Sierra Nevada Porter | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

BA SCORE
88
very good
3,636 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
Ratings:
3,636
Reviews:
1,441
Avg:
3.92
pDev:
10.71%
 
 
Wants:
138
Gots:
519
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 3,636 |  Reviews: 1,441
Photo of monkist
5/5  rDev +27.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Read the description! This is a testament to roasted malts and the feeling comes through, this is indeed a homage to those roasted malts they have made in their kitchen back in the early days, so fresh and tasty. I'm not a fan of porters but wow this is great! Sierra is really an outstanding brewery that can make liquid gold out of any style of beer! Great because of the Sierra artistry.

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Photo of princessbay710
4.93/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pour is dark cherry red with a dense, pillow head. Smell reminds me of leather, or a new car. Right off the bat you are hit with fabulous carbonation that allows the drink to flow into every crevice. The taste lives up, lightly roasted, yet crisper than any porter you've had before. Love it!

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Photo of HotDogBikeRide
4.41/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Not quite opaque dark brown beer (when held to a light). Dope lacing, multiple layers with splashes of design. Clean roasty type of smell, either chocolate or mints, maybe some coffee bean with an apparent hint of marshmallow or cream. Taste is definitely more than just fair, a little watery but aside from that a hearty sip with a little bit of a peppery finish. Could've used some more boozing up, but I guess this is what makes a porter, a porter. Solid representation by Sierra Nevada.

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Photo of apartin
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of deniserat
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Botulizard
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mmellow12
3.67/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

It poured a dark brown and yields a black body. A nice white foamy half inch head appeared and lasted for about a good minute. Some spotty lacing appeared here and there along the sides of the glass. The smell was some chocolate, hints of cofee and a bit of hops. The taste had the chocolate come back with the coffee and hops as some toffee comes out slightly. It left a dry aftertaste. The palate was about medium with a slight creaminess in my mouth. I would say it was mostly drinkable. Overall, this is a good brew that I would come back to. Everything is balanced very well.

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Photo of Chipotle
3.93/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of duceswild
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of SmokySignals
4.29/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured nice tan head, on very dark brown body, shines dark orange with phone-light.
Interesting complex aromas remind me of Native American pipe shops: woody, spicy, earthy, and very inviting. The roastiness is subdued, but there. The most interesting smelling porter I've tried thus far.

Taste follows nose, and adds chocolate maltiness in background. Nice and dry, lighter than the complex aromas would indicate. Very good! Black coffee and light dry bittersweet chocolate finish. Love it.

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Photo of SoCalBeck
3.48/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle. Poured dark brown with red highlights when held up to light. Smells of biscuit, roasted coffee, and toffee. Nice head retention and lacing. Guinness type taste but with Sierra Nevada's own spin. Mouth feel is smooth and creamy. Overall an excellent beer. Much better than the pale ale. Grade wise this porter gets a solid B.

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Photo of andrewh995
3.65/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark brown that lets a little red light through. Smells of coffee and roasted malts. Tastes like coffee, roasted meals, and bittersweet chocolate. Medium body with medium low carbonation. Overall this is a pretty decent porter.

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Photo of HorseheadsHopHead
3.62/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L: Black with a big off white head. Excellent retention and lacing.

S: A little bit of roasted grains, malted milk balls, caramel, milk chocolate and almond milk.

T: A little bit of cacao, milk chocolate, roasted grains, and milk. Lightly bitter with some lingering coffee notes.

F: Medium-minus, well-carbonated, light but smooth.

O: A decent porter. Worth trying!

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Photo of EmeraldMist
2.78/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.5

Look - Dark brown in color, lighter highlights around the edges, two fingers of foamy tan head, lacing everywhere.
Aroma - Earthy, lemon, tangy, very light coffee.
Taste - More hop forward than their stout in my opinion. Initial taste has oily hops up front, not as much citrus as the aroma, earthy, bitter, light roasted malt, a quick note of milk chocolate though it's fleeting, finishes with lingering hop oils and somewhat toasty.
Feel - Medium bodied, slick, ample carbonation.

Overall - More hop forward than I like my porters to be, a little thin on the roasted malt.

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Photo of tvenne
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mcrawford
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of fthegiants
3.25/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Narthax
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of soundaurora
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of caburdette51
3.51/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: bright brown with ruby highlights under a 1.5" cream to light tan cap. Small bubbles rise moderately fast.

S: Mild cocoa and coffee, toast and malts.

T: Chocolate and light roast lead the flavors with traces of coffee. Earthy, herbal, floral, fruity hop flavors are present in trace amounts. There are no harsh roast or burnt flavors. Bitterness is moderate.

F: Very creamy, almost mousse-like texture with a medium to medium full body and medium very soft carbonation.

O: A very drinkable, full flavored beer.

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Photo of bshefftz
3.92/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Sabtos
3.7/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Coffee black with burnt red edges and an off-white foam head.

Smell is smokey, verging on hammy, with wood, moderate roasted malt, pumpernickel, and some catty hops.

Taste is roasted coffee, cocoa, wood, with light lemon and pine.

Soft and frothy with light acid.

Very unique for the style, but for such a hop-focused brewery, this should be no surprise.

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Photo of TheBigBoy
3.31/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Not bad, just too many other good porters out there.

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Sierra Nevada Porter from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
3.92 out of 5 based on 3,636 ratings.
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