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Steam Train Porter - Snoqualmie Falls Brewing Company & Taproom

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Steam Train PorterSteam Train Porter

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74 Reviews

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Reviews: 74
Hads: 125
Avg: 4.1
pDev: 11.95%
Wants: 38
Gots: 8 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Snoqualmie Falls Brewing Company & Taproom visit their website
Washington, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-22-2002

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Reviews: 74 | Hads: 125
Photo of Jeffsta1
3.7/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Convincing dark color, nice deep tan head.

Smells a bit lager-y.

Taste is good, bitter, malty, clean.

Feel is a bit lighter than I like in a porter. But this is kind of a session porter.

Don't recall the finish.

If you accept the beer for its limitations, its far from bad.

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Photo of mactrail
3.98/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dark brown with a lovely beige head and lots of lacing in the stemless snifter. Clouds of carbonation on the tongue with more body than the the moderate ABV mighty suggest. Aroma of roasted malt.

Pleasantly malty with some sweetness. Dark roasted flavors and a nutty taste. Some charred grain in the back of the throat. Just enough caramel with a moderate bitter finish, like the best Brown Ale you ever had. Overall, a highly drinkable dark beer with the nicest sudsy mouthfeel. From the 22 oz bottle purchased at Whidbey Beer Works in Oak Harbor for $5.00.

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Photo of kemoarps
4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Deep black body that gives way to a rich deep brownish black at the edges in the light. Good finger's width of rich brown head. Settles in to a nice little layer.

Nose begins a bit faint, though that could partly be the cold. What I do get is all that I want from a porter: rich roasty toasty malts, chocolate, some almost smokey ashy notes too. As it warms, these characteristics become a little more pronounced, but never too much so. Rich, but nuanced?

Flavour follows the same outline established by the nose, but with a little more panache. Smoothe and enjoyable, the taste gives a little more credence to the dry/ashy side, without getting as in depth on the chocolate. Creamy mouthfeel, without being heavy. Tiny bubbles punctuate the dry bitter finish. The burps get a bit of root beer almost. Huh. Haven't tasted that in years.
I like it. A little more on the dry side with a slightly bitter finish than I was anticipating, but it's smoothe and works really well.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.21/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

Thanks to mrbubbler for sharing this one at Retsinis' tasting.

Pours an almost opaque super dark crimson-brown with a huge foamy dark khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, and slight char aromas. Taste is much the same with cocoa and cookie dough flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roast bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a high level of carbonation with a crisp and prickly mouthfeel. Overall, this is an above average beer that pours super foamy like there is some sort of infection issue, but I am not getting any aromas or flavors that indicate infection.

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Photo of drpimento
3.96/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured aggressively at a good temperature with a smallish, foamy, tan head that soon settled to a wispy island and ring - no lace. Color is a very dark, clear mahogany. Aroma is dark roasty malt, cocoa, hint of raisin and molasses. Flavor follows nose closely, is tang and sweet up front, turning dry and bitter and finishing with cocoa sweet. Body/carbonation good if unusually warming for a 5 %er. Finish is as above, on the long side, and quite drinkable.

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Photo of Axnjxn
4.17/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

bomber into a snifter @ room temp

Pours an opaque black with a big 2 finger creamy beige head. The aroma is of chocolately malts, though not too strong. Real creamy taste, some burnt coffee and chocolate notes, very malt dominated. Just the right kick of bitterness on the backend too. Flavor is all around excellent. Body is on the lighter side of medium with some nice carbonation. Creamy and super easy to drink.

Overall a very nice porter all around that i liked more and more as the bottle went on. Very much recommended.

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Photo of draheim
4.11/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into an imperial pint glass. Pours a deep cola brown w/ a 2-finger tan head that settles to a dense pillow of foam. No real lacing.

Aroma is roasty, chocolatey, balanced, clean. Reminds me of Founders Porter, one of my favorite of the style.

Taste follows nose. Dark roasted malt, chocolate, coffee beans, vanilla. Excellent balance, just the right level of bitterness. Throw a scoop of ice cream in the glass and we're in business.

Mouthfeel is likewise balanced, smooth, easy drinking. Finishes semi-dry.

Overall a rich, satisfying, rock-solid porter. Again, comparable to Founders. Well done Snoqualmie.

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Photo of sukwonee
4.26/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Black with dark brown head - 3 fingers. Lots of lacing.

S: I usually have very hard time smelling porter... maybe there is something wrong with my nose... I do get some roasted malt... but that's really about it.

T: Wow. Chocolate! yes, chocolate is the most dominant flavour in this. I get roasty coffee malt. It's quite awesome. Probably my 2nd favorite porter to date, after HF Everett (although very very different).

M: Smooth - like most porters. good amount of carbonation.

O: This beer is amazing. Give it a try. Great sessionable beer.

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

thanks to ArchEnemyBrew for send this beer. Thanks Hollis!

reviewed from notes taken 8/6/12.

poured into tulip glass.

Appearance: dark brown to light black bodied beer with a red highlights. 1 finger of a tan head with spotty lace.

Smell: bakers cocoa and roasty. A bit of char.

Taste: moderate bitterness like a roasty coffee bean that has a touch of an acidic bite. a little bit of lactose sugar sweetness even though this beer is not made with any. A touch of earthy smoke. The beer does take on some charcoal / ashen notes as it warms.

Mouthfeel: low end of a medium bodied beer. Slight creaminess to the beer. No ABV is detected at all.

Overall: This is a nice robust porter. I enjoyed the flavor of the beer more when it was colder.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle courtesy of Libbey. Pours a rich near-black color with barely a hint of brown around the edges. Head is nice and creamy, tan and displays good retention and lacing.

Nose is roasted and chocolate malt with a little bit of a nutty edge and mild fruit.

Taste is a good blend of roast and brazil nuts with a nice, bubbly carbonation. Sweetness is low but still manages to be pretty full-bodied. Definitely dry on the finish as the roast and hops do a fine job scrubbing the palate. Very smooth, very drinkable and it gets better as it warms. Its not big and bold, high ABV or extreme...but it is a very well crafted beer that is something you could enjoy over and over again every day. I would have this often if I lived in the area; I bet it is especially nice fresh from the source!

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Photo of Scotchboy
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

An unknown that surprised me. 22oz split with one of my brothers.

A: Pours normal for a porter, slightly lighter but dark brown/black and opaque, good foamy tan head.

S: Nice chocolate malt character, some cocoa powder and even a lactic creaminess.

T: Chocolate dominates with some coffee flavors sans the bitterness. There is some nuttiness and sarsparilla. The carbonation makes with beer taste a lot like root beer, and there is some definite Tootsie Roll flavors as well.

MF: As mentioned, well carbonated, but also creamy at times. Medium bodied.

O: A nice treat for a Porter in my opinion. With the sweetness and chocolately flavors its more of a dessert beer or after dinner beer but its very enjoyable.

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Photo of srandycarter
4.3/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pretty darned dark, almost black, small tan head with large bubbly lace near the edges.

S - Chocolate milk, cocoa powder. Dark roasted coffee.

T - All of smell plus some nice roasty malt.

M - Bright and bubbly, some silkyness on the palate going down. Coats the mouth well, pretty good finish. Balance good.

D - Low ABV and pleasant to drink.

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Photo of jampics2
4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into a snifter. Enjoyed during playoff football.

A: black and pretty opaque with some off white head that doesn't fluff up but sticks around well enough. Some soapy lace. Nice look but not exceptional.

S: could be much more expressive. But I do get notes of chocolate and coffee roast. Some mild nuttiness too. Even a touch of creaminess.

T: unexpectedly amazing after the subdued smell. Some awesome roast and burned malt gives huge coffee impressions, then some nice nuttiness almost gives this a frangelico or Irish coffee taste. Mild bitterness and just a touch of acridity, but nothing that makes this seem sour.

M: it's a low ABV porter but could still have a bit silkier feel and less wateriness. That being said, its got medium carb and a medium to light body with watery aftertaste and lingering roast.

D: very drinkable. What it lost in mouthfeel it gained in drinkability.

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Photo of grittybrews
4.3/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a dark cola black with a finger of creamy off-white head. Roasty aroma dominated by dark chocolate and mild espresso with a hint of caramel malt.

Somewhat light mouthfeel, well-carbonated and quite smooth. Full flavors of coffee, cocoa, and caramel with a mild, roasty bitterness on the finish.

No real stand-out flavors, but balanced and very easy-drinking.

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Photo of Flightoficarus
4.39/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Serving type - Bottle

A - Quite dark and thick for a porter of it's strength. Near-black, mocha colored head. Quite aesthetically inviting for those who love dark beer.

S - The smell is one of the best I've come across in a porter! plenty of bittersweet coffee notes, with chocolate brownies, a hint of smokiness, caramel, and peat. Fantastic stuff here for sure.

T - Taste is of thick, bready chocolate malts, coffee bitterness, brownies, and a hint of smokiness and caramel. This beer has HUGE flavor for a 5% beer. I'm impressed!

M - This beer is full-bodied, with just the right, modest amount of carbonation, with a thick, rich texture to it.

D - I'd stick to a bomber, or two pints of this. But make no mistake, it's very tasty and easy to drink.

Overall - I was expecting a good porter. This is a GREAT porter! highly recommended

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From BeerAdvocate Magazine Volume II, Issue VI:

Nearly pitch black with some ruby highlights. Beautiful frothy tan cappuccino lace clings to the glass very well. Dark chocolate dominates the nose with more of a cocoa powder and baker's chocolate smell, mild burnt prune, light roasted coffee and charcoal note deep within. Smooth, creamy and perhaps a bit slick on the tongue, medium body. Thick roasted grain flavor up front throws charcoal and espresso at the palate. Mild sweetness shows a faint dark fruitiness of dried plum, ghost-like yeast as well. Modest hop bitterness. Hints of brown bread and layers of more chocolate unfold with each sip and as the beer warms. Finishes semisweet but with a long, lingering roasted flavor that never really lets the sweetness come to the top.

A malt bomb of a Porter, lovely that it does not have to rely on hop character to balance, and the level of roast is near perfection. It's certainly a Robust Porter to hunt down.

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Photo of bradleyp
3.34/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Thanks again Market of choice for stocking this beer. Dark brown color with a dark tannish head. about half a finger's worth. Thick lacing around the edges throughout the glass. Smells of coffee, chocolate and a smoky aroma. It tasted very chocolate and had a cripy malt taste to it. However, one is all I could handle. I would like to try some of the breweries other beers if I ever make it up to Washington.

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Photo of beertunes
3.5/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into 10oz glass. Poured the expected light black color with a thick tan head that had good retention and lacing. The aroma was the expected mellow roasted and toasted scents. The flavors were also what you anticipate when you get a Porter.
Yup, the body and drinkability were both typical for the style.

I like this beer and drink it whenever it shows up near me. It's just a good, solid, well-done example of the style. Certainly worth trying.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a dark brown with good carbonation and a tannish head. Nose is coffee, roasted malt, chocolate. Taste is big roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, very wasy to drink and smooth. Creamy , charred mouthfeel. Drinkability is v=oretty good on this very tasty porter.

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Photo of lifeboyq
4.42/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

After a 30 minute beautiful drive to the brewery up I-90, "poured" into the closest cup I could find which ended up being a plastic solo cup from my car camping box in the gargage. This is due to me not having a stop valve on my co2 when this over filled corny keg ($45 for ~5 gallons) was "plugged in". A nice deep tan head with darker cocoa undertones is flowing over like a foam ice cream cone in the cup. Solid retention and some lacing lingers even on my plastic throw away cup. Smell is of fantastic dark malts with cocoa coming through strong and some roasted malts and chocolate but not too sweet goodness. The taste is similar with a slight bitter bite not from the very mild IBU's but from the roasted malt. This beer is the perfect sessionable porter, and is about as good as you can do for the style but can't achieve world class marks as a sessionable porter due to the very straight forward nature and lack of complexity compared to something like a Belgian Quadrupel. That isnt to take away from what should be the archetype of the style. This stuff is good. Highly recommended.

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Photo of slasher007
3.88/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Mora2000 for sharing this beer.

Pours a very dark brown color with light tan head. Smell is roasted malt, coffee, dark fruits and chocolate. Very light hops in the nose. The taste was dominated by roasted malts, coffee, chocolate and some smoke. Mouthfeel was not what I expected from the smell. It was smooth and medium mouthfeel with medium carbonation.

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Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown with a brown head. The aroma is roasted malt with some chocolate. The flavor is more of the same with roasted malts and some bitter chocolate. The aftertaste is heavily roasted/burnt malts. Medium mouthfeel and low carbonation. This was my first beer from this brewery and it didn't disappoint.

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Photo of Tilley4
4.6/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Huge thanks to screamforme for sending this terrific brew my way... Thanks, Mark!!

This one pours almost like a stout with its jet black appearance and thick creamy mocha head... Quite a bit darker than most porters... Awesome looking...

Deep roasted chocolate malts and a little twinge of hops are present in the aromas here... Some coffee and caramel as well.. This smells deep, dark and delicious...

Bittersweet chocolate and hints of coffee with the first sip... Even more with the second.... I'm amazed at how delicious this beer is... It has all of the good qualities of a porter without any of the bad... The mouthfeel is thicker than most, the chocolate flavors toe the line of bitterness but never cross over and as this warms, it grows more and more complex.... A delightful brew...

Thanks for the hookup on this, Mark... A world class porter... Right up there with Edmund Fitzgerald..

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Photo of EliottJW
4.7/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

So happy Adam got a hold of this on his recent trip to Seattle. We made sure he picked one up after he brought one back last time... This stuff's great.

Pours a deep, deep black for a standard porter. Deep mocha head that turns to a crown rather quickly. Viscous and pretty as possible.

Smells even better than it looks. Coffee and milk chocolate. Strong scent of black patent malts. The smell of this one gets me really excited!

Taste is right in line with the smell. Sugary sweet with milk chocolate right at the front. Turns a bit biscuity and ends with a mellow bite. Tasty tasty stuff!

Mouth us awesome. Thick and creamy, just as I like any dark beer. I know that saying "dark beer" is a bit of a blanket statement, but I'll stand by it.

I'll drink tons of this stuff. A standard in its class.

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Photo of alleykatking
4.27/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz bottle.

A- Pours a deep dark brown color. Good 2 finger mocha colored head that took a short while to work its way down leaving nice semi-heavy lacing on the sides of the glass.

S- Smells of burnt coffee right off the bat. It's almost a too burnt smell but chocolate notes bring a semi-sweetness to the aroma. Nice malty tone to this beer. Big smelling at least for a 5% beer!

T- Big roasted malt taste right off the get go. Coffee notes are tasted almost at the start of the sip all the way through to the middle. A chocolate taste starts right in the middle of the sip ending it with a semi-sweet taste that leaves a pleasant sweet roast combo on the tail end of the sip.

M- Heavy mouthfeel to this. Carbonation is a little bit off but still makes the beer very drinkable. This leaves a slick coating of burnt malts on the palate. Have to chew through this beer a little more than what I normally like.

D- This is a very drinkable porter. I had no problem drinking through the entire 22oz bottle. And to be honest I kind of wish I had more of this to drink. Fantasic porter to drink. Will have to find a way to get more.

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Steam Train Porter from Snoqualmie Falls Brewing Company & Taproom
91 out of 100 based on 74 ratings.