Saturday, January 30, 2010

Sierra Nevada Porter


Sierra Nevada Porter

Brewed by:
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Chico, California

American Porter
5.60% ABV






Commercial Description:
A delicious, dark-colored, medium-bodied ale made with roasted malted barley. It has a creamy head and a very rich, yet smooth, malty flavor.
Bittering Hops: Nugget
Beginning Gravity: 14.5 Plato
Finishing Hops: Willamette
Ending Gravity: 3.5 Plato
Malts: Two-row Barley Malt, Caramel Malt, Chocolate Malt, Black Malt, Dextrin Malt (RateBeer.com)

General Pricing:

12oz Bottle, ~1.49 single, ~$8.00 six pack, ~ $28.00 - $31.00 a case

Background:
I will most likely post a style discussion about Porters. Basically I’m a sucker for a good porter. I think historically for me it was a porter that first led me into believing that there were better beers out there. The style varies quite a bit but my favorite type of port is a medium bodied with good flavor and easy drinking. In my mind there should be a wide difference between a porter and a stout but the really isn’t much difference in the current Craft Beer market.

Review:
The porter pours a clear but very dark brown with amber hues around the edges of the glass only and a very rich tan head.

Rich dark malts on the nose with an almost vanilla sweet aroma and a slight hop presence. This is a very inviting nose I can’t wait to dive into this one.

That’s a nice straight up porter. It has a fairly light mouthfeel, not watery but lighter than a stout but with very robust malt flavors. Again this is a real porter not a stout.

There is always a gray area between a stout and a porter. Especially since a stout is really just a stout porter; how stout does your stout porter need to be before you call it a stout.

Sorry let me get back to the taste.

It starts out just like you would expect with a dark roasted malt sweetness up front. The middle of the taste has more robust malt flavors. The back-end and finish dries a bit as you pick up some hop and malt bitterness. The final aftertaste is a lingering maltiness but you don’t have that stout like malt coating throughout your mouth.

All and all this is a very pleasant but somewhat robust porter. It also has nice medium bodied mouthfeel. The only negative for me is that it may be a little too robust for my liking. But don’t get me wrong it is not too robust for an American Porter.

I think this will be a B- for a grade by style.

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