Sierra Nevada Porter | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

very good
3,628 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

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 02-09-1999

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4/5  rDev +2%

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4/5  rDev +2%

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4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

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2.5/5  rDev -36.2%

Photo of StoutHunter
3.31/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I picked up a bottle of Sierra Nevada's Porter a couple weeks ago for $1.49 at The Lager Mill. I have never had this beer before and all the other beers that I have had from Sierra Nevada have all been pretty good and solid and I wan't to see what they could do with a Porter, so lets see how it goes. I had a hard time decoding the date but I think it's from the 53rd day in 2010, but that doesn't seem right to me, so I don't know how old it is. Poured from a short brown 12oz bottle into a imperial pint glass.

A- The label is pretty typical for Sierra Nevada and it's nothing that great to look at. It poured a nice dark brown color that was bordering on being black and had a nice dark ruby red look when held to the light, it had three and a half fingers worth of fluffy off white head that died down to a thick rocky layer that stayed till the end and left some lacing. This is a pretty good looking Porter.

S- The aroma of this beer is all about the roasted malts that smell like they have a medium amount of roast to them and a medium amount of sweetness, it imparts some roasted dark malt aromas along with a slight bit of coffee. After that comes a little bit of nuttiness and a light amount of earthy and grassy hops. It's not the most robust Porter I have smelled but it has most of the aroma's that you would want in an American Porter.

T- The taste starts off with lots of dark roasted malts that have a medium amount of roast and a medium amount of sweetness to them and they impart some nice roasted malt flavors with some chocolate, caramel and little bit of coffee showing up. After that I get a slight dark fruit flavor and an equally slight nutty flavor. At the end I get a medium amount of hops that impart a grassy and earthy flavor with a medium amount of bitterness and it had a roasted malt and grassy hop aftertaste. This beer had some nice Porter flavors but it was pretty hoppy for a Porter and it wasn't as robust and roasty as some of the better Porters are.

M- Smooth, slightly creamy, on the full side of being medium bodied, and it had a high amount of carbonation. The body was nice but I thought the carbonation got a little out of hand.

Overall I thought this was an OK beer and it was a slightly above average American Porter. It had most of those good porter flavors but it wasn't as robust as some of my favorites and the hops were a little heavy for a Porter. This beer had OK drinkability, I could probably go for another one but after that I would be ready to move on to something different. What I liked most about this beer was the appearance, it was a very good looking Porter. What I liked least about this beer was that the malts weren't robust enough to overpower the hops and the high amount of carbonation needed to be toned down a little. I might buy this beer again, but in the wide world of Porters this one doesn't stick out that much, but it was well priced. If you love Porters this is worth a try but I don't think that this beer will knock your socks off. To me this beer falls in the middle when it comes to American Porters, there was nothing too out of place, but to me the flavors didn't come together as well as they do in some of the better Porters. I am glad I finally tried this beer, but it's not that memorable of a Porter.

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Photo of SolipsismalCat
3.69/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. Reviewed alongside Walker's Reserve Porter.

A: Clear dark brown with two-finger, off-white, frothy head that lasted a long time. Great lacing.

S: Roasted malt, nuttiness, and hops. A bit of barnyard.

T: Roasted malt, chocolate.

M: Medium bodied with soft carbonation. Pretty smooth, but could be better.

O: This porter looked fantastic, but I was a bit disappointed by everything else about it. Still, above average, but I liked the Walker's Reserve better.

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Photo of MNJR
3.78/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A somewhat thin, highly carbonated porter. But, the flavor is excellent overall. Not as dark and opaque as many porters. This has a semi-transparent brown/ruby color. Lots of bubbles dissipate the head rather quickly. Smells of coffee, semi-sweet dark chocolate, cocoa, rich toasty malt and slight hops. Mouthfeel is a bit slight, but it packs good flavor. Spiky, coarse carbonation. Raisiny chocolate, powdery cocoa with a dry hops finish and lingering malt presence. Some coppery flavors appear in the aftertaste department, but the malty richness makes this beer rewarding overall. I'd like to try this on tap, but I have never seen it except in bottles. A very good beer. Sierra never really falters in my experience.

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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of CowsCanBark
3.76/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy black hue, that is extremely dark red when held to light. There is a 1-finger brown head with decent lacing along the glass.

Smell: Dark malts, roastyness, coffee, all of these scents are light, though.

Taste: Quite good. Dark roasted malts in the forefront, coffee, chocolate, mild bitterness, all well-balanced throughout, with a nice lingering roastyness.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full-bodied, moderate carbonation, semi-creamy mouthfeel. It's easy to drink because it's so good!

Overall: An excellent, albeit mild scented, porter. Definitely will be picking up a case of this.

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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

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4/5  rDev +2%

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4/5  rDev +2%

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4/5  rDev +2%

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3/5  rDev -23.5%

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4.11/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Your classic porter appearance here - dark brown, almost black, with a real thick tan head. Tight carbonation bubbles. The nose is pretty minimal. Roast and malt, but not a lot going on. The taste has some citrusy/bitter hoppiness to it, combined with the classic porter roast, malts, and chocolate traits. Really nice blend and very sessionable. Smooth.

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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of notchucknorris
4.08/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark brown with a mocha colored head.

S: Surprising amount of hops along with some roasted malt and some coffee.

T: A really great porter. Great balance between the roasted malts and earthy hops with some powdery chocolate and a dry finish with hints of smoke. Really glad I finally tried this one.

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4/5  rDev +2%

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3/5  rDev -23.5%

Photo of powellmg
3.56/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear, very dark ruby color with an off-white head. Subdued roasted aroma. Same taste, with slight burnt edge and a very faint sweetness. Medium bitterness but lw hop flavor and aroma. Moderately-high carbonation. Creamy mouthfeel.

Overall, this is a smooth and flavorful, but one-dimensional, porter.

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2.5/5  rDev -36.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of maxk
3.45/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a tulip. Was in the fridge but I allowed it to warm up a bit before I poured it.

A deep, dark brown tinged with red. A beige one finger head which settles down pretty quickly. There is lots of lacing.

A big mix of malts await the nose. There are definitely well roasted malts and caramel malts. Chocolate, a little coffee.

Lots of malt. Chocolate. Again, a little bit of coffee. There is a miniscule bit of hop flavor rounding things out here.

Silky smooth and well bodied, over carbonated.

A nice porter, but nothing amazing or overly special. The over carbonation detracts from it. It's got some good flavors and aromas, but again, it's nothing so extraordinary.

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Sierra Nevada Porter from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
3.92 out of 5 based on 3,628 ratings.
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