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Sierra Nevada Stout - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Sierra Nevada Stout
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2,759 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,759
Reviews: 1,329
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 11.06%
Wants: 192
Gots: 160 | 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 armock
4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured a very dark brown color with a tan head that leaves lacing

S - Nice roasted malt and chocolate

T - Much like the smell roasted malt and chocolate

M - Smooth and creamy not too thick

D - This is one easy to drink stout smooth and delicious

armock, Dec 07, 2007
Photo of wagenvolks
4.53/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle into a duvel glass.

Out pours an opaque, seal brown body with a frothy, tan foam. The head cascades down the sides of the tulip, retains well and leaves decent lacing for the style. Very impressive pour, to say the least. Aroma is full of sweet chocolate candy, caramel malts, plum, apple, and other dark fruits.

The flavor throws a slight curveball: gone are the sweetened chocolates in the aroma, and instead the chocolate flavors are more like that of bitter, dark chocolate with some roasted malts to it. A smoked, earthy hop bite finishes off the flavor. Mouthfeel achieves perfection: medium body (not too thick or syrupy), carbonation level that's spot on, crisp finish, and a lingering bitter cocoa & hop aftertaste that stretches on for miles. The drinkability is quite high as well, this beer is refreshing as hell for a stout. Not only that, but its complexity and tastiness make for quite a memorable brew that I'll be sure to enjoy again.

wagenvolks, Dec 03, 2007
Photo of Beerzebub
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Attractive creamy tan head.

Smells like roasty chocolaty dark malt, herbal/grassy hops, some orange rind and a mineral note like salty sea air. Nice.

Smooth dark chocolaty malt with clean citrus and grassy hop flavor and bitterness. Some pleasant restrained sweetness. Very well balanced. Dries out for a long, clean, roasted, bitter finish.

Smooth and highly drinkable. Tasty distinctly west coast stout.

Beerzebub, Nov 27, 2007
Photo of ArrogantB
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I bought this because I realized I had not had one in probably six to eight years. Solid black color with a excellent coffee colored head. Smells roasty, chocolate. More chocolate in the flavor and easy to drink. I have yet to find a Sierra Nevada beer that I don't like. Excellent.

ArrogantB, Nov 26, 2007
Photo of meechum
3.98/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured out of a bottle into a pint mug. Pours black with a nice thick tan head, leaving a nice lace down the glass

S - Big coffee smell with the trademark SN hop profile in there also

T - Nice stout flavor of coffee and roasted coca along with a dry hoppy finish

M - A little thin for me but with little carbonation..overall better than average

D - I could easily down a six of this. Good drinking stout..enjoyable

meechum, Nov 11, 2007
Photo of scottyshades
3.98/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Bought one at ABC in a mix n' match for $1.69...figured a SN couldn't steer me wrong
A: Pours black with amber hues, one finger tan-brown head that leaves a nice lace

S: Primarily a chocolate nose with some notes of dark fruit and roasted malts

T: Chocolate,roasted malts, and the hops (not predominate) make this beer very bitter sweet

MF: Very nice full body, creamy and silky going down, bitter aftertaste that leaves chocolate in the back of the tongue

D: This beer is very rich, but it is highly drinkable...not exactly a session beer

Overall this is another fine work of art from Sierra Nevada, definitely worth a try

scottyshades, Nov 09, 2007
Photo of JArami
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A very dark ruby, with light only showing through around the edges. A creamy tan head that leaves thick lacing that chases the brew down the glass. Poured into a 14 oz mug.

S: Grainy and roasted with molasses-like malts showing. Burnt bitterness and a slight hop aroma.

T: High bitterness from the hops keep the sweetness in check. Chocolate and burnt sugars, caramel, dark roasted coffee at times. Nice bitterness from the hops and burnt malts, prominent in the aftertaste with a grainy hue.

M: Medium body with a little more carbonation than some of the other stouts I've poured from a bottle. Leaves the mouth a little dry lingering bitterness and a great roasted aroma like black coffee.

D: I had to give this straight 4's, I could drink this anytime with anything and I would be happy. It just doesn't stand out from the other Stouts I have tried. Although, I was impressed with the carbonation, I was expecting a ton of bubbles since it's American in origin. I was happily wrong. A very good Stout.

JArami, Nov 09, 2007
Photo of Amalak
4.38/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I am a big fan of Sierra's, and the Stout is certainly exceptional. It had an impressive four-finger head out of the bottle, that was slow to dissipate, leaving a nice lace behind. The scent was mild.

The taste was very smooth, and tasted like a coffee-stout really. Left a distinct slightly bitterish taste in the back of the mouth.

The Stout is definitely one of the best that I have had. Sierra does an excellent job of making clean tasting beer with flavor -- the stout is no different.

Amalak, Oct 27, 2007
Photo of hoegaardenhero
3.38/5  rDev -17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

a: beautiful rich deep black/brown with creamy tan head that lasts

s: smells of sweet malts with hints of chocalate and coffee malts mixed with hops providing a complex kick.

t: starts out on the sweet grainy side but takes a sharp turn toward the burnt coffee/hoppy bitterness; quite enjoyable, just a little bit too much of the latex bitterness that comes from burnt coffee malts at the finish

m: nice and creamy with just the right amount of carbonation, enough to keep it smooth but interesting

d: nice and creamy but a little bit too unbalanced in terms of burnt bitter flavors; still good but not the well-balanced beer I would expect from Sierra Nevada

hoegaardenhero, Oct 27, 2007
Photo of TheTrevor
3.38/5  rDev -17%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This beer poured a dark opaque brown with a large foamy head that lingered for a while. The smell is reminiscent of pine and roasted malts. The taste is not as strong as I expected, with a sweeter almost chocolate middle that ends with just a little bit of hops bite. There is a satisfyingly thick mouthfeel, with a nice bit of carbonation. I'd consider this beer to be fairly drinkable, but I couldn't imagine knocking too many of them back in one sitting.

TheTrevor, Oct 24, 2007
Photo of timtim
3.98/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

this is one of the first real beers I ever tried. About 15 years ago. I know my palate has matured, but I remembered it tasting much much better. Dark, with a tan head. Pretty lame retention, but nice lace. Smelled ok with a nice piney hop character and roasty malt. Tasted the same as nose. Well blended, not too bitter and very clean. Lighter side of full body and could be much silkier. Carbonation carries it well with a nice warming finish. Very very easy drink. Low abv makes it a great session stout. Props to the pioneers SN.

timtim, Oct 20, 2007
Photo of jonahjuice
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I think I could call this my favorite beer (right now anyways). What I like most abut this stout is it has hops. You can taste mild hops on the after taste. It is a great take on a classic style.

It is also widely sold. And living where I do, in a beer wasteland, something being easier to get means a lot.

jonahjuice, Oct 19, 2007
Photo of cswhitehorse
4.28/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

After drinking cases and cases of their pale ale over the years, this is my first attempt at the Stout. It was a beautiful opal color with a tiny foam head that dissipates quickly. The smell is a lovely roasted maltiness with a soft alcohol overtone. The taste was smooth and it was a great balance between the roasted malts and a little hops on the finish. It is nice an chewy in the mouth and leaves some good chocolate in the palate. I would consider this a money stout.

cswhitehorse, Oct 14, 2007
Photo of czechsaaz
3.8/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice roast aroma but also has a pretty strong citrus hop aroma. Among other things lots of fruity yeast smells too. Little hint of green apple acetaldehyde smell.

Deep reddish color with a small tan head that fades to a thin rim around the glass. Little bit of lacing, not much.

Pretty hop bitter to start. The folow through is nice and malty with good amounts of roast but not so much that it is a dry beer. Not a lot of hop flavor. The base malt and the roast flavor is pretty much left alone to balance out the initial hop bitterness. Also has some estery yeast character like prunes or raisins.

A little thin for a stout. I'd like a little more body. Carbonation level is pretty lively and not creamy like most stouts.

Good balanced beer. Not really your typical stout if that's what you're looking for but a good beer on it's own merits.

czechsaaz, Oct 14, 2007
Photo of MMansfield
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Received bottle from trade. Thanks Mark.

Appearance: Pours a very black colour with a giant foamy light tanned cap. Leaves an equally giant amount of lace. Great retention.

Aroma: Sweet and black. Aroma of dark fruit, raisins, dates, some semi sweet chocolate.

Taste: Sweet and fruity. Quite fruity infact. Mild sweetened chocolate flavours, bready, finish is very dry with a good bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, I like a little fuller body in my stouts. Very velvety, appropriate carbonation.

Final Statement: A very good stout, not my favourite, but I would never turn this down.

MMansfield, Oct 05, 2007
Photo of eberkman
4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nearly opaque black with glints of red when held up to the light. Rich, thick, solid, creamy brown head. Not the strongest smelling beer, but it's inviting -- dark-roasted coffee beans and perhaps a hint of dark chocolate. The taste is wonderful -- dark-roasted coffee, rich toffee, some dark, ripe fruits, transitioning beautifully into a bitter, burnt finish that's much more pleasing here than in a cup of Starbucks. Full-bodied mouthfeel without being heavy. Good level of carbonation. Very, very drinkable -- especially in cool weather. Would be phenomenal with a hearty meal. And if I ever cross the threshhold of decadence and have beer with a full breakfast, this would be a great choice.

One of SN's best offerings.

eberkman, Oct 05, 2007
Photo of Lothore
3.73/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Deep black with a creamy gigantic dark brown head.

S- Sweet malt smell, a hint of coffee.

T- Taste consists of coffee, hop bitterness, and a cream flavor.

M- Mouthfeel is thick and very carbonated.

D- This is a fairly drinkable stout. The hop presence brings the drinkability down a tad but definitely a solid brew.

Lothore, Oct 01, 2007
Photo of Absumaster
4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A black, translucent beer with a thin off-white head.

Smell is full and has burned notes that remind me of coffee and dark chocolate. The hops add an earthy quality and bitterness is high, even for a stout.

Taste is bitter, split up in a great hop bitterness, which is a bit resinous and earthy, and a malt bitterness of the roasted barley. The dark malts give great coffee, chocolate and liquorice notes. Body is pretty big for it's ABV, but it is always wonderful to have a beer with relative low alcohol and enormous taste. I wonder if there is any flaked barley in this beer, somewhere in the back I get a little oily taste, and body is full.

Absumaster, Sep 30, 2007
Photo of MmmIPA
4.4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cola looking body with a tan thick head thats very fluffy.As the head goes down the lacing comes up.Awesome aint it?

hoppy goodness(fruity)

Burnt,roasted,chocolate bitterness.Coffee notes there also.The chocolate is sweet at first then leads to a bitterness.Hop bitterness in there as well.

Mouthfeel is creamy with the usual stout notes.

I like this beer also,it ranks up there with there porter,as far as dark beers stand.I could drink this day in and day out.I heard this beer was tasty and damn it is tasty.Very tasty

MmmIPA, Sep 23, 2007
Photo of Gambrinus1184
4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12-ounce bottle into my Sierra Nevada pint glass.

A: Pours a nice, dark coffee color from the classic, stubby Sierra Nevada bottle, forming a generous two finger head of tan foam that slowly fades in the middle, leaving a thick ring around the glass. The brew is dark, and let's almost no light in. Very nice.

S: Smell is of sweet malts and fresh brewed coffee. There is a slight hop to the nose, which balances out the aroma on this stout quite nicely.

T: Frothy, slightly bitter chocolate with a nice roasted coffee finish. The barley is there, and the hop bitterness balances out the taste very well.

M: Mouthfeel is full, but not overpowering. For a stout that leans a bit towards the Russian style in terms of mouthfeel, this one is certainly not too potent.

D: I wouldn't call this a session stout the way I could its Irish brethren, but I'd love to have one with a chocolate dessert, and a couple more afterwards. Very easy and smooth.

Sierra Nevada has done it again. Their American stout is just as fitting to the style as it can be. Sweet, bitter, smooth and satisfying. I can't wait to review their Porter, just to taste the subtle differences.

Gambrinus1184, Sep 21, 2007
Photo of Sconnie
4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A really great stout. It's jet black and lets no light through it at all, and has a tan head that sticks around nicely. The taste is exactly what a stout should taste like. Thick, heavy, creamy, tons and tons of roasted barley, and just enough hops to balance it all out. Great brew from a great brewery; I can't think of an American stout I've enjoyed more.

Sconnie, Sep 21, 2007
Photo of brendan13
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Very dark brown in colour with an inch of tan head that slowly falls away. Little bit of clinging lace.
S - Roasty chocolate & coffee at first. Sierra Nevada being Sierra Nevada there is also a floral, citrusy hoppiness released with a bit of a swirl.
T - Like the smell it is very roasty with a bitter chocolate taste dominating.
M - Medium bodied with a low to medium carbonation. Strong roasted coffee and chocolate aftertaste.
D - A tasty, drinkable stout. Like all US craft brews here it's too expensive to consume on a regular basis but if it was cheaper it would be a regular for sure.
After trying this and the porter I'd love to get my hands on some Big Foot & Celebration. Anyone?

brendan13, Sep 17, 2007
Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle, served in a pint glass.

A - almost black color with a tan head that thinned to a ring as it warmed, no lace.

S - strong roasted aromas of malt and coffee.

T - a stout with a very pronounced hop bite, it's different, it's good.

M - medium bodied, carbonation is good for this particular variation of a stout.

D - very easy drinking brew, not too heavy and it tastes good.

JoeyBeerBelly, Sep 17, 2007
Photo of AlephNull
3.48/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got a craving for a Stout and since I'd never had one of these, I thought I'd give her a shot.

A- Pours a deep brown with a finger of brown head that sticks around and leaves a nice sticky lacing on the glass.

S- I smell a bit of a choclatey roasted grains smell primarily, but there's a bit of a hop bite hidden in there too.

T- Doesn't fit the Stout character extremely well -- opens with a very active hoppy character that fades to reveal a bit of those stout notes that along with the color make this qualify as a stout. Theres a grainy, choclatey taste before the hops come back in and finish off the taste. Not bad, but a little weird for the style.

M- Thin for a stout, but no inherently bad characteristics.

D- Drinks well, but I was hoping for a more traditional stout.

AlephNull, Sep 15, 2007
Photo of jmalex
3.85/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I seriously didn't even know this existed - which made me want to buy it even more. Time to drink up!

APPEARANCE: Pours into my Samuel Smith imperial pint a deep brown to black with a one and a half finger pale tan head. It's rocky and cloud-like and eventually settles to a nice collar and hazy coating. Lacing is present in splotchy sheets.

SMELL: Aromas aren't particularly intense, but what's there is a great balance of caramel, chocolate, and raw roasted barley. A decent but subtle west coast hop aroma comes through as well. Pretty much exactly what I would have expected.

TASTE: The initial hit is fantastic with a mellow but flavorful velvety chocolate and coffee flavor. Then the hops come on - citrusy yet fairly restrained - and then... poof. All my flavor is gone. Mild caramelly notes last through the finish along with some significant hop flavor, but most of the richness fades away. Even still, what was there was fantastic.

MOUTHFEEL: The body is decent - I'd call it almost full bodied. The carbonation is medium and makes the texture very smooth and just a tad syrupy.

DRINKABILITY: It's quite good. The ABV is restrained and doesn't get in the way. The hops balance the malt nicely, but still stand out on their own. A fuller malt flavor is all that separates this from being a go-to beer.

Surprisingly nice! It certainly has a significant hop character to it, as one would expect from Sierra Nevada. But you could certainly do worse, and I just might go back to this sometime in the future. Impressive!

jmalex, Sep 13, 2007
Sierra Nevada Stout from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 2,759 ratings.