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Sierra Nevada Stout - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Sierra Nevada StoutSierra Nevada Stout

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1,388 Reviews

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Reviews: 1,388
Hads: 3,199
Avg: 4.07
pDev: 16.71%
Wants: 288
Gots: 386 | 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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Reviews: 1,388 | Hads: 3,199
Photo of biboergosum
4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
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...

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Photo of zeff80
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

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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 oberon
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.26/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

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

A - Medium sized, light brown head with good retention, but not much lace. The body is dark brown to black with minor amber highlights.

S - Malty aroma with plenty of roasted overtones and coffee notes. There is a light hop aroma in the background, but hop character is a bit weak.

T - Strong roast flavor with spicy hop presence and toffee like malt notes. A bit of chocolate in the middle with more spicy/ citrus hop flavors. The finish is quite bitter, with an even combination of malt and hop bitterness and a hint of smoke.

M - Medium to thick body with moderate carbonation and a slightly sweet finish.

D - Very drinkable with a strong roast character and a nice hop backbone. A classic example of the style.

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Photo of womencantsail
4.15/5  rDev +2%
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.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.06/5  rDev -24.8%
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...

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.79/5  rDev -6.9%
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.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
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.

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Photo of mactrail
3.78/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
4.21/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of the last available Sierra Nevada beers I had yet to try... great beer to save for last too. Pours a nice dark brown, big fluffy head and tons of lacing. Nice roasted smell to it, taste is very well balanced.. malty, yet the hops are present (it's Sierra Nevada, what else do you expect?) nice and creamy mouthfeel that just goes down smooth. Way too easy to drink and another great session beer from an awesome brewery.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.72/5  rDev -33.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

12 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a hefeweissbier glass in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live.

A: Pours an appealing two finger tan colour head of good cream, good thickness, and fantastic retention. Colour is a solid black/extremely dark ruby. Appealing, but then I'm a stout lover.

Sm: Cream, toffee, chocolate, and caramel. A mild strength aroma.

T: Caramel, light vanilla, some extremely light cream, and a tinge of ... malt? What's that doing in a stout? It's okay, but it's a bit bland for a stout. The roast especially is far understated. the balance is off, and the build is merely okay.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Kind of suits the flavour, but not really.

Dr: Easy to drink but fairly low quality. A poorly executed stout with no clear appreciation for the style. Above average ABV, both in style and beer, and lacking in quality. I'll never have this again - except maybe on draught.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.83/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

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Photo of LXIXME
4.62/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Medium sized light brown bubbly head rests above a clear dark brown to black colored stout.

Chocolatey rich malt aroma with some light fruit hints on this full bodied beer.

The taste is more rich chocolate malts with some coffee notes coming through as well as maybe hints of some kind of hops.

A rich dry aftertaste with hints of the chocolate malts.

A very worthy stout, up there with Guinness and Murphy's.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.98/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I picked this bottle up in a mixed six at Outlet Liquors in Rehoboth Beach, DE. Poured chilled from the stubby 12oz into my Guinness tulip pint.

A - A dark opaque walnut brown w/ 3 fingers of ecru cap w/ a rocky topography. Average sized bead on the head w/ root beer float type lacing-frothy and clings in a sheet like swiss cheese

S - A rich mocha nose w/ pine hop accent, mild woody notes w/ light yeast esters and dark toast odors

M - A mild roasted texture, moderately high carbonation in the feel w/ moderate sweetness and very mild bitterness in the semi-sweet finish

T - Dark malts give this a toffee-like flavor w/ a mild hop tastewhich has a slight pine flavor leading into a sweet bread and caramel flavored middle. The yeast is high in the flavor from midway on w/ a hint of coffee-like roasted tast in the background. A mellow caramel and chocolate malt flavor lingers into the finish w/ sweet effect

D - A very drinkable ale, not my first choice when it comes to stbuts, but well brewed and quaffable.

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Photo of Jason
4.66/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

One of my all time favourite stouts, I could drink this morning, noon or night. Yet it is a perfect lunch time beer to pair up with a hearty corned beef on rye sandwich.

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Photo of russpowell
4.36/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.98/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours very dark brown that lets light through and it has a massive head off a firm pour. Flavor is smooth and malty with no real unusual characteristics. Just nice and consistent and fairly robust to match. Nice liquid feel and the carbonation is a bit low, but good still. Overall a good drink. Smooth and easy and nothing wild or crazy at all. Won't be the most exciting stout you have ever had.

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

12 ounce bottle into signature pint glass, bottled on 10/9/2014. Pours clear nearly opaque dark brown color with a 2 finger dense and rocky khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of big dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, toast, dark bread, herbal, pine, light smoke/char, light dark fruit, and herbal/roasted earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of roasted/bready malt and earthy hop notes; with good strength. Taste of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, toast, dark bread, herbal, pine, light smoke/char, light dark fruit, and herbal/roasted earthiness. Moderate amount of herbal/roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, toast, dark bread, light smoke/char, pine, and herbal/roasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice complexity and robustness of roast/bready malt and earthy hop flavors; with a great bitterness/sweetness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, moderately creamy, and lightly sticky/chalky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent American stout style. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of roast/bready malt and earthy hop flavors; and very smooth to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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

Wow cracked open this baby and I was greeted with a barrage of cascades, gotta love the hopped up stouts. She pours almost completely opaque, but it does let some ruby amber shades in around the edges when held up to the light. A moccha colored head full and fluffy, already starting to form a collar of lace down the glass. The cascades come through in the flavor very pronounced with citrus tones, but underneath there somewhere are the cofffe roasts, and full slightly burnt roughness balances perfectly somehow. A smooth creaminess lines my tongue, then out of nowhere my palate is bumrushed with bitterness I love hops that go this well with something they aren't traditionally meant to. Some consider this off balanced, but I consider it an art form that is cutting edge. I find it a complete enjoyment, and the mouthfeel is heavy to medium in body but the creamy sensation makes each sip worthwhile. A great stout that I plan to sample on tap to compare the difference very drinkable if this is what your'e into and believe me I am.

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Photo of chinchill
4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottled served in a pint glass. Code on bottle MAY indicate best by date of 12 Nov. 2012.

This is a truly black and opaque beer; even held up to sunlight coming thru my window I xan see no light, only the tiniest red-brown at the very edges. The head is a thick tan color, somewhat irregular in density, and leaves plenty of coating on the glass.

Aroma is not strong and consists mainly of dark roasted malts. Also present, some floral alcohol effects and a hint of hops.

T - Hops are obvious but secondary to the rich dark malt flavor. The excellent finish is long, featuring dark roasted malts, some hop spiciness, and hints of dark chocolate and coffee.

Mouthfeel: excellent medium-full body with carbonation that is a bit high for the style (but not for this beer) and imparts some welcome crispness and tingle.

O - Sierra Nevada Stout is another outstanding offering from this brewery. Overall rating approaches 4.5. Particularly recommended to those seeking a significant, but not intrusive, hop component in their stouts.

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Photo of smcolw
4.06/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Great off white head that leaves ring lace after every sip. Nearly black in color.

Perhaps my only complaint would come from the surprisingly mild aroma. The classic smells are there but faint.

Lots of black patent malt flavors. Burnt coffee and bitter chocolate complete the profile. The only distraction is the body which is far thinner than most stouts.

One of the more falvorful stouts; I'd love to try this against its Irish brethren.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4/5  rDev -1.7%
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!

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Photo of jwc215
4.49/5  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.

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Sierra Nevada Stout from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 1,388 ratings.