Sierra Nevada Stout - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
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outstanding

1,375 Reviews
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Reviews: 1,375
Hads: 3,128
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 6.39%
Wants: 264
Gots: 339 | FT: 3
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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Reviews: 1,375 | Hads: 3,128
Photo of Jeffreysan
4.81/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a beautiful, completely opaque, pitch-black color with a half of a finger of caramel-colored head that quickly dissolved into a thin lacing of foam that completely covered the top of the beer.

Aroma: Very aromatic, with lots of bready, roasted malt, imparting notes of toasted dark bread, freshly ground coffee beans, dark molasses, a touch of dark chocolate, brown sugar and a touch of subtle smoke.

Taste: Exactly like the aroma, with lots of bready, roasted malt, imparting notes of toasted dark bread, freshly ground coffee beans, dark molasses, a touch of dark chocolate, brown sugar and a touch of subtle smoke.

Mouthfeel: Chewy, creamy and smooth, as there is no carbonation what-so-ever. With an ABV of 5.8%, there is no alcohol on the palate.

Overall: This is a delicious stout! Great flavors of roasted malt, subtle coffee and smoke, brown sugar-like sweetness and dark chocolate. Delicious! (972 characters)

Photo of tcstation
5/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

An underrated beer, in my opinion. While purposefully not as strong in malty sweetness or hops as an imperial stout, the mixture of flavors is rather brilliant. Recommended. (173 characters)

Photo of RyanK252
3.96/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a Sierra Nevada pint glass

A: Pours dark mahogany brown, very little light passes through, with a frothy khaki head that settles and laces well.

S: Roasted malt, a little smoke, a little coffee, bit earthy, some fruitiness.

T: A bit smokey, roasted malt, some bittersweet chocolate, touch of coffee, earthy, a little fruitiness on the back end.

M: Medium body, moderate carbonation.

O: Very solid straight forward stout. (445 characters)

Photo of ZebraCakez
4.01/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Obtained in a SnowPack variety 12pk, which was simply awesome all around. Bravo, Sierra Nevada.

A: Pours a beautiful deep dark brown color with caramel colored one finger head.

S: Nothing too strong, that of roasted coffee and malt.

T: Coffee and chocolate shine on a slightly smoky background. Everything is in moderation.

F: Sufficiently creamy with decent body. Proper carbonation.

O: A great example of what a more subdued porter can be. Not everything has to be high ABV or aged in barrels, simplicity can be effective as well. (540 characters)

Photo of Daktah
3.94/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An awesome beer that highlights everything right with Sierra Nevada. So much flavor and perfect balance. Hard to believe it's a 5.8% ABV beer. For the money, there is not a better American stout. (195 characters)

Photo of Beer-Revelry
4.06/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours very dark brown, much like dark coffee. Gives a nice 1.5 finger of head which dissipates down to a film. Decent whispy lacing.
S - A slight but definitely present hop aroma upfront , slight presence of dark, cooked fruits such as figs dates and raisins. Not much of a malt aroma present.
T - Semi-sweet chocolate, hops and a slightly alcohol tinge. Very pleasant taste and mouthfeel.
O - A good stout.
V - Medium value, not too expensive, not too cheap either. (474 characters)

Photo of tedvr
4.35/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours dark with a nice creamy medium head. Smells of burnt coffee with a malt background. Tastes of burnt coffee and chocolate with a mild hoppy aftertaste, has some depth. Little creamy mouthfeel with some carbonation. with a nice finish. Overall a very nice stout. (269 characters)

Photo of adamjhepler
2.66/5  rDev -34.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Decent stout but honestly very disappointed. Pretty flavorless and very light aromas makes this beer a let down. Not the worst but will not buy again. (150 characters)

Photo of breadwinner
4.38/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Incredible stout that proves you can achieve a rich, even creamy stout without having to imperialize it. Great chocolate malt notes, again a fantastic feel, all wrapped up in in 5.8% ABV. Seriously impressive. (209 characters)

Photo of samtrillo
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%

pours black with a beige head.. Nice amount of lacing around glass.

Nose gives me chocolate.

Taste recalls a smooth iced mocha. Very refreshing dark flavor. Bittersweet dark chocolate, espresso, earthy dry finish.

I'm comparing this side by side with their porter. This is much smoother and creamier. The tastes are similar but the stout blends them better with the mouthfeel to create a mocha sensation.

From what I could gather, the porter and stout have very similar taste profiles. The stout is smoother and creamier, while the porter is more crisp and a tad bit sour. (577 characters)

Photo of Kommisar
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

Pretty good, better than a lot of stouts, not so much a liquid Hershey Bar, still sticks to the Sierra Nevada corporate general flavor, which is very good indeed. (162 characters)

Photo of Malt_Man
4/5  rDev -1.7%

Served at room temperature from bottle into saison glass.

A) Deep mahogany with a ruby tinge. Tight light tan head with good retention.

S) Zesty for a stout, otherwise as expected, lightly roasted malt.

T) Refreshing at first, then hint of bitterness from roasted malt. Hops are zestier than usual for a stout, which I guess makes this one stands out. Still the balance with roast coffee flavour is good.

M) On the creamy side and mild carbonation.

O) Excellent stout, lives up to my expectations. A great halfway point between the best of British stouts that generally top out at 5% ABV and the mighty imperial US stouts. Wish this one was available from supermarkets in the UK like SNPA is. (704 characters)

Photo of Young_John
3.55/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Looking back, I had to bump up my ratings on this one a bit. A very solid stout that fires on all cylinders and washes down most meals very well. At the time of my first rating I think I was measuring it against my own system which inappropriately ranked it against imperial stouts. (282 characters)

Photo of iTunesUpdates
4/5  rDev -1.7%

Did a side by side with the Porter. For $1.25, this is a great brew to drink on those cold nights. For FL that means 70 degrees, but hay, that is cold here! (156 characters)

Photo of dacrza1
4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

DATE TASTED: November 16, 2014... GLASSWARE: Samuel Smith pint... OCCASION: return from Ben and Teresa's wedding... APPEARANCE: jet black body; impressively thick, creamy brown head tabletops in the glass's center, while high-arching lace adorns the outer glass; good coverage overall ... AROMA: nicely hopped, slightly lactic; some smoky, murky qualities; some plasticine hints late impede the otherwise welcome scents ... PALATE: reasonably smooth, slightly oily; medium-bodied with a palatable late rush of effervescence on and under the tongue....TASTE: a much hoppier stout than its tradition encourages, with some dry hops lending punch to a rather brackish taste; sweet, roasted like coffee and even at the finish, encouraging another sip ... OVERALL: a flavorful West Coast take on the British style; these guys do not do much wrong, and this is another example why... (876 characters)

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.28/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle purchased at AJ's in Rochester, NY.

Pours a dark brown, almost black, with a lot of darker lacing, and a half inch head.

Smells like coffee, chocolate, large amounts of roasted malt, and a bit of smoke.

This is one of the quintessential low-ABV stouts made in America, and it's quite delicious. It's not terribly complex, and doesn't exactly jump out at you, but it tastes great and everything melds together really. There's some roasted malt, roasted coffee beans, mild smoke, some piney hop bitterness, and a bit of dark, bitter chocolate. This dials the sweetness way down and compensates with big bitter flavors from a variety of sources.

The beer has a body of relatively medium strength, with a creamy, dry mouthfeel, and a lower level of carbonation. I drank it really fast- it goes down really easy.

I can't believe it took me this long to finally try this one- it's a classic, and tastes amazing. (917 characters)

Photo of Mongrel
3.99/5  rDev -2%

Chocolatey, roasty, dry and a little creamy. Some black coffee bitterness and acidity. Really robust, yet clean flavor profile. Super drinkable and probably more satisfying than any stout at this ABV level. (206 characters)

Photo of aleigator
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

Brown black, coffeish color with a decent beige head.

Aromas contain bitter chocolate, burned, toasty malts and coffee beans - this defines more or less the archetype of a stout nose for me, nothing stands out to much, aromas are working well together.

Taste begins with sweeter bready malts, along with a subtle coffee bitterness. Fantastic smooth, nearly creamy mouthfeel. The most interessting part is, that both taste directions, sweet malts and bitter coffee are in perfect balance from the beginning till the end, resulting in a creamy, slightly bitter finish. Gentle, fresh crushed coffee beans lead to pleasantly bitter, toasty aftertaste. This beer wins by its outstanding balance, on the other hand, its not too far away from their porter either. (760 characters)

Photo of TCJ0100
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle (the last of my six pack) into a Bloomington Brewing Company stange glass. It pours a deep ruby amber that can only be seen held up to a light. Also pours a slight head which sticks around for a bit.

The smell is just like the description on the bottle neck: earthy hops up front, and then a nice roasted maltiness on the back end. It actually works out really well, and smells wonderful together although you might think that hops would be a bad thing in a beer this dark.

It tastes delightful. There are notes of chocolate, coffee, dark fruit, and herbal hops. A hoppy stout might not be to everyone's taste, but I think this beer is just delightful. The ABV is a welcome sight too, as I doubt you could get this much flavor in a lighter beer.

This is my third of these tonight, and it has been absolutely great. This beer is a gem. If you are looking for a beer that is easy on the alcohol but doesn't compromise on flavor this beer is a great fit. The value is unbeatable as well. (1,016 characters)

Photo of REGreenBTRB
4.32/5  rDev +6.1%

A: 5 - Looks like a nice, black stout :) About a finger of head, didn't retain.

S: 4.3 - Very malty on the nose with some chocolate notes. There is also a very faint hop presence on the nose. A wonderful smelling beer!

T: 4.25 - I, to my surprise, really pick up on the hops. It's a very nice touch! I pick up a little more on some dark chocolate as well. A hint of coffee as well as malt. Tasty!

M: 3.75 - Again, not the smoothest beer I've ever had though still highly drinkable. Medium body.

O: 4.32 - Overall a very nice stout! For personal preference, I could use a little less of the hop presence, but it's still a great old school stout. (650 characters)

Photo of keithmurray
4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - Dark mahogany body with tan head

Smell - Roasted malts, cocoa, chocolate, coffee bean

taste -chocolate, cocoa, roasted malts, coffee bean

mouthfeel - medium bodied, high carbonation, slight sweetness upfront and bitterness on the back end, smooth going down

overall - a very good stout that I was pleased with. I passed up this one too many times. That won't happen again. Recommended

Price point - $1.89/12 oz single (438 characters)

Photo of Benish
4.18/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into snifter glass.

Color: pitch black with translucence at the edges. A half inch shade of white head built while pouring. Remained for a couple minutes. Minimal lacings around the glass.

Smell: instantly black coffee, char, and sweet malt.

Taste: predominately cocoa flavored coffee, notes of char and sweet malt throughout the entire tasting. Hops very notable but doesn't explode in your mouth. Maybe a subtle cola taste at the finish. I appreciate how subtle it is as it's a trait I do not look for.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Not super thick like an imperial stout but has that feel that almost requires a "knife and fork" to drink.

Overall: solid beer. Distributed everywhere and taste excellent. I don't know what American stout would beat this. (769 characters)

Photo of corywalston
4.89/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

A. Aggressive poor 1 ¾ inch tan head that dissipates to ½ inch. Good carbonation. Color is brownish/black, very little light getting through.
S. Roasted malt, coffee, cola.
T. Smooth creamy, chocolate, coffee, figs, raisins, sweet. After taste is a little soy sauce and coffee.
M. Light syrup.
O. One of the best stouts I’ve ever had. I didn’t believe the hype at first but yes it is that good. Get some NOW. Taste like a RIS little brother. Light buzz for 5.8%. If you want to drink a beer that taste of an imperial stout but you don’t want to get drunk. This is for you. (582 characters)

Photo of bfisher91
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

Americans often over-rate their own beer, this is not a case of that. Best I've had so far from Sierra Nevada. Perfectly balanced stout, however not overly ambitious which is the only drawback. Definitely a stellar beer. (220 characters)

Photo of The_Mad_Capper
4.74/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

The aroma gives off lots of rich brown sugar sweetness, along with some cocoa and woodsy hoppiness. The body is almost black, admitting some mahogany along the edges; the firm, frothy, deep tan head lasts and leaves lots of lacing. The flavor, especially at first, is roasty and dry, with a sharp coffee-like acidity. It's also good and hoppy—resin, pine, some lemon-lime; there's a nice bread crust finish. The sweetness is somewhere between chocolate and caramel. The body is quite full with a slick texture; there is a slight astringency in the finish, probably more from the hopping than the roasted malt.

An interesting and enjoyable combination of the hop character of an American IPA with the fullness and roastiness of a stout. I personally find it very satisfying, as all the best qualities of both styles are balanced and play out their roles admirably. (867 characters)

Sierra Nevada Stout from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 1,375 ratings.