Sierra Nevada Stout - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Sierra Nevada StoutSierra Nevada Stout

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3,106 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,106
Reviews: 1,389
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 11.06%
Wants: 257
Gots: 331 | FT: 3
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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-14-2000

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Ratings: 3,106 | Reviews: 1,389
Reviews by kinger:
Photo of kinger
3.95/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This one far exceeded my expectations, a dry stout with some character. Pours a thick black with an impressive head and nice lacing. Malty aroma, bitter with subtle chocolate and coffee notes. Medium fullness and creamy enough to score well but not great on the palate. Exceptional taste, well rounded flavor strong but not overpowering. Roasted malts, chocolate, and bitter coffee can be detected. Nice strong alcohol content. Good alternative to the other dry stouts commonly found.

More User Reviews:
Photo of BuckeyeNation
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.

Photo of oberon
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

Photo of RoyalT
4.35/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

Photo of tectactoe
3.94/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

Photo of ricke
3.71/5  rDev -8.8%
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.

Photo of ExtraStout
3.51/5  rDev -13.8%
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.

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.

Photo of Dmann
3.73/5  rDev -8.4%
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!

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.

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.

Photo of orbitalr0x
4.28/5  rDev +5.2%
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 bones about it. Mouthfeel is 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.

Photo of chOAKbarrell
4.73/5  rDev +16.2%
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.

Photo of 3HovsepiansBrews
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - A dark brown/black with a pretty tan head.

S- Hints of coffee with roasted malt aroma and a little caramel.

T- The taste is similar to the nose but with some dark chocolate as well as a slight earthiness from the hops. The hop bitterness compliments the roasted bitterness very well. Also, there are some slight notes of vanilla.

M - Medium body with fair amount of carbonation.

O- This is a great beer and one of the most drinkable stouts I have had in a while. It is really well balanced and subtle in both taste and smell, while still being full-flavored and easy to drink.

Photo of grynder33
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

S. N. continues to impress and shine Seductive dark color with a better head than you see on most stouts.Chocolate malted aroma, smooth dark chocolate taste,slight bitter coffee aftertaste. Right up there near the top, but the best are bolder and denser.

Photo of Beaver13
3.68/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of bishopdc0
3.83/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark brown color in glass it is black. The head forms and hugs the glasses edge. The middle of the head dissipates but the lace and side remains.

The smell is a nice chocolate malt upfront. The roasted notes come in and linger.

I love the taste of this beer. The roasted flavor is upfront. It is a fresh tasting roasted barley. The carbonation is upfront only on the tongue. It leaves behind a dry roasted flavor on the tongue

Photo of Britton
4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Looks like a stout. Opaque brown through thee center with a halo of ruddy happiness around the outside. Dense khaki head which diminishes to a translucent sheet. Blotchy lacing.

S: Smells like a stout. Light coffee, slightly astringent roasted malts, and a spot o' chocolate. Inviting.

T: This motherfucker even tastes like one, too. Bitter hop-coffee and chocolate up front, followed by the same roasted astringency in ze nose.

M: Light and bubbly. Slightly thin. A touch of oiliness from the hops.

D: Gimme. More.

A classic!

Photo of SAxDRC5
4.83/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: pitch black with a thick head

S: smells like chocolate and coffee.

T: bitter-sweet chocolate. perfect balance between malty and hoppy. very good. one of the best stouts I've had

M: smooth and creamy. a bit more carbonation than i would prefer in a stout.

D: Perfect. I could have quite a few of these

Photo of Doomcifer
3.86/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured black, only letting a miniscule amount of light in, with a huge, chunky, frothy head. Lacing galore. What a georgeous brew!

Aroma is of sweet, dark malts, chocolate, roastiness, coffee beans.

Taste is of bitter dark chocolate, roastiness, dark malts, big hop kick in the middle, ending dry and roasty. I can taste a small amount of alcohol as well.

Mouthfeel is rich and semi-creamy. Not extremely robust but not watery for a stout either. A little extra carbonation in this one too.

I would say this brew is pretty drinkable despite it being classified as a heavy beer.

Photo of Jason
4.66/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

One of my all time favourite stouts, I could drink this morning, noon or night. Yet it is a perfect lunch time beer to pair up with a hearty corned beef on rye sandwich.

Photo of merlin48
4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Can't believe I had never tried this one. Thanks to mtnlover for supplying a bottle to remedy my omission. This one pours a dark and opaque body with a small, creamy, tan head that retains very well and exhibits an enchanting garnet hue around the fringes. Patch lace coats the glass.
Aroma features the standard stout toasty and roasty dark malt characteristics of cocoa and coffee beans. A hint of figs and west coast hops add a solid note.
Mouthfeel is medium full bodied with moderate carbonation and a creamy smoothness.
The taste echoes the nice aroma, with cocoa and coffee beans, with a solid hops presence that is unusual for the style, but very nice. Dark fruits are suggested by figs and raisins, and there is a nuttiness that suggests walnuts. Finishes dry with a slight hops and roasted malt bitterness. Very nice!
This is not a very complex stout, just very solid and well constructed. Drinkability is excellent. Another solid offering from Sierra Nevada Brewing. Highly recommended for an American stout.

Photo of Billolick
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

poured a very dark maple syrup color, dark tan head, creamy, tiny bubbles and lacing present. Nose of dark, yeasty bread. Roasted malts, sweat caramel, dark chocolate, coffee, cocoa. Mild grainy hops come in late. Tasty stout, quality sipper. Stout lovers rejoice.

Photo of codysjb
3.83/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Serra Nevada Stout
Poured from a bottle into a glass
A: Several knuckle head, dissipates relatively easily. Brown color with goo lacing.
S: chocolate, caramel notes.
T: Chocolate up front with some minor coffee notes. Carbonation is certainly noticeable.
M: Little much carbonation, somewhat watery.
O:Solid, not amazing.

Photo of tigg924
3.38/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: 1/4 inch head, opaque, black in color

Smell: big dose of chocolate, roasted malt

Taste: roasted malt, coffee at the end

Mouthfeel: light bodied for style, sweet start, more bitter at the end, low carbonation

Drinkability: A decent above average stout that is very drinkable. I could have a couple and be happy.

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Sierra Nevada Stout from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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