Beaver (1269) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - AUG 17, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
The SN Porter pours a dark brown with ruby highlights. It has a pillowy tan head that goes down to a thin film that laces the glass.
Its aroma is dry, earthy roasted chocolate, with some figs and some coffee-like bitterness.
The flavor is sweet maltiness trending towards roasted up front with some figgy notes, which is followed by a crisp bitter finish with just the right amount of bitterness. The mouthfeel is creamy, but a little on the thin side.
Overall, a very well balanced porter. So far itís my favorite of the Sierra Nevada line up, and is one of the better porters Iíve had.
NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - AUG 16, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUN 12, 2006 Re-rate
Aroma is mild roast and coffee with a faint hint of chocolate. Body is black and holds a three finger thick mocha head that is very slow to diminish. fore is a touch thin, but has a good base flavor of roasted malt, smooth creamed coffee and chocolate and a slightly sweeter caramel tinged finish. A little sharper int he finish than Iíd like, but stilla decent brew.
From the bottle at Yeomanís Road Pub. Nice to see a Macro-Micro Brewery that can get it right. Solid porter that is well balanced and drinkable.
invalid (302) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - AUG 10, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 8, 2005 Not bad at all. Pours a nice jet black, head didnít really stick around. Smells of some roasted grains and aroma hops, but nothing overpowering. The flavor stays true to the smell - I like the stout better because of the more bitterness. Overall, this is an easy drinking porter.
savannah (37) - columbus, Ohio, USA - AUG 9, 2004
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Overall not bad. Not as good as the Sierra Nevada stout. Lighter, almost thin, mouth feel for a porter, but nice dark color. Flavor fades fast.
mkobes (2140) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - AUG 8, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep dark brown in color. Bottle. Malty aroma and roasty. Nice malty flavor. Very roasty. Nice beer. Enjoyable.
mjg74 (2490) - La Mesa, California, USA - AUG 8, 2004
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours dark with almost a hint of red to it. Nice subtle roasted flavor, nothing too strong. Choco/coffee flavor finishes roasty as well. Tastes fairly mellow, but there is something there.
MaiBockAddict (1497) - Good Beer Bar Deprived, New Jersey, USA - AUG 7, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep dark brown, tan fluffy head, with nice lacing. Aroma is malty, and I can smell the roast and crystall. Fresh, with some faint hops. Flavor is nice an malty, with a nice hop balance. Roasty carmel flavors. This is a nice creamy porter.
MrWalker (926) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - AUG 6, 2004
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: JAN 10, 2005 Bottle @ Akkurat, Stockholm
Rather sweet and chocolatey. Burned aroma. Missing some bitterness. Too sweet for me.
robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - AUG 2, 2004
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark Brown Coloring. Good Head. Very Nice Porter from Sierra. Some Malts, Chocolate, Roasts... Agree with Madsberg that it Seemed to Have a Buttery Flavor... Not Bad!
madsberg (10141) - SÝborg, DENMARK - JUL 31, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled: Brown and black coloured. Light brown dense and lasting head. Nice looks. Roast, butter and malt in the flavour. Light coffee, light roast, malt, chocolate in the flavour. Is a little thin bodied and dies quickly on the palate. It has the looks, but whats inside isnít worth running for.