Sierra Nevada Porter | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

Sierra Nevada PorterSierra Nevada Porter
3,651 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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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured from the bottle into a pint glass

A - Pours an almost opaque almandine dark brown with beautiful highlights. Plenty of carbonation can be seen coming from the bottom the glass and rising to the creamy, two-finger, off-white head. Head stays intact all the way down the glass, laves behind a thick arch and splotches of lacing.

S - A generous dose of freshly backed chocolate-chip cookies with just a hint of earthy hops upon opening the bottle. A bit more hops once in the glass. Very inviting.

T - Chocolate toffee upfront followed a well crafted and balanced body full of chocolate malt, toffee notes, and earthy hops. A little more hop flavor as the beer passes over the back of the tongue, but the chocolate malt keeps up and everything stays balanced. Freshly backed double-chocolate cookie finish.

M - Medium bodied, but the higher level of carbonation gives a substantial creaminess that causes the beer to expand in the mouth.

This porter is pretty damn close to being the perfect session beer. Everything is perfectly balanced, yet complex and delicious enough to leave me contemplating driving up to ABQ this instant to find another. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, yet creamy and the beer never comes off seeming weak. Worthy enough to join the ranks of other great porters such as Black Butte, and Edmund Fitzgerald, yet lighter bodied. This is one to come back to.

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look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep brown with a reddish hue and tan head. Chocolate and coffee smell lend themselves to a similar taste. This one has a stronger hop presence than other porters (as Sierra Nevada is wont to do), which may be a turn-off for some and a turn-on for others. Feel is pretty light for a porter, but given the hoppier character I think it works. It used to be a favorite, but having tried more beers since then, I've turned to this one a little less.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I picked this up as a hedge that it might come back on the beers of fame. It pops up every so often, and I don't want to knock off 99 only to have this one catch up to me.

This is a very good example of a porter. The body is there, but it isn't too thick. You get tons of head on the pour that sticks around. I didn't get much lacing.

The flavor and smell are all coffee. It is a nice, clean flavor. There isn't much complexity.

I recommend this as the well made porter, and I think it works perfectly for those that are entering the craft beer addiction.

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Sierra Nevada Porter from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.89 out of 5 with 3,651 ratings
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