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Sierra Nevada Stout - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Sierra Nevada StoutSierra Nevada Stout

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2,923 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,923
Reviews: 1,345
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 11.3%
Wants: 217
Gots: 213 | FT: 2
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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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of dougbassett
4.48/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bought as part of a mixed six at the bottle store off of "Local 44", a bar here in West Philly.

This is an old favorite of mine -- I think this is one of SN's best beers, and one of the better American stouts. Pours very very dark brown with a white fluffy head that it manages to more or less maintain -- the damn thing just looks the way a stout should look. Classic nose of chocolate and coffee, underneath which is a hint of hops which is one of the things that make this beer stand out for me -- you usually don't see a lot of hop presence in stouts.

For once the taste matches the nose, a real slumgullion of dark bitter chocolate, coffee, and hops, with a dry, oddly crisp finish with maybe a hint of coffee grounds still lingering about.

A fine fine beer all around, nice to be able to try this again.

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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of halfgermanhalfirish
4.53/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- poured from the bottle down the middle of a standard pint glass. There was a light cascade effect typical with stouts and the beer developed an impressive four finger thick tan head extending above the glass. The beer is black with a slite redish tent at the very bottom of the glass and there was some nice lacing on the glass at the end. Put it all together this is an impressive looking brew that I could not wait to dive into. I could have gave it a 5 on appearance with a little more action on the cascade effect.

Smell- some coffee notes from the rosted malts and a weak bit of chocolate at the end. Nothing over the top with aroma and I was a little disapointed given the immpressive appearance of the beer.

Taste- Wow! Its really really good! Very nice coffee and chocolate notes up front from the roasted and carmel malts. After that you get some hoppy bitterness to balance out the sweetness. They got the flavor profile near perfect on this one and its very easy to drink.

Mouthfeel- medium body and very balanced. Maybe could have been a bit chewier for a stout if you want to get picky.

Overall- I consider this to be a top notch brew that I intend to purchase on a regulare basis in the future. If it had a little more on the nose I could have easily scored it a 5 overall. Go pick it up...its a must try.

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4.75/5  rDev +16.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

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4.18/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle no date into tulip

Look is a very dark brown, barely see-through around the edges. Almost no head to speak of being the only problem. Smell is chocolate, coffee, tobacco, leather. Taste is bright and surprisingly hoppy, bitter piney hops, cocoa powder, sweet caramel roll malts, slight dusty dry leaves, finishes with some apple/dark fruit characteristics. Feel is medium-heavy, well carbonated.

The taste was surprising, different than what I expected, but excellent.

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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

Photo of BeerKangaroo
3.93/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Into a pint glass:

A: dark brown colored body yielding a three finger foamy tan head. The body is too dark for any carbonation to be seen. The head must last at least a good three and a half minutes even after I took several sips. There is some nice foamy rings left.

S: good combination between chocolate and coffee with some added hops.

T: robust and bold with the previously mentioned smells coming through with an added maltiness.

M: medium and there is nothing harsh on the tongue. I would say it has a decent drinkability.

O: I would say this is a solid American Stout that I would have again.

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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

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2.5/5  rDev -38.6%

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of WastingFreetime
4.18/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours out a black color with three fingers of light brown fluffy head that leaves decent lacing behind as it retreats over the course of three minutes. Medium body and carbonation levels, smooth textured.

Nice nose of roasted malt, bitter chocolate and coffee with just a splash of licorice sweetness. The flavor has the same roasted malt, bitter chocolate and coffee but the licorice has been replaced by an equal splash of dark plum overtones and it gains a touch of herbal hopping acidity as it warms up towards room temperature.

A solidly constructed and robust stout, hits everything by the book and keeps things bitter through and through with a roast malt-forward profile. Very much worth trying out at least once in a lifetime.

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3/5  rDev -26.3%

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Sierra Nevada Stout from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 2,923 ratings.