Sierra Nevada Porter


image“Porters were invented as a fortifying drink for the rough-and-tumble working class of London’s bustling markets. It was brewed for good folks with calluses on their hands, doing work that needed to be done. We salute those working-class heroes with our classic Porter, brewed in the hop-forward American style and featuring a depth of malt flavor and complexity with roasted notes of black coffee and cocoa.”

We can’t believe it’s taken us this long to review this breweries porter. Their range is that big that we will probably never get through them all. Served in a beer tulip the dark cola pour generates a white 1 finger head before reducing to a light covering on top. Lacing was OK, some random patches of foam are omitted on the way down. Our first thoughts of the aroma are big, roasted and malty. Chocolate and caramel malts offer a complex array of perfumes including dark chocolate, licorice, light charcoal, molasses, leather and tobacco. Great depth on display here. The mouth feel is smooth and oily with mild carbonation. Medium Body. Not as weighty as most porters, so the front palate enjoys a nutty and lightly roasted welcoming. Hints of chocolate and rasin ensue through the mid and signs off with a slightly toasted finish. 5.6% ABV is about on par. Look, this definitely has the hallmarks of a great porter but it was just a tad too light for us. Take nothing away from it though, it’s true to it’s style, sessional and highly palatable. Not bad.