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

Dark brown, almost black, with a 2 finger head that is proving fairly persistent. Smell lis mostly caramel. Taste is not so one sided, having the roasted coffee, chocolate, and an almost burnt note. Finishes with a pleasant amount of hops, nice and balanced.

Overall this is a very enjoyable and quite drinkable porter.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Reviewed live.

A- Two finger fluffy khaki head. Dark brown with some ruby redness. Long retention and sticky lacing. Quite nice.

S- Roast malts, caramel, toffee and chocolate. Smells very nice and not overpowering or too subtle.

T- The roast malts hit first with a powerful flavor, but that subsides into warm toffee tones. Delicious.

M- Maybe a tad overcarbonated for my tastes.

O- Nice porter, great toffee notes throughout. The flavor is sublime.

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3.87/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle purchased from Ryan's Party Store in Port Huron, Michigian.

Pours a dark brown hue with ruby edges, two fingers of cream-coloured froth, and a few dots of lacing on the shaker glass.

Smell is cocoa powder, floral and citrusy hops, faint pine note, musty earthiness, plum, roasted malt, deep toffee and molasses aromas, damp wood, and toast.

Flavour is roasted malt, toffee, caramel, burnt toast, unsweetened chocolate, dark pit fruit, and a mild earthy hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel is smooth and medium-bodied, firm carbonation, brief spicy hop bite transitions to a dryly malted and chalky finish.

Overall, this is much closer to a Brown Porter than a Robust example of the style, though my bottle might be dated. It's not as bold, coffee-like, and ashy as most other American porters but the roasted/chocolate flavours and mild hop kick are quite enjoyable. A tasty drinker that's easy to knock back.

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3.82/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass

Appearance: rich, chocolate brown with amber highlights. Tan, 2 finger head that whittles down to 1 with lots of bubbles. Not much lacing.

Smell: malt, leather, earthy, caramel, confortable shoes.

Taste: A cross between malt and light coffee. A toffee aspect wends its way into the mix. Slightly bitter finish, but it doesn't bother me.

Mouthfeel: medium to heavy; great carbonation.

Overall: a gentle, easy-going porter. Rich, smooth, flavorful. Begs for a cigar.

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

A: Pours a dark garnet color, color visible only when held to light. Great head retention, never really dissipates, good lacing.

S: Very nice roast malt notes that says porter all the way. Gathers some sweet toffee and chocolate tones as well. Not much of a coffee trend.

T: This one is a bit sweeter take on porter, toffee and dark chocolate come in. Some lighter bitterness in the back.

M: Good solid medium body, with a bit more carbonation. Keeps it a crisp drinking beer.

D: Very solid brew, not as robust as my favorite porters but well executed.

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