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Sierra Nevada Stout - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Sierra Nevada StoutSierra Nevada Stout

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

2,867 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 2,867
Reviews: 1,340
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 11.06%
Wants: 202
Gots: 191 | 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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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

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

A- very dark with a slight reddish hue

S- dark roasted malts, coffee

T- very nice balance between malts and hops in this one. More bitter than my ideal stout but it actually works well.

M- On the thin side and a little too much carbonation but it is still enjoyable.

O- I'm not a big Sierra Nevada fan but I got this one in a make your own 6 pack and was pleasantly surprised. It is on the cusp of being too thin and too bitter but it never quite falls over the cliff. I would pick it again in a pick a 6 type situation

Jfriz25, Jun 09, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

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Juff, Jun 05, 2012
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2.45/5  rDev -39.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Drank from a 12 fl. oz. bottle purchased at Julio's Liquors, Westboro, MA
Served in a pint glass

Pitch black in appearance. The inky liquid was topped by a gigantic, dense and bubbly, cocoa-colored head that faded to a one-finger crop of foam. Thick patches of drippy lacing coated the glass.

Notes of charred wood came through in the nose. Initially, the beer smelled similar to a campfire. Piney hops were noticeable in the background. As the beer sat, the smoke subsided and roasted malts began to take over. There was also a touch of a dry and powdery yeastiness. Hints of bakers chocolate were detectible as well.

The taste was thin. Notes of char appeared on the front end. Some day old coffee. Lots of super roasty malts. Piney, bitter hops and burnt malts dominated the finish. Exceedingly dry, crisp and bitter. A touch acrid.

The mouthfeel was a huge letdown. It was super thin, light and airy with an aggressive, large bubbled effervescence. With its slight creaminess, the body reminded me more of an Irish dry stout than a typical American stout. The carbonation eventually dissipated and the beer felt watery and flat.

Sierra Nevada Stout is short on flavor but quite harsh. All in all, I found it really difficult to put down. This beer might have been considered respectable back in the day, but times have changed.

Damian, Jun 05, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This one slipped onto the Beers of Fame list at #100 just a few weeks ago, so I was excited to see it on the shelves at a local bottle shop. Here’s to stouts in the summer!

Brewed six months before the date of this tasting (bottle code reads 1311, meaning this was bottled on November 7, 2011).

A: Same Sierra Nevada presence, but with a dark twist: as I pour the deep brown (basically black) body, the head rises to the usual three foamy fingers. This time, though, it’s dark beige and deeply creamy; it shines with the richness that any foam on top of a stout should have. Full, oily lacing encircles the glass.

S: Rich and roasty, this nose is everything I was hoping for: full-on chocolate cream, vanilla, caramel, and brown sugar flow heavily through the palate, leading a charge of succulent sweets. Hops are piney and a tad citrusy – the characteristic Sierra Nevada profile – but in a balanced lightness. This is quite a charming nose, with additional touches of cedar, char, and coffee (a scent that’s very similar to the one found in Founders Breakfast Stout) that put roasted nuances into play toward the end.

T: Bold roasts, with a fiery taste of hickory, smoke, coffee, and black pepper – char climbs all over the tongue in a joyful sizzle of earnest complexity. Dark chocolate hits this serious palate with a creamier astringency: bitter, though a little milkier than the roasts. The hops are tannic and full, tasting of pine resin and salted caramel, helping to bring out layers of fig and raisin in the malts. The aftertaste is chalky cocoa and dry, salted nuts; finishes with the bitters forward. This is one delicious stout, a roasty, hoppy powerhouse of flavor.

M: Drinkable and full-bodied. It has its viscosity, yes, but with a dry touch of light acid and leafy hops.

O: Powerful! I love this beer; a step up from Sierra Nevada’s Porter, in flavor and body. Of all the stouts I’ve ever had, this one tastes the most…pure. Hard to explain, but it satisfies in an unexpected way: it’s refreshing.

BarryMFBurton, May 28, 2012
Sierra Nevada Stout from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 2,867 ratings.