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Sierra Nevada Stout - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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2,968 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,968
Reviews: 1,359
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 11.3%
Wants: 221
Gots: 251 | 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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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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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)

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...

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

Photo of ClavisAurea
2.5/5  rDev -38.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle served in a pint glass.

Appearance: dark with no other worthy features

Smell: weak flowers, kinda spicy

Taste: watery flowers and too bitter, coffee, hops

This is a poor excuse for stout. I'm not a fan of the style, but this is one of the worst I've tried. I drank about half the glass and called it quits. It just lacked flavor and was overly hopped.

Photo of Jwale73
3.7/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a standard pint glass. Poured a dark, opaque brown with a 1.5 inch dense, tan-colored cap. Good head retention with concentric bands of sticky lacing revealed as the brew is quaffed. Nose is chocolate malt and hops. Taste follows nose; hops bitterness is clearly pronounced as well as a charred character. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied with a mild carbonation burn expressed across the front of the tongue. Decent drinkability on this one, but lingering bitterness compromised the taste and drinkability for me.

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

A. Pours coffee black with a oily two fingered head that dissapears fast leaving lots of lace. The oily looking head is tan and constant throughout the beer.

S. The aroma of coffee, black licorice, and roasted malts. The roasted malts dominate with nuttiness with a scent of hops.

T. The slightly bitter taste of hops and roasted malts. Roasted malts that have a chocolate nutty flavor. A little coffee but not dominant. A dry finish with a splash of bitter hops. After every sip this Stout has you begging for more. I would like to add after this beer warmed a bit some notes of dark fruit came through.

M. The mouthfeel is crisp and dry. A little bitter with a good amount of carbonation that makes every sip worth while.

D. The drinkability is terrific. I could consider this a session Stout. A well balance of flavour and mouthfeel. I will be drinking this Stout for years to come. Highly recommended.

Photo of tpd975
3.8/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A:Pours a nice dark black with some ruby highlights around the edges. The tan head built to a full finger before dying down to a cap. Some light lace noted.

S: The aroma had a nice sweet chocolate aroma with hints of cream. Not real bold overall but a light bitter coffee aroma can be detected as well.

T: The taste was of bitter coffee with light chocolate. Hints of smoke can be detected as well. Nice roasty quality I must say.

M: A medium to light in body, rather smooth.

D: Flavor is pretty good overall and this one is smooth and drinkable. What more can you ask for at this price point?

Photo of n00tz
3.98/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - 2 finger sexy brunette head tops a deep brown body with untold liveliness underneath. The head lingers leaving intricate lace behind.

S - more malt than hops detected, which was somewhat sweet with spices.

T - molasses malty goodness, light coffee sensed..

M - needs more carbonation to give it the full stout feel, otherwise well rounded smooth stout.

D - as far as stouts go, this one is nearing the top of the charts if I were judging.

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

Poured the standard rich blackish color you would expect from a stout, and with a hefty head. This brew doesn't punch you in the face with that typical stout bite - it's got some character all its own. There is a certain mild sweetness in my opinion, which sort of sets it apart from other of the same style.

Photo of Floydster
3.33/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle purchased individually at Beverage Warehouse in Los Angeles for about $1.50, split with my dad last night, poured into my Three Philosophers glass

A-Mix between mahogany and a very dark brown, one inch creamy tan head that stays around for a long time, nice retention, some lacing
S-Chocolate, roasted malts, creamy milk, tobacco, leather, burned caramel, some smokiness, and herbs
T-To my surprise I tasted some dark fruit in my sip which was weird because I could not identify any of it in the aroma, other than that it starts out pretty dry, mellows in some malt in the middle which sweetens later, finish is both sweet and dry with dark chocolate and coffee, dryness goes away almost completely once it warms, needs more of a punch as far as flavor goes
M-Needs more carbonation to battle it out with the thick full body, roasty and rich mouthfeel, taste lingers slightly
D-Low in alcohol but heavy on the stomach, stuff gets pretty rich once it warms and a bit hard to drink, was fine with the five or six ounces I had

Had this after the porter and it was slightly better but still not great, I liked the barrel aged version of this a lot more, does not stack up with SN's other brews in my opinion, probably will not drink again, might be worth trying if you are curious

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

wow, 638 reviews as of this writing. I know this has been around for ages but I happily picked this up while a bit far from home with less than exciting choices for alternatives. Wow, this is good. I think the grass is no longer greener over there. I like it here just fine.

Definitely recommended.

Sierra Nevada Stout from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 2,968 ratings.