Sierra Nevada Stout - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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Reviews by tito42:
4.45/5 rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5
Poured from a bottle to an imperial pint glass.
Appearance: Deep and dark, light barely seems to penetrate the glass when held up to a light. A dark cherry cola color around the edges of the glass. Thick, tan head with great retention and lacing.
Smell: Roasted malt with a sweet, chocolate smell like chocolate-covered donuts. A earthy hops smell cuts through as well.
Taste: The label claims this stout is perfectly balanced, and I have to agree. Roasted malt, chocolate, hops, and sweet are all present without one overpowering the other. More of a coffee flavor comes through later in the tasting. Very well done.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate creaminess, very smooth. Light-medium carbonation and a slightly dry hops finish, and just slightly bitter.
Drinkability: Outstanding. I have a new favorite stout in Sierra Nevada Stout. Super smooth without being too thick, and a complex taste. Everything is superbly balanced in this brew. A little bit of chocolate but not too much and not too sweet. The hops and roasted malt balance each other out perfectly. I picked up a sixer figuring this would be a quality stout, and I was impressed. This will be in my year-round rotation from now on.
Serving type: bottle
01-31-2011 04:08:16 | More by tito42
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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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