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Sierra Nevada Stout - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Sierra Nevada Stout
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2,754 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,754
Reviews: 1,327
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 11.06%
Wants: 192
Gots: 160 | 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 KarlHungus
4.83/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This brew pours a solid black color. The head is two fingers in height, and off white. It is really weird (in a good way) to see a stout with a head this white, it really gives it character. The aroma is of chocolate and roasted malts. It is very relaxing and calming. The taste of chocolate with some coffee in the finish. Coffee, where the hell did that come from? The aroma certainly didn't hint at it, but I sure do like it. The mouthfeel is full bodied with nice carbonation. Overall, this is one of the most unpredictable beers I have ever had. The appearance is odd, the aroma doesn't disclose the taste, and I love it.

KarlHungus, Feb 15, 2006
Photo of GClarkage
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

02/12/06- Purchased at Ledger's Liquors in Berkeley, CA.

Presentation- 12oz bottle with no freshness info. Poured into my Sierra Nevada pint glass.

Appearance- Black opaque pour, full 3/4 inch head and above average lacing.

Smell- Dark sweet roasted malts, light hops, and a fruity kind of scent...plums?

Taste- Roasted malt flavor with a mild semi-sweet taste as well as a light hop bitterness. Not as much fruit flavor in the tongue, but still a touch of dark fruits.

Mouthfeel- Medium carbonation, lightly creamed in texture. Mild bitterness in the aftertaste.

Drinkability- This one if just fine. Tasty, easy to drink and quenching. Sierra Nevada usually doesn't fail.

GClarkage, Feb 14, 2006
Photo of Enola
3.98/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is one of the better offerings from this brewer. A very solid stout. The beer poured pitch black with a thick head. I think this is the first stout I have had with floaters. The smell is more like a good porter. The taste is toasted grain. There is a slight coffee finish. The mouthfeel is very smooth. No bad aftertaste here. I could drink these again and probably will because of it's price and availability.

Enola, Feb 14, 2006
Photo of BigDaddyWil
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from a 12oz. bottle into a pint glass.
No freshness date.

Pours dark black in color, with some ruby highlights. A half inch creamy tan head, that dissapates quickly. Some delicate, sticky lacing. The smell is mostly of roasted malts, with some hints of roasted coffee. Heavy roasted malt taste, and ends with a burnt exspresso and some nutty flavors. Well balanced, creamy mouthfeel, with lots of carbonation. Great drinkability, a definite session brew, low abv, not to filling, an all day sipper!!!

BigDaddyWil, Feb 12, 2006
Photo of PBRstreetgang
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with ruby highlights. A massive three finger head is dense and tannish cream in color. Oustanding retention and sticky patches of lacing. Rich malty nose; roasted barley, dark chocolate and coffee aromas are full and strong. The roasted notes provide both a sweet, and a bitter-charred flavor. Coffee becomes very apparent in the middle, and some mild baker's chocolate peeks through. Dry aftertaste, where earthy american hops finally become present and complete the near perfect balance. Medium body, lightly carbonated, and exceedingly smooth. Would make a nice session ale, but could work equally well as a dessert beer.

PBRstreetgang, Feb 12, 2006
Photo of Byeast
4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured nice deep black with creamy off-white head of large and small bubbles. Smell is earthy , deep rich tones of: some caramel , dark malts , bitter bakers chocolate, and leafy hops. Taste is similar , rich and malty-sweet yet balanced with fresh bitter hops. Chocolatey flavor is on the bittersweet side with roast. Very tasty and fresh. Carbonated and creamy mouthfeel. I found this Stout to be very drinkable and a great offering from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

Byeast, Feb 11, 2006
Photo of orfeu
4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark, dark brown -- but not quite black. Some rubied light manages to sneak through. Sturdy tan foam cap about an inch or so. Roasted chocolate malt aroma with lively pine-needle compost hops making their presence known as well. Dark malt flavor. Chocolate oil sweetness broken up by hop bitterness. Roasty choco-coffee malts on the follow-through. Prickly-spicy hop finish. Quite good, quite good. Slick, oily mouthfeel, medium-to-full body. A great, great stout -- full-flavored but easily quaffed. Yet another fine offering from Sierra Nevada.

orfeu, Feb 10, 2006
Photo of LordChesterfield
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

appearance: Stout like.
smell: Very expressive and nutritive smell. Full of toasted goodness.
taste: complex and extremely well rounded with coffee, roasted nut, and delicious sierra nevada styled hopping flavors.
mouthfeel: oh so smooth yet substantial.
Drinkabitilty: as drinkable as any stout I ever did taste.

This is really how a stout should be done. It really makes me realize how lacking Irish dry stouts like Guinness really are. Another feather in Sierra Nevada's cap as well. Bully!

LordChesterfield, Feb 09, 2006
Photo of wcudwight
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Pours a dark brown with a 1/2" tan head that has decent retention. Sticky lacing on the side of the glass. Smells like a fruity and floral coffee. Taste is of a black strong coffee, with a hop kick in the middle, and a nice roasted finish. Feels good in the mouth, maybe a bit too carbonated. Very drinkable. Nice tasting Stout that you could session endlessly. Another fine brew from Sierra Nevada and a fine representation of the style.

wcudwight, Feb 06, 2006
Photo of NJpadreFan
3.63/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sierra Nevada Stout

Appearance- dark brown almost black with a thick frothy head.
Smell- nice roasted coffee bean with chocolate. Chared oak as well.
Taste- roasted coffee with cocoa powder tossed in. Alcohol isn't masked that well.
Mouthfeel- a little harsh. Alcohol is too present.

Overall- a decent stout but aslighty harsh around the edges. If the alcohol could be masked better and tone down the carbonation this would be excellent.

NJpadreFan, Feb 05, 2006
Photo of musingmonkey
3.95/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This was my first American stout, and one that I'd heard much about. This detracted from my first sampling I believe (along with the fact I drank it immediately after consuming a lovely Oktoberfest - one of my favourite styles).

It poured a dark, but light permitting black into an oversized wine glass. It's head formation was a little disappointing in size, but a healthy residue remained throughout the course of the drink.

First sniff reminded me immediately that this was an American interpretation, and certainly that it is a creation of Sierra Nevada! I don't believe I'd ever recognised the such a floral bouquet from a stout before... it was unexpected, but not altogether unpleasant, combining with some wafts of very toasted barley.

Taste was an immediate toasty maltiness, with hints of chocolate developing as it warmed up. At first the finish was a very distinct charcoal flavour, which was not particularly welcomed. But, again perhaps with the temperature rising, this flavour morphed into a much nicer espresso.

A medium bodied stout, not too thin, some more room for body if anything, and smooth but dry passage down the throat which leaves you wondering where it went once the glass is empty.

Definity not a bad entry into the world of American stout, and a nice platform from which to compare.

musingmonkey, Feb 05, 2006
Photo of nlmartin
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a pub glass.

Appearance: The beer poured almost solid black. No opaqueness to light. The head was almost an inch high cola brown coloration. The head quickly resolved but never entirely left the beer. The lacing made thin lines down the glass.

Smell: The beer had a very nice roasted barley smell. There was a nice earthy kind of smell about the beer.

Taste: The beer starts of with a sharp bitterness that gives way to a smoky roasted barley flavor. A bit of caramel pokes its head up. The beer finishes dry.

Mouthfeel/ Drinkability: The beer is meduim bodied. The carbonation is good. Leaves a pleasing dryness in the aftertaste. A very drinkable beer and one of my favorites.

nlmartin, Feb 03, 2006
Photo of Sixpoint
4.4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

First of all, I must apologize for my absence of reviews lately. Obviously I've been swamped with all of my work and obligations with running the brewery. However, I was able to completely stock my fridge with an extensive selection of craft beer lately, and I hope to eventually take the time to review all of them.

Sierra Nevada Stout, in my opinion, is an American classic. My sample poured with a (disappointing) lack of head despit effervescent carbonation. In the aroma I definitely detected a whiff of citrus west-coast American hops, yet the star of this show was the massive blast of roast barley.

And it was in the taste too... coffee, coffee, and more coffee. The bitterness from the roasted grains complimented the rich hop flavor perfectly. Very robust and potent in flavor for a beer only 5.8% ABV.

The beer was medium to medium-full bodied, yet was remarkably dry. I contribute this to their classic "Chico" yeast which attenuates very well and accentuates the hop flavor.

This beer was poured into a pint glass and was gone within a matter of minutes. No wonder it's a classic.

Sixpoint, Feb 03, 2006
Photo of Shaw
4.18/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I got some more of this stout to compare against my first review.

This bottle doesn't have the astringent quality I noticed in my first review. I must have been smoking crack when I reviewed it before!

This is a very creamy stout with nice notes of chocolate. It's quite lovely. The body is also creamy and smooth.

In my last review I said this could be thought of as the default American Stout. Default has too many negative implications. Think of this beer as the standard American Stout against which all others should be judged.

Shaw, Jan 31, 2006
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.

aforbes10, Jan 30, 2006
Photo of silver0rlead
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.

silver0rlead, Jan 30, 2006
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.

rustymoore, Jan 29, 2006
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.

Hagbard, Jan 27, 2006
Photo of Metalmonk
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.

Metalmonk, Jan 25, 2006
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.

jnelson54, Jan 25, 2006
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.

Wasatch, Jan 25, 2006
Photo of cooter
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.

cooter, Jan 20, 2006
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.

ChiSox05, Jan 18, 2006
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.

MSchae1017, Jan 11, 2006
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.

kirok1999, Jan 09, 2006
Sierra Nevada Stout from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 2,754 ratings.