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Sierra Nevada Porter - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Sierra Nevada PorterSierra Nevada Porter

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very good

2,811 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 2,811
Reviews: 1,321
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 11.03%
Wants: 85
Gots: 122 | FT: 1
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 BigHead
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice, big, dark beer with a good head, healthy looking (much like myself). A slight hint of caramel and coffee to the barley malt aroma. I detected a nutty flavor initially, which kinda surprised me. The nuttiness succumbed to a more earthy, roasted flavor. Further into the brew, I even felt a touch of smokiness. For a porter, this beer doesn't feel like a porter in the mouth, smooth in character and thin. Another fine product from Sierra Nevada.

BigHead, Apr 14, 2003
Photo of Tballz420
4.33/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A nice dark beer. Almost cant see through it, but held to the light it will shine through slightly. Med sized brown head, some lacing on the glass. Tastes pretty darn good, lots of coffee taste and smell with this beer. Nice tasting hops as always with the sierra nevadas, if you want a nice porter this is not a bad pick

Tballz420, Apr 09, 2003
Photo of kelticblood
4.15/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured an above average head that reduced to almost nothing.Left two circular rings of lace down the glass before it finished.The Color was a dark red almost black but not quite.Aroma was very hoppy as was the taste.Hints of alcohol in the beginning but are well hidden later.A very crisp mouthfeel and highly drinkable.I found myself drinking this with no problem.An extremely smooth porter.Big malt taste with a bit of smoke and coffee.Left an almost refreshing mouthfeel That wasnt dry at all.Very hoppy taste and aroma but left almost no bitterness in the after taste.I find myself wanting another of these already and I havent finished it yet.Left alot of yeast at the bottom of my glass.In a class of its own as far as porters.Overall very good.

kelticblood, Apr 08, 2003
Photo of bewareOFpenguin
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Decent Porter, poured a nice brownish color. Was sweet, with hints of caramel. Not heavy bodied, and not "watery", just some where in between. Carbonation was good. Mellow is the word that comes to mind when thinking about this beer. A definite "session" beer.

bewareOFpenguin, Apr 08, 2003
Photo of aaronh
4.13/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown, served with a moderate tan head that showed excellent retention. Fruity malt aroma with a decent dose of hops. Roasted notes in the taste are well balanced with some nice chocolate. Decent bitterness on the finish helps balance out the flavor profile and begs you to take another sip. There is a moderate level of sweetness that is revealed as you continue to drink this beer, but again it is all about balanced flavors. The mouthfeel is solid, as it caresses the tongue like fine silk. There is a nice roasted malt aftertatse theat lingers, but doesn't opress. A very dinkable and enjoyable beer from Sierra Nevada.

aaronh, Apr 06, 2003
Photo of Winter
3.6/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured a very dark brown in color with auburn highlights. Creamy khaki colored head. Aroma consisted of chocolate malt and some feint caramel sweetness. Full-bodied mouthfeel. Roasted malt flavor dominates the front. The hop bitterness makes no secret of itself in the finish, which take some getting used to and leans toward the dry side. Depending on your preference for hops, I can see where this might be a porter that you would either like or dislike. Overall not bad.

Winter, Apr 06, 2003
Photo of PhantomVodoo
4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mostly opaque brownish balck in color. Tan head.
Aroma of coffee and heavily roasted malt.

Heavily roasted malts show coffee and bittersweet chocolate flavors. Good level of hop bitterness (generous for a porter).

Good mouthfeel.
Good drinkability.

Overall a good porter that's well crafted.

PhantomVodoo, Apr 04, 2003
Photo of Scooter77
4.33/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown/ruby color with a tan, medium sized rocky head. The froth fades away slowly, leaving a sticky lace splattered on the glass. The aroma is rich with roasted malts and chocolate. Taste is full of roasted malts and coffee, with slightly nutty undertones. This is an extremely smooth and easy drinking beer. I highly recommend to anyone if you can get your hands on it.

Scooter77, Apr 04, 2003
Photo of elmocoso
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer looks black till held up to the light, it then exibits a deep black cherry. I couldn't coax much of a head out of this. The beverage did maintain a thin veil of bubbles across the top.

There is a roasted nose to this, also a carmaly maltyness, a little alcohol and a tinge of hoppyness.

This is a well rounded taste. A welcomed attack on all fronts of the tongue. A nice sweetness, an opposed bitterness. The two meet somewhere in the middle and the results are very drinkable.

elmocoso, Apr 02, 2003
Photo of Bruiser81
4.13/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This brew poured solid black with light barely making it in around the edges. A rocky tan head that was about two fingers for most of the brew. Good amount of lacing as well. The aroma is of roasted malts and chocolate, with maybe a little bit of hops making its way in there. The taste is similiar to the aroma with roasted malt jumping out at the start. Unsweetened chocolate comes next, and what would a SN beer be without the hops. They are not real prevalent but don't go unnoticed either. Makes for a good balance. The mouthfeel is medium to full with a nice smooth finish. I could quaff many of these in one sitting. Another good solid brew from SN.

Bruiser81, Mar 10, 2003
Photo of texascarl
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance = almost opaque burnt sienna-black with reddish brown highlights. Creamy tan head, thick, good lacing. Pretty beer.

Nose = hops, pleasant bread dough tang

Taste = dark roasted malts upfront & a creamy mouthfeel, nice hops bite on the (medium long-medium bitter) finish.

Nice porter, this could be a decent session beer for me.

texascarl, Mar 07, 2003
Photo of AtrumAnimus
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is very dark in color with a moderately tan head that is longer lasting than the stout. This one also has a very weak nearly non-existent nose. This has a very complex and smoky flavor that is hoppy and balanced with a very good malt. This is an excellent beer.

AtrumAnimus, Mar 02, 2003
Photo of maxpower
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark black in color, nice lasting creamy off white head, roasty chocolaty malty aroma. Roasted malty burnt coffee flavors, nice dry burnt and hoppy bitterness in the finish. Medium body with a full creamy mouthfeel, the hops really stand out in the end, this is great hoppy porter, one of my favorites.

maxpower, Mar 01, 2003
Photo of Mitchster
3.68/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Brewed with Two-row Pale, Munich, Chocolate & Caramel malts. Hopped with Goldings for bittering and Willamette for finishing. OG= 13.8p, FG=3.5p, 5.6%, 32 IBUs.

Crystal clear ruby-brown with a decent light tan head atop medium-large bubbles...carbonation is moderate-strong. Lacing is sparse. Aroma, though weak, has notes of light coffee, semisweet chocolate, vanilla, a fruity fermentation, mild hops and roasted grains. Mouthfeel is bright and spritzy, exploding upon the tongue (over-carbonated for a porter, IMO) with a light to medium body. Taste starts out with stale coffee, some crisp, fruity hops, toffee, a roasted middle redolent with roasted barley, and finishing in a thin, coffee/round hop bitterness with some distant huskiness and smoke. Forms a skin on the back of the tongue. Not a great porter, but a good porter in many aspects. Lacks complexity and character in my book...despite this, it's an easy beer to drink, though not one I would really feel the urge to drink much of.

Mitchster, Mar 01, 2003
Photo of AudioGilz
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Very dark brown, pretty much opaque. The head was huge for a while and then said bye bye with lace all the way down. Chocolate and coffee dominate the flavor and then hop bitterness hits on the crisp finish. Very drinkable although a little thin for my preferences of porter. I really enjoy this beer though. It's a good porter for me to drink when I want something a little less rich then Fuller's London Porter.

AudioGilz, Feb 21, 2003
Photo of GreatPondBrewer
4.33/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was a really good porter, one that I will definitely buy again. It poured a pitch dark with a very light tan head that to some milky bubbles. The smell was sharp with great roasted coffee flavors. The taste was thick and hearty with a complex malted flavor full of coffee, toffee and other earthy flavors. This was an excellent porter with a very flavorful body that left a warm crisp hop taste in my mouth. Enjoy!

GreatPondBrewer, Feb 20, 2003
Photo of WilliamPhilaPa
4.35/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a rich dark brown color. The head is a tan color, creamy, and good retention. On the nose there is the aroma of earthy malts. On the palate, the taste consisted of dark chocolate flavors, malt sweetness, roasted/burnt malts, hint of dry hop bitterness rounds out the flavor well. Medium body and mouthfeel is fairly smooth. Overall a very enjoyable porterÂ…

WilliamPhilaPa, Feb 18, 2003
Photo of Quaffer
3.68/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: This was a dark brown beer, thought light would shine through. Not a lot of porters that I drink allow that. The light tan head rose up huge and fast, but settled down quickly. A thin layer persisted throughout the entire drink, leaving some lace on the glass.

Smell: Some deep roasted malt and coffee aromas dominated this beer, combined with a hint of sweetness. There was also the bite of hops, but not a lot.

Mouthfeel. This beer was too thin and a little rough, especially for a porter.

Taste: Chocolate, bitter coffee, and heavily roasted malts dominated the flavor of this brew. It thinned out into a dry bitterness that didn't linger, it just went away. That's the thing I noticed most about this beer; very dry and not much of a finish. It was good, but kind of weak for the style.

Quaffer, Feb 14, 2003
Photo of mickeymac
4.18/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It pours dark brown with a slight trace of red. The head is fairly aggressive but dimishes quickly, leaving a thin layer around the edge of the glass. The smell is not very strong with coffee being the most noticeable aroma, backed by roasted malt and a hint of chocolate. In addition to the coffee, roasted malt, and chocolate, fruit sweetness is just barely detectable in the taste. A nice hop kick rounds things out well. The mouthfeel is slightly light for a porter, but it doesn't detract much from the overall experience.

mickeymac, Feb 14, 2003
Photo of WVbeergeek
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A deep ruby brown almost black in color, this beer pours a decent sized cream colored quickly disipating head. In the aroma I am getiting hints of dark malts and a subtle floral hop aroma. That is different, with the first taste on the tongue the hops come to the forefront of the flavor followed by a crashing mass of sweetness surrounded by the nice smooth almost burnt dark and choclate roasts entwined with a nice alcoholic finish to create quite the innovative porter.

WVbeergeek, Jan 17, 2003
Photo of Thrasher
3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A hoppy, spritzy porter from a brewery that can do no wrong. (Fortunately, one of many.) Their stout is fantastic and this porter almost as good. Dark dark brown with huge fluffy head, grassy aroma with slight mustiness. Big coffee element, smaller chocolate flavor, roastiness and breadiness all pushed aside by very grassy hops that do not bitter the beer so much as give it a green juicy twang. A dry finish with slight reverberations of dark roasty malts. My tongue is deceived and can't grasp the full hoppiness, but the back of my throat definitely senses it. Not a ton of coffee, just grassy enough to make this a very green vegetable-like beer. Spritziness detracts slightly from the style but reminds you of SN's worthwhile bottle-conditioning strategy, and keeps this beer very much alive. I would rank this just under Anchor for West Coast porters (that I have been fortunate enough to try).

Thrasher, Jan 14, 2003
Photo of Kunsan90
3.48/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured a dark brown with a slight reddish tinge. It appeared to be not as thick as other porters, and tasting later on proved this to be true. A darker than average tan head grew and stayed for quite a while. Tasting proved the earlier assumption of a lager consistency and also was slightly on the bitter side. The smell was one of dark roasting with a hint of coffee lurking in the background. It was smooth in the mouth, went down easily tempting you to take the next drink. This is a beer I look forward to drinking again and would, and will, gladly serve to my family and friends.

Kunsan90, Jan 03, 2003
Photo of MJR
4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: What appears to be a black body is really dark brown with mahogany highlights. A generous-sized, tan head has great staying power and sticks quite well.

Smell: Aroma of roasted grains and 'green' hops.

Taste: Starts with a bitter note and moves to a roasted, grainy flavor. This one has a very strong malt background which is balanced well with lots of hops. Leafy, green hop flavor. Finishes with a slight sour note, as well as a burnt flavor. More hops than I'm used to with a porter, but still very tasty!

Mouthfeel: Medium to full thickness, with a mouthfeel that straddles the line between oily and dry. Finishes crisp, enough to quickly demand another sip.

Drinkability: Pretty good...like I said, I'm not used to such an aggressive hop flavor and bitterness with this style, but it's very well done here.

MJR, Dec 30, 2002
Photo of jtw5877
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep brown with a nice tannish/white head, a nice porter with some hoppiness thrown in. I have always enjoyed SN"s products, and this is an unsung hero. Porters are a personal favorite of mine and I think this is a very solid porter, which is readily available.

jtw5877, Dec 16, 2002
Photo of mzwolinski
4.53/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Looked forward to this after sampling their stout. And I wasn't disappointed. Very dark brown in color, with a finger-thick creamy, slightly dark tan head. Great lace -- when you're done drinking you can go back and measure the size of your sips from its spacing down the glass. Coffee-like aroma to which my nose became accustomed rather fast, making it hard to smell much at all 1/4 of the way down the glass. The flavor is terrific, and it's all about the bitter. Starts off with a nice hop flavor, which gives way to a deep malty body and a wonderful finish composed of the combination of bitterness from the hops and grains. Aftertaste is slightly burnt-tasting. Much like their stout in its flavor profile, with a creamy body that's a bit less heavy, and a taste which is slightly less grainy/barley like. Very nice winter beer.

mzwolinski, Nov 30, 2002
Sierra Nevada Porter from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 2,811 ratings.