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Sierra Nevada Stout - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

Sierra Nevada StoutSierra Nevada Stout

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2,514 Ratings

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Ratings: 2514
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:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-14-2000)
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Photo of joozyboozy


3.95/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

the appearance is opaque black with very little head, nice but not the most impressive stout.

the smell is sweet and malty. chocolatey malts and possibly oatmeal.

the taste is not too complex but refreshing. just a good basic stout.

the mouthfeel is smooth and creamy with light carbonation.

with a light abv% and a refreshing taste i could drink many.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2009 16:45:39 | More by joozyboozy
Photo of fattire513


4.68/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A: Very dark, I had to double pour this one due to the amount of head it gave off. Lace lasted the entire glass and the head never dissipated. Gorgeous looking chocolate color.

S: Not too much stood out for me on the smell. Definitely a roasted smell to it

T: Very well balanced again nothing stood out but the roasted malt and coffee flavor I would say balanced each other out. For the first stout I have had in a while this one would be one for future drinking.

M: Very smooth, not too much hopiness to it. The malts balanced this one out. I feel this one served a little one is better than cold considering it's coffee and roasted character. I love Sierra Nevada and could see myself getting this one again. Maybe not a sixer in a night but could throw a few back for sure. Reminds me of their Porter to an extent.

D: Could use another one that's for sure. One just doesn't cut it. The flavor is too hard to get over. It really stays with you for a while.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2010 06:13:55 | More by fattire513
Photo of swede96


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

Poured into my snifter glass that accented the head slightly...a beautiful dark beer with a nice 2 finger creamy head that went away after a few minutes. The smell is of chocolate and coffee, and the taste follows the same lines, with sort of a roasted malt flavor in the back of the mouth. Mouthfeel was medium with a good drinkability...one was enough, another one sure would be nice.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2010 21:55:01 | More by swede96
Photo of naderator55


4.43/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a nice dark brown color. I was a little disappointed with the head of the beer. Smelled just like a good stout is suppose to. The taste was fairly complex. It had hints of coffe and chocolate, but not so much that is ruined the actual beer. This is a beer a guy could drink all night. I was fairly impressed with the selection.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2005 22:13:00 | More by naderator55
Photo of CptAubrey

New Jersey

4.22/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: With a solid black with a creamy beige head, this beer looks the part. (And for what it's worth, the new burnt red labels are a big aesthetic improvement over the yellow ones.)

S: Smells like roasted malt and citrusy hops with a touch of chocolate. Very appetizing smell.

T: Toasty, chocolatey malt up front gives way to roasted flavor and citrusy-floral hoppiness. Moderately high hop bitterness and roasted malt both linger in the aftertaste. The combination of hoppiness and the lingering roasted flavors makes this beer.

M: Medium body, fine carbonation, and oily mouthfeel. Actually feels kind of thin.

D: This is one of my favorite stouts and one of the most drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2009 21:14:39 | More by CptAubrey
Photo of McDosey


3.9/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Followed up a Black Butte Porter with the Sierra Nevada Stout to help warm me up during the Artic Blast encircling Dallas last week. May as well have been back in Canada where people know how to cope with and Arctic Blast or seven.

This stout looks like a stout ought to: jet black with nearly nothing else. Light barely breaks through the edges of the pour, with a rusty red translucence. A foamy, two-finger head demonstrates huge retention, barely lifting after several minutes. Fine lace clings to the sides of the glass as you lap this stuff up.

This shit has a robust, very roasty nose - some would say burnt - but I think it falls just shy of that. There's some milk chocolate sweetness here and a fanit reminder of hops in the background.

Taste comes at you hard with roasty malt and hoppy bitterness all over, leaving the slightest hint of malt sweetness on the swish and swallow. The aftertaste leans to the roasted side and makes itself at home for a while. Substantial mouth coating and wafting roasted aroma makes this a fine, satisfying brew that can sustain you during the harsh Texas winter.

It's perhaps a touch strong for my taste, but that's no mark against it. Well-crafted from what I can tell and I'll drink it again, no doubt.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2010 22:31:54 | More by McDosey
Photo of 6stringfunk


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

Poured a dark brown with a red tint and a three finger head. This beer has a nice full flavor and body but without the harsh bitterness of other stouts I've tried. Has a very easy finish and is very drinkable. Definitely at the top of my stout list.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2008 06:01:52 | More by 6stringfunk
Photo of ntatum


4.28/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep brownish black (I definitely wouldn't say it's jet black) with a creamy tan head that seems to last.

Smells of toasted malts and bitter sweet chocolate with a hint of spicy hops. It smells like if you made toast out of pumpernickel bread and spread some chocolate on it.

Taste is great! You get that characteristic toasty malts with that chocolate and a touch of coffee. There's also a nice bitterness that lingers even after the swallow. There was a flavor that I couldn't pin down and I went back and read some other reviews and earthy is what I'm getting; in a good way of course.

The mouthfeel is slightly more carbonated than I expected with a mouth coating creaminess. It's not a super heavy stout by any means, which definitely makes it drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2011 01:36:12 | More by ntatum
Photo of funkel81


3.95/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

definitely my favorite stout readily available in 6 packs.

extremely smooth, well balanced, nice apres taste...

sierra neveda does it again with this bad boy. they are definitely one of my top 5 favorite breweries. they dont know how to make a bad beer

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2011 21:09:14 | More by funkel81
Photo of brewpig


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

picked up a case (during lunch) after seeing the reviews and drank 1 on the way back to work.

this is a very good stout. bold but not overbearing...chocolate and a little coffee w/some caramel and malt.

great mouthfeel and hoppy bitter finish that stays w/you a long time (its 2:00 pm and i drank it around 1:00 pm - can still feel/taste)...yes, a good thing.

will be drinking this in the future !

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2011 17:57:52 | More by brewpig
Photo of PossumJenkins


3.53/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I sampled one of these this evening, and was pleasantly surprised. Appearance: Very very dark brown, as close to black as can be without actually being black. Off-white head was long-lasting and thick. Smell worried me a bit - quite metallic. Taste however, was excellent. Nothing particularly unusual or outstanding about it -- just seems like the way a good stout should taste, with plenty of coffee and nutty undertones. Mouthfeel: a bit on the thin side, but overall quite good. Drinkability - Excellent, for a stout. I could easily make this a session beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2004 23:49:28 | More by PossumJenkins
Photo of pauljmccain


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

350ml bottle into pint glass

A: Looks great. Very dark color, jet black even held up to light. Up to the sun, a red shines through. Nice head that lasts nicely for a stout.

S: Dark chocolate with nutty aromas. Coffee mixed in as well. You can definitely smell a deep roast.

T: As expected, dark chocolate flavors with coffee mixed in. The malts come through more than expected, though, for a strong flavor. Not quite overpowering, but great.

M: Very nice, what one would expect from a good stout. Medium carbonation and feel. Sweet, lasting feel.

D: A very good beer, overall. Probably the best porter I've tried. Quite drinkable with a not-too-heavy feel, which could happen with the strong taste.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2010 20:22:04 | More by pauljmccain
Photo of Oldscramch


3.78/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours almost black with very deep red highlights. Very little tan head with good lacing on the glass.

Smell: Smell is faint. Hoppy with small notes of coffee.

Taste: Not as hoppy as the nose, but still hoppier than most stouts. Some coffee.

Mouthfeel: A little watery.

Drinkability: Simply drinkable, like others I've tried from Sierra Nevada.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2011 06:46:29 | More by Oldscramch
Photo of Steve188821

United Kingdom (Scotland)

3.9/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Almost Black, ruby colour around the edges.

S - Roasted coffee and caramel.

T - Quite bitter with a strong hint of coffee and dark chocolate, also quite hoppy.

M - The mouthfeel is suprisingly thin and creamy.

D - The drinkability is very good. This tasted more like a porter than a stout but is still a good session beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2007 21:21:15 | More by Steve188821
Photo of againes


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

A: Pours a dark, nearly opaque blackish-brown.
S: Tones of pine, roasted malt are definitely vibrant here.
T: Very bitter, nutty, with coffee and unsweetened chocolate flavors.
M: Nice, full feel in the mouth.
D: Definitely a session beer for me.

Yet another excellent beer from one of the best breweries out there in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2008 22:47:09 | More by againes
Photo of BeerEndevour14


3.65/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Good generic tasting stout accompanied by a bold cocoa/sugar flavor. This beer is backed by strong hop character and pours nice with a thick dark head. I personally think the malt character is perfect but could see another tasters dissatisfaction with the roasted malt backbone. Also prefer it served at a lower temperature (approximately 44F) than other stout beers, perhaps because of the low-moderate alcohol content.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2010 04:02:11 | More by BeerEndevour14
Photo of BronYrAur


4.65/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A. Aggressive pour yields a very thick, fluffy head that gives way to some good-looking peaks and valleys if allowed to rest for a few minutes.

S. The smell is strong with chocolate and roasted coffee notes. To me, I can't really sense any of the hops...not yet anyway.

T. Woah! At first the taste is strongly of bittersweet chocolate, then the roastiness comes in with some coffee undertones, followed by the hops on the finish. An absolutely delicious flavor profile. The roasted flavors are present throughout, but the hops are used brilliantly to impart a fresh and bright finish. This is not your everyday stout. The hops definitely give this stout a bit of a "porter" character, but in the end, this is definitely a stout with its strong roasted flavors and bitterness.

M. Maybe a little on the thin side? I'm not sure, this one seems just right to me.

D. Sky-high, hands-down one of the most easy-drinking stouts I've had. Maybe the strong chocolate flavors could give pause to some, but for me, this is darn near perfect.

Overall, I'd be hard-pressed to choose another stout over Sierra Nevada's classic. The generous usage of hops in this stout is the magic touch, and makes this one of my favorite brews.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2009 23:18:37 | More by BronYrAur
Photo of ccampo


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

Small, red 12 oz bottle. Pretty much the same as all the other Sierra Nevada brews.

A - Thick ass head that sticks around forever. Finally it settles to a pretty thick cap of creamy foam, with some nice lacing. Super dark brown, almost black. Awesome.

S - Earthy and roasted. I can pick out a very slight molasses scent in there somewhere. It smells great.

T - Charred and quite bitter. Definitely earthy and hearty. Think of this as steak in beer form. Some definite cocoa and coffee also. Leaves a long lasting hoppy-bitter aftertaste. Pretty much how a beer should taste. Its fantastic.

M & D - Smoooth. Bitterness stings the pallet a little, kind of like dark chocolate. Carbonation is light to medium. Not as thick as most stouts. I could drink this stuff all day.

After reading about this brew, I decided to try it out. I love stouts and just bitter food/drinks in general (especially DARK chocolate!). This is right up my alley, and it is an exceptional stout that is easy to find. I love this stuff.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2010 21:47:47 | More by ccampo
Photo of rivalrome


4.4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a CCB Pint Glass at 50ºF.

Pours a thick chocolatey brown with hints of copper when held up to the light. Creates a beautiful creamy natural colored head with fantastic lacing down the entire side of the glass. The way it settles ontop of the glass strongly resembles a beer bubblebath.

The smell isn't too strong, but from what I can gather, I get hints of hops, cream, and mocha.

Oh my God! I wasn't expecting something to taste this good; has a full body feel, very mild hint of hops, chocolate undertones and slightly bitter coffee aftertaste. The lacing is still reaching to the tops of the glass as I'm halfway through this badboy; totally impressive.

The mouthful is very thick, but not the thickest I've had. This is one of the most drinkable stouts that I've had to date, and it's extremely deserving of a spot in my regular stock. I'd have no problem drinking these one after another on a nightly basis.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2011 01:23:44 | More by rivalrome
Photo of BikingDutchman


4.4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beer appears mostly opaque with some dark brown on the edges. The head was very full and tan colored.

Roasted smells are dominant, but the hops aren't far behind. The hops smell citrusy, almost similar to something I'd expect from an American IPA.

Defenitely an American hop-forward stout. Very well balanced between a nice roasted flavor from the malts and citrus flavors from the hops. Bitterness is also pronounced. There is a lot of flavors here, and they compliment themselves nicely.

Full bodied with a smooth and thick feeling. Definitely compliments the big roasted flavors.

This is one of my favorite stouts to date, and I will no doubt be coming back to revisit it.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2012 17:41:28 | More by BikingDutchman
Photo of TheChrisK


4.56/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A: Poured from a short bottle into a pint glass. Pitch black with a short pale beige head. Excellent lacing left behind.

S: Notes of sweet molasses, coffee and roasted barley. Hints of chocolate.

T: I was expecting less than what I got from this year round brew. The taste is complimentary of the nose. Sweet chocolate and hints of coffee followed by roasted barley and a nice but subtle mix of hops.

M: Very smooth and easy to drink. The carbonation is just perfect! This is a full bodied stout with a dry finish.

O: For the price and the availability, this has got to be the best stout out there! Not too light and not too heavy. This has become my new favorite stout!

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2013 01:46:42 | More by TheChrisK
Photo of Grugalug

New York

4.06/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a pint glass.

A-Almost completely opaque, except for a slight tinge of dark scarlet at the bottom of the glass. Otherwise jet black. Pours and absolutely enormous and fluffy 3-3.5 finger tan head that is very creamy. Head retention was extremely impressive.

S- Roasted malt and dark chocolate are the dominant aromas and are rather pleasant. There is also a subtle roasted coffee and smokiness as well, but unfortunately they are largely overpowered by the malt and dark chocolate.

T- Taste is quite representative of the nose, but thankfully with more balance between the roasted malt, dark chocolate, coffee and smokiness. Hop bitterness is present but takes a back seat. Finished with a slight and pleseant sweetness for me.

M- Medium-full bodied to me with just the right amount of carbonation. Has a nice creamy feel to it.

O- A really drinkable stout and a really fantastic example of the style. If you are unfamiliar with stouts this one would be a great introduction. Also, don't let the 50 IBUs scare you as it really does not taste nearly that bitter to me, and I am not one that usually takes to more bitter beers. Do yourself a favor and give it a try.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2014 06:56:27 | More by Grugalug
Photo of PretzelsNBeer


4.43/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Classic American style stout poured into an american pint glass.

Appearance is black as coal. Yup..it's a stout. When poured into the glass there was a nice tan colored head that formed nicely giving way to a lace-like head after a couple of minutes. The initial pour is something you could take a picture of; nice dark body with a solid tan head.
Smell is slightly roasted with hints of coffee thrown in there. There's also a touch of sweet, bready aroma to it too.
Taste is initially slightly sweet with the roasted notes coming into play then the taste fades to a little bit of a bitter twang.
Mouthfeel is slightly heavier than medium bodied with adequate carbonation.
Drinkability is very good on a cold rainy/snowy afternoon. All the ingredients are in balance which makes this beer a great standard american stout to enjoy.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2009 17:49:19 | More by PretzelsNBeer
Photo of wise456

New Jersey

3.85/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass after a long day of work. Always wanted to try this offering as I have yet to taste anything subpar from Sierra Nevada.

A- Dark dark brown with a light beige head. Poured a bit thinner than most stouts.

S - Not much going on here. Mostly some light roasted malt aromas with only a hint of coffee.

T - Enjoyable blend of coffee and chocolate - reminds me of a cup of coffee mixed with hot chocolate. Maybe a slight bit of hops in the finish but no bitterness whatsoever.

M- Less creamy than you would expect for the style. Definitely lighter-bodied than the average stout. Turbocharged levels of carbonation in this one.

D - This one went down all too quickly and is highly sessionable given the low abv. A very quaffable effort from Sierra Nevada.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2010 00:53:16 | More by wise456
Photo of Blitzen15


4.7/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Ultra dark amber with a lot of head, enough to the point that it even overflowed my glass with a slow "perfect pour"

S - Sweet and inviting, I wanted it before I could write my comments down.

T - Rich with dark chocolate flavor, strong but extremely palatable.

M - Like a thin maple syrup but without the sticky. It coats the mouth and lingers long after the drink has been had.

D - Smooth and solid, certainly one of my favorites in a great while. This beer has turned the tides for me to favor stouts above all else.

Purchased at: Ladd's & Co.

served on: 2JUL2010

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2010 07:26:56 | More by Blitzen15
Sierra Nevada Stout from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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