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Sierra Nevada Stout - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

Sierra Nevada StoutSierra Nevada Stout

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2,515 Ratings

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Ratings: 2515
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-14-2000)
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Photo of Premo88


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
Photo of McStagger


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
Photo of Boggdogg


3.94/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A - pours a black color with hints of red around the edges with a frothy cream colored head. Some of the best lacing I've seen so far from any beer.

S - best way to describe this smell is "earthy". I can smell the roasted malts and hops and that's about all.

T - simple tasting but well balanced. Very earthy taste that goes along with the smell. Definite hop taste but not overly bitter.

M - smooth full bodies beer. I love the frothy head feel that goes along with ever drink. Finishes a little dry.

O - very well brewed beer. There is nothing fancy about it just a perfectly brewed stout.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2014 01:45:01 | More by Boggdogg
Photo of abeeronthebeach


3.98/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Blind tasted alongside Obsidian Stout and Barney Flats Oatmeal Stout.

A - Very much to style, with shades of extremely dark drown. Vanilla cream rather than mocha head.

S - Less charred peat and coffee than obsidian on the nose.

T - A little honey sweetness intermingles with the roasted malt core of the beer. Quite a dry finish.

M - Not as substantial as Obsidian nor as smooth as Barney Flats. Still good but lacking a little power.

O - This is definitely a good beer, but it didn't have such positive and distinct characteristics as the other two. A solid option nonetheless.

Ranked Obsidian the highest, with Barney Flats second, and SN Stout slightly behind in third.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2014 04:28:41 | More by abeeronthebeach
Photo of Alextricity


3.71/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottled August 12th 2013 and poured a decade later on March 13th 2014. Into a shaker pint.

Appearance: Ruby black, but mostly black. Some yeast floating around the glass. Sand colored head dies down to a film that lingers. Nice lacing at the start. Looks porter-ish due to it not being pitch black, but whaaaatever. Looks nice.

Smell: Well, it IS an old bottle. A bit of roasted malt, and then some definite earthy hops. Doesn't throw chocolate or coffee at my nose, but again, it's 7 months old. Smells pleasant, but it's not very potent, unfortunately.

Taste/feel: Surprisingly light -- light carbonation with a thin-ish mouthfeel. Really drinks more like a porter than a stout. That's the first thing I notice. As for the flavor, it's like the smell in that I don't find it to be extremely flavorful, but good nonetheless. Light roasted malt with some chocolaty flavor there as well. This would be a bit on the sweeter side, but the earthy hops (that somehow still hold up after seven months) add a touch of hoppy bitterness that I don't tend to see in many stouts out there today. I tend to not love hops in my stouts, but the earthiness works very well in this beer.

Final thoughts? Basically, I need to try this one a bit fresher. This is still a very tasty stout, but the flavors on it seem quite subdued -- almost as if this is watered down/a porter. I will definitely need to revisit this when it's either on-tap or in a fresher, not-so-dusty bottle. At this moment, it's just a very solid stout, but not a great one.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2014 16:30:31 | More by Alextricity
Photo of Paincane


4.11/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Almost black body with a pretty khaki head, nice lace and head retention.
S: Deep roasted malt and coffee aromas.
T: Coffee, bittersweet chocolate & huge malt flavors. Back end has a lightly hoppy presence that serves well to balance it.
M: Smooth and balanced brew that finishes dry.
O: A very nice stout that is quite flavorful.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2014 00:12:37 | More by Paincane
Photo of arc3636


4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Very dark black beer, with finger of tan head and good lacing that held up throughout. Lots of chocolate in the aroma with a bit of hops. Flavor is typical stout, chocolate, coffee, toffee, etc. Medium body for a stout. Not spectacular, but a solid drinkable stout.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2014 03:40:37 | More by arc3636
Photo of MarkQ617


3.23/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

My fifth offering from Sierra Nevada, have to admit I was a little underwhelmed. Light body for a stout, easy burnt raisin flavor, not to heavy on the malt. Super smooth, glides down the back of the throat. Very dark brown flavor. It's good, but really just a pretty prototypical stout.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2014 03:12:50 | More by MarkQ617
Photo of Bone53


4.11/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass at around 50°F

Appearance: Huge three finger creamy tan head. Black with no light coming through; Opaque.

Smell: Nice balance between roasted malts and hops. Typical stout aromas.

Taste: Roasted malts, maybe a pinch of chocolate, and hops. The flavors are more subtle than I prefer in a stout. Its too hoppy and needs more malts for balance.

Mouthfeel: Medium body; smooth and very drinkable

Overall: This is a good traditional, no frills stout. Its smooth and very approachable. Although I prefer robust stouts with more malt and dark fruit character, if I were to recommend a stout to someone new to the style, it'd be this.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2014 03:58:56 | More by Bone53
Photo of Grugalug

New York

4.06/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a pint glass.

A-Almost completely opaque, except for a slight tinge of dark scarlet at the bottom of the glass. Otherwise jet black. Pours and absolutely enormous and fluffy 3-3.5 finger tan head that is very creamy. Head retention was extremely impressive.

S- Roasted malt and dark chocolate are the dominant aromas and are rather pleasant. There is also a subtle roasted coffee and smokiness as well, but unfortunately they are largely overpowered by the malt and dark chocolate.

T- Taste is quite representative of the nose, but thankfully with more balance between the roasted malt, dark chocolate, coffee and smokiness. Hop bitterness is present but takes a back seat. Finished with a slight and pleseant sweetness for me.

M- Medium-full bodied to me with just the right amount of carbonation. Has a nice creamy feel to it.

O- A really drinkable stout and a really fantastic example of the style. If you are unfamiliar with stouts this one would be a great introduction. Also, don't let the 50 IBUs scare you as it really does not taste nearly that bitter to me, and I am not one that usually takes to more bitter beers. Do yourself a favor and give it a try.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2014 06:56:27 | More by Grugalug
Photo of chogm54


4.21/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

sunday afternoon stout, best beer to match a cool and rainy day. High hopes for this stout, given the reviews Ive read. here goes.

A - black, opaque, perfect for a stout. Pours a thinnish light brown head with lingers to a nice 5mm thick lacing for a while.

s - typical coffee/caramel smells common to most stouts, but (pleasantly) also a hint of hops and citrus.

T - more espresso coffee with some dark chocolate and roasted malt taste. Malt sweetness comes through once the beer warms a bit

M - nice creamy smooth taste and medium body, but not so viscous that it feels like a meal.

Nice stout, impressed with the smoothness of it. Its a stout that I could have a few of without feeling full, but not too thin as to loose some of the creamy texture. Wish it was available at more pubs down under.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2014 09:21:32 | More by chogm54
Photo of Kuaff


4.39/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I had my first Sierra Nevada Stout in a mug at cellar temperature.

There's a three-finger, billowy, light-beige head atop a body that's black with brownish-ruby highlights.

Smells like malty milk chocolate, coffee, and earth. Just how a scrumptious stout should smell.

The taste delivers the same delicious chocolate, coffee, and earth of the aroma, in that order. I think there's a little bit of pleasant smokiness and toasted bread in the finish, even. It's excellently balanced between sweet and bitter, and very full-flavored for being an average ABV, standard stout.

It has medium to low carbonation and just drinks real smooth.

One of the earliest craft stouts to be brewed, and a terrific one at that.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2014 18:28:48 | More by Kuaff
Photo of Givemebeer


4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: pours pitch black with a tan head and thin lacing

S: roasted barley coffee mostly

T: mmmm layered. The roastiness is on the forefront with tastes such as coffee and figs. On the tongue, a hop crispness and spiciness are evident. This is pretty hoppy for a stout.

M: medium/full bodied that finishes pretty sweet.

O: tons of flavor for a 6% stout. A classic. As with all Sierra Nevada beers, well crafted. Always a safe choice.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2014 22:50:30 | More by Givemebeer
Photo of puboflyons

New Hampshire

4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle. Sampled on February 1, 2014.

The pour is dark brown with a lingering tan or light brown head. Opaque. Looks like a stout.

The aroma is sugar and sweet with dark malts and a sort of buttery character that was not quite on but still not difficult to absorb. Sierra Nevada normally has fairly hoppy beers but that is not the case here.

Medium and smooth body.

There is a kind if milk chocolate flavor that is nice and relaxing and easy to drink with a slight bitterness lingering on at the end. Minimalist hops.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2014 02:38:24 | More by puboflyons
Photo of watermelon

North Carolina

3.85/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a tulip glass

A: Pours a very dark brown(almost black) Tan one finger head. Medium retention and lacing.

S: Roasted and toasted scents, dark malts.

T: Follows the nose pretty closely.

M: Pretty decent mouthfeel for being a smaller stout. Low carbonation and a sweet lingering on the gums and teeth.slight alcohol warmth

O: Good example of the style this is something I would drink again. Like all Sierra Nevada beers this is a solid contender for the style and at a good price.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2014 05:50:37 | More by watermelon
Photo of kjfinnerty


4.19/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Black, off-white head settles slowly. Nice lacing.

S - Heavy on the roast. Not much else.

T - Smoke, roast, some bitterness. No hop presence other than cutting through the malt.

M - Surprisingly light. Wasn't expecting that. Light body, medium carb.

O - One of the best American regular stouts. Nice to have a stout that isn't above 9% alcohol.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2013 00:36:19 | More by kjfinnerty
Photo of ONUMello


4.01/5  rDev -1.7%
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
Photo of MoorBeerPlz


4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Served from a bottle into a snifter...

On the pour, a rich blackish brown that builds a decent, one finger head that sticks around quite a while. Head eventually drops off to nice lacing, sticky foam and a little foam cap.

At the nose, roasted grains, coffee and molasses. Maybe pine, earthiness.

First taste was roasted grains, coffee, a little chocolate and a nice resin-hop finish. A little smoky perhaps, some sweeter notes as it warms up, maybe malts or molasses.

Medium mouth feel, more carbonated than I expected for a stout. Smooth. Slightly dry and bitter finish. Balanced flavors for me.

Overall, a very good stout and one that I wouldn't mind having on hand all the time. The low ABV makes this a stout you have have more than one of in a session. Try one if you get a chance. Nicely done Sierra Nevada.


Serving type: bottle

12-13-2013 05:46:05 | More by MoorBeerPlz
Photo of South2NW


4.06/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle to snifter

A: pours a deep dark brown, with a nice khaki head that leaves solid lacing.

S: aromas of roasted coffee and malts, as well as sweet chocolate.

T: a very well balanced beers. Hops and roasted malts are in harmony. Nice dark chocolate taste that lingers on the palate.

M: heavy, yet smooth. Very drinkable.

O: a prime example of a stout. Sierra Nevada done good.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2013 03:55:48 | More by South2NW
Photo of STEELERFAN2390


3.88/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A-this beer looks black and sweet

S-barley ,dirt,grain,slight chocolate/coffee

T-chocolate malt , ashtray, slight caramel and coffee ...not bad. very easy to drink,but not super tasty. too light imo...

M-the mouth on this is where I sour....its too oily and overly carbonated for the style.. its sort of tacky like syrup even though its very light...not wht I expected in a SN stout.

O- overall its a good beer ...I would choose many other stouts over this one.
the abv on this beer is low to me ,so maybe I got some bad bottles ...idk.

purchased at total wine in naples , florida for 7.49 $ a 6 pk.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2013 21:40:26 | More by STEELERFAN2390
Photo of barnzy78


4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - dark, near black ale - mahogany at the edges of the glass when held to a light - is topped with a creamy tan head that holds excellent retention and leaves thick lacing on the glass as it fades. The lacing continues down the glass as well.
S - roasted barley, chocolate, earthy hops, faint tea
T - nice blend of chocolate malt, roasted barley, caramel, earth, pine, tobacco leaf, tea leaf
M - creamy and smooth, medium-full body, nice carbonation, finishes with lingering piny bitterness with a bit of grapefruit. Finishes more like an American Black Ale (which the label does hint at)
O - American Stout or American Black Ale, it doesn't matter - this is terrific. I had this one once before about 6 years ago in my beer rookie-dom. It's much better than I recall. Happy for the re-taste from one of my favorite brewers.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2013 01:06:39 | More by barnzy78
Photo of Stevedore


4.01/5  rDev -1.7%
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
Photo of wvsabbath

West Virginia

4.45/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Serving Type - Bottle

Appearance - Black as night with a 2 inch creamy, foamy head. Tons of sticky lacing.

Smell - Roasted malts, coffee, dark chocolate, a little bitterness, chocolate, licorice. A faint raisin and plum note near the finish.

Taste - Had this many many times, local shop stopped caring it so I grabbed a sixer today when I seen it. Classic smokey malts mixed with creamy dark chocolates, light coffee to create a smooth, tasty and downright amazing beer. Almost drinks like a silk style porter with being so creamy, yet has a minor bitter stout bite. Minor sugar and fruit notes round this classic beer out.

Mouthfeel - Creamy malts and chocolate coat the tongue. Some fruits and added sugars coat the palate with a nice sweet note. Aftertaste is malty, sweet and smooth..

Overall - You would be hard pressed to find smoother, balanced and flavorful American stout. At just under 6% its not a big monster, so you can enjoy a few bottles. World class, and really underated, in part to being very available, and low alcohol I feel many would look past this beauty. If you ahvent had yet, you need to try.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2013 01:51:49 | More by wvsabbath
Photo of CrustyLoinz


4.19/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Intense dark brown/black color, thin dark brown head and nice dark lacing down the side

S- some coffee scents, dark chocolate, lots of roasted malts

T- nice balance of sweet and bitter with roasted malt, cocoa, and slight hoppiness towards the end

M- smooth and not too thick

O- very good stout beer, one of the best balances between bitter hops and sweet flavors while remaining true to stout form

Serving type: bottle poured into an imperial pint glass

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2013 01:43:44 | More by CrustyLoinz
Photo of TheChrisK


4.56/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A: Poured from a short bottle into a pint glass. Pitch black with a short pale beige head. Excellent lacing left behind.

S: Notes of sweet molasses, coffee and roasted barley. Hints of chocolate.

T: I was expecting less than what I got from this year round brew. The taste is complimentary of the nose. Sweet chocolate and hints of coffee followed by roasted barley and a nice but subtle mix of hops.

M: Very smooth and easy to drink. The carbonation is just perfect! This is a full bodied stout with a dry finish.

O: For the price and the availability, this has got to be the best stout out there! Not too light and not too heavy. This has become my new favorite stout!

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2013 01:46:42 | More by TheChrisK
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Sierra Nevada Stout from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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