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Sierra Nevada Stout - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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2,971 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,971
Reviews: 1,360
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 11.3%
Wants: 221
Gots: 251 | FT: 2
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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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Photo of czechsaaz
3.77/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice roast aroma but also has a pretty strong citrus hop aroma. Among other things lots of fruity yeast smells too. Little hint of green apple acetaldehyde smell.

Deep reddish color with a small tan head that fades to a thin rim around the glass. Little bit of lacing, not much.

Pretty hop bitter to start. The folow through is nice and malty with good amounts of roast but not so much that it is a dry beer. Not a lot of hop flavor. The base malt and the roast flavor is pretty much left alone to balance out the initial hop bitterness. Also has some estery yeast character like prunes or raisins.

A little thin for a stout. I'd like a little more body. Carbonation level is pretty lively and not creamy like most stouts.

Good balanced beer. Not really your typical stout if that's what you're looking for but a good beer on it's own merits.

Photo of MMansfield
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Received bottle from trade. Thanks Mark.

Appearance: Pours a very black colour with a giant foamy light tanned cap. Leaves an equally giant amount of lace. Great retention.

Aroma: Sweet and black. Aroma of dark fruit, raisins, dates, some semi sweet chocolate.

Taste: Sweet and fruity. Quite fruity infact. Mild sweetened chocolate flavours, bready, finish is very dry with a good bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, I like a little fuller body in my stouts. Very velvety, appropriate carbonation.

Final Statement: A very good stout, not my favourite, but I would never turn this down.

Photo of eberkman
4.26/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nearly opaque black with glints of red when held up to the light. Rich, thick, solid, creamy brown head. Not the strongest smelling beer, but it's inviting -- dark-roasted coffee beans and perhaps a hint of dark chocolate. The taste is wonderful -- dark-roasted coffee, rich toffee, some dark, ripe fruits, transitioning beautifully into a bitter, burnt finish that's much more pleasing here than in a cup of Starbucks. Full-bodied mouthfeel without being heavy. Good level of carbonation. Very, very drinkable -- especially in cool weather. Would be phenomenal with a hearty meal. And if I ever cross the threshhold of decadence and have beer with a full breakfast, this would be a great choice.

One of SN's best offerings.

Photo of Lothore
3.69/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Deep black with a creamy gigantic dark brown head.

S- Sweet malt smell, a hint of coffee.

T- Taste consists of coffee, hop bitterness, and a cream flavor.

M- Mouthfeel is thick and very carbonated.

D- This is a fairly drinkable stout. The hop presence brings the drinkability down a tad but definitely a solid brew.

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

A black, translucent beer with a thin off-white head.

Smell is full and has burned notes that remind me of coffee and dark chocolate. The hops add an earthy quality and bitterness is high, even for a stout.

Taste is bitter, split up in a great hop bitterness, which is a bit resinous and earthy, and a malt bitterness of the roasted barley. The dark malts give great coffee, chocolate and liquorice notes. Body is pretty big for it's ABV, but it is always wonderful to have a beer with relative low alcohol and enormous taste. I wonder if there is any flaked barley in this beer, somewhere in the back I get a little oily taste, and body is full.

Photo of MmmIPA
4.34/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cola looking body with a tan thick head thats very fluffy.As the head goes down the lacing comes up.Awesome aint it?

hoppy goodness(fruity)

Burnt,roasted,chocolate bitterness.Coffee notes there also.The chocolate is sweet at first then leads to a bitterness.Hop bitterness in there as well.

Mouthfeel is creamy with the usual stout notes.

I like this beer also,it ranks up there with there porter,as far as dark beers stand.I could drink this day in and day out.I heard this beer was tasty and damn it is tasty.Very tasty

Photo of Gambrinus1184
4.15/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12-ounce bottle into my Sierra Nevada pint glass.

A: Pours a nice, dark coffee color from the classic, stubby Sierra Nevada bottle, forming a generous two finger head of tan foam that slowly fades in the middle, leaving a thick ring around the glass. The brew is dark, and let's almost no light in. Very nice.

S: Smell is of sweet malts and fresh brewed coffee. There is a slight hop to the nose, which balances out the aroma on this stout quite nicely.

T: Frothy, slightly bitter chocolate with a nice roasted coffee finish. The barley is there, and the hop bitterness balances out the taste very well.

M: Mouthfeel is full, but not overpowering. For a stout that leans a bit towards the Russian style in terms of mouthfeel, this one is certainly not too potent.

D: I wouldn't call this a session stout the way I could its Irish brethren, but I'd love to have one with a chocolate dessert, and a couple more afterwards. Very easy and smooth.

Sierra Nevada has done it again. Their American stout is just as fitting to the style as it can be. Sweet, bitter, smooth and satisfying. I can't wait to review their Porter, just to taste the subtle differences.

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

A really great stout. It's jet black and lets no light through it at all, and has a tan head that sticks around nicely. The taste is exactly what a stout should taste like. Thick, heavy, creamy, tons and tons of roasted barley, and just enough hops to balance it all out. Great brew from a great brewery; I can't think of an American stout I've enjoyed more.

Photo of brendan13
4.12/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Very dark brown in colour with an inch of tan head that slowly falls away. Little bit of clinging lace.
S - Roasty chocolate & coffee at first. Sierra Nevada being Sierra Nevada there is also a floral, citrusy hoppiness released with a bit of a swirl.
T - Like the smell it is very roasty with a bitter chocolate taste dominating.
M - Medium bodied with a low to medium carbonation. Strong roasted coffee and chocolate aftertaste.
D - A tasty, drinkable stout. Like all US craft brews here it's too expensive to consume on a regular basis but if it was cheaper it would be a regular for sure.
After trying this and the porter I'd love to get my hands on some Big Foot & Celebration. Anyone?

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

12oz bottle, served in a pint glass.

A - almost black color with a tan head that thinned to a ring as it warmed, no lace.

S - strong roasted aromas of malt and coffee.

T - a stout with a very pronounced hop bite, it's different, it's good.

M - medium bodied, carbonation is good for this particular variation of a stout.

D - very easy drinking brew, not too heavy and it tastes good.

Photo of AlephNull
3.47/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got a craving for a Stout and since I'd never had one of these, I thought I'd give her a shot.

A- Pours a deep brown with a finger of brown head that sticks around and leaves a nice sticky lacing on the glass.

S- I smell a bit of a choclatey roasted grains smell primarily, but there's a bit of a hop bite hidden in there too.

T- Doesn't fit the Stout character extremely well -- opens with a very active hoppy character that fades to reveal a bit of those stout notes that along with the color make this qualify as a stout. Theres a grainy, choclatey taste before the hops come back in and finish off the taste. Not bad, but a little weird for the style.

M- Thin for a stout, but no inherently bad characteristics.

D- Drinks well, but I was hoping for a more traditional stout.

Photo of jmalex
3.88/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I seriously didn't even know this existed - which made me want to buy it even more. Time to drink up!

APPEARANCE: Pours into my Samuel Smith imperial pint a deep brown to black with a one and a half finger pale tan head. It's rocky and cloud-like and eventually settles to a nice collar and hazy coating. Lacing is present in splotchy sheets.

SMELL: Aromas aren't particularly intense, but what's there is a great balance of caramel, chocolate, and raw roasted barley. A decent but subtle west coast hop aroma comes through as well. Pretty much exactly what I would have expected.

TASTE: The initial hit is fantastic with a mellow but flavorful velvety chocolate and coffee flavor. Then the hops come on - citrusy yet fairly restrained - and then... poof. All my flavor is gone. Mild caramelly notes last through the finish along with some significant hop flavor, but most of the richness fades away. Even still, what was there was fantastic.

MOUTHFEEL: The body is decent - I'd call it almost full bodied. The carbonation is medium and makes the texture very smooth and just a tad syrupy.

DRINKABILITY: It's quite good. The ABV is restrained and doesn't get in the way. The hops balance the malt nicely, but still stand out on their own. A fuller malt flavor is all that separates this from being a go-to beer.

Surprisingly nice! It certainly has a significant hop character to it, as one would expect from Sierra Nevada. But you could certainly do worse, and I just might go back to this sometime in the future. Impressive!

Photo of ralree
4.55/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Very deep brown with a tan head of about 1.5 fingers.

S: Smells very good. Chocolate malt.

T: Chocolate, coffee, and malt. Very good! A hoppy finish, not overpoweringly so, but a little more than my preference. Hop aftertaste diminishes quickly.

M: Goes astringent quickly after swallowing. Leaves a nice crisp feel. Exceptional.

D: This is fairly carbonated, so a lot of burping was involved in drinking it. I would say, for a stout, this is very drinkable.

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

Pors from 12oz bottle(with twist off cap) a near pitch black with some reddish hues and a good 2 finger head of foam that loses some substance during the seesion but by the time my glass is almost empty, there's still a solid layer with plenty of lacing.

The smell is sweetish. I get a lot of caramel and roasted malt and it's nice.

The taste has some sweet malt initially but more flavours come into play. Roasted malt follows with a very small hot chocolate presence...well, it's not so small after all as it's giving a good bitter kick to this stout about midway through and it dominates the finish very nicely but that sweet malty goodness lasts right through from the start to the finish. Man, it's hitting my taste buds on all cylinders and I'm reallly enjoying sipping on this excellent version of an American Stout and..the lowish abv helps make it a very drinkable brew. As far as I'm concerned, this is a classic American Stout and if you've overlooked this one before, give it a shot and I don't think you'll regret it. Highly recommended!

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

12oz brown screwtop bottle from RSVP in Portland. Completely opaque black body with a half inch of light tan head. Chocolate and coffee malts balance citrus hops in the aroma. Roasted and burnt malts share the flavor with citrussy piney American hops. Roastiness lingers even after the finish. Thick full mouthfeel does not hurt the drinkability. A pretty darn solid stout.

Photo of Atron67
4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz stubby with a twist off-cap

A - Poured a dark black body with huge foamy brown head that lasted a while and left strong lacing

S - malty slighty sweet, strong toasted notes

T- smooth toasted flavor throughout, a nice slightly bitter finish

M- slightly sharp carbonation medium body, smooth

D- a solid stout, well worth the purchase

Photo of auxiliary
3.71/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

appearance - dark chocolate color, real nice large fluffy head when poured and left some lace.

smell - roasted malt, and nutty smell.

taste - Roasted taste, taste of barley and chocolate.

mouthfeel - Medium body, some carbination.

drinkability - pretty good stout, I'm starting to like Sierra Nevada

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

Pours black with creamy tan head that hangs around. Nice lacing on glass. Nice roasted coffee and chocolate aroma. Taste is much the same, bitter not sweet. Very good. Nice lacing on glass. This is a good beer. Really good mouthfeel, I would recommend this.

Photo of Noxious26
3.93/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz bottle in a dimpled mug.

Opaque black with cola like highlights. Thin cap is dark brown and recedes to a thin ring.

Mild aroma of Roasted malt, dark roast coffee and chocolate.

Roasted Malt stands out throughout with some herbal hops for balance. Burnt finish is a little astringent. Aftertaste is long lasting roasted malt and medium roast coffee.

Medium bodied. A little thin for a stout. mild carbonation.

A very nice smooth example of a stout, if a little thin. Very enjoyable.

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

A - Opaque black colour. Pours a thick creamy beige head, longlasting and full of lace.

S - clean roasted malt (not really coffee or chocolate, but good) and some hops

T - Magnificient roasty coffee flavour hits up front, you can tell the hops are holding things up but they remain largely unnoticed. The finish is long and smooth, full of dry roasty coffee flavour.

M - Full bodied, creamy and luxurious. Carbonation is mellow.

D - Easy to drink, full of flavour and moderate alcohol. Can I have another?

I always love a well made session strength stout or porter, and this is another fine example. Reminds me of local favourite Paddock Wood Bete Noire. Excellent.

Photo of BMoney575
4.28/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Sampled on 7-26-07

Pours almost black, with a deep red licking at the edges. A thin film of head lingers on top, with big lacing.

Smell is roasty and malty, with lots of chocolate.

Taste is very good, big, sweet malt flavors at first give way to a nice coffee bitterness and subtle smokiness.

Mouthfeel is great, goes well with the thick flavor.

Drinkability is astounding for such a flavorful beer.

Overall, this is the definition of a sessionable stout. Hugely balanced with great flavors, you'll want it in your fridge all the time.

Photo of Jmamay22
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Even before I get a chance to pour I smell hops from the bottle. As I pour a thin tan colored head settles onto a black oil colored beer. The first sniff from the glass reveals more hops with a burnt malt background. Further investigation reveals hints of chocolate. Tastes exactly as it smells. Roasted malts give away to spicy hops that touch the sides and tip of my tongue. With some effort the chocolate flavor can be found. Its a well carbonated drink that enhances the hop flavours rather than get in the way of what the beer is trying to accomplish. A light mouthfeel and very drinkable stout. I prefer more of a coffee and chocolate emphasis in a stout rather than the aboundance of hops here, but this is often found in my fridge and if I'm looking for chocolate I'll look towards Brooklyn or Young's Breweries.

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

Poured from the brown bottle into my pint glass to produce a 2-1/2" deep tan head... ooops.... this one got away from me. The liquid is jet black.

The smell was very pronounced... I thought it was very similar to my Chimay Belgian that I had recently. Good chocolate and caramel overtones with a malty balance.

The taste was quite good.. right on style for an American stout. Good dark chocolate and malt taste.

Mouthfeel... just a tiny bit fizzy for my taste....even though, I'm sure, some of it dissipated when I poured out the 2-1/2" head.... and thinner than a RIS.... appropriate, but I prefer a chewier stout.

Drinkability: very good.... I like it.... I will share it and buy this again.

Photo of Night
3.86/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours black with crimson flecks. Huge, rocky tan head retains very well; medium to thick lacing. Aroma is sudsy and deep with chocolate, toffee sweetness, and light roast. Mouthfeel is tingly and silky; medium body. Flavor is a nice balance of sweet dark caramel, kola, and mocha with roasted barley / grassy sourness and some hop spice in the back. Dark roast coffee in finish. Aftertaste is herbal, bitter, and dry.

Photo of tbone53
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

stout is a good name for this beer that it is. pours thick and is almost black in appearance. has a nice thick creamy head that retains well and sticks to the side of the glass.so thick you could almost chew it.nice taste of roasted malts and chocolate.dont start your lite beer drinking freinds out on this one.this is one i will drink again.

Sierra Nevada Stout from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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