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Rain Check - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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228 Ratings
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Ratings: 228
Reviews: 37
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 9.9%
Wants: 12
Gots: 44 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Stout |  8.90% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: dwagner003 on 05-27-2014

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Ratings: 228 | Reviews: 37
Photo of teromous
3.04/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Pitch black with no head. There is a light tan ring around the top of the glass, but that's it.

Aroma: I get a plum aroma right off the bat. It's a very pervasive fruity plum smell. I also get a bit of an oak scent. It has a very nice aroma but it is very different from other American Stouts that I've had. It has an aroma that, I find, shares some similarities to a Belgian Dubbel.

Taste: I get a light watered down coffee flavor, with a hint of that plum flavor I picked up in the aroma. The alcohol flavor really rears its head in this beer though.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is just too thin for this beer. It is watery and leaves no coating at all.

Overall: I wasn't a fan of this beer. In the flavor department it was average at best, and only because it does have some flavor complexity. It is not visually appealing, the beer has no texture, and it just falls flat.

Photo of Griffin2
3.77/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L - Pours dark black, with a tan head.
S - Smells like a chocolatey stout.
T- Roasty chocolate with a slight lime & ginger at the end.
F - slight carbonation, with a nice slight warmth.
O - A little different but in a good way. I would drink it again if I had more.

Photo of qchic
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Surprise, new Sierra Nevada brew *snatch!* Spiced stout commemorating the NC place? Worth a shot, at least. Ginger, lime, wha!?

Pours darkest brown with tan head that settles. Initially, the aroma reminded me of a Belgian stout, prob due to the added flavors. The lime brightens up the nose, and ginger gives a bit of spice cake aroma. A lil smoke. Am I crazy for smelling ripe banana?

On the front end, it tastes more like a dubbel with spice and ripe stone fruits, and then it evolves into a dry, roasty stout with a chalky mouthfeel. There's the banana, again! The lime and ginger never really assert themselves in the flavor, but still play a definite part overall. Finishes moderately bitter. Lively carbonation and unique flavors distract from any sign of the 9%.

Can't say that I've had anything like it, but it's fun. I look forward to hearing others' opinions, because I see folks being divided on this one.

Photo of Matty-McBier
4.74/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Excellent spicy flavor and good ABV

Photo of gibgink
4.24/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look: Pours black with 1-2 finger head
Smell: Has a pleasantly sweet smell. Can pickup some of the sweet malts as well as the ginger.
Taste: Like the smell, this has some sweeter notes, coming from the malts and ginger. It is a good diversion from the darker fruit notes that one can taste from a typical stout. I did not pickup any of the lime stated on the bottle
Feel: Not full bodied, the sweetness lingers for a little bit in the aftertaste.
Overall: I really liked this one. Offers some tastes that you don't get in a stout, so I think Sierra Nevada did a good job. I would drink again and get more if it was available in my area.

Photo of macrosmatic
3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to dogdoc for sending this one. Reviewed from notes. Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Cigar City teku glass.

A: Very dark brown, bordering on black, and opaque. Forms a half-finger's worth of tan head that fades fairly quickly, and despite the opacity has a fair amount of bubbles crawling up the sides of the glass.

S: Roasted malts, chicory, old leathery books, and a touch of coffee in the malts.

T: Thick roasted malts, spices (chicory, clove, ginger) and bit of coffee roast. Perhaps it's just label-derived suggestion, but there is some lime citrus on the exhale. Residual ginger and chicory spices in the hang with malt sugary and mild ethanol sweetness. There's some dry hop bitterness as well near the end.

M: Medium body for style, keeping in mind this is NOT an imperial stout. Minimal alcohol presence and medium carbonation sensation.

O: This was a decently imagined beer, and reasonably well-executed. I just don't think the spices plus the lime zest is doing anything to excite me particularly. Still, drinkable and worth a try if you happen across one.

Photo of helios7
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Nice middle-of-the-line stout. Spice understated. Light enough to be semi-sessionable.

Photo of rangerred
4.02/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a snifter.

Pours pitch black with a thick one finger off-white head. Awesome head retention and thick lacing all the way around the glass.

Aroma is quite interesting. Lime is very detectable along with just a touch of ginger. Roast is buried and there is some metal there too.

The flavor starts out with lime and ginger almost leading to a cola-like character. Some coffee and roasted malt follows along with caramel but the lime never really does completely go away. Hops figure in somewhat prominently leading to a bitterness lingering through the finish. Nice silky mouthfeel and not too sweet.

Overall, I wasn't sure how I would feel about this beer but the more I drink it the more it grows on me. Kind of refreshing and almost reminiscent of being in a forest. Another good beer from this brewery.

Photo of barczar
3.87/5  rDev +0.8%

Smells spicy, heat spicy, with roasty malt and dark chocolate notes. Flavor reveals lime-aid at the base, with a backbone of toasted and light roast chocolatey malt. I like the chocolate bent, as opposed to roast dominance, and the lime is fairly subtle, wit in comparison. I'd drink it again, but would prefer a lack of lime.

Photo of barhoc11
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Got this from a SC trade and unexpectedly liked it. The spice is very minor and plays great with the lime. It is a pretty well balanced spiced stout, give one a try if you get the opportunity.

Photo of scvance
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a very dark brown black color, with a thin, fluffy, tan head. Very good retention and cling. Smell is lacking in the "spice," but has the characteristic roasted, caramel, and toffee notes. Taste follows, begins sweet and caramel like, fading to a nice spice flavor with notes of clove and allspice. Finishes with roasted, coffee notes. Moderate carbonation, rather thin body, very smooth.

This is an interesting beer. Lacking in the spice character I was expecting, but still good. If you weren't looking for the spice you might miss it. Will try again.

Photo of zac16125
3.73/5  rDev -2.9%

12oz bottle into a tulip
Bottled on: 5/28/14

A: Dark brown during the pour, then black as it sits in the glass. 2 fingers width of tan colored head builds before receding down at a moderate rate and leaves lots of lacing. 4

S: Interesting. Its got some roast notes, and theres definitely spice, but not the spice I was expecting. Its a bright spice that I don’t think Ive ever gotten in a stout before. Ginger is certainly prominent, and there are some lemongrass like floral notes. The roastiness and other typical stout aromas certainly take a backseat, and if you closed your eyes and didn’t know better you may think this is some type of saison hybrid style. I do find it very interesting though, and its quite a pleasant aroma. 3.75

T: Again, huge ginger notes, and more subtle floral characters. More traditional stout characters in the flavor than was present in the aroma, with roasted malt, black coffee bitterness, and some semi-sweet cocoa. 3.5

M/D: Medium body, on the lighter end for the style. Carbonation appropriate. ABV is very well masked and drinkability is good. 3.75

O: A unique offering. Certainly not what I expect in a stout, and likely something I would go to often, but quite enjoyable and certainly worthy of a try. 3.75

Overall: 3.73

Photo of chinchill
3.95/5  rDev +2.9%

12 oz bottle packaged on 28 May 2014.
Opaque, full body. Odd aroma ... oh, has ginger and lime. While the aroma is not completely reassuiring, it's more wierd than uninviting, and the flavor definitely works. It has good balance, with enough ginger to affect the feel as well as the taste, but the citrus and dark roasted malts come thru too.

Photo of iheartmyTHO
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

I like the idea of a play on a Dark and Stormy cocktail (rum, ginger beer, and lime). But I'm not sure how well it really does in stout form. It's not an awful beer, but it's just not doing it for me. The maltiness came off as a bit too much for me. The notes of lime and spicy ginger were good, but I just don't think I like that so much in a stout.

Photo of Scott_Anderson_
3.54/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

This is an interesting beer. It pours dark with decent lacing and a ton of head. There is a lot going on in terms of smell. The floral notes seem to compete with the chocolate; it definitely seems like a beer with an identity crisis. Taste is all lime, and at times it's overpowering. Mouthfeel is medium body. Overall, it's not as rich and full as other stouts, but it does seem like a nice segue from summer into fall beers, as one reviewer described. Lots of lime, which would make it a perfect companion for Mexican food.

Photo of mattsdenney
3.54/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Typical stout look and smell with this beer. The taste is interesting. Much sweeter than most stouts with a very noticeable lime finish. I pick up more of the burnt sugar flavor than typical coffee, chocolate, or smoke. Nice mouthfeel, thick, rich, and heavy bodied. Overall a nice tasting drinkable beer that is warming a nice transition from summer to fall beers.

Photo of tmm313
4.41/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Mainly pitch black. Poured a creamy 1 finger head with ok lacing.

S- The first whiff reminded me more of a pale ale: grainy and bready. As it warmed things got more interesting. Chocolate, grape, and spice (which I'm assuming is the ginger) starts to emerge, and the lime comes out in the background. The warmer it gets, the more the aromas of caramelized sugar dominate.

T- Very nice. Coffee, sugar, roasted malt, and light grape up front. Semi-sweet chocolate fades in mid way. Ginger and hints of dark chocolate join the party soon after, closely followed by a whisper of lime.

M- Thicker side of medium body. Silky.

O- My favorite Sierra Nevada beer to date. The ginger, brown sugar, and lime really added some nice dynamics to this stout. Semi-slick and silky with wonderful flavors. I'll be buying a sixer as soon as possible.

Photo of Mantooth
3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured at Revolution Ale House, Charlotte NC.

Pours a deep dark brown with a frothy mocha head that fades, leaving rich sticky lacing. Fantastic nose, dark fruit and spices... they're there in the taste as well, though a bit more malt would've put the taste over the top. Very good brew, glad I tried it.

Welcome to NC, fellas... see ya at Beer Camp.

Photo of puboflyons
3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle. Sampled on July 24, 2014.

The pours a deep dark brown to nearly black with a modest off-white head that fades down quickly.

The aroma is incredibly spiced up with ginger, rosemary, and some other biting herbs penetrating my senses. A sugar sweetness too.

The body is in the medium range and perhaps a little better.

The taste is just as spiced up as the aroma with the same aromatic burning herbs such as a rosemary, ginger, German thyme, and sage playing up big. Moderate bitterness at the end.

Photo of tillmac62
4.11/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

BOD 5/28/14. Black pour with a fair head and lacing retention. Light nose of roast, chocolate and a hint of ginger and lime. Nice full body with a creamy texture. Normal carbonation level with a touch of effervescence on the finish. Very nice complex and balanced flavor profile. The typical stout flavors of roast and chocolate lead off, then flow into a light burnt sugar/molasses sweetness. As the sweetness fades, ginger comes forward over a light citric tartness and lime flavor. The smooth finish leaves you with a tart chocolate note and a hint of alcohol.

Photo of Treyliff
3.78/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from bottle to a snifter

A- pours pitch black with a small creamy light-tan head that reduces to a ring around the edge, no lace left behind

S- burnt caramelized sugar, day old coffee, spicy ginger & lime juice, rum & cola

T- burnt sugar gives it a big caramel sweetness up front, the ginger and lime kick it mid-palate, giving it a slightly tart flavor, the finish leads to a hint of coffee and chocolate with more lime and some cola on the linger

M- medium body with low carbonation leads to a slightly foamy mouthfeel with a smooth finish, abv is hidden very well

O- very interesting take on a stout, unlike anything I've tried. The flavor almost resembles a rum & coke with lime. Not my favorite, but quite unique and worth a try

Photo of BeerDawgs
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 12 oz bottle picked up as a single. 1st brew created and bottled at the new North Carolina brewery

A - Pitch black, 1 full finger of tan head, and sticky lace left all over the glass. Looks like motor oil!

S - Spices dominate! Sweet and brown sugar

T - Very tasty, and is definitely a spiced stout. Nutmeg, fairly sweet

M - Full bodied and well carbonated

O - An excellent 1st brew out from SN outside of California. Well done..

Photo of avalon07
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a dark brown color and a thick texture. There was an inch of foamy head that lasted a fair amount of time. Average lacing.

S: An interesting aroma of malt, chocolate, ginger, and a sweet element.

T: Tasted of light chocolate notes, malt, ginger, burnt sugar, and a little licorice. Definitely not your typical stout flavor. It's sweeter and lighter, but not any less flavorful. It's a kind of jarring at first, but you get used to it.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a super smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

O: If you'd like to try an unusual stout, this is a good one for you. Odd, but tasty.

Photo of mntlover
3.97/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours black with some brown around the edges a chocolate thumb sized head that falls to ringed scum. Some descent lace left behind.

Aroma is roasted sweetness, lots of sugars without being overly sweet. Some light fruity notes with earthy hints.

Taste is nice lots of roasted notes, smooth with lots of burnt sugar and toasted caramel notes. Some light burnt notes mingles with light licorice notes. Finish has a nice spice bite from the ginger that I didn't really notice in the nose.

Mouthfeel is nice very solid brew almost full bodied and really smooth. Carbonation is on the smooth side.

Overall very solid stout smooth and tasty with no notice of the alcohol, pretty high abv for a normal stout but an enjoyable treat from the new SN brewery.

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a shaker pint, the beer is a very dark, almost black coloring, with chestnut highlights around the edges, and a thin, low profile, filmy, off-white head. Aromas of charred wood, evergreen, smoke, hints of molasses, and subtle fruity highlights. Heavily roasted nose. Flavors are heavily roasted once again, with a chocolate and coffee blend, both heavily roasted and bitter, with a blast of campfire smoke, roasted molasses, and highlights of citrus fruit and herbal notes. Roast is the main bullet point being taken away from the palate presentation today. Wowzers! The body is smooth, middle of the road, providing enough feel for the palate, but light enough to avoid overpowering. The aftertaste is still smoked and roasted, with a subtle candied sugar feel. The finish is smooth and light, with a smoked and roasted linger, and hints of rich sweetness. Solid brew!

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Rain Check from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 228 ratings.