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Sierra Nevada Stout - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Sierra Nevada StoutSierra Nevada Stout

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2,671 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,671
Reviews: 1,319
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 11.06%
Wants: 186
Gots: 127 | 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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Photo of PretzelsNBeer


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
Photo of Magpie14


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
Photo of blackearth


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
Photo of skrib09


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
Photo of Hojaminbag


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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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
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New York

3.9/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Opaque black in color with a medium tan head. Retention is above average and lacing is outstanding; leaves nice even rings around the glass.

First thing that hits the nose is hops (not a surprise from this brewery), under that is a nice chocolatey malt roastiness.

Flavor has the same roasted malt character as the aroma. Bitter bakers chocolate and roasted coffee. Hops are overly assertive and actually get in the way a bit. Piney and woodsy; they taste great, but are overdone for a stout in my opinion. Stout should focus more on the complexities of the malts, and unfortunately the strong hop character detracts somewhat from what are clearly good quality malts.

Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth with good carbonation levels and a nice full body.

I read several reviews and was surprised to see that many people regard this beer as "perfectly balanced." I'm afraid I don't agree at all. Well crafted? Yes. Is the flavor of the final product what the brewer set out to achieve? I believe so. Balanced? I'm afraid not.
That being said, I did enjoy this beer and will definitely buy it again, it's just one that I need to be in the mood for.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2009 23:42:58 | More by Hoagie1973
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4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beautiful pour, great big cocoa colored head. The smell was pretty muted at first, this aroma was unique because it improved as the head disappeared instead of being most pungent while foaming. Milk chocolate in the nose with some roasted coffee beans and vanilla cookie. The taste improves as it warms but is delicious right out of the cooler. It has a big hop character for a stout and a nice creamy mouthfeel. Cocoa nibs, mild booze, graham and roasted malt in the taste.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2009 06:51:19 | More by natelocc787
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4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured it into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass. It's almost black in color and dark brown when you hold it up to the light. It has a huge tan head that produces generous amounts of lacing, it sticks all over the glass. The smell is dominated by chocolate. I'd actually say more like chocolate malts, not as strong as a chocolate stout, but the chocolate is still the dominant feature followed by some floral hop aroma. The taste picks up where the smell left off but everything is a bit stronger. Kind of a sweet chocolate malty taste and a dry hop to it. The mouthfeel is good, but it's one of the most carbonated stouts I've ever had, it doesn't take anything away. This is a very drinkable stout, a great beer by a great brewery.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2009 03:23:47 | More by AndyAvalanche
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4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle. Nice dark color, strong roast smell. Pours a nice dark color. Tastes like roasted barley and some hops with hints of coffee and dark chocolate. Goes down real smooth, would not have trouble drinking a couple of these in one sitting. Definitely one of the better stouts out there.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2009 04:53:42 | More by Evocatus
Photo of ibbjamin


4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A friend brought a 6pack of this stuff over to my house. I've always wanted to try this beer but for some reason never picked a pack of it up. Don't know the exact price, but I believe it is in the $8 range per 6pack. I pour into a pint glass to review on the last beer of the pack.

Leaves a nice tan head of about an inch. Frothy up top and relatively large bubbles towards the bottom of the head. A nice layer of head retention and very sticky lacing. Beer is opaque and the darkest shade of brown possible before being black.

Sweet roasted malts and coffee blend together is this simple, yet well crafted American Stout. Purest ingredients, finest quality.

Taste is clean and robust. Sweet roasted malts and fine coffee.

Medium body; definitely on the lighter side for a stout. Smooth and drinkable. A long finish of coffee and roasted malt.

A great everyday stout for when you are looking for something a step up from a porter yet nowhere near 'big beer' status.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2009 04:01:04 | More by ibbjamin
Photo of bum732


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

Pours a dark black, some ruby tints when put up to the light. Nice creamy bubbly head, great retention and lacing. Smells of chocolate, roasted coffee, vanilla, brown sugar, some cinnamon, some clove, touch of citrus. Tastes of roasted coffee and chocolate followed by some citrus sweetness. Fairly pronounced bitterness, finishing very dry and extremely roasty. Nice full and creamy mouthfeel, decent carbonation.

A very solid stout, lots of layers that work well together. My only knock being i would love to have a touch more sweetness in the finish. Other than that, one of the best available stouts out there.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2009 02:41:30 | More by bum732
Photo of JohnGalt1


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

Surprised to see this at the COOP.. picked this up over the weekend and sorta forgot about it...

Poured into my Delirium goblet.. tan head has great retention and some pretty nice lacing.. The brew is very clear.. yet very dark dark brown... not quite black.

It's still a bit cold.. but the nose shows some very nice promise.. lite French Roast and some background cocoa.. Hops are fairly traditionally SN profile.. pretty citric.. tooo much for my liking.

Flavor is much better.. good/great bitter grain bitterness combines with some pithy hoppiness that melds into the dark malts and minor chocolate.. coffee (I know it's not coffee) astringency comes in toward the finish that moves into the citric hops that come with the SN territory... the yeast is pretty clean.. not really getting anything that can come from Chico.

Edit: looking at older notes, I never appreciated the American hops in the stout category... but seriously, this is where its at... Good body without ever verging on filling.. and still somehow remains very drinkable for a style that I never really like too much.

Edit #2: I've had this a bunch of times over the years, but the new brown label caught my eye.... I can't believe I've never reviewed it... Thanks to Matt for getting this SN staple into town.


Serving type: bottle

11-04-2009 06:57:38 | More by JohnGalt1
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3.33/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a deep, deep red black. Thick tan head that lasts.

S - Smells of grain, Dark Malts.

T - Nice grain, coffee, slightly bitter.

M - Full, but not overly so. Lots of CO2, maybe too much for the style.

D - Not a great stout, but a good one. Especially for the price.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2009 00:23:03 | More by enfield249
Photo of Mauerhan


3.48/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

left over from sunday night dark passenger night (stouts porters and dexter on showtime...oh yeah)

poured into my bruery tulip. a dark almost muddy brown hue. with a nice two finger khaki head that leaves fantastic sheets of lace down the side of the glass as it submits and leaves a skim on the top.

smell is very robust. coffee. roasted malts some booze.

taste is a bit off putting. a slight metallic twang is prevalent through the entire beer. past that i get a nice roasty smokey flavor near the back. there is something off putting about the bottle. hope i didnt get a bad bottle.

frankly the metallic quality with this is a bit hard to get by to truly enjoy this beer. I have 3 other opportunities to retry this. hopefully I will be re-reviewing this soon.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2009 23:09:14 | More by Mauerhan
Photo of SkunkWorks

New York

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

Pours almost black with a thin tan head that leaves behind a little lacing. The aroma is a nice, roasted malt smell. Taste wise, it is a mixture of bitter, dark chocolate, roasted malts and some hoppiness. For a stout, its incredibly easy to drink and goes down very smoothly. I think its perfectly suited to be a session beer. It is not overly complex but is a very nicely put together stout.

Overall, definitely recommended. I will probably pick up more of these in the future.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2009 06:00:15 | More by SkunkWorks
Photo of Stigs


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

Poured into a DFH signature glass.

A - pour yields a finger and a half of beautiful frothy, tan colored head. looks to be dying fairly slowly, sticking wonderfully to the sides of the glass. beer is just a step below being pitch black.

S - pretty typical dark chocolate, slightly burnt coffee, malts, and a touch of dark fruits near the end. nothing too unique or crazy, just right amounts of the good stuff. could practically taste it through my nose.

T - right on with the smell, maybe needs warmed a bit for the chocolate to come out. touches of hop bitterness near the middle/end remind me this is a SN beer. slight smokiness comes through as it warms also, and the alcohol is very masked. tastes like a standard, well-made stout...and i mean that in the best way possible.

M - same mouthfeel as any other SN brew i've had. wish it was just a tad thicker, or maybe just had a little more character in the mouth. wish it had just a tad less carbonation.

D - give me a few of these on a cold night, and i'd be happy. wish it was more common around here as i'd love to stock up on it for the winter

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2009 02:50:11 | More by Stigs
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4.35/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured aggressively into a clear pint glass...I gotta tell ya, I poured it way too aggressively and overflowed the head over the edge of the glass. Once it all settled down, there was a beautiful two finger fluffy tan head sitting atop an opaque black brew.

S - Dark malt and bitter chocolate seem to abound. A little bit of a smoky aroma as well.

T - Wow! Malty, with a hint of bitter chocolate, roasted barley and a bit of a hoppy bite on the swallow. I wouldn't have expected this from Sierra Nevada and I'm pleasantly surprised.

M & D - Creamy, medium bodied, almost oily mouthfeel. The relatively low ABV makes it a delicious brew that you could drink all night. I'm very happy to have discovered this beer...and will be drinking much more of it in the future!

Thanks to my bud, Cdkrenz for hooking me up with this bottle!

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2009 01:49:50 | More by drizzam
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4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown almost black with a pretty nice tan head. At first I couldn't smell very much but as it warmed a bit I got dark chocolate. The taste is one that I would say hits it right on the head with roasted malty goodness. The mouthfeel is fitting with a dry finish that makes this beer one that would be very easy to drink.

If someone wanted to try a stout for the first time this is the way I would steer them. It is a standard by which to judge other stouts by.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2009 21:11:25 | More by johnnytfresh245
Photo of Scrapss


4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I love this beer. Great Stout with both depth and drinkability. Initial impression is a complex and deep flavor, lots of traditional stout notes present but Sierra Nevada is known for Hops and there's some in there. Smell is like a chocolate/coffee in the morning, deep and rich. The taste is smooth as butter for such a complex beer. Mouthfeel is full and strong, thick like a stout should be. drinkability, well, I love Guinness Stout and Extra Stout....and I'd "session beer" with this over anything else in the stout family. A winner all around! Try it!

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2009 03:58:10 | More by Scrapss
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3.7/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a deep dark black with a huge tan head that leaves a lot of lacing as it fades.

S: Smell is huge with cocoa, coffee, and a roasted malt bitterness.

T: Taste is similiar to the smell. Big chocolate/cocoa flavors with a bit of a roasted malt bitterness on the finish. This isn't terribly complex but it's pretty good.

M: Mouthfeel is thick yet thin on the finish. The bitterness really takes over in the finish and makes it slightly dry.

D: This is a good stout but there are others that are better. I could see myself drinking this on a whim at the bar but I may reach for something else at the beer cooler when buying a sixer. Low ABV is a plus and could be considered sessionable.

Worthy of a try but this has sat in my fridge for a while and I'm glad this is the last of the sixer. It's just not very interesting and the bitterness could be balanced out a bit more.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2009 05:16:41 | More by GregSVT
Photo of KrisPaulk77


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

I poured this one into a pint glass, and it poured a dark black, smooth and creamy looking, with a huge khaki colored head. The head stayed around for a long time. It finally faded down to a good looking cap of foam, and tons of lacing was present.
The aroma was pure West Coast hops, roasted barley, coffee notes, a little bitter chocolate, and sweet malt. The hop aroma is citrusy and earthy, and has burned Sierra Nevada into my brain.
The taste is bold, but smooth, and full of roasted coffee, hints of chocolate, a touch of toffee, balanced with a bracing hop bitterness, and a finish that lingers for a long time. The feel is good, with nice carbonation and a full feel.
This is a superb stout, well balanced and superbly drinkable, and another quality release from Sierra Nevada.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2009 04:39:15 | More by KrisPaulk77
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4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks BA bud cdkrenz!
Poured into a pint glass this brew has a deep dark chocolate brown, nice and thick pour. A milk chocolate color head that is thick and just sits on top of the brew going nowhere. The aroma is lacking a little. Some notes of slightly burnt malt, a little coffee, and a slight hazelnut is present. The taste makes up for what is missing in the smell. It is bold and has a strong coffee front, some burnt caramel, a slightly bitter finish as well. The balance is great. Nice carbonation makes the flavors pop as they go from front to back and the finish and aftertaste leave you wanting more. This is an excellent stout.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2009 21:24:05 | More by WJVII
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3.95/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

the appearance is opaque black with very little head, nice but not the most impressive stout.

the smell is sweet and malty. chocolatey malts and possibly oatmeal.

the taste is not too complex but refreshing. just a good basic stout.

the mouthfeel is smooth and creamy with light carbonation.

with a light abv% and a refreshing taste i could drink many.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2009 16:45:39 | More by joozyboozy
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4.83/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Of all places, my local Winn-Dixie had a supply of this on sale, as well as a variety of other SN products. I chose this, and I chose well.

I thoroughly enjoyed this. The taste overall had a nice roasted flavor that all stouts should aim for. Usually I prefer stronger stouts, but at 5.8 ABV this was just nice.

Overall, this is my favorite SN brew at the moment. This will warrant another buy on my part in the future.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2009 01:45:34 | More by mambiso1123
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