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Sierra Nevada Stout - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Sierra Nevada Stout
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2,802 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,802
Reviews: 1,337
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 11.06%
Wants: 193
Gots: 171 | 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 Greggy
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to schellsbeer for this one!

A- Pours a big thick creamy dark tan head over an almost black body with dark red highlights. The head has some nice retention and leaves some lacing on it's decent.

S- Nice roastiness, suggestions of coffe, chocolate, and a nice hopiness emerges. I also get some creamy vanilla notes.

T- Starts out nice and roasty then I get a huge dose of dark chocolate and caramel, big roasted grains then the finish is mainly dry chocolate, some dry hopiness and some hints of coffee.

M- Light carbonation and nice medium body.

D- This is a very nice stout. It has loads of complexity and character. I will definitely do this one again.

Greggy, Nov 26, 2008
Photo of WakeandBake
4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black with creamy tan head that hangs around. Nice lacing on glass.Aroma is hoppy, roasted coffee and chocolate,maybe some caramel. Taste is much the same, bitter not sweet some dark fruit and floral hops help with the balance,a dry finish.Smooth creamy mouthfeel, very drinkable

WakeandBake, Nov 25, 2008
Photo of cvfish
4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - pitch black pour that forms a fluffy brown head that lasts and laces the glass nicely

S - A strong roasted, chocolaty smell

T - a bitter, roasted taste that develops a chocolaty sweetness that sticks on the palette

M - full bodied, creamy feel

D - very drinkable! Sierra Nevada wins me over with another one

cvfish, Nov 25, 2008
Photo of KeefD
4.45/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Much thanks to schellsbeer for giving me this one out of his sixer!

Pours a solid black color with just a hint of dark brown on the edges, two fingers worth of dark tan foam and lovely sheets of lacing down the glass. Aroma has nice chocolate and coffee mix with a bittersweet background. Flavor is right on par with the nose. Chocolate malts is number one, followed by a nice roasted coffee flavor and some light herbal hops bringing up the finish. Very well balanced and flavorful. Creamy mouthfeel and on the lower end of full-bodied with moderate carbonation. At 5.8% alcohol, this one is a great stout to have a few of in one sitting. Very good and quite a treat on this cold night.

KeefD, Nov 23, 2008
Photo of schellsbeer
4.6/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

As far as your every day Stouts go, this one sets the standard.

Plain and simple, I Love this Beer!!!

Everything about it is almost perfect.

Look, Thickness, Taste, Smell, Ease of finding, Price...all excellent.

A - Excellent. Black. Not brown. Black. Excellent.

S - Bitter. Strong. Excellent

T - Now this is what I am talking about. Goes good with breakfast, lunch, dinner, snack, midnight popcorn...you name it. Excellent.

M - Thick but not too thick. Smooth. Creamy.

D - 5 is the limit and 5 is what I give it. Excellent. The best overall everyday Stout made. PERIOD!!!

schellsbeer, Nov 22, 2008
Photo of babaracas
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes. Pours black with brown edges and tan head. Rention is ok with tons of lacing. Smell: dark fruit, roasted and chocolatey malts, seems to be a hint of earthy hops in the background. Taste: leafy earthy hops, lots of roasted malt flavor, drying character about halfway through the sip. Mouthfeel: creamy and full bodied with big time puckering. One of the best examples of the style.

babaracas, Nov 21, 2008
Photo of Douglas14
4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours pretty dark with brown and ruby coming through the edges a lot. The nose and taste are upfront roasted malt. Wonderful, very wonderful. It also has a lot I chocolate appear after you swallow. The flavor continue to develop as it goes on. A slight bit of hops also come through. Spectacular stout to have from a gravity cask.

Douglas14, Nov 17, 2008
Photo of irishman06
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tulip glass.

The head is thick and brown, dissipates but is magnificent for some time. Nice lacing for the duration though. Sweet and malty aroma; enticing.

Coffee, espresso, caramel, and chocolate notes. Some burnt malt. This goes down smooth. Delicious.

The best American Stout I've tried. I'll be using this as a Guinness substitute.

irishman06, Nov 15, 2008
Photo of argock
3.98/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz brown bottle into a clear pint glass. No freshness date present.

A: Beautiful deep brown with ruby at the edges and 2-3 finger tan head with dense rings of lacing.

S: Plenty of different aromas giving a complex profile of dark roasted malts, coffee, cocoa, and C-type hops.

T: Very toasty tasting with a sweet overall slant. The initial flavors are predominantly roasted dark malts with accents of mocha, cocoa, and espresso followed by a minor but welcome C-hops flavored finish.

M: Very smooth with low carbonation -- you can measure this by the number of drinks to completion. 6-8 is my range on this beer. Nice toasted malt aftertaste.

D: A really easy-to-drink stout that is easy-to-find as well. Another solid SN offering.

argock, Nov 12, 2008
Photo of chilidog
4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thisone has been around for sometime, well I finally got around to picking up some. Glad I did.

It pours black, no light impact that I saw. The head was creamy tan. Some quick cascade and lace.

Aroma of toasted malts and bakers chocolate.

Taste of roasted barley, burnt biscuit, chocolate toffee and a slight hint of coffee. To balance well another slight hint of hop.

The mouth was not chewy or as thick and rich as others. Infact a thinner feel but not so far to say watery.

The feel aids the drinkability. Its easy to drink, smooth yet maintains its stout-like charactor.

chilidog, Nov 11, 2008
Photo of aquaderek
4.53/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into my session glass. The beer is dark, but when looked at in proper light has an caramel and orangish hue. The head dissipates very quickly to a light lace around the rim. The nose is sweet and fruity, some nutmeg and spiciness. The taste and mouthfeel are wonderful, first is nice subtle carbonation and hop, and spicy coffee notes, followed by a creamy, but not too heavy sweet honey. This is a wonderfully balance and drinkable stout. I can't believe that it took me this long to try this stout

aquaderek, Nov 08, 2008
Photo of Spidey13
4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sierra Nevada Stout pours a very dark black color with just a slight hint of deep red highlights when held to the light. A nice, think, dark brown head looks very nice. Lots of roastiness and dark chocolate on the nose. Possibly some notes of sugary raisins, like the ones in Kellogg's Raisin Bran. There are also some spicy hops in there.

Lots of roastiness on the flavor. I almost get some woody notes, though I know this wasn't aged in any type of barrell. Some nice bitterness shows up post-swallow, along with a bit of astringency. The middle has a big pop of hop flavor. The moutfeel is fairly full with a bit low amount of carbonation.

Overall; a really good, solid stout.

Spidey13, Nov 08, 2008
Photo of HappyBivouac
4.8/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a mug from a 12 oz. bottle.

a- Pours an absolutely beautiful dark brown with mahogany notes up to the light. Very solid 2-3 finger head that is wonderfully smooth and creamy and retains well.

s- Well balanced hops and malts here, and an underlying bitterness from roasted coffee/malt and maybe some chocolate, giving the scent a deep and hearty feeling. Fruity notes hit the nose hinting at raisin, apple, cherries, pears with plenty of fruity sweetness. Enticing.

t- Wow. At first drink it's a bit overwhelming. Take a step back and try to figure this out again, slowly. This is not your ordinary stout flavor. Malts are dominant but not overhwhelmingly so. The hops make themselves known and fit in perfectly. At first it's all malts and hops and a bitter chocolate that stays. Then the fuity notes hit. As from the scent, at the very least raisins apples and tangy cherries, maybe even a slight citrus. Leaves behind bisuit malts and chocolate covered cherries, slightly sweet, mostly bitter and tangy. Very well balanced flavor with a fullness and complexity to it.

m- thick and chewy but not overhwhelminly so, and goes down real smooth after you let it linger for a few seconds (which you will do with every drink you take). Carbonation is light to medium. It should be also noted that the head has a very nice creamy feel.

d- Like pretty much any stout this is thick and hearty, but it doesn't have a dominant single flavor that I'd get sick of. I could have several of these and completely mellow out for the evening.

This turned out to be just about the most delicious and interesting stout I've had to date. I've always been a stouts and porters guy, but I think I've just found my new go-to stout, especially at the incredibly reasonable price of $8.50 a 6 pack. Overall completely awesome and worth a try to anyone and everyone.

HappyBivouac, Oct 31, 2008
Photo of racer2k
4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Ink black coffee colored beer with a nice cake batter head and a sticky lacing on my glass which retains its characteristics nicely.

S-Roasted malt, earthy tones, and slight chocolate smell

T-Robust malt flavors dark bitter coffee that is smooth and has a slight hop taste on the back end of the taste

M-Good carbonation, smooth velvety feel, very nice.

D-Very drinkable for a stout. A nice thin stout with a very complex flavor to boot. Session stout if there is such a thing.

racer2k, Oct 29, 2008
Photo of kinger
3.95/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This one far exceeded my expectations, a dry stout with some character. Pours a thick black with an impressive head and nice lacing. Malty aroma, bitter with subtle chocolate and coffee notes. Medium fullness and creamy enough to score well but not great on the palate. Exceptional taste, well rounded flavor strong but not overpowering. Roasted malts, chocolate, and bitter coffee can be detected. Nice strong alcohol content. Good alternative to the other dry stouts commonly found.

kinger, Oct 28, 2008
Photo of whiplash3825
3.65/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep brown with almost no head and no lacing.

Licorice and dark ripe fruit in the nose along with a noticable degree of alcohol.

Taste is a combination of blackstrap molassis, chocolate, and figs, backed up by a very healthy hop bitterness that IMO borders on overwhelming. I like malty beers, and I like hoppy beers, but something about this combination is a little much! My first stout, so take that into consideration...

Nice, full, creamy mouthfeel.

For my tastes definitely a sipping beer. That can be good or bad depending... but for the most part I'm sipping slowly not because I want to relish it, but because a whole mouthful is hard to get down. (That's not as bad as it sounds)

whiplash3825, Oct 27, 2008
Photo of philbe311
4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Huge fluffy slight tan head off of an average pour... Still jet black color... Completely opaque... Awesome head retention and lacing...

S - Mild... Roasted malts... Chocolate... Slightest hint of coffee...

T - Roasted grains... Roasted malt... Coffee... Bitter baker's chocolate... Some minor hops come through at the end...

M - Slick and ridiculously smooth... Goes down very very easy... Creamy and rich... Lush... Light carbonation detected on the tongue...

D - A very drinkable stout... Not to powerful, but still very much a statement... A truly sessionable stout...

philbe311, Oct 27, 2008
Photo of SpecialK088
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a wide mouth pint

A-Pours dark black nice big head with very good retention and nice sticky lace

S-Nose is pretty subtle rosted malt, with small alcohol and chocolate notes.

T-Very rich malt flavors dark bitter coffee and chocolate notes nice bitter finish.

M-Excellent carbonation smooth and complex.

D-Supurb I can't belive I waited this long to try it.

SpecialK088, Oct 26, 2008
Photo of kemoarps
3.48/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

poured kind of a ruby black, if that makes sense. Like the colour of Cola. About a finger and a half tan head, retained fairly well.

The smell is malty initially, with something I can't quite put my finger on. Almost a bit of a bakery smell to it.

Once it hits your mouth, it gives a good balance, not overwhelmingly malty or hoppy (personally I prefer it to have a bit more of a malt profile, but that's just me.) The malts come through the middle, and the hops are somewhat tempered by a creamy underlying, which I like, finishing as it slides down your throat. Not overwhelming, enjoyably drinkable.

kemoarps, Oct 24, 2008
Photo of aubuc1
3.9/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from a 12 oz bottle in to my trusty guiness tulip

pours a dak dark brown with som ruby highlights

smell is roasted malt and a faint sweetness

taste is malty but with a faint hop taste

mouthfeel is just right for a stout

easy drinking beer just about what I expected from sierra nevada

aubuc1, Oct 17, 2008
Photo of naterock
4.15/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This has been a long time coming, I look at it every time but never got it.

Pours deep black and opaque, thick tan head that shrinks and laces nicely.

smells bready, like a yeasty dough, smell slightly of hops but a strong malt character.

taste is smooth and rich malt hints of chocolate, damn this is tasty. not too overly complex but just really damn good.

mouth os oily and thick, moderately carbonated and drinks slow. very enjoyable

naterock, Oct 12, 2008
Photo of roadhouse
3.8/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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

Appears a very dark brown/black with only a little bit of red highlights on the bottom of the glass. One and a half inch tan head sinks down to a centimeter thick cap after a few minutes.

Aroma is roasty with some hints at fruitiness, cherries seem the most likely candidate. A bit of a citrusy hop nose to it as well.

The taste is roasty up front, with some dark chocolate coming out midway followed by a big hop presence and roast bitterness to finish. The citrus from hops comes through quite a bit with a bit of a spiciness. One of the most hoppy stouts I have tried in terms of hop flavor.

Mouthfeel is medium, very smooth and creamy.

This is one of the first American Stouts I tried and I thought it was great at the time but now it just doesn't seem as great compared to some others.

roadhouse, Oct 10, 2008
Photo of alovesupreme
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a black color, with light penetrating corners of glass. Light brown head.
Molasses, some dark fruit, a little hops, esters.
Roasted flavors, molasses, some bitterness in the aftertaste.
A little thin but creamy and pleasant.
Pretty good drinkability. A good beer to have around.

alovesupreme, Oct 04, 2008
Photo of BeerBelcher
3.1/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

I drank a fair amount of craft beer in the mid-1990's...then (like a lot of people) I stopped drinking it for a few years, and then started again in the early 2000s. And between these two periods of craft beer growth, there seems to be a marked difference in the types of beers that are popular. This beer strikes me as one that would've been exotic in the first craft beer explosion, but seems downright boring to me in the second (and current) expansion.

Pours a thin dark brown. Aroma is very faint, with a hint of smoke and a touch of roastiness. Flavor offers a bit of roastiness, but is also extremely mild. Mouthfeel is a bit thin and watery. This is not a beer to get real worked up about.

I would weakly recommend this beer.

I bought this bottle at Discount Liquor in Milwaukee.

BeerBelcher, Sep 30, 2008
Photo of Proteus93
4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Black pour, topped with a rocky light brown head. Retention is terrific, and leaves a nice latticing lace.

S: A grainy maltiness, ground coffee, and a light touch of dark fruit on the nose.

T: Roasted malts dominate, paired with some coffee flavours and notes of baker's chocolate add a bitter kick. A light hint of hoppiness rounds it out. Quite nice.

M: A crisp, easy going carbonation - not too aggressive. A creaminess in the body and a soft, smooth finish.

D: An excellent beer, and a very well done and sessionble stout. Easily accessible and full flavoured.

Proteus93, Sep 30, 2008
Sierra Nevada Stout from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 2,802 ratings.