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Sierra Nevada Stout - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Sierra Nevada StoutSierra Nevada Stout

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1,388 Reviews

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Reviews: 1,388
Hads: 3,195
Avg: 4.07
pDev: 16.71%
Wants: 287
Gots: 382 | 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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-14-2000

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Reviews: 1,388 | Hads: 3,195
Photo of Lahoi
4.4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Dark, dark, dark. I can't detect a bit of light making its way through this work of art. Thick, creamy, tan head. Nice retention. Still going strong after several minutes. Nice lacing. Sediment at the bottom.

Smells like it looks: rich. Some chocolate, some molasses, some roasted malts. Smell intensity increased as head decreased.

Tastes and feels great, but not quite world class to me (but what do I know?). Too much chocolate for a plain stout. The finish is my favorite part of the taste. Finishes hoppy and bitter, which makes this a beer I could drink anytime of day.

Feel isn't quite full bodied enough.

Overall, an outstanding experience. My critiques are minimal and possibly even nit-picky. Sierra Nevada continues to set the bar really high.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.87/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A : Deep chocolate brown, 100% opaque, with a giant and porous head, beige in color. Leaves lacing in beautiful rings all the way down as it recedes.

S : Lacking. Very weak. At least until the head recedes. A bit of cocoa powder in the aroma, chocolate shavings, maybe some roast malts. A chocolate covered cone of hop comes out too.

T : Very traditional in its take on a black ale, rather than an Americanized stout...it’s less robust, instead choosing to be more subtle with its flavor profile. On it is ground mild coffee, some hop leaf, and burnt malts. It’s not chocolatey, it’s not big, it’s not packed. It’s easy drinking though, and is made up of roast coffee and hop flavors. On the finish is a charred coney hop flavor.

F : Very dense and creamy, first thing I noticed. The carbonation is mild but capable, and ends with a slight dry bite.

O : It’s okay. Many better stouts out there, but this is a no-frills, easy drinking, by-the-book black ale.

edit : this was bottled on 11/20/14.

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Photo of LennyOvies
4.61/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

L- Dark brown almost. Beige-brown creamy head. Slick.
S- Smooth toasted notes, coffee. Caramel, dark fruits.
T- Black toast, coffee, roasted malt, dried dark fruits.
F- Smooth, creamy.
O- Slightly better than the Porter, similar but better.

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Photo of Masonz223
4.27/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look: a light black color smooth one finger brown head
Smell: chocolate light coffe and Carmel
Taste: dark chocolate coffe light Carmel burnt dark coffe after taste.
Overall: very great flavor hops balance out the sweetness nice

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Photo of GuitarIPA
4.4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Great all around stout
L - thick, chocolate brown head, lacing lasts
S and T - roasted malt, dark chocolate
F - medium body and carbonation, nice dark chocolate finish

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Photo of Andrewharemza
3.77/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Average brownish head with good retention. Clear mahogany. Roasted malt, chocolate, burnt sugar. Taste is also roasted malt, burnt caramel, dried dark fruit, black coffee hints, some chocolate. Creamy palate and medium body. Quite good.

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Photo of startreker
4.92/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

L= Deep and dark, like a stout should be!

S= Roasted malt with chocolate and subtle hops.

T= Full of dark rich chocolate, with roasted coffee. Very creamy and delicious!

F= Medium mouthfeel that is so satisfying!

O= A very delicious stout with all of the chocolate, and coffee notes blended together perfectly!! It`s so delicious and creamy, that I just want more, and more, and more of this!! Way to go Sierra Nevada!! My family took me to the Mills River Brewery here in North Carolina for my Birthday .. What a treat that was to say the least!!

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Photo of interzen
4.43/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

355ml bottle served into a chalice glass.

Look: Opaque dark brown, almost black with nothing given away when held up to the light. A fingers-width of tan head and some alcing. Decent amount of carbonation from the off, and the head eventually dissipates to a foam cap.

Smell: Not huge in the smell department - roasted malts, obviously, and more than a hint of dark roasted coffee and cocoa. Hops? Nope.

Taste: It definitely tastes a bit more hop-forward than a tradition English or Irish stout, so no big surprises there. What was surprising was the nice balance between the roasted flavours and the hop bitterness - the latter isn't overdone by any means. The roasted coffee flavours are definitely a bit more up-front than the smell would suggest.

Feel: It's a stout, so it's going to have a fairly full mouthfeel and indeed it does. Very smooth drinking.

Overall: Definitely an interesting take on a stout - it's a bit hoppier than you'd expect but at the same time the hop character isn't going to blow the top of your head off either. There's a nice trade-off between malt and hops with the additional coffee and chocolate flavours just evident enough to keep things interesting. Another good effort from Sierra Nevada.

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Photo of ihazabucket7
4.58/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a "Man Mug". Nice color, mild coffee aromas. Coffee, cocoa, taste. Very light brew nice intro beer if you want to get into stouts. But if you love stouts you will appreciate this from Sierra Nevada! Cheers!

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Photo of BigDaddyWarbuxx
4.21/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I get a little bit of coffee and a little bit of roast. Nothing huge, but this could be a good introduction stout for someone not used to it, due to its mild flavors.

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Photo of Marc280
3.69/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a very dark brown, almost black if not held up to the light. Good head and good head retention. I think the aroma is what let's it down a bit. The hop aroma is quite minimal and I was expecting a bit more. I really like the taste. The bitterness is really well balanced and there is a rich malty flavour. Coffee notes come through strongly. Big mouthfeel. Overall I really like it.

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Photo of mlockman
3.5/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very hop-forward stout, which is not something I seek in a stout; I recognize that I may be in the minority of beer drinkers in that regard, so if you enjoy a hoppy stout, by all means indulge and enjoy!

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Photo of Dave1999
4.35/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look exactly like a stout should pitch black with a foamy tan coloured head.

The smell is very roasty malts, maybe just a hint of hop bitterness.

The taste is very roasty, dark chocolate, milk chocolate, a little sweetness, coffee bitterness.

The mouthfeel is smooth, full bodied, rich with medium carbonation.

Overall an excellent stout, definitely one of the best I've had.

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Photo of Joe_Howard
4.17/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours an almost pitch black body with a towering beige head. Nothing really sticks out aroma wise, hints of roasted malt. The taste is pretty phenomenal though. Tons of chocolate and roasted malt and a hint of hops, and it has a very smooth creamy body. This is one impressive stout.

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Photo of drunkenmess
4.46/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Delicious. Pours dark with a creamy head. Finishes off awesome, one of my favourite stouts. Definitely better than the porter, although still good. I WILL drink this brew when I can get it... very easy drinking. Enjoy

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Photo of stompilator
3.98/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a tulip. Bottled last November.

A - Poured a thick, dark brown, very nearly black. Head was a little fluffy.

S - Very light malt aroma. Not very much to speak of.

T - Heavy on the roastiness up front; notes of dark chocolate and coffee common in stouts are here. Interestingly, the hops quickly fade in with refreshing notes of berries, and a funky juiciness in the back. Perhaps it's the light age on the beer, but makes for an interesting profile.

M - Medium-full body, but a little more carbonated and aggressive than I would like. Really gets in the way of the up-front malt character.

O - Perhaps I'm not doing this due justice due to it being six months old and never trying it previously, but the fruitiness made for an interesting experience.

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Photo of Gajo74
4.53/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours an opaque dark brown nearly black. Nice tan creamy head with good lace retention and leggings that stick to the side of the glass. The roasted malts and coffee aroma hit the nose. I also detect a woody, earthy and slightly burnt aroma. As the drink warms, a fruit jam like essence develops. The taste matches all of this. Roasted malts, sweet dark fruit all balanced by a wood like hops that leaves a slightly bitter finish. This one feels light and very drinkable for a stout. I could swirl it in my mouth forever.
A WOW beer! I love it and will get again.

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Photo of MartyMaltose
4.35/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

+1 to those who regard this as the essence of the American stout. I'm searching for beers that I call "elemental", that represent ideals from which other beers are concocted as mixtures/compounds. This just may be the elemental American stout, and it's available at fantastic price for the brilliance that you're getting here. It's a near-perfect balance of smooth, creamy, and bold. I salute Sierra Nevada for the continuing great quality of the older staple beers, even as the marketing arm seems to be convinced that appealing to hop-heads is the way to go. And I'd suggest that marketing this stout as their #3 grocery store beer, after Pale Ale and [seasonal hop-heavy beer], instead of another hop-heavy variety, would be beneficial to sales in the long run.

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Photo of AirBob
4.09/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - 4 fingers of dense coffee milk colored head. Deep black body with reddish-brown hues. Excellent retention and lacing.

S - Bitter dark chocolate and ground coffee. Some bitter citrus happiness. Maybe a touch of doughy malt in the back.

T - Mild dark chocolate. Watered down coffee. Finishes with nice bitter hops and dark roasted chocolate covered coffee beans.

M - Medium-low carbonation. A little thin in the middle. Full, but clean finish. Very drinkable.

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Photo of stoutmasterjames
4.28/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Look, this beer is awesome. It is in every way an exemplary stout. It's just solid. No frills. Just an all-around excellent stout. Don't assume you've had this unless you have a very precise recollection of drinking it. You may not have had this. And if this is the case, my advice to you is to not let this beauty pass you by. Nice, mild chocolatey and roasty aromas. I pronounce it good.

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Photo of MattSweatshirt
3.61/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Almost black with a thick light khaki head. Tons o' lace.

Aroma is roasty and earthy with a touch of sweetness.

Taste is the same. A little more burnt, slight bitterness, chocolate.

Smooth and medium bodied with mild carbonation.

Comes across as pretty basic but solid nonetheless.

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Photo of maedhros09
4.15/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look: Poured from bottle into tulip-style glass. Dark brown, almost black with a couple fingers of tan head with decent retention
Smell: Roasty, floral, fairly mild
Taste: A nice balance of relatively subtle roasty malt flavors and light herbal and floral hops.
Feel: fairly smooth, medium mouthfeel
Overall: A nicely balanced stout, without any off flavors or quirks (not terribly distinctive either). Mild and not too bitter hops profile. Drinkable, a bit richer and less bitter than the SN Porter. Note that this one was in the bottle for 5 months, which might explain the milder hops.

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Photo of Chris_Burton
3.06/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dark mahogany to black in appearance, with hints of Ruby red on the edges when held to the light. Only a little head. Smells of milky oats with a hint of dark chocolate, although I've no idea if oats are used in the recipe. Taste has hints of dark chocolate and coffee but honestly, they are subdued. There's a dry, bitterness in the finish.

Overall I have to admit this is a somewhat
disappointing stout from Sierra Nevada; I've had plenty of much nicer stouts. It isn't unpleasant, simply underwhelming.

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Photo of MilkMan126
3.98/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This is a solid stout. The dark malt characters are exceptional - roasty and deep. Evolving complexity. I enjoy the malt so much that I wish the hops weren't as heavy in the flavor. For me, it's too much hop flavor for a stout but that malt flavor keeps me drinking. It's definitely a solid pick - it may he the best year-round, available stout in its pleasingly low price point.

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Photo of Foxybrau
3.77/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Doesn't live up to the Brothers' rating for me. It's good all-around, but nothing special on the nose and a little too hoppy and bitter at the finish for my taste without the richness before. It's good but I wouldn't choose it over many in the style if given the choice.

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Sierra Nevada Stout from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 1,388 ratings.