Sierra Nevada Stout - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Sierra Nevada StoutSierra Nevada Stout

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2,927 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,927
Reviews: 1,346
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 11.3%
Wants: 219
Gots: 222 | FT: 2
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 BikingDutchman
4.4/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

Photo of LordFoul
4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of Auraan
5/5  rDev +22.9%

Photo of Theheroguy
4.43/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

When poured gently this full bodied stout has a half of a finger tawny head resting upon a pure black delicious mass. The smell of this beer is very enticing, malty and coffee. The taste of this beer follows the nose, very rich and satisfying. Unlike other some stouts there is little dark chocolate flavor . This is not to say that the beer is lacking in flavor because it is not at all. The mouth is nice this beer goes down easily.

Photo of Brown120
3.5/5  rDev -14%

Photo of tripledbrew
4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of elec
4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of sheetsoflenin
4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of east97
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of mafiasentinel21
5/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I cannot find a flaw in this beer, speaking of course from my intermediate experience in stouts.

The appearance is a slick black that takes on a rich deep brown in light. Great retention and thick foamy lacing.

Smells like coffee for an alcoholic. Dark chocolate. Cherry Garcia.

The dark chocolate comes through on the palate; almost a black licorice coffee tar-ish thick taste. Stout. This is balanced by creaminess and sweetness, and a balancing hoppiness with malts that aren't dingy and dense tasting - making the drinkability dangerously high.

Oft said on this site: "chewy mouthfeel" that hangs around for a beautiful hoppy stout aftertaste.

Photo of Blaze5445
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of rramsey
4.4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours pitch black with a brown head that disappears rather quickly. Slight lacing. Smell is typical stout. Taste is pretty good . I get the chocolate, coffee and dark malts. I'd say nothing remarkable but still a good beer. Mouthfeel is smooth and lasting? The backend dissipates pretty quickly making you want another sip. The taste varies as the beer warms. It's not an Oskar Blue Ten Fidy, but I will buy it again and keep it in my refrigerator.

Photo of cabage99
3/5  rDev -26.3%

Photo of manguero
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

Photo of mnphish
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of DocG
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of MisterE
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of Tracker83
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of jacknsally5148
3.5/5  rDev -14%

Photo of djwhit24
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of Molnar
4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of ab39z
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of dougbassett
4.48/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bought as part of a mixed six at the bottle store off of "Local 44", a bar here in West Philly.

This is an old favorite of mine -- I think this is one of SN's best beers, and one of the better American stouts. Pours very very dark brown with a white fluffy head that it manages to more or less maintain -- the damn thing just looks the way a stout should look. Classic nose of chocolate and coffee, underneath which is a hint of hops which is one of the things that make this beer stand out for me -- you usually don't see a lot of hop presence in stouts.

For once the taste matches the nose, a real slumgullion of dark bitter chocolate, coffee, and hops, with a dry, oddly crisp finish with maybe a hint of coffee grounds still lingering about.

A fine fine beer all around, nice to be able to try this again.

Photo of JamesShoemaker
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of piconaut
4/5  rDev -1.7%

Sierra Nevada Stout from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 2,927 ratings.