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Sierra Nevada Stout - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 3,021
Reviews: 1,371
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 11.06%
Wants: 228
Gots: 278 | FT: 2
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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 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!

Photo of theghost3
3.86/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

SN Stout pours a dark brown, almost black with a one finger tan head. The smell is roasted malts with coffee, chocolate, caramel and a slight hint of red wine. The taste is mainly bitter malts, dark chocolate; sort of woody. Mouthfeel is lighter than I expected but smooth. Overall, this is a very drinkable stout. It's a little different from a lot of other stouts I've had -- thinner and more chocolatey.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.06/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a black body, with a large, ivory-colored head. Splotchy lacing on the way down.

Smell: Smoky, burnt maltiness with lesser notes of unsweetened chocolate, caramel, and citrus.

Taste: Black malts with tastes of scorched grain, baker's chocolate, and dark caramel. As with their porter, there's not much sweetness to go around. Hint of licorice. Earthy, citrusy hop character with a medium bitterness. Finishes just as dry and roasty as one would expect.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Not all too dissimilar from the porter, really, it's just got a dialed up roast component. So, if you dug the porter, you should dig the stout. If you didn't dig the porter, well...

Photo of Jeffo
4.07/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got this at the Bierkoning in Amsterdam.

From a bottle into a snifter.

APPEARANCE: Pours a medium 1+ finger medium-thick tan head. Color is black and medium carbonation is evident for the style. Head dissipates slowly into a decent wisp and leaves some immediate lacing on the sides. Decent lacing ensues all the way down. Not bad.

SMELL: Roasted and smoky barley malt with a bit of dark chocolate, licorice, and caramel in the background. Some fruity aromas are evident as well, such as plumbs and dates. A very nice combination that improves and becomes stronger as it warms.

TASTE: Roasted and smoked barley malt again. The smokiness is very prevalent here, but sweet caramel pairs up with some bitter hops very nicely. Bitter chocolate makes a strong showing as well. The aftertaste is very long lasting, but is a very nice mild bitter taste with a final touch of bitter chocolate in the end. Improves as it gets closer to room temperature.

PALATE: Medium-thin body, perhaps a little too thin for the style, and medium carbonation. Creamy smooth on the palate, goes down smooth and finishes every so slightly sticky. Nice touch here, but could be a little thicker for the style.

OVERALL: This one starts out a little average, but certainly improves as it warms. It's very drinkable and very enjoyable. I'd prefer a bit bigger of a body, but that's a minor issue in what was otherwise a great brew. Nice.

As a final note, the stout is very similar to their porter. The look of the stout is a little better and the taste profile is a little more bitter, but it's clear the two are siblings.

Photo of heath1agnew
4.65/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

appearance- nice dark brown to black color. i wasn't able to get a very long lasting head out of this but the beer did show signs of lacing.

smell- roasted malts and barley.

taste and mouthfeel- wow. this is the best tasting stout i've had so far. nice roasted flavors with a touch of dark chocolate in the finish. mouthfeel was creamy with a nice balance of carbonation.

drinkability- great easy drinking stout.

Photo of midaszero
3.26/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Opaque black with half a finger of coffee head and okay lacing

S - Lots of raw chocolate that is a little faint

T - A little harsh chocolate bite with definite solid chocolate after taste and sweet.

M - Medium body with medium carbonation

D - Lots of chocolate that is to much in my opinion. Mostly enjoyable but there are better ones.

Photo of TMB0424
4.18/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle into pint glass.

Poured a black body with slight mud brown edges when held to the light. Inch high, creamy, tan head quickly reduced into a cap. Very good lacing throughout.

Smell is of lightly sugared malts. Roasted barley. A dash of dark chocolate along with a scent of rich, pureed plum. A strong scent of something I can't really put my finger on - if I were to guess it'd be licorice. Very unique, but somewhat weak and light.

Taste is also extremely unique to me for a stout. A lot like it smells. Sweet malts, roasted barley are there - but with a very nice mix of melted milk chocolate and dark, ripe fruit. Plums are coming to mind again. A bittersweet aftertaste from the light presence of hops. I'm not really picking up any coffee flavors, at all. Not a bad thing at all though.

Mouthfeel is crisp, medium-full bodied. Carbonation is in the middle of the road. The hoppy finish is a welcomed, and surprising, aspect of this brew. This is extremely drinkable as I find it to very complex for some reason. The mix of milk chocolate, hops, roasted malts, and dark fruits is really interesting. The only thing lacking in my book is the aroma department. But overall, a very, very good stout. Cheers to Sierra Nevada.

Photo of spurr
4.97/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is one of my all-time favorites. I find it most enjoyable to drink it slowly and experience the range of flavors as the beer warms. Someone served this to me ice cold once and it was awful, but once it gets past 50 deg it is at its best.

The range of fragrances is wonderful...chocolate and coffee are the strongest to me. It also pours with a nice creamy head.

Unfortunately, it's a little tough to find this beer around here. The majority of beer drinkers around here only drink cheap swill.

Photo of BronYrAur
4.62/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A. Aggressive pour yields a very thick, fluffy head that gives way to some good-looking peaks and valleys if allowed to rest for a few minutes.

S. The smell is strong with chocolate and roasted coffee notes. To me, I can't really sense any of the hops...not yet anyway.

T. Woah! At first the taste is strongly of bittersweet chocolate, then the roastiness comes in with some coffee undertones, followed by the hops on the finish. An absolutely delicious flavor profile. The roasted flavors are present throughout, but the hops are used brilliantly to impart a fresh and bright finish. This is not your everyday stout. The hops definitely give this stout a bit of a "porter" character, but in the end, this is definitely a stout with its strong roasted flavors and bitterness.

M. Maybe a little on the thin side? I'm not sure, this one seems just right to me.

D. Sky-high, hands-down one of the most easy-drinking stouts I've had. Maybe the strong chocolate flavors could give pause to some, but for me, this is darn near perfect.

Overall, I'd be hard-pressed to choose another stout over Sierra Nevada's classic. The generous usage of hops in this stout is the magic touch, and makes this one of my favorite brews.

Photo of PhiloPsych
3.78/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark cola brown as it pours from the bottle; leaves a tan, foamy head. Dark brown in the glass that lets through just a little red highlighting around the edges. The smell is pretty faint--all I detect is roasty malt. The taste is good and true to style (my current favorite style). As the beer warms and the fizz dissipates the mouthfeel seems creamier and the taste richer. As stouts go, this isn't particularly remarkable, but it is a good, solid beer.

Photo of DoubleJ
4.46/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Stout is good. That must be why I purchased this bottle. On to the beer:

That head is thick and billowy and stickin up very well. Not even light penerates through this black as midnight body. The nose gets a mix of spicy, herbal hops, and powdery unsweetened chocolate. Sticky burnt sugar is underneath it all. Taste...somewhat astringent, with a modest burnt edge. Hop leaf flavor is moderate. There's the bitter cofee. Yum, I'm having a fun time here. Slighly burnt astringent aftertaste, and very easy and balanced mouthfeel.

If you think Sierra Nevada Brewing is only known for their pale ale, guess again. Their stout, along with their porter, harvest ale, Celebration Ale, and Bigfoot are all additional reasons to love and drink this brewery's beer, regardless of beer knowledge.

Photo of beveritt
3.37/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Presentation: Poured from a stubby 12 oz brown bottle into a standard pint glass. Label is classic Sierra Nevada, this one is yellow. I heard they were going to be changing these around soon. No visible freshness date.

Appearance: Pours with a massive amount of head, can't even pour the bottle in one try. The surface tension is such that I can pour so the head is an inch or more over the rim of the glass. The head finally settles down to about 2 fingers of pillowy and dense tan foam. Awesome lacing. The beer itself is black as black can be, without even a hint of any other color around the edges. No sediment in the bottle.

Smell: Not much smell to this one. Slight roastiness from the barley.

Taste: Sharp acidic bite upfront, followed by husky graininess. Medium roasted barley bitterness then finishes with a mild hop bitterness and slight coffee flavor.

Mouthfeel: Average carbonation level. Body is good.

Drinkability: This beer is a beautiful thing to behold, with amazing lacing. Smell and taste were a little bit of a letdown, though. Especially for such a high quality brewery from which I expect a lot.

Photo of erz316
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - the bottle pours a solid dark liquid that is about as clear as mud. the head is a a lighter tan colour. a viscid head also leaves a nice lot of lacing evenly around the glass. there is a good ammount of yeast speckled around the bottom of the glass as well.

S - Very nice. an amazing chocolate smell emanates from my glass upon inspection. Not like a usual stout, however, this one's chocolate is not the bitter baking kind; there is a distinct sweetness to the scent that make it clearly different; though I would not go as far to say there are hints of fruit, the sweetness could be akin to such. there are some roasted cerials to be smelled, but I tend to get too caught up in the prior example, and leave those to be tasted

T - A good taste, but nothing comes out to grab my attention immediately. Probably the most prevalent is those background roasted cerials, malts and barley I suppose. The chocolate smell becomes an obscure taste that is more mixed with a slight bitterness of coffee than something pure and un-compromised.

MF - a bit to watery for my tastes, though the slight hint of carbonation does remedy this after it hit your palate in full, the initial sip into the mouth I find to be a bit to easy flowing. though I cannot say that the wateriness is constant, for it recedes once the beer is agitated in your mouth, if not, then the feel to the beer is less than something recommendable.

D - However! the lack of viscosity to the brew does lend itself to be very easy to drink, and this is a redeemable quality.

Photo of golfnbeer13
4.55/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from bottle to pint glass. Very dark brown almost black in color. Had a big frothy head with good retention and left alot of lacing. Initial aroma of chocolate, roasted malts and coffee. Maybe my nose is going bad but I don't smell any hops like others have. Tastes almost like it smells. Reminds me of chocolate covered coffee beans. Has a semi bitter after taste that goes away quickly. Was a little thin but overall a very drinkable, great tasting beer.

Photo of animal69
4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours a deep reddish-brown w/ a thick tan head which settles into chunks of bubbles and a ring of lace that coats the sides of my nonic quite well ; smell starts off with a citrusy cascade hop aroma turning a bit more coffee-like and fruity as it warms ; a nice hop bitterness and flavor initially turning to a more roasty and citrus with dark fruit notes, finishes quite hoppy ; a semi-dry creamy mouthfeel, a good co2 level as well ; an awesome brew, very drinkable, i'm surprised i haven't tried this one yet, one of the best stouts i've had...

Photo of glid02
4.35/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up at the Liquor Loft in Tallahassee.

Pours a dark brown color with a foamy one-finger light tan head. The head dissipates into a patchy layer of bubbles on top and a medium-sized ring around the glass. Lacing is decent.

Smells of roasted malts with light floral and citrus hop aromas. There's also a very small amount of dark fruits that come out every now and then.

Tastes very good. This is just a plain old tasty stout. Roasted malts with chocolate undertones are joined by a good hoppy presence, culminating in a bitter ending. Nothing flashy, just a very solid and hoppy stout.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a very good thickness with good carbonation. If I didn't know any better I'd swear this was way above 5.8%.

Drinkability is very good. None of the flavors are out of place and the low ABV is very nice to see in a stout this good.

Overall I don't know why we can't get this in GA, but I'll be buying more of it next time I'm in FL. Give this one a shot.

Photo of hoplover82
4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown almost black, but when held to the light, it's not quite black. The tan head is thick and creamy. Leaves great lacing.

Aroma of roasty and toasty malts, with a little floral hops to compliment. Some alcohol.

Flavor is a lot like the smell but with a good amount of bitterness to balance. Very hoppy in the flavor, which is not a bad thing.

Medium to full bodied. Creamy and very smooth.

Ok drinkability.

Sierra Nevada Stout from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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