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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 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 SaucyA
3.23/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

A - Wanna see what a porter looks like? Look no further. Pours a near pitch black into my 20oz nonic, with a fat and creamy 2 finger brown head. Retention isn't it's strong suit, but looks mighty fine.

S - Roasted malts, slight hop profile noted. Okay, but nothing mind boggling. Everything's in place but could be a little stronger.

T - Roasty toasty malts, baker's chocolate, light coffee affects. Nothing standout. Nothing bad, but not grabbing me like I had hoped. Some weird, sweet/sour off flavor that's throwing my tounge around. I don't know if it's just this bottle or what.

M - Creamy, yet light... good carbonation.

D - Not too keen on a particular flavor in here... and I can't put my finger on it. It's really limiting the drinkability for me tho. Gets better as it warms, tho.

Notes: I love a good porter, and while this one wasn't really bad, it wasn't my favorite, either.

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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 RoyalT
3.38/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance – This beer is black as night with a huge, volcanic head that literally covered the inside of my glass. Awesome!

Smell – Deep, rich coffee aroma with mild chocolate scents. The heavily toasted malt smell came out as well in this nose.

Taste – This one was too light and off-style for my tastes. The toasty flavors were there, but everything was a little too light. The coffee came out in the taste, but it felt cheap. The chocolate made a brief appearance, but most of the other flavors hinted in the bouquet were absent. There was absolutely no sweetness to this as well, which was disappointing.

Mouthfeel – There was a little carbonation which rubbed me the wrong way. This should be flat, smooth, and chewy, yet I got a fizz, light body, and watery.

Drinkability – It was a disheartening taste to say the least. I enjoy this line of brews (Snoqualmie is just a hop, skip, and a jump from where I live), but malt-oriented ales seem to be beyond the reach of this brewery.

Comments – This rating is all over the board I know, but it reflects my experience with the tasting.

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Photo of Tupperwolf
3.4/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours out a nice, thick dark brown with a gennerous bit of fluffy tan head that lingers longer than is really necessary, and leaves some small curls of frothy lacing.

Nice roasty scents blossom as this warms up - coffee, slight nutty breadiness, alcohol, and a slight green vegetable.

Similarly roasted coffee flavors, rounded out by alcohol, caramel and a very slight bit of smoke.

Smooth, full and classic porter mouthfeel - slightly spicy from alcohol and hops, but mouthfilling without being too heavy.

Pretty tasty porter, actually. I've heard this brewery recommended a couple of times and have a few of their beers to review.

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Photo of czechsaaz
3.44/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

smell is roasty at first but there's a vinuous character that's kind of off putting. Very low but perceptable aroma hops.

Deep brown with a nice thick lasting tan head.

It seem very high IBU and comes off at first as quite bitter. It does show some sweet malt flavors too and some pit fruit. All the roast character comes across in the aftertaste. There's a lingering coffee and smokey aftertaste.

Nice full body and pretty creamy from the subtle carbonation.

Solid beer. I'd like a little more roast flavor to come through but I'd recommend it to porter fans.

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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 dnichols
3.51/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I shared a 22 ounce bottle with my beer buddy imacoug on his birthday.

A: It poured a deep black body with a monster head that was a deep mass of sticky dark brown. The head receded to a cover over the liquid and supported a nice rich lacing.

S: It produced an aroma filled with roasted malts with hints of coco and light coffee.

T: The flavors were thin compared to deep dark blackness of the body and the toasty aromas. The roasted malts dominated the flavors and they were good but there were only hints of the coffee and chocolate I expected to taste. There was a subdued sweetness to the malts that never reached a critical mass.

M: Light to moderate body with a thin and watery profile. It left a fairly clean palate with only a slight lingering sourness.

D: It is an easy brew to drink. Nothing offensive but nothing distinctive either. I could drink it all night but doubt I would if other alternatives were available.

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Photo of Boto
3.58/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a fairly dark brown. Aroma is a bit thin for this style. Some roastiness and chocolate to the nose. Similar tastes, although a little thin in the body for the style. Still, it went with the crabcakes a whole lot better than a fizzy yellow one would! A pretty decent brew.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.65/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at The Fisherman's Restaurant & Bar Seattle, Wa. Pours with one-finger light tan head that goes quickly leaving a little lace. Black color. Roasted coffee nose. Light carbonation and medium bodied. Starts with a roasted /burnt coffee flavor, same finish. $4.50 for a 16oz glass.

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Photo of brentk56
3.67/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Looks like a stout, with a dark brown color and a huge tan head; problem is, there are all sorts of chunks in the head, making me have to use my teeth as a sieve to slip the liquid through

Smell: Rich roasted, almost burnt chocolate and coffee notes

Taste: Black bread, up front, followed by the bitter chocolate and coffee flavors; develops an almost acrid charred aspect by mid-palate; after the swallow, the more mellow notes prevail, fortunately

Mouthfeel: Just about the thickest beer I have ever tasted; seems like there are some carbonation problems, too

Drinkability: Must have been an off batch, as there are some very nice elements to this beer and other reviewers have not picked up the same issues as I did

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Photo of loren01
3.69/5  rDev -10%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this on tap at an Irish Pub in Seattle, can't remember the name of it
A: Pours a translucent brown color, slight head, and lacing. Looks a little wattery/thin for a porter
S: Sweet malt smell, slight hop scent as well
T: Nutty, sweet, mild coffee flavor as well
M: Smooth, creamy and easy to drink
D: Apperance made me think it was more of a nut brown ale, because it didn't look like any porter I'd ever had before. Damn good beer though, would have this again.

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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 murrayswine
3.72/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Shared to me by Battlekow.
Pours like aguiness, only thinner, so I'll call it burnt brown/black.
The head is decent, and basic.
the smell is awesome, rich with sweeter malts and a little coffee bitterness, slight toffee. Finishes as raisins.
The taste is a little limp and the mouthfeel is non existant, so I will let it warm up.
Okay it's warmer, and the taste is a little more forward. It nutty as hell. Limp, and a little underwhelming.

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Photo of zeff80
3.78/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a jet balck color with a fluffy, light brown, three-finger head. It left some lace.

S - It smelled of chocolate and sweet roasted malt.

T - It tasted sweet and chocolatey. There were also hints of caramel and toffee.

M - It was soft, creamy and smooth. A medium-bodied beer.

D - Not a bad porter. It was nice and sweet.

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Photo of froghop
3.79/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a pitch-dark onyx, with a small khaki almost brown head, and good lacing.

smells is of bakers chocolate, vanilla, slight licorice, a little coffee, and roasted walnuts.

taste is dry, milk chocolate, dark chocolate, weak coffee, vanilla, roasted nuts, and some sour malt, end is dry and slightly bitter.

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

Snoqualmie- Steam Train Porter

Thanks to thethrone(Adam) for this!

A- Deep chestnut brown almost black with a good 2 finger thick fine bubbly head. Good lacing on the top half of the glass.
S- Light powdery cocoa with smooth creamy vanilla cream and coffee.
T- Smooth light creamy vanilla in a good moderately heavy dose of light sweet chocolate and light roasted coffee bean.
M- Smooth and creamy. Finishes off with a good slightly dry chocolate bite.

Overall- Very smooth and very flavorful. Good chocolate/ coffee blend doesn't fade or fizzle.
(Thanks Adam!)

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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 BuckeyeNation
3.95/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Mahogany with relatively generous red, orange and gold accents. Even with backlighting, however, the beer is opaque. The dark honey colored head is slim and trim, reaching no more than one finger on the initial pour. The foam gets points for being creamy and for leading to a pretty respectable array of lace.

The nose is solid for an American porter. The label calls the beer a 'Robust Style Porter'. That's hard to figure with an ABV of 5.3%, but I suppose it could be robustly flavored. Each sniff results in mid-range roasted malt, chocolate and java.

We're still chugging on down the 'good' tracks. There's no way that Steam Train is robust, not with a mouthfeel like this. Still, though, it's good beer that should continue to blossom as it gains a few degrees. The balance between sweet malt and bitter hops is right where it needs to be. That is, favoring the former while respecting the latter.

More malt would've deepened the flavor and would have allowed the mouth and tongue to be happier longer. In no particular order: roasted barley, bittersweet chocolate, black coffee, dark caramel and citrus. The finish is surprisingly dry without being dessicating. Although this isn't a stunner, it isn't the least bit disappointing.

It's possible that this batch had issues. I say that because, yet again, no one in his right mind would use the word robust when describing STP. In fact, the mouthfeel may even be slightly lighter than the style average. The bubbles were lightly buzzy early and have settled down late.

Steam Train Porter is my least favorite Snoqualmie beer so far, but then Wildcat IPA and Copperhead APA are both fantastically delicious. This is still a pretty good example of the style that deserves much wider distribution. All aboard!

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Photo of Gusler
3.96/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The pour a jet-black color with the head planetary in size, creamy in consistency, as it desiccates the lace left behind a thick sticky sheet to seal off the glass. Toasted grains, coffee, somewhat sweet and not a bad nose for a porter, the start mostly malt, the top rather thin. Finish has a mild acidity, the hops perky in their spiciness, very dry and long lasting aftertaste, overall a fair to middling porter.

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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 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 woemad
3.98/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber purchased at the Foothills Yoke's in Spokane for $3.59. Was very surprised to discover I had never reviewed it.

I put this into a UK-style widemouth pintglass. Poured a very dark brown - almost black - with a big, thick, creamy looking mocha colored head that hung around for some time. Sheets of lace were left behind that very slowly inched their way back to the beer.

The nose wasn't as roasty as I had expected, but was still pleasing, with dark chocolate, mollasses and raisins present.

The taste started off with a brown-sugary sweetness that is joined right away by a raisiny dark fruit bitterness that balances the sweetness. There's a slight acidity to this, along with a vague, velvety dark chocolate flavor that hovers in the background. There's a mild dry note at the finish.

The weak point of this beer is the body. It seems just a little too thin for the style. Mouthfeel is slightly oily.

A pretty decent porter, though the acidity might not pair too well with something really sweet. It went fine with scrambled eggs and toast, however.

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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 fretlessman71
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pertinent Preliminary Comments: Many thanks to BrewDog for providing this one. Have heard rumblings in the past about this brewery, and all of them good.

APPEARANCE: Jet black – may be the blackest porter I’ve seen yet. Just a tiny bit of root beer brown at the edges. Tan head fades rather quickly; almost no lace.

AROMA: Dark fruit at first, then chocolate and coffee surge to the forefront. Very light hops in the nose.

FLAVOR: Yep – it’s robust, all right. Nice roasty character jumps right out at you, heavier on the black malt than the chocolate, but not much. Chewy chocolate, espresso, and charcoal come through. A bit acidic in the finish, but clean nonetheless. Well balanced.

MOUTHFEEL: Light to medium bodied, medium carbonation.

DRINKABILITY: Sure went down fast! And at 5.3%ABV, one could have a few in a sitting and still be able to stand up afterwards.

OVERALL COMMENTS: A good solid porter, designed for easy drinking, with just enough going on to keep things interesting for the palate.

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