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Sierra Nevada Stout - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Sierra Nevada StoutSierra Nevada Stout

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2,923 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,923
Reviews: 1,345
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 11.3%
Wants: 216
Gots: 214 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-14-2000)
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Photo of MP72
3.95/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

All I can say is this beer is very good , a little thin for a stout but very tasty with more hoppiness than your average dry stout. The drinkability was great. It is not too filling for a stout. The appearance is dark almost black with a brown creamy head.
My wife is even enjoying it and she rarely appreciates dark beer.

One to try for sure.

Photo of Steve188821
3.9/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Almost Black, ruby colour around the edges.

S - Roasted coffee and caramel.

T - Quite bitter with a strong hint of coffee and dark chocolate, also quite hoppy.

M - The mouthfeel is suprisingly thin and creamy.

D - The drinkability is very good. This tasted more like a porter than a stout but is still a good session beer.

Photo of Monkeyknife
3.28/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle a jet black with a heavy off-white head.

This beer had a delicious aroma of roasted malt, coffee and and slightly dark fruits.

The taste delivered the expected coffee and bitter dark chocolate flavors. The bitterness was a bit too much, though.

Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

A decent stout but nothing out of the ordinary.

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

This stout pours a jet black into my glass with a deep tan head, that lasts and lasts. The aroma is moderate-high on roasted malts, there is also medium-low caramel sweetness and a hint of diacetyl. The taste is initially rather roasted, followed by a low amount of caramel sweetness and finally a moderate hop bitterness and low hop flavor dominate the swallow. The after taste is initially the hop bitterness/flavor, but is then replaced by a residual roasted grain taste, which is slightly dry. The beer has medium carbonation, a full body, and is rather smooth. Overall I thought this stout was well done. I enjoy the solid hop bitterness at the finish, along with the simplicity of the beer. There are not competing flavors, mainly roast flavors and hop bitterness/hop flavor at the swallow. I will buy this again and recommend it to others.

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

This beer poured a black color with a big cram color head. The smell is sour and slightly sweet. The taste is bitter with notes of coffee and some sweetness. The mouthfeel is very full, but shy of chewy. This is a very nice stout that goes down fairly smooth….I think quite drinkable.

Photo of awester462
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked up this beer because I had not ever tried a Sierra Nevada and I figured I'd try the stout. Needless to say I lucked out.

This beer poured very dark with a pleasent smell. It tasted very good and I couldn't stop drinking one after the other. I might have had too much as you can tell with my lack of descriptive words.

Needless to say this beer is very good and I highly recommend you try it.

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

350ml bottle, poured into a Cheers mug

Pours with a very dark brown body, nearly black. Thick dark tan head sits atop, about an inch thick, good retention. Patchy lacing up and down the glass

Smell, Smokey roasted malt character along with some rich dark chocolate/strong coffee aromas. Thick and rich malt along some slight turkish delight aromas

Taste, deep roasted malt, bittering chocolate, some espresso like coffee on the finish. Slight hop bitterness, little bit of silky buttery malt

A very good american stout. Lots of big bold flavours

Photo of daliandragon
3.93/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This was picked up while down in the Florida Keys for my Dad's B-day a few weeks ago and brought back on the plane and is finally meeting its maker, so to speak. Nice sticky brown lace after a long, slow dissipation period on top of a jet black body. Nose is surprisingly more hop influenced with both floral and pine and backing coffee and malt flavors.

Heavy hops again in the taste although they do give way to decent caramel, coffee, and roasted flavors at the end of the sip. aftertaste is understandably well balanced. Mouthfeel is a little thin for a stout but certainly not lacking as far as the taste or hop presence. This is a really good beer but probably not among my top choices when reaching for a stout as I'll probably go with something thicker and more traditional. Still, tasty, innovative, and very worthwhile.

Photo of david131
3.98/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a very dark brown with a slightly off white head. Some light could get through around the edges. The head stuck around for awhile. Nothing that really wowed me.

S- Roasted malt, caramel, coffee, that distinct Sierra Nevada-ness aroma.

T- Just like the smell and just like your average stout with a little Sierra Nevada thrown in again. I love that about Sierra Nevada, it's gotta be the hops or yeast they use.

M- Kind of thin, but it works in this beers favor. Perfectly carbonated. Does not overwhelm the palate at all.

D- This is a stout? To me this was very much like a porter. I am not complaining- call it what you want, this would make a great session beer.

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

This beer pours a very dark brown color with some amber brown highlights around the edges when held to the light. Has a nice tan head about an inch thick upon being poured that settles to a good 1/3 of an inch thick after settling for a few minutes. Very nice lacing too. Aromas of sweet, roasted malt and coffee are present along with a bit of caramel and dark chocolate as well. The taste is sort of hoppy and bitter upfront with the aforementioned roasted coffee and dark chocolate present followed by some sweeter malt and a hint of caramel. Also has a slight hint of brown nut bread flavor to it. The medium bodied mouthfeel is slightly crisp, but mainly creamy and smooth with moderate carbonation. Quite easy to drink. A very good beer, but I thought some of its characteristics were a bit odd for a stout as they reminded me or porters more than other stouts I've had in the past. I would gladly drink this again though.


Photo of atigerlife
3.53/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap, it poured a nice dark black with amber highlights. Small light brown head with decent retention.

Aroma is of roasted malts and dark chocolate. Coffee with hazelnuts in the background.

Taste is of bitter dark chocolate. Quite hoppy with chocolate and coffee coming through.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and leaves the mouth quite dry.

Overall, an interesting beer of the style. Not something I would go out of my way to have again as I prefer less hoppy stouts. But decent for the style.

Photo of penguinjive7
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful jet black with about a finger's worth of tan head. Not much retention in terms of lacing. Smells of coffee beans and a hint of dark chocolate. The taste reflects the smell with a definite roasty flavor that I know and love so much. A hint of hops hits after the initial taste but it is well balanced. Carbonation is quite strong but does not detract from the overall feel of the drink.

This is definitely a very drinkable brew. A good straight up stout for any occasion.

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

Golden State Goodness
Black Winter Night Black Stout Night
Wait For The Spring Thaw

A surprisingly good stout. The hops meet the coffee and make for an excellent beer. It isn' quite as dark as I prefer but just about thick enough. Luckily, the bizarro grocery store near my house keeps a steady supply of this stuff. This is and the brown ale are my favorites from Sierra Nevada.

Photo of Reinheitsgebot71
4.28/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Well this one I tried on a chance and was pleasantly surprised.

A: Bitch black body with a nice thick creamy head; about half an inch, which has excellent retention throughout the consumption of it. Looks exactly as a good stout should.

B: Very nice here, I was pleased. Caramel, coriander seed, light hints of honey, and burnt sugar. There was also a underlying sent of crisp winter air.

T: The usual lovely tastes of stout's prevailed; Coffee, glacial water, very malty of course, burnt sugar, and a finish that was reminiscent of flour.

M: Very smooth, cotton like in feel. Overall enjoyable though it might have been a bit more robust and viscous for a stout.

D: A very nice example of American brewing and stout brewing alike I highly recommend it; It is very easy going down.

Photo of NolateM
4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass. Deep black color, with a tan head. Had to pour hard to get a head at all, but it came out nicely in the end. Some decent lacing action going on too.

Aroma is all hops surprisingly.

Great, straight-forward flavor. Good strong, herbally, slightly acidic hop flavor... more than I'd expect in an average stout. Dark-roasted coffee and unsweetened chocolate as well. Pretty much zero sweetness. Zero alcohol heat too, but then again I am used to drinking higher-gravity brews.

Nice light carbonation, a little bit of a dry mouthfeel.

Goes down really easy and really delicious. As far as a straight-forward easy-drinkin' stout goes, this is pretty top-notch in my book!

Photo of TheSarge
3.18/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Once poured SN Stout promotes a beautiful sticky kakhi head with a primarily opaque black body, with reddish hues on the outskirts.

This stout gives off the malty aroma, primarily a coffee/biscuity fragrance. It tastes a little like caramel and biscuits mixed together. Not as tart as Guinness Extra Stout. This brew is a little chewy, and finishes a bit dry.

Photo of Dubbercody
3.6/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pretty darn tasty stout. Nice balance between the thin stouts and the heavy stouts. Fits into that niche when I want a stout but I don't need the RIS fullness. Maybe best described as a early stout as it's one of those that you might drink to get the beer motor started before jumping into something heavier. I like it...an appetizer stout....ah ha.

It's that Sierra Nevada thing, it's good, and I always enjoy their beers, but I often times pass them by and I don't know why. I'll have to remember to pause a little more often by their bottles.

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

From notes.

A-Very dark (black and dark brown around the edges. Tan/coffee colored head and a light trailing lace.
S- Roasted barley, chocolate, coffee, and caramel.
T/M/D- One of the most hoppy stouts that I have experienced(this was before I drank storm king). Coffee and chocolate create the back bone of this beer. Very roasty and toasty. I would imagine it is very good with spicy foods....Bitter hoppy dark chocolate finish. Moderate carbonation, long lasting finish, and the hops help to lighten the feel of this heavy beer.

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

A - Opaque black color. Offwhite head, eighth inch thick. Good lace.

S - Smell is bitter roasted malts. Hints of coffee.

T - Dark, sweet roasted malt flavors at first, then fades to a very bitter aftertaste.

M - Smooth and thin. Aftertaste is a bit chalky.

D - Very nice taste to this beer setting it apart from the others.

Photo of olegv40
4.45/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep dark color with a huge tan head that retains very well. The aroma is indicative of whats to come, hops hops and more hops. Initially very smooth until the hops hit, then it becomes very bitter with the just the right levels of roasted coffee and chocolate to cut through. Finishes sweet and the aftertaste lasts for a long time. Does a great job of hiding the alcohol.

A fantastic stout, its cold and snowy in Ohio right now, I couldn't think of another beer I'd rather be drinking right now.

Photo of jwc215
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours ptich black with a very thin head that immediately becomes thin spotted patchiness. Color on target, could use better head retention.

Very nice aroma - Robust, roasted coffee, hints of dark fruits, hints of chocolate - subtle, underlying smokiness. This is one complex and inviting aroma.

The taste of roasted coffee beans gives it a mild smokiness. Sweet dark grains balanced by bitter, roasted character. Nice balance of sweet and bitter. Hints of dark fruits and a suggestion of chocolate round it out in the long finish.

The feel is smooth, full, creamy and rich (without being overly thick). Nice texture, coating.

Alcohol is well-hidden. Easy to drink with a rich, complex body. An American stout with influence from a traditional English stout. This is a wonderful brew.

Photo of beeragent
4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is my idea of what a stout should be! Poured from a 12oz. bottle, into a pint glass. The beer poured a dark brown, almost black, forming a thick 1 inch head, leaving medium lacing on the glass. The aroma is mostly roasted malt, with a little coffee. The taste is roasted malt, coffee, and a slight chocolate towards the end. The mouthfeel is thick and smooth. This is a great stout, and an easy one to session. Highly recommended!

Photo of mpyle
3.45/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pale tan head, tight bubbles, but fairly rapid in dispersing. Dark reddish brown color with brilliant clarity. Opacity is far from black, and closer to most porters.

Subtle smokey malt character becoming a more robust dark malt aroma as the beer warms. Otherwise quite clean (no hops, no fermentation byproducts).

Dark malt flavor and a bit of sourness up front. Roasted barley character at the end dries it out nicely, as should happen in a stout. Quite balanced in flavor without any hop flavor or out of place esters.

Medium body with moderate carbonation, slightly creamy, and no warming. Carbonation makes it a bit more harsh on the tongue than lightly carbonated or Nitrogen carbonated examples of stouf.

A nice flavor stout, roasty and clean. Could be a little smoother, which would improve both flavor and mouthfeel.

Photo of jamie2dope
4.43/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sierra Nevada Stout pours jet black, with the slightest white lacing. Aroma was of powdered cocoa, slight lactate, and a bit of coffee. Taste had lots of bittering chocolate notes, and more of the coffee as well. Mouthfeel was pretty big, definitely one to sip and enjoy slowly. Excellent drinkability on this one, great for a cold day. In my opinion this is one of the classic Stout examples. As with all Sierra Nevada beers, this one holds true against most other Stouts. Really well done.

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

got this in a recent trade with freberg. thanks mike!

pours a deep brown with a half inch of thick, dense head. the head drops slowly and leaves lots of lace.

aroma is nice. good roastyness. bready malt. dark chocolate. bit of alcohol. coffee.

taste is great. lots of roast. bittersweet chocolate. espresso. bready malt. nice moderate bitterness level, but it comes through as coffee/chocolate rather than a hoppy bitterness.

mouthfeel is great. big body. nice carbonation level that gets better as it sits a little. light astringency.

drinkability is great. well balanced and very tasty. a great stout.

Sierra Nevada Stout from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 2,923 ratings.