Sierra Nevada Porter | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

Sierra Nevada PorterSierra Nevada Porter
BA SCORE
76.1%
Liked This Beer
3.89 w/ 3,648 ratings
Sierra Nevada PorterSierra Nevada Porter
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
California, United States
sierranevada.com

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#6,939
Reviews:
1,443
Ratings:
3,648
Liked:
2,775
Avg:
3.89/5
pDev:
10.8%
Alströms:
3.94
 
 
Wants:
140
Gots:
521
Trade:
0
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 3,648 |  Reviews: 1,443
Photo of HorseheadsHopHead
3.62/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L: Black with a big off white head. Excellent retention and lacing.

S: A little bit of roasted grains, malted milk balls, caramel, milk chocolate and almond milk.

T: A little bit of cacao, milk chocolate, roasted grains, and milk. Lightly bitter with some lingering coffee notes.

F: Medium-minus, well-carbonated, light but smooth.

O: A decent porter. Worth trying!

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Photo of EmeraldMist
2.78/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.5

Look - Dark brown in color, lighter highlights around the edges, two fingers of foamy tan head, lacing everywhere.
Aroma - Earthy, lemon, tangy, very light coffee.
Taste - More hop forward than their stout in my opinion. Initial taste has oily hops up front, not as much citrus as the aroma, earthy, bitter, light roasted malt, a quick note of milk chocolate though it's fleeting, finishes with lingering hop oils and somewhat toasty.
Feel - Medium bodied, slick, ample carbonation.

Overall - More hop forward than I like my porters to be, a little thin on the roasted malt.

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Photo of tvenne
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of fthegiants
3.25/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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

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

Photo of caburdette51
3.51/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: bright brown with ruby highlights under a 1.5" cream to light tan cap. Small bubbles rise moderately fast.

S: Mild cocoa and coffee, toast and malts.

T: Chocolate and light roast lead the flavors with traces of coffee. Earthy, herbal, floral, fruity hop flavors are present in trace amounts. There are no harsh roast or burnt flavors. Bitterness is moderate.

F: Very creamy, almost mousse-like texture with a medium to medium full body and medium very soft carbonation.

O: A very drinkable, full flavored beer.

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Photo of bshefftz
3.92/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Sabtos
3.7/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Coffee black with burnt red edges and an off-white foam head.

Smell is smokey, verging on hammy, with wood, moderate roasted malt, pumpernickel, and some catty hops.

Taste is roasted coffee, cocoa, wood, with light lemon and pine.

Soft and frothy with light acid.

Very unique for the style, but for such a hop-focused brewery, this should be no surprise.

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Photo of TheBigBoy
3.31/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Not bad, just too many other good porters out there.

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Photo of bret717
4.04/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of deadonhisfeet
3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a Sierra Nevada tulip. The pour is dark brown in color, not too opaque (light gets through), and sports a nice 2 fingers of persistent foam. Typical porter-like nose. Sweet toffee, toasted malt, and a little roast.

Medium body with a firm feel and balanced flavor. Not too sweet or too roasty. Toasted malt and toffee up front, then some roasty notes and hops. Typical porter. Good example of the style that is readily available.

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Photo of jibrahim414
3.4/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of fern22
3.59/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Duffman79
3.82/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of TheItalianStallion
3.72/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of beaulabauve
3.76/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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

Poured into a pint glass. Pours a dark brown with reddish tones and a half inch head that doesn't last too long, but leaves a thin layer of nice lacing. Light to medium feel, and tastes more of coffee than chocolate, with a lasting mild bitterness.

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Photo of kalosjakar
3.94/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Medium brown on the pour, 1 finger white head.

Aroma: light chocolate and roasted notes

taste: similar, chocolate and roasted notes. nothing out of the ordinary but an original executed well.

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Photo of acmurphy696
3.99/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is neither the best porter I've ever had nor the best Sierra Nevada product, but it's not bad.
There's not really anything distinctive about it's flavor, but I can't complain too much.

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Photo of Everydayoff
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Very deep brown to almost black in color, the pour builds up thick fluffy light tan head that stays with very good retention before slowly sinking to an eternal bubble film atop and leaving plenty of sticky lacing ring, patch, and spot all around.

Rich in roasted aroma that reminds me of black coffee, chocolate, and cocoa nibs. Dark bread too with a slight touch of caramel and sweetness from malt.

The taste is like the aroma but more pronounced of heavily roasted and a bit more astringency, cocoa nibs, black coffee, roasted malt, sourness of roasted coffee bean, some chocolate creaminess, some astringency, dark bread, some sweetness, and some caramel. Hop is also there with a slight touch of bitterness.

Medium body, smooth mouthfeel with very good crisp and good lively carbonation, pleasantly dry finish.

Good American Porter without doubt, it will never go wrong when it comes to Sierra Nevada.

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Photo of SpaceBeagle
4.24/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Decko
4.74/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Great porter with balance of rich malty flavours with noticeable hops to make it very drinkable indeed. One of my new favourite porters.

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Sierra Nevada Porter from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 76.1% out of 100 with 3,648 ratings
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