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Sierra Nevada Stout - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

2,665 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 2,665
Reviews: 1,318
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 11.06%
Wants: 185
Gots: 119 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-14-2000)
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reallyhoppie

Illinois

4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This opaque brown/black beer is full of roasted bitterness that finishes with a lingering silky richness. Just the right amount of hop character. A perfect example of a dry american stout. Try it with a polish sausage with sauer kraut, or maybe another Sierra Nevada Stout.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2010 00:45:30 | More by reallyhoppie
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mondegreen

Georgia

4.75/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Guiness Tulip Pint Glass.

A: Black with dark brown notes on the edges when held up to the light. 2 finger head with decent retention.

S: Roasted barley! Perfect smell for the style.

T: Taste is dead on. Hints of chocolate, coffe, and all the things a stout ought to taste like.

M: Silky smooth. Right where it should be.

D: Could down several of these, which is exceptional given that it is a somewhat thick beer.

Overall, an exceptional example of an American Stout. Sierra Nevada continues to do the basics very very well. Highly Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2009 23:31:13 | More by mondegreen
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Augustiner719

New York

4.75/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Dark black/brown color. Mildly viscous with a nice 2.5finger tan creamy head. Trememdous lacing down the glass.

Smell: Smells like a toffee, chocolate, coffee, caramel and dark cocoa.

Taste: Extrememly creamy, with a touch of bitterness from the hops which i like. Good creamy, rich coffee and chocolate flavors with some caramel on the back end.

Mouthfeel: Perfect carbonation. Almost perfect texture. Coats the palate.

Drinkability: Solid effort. Near perfect drinkability. I would have this slightly warmer next time by about 3 or 4 degrees but its a great year round drinker!

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2009 14:42:22 | More by Augustiner719
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ADZA

Australia

4.45/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is one of those beers that ive been hanging to try and finally get my wish and got a feeling it wont let me down,it pours a nice jet black colour with nice carbonation that leaves a two finger mocha coloured head with beautiful lacing so far so good,and the aroma is as good as the appearance with an impressive smell of roasted coffee,dark malts and suprisingly enough beautiful floral piney hops,it has a nice full but light body mouthfeel at the finish with tastes of dark roasted expresso,chocolate malts and floral piney hops that really balances out this stout to make it a nice anytime stout whether it be winter or summer i really could drink this stout at anytime of the year and for my palette would put it up there with the best stouts that i have tasted.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2009 14:35:21 | More by ADZA
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Lerxst

Florida

4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Pours a dark, dark brown with a decent mocha head that leaves nice lacing. Good looking beer.

S-Roasted malt, a bit of coffee and chocolate with some piney hops.

T-Follows the nose with roasted malts and more of a chocolate flavor than expected and not that much coffee. The hops are more pronounced than expected as well. Tastes good.

M-I thought for the style, it was a bit thin but its very smooth with a somewhat creamy texture despite the thinness. Carb level is a bit much for me though.

D-Overall, this is a very drinkable stout.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2009 20:44:37 | More by Lerxst
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lester619

Wisconsin

3.95/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark mahogony/black. Great thick dark tan head. Very fragrant roasted burnt smokey barley. Great tasting stout. Dry, roasted smokey grain with some coffee up front. Some malty creamy sweetness shows up. More of a bitter hop presance than most stouts I've had. That's probably why I like it. Nice robust complex roasted bittersweet flavors, with a nicely placed refreshing bitter hop snap. Very flavorfull. Easier drinking than alot of stouts. Thick and creamy satisfying mouthfeel without going overboard and feeling like a hop flavored milkshake. One of the better stouts I have had. Sierra Nevada is good at everything.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2009 18:53:28 | More by lester619
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womencantsail

California

4.15/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: The pour into a pint glass is a liquid that is just about black with a thin layer of tan foam that leaves pretty nice lacing.

S: The smell is full of roasted malts and has some nice notes of coffee and floral hops.

T: This is much richer than I was expecting. A mouthful of roasted malt, coffee, and a slight bitterness on the finish. A bit of earthy and floral hops are sprinkled throughout the sip.

M: Nice and creamy on the tongue, very smooth. The body is quite full as well.

D: Another great one from Sierra Nevada. These guys just really know how to put a beer together.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2009 02:36:28 | More by womencantsail
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earthboundagain

Colorado

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

From Notes:

A: Dark brown in color with a red highlight, nice coffee colored head with lacing.

S: Earthy hops and dry grains with some dark malt

T: Roasted and bitter hops and malts are mixed well. Some grainy taste in the finish.

M: Well balanced carbonation with a slight creaminess. This is a good show for its style.

D: This is a great stout easy to drink, and doesn't weigh heavy on your stomach.

Notes: This is the cornerstone for the American stout. Some may do it better, but this is the beer they are judged by.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2009 19:50:19 | More by earthboundagain
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JEdmund

Kansas

4.63/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance
Jet black, dense tan head that lasts the duration, leaving rings of strata down the glass

Smell
Faint minerals, dark roast coffee, dark chocolate, plumb, a bit woodsy and smokey

Taste & Body
Solid from start to finish. Profile begins with bready, slightly sweet malts, followed by roasted coffee and a good dose of bitterness, ending dryly. There's a slight lingering fruitiness as well. Body is firm and full but doesn't settle heavy in my stomach.

Overall
A top choice for an American stout. Nothing fancy or attention-grabbing, just rock solid craftsmanship. Great stuff.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2009 00:19:42 | More by JEdmund
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therica

Maryland

4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

IBU's 50.

A bit more bitter than I would prefer in a Stout but about what I expected from hops-heavy Sierra Nevada.

A= dark chestnut, typical head for a stout, medium brown with nice lacing.

S= very rich and inviting, lots of roasted malts and hops florals, maybe some nuttiness.

T= rich in roasted malts flavor, grassy hops, some mild balanced sweetness and dryness from the roasted malts with dark chocolate and coffee notes. Light sweetness. Some Cascade hops grapefruit-rind bitters in the finish.

M= a little dry, crisp and grassy for a Stout, losing some of the roasted malts in the balance, with some slight syrupy sweetness to offset it.

D= rather nice, sessionable if you like a slightly dry stout.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2009 05:31:50 | More by therica
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scottfrie

California

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

Poured from 12oz bottle into pint glass.

A: Finger width dense cappachino colored head. Liquid is a very very dark brown-red that is almost black. Good lacing.
S: Chocolate malt, sweet dark fruits, dry grains, and earthy hops.
T: Malty and grainy. It's got a nice roasted flavor almost like roasted coffee. Hops come through in the finish a leave a bit of a citrus sour in your mouth.
M: Creamy and carbonated with a slightly bitter finish. Not too heavy or too watery.
D: This is a crisp refreshing American stout. This beer is highly drinkable and delicious, but seemed a little heavy on the hops. Definitely will buy again though.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2009 01:04:25 | More by scottfrie
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rapidsequence

Virginia

4.6/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle.

Appearance: Nice. Opaque with a light brown head. Short retention, but leaves good lacing.

Smell: Roasted chocolatey malts with a hint of coffee grounds, and grassy, earthy hops. Smells like a big beer.

Taste: Big roasty flavors from the front all the way to the finish. Bitter chocolate and coffee again. Hops really involved here too. Again, grassy/earthy. Nice balance.

Mouthfeel: For a 5.8% stout, this is pretty full bodied. Not the this silkiness of an RIS, but thats not what this is. Nice.

Drinkability: A stout this good at 5.8% is one of the biggest tasting session beers around. Delicious, cheap, available.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2009 02:38:16 | More by rapidsequence
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birchstick

Colorado

3.85/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - pours black with a nice head to it. It looks really good.

S - smells of chocolate malts, almost milk chocolate, with a very subtle hint of pine

T - The taste follows the nose - this has mainly chocolate malt, with a little bit of toasted/roastiness to the finish. There is also a noticeable amount of piney hops in this stout. This is an excellent stout.

M - Damn smooth, with a medium body. I wish it were a tad more full.

D - This is a solid go-to stout. Nothing flashy, but very well constructed. I have purchased this a couple times without reviewing it - I am glad I finally got to put my thoughts down for it. I would definitely recommend this one if you are looking for a long night of drinking...

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2009 21:51:58 | More by birchstick
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CBlack85

South Carolina

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

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a New Belgium globe glass

I have been looking forward to trying this beer for a while now, so here goes...

pours very dark will a hint of ruby here and there. A small tan foamy head is slowly subsiding. It looks very appetizing, I can hardly wait to taste it

Smells kinda chocolaty with a hint of coffee, the hop aroma is stronger than I had expected, not too much, but definately making the hop presence known.

As much chocolate in the taste as in the smell, nice balance of sweetness and bitterness. The hop flavor is not overdone but is definately present. Good stuff. As the beer warms an earthy taste starts to emerge. I think that the flavor improves (if that is possible) as the beer approaches room temp.

Medium bodied, not as thick as I usually like in a stout, but still very pleasant

All in all a good example of the style.

I don't think that I have ever had a SN beer that I haven't enjoyed

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2009 02:48:47 | More by CBlack85
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alleykatking

Indiana

3.93/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle. Another one I thought I had reviewed but had not.

A- Pours a nice deep black coal color. When held to the light I see some brown tints to this on the sides of the glass. Big 2 finger mocha colored head which stays for a good while. Lacing on this beer is nice and thicker than I have had in awhile. This beer looks like it is well made.

S- There is a light hop (both piney and citrus) to this in the end of the nose which makes it feel complete. Light roasted smell (I expected as little more) through the entire nose. Hints of coffee and chocolate come and go along with a light bready scent. My only complaint is I wish this had a little more zing to it with the aroma.

T- This tastes a little different than the aroma would suggest. Roasted malts and light chocolate flavors come out a lot more in the front. There is a light sweetness to this beer which almost has a sugary taste. The hops come in at the last half of the beer with a light grapefruit taste which brings the beer back to a more balanced approach.

M- Heavier mouthfeel. Carbonation is good for the style. Roasted malts are all over the palate after a sip. Aftertaste is both light hops and roasted malts. Little bit of a slick feel as well.

D- This is a very drinkable stout that I will buy when I just want a well made stout. There is nothing over the top with this stout but it is just balanced and smooth. Good stout for people to try who don't like stouts.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2009 02:00:30 | More by alleykatking
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boldcity2008

Florida

3.2/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not sure if its just me but this tastes like a hoppy pale ale with burnt malt as a base. Ok I got started in good beer 35 years ago with a good English stout this is of course the WC version of a stout, not that good IMHO.

Appearance: It poured into a mug I like to drink stouts in. Nice thick head and a deep brown color as you would expect.

Smell: Strong on hops, some burnt chocolate malt, but the hops over power it. I never understood why a Stout would be so heavy on hops. Unbalanced for a stout IMHO

Taste: burnt chocolate malt back end and bitter, piney hops overload it and its as unbalanced in taste as it is in smell.

Mouth feel: Smooth with a little bite on the back of the tongue.

Drinkability: Its easy to drink as long as I get over its a stout with PA hops in it.

I love SNPA and most SN stuff and yea I know they are west coasters hop heads but they screwed the pooch with this one IMHO, its funny the Bros said its world class. I remember years ago and it was Not this hoppy a beer in my mind. oh well maybe my mind and taste buds are fooling me in my over 50 mind.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2009 22:31:33 | More by boldcity2008
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mjw2808

Maryland

4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a thick black color with a small tan head that leavs some lacing. Smells strong of chocolate, coffee, and roasted malt. The taste is the same, but stronger on the coffee than chocolate. Nce mouthfeel and good drinkability. This is a very good stout and im not suprised at all by this sierra nevada brew. Not the best stout ive had, but its up there.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2009 05:34:08 | More by mjw2808
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kaseydad

California

3.83/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pint glass pour and am met with a huge three finger beige foamy head and a dark black colored beverage. Reminds me of a root beer float without the ice cream...which gives me an idea.

Roasted malt aroma with dark chocolate whiffs and some coffee hints as well.

Huge bitter, coffee taste. Black coffee, earthy and malty. There is some major bitterness after the swallow. Not in a bad way though.

Smooth and creamy mouthfeel.

This went down almost too easy for a stout. The lower ABV allows for multiples. Well done from the SN crew.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2009 20:05:02 | More by kaseydad
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Riccymon

Texas

4.53/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Honestly, I could drink no other American stouts than Sierra Nevada's and be quite happy. Pours from the bottle at just a bit below room temperature with two fingers of gorgeous cappuccino head. Not much lacing, but it looks better than many with the amount of head you can expect from a SN beer. Smells a little earthy with notes of coffee, but also a good hop presence.

Flavor includes loads of bready malt with just a touch of grapefruit hop flavor and coffee in the finish. Body is very creamy and soft, with the smoothest of finishes; just terrific.

Let this beer warm up a great deal, and it's one of the best American stouts you'll taste and worthy of drinking year round. What an underrated gem.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2009 18:57:56 | More by Riccymon
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PretzelsNBeer

Pennsylvania

4.43/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Classic American style stout poured into an american pint glass.

Appearance is black as coal. Yup..it's a stout. When poured into the glass there was a nice tan colored head that formed nicely giving way to a lace-like head after a couple of minutes. The initial pour is something you could take a picture of; nice dark body with a solid tan head.
Smell is slightly roasted with hints of coffee thrown in there. There's also a touch of sweet, bready aroma to it too.
Taste is initially slightly sweet with the roasted notes coming into play then the taste fades to a little bit of a bitter twang.
Mouthfeel is slightly heavier than medium bodied with adequate carbonation.
Drinkability is very good on a cold rainy/snowy afternoon. All the ingredients are in balance which makes this beer a great standard american stout to enjoy.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2009 17:49:19 | More by PretzelsNBeer
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Magpie14

Michigan

4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: the pour was interesting as it displayed a few reddish shades such as crimson, scarlet, and cinnamon. When in the glass the body takes on a deep and rich walnut brown, looks heavy. A good slab of brown sugar fluff formed and fizzled away leaving gluey traces of lace around and about

S: good heartily roasted malts, dry grains, and sugary cocoa tickled with fruity whiffs. All in all, nothing much in the way of hops as you usually expect with SN. However, I find myself reaching out to the fruit whiffs and they enhance a possible earthy herbaceous smell

T: this is just a downright tight stout. I find the simplicity of the flavors and its favorable dimensions just great. The malted barley character has plenty of roast to it and melds nicely with the caramel chocolate java notes. What bitterness that is present takes on an raw earthy force that is no doubt an amalgamation of coffee and dry roasted (slightly blackened) malts. It is possible that some green cones might persist in helping define the pungent vibe, they are present mostly in the finish and just help provide balance overall, it just saunters about the tongue...wow!
What is probably most important about this beer is its balance factor...off the charts

M: carbonation is soft and in good order. I find that the body might gain a little more with a stronger chew factor? I would call this in the heavy to medium feel, with plenty of bottom end. It is pretty glassy in feel and when in motion

D: the simplest things can be the most rewarding (especially when done right) and this one does it. Pretty much packed with flavor and drinkability

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2009 21:54:56 | More by Magpie14
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blackearth

Minnesota

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

Purchased from Trader Joe's. Pours a black body with a thick tan head. Aroma is of earthy, roasted malts. Full bodied with medium carbonation and a chewy mouthfeel. Flavors are roasted malts, coffee and bitter chocolate. Still one of the best stouts out there.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2009 21:34:36 | More by blackearth
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skrib09

Missouri

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

poured a rich black with hints of brown. plenty of tan head up top with a lot of lacing on the glass.

smells roasty, sweet, earthy, and sugary. no hops detected but a nice smooth roasty aroma. hints of chocolate and coffee on the nose.

sweet taste with coffee and coffee-like bitterness on the palate. chocolate is detectable. everything is rounded out with a sweetness and a roasty flavor.

dry on the palate but not bad. overall a drinkable stout at 5.8%.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2009 03:19:19 | More by skrib09
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Hojaminbag

Colorado

3.98/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sierra Nevada stout has a body that is very dark brown to black, and opaque except for the edges. The brown head is large and fluffy, with a tower of foam in the center. Retention is pretty good, and the lacing is great: thick, sticky, and covering most of the glass.

Big roasted aromas mix with a good punch of coffee and some malt sweetness.

The flavor is finely balanced, exhibiting all of the elements from the aroma. Coffee, roasted malt and a bit of sweetness. The coffee and roasted flavors are equally strong, with the sweetness being a little less so.

Mouthfeel is nice and full. A bit creamy.

Drinkability is good; overall a good beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2009 05:54:19 | More by Hojaminbag
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electricfields

Idaho

3.98/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours an opaque brown-tinged black with a creamy tan head that dissipates quickly.

S: Smells like hops and chocolate. It's very faint, though.

T: Roasted coffee with a tiny bit of brown sugar or caramel sweetness. There's a nicely balanced fresh hop bite to it.

M: Good and thick with carbonation that foams up as it hits your tongue.

D: It definitely tastes good enough, and for a stout, it goes down very easy.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2009 00:23:49 | More by electricfields
Sierra Nevada Stout from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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