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Sierra Nevada Stout - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

Sierra Nevada StoutSierra Nevada Stout

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2,513 Ratings

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Ratings: 2513
Reviews: 1313
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 11.27%

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:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-14-2000)
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Photo of dfried


5/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Yep, that's right, I gave this beer 5's across the board, and I don't even have a second thought about it. This is a top tier beer. Other stouts can be as good as this, but I couldn't bring myself to say one is better. I am a big time Sierra Nevada fan, but I live in Minnesota and the only thing I can get on tap is the Pale Ale, I don't understand why more places wouldn't have this beer. Never have I had a stout that used hops so masterfully, they don't mask the roasted malt flavor at all, and they are not citrusy or over bitter. There are just enough to make the beer especially refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2006 16:41:54 | More by dfried
Photo of Brianjames16

New York

5/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A- Pours pitch black with a very slight brown tint. Beautiful creamy light brown two finger head on top. Delicious looking stout. Good lacing sticks to the glass and stays.

S- Aroma is big with hints of chocolate, molasses, some sugars and roasted malts. I also smell some dark fruity notes in the backround.

T- Beautifully balanced stout! I taste the characters found in the aroma plus a subtle hop bitterness. Smooth and rich tasting beer.

M- This one has a medium/full body but has a velvety smooth feel in the mouth. Very easy with each sip.

D- I could sit with a couple of these. Very easy drinking stout with interesting flavors and aromas. I'm verry happy about this one. I love Stouts. I love Sierra Nevada.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2011 00:38:42 | More by Brianjames16
Photo of mafiasentinel21


5/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I cannot find a flaw in this beer, speaking of course from my intermediate experience in stouts.

The appearance is a slick black that takes on a rich deep brown in light. Great retention and thick foamy lacing.

Smells like coffee for an alcoholic. Dark chocolate. Cherry Garcia.

The dark chocolate comes through on the palate; almost a black licorice coffee tar-ish thick taste. Stout. This is balanced by creaminess and sweetness, and a balancing hoppiness with malts that aren't dingy and dense tasting - making the drinkability dangerously high.

Oft said on this site: "chewy mouthfeel" that hangs around for a beautiful hoppy stout aftertaste.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2012 01:35:12 | More by mafiasentinel21
Photo of spurr


4.97/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is one of my all-time favorites. I find it most enjoyable to drink it slowly and experience the range of flavors as the beer warms. Someone served this to me ice cold once and it was awful, but once it gets past 50 deg it is at its best.

The range of fragrances is wonderful...chocolate and coffee are the strongest to me. It also pours with a nice creamy head.

Unfortunately, it's a little tough to find this beer around here. The majority of beer drinkers around here only drink cheap swill.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2009 15:19:19 | More by spurr
Photo of thefireman


4.95/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

What can I say. I've been drinking their Pale Ale for years. My daughter told me to try this stuff. All I can say is that I love it. Great tan head which sticks around the whole time. Dark, hoppy, and bitter. The malts kick in with toasty flavor. Now on my regular beer stop list. I always have a case in the fridge. To sum it up, these guys hit one out of the park with this one.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2002 20:00:24 | More by thefireman
Photo of rashbash22


4.95/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I got a six pack of this due to having almost every sierra nevada except the stout. From the first smell I knew this was going to be one of the best stouts I have ever had. It had a mix of both chocolate and hops balanced perfectly with a dry biscuity finish. I couldn't stop drinking them, it was that good! Truly one of sierra nevada's best

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2011 02:13:58 | More by rashbash22
Photo of vette2006c5r


4.95/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Stout pours black, with the perfect sized tan head. The smell is rich, very malty, a bit of chocolate can be detected. The taste has a great malty earty backbone, with a strong choclate coffee flavors belnding in. Everything blends the perfect amount, and leaves a very bold flavor. The flavor is very strong, and leaves a nice bitterness on the palete, you would proabily not watn to swtich to other beers after this, no watery taste like some other stouts, and no one flavor is sharp on the tounge. Overall this is a fantastic beer, one of the best American stouts out there.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2011 00:51:56 | More by vette2006c5r
Photo of Brent


4.9/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Very robust with a big roasted malt character, but finishes fairly dry. A quality product - glad the ABV is not higher, because one of these is not enough.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2001 19:06:06 | More by Brent
Photo of acevenom


4.88/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into a pint glass. Pours black with a two-finger length tan head. The head dissipates slowly, leaving lacing on the side of the glass. There are strong aromas of dark roasted malts, bitter chocolate, and coffee. I can detect some faint hop aroma as well. The taste is of dark roasted barley malt, bitter chocolate, and coffee. It tastes like it smells, but the flavors are full and bold. There is some bitterness in the flavor as well and the hops provide some of that bitterness as well as extra flavor to go with the traditional stout flavors. This is a medium bodied beer with some carbonation. The mouthfeel is creamy and the beer coats the mouth very well. Overall, this is a most excellent stout and one I'd recommend.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2012 23:33:17 | More by acevenom
Photo of JCRGraphix


4.88/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Poured from 12oz bottle to snifter

Appearance-5/5 Beautiful dark beer, pitch black, half a finger of pale beige head, dense lacing on glass, what at stout should look like.

Smell-4.5/5 Nice blend of coffee, chocolate, roasted barley, sweetness, and molasses.

Taste-5/5 Surprisingly good for such a readily available beer. Easy drinking stout, very well balanced with hops and malts, earthy hops evens out the mocha and chocolate flavors. Also, there's a caramel/molasses sweetness that balances out any bitter roastiness. In one (hyphenated) word, this beer is "well-balanced".

Feel-4.75/5 Complex feel with light carbonation. Very smooth without being oily like some other stouts. Pleasant dry finish. Overall a fantastic drinking experience.

Overall-5/5 Fantastic stout and sold year-round. I'm quickly becoming a bigger fan of Sierra Nevada, although I've always been a local supporter (shoutouts to Yellowhammer, Blue Pants, Straight to Ale, and Rocket Republic, woop woop!) I will definitely be drinking this again!

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2013 02:32:15 | More by JCRGraphix
Photo of hotstuff


4.85/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This stout poured a large tan head of fine-small bubbles. It left a fair amount of lacing on the sides of my glass. The body was black in color. It had a good coffee aroma to it and a smooth coffee taste as well. All in all, a very fine stout in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2003 13:22:45 | More by hotstuff
Photo of Ellbert


4.85/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A beautiful black color with a nice tan head and very nice lacing however, the head does not last very long.

The smell is very good. A lot of hops come through. Very sweet smelling at the same time. A little toffee comes through.

The taste is wonderful. It reminds me of Shakspeare Stout. Very flavorful with pleanty of roasted malts and hops to balance it out. Aftertaste is long lasting which is great. The end of the drink almost taste like some alcohol showing through. Beautiful.

Mouthfeel is good however a little much on the carbonation. The bubbles are a little harsh on the tongue.

A beautiful brew. This now my favorite session beer. The price and the taste is right. I raise my glass to Sierra Nevada.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2003 01:36:42 | More by Ellbert
Photo of TongoRad

New Jersey

4.85/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Sample was taken from a six-pack taken from a case dated May/05 (I don't recall the exact date).

It pours an opaque brownish/black color with a tall, finely bubbled long lasting tan dense head. The head eventually settles down to 1/4" and won't go any further, leaving a ton of lacing in its wake. Just by looking at this you can tell that this will be a bold take on the style.

The aroma takes no prisoners- it is quite forceful and gives the impression of many strong elements combining into a cohesive unit. A mocha-like espresso quality dominates but there is also caramel, citrusy hops, malt, alcohol and some blueberries. It is a wonderful bouquet and it is almost miraculous that it can remain so potent throughout the glass while staying on the good side of overbearing.

Not only does the palate not disappoint- it picks up other elements as well. The body is pleasingly full and there is a heck of a kick of hop bitterness. The carbonation is at a high enough level to give it all an almost ethereal quality (if that is even possible). The finish is long riding that espresso with lemon peel wave.

The best thing about this beer is how it maintains its character even after two or three in a row. Note that this beer is meant to be consumed as fresh as possible- after 4 or 5 months it starts to lose a step in the hop department though it still is a heck of a beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2005 14:37:49 | More by TongoRad
Photo of tonistruth


4.85/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A- dark, dark brown, with a big ol' tan head. great retent on that, with lace on the glass.

S- roasted malts is dominant, some hop scent is faint, chocolate scent as well.

T- hops are present but they just fit into the brew, slighty bitter, roasted malt flavor, leaves a sweet chocolate aftertaste.

M- creamy, full bodied and smooth....what more could you ask for.

D- amazing flavors in there, wonderful mouthfeel, i think i found a favorite. I could dream about htis stout. Amazing

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2006 19:59:00 | More by tonistruth
Photo of SAxDRC5


4.85/5  rDev +18.9%
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

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2010 22:49:05 | More by SAxDRC5
Photo of djbreezy


4.85/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

appearance - pours rich and dark, tan head, excellent retention, prominent lacing

smell - chocolate, marshmallow, roasted malt, coffee

taste - marshmallow followed by chocolate with a malty finish and a coffee aftertaste...follows the nose almost identically, slight bitterness in the finish

mouthfeel - creamy, smooth, dry finish, medium carbonation, medium body, lightly viscous

drinkability - smooth drinking, good complexity, rich flavor

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2010 03:09:57 | More by djbreezy
Photo of TheSupremeAJ


4.85/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- Very nice pour from a 12oz bottle with good head- indicative of Sierra Nevada's style. Left a nice lacing down the glass. Poured into a standard plain pint glass a dark, ruby black color with a creamy tan head.

S- Sweet and dark roasted scent. Hints of a vanilla bean like quality. Molasses and fragrant hops.

T- Awesome. My favorite stout. Ive drank through a whole case by myself (not in one sitting...) and I've enjoyed every bottle. I dont like to share these. A very well balanced stout with nice dark barley, evident hops, smooth flavors.

M- A little more carbonated than I prefer however very good. not too tick like some stouts

D- Highly drinkable. I consider this a world class beer,

Bought in 2010 in a case from Shangy's in Emmaus, PA.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2010 02:08:56 | More by TheSupremeAJ
Photo of BeerFMAndy


4.84/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle poured into a Sierra Nevada imperial pint.
5.8% ABV

A - Dense lace is left on the glass after the thick Swiss cheese-looking tan head reduces to chunks floating on the clear, deep, dark mahogany brown brew!

S - An almost perfect balance of chocolate and black patent roasted malts, lactose sweetness and cocoa dryness converge on mocha and bitter molasses for a dark aroma that works wonderfully with it's earthy hop back end.

T - The back end of earthy hops perfectly balances the rich profile of mocha, chocolate-covered coffee bean, and bitter dark chocolate on the finish. Gooey caramel undertones incorporate minor sweetness to keep it's roasted attributes in check.

M - Heavily roasted but well balanced, a touch of acrid bitter dryness on the finish really book-ends the incredibly smooth, subtly carbonated, and soft, full body of this stout for a stellar drinking experience.

O - A style-defining beer, Sierra Nevada's Stout is a classic in every sense of the word. From the bold roasted profile to the smooth chocolate notes, this beer is wonderfully balanced from front to back and, despite it's intimidating nature, is quite easy to drink!

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2013 21:19:53 | More by BeerFMAndy
Photo of TastyTaste


4.83/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Nice jet black opaque body, with a nice large head, even when poured into a chalice. Smell is very chocolaty, like frosting, with coffee tones also present, and a little acidity. Taste is full and sharp, acidic coffee tones, dark chocolate and pleasantly bitter hops. A beer that demands to be sipped, and will reward you with even more flavor the warmer it gets. A great stout, which I expected from one of the most consistent micro brewers in the world.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2005 02:31:50 | More by TastyTaste
Photo of KarlHungus


4.83/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This brew pours a solid black color. The head is two fingers in height, and off white. It is really weird (in a good way) to see a stout with a head this white, it really gives it character. The aroma is of chocolate and roasted malts. It is very relaxing and calming. The taste of chocolate with some coffee in the finish. Coffee, where the hell did that come from? The aroma certainly didn't hint at it, but I sure do like it. The mouthfeel is full bodied with nice carbonation. Overall, this is one of the most unpredictable beers I have ever had. The appearance is odd, the aroma doesn't disclose the taste, and I love it.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2006 01:50:01 | More by KarlHungus
Photo of Luigi

North Carolina

4.83/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a pitch black color with some brown highlights. Has a large light brown sticky head. The smell is semi-sweet. It has hints of coffee, dark chocolate, and plums. The flavor is pretty much the same. A really smooth full body. Creamy mouthfeel and a dry hoppy aftertaste. I must say this is one of my favorite stouts. It has an awsome balance and perfect drinkability. I am in love!

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2006 02:27:59 | More by Luigi
Photo of usmittymc


4.83/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured froma bottle into standard pub glass.

A: Almost completey opaque dark molasses brown with a foamy tan white head that disappears slowly and leabes ring after ring of lace around the glass.

S: Malty chocolate and coffee notes. Slight hoppiness to the nose that is not present in other stouts that I have tried

T: Well balanced. Chocolate and coffee flavors are offset nicely by a subtle hop tang.

M: Medium-bodied. A bit slick on the mouth, but not so much that it takes away from the beer.

D: ABV, flavor and body all make this a very drinkable stout. Definitely worth a try. A new standby for me.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2008 00:53:19 | More by usmittymc
Photo of klintok21


4.83/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A dark stout poured into a pub glass from a bottle. Great smell, a coffee type aroma. Seemed bitter at first, but after that, very smooth with the back taste of a bold coffee. Light carbonation leads this to be a great beer. I like this better than Guinness personally.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2008 02:47:30 | More by klintok21
Photo of mambiso1123


4.83/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Of all places, my local Winn-Dixie had a supply of this on sale, as well as a variety of other SN products. I chose this, and I chose well.

I thoroughly enjoyed this. The taste overall had a nice roasted flavor that all stouts should aim for. Usually I prefer stronger stouts, but at 5.8 ABV this was just nice.

Overall, this is my favorite SN brew at the moment. This will warrant another buy on my part in the future.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2009 01:45:34 | More by mambiso1123
Photo of cosmicevan

New York

4.83/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into an Ommegang tulip.

A - Poured a watery black with a generous head that built slowly upon pour and sticky lacing. Had an amber glow when held to the light.

S - Caramel, roasted malts, vanilla, cream.

T - Taste follows the nose, but has way more of a chocolate vibe going on. Deliscious.

M - Nice clean after feel. Even carbonation and balanced flavors. Very silky and creamy. Almost milkshake like, but not as thick. Really easy brew.

D - Extremely drinkable stout. I'll definitely be having this again and again and agin.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2010 22:45:34 | More by cosmicevan
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