1. Extreme Beer Fest. March 20 & 21, 2015 in Boston, Mass. Join us!
  2. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  3. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Sierra Nevada Stout - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

Not Rated.
Sierra Nevada StoutSierra Nevada Stout

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
91
outstanding

2,864 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

(view ratings)
Ratings: 2,864
Reviews: 1,340
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 11.06%
Wants: 201
Gots: 191 | 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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Sierra Nevada Stout Alström Bros
Ratings: 2,864 | Reviews: 1,340 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of dlcoblen
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

dlcoblen, Aug 18, 2012
Photo of Pelicanrocks
4/5  rDev -1.7%

Pelicanrocks, Aug 18, 2012
Photo of Zaphog
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

Zaphog, Aug 16, 2012
Photo of danthehopslamman
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

danthehopslamman, Aug 15, 2012
Photo of alexipa
4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Two bottles poured into a huge mug.

A- Reddish black (if that makes sense). Nice big tan head that is still lingering in my huge mug a half hour later.

S- Chocolate, roasted malts, maybe a touch of caramel. Fantastic and subtle.

T- A little more bitterness then expected, but beyond that it's nearly perfect. Roasted up front, creamy middle, chocolate-y awesomeness at the finish. Easy drinking.

M- Really easy to drink and nice amount of ABV. I was really craving a somewhat sessionable milky stout, and this fully delivered. If there's anything I can say negative here, it's a touch too carbonated perhaps.

O- Stouts don't get a whole lot better than this. For me, it could use a tiny bit less bitterness and carbonation. But really I'm just splitting hairs here, this is one fantastic beer.

alexipa, Aug 14, 2012
Photo of kirchy
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

kirchy, Aug 14, 2012
Photo of dlin0sbb
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

dlin0sbb, Aug 11, 2012
Photo of retreminy
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

retreminy, Aug 11, 2012
Photo of lilnicky068
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

lilnicky068, Aug 10, 2012
Photo of UCLABrewN84
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an opaque black with a 1 inch foamy dark khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, and some coffee bean aromas. Taste is of dark roasted malt, roasted coffee beans, and cocoa nibs. There is a medium amount of roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty and easy to drink.

UCLABrewN84, Aug 10, 2012
Photo of BryanK
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

BryanK, Aug 10, 2012
Photo of leagr
4/5  rDev -1.7%

leagr, Aug 09, 2012
Photo of Shruggy
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Shruggy, Aug 08, 2012
Photo of TCaldwell
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

TCaldwell, Aug 07, 2012
Photo of FosterJM
3.85/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

1438th Review on BA
Bottle to Woodshop Snifter
12 oz

2012 Bottle
Purchased from Bevmo Chino Hills, $1.79 single

App- Pours out the color of a lighter coffee with some garnet around the edges. 1st pour had a nice slow receding 1-1/2" finger head. Good stagnant cling.

Smell- A smaller aromatic stout. Had a fair amount of roast on the nose and a touch of heavy cream. A medium amount of bitter from the hops. Nice but just lacking.

Taste- A good low ABV (relative) speaking. Was very flavorful and layered. Started with a small amount of the roast and went into a smooth nutty cream flavor without overdoing the balance of the hops.

Mouth- A bit thin on the scale here. A little bit of a lighter body with a lighter medium prickly carbonation. Residual nutty, hoppy flavors.

Drink- A nice small stout, I only got one but this seems like it wouldnt age well. Slightly better above cellar temp as more and more flavor profiles developed. I'd have again.

FosterJM, Aug 07, 2012
Photo of craigmj7
4/5  rDev -1.7%

craigmj7, Aug 07, 2012
Photo of drh1382
4.75/5  rDev +16.7%

drh1382, Aug 05, 2012
Photo of MacarthurParker
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

MacarthurParker, Aug 05, 2012
Photo of bnes09
4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown with ruby hues. Big ivory colored head with lacing after each sip. Awesome head retention.

Good roasted aroma. Burnt mahogany wood chips. Slight aroma of pine needles.

Solid roasted malt and hop flavor. Light roast coffee and wood smoke. Just enough piney, herbal hops to balance. Bitter overall with a toasty character.

Medium bodied and solid carbonation. Dry in the finish.

A true stout and highly drinkable as well.

bnes09, Aug 04, 2012
Photo of WDJersey
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

WDJersey, Aug 02, 2012
Photo of TwelveOunces
4.53/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into a snifter

A- Pours pitch black, red around the edges with a two finger off tan head. Nice lacing. A perfect looking stout.

S- I get a lot of chocolate and coffee, some roasty malts in there. The hop profile has mostly faded in mine.

T- There is a nice roasty character up front. This beer also has light notes of coffee and chocolate. There is a slight bitterness here but that's what I expect from SN. A simple yet perfect stout.

M- This beer is syrupy, dry. Leaves your mouth smokey. Yet is somewhat refreshing and easy to drink.

O- A perfect stout. It doesn't get much better then this for plain old stouts. Cant believe it took me almost 250 beer reviews wot get here.

TwelveOunces, Aug 02, 2012
Photo of hedgepigtails
4/5  rDev -1.7%

hedgepigtails, Aug 01, 2012
Photo of shade13
3.25/5  rDev -20.1%

shade13, Jul 27, 2012
Photo of Burlyn
4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark chocolate brown with a tall tan head.

Strong Malt and caramel smells and flavors. I also get a tad of walnut and bitter hops.

well rounded at first and finishes dry. perfect viscosity. maybe a little undercarbonated.

The more I try I of sierra nevada the more I am impressed. This beer doesn't break the trend.

Burlyn, Jul 27, 2012
Photo of thierrynantes
4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beer bottle (355 cl.) purchased from Bières & Chopes, and tasted in 2012.

Appearance : black color, with tan foamy head.
Smell : roasted malt and hoppy araomas.
Taste & mouthfeel : roasted malt flavors, with chocolate and coffee notes.
Drinkability : a very good beer in the style Stout.

thierrynantes, Jul 26, 2012
Sierra Nevada Stout from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 2,864 ratings.