Sierra Nevada Stout - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 2,926
Reviews: 1,345
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 11.3%
Wants: 218
Gots: 215 | 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 Beernoisseur
4.55/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is one of my favorite beers of late. Looks wonderful on the pour, and smells like angels dipped in chocolate. It's not an imperial or a russian, and hence does not demand a pound of flesh to be cut from your body when you drink it. It's like grandma's home cooking. There's never a time when it doesn't sound good.

The flavor is complex enough to be great, but mellow enough to be easy for someone whose palate has not been broken in by bigger beers. A great gateway drug, she is.

SNS never survive long once they hit my fridge.

Photo of cpetrone84
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-pours a ton of thick dark java colored head and a dark cola colored liquid that lets red hues of light pass through. the head is lingering for quite some time and leaves a nice lacing on the glass.

S-the nose is lighter and brings a grainy roasted barley, a hint of chocolate, and some sweet dark fruits at the back, some dark berry and fig.

T/M-it is super smooth with a fuller medium body with the taste of light roasted barley, some nice dark chocolate, sweet dark berries and fig with a light bitter finish

D-this is quite a tasty and smooth stout. it is quite light in body and so easily drinkable! definitely a recommendation for a sessionable type stout.

Photo of jovy1097
3.33/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Black coffee, with garnet fringes. Leaves caramel-colored head that supplies generous lacing to sides of glass. What more can you ask for?

Smell: Dark fruit, toasted bread, and black molasses.

Taste: Starts off with a roasted malt. Half-way through the quaff, loads of burnt toast and some nutty flavors and earthiness show up. The aftertaste is very roasted nut. Plenty of hop bitterness noted. I didn't detect any chocolate.

Mouthfeel: Medium mouthfeel. Pretty crisp. Not as "chewy" as I expected. Carbonation is noticeable, but not overly so.

Drinkability: A drink to sip and not guzzle.

Comments: This is not a beverage that I would want every day. Maybe too much of a burnt taste for me.

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

Sierra Nevada Stout pours a deep dark brown with maroon highlights around the edges. A thick creamy brownish tan head leaves loads of lacing in it's wake, a hallmark of Sierra Nevada brews it seems.

The aroma has loads of dark roasted grains with both dark and milk chocolate in the nose along with a nice bit of earthy hops.

The flavor has a ton of deeply charred barley with a big chocolate malt presence. As in the nose the chocolate is both dark bitter chocolate and sweet milk chocolate. Dark roast coffee is also on the bill while the big malt backbone is nicely balanced by the bitter character of the roasted grains and hops in the finish.

Mouthfeel is somewhat thick and chewy without being overly heavy. This beer is smooth and nicely creamy.

Highly recomended, this will become my default stout, flavorful, very good and readily available. Thank you Sierra Nevada!

Photo of MOB210SA
4.7/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Big, great looking 2 finger lush, pillowy blanket of deep chocolate cocoa/mocha head that very slowly sinks to half finger even top. Great retention and impressive, healthy amount of lacing blanketing the inside of the glass. Almost complete blackness, brother to a cup of black coffee. A tiny amount of crimson can be seen around the edges when backlit with light. By tiny, I seriously mean minimal.

Nose is lots of roasted maltiness, like a good stout should. Coffee beans and a prominant hop balances the nose. Really great smelling stout.

Taste is a beautiful hop fulfuillment that is almost IPA mixed with the great darkness of a stout. Sierra Nevada is a favorite of mine. Ive had this once before but this is even greater that remembered. Nice mellow dark maltiness with a larger hop for the rest of the taste, great roasted malt, cocoa in the finish.

Medium full bodied finish- good carbonation that is super smooth and goes down too easy. One of the best plain stouts imagineable without being anything more than a stout. Full of flavor and drinkability. You cant go wrong with this.

Photo of bpbieste
3.1/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Dark beer, nothing out of the ordinary.

Smell: Caramel, malty aroma, sweet

Taste: Too bitter for a stout in my opinion. Not Impressed with the taste.

Mouthfeel: strong, bitter

Drinkability: Not enjoyable

There are other stouts that are more my liking.

Photo of GilGarp
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz. brown bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a deep dark brown color with good clarity. The head is just a little off white, fine laced, and settles quickly. The striking thing is how sparkley the lace is - it's almost like sugar crystals on the side of the glass.

Aroma is slightly roasty, slightly hoppy, but not all that outstanding. Just above average.

Flavor is well done. As with most Sierra Nevada offerings, they are totally solid, if not exceptional. Nice toasty malt character, some coffee, earthy hops, and a little pine. Perfect balance from begining to end.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with lowish carbonation. For a standard American stout, it seems just about right.

Overall it's hard to find much wrong with this beer. Like I said before, SN knows how to make solid examples and this is no exception.

Photo of BierFan
3.78/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Big brown head has good retention. Body is dark brown. Good lacing.

Taste: Good roasty flavor. Biscuity and caramel.

Mouthfeel: A little watery but it has good carbonation which makes up for that.

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

Followed up a Black Butte Porter with the Sierra Nevada Stout to help warm me up during the Artic Blast encircling Dallas last week. May as well have been back in Canada where people know how to cope with and Arctic Blast or seven.

This stout looks like a stout ought to: jet black with nearly nothing else. Light barely breaks through the edges of the pour, with a rusty red translucence. A foamy, two-finger head demonstrates huge retention, barely lifting after several minutes. Fine lace clings to the sides of the glass as you lap this stuff up.

This shit has a robust, very roasty nose - some would say burnt - but I think it falls just shy of that. There's some milk chocolate sweetness here and a fanit reminder of hops in the background.

Taste comes at you hard with roasty malt and hoppy bitterness all over, leaving the slightest hint of malt sweetness on the swish and swallow. The aftertaste leans to the roasted side and makes itself at home for a while. Substantial mouth coating and wafting roasted aroma makes this a fine, satisfying brew that can sustain you during the harsh Texas winter.

It's perhaps a touch strong for my taste, but that's no mark against it. Well-crafted from what I can tell and I'll drink it again, no doubt.

Photo of aaron12
3.38/5  rDev -17%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I love the sierra nevada porter, LOVE IT!, but to me the stout is not as good...

A. looks like a stout

S. sweet, malty, a bit of black cherry, not too heavy.

T. it's too burnt for my taste, i wish this stout was thicker, and less bitter... to me this just tastes like a bitter version of their porter, and i like their porter the way it is.

M. it's okay, ends acidy.

D. if this was just a tad sweeter, it'd be great, cause of the over burnt bitterness, i think i'll take my time with this one, and the warmer it gets, the more bitter... swell.


Photo of feelmefoam
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 pint glass.

Pours a deep, dark brown color like dark chocolate. Opaque with milk chocolate highlights. Brings up a nice head after a fairly hard pour; a finger and a half of pitted, rocky, foamy tan head that takes a minute to dissipate, leaving some nice lacing around the glass. A very good looking beer.

Smells of coffee, dark chocolate, and a distinct roastiness. A little earthy tone is also present, but sort of sticks to the background.

This is a well-done stout. The flavor is of black coffee and roasted dark bready malts, balanced out by a little bit of chocolatey sweetness through the middle of the draught, then finishes strong with more coffee and a distinctly earthy hop flavor. Complex, but well put-together.

SN Stout has a medium body, I want maybe just a bit more of a thicker, syrupy aspect to it, but its still pretty damn good. Has a moderate amount of carbonation which helped in head retention but doesn't detract from the mouthfeel at all.

All told, this is an easy drinking stout that's packed with flavor but maintains a fairly low ABV so you can put back more than one. Very good, but I'm not surprised; I don't think Sierra Nevada is capable of making a bad beer.

Photo of reallyhoppie
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.

Photo of mondegreen
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.

Photo of Augustiner719
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!

Photo of ADZA
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.

Photo of Lerxst
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.

Photo of lester619
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.

Photo of womencantsail
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.

Photo of earthboundagain
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.

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

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

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.

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

Photo of therica
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.

Photo of scottfrie
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.

Photo of rapidsequence
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.

Photo of birchstick
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...

Photo of CBlack85
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

Sierra Nevada Stout from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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