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Sierra Nevada Stout - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

Sierra Nevada StoutSierra Nevada Stout

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2,520 Ratings

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Ratings: 2520
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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Ratings: 2,520 | Reviews: 1,313 | Show All Ratings:
Photo of stoutman


4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This one poured a general black color with tiny hints of ruby and a thickly creamy lightish tan head which left lacing here and there on my glass. Aroma is of roast malt, some mocha present, but nothing more than you'd expect from a good stout. Carbonation level is fairly moderate, and the palate is generally pleased with the oak aged feel in the mouth. I have yet to find a Sierra Nevada product I dislike.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2003 14:28:51 | More by stoutman
Photo of Quaffer


4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: This was a very dark beer that had some barely distinguishable, deep ruby highlights around the edges. The tan head (pretty dark at first) rose up huge and took its sweet time to disappear. A thin layer stuck around the entire drink and it left a ton of lace on the glass.

Smell: There was a nice sweet chocolate and cream aroma to this brew. There was a little bit of bitterness on the nose, but not much. Overall, the aroma was rather subtle.

Mouthfeel: A medium-bodied brew that was smooth, but could have been smoother for my tastes.

Taste: There were a lot of bitter coffee and chocolate flavors to this beer, as opposed to the aroma which was more sweet-smelling. It faded to a nice hops bitterness that was very clean and dry. Very enjoyable and highly drinkable, though not overly complex.

A good beer. It's not a "bowl you over" type of stout, but it is still very delicious.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2003 13:57:18 | More by Quaffer
Photo of Bruiser81


3.88/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This stout poured a solid black with a half inch cream colored head that lasted through most the brew. The aroma was hard to detect, there was a some roasted malt and not much else. The taste is well balanced with a slightly bitter finish. It's hard for me to pick out any specific flavors. There is nothing overpowering about the taste. The mouthfeel is light to medium with a smooth finish. Not a bad stout.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2003 16:20:30 | More by Bruiser81
Photo of doho95fu


4.35/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I have been drinking SNPA for years, but for some reason I never gave their stout a try - I'm glad I did. The best thing about Sierra Nevada for me is that I get micro flavor and craftsmanship, with real solid consistency. This stout will now be my go to stout. It pours deep black, thick. The head is tan and reasonable, not guiness-like but good enough for the style. The color is what impresses most. The smell is coffee, toffee, cascades, and chocolate. Roasted malt also lies in the background.

The taste has some of the same characteristics. Most of all the cascades is a deep flavor, making this stout a bit hoppier than some others. The flavors are complex and the finish is with a dry coffee kick. To me, each sip was different.

The beer was smooth in the start with a dry finish. The only complaint was that the carbonation seemd light in my sample.
Overall, a great brew, and my new "session Stout".

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2003 07:30:53 | More by doho95fu
Photo of kunzbrew


4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This brew pours a jet black with a rocky mountain looking head, that last for a little while the reduces to a nice collar, leaving a sexy lace as the head reduces. The smell of coffee and hops hit the nose along with a robust smell. The first sip brings brings a mildly refreshing caramel flavor with a very pleasant coofee and roasted malt flavor that is great. Sierra Nevada just keeps making great beer, I am a very big fan. All the rest of the sips brought a great tasting beer that I will enjoy for many years to come.


Serving type: bottle

02-10-2003 16:30:18 | More by kunzbrew
Photo of allboutbierge


4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

SN Stout is one of my top 15 favorite beers. Its very easy to find, never skunk, and relatively affordable.

It has a rich nearly black color and pours a big beige/brown head. A heavy lace is left on the glass. A small amount of yeast may be discovered at the bottom of the glass. Its aroma is rich in roasted malts and dull hops. Flavor is much the same but has more of a 'hoppy' element than its smell reflects. Roasted malts are the strongest flavor but there is elements of dark chocolate as well. This is a relatively bitter stout. It has a nice body--full but not ultra heavy, carbonation seems a little heavy though. But, this is a very drinkable brew none the less. I could easily quaff a sixer of these in an evening.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2003 12:32:11 | More by allboutbierge
Photo of NeroFiddled


4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Soft Cascades greet the nose as soon as the bottle is opened. It pours an opaque black body topped by a foamy light tan head that holds well and leaves nice lace throughout the glass. As it warms, the nose also reveals some chocolatey and roasty malt. The medium body is enhanced by a very fine carbonation from bottle conditioning that tingles the tongue! The flavor is quite intense; loaded with such deep, sharp roasted character (low pH), citrusy hop flavor, and yeasty fruitiness that it almost seems tart at the first sip. But it's decidedly bittersweet with more dark caramel, chocolate, and bold bitterness appearing as it warms. It's surprisingly complex with the Cascades remaining in the nose and making occasional appearances in the flavor. It finishes quite dry with a lingering chocolate/roast maltiness that fades to reveal rising bitterness and an eventual residual shadow of Cascade hop flavor. Well-balanced and complex. This is clearly an overlooked gem in the Sierra Nevada crown.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2003 19:10:28 | More by NeroFiddled
Photo of garymuchow


4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I sampled a few bottles with two being quite hoppy and one not being that way at all. I guess I liked the hoppy version because it was significantly different that traditional stout. But this makes it hard to review, becuase which on am I reviewing? Anyway, a good looking beer, black with a reddisy hue on the fringes. Full biege head. Smooth rich roast and dark malt flavors, sometimes balanced nicely with Am. style hops. Excellent mouthfeel. A very good beer either way.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2003 04:26:19 | More by garymuchow
Photo of aaronh


4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer is virtually black and pours with a dense, rocky head that is a bit lighter than wet sand. It displays very good retention and leaves a nice lacing on the glass. The aroma is very fruity, with a strong Cascade-type grapefruit hop smell and a touch of malty chocolate. The first sip reveals noticeable hop bittering, followed by some roasted coffee and a touch of chocolate. A bit of grainess is noticeable as well. Later sips reveal more plum/raisin fruits and the accompanying sweetness. The finish is rather clean, and is punctuated by some good hop bitterness. The aftertaste is a bit of coffee, a bit of chocolate, and a touch of citrus. With a creamy mouthfeel and good drinkability, this is a very solid stout. My second favorite Sierra Nevada brew, behind Celebration.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2003 14:15:30 | More by aaronh
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 alittlehazy


4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Whew! I've been putting off drinking this for a long time. Poured jet black with a brown film on the edges and a beautiful tan head. It tasted very hoppy to me, which was no surprise but as I drank more, the malt and hops blended perfectly along with a nice bitter coffee flavor. Mouthfeel was excellent, just the right amount of carbonation. Great stout, great glass of beer!

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2002 23:12:13 | More by alittlehazy
Photo of DerKaiser


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

Sierra Stout looks so inviting. Nice black body with a huge creamy tan head that you could stand a fork up in. It simply begs you to drink it.

The taste starts slightly sweet with carmels and burnt sugars. Absolutely thick with roasted chewy barley malts with a nice bitter hop bite in the finish. Slightly acidic like a good espresso. There's simply loads of flavor in this beer. A true stout through and through and one of my favorite beers. Those guys up in Chico really can't some to do anything wrong, as far as I'm concerned.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2002 21:38:27 | More by DerKaiser
Photo of Gusler


4.4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Oh yes, it has that brooding deep brown to black color I so admire, the head portly, the texture creamy and rich chocolate in color with thick sticky old sheets of lace that virtually plaster themselves to the glass. Nose is toasted grains, caramel, malt, the front is sweetly malt, the top thick and chewy with a pertinent acidic bite the hops masterful in their presence and to seal it off a dry bittersweet aftertaste that lingers on, and to my palate one "Damn" decent stout.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2002 07:02:01 | More by Gusler
Photo of jward


4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The full, thick head is light brown with some interesting darker spots and edges. And, happily, it sticks around for quite some time. Like all Sierra beers, there is a noticeable (almost spicy) hops presence, both in the nose and on the palate. But the complex roasted malts take center stage, with hints of alcohol, espresso and molasses, and with contrasting elements of sweetness and bitterness at the finish. The mouthfeel is rich and full, but still quite smooth. A unique, well-balanced and challenging stout.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2002 16:02:19 | More by jward
Photo of mzwolinski


4.8/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Damn. I put off trying this one for a long time. After growing up on their pale ale, Sierra Nevada simply wasn't the first name to come to mind when I thought "stout." Serves me right for being narrow-minded, I guess. This beer pours jet black in color with a very thin, very dark tan head. The aroma is grainy and rich, with very subtle fruit notes. Very slight alcohol nose as well. And of course, it wouldn't be Sierra Nevada without a noticeable hop boquet. Flavor is rich and roasty. Quite full-bodied, with a great bitterness from the combined hops and burnt malt. Finishes dry with a great bitter aftertaste which hangs around for a while. Quite a few steps up from Guinness in terms of aggressiveness, but the bitterness here is by no means off-putting. Great stout.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2002 15:50:08 | More by mzwolinski
Photo of rockdick


4.35/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a dark, rich brown color with a tan head that lasted the whole time. Tasted of chocolate roasts & coffee, with a creamy feel to it. This is a VERY GOOD Stout, I've always been a Guinness man, but now I'll be adding SN Stout to the rotation.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2002 05:47:54 | More by rockdick
Photo of maxpower


3.53/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark black color, with a creamy tan head. Dark chocolate roasted aroma, medium body, bitter coffee and roasty malt flavor, this stout has a nice hop bite, finishes bitter, not the best stout, but still pretty good.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2002 05:47:55 | More by maxpower
Photo of Morris729


3.95/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a rich dark black color with a thick and creamy tan colored head. Aroma is of roasted malts and grains with notes of burnt coffee. Very full bodied mouth feel with flavors of caramel, toffee, bitter chocolate, and dark fruits with a medium hop bitterness. A great wintertime brew.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2002 09:10:38 | More by Morris729
Photo of jackndan


4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sierra Nevada Stout: Wow, was I impressed with this beer, it had a wonderful balance, with a smooth mouthfeel. The color was a deep cordovan, with a thick tan head that lasted throughout, and coated the glass the whole way down. Very well balanced with roasted malts dominant, but a fairly aggressive hops bite to keep the malts from going way over the top. Extremely flavorful beer, with alcohol warmth. Excellent and interesting beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2002 20:18:40 | More by jackndan
Photo of BitteBier


4.38/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours black with tight head that dissipates rather quickly but laces all the way down the glass. Nice, stoutish nose to this one with strong roasted and chocolate/coffee scents dominating. The pour and smell seem to lack the creaminess that I appreciate in a balanced stout, but the taste says otherwise--hoppy crispness and bitterness after the initial roasted smoothness. Unexpectedly nice mouthfeel and drinkability, particularly for a stout. Like other Sierra Nevada fare, this beer probably is as good as a "mainstream" beer can be. What it lacks in quirky uniqueness it makes up for in consistency and solid appeal.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2002 18:30:36 | More by BitteBier
Photo of Pegasus


4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2002 21:13:41 | More by Pegasus
Photo of hyuga

North Carolina

3.65/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nearly pitch black with a beige head which retains exceptionally. Pleasant aroma of dark fruit, prune to be exact, combined with a nice fresh hoppy aroma. Roasted grain and hops combine in a coffee and rind-like bitterness on the palate. Dark chocolate is underneath rounding out the flavor well. Creamy yet tingly mouthfeel. Finish is a bit on the dry side. A good stout with good balance.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2002 09:58:45 | More by hyuga
Photo of Dogbrick


4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I found this to be an excellent Stout, pours almost black with a thin head. Nice dry roasted/coffee flavor and pleasant aftertaste. I enjoyed this one the entire glass. This is probably my favorite Sierra Nevada offering.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2002 12:41:22 | More by Dogbrick
Photo of TheLongBeachBum


4.75/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cool, colorful looking label that really caught my eye – then when I realised it was Sierra Nevada – I bagged 1 of ‘em. I have made the mistake of serving US Stouts and Porters too cold in my last reviews, so I allowed this to warm up a little after taking it out of the fridge, I’m glad I did. The 12 fl.oz. bottle poured thick, black and treacly like, and with a steady hand the head rose and stopped perfectly at the top of my Pint Glass. It just looks like a Perfect Pint of Stout. Beautiful smooth brown-tanned head, that started to resemble the Moons surface, as soon as it started to collapse, but eventually it rescinded to a nice ¼” tight head that stayed the distance. Mmm. Chocolate and LOTS of it in the nose. Simply looks and smells gorgeous, and I haven’t even tasted it yet. Wow – bags of flavour, chocolate, malt dominant, very thick mouthfeel, dry, really dry and…., wait a minute….. hold on…. is it me?.... or can I detect…. robust Hops in the faintly bitter aftertaste.
I just belched – Yep, Man those Cascades takes some beating!!!!!
A superb example of a Stout. I am a huge fan of US Stouts, and this does not disappoint me.
5 Points, 5 Stars, 5 More please – for it’s not 1, but a 6-Pack for me next time.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2002 21:18:37 | More by TheLongBeachBum
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New York

4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black with a creamy tan head that has excellent retention, and generous lace. Grain and fruity aromas with hints of hops and rum. Creamy, full mouthfeel with roasted barley flavor. A bit hoppy for a stout, but it handles the hops very well, not being overpowered. It has a nice dry finish.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2002 19:46:25 | More by Lupe
Sierra Nevada Stout from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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