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Sierra Nevada Stout - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Sierra Nevada StoutSierra Nevada Stout

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2,651 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,651
Reviews: 1,318
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 11.06%
Wants: 184
Gots: 115 | 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:
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

12-13-2012 02:02:05 | More by WebGuyMike
Photo of jtw5877


4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very drinkable stout, as with all Sierra Nevada products I've tasted, it has their characteristic hoppy flavor to it. A good solid stout. I would recommend it to anybody who likes stouts.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2002 13:22:43 | More by jtw5877
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

09-06-2012 23:07:34 | More by szmnnl99
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

04-02-2013 00:28:38 | More by bacasnax
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4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours opaque and fluidly; head was two-fingers, light tan, and had large bubbles on top of the finely bubbled rest. Lacing was excellent and sheet-like. Head dissipated a bit quicker than I'd have liked.

Pleasant-strength coffee is the first scent out of the gate, with dark chocolate a close second. It has an earthiness which is a nice complement to the malty backbone, and the coffee sort of grows on you the more you smell it. Wish there was something else going on though, as the coffee and chocolate aren't great enough to carry the entire nose by themselves; it's still good though.

Taste starts with a nice blend of chocolate and coffee, with a healthy dose of that earthiness blended in. It's a great combination and all the flavors are well integrated here. A slight sweetness rounds out the bitterness, leaving your mouth with a slight buttery/dry finish. The butter character remains in the aftertaste for a while.

Mouthfeel is surprisingly full for how fluidly the beer poured. It's not viscous, but it definitely isn't watery either. Carbonation is high and I'd prefer it a bit lower, but it isn't ridiculous or anything. Drinkability is aided by the smooth and easy flowing nature of the beer, but hurt a bit by the buttery aftertaste. I like the taste, just not as one that lingers for a while, leaving itself as a souvenir of the beer. It doesn't measure up to the coffee and chocolate, so I'd rather have those to keep tasting before the next sip. This is a really good stout though, and may be on my shortlist of sixers to buy regularly.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2011 10:47:06 | More by madvermin
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New Jersey

4/5  rDev -1.7%

06-02-2012 14:11:51 | More by rhhjr
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

02-17-2012 22:05:31 | More by tdmccarthy
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

10-12-2013 03:02:11 | More by tgatort
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

03-10-2013 18:27:04 | More by George1005
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

05-23-2013 13:11:04 | More by ipas-for-life
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New York

4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a very dark brown color with a 2-finger tan head. The head has excellent retention, and it also left great lacing on the glass.

S - The smell is that of bittersweet chocolate and roasted malts. There is also a slight caramel and coffee scent.

T - At first there is a nice sweet malty taste, and then you can really taste the roasted malts. There is also chocolate and coffee present, also there is a slight hop flavor. The finish is a roasty bitterness, but it's not too bitter.

M - The body is a little on the light side. It has low carbonation, which I think is good. It goes down really smooth, and it has a creamy quality to it.

D - I would say that the drinkability of this beer is good. It goes down smooth, and after each sip I find myself wanting to take another. This stout is a little on the light side for me, but I still very much enjoyed it. I would definitely have this one again. Cheers.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2010 20:16:53 | More by JizackFH
Photo of feloniousmonk


4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: dark brown, nearly black color, with a thick, full tan head that bubbles a good deal, before crumbling down, leaving a touch of lace.
Aroma: fruit, and bitterness, right off, grapes and berries, and such, with more flavors unfolding, pepper, anise, espresso, a big helping of roast and bitterness.
Also, enough carbonation to remind me of cola, but not too much.
Warm and smooth on the palate, and continuing the flood of flavors found in the nose, with an undulating ripple of bitter hops. Great, chewy mouthfeel.
Solid malt, dark, tasty body.
A delightful dance takes hold in every sip: the bitter hops do a fancy tap, until lush, dark malt sweeps in and hogs the spotlight, before long the two begin to tango! A rousing and roasty stout, all around!

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2003 19:51:54 | More by feloniousmonk
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

05-21-2013 01:52:15 | More by Kingcurio
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United Kingdom (England)

4/5  rDev -1.7%

11-25-2013 12:00:32 | More by Andy_Luft
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

11-30-2011 16:27:56 | More by mcphish22
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4.01/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Not black but dark, dark brown in the light there was a weak fizzy head.

Nice burnt malt scent there was an almost sweet lactose/milk quality. Touches of charcoal and embers, the char is strongest. Beyond the char there is a roasted coffee scent.

Charred malts lead the way in a rather one dimensional taste, albeit a very good taste. Very malty, but slightly coffeed , the char reigns throughout. There is a certain ease and smoothness that makes this stout remarkable.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2013 23:25:50 | More by KYGunner
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4.01/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A- Poured from 12 oz bottle into pint glass. Pours a pitch black with half-full finger light foamy, tan head. Dissipates pretty quickly. Great lacing that I've come to love from Sierra Nevada.

S- Roasted malts, coffee, chocolate. Hint of caramel. Very solid stout aroma here. Not as great as the Narwhal that this brewery does, but still a very aromatic stout.

T- Taste does a good job of following nose with the roasted malts waiving the flavor flag. Pine, earthy hops make for a respectable balance with the roasted flavors. Touch of coffee. Musky, dry finish that lingers for a while. Touch of warmth in the end, but it doesn't last too long. Slight bitterness, but nice. The flavors are simple, but to the point and very spot on.

M- A smooth feel. Alcohol present, but not overpowering the flavors of the beer like i felt the Narwhal did. Good carbonation. Very drinkable

O- I am a fan of this Stout. The imperial version that SN puts out was disappointing for me, but this one really hit the spot. The flavor profile is straight forward, but doesn't seem to have any weak points. Probably not the best best stout on the market, but not far from it. One of my favorites

$8.99 for a 6 pk

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2013 03:25:58 | More by Bosoxfan20
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4.01/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle brewed 11/1/13 per the bottle code, poured into a pint glass
A: Black with a 1.5-fingered head that slowly settles
S: Roasted malts, coffee and minerals
T: Matches the nose
M: Medium-bodied, smooth
O: A straight-forward but well-made stout that shows good typicity for the style

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2013 05:07:04 | More by ONUMello
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4.01/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, bottling date is smudged off but I am fairly certain this was brewed in the last 3 months. Poured into a Darkness goblet today, 11/3/2013.

Pours a delightful dark brown body, with a nice foamy 2cm brown head that dissipates very slowly, leaving lots of lacing all over the glass. Looks like a good American stout to me, very dark and foreboding but not quite so thick and oily.

Nose is cocoa, coffee, milk chocolate, raisins and perhaps dates. I need to agitate it a bit, but this is a nice and very pleasing nose.

Flavour is interesting- more cocoa, milk chocolate, dark fruits. Not much of the roasty character that permeates the SN Porter. Definitely sweet in the sense that milk chocolate is sweet. A nice bit of earthy bitterness on the back end which I expect from SN.

Great mouthfeel on this- medium bodied, creamy and substantial on the palate. Feels quite slick and earthy on the aftertaste. Very well done.

Very good American stout by SN. recommended to anyone looking for a good shelf stout, especially at its price point. This is where I'd go if I have a craving for an American-style stout as Deschutes doesn't distribute in Wisconsin (Obsidian Stout).

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2013 04:59:05 | More by Stevedore
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4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a dark black with a large two finger tan head, lasted a long time. The head dissipated slowly leaving a small layer of foam on top. Very nice lacing down the sides.

S: Very rich, lots of dark chocolate and some coffee. A nice roasted/burnt aroma as well. I also get some dark fruits and molasses as well.

T: Creamy, but not overly thick. Starts off with a roasted barley flavor which transitions to the dark chocolate, molasses, and a bit of caramel. There is also a slight hop bitterness mixed in as well.

M/D: Medium bodied, but seemed a little thin and very easy to drink. Overall a great example of the style. Glad it is readily available.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2010 03:26:56 | More by mdaschaf
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4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Stout pours a very dark mahogany color. It's nearly opaque, but there's a bit of cutting through that reveals burgundy highlights. Capping it off is a tan head that easily stands over two fingers tall. It takes its time receding and leaves thick, chunky lace on the glass. What's not to like here?

The nose features a pretty impressive malt profile. Chocolate is prominent and slightly sweet smelling. Roasted malts are present, but to a lesser degree. Roasted coffee plays a complementary role and adds depth and character. It works nicely with the malts. There's an earthy quality to it that may be attributed to some floral hops. A hop presence is definitely noted. Stout's a nice smelling beer. I'd like it a little more with some added muscle, but it does the job.

Sweet chocolate is the primary flavor. It's not overly sweet, but certainly leans in that direction. Tastes like there are some light roasted malts in the mix. Roasted coffee is more prominent in flavor and adds a lot of character. I like that aspect of it quite a bit. It's not exactly heavy on coffee, but it's easily noted. Hops are stronger than anticipated and provides a nice bitter kick toward the end. Nicely done. The hops taste piney and earthy. Alcohol goes unnoticed in traditional Sierra Nevada fashion. It finishes chocolaty and sweet with a punch of bitterness. I like it...quite a bit. Don't quite love it.

The body is light-medium and feels a little thin. Carbonation is pretty well restrained and it's smooth. A little more body would probably drive it to the next level. Drinkability is quite good. Not quite excellent, but very good. Stout's a nice tasting beer that goes down easy and has a pretty modest abv. Not bad at all.

Stout is simply another impressive beer from the fine folks at Sierra Nevada. It's certainly not their best beer, but it's a far cry from their worst. It's all-around very solid for an American Stout. Surprisingly, I believe it'd be a little better with more malt. That aspect is pretty good, but could be improved and would add more body. Seems like an easy improvement. It's still a classic in their arsenal that's worthy of your attention.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2009 01:41:42 | More by prototypic
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4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a deep brown with some red hues; thick frothy head about 2.5 fingers in width with nice retention; good lacing.

S - Aroma of roasted malts with a hint of hops.

T - The hops are more noticeable in this stout then I normally prefer, but are balanced out nicely with the presence of roasted malts, dark chocolate, and a hint of coffee in the aftertaste.

M - Medium body and medium carbonation with a clean finish.

O - Overall a good stout and great beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2012 04:00:58 | More by The_1084
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4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This stout poured a deep dark black. It gave way to a tan head. I even had some cascading happening after the pour. The head did give away to a nice size lace for the rest of this stout. The aroma is mixed; deep roasted malt and hints of coffee were present. The taste matched the aroma to a “T”. It is not very rich but has a lot of flavor. This is a nice medium body stout that is very drinkable! Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2003 15:50:53 | More by Stubbie1
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4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

App. - Black but light can be seen on the sides and of course brown foam head.

S - Chocolate flavors, some coffee.

T - Very malty sweet, the thing I like about this one is the coffee aftertaste. It's subtle, not overpowering like other stouts I've had. Some chocolate on the sides of the malty sweetness.

MF - Not heavy but a little above medium with a dry, crisp finish.

D - Very, because of the refreshing effects. Very nice.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2009 04:18:15 | More by bgreg3
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North Carolina

4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black with ruby highlights - thick, creamy tan head decends over time to a fine top. Initial light aroma of toasted malts and chocolate improves as it warms. Flavors of roasted malt with a nice hop bitterness. Full and smooth with a lingering dry bitterness.

Good session stout. Solid and highly accessible.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2005 03:58:18 | More by wedge
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