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Sierra Nevada Stout - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Sierra Nevada StoutSierra Nevada Stout

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2,728 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,728
Reviews: 1,323
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 11.3%
Wants: 192
Gots: 149 | 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:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-14-2000)
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Photo of jwc215


4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

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.

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


4.33/5  rDev +6.4%

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!

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


3.45/5  rDev -15.2%

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.

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


4.43/5  rDev +8.8%

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.

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

Ontario (Canada)

4.35/5  rDev +6.9%

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.

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


4.13/5  rDev +1.5%

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.

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


4.15/5  rDev +2%

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.

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

Ontario (Canada)

4.28/5  rDev +5.2%

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.

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


4.55/5  rDev +11.8%

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!

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


4.28/5  rDev +5.2%

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.

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


3.5/5  rDev -14%

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.

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


4.1/5  rDev +0.7%

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.

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


4.43/5  rDev +8.8%

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.

11-20-2006 22:15:08 | More by jubnat
Photo of hckyfn9999


4.18/5  rDev +2.7%

Pours a deep black with some ruby hues when held to light. A huge tan head with good retention and lacing.

Aromas of roasted malt, molasses, and some dark fruit.

Taste is very roasted. Notes of dark chocolate, pepper, fruit, espresso, and some hops in the end. A lingering bitterness is present as well.

Definitely full bodied with a good carbonation level making for a good mouthfeel.

A very drinkable American Stout that would make for a good session.

11-19-2006 05:47:36 | More by hckyfn9999
Photo of jasonjlewis


4.2/5  rDev +3.2%

A very nice American stout. I was expecting a little more because of the reviews, but still it was very good. I will definetley get a six pack of this as it starts to cool down. I reccomened that you go out and try one. I am excited to try the porter. GO RIGHT NOW!

11-18-2006 13:38:13 | More by jasonjlewis
Photo of Pooba001


4.13/5  rDev +1.5%

Dark brown, almost black, with garnet hues when held to the light. Decent head to start, dissipates quickly. I could smell roasty coffee aromas when I opened this bottle. Once I poured into a pint glass I also get chocolate, earth, and grain on the nose.

Taste is smooth like a good stout should be, roasted malt and chocolate are the first things here, light tangy hop bitter is present too. A good, well balanced stout.

Mouthfeel is full bodied and smooth, very nice. Drinkability rates high. This is good standby stout, not "best of show", but once of the better Americans out there.

11-16-2006 09:05:25 | More by Pooba001
Photo of geexploitation


4.45/5  rDev +9.3%

Jet black with a high, thick toast-colored head. Looks like a fine espresso. The aromas at colder temperatures are a bit tight with one dimensional Cascade hops, but as this beer warms up more elements come out: dark chocolates, malted milk and roasted malts. On the tongue, this beer is all about the interplay of fruity Cascade hops and dark-and-dry malts. Bright bitterness grips the tongue first, with the dark malt flavors providing a base for the mid-palate. The hops fade out a bit toward the end, being replaced by chocolate notes, before snapping back on the finish, with is very long and deep, with perfect dryness. This is a substantial beer but doesn't feel all that big to the mouth, in spite of the heavy carbonation. All in all, this is a wonderful beer, a superb example of an American stout, with all the hallmark elements meshing together effortlessly. One of the best in Sierra Nevada's lineup.

11-13-2006 23:03:24 | More by geexploitation
Photo of ultralarry2006


4.63/5  rDev +13.8%

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle. Leaves an espresso foam colored two finger head with excellent retention and excellent lacing. Body is the deepest possible brown. This is a very beautiful looking ale.

Smell - caramel, toffee, dark crusted malt bread, spicy hops.

Taste - like the smell. A mouthwatering dark crusted malt bread with caramel and toffee washed through with spicy hops. Very delicious.

Mouthfeel - full bodied, smooth, and semi-dry.

Drinkability - an excellent beer, and very sessionable.

11-06-2006 16:13:40 | More by ultralarry2006
Photo of brewcrew76


4.03/5  rDev -1%

A - Pours a solid black with a 3 finger brown head.

S - Roasted malt, toasty biscuit, coffee and bitter chocolate. I find the biscuit aroma to be slightly unappealing in this one.

T - Roasted malt, coffee and bitter chocolate. No astringency that I get in a lot of other roasty stouts.

M - Full bodied. Smooth and creamy.

D - A great easy drinking stout.

11-06-2006 03:45:57 | More by brewcrew76
Photo of Phocion


4.35/5  rDev +6.9%

Pours a dark brownish-black and a surprisingly explosive creamy chocolate-mlik colored head with decent retention.

Aroma is mostly roasted barley and chocolate. Lots of chocolate. Notes of anise and fruit as well, specifically figs.

Taste is on par with the aroma, with the addition of a faint bitter hoppiness that's pretty unidentifiable. Roasted malts, fruity, and chocolatey. Did I mention chocolate?

Medium-bodied and very smooth and creamy, though a little of a dry finish. Much more mellow than the RIS's and double stouts I've been drinking lately, a nice change.

11-05-2006 06:24:07 | More by Phocion
Photo of mjc410


4.18/5  rDev +2.7%

The pour into my Sam Smith pint raises a respectable two finger tan head that leaves sudsy lacing. Retention is excellent - half a finger to the very bottom! The beer's body is not nearly opaque when backlit - it lets through a healthy ruby glow. The nose is heavily roasted and caramelly. Rich, too. Taste is roasty, sweet to start, and heavily hopped, as I guess should be expected. There also seems to be a sizeable portion of smoked malt. The taste picks up some chocolate as it warms. Still, despite the intensity of the flavors, everything fits well together. The mouth is very full, and the carbonation has some kick, too. Overall, a very nice stout that I could drink all day.

10-31-2006 22:24:30 | More by mjc410
Photo of cjgator3


3.95/5  rDev -2.9%

Pours a dark brownish black color with a creamy light tan head. Aroma is filled with dark roasted malt, a bit of chocolate and some bitterness and hops in the background as well. Taste is bitter with an almost burnt roasted maltiness, coffee and a good dose of hops. Overall, this is a really solid stout and another good offering from Sierra Nevada.

10-30-2006 02:20:10 | More by cjgator3
Photo of DaveFL1976


3.9/5  rDev -4.2%

A fine looking stout, and I'm not just saying that because I like SNPA and love SNCA. Deep black body with a rather frothy top to it. The smell is a bit of roasted barley or dry bakers chocolate. The taste is more of the same. The taste isn't overpowering by any strech of the imagination, but it is pleasant. Mouthfeel is smooth and lightly carbonated. Drinkability is above average.

10-30-2006 01:52:54 | More by DaveFL1976
Photo of arnulfooxblood


4.03/5  rDev -1%

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle the Sierra Nevada label theme in yellow, an interesting choice for the labeling on a stout, in my opinion.

Appearance--very deep brown, bordering on black. One centimeter or so of nice frothy head, with excellent retention. Barely visible carbonation due to the opaqueness of this brew.

Smell--faint malts, slightly sweet.

Taste/moutfeel--Nicely carbonated for a stout, which makes this one more appealing than most stouts. Quite complex, taste varies from slightly citrus at first to a faint bit of roasted malt. Not overly thick or rich for a strout, with the stronger than usual carbonation, it is reminiscent of a porter.

Drinkability--quite nice, I'm not a big fan of the stouts, but I could make a night of drinking these.

10-27-2006 16:32:27 | More by arnulfooxblood
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Rhode Island

3.88/5  rDev -4.7%

Poured black, only letting a miniscule amount of light in, with a huge, chunky, frothy head. Lacing galore. What a georgeous brew!

Aroma is of sweet, dark malts, chocolate, roastiness, coffee beans.

Taste is of bitter dark chocolate, roastiness, dark malts, big hop kick in the middle, ending dry and roasty. I can taste a small amount of alcohol as well.

Mouthfeel is rich and semi-creamy. Not extremely robust but not watery for a stout either. A little extra carbonation in this one too.

I would say this brew is pretty drinkable despite it being classified as a heavy beer.

10-26-2006 23:05:11 | More by Doomcifer
Sierra Nevada Stout from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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