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Sierra Nevada Stout - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Sierra Nevada Stout
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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

2,811 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 2,811
Reviews: 1,338
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 11.06%
Wants: 195
Gots: 173 | 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:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-14-2000)
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Photo of wolffman17
4.38/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sierra Nevada Stout pours a deep dark brown; it's almost black. The tan head is big and creamy. An appetizing stout.
Roasted malt aroma with chocolate, molasses, and hops.
This stout is rich and flavorful. Roasted malts, coffee, bittersweet chocolate, and a perfect hop bitterness for balance. Excellent.
It's smooth with just the right level of moderate carbonation. A dry bitterness lingers nicely.
Highly drinkable.

SN Stout is a piece of art. There's not much that could make this beer better, and I could easily consume this as an everyday stout. A fine beer that I highly recommend for the style.

wolffman17, Sep 04, 2006
Photo of Deconstructionis
4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is a solid stout but not a go-to for me. To be honest I'm not sure if this would be considered a dry stout or a sweet stout, but in any event it's good.

It's opaque dark brown, nearly black A somewhat sudsy head that persists and coats a new glass. The aroma is bittersweet with roasted notes and coffee, some spicy hop.

The taste is quite sweet with a nice hop bitterness to finish, a slight hint of caramel and roasted pecan.

It's very rich, thick and creamy, quite heavy body compared to "classic" Irish dry. Not something I would drink many of at one sitting but quite good drinking.

Deconstructionis, Aug 31, 2006
Photo of Dizzy
3.3/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours dark brown with red highlights. Creamy tan head. Aroma is chocolate and sweet malts. Flavor is roasted malts, hop flavors and hop bitterness. Medium mouthfeel, it was lighter bodoed than I expected. It seems too hoppy for a stout, but what else would you expect from Sierra Nevada. This isn't one of my favorites, but its worth trying.

Dizzy, Aug 29, 2006
Photo of mithrascruor
4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a mug.

Appearance: Pours a dark brown/black color with a bit of visible carbonation. Head is thick and creamy, tan, and about a quarter inch.

Smell: Smells of roasted malts, hops, and a bit of fruit. Really nice and solid aroma.

Taste: Lots of malts, some toffee, and plenty of citrusy hops. Aftertaste is full of bitter hops... maybe a bit too much for my preferences.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth and creamy. Medium- to heavy-bodied with some tingly carbonation.

Drinkability: A really strong yet drinkable stout. ABV is moderate, but not bothersome.

Overall it's a really nice stout. My only complaint is that it is a bit too bitter for my tastes (I enjoy the citrusy/hoppy bitterness in pale ales and such, but not this strong when it's in a stout). But if you enjoy stouts, certainly give this a try.

mithrascruor, Aug 18, 2006
Photo of hero27
4.45/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle.
5.8% abv.

I haven't had this beer in a long, long time..and it's long overdue for a review.
Deep, dark brown..creamy tan head. Holds very well and leaves nice streams of lacing behind.
Bold nutty aroma..molasses, roasted barley & heavy chocolate as well.
Superb chocolate character, which is what really makes this stout unique. Rich, mouthwatering flavors. The roasted malts are definitely not overshadowed by the chocolate, and only serve to compliment them. The hops add just enough lingering bitterness to balance it out.

One of my all-time favorite stouts...often overlooked, it's a shame I don't drink this more often.

hero27, Aug 16, 2006
Photo of burnstar
4.45/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours opaque black with a thick light tan rocky head that dissipates slowly. Mild aroma of roasted malt with espresso notes. A light herbal hop presence is also noticable in the nose. Taste is major dark roasted malt with notes of coffee and chocolate. Hops are also present- herbal and citrusy. Very nicely balanced. Full bodied mouthfeel with moderate cabonation. A good and extremely drinkable brew. Very solid stout.

burnstar, Aug 15, 2006
Photo of SPLITGRIN
3.93/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Black Body hosts a massive 3 inch head as a result of a vigorous pour, leaving a lot of lace as it fades. Very zesty cola like malt feel on the nose is almost nutty. Very smooth and very sweet as it enters the mouth. Almost syrupy, like maltieness. A hint of black liqorce. Finishes realatively cleanly for a stout, not nearly as bitter as many others. Very drinkable. A six pack is in order I do believe.

SPLITGRIN, Aug 10, 2006
Photo of jackorain
4.18/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Poured this fridge cold bottle into a pint glass. Poured thick, nearly completely opaque black. At the bottom of the glass you could see a modicum of light shining through in cherry color. Poured out with a 2.5 inch thick tan head with a small crown. In the two to three minutes it took to write my notes the head dissappated to a very lovely 1/2 inch coat. Lacing was excellent

S-aroma of coffee, chocoalte, malt and hop

T-strong coffe, dark chocolate nice hop bite balanced very well with malty sweetness. Tastes just like it smells, which is very good.

M-Sticky sweet and oily very thick body coats t mouth and tongue, very good

D-Very good this one could go all night

It is interesting, folks down in at the Jersey shore, last night were saying your drinking stout, it's too hot for that. I said "we have plenty of Corona Light and Limes for you folks"

This beer is excelelnt overall.

jackorain, Aug 02, 2006
Photo of mnj21655
4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours nearly black in color with a ½” tan head that quickly dissipated. Had good lacing. Smell was of roasted malts, dark chocolate and some hops. Tasted of roasted chocolate malts and coffee with some bitterness. Had a nice mouthfeel, was medium bodied and didn’t have too much carbonation. Very drinkable, a great example of an American Stout.

mnj21655, Jul 28, 2006
Photo of scruffwhor
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

scruffwhor, Jul 22, 2006
Photo of lackenhauser
4.6/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

lackenhauser, Jul 19, 2006
Photo of riversider76
3.7/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

riversider76, Jul 18, 2006
Photo of Derek
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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!

Derek, Jul 10, 2006
Photo of palffyfan
3.15/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

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..

palffyfan, Jul 08, 2006
Photo of AlesRTasty
4.58/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

AlesRTasty, Jul 05, 2006
Photo of MuenchenerKindl
3.7/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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

MuenchenerKindl, Jun 28, 2006
Photo of jpkoch1962
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

jpkoch1962, Jun 27, 2006
Photo of Domingo
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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!

Domingo, Jun 15, 2006
Photo of IntriqKen
4.28/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

IntriqKen, Jun 14, 2006
Photo of Golden2wenty1
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Golden2wenty1, Jun 09, 2006
Photo of rtratzlaff
4.43/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

06/07/06
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.

rtratzlaff, Jun 08, 2006
Photo of WeisGuy
4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

WeisGuy, Jun 05, 2006
Photo of Graebner
4.72/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Graebner, Jun 04, 2006
Photo of weeare138
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

weeare138, May 31, 2006
Photo of Fish113d
3.83/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Fish113d, May 28, 2006
Sierra Nevada Stout from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 2,811 ratings.