timmy300 (203) - bloomington, Illinois, USA - DEC 27, 2005
a little dissapointing.....thinner than i expected....just tastes like a weak version of the stout bkurtz (1127) - LITHUANIA - DEC 27, 2005
Poured a creamy head with some lacing. Great roasted malt aroma. Could have a little more bitterness, but Sierra Nevada is one of my favorite breweries in the States. eczematic (1325) - Adelaide, AUSTRALIA - DEC 26, 2005
i was pretty excited to taste this - one of the better xmas presents i’ve had in recent years, thanks to my new yank relatives. an enormous roasty aroma fills the room as i open the bottle. a healthy pine/resin component to the smell tells me this is from america. i already know this cause i read the label and i’m not dumb. still, it is nice when sensory experience can be satisfyingly slotted into neat compartments in your brain. perceiving, distinguishing, classifying, discriminating, this is how ratebeer teaches us to drink. just take a look at that glass. the beer is black as the inside of an opaque animal of considerable size. i raise SIERRA NEVADA PORTER to my lips. at first it is light, dry, fizzy and slightly sour. then a big high-alpha punch of hop resin hits, which gradually subsides and leaves behind some very dry, burnt toast-like astringency. this beer is rough but it is absolutely packed with flavour. intense but not fatiguing. yum. i still don’t fully understand how a beer like this isn’t called a dry stout merely because it has black malt instead of roast barley. but what do i know. JFURYCAT (1078) - East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 26, 2005
It looks dark, has a decent sippable wet finish along with some malty notes with a slight roasted character but nothing over the top. It seems like a smooth drinkable porter with nothing offiensive. morrdt (715) - Jacksonville, Florida, USA - DEC 23, 2005
UPDATED: FEB 21, 2007 Got a 6 pack at the local beer store. Dark coloring, rich and foamy head. Smooth tasting, but just a bit off. Definitely drink at least 2 of these before rating.
Bassy15 (60) - Cullowhee, North Carolina, USA - DEC 21, 2005
dark brown with dark airy head, Light aroma, there was just not that much being released. dry coffee and choclate taste at first with even a dryer and more choclate taste to finish. Nothing remarkable on the palate no true feel. I’ve had better porters GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - DEC 20, 2005
Draught. Clear dark brown color with thin tan head. Not much nose. Slightly sweet with borwn sugar and carmel flavors. Not sexy, but a decent beer. theacelatrain (262) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 10, 2005
Bottle. Very dark brown with creamy beige head. Little stands out about it, but all the classic flavors are there. Good aroma, but flavors not as potent as expected. Perfect balance of chocolate malts, coffee, vanilla and a slightly dry finish. ChillCoat (1029) - Concord, California, USA - DEC 9, 2005
Bottled. Pours black with a big tan head. Roasty aromas with some cinnamon notes. Very clean, but slighty bland flavor. Some chocolate and fruit notes with good bitterness. Good Mouth feel. jb (3348) - Rochester, New York, USA - DEC 3, 2005
Very dark with a tan head. Roasted malt and coffee in the nose. Chocolate and hops in the palate. Finish was a little bit watery. Not bad.