Sierra Nevada Porter | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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3.89/5
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3,672 Ratings
Sierra Nevada PorterSierra Nevada Porter
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:
#7,845
Reviews:
1,452
Ratings:
3,672
pDev:
10.8%
Bros Score:
3.94
 
 
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Photo of dextr24
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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Photo of Walleybeer
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

Photo of dcotom
3.64/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12-ounce bottle into a glass tumbler. Chestnut colored body with a ruby highlight or two. Fluffy light tan head that left plenty of sticky lacing. Dark roasted malts dominate the nose and palate, with some dried fruit and a bit of tartness on the finish. This is probably best enjoyed cold. The mouthfeel is medium-light, with lots of carbonation that makes the beer foam up in your mouth when it is warm. I could see this pairing well with German food and the like, but as a stand-alone sipper it comes up a bit short. YMMV.

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

Photo of TheCrowsEye
3.64/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of JoeyJellico
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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

Photo of OntheLambic
4.04/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of gardner254
3.99/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ajm5108
3.62/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A bit on the lighter side in terms of body, lots of European / German malt flavors on the tongue, the darker / roasted malt flavors are pretty flaccid. Pretty run of the mill.

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Photo of jonervin26
3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I love porters and stouts. They are my favorite beer styles generally. This one is pretty dang good. Has a strong dark roasted coffee flavor. It is really quite nice. The feel was actually thinner and more watery than I was expecting, but the flavor made up for it. This was a tasty brew.

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Photo of keithmurray
3.79/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - mahogany body with beige head

Smell - chocolate, roasted malts

Taste - chocolate, roasted malts, bit of smoke

Mouthfeel - medium bodied, medium carbonation, roasted malts upfront, touch of bitterness on the back end

Overall - decent, no frills porter that is worth a try

Price point - $1.99/12 oz single

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

Photo of pau622
3.67/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Sk8sean86
3.02/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of mvanaskie13
3.99/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a custom grip shaped glass: color is brown, lighter edges, head is light tan, head lingers with a thin top and lacing on the glass.

Smell is light toasted malt, hint of chocolate.

Taste is similar to the aroma: hint of chocolate, light toast, maybe some yeast and earthy hops.

Mouthfeel is moderate: carbonation is moderate, lingering flavor is lightly sweet with feint dryness.

Overall a very good, simple porter; the description eludes to homebrew porters which with its simplicity and flavor I can vouch that some of my own have had similar outcomes.

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

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Sierra Nevada Porter from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.89 out of 5 with 3,672 ratings