Sierra Nevada Porter | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

Sierra Nevada PorterSierra Nevada Porter
3,650 Ratings
Sierra Nevada PorterSierra Nevada Porter

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

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.

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3.38/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.25

12 oz. bottle poured into nonic
(Sept. 13, 2013 born-on date ... drinking it right now, Jan. 18, 2014)

L: dark brown and while it's almost black (with no light on it), you can tell it's not full-on opaque motor oil; up to the light, sure enough, it's quite clear, a brown with some amberish/orange highlights; the 1/4- to 1/3-inch head took a hard pour to get -- this beer just doesn't push up much head -- and the tan foam dissipates quickly; there *is* a bit of stick and the tiniest hints of lacing on the way down, but even looking at the collar, you can see this beer doesn't have that typical Sierra Nevada pop

S: very grain when cold, almost adjunct-lager like; as it warms, the roasted malt notes start to show with some sweet toasted grain; hints of chocolate and coffee, but only hints

T: coffee in the first swig, even as cold as I've got it; also a bit of chocolate in that first taste, but as I work through it, there is no big malt taste here -- tastes more like a local brown ale I know well than a porter, albeit, a brown ale with some burnt malt thrown in. the toasted grain/barley here does give a coffee aftertaste that's solid.

F: strong contender for perfect ... lots of carbonation (despite the lackluster pour) and just enough weight to keep it full. about as drinkable as a beer gets.

O: a gateway beer to stout; it's not heavy or boozy, and the malt here is on the lighter side overall -- though there is a distinct "burnt" note in the taste.

Sierra Nevada is clearly distinguishing "porter" from "stout", for this brew feels much closer to an amber ale or amber lager than an imperial stout. kudos to Sierra Nevada for giving us options. The drinkability here is off the charts, too -- seriously, my rating numbers on this one will suggest I'm not a big fan, but I drank half a six-pack the first night I tried it, and I RARELY do that with a new beer.

a simple beer that has its place

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3.25/5  rDev -16.5%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of ThomasMetal75
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Dark, ruby, mahogony color. Lots of dark red coming out of this. Not black at all. About a 3 finger head. Head was creamy looking. Rocky, with lots of large and small bubbles.

S- Bittersweet. Roasted malts, with a coffee and cream note. Maybe some toffee as well. Really outstanding and quite inviting.

T- You really notice this is more of a bitter porter/dark beer than most. It has a piney, earthy, hop bitterness. But in general it is bittersweet, with that roasted coffee and cream taste. Head is extremely creamy. It reminds me a lot of a Guinness head you get from the tap or a nitro-widget can.

*-The base flavors are more pronounced closer to room temperature. I even detect a slight toffeeness. That head is so creamy and the beer is just so damn smooth! It's heaven in a glass. I just think the bitterness is a little off point for the style, not that I'm disliking the hop flavor at all.

M- The beer starts out as medium, but as it warms it goes to more of the light side of medium. The finish is pretty dry, but slightly sticky. Finish rounds out with a bittersweet toffee in the back of the mouth before it dries after a few 10+ seconds I'd guess.

Overall this is a beer that is all good and no bad really. Just go get some!

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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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3.89/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Tasted On: 12-28-2013
Freshness: Not indicated
Packaging: 12 oz. brown bottle, pry-cap
Glassware: Tulip pint
Purchased: 6-pack from Kroger

A: Huge tan head on a beer that is dark brown and nearly black. Head shows super retention and very nice lace on the glass.

S: Smells have a brown bread malty quality, plus chocolate aromas.

T: The toasted malts give the taste a bitterness similar to coffee. Other flavors include bittersweet/dark chocolate. Tastes like a brown ale that has been turned up a notch.

M: Medium-bodied and an average carbonation make up the mouthfeel. The aftertaste is of roasted/burnt grains you get in a deep roasted coffee.

O: Porter is one of my least favorite styles, but I was duly impressed with this one. Nice, simple and solid.

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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Sierra Nevada Porter from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.89 out of 5 with 3,650 ratings
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