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Sierra Nevada Stout - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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2,922 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,922
Reviews: 1,345
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 11.3%
Wants: 213
Gots: 210 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-14-2000)
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Photo of Gehrig
4.38/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I'm trying to locate what exactly it is that has kept me from sampling this stout before. Is it because I thought I HAD tried it before, in my sampling phase? Is it because I HAD tried it before and had mixed or faded memories of it? I'm genuinely unsure, and somewhat ashamed, for this has me questioning me memory more than usual.

Nearly black body with coffee brown highlights, topped with a modest tan head. A little lacing on the Yankees glass. Nice, roasted aroma, rich with coffee and chocolate with some hops nudging forward. Ahh, the taste, the heavy roasted chocolate and coffee, the occasional intrusion of hops, the creamy mouthfeel that's a little rough (as I really like)--outstanding, one of the better stouts I've had. Ahh, the embarrassment of having passed this by on the shelves for no good reason...

Excellent stout, hardly a sipper, one easy to knock back but well worth savoring. Rich, delicious, and top shelf.

Photo of ATPete
2.8/5  rDev -31.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

12 oz bottle

My buddies brought this one over today, im a big fan of a lot of Sierra Nevada beers but once again the Stout disappoints me. It pours a dark brown, almost black color with a big brown head. Very malty nose with a bit of smoke and charcoal. It tastes pretty much the same way, very malty, smokey with a very dry bitter finish. The after taste is funky and stale tasting. Its mouth feel is its main down point, over carbonated and extra thick and grainy. I'd avoid this one, there are better domestic 'session' stouts out there.

Photo of ommegoose
3.9/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased at Evanston First Liqours for $7.39 a sixer.

Poured out very dark into a pint glass. About an inch of foamy head initially, then dropped to about half an inch and stayed there. Very little light gets through the edges. Sticky, chunky lacing around the inside.

Smells like a very dry chocolate malt with some coffee hints. Baker's chocolate is the prime aroma. A suggestion of hops is buried in there. Not all that potent.

The baker's chocolate aroma really carries through to the flavor and the finish. The front end is dry and roasty, with hint of milky sweetness, but not much of it. Hop bitterness seems about midrange for the style. Nicely enhances the roasty malt and dark chocolate flavors without imparting anything that gets in the way. I could do with a little less, but it's not a problem. Finishes dry and clean when the beer is cold, but as it warms hops become more featured on the finish. Herbal, grassy notes start to push through. No noticeable alcohol, but that shouldn't be hard to manage at 5.8%.

A touch fizzy for my liking, but the body is good at medium-full.

This is a good stout at a good price, and it's easy to find. Less sessionable than stouts from across Atlantic, but much moreso than a typical American example. Drinking 3-4 in a sitting would be reasonable, and the dryness encourages another sip.

Photo of toutaboutstout
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Black as night. Good inch of head(pour carefully).

Smell: Malty, and earthy.

Taste: Well this has turned into one of my favorite stouts. The alcohol presence is perfect for this style and the hops seem better balanced with the malts than most stouts of this variety. One would expect sierra navada to drop a few more hops than usual.

Photo of ph2001
4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle in pint glass

pours with a nice foamy head that cascades down and leaves quickly. black color. smells malty and of the oatmeal.

smooth, balanced, and easy to drink. nice and creamy, woth a slight bite to the finish. it is on the thicker end of medium bodied.

Photo of Mdog
3.9/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Opaque black, good head.

Smell: Piney, slight roasted character.

Taste: This surprised me with a sweetness and piney hop mix. Even as I let it warm the hops stayed strong. Some of the usual roasted malt flavors came through as it warmed.

Drinkability: I could have a few of these.

Picked up a single to review, and it was not what I remembered, but better! I was very impressed by the strength of the piney hops, not overly bitter but sweet and tangy. I might pick up a sixer to see if this continues.

Photo of AshevilleSippin
3.8/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Short Version:
Tasty stout with off-the chart appearance. Taste was biased toward dry and bitter.

This thing looked about as good as it gets. 5.0 on appearance. They head was off the charts. Deep khaki overflowing with authority. Moon craters speckled the top while large stone quarry off-shapen depressions slowly sunk deep throughout the middle. Like a new neighborhood where only the basements have been dug. This head had serious staying power and strong splotchy lacing.

It was deep black and opaque as tar. Held up to the light this monster reflected blood red highlights around the bottom and edges of the pint glass. A three sided event horizon of horror.

Overall a little mild on the nose. I let it sit for several minutes to warm up some more (thus my notes on the head staying power). Finally I picked up some dull burnt tartness in the smell.

First sip revealed some bitter hops. More in the form of bitter coffee though. A little smoky. Not getting much sweet chocolate. If anything it's more like the dark bitter unsweetened baker's cocoa.

Drinkability is pretty good. Dryer and tarter than I expected. Seems to be missing something in the middle. A little spice or stronger malt presence perhaps. Excellent stout but not off the charts.

Finish was dry and bitter and pleasant.

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

A - Medium sized, light brown head with good retention, but not much lace. The body is dark brown to black with minor amber highlights.

S - Malty aroma with plenty of roasted overtones and coffee notes. There is a light hop aroma in the background, but hop character is a bit weak.

T - Strong roast flavor with spicy hop presence and toffee like malt notes. A bit of chocolate in the middle with more spicy/ citrus hop flavors. The finish is quite bitter, with an even combination of malt and hop bitterness and a hint of smoke.

M - Medium to thick body with moderate carbonation and a slightly sweet finish.

D - Very drinkable with a strong roast character and a nice hop backbone. A classic example of the style.

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

Poured a 12 ounce bottle into a traditional shaker pint glass.

A: What a fantastic looking brew this is to pour into a beer clean glass. Awesome head that lasts forever and sticks around the whole time its being consumed. Beautiful jet black, deep body, spot on for what a good stout should look like.

S: Nose is a wonderful blend of traditional stout aromas including smoky, chocolate, and coffee aromas all blending together very well. From the aroma, I could immediately pick up on Sierra Nevada's trademark hop aroma that is in pretty much every beer I have ever had of theirs. The hop aroma does a very nice job of giving the beer a very clean aroma for a stout.

T: The sip starts off with a nice sweet, subtle chocolate and coffee flavor hit the front of the tongue followed by an assertive hop bitterness for the style. A roasted malt flavor accompanies the hop bitterness, but surprisingly, as the beer warms, the hops seem to get a little more assertive, and the pine like flavors become a bit more pronounced.

M: I usually review the mouthfeel and taste in the same section, but this complex brew's mouthfeel needs a section of its own. It starts off with the smooth, creamy feel that one would expect of a stout, but just after the hops take over, it seems to get much more carbonated, and maybe a tad thin form my tastes in the finish. By no means is it watery, just seems to lose a little more body than I prefer as the sip finishes.

D & Notes: This is a "West Coast" twist on a stout, all the way! However, I really like this brew. It's not my favorite stout, but it is a very interesting interpretation of the style, with plenty of good flavors, and speaking of flavor, SN has proved that indeed, a stout can be both malty delicious but at the same time assertively hopped.

Photo of BamaBeerBuff
4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Jet black with brown/ruby highlights on the edges. Big ol' tan head with great retention and thick lacing all the way down the glalss.

S: Mmm... roasted chocolate malts are extremely prevalent. Not a lot else, just a strong presence of roasty, earthy chocolate malts. Some citrus aromas round out the roasty malt smell nicely.

T&M: The hop presence gives it a tart, bitter flavor that balances well with the roasty chocolate malts and faint citrus flavor. This reminds me of their porter, but with more bitter hop than roasted malt flavors. The balance is there, but more malt characteristics would give this stout a more complex and enjoyable flavor profile. It's medium to heavy bodied with a creamy, smooth mouthfeel and more carbonation than one would expect for a stout.

D: For a stout, this one's fairly drinkable. It's got a lighter body than some other stouts and a relatively smooth flavor. It's not hard to get one down, for sure. With a more complex flavor profile I think it would be easier to enjoy a few of these in a row.

Photo of Misfit138
4.18/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from stubby bottle into my Yazoo Pale Ale pint glass

A- Nice very dark brown, almost black with two inch tan head.

S- Chocolately and some hops. Pretty pleasant

T- Initial chocolate and followed by what tasted like coffee. Could possibly have an oatmeal taste as well.

M- Fairly full mouthfeel with decent carbonation

D- Pretty good stout, I would say highly drinkable. It really isn't classified as any style of stout, but its a nice balance between coffee and chocolate. If you like stouts, I don't see how you could not like this one.

Photo of nasty15108
3.6/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

A - Poured dark brown/black with slight reddish hues. The pour produced a foamy tan head with plenty of sticky lacing throughout.

S - Roasted malts with hints of bitter chocolate.

T - Slightly sweet at first with hints of smokey burnt espresso. Finished very bitter with some hints of alcohol.

MF&D - I found it to be fairly thin for a stout. Coats the mouth decently but leaves a very bitter aftertaste. Worth a try.

Photo of hyland24
3.9/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. This beer poured dark brown almost black with a thick cream foam tan/brown head approx 1 inch. The smell was a toasted malt smell with hints of coffee. Roasted malts all over the taste with hints of esprsso finishing bitter. The beer was thinner than I like my stouts. Still coated the mouth well leaving behind a sticky residue. Overall a good stout. Worth picking up if you see it.

Photo of williamherbert
3.9/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark chocolate brown look. Milky light brown lace. Light film atop the liquid. Tiny reddish tinge.

Smell is bitter roasted malt; black coffee all the way. Hints of dark chocolate in the nose. Charred malt.

Taste is burnt dark chocolate. Sweet undercurrent to the bitter roasty malt. Bitter at first, sweet on the swallow. Leaves a bitter aftertaste.

Thck motor oil feel. Leaves a milky film. Smooth despite its grand thickness. It's very bitter and very good. Harsh for many repeats but a beautiful blast of bitter.

Photo of smcolw
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Great off white head that leaves ring lace after every sip. Nearly black in color.

Perhaps my only complaint would come from the surprisingly mild aroma. The classic smells are there but faint.

Lots of black patent malt flavors. Burnt coffee and bitter chocolate complete the profile. The only distraction is the body which is far thinner than most stouts.

One of the more falvorful stouts; I'd love to try this against its Irish brethren.

Photo of blackjack000
4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: The beer is black, with dark red-brown around the edges in the light. A light tan head appears and withdraws to a light pockmarked covering.

Smell: Roasty, sweet, and coffee-like smell is coming from the stout. A sweet, liquorice scent peeks through when the beer is swished, along with some caramel and brown sugar.

Taste: Predominantly, a roasted coffee and bitter chocolate taste come through. The aftertaste leaves fairly quickly.

Mouthfeel: The feel is a tad light for a stout, but still good. The carbonation is low, which I feel gives a good effect for this beer by adding some weight to a stout that is just a bit light feeling, otherwise.

Drinkability: Very drinkable. This would be an excellent beer when a person is craving a stout at a reasonable price. It also feels just a bit underpowered on the palette, which I would enjoy with flavorful food, in order to suffice for a stout but not outdo the meal.

Note: Afterwards, I felt that the smell greatly outdid the taste. I anticipated far more taste from the rich smell, but if I could ignore the smells, the flavor would have done quite well. It was just a bit hard to judge the taste objectively after getting the initial whiff.

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

Pours a jet black color with a tall and thick tan head that laces the glass alot all the way down the glass. The aroma is of very deep roasted malts, some chocolate, caramel, and a little hint of alcohol and yeast and hoppy bitter at the end of the nose. The taste is a big and bold roasted malty taste followed by chocolate, caramel, some coffee, and a very nice hoppy bitter aftertaste with the roasted barley bitternress. The mouthfeel is crisp yet smooth. The drinkability is very good for a stout and I really could drink a few of these.

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

12 oz bottle poured vigourously into a seidel

Rich, deep brown body with a thick finger of creamy, pale brown head that recedes to a rocky sheet, leaving sticky lacing all the way to the bottom.

Smell is of sweet malt, black coffee, dark chocolate, with some fruity hops lingering in the background.

Smooth and creamy in the mouth with just enough carbonation to keep it light on the lucky drinker, malty-sweet and chocolatey with a definite dark-roasted coffee presence.

Excellent drinkability, delicious... another solid offering from Sierra Nevada.

Photo of pokesbeerdude
4.18/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is another beer I've wanted to try for a while, finally found some and I'm excited!

A: Poured a very dark, rich brown with a thin tan head that slowly receded to a film. Has some dark red hues when held to the light. Very delicious looking stout.

S: Chocolate, dark roasted malts, a little bit of a hop smell, very very faint though.

T: Malty sweetness, pretty chocolatey, coffee, roasted malts, nice hop bitterness in the end. Dark fruits are there too, sorta date-ish. Sweet tastes are more prevalent. Very nicely balanced.

M: Feels like a stout, very thick and smooth, nicely carbonated, spot on.

D: This is a highly drinkable stout and fine beer. I could drink many of these as it is a very balanced stout, and a delicious beer. This is definitely an after dinner beer though, its heavy, sweet, and quite tasty. Very nicely done!

Photo of Pencible
3.98/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

This poured dark brown with a thick tan head. It had a nice mocha and malt scent. The flavor was strong chocolate with little to no bitterness. There was some coffee and malt, but no real hops. It was smooth but a bit thin and flat (no carbonation). Overall it was good and quite drinkable, but nothing great.

Photo of clayrock81
4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A somewhat thick, black liquid poured into my mug and offered a little head and lacings...looked like cola. A coffeeish malt was the first thing to strike my nose, and then some hops and graininess struck too. A full-bodied but slightly syrupy beer, this tasted like light coffee mixed with chocolate. They may have put in caramel or honey to smooth it out, because this is one of the smoothest stouts
I have ever had. There is a hop twinge, but I thought the malts were the dominant taste in this beer (as they should be). A slightly dry aftertaste finsihed it off, and this is the rare 4.5 drinkability beer for me in that is so smooth and tasty that I could just buy a six-pack and down the whole thing in one sitting.

Photo of ajmoody76
4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

purchased at the local beer store. 12 ounce bottle poured into an imperial pint glass. dark brown bordering on black. thin brown head.

roasted chocolate. a little floral aroma. no off odors. smells good.

bitter chocolate with more hop bitterness. balanced though. roasty. fruity aftertaste.

mid to full body. low carbonation. nice lace. i like it. i could do a session. will drink again. nice american stout.

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

First time trying the stout. It poured an opaque deep brown, almost black color with a fine brown head. Some lacing. Looks like an excellent stout.

It smells great! Very malty - roasty.

The taste is heavily malty but not in a bad way. Hints of chocolate. Has a very good mouthfeel.

It's a very drinkable stout, and at 5.8% I could have a few at a time.

Photo of currysage1
3.63/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Honestly this one was good but for some reason just didn't enjoy it, seemed underwhelming to me. I love Sierra normally too, which is odd. I will have to re-review this again sometime.

Smell was of cold coffee and bitter chocolate.

Taste was of the the same but with a bitter twist.

Mouthfeel was nice and creamy yet dry to the tongue.

Photo of tapman
4.47/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I like the Sierra Nevada Co. and have been looking forward for this brew for a long time, there are just so many good ones ahead of it on my list. No more!

Body is a very dark brown, though not black. Head is large, sand colored, and creamy in appearance. Head and body is such a dark/light brown color, very appetizing and a good contrast to the norm.

Smell is of sweet chocolate & chocolate malts, mild american hoppiness (though more earthy than bitter or grassy. Also caramel and crystal malts, a smidgen of roasted barley. Great smell for an american, not overpowering and bitter.

Taste is includes the gamut of malts: crystal, caramel, chocolate, roasted barley. I don't get any black patent, though I could be wrong. Leaning towards the lighter to medium malts on this one makes it a pleasant contrast to many American stouts. Hop balance is superb. Hops are earthy and tart. The tangy hops and sweet malts combine to create a dark chocolate sensation (sweet and bitter is totally dark choc.) without being syrup sweet. I could stand this beer to be a bit bigger, however. I didn't want to do 4.5, but the hop and malt balance is so well done I had no choice.

Mouth is very smooth and velvety. What else can I say, smoooth.

God, I could drink a six pack of these in six minutes without will power to hold me back. Incredibly drinkable! YUM!

Sierra Nevada Stout from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 2,922 ratings.