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Sierra Nevada Stout - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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2,726 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,726
Reviews: 1,323
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 11.3%
Wants: 192
Gots: 149 | FT: 3
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%

01-31-2014 01:00:43 | More by NickSMpls
Photo of greenmonstah

New Hampshire

4.1/5  rDev +0.7%

12 oz bottle into DFH snifter

A - Dark brown with a finger of lovely tan head. Straight on, no light can get through, but on the edges it seeps in, revealing the brown clarity. Nice lacing.

S - Chocolate and loads of roast, with a near toasty character. Considerable piney hops and a touch of coffee.

T - Chocolate and tasty roasted malts with a nice hop kick. Bitter coffee also present.

M - A bit dry. Medium bodied with appropriate carbonation. Doesn't linger.

D - Very drinkable. Tasty with a good body make this a good example of the style. A very fine American Stout.

This stout looks like it'll have a permanent home in my fridge.

11-08-2010 21:31:21 | More by greenmonstah
Photo of timontheroad


4/5  rDev -1.7%

10-18-2013 02:32:50 | More by timontheroad
Photo of frankthetank86

New York

3.5/5  rDev -14%

07-24-2013 19:51:41 | More by frankthetank86
Photo of baiser


4.47/5  rDev +9.8%

Pours a thick, creamy dark brown body with a frothy tan head. Full of roasty coffee and chocolate malt flavours. Has a smooth and creamy body. This is a rich stout, with a earthy and dry finish. Wonderful american style stout. Could drink this all night long.

10-23-2005 23:08:08 | More by baiser
Photo of ibbjamin


4.13/5  rDev +1.5%

A friend brought a 6pack of this stuff over to my house. I've always wanted to try this beer but for some reason never picked a pack of it up. Don't know the exact price, but I believe it is in the $8 range per 6pack. I pour into a pint glass to review on the last beer of the pack.

Leaves a nice tan head of about an inch. Frothy up top and relatively large bubbles towards the bottom of the head. A nice layer of head retention and very sticky lacing. Beer is opaque and the darkest shade of brown possible before being black.

Sweet roasted malts and coffee blend together is this simple, yet well crafted American Stout. Purest ingredients, finest quality.

Taste is clean and robust. Sweet roasted malts and fine coffee.

Medium body; definitely on the lighter side for a stout. Smooth and drinkable. A long finish of coffee and roasted malt.

A great everyday stout for when you are looking for something a step up from a porter yet nowhere near 'big beer' status.

11-10-2009 04:01:04 | More by ibbjamin
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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

02-03-2013 03:47:30 | More by Dbrag
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

03-02-2014 18:48:59 | More by Ewhite2121
Photo of Redwood21


3.7/5  rDev -9.1%

Extremely Dark, with a tan head that drops to a thin veil that lasts the whole beer.

Smells immediately of coffee and a slight coco. The brew tastes a stout should but for me was too heavy on the coffee flavor. I know its one of the many flavors used for stouts and other darker beers like porters, but to me it overwhelmed the flavor profile of this beer. However it was not an overwhelming coffee taste. Meaning that i didnt feel i was drinking coffee, just that it was the most prominent of the noticable flavors. Great creamy mouth feel, and if i was a coffee fiend(which im not) highly drinkable.
All in all its a good stout that if you like coffee flavors is an outstanding stout. I have to rate it on my personal tastes along with the style type. I would prefer a stout with less prominent coffee flavors, but this is an extremely well made brew and maybe it was just the coffee that stood out to ME and wouldnt to someone else.

03-29-2007 01:01:44 | More by Redwood21
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New York

4/5  rDev -1.7%

11-16-2011 23:11:42 | More by KGarrett
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New Jersey

4.22/5  rDev +3.7%

Poured from a 12-oz. bottle into a Duvel Belgian Tulip glass.

Appearance: Pour is dark brown with a nice 1/2" lighter caramel color head which lasted a few minutes. Clingy lacing, typical of a fine Sierra Nevada product, is evident.

Smell: Roasted and burnt malts, freshly roasted coffee, and mild dark chocolate hit the nose right away. A hint of caramel at the end of my inhale. Aroma is more pronounced as the beer warms.

Taste: Roasted malts attack the palate right away with a mild caramel sweetness. Mild hop bitterness, dark coffee and chocolate are also present with a nice dry, burnt finish.

Mouthfeel: Tingly effervescent carbonation blends well with the creamy medium to full body texture. Residual burnt residue is left on your tongue after the swallow, but in a good way to remind you that you're drinking a stout.

Overall: I'm not sure what took me so long to try this beer. Sierra Nevada knows how to make a complete stout. This will be one of my "go to" stouts when I'm looking for something easy drinking under 6% ABV. Well done Sierra Nevada, well done...

01-14-2012 22:42:24 | More by cmq103
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North Carolina

4.43/5  rDev +8.8%

12 oz. - no best by date
A: Poured black with 1/2 inch tan head that sticks around for a while and leaves sticky lacing down the side of the glass.

S: The nose is dark chocolate, hint of hops, roasted malt, and a sweeter malt

T: Taste start with roasted malt, a faint sweetness on the tip of the tongue, a bit of hops hit the tongue, and finishes bitter. The flavor stick around for a bit then slowly fades away with a clean ending.

M: Medium thickness to the mouthfeel.

D: Usually one or two stouts would be enough for me, but I believe I could drink a few of these bad boys over an evening.

I've enjoyed SNPA and their porter. Their stout is just as good as both their porter and pale ale.

06-08-2006 14:52:40 | More by rtratzlaff
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4.75/5  rDev +16.7%

05-31-2012 17:29:20 | More by baconman91
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

Pleasant, but uneventful. Poured the deep dark color we exspect. Had the roasted, sweet taste we also have come to exspect. Something was missing, and I just could not put my finger on it. Was this beer trying to be a porter? It did not seem to have that robust taste I look for in a stout. Overall though, it was a godd tasting beer.

04-08-2003 11:14:17 | More by bewareOFpenguin
Photo of jasonpeckins32


4.28/5  rDev +5.2%

Pours a very dark oily brown color from the bottle into a glass. There is practically no head retention to speak of, very minimal anyway. The nose is pleasing, smelling highly of roasted malts. It has a somewhat sweet scent to it... maple syrup maybe?

The taste is ferocious. Damn, this is one mean beer. It first tastes of strong roasted malts, followed by many other flavors. Pecans and other assorted nuts, bitter chocolate, hops, and something else that comes off a little sour all take there turn respectively.

The mouthfeel is not quite as heavy and thick as I had expected. Its probably medium to heavy bodied, but I have tasted thicker beers. It seems to also have a slight oily presentation on the way down

Overall, pretty darn good beer here. I've also noticed it goes excellent with these sunflower seeds I've been munching on.

05-12-2005 11:01:29 | More by jasonpeckins32
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

03-09-2014 02:25:09 | More by dbarny76
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3/5  rDev -26.3%

11-18-2011 20:36:16 | More by ineva
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3/5  rDev -26.3%

01-01-2012 22:41:55 | More by Number3red
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New York

4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

03-15-2014 23:52:55 | More by Loco_Joe
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4.4/5  rDev +8.1%

Cola looking body with a tan thick head thats very fluffy.As the head goes down the lacing comes up.Awesome aint it?

hoppy goodness(fruity)

Burnt,roasted,chocolate bitterness.Coffee notes there also.The chocolate is sweet at first then leads to a bitterness.Hop bitterness in there as well.

Mouthfeel is creamy with the usual stout notes.

I like this beer also,it ranks up there with there porter,as far as dark beers stand.I could drink this day in and day out.I heard this beer was tasty and damn it is tasty.Very tasty

09-23-2007 05:30:58 | More by MmmIPA
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5/5  rDev +22.9%

11-04-2012 00:29:07 | More by troegaarden
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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

01-28-2012 19:14:57 | More by jordanmckell
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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

01-01-2012 23:20:29 | More by Sinewave
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4.03/5  rDev -1%

Pours black, red on the edges, but no light shines through. A dark tan head sticks around until the final drink and leaves plenty of lacing.

Smell is earthy roasted malt, and a bright hop smell.

Taste is hops, roasted malt and a coffee aftertaste.

Texture is good, surprisingly thick for such a low abv. Quite carbonated, with a bite.

Strangely simple, and strangely big taste. More taste than some imperials I have had. It's simpleness is it's strength, the hop in this beer makes for a bold taste I liked.


02-29-2012 09:39:51 | More by Drinkerofales
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3.5/5  rDev -14%

10-07-2012 02:07:34 | More by Brown120
Sierra Nevada Stout from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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