Imperial Smoked Porter | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
California, United States | website

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by flexabull on 01-20-2009

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Reviews:
37
Ratings:
55
Avg:
4.05
pDev:
7.65%
 
 
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Reviews: 37 | Ratings: 55
Photo of BretSikkink
4.07/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark brown beer with just a few reddish highlights. Head is pretty nice looking, tanned and tight.

The nose is obviously malty, with some chocolate wafting up between wisps of smoke.

Malt component is just thick enough to make a full-bodied beer. I could use a little more. The body is pretty sweet, with a nice touch of alcohol that's not too in your face. Finish is smoky with a lingering roasted bitterness.

A nice change-up for Sierra Nevada. I love their bigger, more adventurous beers; this is moving that direction. Firm it up a bit and it's a real winner.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.9/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

16 oz. pint - $4.75 at Taco Mac in Canton, Georgia.

Appearance: Black body, not quite opaque, with a lean, beige-colored head.

Smell: Aroma of roasted maltiness mingled with notes of chocolate and industrial-grade smoke.

Taste: Roasty, blackened malts with a charry smoke component and taste of unsweetened chocolate stirred up with licorice root. Nominal sweetness throughout. Small hint of fruit. Negligible but noticeable alcohol presence. Medium-low bitterness builds as you near the drying, smoky, roasty finish.

Mouthfeel: SNISP is a bit above medium, both in terms of body and carbonation.

Drinkability: It's likable. Mostly, it's just nice to see Sierra Nevada releasing a new beer that isn't just another pale ale of IPA.

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Photo of bigbelcher
4.42/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

What a delightful surprise, a deep dark rich porter, with a nice high alcohol burn. Not much smoke in the aroma but it is definently there on the back end. Pours an opaque black color with a nice tan head. Good lacing on the glass. Malty rich with a good hop balance. A lot of smoked beers are hard to drink more than one but I could easily drink down a couple of these.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
4.26/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a rich opaque sable with a fine-bubbled light tan head. Rich aroma is smoky and has an undertone of fine roast coffee. Mouth-filling flavor is smoky and has a strong coffee undertone, as well as hints of toffee and licorice. Texture is pleasingly smooth and lively, leaving a roast coffee finish.

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Photo of NJpadreFan
4.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sierra Nevada- Imp. Smoked Porter

A- Deep dark brown with a good thick tight bubbled tan head.
S- Smokey oak, ash, BBQ sauce, and cocoa.
T- Thick sweet, slightly tangy, BBQ sauce with a nice creamy chocolate and burnt marshmellow vanilla flavor.
M- Thick with a smokey creamy feel. Slight dry bitter dark chocolate end.

Overall- Very smooth, very creamy, and quite smoky! Hides the alc. well. Worthy of a second and third pint!

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler from Big Z. Pours black with a small chocolate colored head. Aroma of light smoke, smoked meats, rich roasted malt, and some bitter chocolate and toffee. Flavor is sweet smoked meats with roasted malt in the background. Slightly sweet, but very rich too. Nice bodied. Ok, it's not my favorite smoked, but it's pretty damn good.
8/4/8/4/16 (4.0/5)

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Photo of Deuane
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Deep, dark brownish black with a fluffy, medium tan head that held on strong and left nice lace.

S-Light hickory smoke, dark chocolate, lighter coffee notes and ends with a bit of oak astringency. All of this present but light.

T-Much of the same in the taste profile as in the aroma. Noyes of light smoke, bitter dark chocolate, espresso and a bit of oak. Some sweetness creeps in towards the end with an oak/spicy bitterness finishing things off.

M-Medium body with light but long lasting flavours.

D-A well done smoked beer will always score high with me. This one is no exception. Nice, light smokiness combined with plenty of flavours that goes down oh so easy. Nicely done brew by SN that shows they can domore than just make hoppy beers!

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Photo of Gmann
3.86/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Out of a growler which was poured today. Pours the darkest of dark browns with a semi-tight tan colored head that left some sick lacing on the glass. The aroma is quite disappointing, only really pick up some milk stout aromas. A nice rich roasted malt flavor with some smoked peat and wet bark. Not nearly as smokey as the Stone Smoked Porter (on tap) but has a nice balance. From the side to side to SN's regular porter, the ISP is clearly darker and much thicker, less sweet and has the obvious smoke flavor. The feel is thick and very chewy, soft carbonation leads to a silky feel. Very nice porter, quite thick. I would like to see more of a smokey flavor.

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

4oz sample on tap at a SN tasting.

L - black color with a short beige head.

S - roasted coffee beans and cocoa aroma.

T - roasty taste, esspresso coffee taste on the finish.

F - medium bodied and smooth.

D - I enjoyed this sample but held back on buying a growler of it.

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Photo of glid02
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this at the Brick Store in Atlanta.

Pours a clear dark brown color with a two-finger light brown head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of roasted malts with smoky undertones. Every now and then I'll get whiffs of chocolate.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Big hits of roasted malts with a smokiness that comes out midway through the sip. Unsweetened chocolate comes out a bit in the bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. I like the thickness and the carbonation, but it's slightly astringent due to all of the roasted malts.

Drinkability is good. I had no problem downing 20 oz. of this, but I think one is enough.

Overall this was a good representation of a smoked porter. The apparent 7.5% ABV was hidden well, but it certainly wasn't a "storter" that I normally associate with Imperial Porters. Still, if you're a fan of smoky beers be sure to give this one a shot.

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Photo of jdklks
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

reviewed from notes from a beer festival (wasn't expecting this one! pleasant surprise of the night)

this beer gets all 4s. "good", but not great. 7.5 abv is what the stat sheet in front of the tap said.

it pours a see-through brown-black with a brown-tan head.

smells of smoke, malt. a wood mixed with coffee smell.

tastes just like it smells, except there is perhaps some chocolate.

it is medium bodied (in relation to the porter/stout category). not really an "imperial" but more like an "extra" porter.

it drinks well, but not too well. could have a few of them, but wouldn't want to overdue the smoky sweetness. not as good as the alaskan smoked porter, about the same or maybe a little better than the stone smoked porter.

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Photo of flexabull
4.13/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I'm not sure how limited this one is, it was new to me at the brewery the other night though.

The bartender said this was 7.5% ABV, I would have never guessed, this went down super easy.

Pours a deep dark brown color with a big rocky tan head.

Aromas were on the lighter side, but still pleasant. Light smoke, oak, cocoa, and light coffee.

Taste is similar to the smells. Light smoke, some wood, oak, and nice porter flavors of bitter bakers chocolate and light espresso coffee. Finish is a little sweet, smokey, and with a hint of hop bitterness. A little lighter flavors for a big porter, but with quite tasty flavors.

Mouthfeel is good, nice full flavors, with well done carbonation.

Drinkability is quite high. This was a very nice smoked porter, not too heavy or overpowering. Just a tasty big porter that went down super easy.

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Imperial Smoked Porter from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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