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Sierra Nevada Stout - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Sierra Nevada StoutSierra Nevada Stout

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2,613 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,613
Reviews: 1,316
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 11.03%
Wants: 179
Gots: 110 | 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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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-14-2000)
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Photo of jkdrummer


4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a wonderful rocky tan colored foamy head. The initial taste is a nice roasted malt that's not over powering. Just right amount of bitterness. Great mouthful, not to gummy and a clean aftertaste. Just right balance for a stout - highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2008 00:06:33 | More by jkdrummer
Photo of BretSikkink


4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Quite dark brew, with a big and pockmarked light tan head. Perfect-looking stout. The aroma is both aromatic hop leaf and estery alcohol on one hand, and bittersweet chocolate-roast grain and molasses on the other. Well balanced and impressively assertive with the sweet taking the lead. Mouthfeel is full enough to be right on style, everything is right there. Well done.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2008 02:44:58 | More by BretSikkink
Photo of sholland119


4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours an opaque black with a thin tan head and very little lacing.

Roasted coffee is the predominant aroma with a whiff of bittersweet chocolate and some faint hops.

A smooth bittersweet chocolate in the front followed by a solid roasted coffee bitterness in the finish. Very nice.

Mouthfeel is very solid for the style, maybe a little thin but no more so than is typical for this type of stout.

A delicious brew that is very sessionable. Does not get the juices flowing like a chewy RIS but a very interesting beer to drink for a while.


Serving type: on-tap

08-18-2008 19:17:47 | More by sholland119
Photo of 1759Girl


4.45/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thank heaven for my recent houseguest, Gooch. Being a Chicoan (and SN employee!) she brought me a six pack of stout, knowing it was one of my favorite SN beers.
Even in the bottle, it doesn't dissapoint.
Appearance>Dark brown, big chocolate foamy head. lively. Probably the prettiest lacing you will ever see on a glass. Effing beautiful.
Smell>Coffee, dark chocolate, burnt toast.
taste> bitter start, full stout flavor, beautiful balance of sweet notes and bitterchocolate, smokey finish. Complex. Excellent representation of an American stout.
Mouthfeel> thinner than I prefer, but good.
Drinkability> dang good stuff. I'd gladly have another.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2008 17:31:36 | More by 1759Girl
Photo of ItMakesMeHappy

New York

4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pitch black with a creamy tan head that sticks to the walls of glass leaving impressive lacing. A thin layer of heady carbonation stayed threw out the entire beer.

S- It smells of rich dark chocolate, grains and a hint of raisins. The hint of hops pops threw also.

T- Rich creamy roasted coffee and dark chocolate. The flavors are bold and not at all watery. Despite the creamy like begining its ends dry with this hoppy stout. Their seems to be a good amount of hop bitterness but not to much hop aroma or taste.

M- Rich heavy mouthfeel with alot of carbonation.

D- This beer is pretty drinkable but I think it would start weighing down on me after 3 or 4.

Notes: This is a good fall back stout to have in your fridge.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2008 01:05:56 | More by ItMakesMeHappy
Photo of klintok21


4.83/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A dark stout poured into a pub glass from a bottle. Great smell, a coffee type aroma. Seemed bitter at first, but after that, very smooth with the back taste of a bold coffee. Light carbonation leads this to be a great beer. I like this better than Guinness personally.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2008 02:47:30 | More by klintok21
Photo of gonzo46and2


4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

pours a deep black with a red tint when held up to light. Decent head and lacing.

Smells chocolately and savory

Taste is even and not too sweet

Average mouthfeel could be a bit heavier. Easy to drink.

Cheaper than many beers of the same quality...

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2008 03:53:22 | More by gonzo46and2
Photo of zeff80


4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - Poured out a dark, cola-brown color with a tan, bubbly/foamy, two-finger head. It left sticky rings of lace.

S - It smelled of roasted malt, coffee and some caramel notes.

T - It tasted of bitter hops at first sip. Great smooth roasted malt flavor with coffee hints.

M - It was crisp and sharp. A medium-bodied beer with a smooth finish.

D - This is a really good stout. One of the best mass produced stouts around.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2008 16:00:46 | More by zeff80
Photo of ckeegan04


4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

A - Dark dark brown color that lets very little light through. Verging on black. Two finger brown head that fades quickly to about a 1/2 inch of head. Very good sheets of brown lace on the glass.

S - Aromas of roasted malts dominate. Coffee and a somewhat nutty smell are the strongest. Also some hints of chocolate linger.

T - A little weak on the taste, but still a good taste of roasted chocolate and nuts (pecans?). A nice earthy hop bite slips in and out quickly to provide a good balance.

M/D - Medium to full bodied but not quite as full as I expect from a stout. Still very good and crisp. A very drinkable American stout.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2008 01:25:52 | More by ckeegan04
Photo of EnojysAnyBeer


4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sierra Nevada doesn't usually let me down and I do enjoy stouts so I'm sure this will be a great beer

A- Looks beautiful with a very dark, brown / opaque appearance. Plentiful thick carbonation with plenty of miniature bubbles

S- Smells like sweet coffee roasts with a pinch of hops

T- Tastes mostly of roasted dark fruits with a slight grapefruit aftertaste

M- Feels excellent with a full body that is carried smoothly over the palate with excellent micro-carbonation

D- I could drink this for days and not get bored with it

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2008 05:09:47 | More by EnojysAnyBeer
Photo of bluemoonswoon


4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a Sam Adams pint glass. No freshness date.

A: Pours a nearly black but more along the lines of a very dark brown with dark ruby highlights near the bottom and top edges of the glass. The pours is quite smooth and rather quick and yeilds a decently creamy though just as bit rocky one inch beige and sandy head that just as quickly bubbles down into a half an inch cap which fades into a ring and leaves some nice looking lacing down the sides of the glass.

S: Smell is nice and fresh. Super toasty with a mild chocolate and nutty character and just the slightest hint of citric hops but mostly covered by the maltier aspects of the beer. Doesn't take me to another world but still good.

T/MF: Super toasty opening, quite dry, like a mini version of Beer Geek Breakfast but not nearly as shatter the earth, Sahara desert kind of dryness that you find in that beer, which is to say a pleasing dryness backed by a solid hop bitterness. Mild tobacco, toasted grains, bakers chocolate, little coffee but really not that much, mostly the hop bitterness makes you want to imagine coffee. The mouthfeel is full and chewy with a snappy hop and malt bitterness bit, fantastic mouthfeel and not a half bad taste either.

D: yet another solid offering from Sierra Nevada, I swear they do not make a bad beer. This one feels bigger than it is but maybe this is because it is a bit late right now.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2008 05:17:39 | More by bluemoonswoon
Photo of kdales77


4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I never used to into the Sierra line of beers but they have really been growing on me the last few years. As with all my brew I poured into a glass and let it warm a little before tasting.

A: Poured a very dark brown, almos black, with a thin tan head that turned into a film.

S: Chocolate, roasted malts, a little bit of hops (like all Sierra Brews)

T: Malty sweetness, nice chocolate, coffee, and malt blend. Sweet tastes are more prevalent than the bitterness. A very well balanced taste.

M: Feels like a stout, very thick and smooth, nicely carbonated.

D: This is a highly drinkable stout and fine beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2008 04:51:29 | More by kdales77
Photo of phishgator


4.38/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass. Dark black with good carbonation. Large foamy tan head, laces the glass well. The light can not see through even on the edges. The aroma is roasted coffee, bitter choclate, expresso beans, and raisins. The taste is all the scents rolled up and put on your tongue. There is a hop bitterness up front and in the finish. There is a slight drying effect from the brew. It sides more towards a sweet stout, IMO. The body is full and rich. A session stout that you could always have in your fridge.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2008 14:32:22 | More by phishgator
Photo of againes


4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a dark, nearly opaque blackish-brown.
S: Tones of pine, roasted malt are definitely vibrant here.
T: Very bitter, nutty, with coffee and unsweetened chocolate flavors.
M: Nice, full feel in the mouth.
D: Definitely a session beer for me.

Yet another excellent beer from one of the best breweries out there in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2008 22:47:09 | More by againes
Photo of TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

3.85/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark brown color, with a short foamy off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of roasted malts, dark chocolate and coffee with a touch of hops.

T: The taste is malty with sweet flavors of dark chocolate & roasted coffee and a little fruit up front. There's a mild hops presence that provides a good balance for a stout. This one doesn't overdo the chocolate and maltiness like some other stouts do. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easy, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, this is a good beer to drink if you want a regular stout that isn't going to try to knock you over.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2008 04:36:40 | More by TheManiacalOne
Photo of Overlord


4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer joins my pantheon of "best beers for the money." Definitely slots into the top five, but hasn't supplanted the current champion, Stockyard Oatmeal Stout (which is 4.99 at Trader Joe's, versus 6.99 for the Sierra Stout).

Pours a dark brown. Attractive tan head. Not overly thick, but not offputting, either.

The smell doesn't really give you much sweetness, maybe a hint, but mostly masked by the aroma of bitter roasted malt and hops.

The flavor is more balanced, with a milk chocolately backbone with a lot of roastiness, some bitter coffee/pine hops, and a nice smooth creamy finish.

I don't like overly hoppy RIS's: why create an uber-complex stout only to demolish it with hops? The hops were much more welcome in this more straight-forward flavored American stout.

Don't know why I don't see this more often.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2008 06:46:57 | More by Overlord
Photo of Gehrig


4.38/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I'm trying to locate what exactly it is that has kept me from sampling this stout before. Is it because I thought I HAD tried it before, in my sampling phase? Is it because I HAD tried it before and had mixed or faded memories of it? I'm genuinely unsure, and somewhat ashamed, for this has me questioning me memory more than usual.

Nearly black body with coffee brown highlights, topped with a modest tan head. A little lacing on the Yankees glass. Nice, roasted aroma, rich with coffee and chocolate with some hops nudging forward. Ahh, the taste, the heavy roasted chocolate and coffee, the occasional intrusion of hops, the creamy mouthfeel that's a little rough (as I really like)--outstanding, one of the better stouts I've had. Ahh, the embarrassment of having passed this by on the shelves for no good reason...

Excellent stout, hardly a sipper, one easy to knock back but well worth savoring. Rich, delicious, and top shelf.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2008 19:18:50 | More by Gehrig
Photo of ATPete

New Jersey

2.8/5  rDev -31.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

12 oz bottle

My buddies brought this one over today, im a big fan of a lot of Sierra Nevada beers but once again the Stout disappoints me. It pours a dark brown, almost black color with a big brown head. Very malty nose with a bit of smoke and charcoal. It tastes pretty much the same way, very malty, smokey with a very dry bitter finish. The after taste is funky and stale tasting. Its mouth feel is its main down point, over carbonated and extra thick and grainy. I'd avoid this one, there are better domestic 'session' stouts out there.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2008 21:14:56 | More by ATPete
Photo of ommegoose


3.9/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased at Evanston First Liqours for $7.39 a sixer.

Poured out very dark into a pint glass. About an inch of foamy head initially, then dropped to about half an inch and stayed there. Very little light gets through the edges. Sticky, chunky lacing around the inside.

Smells like a very dry chocolate malt with some coffee hints. Baker's chocolate is the prime aroma. A suggestion of hops is buried in there. Not all that potent.

The baker's chocolate aroma really carries through to the flavor and the finish. The front end is dry and roasty, with hint of milky sweetness, but not much of it. Hop bitterness seems about midrange for the style. Nicely enhances the roasty malt and dark chocolate flavors without imparting anything that gets in the way. I could do with a little less, but it's not a problem. Finishes dry and clean when the beer is cold, but as it warms hops become more featured on the finish. Herbal, grassy notes start to push through. No noticeable alcohol, but that shouldn't be hard to manage at 5.8%.

A touch fizzy for my liking, but the body is good at medium-full.

This is a good stout at a good price, and it's easy to find. Less sessionable than stouts from across Atlantic, but much moreso than a typical American example. Drinking 3-4 in a sitting would be reasonable, and the dryness encourages another sip.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2008 03:46:58 | More by ommegoose
Photo of toutaboutstout


4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Black as night. Good inch of head(pour carefully).

Smell: Malty, and earthy.

Taste: Well this has turned into one of my favorite stouts. The alcohol presence is perfect for this style and the hops seem better balanced with the malts than most stouts of this variety. One would expect sierra navada to drop a few more hops than usual.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2008 01:15:00 | More by toutaboutstout
Photo of ph2001


4.22/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle in pint glass

pours with a nice foamy head that cascades down and leaves quickly. black color. smells malty and of the oatmeal.

smooth, balanced, and easy to drink. nice and creamy, woth a slight bite to the finish. it is on the thicker end of medium bodied.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2008 21:02:22 | More by ph2001
Photo of Mdog


3.9/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Opaque black, good head.

Smell: Piney, slight roasted character.

Taste: This surprised me with a sweetness and piney hop mix. Even as I let it warm the hops stayed strong. Some of the usual roasted malt flavors came through as it warmed.

Drinkability: I could have a few of these.

Picked up a single to review, and it was not what I remembered, but better! I was very impressed by the strength of the piney hops, not overly bitter but sweet and tangy. I might pick up a sixer to see if this continues.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2008 22:58:23 | More by Mdog
Photo of AshevilleSippin

North Carolina

3.8/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Short Version:
Tasty stout with off-the chart appearance. Taste was biased toward dry and bitter.

This thing looked about as good as it gets. 5.0 on appearance. They head was off the charts. Deep khaki overflowing with authority. Moon craters speckled the top while large stone quarry off-shapen depressions slowly sunk deep throughout the middle. Like a new neighborhood where only the basements have been dug. This head had serious staying power and strong splotchy lacing.

It was deep black and opaque as tar. Held up to the light this monster reflected blood red highlights around the bottom and edges of the pint glass. A three sided event horizon of horror.

Overall a little mild on the nose. I let it sit for several minutes to warm up some more (thus my notes on the head staying power). Finally I picked up some dull burnt tartness in the smell.

First sip revealed some bitter hops. More in the form of bitter coffee though. A little smoky. Not getting much sweet chocolate. If anything it's more like the dark bitter unsweetened baker's cocoa.

Drinkability is pretty good. Dryer and tarter than I expected. Seems to be missing something in the middle. A little spice or stronger malt presence perhaps. Excellent stout but not off the charts.

Finish was dry and bitter and pleasant.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2008 11:20:07 | More by AshevilleSippin
Photo of nickfl


4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Medium sized, light brown head with good retention, but not much lace. The body is dark brown to black with minor amber highlights.

S - Malty aroma with plenty of roasted overtones and coffee notes. There is a light hop aroma in the background, but hop character is a bit weak.

T - Strong roast flavor with spicy hop presence and toffee like malt notes. A bit of chocolate in the middle with more spicy/ citrus hop flavors. The finish is quite bitter, with an even combination of malt and hop bitterness and a hint of smoke.

M - Medium to thick body with moderate carbonation and a slightly sweet finish.

D - Very drinkable with a strong roast character and a nice hop backbone. A classic example of the style.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2008 05:21:25 | More by nickfl
Photo of AustinBeerLvr


4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a 12 ounce bottle into a traditional shaker pint glass.

A: What a fantastic looking brew this is to pour into a beer clean glass. Awesome head that lasts forever and sticks around the whole time its being consumed. Beautiful jet black, deep body, spot on for what a good stout should look like.

S: Nose is a wonderful blend of traditional stout aromas including smoky, chocolate, and coffee aromas all blending together very well. From the aroma, I could immediately pick up on Sierra Nevada's trademark hop aroma that is in pretty much every beer I have ever had of theirs. The hop aroma does a very nice job of giving the beer a very clean aroma for a stout.

T: The sip starts off with a nice sweet, subtle chocolate and coffee flavor hit the front of the tongue followed by an assertive hop bitterness for the style. A roasted malt flavor accompanies the hop bitterness, but surprisingly, as the beer warms, the hops seem to get a little more assertive, and the pine like flavors become a bit more pronounced.

M: I usually review the mouthfeel and taste in the same section, but this complex brew's mouthfeel needs a section of its own. It starts off with the smooth, creamy feel that one would expect of a stout, but just after the hops take over, it seems to get much more carbonated, and maybe a tad thin form my tastes in the finish. By no means is it watery, just seems to lose a little more body than I prefer as the sip finishes.

D & Notes: This is a "West Coast" twist on a stout, all the way! However, I really like this brew. It's not my favorite stout, but it is a very interesting interpretation of the style, with plenty of good flavors, and speaking of flavor, SN has proved that indeed, a stout can be both malty delicious but at the same time assertively hopped.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2008 03:07:53 | More by AustinBeerLvr
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