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Sierra Nevada Stout - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Sierra Nevada Stout
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2,756 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,756
Reviews: 1,328
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 11.06%
Wants: 192
Gots: 160 | 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:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-14-2000)
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Photo of CowsCanBark
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into Samuel Adam's pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a solid black with a frothy one-finger brown head. Spotty lacing left on the glass.

Smell: Very malty and roasty, with hints of cream and hops as well. Almost coffee-like.

Taste: A semi-bitter roasty/creamy flavor hits you in the front, followed by a more light bitter hops flavor. It's pretty nice in flavor, especially the noted cream aspect to it.

Mouthfeel: Moderate bodied and moderate carbonation, it works pretty nicely for the flavor profile. Also, moderate creamyness is noted.

Overall: A great offering from Sierra Nevada that really reminds me of their Porter, naturally. Perhaps a bit more full-bodied and bold than the Porter, a great brew for anyone who enjoys roasty. malt forward beers.

CowsCanBark, Mar 30, 2012
Photo of gleemonger
4.75/5  rDev +16.7%

gleemonger, Mar 29, 2012
Photo of bullcrapp
5/5  rDev +22.9%

bullcrapp, Mar 29, 2012
Photo of Etan
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Spiegelau tulip.

A: Deep black body with brownish hues. Light brown head. Nice retention with lacing.

S: Thick chocolate nose. Milk and baker's chocolate, some notes of milk and coffee, a little smokiness and a good amount of piney hops.

T: Follows the nose with smooth chocolate, some roasty bitterness and coffee notes, and a noticeable presence of piney hops. Sweet vanilla with a spike of dank bitter hoppiness serving as a counterpoint. Hops also lend a bit of fruitiness to the mix. A bit of smokiness in the finish. Complex, smooth, and tasty.

M: Nice carbonation level - creamy. Could be a little thicker.

O: Hopped up without sacrificing balance. Pretty damn delicious.

Etan, Mar 29, 2012
Photo of DerwinWentworth
4/5  rDev -1.7%

DerwinWentworth, Mar 27, 2012
Photo of Cattafin
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Cattafin, Mar 25, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

mtbdonn, Mar 24, 2012
Photo of bskrtz
3.6/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle served cold in frosted pint glass

A) Very dark, even black with short mahogany head that settlesfast

S) Cooked dark fruit, chocolate, mild spice

T) Smooth and drinkable. This is a mild stout with a hint of espresso, burnt chocolate and molasses

M) A bit thinner than it's famous Irish cousins. Ample carbonation and mild esthers. Mild bitter aftertaste

O) A good example of classic stout

bskrtz, Mar 24, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

station815, Mar 20, 2012
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

xnapshot, Mar 18, 2012
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

Crimsontider22, Mar 17, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

tedho21, Mar 17, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Robeerto89, Mar 17, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -14%

grannaniwa, Mar 16, 2012
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

mdimeglio, Mar 16, 2012
Photo of Danno48
4.75/5  rDev +16.7%

Danno48, Mar 16, 2012
Photo of BrownNut
4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served cool in a nonic pint.

A - Lighter than a lot of stouts, reddish around the edges. Nice thick, textured head. Loads of lacing.

S - Faint malt, hint of sour, faint char.

T - Pretty mild, yet with subtle hints of mastery. Mildly bitter ash, in a good way, which also shows up in the moderately bitter aftertaste. Hint of sweet, maybe of fruit. Slightly tart on the finish, more noticeable at the end of the glass. Well balanced and easy drinking.

M - Somewhat soft yet finishes dry. Very pleasant.

O - While it won't blow any doors off in terms of complexity, this is a quality, versatile stout that would serve as a very nice transitional beer for newcomers to the category and a nice pint anytime for the rest of us. Like a number of their beers, there isn't one thing that stands out, but the elements all come together so well. You can taste the brewing experience in it. This has become my go-to stout to keep around for when I get the stout jones but don't want to break into my stash of stuff for critical reviewing.

BrownNut, Mar 15, 2012
Photo of StonedTrippin
4.18/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

as good a stout as you can buy in a sixpack as far as im concernced. pours a rich thick dark chocolate color with a fluffly lasting mocha head. smells deeply roasty with a touch of caramel sweetness. flavor is well balanced. a little hoppy bite at the end, but all smoothed out by the dark malts. i dont pick up much coffee or chocolate flavor in this one, just a very organic feeling beer. its smooth like a good oatmeal stout, and has a bit of the flaked oat flavor in there. feel is wonderful, carbonated just enough, with a drinkably full body. i enjoyed the whole 6er and would reach for another if there were any more in the fridge. this is a fantastic stout all around, went really with a big mushroom pasta dish as well. yummmm

StonedTrippin, Mar 15, 2012
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

jk3, Mar 15, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

guajolote, Mar 14, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -14%

nrombes, Mar 14, 2012
Photo of BeardedRiker
3.9/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I've had most everything that Sierra Nevada has to offer but I fairly recently realized that I had not reviewed their stout. I'd say that was the case because I mostly drank Sierra Nevada beers when I first began experimenting with craft beer. There's a good reason why. As I said in my Ruthless Rye review, "Sierra Nevada is one of the largest and most popular microbreweries in the United States and there is a good reason why. They consistently produce excellent beers. While they may not brew the more experimental and full-flavored beers, I've not had one of theirs that was disappointing." I do remember liking this stout when I first tried it so it's time to give the beer a proper review.

This is a beer you know will be good once you pour it out. The head formed a bit slowly but grew to a nice two finger height with a light brown color. Its retention was good because of a nice creamy body. It did go away fairly quickly. Lacing is minimal. The stout is mostly opaque and dark brown in color but a lovely ruby color when seen up to a light.

The smell is good too. When I first poured it out I smelled sugary sweetness and roasted coffee and cocoa notes. In some ways it reminds me of Anchor's Celebration Ale with the dark fruit aromas of figs and raisins. Lesser notes of bread and hops are in there too.

There is a lot of flavor in this beer. Many layers. This makes it pretty complex though none of the flavors are very strong or exceptional. Once this warms up the hoppiness dies down and becomes a very welcoming beginning to the beer. After that comes the roasted coffee and cocoa. Most of the sweetness I attribute to the fig and raisin flavors. Sugary sweetness and an aftertaste of roastiness linger on the tongue. I don't think any of the flavors are amazing here but it's exceptionally well-balanced.

The medium body and drinkability make this a stout that you'll find easy to drink. It's lower ABV helps out with that too. Up front the beer has a good bite to it from moderate carbonation but then it stays smooth and creamy, though I'd say there's a bit of dryness at the end. Sweetness makes things just a bit slick but the fruitiness gives the beer more acidity that breaks that up.

Overall, this is a very well-balanced, complex, and flavorful beer that's oh so easy to drink. Nothing really makes me think "Wow!" but it does everything very well. I simply prefer more robust and full-bodied stouts to ones that are the more drinkable type. Still, this is a solid and very enjoyable offering from Sierra Nevada. I didn't expect anything less.

BeardedRiker, Mar 14, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

Aschap, Mar 13, 2012
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

drwolfe, Mar 12, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Kornoms, Mar 12, 2012
Sierra Nevada Stout from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 2,756 ratings.