Sierra Nevada Porter

Sierra Nevada Porter

Rated 3.677 by BeerPals
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Brewed by Sierra Nevada Brewing Company

Chico, CA, United States

Style:  Porter

5.6% Alcohol by Volume

32 International Bittering Units

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Dark and rich, Sierra Nevada Porter is a delicious, medium-bodied ale with a creamy head. The Porter’s smooth flavor (malty with hints of caramel) comes from a blend of deep-roasted barley malts. FIRST PLACE California Brewers Festival (Robust Porter: 2000) Colorado State Fair (Porter: 1996) ALCOHOL CONTENT 5.6% BY VOLUME YEAST TOP-FERMENTING ALE YEAST BEGINNING GRAVITY 13.8 PLATO BITTERING HOPS GOLDINGS ENDING GRAVITY 3.5 PLATO FINISHING HOPS WILLAMETTE BITTERNESS UNITS 32 MALTS TWO-ROW PALE, MUNICH, CHOCOLATE & CARAMEL

ID: 9985 Last updated 10 years ago Added to database 17 years ago

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Overall Rank1222
Overall Percentile97.5
Style Rank35 of 1365
Style Percentile97.4
Lowest Score1.0
Highest Score5.0
Average Score3.698
Weighted Score3.677
Standard Deviation0.597

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RMUSSMAN 489 reviews
rated 3.5 14 years ago

Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 6 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 7

A nice brew from Sierra Nevada. Pours nice and dark brown. Aroma is semisweet. Mouthfeel is a little rougher than I am used to but expected for a dark porter. Flavor is full body and quite smooth. A nice Micro-macro brew.

  • AIRFORCE1 680 reviews
    rated 3.4 8 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 6 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 7

    Pours a nice clear dark brown with a 2 finger head that takes its sweet assed time going down. Tons of carbonation by the bubbles. Aroma is of sweetened coffee with roasted malts. Taste is malty with hints of coffee, toffee, and some hops. Finishes off dry and chewey. Not bad but I have had better.

  • MWISCOUNT 74 reviews
    rated 4.4 9 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 9 | Flavor: 10 | Overall: 9

    I enjoyed this porter more than I enjoyed a Founders Porter. I found that the Sierra Nevada was "easier" to drink and much smoother. Its competitor had a strong burst of a stout bitter after the full-bodied taste of a porter. The bitterness, for me, took the taste away from the porter taste. I did not sense this disruption in taste with the Sierra Nevada. The Sierra Nevada was "porter" from the time I first sipped to the swallow. Delicious!

  • RICHSBEER 1730 reviews
    rated 3.4 9 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 6 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 7

    pours a nice dark chocolaty brown when held up to light with a tiny light brown head with just the slightest bit of lacing and minimal head retention. The aroma consists of a strong malt aroma in the form of dark chocolate and coffee with the slightest detection of hops. The taste has a great characteristic porter darkness with dark chocolate and coffee with slight bits of caramel and dark bread. the hops are barely there but the beer is plenty bitter for a porter. The mouthfeel is full bodied and is nice and creamy but little carbonation. Note Porter and stouts are my leaste favorite style of beer.

  • GIVMEBEER 795 reviews
    rated 3.5 10 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 7

    Dark brown pour with a small tan head.Aroma of roasted malts chocolate and coffee.Flavor the same.Think this is an average porter.Will drink again if free.

  • RAINMAN 892 reviews
    rated 3.7 10 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 7

    Down and dirty. Pours opaque brown black with a thin tan head. Mouthfeel has an unexpected bite to it, it means business. Sweet chocolate and coffee notes along with a good hop bite. Nice.

  • CYBERCAT 10459 reviews
    rated 3.8 10 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

    Aroma is strong and smoky with malty and molasses components. It pours a dark, somewhat hazy mahogany with a fairly thick, fine-bubbled, pale tan head that leaves some good lacing. Mouth-filling aroma has tones of burnt wood, hops, molasses, coffee and unsweet chocolate. Texture is fairly smooth and fizzy, leaving a smoky and somewhat hoppy finish that sticks around for a little bit.

  • ALEFAN 118 reviews
    rated 4.1 11 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 9 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

    I loved this porter. I wish this was in all the stores as well. I was blown away by the simple connoctions that i sand bagged all of the other sierra neveda's i had. From the open, it just had a refined scent of roasted malts, and a very chocolate esque. In the mouth, it felt just right, had a great balance. The finish made you wanna have another swig. Truthfully, i drank this so fast i was out in an hour and had a 12 of these. I will be drinking this on the weekend, this weekend Another good brew from SE.

  • SHREWS824 218 reviews
    rated 3.6 11 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 6 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 7

    Very nice dark brown and very deep ruby/red highlights in color. Wonderful thick and chunky head that is wanting to stay around for a min or two. Small bubbles. Detecting the roasted malt. A hint of coffee and just a slight touch of toffee. I'm also picking up what appears to be an excess of CO2. Weird. Maybe its just me. A kiss of caramel lies low in the aroma with chocolate also. In the taste, I am again finding the roasted malt character. Picking up hints of what I find to be raisin or plum. Nicely diverse. A bit of the coffee and caramel just like the aroma with chocolate touches. Medium mouthfeel. Very smooth and considerably creamy. Blankets the throat and tongue excellently. Not quite as goood as some others, but well none the less. Finishes Dry. This is a pretty good Porter. The CO2 smell calmed down as the beer warmed, but I still got a whiff of it on occasion. I want to try this beer again to make sure I didn't have an old batch or somethihng. Porters definitely taste and smell better as they warm for sure. It did go down very easy however.

  • FARGINGBASTIGE6 1476 reviews
    rated 3.3 11 years ago

    Aroma: 6 | Appearance: 6 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 7

    Decent porter, but a tad too hoppy for my personal taste in a porter. Pours ruby-black with a slight head. Medium bodied and moderately carbonated. Not bad, but there are far better porters available.

  • CYRENAICA 2159 reviews
    rated 3.7 11 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 7

    12oz bottle
    5.6% ABV
    The Beerbistro (Toronto, Ontario, Canada)
    September 23, 2010
    The beer poured a dark brown/almost black into a tulip glass with a thin bubbly tan coloured head. The aroma was roasted malt, toffee, and chocolate. The mouthfeel was medium bodied, with medium carbonation. The flavour was roasted malt, toffee, chocolate, and plums. A very good beer.

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