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Sierra Nevada Stout - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Sierra Nevada StoutSierra Nevada Stout

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2,667 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,667
Reviews: 1,318
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 11.06%
Wants: 186
Gots: 120 | 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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Photo of cmq103

New Jersey

4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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...

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2012 22:42:24 | More by cmq103
Photo of Beerzebub


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

Attractive creamy tan head.

Smells like roasty chocolaty dark malt, herbal/grassy hops, some orange rind and a mineral note like salty sea air. Nice.

Smooth dark chocolaty malt with clean citrus and grassy hop flavor and bitterness. Some pleasant restrained sweetness. Very well balanced. Dries out for a long, clean, roasted, bitter finish.

Smooth and highly drinkable. Tasty distinctly west coast stout.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2007 08:35:24 | More by Beerzebub
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New York

4.43/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

poured from a 12 oz bottle into a nonic, served at cellar temp.

black opal with 3 fingers of khaki head, nice lacing.

aroma: moderate charred aroma, rich and roasted with just a hint of dark fruit.

mouthfeel: smooth and creamy, like the Porter.

taste: no chocolate here! burnt coffee, black treacle, a light prune taste, faint smokiness and a strong bitterness. powerful, tasty.

notes: like SN Porter this is a hoppier for the style interpretation which is powerful, complex and tasty. want more soon.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2013 23:28:47 | More by fx20736
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4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark brown; the only light that gets through is a pretty ruby color when the glass is held up to a light. There's not much head, but what is there stays awhile. Smells of burnt coffee. Tastes sweetly malty upfront, which quickly morphs into a burnt coffee taste that echoes the nose. There's also some chocolate here. Mouthfeel is nice, seems thicker than their Porter, to which the Stout is superior. They're similar, but I think the Stout is just a little fuller and more chocolatey. A nice, tasty stout.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2005 05:08:34 | More by battlekow
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South Carolina

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

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a New Belgium globe glass

I have been looking forward to trying this beer for a while now, so here goes...

pours very dark will a hint of ruby here and there. A small tan foamy head is slowly subsiding. It looks very appetizing, I can hardly wait to taste it

Smells kinda chocolaty with a hint of coffee, the hop aroma is stronger than I had expected, not too much, but definately making the hop presence known.

As much chocolate in the taste as in the smell, nice balance of sweetness and bitterness. The hop flavor is not overdone but is definately present. Good stuff. As the beer warms an earthy taste starts to emerge. I think that the flavor improves (if that is possible) as the beer approaches room temp.

Medium bodied, not as thick as I usually like in a stout, but still very pleasant

All in all a good example of the style.

I don't think that I have ever had a SN beer that I haven't enjoyed

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2009 02:48:47 | More by CBlack85
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2.5/5  rDev -38.6%

05-19-2014 19:53:31 | More by DuffDaddy
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New York

3.9/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Creamy head and taste. Drier than I expected yet not too hoppy; which makes me happy! The color is the dark murky chocolate you expect from a good stout, but lacks the "fall effect" one sees in Guinness for example. Overall a nice drinkable and easy on the palate brew!

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2011 00:11:55 | More by CaptJackHarkness
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4.75/5  rDev +16.7%

03-04-2014 02:47:17 | More by KolbMarley
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North Carolina

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

A: Jet black with brown/ruby highlights on the edges. Big ol' tan head with great retention and thick lacing all the way down the glalss.

S: Mmm... roasted chocolate malts are extremely prevalent. Not a lot else, just a strong presence of roasty, earthy chocolate malts. Some citrus aromas round out the roasty malt smell nicely.

T&M: The hop presence gives it a tart, bitter flavor that balances well with the roasty chocolate malts and faint citrus flavor. This reminds me of their porter, but with more bitter hop than roasted malt flavors. The balance is there, but more malt characteristics would give this stout a more complex and enjoyable flavor profile. It's medium to heavy bodied with a creamy, smooth mouthfeel and more carbonation than one would expect for a stout.

D: For a stout, this one's fairly drinkable. It's got a lighter body than some other stouts and a relatively smooth flavor. It's not hard to get one down, for sure. With a more complex flavor profile I think it would be easier to enjoy a few of these in a row.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2008 00:59:58 | More by BamaBeerBuff
Photo of ATXRyan


4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

04-25-2012 21:31:01 | More by ATXRyan
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3/5  rDev -26.3%

01-01-2012 22:41:55 | More by Number3red
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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

01-28-2012 19:14:57 | More by jordanmckell
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North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

06-14-2013 22:46:10 | More by RWLawman
Photo of Brian700


3.83/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours black with a very small mocha colored head that quickly fizzles down to a ring around my glass. There is some lacing but it is pretty minimal.

The aroma is of roasted malt and mild hops.

The taste is of roasted malt, coffee, and a good amount of hop bitterness. Some of this bitterness might be from some of the darker malts. Can't tell.

The mouthfeel is full bodied with medium/moderate carbonation.

I think this is a decent drinkable stout. Not bad.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2005 21:14:29 | More by Brian700
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4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a medium/thick bodied black with an inch or so of medium brown head.
Smell is heavy of coffee grounds and roasted malt.
Taste is very roasted on the front and back end of the flavor. Nice malted barely through the middle of the body.
Finish is clean with a solid coffee/roasted after-taste.
Drinks pretty well, but a little too low powered to be a great drinking stout.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2009 16:16:22 | More by ThaBobfather
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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

09-14-2012 01:46:38 | More by dubmax
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3.88/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

For a stout, it is very sweet. Coffe taste, with some carmel mixed in for good measure. It doesn't have the "sierra nevade taste" (slight dry bitterness) that I have become acustome to. Mildy sweet, not like sacharine, but less then regualr sugar. Something of a smokey, or toasted flavor as well.Very easy drink, very nice overall, another fine sierra nevada

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2003 21:15:44 | More by PSUDREW
Photo of Jason_Quad

4/5  rDev -1.7%

07-05-2012 22:33:19 | More by Jason_Quad
Photo of ItsYourBoyBlue


3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

02-23-2014 11:08:19 | More by ItsYourBoyBlue
Photo of Lerxst


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

A-Pours a dark, dark brown with a decent mocha head that leaves nice lacing. Good looking beer.

S-Roasted malt, a bit of coffee and chocolate with some piney hops.

T-Follows the nose with roasted malts and more of a chocolate flavor than expected and not that much coffee. The hops are more pronounced than expected as well. Tastes good.

M-I thought for the style, it was a bit thin but its very smooth with a somewhat creamy texture despite the thinness. Carb level is a bit much for me though.

D-Overall, this is a very drinkable stout.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2009 20:44:37 | More by Lerxst
Photo of ricke


3.75/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Serving date: 2009-03-23. On-tap att Bishop's Arms, Malmö. Served in pint glass.

A: Very dark brown, almost black. 1 finger tan-colored and rather creamy head.

S: Plenty of dark and roasted malt aromas. Hints of dark fruits. A decent amount of earthy hop aromas as well. Compared to the bottled version it's slightly restrained. It lacks some bigger and fuller aromas.

T: Firm semi-sweet malt body, nice roasted flavors. Some dark fruits, dark bread and earthy wood notes. Very pleasant hop flavors, earthy and gently spicy. Mild bitterness, juicy malts and more hops in the finish.

M: Medium body, off-centered carbonation. Rather smooth, though.

D: A very good low alcohol stout, but inferior to the bottled version. Compared to the bottled version it has less fruity flavors but interestingly a more pronounced hop character. Most importantly, its body is way lighter.

Serving type: on-tap

03-25-2009 20:22:39 | More by ricke
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New Jersey

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

Nice creamy brown head with good retention that fades away into a film. Very dark body with crimson in the middle -- while the glass is held up to the light. Some noticeable bubbles through the dark body. Decent lacing sticking to the glass.

Coffee, caramel, dark chocalate and a nice hop profile that makes it's presense known. One of the best smelling Stouts I have ever laid my nose into.

Chocolate and coffee in the beginning, somewhere in the middle dark fruits and smoke are evident, then bitter hops show up at the end. Very tasty stout!

Medium creamy body that engulfs the mouth. It leaves the lips a little sticky. Noticeable carbonation but more on the lighter side. No alcohol heat. It leaves the mouth feeling a little dry from the bitterness but overall the mouth is left moist.

I'm really glad I decided to go with this stout. One of the best tasting, feeling and smelling stouts around. The balance of the robust roasted flavors blend beautifully with the bitterness -- it really makes this a treat for a cool night.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2011 06:26:02 | More by 9InchNails
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3.5/5  rDev -14%

01-02-2012 22:37:03 | More by dragomni
Photo of hdofu


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

A really really dark stout, has a bitter chocolate/coffee smell. The taste is a bitter rich smokey taste with a smooth finish. The color is dark black with a thick sudsy head of dark tan. The beer feels pleasant on the tongue and I would rate the beer highly drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2008 19:27:34 | More by hdofu
Photo of outsider


4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

11-16-2013 16:18:02 | More by outsider
Sierra Nevada Stout from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 2,667 ratings.