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Sierra Nevada Stout - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

Sierra Nevada StoutSierra Nevada Stout

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

2,511 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 2511
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.

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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.9/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2004 03:38:48 | More by Sammy
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UCLABrewN84

California

4/5  rDev -2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2012 01:56:49 | More by UCLABrewN84
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2004 21:20:27 | More by BuckeyeNation
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

had been wanting to try this one for a really long time. I am not really sure why, but something just really wanted me to go out and try this one. Served chilled and poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 06/25/2009.
 
The pour was nice. Rich dark brown in color with a huge head of tan that came up and over the top of the glass, reaching a height of close to two inches and staying there for quite some time. Very impressive side lacing as well let me know this was not one to be taken terribly lightly in any means! Big aroma of chocolate and roasted malts. Lots' going on in here with hints of molasses and smooth, brown sugar notes peaking up through a haze of peat. As I take the first sip, subtle chocolate notes override a definite hoppy presence here. Nice full body with smooth, cascading carbonation that really lets it float across the palate. Nice finish of strong hop notes and a smooth, almost light tobacco like aftertaste mixed in.
 
Overall this was a very drinkable and very smooth stout. Extremely solid and I would expect nothing else from them. They have mastered the art of brewing and this is no exception. Would go here again any day.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2009 20:00:21 | More by mikesgroove
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womencantsail

California

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

A: The pour into a pint glass is a liquid that is just about black with a thin layer of tan foam that leaves pretty nice lacing.

S: The smell is full of roasted malts and has some nice notes of coffee and floral hops.

T: This is much richer than I was expecting. A mouthful of roasted malt, coffee, and a slight bitterness on the finish. A bit of earthy and floral hops are sprinkled throughout the sip.

M: Nice and creamy on the tongue, very smooth. The body is quite full as well.

D: Another great one from Sierra Nevada. These guys just really know how to put a beer together.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2009 02:36:28 | More by womencantsail
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brentk56

North Carolina

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

Appearance: Pours a dark coffee color with a sturdy beige head that retains well and leaves foam all over the glass

Smell: Roasted barley, dark fruit and tobacco

Taste: Starts out with a dark fruit, licorice and tobacco flavor that builds with a tangerine and pith bitterness, mid-palate; after the swallow, the bitter flavors are joined by a subtle bit of prune, brazil nuts and tobacco and the combination blends into the long-lasting finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: A really nice flavorful stout; at first, I was not sure what to make of it as the flavor profile is so unusual

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2007 00:09:48 | More by brentk56
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

3.13/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a pitch-black dark stout with medium dark head with pretty good retention. Aroma is a mix between some bitterness and roasted malt. Taste is dominated by the bitterness from the hops and lacks some roastiness. Overall, this is not a bad stout just not too well balanced IMHO.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2005 17:56:49 | More by Phyl21ca
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

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

After several session with this beer, it dawns on me that I've been away from this stout for far too long. Though there is not much in this brew to make it stand out from other big, bold, aggressive Stouts except for its quality and purity: it's balance, simplicity, and finess makes it the perfect specimen per style. Bold roasted grain, light hopping, and acidity contributes a strong coffee, roasted nuts, and cocoa flavors with a light charcoal-like quality and Supported by a solid pale malt base for sweetness and complexity. Light yeasty sourness and breadiness create an added layer of complexity right before the finish. Underlying alcohol never adds sweetness, very little heat, and no off flavors. Dry and roasty in the finish. The perfect stout for any time.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2006 17:06:03 | More by BEERchitect
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Thorpe429

Illinois

4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I can never find this in Virginia. It's a good thing I grabbed some the last time I was back in Michigan. Reviewed from notes.

Pours near black with a good tan head and a bit of lacing on the way down. The nose brings some really nice chocolate notes with a bit of roast and slight coffee. The taste is really nice and great for an American Stout not of the imperial variety. Great chocolate, coffee, and roast. Great feel with a very nice body and carbonation levels. Drinks quite well; I wish I had a non-stop supply of this throughout the colder months.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2010 21:55:17 | More by Thorpe429
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metter98

New York

4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is jet black with a thin layer of mocha-colored bubbles covering the surface.
S: There's an aroma of dark roasted malts with some chocolate- or coffee-like notes in the background.
T: Like the smell, the flavors are dominated by dark malts.
M: There doesn't seem to be that much carbonation (granted it came from a cask) and it feels a bit thin on the palate, although it is still comes across as being relatively smooth.
D: It is relatively easy to drink.

Serving type: cask

04-16-2010 17:01:30 | More by metter98
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

3.05/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a black body, with a large, ivory-colored head. Splotchy lacing on the way down.

Smell: Smoky, burnt maltiness with lesser notes of unsweetened chocolate, caramel, and citrus.

Taste: Black malts with tastes of scorched grain, baker's chocolate, and dark caramel. As with their porter, there's not much sweetness to go around. Hint of licorice. Earthy, citrusy hop character with a medium bitterness. Finishes just as dry and roasty as one would expect.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Not all too dissimilar from the porter, really, it's just got a dialed up roast component. So, if you dug the porter, you should dig the stout. If you didn't dig the porter, well...

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2009 03:21:25 | More by ChainGangGuy
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oberon

North Carolina

4.22/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep black with a slight reddish hue in the bottem of the glass with a light almond colored head that leaves some decent lacing.Aroma is very roasted and nutty with hints of grassy hop.Taste is nice and nutty with a highly roasted malt flare the hop is very noticable as it gos very nicely in the mix with the nuttiness of this beer.A really balanced stout here not a one sided beer here.A real treat to drink.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2003 00:27:24 | More by oberon
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TMoney2591

Illinois

3.78/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

Sometimes simplicity looks so much better on a label than some sad excuse for a pun or some ridiculously long-winded and adjective-laden description. Sometimes. This stuff pours a dark sienna-brown topped by a finger of khaki foam. The nose comprises roasted malts, baking cocoa, light coffee, and a smattering of dark greens. The taste focuses on the roast and a milder version of the greens, with a dash of coffee in there for the sheer fun of it. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a fluid feel. Overall, though a touch on the thin side, this is a pretty nice stout, one that keeps things as simple as the label presentation.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2013 06:14:32 | More by TMoney2591
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

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
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz, bottle, props to the wicked selection at Belmont Station in residential Portland, OR.

This beer pours a clear, very dark reddish brown hue, with two fingers of thin foamy tan head, which settles at an agreeable pace, leaving some limestone swaths of lace around the glass in the process. It smells of powdered chocolate, some lesser day-old coffee, the actual grainy malt barely perceptible, and some leafy, piney hops. The taste is more malty in flavour, the lightly toasted character coming through, before the undeniable chocolate essence re-asserts itself, amongst a mild lactic tanginess, and fruity, forest-like, leafy hops. The carbonation is on the down low, the body medium weight, smooth without question, and with slight creamy tendencies. It finishes still moderately sweet, the chocolate grain still quite reminiscent of childhood breakfast indulgences.

For its quality, style, and general availability, one could barely ask for more. The answer to all that ails the American, nay, global, perception of good, standard beer. One caveat though - one must like robust stouts...

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2011 01:16:34 | More by biboergosum
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: dark brown, nearly black color, with a thick, full tan head that bubbles a good deal, before crumbling down, leaving a touch of lace.
Aroma: fruit, and bitterness, right off, grapes and berries, and such, with more flavors unfolding, pepper, anise, espresso, a big helping of roast and bitterness.
Also, enough carbonation to remind me of cola, but not too much.
Warm and smooth on the palate, and continuing the flood of flavors found in the nose, with an undulating ripple of bitter hops. Great, chewy mouthfeel.
Solid malt, dark, tasty body.
A delightful dance takes hold in every sip: the bitter hops do a fancy tap, until lush, dark malt sweeps in and hogs the spotlight, before long the two begin to tango! A rousing and roasty stout, all around!

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2003 19:51:54 | More by feloniousmonk
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

3.85/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark brown color, with a short foamy off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of roasted malts, dark chocolate and coffee with a touch of hops.

T: The taste is malty with sweet flavors of dark chocolate & roasted coffee and a little fruit up front. There's a mild hops presence that provides a good balance for a stout. This one doesn't overdo the chocolate and maltiness like some other stouts do. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easy, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, this is a good beer to drink if you want a regular stout that isn't going to try to knock you over.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2008 04:36:40 | More by TheManiacalOne
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russpowell

Oklahoma

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

Pours a thick chunky tan head. Head sticks around and throws down one of most intense lacing patterns I've ever seen. Body is Mahagony passing midnight blackness, some light does pass through.

Taste: choclate malt, slight hops bitterness on the tounge, hints of nutiness, molsses and licorice (very faint)

MF: Doesnt quite match up with the taste, close to being a little thin, but smooth and good carbonation

Time-tested, multi-dimesional stout that showcases itself well.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2005 00:58:37 | More by russpowell
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WesWes

New York

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

The beer pours a very thick black color with a very thick tan head that lasts. The aroma is good. It is full of black barley and crystal malts; a dark one for sure. The taste is good. It has much of the same. A thick dark feel with lots of dark malts. It seems to be higher in alcohol content than most beers. The mouthfeel is good. It's a full bodied ale that's well carbonated and highly drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2003 23:06:05 | More by WesWes
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drabmuh

Maryland

3.35/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in a Delirium tulip as for some unknown god forsaken reason I do not own a Sierra Nevada snifter. God damn.

Beer is black with a decent tan head of small and medium bubbles, lots of lacing but low to moderate carbonation.

Aroma is mild, sweet mildly roast.

Medium to full in body, the roast / bitterness in the back just isn't there, I'm worried that this isn't teh stout at all but some black pale ale. Mildly sweet up front the body carries this mild sweetness throughout and then it ends....I'm bored, moving on. Again I'd have this again if I were in a really shitty bar.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2011 01:49:19 | More by drabmuh
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Mora2000

Texas

4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark brown color with a tan head.

The aroma is heavy on the roasted malt without too much else. There is a little chocolate in there, but it is very faint.

The flavor is more diverse. I get a lot of roasted malt along with some chocolate, but there is a nice amount of pine from the hops as well. I think the pine compliments the other flavors quite well.

Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2010 04:57:13 | More by Mora2000
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zeff80

Missouri

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

A - Poured out a dark, cola-brown color with a tan, bubbly/foamy, two-finger head. It left sticky rings of lace.

S - It smelled of roasted malt, coffee and some caramel notes.

T - It tasted of bitter hops at first sip. Great smooth roasted malt flavor with coffee hints.

M - It was crisp and sharp. A medium-bodied beer with a smooth finish.

D - This is a really good stout. One of the best mass produced stouts around.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2008 16:00:46 | More by zeff80
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

3.53/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Sampled January 2010
A decent pour into my New Belgium Globe glass produces a three-finger thick, lightly brown colored head. The beer is a rich, dark, concentrated, chocolate brown colored beer. The aroma smells quite toasted, with lots of whole grain aromatics to it; it smells like a richly toasted, whole grain bread crust. Underneath the toasted malt there is a soft, lightly sweet, rich chocolate note. As the beer warms more of the roasted notes start to come out; it is a bit like a city roast coffee. The aroma is more savory than sweet or roasted, which wasn't what I was expecting.

Lightly sweet tasting, but not rich feeling, in fact it seems like it is a bit light bodied. The beer finishes with a bit of roast acidity, bitter burnt malt, and some astringency. Some dark chocolate flavors (which comes out more as the beer warms) subtly cut the edge of the roasted malt that dominates the flavor profile. This has quite a bit of hop bitterness to it as well. Up front there is a nice, richly toasted, whole grain character, but this quickly gets drowned out by the sharp finish (that is even a bit acrid at times).

I remember this being a bit of a let down the last time I reviewed this beer, but I was hoping that was just an off night. Unfortunately, this is one offering from Sierra Nevada that I can live without. It is just a bit too acrid, bitter and sharp in the flavor.

Sampled March 2005
4.15 Total
4/4/4.5/3.5/4
This beer pours a full black color and is topped by a frothy three-finger thick, brown colored head. The aroma is dry and roasty. I gets notes of coffee and smoke, as well as a certain woodiness that I can't quite place. In fact the aroma almost has a certain saltiness to it, but the dry roasted/ burnt grain notes certainly dominate.

This beer is definitely chewy with a full bodied character that coats my tongue. It is quite dry, despite the fullness, because of the roasted character of this brew. There is a certain fresh hop character here that peeks above the roasted notes, I get hints of pine and a certain herbal character. Flavors of coffee and burnt toffee dominate the flavor throughout, and this finishes quite dry with a solid bitterness that begs you to take another sip. The salty character is in the flavor as well, it is quite intriguing and adds a certain extra fullness to this beer.

This beer is most definitely a classic, when I first had it back in the early 90s I could not believe how much flavor was packed into this beer. The only complaint may be that this beer is a little too heavy on the roast malts, or at least the American ones, as it is a bit astringent in the finish. This is a minor complaint though, and it just makes you want to take another sip of this beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2005 03:22:28 | More by Gueuzedude
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

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

This stout pours out almost solid black with just a hint of light that shines through. The head is pretty decent with a light lacing. The smell of the beer has a good roasted malt aroma going on with some light hops in the back end. The taste of the beer is pretty good also, it's well roasted and has just a touch of burnt toast flavors in it. The mouthfeel is medium and leaves a dry aftertaste in your mouth. Overall it's a good stout, not really my favorite but I'd totally drink it if it were available.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2011 19:07:42 | More by Knapp85
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jwc215

Wisconsin

4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours ptich black with a very thin head that immediately becomes thin spotted patchiness. Color on target, could use better head retention.

Very nice aroma - Robust, roasted coffee, hints of dark fruits, hints of chocolate - subtle, underlying smokiness. This is one complex and inviting aroma.

The taste of roasted coffee beans gives it a mild smokiness. Sweet dark grains balanced by bitter, roasted character. Nice balance of sweet and bitter. Hints of dark fruits and a suggestion of chocolate round it out in the long finish.

The feel is smooth, full, creamy and rich (without being overly thick). Nice texture, coating.

Alcohol is well-hidden. Easy to drink with a rich, complex body. An American stout with influence from a traditional English stout. This is a wonderful brew.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2007 18:29:00 | More by jwc215
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