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Sierra Nevada Stout - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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2,873 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,873
Reviews: 1,340
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 11.06%
Wants: 203
Gots: 193 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Stout |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-14-2000)
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4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Black with ruby highlights, capped by a light milk chocolate brown crown. The foam is softly pitting and eventually deflates to a thick disk, leaving rings of lace. The aroma is of charred black malt (with more chocolate than coffee) and a snippet of hops.

Wow, is this a chocolate stout? It's more chocolate-like than many chocolate stouts that I've had. It tastes like melted Hershey's kisses were added before bottling. That's a good thing. SNS favors the sweeter side of its personality, which only makes the chocolate comparison that much more vivid.

Hops are present in the background, but don't intrude. The family resemblance to Sierra Nevada Porter is obvious. The finish is long, nicely roasty, chocolate-like and hoppy. The mouthfeel isn't quite as full as I'd like, but it's pretty good all the same.

Sierra Nevada Stout is another solid effort from this brewery. It really should be labeled as a chocolate stout since it most certainly tastes like one. I'm thrilled that it's available locally.

BuckeyeNation, Mar 27, 2004
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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

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4.28/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle purchased at AJ's in Rochester, NY.

Pours a dark brown, almost black, with a lot of darker lacing, and a half inch head.

Smells like coffee, chocolate, large amounts of roasted malt, and a bit of smoke.

This is one of the quintessential low-ABV stouts made in America, and it's quite delicious. It's not terribly complex, and doesn't exactly jump out at you, but it tastes great and everything melds together really. There's some roasted malt, roasted coffee beans, mild smoke, some piney hop bitterness, and a bit of dark, bitter chocolate. This dials the sweetness way down and compensates with big bitter flavors from a variety of sources.

The beer has a body of relatively medium strength, with a creamy, dry mouthfeel, and a lower level of carbonation. I drank it really fast- it goes down really easy.

I can't believe it took me this long to finally try this one- it's a classic, and tastes amazing.

GreesyFizeek, Nov 20, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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Sierra Nevada Stout from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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