I would definitely have one again.

cbleary, Feb 10, 2008
Photo of thirtysixbelow
3.65/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

a - very dark brown color with tan head that dissipates quickly.

s - hoppy with a hint of chocolate, some malts as well

t - sweet up front with some hints of citrus, a little chocolate in the middle, and a heavy punch of hops to finish. A little too much bitterness for me

m - good balance of smoothness and carbonation, a little oily

d - i wasn't really into the hoppiness of this porter. Overall, not bad though.

thirtysixbelow, Feb 10, 2008
Photo of SpencerT
3.43/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Porters should be dark in color and this is no exception. The head is mocha in color but doesn't stick around.
Roasted barley, chocolate, with herbal under tones are present. The flavor of hops is a little too prevalent for my tastes. I can't recall a porter with this much hop flavor. I have had much better porters but this is not a bad porter.

SpencerT, Feb 08, 2008
Photo of Natural510
3.78/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Found this at a Kroger supermarket in Springfield OH, to my pleasant surprise.

Pours a dark, reddish-brown color with minimal head. The thin layer of carbonation does remain in the glass upon sipping.
Taste is bittersweet cocoa & subtle coffee with a slight charcoal afternote. Not as hoppy as other SN offerings (which is fine by me); the bitterness is balanced by the mild sweetness of the malt.
It does remain well in the mouth, despite not having alot of carbonation. Dry, chalky aftertaste, with some bitterness remaining.
All in all, a decent yet unremarkable porter; I expected something a bit bolder from Sierra Nevada. A solid option if you're stuck in Macroland, but Anchor or Black Butte porters are more complex and better recommended if you have the choice.

Natural510, Feb 02, 2008
Photo of hdofu
4.38/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An enjoyable beer. Dark in color and smooth taste. Characteristics of coffee and almonds can be discerned. Smell compliments the taste while not being strong. It is a strong tasting and heavy beer and not one I'd want to drink more then one of in a sitting.

hdofu, Feb 02, 2008
Photo of Gehrig
3.58/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One finger of mocha froth tops the black body of Sierra Nevada's Porter. The smell is far too mild, with mild coffee and chocolate eventually peeking out. The taste is better, with some caramel accompanying the aromas. This isn't exactly plain, but it's far from bold, or even moderately arresting porter. I find it decent but rather run-of-the-mill.

This is nothing to reject, or turn up one's nose to, yet this isn't something that will knock off the socks.

Gehrig, Feb 01, 2008
Photo of beerbrains
4.33/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep black with red highlights and topped with a creamy off-white head. The aroma of roasted malt tells the story of what is to come. Rich roasted malt on the tongue, sweet with a coffee bitterness. It has a great dry finish that all the Sierra Nevada products have (it's in the water). Hops? Yep it's there too. Smooth mouthfeel.

Another outstanding product from the folks at Sierra Nevada.

beerbrains, Jan 28, 2008
Photo of Morey
4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I decided to purchase a couple of these to try, and man I wish I would have bought more! Pours a deep dark brown (almost black) color. Nice 1 and a half inch head that settles to about a quarter inch after a few minutes. The head retention on this brew should be respected. Faint smells of burnt caramel and coffee are being detected. This porter is extremely well balanced with no two ingredients getting in the way of each other. Slightly bitter and carbonated up front and then finishes shockingly clean.

Morey's Bottom Line: A very easy drinking porter IMO. A good place to start if you're not into dark beers.

Morey, Jan 27, 2008
Photo of omnigrits
4.8/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

It's hard to add anything apart from numbers to the previous reviews. What can you say about a beer as good as this that hasn't already been said? Dark beers such as stouts, porters and milds are amongst my favourites, and this one delivers in spades. A beer like this makes you wish that the water supply was still as dodgy as it used to be, which is why people would drink beer at breakfast, dinner and tea, instead of a glass of h20. I'm only about halfway through this bottle but I know I've had a beer, and a good one. It's almost a meal in a glass, and yet I could drink this all evening. The nose, the taste, the mouthfeel and the appearance are world class. I should add that I'm drinking this at around 45°F, which is about midway between American and British beer temperature. I think it enhances the flavour.

I can't wait to try the stout.

omnigrits, Jan 24, 2008
Photo of mnj21655
4.33/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass

Pours very dark brown, nearly black in color with ruby hints at the edges and about 2 fingers of long-lasting pillowy brown head. Wonderful aroma, some lightly burnt dark malt, chocolate, caramel and just a hint of hops. Great taste, the lightly burnt dark malts dominate but chocolate and caramel are also present with just a hint of hop flavor. Some bitterness in this fairly dry finish from the hops which is accentuated by the dark malts. Mouthfeel is good, medium body with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is good, there is just a slight astringency but thats the only detractor in this beer. This is a damn good beer that is easily quaffable. Definitely recommended.

mnj21655, Jan 20, 2008
Photo of hoegaardenhero
4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

i always look forward to trying a new sierra nevada beeer.

a: mine poured a nice bark brown/black but unfortunately had only a very minimal amount of tan head that faded quickly

s: some light coffee aromas as well as darker roasted malts and hints of dark chocolates

t: nice balance with some hoppy notes as well as coffee and chocaolate flavors and a blend of sweeter malt and dark malt flavor

m: really creamy not too carbonated; almost perfect

d: definitely a great porter and definitely the porter that you would expect from sierra nevada in terms of balance and flavors

hoegaardenhero, Jan 20, 2008
Photo of tronester
4.18/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an almost completely opaque black with a huge tan head. At the end of the pour you could see it getting a little bit cloudy from the sediment from bottle conditioning. As the head fades, plenty of lacing is left. Smells of citrus and toast. Tastes of coffee and sweet malt richness, with a hint of lemon. Full bitterness from the hops. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy. Carbonation levels are excellent. Man this is a rich, smooth, wonderfull tasting beer. Another great beer from Sierra Nevada.

tronester, Jan 20, 2008
Photo of Redwood21
4.15/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: gotta love a good porter, dark brown to black, with an offwhite to tan head that is foamy and sticky and thick, i love it, very solid
S: I wish it was more aromatic but no off aromas here
T: great well balanced beer, think snpa of the porter world. this is not a big beer, or a crazy off flavor beer, its a solid example. its got some roasted there is an almost chocolate smoothness hidden behind a hop cover, its so well in tuned and tastes great, a little bit of everything, some hops, some dryness, a tart flavor, some burnt malt...its just good

Redwood21, Jan 19, 2008
Photo of HardcoreKeith
3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a Sam Adams glass. It's dark brown with a tan head that dissipated after a couple sips. There's only a mild odor of coffee, but, my nose is stuffy. Smooth and creamy with a dry, slightly bitter aftertaste. Fairly well drinkable.

HardcoreKeith, Jan 18, 2008
Photo of SargeC
4.33/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Deep brown brew with a frothy tan head.

Smell: Roast malt with nutty tones.

Taste: Medium malt flavor with a touch of smoke. Hints of minerals throughout, with a minor bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium body. Good consistency with the style.

Drinkablity: Very tasty and sessionable porter.

SargeC, Jan 18, 2008
Photo of Biscuit033
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark brown but light passes through large 3+ finger head and plenty of lacing.

S: Roasted malt and slight pine notes.

T: Roasted malts, smokiness, and earthy and piney hops.

M: Full bodied, effervescent, and a crisp dry Irish stout-like finish.

D: Great example of an American porter that is not extremely hopped. Good balance and very drinkable.

Biscuit033, Jan 16, 2008
Photo of DoubleJ
4.13/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I stashed this in my mix-six pack a few days ago at Cost Plus. It's time has come to be sampled, so on to the beer:

This is a very heady brew as it settles in my Guinness pint glass. The color of the body is mahogeny and the head is almost three fingers thick; trickes of the beer spilled out of the glass. The aroma is soft, yet satisfying with chocolate and a bit of smoke. Good start, right? The taste is very smooth and very balanced. Smoke and roasted malts are the most distinguishable, with just a little sweetness on the side. For a very brief moment in the back it goes fruity, but the semi-sweet smokiness smutheres it.

Sierra Nevada Porter might be overlooked in the brand which known for its hoppy beers (Pale Ale, Harvest, Celebration). It's mellow, different, and more importantly tastes good.

DoubleJ, Jan 14, 2008
Photo of WillieMoe
3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was a start of my foray into porters and stouts. I would highly recommend this to any fan of the porter. It's especially a good one for someone who doesn't like porters but is starting to get into these darker brews. It pours a thick brown with a moderate head, that dissolves quickly. The head makes it look almost like a soda, fizzy and carbonated.

The aroma is a wonderful mocha coffee. The taste is mostly the same, with a bit of a dry hoppiness. Absolutely delicious! It was a bit fizzy on the tongue and as it goes down, but this does not affect the drinkability. It still goes down smooth and easy.

Overall a top notch brew and very good example of how a porter should be done.

WillieMoe, Jan 14, 2008
Photo of SafeAtFirst
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown with ruby highlights with a frothy tan head. Aroma is like wet toast with a earthy, slightly floral hop background.

Flavor starts off with roasted malt and coffee. A chocolate-like sweetness makes a brief appearance before giving away to a earthy, slightly bitter finish. Mouth feel is rich and creamy with moderate carbonation. Overall a tasty, easy drinking porter.

SafeAtFirst, Jan 13, 2008
Photo of Tilley4
3.68/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

SN is my favorite brewer but I haven't a chance to try this one yet.

Dark, dark pour with a really nice head. Really nice looking beer.

Smells smoky and rich with just a tinge of hops.

Really nice tasting porter. Smoky and dark with a background of hops.

Nice porter that I will try again. Not up with the elite ones like the Edmund Fitzgerald but still a nice porter.

Tilley4, Jan 10, 2008
Photo of slyke
3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sierra Nevada Porter pours dark brown with a bit of red around the edges when held to the light. A finger of tan head falls to a thin cap after a few minutes. There is some lacing.

Smell is that of roasted coffee with a hint of sweetness. Taste has that coffee quality with a note of dark chocolate. Mouthfeel is crisp at first, then coats the mouth and leaves a very dry finish.

This is a very tasty beer. One to sip on a cold afternoon or evening.

slyke, Jan 05, 2008
Photo of NitroGen
3.65/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

P: 12 oz. brown bottle,

A: Pours the thickness and color of a Coca-cola. Thick intense two finger light brown foam head that slowly settles to a very thick cover with huge lacing.

S: Sweet caramel and medium roast coffee.

T: Bittersweet cocoa, hint of coffee and then slight grains at the finish.

M: Great initial mouth feel that leaves a bittersweet cocoa taste that leaves a very dry mouth and tongue.

D: Enjoyable to drink but the dryness at the end is really severe that makes me feel thirsty.
A nice porter but will have this one and then go on to something else.

NitroGen, Jan 01, 2008
Photo of Traquairlover
4.18/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12-oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A = Dark mahogany with reddish tint, good foamy off white head with medium bubble interspersed among very small bubbles. Medium lacing.

S = Bitter coffee, roasted grains, slight floral notes of hops.

T = Bitter coffee is up front and continue through to the finish which is long and bitter. Mid-palate introduces some sweeter notes of roasted malt, semisweet chocolate, traces of hops floral characteristics. Good but maybe just a little too thin.

M = Medium bodied, just a little to light for the style, good carbonation.

D = An approachable porter which could serve as a good standby beer.

Traquairlover, Jan 01, 2008
Photo of champ103
4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

A: Very dark brown, almost black color. A large, foamy, white head that stays all the way down the glass. Lots of sticky lace Looks like a great porter.
S: Some Faint smoky roasted malt, a bit of chocolate, and more hops than in most porters come through. Actually, more hops than I like in a porter. I wish the malt and chocolate aroma was bigger.
T: Thats more like it. Lots of smoky roasted malt, coffee and chocolate. The hop flavor lingers in the finish and makes this a well balanced beer. A very nice and refreshing porter.
D: Smooth and easy drinking. One of the most drinkable porters I have tried. A great session beer.

I love porters. They are one of my favorite styles, and this one should not be missed. This beer looks great, tastes great, and drinks great. Nothing more to say.

champ103, Dec 27, 2007
Photo of czfreeman
4.18/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured out into my Sam Smith stout glass. great apperance, very dark-rich hued brew. The incredible thing is the head. Very foamy, long retention. Aromas are very hoppy, smokiness,malts, light coffees and faint chocolates are coming through. Great mouthfeel, suprisingly light for the apperance, clean finish, plenty of tart hops at the end. This makes drinkability very easy. Highly enjoyable session brew.

czfreeman, Dec 27, 2007
Sierra Nevada Porter from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 3,078 ratings.