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Sierra Nevada Stout - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Sierra Nevada StoutSierra Nevada Stout

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2,665 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,665
Reviews: 1,318
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 11.06%
Wants: 185
Gots: 119 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-14-2000)
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Photo of david131


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

A- Pours a very dark brown with a slightly off white head. Some light could get through around the edges. The head stuck around for awhile. Nothing that really wowed me.

S- Roasted malt, caramel, coffee, that distinct Sierra Nevada-ness aroma.

T- Just like the smell and just like your average stout with a little Sierra Nevada thrown in again. I love that about Sierra Nevada, it's gotta be the hops or yeast they use.

M- Kind of thin, but it works in this beers favor. Perfectly carbonated. Does not overwhelm the palate at all.

D- This is a stout? To me this was very much like a porter. I am not complaining- call it what you want, this would make a great session beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2007 05:03:09 | More by david131
Photo of neenerzig


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

This beer pours a very dark brown color with some amber brown highlights around the edges when held to the light. Has a nice tan head about an inch thick upon being poured that settles to a good 1/3 of an inch thick after settling for a few minutes. Very nice lacing too. Aromas of sweet, roasted malt and coffee are present along with a bit of caramel and dark chocolate as well. The taste is sort of hoppy and bitter upfront with the aforementioned roasted coffee and dark chocolate present followed by some sweeter malt and a hint of caramel. Also has a slight hint of brown nut bread flavor to it. The medium bodied mouthfeel is slightly crisp, but mainly creamy and smooth with moderate carbonation. Quite easy to drink. A very good beer, but I thought some of its characteristics were a bit odd for a stout as they reminded me or porters more than other stouts I've had in the past. I would gladly drink this again though.


Serving type: bottle

02-11-2007 21:11:55 | More by neenerzig
Photo of atigerlife


3.53/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap, it poured a nice dark black with amber highlights. Small light brown head with decent retention.

Aroma is of roasted malts and dark chocolate. Coffee with hazelnuts in the background.

Taste is of bitter dark chocolate. Quite hoppy with chocolate and coffee coming through.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and leaves the mouth quite dry.

Overall, an interesting beer of the style. Not something I would go out of my way to have again as I prefer less hoppy stouts. But decent for the style.

Serving type: on-tap

02-11-2007 19:35:07 | More by atigerlife
Photo of penguinjive7

New York

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

Pours a beautiful jet black with about a finger's worth of tan head. Not much retention in terms of lacing. Smells of coffee beans and a hint of dark chocolate. The taste reflects the smell with a definite roasty flavor that I know and love so much. A hint of hops hits after the initial taste but it is well balanced. Carbonation is quite strong but does not detract from the overall feel of the drink.

This is definitely a very drinkable brew. A good straight up stout for any occasion.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2007 05:05:05 | More by penguinjive7
Photo of philberinghele


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

Golden State Goodness
Black Winter Night Black Stout Night
Wait For The Spring Thaw

A surprisingly good stout. The hops meet the coffee and make for an excellent beer. It isn' quite as dark as I prefer but just about thick enough. Luckily, the bizarro grocery store near my house keeps a steady supply of this stuff. This is and the brown ale are my favorites from Sierra Nevada.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2007 02:12:49 | More by philberinghele
Photo of Reinheitsgebot71

Ontario (Canada)

4.28/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Well this one I tried on a chance and was pleasantly surprised.

A: Bitch black body with a nice thick creamy head; about half an inch, which has excellent retention throughout the consumption of it. Looks exactly as a good stout should.

B: Very nice here, I was pleased. Caramel, coriander seed, light hints of honey, and burnt sugar. There was also a underlying sent of crisp winter air.

T: The usual lovely tastes of stout's prevailed; Coffee, glacial water, very malty of course, burnt sugar, and a finish that was reminiscent of flour.

M: Very smooth, cotton like in feel. Overall enjoyable though it might have been a bit more robust and viscous for a stout.

D: A very nice example of American brewing and stout brewing alike I highly recommend it; It is very easy going down.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2007 23:11:50 | More by Reinheitsgebot71
Photo of NolateM


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

Poured into a pint glass. Deep black color, with a tan head. Had to pour hard to get a head at all, but it came out nicely in the end. Some decent lacing action going on too.

Aroma is all hops surprisingly.

Great, straight-forward flavor. Good strong, herbally, slightly acidic hop flavor... more than I'd expect in an average stout. Dark-roasted coffee and unsweetened chocolate as well. Pretty much zero sweetness. Zero alcohol heat too, but then again I am used to drinking higher-gravity brews.

Nice light carbonation, a little bit of a dry mouthfeel.

Goes down really easy and really delicious. As far as a straight-forward easy-drinkin' stout goes, this is pretty top-notch in my book!

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2007 03:28:08 | More by NolateM
Photo of TheSarge


3.18/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Once poured SN Stout promotes a beautiful sticky kakhi head with a primarily opaque black body, with reddish hues on the outskirts.

This stout gives off the malty aroma, primarily a coffee/biscuity fragrance. It tastes a little like caramel and biscuits mixed together. Not as tart as Guinness Extra Stout. This brew is a little chewy, and finishes a bit dry.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2007 05:52:31 | More by TheSarge
Photo of Dubbercody


3.6/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pretty darn tasty stout. Nice balance between the thin stouts and the heavy stouts. Fits into that niche when I want a stout but I don't need the RIS fullness. Maybe best described as a early stout as it's one of those that you might drink to get the beer motor started before jumping into something heavier. I like it...an appetizer stout....ah ha.

It's that Sierra Nevada thing, it's good, and I always enjoy their beers, but I often times pass them by and I don't know why. I'll have to remember to pause a little more often by their bottles.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2007 18:21:49 | More by Dubbercody
Photo of jameaterblues

New York

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

From notes.

A-Very dark (black and dark brown around the edges. Tan/coffee colored head and a light trailing lace.
S- Roasted barley, chocolate, coffee, and caramel.
T/M/D- One of the most hoppy stouts that I have experienced(this was before I drank storm king). Coffee and chocolate create the back bone of this beer. Very roasty and toasty. I would imagine it is very good with spicy foods....Bitter hoppy dark chocolate finish. Moderate carbonation, long lasting finish, and the hops help to lighten the feel of this heavy beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2007 21:33:15 | More by jameaterblues
Photo of umustdrink


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

A - Opaque black color. Offwhite head, eighth inch thick. Good lace.

S - Smell is bitter roasted malts. Hints of coffee.

T - Dark, sweet roasted malt flavors at first, then fades to a very bitter aftertaste.

M - Smooth and thin. Aftertaste is a bit chalky.

D - Very nice taste to this beer setting it apart from the others.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2007 07:01:49 | More by umustdrink
Photo of olegv40


4.45/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep dark color with a huge tan head that retains very well. The aroma is indicative of whats to come, hops hops and more hops. Initially very smooth until the hops hit, then it becomes very bitter with the just the right levels of roasted coffee and chocolate to cut through. Finishes sweet and the aftertaste lasts for a long time. Does a great job of hiding the alcohol.

A fantastic stout, its cold and snowy in Ohio right now, I couldn't think of another beer I'd rather be drinking right now.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2007 22:50:29 | More by olegv40
Photo of jwc215


4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours ptich black with a very thin head that immediately becomes thin spotted patchiness. Color on target, could use better head retention.

Very nice aroma - Robust, roasted coffee, hints of dark fruits, hints of chocolate - subtle, underlying smokiness. This is one complex and inviting aroma.

The taste of roasted coffee beans gives it a mild smokiness. Sweet dark grains balanced by bitter, roasted character. Nice balance of sweet and bitter. Hints of dark fruits and a suggestion of chocolate round it out in the long finish.

The feel is smooth, full, creamy and rich (without being overly thick). Nice texture, coating.

Alcohol is well-hidden. Easy to drink with a rich, complex body. An American stout with influence from a traditional English stout. This is a wonderful brew.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2007 18:29:00 | More by jwc215
Photo of beeragent


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

This is my idea of what a stout should be! Poured from a 12oz. bottle, into a pint glass. The beer poured a dark brown, almost black, forming a thick 1 inch head, leaving medium lacing on the glass. The aroma is mostly roasted malt, with a little coffee. The taste is roasted malt, coffee, and a slight chocolate towards the end. The mouthfeel is thick and smooth. This is a great stout, and an easy one to session. Highly recommended!

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2007 07:00:26 | More by beeragent
Photo of mpyle


3.45/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pale tan head, tight bubbles, but fairly rapid in dispersing. Dark reddish brown color with brilliant clarity. Opacity is far from black, and closer to most porters.

Subtle smokey malt character becoming a more robust dark malt aroma as the beer warms. Otherwise quite clean (no hops, no fermentation byproducts).

Dark malt flavor and a bit of sourness up front. Roasted barley character at the end dries it out nicely, as should happen in a stout. Quite balanced in flavor without any hop flavor or out of place esters.

Medium body with moderate carbonation, slightly creamy, and no warming. Carbonation makes it a bit more harsh on the tongue than lightly carbonated or Nitrogen carbonated examples of stouf.

A nice flavor stout, roasty and clean. Could be a little smoother, which would improve both flavor and mouthfeel.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2007 01:20:13 | More by mpyle
Photo of jamie2dope


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

Sierra Nevada Stout pours jet black, with the slightest white lacing. Aroma was of powdered cocoa, slight lactate, and a bit of coffee. Taste had lots of bittering chocolate notes, and more of the coffee as well. Mouthfeel was pretty big, definitely one to sip and enjoy slowly. Excellent drinkability on this one, great for a cold day. In my opinion this is one of the classic Stout examples. As with all Sierra Nevada beers, this one holds true against most other Stouts. Really well done.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2006 18:46:38 | More by jamie2dope
Photo of grub

Ontario (Canada)

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

got this in a recent trade with freberg. thanks mike!

pours a deep brown with a half inch of thick, dense head. the head drops slowly and leaves lots of lace.

aroma is nice. good roastyness. bready malt. dark chocolate. bit of alcohol. coffee.

taste is great. lots of roast. bittersweet chocolate. espresso. bready malt. nice moderate bitterness level, but it comes through as coffee/chocolate rather than a hoppy bitterness.

mouthfeel is great. big body. nice carbonation level that gets better as it sits a little. light astringency.

drinkability is great. well balanced and very tasty. a great stout.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2006 01:16:55 | More by grub
Photo of bluejacket74


4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass, the beer pours dark brown with about an inch tan frothy head. Head retention and lacing are both good. The beer smells like coffee and chocolate, but the aroma isn't strong. Luckily the taste is much stronger than the aroma of the beer is. It tastes like coffee, roasted malt and some chocolate. The coffee aftertaste is good and bitter. Mouthfeel is medium/full bodied, and creamy. Drinkability is good, it's nice, smooth and dry. Overall I think this is a pretty good beer, a good choice as a session beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2006 01:46:07 | More by bluejacket74
Photo of beerphan


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

Revisited: November 2010.
12oz bottle -> tulip (inappropiate but a new glass i have to use)
No date but there is a code on the label: 0246117 19

Pours a deep dark brown with ruby highlight in the light. A thick cream mocha head rest a top and deposits thick ass chunks of droopy lace.

Nose: Leafy hops, sweet candy, pine, chocolate, caramel. faint licorice

Creamy smooth mouth. Sweet chocolate malts up front with heavy roast chocolate and light caramel, along with some light chalky burnt coffee tones. Cascades kick in with some soft pine, a tad of crab apple and herbal bitterness that almost balances things out. This beer doesn't try to be a hop bomb, its just has a better hop presence than most for a stout, which I find refreshing. Finishes a tad roasty chalky and dry.

Surprised I haven't gone back to this more often. Sierra Nevada adds that 'something Sierra' touch that doesn't disappoint.

December 2006
12oz bottle -> imperial pint
no date

Pours black with a large thick creamy tan head. Crusty lace up and down the glass from melting rings.

Nose: Piney cascade hoppy nose, as it warms some dark fruits emerge.

Taste: Rich dark chocolate, roasted malts and a refreshing hop bitterness.

Mouth: Smooth, creamy and thick. Outstanding.

A great sipping stout for those long winter sessions.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2006 19:57:26 | More by beerphan
Photo of biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

4.28/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A fair sized head would sprout up just before the end of the pour, level off and stay put. Leaves behind thick lacing. Black body. Subtle and pleasing aroma, gentle coffee and chocolat notes. Immensely rich mouthfeel, the gentle notes of coffee and chocolat in the aroma are intensified quite a bit. Much bolder with a medium roastness and filling body. A very well made stout and like many of the other Sierra Nevada products there is little (where any) room for improvement with this one.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2006 02:41:22 | More by biegaman
Photo of schusterbauer


4.55/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

an absolute classic example of a middle-of-the-road stout! nothing showy here, nothing extreme, and at the same time nothing is missing, nothing tastes sub par. the smell, taste, and mouthfeel are all velvety smooth. roasted barley dominates, with coffee notes and cocoa powder flavors lingering in the mouth, and everything finishing very crisply. the beer goes down very quickly -- nothing brash or challenging. i could drink huge quantities of this, anytime, anywhere!

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2006 18:15:29 | More by schusterbauer
Photo of MrHungryMonkey


4.28/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pitch black, small to moderate light brown bubbly head. Low retention.

Rich and deep raisin/roasted/chocolate/coffee/fruity/flowery.

Roasted malt, raisin, chocolate and a hint of coffee.

Thick and creamy. Nice oral foamation, very nice carbonation sting.

Tasty stout. Not too strong, not light. Just what the doctor ordered today.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2006 21:24:58 | More by MrHungryMonkey
Photo of maundythirsty


3.5/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Black-brown and light-tight, the SN Stout has one finger of dry, off-white head that sticks to the glass nicely. It smells of roasted and burned malt and chocolate.

Tastes bitter, like burned coffee and some hops. Readily apparent alcohol. Lighter mouthfeel than I expected. Sparky carbonation. Very dry.

Kind of rough and raw. Not my first choice for a stout.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2006 18:10:13 | More by maundythirsty
Photo of peabody


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

Pours out dark with little brown suds and the lacing abounds in the pint glass.
Smell is a dark roasted malt with hints of raisin and caramel.
Taste is a malty bitter flavor. The malt has the sugar but it soon is overtaken by the bitterness of the strong hops. Pretty nice.
Mouthfeel is very malty sugary at first then the bitterness comes into play and your tounge is torn between sweet malt on the tip of the tounge and the dark bitterness that hits the outside edges of the tounge.
Drinkability is good here. While there is a bit much sugary malt, the bitterness seems to quash it and make this a great beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2006 22:36:41 | More by peabody
Photo of jubnat


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

Man, Sierra Nevada just knows what they're doing. Everyone of their beers I've tried is great, and extremely drinkable. This one is an excellent example of a stout. Nice carbonation and nice head, but very smooth. Very good creamy chocolate flavor, and a subtle aftertaste like roasted coffee. Great beer and great value, and you can find it anywhere. This is one of those beers where a six pack just isn't enough.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2006 22:15:08 | More by jubnat
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