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Sierra Nevada Stout - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Sierra Nevada Stout
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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

2,774 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 2,774
Reviews: 1,332
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 11.06%
Wants: 191
Gots: 160 | 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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Ratings: 2,774 | Reviews: 1,332 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by jtfest:
Photo of jtfest
3.78/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep auburn brown -- virtually but not quite opaque in the glass, with a small mustard brown head that slowly thins. The aroma is slightly charcoal, roasted, and malty -- but very subtle and light. The brew is thick and chewy -- coating the palate and the throat, but not syrupy at all. Unfortunately, the taste was lacking for me. Somewhat watery, lightly hinting at caramel, but the taste was a little weak and slightly burnt. Not bad, mind you, but there are many better types of stout. Could be considered easy drinking, but I'd get bored doing it.

jtfest, Mar 27, 2004
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep black with a slight reddish hue in the bottem of the glass with a light almond colored head that leaves some decent lacing.Aroma is very roasted and nutty with hints of grassy hop.Taste is nice and nutty with a highly roasted malt flare the hop is very noticable as it gos very nicely in the mix with the nuttiness of this beer.A really balanced stout here not a one sided beer here.A real treat to drink.

oberon, Nov 27, 2003
Photo of davemarc87
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

davemarc87, Mar 10, 2014
Photo of RoyalT
4.38/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – Almost black with a smallish head that went down quickly.

Smell – The aroma is mostly toasted malt, but there’s some dark fruit and maybe some hops for balancing in there as well.

Taste – This one is serious. The depth of the burnt malt is very intense – it reminds me of burnt toast. This flavor carries on to the finish. There’s an unidentified hoppy flavor in there, but the dominant toasted malt flavor is deep and everlasting.

Mouthfeel – The light carbonation and the fact that the stout doesn’t try to do too much gives it a very smooth texture pass the tongue and cheeks.

Drinkability – This went down really well.

Comments – I tasted this alongside the SN porter for comparison purposes. They are both excellent brews. I liked the smooth and creamy texture of this one most and appreciated the depth of the body as well.

RoyalT, Aug 17, 2003
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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

DanGeo, Apr 26, 2014
Photo of tectactoe
3.95/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep black with some dark brown outlining the glass and the top of the beer. Light-tan colored head which left surprisingly decent lacing along the glass on the way down. Initial nose is sweet, creamy, and milky, backed up with a nice helping of roasted malts - grainy and full of chocolate. Slight bitterness hits the taste buds, along with a nice carbonation snap, but it's quickly rivaled by the sweetness of the malt and the dark, roasted coffee and chocolaty flavor it brings. Creamy, medium body, very smooth on the palette.

Overall, an incredibly enjoyable beer. Sierra Nevada makes some good stuff, and this stout is on the money. So fundamentally sound and simple, just executed beautifully.

tectactoe, Oct 23, 2012
Photo of ricke
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Serving date: 2009-03-23. On-tap att Bishop's Arms, Malmö. Served in pint glass.

A: Very dark brown, almost black. 1 finger tan-colored and rather creamy head.

S: Plenty of dark and roasted malt aromas. Hints of dark fruits. A decent amount of earthy hop aromas as well. Compared to the bottled version it's slightly restrained. It lacks some bigger and fuller aromas.

T: Firm semi-sweet malt body, nice roasted flavors. Some dark fruits, dark bread and earthy wood notes. Very pleasant hop flavors, earthy and gently spicy. Mild bitterness, juicy malts and more hops in the finish.

M: Medium body, off-centered carbonation. Rather smooth, though.

D: A very good low alcohol stout, but inferior to the bottled version. Compared to the bottled version it has less fruity flavors but interestingly a more pronounced hop character. Most importantly, its body is way lighter.

ricke, Mar 25, 2009
Photo of ExtraStout
3.48/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

The SN Stout pours an almost opaque black with deep ruby highlights. It has a frothy clingy tan head that goes to a collar and displays a ton of lacing.

Its aroma is appealing as well - figs, chocolate, roasted malts with some bitter coffee notes.

The flavor is fruity figs, chocolate and vanilla up front, followed by a strong metallic, almost chalky, bitterness that kind of rubs me the wrong way. It is thinner than I would expect yet leaves a sticky bitter residue.

Overall, this is a nice stout. If not for the off finish (to me at least), this would be a great one.

ExtraStout, May 11, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

passthatpurpyo, Dec 01, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

OhioBobcat, Saturday at 07:08 PM
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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

tbryan5, Mar 10, 2013
Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12oz short brown twist cap bottle. Thin layer of sediment from bottle conditioning.

Appearance: A smooth black with leather hues around the edges and a creamy tan head with great retention.

Smell: Rich dark and on the dry side hints of fruit esters and grain aromas with a full earthy hop leaf nose, notes of ripe plum and light molasses are also detected.

Taste: A creamy full bodied brew with a roasted barley bitterness, notes of chocolate and a touch of caramel. High hop bitterness to balance that begins light, turns sharp and slightly tingly, eventually imparting its earthy flavour in the aftertaste and complementing the dry bitterness left from the roasted barley. The aftertaste stays with you for a very long time.

Notes: One of our favourite stouts; a well balanced brew showing both malt and hop complexities without one being the more dominant.

BeerAdvocate, Oct 14, 2000
Photo of Dmann
3.7/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer was kind of a dissapointment but it was still better than alot of beers I've had. It poured a great deep brown color with a huge fluffy tan head that gave way to lots of lace down the glass. The smell had lots of roasted malt and coffee scents in it. The taste is what dissapointed me a bit. It tasted a little too "earthy" in my opinion. The hops snuck in and the roasted malt flavors were good but there was just some kind of sour flavor that I got from it that was not too pleasing. Although I did notice that there was a hard ring of yeast or something at the bottom of every bottle of the 6 pack that I drank so this batch could have been a little old. I will mostly likley try it again before I pass final judjement on this beer, but as it is now, I like the Sierra Nevada Porter MUCH better than the stout!

Dmann, Nov 22, 2003
Photo of blackearth
4.58/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Purchased from Trader Joe's. Pours a black body with a thick tan head. Aroma is of earthy, roasted malts. Full bodied with medium carbonation and a chewy mouthfeel. Flavors are roasted malts, coffee and bitter chocolate. Still one of the best stouts out there.

blackearth, Nov 27, 2009
Photo of skybluewater
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very deep black, with a bit of mohagany if I hold my glass up to the light. Some lacing, but not much. Smells a bit funky, dark chocolate and puddle water (hey, I'm trying). Taste is very bitter, like an espresso, with a touch of chocolate there, but not nearly as much (nor as sweet) as you'd get with an Imperial Stout.

All in all, this is a very solid stout.

skybluewater, Sep 22, 2004
Photo of orbitalr0x
4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours from the stubby brown bottle a beautiful opaque black with a nice 1 inch tan head. Just the way a good stout should look. The smell is of roasted malts and hops. Some caramel and light coffee tones are present. The aroma is wonderful and begs you to indulge. The first sip brings a wonderfully toasted malt flavor along with some coffee notes as well. The hops are definetly there on the palate as well...bringing this stout together in a sublime fashion. It's just a damn fine, tasty american stout...no bones about it. Mouthfeel is great...rich and full bodied. This one will fill yer belly. As far as drinkability...I dunno if I'd have more than a few of these...but I'd say that about the style in general. This is a great beer that I'm sure I'll revisit time and time again. Also, it leaves some very nice lacing patterns on my pint glass as well.

orbitalr0x, Sep 09, 2004
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

sabitu, Dec 28, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

supa0525, Aug 19, 2013
Photo of DwedPirateWobert
4/5  rDev -1.7%

DwedPirateWobert, Jun 03, 2013
Photo of bulldogg915
2.5/5  rDev -38.6%

bulldogg915, Mar 06, 2014
Photo of chOAKbarrell
4.75/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beautifully frothy & creamy mocha-tinted head. Dark black midnight body. Lacing all over the glass.

Coffee beans and grains in the nose. Mouth starts to water...

Taste is wonderfully rounded. Rich, full-bodied and pleasantly mildly bitter. Coffee & chocolate notes can be found throughout. A pure delight.

Mouthfeel is just like the taste: rich and full, plus it leaves a great aftertaste.

I am sure this is an excellent session stout for many beer enthusiasts. It certainly is for me. Delicious.

chOAKbarrell, Jan 08, 2006
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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

danthehopslamman, Aug 15, 2012
Photo of Satyr179
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

Satyr179, Mar 09, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

SD-Alefan, Jan 09, 2014
Photo of csmartin6
4/5  rDev -1.7%

csmartin6, Feb 22, 2013
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Sierra Nevada Stout from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 2,774 ratings.