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Rain Check - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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43 Reviews
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Reviews: 43
Hads: 285
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 7.95%
Wants: 13
Gots: 60 | FT: 5
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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Photo of jzeilinger
3.94/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Black, medium toffee colored lacing.

S - Chocolate, ginger bread, and lime - makes for an interesting combination.

T - Faint ginger and lime throughout with a roasted chocolate malt base underneath and a lingering chocolate finish.

M - Medium body that coats the mouth with roasted chocolate with some residual lime on the back of the tongue.

O - An interesting stout and the ABV is completely hidden making this a dangerously drinkable beer. (451 characters)

Photo of James_Michaud91
3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I liked this beer a lot more than I thought I would. The use of the spices is conservative which I appreciate. Acting more as a support than the main flavor. The lime/ginger help cut the slightly sticky finish- very drinkable for 9%

Would definitely recommend trying this one if you come across it. Purchased at the Sierra Nevada brewery in Chico. (349 characters)

Photo of ConradKenney
3/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Don't think the lime really went well with the malt flavor of the beer, or maybe my tastebuds are off. Mouthfeel was thinner than I look for in stouts. (152 characters)

Photo of Beejay
3.69/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Deep black with a dark tan head on the top. Looks nice.

S: Very interesting there is a lot of smells in here that are heard to distinguish, sweet aroma comes out with caramel, as well as a hint of spice flavor. Something bright in the finish, after reading the bottle I could assume it was lime.

T: Interesting as all hell. Who would have thought that ginger and lime would work in a stout. The brightness of the lime works with the roasted malts, and caramel sweetness. Interesting, but the oddities of it make it a little bit of a one off, rather than something I would buy a lot of.

M: Medium heavy in body, smooth and thick with a moderate amount of carbonation.

O: Overall it's hella interesting, but the melding of flavors can only take it so far. I think this is good, but not something I would pick up again. (830 characters)

Photo of ZBowden
4.06/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours pitch black with a tan head, smells of lime malts and spiciness or spicy hops, tastes of lime and spices slight coffee and malt. Mouthfeel is smooth and average with slight carbonation. (191 characters)

Photo of AndrewMichael
3.81/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle packaged on 03/04/15, poured into a stemmed glass. Very smooth stout at almost 9%, and can definitely taste the ginger finish. I'm not getting as much of the lime. I see this as a great winter warmer style. (222 characters)

Photo of startreker
4.84/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

L = Poured up into my brand new stout glass by Spiegelau!! Beautiful dark rich body, and a nice white head. Nice head retention all the way throughout the beer.

S = The aroma, is a wonderful blend of dark roasted coffee, chocolate, and spices. The more it warms up, aroma is more pronounced.

T = The taste, is a wonderful display of roasted malt, chocolate, and coffee flavors that echo the aroma of this stout. The more it warms up, the flavors really shine through.

F = The mouth feel of this Stout, is like liquid velvet. It is so smooth and creamy!

O = This is an exceptional stout! Such an outstanding display of the aromatics, and flavors coming together beautifully! Highly recommend this amazing tasty stout for all to enjoy!! The brewery is only 20 min. from home here in N.C. Cant wait to pay it a visit! (826 characters)

Photo of smakawhat
4.26/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the bottle into a snifter glass, sure why not.

A creamy one finger light tan top presented, with a little bit of thin bubbles, but also some thick bubbled puck as well. Body color is a dark walnut brown, and very opaque.

Spicy aroma, woody, like nutmeg and sweeter brown spices, maybe allspice? In the mix. Hints of mild brown sugar and clove round out as well, with a bit of hinting cream in the mix. Mild roast character, but a dominant spicy sweetness that comes off real nicely. Very inviting.

Palate hits real nicely. Creamy body and nice and rich hinting from the nose brings the goods on the mid palate. Coffee and wood, sweet and almost like cedar, with a wonderful winter warmer-"ish" spicy quality. Roast and char bring a piping brewed coffee like flavor and finish on the aftertaste, mixing in with a great milky creamy body to match.

Real fun take on a stout with a really nice richness to it as well. Comes out like really great spiced coffee, and malt rich roasty thick. (1,010 characters)

Photo of teromous
3.04/5  rDev -22.1%
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. (888 characters)

Photo of Griffin2
3.77/5  rDev -3.3%
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. (265 characters)

Photo of qchic
4/5  rDev +2.6%
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. (920 characters)

Photo of gibgink
4.24/5  rDev +8.7%
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. (647 characters)

Photo of macrosmatic
3.68/5  rDev -5.6%
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. (1,080 characters)

Photo of rangerred
4.02/5  rDev +3.1%
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. (825 characters)

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. (326 characters)

Photo of barhoc11
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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. (192 characters)

Photo of scvance
4/5  rDev +2.6%

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. (609 characters)

Photo of zac16125
3.73/5  rDev -4.4%

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 (1,288 characters)

Photo of chinchill
3.95/5  rDev +1.3%

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. (346 characters)

Photo of iheartmyTHO
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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. (354 characters)

Photo of Scott_Anderson_
3.54/5  rDev -9.2%
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. (525 characters)

Photo of mattsdenney
3.54/5  rDev -9.2%
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. (365 characters)

Photo of tmm313
4.41/5  rDev +13.1%
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. (843 characters)

Photo of Mantooth
3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
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. (352 characters)

Photo of puboflyons
3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
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. (527 characters)

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Rain Check from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 43 ratings.