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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 Jason
4.92/5  rDev +20%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Presentation: 22 oz brown bomber, “unfiltered and unpasteurized, please refrigerate” on the label. No freshness date.

Appearance: Black as night, creamy tiny-bubbled lace holds strong with thin rings that stick at every sip. Visually appealing for a dark beer lover.

Smell: Appetizing chocolaty aroma similar to unsweetened bakers chocolate. You get a mild charred and coffee hint here and there but it mainly stays with chocolate. Mild underlying yeast and sweetness but does not make much of a presence.

Taste: Bordering on silky smooth, creamy mouth feel that supports a sturdy medium body. Rich roasted palate, charred grain flavours throughout. Coco and carob are suggested to the taste buds, mild coffee also but the malt holds off on any great amount of sweetness and slowly drops a bit of it here and there. Hops are in good for helping to balance and the flavour is mostly of faint leafy and earthened tones. Esters are held to a calm minimum and present a faint fruity flavour of black currant. Finishes with a light sweetness.

Notes: A robust porter that is well balanced and does not go over the top yet still brings a lot to the table. Seriously, this porter rocks … all of its attributes roll and work together to form a nearly perfect brew. Cheers to Snoqualmie Falls Brewing Company for putting out such a stellar porter.

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Photo of MisterClean
4.77/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Shared at a home brew club meeting.

A - Pours a dark brown with a 2 fingered mocha head, which dissipated moderately slow and left very nice lacing.

S - Chocolate, medium coffee, and flowery hops.

T - Chocolate and medium coffee. Hop flavor just barely there to bitter the beer.

M - Full-bodied, well-balance, and complimented by a dry finish.

D - I would have finished the 22 if I could. Fantastic porter!

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Photo of ccrida
4.77/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Dark black garnet with a tan head that leaves moderate lace.

Smell is big coffee and chocolate, super rich for the mere 5.0% ABV cited on the label. There's also a bit of an acrid burnt character that I'd attribute to black patent, but the label only cites chocolate, crystal and brown (which I didn't think was commercially available since the 19th century!) malts.

Taste is also super rich and malty, with this much flavor, I don't know why I bother with stronger beers. Definitely heavy on the coffee and baker's chocolate, a fantastic porter. The burnt coffee flavor from the nose is lost behind the rich malt notes and grassy fuggles hops. I'm digging this brewery, I applaud their full disclosure on the ingredients, and appreciate the fact that their bombers are priced more in line with a six pack price per ounce rather then the usual gouge of not quite 2 beers for the price of 6 in a single bottle.

Mouthfeel is smooth but with a slightly crisp carbonation, almost oatmeal stout like, with a lighter body, wow.

Drinkability is the tits, I could suck on this all night long. Really a fantastic porter, by far the best of the (granted only three) Snoqualmie Falls brews I've had thus far, and one of the best porters in the region.

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Photo of ReebShorts
4.75/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pitch black, 2 finger brown head, tight bubbles, looks inviting.

Aroma of un-sweetened chocoloate, mild coffee, and dark cherry.

Ahh, this is delighgtful indeed. Not overly-complex. Very Smooth, creamy mouthfeel. Falavor balanced nicely, not too sweet, slightly bitter even, and a nice mild hop finish to balance everything. Exceptional Porter.

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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 beertaster13
4.68/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Top notch all the way. Pours a crude oil black, hints of ruby shine through, the tan head is inviting and beautiful to look at. The smell is strong of coffee, detected mollases and caramel. Chocolate roasted malts are incredibly detected. The taste comes together for a perfect balance, the taste is strong of coffee and chocolate flavor but the slight hop counterbalances to make a perfect blend. Full bodied for most porters but damn good, will invite you for many more, dangerously great.

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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 cokes
4.57/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Black bodied brew, with ruby-orange edges. Creamed tan head fades slowly to a lacing.
Strong roasted aromas. Expresso, dark chocolate, ash, and charcoal. Carmel appears as it warms. Piney hops are far off in the distance and only occasionally recognized.
Starts immensely roasted, burnt and bitter (charred bitter, not hoppy bitter). Charred earth, strong expresso, char-grilled, ashy smokiness. Nice, but a bit oppressive. As it warms, sweetness begins to materialize. Carmel, vanilla and dried berry hues enter the fray. It all stays encapsulated in the roastedness. The piney hops are a pinprick at the finale.
This just gets better with each sip.
Just shy of medium bodied. Very little carbonation makes this slide down the throat.
A top notch porter. Thanks, jreitman

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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 DogFood11
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another northwest brew I picked up over super bowl weekend. Big rocky brown head that has blanket lacing on top of a pitch black thick body. Mild carbonation.

Deep rich dark chocolate, toasted malt, Hop presence although mild is cutting. Some bitterness. Pretty dry mouthfeel but not annoying at all.

at a solid 5.3% this is not only a very interesting and tasty brew but it remains in the borderline session area. Easy drinking. Good price. A beer I will by in bulk when available in my area.

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Photo of jletts
4.47/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Columbia City Alehouse in Seattle. Beautiful in the glass. Appeared dark brownish-black, reminiscent of used motor oil (this is a GOOD thing!). A yellowish, clingy head faded quickly. Lacing is prevalent.

The smell of this brew was powerful. It assaults your nose from a distance...not like those brews you have to stick your nose way down to get a hint of the subtelties of aroma, this one wakes you up like a freshly brewed pot of christmas blend coffee. I could literally smell it from two feet away. Bitter dark chocolate, powdered cocoa, and coffee fills the nostrils from afar. Some toffee and buttery brown sugar...sweet bitter goodness. The best aspect of this beer by far and the best smelling brew I can remember in a long time.

The taste was dominated by coffee, bitter cocoa and ashy peat with sour cherry notes. Weak dark chocolate fades fast into a distant taste of cocoa, coffee and spring water.

Mouthfeel was not what I expected from the smell. It was smooth, low carbonation, and a little watery.

Drinkability is excellent. More please!!

Notes: Does Snoqualmie make a bad brew? I can't seem to find one. Good stuff! Props to my home-town brewery!!!

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Photo of rebel1771
4.46/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Near black with a leather colored head that fades quickly.

S: Roasted coffee, pumpernickle, and chocolate dominate here.

T: Roasted coffee starts out and fades to chocolate flavors in the middle. Earthy burnt grain aftertaste.

This is one excellent brew, so damn smooth and creamy you'd think you were drinking a porter milkshake.

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Photo of Beerzebub
4.45/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle served in a big wine glass at 59 F/ 15 C.

Opaque black, thick tan head, sticky mottled rings of lace.

Rich smell of coffee and dark chocolate, molasses, some fruit like black cherry, and a bit of yeasty dough.

Smooth taste of espresso, dark chocolate, bitter cocoa powder, molasses, black cherry, a bit of yeasty dough, and mild earthy and herbal hop flavor. Mild hop bitterness develops. Just a touch of sweetness, well balanced. Chocolate and coffee linger for a long, dry, mildly bitter finish.

Finely carbonated, smooth texture with a touch of oiliness. Smooth, very drinkable.

Great beer, very tasty.

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Photo of Gavage
4.43/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: deep dark brown in color with a fluffy 2" tan colored head. Thick lacing paints the glass.

Smell: huge chocolate aroma that is extremely pleasant on the nose.

Taste: the big chocolate flavors follows what the nose picked up along with a mild roasted malt flavor, prune sweetness, and a nice bitterness.

Mouthfeel: smooth from start to finish. Aftertaste is relatively short. Medium bodied beer, but a bit thicker than a typical porter.

Drinkability: super sessionable beer here. Great flavors and one could drink this all day long.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.43/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Gotta give love to DHGranstrand for the hookup on this bottle. Pours extremely dark black with about a half inch tan head that falls to nothing fairly quickly. Nose is real nice roasted malts with a chocolate and coffee edge. Flavor is very, very good. Smooth robust quality to it. Definite coffee roasted tone and a side of molasses on there as well. Smooth and a lasting flavor profile. Feel is good. Noticeable carbonation with a smooth liquid feel. This is a very good porter. Easily this can stand up against basically any in its class, though not the extreme versions of the style as this is more of a mature and well thought out production. Beautiful. DH informed me this is $4 a bottle? Come on now. That's a steal and bordering on obscene for what you're getting in return.

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

Pretty sure I got this bottle from DHGranstrand. Thanks! 22oz into a Unibroue tulip.

Pours a little like cola, but sits mostly black in the glass with a bubbly fine tan head that sits for a while, then fades down to wispy suds with a nice ring and very nice spotty lace.

Mmm, a nice porter nose, with a good balance of earthy smooth chocolate, root, roasted grains, and some hints of spicy wood. Very nice.

Taste is excellent also, with an overall nice earthy woody root flavor and some good bittersweet chocolate. Firm bready toasted grain finish with a mild bitterness. There's much more complexity in there than that, but it all balances out to be a fantastic tasting and very well crafted flavor.

Feel is very smooth and somewhat fuller medium bodied. Nice carbonation builds up the overall smooth feel, adding a little extra tingle. Not at all too heavy or too weak. Leaves a slight film mouth coating after the swallow.

Very drinkable, with a highly likable flavor and an abv to support being able to session this one if the circumstances were right (I don't tend to session darker beer, but I could easily do this one). I'll have not trouble finishing off 22oz, and will feel fine doing so.

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

Bottle courtesy of acertain, (ratebeer.com) thanks again!

Beer pours a deep dark black, with a small off white head.

Aromas are nice. Dark chocolates, brewed coffee, and sweet roasted malts.

Taste is very dark malt dominated. Sweet, chocolate flavored, dark roasted malts, and a nice creaminess on the finish. There is a touch of hop bitterness, and a nice very subtle alcohol bite as well. This is a great porter, lots of flavor, and not at all heavy or overwhelming.

Mouthfeel is good. Very smooth, and with a nice feel to it.

Drinkability is very good. Excellent porter, one of the best I have had.

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

Beer is a mahogany color and only slightly transparent. Burnt mocha flavors throughout with some caramel in the finish. After trying the beer, we were quite intrigued and kept trying to identify the different flavors. There is a lot going on here, but it all boils down to the various variations on the dominant roasted/burnt flavor. Percieved bitterness was surprisingly (and pleasantly) low.

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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 hwwty4
4.41/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks Julian for this one.

Pours a 22oz bomber into my Smokestack goblet (2 pours). Wow this is exactly what I think a porter should look like. Dark mahogany, almost black in color with a 2 inch, frothy dark tan head that leaves minimal lacing. The aroma of this beer is dark bakers chocolate, and a bit of coffee. The taste is great. Big on dark chocolate, vanilla, coffee and roasted malts. This reminds me more of a stout than a robust porter. Fortunately for Snoqualmie Falls, I find most porters to be thin and uninviting. This one is full bodied and heavy on the tongue with a velvety smooth mouthfeel that is pretty contradictory with the whole "robust" part of this porter. I think its great though. Absolutely on par with some of the best porters I've ever had the pleasure of drinking.

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Photo of marc77
4.4/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A shade shy of pitch black, with trace clear crimson when held to light. Billowy, well retained dark beige head leaves loose, muddled lace. The aroma is dominated by a balanced combination of sharp, burnt, slightly smokey black patent and rounded, mellow chocolate malt. Hint of dark lovibond caramel malt and diacetyl add a pseudo-roasty sweet and lightly buttery depth. Clean, yet enticing aromawise. Molasses laced sweetness upfront in flavor is quickly supplemented by chocolate and subtle buttery malt. Mild prune like fruity undertone runs parallel with a agreeable carbonaceous black patent presence. Pleasant breadiness surfaces late along with raisiny, uncontested malt sweetness due to the judicious hop bitterness. Medium bodied, and lightly dextrinous in mouthfeel, aiding in quaffability. Finishes sweet, with a lingering impression of dark chocolate syrup on well toasted bread. Steam Train is a highly enjoyable, relatively balanced, chocolate driven porter that retains an elegant lightness on the palate. Perhaps a touch shy in hop bitterness. Outstanding drinkability.

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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 flagmantho
4.35/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from 22 oz bomber into a pint glass. My bottle says 5.0% ABV.

Appearance: black, with a dark, thick head which dissipated slowly leaving nice lace.

Smell: nice aroma with a fair bit of chocolate.

Taste: rich roasted malts with, again, a nice chocolate flavor. The bitterness comes on nicely at the end, though there is not much hop flavor.

Mouthfeel: medium mouthfeel with a good level of carbonation.

Drinkability: it is relatively light-bodied for a beer this dark, and that helps drinkability a lot. The flavor is good but not overpowering. I think it would make a durn good session porter.

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Photo of TheBungyo
4.35/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One thing there doesn't seem to be an abundance of are good porters and stouts in the northwest. I had high hopes for this one since I've enjoyed some really fantastic brews from Snoqualmie before. Things started off the right way ... the body poured a charcoal black which topped off with a dense half inch of latte colored head.

Nose is cocoa and coffee. I'm trying my best to get more but that's really all I smell. In spite of that, it does smell pretty damn good. The best way to describe the taste would be not choclate covered coffee beans but coffee beans covered in bitter unsweetened baking chocolate. There's also a touch of caramel and a caress citrus hops. This is extremely tasty.

Mouth is medium with the carbonation not so in your face. I could see buying this to stave off a porter craving. A really well done beer by a brewery that is incredibly underrated.

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Photo of DHGranstrand
4.33/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured very dark brown with nice foamy head. Left a nice lace behind and lace continues till the end.

Aroma of coffee, burnt chocolate and licorice.

Great mouthfeel, not to thick but plenty of body.

Excellent taste of burnt chocolate, strong coffee and licorice! Very nice, especially considering the price. Great value!

I'm definitely picking up some more of this.

Great semi-local brew as I live in Yakima, WA. Hop capital of the world!!

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