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Sierra Nevada Stout - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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2,879 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,879
Reviews: 1,340
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 11.06%
Wants: 204
Gots: 197 | 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 arnulfooxblood
4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle the Sierra Nevada label theme in yellow, an interesting choice for the labeling on a stout, in my opinion.

Appearance--very deep brown, bordering on black. One centimeter or so of nice frothy head, with excellent retention. Barely visible carbonation due to the opaqueness of this brew.

Smell--faint malts, slightly sweet.

Taste/moutfeel--Nicely carbonated for a stout, which makes this one more appealing than most stouts. Quite complex, taste varies from slightly citrus at first to a faint bit of roasted malt. Not overly thick or rich for a strout, with the stronger than usual carbonation, it is reminiscent of a porter.

Drinkability--quite nice, I'm not a big fan of the stouts, but I could make a night of drinking these.

arnulfooxblood, Oct 27, 2006
Photo of Doomcifer
3.88/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured black, only letting a miniscule amount of light in, with a huge, chunky, frothy head. Lacing galore. What a georgeous brew!

Aroma is of sweet, dark malts, chocolate, roastiness, coffee beans.

Taste is of bitter dark chocolate, roastiness, dark malts, big hop kick in the middle, ending dry and roasty. I can taste a small amount of alcohol as well.

Mouthfeel is rich and semi-creamy. Not extremely robust but not watery for a stout either. A little extra carbonation in this one too.

I would say this brew is pretty drinkable despite it being classified as a heavy beer.

Doomcifer, Oct 27, 2006
Photo of Tallboy
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Medium black with a thick brown head with a faint reddish brown rim left around the edge of my glass
Smell: Earthy malts and aged hops mixed with sweet dark chocolate, caramel, molasses and coffee.
Taste: lightly bitter grainy hops at first, followed by ritch chocolate, coffee, traces of caramel,roasted barley and a citrus blast at the end.
Mouthfeel: Full and filling with an everlasting hoppy aftertaste.
Drinkability: A nice mix of quality , taste , and afordability makes this a constant winner.

Tallboy, Oct 25, 2006
Photo of jkanavel
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I bought a sixer of this at Publix and drank it with some friends. A good atmosphere makes any beer better.

Appearance-This beer looks wonderful. Very dark, like motor oil. A little red around the edges in the light. The head had a nice mocha color to it. It left a resilient, creamy head that stuck around for the whole ride.

Smell-The aroma was great. Very malty, you can smell the fruitiness of the yeast.

Taste- Brilliant. I am always so impressed with Sierra Nevada Products. It was sweet and tangy on the front of the palate, with lots of citrus and malt flavors, and off the back it was hoppy, and had that great roasted flavor that any good stout sports plenty of.

Mouthfeel- Very smooth, a little bite from the carbonation, but not to much by any means. This is not a super thick stout, but its thicker than say, an Irish stout. Generally speaking of course.

Drinkability- I could easily put away a few of these. Its not to heavy, and the flavors are all nicely balanced.

I'd recommend this stout to anyone.

jkanavel, Oct 17, 2006
Photo of becktone
4.7/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This stout pours a very very dark brown. I wouldn't say that it is black, just a very dark brown. When held to the light the color remains the same, pretty opaque. However, when I look to the bottom of the glass I can see dark garnet hues. Overall the color looks great in this one. As to the appearance of the head and lacing, it is excellent. Starts with a two finger creamy light brown/tea stain color. As it begins to receed it leaves lacing that covers every inch of the glass. Head retention is excellent. The appearance of this beer is right on!

Aroma of this beer is of chocolate, coffee, roasted grains, and a slight alcohol aroma in the far background of this beer. I don't detect any hop aroma at this point. I would be nice if the smells eminating from this beer were a bit more potent.

Sierra Nevada's stout is a poignant delight. On the tongue all the smells mentioned earlier can easily be detected. Coffee, roasted grains, and chocolate make up the flavor of this beer. It is well in balance with the hops. Hop bitterness is there, however the bitterness from roasted grains takes the forefront in the "bitterness" category of this beer. There is a nice lingering aftertaste in this stout.

Ahh, a nice full bodied beer. Not only is this beer thick on the palate, but it is also creamy. That was my frist impression when I took the first sip of this beer, the creamy head touching my lips and then the beer flowing into my mouth to caress my tongue and oral cavities. This beer is easy to drink, and would make an excellent session beer but for the high abv. It seems as though this beer is appropriate for any season of the year, though I know I will probably never buy any stout in the summer. Definitely good for fall, winter, and early spring though. I will most likely buy this beer again, it is a good standard for stouts, not the best but a definite good buy.

becktone, Oct 16, 2006
Photo of BeerSox
4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into mug.

Pours opaque black with some amber colors in the edges. Thin light brown head with good retention. Settles to a thin cap. Good stickly lacing.

Robust dark roasted malts balanced by leafy hops. Light caramel and molasses among light dark chocolate scents. Hints of grain and tiny bits of alcohol.

Highly bitter malts stick out in the front then quickly switches to dry leafy hops. The medium body and high carbonation leaves a tingly feel on the tongue, along with a crisp bite. Powdery grain is found in the middle of the cluster of flavors. The finish consists of roasted barley and some hops, which lingers for a while.

This is a very easy drinking stout, with its smooth yet complex and balanced flavor. It also has a relatively low %ABV, which almost makes it a good session drink. Fill your fridge with these so you always have a good supply of SN Stout, and so your wife has no place to put the leftovers from her cooking.

BeerSox, Oct 16, 2006
Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.93/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle>wine goblet

AP: Poured a jet-black color, created a large mocha colored head nearly 3" high. dissipated to a scattered, frothy un-even covering with a very active center or "eye". Nice legs.

Nose: A chocolaty-coffee scented malt, oaky, nutty and slightly hoppy.

Taste: Oak and smoked malt taste at first, becomes oaty with coffee-esque flavors and a leafy, mildly bitter hop ending.

Mf: Full body but rather crisp and lively, nice bite at first then thickens up a bit later on.

DA: A very easy to drink stout.

GratefulBeerGuy, Oct 14, 2006
Photo of dblinkhorn
4.15/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle that I found in the back fridge of a local liquor store (the owner lets me back there, since he stockpiles a lot of beer, and some are up to four years old). Used a snifter glass for this one. Found my 2004 Celebration Ale there, as a matter of fact. There's no explicit date on the bottle or cap so I don't know how old this beer is. Since it was a single sitting on a mixed tray of other older beers, I'm sure it has some age. If anyone can tell me how to determine the date, please beermail me!

Appearance - Pours with a beautiful two finger tan, creamy head. This quickly dissipates to a constant half-finger cap of very creamy head atop the beer. It leaves fantastic lacing on the way down (nearly coats every place it touched with thin layer of lace). The beer is opaque black but held up to a light...it's still opaque black!

Smell - Rich aroma of doughy/bready roasted malt. Has some dark fruit character (mainly just fig-like) behind this. Some slight hop bitterness in the background, but not much at all. Little alcohol aroma, besides a very slight warmnth on the nose.

Taste - Really oily hops character up front, but not terribly bitter. Actually has some fruity notes to it, but mildly (and fig again). Pudding-like roasted and very rich malt character as the foundation of the flavors. Simple flavors for the style, nothing terribly original, but fantastic example of what a "straight-up" stout should taste like, in my opinion. Aftertaste has barely any earthiness and is basically pure roasted malt character with some slight chocolate undertones.

Mouthfeel - Full-bodied with a high level of carbonation for the style, but its overall character is soft. There is no unpleasant bite to it. Very smooth as well.

Drinkability - A stout, so they naturally suffer in this category (but I actually care very little about drinkability in a beer; I drink for flavor).

A very good stout, and a very good example of the no-nonsense style of the classic stout. Rich and flavorful, but not overpowering. Recommended for sure.

dblinkhorn, Oct 09, 2006
Photo of billybob
4.38/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours very dark almost black with half inch brown head. very light smell, taste caramel coffee nut slightly sweet. good hop malt mix not overly carbonated nice medium smooth mouth feel. very enjoyable beer definitely on the buy list. nice beer to have if your having more than a few.

billybob, Oct 04, 2006
Photo of rsyberg01
4.6/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a black with light breaking through at the edges with a deep red hue. Head rises then falls to a thin tawny froth completely covering the beer surface.

S - Roasted coffee, slight caramel hit, slight but of citrus attributed from the hops, malty sweetness. Very nice and well balanced.

T - Coffee, sweetness, fruity hints, roasted malts, bitterness. All go very well and even with each other. awesome.

M - Good, yet I think that a bit more body would have done better.

D - Great as a session beer, doesnt fatigue the palate at all.

rsyberg01, Oct 01, 2006
Photo of jaxon53
3.53/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass, chilled. Poured a nice dark brown , almost black, with a brown half inch head. Nice burnt smokey chocolate aroma. Had a slight taste of chocolate and very slight taste of roasted coffee beans. Was nice and balanced in the mouth with a little bit of a bitter ending. This one's a keeper.

jaxon53, Sep 30, 2006
Photo of casper85
4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark rich brown color with a tan creamy head that last the whole beer and leaves a nice lacing. Well balanced Coffee and Mocha flavors with a nice lingering bitterness. Creamy, smooth feel with not too much carbination. As for drinkability this is my favorite session beer i could drink it all day long, it always leaves me wanting another.

casper85, Sep 27, 2006
Photo of RJLarse
4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I picked up a six-pack of Sierra Nevada Stout at a grocery store to taste, review and enjoy. I poured this beer in to a pint glass.

Pours a dark walnut brown color and is nearly opaque. A rich two-finger beige head forms and is quite resilient. The head produces sheets of tan lace on the glass while drinking.

The smell is fairly strong and has a charcoal, malt and coffee aroma.

The taste is of roasted grain, with coffee and chocolate notes. There s a mildly bitter hop finish. The flavors are well balanced..

The mouth feel is smooth and light for the style.

This is a very drinkable beer. It doesn’t have the ABV that I usually equate with a stout, in fact I think this brew is more of a porter, but it’s a very nice ale just the same. I would certainly have it again, especially in the winter months.

RJLarse, Sep 23, 2006
Photo of rarevos
2.95/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured into pint glass on 9/21/06.

A: Pours a near-black that only shows dark brown when held up to the light. Thick, fluffy head after a careful pour. Great retention.

S: Very, very mild. Almost non-existent aroma. Very faint roastiness, very faint floral hop presence.

T: Luckily, it has more flavor than the nose suggests. Roasted coffee bean up front, hint of dark chocolate. Finish is lightly bitter and earthy with a rather abrupt smoky trail.

M: Creamy.

D: It's easy to drink, but as stouts go, this was a dud for me. It's not very stout, and I found the porter to be the superior beer of the two. I'll revisit it in a few months, but I won't be counting down the days until I do. I found this to be a really bland beer.

rarevos, Sep 22, 2006
Photo of FuzzyGuy84
4.75/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle poured into a chilled mug.

A - Very large tan head, with a very very deep reddish brown color. Dark but not cloudy. A great looking beer.

S - Great smell. Malty as anything, pronounced, just great on the nose. Very representative of the style.

T - Just wow. An amazingly clean aftertaste with no lingering bitterness. Tastes like a bigger version of how it smells. Rich and malty with hints of coffee and burnt toast. Just an amazing Porter.

M - Very nice. Heavy on the tongue but not particularly "chewy." Quite pleasant.

D - One of the most drinkable dark beers I have ever tasted. I could knock back 6 of these, easily.

FuzzyGuy84, Sep 21, 2006
Photo of malcontent
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Even out of a bottle, this brew produces a generous amount of thick, root beer-like, tan-ish head atop a body that is black as night. A very impressive beginning. As the head recedes, good lace retention shows.

Roasted malt is in the nose but, surprise, so are the hops. A sweet, liquor like aroma is also noted, almost an apricot scent.

Definitely one of the smokier/bitter stouts I've had in a while with a major emphasis on roasted malt. French roast coffee? Aftertaste checks in & makes itself at home; REALLY sticks to the tongue. Good stuff.

My entire perception of SN has been, to this point, based on (negative) experiences with the flagship pale ale in my earlier drinking days. However, a beer this good isn't an accident & will have me going back to revisit the rest of the Sierra Nevada line.

malcontent, Sep 14, 2006
Photo of TechMyst
3.83/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

PURCHASED @: Sullivans
COST: $8/6pack
HEAD: little
LACE: slight
AROMA: Like a stout
MOUTHFEEL: med-light
COMMENTS: I like other SN products, but to me this one didn’t hold up. I must not be a big fan of the Chinook hop...

TechMyst, Sep 13, 2006
Photo of tattooedtolley
4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Very dark brown/black in color, frothy tan head.

Smell: Roasted malts and some hops.

Taste: I really enjoy the bitterness of this taste as opposed to many overly sweet stouts. The hops bring it a bit more in this one but those roasted malts are leading the show as expected with a stout.

Mouthfeel: More carbonation than I typically expect in a stout which makes it a bit more crisp inside it's medium to thick body.

Drinkability: For a stout it is very drinkable. I'm not sure everyone could session these but I have been known to put back a 6'er.

I'm glad this is offered year 'round.

tattooedtolley, Sep 12, 2006
Photo of pmcadamis
4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured out of it's fat little bottle into an imerial pint glass, this one shade shy of black stout put up a beautiful four finger chocolate milkshake head with tons of sticky lace left in it's wake as it slowly dropped down to one finger. This beer is gorgeous!

The nose is bitter dark chocolate and raisins with a good deal of hop character. Smokey, dark, very malty, and deep... but yet outdoorsy and fresh at the same time. I smell black chocolate muffins and autumn leaves.

This tastes good but strange, and IMO overly bitter on the back of the tongue. Loads of strong black espresso with touches of bitter chocolate. This well hopped stout has a green weedy hop profile and a charcoal like taste that clashes a little with the coffee notes. It's not at all bad, in fact I like it alot. I just think that it could be better.

Mouthfeel is fairly carbonated and though it is lightly creamy, a bit less heavy than I would have liked. It does seem to thicken up a bit as it warms and the carbonation fades away.

Overall I really like this, but it seems strange and distracting IMO to have such a hop-forward green flavor in a stout. I could drink another one of these later (I'd really like to try one with a big juicy steak!), but two in a row might be too much black coffee bitterness for me.

pmcadamis, Sep 05, 2006
Photo of Drew966
4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sierra Nevada Stout pours jet black with oddly enough an off white head (I would expect a tan color). Aroma is bittersweet chocolate. Starts out with some bittersweet chocolate flavors which kind of diminish in favor of a strong hoppy flavor, then the bittersweet chocolate finishes it up. Nice thick mouthfeel. An enjoyable beer that I will have to drink a little more often. Recommended.

Drew966, Sep 04, 2006
Photo of wolffman17
4.38/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sierra Nevada Stout pours a deep dark brown; it's almost black. The tan head is big and creamy. An appetizing stout.
Roasted malt aroma with chocolate, molasses, and hops.
This stout is rich and flavorful. Roasted malts, coffee, bittersweet chocolate, and a perfect hop bitterness for balance. Excellent.
It's smooth with just the right level of moderate carbonation. A dry bitterness lingers nicely.
Highly drinkable.

SN Stout is a piece of art. There's not much that could make this beer better, and I could easily consume this as an everyday stout. A fine beer that I highly recommend for the style.

wolffman17, Sep 04, 2006
Photo of Deconstructionis
4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is a solid stout but not a go-to for me. To be honest I'm not sure if this would be considered a dry stout or a sweet stout, but in any event it's good.

It's opaque dark brown, nearly black A somewhat sudsy head that persists and coats a new glass. The aroma is bittersweet with roasted notes and coffee, some spicy hop.

The taste is quite sweet with a nice hop bitterness to finish, a slight hint of caramel and roasted pecan.

It's very rich, thick and creamy, quite heavy body compared to "classic" Irish dry. Not something I would drink many of at one sitting but quite good drinking.

Deconstructionis, Aug 31, 2006
Photo of Dizzy
3.3/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours dark brown with red highlights. Creamy tan head. Aroma is chocolate and sweet malts. Flavor is roasted malts, hop flavors and hop bitterness. Medium mouthfeel, it was lighter bodoed than I expected. It seems too hoppy for a stout, but what else would you expect from Sierra Nevada. This isn't one of my favorites, but its worth trying.

Dizzy, Aug 29, 2006
Photo of mithrascruor
4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a mug.

Appearance: Pours a dark brown/black color with a bit of visible carbonation. Head is thick and creamy, tan, and about a quarter inch.

Smell: Smells of roasted malts, hops, and a bit of fruit. Really nice and solid aroma.

Taste: Lots of malts, some toffee, and plenty of citrusy hops. Aftertaste is full of bitter hops... maybe a bit too much for my preferences.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth and creamy. Medium- to heavy-bodied with some tingly carbonation.

Drinkability: A really strong yet drinkable stout. ABV is moderate, but not bothersome.

Overall it's a really nice stout. My only complaint is that it is a bit too bitter for my tastes (I enjoy the citrusy/hoppy bitterness in pale ales and such, but not this strong when it's in a stout). But if you enjoy stouts, certainly give this a try.

mithrascruor, Aug 18, 2006
Photo of hero27
4.45/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle.
5.8% abv.

I haven't had this beer in a long, long time..and it's long overdue for a review.
Deep, dark brown..creamy tan head. Holds very well and leaves nice streams of lacing behind.
Bold nutty aroma..molasses, roasted barley & heavy chocolate as well.
Superb chocolate character, which is what really makes this stout unique. Rich, mouthwatering flavors. The roasted malts are definitely not overshadowed by the chocolate, and only serve to compliment them. The hops add just enough lingering bitterness to balance it out.

One of my all-time favorite stouts...often overlooked, it's a shame I don't drink this more often.

hero27, Aug 16, 2006
Sierra Nevada Stout from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 2,879 ratings.