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Sierra Nevada Stout - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Sierra Nevada StoutSierra Nevada Stout

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1,398 Reviews

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Reviews: 1,398
Hads: 3,246
Avg: 4.07
pDev: 16.71%
Wants: 298
Gots: 411 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
California, United States | website

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 beerguy101
3.78/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark Black color, large tannish foamy head. Aroma is chocoloate and coffee. Roasted malts, some hop bite. A full flavored stout. Medium body. Good balance. Smooth taste. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is a touch dry. Aftertaste is roasted malts and slightly bitter.

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Photo of BierReise
3.16/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I don't know, I just didn't get that much from this beer. Do they need to put cascade in everything they brew? Maybe it's their trademark, I don't know. Looks good, dark with a decent head. Aroma is predominantly cascade and roasted malt. Mouthfeel is ok, but the overall flavor is really lacking in my opinion. Nothing really grabbed me with this one.

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

Appearance: Pours a very dark red, almost black, with a thick tan head. Held up rather well. Light carbonation throughout.

Smell: Smells of roasted malt, coffeesque, some toffee and chocolate notes, and a light amount of hops.

Taste: Nice roasted malt flavor up front with chocolate and fruit undertones. The hops make for a nice bitter finish, and they linger well into the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Creamy and smooth. Full bodied brew.

Drinkability: Quite. Very easy to drink. Goes down smooth, nice taste, not overpowering. Just good.

I actually liked this beer quite a bit more than I expected I would. It surprised me. I was told by several people, and had read it on this site, that this was a great beer from a great brewery. However, being in the advertising business, I couldn't get past the ugly lables. Glad I found this as a single, it made it much easier for me to get over my reservations and try it. I also picked up the porter and a few other beers. Very tasty, I would recommend it to anyone.

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Photo of alexgash
3.7/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Deliciously dark brown body with a medium sized light brown. Smells of roasted coffee and bitter chocolate show themselves despite a huge hop presence. Taste starts of kinda sweet, roasty and stouty, but this is soon flung aside by a surge of SN hops. Too much for this brew, in my opinion. It's still pretty good, but not really a stout.

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Photo of cerevisiaephilus
4.18/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Not much of an aroma, definately get some dark malt or roasted barley scent, but not so strong, some hops and some kind of unpleasant yeastyness. Pretty smooth stout, fairly bitter, an herbally, earthy hop flavor that goes well with the sharp dark grain flavors. A nice head that pours pretty big but after a minute or two settles into a very nice, creamy, quaffable cushion. Very drinkable. Really one of my top three everyday beers.

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

Is this the stout? The initial flavors are sweet, but hoppy (not bitter) to no end. Rich, fruity flavoring and finishing hops combine with roasted malts in this beer to give a quasi-pale ale taste. The Cascades are blooming in my mouth.

The taste is absolutely amazing -- ripe hops eventually giving way to light notes of chocolate and caramel. The bitterness from the hops and the darker malts are kept in check, adding only the slightest dry roasted flavor without ever attacking the tongue. A hell of a unique interpretation on the stout and a beer everyone should try at least six times. It's clever in the way Shakespeare Stout is clever; certainly not as well balanced, though. Sierra Nevada Stout pushes the limits of hop addition in a regular stout (though this is close to the imperial border) the way Black Sun does, but SN is far more refined than the 3Floyd's take. One of the best tasting beers I have ever had; I'm not so sure it's a stout though. For a richer, maltier experience, I recommend the porter.

I would have never guessed the 5.8 abv. A pint of Sierra Nevada Stout? No, thank you. I'll take a gallon.

Relax, relax.

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

#1 of my all-american beer spree.

Pours a thick and completely opaque black with no head whatsoever or internal carbonation, only a slight ring forming on the sides of the glass and leaving behind a slight lacing.

The smell ranges on an impressive variety of scents, with a very strong even honey-like presence of malt with a sharp companion of hops and some alcohol. very nicely combined and with a strong smell, a stronger presence.

The taste is very good. Borderline porter and considerably sweet full, creamy body with a nice weak carbonation and fruity feel of the alcohol: a well balanced bitterness reflects the fine hops in it. Excellent mouthfeel, making this a great brew worth having many, many times (not on my budget of course).

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Photo of Boilermaker88
3.88/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a inky black with deep ruby edges. Had a 1/2" mottled mocha colored head and mild sheets of lace.
Smell is of burnt coffee with hints of ... espresso. Damn, it smells like coffee. Hard to pick out much beyond that.
Taste is of, yep, dark roasted coffee. Hint of dark dried fruits. Light bittering at the finish.
Feel is smooth, lighter than expected.
Overall, a pretty good beer, pretty similar to their Porter. Good %ABV makes this a nice session stout.

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

Appearance – Almost black with a smallish head that went down quickly.

Smell – The aroma is mostly toasted malt, but there’s some dark fruit and maybe some hops for balancing in there as well.

Taste – This one is serious. The depth of the burnt malt is very intense – it reminds me of burnt toast. This flavor carries on to the finish. There’s an unidentified hoppy flavor in there, but the dominant toasted malt flavor is deep and everlasting.

Mouthfeel – The light carbonation and the fact that the stout doesn’t try to do too much gives it a very smooth texture pass the tongue and cheeks.

Drinkability – This went down really well.

Comments – I tasted this alongside the SN porter for comparison purposes. They are both excellent brews. I liked the smooth and creamy texture of this one most and appreciated the depth of the body as well.

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

One of the greatest, commerically available stouts you can get. I have been a long time fan of most all SN brews, but this one just takes the cake. Smooth, creamy chocolate roasted smelling head, dense mouthfeel with good carbonation, and a taste of dark chocolate, roasted black patent and a nice hop finish. What a great beer!!

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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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Sierra Nevada Stout from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 1,398 ratings.