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Sierra Nevada Stout - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Sierra Nevada StoutSierra Nevada Stout

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3,037 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,037
Reviews: 1,373
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 11.06%
Wants: 234
Gots: 294 | 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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Ratings: 3,037 | Reviews: 1,373
Photo of Misfit138
4.18/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from stubby bottle into my Yazoo Pale Ale pint glass

A- Nice very dark brown, almost black with two inch tan head.

S- Chocolately and some hops. Pretty pleasant

T- Initial chocolate and followed by what tasted like coffee. Could possibly have an oatmeal taste as well.

M- Fairly full mouthfeel with decent carbonation

D- Pretty good stout, I would say highly drinkable. It really isn't classified as any style of stout, but its a nice balance between coffee and chocolate. If you like stouts, I don't see how you could not like this one.

Photo of nasty15108
3.62/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

A - Poured dark brown/black with slight reddish hues. The pour produced a foamy tan head with plenty of sticky lacing throughout.

S - Roasted malts with hints of bitter chocolate.

T - Slightly sweet at first with hints of smokey burnt espresso. Finished very bitter with some hints of alcohol.

MF&D - I found it to be fairly thin for a stout. Coats the mouth decently but leaves a very bitter aftertaste. Worth a try.

Photo of hyland24
3.88/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. This beer poured dark brown almost black with a thick cream foam tan/brown head approx 1 inch. The smell was a toasted malt smell with hints of coffee. Roasted malts all over the taste with hints of esprsso finishing bitter. The beer was thinner than I like my stouts. Still coated the mouth well leaving behind a sticky residue. Overall a good stout. Worth picking up if you see it.

Photo of williamherbert
3.88/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark chocolate brown look. Milky light brown lace. Light film atop the liquid. Tiny reddish tinge.

Smell is bitter roasted malt; black coffee all the way. Hints of dark chocolate in the nose. Charred malt.

Taste is burnt dark chocolate. Sweet undercurrent to the bitter roasty malt. Bitter at first, sweet on the swallow. Leaves a bitter aftertaste.

Thck motor oil feel. Leaves a milky film. Smooth despite its grand thickness. It's very bitter and very good. Harsh for many repeats but a beautiful blast of bitter.

Photo of smcolw
4.06/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Great off white head that leaves ring lace after every sip. Nearly black in color.

Perhaps my only complaint would come from the surprisingly mild aroma. The classic smells are there but faint.

Lots of black patent malt flavors. Burnt coffee and bitter chocolate complete the profile. The only distraction is the body which is far thinner than most stouts.

One of the more falvorful stouts; I'd love to try this against its Irish brethren.

Photo of blackjack000
4.04/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: The beer is black, with dark red-brown around the edges in the light. A light tan head appears and withdraws to a light pockmarked covering.

Smell: Roasty, sweet, and coffee-like smell is coming from the stout. A sweet, liquorice scent peeks through when the beer is swished, along with some caramel and brown sugar.

Taste: Predominantly, a roasted coffee and bitter chocolate taste come through. The aftertaste leaves fairly quickly.

Mouthfeel: The feel is a tad light for a stout, but still good. The carbonation is low, which I feel gives a good effect for this beer by adding some weight to a stout that is just a bit light feeling, otherwise.

Drinkability: Very drinkable. This would be an excellent beer when a person is craving a stout at a reasonable price. It also feels just a bit underpowered on the palette, which I would enjoy with flavorful food, in order to suffice for a stout but not outdo the meal.

Note: Afterwards, I felt that the smell greatly outdid the taste. I anticipated far more taste from the rich smell, but if I could ignore the smells, the flavor would have done quite well. It was just a bit hard to judge the taste objectively after getting the initial whiff.

Photo of erosier
4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a jet black color with a tall and thick tan head that laces the glass alot all the way down the glass. The aroma is of very deep roasted malts, some chocolate, caramel, and a little hint of alcohol and yeast and hoppy bitter at the end of the nose. The taste is a big and bold roasted malty taste followed by chocolate, caramel, some coffee, and a very nice hoppy bitter aftertaste with the roasted barley bitternress. The mouthfeel is crisp yet smooth. The drinkability is very good for a stout and I really could drink a few of these.

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

12 oz bottle poured vigourously into a seidel

Rich, deep brown body with a thick finger of creamy, pale brown head that recedes to a rocky sheet, leaving sticky lacing all the way to the bottom.

Smell is of sweet malt, black coffee, dark chocolate, with some fruity hops lingering in the background.

Smooth and creamy in the mouth with just enough carbonation to keep it light on the lucky drinker, malty-sweet and chocolatey with a definite dark-roasted coffee presence.

Excellent drinkability, delicious... another solid offering from Sierra Nevada.

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

This is another beer I've wanted to try for a while, finally found some and I'm excited!

A: Poured a very dark, rich brown with a thin tan head that slowly receded to a film. Has some dark red hues when held to the light. Very delicious looking stout.

S: Chocolate, dark roasted malts, a little bit of a hop smell, very very faint though.

T: Malty sweetness, pretty chocolatey, coffee, roasted malts, nice hop bitterness in the end. Dark fruits are there too, sorta date-ish. Sweet tastes are more prevalent. Very nicely balanced.

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

D: This is a highly drinkable stout and fine beer. I could drink many of these as it is a very balanced stout, and a delicious beer. This is definitely an after dinner beer though, its heavy, sweet, and quite tasty. Very nicely done!

Photo of Pencible
3.95/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

This poured dark brown with a thick tan head. It had a nice mocha and malt scent. The flavor was strong chocolate with little to no bitterness. There was some coffee and malt, but no real hops. It was smooth but a bit thin and flat (no carbonation). Overall it was good and quite drinkable, but nothing great.

Photo of clayrock81
4.07/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A somewhat thick, black liquid poured into my mug and offered a little head and lacings...looked like cola. A coffeeish malt was the first thing to strike my nose, and then some hops and graininess struck too. A full-bodied but slightly syrupy beer, this tasted like light coffee mixed with chocolate. They may have put in caramel or honey to smooth it out, because this is one of the smoothest stouts
I have ever had. There is a hop twinge, but I thought the malts were the dominant taste in this beer (as they should be). A slightly dry aftertaste finsihed it off, and this is the rare 4.5 drinkability beer for me in that is so smooth and tasty that I could just buy a six-pack and down the whole thing in one sitting.

Photo of ajmoody76
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

purchased at the local beer store. 12 ounce bottle poured into an imperial pint glass. dark brown bordering on black. thin brown head.

roasted chocolate. a little floral aroma. no off odors. smells good.

bitter chocolate with more hop bitterness. balanced though. roasty. fruity aftertaste.

mid to full body. low carbonation. nice lace. i like it. i could do a session. will drink again. nice american stout.

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

First time trying the stout. It poured an opaque deep brown, almost black color with a fine brown head. Some lacing. Looks like an excellent stout.

It smells great! Very malty - roasty.

The taste is heavily malty but not in a bad way. Hints of chocolate. Has a very good mouthfeel.

It's a very drinkable stout, and at 5.8% I could have a few at a time.

Photo of currysage1
3.65/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Honestly this one was good but for some reason just didn't enjoy it, seemed underwhelming to me. I love Sierra normally too, which is odd. I will have to re-review this again sometime.

Smell was of cold coffee and bitter chocolate.

Taste was of the the same but with a bitter twist.

Mouthfeel was nice and creamy yet dry to the tongue.

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

I like the Sierra Nevada Co. and have been looking forward for this brew for a long time, there are just so many good ones ahead of it on my list. No more!

Body is a very dark brown, though not black. Head is large, sand colored, and creamy in appearance. Head and body is such a dark/light brown color, very appetizing and a good contrast to the norm.

Smell is of sweet chocolate & chocolate malts, mild american hoppiness (though more earthy than bitter or grassy. Also caramel and crystal malts, a smidgen of roasted barley. Great smell for an american, not overpowering and bitter.

Taste is includes the gamut of malts: crystal, caramel, chocolate, roasted barley. I don't get any black patent, though I could be wrong. Leaning towards the lighter to medium malts on this one makes it a pleasant contrast to many American stouts. Hop balance is superb. Hops are earthy and tart. The tangy hops and sweet malts combine to create a dark chocolate sensation (sweet and bitter is totally dark choc.) without being syrup sweet. I could stand this beer to be a bit bigger, however. I didn't want to do 4.5, but the hop and malt balance is so well done I had no choice.

Mouth is very smooth and velvety. What else can I say, smoooth.

God, I could drink a six pack of these in six minutes without will power to hold me back. Incredibly drinkable! YUM!

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

a - poured a two-fingers thick creamy and dense tan head into a tumbler that left a nice ring and lace throughout. the body was dark black.
s - coffee, caramel, chocolate with a light hop aroma.
t - hints of roasted coffee, bitter chocolate and hops.
m - crisp bite at first but really smooths out.
d - goes down so easily, the best session stout i've had to date.

Photo of CrellMoset
4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a traditional pint glass.

Appearance: It's smooth, black, creamy, has a two-finger foamy head, has great lacing and retention. Dark, billowy, and velvety. I'm diving in.

Smell: No toasted or astringent notes detected, which could be why I like this beer so much. It's sweet and hoppy, with the caramel and fruity malts and the rugged, earthy hops doin' their thing and doin' it well. Could be a little stronger though.

Taste: Yummy. Lightly toasted barley malts (resulting in caramel, smoother toffee flavors, whisps of chocolate) mixed with the traditional SN medley of hops make for a fantastic combination. None of the traditional stout astringencies.

Mouthfeel: Like most stouts, smooth, creamy, full. Perhaps a little more carbonated than most, but it's a good thing.

Drinkability: One of the more drinkable stouts I've come across. It's smooth, low in alcohol, and has an excellent balance of both sweet malts and mild bitter roasted/hop aromas and flavors to keep everyone happy.

A new favorite of mine, and another stellar offering from a great west coast brewery. Put me back on my stout kick.

Photo of RedBeerHead
4.53/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours pretty much black with a very healthy off-white head. Rich Coffee and chocolate smell. Very smooth going done. This stout emphasis the best parts of what a stout should be. Good, rich flavor, smooth texture. Very drinkable. Definitely one of my favorites.

Photo of ericj551
4.6/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sierra Nevada Stout pours an opaque black with a nice creamy brown head. The aroma is roasty with some chocolate and just a bit of caramel. This is one delicious stout! Tons of roasted malt, nice hints of coffee and chocolate and just barley astringent. A caramel sweetness comes through perfectly to balance out the dark malts. I can't believe I've never had this beer before. I guess I just always looked past it since it was always there.

Photo of swizzlenuts
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Black as hell. Almost an oily look when poured. A nice large, brown head sitting on top of the beer, and not much carbonation.

S: There is a slight roasted malt smell with hints of chocolate.

T: The taste is full of chocolate and roasted malts. The hops kind of linger on around after the drink. There is more carbonation in the beer than it looks. The beer starts off with the carbonation, then the malts and chocolate flavours come out.

M: The stout is a bit thick with a bite from the carbonation at first. When it settles on your tongue, the thick smooth beer just makes you want to swallow it so you can do it all over again.

D: I quite like stouts, so this is a bit too drinkable for me. The roasted malts and the chocolate just make me want it more and more.

This is a stellar stout. Highly recommended

Photo of hdofu
4.27/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A really really dark stout, has a bitter chocolate/coffee smell. The taste is a bitter rich smokey taste with a smooth finish. The color is dark black with a thick sudsy head of dark tan. The beer feels pleasant on the tongue and I would rate the beer highly drinkable.

Photo of oldirtycaffrey
4.32/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Excellent beer. Pours a dark black with a slight foamy tan head. Good amount of lacing left on the glass as you finish it. The smell is this stout's best characteristic--sweet chocolate, roasted barley, coffee--just beautiful. The taste is also slightly sweet, bitter, and very full-bodied. For a bitter stout, the mouthfeel is good and the drinkability is high. A great stout to drink all night long.

Photo of littleshamrocks
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz brown bottle with no freshness dating. Served in a nonic.

Pours black in color with a huge, cocoa-like, creamy light brown head. The head is slow to diminish and leaves a lattice work of foamy, sticky lace. This brew appears very inviting and quite dense. The smell is of roasted malt, dark chocolate, coffee, and citrus hops. There are also hints of caramel and wood to be found. Much as the nose, the taste is of the roasted malts and chocolate with a livelier than expected citrus-y hop flavor and lingering bitterness. I also noticed a pepper-like spiciness toward the end. Flavors are firmly balanced here. The mouthfeel is medium to medium-full in body with a coarse texture and some fizzy carbonation. Finishes slightly dry.

This beer is interesting to say the least. The look and smell are top notch and the flavor is intriguing. There is a surprising amount of hop flavor and bitterness in the taste, which I liked, but the feel on the palate was a bit over carbonated for me. Overall, I found this to be an enjoyable drinking experience. I would look forward to another.

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

Poured froma bottle into standard pub glass.

A: Almost completey opaque dark molasses brown with a foamy tan white head that disappears slowly and leabes ring after ring of lace around the glass.

S: Malty chocolate and coffee notes. Slight hoppiness to the nose that is not present in other stouts that I have tried

T: Well balanced. Chocolate and coffee flavors are offset nicely by a subtle hop tang.

M: Medium-bodied. A bit slick on the mouth, but not so much that it takes away from the beer.

D: ABV, flavor and body all make this a very drinkable stout. Definitely worth a try. A new standby for me.

Photo of SpencerT
3.56/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The color of this Stout is of espresso with a nice mocha head. The roasted malts give this stout an almost licorice scent with a faint hop aroma in the background.
The charred oak flavor gives this a great smokiness. The hop flavors aren't noticeable in this stout.
This would pair well with BBQ, Burgers, or any other grilled red meat. This isn't for the average beer drinker.

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Sierra Nevada Stout from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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