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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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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

115 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 115
Reviews: 71
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 9.78%
Wants: 26
Gots: 3 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-22-2002)
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Photo of t0rin0
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.2/5  rDev -21.8%
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.

Photo of brentk56
3.63/5  rDev -11.2%
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

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.95/5  rDev -3.4%
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!

Photo of zeff80
3.8/5  rDev -7.1%
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.

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.28/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

The body is an opaque black in color with no easily found highlights, but if you search you may find some clear crimson glints along the rim of the glass. But despite its intense color, the creamy deep tan head receeds to just a collar and a thin surface covering, although it does leave some interesting lace. The aroma is tantalizing with swirling notes of rich dark chocolate, fruitiness, and a dull roastiness that's not unlike spent espresso grounds. Its light body doesn't hold back any flavor, being rich with bittersweet chocolate, a berry-like fruitiness, burnt malt roastiness, and powdered cocoa that's backed by a firm bitterness. It finishes dry with a sweet cocoa-ish note, and some very light grassy & piney hop flavor and resonating roastiness in the aftertaste. This smooth, drinkable beer has alot of character to offer, but it needs to be served at cellar temperature to open up its full range of flavors.

Photo of Jason
4.93/5  rDev +20.5%
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.

Photo of RblWthACoz
4.45/5  rDev +8.8%
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.

Photo of beernads
2.75/5  rDev -32.8%

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

Photo of Gavage
4.45/5  rDev +8.8%
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.

Photo of barleywinefiend
4/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

Photo of mdaschaf
4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of jdhilt
3.63/5  rDev -11.2%
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.

Photo of PEIhop
4.5/5  rDev +10%

Photo of Bighuge
4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer is a dark chestnut color. Almost black. A thin shit-brown colored head dissipates into a thick collaring rather quickly. Black malt, coffee bean, mocha and dark fruit tones come into the equation on the nose. The low carbonation and silky smooth mouthfeel lead to high drinkability. (The nice taste doesn't hurt either.) The taste is a little less complex than the nose. That doesn't occur often, but it does for me here. The taste is composed of bittersweet chocolate and mocha java. There is a very quaint sour apple presence that would be out of place if it were any more pronounced. A high quality porter. My first experience with Snoqualmie is a positive one.

Photo of Derek
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Steam Train "Robust Style Porter". This has a well-rounded malt profile... not simply pale ale with a little black-patent for colour.

I'd be inclined to label this as an English Porter (more specifically a pre-industrial, robust porter).

A: Black with a big tan head, a little retention, hints of lace.

S: Chocolate, brown sugar, floral (slightly soapy) hops. A little leathery acidity... makes me wonder if this is a "three threads" sort of thing, where they've blended in a Brett-infused portion & then pasteurized?

T: Dark chocolate with a pleasant bittersweet balance. Brown sugar/molases, nut, biscuit and a little fruity ester flavour. Slightly sharp acidity ('stale' flavour), yet overall it's fairly smooth. Some roasted bitterness in the aftertaste (teasing the line between a porter and a stout). This bomber seems to get better as it warms... pushing a 4.5!

M: Good body (fairly full); slightly dry, despite the fullness; a little chalky & acidic; moderate carbonation.

D: Fairly good.

Photo of beertunes
3.5/5  rDev -14.4%
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.

Photo of flagmantho
4.33/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

Photo of Gusler
3.95/5  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.

Photo of ccrida
4.8/5  rDev +17.4%
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.

Photo of Axnjxn
4.19/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

Photo of twiggamortis420
4.08/5  rDev -0.2%
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!

Photo of RoyalT
3.3/5  rDev -19.3%
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.

Photo of drpimento
3.96/5  rDev -3.2%
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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Steam Train Porter from Snoqualmie Falls Brewing Company & Taproom
91 out of 100 based on 115 ratings.