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Sierra Nevada Stout - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 1,383
Hads: 3,172
Avg: 4.07
pDev: 16.71%
Wants: 285
Gots: 360 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Stout |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-14-2000

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Photo of psyco1
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It's pretty close to black and a tannish head, very good looking.
It smells of mainly chocolate, with some coffee roast and a bit of malt.
The chocolate comes out nicely in the taste mixed with the coffee/malt finishing up with a bit of hops.
I can really drink this, a very tasty stout.

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Photo of Billolick
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

poured a very dark maple syrup color, dark tan head, creamy, tiny bubbles and lacing present. Nose of dark, yeasty bread. Roasted malts, sweat caramel, dark chocolate, coffee, cocoa. Mild grainy hops come in late. Tasty stout, quality sipper. Stout lovers rejoice.

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Photo of tar
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark black with a thick (approximately 1.5 fingers), cloudlike, tan to off-white head. A great aroma of chocolate and roast malt greets the nose. Flavors are dominated by malt with some hop presence--the malt tastes very nicely of chocolate and roasted coffee. Smooth, full-bodied and rather delicious, this is a very drinkable beer. For one reason or another I seem to rarely have one of these, and I'm really not sure why, as I really enjoy drinking this very nice stout.

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Photo of joshlara
4.73/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Prologue: I was very interested in trying this beer again as it gets very good reviews. My first experience with this beer was three years ago when I bought a single bottle at a local six pack shop. I wasn't too impressed at the time. Let me tell you, I was totally wrong.

Appearance: This baby pours a very dark almost black color, only hints of dark crimson peak through at the bottom of the glass. It is accompanied by a beautiful off white dolloped lace that is sticky throughout.

Smell: Aroma is dominated by mocha with hints of burnt malt, caramel, chocolate, and roasted grains.

Taste: The flavor starts out with bitter chocolate and coffee flavors transitioning into sweet caramel and toffee finishing with bitter hops, burnt malt, and roasted grains. You can tell this stout is hopped more than most with chinook hops lending to the bitter finish. There is also a definate tangy note in the finish most likely stemming from the cascade hops. Beautifully crafted, well balanced, and a treat to consume.

Overall: This beer is outstanding. Probably the best stout, outside of imperials, I have had the pleasure of trying and I am going to make sure it is always a part of my beer inventory.

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Photo of slushthelush
3.85/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

When I first poured the beer my first impressions were that this beer didn't have the stout head I was expecting.The color could have been a little darker. There wasn't any aroma (alot of stouts don't have aroma) The beer tasted great though. Nice roasted barley flavor with maybe a hint of black patent. I liked the hops in here also.It finished very well. It could have been "thicker" for my tastes. But overall a good beer.

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Photo of Southernbrew
4.47/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours black, decent brown head.

Nice roasted aroma with some coffee notes as well, this is just what I expect when I think of stouts.

Full body, very smooth. Strong roasted coffee flavor that turns to a light bitterness in the finish. Very nice coffee aftertaste.

A very enjoyable stout, very easy to drink with great malt/hop balance. Awesome.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Black with ruby highlights, capped by a light milk chocolate brown crown. The foam is softly pitting and eventually deflates to a thick disk, leaving rings of lace. The aroma is of charred black malt (with more chocolate than coffee) and a snippet of hops.

Wow, is this a chocolate stout? It's more chocolate-like than many chocolate stouts that I've had. It tastes like melted Hershey's kisses were added before bottling. That's a good thing. SNS favors the sweeter side of its personality, which only makes the chocolate comparison that much more vivid.

Hops are present in the background, but don't intrude. The family resemblance to Sierra Nevada Porter is obvious. The finish is long, nicely roasty, chocolate-like and hoppy. The mouthfeel isn't quite as full as I'd like, but it's pretty good all the same.

Sierra Nevada Stout is another solid effort from this brewery. It really should be labeled as a chocolate stout since it most certainly tastes like one. I'm thrilled that it's available locally.

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Photo of yeagerbm
4.32/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a well built stout. Appears black with a thin tan head. Toasty malt smell with a raisin like fruitiness. Tastes very dry for a stout with some roasted coffee tastes and a good amout of discernable hop flavor. Overall a medium bodied well balanced taste. Could use a little creamier mouthfeel in my opinion but is probably more drinkable than some others of the style.

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Photo of jtfest
3.8/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep auburn brown -- virtually but not quite opaque in the glass, with a small mustard brown head that slowly thins. The aroma is slightly charcoal, roasted, and malty -- but very subtle and light. The brew is thick and chewy -- coating the palate and the throat, but not syrupy at all. Unfortunately, the taste was lacking for me. Somewhat watery, lightly hinting at caramel, but the taste was a little weak and slightly burnt. Not bad, mind you, but there are many better types of stout. Could be considered easy drinking, but I'd get bored doing it.

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Photo of kmcnair
4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle - pours a dark black cola-like color and makes a nice foamly tan head.

the aromatics are chock full of rich roasted malts

Flavor is spicy, roasted, chocolatey and loaded with coffee.

medium bodied, doesn't coat much

nicely balanced and easy to drink, another fine selection from sierra nevada

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Photo of jimdkc
4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Typical stout appearance: Very dark, glints of garnet when backlit, topped with tan foam. Roasted malt aroma with a little fruit. Taste is initially hoppy, followed by carmel malt and coffee flavors. A little mild stout bitterness, too. I liked the regular stout flavors paired with the unmistakable taste of west coast hops. Dry finish. Good mouthfeel, medium body. Pretty good drinkability.

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Photo of Sammy
3.9/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

It was more creamy and carbonated that other stouts. That may make it more popular.It has Less coffee more chocolate with fruit flavour, which I enjoyed better than the stouts I had had to this time. Good aftertaste. Medium mouthfeel and good on the palate.

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Photo of AndIWantYou
3.36/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I really like Sierra Nevada stout-- it's a wonderful beer at a good cost. That said, something seems off about the glass I'm drinking right now. It almost has a sesame oil aftertaste, and I am not a sesame oil fan. Everything else about the beer, from its dark, opaque color and tan head to its smooth drinkability, is wonderful. It has just enough bitterness balanced by the right level of sweetness to make me very, very happy. I'm just glad this isn't the first bottle I've ever had, because the sesame oil flavor is really getting to me. Let's chalk it up to not cleaning my glass thoroughly (or something) and move on with giving this beer the good review it deserves.

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Photo of Stimack
4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

What a great offering from Sierra Nevada, I must say that for being a stout drinker I am not sure why I have never concentrated on this brew before.

It pours to a dark black/brown color with a nice sized tan had that is slow to break down and leaves very nice lacing through out.

The aromas are of chocolate and roasted malt with hints of fruit and maybe molasses and butterscotch? This entire brew has fantastic aromas. The taste is of dark sweet malt, coffee and chocolate all wrapped up with a nice amount of carbonation.

This is a incredible brew, one that I could have a good number of in one sitting and a brew that I think I could have year around, even in the hot summer months.

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Photo of ppoitras
4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12ozer, purchased at Main St. Liquors, Monson, MA, as part of do-it-yourself mixed 6 pack.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, nice tan 1/2 inch head formed on a dark mahogany, nearly opaque brew, which lets only the very least amount of light through. Good lace appears on the sides as the beer abandons my glass. Heavy malty aroma, and also a strong hops essence in the nose. Taste is hearty and dominated by the dark malts, coffee and chocolate, which leaves a bitterness on the tongue, almost as if the malt and hops flavors are two different entities with two distinct timings to their flavors. Quite interesting phenomenon in my mind. Very smooth, goes down nice and easy, with the late bitterness detracting just a slight bit.

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Photo of stewart124
4.7/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A pitch black with a thick brown head that is very fluffy. Strong aroma of roasted malts,coffee, and chocolate. Slight hints of hops. The taste is terrific with a tangy hop sensation and a blend of coffee, chocolate, and bit of caramel. Very rich creamy taste and thick body. A dry aftertaste topped with coffee. Delicious. This is another classic produced by Sierra Nevada.

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Photo of jwilli7122
3.96/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours brown/black with no transparency. Features a big bubbly tan head that is quite slow to fade. lacing seems moderate - the foam slides pretty easily on the sides of the glass at first, but becomes stickier as it dries. Woah, maybe I was wrong - by the time i am done with the beer the lacing is incredible. Crusted layers everywhere- tan...and brown even! lacing coloring is similar to sugar cookies with burnt edges. Looking great.
Smell is dominated by rich roasty coffee scents. nice.
Taste is pleasant, if somewhat simple. Butterscotch and roasted coffee dominate immediately. They are the only tastes i can easily distinguish at first. There is a medium/light bitter hop taste in back, which is good, and a dry roasty aftertaste, but I am disappointed by a lack of flavor in the middle.
The feel is somewhat thick, and emits prickly bubbles as it slides to the rear of my mouth. Very easy drinking and tends to go fast - but is somewhat filling. This is a good beer, but not a special beer.

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Photo of GreenWBush
4.28/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Why in the hell is it that most packages that carry Sierra Nevada always have the pale ale and the porter, but not the stout?

Anyways, this canary-bottled 12ozer pours out a nice glossy black with ruby highlights when inspected closely against a light. It has a beautiful pillow brown head that is signifcantly large when poured, and remains quite nice all the way down. This might just have the best lacing I have ever seen. Its like looking into the car window of a super heavy smoker.

The nose is all sweet chocolately roasted malt. The taste is a nicely carbonated blend of rich sweet dark malts and an assertive hop twinge as it passes by the tongue. Many coffee tones as well. Leave a slightly cloying strangely sweet bitterness on the tongue, however, my only complaint.

A damn fine stout. Very drinkable, and seems bigger than it is at only 5.8% ABV.

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

appearence is black with a very creamy carmel colored head that stays with you the whole way down

smells rich and chocolate-coffee with strong "earth" scent

the taste is pretty good...thick and creamy barley, coffee. the mouthfeel is great. and even a minute or two after a drink i can still taste this very strongly in my mouth.

this is some pretty good stuff. i have been wanting to try it as im a fan of stouts...its cold as piss in my house and this goes along well with the cold weather.

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Photo of rkhaze
4.38/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out black with some deep brown escaping the edges. Big, thick creamy tan head and good lacing. Nice sweetish aroma of roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, a bit of dark fruit and zingy hops.
Great rich, bittersweet taste. Roasted/burnt malt, espresso, semisweet chocolate and dark fruity caramel. Tangy hop bitterness in the long finish. Excellent!
Medium bodied with a full, rich creamy mouthfeel and a good amount of carbonation. Quite filling but great drinkability nonetheless.

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Photo of twilight
4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sierra Nevada has a stout? Go figure.

Pours midnight black with a small brown head and leaves good lacing around my nonick pint. The smell is coffee like- as is the taste, but the taste also has hoppy overtones. It's kind of like their pale ale with lots of rich roasted goodness. The initial taste is hoppy bitter, giving way to a roasted flavor that lingers. Funny thing is that it is a bit too carbonated for my tastes.

Overall, a good brew, and one that I'll definitely have in the future.

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Photo of Beastdog75
3.65/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This particular brew from Sierra Nevada doesn't seem as "accomplished" as some of their other brews and at times seems to go unnoticed. If you're one of those folks who pass this one by, you are missing a pretty good beer. This is a true to the style dry stout with some of that Sierra Nevada kick to it that will satisfy fans of both stouts and hoppy beers.

This beer pours a very dark brown/near black color that isn't translucent in any way. A large, expansive, cocoa colored head forms and retains quite well, leaving some splotchy lace. The smell is a bit surprising, seeing as how the first aroma that I picked up was some spicy hops. This was followed by some lighter, cocoa-like aromas. The mouthfeel is smooth with very little carbonation. As mentioned, the hops do play a big part in this stout. A citric, hoppy twang that is reminicent of most SN beers is the first flavor I detected here, but it was quickly followed up with some very dark roasted malt flavors. Notes of burntness and dark chocolate were picked up, along with a very slight alcohol flavor. The finish is on the bitter side, with more roasted bitterness and some hop twang making its presence known. Quite a drying experience, I must say. The dry, roasted flavors linger for a bit carrying some dark, burnt coffee and licorice notes, and some of that hop bitterness continues as well. The beer concludes with a bit of alcoholic warmth.

This is definitely a good stout, but I would choose Sierra Nevada's Porter over this for its sheer drinkability. This one is certainly hoppier, less sweet, and maybe even a bit more "in your face" than the porter. A good winter beer.

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Photo of CBFanWish
4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A deep black colour with a thick tan, almost brown head. The smell soft with a nice aroma of chocolate. The taste was a smooth and tasted of an easy to get along with chocolate. There were also hints of coffee, but the choclate was much more pronounced. It was very good and easy to drink.

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Photo of silks636
4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12 oz. brown bottle. No freshness date indicated. Served at cellar temp.

Thick opaque black with a decent frothy tan head. Good retention and nice lacing. Aroma of burnt malt and light fruity alcohol esters. Flavors begin deep and earthy with notes of roasted barley, chocolate, and plum. These gradually give way to a nice Cascade hop bitterness that provides a wonderful balance. Finishes pleasantly dry. Long lingering bitter leafy hop aftertaste. Full bodied with vigorous carbonation.

A damn good session stout. Another solid offering from SN.

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Photo of CortexBomb
3.61/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out nearly pitch into a pint, but you can still see light through it if you hold it up. Surprisingly large amount of head for a stout.

Scent is mainly dominated by a nutty aroma while the flavour is a strong burnt yet creamy malt taste with a goodly amount of bitterness that comes on late and then lasts for quite some time.

Mouthfeel is decent, lighter than I'd like, and very carbonated, yet it still has a bit of thickness to it. Drinkability is high though because the creamy flavour manages to tone the intense stouty-ness down a tad.

Overall a decent stout, and slightly unique because of the creamy factor.

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Sierra Nevada Stout from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 1,383 ratings.