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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: 360 | 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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Reviews: 1,383 | Hads: 3,172
Photo of woemad
3.78/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very dark brown, with huge tan head that stuck around for several minutes. Not a lot of lacing. Initial aroma of coffee, bitter chocolate and hops that faded quickly. Hops are equal to malt in the taste. While it is not unpleasant tasting in general, it seems too hoppy for a stout. I suppose one would expect Sn to produce a hoppy stout though. Mouthfeel is too hoppy and too thin to be as classic stout.
This is not a bad beer. I have enjoyed drinking it. It just doesn't seem like a stout, apart from its appearance.

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Photo of rastaman
3.04/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

It looks like a stout, but doesn't really taste like one. I was expecting a roasted malt/choc aroma, but it ended up being more hoppy. The palate was the same. Slight roasted malt at the start, but it grapefruits out too much (hops), particularly for a stout. I guess it kind of worked, but the ingredients (roasted malt and grapefruity hops) didn't quite blend together. Not really a good example of a stout, but tasty all the same.

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Photo of francisweizen
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is one of the better stouts out there. A beautiful opaque black in colour with a huge, tan head. Aromas of chocolate, caramel, earthy cascade hops, malts, and more. Flavors of roasted malts, chocolate, and everything else that you love in a stout. The mouthfeel is thick and creamy and the drinkability is also excellent!


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Photo of BeerResearcher
4.58/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A licorice color with an amber hue sits beneath a sturdy beige/tan head. Plenty of sticky and trailing lace to admire. The aromas of bitter chocolate and floral fresh whole hops mingle with light fresh coffee smells and dark roasted barley. A sweet heavy malt houses flavors of chocolate, coffee and caramel. Highly hopped with a complex mix of spicy, and citrus bitterness. Bright, sweet, bitter, lightly smoky, complex and highly drinkable.

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Photo of Naerhu
4.7/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bountiful lacing. Dark tan head. Dark dark body, with the slightest red tint. Chocolate and acorns. Burnt dark bread toast aroma. Assertive but gentle hops. Coffee flavor surprising considering it was barely detectible in the aroma. Wonderful full mouthfeel. This is wonderful.

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Photo of IrishRedRock
4.38/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've actually been looking for this for a long time, and have had some trouble getting my hands on a bottle. So here she is, and I am certainly not disappointed.

This is a hell of a well balanced brew. It pours out from the signature Sierra Nevada bottle as a bubbly, near black brew with a thick tan head. The head falls but retains a good half-inch the whole way down. Considering some of SN's better beers, I am not at all surprised that the aroma is hoppier than what many stouts are. This is a good thing...me love hops. Dried fruit and dark chocolate are also discernible in the nose. Mouthfeel is nearly perfect, smooth, creamy, and surprisingly not as carbonated as the apperance would lead one to believe. Has a very nice roasted malt backbone to balance the hop bitterness. Bitter chocolatey finish. Among stouts and all beers, this is a truly wonderful, well balanced beer. A rating of kickass is in order.

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Photo of AudioGilz
4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

It's opaque with a medium sized and thick tan head. Roasted maltiness and crisp hops make up the aroma. This beer is medium bodied and creamy on the palate, very drinkable. A dark Roasted malt character is strong, as well as bittersweet coffee and then the rush of cascade hops through the dry finish.....top notch stout here with just enough bitterness to enjoy, nothing is overkill.

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Photo of TheDM
4.26/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This brew poured a medium head of brown bubbles and a opaque black body. It has a strong malt aroma that is very pleasant to the nose. The flavor is that of coffee and just a hint of chocolate. It has a good lacing and starts off with a slight bitter sensation that smoothens in its finish. This brew goes down very easily and is very drinkable. It is one of the better stouts on the market.

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Photo of hotstuff
4.83/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This stout poured a large tan head of fine-small bubbles. It left a fair amount of lacing on the sides of my glass. The body was black in color. It had a good coffee aroma to it and a smooth coffee taste as well. All in all, a very fine stout in my opinion.

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Photo of Stubbie1
4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This stout poured a deep dark black. It gave way to a tan head. I even had some cascading happening after the pour. The head did give away to a nice size lace for the rest of this stout. The aroma is mixed; deep roasted malt and hints of coffee were present. The taste matched the aroma to a “T”. It is not very rich but has a lot of flavor. This is a nice medium body stout that is very drinkable! Cheers!

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

Appearance: dark brown, nearly black color, with a thick, full tan head that bubbles a good deal, before crumbling down, leaving a touch of lace.
Aroma: fruit, and bitterness, right off, grapes and berries, and such, with more flavors unfolding, pepper, anise, espresso, a big helping of roast and bitterness.
Also, enough carbonation to remind me of cola, but not too much.
Warm and smooth on the palate, and continuing the flood of flavors found in the nose, with an undulating ripple of bitter hops. Great, chewy mouthfeel.
Solid malt, dark, tasty body.
A delightful dance takes hold in every sip: the bitter hops do a fancy tap, until lush, dark malt sweeps in and hogs the spotlight, before long the two begin to tango! A rousing and roasty stout, all around!

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

Bought in the usual SN 12 oz stubbie brown bottle..liked the yellow label..rather unfitting for a stout , but "what ya gonna do?"

Well this beer looked superb in my mug ..i even got some minor cascading going on..overflowed the glass much to the delight of my Bassett hound "Lumpy" who licked it up!! Beer is a rather unstoutlike dark garnet colour when its held to the light, but its so darn handsome I will forgive.
The aroma IS stout like dark roasted malts and dark coffee aromas prevail.
Very nice and complex yet somehow simple taste. At first taste all you get is the wonderful espresso ( with 4 shots) flavour the second and third sips you begin to sense the complexity of the brew the creamy milk chocolate..after wards the good liquorice flavour even some dense spiciness.
Very very smooth and yet this tests all the tastebuds ( except sour maybe).
Very good drinking stout well done SN!!

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

Color is a solid brown, almost black, very velvety, with a tannish head about a pencil width high, very creamy and has a heavy frothyness to it that settled slowly to a misty skimming and left curtain-like lace patches. Every tiny little bubble was the exact same size, quite consistant.
Smell is of roasted malt and cascade hop, nice and crisp with a bit of dark toffee/coffeeness to it.
Taste is more of the same, its quite full & rich, mildly heavy, nice roasted maltness throughout with a good hop crispy bitterness. The roasted malt is a bit coffeeish and burnt-like and the hop lends itself to a bit of a citrusy bitterness mild bite. Very nicely blended.
Feel is a solid medium body with a nice drying feel in the finish.
This is a solid stout and pretty drinkable and the 5.8% can be sneaky after the first glass.

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Photo of AtLagerHeads
3.99/5  rDev -2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I saved this little beauty for review number 200 and I was not disappointed. This is a very complete beer. The appearance is just, very simply, stellar. Deep dark color of black/brown and quite opaque. The head came up easily and lasted throughout. The head was rich looking dark tan and very full and creamy. The lacing was simply outstanding and quite sticky. IMHO the weakest element is the lack of a strong nose. This may be because the delicate balance of malt and hops cancel one another. The taste is certainly beautifully balanced with the hops perfectly blending with the malted barley. Some roast sense and an element of some citurs of the grapefruit variety. Great presentation from the squat brown bottle, nice yellow lables, and the great pour beauty. A numer 200 to remember fondly.

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Photo of MJR
3.78/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a very dark reddish-brown that offers little clarity. A dark tan head starts out huge and holds a solid cap. Nice lacing on the glass.

Smell: Basic aroma of roasted grains and green Cascade hops...no surprise there.

Taste: Combines a rich, roasted character with lots of hop bitterness. The hop flavor is firm with notes of burnt fruit, most noticably grapefruit. Very fresh and clean in flavor, which comes from their neutral yeast strain.

Mouthfeel: Medium in thickness with a dry and crisp mouthfeel.

Drinkability: While it's quite basic and a little generic, this is good stout. I don't think it's special enough to become a regular, but I wouldn't turn it down if offered.

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

This beer was a good choice by itself, but it really isn't a good pair with Hawaiin pizza. I'll try not to remember the mix while I review it.

The bright label really stands out, and I don't know why I haven't ever picked this beer up before. Maybe the bright yellow confused me. "It says its a stout..."

The beer poured a dark, light absorbing brown. It had a quick to dissipate head but the aroma was very nice. Smokey, Coffee and malt. The taste isn't as aggressive as some stouts, which is better now that its spring, but the soft dry feel really satisfies. My only mistake was trying to wash down pineapple with it.

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Photo of BigHead
3.88/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice dark stout with an almond colored head. There is a definite sweetness to the aroma as well as malts. Chocolate and roasted coffee flavors intertwine with the thick feel of this stout. The hops show up towards the end of each sip, offsetting the sweetness nicely. A good stout.

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

Pleasant, but uneventful. Poured the deep dark color we exspect. Had the roasted, sweet taste we also have come to exspect. Something was missing, and I just could not put my finger on it. Was this beer trying to be a porter? It did not seem to have that robust taste I look for in a stout. Overall though, it was a godd tasting beer.

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Photo of PSUDREW
3.87/5  rDev -4.9%
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

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Photo of Scooter77
4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Mmmmm Good! This is one great stout. Pours a deep, dark jet-black color with a thick creamy head that has fairly good retention. There’s a heavy coating of lace left on the glass. Aromas are full of dark roasted malt, coffee, and chocolate with mild caramel undertones. The taste is incredibly balanced. The malts are very apparent upon the initial taste, followed by a slight hoppy bitterness, finished off by a mild sweetness...possibly brown sugar? This is a very smooth and easy drinking stout. It’s one of my favorite stouts.

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

Black as night, this was, but i didn't get much of a head out of the pour. Dirty glass? maybe. There is a little constellation atop the liquid, of carbonation bubbles and a ring around the glass.

There is a lot to the nose of this beer: Coffee, malt, chocolate and alcohol. It makes for a pleasant mix.

The taste is also enjoyable. It hits all areas of the tongue. A sweet to the front with a nice accompanying bitterness to the sides. there is a slight sting of carbonation, but it works. There seems to be more bitterness in this stout than i usually find but it is nice for a change.

This is a very drinkable stout. I would like to try it on tap, possibly at the brewery, with a pint of each other Chico offering waiting for me, lined up on the bar.

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Photo of kelticblood
3.64/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pour yielded a tall brown and extremely thick head.The color was an opaque black.Head took forever to reduce so i could take a sip.Left tons of sticky and thick lace.Appearance was exceptional.Aroma's of molasses and sweet chocolate with a hint of hops.A very easy and creamy mouthfeel.Leaves a long lasting bitterness in the back of the throat.Full bodied with a sweet finish.Hints of coffee and smoke flavors.I taste the hops I didnt taste at first now.Overall not bad.A little less bitterness and maybe a higer ABV.Needs a distinct flavor.

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

Package: 12-ounce bottle. Unknown vintage (I assume it is 2003).

Appearance: Thick opaque black with small tan head that dissipated quickly.

Smell: Strong roasted malt and alcohol aroma.

Taste: Initial roasted/burnt malt flavor. Alternating chocolate and coffee flavors come next. Nice bitter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Thick and a bit chewy. Light carbonation.

Drinkability: Extremely drinkable.

Comments: Very delicious brew. The chocolate and coffee tastes keep fading in and out and trading places with one another. Wonderful burnt and roasted flavor too. The flavors complement one another extremely well. Thank you Keith (stegmakk) for the bottle.

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Photo of stegmakk
4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Opaque black with little tan head
Aroma: Sweet malt and toffee
Taste: Roasted malt, coffee, slight sweet taste faint bitter aftertaste
Mouthfeel: Nicely thick...almost perfect
Drinkability: Good

I would buy this some more...not in the top of my beer purchasing rotation...but up there

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

Picked this one up in California and cellared for 6 months which
may or may not have improved the flavour. The colour is jet black with a nice caramel coloured head setting the stage. Big
mouthfeel with a bitter hoppy taste combining with a molasses
mid body. This beer was somewhere between dry and imperial stout
in both flavour and alcohol which actually gave it complexity
combined with drinkability. There are bigger and badder stouts
around but this one has to be a West Coast classic of the style.

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Sierra Nevada Stout from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 1,383 ratings.