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Sierra Nevada Stout - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Sierra Nevada StoutSierra Nevada Stout

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1,388 Reviews

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Reviews: 1,388
Hads: 3,199
Avg: 4.07
pDev: 16.71%
Wants: 288
Gots: 386 | FT: 3
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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-14-2000

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Reviews: 1,388 | Hads: 3,199
Photo of Mustard
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12oz. brown brottle with no "botted on" or "best by" date; $6.25/6 pack from the Wine House in West LA.

Appearance: Pours a dark, dark, ruby brown with a fine, 3/4", cocoa-brown head; moderate, sheet lacing; decent head retention.

Aroma: Dark chocolate and coffee with a touch of grapefruit.

Taste: Lightly sweet malt upfront; heavy notes of dark chocolate and roasted barley (think coffee); rolling finish high in hop-bitterness; hints of Cascade type hops (think grapefruit). Smooth, creamy mouthfeel.

Notes: Brilliant. Cheap, available, session stout.

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

I believe I had tried this early in my "beer revolution", but it was likely overshadowed by bolder versions. Nonetheless, it is a damn good stout. Similar to other micro stouts in taste and body, certainly on the bitter side of balance. Nice chocolate notes, quite drinkable. Certainly not a stout to blow your socks off (certainly not compared to the many super-charged stouts and imperials around these days), but would do fine any time.

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Photo of granger10
3.96/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This was a tasty beer but I don't know if it was really a stout. There was a definite Sierra Nevada influence here. It was quite hoppy for a stout. The malts come first showing some coffee and toffee with a little dextrin sweetness but then the hops come on really strong with the taste of plums and some sour notes as well. A good beer but not really true to it's style.

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Photo of TripelJ
4.78/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12 oz. bottle

Perfection. Pours a deep dark chocolate brown with a tremendously huge, sticky, tan head. Nearly 5 minutes have passed since the pour and the head holds steady at 2 inches with nice clumps sticking to the side of the glass.

Initial aroma is dominated by roasted barley, but as the head settled a bit it, the barley balances out with some nice hops.

This stout is a symphony of flavors that begins with sweet chocolate malts, then moves to some mellow roasted barley notes and concludes with equally impressive hops for a bitter and slightly dry finish to balance out the whole beer.

The head is frothy and remains such giving a nice smooth creamy feel to every sip. The body is not as thick as some stouts, but that does not detract from the beer in anyway, but rather enhances its drinkability.

WOW! I am kicking myself for not trying this sooner, especially since it is very easily accesible in my area. A GREAT value as well, this is what a great american stout should be!

Note: I am finishing this night with this beer and drinking it very slowly. As this beer warms up, all the flavors smooth out really bringing them all together. I know this is common for the style, but as this beer is so full of character when cold, it is a worthy mention.

Praise to Sierra Nevada!

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Photo of far333
4.28/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark brown to black color; light doesn't even get through when held up to a lamp. Light brown frothy head with big bubbles that raise an inch high, and slowly recede, leaving clingy lace. Aroma is of bitter hop, raisin, hints of chocolate and malt, perhaps a little cherry. Rich flavor hits the tongue all at once - burnt malt, coffee, and a bitter chocolate finish. Creamy mouthfeel. Well balanced, very smooth, delicious, and very drinkable for a stout.

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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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Sierra Nevada Stout from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 1,388 ratings.