Porter | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
California, United States
sierranevada.com

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.60%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 02-09-1999

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#8,980
Reviews:
1,457
Ratings:
3,687
pDev:
10.8%
Bros Score:
3.94
 
 
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Photo of Coho11
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jkblr
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottled 5/13/18 (67 days ago) poured into a tulip pint glass at fridge temp 5.6% ABV. The beer pours bright dark brown, with reddish light brown highlights and sticky chocolate tan colored head. The head recedes to a thin film and leaves a spotty wall of lacing. The aroma is malty chocolate and a hint of roast. The taste is dark chocolate malt, roast and the slightest amount of twang on the back end. There is a minimal amount of earthy hop in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium to thin bodied, adequately carbonated and mostly dry in the finish. Overall, excellent. It's a shame this beer doesn't see better distribution. Recommended.

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Photo of rudiecantfail
3.96/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a goblet.

L---Darkest brown color. Thick tan head faded to a cap quickly and left excellent lacing.

S---Lighter smell than I was expecting. Roasted malts with coffee and a touch of chocolate.

T---Rich with chocolate, burnt malts and a little bit of coffee. Really well balanced.

F---Not as full as I was expecting. Goes down easier than it probably should.

O---A very nice porter by a very nice brewery. Simple, but high quality. A good example for others to follow.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
3.94/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the 12 oz bottle in a snifter. This classic micro pours a rugged
and dark brownish black with a very nice head of off white foam that
settles to a thick ring, thin layer, and sports some nice sudsy lacing.
Nose of coffee, dark fruits, dark cocoa powder, and touches of char
mingling with sweet dark malts. Flavors exceed the nose with presentation
of a solid English/American style porter with cola and cocoa mixing
nicely with dark coffee and touches of raisin and char with wafting
vanilla notes. Excellent mouth feel; medium full body, medium carbonation
that is lively enough to make this an excellent session brew, and a rich
malt driven finish.

Overall, a SOLID porter from a great little brewery.

Cheers

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Photo of DigitGrowler
3.94/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Bum4ever
3.92/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Tlmader
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of spectru
3.87/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Very dark beer with a creamy head, lacy; Rich malty aroma, dark smelling; Decidedly coffee or mocha flavor, tasty; mouthfeel is foamy, creamy, smooth; A good, rich beer.

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3.74/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Grootlol
3.61/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of hopguy28
5/5  rDev +28.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Been a fan of Sierra Nevada since highschool. This is my favorite Porter and others Ive turned onto it love it¡

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Photo of Pav42
3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of kitekid
4.07/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Richie_C_Johnson
3.85/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MonDak_Joe1953
3.85/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 12oz bottle into glass. Bottled on 'PKGD 03/28/17 0543'.
Clear, ruby brown colored body. One finger beige head settles to bubbly, thick cap. Scattered areas of lacing.
Aroma of dark roasted malt and sweet chocolate.
Taste is that of a classic dark roast beer, darker roasted malts combined with coffee, with supporting hops. Bittersweet overall.
Medium mouth feel. More to the dry side.
Excellent beer for pairing with a wide range of food, including savory meat and cheeses.

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4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of LeftyMike
4.87/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of ckornmannn
3.03/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From a bottle: dark auburn color. Not much lacing and below average head retention. Not too much aroma wise, fermented grain. Roasted malt and coffee dominate the taste. Surprisingly light bodied for a porter. This is good, but black butter porter is better!

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Photo of Riff
3.77/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a mahogany brown with a little over a finger of light tan, fluffy head. Smells of caramel and roasted malts. Taste is light coffee, hint of smoke, and roasted malts. Medium light body, a bit thinner than I'd expected. Good beer for having at the dinner table, not so much for sipping on its own.

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4.63/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Beerbuddha
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of craigbelly
3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of q33jeff
3.3/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

**
09/30/2012

Bottle to pint glass.

AROMA: Weak nose. (edit: probably just too cold; back in 2012 I never bothered to let a dark beer warm up).
LOOK: Dark pour, frothy head
AROMA: toasted, almost burnt malt, barley. Slight Tea flavor.
feel: A touch flat…creamy finish.

OK, good porter.
**

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Photo of BenHoppy
4.48/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of 1971bernat
3/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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Porter from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.89 out of 5 with 3,687 ratings