Exportation | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
California, United States

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.30%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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None provided.

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

User Reviews & Ratings
Reviews: 18 | Ratings: 37
Photo of Thorpe429
3.06/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Churchkey. Served in a mini snifter. Pours dark brown with a nice tan head and a bit of lacing. The nose has roast underlying some vinous notes and a light lactic acidity. Some cherry and light dark fruits. Flavor is roasty with a moderate lactic sourness. Red wine underneath as well as some oak. Medium body. Dry, sour finish. Interesting and good, but without the complexity of many Russian River sours. This probably could have used some more time in the barrel.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.63/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beer on draft at Churchkey served in a tulip. Beer is brown and hazy with a wispy tan head of small bubbles, low retention, no lacing, low carbonation, looks fine.

Aroma is a little flanders, a little malty too.

Beer is light in body and sweet on the finish. Mildly tart, minimal lactic character, an OK sour for the light hearted but this beer could be so much more.

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Photo of joefuzz
3.72/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2011 vintage On tap with brunch at local 44 during PBW

Pours deep chesnut brown with a small tan head. Smells like a soured dark fruit porter lots of plum and raisin slightly grape scent. Taste is not as sour as the nose let's on way more mellow but the same kind of fruit sence is still there with a very mellow vanilla spiced finish. Mouthfeel is pretty watery with lighter than usual carbonation. Overall pretty good one off not sure if being a year old dulled the flavor at all but I would have liked to try this one fresh.

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Photo of haazer
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Resurrection Ale House for PBW.

A - A very dark brown brew, no transparency. There is however evident carbonation with several lines of bubbles rising up the glass. Head is a light mocha brown color, leaves lots of lacing on the glass.

S - Malty, subtle chocolate and some oaky character. There's a bit of funkiness to this, and also some very subdued tart notes. Inhaling deeper I also get some dark fruits.

T - Tart coffee? It starts out with a mild coffee roast, and then transitions immediately to a tart Pinot flavor. The base beer does come back at the end with some creamy chocolate and toasty malts. It could just be the Red Poppy remnants on my taste buds but this is fairly tart throughout.

M - Medium bodied brew with high levels of carbonation. Very smooth creamy character at first, with a dry finish.

O - This was interesting, I'd say a weaker version of Jolly Pumpkin's sour imp stout, but still good. Easy drinking too.

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Photo of garuda
3.95/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Deep ruby, lighter highlights around the edges, khaki head that has little retention and lacing.

S/T - Very pinot like up front with a nice roast character coming through the finish, especially as it warms. Has that great Russian River sourness and oak.

M - Light body, lively carbonation, maybe a little thin considering the base beer was a porter, but it doesn't take anything away from the beer for me.

O - I never had the base beer, but I enjoyed this quite well, with the roasty, vinous, sour flavors. I'd get it again if I saw it.

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Photo of John_M
3.8/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Teresa's next door as part of Philly Beer Week. As part of last night's special, tulip glasses of this beer were going for just $2 a pop.

The beer pours a murky dark brown color with good head retention and considerable lacing. I had not realized this was a wild ale (sour beer) when I ordered it, but that quickly became apparent once I took my first sniff. The nose displayed considerable vinegar and light sour funk, along with some underlying apple, cherry and light vanilla. The flavor profile replicates the nose, but the sour component really seemed to drown out everything else. It gave the beer sort of muddled flavor profile, as I mostly got sourness on the palate, but with some light apple and cherry underlying the sour component. There was also some tannic bitterness in the finish, which tended to dry out some of the sourness. Mouthfeel was medium bodied at most, with a fairly long, sour, tannic finish. Drinkability was OK, with the alcohol pretty much unnoticeable (though you can tell the alcohol is not all that high in this beer).

While I thought this beer was OK, it was really nothing special, making it something of a chore to get through. Nothing wrong with it, but this just isn't my cup of tea. This is not a beer I would order again (not that I ever expect to have the chance anyway).

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Photo of ColForbinBC
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at a recent Pliny the Younger event

Pours a dark brown color with minimal brown head. No lacing. It's fairly obvious this has been aging in the cellar for a while. At this stage, the aroma is primarily of white wine with underlying roasted malt and caramel. The sour/tart qualities have taken hold of this beer and in the same time, many of the other notes I read about in the reviews have subsided considerably. The flavor is of roast and sweet caramel with a large overhang of green apple skins, white grapes and dryness from the oak. The feel was a little thin for a porter base, but it worked well with the funkiness that was infused. Medium body with a dry, tart finish. This is an interesting collaboration and I would have loved to try this fresh. A sour, light bodied porter.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.58/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Nigh of the Funk.

a - Pours a dark brown color with one inch of off white head and low carbonation evident. Looks like a porter.

s - Smells of lactic notes, roasted malts, and lightly sour fruits. Some sweet dark fruity malts as well.

t - Tastes of roasted malts and light sour/lactic notes again.

m - Medium body and low to moderate carbonation.

o - Overall an interesting beer. Not as good as I was hoping for, but the roasted notes of a porter are there with the lactic and sour notes of a sour. Would try again but not one of the standouts of the fest.

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Photo of NittanyBeerFan
3.23/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap at Teresa's Next Door, poured into a 10oz tulip.

The body is very porter-like, no surprise here, capped by a fluffy and creamy inch of light milk chocolate head. The body is very deep black, though the sides and bottom of the glass betray a lighter body, as light brownish amber hues shine through.

Not too much of the base porter remains here. I pick up the signature RR notes of lacto and pedio, along with some tart cherries, berries, and fruits. The flavor is more of the same, as the porter fades into oblivion behind the sour barrel notes. There are some vinous characteristics here, along with the sour cherries and hints of darker fruits and berries.

Thin, but creamy, easy to drink for sure, but not sure that I would go back to this one if I saw it one again. Decidedly average as a finished product...the base Exporter just did not lend itself to being a great beer to barrel age and sour. Vinnie does what he can here, but this base beer is meant to be a porter and a porter only, despite the heroic souring effort.

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Photo of brentk56
4.47/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Teresa's

Appearance: Arrives with a burnt sugar colored liquid that is capped by an inch or so of foam; not much lacing at all

Smell: Complex aromatics, with both wine and olde porter elements; caramel, dark fruit, wine grape barrel and wild yeast sourness

Taste: Caramel and dark fruit, up front, with a growing sense of the barrel (and a vinous one at that); by mid-palate, the sour elements add another layer and it all comes together in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Had I not had the New Glarus Olde English Porter, I would not have understood this beer but I think this is really interesting and complex; there are the sour porter elements, for sure, but the vinous, wine barrel flavors take it to another level

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Photo of jneiswender
2.54/5  rDev -31%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Served on tap at the Belgian Beer Festival in Boston. Drunk out of a two ounce tasting glass.

A. Dark brown body. Tan head

S. Cider...candy

T.cider.fruit stone

M. Medium

D. Stout? I get the wild ale part but not the stout. Where is the grain presence?

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Photo of bigfnjoe
4.42/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap at the Drafting Room

A- pours black with a quick fading, one finger brown head. The lacing is pretty nice

S- aroma is interesting, as I'm getting a lot of roasted malt as well as a decent bit of Brett too

T- tastes of a very mild strain of Brett, with hints of light grapes and apples. Hardly any roast whatsoever

M- the body is more along the lines of a wild as opposed to a porter....interesting

O- I love this beer. Very drinkable, the tartness isn't overblown. Excellent

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Photo of corby112
3.1/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Draft at London.

Pours a very dark brown color that's completely opaque with dark golden mahogany edges and a one finger off white head that immediately fades into a thin lasting ring.

Sweet vinous aroma with subtle earthy funk, dry brett and subtle acetic vinegar.  Strong barrel presence with lots of oak and red wine character.  Slight vanilla with lots of red grape, dark cherry and other berries.  Faint malt presence.

Sweet and slightly tart/puckering up front with some light funk.  Sweet vinegar acetic acid is very mild.  Bursting with red wine flavor.  Lots of grape, dark cherry and other dark berries.  Slightly dry with a roasted malt backbone that's more prominent than in nose.  Lots of oak too.  Dry toasted wood and subtle sourness kind of clash with the roasted bitterness.  I admire the effort but this one didn't really suit my tastes.  

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Photo of oline73
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I had this at Monk's in Philadelphia. Poured into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a very dark brown with some light coming through at the edge. A finger of off white fluffy head fades to leave a ring around the edge of the glass.

Smell: Roast and wine with some sour notes as well.

Taste: I thought this beer was confusing. I had never had anything quite like it. Initially roast and dark chocolate were dominant, and then the wine and sour vinegar showed up. At the end it seemed to head back towards the roast and bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium body and smooth carbonation with a dry finish.

Overall: I had a hard time wrapping my head around what they were aiming for. It's funny that I'm rating this beer as average, because there is nothing I would consider normal about it. It didn't work that well for me, but I respect those who put it together for trying something so different. I'm really glad I had the opportunity to try it.

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Photo of BARFLYB
4.2/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had some sips of this during Beer Week and a big ol Troegs pint glass of it at Teresa's Next Door.

Exportation looks Baltic like with a very black appearance looking black like a porter, black like a stout, you call it. A nice cap of lasting bubbles on top dark tan in appearance, minor stickies.

Smell is very vinious and roasty with layers roast, stank coffee, wine scents and some minor bugs. A great mix of the base and the RR treatment. Some rotted dark fruit with warming.

I like this beer and the reason is, it was light to begin with. The lightest bodied/ABV'ed, Baltic Porter I know of. It seemed perfect for a 10 month dirt nap in old RR wine barrels and it worked. Mix of pinot wine and roast with slight coffee grasp. Slighty soured, highly vinious, grapes and other dark fruit.

Feel is slick than sour/tart whatever you want to call it, going into a winey finish. Great barrels. Feel is a step up from light and it's carbed up nicely without being overly crisp and bitey.

Overall, this project was a success, I felt the base was kinda lacking in flavor while maintaining Baltic quality. The body picked up a whole lot in a short time and thats a what imma looking for. Great beer!

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Photo of Blanco
3.95/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at Teresa's Next Door during beer week. looks like your everyday porter. Smell has some of the brett/wild smells that are typical of Russian River beers, and in this case particularly consecration. Taste is less funky however. A little sour with a slight metallic taste. The power character is minimal, though the wild yeasts aren't as potent and it's a bit smoother than most. Slightly vinous character. This beer is a nice "intro" AWA in my opinion. Having had the original Exporter as well, you can really pick up Vinny's stamp all over this one. Not just in the obvious that it's wild, because his beers have their own personality unique to Russian River. Nice collaboration.

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Photo of oglmcdgl
3.97/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at res ale house.

A- comes with a small off white cap that settles quickly and leaves just a faint ring around the glass. Dark brown black in color.

S- funky and tart up front with a subtle dark roasted malts buried underneath. I get a lot of cherry but I'm not sure if this has any in it.

T- sour cherry funky wood with a nice lactic hit, surprisingly fruity. Touches of dark roasted malts giving off some espresso and a hint of cocoa powder.

M- on the lighter side of body and brightly carbed. Light pucker.

O- interesting to say the least and way different then the base beer. I like it better but its certainly different.

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Photo of jethrodium
3.68/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Teresa's. Pours a dark brown with a small tan head that sticks around for a bit. Not much lacing. It certainly looks like a porter. It certainly doesn't smell like a porter though. Light brett funkiness, light cherry, some roasted notes, and a little bit of the red wine come through. Initial taste is a lacto tartness with a little bit of cherry. Some roasted notes from the base beer then come through as well as some of the red wine and oak. The finish has a decent tartness. The brett funk present in the nose doesn't really come through in the nose. Medium-light body. Medium-low carbonation. Pretty good beer overall. Certainly unique. I wouldn't describe it as sour, but a tartness is present throughout.

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Exportation from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.68 out of 5 with 37 ratings