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.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 02-09-1999

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter

A- Pours black, with red around the edges. There is a one finger light tan head.

S- A lot of chocolate and some coffee, there's a nice hoppy bitterness. Some fruity roastyness.

T- There is a bitterness up front and a nice hoppy profile, very reminiscent of other SN beers. There is a slight roastyness and some chocolate in this beer. A slightly toned down version of their stout.

M- A full feeling beer for the low %. Perfect carbonation to feel ration. Drinks easy and very inviting. Refreshing and a good one for just about anybody.

O- A very nice porter. The flavor profile is about the same in their stout but overall not as good as the stout. This is by all means, a fine porter and worth getting.

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look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- poured from the bottle into a pint glass. Nice dark chocolaty brown when held up to light with a tiny .25 finger light brown head. Just the slightest bit of lacing and minimal head retention.

S- strong malt smell in the form of dark chocolate and coffee with the slightest detection of hops

T- great characteristic porter darkness. Dark chocolate and coffee once again with slight bits of caramel and dark bread. Hops once again barely there but the beer is plenty bitter for a porter.

M- Once again, a great example of a porter. Nice and creamy; just thick enough and not so much so that you couldn't enjoy a few of these. Not much carbonation but I didn't mind.

O- A great beer. Makes me wish I was closer to the brewery so I could enjoy all their styles: they never disappoint. Great cure for my post-workout nausea as well

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Okay, I was pretty satisfied with the Sierra Nevada Porter but this was a surprising upgrade.

I like Porters and have not found a lot of American brews that cause me to look forward. There are a couple of Canadian Stouts that have me really spoiled so my hopes were not high.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer is dark brown, not the darkest Porter in history, but it's a dark beer typical Porter nonetheless. Gives good head.

Smell was a nice neat Porter smell. Sweet.

Taste..ahhh the taste is a nice classic Porter, all told in a nice smooth low carbonate creamy flow. Wondrous texture. I detect some chocolate from Chico CA. If anything ...., it may seem a little thinner than most Porters. A little dry. A little bitter. I wish a little more sweetness. But I am not complaining...too much.

So what do you listen to with this classic west coast style Porter? Well i recommend a modern classic west coast composer ... Lou Harrison's Gamelon CD!

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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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