Sierra Nevada Stout - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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Reviews by erz316:
4.18/5 rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5
A - the bottle pours a solid dark liquid that is about as clear as mud. the head is a a lighter tan colour. a viscid head also leaves a nice lot of lacing evenly around the glass. there is a good ammount of yeast speckled around the bottom of the glass as well.
S - Very nice. an amazing chocolate smell emanates from my glass upon inspection. Not like a usual stout, however, this one's chocolate is not the bitter baking kind; there is a distinct sweetness to the scent that make it clearly different; though I would not go as far to say there are hints of fruit, the sweetness could be akin to such. there are some roasted cerials to be smelled, but I tend to get too caught up in the prior example, and leave those to be tasted
T - A good taste, but nothing comes out to grab my attention immediately. Probably the most prevalent is those background roasted cerials, malts and barley I suppose. The chocolate smell becomes an obscure taste that is more mixed with a slight bitterness of coffee than something pure and un-compromised.
MF - a bit to watery for my tastes, though the slight hint of carbonation does remedy this after it hit your palate in full, the initial sip into the mouth I find to be a bit to easy flowing. though I cannot say that the wateriness is constant, for it recedes once the beer is agitated in your mouth, if not, then the feel to the beer is less than something recommendable.
D - However! the lack of viscosity to the brew does lend itself to be very easy to drink, and this is a redeemable quality.
Serving type: bottle
01-07-2009 01:10:38 | More by erz316
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3.85/5 rDev -5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
12 oz. bottle poured into pint glass
(Sept. 6, 2013 bottled-date)
L: classic black with creamy tan head (1/3- to 1/2-inch) but held up to light you can see it's clear; deep dark red, ruby ... almost purple ... but definitely clear, just super dark
S: coffee and chocolate; some burnt barley , almost woody, burnt oak -- it hits all of my favorite stout notes without crossing over into the dark world of raisins/licorice. sweet enough at times to make you picture chocolate malt or a vanilla shake with hot fudge on top.
T: burnt wood, coffee, dark bitter chocolate; it's a bit "darker" than the nose with definite burnt notes. it still doesn't cross into the licorice/raisin range, but it's dark roasted coffee with a hint of alcohol in the flavor
F: almost slick and lumpy thick like a milk stout at first; the carbonation keeps it very drinkable, but this is surprisingly thick for a lower-ABV stout. it's not water.
O: very solid ... I'd drink this often if I could get it in town, but for some reason, I can find SN Porter but not their Stout. too bad because this is better than the porter -- more coffee, more chocolate, under 6% ABV so it's not an adventure like the imperials: in many ways it's a perfect beer. i wish the taste mimicked the nose 1-to-1, but the bit darker taste is still smooth and enjoyable.
Sierra Nevada doesn't make a bad beer, and it's nice to see this isn't hopped up into a black IPA or some such. a true American malt-bomb.
Serving type: bottle
04-15-2014 02:13:33 | More by Premo88
4.05/5 rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Full disclosure, this beer is six months old. I don't think it'll be bad, but who knows...
A: Pours about a finger of mocha head. Very creamy looking. Black as night, which is rare for standard level stouts. Moderate retention, excellent lacing.
S: Roasted barley, slight coffee. Splashes of cinnamon, spice, and cocoa.
T: Big roasty characteristics. Almost to the smoked category. Hops are definitely present, as well. They take on a leafy, woodsy characteristic that works wondefuly with the roastiness. Flavor is fairly deep, mellowing to slight hints of dark chocolate and chicory.
M: Balanced for 5.8%. This one is pretty thick for 5.8%, but the carbonation helps to cut things and keep them balanced.
O: A great example of the style. This one is no frills and straight to the point. That point is an awesome roasty characteristic with enough hoppiness to keep things interesting.
Serving type: bottle
04-09-2014 08:26:33 | More by McStagger
Sierra Nevada Stout from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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