Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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American Porter
Ranked #225
Ranked #12,361
3.91 | pDev: 10.49%
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
California, United States
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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Photo of MackT
3.94/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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.

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MackT from Florida, Jan 18, 2020
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3.27/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of GuyFawkes
4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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.

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GuyFawkes from Illinois, Nov 17, 2019
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3.79/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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.

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izraelc from New York, Nov 15, 2019
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3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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rapayn01 from Kentucky, Sep 05, 2019
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3.79/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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.

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DFred from California, Jul 08, 2019
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4.36/5  rDev +11.5%
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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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%
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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the_awesometeer from California, Nov 22, 2018
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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
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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RaulMondesi from California, Oct 19, 2018
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4.14/5  rDev +5.9%
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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lpd3 from New Jersey, Sep 19, 2018
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3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
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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EMH73 from New York, Aug 30, 2018
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4.42/5  rDev +13%
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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ordybill from Georgia, Jul 25, 2018
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4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
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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jkblr from Indiana, Jul 09, 2018
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3.96/5  rDev +1.3%
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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rudiecantfail from Pennsylvania, Jul 04, 2018
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3.94/5  rDev +0.8%
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.


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Photo of spectru
3.87/5  rDev -1%
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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spectru from Florida, Mar 31, 2018
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3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
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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Photo of ckornmannn
3.03/5  rDev -22.5%
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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ckornmannn from Washington, Feb 14, 2018
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3.77/5  rDev -3.6%
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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Riff from Virginia, Jan 30, 2018
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3.3/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5


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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q33jeff from New Jersey, Jan 10, 2018
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3.64/5  rDev -6.9%
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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dcotom from Iowa, Dec 28, 2017
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3.62/5  rDev -7.4%
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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ajm5108 from Pennsylvania, Nov 23, 2017
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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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jonervin26 from Pennsylvania, Nov 22, 2017
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3.79/5  rDev -3.1%
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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keithmurray from Connecticut, Nov 10, 2017
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3.99/5  rDev +2%
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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mvanaskie13 from Pennsylvania, Sep 29, 2017
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