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Rain Check - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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very good

191 Ratings
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Ratings: 191
Reviews: 31
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 10.18%
Wants: 8
Gots: 40 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Stout |  8.90% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: dwagner003 on 05-27-2014)
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Photo of puboflyons
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

puboflyons, Jul 25, 2014
Photo of sonofliberty2
4.25/5  rDev +11%

sonofliberty2, Today at 12:16 PM
Photo of helios7
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

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

helios7, Tuesday at 11:27 PM
Photo of rangerred
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

rangerred, Oct 23, 2014
Photo of Papa_Lafayette
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

Papa_Lafayette, Oct 21, 2014
Photo of Melocollo
4.24/5  rDev +10.7%

Melocollo, Oct 19, 2014
Photo of barczar
3.87/5  rDev +1%

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.

barczar, Oct 19, 2014
Photo of Mphis
3/5  rDev -21.7%

Mphis, Oct 19, 2014
Photo of barhoc11
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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.

barhoc11, Oct 18, 2014
Photo of Fijimertz
3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

Fijimertz, Oct 14, 2014
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

APBT91, Oct 13, 2014
Photo of rderedin
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

rderedin, Oct 11, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Elicoleman, Oct 10, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

TigerOwl, Oct 07, 2014
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3/5  rDev -21.7%

Madgin21, Oct 04, 2014
Photo of AlexFields
2.9/5  rDev -24.3%

AlexFields, Oct 01, 2014
Photo of Beerasaurus
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Beerasaurus, Oct 01, 2014
Photo of sansho
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

sansho, Sep 30, 2014
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3.64/5  rDev -5%

quazi96, Sep 30, 2014
Photo of williamjbauer
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

williamjbauer, Sep 27, 2014
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

NMFB, Sep 22, 2014
Photo of richj1970
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%

richj1970, Sep 21, 2014
Photo of jstout26
4/5  rDev +4.4%

jstout26, Sep 17, 2014
Photo of scvance
4/5  rDev +4.4%

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.

scvance, Sep 16, 2014
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Rain Check from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 191 ratings.