Sierra Nevada Stout - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Sierra Nevada StoutSierra Nevada Stout

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3,113 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,113
Reviews: 1,392
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 11.06%
Wants: 257
Gots: 333 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Stout |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-14-2000

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Photo of Pegasus
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Deep mahogony brown in color, all but opaque. Massive caramel covered cloudtop head can barely be contained by a pint glass and seems to last forever. Five minutes after pouring it was still one and one-half inches thick with lots of sticky lace.

Aroma: Aroma of dark roasted malts, dark fruits, earthy hops, and a slight note of brown sugar.

Taste: Flavor is wonderfully complex, begins with the dark roasted malt flavors which carry the taste throughout, but there are also bitter cocoa flavors, coffee, and strong, but not overpowering earthy hops.

Mouth feel: Rich and smooth, with a slight tingling on the tip of the tongue.

Finish is dry and a touch bitter with a slight sting of carbonation.

Drinkability/notes: This is a beer whose merits can scarcely be overstated.

Presentation: Packaged in a short twelve ounce bottle with a twist-off crown, served in a standard pint tap glass.

Photo of donkeyrunner
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A gift from Mr. Niles.

Pours dark brown, looks opaque black in the glass. Large head that settles into solid retention. Lace aplenty. At first sniff I immediately thought of chocolate fudge brownies. Roast malt and leafy hops balance the chocolate sweetness. Taste is again, chocolate fudge brownies, esspresso notes and burnt caramel. Leafy hop presence.

Solid all around and balanced in every aspect: a near perfect beer.

Photo of PDXHops
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle, poured into a Duvel tulip.

Nice and dark with a creamy 2 finger head and an excellent network of lacing. Robust aromas- burnt, toasted and chocolatey malts perfectly balanced with tangy and earthy hops. Tastes pretty much as good as it smells. Wonderfully bold burnt and roasted malts with a bit of dark fruits and some juicy citrus. A pungent earthy hop undercurrent. Fresh brewed coffee and a bit of dark chocolate linger in the dry finish.

Overall impression: Pretty much a textbook stout here. Highly recommended.

Photo of brewpig
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

picked up a case (during lunch) after seeing the reviews and drank 1 on the way back to work.

this is a very good stout. bold but not overbearing...chocolate and a little coffee w/some caramel and malt.

great mouthfeel and hoppy bitter finish that stays w/you a long time (its 2:00 pm and i drank it around 1:00 pm - can still feel/taste)...yes, a good thing.

will be drinking this in the future !

Photo of nlmartin
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a pub glass.

Appearance: The beer poured almost solid black. No opaqueness to light. The head was almost an inch high cola brown coloration. The head quickly resolved but never entirely left the beer. The lacing made thin lines down the glass.

Smell: The beer had a very nice roasted barley smell. There was a nice earthy kind of smell about the beer.

Taste: The beer starts of with a sharp bitterness that gives way to a smoky roasted barley flavor. A bit of caramel pokes its head up. The beer finishes dry.

Mouthfeel/ Drinkability: The beer is meduim bodied. The carbonation is good. Leaves a pleasing dryness in the aftertaste. A very drinkable beer and one of my favorites.

Photo of againes
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a dark, nearly opaque blackish-brown.
S: Tones of pine, roasted malt are definitely vibrant here.
T: Very bitter, nutty, with coffee and unsweetened chocolate flavors.
M: Nice, full feel in the mouth.
D: Definitely a session beer for me.

Yet another excellent beer from one of the best breweries out there in my opinion.

Photo of Hoptometrist
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a nonic glass

A- Poured a very dark brown, almost black, can see ruby highlights through the glass. Nice two finger creamy head that leaves lots of clumpy lace

S- Chocolate, roasted notes, toffee, and a kind of spicy rye aroma

T- Bitter chocolate, roasty coffee, toffee, spicy rye, and mineral flavors

M- So smooth and creamy, nice chewy body, really great mouthfeel for a stout

O- This is a great stout, creamy, full of flavor, very drinkable, and a very affordable beer. That is a quadruple threat for me. Good job Sierra Nevada! The roastiness and spice is what I will most remember about this beer, lots of it.

Photo of irishman06
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tulip glass.

The head is thick and brown, dissipates but is magnificent for some time. Nice lacing for the duration though. Sweet and malty aroma; enticing.

Coffee, espresso, caramel, and chocolate notes. Some burnt malt. This goes down smooth. Delicious.

The best American Stout I've tried. I'll be using this as a Guinness substitute.

Photo of karengarys
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5


Pours brownish black, but not hazy. Leaves a carmel colored foam ring with adheres to the inside of the glass as it is drunk.

Smells stout-like. Coffee and chocolate. A hint of a hop note appears.

Tastes very very laid back and balanced. You get coffee, chocolate, malts, and a slight pine hop bite which does not detract from the taste.

Mouthfeel is extra creamy rich.

The finish has a cleansing thing going on - that dry hop I love in the summer beers is apparent here a bit, giving it a refreshing finish.

This is one nicely balanced stout - refreshing, rich, but not overly coffee/bitter. I think this may become a favorite of mine! For those who feel Sierra Nevada is a bit too big to produce a good microbrewed beer, give this a try and rethink your position!

Photo of PBRstreetgang
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with ruby highlights. A massive three finger head is dense and tannish cream in color. Oustanding retention and sticky patches of lacing. Rich malty nose; roasted barley, dark chocolate and coffee aromas are full and strong. The roasted notes provide both a sweet, and a bitter-charred flavor. Coffee becomes very apparent in the middle, and some mild baker's chocolate peeks through. Dry aftertaste, where earthy american hops finally become present and complete the near perfect balance. Medium body, lightly carbonated, and exceedingly smooth. Would make a nice session ale, but could work equally well as a dessert beer.

Photo of sheeley
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Great dark brown color, opaque. Looks quite enticing.
Smell: Great smell; notes of malts, chocolate, and oatmeal come out to me.
Taste/mouthfeel: Excellent taste. Very earthy and full of malt. A strong roasted flavor that is full and rich.
Overall: This is an excellent beer and overall a great representation of a stout.
That being said, nothing about this beer is exceptional; it is simply a solid stout for the money.

Photo of spitInTheOcean
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

big aroma of roasted malts. little whiff of coffee. low hop aroma.

jet black. ruby highlights. big persistent light brown head.

high roasted malt flavors. some coffee, but more like dark chocolate. no hop flavor but medium hop bitterness with medium roast bitterness as well. initially sweet but the flavor gradually passes to hop bitterness.

medium body. soft carbonation. perhaps a slight creaminess. though no real apparent alcohol.

Photo of bfisher91
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

Americans often over-rate their own beer, this is not a case of that. Best I've had so far from Sierra Nevada. Perfectly balanced stout, however not overly ambitious which is the only drawback. Definitely a stellar beer.

Photo of brianwsnyder
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very drinkable. Good finish. One I will surely buy again.

Photo of francisweizen
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is one of the better stouts out there. A beautiful opaque black in colour with a huge, tan head. Aromas of chocolate, caramel, earthy cascade hops, malts, and more. Flavors of roasted malts, chocolate, and everything else that you love in a stout. The mouthfeel is thick and creamy and the drinkability is also excellent!


Photo of TCJ0100
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle (the last of my six pack) into a Bloomington Brewing Company stange glass. It pours a deep ruby amber that can only be seen held up to a light. Also pours a slight head which sticks around for a bit.

The smell is just like the description on the bottle neck: earthy hops up front, and then a nice roasted maltiness on the back end. It actually works out really well, and smells wonderful together although you might think that hops would be a bad thing in a beer this dark.

It tastes delightful. There are notes of chocolate, coffee, dark fruit, and herbal hops. A hoppy stout might not be to everyone's taste, but I think this beer is just delightful. The ABV is a welcome sight too, as I doubt you could get this much flavor in a lighter beer.

This is my third of these tonight, and it has been absolutely great. This beer is a gem. If you are looking for a beer that is easy on the alcohol but doesn't compromise on flavor this beer is a great fit. The value is unbeatable as well.

Photo of leantom
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

Sierra Nevada never ceases to amaze me. Here goes:

A: Pitch black with a one-inch head. Plenty of lacing as well. Couldn't ask for more in a stout. 4.5/5.0

S: This is going to be one of those stouts that tastes like chocolate and burnt malt. I smell coffee, chocolate and a tinge of caramel. Can't wait. 4.5/5

T: Again, very good. Not quite as good as, oh, Founder's, but still good nonetheless. Lots of burnt malt amounting to tastes of coffee and chocolate. The coffee is readily apparent and it gives way to chocolate and caramel. 4.5/5

M: Nicely carbonated, lies lightly on the tongue and is very enjoyable. 4.5/5

O: Excellent. 4.5/5

Photo of ski271
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Very dark brown, almost black, with a medium, foamy, tan head with good retention. Good lacing.

Smell: Big roasted malts. Chocolate, coffee, nuts… all the things you should find in a good stout. A little herb and dark fruit in there as well.

Taste: Thick, bitter chocolate, light berry, very light vanilla and of course robust toasted malts. Almost a little burnt tasting, but in a good way. Very lightly medicinal, again in a good way, and a nice medium-long bitter coffee finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full body, creamy texture, soft carbonation.

Drinkability: Yet another fine brew from Sierra Nevada. Mostly it’s a textbook stout, but it has a few quirks that make it just unique enough. A good, solid, very drinkable brew.

Photo of Rosanne
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

taster: easy to drink, tasty, smooth, sweetness not overpowering. Need more to work out rating.
1/2 pint: sweet beginning, bitter linger, no molasses taste, again rated it a 4.5. Too watery to make it a 4.75

Shared a taster on-tap as part of four flights at the brewery; Sierra Nevada Brewing Co, Chico, USA. Then ordered a half pint later. Yum! As part of a six-week West Coast beer tour. I rate to taste, not to style. See my blog for more details:

Photo of forsakenpariah
4.52/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle -> imperial pint glass

A - Black pour with tan head. Some very dark reddish highlight break thorugh the edges when held up to light.

S - Sweet and roasty malt aroma. Pretty awesomely balanced coffee and chocolate aromas dominate. Not much noticeable hop aroma to speak of, but that's actually not a bad thing in this beer.

T - Sweet and creamy malts with lots of coffee and chocolate. Moderate bitterness comes through in the middle and leaves a bitter chocolatey aftertaste.

M - Smooth and creamy body with medium carbonation. Simply amazing.

O - Definitely the best American stout I've ever had. I don't think it gets much better than this.

Photo of garrettdeanjohnson
4.52/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very nice stout. Drinkable, but still very complex!

Would have again and again!

Photo of aquaderek
4.52/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into my session glass. The beer is dark, but when looked at in proper light has an caramel and orangish hue. The head dissipates very quickly to a light lace around the rim. The nose is sweet and fruity, some nutmeg and spiciness. The taste and mouthfeel are wonderful, first is nice subtle carbonation and hop, and spicy coffee notes, followed by a creamy, but not too heavy sweet honey. This is a wonderfully balance and drinkable stout. I can't believe that it took me this long to try this stout

Photo of wagenvolks
4.52/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle into a duvel glass.

Out pours an opaque, seal brown body with a frothy, tan foam. The head cascades down the sides of the tulip, retains well and leaves decent lacing for the style. Very impressive pour, to say the least. Aroma is full of sweet chocolate candy, caramel malts, plum, apple, and other dark fruits.

The flavor throws a slight curveball: gone are the sweetened chocolates in the aroma, and instead the chocolate flavors are more like that of bitter, dark chocolate with some roasted malts to it. A smoked, earthy hop bite finishes off the flavor. Mouthfeel achieves perfection: medium body (not too thick or syrupy), carbonation level that's spot on, crisp finish, and a lingering bitter cocoa & hop aftertaste that stretches on for miles. The drinkability is quite high as well, this beer is refreshing as hell for a stout. Not only that, but its complexity and tastiness make for quite a memorable brew that I'll be sure to enjoy again.

Photo of LeoPanna
4.53/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

12 fl oz. bottle purchased at EuroMarket in Queens for $1.99.

pours pitch black with a nice hiss from the carbonation build up. big solid cappuccino colored head, more than 2 fingers.

rich chocolate and coffee bean aroma...hint of malt, even some hops are coming through

damn that's a good stout... it's creamy as hell, smooth. great blend of chocolate, vanilla and coffee flavors. the alcohol provides a nice warmth. That's all I can really say, it's simple but perfect.

Photo of cheers2beers
4.53/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Jet black liquid cascadeing to create a tan rocky head.Lots of laceing cling to sides of my wiezen glass.Looks like a stout should.

Smell: The aromas are coffee beans and a dark chocolate followed by a subtle woody accent.Aromatic malts and a hint of alcohol makes this a pleasurable moment.

Taste: The flavors are like the nose,as expected,coffee bean,dark chocolates,a sweet caramel malt with a very nice hop bitterness in the finish.Alcohol is present but not too potent,a great sessionable beer.

Mouthfeel: Medium to high carbonation with a thick and chewy body that makes you want more.

Drinkability: This is truely a magnificant stout.I will definitely session this one.It is a most buy and ranks on my top stouts list.Great job SN! Keep'em comin' !


Sierra Nevada Stout from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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