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:
#14,567
Reviews:
1,463
Ratings:
3,705
pDev:
10.8%
 
 
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Photo of AZBeerDude72
4.36/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: Jet black with 1" of brown foam and very sticky lacing.
N: Loads of roast, malt, smoke, coffee, and some chocolate.
T: Follows the nose, such a smooth rich roasted flavor with outstanding malty goodness, some coffee and chocolate.
M: This is so clean and smooth, this is a benchmark beer others should shoot to replicate.
O: Loved it, sadly its not around much but if it comes out I suggest stocking up.

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Photo of Vader444
3.74/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BeardedWalrus
3.73/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of the_awesometeer
3.5/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer is very dark brown with a tan fizzy head. The beer smell is lighter than I expected a light roasted aroma with very light hints of coffee and chocolate. The flavor is similar to the smell but with a stronger chocolate flavor. The beer is creamy and smooth but fairly thin.

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Photo of Mustela_Man
4.09/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of 123321123321
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DavidFLetts
3.76/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of clarknova
4.29/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of porcupineoutpost
4.73/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

rich and creamy!

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

If night time is the right time, then pouring Sierra Nevada Porter is mighty fine. Dark and supreme, is Raul in a dream? Smell of roasted malt, drinkin’ this probably makes you really smart. So I take a sip, as I sit, and I am perfectly co tent to be.

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Photo of draegerjosh
3.52/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of lpd3
4.14/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Excellent. Complex. Malty yet just enough hops to give a pleasant bitterness. Moderate carbonation. Brown with a little red under strong light. Delicious smell. Love it. Big wine store had lamentable beer selection. But this was there, dusty in the fridge. What a find.

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Photo of EMH73
3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown with red highlights, a half inch tan head that leaves a ring of spotty lacing. Smells and tastes of lightly roasted malts, dark chocolate, coffee and the slightly presence of hops. Medium bodied for the style, light carbonation, mildly creamy mouth feel, slightly dry finish.

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Photo of Dougwillhike
3.33/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of wati47
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ordybill
4.42/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass. The appearance is a dark brown with a large tan colored head. The aroma is chocolate, roasted malt and some hops. The taste is fantastic, a great blend of roasted malt chocolate and hops.

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Photo of sposter4
3.89/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Spaten454
3.96/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

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Porter from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.89 out of 5 with 3,705 ratings