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Sierra Nevada Stout - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Sierra Nevada StoutSierra Nevada Stout

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2,665 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,665
Reviews: 1,318
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 11.06%
Wants: 185
Gots: 119 | 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 aforbes10


3.58/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From a bottle bought at Trader Joes in Chicago.

pours with a creamy head. black, but not quite opaque. towering lacing. odor of coffee and malts. taste is dry, roasted malts, bitterness, molasses. bubbly, reasonably thick mouthfeel. nothing special but decent stout. i'd have this again.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2006 14:13:23 | More by aforbes10
Photo of silver0rlead

North Carolina

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

Pours a densley opaque black with a nice tan head that retains alright. The aroma is nice with a big chocolate and coffee character, as well as some toasted bread and floral and citrusy hops . The flavor also starts of with some dark chocolate, assertive coffee component thats bitter almost to the point of astringency, burnt bread, some floral hops and dark fruits (plum, fig and raisin) and a hint of alcohol. The mouthfeel is full and chewy with a medium thick body and a bitter, astringent coffee like finish. Seems like a stout for coffee lovers for sure, but i enjoyed it.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2006 01:28:44 | More by silver0rlead
Photo of rustymoore


3.15/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This stout pours a dark black with large head and good lacing. The smell is very strong with hops and barley...it also has a good amount of chocolate and coffee scents as well. Taste is something that is better left to the imagination. I was disappointed in this as I expected it to be a very above average stout. The aftertaste is not pleasent either...overall I could drink this in a pinch but would not prefer it.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2006 03:55:18 | More by rustymoore
Photo of Hagbard


4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sierra Nevada makes a sublime stout!

A prodigious tan head forms and eventually recedes, leaving a lacing down the sides of the glass. The beer is black, no light penetration so clarity is obviously not an issue. The aroma is full of wonderful smells. The roasted barley imparts hints of coffee, which are joined by bittersweet chocolate, cocoa, and just a hint of hoppiness in the background. The taste is very similar. The bitter coffee flavor imparted by the roasted barley is the major element, but the chocolate is also there in the background. It finishes with just the faintest bit of hop flavor, making it very unique. Extremely smooth and creamy, this beer should be held up as the standard for the style. Just a fantastic beer that goes down so easily. It's a shame I always forget about it, because it always amazes me when I rediscover it.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2006 14:17:37 | More by Hagbard
Photo of Metalmonk

North Carolina

3.95/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Strong pour results in a creamy head, a bit soapy until it settles. Dark as night in hell. Beautiful.

Obvious aroma of dark chocolate, weaker hops and toasty malt smell in back. Not as fragrant as other stouts, too timid.

Chocolate and coffee flavor, typical style characteristics, nothing unique, simple profile but quite delicious. Sits well in the mouth at first but thins out too quickly. Great flavor with a lasting (and pleasant) aftertaste.

Not the best stout ever, but a drinkable one that deeply satisfies despite some weak points.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2006 22:47:58 | More by Metalmonk
Photo of jnelson54


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

This is not Guiness so go ahead and loose that idea. It is not thick and has much more noticable hop flavor. Smells of chocolate and hops. Very tasty and fresh. Roasted malt and coffee shine though to a nice clean hop finish that is Sierra Nevada's signiture. Very refreshing for a stout almost drinkable in the summer at the beach. Pick it up if you can I highly recomend it.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2006 01:14:19 | More by jnelson54
Photo of Wasatch


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

A - I did an aggresive pour which resulted in a real nice white head, dark brown/black color, some carbonation, tons of lacing for awhile.

S - Scents of malts, sweet chocolate.

T - The taste was of malty sweet chocolate, with a nice bitter clean aftertaste.

M - Medium body.

D - Very drinkable.

I believe this is the first time I've had this beer since about the late 90s. Not much of a stout guy, but this is a very nice brew. I like this way better than the Guiness I had last year. Would recommend.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2006 00:17:04 | More by Wasatch
Photo of cooter

New York

3.58/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: small-bubbled mocha head, black body, slow but visible carbonation.

Smells: Hops, cherry, chocolate.

Somewhat creamy, with coffee bitters towards the end and chocolate undertones throughout. Some oversweetness in the aftertaste. Mellow. Sharp in the front, with a brief burst of carbonation that ceases immediately. A trifle flat in terms of fullness. Tastes like German malts. Not terribly complex.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2006 03:24:14 | More by cooter
Photo of ChiSox05


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

White Sox/Miller Lite pint glass. Looks black on the table with a stand still 1/2" head sitting there. Up to the light, a very much darkened red. Cascading on the surface after a sip.

Smell of baking chocolate. Way down there is a faint fruit, maybe created by some hops.

Lip smacking fresh bitter coffee taste. Much roasty bitter flavors.

Man that hit the spot. Maybe the best looking SN bottle, /w Celebration up there too. A great medium stout, a fine creation by Sierra Nevada. I wish I could find a 12 pack at Jewel.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2006 06:19:02 | More by ChiSox05
Photo of MSchae1017


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

This beer was tasted from a bottle in a pint glass.

The beer pours opaque black with a nice sized tan frothy head. The head hold and laces well. The smell and taste are mostly caramel and chocolate malts balanced nicely with some hop bitterness. The mouthfell is thick and well carbonated along with some welcome dryness. Overall this is a great stout.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2006 20:45:30 | More by MSchae1017
Photo of kirok1999


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

I expected more from this brew. I had read reviews of it before and decided to buy a 6 pack. Sorry.

Appearance- poured an almost opaque black, had a little brown to it with a light colored, almost white head.

Smell- Good, but not outstanding. Sweet malts, some chocolate, caramel, maybe coffee too.

Taste- Nicely balanced malt and hop presence. Slightly bitter aftertaste that clings for quite a while. More carbonation than I'm used to in a stout. I keep trying to like this beer but it just seems empty of anything outstanding. I'm not saying it's bad; it's not. I just expected more.

Mouthfeel- Pretty high carbonation, which I personally don't like in a stout.

Drinkability- Not bad, a nice quality stout I would drink any time. Don't know if I would buy it again with Storm King next to it on the shelf. Or even Siberian Night.

I want to rave about this beer. I really do because Sierra Nevada is a quality brewer that I respect. I reviewed this on the same day as I reviewed Snake River Zonker stout and the Zonker won hands down.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2006 01:03:41 | More by kirok1999
Photo of chOAKbarrell


4.75/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beautifully frothy & creamy mocha-tinted head. Dark black midnight body. Lacing all over the glass.

Coffee beans and grains in the nose. Mouth starts to water...

Taste is wonderfully rounded. Rich, full-bodied and pleasantly mildly bitter. Coffee & chocolate notes can be found throughout. A pure delight.

Mouthfeel is just like the taste: rich and full, plus it leaves a great aftertaste.

I am sure this is an excellent session stout for many beer enthusiasts. It certainly is for me. Delicious.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2006 00:41:54 | More by chOAKbarrell
Photo of maddamish


3/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I am a stout lover and this beer was more of a pale ale in disguise of a stout. Don't get me wrong, it was good pale ale but not what I was expecting from the style. If hops are your thing then this stout has them in spades.

This is not an average beer but it is for the style so my review reflects that. When I want a hop attack I will go for a hop devil or something similar. But I like my stouts to be a bit more balanced than this.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2006 15:14:15 | More by maddamish
Photo of nicksta


3.43/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The beer pours a dark brown cola like color, still see through though. It has a nice fair tan head. The smell is pretty good, like a mocha chocolate cake. The taste is okay, there are better stouts out there. It goes straight to the bitter coffee taste that is a little overpowering, with no real strong chocolate that I can see, but finishes surprisingly smooth. The mouthfeel is surprisingly good. The carbonation is doesn't stick to your mouth, it is smooth, it is a little watery though. As for drinkability it is okay for drinking casually but not for chugging. Well as for stouts, and beer and general, I am not going to stop drinking Guinness but I can see myself coming back to this.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2006 05:34:57 | More by nicksta
Photo of russpowell


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

Pours a thick chunky tan head. Head sticks around and throws down one of most intense lacing patterns I've ever seen. Body is Mahagony passing midnight blackness, some light does pass through.

Taste: choclate malt, slight hops bitterness on the tounge, hints of nutiness, molsses and licorice (very faint)

MF: Doesnt quite match up with the taste, close to being a little thin, but smooth and good carbonation

Time-tested, multi-dimesional stout that showcases itself well.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2005 00:58:37 | More by russpowell
Photo of pbr85

New York

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

Poured from a 12 ounce stubby bottle into a wine glass (it was all I could find)

Appearance: Pours a very nice brownish black with a finger and a half of tan/brown head. Didn't get much lacing but that could have been the glass.

Smell: Roasted coffee and chocolate with a hint of fruit in the background.

Taste: This beer starts off with a toasty, coffee malt flavor that slowly fades away. Roasted, chocolatey malts then set in and are replaced by a combination of the coffee, chocolate, and some flowery hops all mixed together.

Mouthfeel: I can't say much about the mouthfeel; it is typical of most stouts, perhaps with a little more carbonation than usual. The beer has a chunky feeling to it yet it still goes down smooth.

Drinkability: Very drinkable for a stout, but then again I'm used to drinking stouts that are 8%+, and this is only 5.8%. I would probably opt for a few other stouts over this one, but would buy again if there was a limited stout selection.

Notes: This is pretty good, definetly worth trying, though I don't think that it stands out as something special.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2005 04:39:59 | More by pbr85
Photo of mobyfann


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

Paid $6.99 for a 6'er...

The beer pours a black base, beautiful large lightly brown tinted head, with excellent retention and nice layered lacing on the glass. The beer is a 2-D stout, roasted malt and roasted coffee.

A bit surprised, the taste felt like another dimension was added, but there was also a tocuh of alcohol at the end which leveled it back again to a 4. The head retention plays well with the mouth and the alcohol taste seems the fade and is very enjoyable. A solid session stout beer, but there are a few others out there that I would be more satisfied with on session.

Final Thought: Sierra Nevada is the micro-brewery that set the American standard on the Pale Ale, the Porter and now the Stout... I thank you Chico, CA!

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2005 05:27:38 | More by mobyfann
Photo of metallistout


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

This beer pours a very dark black, but if you hold it up to a light you can see a very dark ruby, but still very dark. The head is a good size with a very foamy feel.
Smells of roasted malts and coffee.
Tastes very malty a very roasted taste, mixed with chocolate and a very creamy mouthfeel. This is one fine beverage that was made to be consumed at any occasion. I would highly recommend this to any person that loves a good stout.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2005 01:58:09 | More by metallistout
Photo of ypsifly


4.58/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Undated twist off stubbie served in a pint glass.

Black with one finger of creamy light tan that leaves thick and globby lace, and the retention is strong. It settles to a couple cm and holds its ground. Beautiful beer.

Nice roasty malts with chocolate milk, cocoa powder and a little hop bitterness for balance. Nice!

Full dark, roasted malt flavors upfront. A bit of dark chocolate followed by a solid shot of bitter hops. The roasted flavors remain throughout and pair perfectly with the hops with both lasting through the finish. I get the impression that a lot of thought was put into how long the malts should roast in relation to the strain and amount of hops used, or vice-versa. No astringent flavors, no residual hop oil. A rare five for this one.

The mouth is full with the right amount of carbonation and as mentioned above, no unpleasant residuals. A stout this tasty can be nothing but drinkable.

A lot of thought went into this beer, and I can taste it.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2005 08:09:52 | More by ypsifly
Photo of acrawf6


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

Pours out as black as other stouts, nice tan head. great lacing.

smell has some chocolate to it. just finished sn porter, and i'm having the same problem with the smell.... it is hard to smell anything. Maybe its my nose, as i was stuffy earlier today.

Taste is great. a spicy roasted malt flavor comes out. some more chocolate, and some caramel, an earthy hops flavor comes out. very nice.

Mouthfeel is good. very creamy. good carbonation. great balance with hops and malts.

Overall, a great stout. great for when you want to sit back and enjoy a readily available stout that hits the spot.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2005 01:01:51 | More by acrawf6
Photo of veggiemafia


3.95/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Really dark with moderate khaki head, good, but not noteworthy.

Smell is dark, bittersweet chocolate and a good note of coffee with some hops, which are nice.

Taste is more of the same with a hops making a bigger appearance than in the smell. Great hopping here. Aftertaste is bitter like espresso or French roast coffee.

Mouthfeel is pretty good, once again, not noteworthy.

I could drink this one all night if need be.

Not the most outstanding or surprising stout in the world, but it's extremely solid, and I think that's what SN was really going for with this one. Great beer just to have around the house.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2005 22:05:43 | More by veggiemafia
Photo of objectivemonkey


4.55/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

~Bottle into a (do'h) pilsner glass (only one I have here), pours a deep dark brown, chocolate hues around the edges, particulary toward bottow, with a long lasting head and beautiful lacing.
~Smells of a dark chocolate, maybe into a molases, earthy feel to it. Also, hints of coffee and something else i can't quite put my finger on. One of the better smelling beers I've had in a while.
~Tastes.... I get a immediate wave of roasted malt deliciousness, leading to what I might call a beautiful duet; a hoppy bitterness with an underlying dark chocolate undertone. Ends with a slight, earthy bitterness, and lasts for nearly a minute, but not chalky like some stouts get.
~Increadably smooth beer with a nice tingle in the middle, and the aftertaste both tastes wonderful and isn't dry or chalky.
~What a great beer. Couldn't say that I'd sit down with a keg and drink myself silly with this (not that I would with any stout), but one of two of these, a big ole mug of it, with a big hearty meal... I should do that soon. Yes, very soon.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2005 02:35:54 | More by objectivemonkey
Photo of bigdeuce


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

This is, without a doubt, another fantastic offering by Sierra Nevada. Had about 8 or 9 different syles of theirs, and one is better than the next! Very nice head pours out into the glass, with fine lacing all the way through. Very malty and chocolatey upfront, with a suprising bitter kick at the end. Interesting combo. Very pleasing on the palate. Very thick and creamy offering and another good one, by Sierra Nevada.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2005 02:42:33 | More by bigdeuce
Photo of MurphyMacManus


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

Appearance: Dark brown/ black with tan head that sticks and leaves rings--excellent for a stout.

Smell: Roasty coffee, malt, and chocolate. Very inviting.

Taste: Initial malty sweetness with roasty coffee and dark chocolate notes, with a dry, bitter finish from the hops. It's sweeter than an Irish stout but not as sweet as a milk stout--a very happy middle ground between the two.

Mouthfeel: Heavy, thick, as it should be. The carbonation does just enough to keep it drinkable. I had to pace myself with this one, and I usually drink stouts like cheap macro lagers.

Drinkability: I don't think I could take more than two of these in one sitting, but that's on par with my definition of a stout. No points off for the filling character.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2005 05:14:15 | More by MurphyMacManus
Photo of marcobrau


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

Can't believe I haven't reviewed this one before -- so many beers and such little time...

This is a favorite stout of mine, which for some reason, pours with more head than other Sierra Nevada offerings. That's okay, because all that foam benefits the appearance of this brew. As the head falls, some nice lacework is stuck to the sides of my pint glass. This stout pours deep black with a wonderful burnt chocolate and minty-citrus hops aroma. Hops are abundant in this stout and taste good mixed with the chocolate and roasted malt flavors. The finish is chocolately and bitter from both roasted grains and hops. Mmm, mmm.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2005 03:06:16 | More by marcobrau
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