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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Ratings: 133 |  Reviews: 75
Photo of bradleyp
3.34/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Thanks again Market of choice for stocking this beer. Dark brown color with a dark tannish head. about half a finger's worth. Thick lacing around the edges throughout the glass. Smells of coffee, chocolate and a smoky aroma. It tasted very chocolate and had a cripy malt taste to it. However, one is all I could handle. I would like to try some of the breweries other beers if I ever make it up to Washington.

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Photo of beertunes
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into 10oz glass. Poured the expected light black color with a thick tan head that had good retention and lacing. The aroma was the expected mellow roasted and toasted scents. The flavors were also what you anticipate when you get a Porter.
Yup, the body and drinkability were both typical for the style.

I like this beer and drink it whenever it shows up near me. It's just a good, solid, well-done example of the style. Certainly worth trying.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a dark brown with good carbonation and a tannish head. Nose is coffee, roasted malt, chocolate. Taste is big roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, very wasy to drink and smooth. Creamy , charred mouthfeel. Drinkability is v=oretty good on this very tasty porter.

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

After a 30 minute beautiful drive to the brewery up I-90, "poured" into the closest cup I could find which ended up being a plastic solo cup from my car camping box in the gargage. This is due to me not having a stop valve on my co2 when this over filled corny keg ($45 for ~5 gallons) was "plugged in". A nice deep tan head with darker cocoa undertones is flowing over like a foam ice cream cone in the cup. Solid retention and some lacing lingers even on my plastic throw away cup. Smell is of fantastic dark malts with cocoa coming through strong and some roasted malts and chocolate but not too sweet goodness. The taste is similar with a slight bitter bite not from the very mild IBU's but from the roasted malt. This beer is the perfect sessionable porter, and is about as good as you can do for the style but can't achieve world class marks as a sessionable porter due to the very straight forward nature and lack of complexity compared to something like a Belgian Quadrupel. That isnt to take away from what should be the archetype of the style. This stuff is good. Highly recommended.

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Photo of slasher007
3.88/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Mora2000 for sharing this beer.

Pours a very dark brown color with light tan head. Smell is roasted malt, coffee, dark fruits and chocolate. Very light hops in the nose. The taste was dominated by roasted malts, coffee, chocolate and some smoke. Mouthfeel was not what I expected from the smell. It was smooth and medium mouthfeel with medium carbonation.

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Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown with a brown head. The aroma is roasted malt with some chocolate. The flavor is more of the same with roasted malts and some bitter chocolate. The aftertaste is heavily roasted/burnt malts. Medium mouthfeel and low carbonation. This was my first beer from this brewery and it didn't disappoint.

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Photo of Tilley4
4.6/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Huge thanks to screamforme for sending this terrific brew my way... Thanks, Mark!!

This one pours almost like a stout with its jet black appearance and thick creamy mocha head... Quite a bit darker than most porters... Awesome looking...

Deep roasted chocolate malts and a little twinge of hops are present in the aromas here... Some coffee and caramel as well.. This smells deep, dark and delicious...

Bittersweet chocolate and hints of coffee with the first sip... Even more with the second.... I'm amazed at how delicious this beer is... It has all of the good qualities of a porter without any of the bad... The mouthfeel is thicker than most, the chocolate flavors toe the line of bitterness but never cross over and as this warms, it grows more and more complex.... A delightful brew...

Thanks for the hookup on this, Mark... A world class porter... Right up there with Edmund Fitzgerald..

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Photo of EliottJW
4.7/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

So happy Adam got a hold of this on his recent trip to Seattle. We made sure he picked one up after he brought one back last time... This stuff's great.

Pours a deep, deep black for a standard porter. Deep mocha head that turns to a crown rather quickly. Viscous and pretty as possible.

Smells even better than it looks. Coffee and milk chocolate. Strong scent of black patent malts. The smell of this one gets me really excited!

Taste is right in line with the smell. Sugary sweet with milk chocolate right at the front. Turns a bit biscuity and ends with a mellow bite. Tasty tasty stuff!

Mouth us awesome. Thick and creamy, just as I like any dark beer. I know that saying "dark beer" is a bit of a blanket statement, but I'll stand by it.

I'll drink tons of this stuff. A standard in its class.

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Photo of alleykatking
4.27/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz bottle.

A- Pours a deep dark brown color. Good 2 finger mocha colored head that took a short while to work its way down leaving nice semi-heavy lacing on the sides of the glass.

S- Smells of burnt coffee right off the bat. It's almost a too burnt smell but chocolate notes bring a semi-sweetness to the aroma. Nice malty tone to this beer. Big smelling at least for a 5% beer!

T- Big roasted malt taste right off the get go. Coffee notes are tasted almost at the start of the sip all the way through to the middle. A chocolate taste starts right in the middle of the sip ending it with a semi-sweet taste that leaves a pleasant sweet roast combo on the tail end of the sip.

M- Heavy mouthfeel to this. Carbonation is a little bit off but still makes the beer very drinkable. This leaves a slick coating of burnt malts on the palate. Have to chew through this beer a little more than what I normally like.

D- This is a very drinkable porter. I had no problem drinking through the entire 22oz bottle. And to be honest I kind of wish I had more of this to drink. Fantasic porter to drink. Will have to find a way to get more.

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Photo of flagmantho
4.35/5  rDev +7.1%
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 +17.5%
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 -9.6%
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 -6.7%
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 +1%
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%
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 +17.5%
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 -1.5%
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 +3%
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 +9.1%
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 -4.4%
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 +8.6%
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 -2.7%
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 -20.4%
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 +8.9%
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 +9.9%
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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Steam Train Porter from Snoqualmie Falls Brewing Company & Taproom
Beer rating: 4.06 out of 5 with 133 ratings
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