Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - SEP 1, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. One of the Sierra products I still really like. Black with ruby around the edges. Sweet, roasted malty aroma. Taste is smaoky, coffee and light chocolate. Medium bodied with a decent hops bite. This is still one of my favorite porters.
jonas (6019) - Garching b. München, GERMANY - AUG 30, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Coffee and chocolate nose.
Jet black, low creamy white head.
Sweet chocolate, some sugar -
Jeppe (2631) - Brooklyn, Alabama, USA - AUG 29, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Frothy tan head, dark brown body. Strong coffee and roasted malt aroma with spice tones. Roasted malt and coffee is dominating in the flavor. Some hop and flower notes also. Little thin in the finish. Nice one!
presario (4817) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 27, 2004
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Another porter that makes me want to be a BJCP judge just so I can tell the difference between these and stouts. Rich roasted malt aroma thick with chocolate and a touch of coffee. Dark brown with ighlights around the eges. Head starts at 1/2 inch and stays as a light film with a light lacing. Bitter chocolate and strong coffee notes right from the start. A touch of sweetness and fairly zesty on the tongue. Nice long bitter finish. I’m in heaven.
gsteph (321) - knoxville, Tennessee, USA - AUG 27, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice and dark with an off-white head. Good lacing. Roasted malt with coffee and chocolate. Flavors are the same. Very smooth, creamy and thick. A little dry on the finish but a good palate overall with a subtle coffee flavor. Not bad at all.
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - AUG 23, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured black with thick rich head...smells coffee and chocolate...very malty smooth flavor...much better than the stout...
Reid (2033) - Salem, Oregon, USA - AUG 17, 2004
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Ok cant believe I havent had this one before. Served from the regular SN 12 oz bottle.
Quite an attractive looking beer, brown with hints of deep red/garnet, large creamy light tan head.lots of carbonation visible.
The aroma is somewaht strange IMO for a porter,very fruity,figgy,sugarysweet..strange but not unpleasant.
this is quite a sweet porter compared to most of its class.Nice malt accents, though not too roasted.Unusual taste but I like it.
Very nice on the palte ,finishes semi-dry with a hint of bitterness.
A quite unusual porter..but good none-the -less.
Beaver (1413) - 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 it’s my favorite of the Sierra Nevada line up, and is one of the better porters I’ve 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 I’d like, but stilla decent brew.
From the bottle at Yeoman’s 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 didn’t 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.