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Sierra Nevada Stout - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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3,037 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,037
Reviews: 1,373
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 11.06%
Wants: 234
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: 3,037 | Reviews: 1,373
4.23/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2" beige head that has excellent retention. Thick, fresh rings of lace left behind in its wake. Black, with only hints of dark brown down at the edges. Bold roasted malts and a very noticable dose of hops behind it. Roasted malts, coffee with a splash of cream and a good bit of leafy hops in the finish. Tasty. Full bodied with a smooth, round mouthfeel and low carbonation. One hell of a beer from Sierra as usual.

Photo of OtherShoe2
4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours deep dark brown with a pillowy tan head and tons of lace rings.

Dark roasted malt aromas, some coffee notes, some caramel sweetness.

Dynamite flavors. Rich deep roasted malt, smooth creamy coffee flavors, some bitterness at the end. Just lovely balance and flavor.

Seems on the thinner side than the flavor depicts. Makes this extremely drinkable and enjoyable. Once again, one of those beers that makes you ask -- why don't I drink this more often. One of my favorite standard stouts.

Photo of xhcadamx
4.23/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - Jet black with a puffy tan head. Significant amounts of lacing. Looks beautiful.

S - Roasted malts, coffee, and I think noble hops.

T - WOW. Flavor galore lots of roasted malt and coffee perfectly balanced with the right amount of bitterness.

M - thin but somehow the flavor of this beer just coats your mouth.

D - I went to Chico recently and I drank a metric shit ton of these. A wonderful beer.

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

Pours opaque black, 1/2" thick caramel colored head that fades quickly. leaves some lacing.
Sweet,very malty smell, like chocolate malt. this stuff smells really good!
Rich, roasted flavor..spicy...slightly nutty...slightly sweet, slightly bitter..well balanced. sweet coffee aftertaste.
creamy, coating mouthfeel. medium carbonation level. sort of chewy consistency.
I like this stout. its nice & malty, but still very well balanced. very drinkable

Photo of Boehemyth
3.94/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

If you want a good brew that resembles the definition of an American stout, this would be it. First of all, it's dark. It's so dark that I had to hold it up to the sunlight to see any translucence at all. The perfectly sized head has a light toffee color to it. The scent of roasted malts comes through easily, as well as a hint of dark chocolate. As far as taste goes, the roasted and chocolate malts are pretty evenly balanced. The one surprise with this beer is the relatively high hoppieness at the finish, but that's not too strange for American stouts, and it explains the large ammount of lacing around the glass. This beer is medium-high bodied, the perfect viscosity for the standard stout, in my opinion. Drinkability is high, and at a relatively low abv, it makes a great session stout. I would recommend this as a good gateway stout for both the inexperienced BMC drinker and for the average hop-head who wants to branch out to the darker brews. The only thing that really stops me from giving this beer more than four in any category (except appearance) is that it just doesn't do anything to jump out of the crowd outside of its perfect color.

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4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into an imperial pint glass.

A-Big, frothy, gorgeous light-brown head. Some lacing forms as it receded, ok retention. Beer was dark brown, quite opaque, with a bit of garnet highlighting.

S-Roasted malts, dry, with a bit of cocoa/chocolate with a hint of caramel.

T-Chocolate followed by a thoroughly strong roasted malt character. Hop bitterness is present, but mostly outdone by the black malt astringency.

M-Carbonation is light, medium-level and compliments the medium body of this stout.

D-A pretty damn decent stout. I like it. Sessionable, but deep enough to enjoy just one, as well.

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

A- Dark brown beer with a disappearing tan head; some red highlights when held to the light

S- A touch of coffee and chocolate, with a bit of spice in the background

T- Coffee bitterness combined with some malt sweetness; taste is a bit lighter than expected, but quite good; finish is bitterness with a touch of roast.

MF- moderate feel between smooth and clean

D- Not first on my stout list, but I'll have it again.

Photo of wescj
4.67/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours jet black with an inch of light tan head. Head has a moist look to it, though it reduces to just a whispy cap.

Aroma is excellent, featuring roasted malts and some earthy hops. Some particular notes include molasses and cloves.

Taste is even more appealing than the aroma, revealing some great caramelized malts along with some dark chocolate and coffee. There's a good and earthy hop bitterness as well.

Smooth mouthfeel and great aftertaste. This one's a good benchmark for the style.

Photo of ritzkiss
4.31/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a dark, almost impenetrable brown with 2 fingers of foamy cappuccino head. Good lacing down the glass.

Smell is.... hoppy? Wow, don't usually get that in a stout. Medium/strong roasted and burnt malts to balance it out, some nuttiness and dry coffee grounds. Not much coming out at me in the smell.

Taste is also a balancing act between hops and malts, really unusual for a stout but I like it, some added complexity. Lots of burnt malts and behind the hops and malt is some coffee, light sweetness. Pretty high carbonation, dry finish.

A really interesting stout. Lots going on, some hops to add a twist (though not lots of hops ala Bear Republick) and lots of roasted malts. I think they succeed in finding that balance and it makes for an enjoyable drink that, at a reasonable ABV, could be the stout lover's go-to beer for the night.

Photo of seanyfo
4.53/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

33CL Bottle poured into my delirium tremens chalice.

A - Jet black body, with 3 finger coffee coloured thick creamy head. Fantastic retention and produces wonderful lacing.

S - Lots of burnt nuts, dark bitter chocolate, a faint sweet spice to it such as nutmeg or cinnamon.

T- Roasted malts come through well, with a double cream background, sweet nutty yet bitter flavour remains in the aftertaste.

M- Low carbonation, very creamy.

D- A beautiful example of the complexity of a good stout. Fantastic appearance with sweet and bitter balance. excellent!

Photo of washburnkid
4.41/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Nearly 2 fingers creamy/bubbly tan head over pitch black with only the slightest traces of brown at the bottom of the glass. The head retains as a good sized film and there's sticky lacing on the sides.
S: Collision and balance of hops and malts; some alcohol notes but they're barely there. Coffee in the deeper parts of the aroma.
T: Roasted, bitter dark chocolate leaves a strong espresso-like flavor and consistency on the palate. The bitter desires all of my attention.
M: Heavy, creamy body slides slick down the throat leaving bitter residues on the palate. The aftertaste sticks around from some time. Even after brushing my teeth, I can taste this beer. That's pretty perfect.
D: Very pleasant and warming. I loved the lingering tastes. I look forward to trying some other brews by Sierra Nevada.

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

Ive yet to review a Sierra Stout, and looking back, I realized I have only tried the Porter,not the Stout, so lets remedy the situation.
Pours a deep brown-black color, nice foamy head to accompany. Tan head leaving nice lacing, looks good.
Aromas of creamy chocolate, milk chocolate in particular, bit of coffee undertones, deep roasted maltiness, somes smoky sweet vanilla, but much more chocolaty than expected.
Flavor is full, but highly drinkable. Its not a super-high powered Imperial cocoa monster(Choklat), but a much lighter, delicate version. Cocoa, milky sweet maltiness, coffees come through, some citus,(think chocolate oranges)nice medium-lighter bodied finish.
The rather mild ABV and delicious cocoa-stout flavor make this a highly drinkable stout. The Hops add in just the appropriate amount of citric lightness and balance. The rather high carbonation is enjoyable as well. I will add this to my regular Sierra rotation.

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

Appearance: A dark, imposing body that only allows a handful of dull ruby light to pass through. A big, sticky, toffee-colored head endures until the bottom of the glass, leaving terrific lacing on the way.

Aroma: As you'd expect, lots of roasted malt with the usual chocolate and freshly ground coffee notes associated with a good stout. Hops make an appearance, unlike most Stouts.

Taste: As you'd expect in a Stout, the backbone is of sweet, roasty malt. Despite being a plain old American Stout, this puts many Chocolate Stouts to shame in the chocolate department. It's almost like a frothy chocolate malt at times. Somewhat bitter hops are more present than your average Stout, but never really raise their voices all that much. As I've come to expect from Sierra Nevada, this is a well balanced beer.

Mouthfeel: Beautifully creamy medium-full body with moderately-high carbonation.

Drinkability: Average for the Stout style. You're probably not going to be chugging these after you mow the lawn, but you won't have to nurse it for hours on end.

Verdict: Maybe it's because I associate Sierra Nevada mainly with the hoppier styles of beer rather than the malty ones, but I was expecting this to be a solid, but generally unexciting Stout. Boy, was I wrong. This is a chocolaty, complex beer very much worth a look.

Photo of kbeals
3.91/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out one shade darker than pitch black with a lot of tan creamy head. Excellent lacing and head retention. Smells are of malts, hints of molasses, and a bitter hoppy edge. Taste is very malty, a bit bitter and roasted. Leaves a burnt aftertaste, Taste is good, but not great. Mouthfeel is smooth, medium bodied, not too heavy on the carbonation. Overall, pretty drinkable and a good beer.

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

Dark Black Pour, with just a hint of brownish-reddish color around the edges. Big thick creamy head on this one. Smells of coffee/chocolate.

Taste is about the same as the smell, Coffee and some chocolate, but with the added bitterness in it as well, i think the bitterness in this comes from the barley or malt (?) it doesnt seem like a hoppy kind of bitter. Has kind of a twang in the end, and the although the moutfeel is medium, it seems to finish thin to me, weird.

Overall this is a pretty darn nice stout. I would get this again if i was in the mood for an everyday stout.

Photo of cpn920
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a deep opaque balck with a thin head that faded to nothingness quickly.
Smelled faintly smokey and also of coffee and dark chocolate.
Fairly sweet a deark fruit flavor with minimal coffee taste. Fairly sweet.
Mouthfeel is fine with adequate carbonation and this is medium bodied especially for a stout.
High drinkability...not overly complex but enough flavor and a low enough abv to be a very good all night drinker.

Photo of Colt4540
4.7/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

A- Pours with a monster tan head that hangs around for what seems like for ever. Leaves great lacing all the way down the glass. The beer is about the color of a dark coffee or Coke. Almost to dark to see light through.

S- Has a sweet malty chocolately smell, and a faint smell of hops that balances it out well.

T- Real malty and chocolately like the smell. The hops match it very well and cleans the palate of the sweetness without completely destroying it. It's very well balanced and the flavors blend nicely.

M- Sweet and smooth at the beginning with the nice crisp hop finish. The hops kind of keep the chewiness down.

D- Really drinkable for a stout not to filling.

Overall a great beer and I can't believe it's taken me this long to try it.

Photo of tai4ji2x
3.71/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle. above the barcode is "B214 X14 3 9" (i *think* it's a "3"...)

nearly opaque brown, with red tint under the light. large, tan head slowly fades to thin layer. very nice lacing.

aroma of roasted malt and hint of stout and coffee-like acidity. some earthy and grassy notes, plus coffee. i get whiffs of something like "skunk" however... hmm...

coffee and roast in the flavor, with faint background caramel. then coffee-like bitterness and acidity. some hop grassiness. bitterness is moderate, and lingers into the finish with the acidic tang.

medium body with faintly acidic texture, plus a lightly resinous astringency throughout lively carbonation is at times prickly, but overall contributes some creaminess.

eh, nothing special. not enough malt or other complexities...

Photo of PirateUlf73
4.35/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a mug.

A: Very dark garnet-black and clear. Huge tan head with excellent retention and lacing.

S: Big roasted barley and chocolate nose. Hints of rich espresso as well. Very deep, very complex.

T: Lots of roasted barley and some chocolate. Decent hop bitterness, as well as a slight coffee-like bitterness in the aftertaste. Lots going on and very well-rounded.

M: Full-bodied with a huge malt presence that is balanced slightly by an earthy hop bitterness. Goes down smooth.

D: Big presence. Could be sessionable for a stout lover, but I prefer to sip and savor.

A very enjoyable stout to say the least, and another winner from Sierra Nevada. Very complex and rich. I'd give the slight edge to their porter (personal preference), but I'd most certainly buy this again.

Photo of Reagan1984
4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Nice two finger head. Nice retention. Dark, Dark brown in color. Nice lacing.

Very chocolate aroma. Creamy as well. Can creamy be a description of an aroma?

Flavor is decidedly "burnt" Not horrible, but that's what I'm really getting... Some mineral flavors towards the end. A touch of cinnamon. Big roasted flavor in the middle.. Some nice combination of hops and roasted malt towards the end. Some nice chocolate flavors. A bit milky....

Medium bodied, carbonation is a bit lively for a stout. Makes the mouth feel a bit lighter.

Nicely drinkable....

A pretty good stout.

Photo of JohnQVegas
4.26/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle, into Sam Adams Lager glass.

Pours black, with some mahogany brown showing up around the edges, and a nice rocky tan head. Lots of tan lacing, and the head just doesn't want to go away.

Nose is very light, some dark cocoa, roasty, bit of espresso. Bit of a citrusy hop note behind it all.

Taste is roasty up front, lightly sweet dark chocolate, moving to a nice licorice note before drying out into a light chocolaty, roasty, dry finish with hints of espresso. No noticeable acidity. Light roasty bitterness lingers on the palate.

Mouthfeel is a fantastic, creamy, fluffy, light carbonation over a medium body. Spot on.

Fantastic beer - can't really ask for much more in a stout. I could drink way too many of these.

Photo of IronCitySteve
4.42/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sierra Nevada is one of the 'craft' brew companies I utilize to get friends of the macro beer to start migrating over. The Sierra Nevada Stout was a huge hit at the Super Bowl pre-party this past weekend.

A: A really dark black beer, some vague brown undertones. A really nice two finger brown foam head with plenty of lacing.

S: Ample amounts of creamy chocolate are the predominant scents. Some vague hints of dried fruit with some very slight hop undertones.

T: Yes, this tastes really good. A mixture of chocolate and coffee flavoring with just enough hop presence. Makes this a really balanced beer.

M: A nice light to medium bodied beer, thought it would be just a tad thicker, which is my only real 'knock' on this beer. Just a tad thin.

D: A really nice enjoyable stout, really helped segway some non-craft beer drinkers into dabbling outside their usual realm.

Photo of Mistofminn
4.4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12 oz brown bottle with a pry-off cap. Poured into a pint glass.

Pours a dark brown, almost cola color. Pour produces a 1 finger light brown head. No visible carbonation, but then again you can't see through this if you tried. Head produces thin layers of sticky lacing.

After the initial pour, this brew gives off a light coffee aroma. Bakers chocolate is not dominant, but it's there. There is a light barley character, and as it warms up I get the grapefruit (hops obviously).

As soon as this hit my lips, I knew it was a keeper. Absolutely loved it. There is a strong coffee taste, and a very dry aftertaste. You know that taste left in your mouth after you finish a cup of coffee? I get that exact feeling here, and I love it! The malt and hop balance is extraordinary. Hop character is very present, but match's the malt character in intensity. As this warms up, dark bakers chocolate comes through more, and the coffee taste subsides a bit, but is still present. I have to say, this is a very good tasting beer. Not terribly complex, but everything works in unison to create an excellent taste. Leaves you wanting more.

Very rich and smooth. Medium body. Considering how smooth this is, the drinkability is through the roof. I absolutely adore this Stout, and will be drinking it for quite some time. I haven't had a lot of Stout's, but this is as close to perfect as I can imagine. We'll see if my opinion (and rating) changes over time.

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

A: Deep brown, bordering on black, with a frothy tan head. Head retention is above average and a fair amount of lace is left behind.

S: Heavy on the baker's chocolate and burnt oak, with a bit of pine forest in the background.

T: On the sweet side of the stout world. Chocolate from the nose transfers nicely to the flavor. Burnt malts add some dryness and a touch of acidity. Hops provide good balance and add a mild pine flavor.

M: Medium body has the right amount of fizz.

D: One of the classic American Stouts. I'm glad to have had this one.

Photo of wl0307
4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Coming in a 330ml brown bottle, freshness info. unknown; served cool in a straight pint glass.

A: pours a black hue with a creamy and 1.5cm thick tan head that manages to last throughout the drink; carbonation level unknown, but
S: chocolate syrupy, bitter-sweet roasted malts and vanilla come on a par with a considerable level of Cascade-like hop fragrance (grapefruity, mildly lychee-ish and flowery - quite typical but NICE!), reaching a decent level of balance in the glass. Dense on the composition, almost lubricating from the aroma. Not terribly complex but super enticing.
T: a refreshing but also lubricating mouthful of bitter roast malts with a sound touch of sourness is soon overtaken by the fragrant hop+malt swallow (longan-fruit and flowery flavours), leaving an aromatic finish hinting at cocoa powder, toasted walnuts+almonds, and date-cake laced with raisins. Complex finish, with nutty and root-herbal (mainly licorice!) undertones lingering with a good level of sour fruitiness and chewy bitterness that never goes OTT.
M&D: well-balanced but pronounced in taste, this full-bodied and hoppy stout comes delicious and assertive at first and ends deep and elegant in the finish. Given a mild bite from the tiny fizz, the slightly dense texture is lifted up somewhat and results in a very desirable level of "quaffability" to me... A sheer delight to sip AND quaff!

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Sierra Nevada Stout from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 3,037 ratings.