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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 04-22-2002

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Photo of flagmantho
4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from 22 oz bomber into a pint glass. My bottle says 5.0% ABV.

Appearance: black, with a dark, thick head which dissipated slowly leaving nice lace.

Smell: nice aroma with a fair bit of chocolate.

Taste: rich roasted malts with, again, a nice chocolate flavor. The bitterness comes on nicely at the end, though there is not much hop flavor.

Mouthfeel: medium mouthfeel with a good level of carbonation.

Drinkability: it is relatively light-bodied for a beer this dark, and that helps drinkability a lot. The flavor is good but not overpowering. I think it would make a durn good session porter.

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Photo of MisterClean
4.77/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Shared at a home brew club meeting.

A - Pours a dark brown with a 2 fingered mocha head, which dissipated moderately slow and left very nice lacing.

S - Chocolate, medium coffee, and flowery hops.

T - Chocolate and medium coffee. Hop flavor just barely there to bitter the beer.

M - Full-bodied, well-balance, and complimented by a dry finish.

D - I would have finished the 22 if I could. Fantastic porter!

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Photo of brentk56
3.67/5  rDev -10.3%
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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Photo of froghop
3.79/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a pitch-dark onyx, with a small khaki almost brown head, and good lacing.

smells is of bakers chocolate, vanilla, slight licorice, a little coffee, and roasted walnuts.

taste is dry, milk chocolate, dark chocolate, weak coffee, vanilla, roasted nuts, and some sour malt, end is dry and slightly bitter.

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Photo of koopa
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber purchased from Liquid Solutions

Appearance: murky brown with mocha head. Some retention and lacing.

Smell: quite nutty with some roastyness.

Taste: nujt up front, roasted malt in the middle, touch of sweetness in the finish.

Mouthfeel: A touch syrupy for my liking, but just a touch.

Drinkability: Would have scored higher if the mouthfeel was thinner.

Very nice porter indeed. Worth trying.

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Photo of herbalist
4.02/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a nice dark mahagony color, almost black but not quite. Its more like a dark reddish brown to be percise. And it has a nice thick cream colored head. It def sticks around and leaves a nice lace. Very nice looking for a porter in that it has a very rich color to it. Looks very tasty.

The smell is fantastic. As soon as I poured it I could smell a deep dark chocolate with strong overtones of coffee. This exactly what I was in the mood for. The malt shines through and it has a very desert like aroma to it.

The taste is rich, chocolately and malt dominant. It really allows for a nice blend of coffee and chocolate to be the main flavors with a slightly burnt and smokey aftertaste. There is also hints of figs in the finish which adds a nice touch. It is the perfect after dinner beer and is not too sweet which is part of its appeal. It would go well with dark chocolate.

The mouthfeel was a little light and nothing too special. I think it lacked a little carbonation.

Overall the beer is highly drinkable, very tasty and well priced. I highly recommend it especially if you like porters.

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Photo of ccrida
4.77/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Dark black garnet with a tan head that leaves moderate lace.

Smell is big coffee and chocolate, super rich for the mere 5.0% ABV cited on the label. There's also a bit of an acrid burnt character that I'd attribute to black patent, but the label only cites chocolate, crystal and brown (which I didn't think was commercially available since the 19th century!) malts.

Taste is also super rich and malty, with this much flavor, I don't know why I bother with stronger beers. Definitely heavy on the coffee and baker's chocolate, a fantastic porter. The burnt coffee flavor from the nose is lost behind the rich malt notes and grassy fuggles hops. I'm digging this brewery, I applaud their full disclosure on the ingredients, and appreciate the fact that their bombers are priced more in line with a six pack price per ounce rather then the usual gouge of not quite 2 beers for the price of 6 in a single bottle.

Mouthfeel is smooth but with a slightly crisp carbonation, almost oatmeal stout like, with a lighter body, wow.

Drinkability is the tits, I could suck on this all night long. Really a fantastic porter, by far the best of the (granted only three) Snoqualmie Falls brews I've had thus far, and one of the best porters in the region.

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Photo of paco1029384756
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark brown color with one finger of light tan head and good lacing.

Scent of roasted malts, chocolate, raisins, and a hint of coffee.

Taste of chocolate and roasted malts starts, coffee comes in with a little warmth as well as some raisins. A fine example of a Porter.

Mouthfeel is smooth and somewhat heavy, a bit of carbonation keeps it from being overbearing.

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Photo of msubulldog25
4.18/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

After a stop at the New Seasons on this gorgeous Friday, I decided to duck in for a quick visit to Concordia Ale House. This one stuck out on the draft list; new to me and light ABV AND a porter sounds good today. A pint full (unmarked glass).

A: Perfectly black, an impenetrable darkness. Crowned with a sliver of perma-cream, a dusty tan color. Coating curtains of creamy lace trail fully down the glass.

S: Served in a chilled glass and at a cooler temperature than I'd like, so aroma was a little slow forthcoming. Roasted malt aroma is subtle and hints at sweeter milk chocolate or cocoa powder. A little vanilla and a dusting of earthy spice.

T: Upfront bitter chocolate and coffee bean-like dark roasts. Slight tartness tastes vaguely of blackberries or currants. Notes of vanilla and a little dried fruit. Coffee finish with a light lemony/citrus bit somewhere in there. Malty, but with enough hop bitterness to give some bite in the finish and a heavy roast that's substantive but not oppressive.

M: Fairly light, very smooth. Thin enough to slide down easily, with a lingering bittersweet-ness that coats the whole mouth. A little prickle of carbonation

D: A really nice find, I'm glad I picked this for a new one to try. Absolutely worthy of ordering again. Sessionable ABV hovering around 5%. Great flavor and nice mouthfeel. Well done, SFBC!

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Photo of Gavage
4.43/5  rDev +8.3%
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 NJpadreFan
3.88/5  rDev -5.1%
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 hwwty4
4.41/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks Julian for this one.

Pours a 22oz bomber into my Smokestack goblet (2 pours). Wow this is exactly what I think a porter should look like. Dark mahogany, almost black in color with a 2 inch, frothy dark tan head that leaves minimal lacing. The aroma of this beer is dark bakers chocolate, and a bit of coffee. The taste is great. Big on dark chocolate, vanilla, coffee and roasted malts. This reminds me more of a stout than a robust porter. Fortunately for Snoqualmie Falls, I find most porters to be thin and uninviting. This one is full bodied and heavy on the tongue with a velvety smooth mouthfeel that is pretty contradictory with the whole "robust" part of this porter. I think its great though. Absolutely on par with some of the best porters I've ever had the pleasure of drinking.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.95/5  rDev -3.4%
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 SaucyA
3.23/5  rDev -21%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

A - Wanna see what a porter looks like? Look no further. Pours a near pitch black into my 20oz nonic, with a fat and creamy 2 finger brown head. Retention isn't it's strong suit, but looks mighty fine.

S - Roasted malts, slight hop profile noted. Okay, but nothing mind boggling. Everything's in place but could be a little stronger.

T - Roasty toasty malts, baker's chocolate, light coffee affects. Nothing standout. Nothing bad, but not grabbing me like I had hoped. Some weird, sweet/sour off flavor that's throwing my tounge around. I don't know if it's just this bottle or what.

M - Creamy, yet light... good carbonation.

D - Not too keen on a particular flavor in here... and I can't put my finger on it. It's really limiting the drinkability for me tho. Gets better as it warms, tho.

Notes: I love a good porter, and while this one wasn't really bad, it wasn't my favorite, either.

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Photo of lightindarkness
4.42/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pretty sure I got this bottle from DHGranstrand. Thanks! 22oz into a Unibroue tulip.

Pours a little like cola, but sits mostly black in the glass with a bubbly fine tan head that sits for a while, then fades down to wispy suds with a nice ring and very nice spotty lace.

Mmm, a nice porter nose, with a good balance of earthy smooth chocolate, root, roasted grains, and some hints of spicy wood. Very nice.

Taste is excellent also, with an overall nice earthy woody root flavor and some good bittersweet chocolate. Firm bready toasted grain finish with a mild bitterness. There's much more complexity in there than that, but it all balances out to be a fantastic tasting and very well crafted flavor.

Feel is very smooth and somewhat fuller medium bodied. Nice carbonation builds up the overall smooth feel, adding a little extra tingle. Not at all too heavy or too weak. Leaves a slight film mouth coating after the swallow.

Very drinkable, with a highly likable flavor and an abv to support being able to session this one if the circumstances were right (I don't tend to session darker beer, but I could easily do this one). I'll have not trouble finishing off 22oz, and will feel fine doing so.

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Photo of rebel1771
4.46/5  rDev +9%
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 Beerzebub
4.45/5  rDev +8.8%
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 +8.3%
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 +5.9%
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 +3.9%
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 +0.2%
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 -14.2%
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 +8.1%
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 -7.6%
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 -2.7%
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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Steam Train Porter from Snoqualmie Falls Brewing Company & Taproom
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