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Sierra Nevada Stout - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Sierra Nevada StoutSierra Nevada Stout

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1,383 Reviews

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Reviews: 1,383
Hads: 3,172
Avg: 4.07
pDev: 16.71%
Wants: 285
Gots: 362 | 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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Photo of Turbohio
3.63/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours into a dark, nearly opaque appearance with tan head that quickly rises to a solid two fingers. Smell is mild, noticeable but not overwhelming. Nutty aroma complimented with the roast coffee typical with most stouts. Unfortunately there is a slight hint of acetone, that unforgettable acidic smell that is found in some of the cheaper stouts. Taste is roasted malt, lots of hops, coffee, chocolate, and maybe a little caramel (not carmel). Mouthfeel is okay. Lots of carbonation and effervescence for a stout, not very smooth. Drinkability is not really a word but in the case of this beer, where it is easy to quickly consume several in one sitting, that doesn’t seem to matter much.

Two of the best aspects of this beer is it’s price and availability. I’ve seen it compared to Rogue Shakespeare Stout, sold in this part of the world for $3+ per 22oz bomber. At $6.99 per six pack, which can be found in most major grocery stores year round, Sierra Nevada Stout earns it’s way into becoming a great micro-brew.

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

Tried this for 6.49 a 6.

Appearence: Very good. Dark dark dark and very little head. Looked a little bit more watery than other stouts.

Smell: Strong , appetizing, chocolatey.

Mouthfeel: Very thick. The watery appearence does not mean it felt watery. Very good for a stout.

Drinkablity: High! Easy to have a few of these with/without dinner , but I see this best as a dessert beer, after lighter beers have come and gone.

Taste: Very good. I gave it a 4.0 because it is truly exceptional for a bottled stout. Very hoppy, chocolate was slight and nice rounded flavor.

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

It has been a while since I've had a Sierra Stout - time to try one again:

Pours with a nice head, dissipates with an off-white lace.The nose is rich, with chocolate...but the Sierra hops are there too.

Taste is marvelous - full malty flavors I expect from a stout, but backed by hop zip that clears the palate while leaving a nice lingering malt roast/sweetness. Bready, but enough hops to know your drinking California beer.

Sierra is not a big chewy stout on the scale of Bells, but very tasty and drinkable.

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Photo of Ahhdball
4.11/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big robust and black. Nice tan head topped it off nicely. A slight slick oily residue indicates some retention. As it hit my mouth the taste was a slight overwhelming at first but calmed into the following: Roasted nuts, molassas and a mild hint of chocolate. Although this has a mild aftertaste that has quite a longevity, I don't mind it at all. Great beer.

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Photo of malthead
3.63/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great appearance - really black, with nice big grey head that dies gracefully. Smells of chocolate and coffee, with maybe a few other hints here and there. Taste is dominated by coffee, bittersweet chocolate... I do like a good roasted flavor, but this one seems a little too burnt to me, and I'm not entirely sure the hop presence works as well as it could. Strong coffee aftertaste. Very nice mouthfeel, dry with good carbonation to keep it interesting. Good drinkability, if it had slightly less of a bitter, burnt taste, this could be my perfect session beer.

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Photo of Hibernator
4.28/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I had this out of a 12 oz brown bottle served in a pint glass without a freshness date labeled.

The appearance is a full and complete black color. Nice 1 inch head with solid sustain.

In terms of scent and smell...I'm smelling coffee, chicory and sweet molasses.

This is a really nice and full beer. This stout has been a staple for me for many years. Some hop bitterness at times, but in moderation. The real flavor appears to be a caramel sweetness and a bold chocolate combo.

Another consistent offering from Sierra Nevada. Solid.

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Photo of RedwoodGeorge
4.35/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: As one would expect from a stout - dark ebony with a thick tan head. The head broke up slowly leaving lots of lacing on the sides of the glass.

Smell: Subtle for a stout but hits all the right notes. Coffee is the first note, followed by chocolate and a mild hit of citrus.

Taste: Excellent. Sharp without being bitter, this brew has a strong roasted taste that's very well balanced out by a soft malt note. The primary note is certainly coffee but there are nice touches of dark chocolate as well. There are also hints of molasses and a minor hop finish to this well rounded brew.

Mouthfeel: This stout has the uncanny ability to have a very solid mouthfeel without being heavy. Soft bubbles have a slight creamy feel that leaves a very clean palate.

Drinkability: More! More! More! One of the things I kept marveling at while drinking this was that with every swallow my very next instinct was to want another sip. The spot-on taste and the luxurious mouthfeel managed to be very satisfying without being heavy - an astounding trick for a stout.

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Photo of nogoodreason
4.12/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A solid stout. Nothing to write home about, but still quite enjoyable.

Appearance: Poors an extremely dark brown almost black.The smallish head, around 1/3 of an inch is a light brown. The head disapated in around a minute, I would've liked it to hang around for a while longer..

Smell: The smell of this beer is easily it's greatest attribute. Sweet, creamy scents are the first obvious smell, followed by dark chocolate and roasted coffee. Delightful. I could spend all day sniffing this beer.

Taste: At first a rich creamy flavor with some hints of chocolate. Coffee flavors appear and begin to dominate the other tastes. Finish is nice and long with plenty of coffee and dark chocolate flavor. The taste is strong, but not as bitter as a lot of stouts. I could see this being a good beer to introduce a person to stouts outside of Guiness.

Mouthfeel: The weakest part of the beer. It lacks the thickness and smoothness that I like in a stout. It's very thin and light. It fails to meet up to the expectations set by the smell.

Drinkability: Oddly enough, even though the mouthfeel wasn't what I wanted, I think it makes this beer much easier to drink. It's not as heavy in my stomach as most stouts and I could see polishing off a sixer with little trouble.

Over all, I was impressed by this beer. I'm probably in the minority, but I've never been a big fan of this brewery's other offerings. With that in mind, I was halfway expecting to dislike this beer. What a pleasant surprise it was to open it up and let that smell hit my nose. This will probably never be one of my favorites, but I will buy it and drink it again.

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

appearance: 12 oz. amber bottle with yellow Sierra Nevada label. Pours black/brown...looks like pouring a pot of coffee. A nice, foamy tan head.
Smell: I smell carmel, malt, and coffee. The smell begs me to drink this tasty looking brew
Mouthfeel: Very balanced! I love the roasted malts but just a splash of hoppiness and carbonation. Really tasty
Drinkability: This could be one of my all time favorite stouts. I think this would also do well for people who aren't stout fans. A classic to be sure.

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Photo of usualpulp
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark black color with a thin tan head, that leaves a nice lacing on the glass.

The smell of the beer is very good, roasted malt is very noticeable, and a slight fruity smell is there.

The taste is great, very rich and complex. The malt is sweet, but not too sweet, and ever sip finishes with a nice hop bitterness.

This is one drinkable stout, its not too heavy like many of the ones I have had, but not too thin like others. I would have to say, next time I am in the mood for an american stout, this is the one I will reach for.

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

I was just thinking, I've yet to have a mediocre beer from this brewery. I know SN is easy to like but the five different brews I've tried are all top notch. Way to go.
This one pours the deepest imaginable sienna you can imagine without being black. Amber highlights flicker through the blackness now and then. Poured with a solid chunky head. Great looking beer.
This beer smells great with its sweet malty nose, subtle but acrid roasted notes and faint hops.
There's an upfront astringency when you first sip it but mellows out into a smooth chocolatey finish. Great beer, very drinkable. This could find a regular rotation in my fridge if I wasn't so intent on constantly trying new beers.

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Photo of nortmand
4.28/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours with a good two-finger tan head atop a nearly black body. Head quickly settles to about a centimeter, where it stays throughout the rest of the glass. Nice sweet, roasted smell, very good to what I expect from a stout. The taste is immediately sweet with a rich middle and ends with a balanced hop bitterness on the back of the tongue. Very rounded mouthfeel, definitely balanced and rich. This is a beer that I could drink pint after pint of. Overall what I expect from Sierra Nevada, good beers made well to style, without much in the way of experimentation.

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

This baby poured black as tar and had a very fluffy and thick cream head. Ulitmately the easiest way to describe the taste of this beer is to say it tastes exactly how a sierra nevada stout would taste. There is just some distinguishing flavor about this brewery. It has a very solid nut and burnt chocolate taste and a sharp bite at the end that is so familiar with SN. A wonderful stout with some west coast flare.

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Photo of Jacobob10
4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out extremely dark, almost pitch black, with a dark tan head. Good, balanced aroma, with roasted malts and a touch of spicy hops. Upon tasting, the roasted malts dominate. Yet, there is a noticable presence of hops that make it slightly bitter, which I guess can be expected from a West Coast brewer such as Sierra Nevada. This is thinner than stouts I have had in the past, but the drinkability is high.

All in all, an above average beer. I would recommend it, but there are better stouts out there.

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Photo of andyo
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a nice brown/ruby/black color, with a nice tan; frothy head. Tastes of coffee, nuts, and cocoa come through, followed by a roasted and subtle burnt flavor. The malts overpower the hop presence, although the hops are still distinctly present. Very balanced, not over-complex...very tasty. This is a good sipping beer, though after 2 or 3 I'd be done!

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Photo of psyco1
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It's pretty close to black and a tannish head, very good looking.
It smells of mainly chocolate, with some coffee roast and a bit of malt.
The chocolate comes out nicely in the taste mixed with the coffee/malt finishing up with a bit of hops.
I can really drink this, a very tasty stout.

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

poured a very dark maple syrup color, dark tan head, creamy, tiny bubbles and lacing present. Nose of dark, yeasty bread. Roasted malts, sweat caramel, dark chocolate, coffee, cocoa. Mild grainy hops come in late. Tasty stout, quality sipper. Stout lovers rejoice.

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Photo of tar
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark black with a thick (approximately 1.5 fingers), cloudlike, tan to off-white head. A great aroma of chocolate and roast malt greets the nose. Flavors are dominated by malt with some hop presence--the malt tastes very nicely of chocolate and roasted coffee. Smooth, full-bodied and rather delicious, this is a very drinkable beer. For one reason or another I seem to rarely have one of these, and I'm really not sure why, as I really enjoy drinking this very nice stout.

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Photo of joshlara
4.73/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Prologue: I was very interested in trying this beer again as it gets very good reviews. My first experience with this beer was three years ago when I bought a single bottle at a local six pack shop. I wasn't too impressed at the time. Let me tell you, I was totally wrong.

Appearance: This baby pours a very dark almost black color, only hints of dark crimson peak through at the bottom of the glass. It is accompanied by a beautiful off white dolloped lace that is sticky throughout.

Smell: Aroma is dominated by mocha with hints of burnt malt, caramel, chocolate, and roasted grains.

Taste: The flavor starts out with bitter chocolate and coffee flavors transitioning into sweet caramel and toffee finishing with bitter hops, burnt malt, and roasted grains. You can tell this stout is hopped more than most with chinook hops lending to the bitter finish. There is also a definate tangy note in the finish most likely stemming from the cascade hops. Beautifully crafted, well balanced, and a treat to consume.

Overall: This beer is outstanding. Probably the best stout, outside of imperials, I have had the pleasure of trying and I am going to make sure it is always a part of my beer inventory.

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Photo of slushthelush
3.85/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

When I first poured the beer my first impressions were that this beer didn't have the stout head I was expecting.The color could have been a little darker. There wasn't any aroma (alot of stouts don't have aroma) The beer tasted great though. Nice roasted barley flavor with maybe a hint of black patent. I liked the hops in here also.It finished very well. It could have been "thicker" for my tastes. But overall a good beer.

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

Pours black, decent brown head.

Nice roasted aroma with some coffee notes as well, this is just what I expect when I think of stouts.

Full body, very smooth. Strong roasted coffee flavor that turns to a light bitterness in the finish. Very nice coffee aftertaste.

A very enjoyable stout, very easy to drink with great malt/hop balance. Awesome.

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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 yeagerbm
4.32/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a well built stout. Appears black with a thin tan head. Toasty malt smell with a raisin like fruitiness. Tastes very dry for a stout with some roasted coffee tastes and a good amout of discernable hop flavor. Overall a medium bodied well balanced taste. Could use a little creamier mouthfeel in my opinion but is probably more drinkable than some others of the style.

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Photo of jtfest
3.8/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep auburn brown -- virtually but not quite opaque in the glass, with a small mustard brown head that slowly thins. The aroma is slightly charcoal, roasted, and malty -- but very subtle and light. The brew is thick and chewy -- coating the palate and the throat, but not syrupy at all. Unfortunately, the taste was lacking for me. Somewhat watery, lightly hinting at caramel, but the taste was a little weak and slightly burnt. Not bad, mind you, but there are many better types of stout. Could be considered easy drinking, but I'd get bored doing it.

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

12oz bottle - pours a dark black cola-like color and makes a nice foamly tan head.

the aromatics are chock full of rich roasted malts

Flavor is spicy, roasted, chocolatey and loaded with coffee.

medium bodied, doesn't coat much

nicely balanced and easy to drink, another fine selection from sierra nevada

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Sierra Nevada Stout from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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