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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Ratings: 3,651 |  Reviews: 1,445
Photo of GarretD
3.5/5  rDev -10%

Photo of bubseymour
4.3/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Brown to near black color with some light shine through so not overly thick. Very nice 2 finger light tan head with moderate retention.

Smell - pleasant smell of malts and caramel and some roasted notes.

Taste - Really love this one. Comes across similiar to some nut brown/brown ales I've had with the roasted malt/nut flavors. Has many taste transitions during each sip and finishes with a crispness to it.

Mouthfeel - full bodied and pleasant

Overall - One of the better porters I've sampled so far. Lots of flavor and complexity but nothing too bold and overpowering. Another fine beer by SN.

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Photo of blakelive784
3.45/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12 fl oz brown glass bottle served in a snifter, reviewed live:

A - Pours a dark non-transparent shade of amber, with a light tan, one finger head. Retention is average. Standard fare.

S - Toffee, light cream and chocolate, and maybe some toasted and roasted malt. No cascade/centennial hops? I'm surprised. Mild strength.

T - The roasted malt is heavier than on the nose, and is welcome. I like the creamy body, and the subtle bitter chocolate is nice. It's built pretty well, though I find the bitter finish to be out of place. It's a little muddy, but I like it.

M - Best part of the beer. Full bodied, creamy, a bit coarse, and dry on the finish. Really good.

D - This one doesn't suffer from the typical SN flaws, and I like it quite a bit. It's your run of the mill porter, though the build and execution are both very good.

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3.5/5  rDev -10%

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4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -10%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -10%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of TheCondor
4.08/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Scored this bottle on my run to Gomer’s for porters and stouts. Grabbed it in a mix and match six pack. Pretty anxious to try it, as Sierra Nevada typically has good products and I’ve heard good things about this brew. Poured from a bottle into a snifter.

Appearance – Pours a deep brown, nearly black color, with a nice big tan head that sticks around for a while and leaves superior lacing. Quite an elegant display of porter-ness.

Smell – Roasted grain, malt, toffee, coffee, chocolate….there is a lot going on in the nose of this brew.

Taste – Certainly leads off with a nice roasted, malty hit to it, then brings the bitter hoppiness in at the end. There is a tinge of sweetness, some toffee and chocolate notes, but nothing too strong.

Mouthfeel – Nice and smooth, medium-thick bodied, finishes superbly. I was surprised at how gfast I was drinking the beer, as it finished so smooth and full that it was easy to take large drinks and a bunch of them.

Overall – I expected this beer would be pretty good, and I was not disappointed. This is a solid porter you can get for a decent price, I really like it, even more so than my cherished Bully! Porter. Highly recommended.

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3.5/5  rDev -10%

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3.5/5  rDev -10%

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3.5/5  rDev -10%

Photo of GeneralZod
3.99/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured out okay. It looked of an average porter. Very dark brown to almost black.

It is strong of roasted malts.

Can really tasted the roastiness of the malt and its bitter hops.
There is a hint of sweetness, possibly from toffee as an after taste.

Well carbonated, a little coarse but easy to drink.

This is an above average porter. The roasted malts is not too overpowering. Is one of the better beers I've had.

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3.67/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a dimpled mug.

A – A tawny ruby brown near the edges, with the center being almost black. Half finger head of fizzy white bubbles fading instantly. Lacing present when you sip, but again disappearing almost instantly.

S – A medium aroma of roasted graininess and toffee.

T – Roasted grains most prevalent, but also hints of toffee, coffee, and chocolate. Underlying nuttiness, which was nice. Finish is bitter as the graininess carries. Maybe lacking a little richness.

M – Medium body and carbonation. Finishes semi-dry. Together with the taste these characteristics make the beer pretty drinkable/approachable.

O – A solid offering by SN, but nothing memorable or spectacular, and definitely not enough here to elevate this over other easily accessible porters such as Anchor Porter, and Stone Smoked Porter. Still, not bad at all.

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3/5  rDev -22.9%

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3.97/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into pint.
Pours a deep dark black. Roasted coffee and malt aroma...
Very smooth and mild roasted malts, with a slight coffee note.
Very nice and smooth...drinkable, everyday porter. This is a great example of what porters should be. Smooth, roasted, and light but full of flavor and character.
As always Sierra Nevada does not fail.

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Photo of BillH200174
3.65/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark black color, with a medium head. Aroma is roasty malts. A medium bodied porter. More chocolate than coffee in the nose. This beer is also a little hoppier than most porters. Smooth taste. A nice drinkable porter, nothing fantastic, just consistently good. Mouthfeel is full and round.

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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 3,651 ratings
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