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Rain Check - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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very good

169 Ratings
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Ratings: 169
Reviews: 27
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 10.13%
Wants: 6
Gots: 33 | FT: 2
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 scvance
4/5  rDev +3.9%

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, Tuesday at 10:31 PM
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

bret717, Monday at 01:54 AM
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3.92/5  rDev +1.8%

kkazemi, Sunday at 01:39 AM
Photo of gooche
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

gooche, Saturday at 08:43 PM
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

ZEB89, Sep 13, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

PA-Michigander, Sep 12, 2014
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

dwfrank, Sep 11, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

tabascosigned, Sep 10, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

gillagorilla, Sep 10, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

firstlighthiker, Sep 09, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

ncstateplaya, Sep 09, 2014
Photo of zac16125
3.73/5  rDev -3.1%

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

zac16125, Sep 08, 2014
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

Yoda22, Sep 04, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

PassMeAZima, Sep 03, 2014
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4.28/5  rDev +11.2%

brewnerd83, Sep 03, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

FUwolfpacker, Sep 01, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

NHbeerguy, Sep 01, 2014
Photo of chinchill
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%

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.

chinchill, Aug 31, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Bhoward0698, Aug 31, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

reaganrvltn, Aug 30, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

caljzy, Aug 29, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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.

iheartmyTHO, Aug 27, 2014
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3/5  rDev -22.1%

ColdOne, Aug 25, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

AmitC, Aug 25, 2014
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Rain Check from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 169 ratings.