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Rain Check - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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very good

171 Ratings
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Ratings: 171
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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Reviews by ChainGangGuy:
Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle - $2.79 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

PKGD 05/28/14.

Appearance: Pours an inky, near black body with under an inch of creamyish, toasty beige head. A few large dots of lace.

Smell: A dark roasty (and toasty) maltiness, a little sweet chocolate, charred sugars. Hint of dark fruit muddled with fresh lime rind and wrapped in an aromatic zip of ginger root.

Taste: Roasty, toasty malts laced with sugary chocolate. The added doses of brown sugar and molasses blend right and are quite at home with the other dark malty flavors. Ginger, mercifully, remains a restrained accent. The lime, to my sincere surprise, was a welcome element, mostly overshadowing the dark fruity esters. Minimal bitterness. Closes out with a sweetish, distinctively lime-laden finish.

Mouthfeel: A bit above medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Smooth mouthfeel.

Overall: Recommended. It does display the elements of a Dark 'n' Stormy and is a spiced stout that doesn't fall into two prime pitfalls: over-excessive spicing or perfunctory base beer.

ChainGangGuy, Jun 21, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Funky-Brewster, Jul 07, 2014
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3.81/5  rDev -1%
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.

Mantooth, Jul 29, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

HopsForBrains, Jun 22, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -28.6%

HoppySeb, Aug 17, 2014
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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%

CrusinforaBrewsin, Jul 03, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

seavercm, Jun 25, 2014
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

tdm168, Jul 20, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

reaganrvltn, Aug 30, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

Damian74Shensky, Jul 05, 2014
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

qcbrewer, Jun 20, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

tclipse, Jul 13, 2014
Photo of burnzgtm
3.94/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'll keep it simple by saying that its a great beer.

A: Pours a dark coffee color with about a half finger head.

S: the smell is of the roasted malts and you can faintly tell the lime and ginger has been used.

T: tastes very good, roasted malt and burnt sugar tastes are there and the lime and ginger are very subtle but you can tell its there.

O: this is a good beer, the fact that it's the first release from SN's new brewery in Asheville makes it that much better, i definitely recommend one if you like stouts.

burnzgtm, Jun 28, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

dailyminefield, Jun 21, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

woodchip, Aug 02, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

tabascosigned, Sep 10, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

atlbravsrno1, Aug 02, 2014
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5/5  rDev +29.9%

Jordanmtate, Aug 04, 2014
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3.9/5  rDev +1.3%

richj1970, Today at 01:43 AM
Photo of harpo111
3.91/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I was a little reluctant to try this one when I first saw...but am glad I did.
A: nice dark stout
S: complex Carmel nose with plenty of roasted grain smell...then u smell the ginger.
T: nice stout w that ginger lime finish..not to strong...but sits well over the stout
M: slightly heavy but with the kick at the end of the ginger....
O: I like this beer....not bitter aftertaste like some stouts...Ginger is very refreshing.
Would buy this again in a minute. Great beer.

harpo111, Jul 07, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

SFNC, Jun 24, 2014
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

Illmaticzx, Aug 12, 2014
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3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
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

Treyliff, Jul 15, 2014
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

dvmin98, Jul 03, 2014
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Rain Check from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 171 ratings.