Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
California, United States
Porter - American
Ranked #219
Ranked #16,237
3.89 | pDev: 10.54%
Dec 06, 2021
Feb 09, 1999
Very Good
Notes: Porter is a testament to roasted malts which give it a rich, bittersweet and roasted coffee-like flavor that's a perfect complement to a variety of foods.

Before Sierra Nevada was a reality, our nights were spent perfecting homebrews and dreaming of starting a brewery. Back then, one of our favorites was a porter made with homemade malt roasted in our kitchen. Decades later, we still love the rich, bittersweet and roasted malt flavors of that original brew.
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3.68/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
by DanO1066 from Maryland

Draught pint at The Brass Tap here in Baltimore

Dec 06, 2021
4.34 by LesDewitt4beer from Minnesota on Nov 27, 2021
3.81 by TWStandley from Massachusetts on Nov 12, 2021
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3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by StJamesGate from New York

Oxblood with a thin ribbon of off white foam; cocoa powder, brown bread, and salted peanuts on the nose; salted caramel, brown toast, hazelnuts, chicory coffee, kola nut + slight licorice, light twiggy hopping to end; light, clean, salty, tightening bitterness.

3.75 3.75 3.75 4 4

Dec 30, ‘20 bottling date - 6 months old.
Much more like an English brown porter (aside from the bitterness) than most American porters. Roasty notes are low in favor of nutty, bready malts.
There’s also a thread of that Chico yeastiness throughout.
What saves it is the body: light and fizzy enough to be sessionable, but with a creaminess that makes it satisfying.

A solid beer, but get Edmund Fitzgerald for that classic American Porter profile.

Lighter, fizzier, sweeter, nuttier, more balanced, less hoppy, cleaner, and more sessionable than Sierra Nevada Stout.

Aug 04, 2021
4.72 by Daneve76 from Australia on Jun 25, 2021
3.25 by jeschaefer from Texas on Apr 18, 2021
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3.89/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by Reef from South Carolina

12 oz. bottle dated 6/18/20

Clear, translucent brown ale with two fingers fine tan head. Full head and lacing.
Roast malt, gingerbread, earthy yeast aromas explode out of the bottle.
Nutty sweet roast malt, light hop kick, light char, coffee flavors, deepening as the glass warms. A yeast flavor that I seem to experience in a number of Sierra Nevada beers.
Light hop bitterness, medium feel, lasting carbonation
Substantial depth of flavors in a 5 % ABV ale. Very pleasant.

Feb 20, 2021
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3.71/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
by backblast from Alaska

Nice roasty malt up front with some sweet earthiness mixed in. It has a light mouthfeel with lots of carbonation and a mild bitter end. The finish drops off quickly - too quickly actually. It really is a nice porter, but overall it's too light, could be so much more.

Feb 20, 2021
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3.47/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by jockstrappy from Pennsylvania

Pours a dark coffee brown, ruby hues and a creamy tan head. Aromas are fairly muted, a roasted malt profile is there but I can’t really pick anything definitive. Flavors include roasty malt notes of coffee, raw cocoa and earthy nuttiness. Trademark SN floral hop bite makes a subtle appearance on the back end. Mild carbonation. Lingering bitterness on the palate.

It’s good for sure, not extraordinary or anything. As with any beer, freshness is everything. I would love to get some of this closer to the source to see the contrast in the flavors.

Feb 14, 2021
4.06 by GaryM6 from New York on Jan 28, 2021
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4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by J_mo from California

Pours dark with a coffee note to it. Little head with a little light that gets through. Chocolate, coffee flavors upfront, sweet finish.

Jan 19, 2021
3.87 by EasternIsh from California on Jan 12, 2021
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3.21/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
by stuffandthings from California

Had this one in a blind taste test recently with 3 other porters and it just did not stack up. The look was different, the carbonation was different, the taste was bland in comparison. Not as good as I remembered.

Jan 02, 2021
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4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by TheBricenator from Oregon

Look: Dark brown, almost black on the pour and deep ruby-red when held to light, with a frothy light tan head that settles slowly, leaving good lacing
Aroma: Roasted barley, chocolate notes, toasted nuts, warm brown bread, and some earthiness
Taste: Roast is the highlighted theme here. Tons of roasted barley, nuttiness, and even a light roasted coffee bean note hit hard up front and as those begin to subside, chocolate joins the mix. More roast goodness and earthy notes take hold and lead to the finish
Mouthfeel: Full bodied, smooth, medium-high carbonation, and smooth but slightly sharp on the finish from either the earthy hops or strong roast notes
Overall: This is tasty stuff. I hadn’t had this beer in almost two years as only one spot close to me has it in so when I saw bottles dated 10/9/20, I had to revisit and glad I did. A very well-made American porter with deep and rich malt flavors and enough earthy hops to keep it balanced. Throw in the very full body on this as well and you have yourself a winner. A classic and delicious to boot

Dec 21, 2020
3.96 by DarrellK from Florida on Dec 20, 2020
4 by BabaBeer from California on Dec 10, 2020
3.75 by Urk1127 from New Jersey on Dec 01, 2020
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3.2/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3
by SimplySinister from Florida

A - Normal pour into chalice producing a dark colored, translucent brew sporting a small 1/8" inch quickly dissipating head. Low carbonation. Some lacing.

S - Yeast, malt, dark chocolate, and coffee notes. Licorice.

T - Coffee, cream, lactose, some chocolate notes. The aftertaste tends to linger and has an abrasive lactose quality.

M - Thin, relatively clean, somewhat refreshing.

D - This brew has many of the qualities of a milk stout without the robust body. All in all, this is not a bad brew. However, as far as styles are concerned, I feel this brew is a little mixed up.

Nov 26, 2020
4.6 by Chemteach63 from Indiana on Nov 10, 2020
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4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by davidward from Florida

One of the best porters I’ve had. It’s rich and thick and not too sweet. It encroaches stout territory.

Oct 18, 2020
4.04 by gefinley from California on Sep 27, 2020
3.69 by Argail from Louisiana on Jul 25, 2020
3.5 by WickedBeer from Alabama on Jul 13, 2020
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4.09/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
by unlikelyspiderperson from California

A truly pleasant classic right here.
Surprisingly dark black beer with a moderate off white head. Smells vaguely sweet and grainy with a touch of coffee and a touch of cola.
Taste follows with a sweet rich maltiness and a bit of cola on the edge.
Light and pleasant on the palate.
A wonderfully flavorful brew and a simple joy to drink

Jun 30, 2020
3.92 by Anacross from Oregon on Apr 20, 2020
3.92 by Fremont897 from California on Mar 26, 2020
4 by doctorgary from New York on Mar 11, 2020
3.72 by Sound_Explorer from Washington on Feb 22, 2020
4.06 by jglynn from California on Jan 28, 2020
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3.94/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by MackT from Florida

Expectedly dark. Quickly dissipating head, no lacing. Aromas of coffee & chocolate. Taste is not as robust as most other porters, mildly bitter. Mouthfeel is smooth. Aftertaste slightly bitter. This would be a non offensive Porter for those wishing to explore this style.

Jan 18, 2020
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3.78/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by NorbertB1974 from Germany

Quiet good porter beer. A little bit overrated, like most Sierra Nevada beers.

Jan 14, 2020
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3.27/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3
by ClareQuilty

Not boozy.

Almost syrupy but not strong.

Good with a meal or food but not necessarily a stand alone beer.
Body is neither weak nor strong; aftertaste much the same.

Mediocre but not bad.

Dec 12, 2019
4.25 by MJSFS from Florida on Dec 06, 2019
3.87 by ScottP from New Hampshire on Nov 29, 2019
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4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by GuyFawkes from Illinois

Had this on draft 11/15/19 @ the Beer Temple.

A bit hoppy, but overall a well-crafted take on a classic style. Definitely a true American porter...I'd prefer it a bit maltier but this was very enjoyable.

Nov 17, 2019
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3.79/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by izraelc from New York

Not a typical porter. Pours dark. Odd smell. A very mild clean body. Slight roasted malt finish. Smooth. The malt could be more pronounced. It's good but not typical for the style.

Nov 15, 2019
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3.85/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
by rapayn01 from Kentucky

I consume my share of porters in the fall and winter and this one is pretty good, though it lacks greatness. One flaw is that it is a little thin mouthfeel for a porter. The taste is solid, but the roasted malt is not as prominent as it is in some other porters that I prefer. It's solid, but I can usually do better in the style.

Sep 05, 2019
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3.79/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by DFred from California

Pours up beautifully dark with a thick two-finger tan collar. Nice balance between malt and hops--tastes similar to Sierra Nevada Stout--just slightly less hops coming through. Overall very good.

Jul 08, 2019
3.77 by emerge077 from Illinois on Jun 14, 2019
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