Rain Check - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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266 Ratings
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Ratings: 266
Reviews: 44
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 9.59%
Wants: 14
Gots: 58 | FT: 5
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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 gibgink
4.24/5  rDev +9.8%
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 puboflyons
3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

Photo of barhoc11
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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.

Photo of startreker
4.84/5  rDev +25.4%
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!

Photo of Mantooth
3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Photo of chinchill
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%

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.

Photo of burnzgtm
3.96/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

Photo of harpo111
3.9/5  rDev +1%
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.

Photo of Treyliff
3.78/5  rDev -2.1%
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 n2185
3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours black with a finger of tan head that fades into a thin layer with decent lacing.

S: Lots of spices on the nose, reminiscent of gingerbread or pumpkin pie. There are also roasted malts and and sweet chocolate aromas.

T: Roasted malts again with a heavy spice presence, also similar to gingerbread or pumpkin pie. There are some semi-sweet chocolate flavors before a roasted, lightly bitter finish with a slight alcohol warmth.

M: Medium-thick body with medium carbonation, this beer is lighter than expected. I'd like it if it were a bit creamier.

O: A good beer, overall. Reminds me of some of the gingerbread stouts I've had. It's tasty and drinkable.

Photo of Beejay
3.69/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

Photo of vwbus7
4.01/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Picked this up today from a friend who was lucky enough to get "ONE" case of this at his store. I'm very excited that Sierra Nevada has a brewery in my state.

The label art on the bottle is attractive and makes you want to try the beer.

A- Pours beautiful black with a fair amount of head, I'm currently drinking it at cellar temp and will pour another at fridge temp (i did and it had a nice creamy head)

S- Of toasted malt, chocolate malt= wonderful

T- Of good roasted malt ever so slightly sweet with excellent bitterness at the end. The ginger right up front followed by Citrus. Would be great on cask or nitro.

M- Not heavy, medium bodied with great carbonation.

O- Great first product from the new brewery . Good job.

Photo of iheartmyTHO
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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.

Photo of smakawhat
4.26/5  rDev +10.4%
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.

Photo of Immortale25
4.04/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a baby snifter. Back label says PKGD 05/28/14.

A- Pours a 99% opaque black color with a 1/2 inch dark tan head that retains well before becoming a thin ring around the edge of the glass and a small streak of surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing leaves a jagged ring behind.

S- The lime really comes through in the aroma and has some dark roast trailing behind it. Considerable booze fume.

T- Now, the ginger is showing itself more and actually complements the heavy dark roast surprisingly well. I'm an admitted ginger junkie but this is actually a neat pairing I wouldn't have ever thought would work. The alcohol is decently masked and there's a lime aftertaste.

M- Zesty from the ginger and medium carbonation with a full body.

O- Ginger seems to be gaining popularity as a special ingredient in beers and I, for one, am all for it. If you're at all a fan of ginger, give this one a shot.

Photo of ThickNStout
3.47/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle from Sprayberry Bottle Shop (Marietta, GA). 10.99/ 4 pack. Bottled 5/28/14. Served in a goblet.

Pours dark brown, appearing near black in the glass, with a fluffy three finger pale tan cap of foam. Nice retention and a good bit of lace.

Smells of cocoa, ginger, burnt sugar and dark malts.

Taste follows the nose fairly closely. Bittersweet cocoa, roasted malt, burnt sugar, a strange yet fitting citrus zest, earth, hints of ginger and a dab of booze. Drinks as easily as something with 2-3% less alcohol.

Medium, creamy body with moderate carbonation. Finishes with zesty citrus skins, ginger, cocoa and charred malts.

A slightly different stout with it's own charm. The ginger and lime additions do a nice job keeping this sub-9% stout from coming across as too heavy.

Photo of mntlover
3.97/5  rDev +2.8%
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 zac16125
3.73/5  rDev -3.4%

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

Photo of dbrauneis
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours an opaque yet still clear jet black in color with light amounts of gentle visible carbonation along the edges of the glass and moderate amounts of cola brown highlights. The beer has a finger tall foamy dark tan head that reduces to a mottled thick film covering the entire surface of the beer and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of roasted and toasted malts with hints of burnt sugar and caramel. Lighter aromas of fresh citrus/lime zest and spicy fresh ginger.

T: Upfront there are moderate flavors of roasted and toasted malts with light amounts of burnt sugar and caramel adding some hints of sweetness. There is a moderate to heavy amount of spicy fresh ginger and light flavors of fresh lime citrus towards the finish. Light to moderate amounts of bitterness which fades fairly quickly.

M: Medium to full bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly prickly upfront with a bit of creaminess towards the finish.

O: A very nice spiced stout - the roasted malts, burnt sugar, and spices really work well together. A very nice stout with a gentle enough hand on the spices accentuating the beer rather than overpowering it. Definitely recommended.

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!

Photo of Griffin2
3.77/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

Photo of Csikic93
4.02/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Smells spicy, almost like soy sauce. This beer is almost something I would drink during Christmas time in front of a fire

Photo of teromous
3.04/5  rDev -21.2%
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 avalon07
4/5  rDev +3.6%
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 macrosmatic
3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

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Rain Check from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 266 ratings.