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Sierra Nevada Stout - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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2,655 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,655
Reviews: 1,318
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 11.06%
Wants: 184
Gots: 116 | 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:
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Photo of wescj


4.7/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours jet black with an inch of light tan head. Head has a moist look to it, though it reduces to just a whispy cap.

Aroma is excellent, featuring roasted malts and some earthy hops. Some particular notes include molasses and cloves.

Taste is even more appealing than the aroma, revealing some great caramelized malts along with some dark chocolate and coffee. There's a good and earthy hop bitterness as well.

Smooth mouthfeel and great aftertaste. This one's a good benchmark for the style.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2009 21:26:08 | More by wescj
Photo of ritzkiss

Ontario (Canada)

4.35/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a dark, almost impenetrable brown with 2 fingers of foamy cappuccino head. Good lacing down the glass.

Smell is.... hoppy? Wow, don't usually get that in a stout. Medium/strong roasted and burnt malts to balance it out, some nuttiness and dry coffee grounds. Not much coming out at me in the smell.

Taste is also a balancing act between hops and malts, really unusual for a stout but I like it, some added complexity. Lots of burnt malts and behind the hops and malt is some coffee, light sweetness. Pretty high carbonation, dry finish.

A really interesting stout. Lots going on, some hops to add a twist (though not lots of hops ala Bear Republick) and lots of roasted malts. I think they succeed in finding that balance and it makes for an enjoyable drink that, at a reasonable ABV, could be the stout lover's go-to beer for the night.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2009 20:41:13 | More by ritzkiss
Photo of seanyfo

United Kingdom (Scotland)

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

33CL Bottle poured into my delirium tremens chalice.

A - Jet black body, with 3 finger coffee coloured thick creamy head. Fantastic retention and produces wonderful lacing.

S - Lots of burnt nuts, dark bitter chocolate, a faint sweet spice to it such as nutmeg or cinnamon.

T- Roasted malts come through well, with a double cream background, sweet nutty yet bitter flavour remains in the aftertaste.

M- Low carbonation, very creamy.

D- A beautiful example of the complexity of a good stout. Fantastic appearance with sweet and bitter balance. excellent!

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2009 16:11:49 | More by seanyfo
Photo of washburnkid

New York

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

A: Nearly 2 fingers creamy/bubbly tan head over pitch black with only the slightest traces of brown at the bottom of the glass. The head retains as a good sized film and there's sticky lacing on the sides.
S: Collision and balance of hops and malts; some alcohol notes but they're barely there. Coffee in the deeper parts of the aroma.
T: Roasted, bitter dark chocolate leaves a strong espresso-like flavor and consistency on the palate. The bitter desires all of my attention.
M: Heavy, creamy body slides slick down the throat leaving bitter residues on the palate. The aftertaste sticks around from some time. Even after brushing my teeth, I can taste this beer. That's pretty perfect.
D: Very pleasant and warming. I loved the lingering tastes. I look forward to trying some other brews by Sierra Nevada.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2009 04:48:02 | More by washburnkid
Photo of czfreeman


4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ive yet to review a Sierra Stout, and looking back, I realized I have only tried the Porter,not the Stout, so lets remedy the situation.
Pours a deep brown-black color, nice foamy head to accompany. Tan head leaving nice lacing, looks good.
Aromas of creamy chocolate, milk chocolate in particular, bit of coffee undertones, deep roasted maltiness, somes smoky sweet vanilla, but much more chocolaty than expected.
Flavor is full, but highly drinkable. Its not a super-high powered Imperial cocoa monster(Choklat), but a much lighter, delicate version. Cocoa, milky sweet maltiness, coffees come through, some citus,(think chocolate oranges)nice medium-lighter bodied finish.
The rather mild ABV and delicious cocoa-stout flavor make this a highly drinkable stout. The Hops add in just the appropriate amount of citric lightness and balance. The rather high carbonation is enjoyable as well. I will add this to my regular Sierra rotation.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2009 07:17:04 | More by czfreeman
Photo of BeanBone


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

Appearance: A dark, imposing body that only allows a handful of dull ruby light to pass through. A big, sticky, toffee-colored head endures until the bottom of the glass, leaving terrific lacing on the way.

Aroma: As you'd expect, lots of roasted malt with the usual chocolate and freshly ground coffee notes associated with a good stout. Hops make an appearance, unlike most Stouts.

Taste: As you'd expect in a Stout, the backbone is of sweet, roasty malt. Despite being a plain old American Stout, this puts many Chocolate Stouts to shame in the chocolate department. It's almost like a frothy chocolate malt at times. Somewhat bitter hops are more present than your average Stout, but never really raise their voices all that much. As I've come to expect from Sierra Nevada, this is a well balanced beer.

Mouthfeel: Beautifully creamy medium-full body with moderately-high carbonation.

Drinkability: Average for the Stout style. You're probably not going to be chugging these after you mow the lawn, but you won't have to nurse it for hours on end.

Verdict: Maybe it's because I associate Sierra Nevada mainly with the hoppier styles of beer rather than the malty ones, but I was expecting this to be a solid, but generally unexciting Stout. Boy, was I wrong. This is a chocolaty, complex beer very much worth a look.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2009 04:20:09 | More by BeanBone
Photo of kbeals

North Carolina

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

Pours out one shade darker than pitch black with a lot of tan creamy head. Excellent lacing and head retention. Smells are of malts, hints of molasses, and a bitter hoppy edge. Taste is very malty, a bit bitter and roasted. Leaves a burnt aftertaste, Taste is good, but not great. Mouthfeel is smooth, medium bodied, not too heavy on the carbonation. Overall, pretty drinkable and a good beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2009 01:59:54 | More by kbeals
Photo of webbcreative


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

Dark Black Pour, with just a hint of brownish-reddish color around the edges. Big thick creamy head on this one. Smells of coffee/chocolate.

Taste is about the same as the smell, Coffee and some chocolate, but with the added bitterness in it as well, i think the bitterness in this comes from the barley or malt (?) it doesnt seem like a hoppy kind of bitter. Has kind of a twang in the end, and the although the moutfeel is medium, it seems to finish thin to me, weird.

Overall this is a pretty darn nice stout. I would get this again if i was in the mood for an everyday stout.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2009 19:20:27 | More by webbcreative
Photo of cpn920

New York

4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a deep opaque balck with a thin head that faded to nothingness quickly.
Smelled faintly smokey and also of coffee and dark chocolate.
Fairly sweet a deark fruit flavor with minimal coffee taste. Fairly sweet.
Mouthfeel is fine with adequate carbonation and this is medium bodied especially for a stout.
High drinkability...not overly complex but enough flavor and a low enough abv to be a very good all night drinker.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2009 14:24:08 | More by cpn920
Photo of Colt4540


4.72/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

A- Pours with a monster tan head that hangs around for what seems like for ever. Leaves great lacing all the way down the glass. The beer is about the color of a dark coffee or Coke. Almost to dark to see light through.

S- Has a sweet malty chocolately smell, and a faint smell of hops that balances it out well.

T- Real malty and chocolately like the smell. The hops match it very well and cleans the palate of the sweetness without completely destroying it. It's very well balanced and the flavors blend nicely.

M- Sweet and smooth at the beginning with the nice crisp hop finish. The hops kind of keep the chewiness down.

D- Really drinkable for a stout not to filling.

Overall a great beer and I can't believe it's taken me this long to try it.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2009 22:43:12 | More by Colt4540
Photo of tai4ji2x


3.7/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle. above the barcode is "B214 X14 3 9" (i *think* it's a "3"...)

nearly opaque brown, with red tint under the light. large, tan head slowly fades to thin layer. very nice lacing.

aroma of roasted malt and hint of stout and coffee-like acidity. some earthy and grassy notes, plus coffee. i get whiffs of something like "skunk" however... hmm...

coffee and roast in the flavor, with faint background caramel. then coffee-like bitterness and acidity. some hop grassiness. bitterness is moderate, and lingers into the finish with the acidic tang.

medium body with faintly acidic texture, plus a lightly resinous astringency throughout lively carbonation is at times prickly, but overall contributes some creaminess.

eh, nothing special. not enough malt or other complexities...

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2009 04:17:51 | More by tai4ji2x
Photo of PirateUlf73


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

Poured into a mug.

A: Very dark garnet-black and clear. Huge tan head with excellent retention and lacing.

S: Big roasted barley and chocolate nose. Hints of rich espresso as well. Very deep, very complex.

T: Lots of roasted barley and some chocolate. Decent hop bitterness, as well as a slight coffee-like bitterness in the aftertaste. Lots going on and very well-rounded.

M: Full-bodied with a huge malt presence that is balanced slightly by an earthy hop bitterness. Goes down smooth.

D: Big presence. Could be sessionable for a stout lover, but I prefer to sip and savor.

A very enjoyable stout to say the least, and another winner from Sierra Nevada. Very complex and rich. I'd give the slight edge to their porter (personal preference), but I'd most certainly buy this again.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2009 06:51:42 | More by PirateUlf73
Photo of Reagan1984


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

Nice two finger head. Nice retention. Dark, Dark brown in color. Nice lacing.

Very chocolate aroma. Creamy as well. Can creamy be a description of an aroma?

Flavor is decidedly "burnt" Not horrible, but that's what I'm really getting... Some mineral flavors towards the end. A touch of cinnamon. Big roasted flavor in the middle.. Some nice combination of hops and roasted malt towards the end. Some nice chocolate flavors. A bit milky....

Medium bodied, carbonation is a bit lively for a stout. Makes the mouth feel a bit lighter.

Nicely drinkable....

A pretty good stout.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2009 23:17:27 | More by Reagan1984
Photo of JohnQVegas


4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle, into Sam Adams Lager glass.

Pours black, with some mahogany brown showing up around the edges, and a nice rocky tan head. Lots of tan lacing, and the head just doesn't want to go away.

Nose is very light, some dark cocoa, roasty, bit of espresso. Bit of a citrusy hop note behind it all.

Taste is roasty up front, lightly sweet dark chocolate, moving to a nice licorice note before drying out into a light chocolaty, roasty, dry finish with hints of espresso. No noticeable acidity. Light roasty bitterness lingers on the palate.

Mouthfeel is a fantastic, creamy, fluffy, light carbonation over a medium body. Spot on.

Fantastic beer - can't really ask for much more in a stout. I could drink way too many of these.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2009 19:28:36 | More by JohnQVegas
Photo of IronCitySteve


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

Sierra Nevada is one of the 'craft' brew companies I utilize to get friends of the macro beer to start migrating over. The Sierra Nevada Stout was a huge hit at the Super Bowl pre-party this past weekend.

A: A really dark black beer, some vague brown undertones. A really nice two finger brown foam head with plenty of lacing.

S: Ample amounts of creamy chocolate are the predominant scents. Some vague hints of dried fruit with some very slight hop undertones.

T: Yes, this tastes really good. A mixture of chocolate and coffee flavoring with just enough hop presence. Makes this a really balanced beer.

M: A nice light to medium bodied beer, thought it would be just a tad thicker, which is my only real 'knock' on this beer. Just a tad thin.

D: A really nice enjoyable stout, really helped segway some non-craft beer drinkers into dabbling outside their usual realm.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2009 13:20:04 | More by IronCitySteve
Photo of Mistofminn


4.38/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12 oz brown bottle with a pry-off cap. Poured into a pint glass.

Pours a dark brown, almost cola color. Pour produces a 1 finger light brown head. No visible carbonation, but then again you can't see through this if you tried. Head produces thin layers of sticky lacing.

After the initial pour, this brew gives off a light coffee aroma. Bakers chocolate is not dominant, but it's there. There is a light barley character, and as it warms up I get the grapefruit (hops obviously).

As soon as this hit my lips, I knew it was a keeper. Absolutely loved it. There is a strong coffee taste, and a very dry aftertaste. You know that taste left in your mouth after you finish a cup of coffee? I get that exact feeling here, and I love it! The malt and hop balance is extraordinary. Hop character is very present, but match's the malt character in intensity. As this warms up, dark bakers chocolate comes through more, and the coffee taste subsides a bit, but is still present. I have to say, this is a very good tasting beer. Not terribly complex, but everything works in unison to create an excellent taste. Leaves you wanting more.

Very rich and smooth. Medium body. Considering how smooth this is, the drinkability is through the roof. I absolutely adore this Stout, and will be drinking it for quite some time. I haven't had a lot of Stout's, but this is as close to perfect as I can imagine. We'll see if my opinion (and rating) changes over time.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2009 04:00:13 | More by Mistofminn
Photo of Rayek


4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Deep brown, bordering on black, with a frothy tan head. Head retention is above average and a fair amount of lace is left behind.

S: Heavy on the baker's chocolate and burnt oak, with a bit of pine forest in the background.

T: On the sweet side of the stout world. Chocolate from the nose transfers nicely to the flavor. Burnt malts add some dryness and a touch of acidity. Hops provide good balance and add a mild pine flavor.

M: Medium body has the right amount of fizz.

D: One of the classic American Stouts. I'm glad to have had this one.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2009 17:29:25 | More by Rayek
Photo of wl0307

United Kingdom (England)

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

Coming in a 330ml brown bottle, freshness info. unknown; served cool in a straight pint glass.

A: pours a black hue with a creamy and 1.5cm thick tan head that manages to last throughout the drink; carbonation level unknown, but
S: chocolate syrupy, bitter-sweet roasted malts and vanilla come on a par with a considerable level of Cascade-like hop fragrance (grapefruity, mildly lychee-ish and flowery - quite typical but NICE!), reaching a decent level of balance in the glass. Dense on the composition, almost lubricating from the aroma. Not terribly complex but super enticing.
T: a refreshing but also lubricating mouthful of bitter roast malts with a sound touch of sourness is soon overtaken by the fragrant hop+malt swallow (longan-fruit and flowery flavours), leaving an aromatic finish hinting at cocoa powder, toasted walnuts+almonds, and date-cake laced with raisins. Complex finish, with nutty and root-herbal (mainly licorice!) undertones lingering with a good level of sour fruitiness and chewy bitterness that never goes OTT.
M&D: well-balanced but pronounced in taste, this full-bodied and hoppy stout comes delicious and assertive at first and ends deep and elegant in the finish. Given a mild bite from the tiny fizz, the slightly dense texture is lifted up somewhat and results in a very desirable level of "quaffability" to me... A sheer delight to sip AND quaff!

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2009 20:51:27 | More by wl0307
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3.88/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

SN Stout pours a dark brown, almost black with a one finger tan head. The smell is roasted malts with coffee, chocolate, caramel and a slight hint of red wine. The taste is mainly bitter malts, dark chocolate; sort of woody. Mouthfeel is lighter than I expected but smooth. Overall, this is a very drinkable stout. It's a little different from a lot of other stouts I've had -- thinner and more chocolatey.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2009 03:50:12 | More by theghost3
Photo of ChainGangGuy


3.05/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a black body, with a large, ivory-colored head. Splotchy lacing on the way down.

Smell: Smoky, burnt maltiness with lesser notes of unsweetened chocolate, caramel, and citrus.

Taste: Black malts with tastes of scorched grain, baker's chocolate, and dark caramel. As with their porter, there's not much sweetness to go around. Hint of licorice. Earthy, citrusy hop character with a medium bitterness. Finishes just as dry and roasty as one would expect.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Not all too dissimilar from the porter, really, it's just got a dialed up roast component. So, if you dug the porter, you should dig the stout. If you didn't dig the porter, well...

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2009 03:21:25 | More by ChainGangGuy
Photo of Jeffo


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

Got this at the Bierkoning in Amsterdam.

From a bottle into a snifter.

APPEARANCE: Pours a medium 1+ finger medium-thick tan head. Color is black and medium carbonation is evident for the style. Head dissipates slowly into a decent wisp and leaves some immediate lacing on the sides. Decent lacing ensues all the way down. Not bad.

SMELL: Roasted and smoky barley malt with a bit of dark chocolate, licorice, and caramel in the background. Some fruity aromas are evident as well, such as plumbs and dates. A very nice combination that improves and becomes stronger as it warms.

TASTE: Roasted and smoked barley malt again. The smokiness is very prevalent here, but sweet caramel pairs up with some bitter hops very nicely. Bitter chocolate makes a strong showing as well. The aftertaste is very long lasting, but is a very nice mild bitter taste with a final touch of bitter chocolate in the end. Improves as it gets closer to room temperature.

PALATE: Medium-thin body, perhaps a little too thin for the style, and medium carbonation. Creamy smooth on the palate, goes down smooth and finishes every so slightly sticky. Nice touch here, but could be a little thicker for the style.

OVERALL: This one starts out a little average, but certainly improves as it warms. It's very drinkable and very enjoyable. I'd prefer a bit bigger of a body, but that's a minor issue in what was otherwise a great brew. Nice.

As a final note, the stout is very similar to their porter. The look of the stout is a little better and the taste profile is a little more bitter, but it's clear the two are siblings.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2009 16:18:57 | More by Jeffo
Photo of heath1agnew


4.7/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

appearance- nice dark brown to black color. i wasn't able to get a very long lasting head out of this but the beer did show signs of lacing.

smell- roasted malts and barley.

taste and mouthfeel- wow. this is the best tasting stout i've had so far. nice roasted flavors with a touch of dark chocolate in the finish. mouthfeel was creamy with a nice balance of carbonation.

drinkability- great easy drinking stout.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2009 02:00:41 | More by heath1agnew
Photo of midaszero


3.28/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Opaque black with half a finger of coffee head and okay lacing

S - Lots of raw chocolate that is a little faint

T - A little harsh chocolate bite with definite solid chocolate after taste and sweet.

M - Medium body with medium carbonation

D - Lots of chocolate that is to much in my opinion. Mostly enjoyable but there are better ones.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2009 22:32:29 | More by midaszero
Photo of TMB0424

New Jersey

4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle into pint glass.

Poured a black body with slight mud brown edges when held to the light. Inch high, creamy, tan head quickly reduced into a cap. Very good lacing throughout.

Smell is of lightly sugared malts. Roasted barley. A dash of dark chocolate along with a scent of rich, pureed plum. A strong scent of something I can't really put my finger on - if I were to guess it'd be licorice. Very unique, but somewhat weak and light.

Taste is also extremely unique to me for a stout. A lot like it smells. Sweet malts, roasted barley are there - but with a very nice mix of melted milk chocolate and dark, ripe fruit. Plums are coming to mind again. A bittersweet aftertaste from the light presence of hops. I'm not really picking up any coffee flavors, at all. Not a bad thing at all though.

Mouthfeel is crisp, medium-full bodied. Carbonation is in the middle of the road. The hoppy finish is a welcomed, and surprising, aspect of this brew. This is extremely drinkable as I find it to very complex for some reason. The mix of milk chocolate, hops, roasted malts, and dark fruits is really interesting. The only thing lacking in my book is the aroma department. But overall, a very, very good stout. Cheers to Sierra Nevada.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2009 05:42:25 | More by TMB0424
Photo of spurr


4.97/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is one of my all-time favorites. I find it most enjoyable to drink it slowly and experience the range of flavors as the beer warms. Someone served this to me ice cold once and it was awful, but once it gets past 50 deg it is at its best.

The range of fragrances is wonderful...chocolate and coffee are the strongest to me. It also pours with a nice creamy head.

Unfortunately, it's a little tough to find this beer around here. The majority of beer drinkers around here only drink cheap swill.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2009 15:19:19 | More by spurr
Sierra Nevada Stout from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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