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Sierra Nevada Stout - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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3,038 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,038
Reviews: 1,374
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 11.06%
Wants: 235
Gots: 294 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Stout |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-14-2000

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Ratings: 3,038 | Reviews: 1,374
Photo of GarrisWH
3.73/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a nearly opaque, deep brown, allowing just a bit of light to shine through at the edges. Two fingers of light-tan head that drops down slowly, leaving some nice lacing behind. Good retention.

S - Roasted malt aromas with coffee and chocolate as well as some earthy hop character. Smell is nice, but just a bit mellow for a stout, in my opinion.

T - Roasty malt flavors hinting at coffee and unsweetened chocolate up front, with just a touch of dark fruit and caramel sweetness coming through. Balanced out by earthy, slightly grassy hop that lends a nice level of bitterness. Good flavor, although a slight increase in the roasted malt character would be nice.

M - Medium-full body with a subtle carbonation that lends smoothness. Bordering on a bit too thin, but it holds up well enough.

D - A very solid, sessionable stout from SN. Although the body comes off a little bit thin, it honestly adds to the drinkability. A well balanced stout that I wouldn't mind picking up again.

Photo of DNICE555
4.57/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Obtained a bottle at plan B

Black body with a head that drops out quickly.

A - Roasted coffee, Chocolate, smokey dark fruit aroma.

T - Roasted coffee, grains, dark fruit, smokey bitter hops to back this bold stout up. Very tasty. One of the better stouts I've had. Very underrated.

M - Smooth, rich, creamy, very nice texture.

D - Very big flavor with a low abv. One of my go to stouts. Would love to try this one on tap. I never hear much about this stout but it is one of the better ones out there. Sierra nevada has yet to let me down.

Photo of Onenote81
3.92/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Finally decided to try this one. This is one of my favorite styles, and one of my favorite breweries, but I kept putting off trying this one for some reason. Let's get to it!

Poured into a pint glass. Pours a ruddy blackish/brown. Some light gets through and creates ruby highlights on the edges. A big frothy tan head caps this one off on the pour. I wanted to take a picture this one looked so good. Retention was fair, and it left some spotty lace in its wake. I take a whiff and get scents of roasted coffee, some mild cocoa powder, hops, and a slight astringent quality I can't place.

The body is pretty crisp on this one. The creamy full-body that I expect and appreciate for the style is a little lacking. A little too bubbly. Big roasty goodness in this beer. Slight charring flavor, but nothing that leaves a bad aftertaste. The cocoa is present at first giving the beer a nice milky sweetness, but as I continue to sip as the beer warms, the hops become more prominent. Finishes slightly bitter with the hops melding with bitter black coffee. Nice beer. I would get a sixer of this and finish it over a weekend no problem. Recommend.

Photo of Tone
3.92/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, dark brown color. 3/4 inch head of a tan color. Great retention and decent lacing. Smells of hops, sweet malt, slight roasted malt, yeast, and slight dark citrus. Fits the style of an American Stout. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp with an average carbonation level. Tastes of hops, roasted malt, slight sweet malt, slight yeast, and slight dark citrus. Overall, a good blend, body, and aroma.

Photo of thain709
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - This one poured with a black body...the brown head exploded to stand about three fingers above the body...it showed good retention, lasting almost the entire beer...nice lacing

S - The nose is your typical roasted malts and hops...with chocolate notes and the citrus hops standing out

T - The flavors follow the nose...a roasted malt presence that isn't too roasted but it could be a little deeper...the malts present a dark chocolate flavor but not much caramel sweetness...the ending is filled with those citrus hops and it becomes a little bitter and finishes with a coffee flavor

M - Medium bodied...smooth with a great finish

D - This was a nice stout...I love how the hops stood out and I would expect that from Sierra Nevada...and easy stout to enjoy

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

Pours a dark mahogany/almost black color with 1 finger of tan head that fades slowly to a ring. Smells of rich, roasted malt, slightly sweet with hints of brown sugar and faint medicinal notes. Taste is classic stout - nice, roasted malt flavor up front and then a really interesting finish. Some bitterness makes itself known and then becomes drying before being left with a mild chalky taste with hints of hop oil. Body is medium and drinkability is great - this is one of the easiest drinking stouts I've had.

Photo of BlackHaddock
3.77/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brown 350ml bottle obtained from 'Beers of Europe' and poured into a 'Gordon Finest Gold'thistle shaped glass. My first American Stout (as designated on BA), best before 29th July 2010, drank and reviewed 26th March 2010.

Very dark body, a deep, deep reddy/black colour, on top sat a tan coloured foaming head. The head tried to stay the distance and was still almost there at the end of the tasting.

Rich, dark, bitter chocolate smell, some ground coffee too, with a dusting of pepper.

The bitter dark chocolate from the smell carries nicely into the taste. It gives a dry feel to the beer and it certainly becomes drier as the mouth rests between gulps.

This is a fine stout, not creamy or rich in the mouthfeel, but robust and strong from start to finish.

Photo of hopsbreath
2.94/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Went through a six pack of these when I was in Oregon a couple weeks back. The review is from notes I took at that time.

Appearance is dark brown with a thin quickly dissipating 1 finger of head.

Smell is of a little biscuit, coffee, and roasted malts. Just what a stout should be.

Taste is OK. Hops upfront, dark grains in the middle, and bitter hops finish.

The mouthfeel was prickly and carbonated. One of my personal negatives in regard to stouts.

Drinkability was so-so and I was able to polish the whole six pack off over the span of a week.

I originally bought this beer as a way to "set my palette" for bigger stouts. The flavors were hoppier that what is more of the norm for today's stouts but not entirely unpleasant. To date this is probably my least favorite Sierra Nevada beer which came as a surprise to me because I am usually a big fan of theirs. I will not be buying again.

Photo of tigg924
3.38/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: 1/4 inch head, opaque, black in color

Smell: big dose of chocolate, roasted malt

Taste: roasted malt, coffee at the end

Mouthfeel: light bodied for style, sweet start, more bitter at the end, low carbonation

Drinkability: A decent above average stout that is very drinkable. I could have a couple and be happy.

Photo of woosterbill
3.86/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Prime 16 into a shaker pint.

A: Black body with brilliant ruby highlights underneath a perfect inch of creamy tan foam that peeks over the glass's rim before receding ever-so-slowly and leaving spotty lace. Great.

S: The nose is bitter, roasty, and mildly hoppy. There's some bittersweet chocolate, but overall this is pretty straightforward roasted barley. Not bad, but not too compelling.

T: Similar to the nose, but with a more pronounced chocolate malt profile. Nice earthy hops on the bitter finish. Pretty tasty.

M: Medium body with abundant soft carbonation. Quite pleasant.

D: Not bad at all, but pretty standard for a sub-6% stout. Quite bitter for the style.

Notes: Solid stout, and one of the best non-imperials, but I'd take Left Hand Milk Stout over this every time.


Photo of teovaldi
4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

One of my first (micro) and favorite stouts

Pours a deep dark brown with a huge head that lingers for a while and leaves nice lacing.

Smell is of roasted malts, coffee and a hint of piney hops.

Taste begins with coffee then into roasty malts, a bit of chocolate, but not really sweet, and finishes crisp and bitter.

The mouthfeel is creamy and medium bodied for a stout, with a good amount of carbonation.

The flavor is rich and full but the beer is very drinkable.

Photo of SAxDRC5
4.83/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: pitch black with a thick head

S: smells like chocolate and coffee.

T: bitter-sweet chocolate. perfect balance between malty and hoppy. very good. one of the best stouts I've had

M: smooth and creamy. a bit more carbonation than i would prefer in a stout.

D: Perfect. I could have quite a few of these

Photo of steve8robin
3.33/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Found one 6 pack left at the local beer store...

A: Perfect look. Pitch black with no light shining through at all. Super thick 2 inch white head that slowly fades.

S: Faints smells of hops with bitter chocolate. Slight malts. Nothing special.

T: Upfront are mild hops with bitter chocolate. Malts and water in the middle with not too much happening on the backend. Average.

M: Not too bad. Doesn't leave too much harsh flavor on your palate but is not too watery here. Very good.

D: Goes down very easy.

All in all, this was a decent brew. Ok to try once. Whether you are a hop guy or a malt guy, I think both can enjoy this one equally. Nothing special, but easy to obtain and enjoy.

Photo of ocelot2500
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a black with a light brown head that leaves little lacing on the glass.

Smells of roasted malts characterized by molasses and chocolate.

Tastes of the roasted malts with a good dose of sweetness. Molasses and chocolate are the biggest contributors with a bit of toffee in there as well. Sweetness is moderate. Hops are fairly evident and well restrained.

Mouthfeel is medium-full with a creamy amount of carbonation.

Photo of jpro
4.12/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of my go-to stouts... Pours black, with some mahogany around the edges when the glass is held to light. The head is a light tan / off-white that shows good retention and leaves nice spots of lace. Aroma is dominated by roasted malts, some graininess, maybe a touch of oatmeal and notes of citrus hops. Taste is very similar to aroma: lots of roastiness - but the hops are a little more noticeable upon the signature Sierra finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with fairly high / prickly carbonation. Very drinkable and highly enjoyable!

Photo of backfat
3.89/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a light black with highlight of dark chocolate and a light tan lively 3 finger head. bold chocolate tart smells. just great. dark berries with a light mouthfeel. faint chocolate and coffee on the tongue, but not very stouty. kind of medium bodied. tart sweet finish. it lacks a bit more flavor that i like in stouts but it's still really excellent with the smell being the best part.

Photo of atremains
4.16/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Very dark. Pitch black with a very light tan head about 2 fingers or more with great retention. Excellent lacing. This beer looks fantastic, no complaints.
S - Chocolate, faint hops, and some dried fruits. It's a bitter chocolate scent, and theres something in here that I can't pin down. It smells a bit earthy. Hearty.
T - Chocolate and hops with some dark fruits sneaking around in the brush. It's got that signature Sierra Nevada taste, as I would put it.
M - It's moderately thin, but it's a stout, and doesn't claim to be anything else, so it's fitting. Carbonation is light and crisp, very refreshing drink.
D - Love it.

Photo of olympuszymurgus
4.01/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

thanks again, steve.
poured into snifters because sierra nevada is so classy. shabam! sinfully dark, hiding secrets beneath a brown veil. roasty, toasty, and a touch of bitter chocolate. it was pretty good. until we busted out a leftover piece of chocolate tort. oh mother f. what a beautiful match. an inspiration for the soon to transpire chocolate and beer pairing desert fiasco. doubtful it will outdo the chocolate beer tasting of the year before, but dammit! we will try. a delight.

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

Pours a nice deep brown, might as well say black, one finger of a tan head fades to a top-coating with lots of lacing.

The aroma is chocolate covered raisins, and cofee.

The taste is bitter sweet chocolate, with hints of dried fruits.

The mouthfeel is awesome, medium body, creamy, and not to dry.

This beer goes very well with food or on its own. An everyday stout, pleasant, and easy to drink.

Photo of buschbeer
4.15/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I poured into a pint glass to an inch of brown head. This beer is super dark brown. The smell is roasted malt, chocolate, and coffee. After it warms, I get some alcohol smell, too. The taste is much the same. There is some bitterness of the finish. I forgot how good this beer is. This is a solid, everyday stout.


Photo of herman77
4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Just had their Porter...

A: Pours pretty much black with just a little brown at the edge when held up to a light, no light gets through. A nice light brown head. Tons of little bubble lacing. It coats everywhere on the glass (Trois Pistoles glass)

S: Roasted malt, chocolate. A touch of coffee. Not much of a nose, just like their Porter.

T: MMMM... A little bittersweet from the pronounced hops. Roasted malt, slight toffee and chocolate. Just like their Porter, this is a hoppier version of a stout. A lot more maltier then the porter though.

M/D: Full bodied. Nice and a little creamy, good amount of carbonation. Pretty good drinkability. Nicely balanced.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.41/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Easily the best, most widely available stout in the world. Yeah, you might like some extreme limited edition stouts aged in barrels, from which the limited edition/rare wood came from Noah's Ark or whatnot . . . but I digress.

Deep black appearance, wonderful aroma, blasts of hops, chocolate and coffee to a lesser degree. Amazing hop quality and tempered bitterness to the taste. Equal parts thick stout and ipa. Mouthfeel is good, but there is so much, sometimes a little overwhelming. A great of the greats.

Photo of david18
4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a really a great stout, one of the first west coast stouts I really started to like. It's a classic stout that has the character of an imperial stout with a more drinkable abv. Dark brown color with a very good head, dark as well. Awesome aroma. I wish I could find it on tap.

Photo of semibaked
3.92/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into my 10th anniversary Founder's curved pint glass.

A - Pours into the glass black (everything I drink seems to be black) with some brown highlights shining through the top.

S - Roasted malts, some dark chocolate and some faint hops.

T - Nice roasted malty flavor, maybe a hint of licorice, weak coffee, and some charred or burnt flavor but nothing over powering. Copious amounts of carbonation, nothing over the top here.

M - Definitely not heavy, pretty thin body, I wish it was a bit thicker.

D - I like to have this around most of the time because it is a good change from most of the high ABV beers I drink. Very easy to kick a few of these back.

Photo of kingcrowing
3.69/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours a very dark brown with a slight ruby tone. Head is a light brown/gray head thats huge, fluffy and pillowy. Nose is quite smoky and roasty.

Taste has that roasted bitterness and a hint of iron to it. Mouthfeel is light, smooth and crisp. Has a finish with some light hoppiness. Really it's a solid everyday stout!

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Sierra Nevada Stout from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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