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Sierra Nevada Stout - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Sierra Nevada StoutSierra Nevada Stout

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2,748 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,748
Reviews: 1,327
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 11.3%
Wants: 193
Gots: 158 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-14-2000)
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Photo of beagle75
3.88/5  rDev -4.7%

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

A: Opaque black color with one finger of mocha-tinted foam head. Heavy lacing remains on the glass.

S: Herbaceous hops are earthy and spicy, leading the way for lesser dark chocolate. Grain is not so much buried as it is just disguised--subtle. Qualities are generally clean.

T: Begins dry, with refined roasted malt and hop aromatics that are earthy and floral. Acidity is mild into the middle where the chocolate from the smell emerges along with some restrained dark fruit. The finish is clean, with mild bitterness and a whiff of floral and toasty flavors to linger.

M: Medium to thick viscosity, smooth on the palate, with moderate carbonation.

D/O: This is a lighter stout that looks and feels great, but could use a shot of assertiveness when it comes to the sensory qualities of smell and, to a lesser extent, flavor. As with most of Sierra Nevada's darker offerings, the hops are more attention-getting than one might anticipate. On the other hand, the roasted qualities, which ought to be defining, are mellow and supportive instead. While Deschutes Obsidian Stout is a more balanced all-purpose example of the style, this is still not without its charms.

beagle75, Apr 28, 2012
Photo of ObeMaltKinobee
4/5  rDev -1.7%

ObeMaltKinobee, Apr 26, 2012
Photo of draheim
4.23/5  rDev +3.9%

12oz bottle (code 132710608) into a snifter. Pours a deep cola brown w/ a thick mocha head, sticky lacing coats the glass.

Aroma is dark roasted malt, molasses, bitter hops, coffee, some dark fruit.

Taste is dark bitter roasted malt, dark fruit, chocolate, plentiful hops. Really good balance, no single element dominates.

Mouthfeel is smooth, balanced, just right.

Overall a really tasty, easy-drinking, low-ABV stout w/ lots going on. Perhaps the best-value stout I've had.

draheim, Apr 26, 2012
Photo of bcsbeer
4/5  rDev -1.7%

bcsbeer, Apr 26, 2012
Photo of thecheapies
4/5  rDev -1.7%

Rather black in appearance, although, it looked like Worcestershire Sauce glugging out of the bottle. Beige head once sat in at a finger and is slowly dwindling down to the surface. 4.0

Mild dark fruits, roastiness, coffee, chocolate, and earthy/pine hops unleashed in the nose. The coffee is riding the forefront without being obvious. 4.0

Oh, this one's a little twangy. Forward on coffee and chocolate, but the hops play a role in deconstructing this stout into an earthy black ale with roasty qualities. A little burnt and it fizzles out that way. The suggestion of coffee is there, but a little bland. The chocolate is bitter like Hershey's Dark. The hops conquer the bitter finish and transform black specialty malts into something almost wafery. Interesting stout. 4.0

Light carbonation with a medium, but burly, body. A tad sticky, but it's drinking with speed at 5.8% and hardly any of that detectable. 4.0

Hard to rank among others of the same style. A simple American Stout with loads of flavor, a bright nose, some intermediate complexity, and sessionability at the strength. Sierra Nevada is all about characterizing their beers on hops, even the malty styles. I'm glad I didn't pass this one up. 4.0

thecheapies, Apr 26, 2012
Photo of monnik
3/5  rDev -26.3%

monnik, Apr 26, 2012
Photo of ATXRyan
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

ATXRyan, Apr 25, 2012
Photo of Ash
2.75/5  rDev -32.4%

Ash, Apr 25, 2012
Photo of mactrail
3.8/5  rDev -6.6%

Thoroughly drinkable black beer. Really a textbook example of an American Stout. Dark, dark color with a nice off-white head and plenty of lacing along the tall glass.

Lots of shades of roasted, blackened, and burnt barley as you sip. A good base of malt flavors with a pleasant sweet and rounded mouthfeel. Some winey character and plenty of suds in the mouth. Hops seem to grow more assertive and moves along to a bitter aftertaste with a hint of charcoal. A touch of dark fruit but quite bitter at the end.

From the ubiquitous 12 oz bottle. Another well-made beer from people who know what they're doing.

mactrail, Apr 25, 2012
Photo of Gabany
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

Gabany, Apr 24, 2012
Photo of FriedGold2112
3.5/5  rDev -14%

FriedGold2112, Apr 24, 2012
Photo of pentasyllabic
3.5/5  rDev -14%

pentasyllabic, Apr 24, 2012
Photo of Irrationalist
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Irrationalist, Apr 23, 2012
Photo of Immortale25
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

Poured into a Southern Tier tulip-style glass. No readable freshness date.

A- Pours an almost fully opaque black color with a 1/2 inch tan head that retains well before decaying to a thick ring around the edge of the glass and plentiful surface foam. Very good lacing that's slow to collapse.

S- A firm roast nose with hints of coffee and a bit of chocolate. Also quite earthy and herbal.

T- Bold roast notes that immediately latch onto the palate but give in before too long to release the food notes of coffee, chocolate, molasses, etc. Incredibly balanced and rich.

M- Semi-viscous with medium carbonation and a robust body.

O- I've had the porter before which I feel is just OK, so I assumed the stout would be the same. I was sorely mistaken. One of the most enjoyable SN beers I've ever had.

Immortale25, Apr 23, 2012
Photo of terence
3.5/5  rDev -14%

terence, Apr 22, 2012
Photo of yaksurf
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

yaksurf, Apr 22, 2012
Photo of bilbo2012
4/5  rDev -1.7%

bilbo2012, Apr 22, 2012
Photo of jstewart1130
4/5  rDev -1.7%

jstewart1130, Apr 21, 2012
Photo of goodbeerallday
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

A: near straight black with thick clouded grey tinge head diminishing to a thick coverage of head over the beer and lacing.

S: pine, hay and remnants of pepper corn. slight twinge of chocolate and a the tiniest bit smoke rising off it.

T: wow! im not a huge stout fan but this is incredible! a rich flavour oak flavour and dark malt. running from front to back pallet is a mild bitterness and a good amount of flavouring hops seems to be arousing my taste buds. milky characters and a tart finish! WOW!

M: really easy drinking, a slight bitterness and milky cream finish!

O: a really session-able beer and overall appearance is amazing! taste impeccable, seemingly can hardly be faulted. i want more!

goodbeerallday, Apr 21, 2012
Photo of mitchbeer
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

mitchbeer, Apr 19, 2012
Photo of acevenom
4.88/5  rDev +19.9%

Poured into a pint glass. Pours black with a two-finger length tan head. The head dissipates slowly, leaving lacing on the side of the glass. There are strong aromas of dark roasted malts, bitter chocolate, and coffee. I can detect some faint hop aroma as well. The taste is of dark roasted barley malt, bitter chocolate, and coffee. It tastes like it smells, but the flavors are full and bold. There is some bitterness in the flavor as well and the hops provide some of that bitterness as well as extra flavor to go with the traditional stout flavors. This is a medium bodied beer with some carbonation. The mouthfeel is creamy and the beer coats the mouth very well. Overall, this is a most excellent stout and one I'd recommend.

acevenom, Apr 18, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

swaghawk, Apr 18, 2012
Photo of yamar68
4/5  rDev -1.7%

Pours a very ominous black, hardly an edge of clarity. Healthy finger of mocha colored head that dissipates to a fine ring, good lacing. Resinous hops cut through the roasted dark malts on the nose, an uncanny balance, like a black IPA. The taste is nice and smokey, like a breath of fresh air after a few blunders recently in the stout category. There's all the appropriate stout characteristics, dialed back to achieve a smooth and approachable balance. Not sure why I've overlooked this one until now. Quite good. All 4's.

yamar68, Apr 18, 2012
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

DrFunkenstein, Apr 15, 2012
Photo of jojoluvsbeer
4/5  rDev -1.7%

Pours black in color with a small tan head that quickly dissipated and leaves good lacing on the glass. Not much carbonation. Aroma is roasted malts, and dark chocolate. Tasted of roasted chocolate malts and coffee with some bitterness. Full mouthfeel, was medium bodied. Very drinkable.

jojoluvsbeer, Apr 13, 2012
Sierra Nevada Stout from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 2,748 ratings.