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Sierra Nevada Stout - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

3,023 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 3,023
Reviews: 1,371
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 11.06%
Wants: 229
Gots: 279 | FT: 2
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 foxyaardvark27
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

Photo of MaddDogg84
5/5  rDev +22.9%

Photo of TaylorK
4.75/5  rDev +16.7%

Photo of Gstarkey
3.53/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A bit different than a traditional stout or porter in that the hops are much more pronounced in the smell and taste. Pours a dark black. Typical. I got a little over a finger of head with some bigger bubbles at the top most likely due to the more generous use of hops. Not as creamy of a head i was expecting from this stout but i understand its no Guinness or murphys.

Overall a very enjoyable beer. Wasn't the best stout i have had but it certainly was worth drinking. I have enjoyed pretty much everything sierra nevada puts out. Some day i will have to make the two hour journey north to visit their brewery. If you see this beer in your local store give it a try i think you will be surprised like i was. Cheers.

Photo of gtermi
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of ExaltedNecrosis
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

Photo of HipHopinHooligan13
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

Photo of gcamparone
4.23/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a Samuel Adams pint glass. Purchased at Wakefield Liquors in Wakefield, RI.

A- Pours an opaque pitch black with slight cherry outlines. Nice, fluffy brown-to-cream head that reduces to chunks of foam. Nice blotchy lacing.

S- dark chocolate, roasted malt, slightly smokey. Nice and inviting.

T- Delicious. Dark chocolate upfront, transcending into a roasted coffee, toasted malt, nice bitter aftertaste.

M- very little carbonation, medium-heavy creamy body. Thick and rich.

Overall, a nicely crafted stout. Pleasing to all of the senses. Smooth and balanced. Worth picking up a bottle or few.

Photo of jopezu
4/5  rDev -1.7%

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5/5  rDev +22.9%

Photo of liveMike
3.25/5  rDev -20.1%

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

12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Bottled July 13th 2012.

A: Pours a dark black with a 2 finger tanned-white head. Sticks around for a few minutes and leaves some nice lacing. A fair amount of light gets through the side of the glass.

S: Roasted malts and dark fruits, coffee and chocolate as well. Pretty solid and authentic nose for a stout. Plenty of hop on the nose too. Little bit of booze.

T: Pretty nice blend of roasted chocolaty malts and hops. Focused on the malts with a balancing bittering at the end. A fair amount of sweetness. Lingering malt aftertaste.

M: Medium body with a velvety smooth mouthfeel. Low carbonation. Very easy drinking,

Overall a classic stouts that is a benchmark to the style. Sierra Nevada knows how to brew some beer. Worth picking up at least once.

Photo of DrunkinYogi
4/5  rDev -1.7%

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

Poured from 12oz bottle into Globe glass.

A. Pours a 3+ finger head. Thick lacing. Really good retention, head never disappears. Color is a lighter shade of black.

S. Roasted malt, coffee, some hop bitterness, a bit of dark chocolate. Simple clean smelling stout. Get quite a bit of aroma that you normally get in larger stouts.

T. Roasted malt, coffee, dark chocolate. Overall flavor is bitter coffee, and some bitter hop flavor. Get just a bit of creamy milk chocolate on the back of the tongue. Overall this basically tastes like the definition of a stout to me.

M. Medium bodied. Medium carbonation. Finishes pretty dry and clean.

O. Overall this is a good example that a beer doesnt have to be 10% + ABV to be good. A simple beer that hits all the right notes can be pretty damn good, and this is a pretty damn good stout.

Photo of thefokus
4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of MikeConklin
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

Photo of rangerred
4.12/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours pitch black with a one finger tan head. Not a whole lot in the way of head retention and lacing.

Aroma of dark roasted malt, coffee, and dark chocolate. Very faint piny hops. A little nuttiness too.

Flavor really ties all of these aromas together into an incredible package. Great roasted malt and toast up front. Coffee and dark chocolate quickly follow. Some piny hop flavor is barely detectable but moderate bitterness is present throughout. The finish is very espresso-like with a pleasant coffee bitterness and fairly dry.

Overall, a really impressive stout. Tons of flavor but not overly heavy and sweet and almost sessionable. Something I should really pick up more often.

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3.5/5  rDev -14%

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3.5/5  rDev -14%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of Tucquan
3.65/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this on 2012-10-08 in Normal, IL

A - Tawny brown with a 2- finger light tan head and nice lacing.

S - Medium roasted malt with chocolate, a touch of coffee and light char. Pleasingly rich.

T - Citric tart and leafy hops upfront subsume a bit into a moderate hazelnut malt, charred grain, dried plum (witout the sweetness) mild earthy spice, milk chalk and a touch of sour. Finishes with hop and roasted grain bitterness and not much sweetness for balance. Plenty of flavor(s) but not the most appealing ones for my taste.

M - Light-medium body and carbonation. More watery than I like or expected.

O - Meh. Decent but reminds me more of a moderate porter with some zest and char. Not as good as the Founder Breakfast Stout or Porter. I like my stouts to have a thicker mouthfeel and a bigger and richer malt bill.

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of BikingDutchman
4.38/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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5/5  rDev +22.9%

Sierra Nevada Stout from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 3,023 ratings.