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Sierra Nevada Stout - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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2,967 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,967
Reviews: 1,358
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 11.3%
Wants: 220
Gots: 249 | 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 soupyman10
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a near jet black color, just ever so mild brown highlights on the edges of the glass. Beautiful two inches of tan foam on top that stays fluffy for nearly a half-hour. Possibly the best looking beer I've ever seen. Nose is strong on roasted malt, some coffee hints and a little chocolate. Taste is likewise delicious; lots of roasted malt, some sweet mocha flavor. Touches of lemon. Mouth is thick and creamy, solid carbonation. This one is really excellent. Feel and look are most amazing. Possibly second only to SN's Celebration Ale, which I love as well. Alcohol might be a touch high, but this one might just be sessionable anyway.

Photo of PittBeerGirl
3.83/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Opaque black body with thick head. The only problem is that the head is a cream to light tan color rather than a darker hue.

S- Nice robust smell. Deep thick malt. Chocolate and toffee character.

T- Robust. Nice malt backing. Robust dark chocolate upfront with coffee overtones. My only complaint is that it seems a little bit thinner than expected.

M- low carbonation and thick body. Good for the style but it is just a wee bit watery.

D- This is a very drinkable and enjoyable stout. I will have it again.

Photo of jdg204
4.4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Been meaning to try some more regular stouts and porters after being heavy into RIS for a while and now having tried some great originals at brew-pub's realized I need to gain some appreciation for them. Thus, I reached for maybe the best widely distributed stout from the masters at Sierra Nevada.

Appearance - Wonderful opaque, black color with a nice thick brown head.

Smell - Very nice dark roasted malt with a hint of coffee and a healthy spiced hops.

Taste - Extremely well balanced flavor, deep, roasted malts which give off a nice coffee/dark chocolate flavor evened out by a nice portion of hop biterness. The sweetness is very subtle letting the roasted flavor do the talking as it should. A pinch too bitter is prob the only downfall.

Mouthfeel - Great aftertaste left by a combo of the roasted malts and the hop bitterness, leaves the mouth very happy. Consistency of the brew is great too, can't complain about this brew.

Drinkability - This brewhaha kicked some major butt and lived up to it's high regard. I'm definetly going to be trying some more great American Stouts (and their porter cousins) which I guess my increasingly defined palate is appreciating as much if not more than their in your face RIS brothers. Finally a note on Sierra Nevada, these guys fricken rule! In the past week I've had Bigfoot and this brew and been blow away by both. Is there a more complete brewery pairing these 2 with classic Pale Ale and Celebration ale? I forsee SN Porter in the near future.

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

Paired with leftover Italian food and 311's self titled album.

Poured into a pint glass. Pours black with ruby hues and a stick 3 finger head. Heavy lacing. Good head retention once it settles to a quarter inch cap.
All chocolate in the nose.
Balanced chocolate and roasted coffee flavors with moderate hop bitterness.Creamy mouthfeel with a slight tingle on the tounge.
An exceptional stout given the price and availability. Sierra Nevada scores again. Not incredibly complex, but it doesn't need to be. An easy drinking, kick back and relax stout.

Photo of mcarroll10177
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- pitch black with a nice tan head

S- roasted malt hits the nose right away, some undertones of black coffee and dark chocolate

T- the nose gave the preview roasted malts, coffee and dark chocolate, very nice

M- balanced, but I do like my stouts a bit thicker

D- an easy dinking stout that I could have often. Nothing is overpowering here every flavor is balanced.

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

Appearance: Nice rich black body and not a hint of light creeping through. A foamy light brown and tan head nestles on the top. Into my stout drinking mug it went with 5 inches of beer and an inch and a half of froth resting on the top. It hung around the entire time I was sipping away

Smell: Malty and nutty with the usual stout aromas. Cold espresso and coffee scents remind me of the tiramisu we made earlier today.

Taste: A mild bitterness and the sharp taste of a stout greet me. More bitter chocolate and a decent amount of hops come running into my mouth.

Mouthfeel: A slight creaminess but overall pretty smooth. Some poor quality stouts almost feel slick and oily this doesn't have it at all.

Drinkability: I can easily put down 2 or 3 of these with out feeling too full or ready to kill over. This is a good alternative if I don't feel like going for the big brother imperial stouts.

Photo of Brad007
3.68/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice dark brown color, almost pitch dark. Aroma has hints of roasted malt and chocolate. Taste has hints of coffee/chocolate with a smooth aftertaste that's almost creamy. Just a hint of bitterness but not much else to complain about. Drinkable too.

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

12 oz. Bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Soft black in color with tan hues. Dense cinnamon brown head pours two fingers thick. Good retention. Nice sticky sheets of lacing that crawl all over the glass.

S: Roasted Malts. Dark Chocolate. Dark Fruit. Raw Earth.

T: Deep roasted caramel malts and dark bitter chocolate are followed by a soft touch of toffee. Earthy floral hops give off a tickle on the tongue. Dark fruit sweetness is followed by an astrigent roasted grain bitterness.

M: Creamy rich and smooth. Minimal carbonation. Slightly dry.

D: This is a good example of a complex stout without the high ABV. Tons of flavor and not overpowering in any catagory. Recommended.

Photo of Patrick999
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Head was really big on this one - looked more like a root beer float in my pint glass than a stout, Retention is great, some globs of random lacing

Pretty big chocolate and coffee in the nose, not so much more. Brings to mind a mocha java.

Taste - wow, this really *is* a bitter stout. Hoppy as all get out. Definitely not so heavy on the typical chocolate flavors, and not sweet, but lots of strong coffee flavors. Did someone pour shots of freshly pulled espresso in my beer? I actually feel as if I could have this in lieu of my morning double shot. This is a coffee lover's stout if there ever was one!

Mouthfeel is unremarkable; pretty average. Feels a little limp.

Drinkability...I'd rate this a 10 if I could. Quite easy to drink. I don't know if I was really expecting this good a stout from the brewer I view as the pre-eminent Pale Ale and Barleywine brewer. Guess I'll have to add American Stout to that listing. Does SN do *anything* badly?

Photo of bort11
3.93/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz stubby bottle poured into a tumbler pint glass. Not a tall head, just under a fingers width, but nice and sticky. A little chunk of lace looked like a map of America. Color was a dark chestnut brown, with red highlights when held to the light. You can see the bottom of the head when you look up from the side. Neat effect.

Smell is a mild roasted malt with hints of dark coffee. Taste is very hoppy for a stout, which for me is a nice surprise. There are some other malt characteristics which gives it some balance.

Mouthfeel has a light/medium body like an Irish Stout. it must be the hops that really make it an American Stout.
Very drinkable session stout.

Photo of mobud
3.4/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into pint glass.

A- Dark to black with a heavy oatmeal colored head that lasted thru sample.

S- A great burnt malt smell that only got better after awhile.

T- Burnt, but very bright. the bitterness was ok for my tastes and the roasted malt flavor was strong and inviting.

M- Not too heavy. Smooth like a good stout should be.

D- A winner that does not get enough credit in group dominated by the Irish-style stout. Great taste and does not hit you over the head with a high ABV.

Photo of Hautacam
3.5/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark red-brown with a tan head that laces nicely down the pint glass.
Smell is almost totally roasted grain. Some metal.
Flavors of burnt toast , coffee....a bit of sweet caramel. The hops kick in quickly and the bitter hangs around till the end. Slightly metallic aftertaste.
The mouthfeel is awesome...creamy and smooth medium to full bodied...velvety.
This is a pretty good one.

Photo of quikfish13
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pitch black with a light brown head that is not quite as thick as I expected. Not even quite one finger.

S: Strong smells of coffee with an underlying cocoa aroma. Malts and hops come through underneath the powerful coffee scent. Not quite overppowering but well more than enough to let you know its there.

T: Roasted malts shine through on this one with a coffee unertone (big surprise here). Some what bitter in the aftertaste but it is a pleasent bitter and not too forecful. Some flavors of chocolate also shine through blended well with the coffee.

M: Decent amount of carbonation with a light body. I think I would have preferred a little more thicker body.

D: Highly drinkable, I could see this becoming someones go to sout. A nice alternative for me however as I already have my favorite. All and all a great offering from sierra nevada.

Photo of Redwood21
3.7/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Extremely Dark, with a tan head that drops to a thin veil that lasts the whole beer.

Smells immediately of coffee and a slight coco. The brew tastes a stout should but for me was too heavy on the coffee flavor. I know its one of the many flavors used for stouts and other darker beers like porters, but to me it overwhelmed the flavor profile of this beer. However it was not an overwhelming coffee taste. Meaning that i didnt feel i was drinking coffee, just that it was the most prominent of the noticable flavors. Great creamy mouth feel, and if i was a coffee fiend(which im not) highly drinkable.
All in all its a good stout that if you like coffee flavors is an outstanding stout. I have to rate it on my personal tastes along with the style type. I would prefer a stout with less prominent coffee flavors, but this is an extremely well made brew and maybe it was just the coffee that stood out to ME and wouldnt to someone else.

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

This is a really clean stout. Sierra Nevada really let's the grains shine here and they do. If you love black barley and chocolate grains, this beer is for you. It's a bit like coffee with a little cocoa, but then there's a lot of flavors that can only be attributed to beer. Overall, I can't think of better clean American stout.

Photo of brentk56
4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a dark coffee color with a sturdy beige head that retains well and leaves foam all over the glass

Smell: Roasted barley, dark fruit and tobacco

Taste: Starts out with a dark fruit, licorice and tobacco flavor that builds with a tangerine and pith bitterness, mid-palate; after the swallow, the bitter flavors are joined by a subtle bit of prune, brazil nuts and tobacco and the combination blends into the long-lasting finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: A really nice flavorful stout; at first, I was not sure what to make of it as the flavor profile is so unusual

Photo of Gatch
4.72/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pitch black w/ a coffee ice cream-colored head. The head has not moved for more than a minute. It sits there and gets frothy, creamy, and full of craters. I've never seen this, it's pretty cool. It looks so inviting. Time to indulge.
S - Crazy roasted malt and bittersweet chocolate. It smells like you just opened a fresh container of cocoa powder. It also has a hint of smokiness.
T - I still can't believe the head on this beer. It's so damn creamy and it doesn't stick to the glass at all. Wow, first sip is awesome. Strong chocolate, coffee, and roasted malt flavors. Such a great balance, too. The flavors never lose character and are as strong as the first sip all the way through.
M - Smooth and full-bodied. The coffee, chocolate, and roasted malt cling to the palate delicately but they're very prominent. It never becomes watery like a Porter sometimes can near the end of the glass.
D - I'm upset I only bought a single, but a 6-pack's coming soon. For having such a full-body, it's crazy drinkable. It's heavy on the flavor but not in the stomach. That head still hasn't receded and it's as creamy as it was from the pour into the pint glass. Sierra Nevada sure knows how to brew consistent and balanced beers. This Stout is exactly the way I love a Stout to be.

Photo of BBM
4.68/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This stout poured a deep, jet black color into the glass. A nice brown head sat atop the brew. The aroma was of dark fruits, unsweetened chocolate, some coffee beans. A nice nose, to be sure.

This is an exemplary beer. The rich, roasted dark chocolate flavors, complimented by dark fruits, coffee, and caramel, are offset just right by a sturdy but never overwhelming hop presence. SN really nailed the balance in this beer, keeping it complex and interesting throughout. The mouthfeel is a tiny bit on the thin side, but other than that this beer is magnificent. I've found my new favorite American stout. Highly recommended.

Photo of geographie
4.18/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

let this one warm to before enjoying. pours a dark caramel brown, with bronze head that dissipates quickly leaving lacing on the side of the glass. Plump raisins, brown sugar, and roasted coffee notes - very sweet, full nose.

Sweet & sour front and roasted the whole way through. Light syrupy texture, great mouthfeel, amply carbonated. Bitterness is only a smooth aftertaste, nothing aggressive.

Awesome drinkability. This is one of those beers that can really encourage a 'newbie' to like good beer. It has real malt flavors, not excessively bitter, and goes down incredibly easily. An overall winner

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.

Sierra Nevada Stout from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 2,967 ratings.