Sierra Nevada Stout - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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Reviews by littleshamrocks:
4.08/5 rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
12oz brown bottle with no freshness dating. Served in a nonic.
Pours black in color with a huge, cocoa-like, creamy light brown head. The head is slow to diminish and leaves a lattice work of foamy, sticky lace. This brew appears very inviting and quite dense. The smell is of roasted malt, dark chocolate, coffee, and citrus hops. There are also hints of caramel and wood to be found. Much as the nose, the taste is of the roasted malts and chocolate with a livelier than expected citrus-y hop flavor and lingering bitterness. I also noticed a pepper-like spiciness toward the end. Flavors are firmly balanced here. The mouthfeel is medium to medium-full in body with a coarse texture and some fizzy carbonation. Finishes slightly dry.
This beer is interesting to say the least. The look and smell are top notch and the flavor is intriguing. There is a surprising amount of hop flavor and bitterness in the taste, which I liked, but the feel on the palate was a bit over carbonated for me. Overall, I found this to be an enjoyable drinking experience. I would look forward to another.
Serving type: bottle
02-19-2008 00:53:53 | More by littleshamrocks
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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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