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Sierra Nevada Stout - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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3,023 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,023
Reviews: 1,371
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 11.06%
Wants: 229
Gots: 279 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
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 tpd975
3.76/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A:Pours a nice dark black with some ruby highlights around the edges. The tan head built to a full finger before dying down to a cap. Some light lace noted.

S: The aroma had a nice sweet chocolate aroma with hints of cream. Not real bold overall but a light bitter coffee aroma can be detected as well.

T: The taste was of bitter coffee with light chocolate. Hints of smoke can be detected as well. Nice roasty quality I must say.

M: A medium to light in body, rather smooth.

D: Flavor is pretty good overall and this one is smooth and drinkable. What more can you ask for at this price point?

Photo of n00tz
3.96/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - 2 finger sexy brunette head tops a deep brown body with untold liveliness underneath. The head lingers leaving intricate lace behind.

S - more malt than hops detected, which was somewhat sweet with spices.

T - molasses malty goodness, light coffee sensed..

M - needs more carbonation to give it the full stout feel, otherwise well rounded smooth stout.

D - as far as stouts go, this one is nearing the top of the charts if I were judging.

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

Poured the standard rich blackish color you would expect from a stout, and with a hefty head. This brew doesn't punch you in the face with that typical stout bite - it's got some character all its own. There is a certain mild sweetness in my opinion, which sort of sets it apart from other of the same style.

Photo of Floydster
3.31/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle purchased individually at Beverage Warehouse in Los Angeles for about $1.50, split with my dad last night, poured into my Three Philosophers glass

A-Mix between mahogany and a very dark brown, one inch creamy tan head that stays around for a long time, nice retention, some lacing
S-Chocolate, roasted malts, creamy milk, tobacco, leather, burned caramel, some smokiness, and herbs
T-To my surprise I tasted some dark fruit in my sip which was weird because I could not identify any of it in the aroma, other than that it starts out pretty dry, mellows in some malt in the middle which sweetens later, finish is both sweet and dry with dark chocolate and coffee, dryness goes away almost completely once it warms, needs more of a punch as far as flavor goes
M-Needs more carbonation to battle it out with the thick full body, roasty and rich mouthfeel, taste lingers slightly
D-Low in alcohol but heavy on the stomach, stuff gets pretty rich once it warms and a bit hard to drink, was fine with the five or six ounces I had

Had this after the porter and it was slightly better but still not great, I liked the barrel aged version of this a lot more, does not stack up with SN's other brews in my opinion, probably will not drink again, might be worth trying if you are curious

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

wow, 638 reviews as of this writing. I know this has been around for ages but I happily picked this up while a bit far from home with less than exciting choices for alternatives. Wow, this is good. I think the grass is no longer greener over there. I like it here just fine.

Definitely recommended.

Photo of hustlesworth
4.45/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A- deep abyssal black with mahogany highs. signature puffy beige head rises out of my glass like a donut. a donut with excellent retention. lots of drippy lace blankets.

S- thick coffee and cocoa aroma, chocolate milk, dark chocolate, burnt wood, pipe tobacco, smokey leather, charcoal roasted malt, anise, and even root beer!

T- herbal coffee bitterness, raisin, black cherry, prune, and a faint burnt fruit, resinous, charred wood, tart dark fruits, earthy soil, and a very bitter very nice hop finish.

MF- thick and coating, low carbonation give a rich feeling, full bodied, powdery, substantial. feels nutritious.

D- great D for such a bold beer, its low abv would make it great to session in the depths of winter.

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

A: Poured into a pint glass. Body is black with a 1-finger dark tan/chocolate colored head. Leaves some lace.

S: Basic impression is "roasty" -- roasted malt with a hint of coffee. Nice nose indicates a hearty stout is coming.

T: Coffee, roasted malt and some chocolate -- milk, not dark chocolate. Despite strong malt profile, however, it finishes with a nice dry bitterness that lingers nicely.

M: Active carbonation -- more so than with most. Medium-to-heavy in weight.

D: Very good. Went down very easily.

Photo of wheatyweiss
3.66/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a chalice.

Huge meringue head that does not recede, it refuses! Dark cola coffee color. Sticky lace all around the glass.

Aroma is a little weak, but I get caramel and coffee, with dark chocolate.

Dark roasted malts with a dry flavor that belies the sweetness.Dates and raisins with a hint of cinnamon alcohol. Dry roasted grains and a nice hop bitterness that balances well.

A little thin on he tongue. Gives more flavor than body.

A great tasting beer, just not a great stout.

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

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A - Pours a jet black with 1 finger tan head that goes nowhere fast.

S - Nothing powerful here. Malty and slightly sweet.

T - Well balanced dark roasted flavor (almost coffee) with a hint of chocolate and smoke? Some bittering on the end plays out well.

M - Perfect for a Stout here. Nice head retention with a full rich body.

D - I usually finish with a Stout, but I could pair this with more than dessert.

Photo of redmagik99
4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

i love the look of a good stout - opaque, black, big brown head, nice retention, lots of lacing. smells roasted, coffee beans, rum, some chocolate. Taste has all that and considerable bitterness. Some hop flavor emerges through. Dark chocolate and strong coffee comes to mind. I prefer less hops for the style but it's not bad by any means. Was a little put off at first when I sipped it straight out of the fridge but it gets better as it warms a bit. Medium bodied, some chewiness to the mouthfeel. Medium prickly carbonation. Drinks pretty nicely. I appreciate a non-imperial stout with the robustness of the bigger guys. My only complaint is the extensive hoppy bitterness but if you like that in the style you'll love this beer.

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

Pours a wonderful rocky tan colored foamy head. The initial taste is a nice roasted malt that's not over powering. Just right amount of bitterness. Great mouthful, not to gummy and a clean aftertaste. Just right balance for a stout - highly recommended.

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

Quite dark brew, with a big and pockmarked light tan head. Perfect-looking stout. The aroma is both aromatic hop leaf and estery alcohol on one hand, and bittersweet chocolate-roast grain and molasses on the other. Well balanced and impressively assertive with the sweet taking the lead. Mouthfeel is full enough to be right on style, everything is right there. Well done.

Photo of sholland119
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours an opaque black with a thin tan head and very little lacing.

Roasted coffee is the predominant aroma with a whiff of bittersweet chocolate and some faint hops.

A smooth bittersweet chocolate in the front followed by a solid roasted coffee bitterness in the finish. Very nice.

Mouthfeel is very solid for the style, maybe a little thin but no more so than is typical for this type of stout.

A delicious brew that is very sessionable. Does not get the juices flowing like a chewy RIS but a very interesting beer to drink for a while.


Photo of 1759Girl
4.41/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thank heaven for my recent houseguest, Gooch. Being a Chicoan (and SN employee!) she brought me a six pack of stout, knowing it was one of my favorite SN beers.
Even in the bottle, it doesn't dissapoint.
Appearance>Dark brown, big chocolate foamy head. lively. Probably the prettiest lacing you will ever see on a glass. Effing beautiful.
Smell>Coffee, dark chocolate, burnt toast.
taste> bitter start, full stout flavor, beautiful balance of sweet notes and bitterchocolate, smokey finish. Complex. Excellent representation of an American stout.
Mouthfeel> thinner than I prefer, but good.
Drinkability> dang good stuff. I'd gladly have another.

Photo of ItMakesMeHappy
4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pitch black with a creamy tan head that sticks to the walls of glass leaving impressive lacing. A thin layer of heady carbonation stayed threw out the entire beer.

S- It smells of rich dark chocolate, grains and a hint of raisins. The hint of hops pops threw also.

T- Rich creamy roasted coffee and dark chocolate. The flavors are bold and not at all watery. Despite the creamy like begining its ends dry with this hoppy stout. Their seems to be a good amount of hop bitterness but not to much hop aroma or taste.

M- Rich heavy mouthfeel with alot of carbonation.

D- This beer is pretty drinkable but I think it would start weighing down on me after 3 or 4.

Notes: This is a good fall back stout to have in your fridge.

Photo of klintok21
4.8/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A dark stout poured into a pub glass from a bottle. Great smell, a coffee type aroma. Seemed bitter at first, but after that, very smooth with the back taste of a bold coffee. Light carbonation leads this to be a great beer. I like this better than Guinness personally.

Photo of gonzo46and2
4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

pours a deep black with a red tint when held up to light. Decent head and lacing.

Smells chocolately and savory

Taste is even and not too sweet

Average mouthfeel could be a bit heavier. Easy to drink.

Cheaper than many beers of the same quality...

Photo of zeff80
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - Poured out a dark, cola-brown color with a tan, bubbly/foamy, two-finger head. It left sticky rings of lace.

S - It smelled of roasted malt, coffee and some caramel notes.

T - It tasted of bitter hops at first sip. Great smooth roasted malt flavor with coffee hints.

M - It was crisp and sharp. A medium-bodied beer with a smooth finish.

D - This is a really good stout. One of the best mass produced stouts around.

Photo of ckeegan04
4.18/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

A - Dark dark brown color that lets very little light through. Verging on black. Two finger brown head that fades quickly to about a 1/2 inch of head. Very good sheets of brown lace on the glass.

S - Aromas of roasted malts dominate. Coffee and a somewhat nutty smell are the strongest. Also some hints of chocolate linger.

T - A little weak on the taste, but still a good taste of roasted chocolate and nuts (pecans?). A nice earthy hop bite slips in and out quickly to provide a good balance.

M/D - Medium to full bodied but not quite as full as I expect from a stout. Still very good and crisp. A very drinkable American stout.

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

Sierra Nevada doesn't usually let me down and I do enjoy stouts so I'm sure this will be a great beer

A- Looks beautiful with a very dark, brown / opaque appearance. Plentiful thick carbonation with plenty of miniature bubbles

S- Smells like sweet coffee roasts with a pinch of hops

T- Tastes mostly of roasted dark fruits with a slight grapefruit aftertaste

M- Feels excellent with a full body that is carried smoothly over the palate with excellent micro-carbonation

D- I could drink this for days and not get bored with it

Photo of bluemoonswoon
4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a Sam Adams pint glass. No freshness date.

A: Pours a nearly black but more along the lines of a very dark brown with dark ruby highlights near the bottom and top edges of the glass. The pours is quite smooth and rather quick and yeilds a decently creamy though just as bit rocky one inch beige and sandy head that just as quickly bubbles down into a half an inch cap which fades into a ring and leaves some nice looking lacing down the sides of the glass.

S: Smell is nice and fresh. Super toasty with a mild chocolate and nutty character and just the slightest hint of citric hops but mostly covered by the maltier aspects of the beer. Doesn't take me to another world but still good.

T/MF: Super toasty opening, quite dry, like a mini version of Beer Geek Breakfast but not nearly as shatter the earth, Sahara desert kind of dryness that you find in that beer, which is to say a pleasing dryness backed by a solid hop bitterness. Mild tobacco, toasted grains, bakers chocolate, little coffee but really not that much, mostly the hop bitterness makes you want to imagine coffee. The mouthfeel is full and chewy with a snappy hop and malt bitterness bit, fantastic mouthfeel and not a half bad taste either.

D: yet another solid offering from Sierra Nevada, I swear they do not make a bad beer. This one feels bigger than it is but maybe this is because it is a bit late right now.

Photo of kdales77
4.12/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I never used to into the Sierra line of beers but they have really been growing on me the last few years. As with all my brew I poured into a glass and let it warm a little before tasting.

A: Poured a very dark brown, almos black, with a thin tan head that turned into a film.

S: Chocolate, roasted malts, a little bit of hops (like all Sierra Brews)

T: Malty sweetness, nice chocolate, coffee, and malt blend. Sweet tastes are more prevalent than the bitterness. A very well balanced taste.

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

D: This is a highly drinkable stout and fine beer.

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

Poured into a pint glass. Dark black with good carbonation. Large foamy tan head, laces the glass well. The light can not see through even on the edges. The aroma is roasted coffee, bitter choclate, expresso beans, and raisins. The taste is all the scents rolled up and put on your tongue. There is a hop bitterness up front and in the finish. There is a slight drying effect from the brew. It sides more towards a sweet stout, IMO. The body is full and rich. A session stout that you could always have in your fridge.

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

A: Pours a dark, nearly opaque blackish-brown.
S: Tones of pine, roasted malt are definitely vibrant here.
T: Very bitter, nutty, with coffee and unsweetened chocolate flavors.
M: Nice, full feel in the mouth.
D: Definitely a session beer for me.

Yet another excellent beer from one of the best breweries out there in my opinion.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.83/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark brown color, with a short foamy off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of roasted malts, dark chocolate and coffee with a touch of hops.

T: The taste is malty with sweet flavors of dark chocolate & roasted coffee and a little fruit up front. There's a mild hops presence that provides a good balance for a stout. This one doesn't overdo the chocolate and maltiness like some other stouts do. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easy, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, this is a good beer to drink if you want a regular stout that isn't going to try to knock you over.

Sierra Nevada Stout from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 3,023 ratings.