Steam Train Porter | Snoqualmie Falls Brewing Company & Taproom

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Steam Train PorterSteam Train Porter

Brewed by:
Snoqualmie Falls Brewing Company & Taproom
Washington, United States

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 04-22-2002

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Photo of Beerzebub
4.45/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle served in a big wine glass at 59 F/ 15 C.

Opaque black, thick tan head, sticky mottled rings of lace.

Rich smell of coffee and dark chocolate, molasses, some fruit like black cherry, and a bit of yeasty dough.

Smooth taste of espresso, dark chocolate, bitter cocoa powder, molasses, black cherry, a bit of yeasty dough, and mild earthy and herbal hop flavor. Mild hop bitterness develops. Just a touch of sweetness, well balanced. Chocolate and coffee linger for a long, dry, mildly bitter finish.

Finely carbonated, smooth texture with a touch of oiliness. Smooth, very drinkable.

Great beer, very tasty.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.43/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Gotta give love to DHGranstrand for the hookup on this bottle. Pours extremely dark black with about a half inch tan head that falls to nothing fairly quickly. Nose is real nice roasted malts with a chocolate and coffee edge. Flavor is very, very good. Smooth robust quality to it. Definite coffee roasted tone and a side of molasses on there as well. Smooth and a lasting flavor profile. Feel is good. Noticeable carbonation with a smooth liquid feel. This is a very good porter. Easily this can stand up against basically any in its class, though not the extreme versions of the style as this is more of a mature and well thought out production. Beautiful. DH informed me this is $4 a bottle? Come on now. That's a steal and bordering on obscene for what you're getting in return.

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Photo of DHGranstrand
4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured very dark brown with nice foamy head. Left a nice lace behind and lace continues till the end.

Aroma of coffee, burnt chocolate and licorice.

Great mouthfeel, not to thick but plenty of body.

Excellent taste of burnt chocolate, strong coffee and licorice! Very nice, especially considering the price. Great value!

I'm definitely picking up some more of this.

Great semi-local brew as I live in Yakima, WA. Hop capital of the world!!

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Photo of IgotsHops
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Wow. This was a gorgeous color. Almost completely black, but when I held it next to a candle flame, rich ruby and crimson clearly peaked through. It looked like a heavy cola or dark drip coffee. The pour was not done well, and there was virtually no head, which I would have loved to see. I blame this on the serving, not the brew.

Smell: This was probably the most enjoyable part of the beer. Strong esspresso, dark coffee, with a little bit of old tabacco and milk chocolate. Maybe fleeting rye as well.

Taste: Strong coffee and espresso right off the bat. Then a little of that tobacco flavor. Instead of tasting the milk chocolate, there was a distinctive dark chocolate/cocoa flavor that sat on the palate after the coffee made it's mark. Black strap molasses was in the background as well.

Mouthfeel: A little watery for the taste. I would have liked a little more cream and a coating of the mouth. But the mouthfeel did lead to a more drinkable brew.

Drinkability: I barely made it through a scooner (about a 12 oz glass), but it was good going down. Definitely a wintertime warmer. Good with heavy meals like steak or a burger. I had it with Three Cheese Ravioli and Marinara Sauce. Not too great.

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Photo of Globetrotter
4.1/5  rDev +1%
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 dnichols
3.51/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I shared a 22 ounce bottle with my beer buddy imacoug on his birthday.

A: It poured a deep black body with a monster head that was a deep mass of sticky dark brown. The head receded to a cover over the liquid and supported a nice rich lacing.

S: It produced an aroma filled with roasted malts with hints of coco and light coffee.

T: The flavors were thin compared to deep dark blackness of the body and the toasty aromas. The roasted malts dominated the flavors and they were good but there were only hints of the coffee and chocolate I expected to taste. There was a subdued sweetness to the malts that never reached a critical mass.

M: Light to moderate body with a thin and watery profile. It left a fairly clean palate with only a slight lingering sourness.

D: It is an easy brew to drink. Nothing offensive but nothing distinctive either. I could drink it all night but doubt I would if other alternatives were available.

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Photo of flexabull
4.42/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle courtesy of acertain, ( thanks again!

Beer pours a deep dark black, with a small off white head.

Aromas are nice. Dark chocolates, brewed coffee, and sweet roasted malts.

Taste is very dark malt dominated. Sweet, chocolate flavored, dark roasted malts, and a nice creaminess on the finish. There is a touch of hop bitterness, and a nice very subtle alcohol bite as well. This is a great porter, lots of flavor, and not at all heavy or overwhelming.

Mouthfeel is good. Very smooth, and with a nice feel to it.

Drinkability is very good. Excellent porter, one of the best I have had.

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Photo of zeff80
3.78/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a jet balck color with a fluffy, light brown, three-finger head. It left some lace.

S - It smelled of chocolate and sweet roasted malt.

T - It tasted sweet and chocolatey. There were also hints of caramel and toffee.

M - It was soft, creamy and smooth. A medium-bodied beer.

D - Not a bad porter. It was nice and sweet.

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Photo of woemad
3.98/5  rDev -2%
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 RedDiamond
4.02/5  rDev -1%
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 jletts
4.47/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Columbia City Alehouse in Seattle. Beautiful in the glass. Appeared dark brownish-black, reminiscent of used motor oil (this is a GOOD thing!). A yellowish, clingy head faded quickly. Lacing is prevalent.

The smell of this brew was powerful. It assaults your nose from a distance...not like those brews you have to stick your nose way down to get a hint of the subtelties of aroma, this one wakes you up like a freshly brewed pot of christmas blend coffee. I could literally smell it from two feet away. Bitter dark chocolate, powdered cocoa, and coffee fills the nostrils from afar. Some toffee and buttery brown sugar...sweet bitter goodness. The best aspect of this beer by far and the best smelling brew I can remember in a long time.

The taste was dominated by coffee, bitter cocoa and ashy peat with sour cherry notes. Weak dark chocolate fades fast into a distant taste of cocoa, coffee and spring water.

Mouthfeel was not what I expected from the smell. It was smooth, low carbonation, and a little watery.

Drinkability is excellent. More please!!

Notes: Does Snoqualmie make a bad brew? I can't seem to find one. Good stuff! Props to my home-town brewery!!!

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Photo of RJLarse
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I stopped at the Snoqualmie Brewery while on a business trip last week, and bought a bomber of Steam Train Porter to bring home. I poured this beer in to a pint tumber.

Pours a coal black color and is opaque. A bubbly camel brown two-finger head forms, and dissipates to a creamy thick film on the surface of the beer. The dissipated head is two-tone in color, both a light beige and a darker tan color.

The smell is fairly strong, with dark roasted malts, and some spices. Chickory maybe.

The taste if quite complex. There are some sweet chocolate malt flavors, with some zesty spices, pepper perhaps, and then very mild hop finish. Quite a taste sensation.

Mouthfeel is incredibly smooth, rich, full-bodied and buttery. Outstanding.

This is a very drinkable porter. It's not overboard on the bitterness, and has a very interesting combination of flavors. It's a fine porter, perfect for a gray winter day. I'll have this again.

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Photo of loren01
3.69/5  rDev -9.1%
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 TheBungyo
4.35/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One thing there doesn't seem to be an abundance of are good porters and stouts in the northwest. I had high hopes for this one since I've enjoyed some really fantastic brews from Snoqualmie before. Things started off the right way ... the body poured a charcoal black which topped off with a dense half inch of latte colored head.

Nose is cocoa and coffee. I'm trying my best to get more but that's really all I smell. In spite of that, it does smell pretty damn good. The best way to describe the taste would be not choclate covered coffee beans but coffee beans covered in bitter unsweetened baking chocolate. There's also a touch of caramel and a caress citrus hops. This is extremely tasty.

Mouth is medium with the carbonation not so in your face. I could see buying this to stave off a porter craving. A really well done beer by a brewery that is incredibly underrated.

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Photo of Derek
4.12/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Steam Train "Robust Style Porter". This has a well-rounded malt profile... not simply pale ale with a little black-patent for colour.

I'd be inclined to label this as an English Porter (more specifically a pre-industrial, robust porter).

A: Black with a big tan head, a little retention, hints of lace.

S: Chocolate, brown sugar, floral (slightly soapy) hops. A little leathery acidity... makes me wonder if this is a "three threads" sort of thing, where they've blended in a Brett-infused portion & then pasteurized?

T: Dark chocolate with a pleasant bittersweet balance. Brown sugar/molases, nut, biscuit and a little fruity ester flavour. Slightly sharp acidity ('stale' flavour), yet overall it's fairly smooth. Some roasted bitterness in the aftertaste (teasing the line between a porter and a stout). This bomber seems to get better as it warms... pushing a 4.5!

M: Good body (fairly full); slightly dry, despite the fullness; a little chalky & acidic; moderate carbonation.

D: Fairly good.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.65/5  rDev -10.1%
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 ReebShorts
4.75/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pitch black, 2 finger brown head, tight bubbles, looks inviting.

Aroma of un-sweetened chocoloate, mild coffee, and dark cherry.

Ahh, this is delighgtful indeed. Not overly-complex. Very Smooth, creamy mouthfeel. Falavor balanced nicely, not too sweet, slightly bitter even, and a nice mild hop finish to balance everything. Exceptional Porter.

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Photo of murrayswine
3.72/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Shared to me by Battlekow.
Pours like aguiness, only thinner, so I'll call it burnt brown/black.
The head is decent, and basic.
the smell is awesome, rich with sweeter malts and a little coffee bitterness, slight toffee. Finishes as raisins.
The taste is a little limp and the mouthfeel is non existant, so I will let it warm up.
Okay it's warmer, and the taste is a little more forward. It nutty as hell. Limp, and a little underwhelming.

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Photo of czechsaaz
3.44/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

smell is roasty at first but there's a vinuous character that's kind of off putting. Very low but perceptable aroma hops.

Deep brown with a nice thick lasting tan head.

It seem very high IBU and comes off at first as quite bitter. It does show some sweet malt flavors too and some pit fruit. All the roast character comes across in the aftertaste. There's a lingering coffee and smokey aftertaste.

Nice full body and pretty creamy from the subtle carbonation.

Solid beer. I'd like a little more roast flavor to come through but I'd recommend it to porter fans.

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Photo of DogFood11
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another northwest brew I picked up over super bowl weekend. Big rocky brown head that has blanket lacing on top of a pitch black thick body. Mild carbonation.

Deep rich dark chocolate, toasted malt, Hop presence although mild is cutting. Some bitterness. Pretty dry mouthfeel but not annoying at all.

at a solid 5.3% this is not only a very interesting and tasty brew but it remains in the borderline session area. Easy drinking. Good price. A beer I will by in bulk when available in my area.

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Photo of Tupperwolf
3.4/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours out a nice, thick dark brown with a gennerous bit of fluffy tan head that lingers longer than is really necessary, and leaves some small curls of frothy lacing.

Nice roasty scents blossom as this warms up - coffee, slight nutty breadiness, alcohol, and a slight green vegetable.

Similarly roasted coffee flavors, rounded out by alcohol, caramel and a very slight bit of smoke.

Smooth, full and classic porter mouthfeel - slightly spicy from alcohol and hops, but mouthfilling without being too heavy.

Pretty tasty porter, actually. I've heard this brewery recommended a couple of times and have a few of their beers to review.

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Photo of fretlessman71
4/5  rDev -1.5%
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 beerceller99
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
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 beertaster13
4.68/5  rDev +15.3%
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 RoyalT
3.38/5  rDev -16.7%
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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Steam Train Porter from Snoqualmie Falls Brewing Company & Taproom
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