Sierra Nevada Stout - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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2,928 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,928
Reviews: 1,347
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 11.3%
Wants: 219
Gots: 222 | 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 JArami
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A very dark ruby, with light only showing through around the edges. A creamy tan head that leaves thick lacing that chases the brew down the glass. Poured into a 14 oz mug.

S: Grainy and roasted with molasses-like malts showing. Burnt bitterness and a slight hop aroma.

T: High bitterness from the hops keep the sweetness in check. Chocolate and burnt sugars, caramel, dark roasted coffee at times. Nice bitterness from the hops and burnt malts, prominent in the aftertaste with a grainy hue.

M: Medium body with a little more carbonation than some of the other stouts I've poured from a bottle. Leaves the mouth a little dry lingering bitterness and a great roasted aroma like black coffee.

D: I had to give this straight 4's, I could drink this anytime with anything and I would be happy. It just doesn't stand out from the other Stouts I have tried. Although, I was impressed with the carbonation, I was expecting a ton of bubbles since it's American in origin. I was happily wrong. A very good Stout.

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

I am a big fan of Sierra's, and the Stout is certainly exceptional. It had an impressive four-finger head out of the bottle, that was slow to dissipate, leaving a nice lace behind. The scent was mild.

The taste was very smooth, and tasted like a coffee-stout really. Left a distinct slightly bitterish taste in the back of the mouth.

The Stout is definitely one of the best that I have had. Sierra does an excellent job of making clean tasting beer with flavor -- the stout is no different.

Photo of hoegaardenhero
3.38/5  rDev -17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

a: beautiful rich deep black/brown with creamy tan head that lasts

s: smells of sweet malts with hints of chocalate and coffee malts mixed with hops providing a complex kick.

t: starts out on the sweet grainy side but takes a sharp turn toward the burnt coffee/hoppy bitterness; quite enjoyable, just a little bit too much of the latex bitterness that comes from burnt coffee malts at the finish

m: nice and creamy with just the right amount of carbonation, enough to keep it smooth but interesting

d: nice and creamy but a little bit too unbalanced in terms of burnt bitter flavors; still good but not the well-balanced beer I would expect from Sierra Nevada

Photo of TheTrevor
3.38/5  rDev -17%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This beer poured a dark opaque brown with a large foamy head that lingered for a while. The smell is reminiscent of pine and roasted malts. The taste is not as strong as I expected, with a sweeter almost chocolate middle that ends with just a little bit of hops bite. There is a satisfyingly thick mouthfeel, with a nice bit of carbonation. I'd consider this beer to be fairly drinkable, but I couldn't imagine knocking too many of them back in one sitting.

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

this is one of the first real beers I ever tried. About 15 years ago. I know my palate has matured, but I remembered it tasting much much better. Dark, with a tan head. Pretty lame retention, but nice lace. Smelled ok with a nice piney hop character and roasty malt. Tasted the same as nose. Well blended, not too bitter and very clean. Lighter side of full body and could be much silkier. Carbonation carries it well with a nice warming finish. Very very easy drink. Low abv makes it a great session stout. Props to the pioneers SN.

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

I think I could call this my favorite beer (right now anyways). What I like most abut this stout is it has hops. You can taste mild hops on the after taste. It is a great take on a classic style.

It is also widely sold. And living where I do, in a beer wasteland, something being easier to get means a lot.

Photo of cswhitehorse
4.28/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

After drinking cases and cases of their pale ale over the years, this is my first attempt at the Stout. It was a beautiful opal color with a tiny foam head that dissipates quickly. The smell is a lovely roasted maltiness with a soft alcohol overtone. The taste was smooth and it was a great balance between the roasted malts and a little hops on the finish. It is nice an chewy in the mouth and leaves some good chocolate in the palate. I would consider this a money stout.

Photo of czechsaaz
3.8/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice roast aroma but also has a pretty strong citrus hop aroma. Among other things lots of fruity yeast smells too. Little hint of green apple acetaldehyde smell.

Deep reddish color with a small tan head that fades to a thin rim around the glass. Little bit of lacing, not much.

Pretty hop bitter to start. The folow through is nice and malty with good amounts of roast but not so much that it is a dry beer. Not a lot of hop flavor. The base malt and the roast flavor is pretty much left alone to balance out the initial hop bitterness. Also has some estery yeast character like prunes or raisins.

A little thin for a stout. I'd like a little more body. Carbonation level is pretty lively and not creamy like most stouts.

Good balanced beer. Not really your typical stout if that's what you're looking for but a good beer on it's own merits.

Photo of MMansfield
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Received bottle from trade. Thanks Mark.

Appearance: Pours a very black colour with a giant foamy light tanned cap. Leaves an equally giant amount of lace. Great retention.

Aroma: Sweet and black. Aroma of dark fruit, raisins, dates, some semi sweet chocolate.

Taste: Sweet and fruity. Quite fruity infact. Mild sweetened chocolate flavours, bready, finish is very dry with a good bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, I like a little fuller body in my stouts. Very velvety, appropriate carbonation.

Final Statement: A very good stout, not my favourite, but I would never turn this down.

Photo of eberkman
4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nearly opaque black with glints of red when held up to the light. Rich, thick, solid, creamy brown head. Not the strongest smelling beer, but it's inviting -- dark-roasted coffee beans and perhaps a hint of dark chocolate. The taste is wonderful -- dark-roasted coffee, rich toffee, some dark, ripe fruits, transitioning beautifully into a bitter, burnt finish that's much more pleasing here than in a cup of Starbucks. Full-bodied mouthfeel without being heavy. Good level of carbonation. Very, very drinkable -- especially in cool weather. Would be phenomenal with a hearty meal. And if I ever cross the threshhold of decadence and have beer with a full breakfast, this would be a great choice.

One of SN's best offerings.

Photo of Lothore
3.73/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Deep black with a creamy gigantic dark brown head.

S- Sweet malt smell, a hint of coffee.

T- Taste consists of coffee, hop bitterness, and a cream flavor.

M- Mouthfeel is thick and very carbonated.

D- This is a fairly drinkable stout. The hop presence brings the drinkability down a tad but definitely a solid brew.

Photo of Absumaster
4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A black, translucent beer with a thin off-white head.

Smell is full and has burned notes that remind me of coffee and dark chocolate. The hops add an earthy quality and bitterness is high, even for a stout.

Taste is bitter, split up in a great hop bitterness, which is a bit resinous and earthy, and a malt bitterness of the roasted barley. The dark malts give great coffee, chocolate and liquorice notes. Body is pretty big for it's ABV, but it is always wonderful to have a beer with relative low alcohol and enormous taste. I wonder if there is any flaked barley in this beer, somewhere in the back I get a little oily taste, and body is full.

Photo of MmmIPA
4.4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cola looking body with a tan thick head thats very fluffy.As the head goes down the lacing comes up.Awesome aint it?

hoppy goodness(fruity)

Burnt,roasted,chocolate bitterness.Coffee notes there also.The chocolate is sweet at first then leads to a bitterness.Hop bitterness in there as well.

Mouthfeel is creamy with the usual stout notes.

I like this beer also,it ranks up there with there porter,as far as dark beers stand.I could drink this day in and day out.I heard this beer was tasty and damn it is tasty.Very tasty

Photo of Gambrinus1184
4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12-ounce bottle into my Sierra Nevada pint glass.

A: Pours a nice, dark coffee color from the classic, stubby Sierra Nevada bottle, forming a generous two finger head of tan foam that slowly fades in the middle, leaving a thick ring around the glass. The brew is dark, and let's almost no light in. Very nice.

S: Smell is of sweet malts and fresh brewed coffee. There is a slight hop to the nose, which balances out the aroma on this stout quite nicely.

T: Frothy, slightly bitter chocolate with a nice roasted coffee finish. The barley is there, and the hop bitterness balances out the taste very well.

M: Mouthfeel is full, but not overpowering. For a stout that leans a bit towards the Russian style in terms of mouthfeel, this one is certainly not too potent.

D: I wouldn't call this a session stout the way I could its Irish brethren, but I'd love to have one with a chocolate dessert, and a couple more afterwards. Very easy and smooth.

Sierra Nevada has done it again. Their American stout is just as fitting to the style as it can be. Sweet, bitter, smooth and satisfying. I can't wait to review their Porter, just to taste the subtle differences.

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

A really great stout. It's jet black and lets no light through it at all, and has a tan head that sticks around nicely. The taste is exactly what a stout should taste like. Thick, heavy, creamy, tons and tons of roasted barley, and just enough hops to balance it all out. Great brew from a great brewery; I can't think of an American stout I've enjoyed more.

Photo of brendan13
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Very dark brown in colour with an inch of tan head that slowly falls away. Little bit of clinging lace.
S - Roasty chocolate & coffee at first. Sierra Nevada being Sierra Nevada there is also a floral, citrusy hoppiness released with a bit of a swirl.
T - Like the smell it is very roasty with a bitter chocolate taste dominating.
M - Medium bodied with a low to medium carbonation. Strong roasted coffee and chocolate aftertaste.
D - A tasty, drinkable stout. Like all US craft brews here it's too expensive to consume on a regular basis but if it was cheaper it would be a regular for sure.
After trying this and the porter I'd love to get my hands on some Big Foot & Celebration. Anyone?

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

12oz bottle, served in a pint glass.

A - almost black color with a tan head that thinned to a ring as it warmed, no lace.

S - strong roasted aromas of malt and coffee.

T - a stout with a very pronounced hop bite, it's different, it's good.

M - medium bodied, carbonation is good for this particular variation of a stout.

D - very easy drinking brew, not too heavy and it tastes good.

Photo of AlephNull
3.48/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got a craving for a Stout and since I'd never had one of these, I thought I'd give her a shot.

A- Pours a deep brown with a finger of brown head that sticks around and leaves a nice sticky lacing on the glass.

S- I smell a bit of a choclatey roasted grains smell primarily, but there's a bit of a hop bite hidden in there too.

T- Doesn't fit the Stout character extremely well -- opens with a very active hoppy character that fades to reveal a bit of those stout notes that along with the color make this qualify as a stout. Theres a grainy, choclatey taste before the hops come back in and finish off the taste. Not bad, but a little weird for the style.

M- Thin for a stout, but no inherently bad characteristics.

D- Drinks well, but I was hoping for a more traditional stout.

Photo of jmalex
3.85/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I seriously didn't even know this existed - which made me want to buy it even more. Time to drink up!

APPEARANCE: Pours into my Samuel Smith imperial pint a deep brown to black with a one and a half finger pale tan head. It's rocky and cloud-like and eventually settles to a nice collar and hazy coating. Lacing is present in splotchy sheets.

SMELL: Aromas aren't particularly intense, but what's there is a great balance of caramel, chocolate, and raw roasted barley. A decent but subtle west coast hop aroma comes through as well. Pretty much exactly what I would have expected.

TASTE: The initial hit is fantastic with a mellow but flavorful velvety chocolate and coffee flavor. Then the hops come on - citrusy yet fairly restrained - and then... poof. All my flavor is gone. Mild caramelly notes last through the finish along with some significant hop flavor, but most of the richness fades away. Even still, what was there was fantastic.

MOUTHFEEL: The body is decent - I'd call it almost full bodied. The carbonation is medium and makes the texture very smooth and just a tad syrupy.

DRINKABILITY: It's quite good. The ABV is restrained and doesn't get in the way. The hops balance the malt nicely, but still stand out on their own. A fuller malt flavor is all that separates this from being a go-to beer.

Surprisingly nice! It certainly has a significant hop character to it, as one would expect from Sierra Nevada. But you could certainly do worse, and I just might go back to this sometime in the future. Impressive!

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

A: Very deep brown with a tan head of about 1.5 fingers.

S: Smells very good. Chocolate malt.

T: Chocolate, coffee, and malt. Very good! A hoppy finish, not overpoweringly so, but a little more than my preference. Hop aftertaste diminishes quickly.

M: Goes astringent quickly after swallowing. Leaves a nice crisp feel. Exceptional.

D: This is fairly carbonated, so a lot of burping was involved in drinking it. I would say, for a stout, this is very drinkable.

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

Pors from 12oz bottle(with twist off cap) a near pitch black with some reddish hues and a good 2 finger head of foam that loses some substance during the seesion but by the time my glass is almost empty, there's still a solid layer with plenty of lacing.

The smell is sweetish. I get a lot of caramel and roasted malt and it's nice.

The taste has some sweet malt initially but more flavours come into play. Roasted malt follows with a very small hot chocolate presence...well, it's not so small after all as it's giving a good bitter kick to this stout about midway through and it dominates the finish very nicely but that sweet malty goodness lasts right through from the start to the finish. Man, it's hitting my taste buds on all cylinders and I'm reallly enjoying sipping on this excellent version of an American Stout and..the lowish abv helps make it a very drinkable brew. As far as I'm concerned, this is a classic American Stout and if you've overlooked this one before, give it a shot and I don't think you'll regret it. Highly recommended!

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

12oz brown screwtop bottle from RSVP in Portland. Completely opaque black body with a half inch of light tan head. Chocolate and coffee malts balance citrus hops in the aroma. Roasted and burnt malts share the flavor with citrussy piney American hops. Roastiness lingers even after the finish. Thick full mouthfeel does not hurt the drinkability. A pretty darn solid stout.

Photo of Atron67
4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz stubby with a twist off-cap

A - Poured a dark black body with huge foamy brown head that lasted a while and left strong lacing

S - malty slighty sweet, strong toasted notes

T- smooth toasted flavor throughout, a nice slightly bitter finish

M- slightly sharp carbonation medium body, smooth

D- a solid stout, well worth the purchase

Photo of auxiliary
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

appearance - dark chocolate color, real nice large fluffy head when poured and left some lace.

smell - roasted malt, and nutty smell.

taste - Roasted taste, taste of barley and chocolate.

mouthfeel - Medium body, some carbination.

drinkability - pretty good stout, I'm starting to like Sierra Nevada

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

Pours black with creamy tan head that hangs around. Nice lacing on glass. Nice roasted coffee and chocolate aroma. Taste is much the same, bitter not sweet. Very good. Nice lacing on glass. This is a good beer. Really good mouthfeel, I would recommend this.

Sierra Nevada Stout from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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