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Sierra Nevada Stout - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Sierra Nevada StoutSierra Nevada Stout

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3,024 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,024
Reviews: 1,371
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 11.06%
Wants: 229
Gots: 279 | 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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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.

Photo of JamesS
3.41/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an excellent opaque black with a nice off-white head and good lacing. A nice scent, but a little weak, just a little aroma of malt and a tiny hint of burnt grains. Good taste, a very well done stout with slight coffee undertones with the usual burnt grain flavor, but the taste is not too strong. It has a slightly bitter aftertaste, as well. Goes down fine, just a little rough from what feels like carbonation, but not bad. It's not a great stout, but a good one.

Photo of CamuMahubah
4.38/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a gorgeous stout.

Roasted malt with the characteristic Sierra Nevada hop smack.

Smooth wih the right amount of balance. Much smoother than anticipated and a bit milder than the porter at both ends of the spectrum. Those being hoppiness and roasted malts.

Thickness you could slice with a knife! Sticks to your teeth! A meal in itself!

This beer is a STOUT among stouts!

EDIT: I'm editing my review to add that this wonderful beer is so complex in hop profile and malts that I was really fooled at first. I cain't believe that a couple years ago I actually thought that the Porter had a bigger hop profile. What a fine job SN Brewmaster! You really fooled me! Tried this beer at room temperature and BOOM HOPSHOT! Awesome!

When I wrote my review of this beer I was a total noob and thought I knew more than I did. This is an exceptional Stout and it ages very very well. I mean this beer is mild from the fridge and like a meal. Drink it warm and the hops come out to play! I like the way you can session on this beer or just have two with some deep fried walleye. One of all time favorites...


Photo of barleywinefiend
3.79/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours brown but appears black in the glass. Bountiful foam above the black body. Caramel and black malt aroma, providing caramel, cocoa and coffee hints, along with a huge burst of aromatic cascadeFlavor, though roasty and coffee laden, is suprisingly hop accented, with a citrusy and extremely bitter blend. I prefer decadent malt in stouts, not hop madness.

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

A: Poured a dark almost black color with a thick light brown head that lingered for awhile.

S: As you are pouring it into the glass you can smell the hops and malts. Some chocolate and brown sugar notes swirled in there as well. What I like is the lack of a syrupy smell I often get in stouts.

T: There is a lot of hops in the flavor which is good for me and definitely a bit unusual for a stout. Also sugary taste in the back of the tongue which is weird cause its not where the sweet tastebuds are.

M: Good carbonation with a smooth clean finish and not extremely bitter from the abundance of hops.

D: YES!!! Very drinkable and has moved in as one of my favorite stouts. Highly recommend.

Photo of champ103
2.32/5  rDev -43%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A: This looks great. An almost black color with some dark brown highlights. A huge head forms and sticks around to leave a coat of lace down the glass.
S: Some skunky burnt malt and a lot of hops for a stout. This is not what I was expecting.
T: Way to bitter for a stout. Judging from the smell I should not be surprised. Just a hint of chocolate and coffee as the taste lingers. I am sorry, but when I drink a stout, I need lots of roasted malt, and this does not have it.
D: The bitterness makes this very hard to drink.

SN likes to put lots of hops in there darker beers. It worked with the porter, but I do not enjoy it here. I am not a fan of this beer.

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

A - Poured a blackish brown, which allowed some light to pass through into a Sierra Nevada pint glass. A nice tan foamy head that lasted. Lacing was noted as nice and sticky.

S - Roasted molasses, with a faint hop sent in the back.

T - Chocolate roasted malt with a hop bitterness to keep it well balanced. Complemented my steak quite well.

M - Medium bodied, very well balanced. Smooth up front, a bite of chocolate on the back end. Finished malty and dry.

D - Highly drinkable, nice for a session. Satisfied fully with my meal. So far SN has yet to disappoint, recommended.

Photo of Halcyondays
4.15/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Hollingshead's in Orange, CA,

A: Pours a dark brown, with a firm tan head, good retentin, mild lacing there as well.

S: Roasted malts, chocolate, coffee.

T: Roasted malt, toast, though not entirely burnt, there is a good balance. Nice caramel malt notes as well, with a biting hop bitterness.

M: Smooth, and crisp, full-bodied for an American stout, dry.

T: Very good, I've had this beer before out of the bottle, and it is sort of ho-hum, but on-tap it really shines, very tasty stuff, easily drinkable, I want another one, but I've got to drive home on the 22, and I haven't any money.

Photo of baggio
3.83/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This one has been sitting in my pantry for almost a year...time to review it.

A: Black with creamy head that sticks nicely to the glass.

S: Bitter chocolate, coffee grounds, anise, caramel.

T: Roasted malts, Nuts, Espresso, Chocolate (milk).

M: Very dry stout with a nice taste of bitter hops at the end. Low carbonation.

A very good stout that doesn't stick out in any way. Still, a very well crafted beer which i will most likely try again.

Photo of MisterClean
3.56/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Madison Bear Garden in Chico.

A - Dark brown/black with a tan, slightly, foamy head.

S - Deep roasted malts with a light cream flavor. Malts almost seem over-steeped.

T - Very creamy with a strong roasted malt finish.

M - Maybe too creamy, but very quenching. Very surprised the roasted malts did not dry out the flavor of this beer.

D - Am a bigger fan of imperial stouts, but this one is fairly dirnkable.

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

Poured six of these (not in one sitting) into various glasses (none plastic). I'm on the last one, and I must say that while my decreasing appreciation for stout, because of double stouts and RIS--my favorite--I have been very impressed by this beer. Very little sweetness, good complexity, they got the carbonation right. This is really a worthy beer, and because of the relatively low alcohol compared to RIS/2x's, it's a great beer for when you don't want to feel the alcohol. Neither was I blown away.

Photo of bunnyhustle
4.38/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another terriffic offering from SN. Pours dark, it looks black but when held to the light its probably the darkest mahogany you've ever seen. Nice two-finger, rocky, cream-colored head. Great retention and excellent lacing. Smell has almost a chocolate milk kind of sense to it. Muted chocolate and what seems to be a touch of grassy hops or grain. Taste is exceptional. Deep, dark and rich. Hints of chocolate, cocoa, touch of coffee, roasted grain, its got it all. Mouthfeel is thick and creamy, leaves a slightly oily feel but not too overpowering. This is a great beer and an excellent stout. The reasonable ABV makes it drinkable and is best enjoyed a little bit warmer.

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

Poured a pitch black color with touches of brown at the bottom of the glass. A small caramel colored head forms, but quickly dissolves away. The sweet scent of malt, chocolate, and coffee stirke the nose at first scent. Then it finshes with a grassy, pine fragrance. The taste of chocolate and coffee are strong at the start and dominate the majority of the flavor. Till each taste reaches midaway on the palate, that is when a mild bitterness begins to grow. That bitterness is of mild citrus, but most grass and earthy flavors, lasting till the end. The feel is smooth, slick, like thin oil, that is almost lost on the stong bubbling sensation of carbonation at the end. It still finishes dry and that felling stays on the palate for some time. This is a solid stout, all the wat around to the flavor and aroma, the feel at little less. But, overall this beer is great on a cold winters day.

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

Appearance: Black with a dense, light brown head.

Smell: Mild, roast malt with a touch of coffee and bitter chocolate.

Taste: Solid, semisweet initial wave of malt flavor. Nice finish with a touch of bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full body. Very smooth.

Drinkablity: Satisfying, yet simple stout. Very well crafted.

Sierra Nevada Stout from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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