Steam Train Porter
Snoqualmie Falls Brewing Company & Taproom

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Style:
American Porter
Ranked #51
ABV:
5%
Score:
90
Ranked #5,143
Avg:
4.08 | pDev: 9.31%
Reviews:
75
Ratings:
135
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Snoqualmie Falls Brewing Company & Taproom
 
Washington, United States
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Year-round
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SCORE
90
Outstanding
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Reviews by Jason:
Photo of Jason
4.92/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Presentation: 22 oz brown bomber, “unfiltered and unpasteurized, please refrigerate” on the label. No freshness date.

Appearance: Black as night, creamy tiny-bubbled lace holds strong with thin rings that stick at every sip. Visually appealing for a dark beer lover.

Smell: Appetizing chocolaty aroma similar to unsweetened bakers chocolate. You get a mild charred and coffee hint here and there but it mainly stays with chocolate. Mild underlying yeast and sweetness but does not make much of a presence.

Taste: Bordering on silky smooth, creamy mouth feel that supports a sturdy medium body. Rich roasted palate, charred grain flavours throughout. Coco and carob are suggested to the taste buds, mild coffee also but the malt holds off on any great amount of sweetness and slowly drops a bit of it here and there. Hops are in good for helping to balance and the flavour is mostly of faint leafy and earthened tones. Esters are held to a calm minimum and present a faint fruity flavour of black currant. Finishes with a light sweetness.

Notes: A robust porter that is well balanced and does not go over the top yet still brings a lot to the table. Seriously, this porter rocks … all of its attributes roll and work together to form a nearly perfect brew. Cheers to Snoqualmie Falls Brewing Company for putting out such a stellar porter.

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Photo of pianoguy
3.85/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

22 Oz bottle, no bottling info

Pours a completely solid black body with a tan head, no visible carbonation but that's understandable cause it really is a SOLID body. Tan head decent lacing, some retention. The solid body made it pretty attractive !

Malt forward chocolate, some notes of coffee.I'm also getting a scent of yeast along with some hops. Overall scent is not very prominent.

Taste is a nice little balance of the scent. The hops are a little more prominent then detected in the scent.

I'm very perplexed by the feel of this beer. Headed towards silk it took an unexpected detour towards watery. Warmed up or cool, it made no difference.Seemed a little watery...

Value; (does not effect overall score) Less then 5 bucks at Albertson's . Clearance perhaps ?

Well it looked great and tasted pretty good. But the feel was the Achilles heel for me. Freshness issues ? Perhaps, but this is probably one and done for me...

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Photo of Vylo
4.75/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From BeerAdvocate Magazine Volume II, Issue VI:

Nearly pitch black with some ruby highlights. Beautiful frothy tan cappuccino lace clings to the glass very well. Dark chocolate dominates the nose with more of a cocoa powder and baker's chocolate smell, mild burnt prune, light roasted coffee and charcoal note deep within. Smooth, creamy and perhaps a bit slick on the tongue, medium body. Thick roasted grain flavor up front throws charcoal and espresso at the palate. Mild sweetness shows a faint dark fruitiness of dried plum, ghost-like yeast as well. Modest hop bitterness. Hints of brown bread and layers of more chocolate unfold with each sip and as the beer warms. Finishes semisweet but with a long, lingering roasted flavor that never really lets the sweetness come to the top.

A malt bomb of a Porter, lovely that it does not have to rely on hop character to balance, and the level of roast is near perfection. It's certainly a Robust Porter to hunt down.

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Photo of marc77
4.4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A shade shy of pitch black, with trace clear crimson when held to light. Billowy, well retained dark beige head leaves loose, muddled lace. The aroma is dominated by a balanced combination of sharp, burnt, slightly smokey black patent and rounded, mellow chocolate malt. Hint of dark lovibond caramel malt and diacetyl add a pseudo-roasty sweet and lightly buttery depth. Clean, yet enticing aromawise. Molasses laced sweetness upfront in flavor is quickly supplemented by chocolate and subtle buttery malt. Mild prune like fruity undertone runs parallel with a agreeable carbonaceous black patent presence. Pleasant breadiness surfaces late along with raisiny, uncontested malt sweetness due to the judicious hop bitterness. Medium bodied, and lightly dextrinous in mouthfeel, aiding in quaffability. Finishes sweet, with a lingering impression of dark chocolate syrup on well toasted bread. Steam Train is a highly enjoyable, relatively balanced, chocolate driven porter that retains an elegant lightness on the palate. Perhaps a touch shy in hop bitterness. Outstanding drinkability.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.65/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at The Fisherman's Restaurant & Bar Seattle, Wa. Pours with one-finger light tan head that goes quickly leaving a little lace. Black color. Roasted coffee nose. Light carbonation and medium bodied. Starts with a roasted /burnt coffee flavor, same finish. $4.50 for a 16oz glass.

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Photo of Bighuge
4.22/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer is a dark chestnut color. Almost black. A thin shit-brown colored head dissipates into a thick collaring rather quickly. Black malt, coffee bean, mocha and dark fruit tones come into the equation on the nose. The low carbonation and silky smooth mouthfeel lead to high drinkability. (The nice taste doesn't hurt either.) The taste is a little less complex than the nose. That doesn't occur often, but it does for me here. The taste is composed of bittersweet chocolate and mocha java. There is a very quaint sour apple presence that would be out of place if it were any more pronounced. A high quality porter. My first experience with Snoqualmie is a positive one.

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Photo of cokes
4.57/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Black bodied brew, with ruby-orange edges. Creamed tan head fades slowly to a lacing.
Strong roasted aromas. Expresso, dark chocolate, ash, and charcoal. Carmel appears as it warms. Piney hops are far off in the distance and only occasionally recognized.
Starts immensely roasted, burnt and bitter (charred bitter, not hoppy bitter). Charred earth, strong expresso, char-grilled, ashy smokiness. Nice, but a bit oppressive. As it warms, sweetness begins to materialize. Carmel, vanilla and dried berry hues enter the fray. It all stays encapsulated in the roastedness. The piney hops are a pinprick at the finale.
This just gets better with each sip.
Just shy of medium bodied. Very little carbonation makes this slide down the throat.
A top notch porter. Thanks, jreitman

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Photo of jreitman
4.42/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beer is a mahogany color and only slightly transparent. Burnt mocha flavors throughout with some caramel in the finish. After trying the beer, we were quite intrigued and kept trying to identify the different flavors. There is a lot going on here, but it all boils down to the various variations on the dominant roasted/burnt flavor. Percieved bitterness was surprisingly (and pleasantly) low.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

The body is an opaque black in color with no easily found highlights, but if you search you may find some clear crimson glints along the rim of the glass. But despite its intense color, the creamy deep tan head receeds to just a collar and a thin surface covering, although it does leave some interesting lace. The aroma is tantalizing with swirling notes of rich dark chocolate, fruitiness, and a dull roastiness that's not unlike spent espresso grounds. Its light body doesn't hold back any flavor, being rich with bittersweet chocolate, a berry-like fruitiness, burnt malt roastiness, and powdered cocoa that's backed by a firm bitterness. It finishes dry with a sweet cocoa-ish note, and some very light grassy & piney hop flavor and resonating roastiness in the aftertaste. This smooth, drinkable beer has alot of character to offer, but it needs to be served at cellar temperature to open up its full range of flavors.

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Photo of Gusler
3.96/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The pour a jet-black color with the head planetary in size, creamy in consistency, as it desiccates the lace left behind a thick sticky sheet to seal off the glass. Toasted grains, coffee, somewhat sweet and not a bad nose for a porter, the start mostly malt, the top rather thin. Finish has a mild acidity, the hops perky in their spiciness, very dry and long lasting aftertaste, overall a fair to middling porter.

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Photo of rebel1771
4.46/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Near black with a leather colored head that fades quickly.

S: Roasted coffee, pumpernickle, and chocolate dominate here.

T: Roasted coffee starts out and fades to chocolate flavors in the middle. Earthy burnt grain aftertaste.

This is one excellent brew, so damn smooth and creamy you'd think you were drinking a porter milkshake.

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Photo of Globetrotter
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a case of this at the brewery back in August 2007 and have been enjoying it gradually ever since. The bottle is as depicted, as the brewery only sells these in 22 oz bottles. No ingredient or freshness information on my bottles, but I'd say that bottle #12 tasted better than bottle #1.

Poured a dark - so dark that I can't tell if it is clear of cloudy - brown under a one finger dark beige head that fades very slowly to film and collar. The nose is full of caramel candy, backed by a bit of spice. The mouth is quite heavy and very prickly. The taste starts as a nice blend of roasted nuts, sweet caramel and spicey bitter. The bitter morphs and strengthens to espresso as it warms. The caramel, however, never fades, leaving a good mix throughout. Nicely balanced and assertive, but not overwhelming. Well done.

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Photo of Gavage
4.43/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: deep dark brown in color with a fluffy 2" tan colored head. Thick lacing paints the glass.

Smell: huge chocolate aroma that is extremely pleasant on the nose.

Taste: the big chocolate flavors follows what the nose picked up along with a mild roasted malt flavor, prune sweetness, and a nice bitterness.

Mouthfeel: smooth from start to finish. Aftertaste is relatively short. Medium bodied beer, but a bit thicker than a typical porter.

Drinkability: super sessionable beer here. Great flavors and one could drink this all day long.

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Photo of Boto
3.58/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a fairly dark brown. Aroma is a bit thin for this style. Some roastiness and chocolate to the nose. Similar tastes, although a little thin in the body for the style. Still, it went with the crabcakes a whole lot better than a fizzy yellow one would! A pretty decent brew.

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Photo of beertaster13
4.68/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Top notch all the way. Pours a crude oil black, hints of ruby shine through, the tan head is inviting and beautiful to look at. The smell is strong of coffee, detected mollases and caramel. Chocolate roasted malts are incredibly detected. The taste comes together for a perfect balance, the taste is strong of coffee and chocolate flavor but the slight hop counterbalances to make a perfect blend. Full bodied for most porters but damn good, will invite you for many more, dangerously great.

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Photo of woemad
3.98/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber purchased at the Foothills Yoke's in Spokane for $3.59. Was very surprised to discover I had never reviewed it.

I put this into a UK-style widemouth pintglass. Poured a very dark brown - almost black - with a big, thick, creamy looking mocha colored head that hung around for some time. Sheets of lace were left behind that very slowly inched their way back to the beer.

The nose wasn't as roasty as I had expected, but was still pleasing, with dark chocolate, mollasses and raisins present.

The taste started off with a brown-sugary sweetness that is joined right away by a raisiny dark fruit bitterness that balances the sweetness. There's a slight acidity to this, along with a vague, velvety dark chocolate flavor that hovers in the background. There's a mild dry note at the finish.

The weak point of this beer is the body. It seems just a little too thin for the style. Mouthfeel is slightly oily.

A pretty decent porter, though the acidity might not pair too well with something really sweet. It went fine with scrambled eggs and toast, however.

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Photo of RoyalT
3.38/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance – This beer is black as night with a huge, volcanic head that literally covered the inside of my glass. Awesome!

Smell – Deep, rich coffee aroma with mild chocolate scents. The heavily toasted malt smell came out as well in this nose.

Taste – This one was too light and off-style for my tastes. The toasty flavors were there, but everything was a little too light. The coffee came out in the taste, but it felt cheap. The chocolate made a brief appearance, but most of the other flavors hinted in the bouquet were absent. There was absolutely no sweetness to this as well, which was disappointing.

Mouthfeel – There was a little carbonation which rubbed me the wrong way. This should be flat, smooth, and chewy, yet I got a fizz, light body, and watery.

Drinkability – It was a disheartening taste to say the least. I enjoy this line of brews (Snoqualmie is just a hop, skip, and a jump from where I live), but malt-oriented ales seem to be beyond the reach of this brewery.

Comments – This rating is all over the board I know, but it reflects my experience with the tasting.

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Photo of beerceller99
4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bottle pours a black color with a fleeting brown head. Strong smell of roasted nuts and malts. Rich, hearty taste is of dark roasted malts with an ever so subtle sweet bread flavor. Silky smooth mouthfeel. Finishes with a roasted grain taste in the throat.

My ex's attorney is a co-founder of this brewery, but I won't hold it against him... An excellent brew. ; )

ps... what up big A ? ? ! !

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Photo of NJpadreFan
3.88/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Snoqualmie- Steam Train Porter

Thanks to thethrone(Adam) for this!

A- Deep chestnut brown almost black with a good 2 finger thick fine bubbly head. Good lacing on the top half of the glass.
S- Light powdery cocoa with smooth creamy vanilla cream and coffee.
T- Smooth light creamy vanilla in a good moderately heavy dose of light sweet chocolate and light roasted coffee bean.
M- Smooth and creamy. Finishes off with a good slightly dry chocolate bite.

Overall- Very smooth and very flavorful. Good chocolate/ coffee blend doesn't fade or fizzle.
(Thanks Adam!)

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.95/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Mahogany with relatively generous red, orange and gold accents. Even with backlighting, however, the beer is opaque. The dark honey colored head is slim and trim, reaching no more than one finger on the initial pour. The foam gets points for being creamy and for leading to a pretty respectable array of lace.

The nose is solid for an American porter. The label calls the beer a 'Robust Style Porter'. That's hard to figure with an ABV of 5.3%, but I suppose it could be robustly flavored. Each sniff results in mid-range roasted malt, chocolate and java.

We're still chugging on down the 'good' tracks. There's no way that Steam Train is robust, not with a mouthfeel like this. Still, though, it's good beer that should continue to blossom as it gains a few degrees. The balance between sweet malt and bitter hops is right where it needs to be. That is, favoring the former while respecting the latter.

More malt would've deepened the flavor and would have allowed the mouth and tongue to be happier longer. In no particular order: roasted barley, bittersweet chocolate, black coffee, dark caramel and citrus. The finish is surprisingly dry without being dessicating. Although this isn't a stunner, it isn't the least bit disappointing.

It's possible that this batch had issues. I say that because, yet again, no one in his right mind would use the word robust when describing STP. In fact, the mouthfeel may even be slightly lighter than the style average. The bubbles were lightly buzzy early and have settled down late.

Steam Train Porter is my least favorite Snoqualmie beer so far, but then Wildcat IPA and Copperhead APA are both fantastically delicious. This is still a pretty good example of the style that deserves much wider distribution. All aboard!

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Photo of fretlessman71
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pertinent Preliminary Comments: Many thanks to BrewDog for providing this one. Have heard rumblings in the past about this brewery, and all of them good.

APPEARANCE: Jet black – may be the blackest porter I’ve seen yet. Just a tiny bit of root beer brown at the edges. Tan head fades rather quickly; almost no lace.

AROMA: Dark fruit at first, then chocolate and coffee surge to the forefront. Very light hops in the nose.

FLAVOR: Yep – it’s robust, all right. Nice roasty character jumps right out at you, heavier on the black malt than the chocolate, but not much. Chewy chocolate, espresso, and charcoal come through. A bit acidic in the finish, but clean nonetheless. Well balanced.

MOUTHFEEL: Light to medium bodied, medium carbonation.

DRINKABILITY: Sure went down fast! And at 5.3%ABV, one could have a few in a sitting and still be able to stand up afterwards.

OVERALL COMMENTS: A good solid porter, designed for easy drinking, with just enough going on to keep things interesting for the palate.

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Photo of RedDiamond
4.02/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Snoqualmie is an historic train town and while the glory days of logging trains have faded, an enduring passenger line still runs to town as a popular tourist attraction. The old trains now line the tracks on the outskirts of town and are preserved as part of the local train museum. Steam Train Porter is named for these historic machines and reminds us that this beer style originated as the pint of choice among London cargo porters.

Steam Train emits a strong malted aroma of mixed chocolates with an equally strong flavor that moves through dry, roasted graininess before finishing with a long smoky tail. Impenetrably black. Very satisfying.

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Photo of loren01
3.69/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this on tap at an Irish Pub in Seattle, can't remember the name of it
A: Pours a translucent brown color, slight head, and lacing. Looks a little wattery/thin for a porter
S: Sweet malt smell, slight hop scent as well
T: Nutty, sweet, mild coffee flavor as well
M: Smooth, creamy and easy to drink
D: Apperance made me think it was more of a nut brown ale, because it didn't look like any porter I'd ever had before. Damn good beer though, would have this again.

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Photo of brentk56
3.67/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Looks like a stout, with a dark brown color and a huge tan head; problem is, there are all sorts of chunks in the head, making me have to use my teeth as a sieve to slip the liquid through

Smell: Rich roasted, almost burnt chocolate and coffee notes

Taste: Black bread, up front, followed by the bitter chocolate and coffee flavors; develops an almost acrid charred aspect by mid-palate; after the swallow, the more mellow notes prevail, fortunately

Mouthfeel: Just about the thickest beer I have ever tasted; seems like there are some carbonation problems, too

Drinkability: Must have been an off batch, as there are some very nice elements to this beer and other reviewers have not picked up the same issues as I did

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Steam Train Porter from Snoqualmie Falls Brewing Company & Taproom
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 135 ratings