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Sierra Nevada Porter | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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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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Ratings: 3,660 |  Reviews: 1,447
Photo of BrownNut
4.29/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served cool in a nonic pint.

A - Not as dark as I was expecting. A red-brown you can see through. Lovely head that lingers a while.

S - Malty. A little sweet. Hint of ash. Barest hint of coffee. On a later tasting, I swear this smells like a mix between Sugar Smacks cereal and Honey Nut Cheerios but more malty than both. Smells fantastic.

T - A bit of ash, in a good way, which borders on dark chocolate. Mild. The ash is subtly present on the exhale. Just delicious.

M - Soft without viscosity.

O - Very pleasant. It's pretty mild and sessionable but the hint of ash gives it some nice character. And it's otherwise rich and delicious. Comes across as their stout pulled back a bit on the ash. These guys show up to work and casually turn out solid artistry. No frills, just solid craft that lets you know they know what they're doing to a serious depth.

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Photo of sevenarts
3.33/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Dark brown, with some reddish accents in the light. Creamy tan head, moderate lacing.

S: Lots of sweet, subtle roasted malty flavors: coffee, chocolate, vanilla, caramel.

T/M: Malty and sweet, with chocolate, coffee, vanilla, toffee, some roasted smoky flavors, just a touch of hoppy bitterness. Mouthfeel is a little thin and watery.

O: A decent, enjoyable porter. The flavors are subtle and well-balanced, and it doesn't blow me away, but it's good all around.

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -10%

Photo of Darkmagus82
3.77/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into pint glass

Appearance – Pours a nice deep brown color with a billowy off white head. The head had decent retention and gave way to a moderate level of lacing.

Smell – Aromas of caramel and toffee with bit of roasted malt are in the nose. They together create a nice sweet aroma.

Taste – Sweeter flavors of toffee meets the tongue. There is a nice roasty and bready taste that is mixed with the sweeter flavors. These flavors lighten a bit as the taste advances and an ever so light hop flavor comes into play, which bitters the taste a bit toward the end.

Mouthfeel – The body is a little above average in terms of thickness and the carbonation level is just below normal. For the most part quite average for the style.

Overall – An overall enjoyable brew that is affordable and pretty east to drink.

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3.92/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottled January 18, 2012

A: Fluffy head with great retention and chunky lacing.

S: Roasted malt and metallic hops. The nose is pretty subdued.

T: Roasted malt, caramel sweetness anda touch of char, some vanilla-like creaminess or roundness to the flavor. Earthy hops. Some hop bitterness on the finish. Very balanced.

M: Medium, or perhaps a bit light, for the style. A bit too bubbly.

O: A solid, easy drinking porter. Not competition for Smuttynose, but still solid.

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of SpdKilz
3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up at my Binny’s as a single.

Appearance – Pours into a tulip with a dark chocolate color that allows some light to shine through when held up to the light. About a finger of slight tan head is achieved with a regular pour that dissipates at a moderate pace leaving nice lacing that coats the glass.

Smell – Lots of roasted malts, grains, caramel, chocolate, molasses, and a hint of coffee.

Taste – A nice roastiness up front that is kissed by a hint of caramel sweetness. It is not overpowering and actually becomes a bit drier at the end from bittersweet cocoa and coffee. As the beer warms a nuttiness comes through as well.

Mouthfeel – Medium to lighter bodied (wish it was a bit thicker), decent carbonation.

Overall – A decent porter. Not my first pick but solid nonetheless.

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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5/5  rDev +28.5%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of scottfrie
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into snifter.

A: Pours an extremely dark brown color with a huge dark tan head that slowly faded into a thick film leaving a ton of spotty patches of lace down the glass.
S: I get very integrated notes of roasted malts, light chocolate, toasted grains and a hint of nuts/wood.
T: Follows the nose with a dominating roasted grain/malt taste. Toasted nuts and chocolate come through in the finish, and the aftertaste has a touch of char and burnt wood. Very delicious.
M: The carbonation is perfectly balanced between being soft and chewy and light and fluffy. The body is medium-full and the mouthfeel is soft, smooth, and refreshing.
O: Early on in my beer drinking career, before I was reviewing and really got into craft, I bought a case of this beer. I loved it then but I don’t think I’ve had it since, until now. This is a truly underrated porter and beer in general. The drinkability of this is through the roof.

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Photo of Adam5150
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown almost black color with a off white creamy head and good lacing on the glass. Aroma is of roasted malt, chocolate, and caramel malts. Taste is very much the same with a forefront caramel sweetness followed by a roasty finish. Well balanced and a good porter.

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Photo of Labeerfinder
4.15/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours to a very dark ruby/brown color with a small light brown head. Nose is straight roasted malts and a little chocolate. Taste is more bitter than the aroma would suggest. Roasted coffee and bitter dark chocolate. Medium weight, lively carbonation. Lightly sweet on the finish with big smoke on the aftertaste.

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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

Sierra Nevada Porter from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.89 out of 5 with 3,660 ratings
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