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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

111 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 111
Reviews: 71
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 9.27%
Wants: 27
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 grittybrews
4.33/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

grittybrews, Dec 23, 2010
Photo of Flightoficarus
4.38/5  rDev +6.8%
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

Flightoficarus, Dec 13, 2010
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.

BeerAdvocate, Sep 10, 2010
Photo of bradleyp
3.38/5  rDev -17.6%
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.

bradleyp, Aug 22, 2010
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.

beertunes, Jul 04, 2010
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.

barleywinefiend, Mar 22, 2010
Photo of lifeboyq
4.43/5  rDev +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.

lifeboyq, Mar 18, 2010
Photo of slasher007
3.9/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

slasher007, Jan 20, 2010
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.

Mora2000, Jan 19, 2010
Photo of Tilley4
4.63/5  rDev +12.9%
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..

Tilley4, Nov 30, 2009
Photo of EliottJW
4.72/5  rDev +15.1%
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.

EliottJW, Oct 18, 2009
Photo of alleykatking
4.28/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

alleykatking, Sep 02, 2009
Photo of flagmantho
4.33/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

flagmantho, Jul 29, 2009
Photo of MisterClean
4.75/5  rDev +15.9%
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!

MisterClean, Jul 17, 2009
Photo of brentk56
3.63/5  rDev -11.5%
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

brentk56, Jun 20, 2009
Photo of froghop
3.8/5  rDev -7.3%
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.

froghop, Jun 07, 2009
Photo of koopa
4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber purchased from Liquid Solutions

Appearance: murky brown with mocha head. Some retention and lacing.

Smell: quite nutty with some roastyness.

Taste: nujt up front, roasted malt in the middle, touch of sweetness in the finish.

Mouthfeel: A touch syrupy for my liking, but just a touch.

Drinkability: Would have scored higher if the mouthfeel was thinner.

Very nice porter indeed. Worth trying.

koopa, Apr 02, 2009
Photo of herbalist
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a nice dark mahagony color, almost black but not quite. Its more like a dark reddish brown to be percise. And it has a nice thick cream colored head. It def sticks around and leaves a nice lace. Very nice looking for a porter in that it has a very rich color to it. Looks very tasty.

The smell is fantastic. As soon as I poured it I could smell a deep dark chocolate with strong overtones of coffee. This exactly what I was in the mood for. The malt shines through and it has a very desert like aroma to it.

The taste is rich, chocolately and malt dominant. It really allows for a nice blend of coffee and chocolate to be the main flavors with a slightly burnt and smokey aftertaste. There is also hints of figs in the finish which adds a nice touch. It is the perfect after dinner beer and is not too sweet which is part of its appeal. It would go well with dark chocolate.

The mouthfeel was a little light and nothing too special. I think it lacked a little carbonation.

Overall the beer is highly drinkable, very tasty and well priced. I highly recommend it especially if you like porters.

herbalist, Mar 12, 2009
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4.8/5  rDev +17.1%
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.

ccrida, Feb 06, 2009
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4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark brown color with one finger of light tan head and good lacing.

Scent of roasted malts, chocolate, raisins, and a hint of coffee.

Taste of chocolate and roasted malts starts, coffee comes in with a little warmth as well as some raisins. A fine example of a Porter.

Mouthfeel is smooth and somewhat heavy, a bit of carbonation keeps it from being overbearing.

paco1029384756, Dec 06, 2008
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4.22/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

After a stop at the New Seasons on this gorgeous Friday, I decided to duck in for a quick visit to Concordia Ale House. This one stuck out on the draft list; new to me and light ABV AND a porter sounds good today. A pint full (unmarked glass).

A: Perfectly black, an impenetrable darkness. Crowned with a sliver of perma-cream, a dusty tan color. Coating curtains of creamy lace trail fully down the glass.

S: Served in a chilled glass and at a cooler temperature than I'd like, so aroma was a little slow forthcoming. Roasted malt aroma is subtle and hints at sweeter milk chocolate or cocoa powder. A little vanilla and a dusting of earthy spice.

T: Upfront bitter chocolate and coffee bean-like dark roasts. Slight tartness tastes vaguely of blackberries or currants. Notes of vanilla and a little dried fruit. Coffee finish with a light lemony/citrus bit somewhere in there. Malty, but with enough hop bitterness to give some bite in the finish and a heavy roast that's substantive but not oppressive.

M: Fairly light, very smooth. Thin enough to slide down easily, with a lingering bittersweet-ness that coats the whole mouth. A little prickle of carbonation

D: A really nice find, I'm glad I picked this for a new one to try. Absolutely worthy of ordering again. Sessionable ABV hovering around 5%. Great flavor and nice mouthfeel. Well done, SFBC!

msubulldog25, Sep 12, 2008
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4.45/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

Gavage, Sep 04, 2008
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3.9/5  rDev -4.9%
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!)

NJpadreFan, Aug 20, 2008
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4.43/5  rDev +8%
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.

hwwty4, Aug 09, 2008
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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!

BuckeyeNation, Jul 09, 2008
Steam Train Porter from Snoqualmie Falls Brewing Company & Taproom
91 out of 100 based on 111 ratings.