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Sierra Nevada Stout - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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2,726 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,726
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:
No notes at this time.

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Photo of scruffwhor


4/5  rDev -1.7%

Pours a effervescent black with tanned leather highlights. Head goes from a two finger head to a thinning foam with each sip. The aroma is muted, bitter coffee malts. Flavor is a sparky roasted mlat and brunt coffe bitterness mixed with bready hop resins.

07-22-2006 07:48:01 | More by scruffwhor
Photo of lackenhauser


4.6/5  rDev +13%

Very dark in color but just a hint above being black. Nice, tight tan head. Mellow roasted aroma-somewhat espresso like. Perfect roasted and bitter flavor. The balance between the 2 is great. Nice grainy flavor in there as well. Finishes a bit dry. Very nice full body. Another top notch beer from SN. With this and the porter I could be happy forever.

07-19-2006 01:46:14 | More by lackenhauser
Photo of riversider76

New York

3.7/5  rDev -9.1%

Pours black. Thin tan head, with decent retention and a great amount of lace. Aroma is roasted, with a hint of chocolate. Body is medium with a hint of carbonation. Taste is nicely bittered. Almost reminds me of a good pale ale, but yet different, because of the roasted flavor. Good stuff.

07-18-2006 02:35:38 | More by riversider76
Photo of Derek

British Columbia (Canada)

4.2/5  rDev +3.2%

A: Black, slight hint of ruby; slightly off-white head; no retention, very little lace.

S: Chocolate, raisin, a little prune, molases & a hint of fruity esters from the yeast.

T: Dark malt bitterness (chocolate, raisin, prune), not too roasty; a little jaggery spice (Willamette hops?); a slight hint of tartness.

M: Moderate body is slightly chalky & dry; moderate carbonation.

D: Very good.

Thanks Len!

07-10-2006 22:41:19 | More by Derek
Photo of palffyfan


3.15/5  rDev -22.6%

Appearance - Dark brown stout, very opaque, little head formation, head laciness is beautiful. Looks rich.

Smell - Roasted malt flavors, with some hops. Well-above average.

Taste - REALLY roasty! Average maltiness, average bitterness, tastes a lot like coffee. Pretty dry, there are better stouts (SA, for example).

Drinkability - Interesting flavor, but I don't find these stouts too drinkable. Its worth an occasional try, but its too bitter, and the taste is too flat for my liking. If you want a style to enjoy casually with friends, you should try a Brown Ale or an Oktoberfest..

07-08-2006 03:32:51 | More by palffyfan
Photo of AlesRTasty


4.58/5  rDev +12.5%

A - creamy tan head with nice retention. Dark brown colored and fairly opaque.
S - full of roasted malt aromas with some hints of hops
T - delicious coffee and chocolate roasted malt goodness with nice crisp hop flavors (it's my first 5)
M - if it wasn't for the perfect amount of carbonation I would think this was cold coffee.
D - another fine brew from SN. Damn, I need to buy this more often.

07-05-2006 00:57:54 | More by AlesRTasty
Photo of MuenchenerKindl


3.7/5  rDev -9.1%

Poured from a 12 oz bottle to a pt glass. This is a fine looking brew. Nice and dark almost black with a big thick dark tan head. It fades slowly re reveal a most perfect lace upon the sides of the glass, much like a spider's web.

The smell is faint but of dark chocolate and coffee flavored malt. Nice with an ever so slight alcohol aroma rising through.

The taste in strong and rich, coffee and chocolate notes mix with the dark roasted malt. Hop lend a nice bitterness to the mix but fail to mask a strong stale alcohol laden finish. Something I have found to be unpleasant in many dark ales, some have it some don't. I am not exactly sure what it is.

Mouth feel is good but does not do enough to over come the bad finish causing you not to want the beer to linger.

Drink ability is hampered only by the bad finish quite possibly the most important part of the beer experience. I have had much better. MK

06-28-2006 03:54:42 | More by MuenchenerKindl
Photo of jpkoch1962


4/5  rDev -1.7%

This is one of my favorite ales from SN.

Served from a 12oz bottle at 40 deg F (perhaps a bit too cool) right from the package store. A nice, thick, opaque black brew filled my pint glass.Almost immediatly, a thick, brown rocky head forms from a multitude of tiny bubbles. The foam was long lasting, and formed a complex matrix of lacing on the sides of the glass.

A very nice, not overpowering aroma of coffee and toasted malts can be picked up easily. This stout begins with an elegant, smooth coffee texture, followed by a complex taste of roasted and caramel. Don't get me wrong, roasted malts dominated this ale, but there is a note of complexity in this brand not tasted in other stouts. This beer finishes with a clean bitterness that doesn't linger.

This is one of the better stouts I've had. The clean finish makes this stout a good session beer.

06-27-2006 15:49:13 | More by jpkoch1962
Photo of Domingo


4.2/5  rDev +3.2%

After seeing it for years and bypassing it for some reason, I decided to pick up a 6'er of the SN Stout.
Pours a thick brown/black color. A little light makes it through, but not much. With a somewhat aggressive pour I got a nice 1/2 inch tan head that lasted for the whole glass.
Smell is immediately of coffee and roasted malt. I didn't pick up a lot of chocolate like I expected. There was a definite hop presence in the finish.
Flavor reminded me a lot of roasted coffee and baker's chocolate. The hops definitely stand out, too. Compared to most stouts, this is actually VERY hoppy. Reminded me a little of the Avery New World Porter.
This beer is the perfect level of "thickness" for a stout. It goes down easy, but doesn't feel watery like some stouts and porters might.
I'd say this would make a good session brew if stouts are your thing. It's under 6%, and the alcohol is completely masked, too.
This is a wonderful beer and you can find it at almost any store that sells craft beer of any kind. This stuff is a steal at any price, but because of SN's distribution it's typically under $7-8 for a 6-pack.
Another winner from Sierra Nevada!

06-15-2006 16:46:13 | More by Domingo
Photo of IntriqKen


4.28/5  rDev +5.2%

Sampled at the Sierra Nevada Brewery in Chico Ca.
Poured a deep amber brown...almost black with a thick tan head that melted to sticky lacing.
Aroma was toasted malt, carmel candy, deep black bitter coffee, and bittersweet chocolate.
Taste much like the aroma, only a little sweeter. Toasted malt, carmels, bitter black coffee, chocolate, then a finish to a light citrus hops.
The mouthfeel is full and creamy...almost buttery and then the citrus hops on the backend leaves your mouth clean and dry.
A really nice American stout.

06-14-2006 03:40:26 | More by IntriqKen
Photo of Golden2wenty1


4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

Picked up a single at Woodman's West here in Madison.

Pours a midnight black under a thick, rocky oatmeal head that fades to a long-lasting skim. Nose is quite hoppy for a stout, almost minty with a heavy dose of cocoa powder. Taste is bitter roasted malt up front with the minty hops, coffee grounds and cocoa powder. Mouthfeel is creamy but not too rich. This is VERY similar to their porter which was also heavy on the minty hops and cocoa. Just a very well put-together stout. For what it is, it's almost flawless. I'm a sucker for hoppy dark beers. Parallels to Alpha Klaus as well, without the ridiculous overpricing.

06-09-2006 01:59:38 | More by Golden2wenty1
Photo of rtratzlaff

North Carolina

4.43/5  rDev +8.8%

12 oz. - no best by date
A: Poured black with 1/2 inch tan head that sticks around for a while and leaves sticky lacing down the side of the glass.

S: The nose is dark chocolate, hint of hops, roasted malt, and a sweeter malt

T: Taste start with roasted malt, a faint sweetness on the tip of the tongue, a bit of hops hit the tongue, and finishes bitter. The flavor stick around for a bit then slowly fades away with a clean ending.

M: Medium thickness to the mouthfeel.

D: Usually one or two stouts would be enough for me, but I believe I could drink a few of these bad boys over an evening.

I've enjoyed SNPA and their porter. Their stout is just as good as both their porter and pale ale.

06-08-2006 14:52:40 | More by rtratzlaff
Photo of WeisGuy

New York

4.13/5  rDev +1.5%

a - pretty black, no light getting through this one, nice tan head with decent retention, lots of beautiful lacing

s - aroma is not very strong, roasted malt and bittersweet chocolate dominate

t - once again, roasted malt and chocolate are the upfront flavors, sweetness on the finish with a very interesting raspberry note, well-rounded, complex stout

m - a little carbonation in the mouth, medium-bodied, coats the mouth pretty well

d - I had two last night and could have kept going, think I'll have another couple tonight, so yes, it's quite drinkable

I haven't had this beer in over a year and now I'm wondering why the hell I haven't. Being in the beer desert that is Iowa for the next few months, I'm sure I'll be drinking quite a bit of this. This is a very complex beer for the relatively low abv. Makes me wish SN would try their hand at an RIS. All around, a very solid beer that is certainly now a regular for me. Right up there with Bigfoot and Celebration in my book.

06-05-2006 02:02:25 | More by WeisGuy
Photo of Graebner


4.72/5  rDev +16%

Pours a dark dark brown, almost black, with a rich ruby color when you put some light to it. Develops a couple fingers of head that die down a bit, but remain for most of the drink.

Smells rich as well, some woody notes, raspberry, ethers, coffee, and cake. Intriguing.

The taste is phenomenol. Fruits, coffee, chocolate, earth, buttery toffee, some hoppy bitterness noted, but very well balanced with the malts. Citrus notes on the sides of the tongue and a grapefruit-rind like astringency in the back of the mouth. Even a slight grapefruit taste is detectable after the swallow. This is really a feast of flavor,very complex and with many lingering subtleties. A pleasure to drink.

The mouthfeel is also quite excellent. Not overly thick, though it has some body to it. It foams up over the middle of the tongue and cleans the back and roof of your mouth with an astringent finish reminiscent of an imperial stout. Goes down smooth and leaves your mouth feeling slightly dry, refreshed, and not coated or dirty.

Overall, this is an excellent brew, and an excellent stout as well. Very sessionable, very smooth, very tasty. I will certainly buy this again, and probably even again and again. Another top-notch offering from Sierra Nevada. Seriously...those guys are on the ball.

06-04-2006 02:28:01 | More by Graebner
Photo of weeare138


4/5  rDev -1.7%

Appears a black color with mild red edges. A small off white cap that fades into a mild film and a mild collar. Tiny spots of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of dark fruit, chocolate, roasty malt, sweet cocoa, and mild caramel and a quaint hop aroma.
Taste is of the same aromas with a nice hoppiness to it.
Mouthfeel is full bodied with a sweetness that lingers around caramel and bitter chocolate with a mild piney hop buried in the background.

05-30-2006 23:29:03 | More by weeare138
Photo of Fish113d


3.83/5  rDev -5.9%

Pours black in color with a billowy brown foaming head (about 1"), and slowly settles to a slight surface layer.

Lots of chocolate and mochachinno aromas; slight caramel along with some slightly bittering hops aroma and a bit of roastiness. However, much of the aroma was choco and coffee.

Some slight roast up front but a sweet caramel malt crosses my palate leading to a slightly bitter hops flavor on the swallow. Jaw clenching bitterness hits after the swallow. Not much choco or coffee flavors = a bit disappointing; I didn't get exactly what I was hoping for.

Outstanding mouthfeel really...well balanced with little carbonation taking flavors away. A slight bit of warming feeling and a creamy, full body.

Overall, I enjoyed this one, but without the chocolate or coffee, i found it lacking just a bit. Due to the low ABV, it'd make a great sharing brew.

05-28-2006 15:34:52 | More by Fish113d
Photo of SetarconeX


4.08/5  rDev +0.2%

Actually pretty tasty, and a little bit different then you'd expect. A nice dark brown color with a light tan head on top. Some chocolate malt on the aroma, but a little more subtle than some other stouts.

The taste has a good amount of coffee roasted flavors to it, but that's secondary to a bundle of hops more forward than you find in many other stouts. This does, to a certain extent, cuts back a little on the drinkability. As wonderfully tasty and complex as this one is, I can't imagine having more than a single bottle of it at a time.

Still, a very good beer, and one to definately try.

05-27-2006 00:23:50 | More by SetarconeX
Photo of tonistruth


4.85/5  rDev +19.2%

A- dark, dark brown, with a big ol' tan head. great retent on that, with lace on the glass.

S- roasted malts is dominant, some hop scent is faint, chocolate scent as well.

T- hops are present but they just fit into the brew, slighty bitter, roasted malt flavor, leaves a sweet chocolate aftertaste.

M- creamy, full bodied and smooth....what more could you ask for.

D- amazing flavors in there, wonderful mouthfeel, i think i found a favorite. I could dream about htis stout. Amazing

05-23-2006 19:59:00 | More by tonistruth
Photo of plaid75

New York

4/5  rDev -1.7%

Poured a nice black hue with a two finger caramel head. Decent retention and lacing.

The smell was very subtle, with hints of coffee and toasted barley.

The taste is rich in coffee flavor with a nice hop finish. The taste is clean and dry, which is a welcomed change from other American stouts. I also prefer the absence of the alcohol burn.

The mouthfeel is average. Much thinner and drier than with most stouts - which was good for me.

Very drinkable. A nice down to earth ABV.

05-06-2006 00:38:59 | More by plaid75
Photo of ommegangpbr

New York

3.8/5  rDev -6.6%

A fine choice of stout for those that want big stout flavor without big stout alcohol. Reminds me of some double stouts in flavor profile without being 8+% strong. The only place where this was lacking was in odor; I had this quite warm and still didn't get much out of it. Roasted, sweet malt smells.
Plenty of roasted coffee and dark chocolate flavor to be found. Some dark cherry flavor hides in there.
A solid hoppy stout.

05-03-2006 08:49:59 | More by ommegangpbr
Photo of Liquids


4.4/5  rDev +8.1%

Pours absolutely black hearted still a bit rubied around the edges, with a thick creamy, two-finger milky-coffee colored head. Smells of American-origin hops though more 'English' in amount, with a roasted malt note peeking through. Taste is dark and roasty, with a slight sourish note. Fuller, maltier, less watery than Guinness, with a far more noticeable, flavorful, distinctly American hop finish. This is not really a 'smooth' stout thought it's not like a 'gritty' porter, either. This is rough around the edges in a good way. If I wanted something smoother I'd grab an anchor porter or an Irish stout. This may also seem jagged in comparison to something like Storm King, but the hop profile is obviously far more muted here, so the burnt finish of the roasted malts cuts through more. Fresher bottles are edgy and cutting, great as companions to foods. This is the last bottle of a sixer I've been storing for a few months, and while still not categorized as smooth, the finish is far smoother as it ages... Feels medium bodied on the tongue like a good stout, but at benefits from a full pour in terms of carbonation. Tastes smoother and less intense hop 'twang' with a bit of the carbonation dissipated, as per my preference.

At first I didn't like Guinness, so for a while I believed I disliked stouts in general. After I tried Storm King and was disproved, and this beer is delicious, the next stout I tried that I enjoy. While I now enjoy Guinness/Irish Dry Stouts as well, this is *the* American stout for the masses, in a good way.

Aged one year: Aroma decreases to mostly just roasted malts, less intense, still slight sour note. Taste is the smoothest, almost all malt comparatively, still the slightest harsh roasted note way at the end where the hops were, so it's a bit more porter-like now, also yeasty in a good way. Mouthfeel is creamy, velvety smooth, perfect weight on the tongue, neither heavy nor watery, hence exceptionally drinkable, I conclude that I prefer it fresh but ages pretty well, and a few months at cellar (even slightly warmer) tempts was exceptional, when the hops tame a bit without disappearing as much as like they have here, but is a tad smoother than totally fresh.

04-29-2006 04:12:22 | More by Liquids
Photo of sinstaineddemon


4.05/5  rDev -0.5%

A - this stout pours the typical stout black with a darker than usual head, like a dark orange, like a pumpkin color, but darker, light carbonation streams up the side

S - smells sweet, hints of vanilla at first, then theres the bitterness of the coffee/dark chocolate aromas, very inviting, smells great

T - the taste is much more balanced than the aroma, the sweetness is toned down and replaced by a stronger bitter coffee flavor, with a roasted nutty flavor at the end of the taste

M - smooth, mouth coating and easy down

D - moderate to high, high for those who enjoy a good stout, toherwise it may be too bitter

04-26-2006 17:38:42 | More by sinstaineddemon
Photo of Folderol

New Jersey

3.73/5  rDev -8.4%

I pretty much knew what I was getting into with this brew: a solid stout with a bit more hop kick than normal. So it goes without saying that it's a proper stout black color. I didn't pour all that well so I can't knock it for head, but when I swirled the glass I got a nice foam out of it which settled to a decent sheet. Smell is a comforting, familiar malt/black malt roastiness, reminds me of Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout without the winey aromas. Great mouthfeel, smooth and medium-bodied with just the right about of carbonation. Taste starts with sweet malts, then turns to black malt/molasses, but just when I should be catching some roasted malt astringency the west coast hops kick it to the curb. That hop bitterness sticks all over my palate for a long time afterward, making me hesitant to take another sip. I must admit I'm a malt fan, not a hop fan. I wouldn't buy this again, but if a hoppy stout is your thing, go for it.

04-26-2006 03:49:42 | More by Folderol
Photo of SkeeterHawk


4.03/5  rDev -1%

Appearance: Though it is dark as heck, you can tilt the glass to the side to see that it is really a pretty clear dark ruby color. There was about a half-inch head of small tan bubbles at first pour. The head stuck around for a minute or so to recede to just a small tan layer across the top of the beer. I can't tell if there are many bubbles rising to maintain the head, or if it is just thick. There is quite a bit of sparsely placed lace left on the glass after drinking.

Aroma: Sweet chocolaty aroma along with some fresh floral hops. There is a bit of a dry roast component, but for the most part the aroma is clean and pretty straight forward. As the beer warms a bit, there is much more of a caramel presence noticeable.

Taste: The flavor is much richer and has more roast than I ever would have guessed from the aroma. The roast gives it an assertive dry and acidic balance at first that is almost astringent, but this doesn't last all that long as the hops and sweet residual malts take over. This is a little different than what I am used to. The beer is mostly balanced toward the malt with the bitter dark malts leading the way into the finish. The hops are a big player in here, but they let the malt do all of the work. The finish is pretty dry with some defined acidic bitterness. The hops play here as well, but the dark malts call the shots.

Opinion: I think that this is a pretty darn good stout. I have gotten a little spoiled by all of the imperial stouts around lately, so I started to compare it to them...that would not be right. This is just an American version of a dry stout and a good one at that. I will be drinking this beer again, I'm sure.

04-16-2006 00:10:06 | More by SkeeterHawk
Photo of AlexJ

North Carolina

3.95/5  rDev -2.9%

Deeply scorched brown pour, almost black with a persistant khaki head that leaves intricate trails of lace as it slowly fades.

Aroma is charred malts. bittersweet chocolate, coffee, and citrus infused caramel.

Flavor is quite big, with plenty of toasty, chocolatey malt character and a generous helping of citrus and light evergreen hops in the dry finish.

Body is barely medium, but creamy and slick nontheless with ample carbonation. The big flavor makes you think this is a bigger beer, but actually this is very sessionable stout.

04-14-2006 01:34:14 | More by AlexJ
Sierra Nevada Stout from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 2,726 ratings.