Porter | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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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:
#8,515
Reviews:
1,454
Ratings:
3,683
pDev:
10.8%
Bros Score:
3.94
 
 
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Ratings: 3,683 |  Reviews: 1,454
Photo of FLBeerGuy
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of gardner254
3.99/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ajm5108
3.62/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A bit on the lighter side in terms of body, lots of European / German malt flavors on the tongue, the darker / roasted malt flavors are pretty flaccid. Pretty run of the mill.

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Photo of jonervin26
3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I love porters and stouts. They are my favorite beer styles generally. This one is pretty dang good. Has a strong dark roasted coffee flavor. It is really quite nice. The feel was actually thinner and more watery than I was expecting, but the flavor made up for it. This was a tasty brew.

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Photo of keithmurray
3.79/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - mahogany body with beige head

Smell - chocolate, roasted malts

Taste - chocolate, roasted malts, bit of smoke

Mouthfeel - medium bodied, medium carbonation, roasted malts upfront, touch of bitterness on the back end

Overall - decent, no frills porter that is worth a try

Price point - $1.99/12 oz single

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Photo of AnotherDisease
3/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of pau622
3.67/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Sk8sean86
3.02/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of mvanaskie13
3.99/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a custom grip shaped glass: color is brown, lighter edges, head is light tan, head lingers with a thin top and lacing on the glass.

Smell is light toasted malt, hint of chocolate.

Taste is similar to the aroma: hint of chocolate, light toast, maybe some yeast and earthy hops.

Mouthfeel is moderate: carbonation is moderate, lingering flavor is lightly sweet with feint dryness.

Overall a very good, simple porter; the description eludes to homebrew porters which with its simplicity and flavor I can vouch that some of my own have had similar outcomes.

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

Photo of NightINgale
3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of igl
4.14/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of KennyDerenbecker
3.89/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of joaopmgoncalves
3.78/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured to a tasting glass.

A: The body is dark but it's not very opaque as some coppery hues are visible when turned against the light. The ahead is beige having awesome retention. It's 1 finger thick.
S: The aroma is simply of perfectly roasted malts and caramel malts. Nothing else.
T: The taste starts off the roastiness of the caramel malts, providing a more black-ish hint to the flavour and then turning a bit more sweet due to the sweetness of the caramel malts. In the end, some clovey sweetness and no bitterness at all. Actually, and sadly, the end of this flavour is a bit empty.
M: Body is low. Carbonation is low. Bitterness is non-existent. Sweetness is a bit high. Alcohol is strangely noticeable.
O: Drinkable but not a very good beer.

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Photo of MVanTryke
3.67/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Solid. Quality. Goes well with most foods. But for just drinking, I like a sharper, more distinctive porter.

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

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

Cola black color,medium carbonation. Aroma is roasted malt,coffee,and bitter chocolate. Taste mimics the aroma with roasted malt and bitter cocoa most prominent. Just a touch of bitterness rounds it off with a really clean finish. An excellent version of a porter which went well with food or just by itself

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Photo of Dentist666
3.78/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Avatar113
4.18/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Poljazz22
3.78/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I'm sorry to say that the bottle I tried was probably way to cold to judge. It got much better as it warmed up. So be warmed Porter is a British style and should be drunk at a cellared temperature.

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Photo of jbehlar
3.73/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of adam36
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of monkist
5/5  rDev +28.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Read the description! This is a testament to roasted malts and the feeling comes through, this is indeed a homage to those roasted malts they have made in their kitchen back in the early days, so fresh and tasty. I'm not a fan of porters but wow this is great! Sierra is really an outstanding brewery that can make liquid gold out of any style of beer! Great because of the Sierra artistry.

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Photo of princessbay710
4.93/5  rDev +26.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pour is dark cherry red with a dense, pillow head. Smell reminds me of leather, or a new car. Right off the bat you are hit with fabulous carbonation that allows the drink to flow into every crevice. The taste lives up, lightly roasted, yet crisper than any porter you've had before. Love it!

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Porter from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.89 out of 5 with 3,683 ratings