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Sierra Nevada Stout - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Sierra Nevada Stout
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2,810 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,810
Reviews: 1,338
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 11.06%
Wants: 195
Gots: 172 | 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:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-14-2000)
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Photo of Wasatch
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - I did an aggresive pour which resulted in a real nice white head, dark brown/black color, some carbonation, tons of lacing for awhile.

S - Scents of malts, sweet chocolate.

T - The taste was of malty sweet chocolate, with a nice bitter clean aftertaste.

M - Medium body.

D - Very drinkable.

I believe this is the first time I've had this beer since about the late 90s. Not much of a stout guy, but this is a very nice brew. I like this way better than the Guiness I had last year. Would recommend.

Wasatch, Jan 25, 2006
Photo of cooter
3.58/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: small-bubbled mocha head, black body, slow but visible carbonation.

Smells: Hops, cherry, chocolate.

Somewhat creamy, with coffee bitters towards the end and chocolate undertones throughout. Some oversweetness in the aftertaste. Mellow. Sharp in the front, with a brief burst of carbonation that ceases immediately. A trifle flat in terms of fullness. Tastes like German malts. Not terribly complex.

cooter, Jan 20, 2006
Photo of ChiSox05
4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

White Sox/Miller Lite pint glass. Looks black on the table with a stand still 1/2" head sitting there. Up to the light, a very much darkened red. Cascading on the surface after a sip.

Smell of baking chocolate. Way down there is a faint fruit, maybe created by some hops.

Lip smacking fresh bitter coffee taste. Much roasty bitter flavors.

Man that hit the spot. Maybe the best looking SN bottle, /w Celebration up there too. A great medium stout, a fine creation by Sierra Nevada. I wish I could find a 12 pack at Jewel.

ChiSox05, Jan 18, 2006
Photo of MSchae1017
4.18/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer was tasted from a bottle in a pint glass.

The beer pours opaque black with a nice sized tan frothy head. The head hold and laces well. The smell and taste are mostly caramel and chocolate malts balanced nicely with some hop bitterness. The mouthfell is thick and well carbonated along with some welcome dryness. Overall this is a great stout.

MSchae1017, Jan 11, 2006
Photo of kirok1999
4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I expected more from this brew. I had read reviews of it before and decided to buy a 6 pack. Sorry.

Appearance- poured an almost opaque black, had a little brown to it with a light colored, almost white head.

Smell- Good, but not outstanding. Sweet malts, some chocolate, caramel, maybe coffee too.

Taste- Nicely balanced malt and hop presence. Slightly bitter aftertaste that clings for quite a while. More carbonation than I'm used to in a stout. I keep trying to like this beer but it just seems empty of anything outstanding. I'm not saying it's bad; it's not. I just expected more.

Mouthfeel- Pretty high carbonation, which I personally don't like in a stout.

Drinkability- Not bad, a nice quality stout I would drink any time. Don't know if I would buy it again with Storm King next to it on the shelf. Or even Siberian Night.

I want to rave about this beer. I really do because Sierra Nevada is a quality brewer that I respect. I reviewed this on the same day as I reviewed Snake River Zonker stout and the Zonker won hands down.

kirok1999, Jan 09, 2006
Photo of chOAKbarrell
4.75/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beautifully frothy & creamy mocha-tinted head. Dark black midnight body. Lacing all over the glass.

Coffee beans and grains in the nose. Mouth starts to water...

Taste is wonderfully rounded. Rich, full-bodied and pleasantly mildly bitter. Coffee & chocolate notes can be found throughout. A pure delight.

Mouthfeel is just like the taste: rich and full, plus it leaves a great aftertaste.

I am sure this is an excellent session stout for many beer enthusiasts. It certainly is for me. Delicious.

chOAKbarrell, Jan 08, 2006
Photo of maddamish
3/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I am a stout lover and this beer was more of a pale ale in disguise of a stout. Don't get me wrong, it was good pale ale but not what I was expecting from the style. If hops are your thing then this stout has them in spades.

This is not an average beer but it is for the style so my review reflects that. When I want a hop attack I will go for a hop devil or something similar. But I like my stouts to be a bit more balanced than this.

maddamish, Jan 03, 2006
Photo of nicksta
3.43/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The beer pours a dark brown cola like color, still see through though. It has a nice fair tan head. The smell is pretty good, like a mocha chocolate cake. The taste is okay, there are better stouts out there. It goes straight to the bitter coffee taste that is a little overpowering, with no real strong chocolate that I can see, but finishes surprisingly smooth. The mouthfeel is surprisingly good. The carbonation is doesn't stick to your mouth, it is smooth, it is a little watery though. As for drinkability it is okay for drinking casually but not for chugging. Well as for stouts, and beer and general, I am not going to stop drinking Guinness but I can see myself coming back to this.

nicksta, Jan 01, 2006
Photo of russpowell
4.38/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a thick chunky tan head. Head sticks around and throws down one of most intense lacing patterns I've ever seen. Body is Mahagony passing midnight blackness, some light does pass through.

Taste: choclate malt, slight hops bitterness on the tounge, hints of nutiness, molsses and licorice (very faint)

MF: Doesnt quite match up with the taste, close to being a little thin, but smooth and good carbonation

Time-tested, multi-dimesional stout that showcases itself well.

russpowell, Dec 26, 2005
Photo of pbr85
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce stubby bottle into a wine glass (it was all I could find)

Appearance: Pours a very nice brownish black with a finger and a half of tan/brown head. Didn't get much lacing but that could have been the glass.

Smell: Roasted coffee and chocolate with a hint of fruit in the background.

Taste: This beer starts off with a toasty, coffee malt flavor that slowly fades away. Roasted, chocolatey malts then set in and are replaced by a combination of the coffee, chocolate, and some flowery hops all mixed together.

Mouthfeel: I can't say much about the mouthfeel; it is typical of most stouts, perhaps with a little more carbonation than usual. The beer has a chunky feeling to it yet it still goes down smooth.

Drinkability: Very drinkable for a stout, but then again I'm used to drinking stouts that are 8%+, and this is only 5.8%. I would probably opt for a few other stouts over this one, but would buy again if there was a limited stout selection.

Notes: This is pretty good, definetly worth trying, though I don't think that it stands out as something special.

pbr85, Dec 25, 2005
Photo of mobyfann
4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Paid $6.99 for a 6'er...

The beer pours a black base, beautiful large lightly brown tinted head, with excellent retention and nice layered lacing on the glass. The beer is a 2-D stout, roasted malt and roasted coffee.

A bit surprised, the taste felt like another dimension was added, but there was also a tocuh of alcohol at the end which leveled it back again to a 4. The head retention plays well with the mouth and the alcohol taste seems the fade and is very enjoyable. A solid session stout beer, but there are a few others out there that I would be more satisfied with on session.

Final Thought: Sierra Nevada is the micro-brewery that set the American standard on the Pale Ale, the Porter and now the Stout... I thank you Chico, CA!

mobyfann, Dec 22, 2005
Photo of metallistout
4.4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a very dark black, but if you hold it up to a light you can see a very dark ruby, but still very dark. The head is a good size with a very foamy feel.
Smells of roasted malts and coffee.
Tastes very malty a very roasted taste, mixed with chocolate and a very creamy mouthfeel. This is one fine beverage that was made to be consumed at any occasion. I would highly recommend this to any person that loves a good stout.

metallistout, Dec 22, 2005
Photo of ypsifly
4.58/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Undated twist off stubbie served in a pint glass.

Black with one finger of creamy light tan that leaves thick and globby lace, and the retention is strong. It settles to a couple cm and holds its ground. Beautiful beer.

Nice roasty malts with chocolate milk, cocoa powder and a little hop bitterness for balance. Nice!

Full dark, roasted malt flavors upfront. A bit of dark chocolate followed by a solid shot of bitter hops. The roasted flavors remain throughout and pair perfectly with the hops with both lasting through the finish. I get the impression that a lot of thought was put into how long the malts should roast in relation to the strain and amount of hops used, or vice-versa. No astringent flavors, no residual hop oil. A rare five for this one.

The mouth is full with the right amount of carbonation and as mentioned above, no unpleasant residuals. A stout this tasty can be nothing but drinkable.

A lot of thought went into this beer, and I can taste it.

ypsifly, Dec 18, 2005
Photo of acrawf6
4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours out as black as other stouts, nice tan head. great lacing.

smell has some chocolate to it. just finished sn porter, and i'm having the same problem with the smell.... it is hard to smell anything. Maybe its my nose, as i was stuffy earlier today.

Taste is great. a spicy roasted malt flavor comes out. some more chocolate, and some caramel, an earthy hops flavor comes out. very nice.

Mouthfeel is good. very creamy. good carbonation. great balance with hops and malts.

Overall, a great stout. great for when you want to sit back and enjoy a readily available stout that hits the spot.

acrawf6, Dec 14, 2005
Photo of veggiemafia
3.95/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Really dark with moderate khaki head, good, but not noteworthy.

Smell is dark, bittersweet chocolate and a good note of coffee with some hops, which are nice.

Taste is more of the same with a hops making a bigger appearance than in the smell. Great hopping here. Aftertaste is bitter like espresso or French roast coffee.

Mouthfeel is pretty good, once again, not noteworthy.

I could drink this one all night if need be.

Not the most outstanding or surprising stout in the world, but it's extremely solid, and I think that's what SN was really going for with this one. Great beer just to have around the house.

veggiemafia, Dec 10, 2005
Photo of objectivemonkey
4.55/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

~Bottle into a (do'h) pilsner glass (only one I have here), pours a deep dark brown, chocolate hues around the edges, particulary toward bottow, with a long lasting head and beautiful lacing.
~Smells of a dark chocolate, maybe into a molases, earthy feel to it. Also, hints of coffee and something else i can't quite put my finger on. One of the better smelling beers I've had in a while.
~Tastes.... I get a immediate wave of roasted malt deliciousness, leading to what I might call a beautiful duet; a hoppy bitterness with an underlying dark chocolate undertone. Ends with a slight, earthy bitterness, and lasts for nearly a minute, but not chalky like some stouts get.
~Increadably smooth beer with a nice tingle in the middle, and the aftertaste both tastes wonderful and isn't dry or chalky.
~What a great beer. Couldn't say that I'd sit down with a keg and drink myself silly with this (not that I would with any stout), but one of two of these, a big ole mug of it, with a big hearty meal... I should do that soon. Yes, very soon.

objectivemonkey, Dec 02, 2005
Photo of bigdeuce
4.4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is, without a doubt, another fantastic offering by Sierra Nevada. Had about 8 or 9 different syles of theirs, and one is better than the next! Very nice head pours out into the glass, with fine lacing all the way through. Very malty and chocolatey upfront, with a suprising bitter kick at the end. Interesting combo. Very pleasing on the palate. Very thick and creamy offering and another good one, by Sierra Nevada.

bigdeuce, Dec 01, 2005
Photo of MurphyMacManus
3.8/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: Dark brown/ black with tan head that sticks and leaves rings--excellent for a stout.

Smell: Roasty coffee, malt, and chocolate. Very inviting.

Taste: Initial malty sweetness with roasty coffee and dark chocolate notes, with a dry, bitter finish from the hops. It's sweeter than an Irish stout but not as sweet as a milk stout--a very happy middle ground between the two.

Mouthfeel: Heavy, thick, as it should be. The carbonation does just enough to keep it drinkable. I had to pace myself with this one, and I usually drink stouts like cheap macro lagers.

Drinkability: I don't think I could take more than two of these in one sitting, but that's on par with my definition of a stout. No points off for the filling character.

MurphyMacManus, Nov 29, 2005
Photo of marcobrau
3.98/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Can't believe I haven't reviewed this one before -- so many beers and such little time...

This is a favorite stout of mine, which for some reason, pours with more head than other Sierra Nevada offerings. That's okay, because all that foam benefits the appearance of this brew. As the head falls, some nice lacework is stuck to the sides of my pint glass. This stout pours deep black with a wonderful burnt chocolate and minty-citrus hops aroma. Hops are abundant in this stout and taste good mixed with the chocolate and roasted malt flavors. The finish is chocolately and bitter from both roasted grains and hops. Mmm, mmm.

marcobrau, Nov 16, 2005
Photo of wedge
4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black with ruby highlights - thick, creamy tan head decends over time to a fine top. Initial light aroma of toasted malts and chocolate improves as it warms. Flavors of roasted malt with a nice hop bitterness. Full and smooth with a lingering dry bitterness.

Good session stout. Solid and highly accessible.

wedge, Nov 14, 2005
Photo of germaniac
4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A delicious, enjoyable stout, one of my favorites from Sierra Nevada. Dense, dark brown with a sticky tan head. Nice aroma of dark chocolate and roasted malt. More roasted malt in the taste, backed up by chocolate sweetness. A surprising clean and light hop bitterness in the finish rounds out the fun. One of those brews I wouldn't mind drinking all night.

germaniac, Nov 04, 2005
Photo of Melchizedek
3.93/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours opaque ebony with a big chunky head that never dies and leaves perfect rings all the way down the glass.

Doesn't really smell all that "stouty;" lots of hop in the nose, with a dim background of dry cocoa and a sort of briny sea-foam aroma. Silky mouthfeel, with a lot of grassy and herbal hop bite. Not all that roasty, but maybe that's not a bad thing, as the otherwise citric hops form a nice dry apple-skin tartness. Behind that, I can just pick up a malt sweetness and some barley and cocoa notes, although they're quite muted.

Stouts don't get much more West-Coast than this; it's not necessarily my favorite interpretation of style, but it's hard to really fault, and it's definitely a nice pleasant drink.

Melchizedek, Oct 31, 2005
Photo of grindcore666
4.6/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Very black with a dark cherry shine on the bottom. Colossal light tan foam. Really good lacing, also
Smells of sweet chocolate with a bitter, maybe even sour, edge.
Wow this thing really melts. Chunky but fizzy, carbonated chocolate to start. Then it just melts into an aura of bitter coffee. Finish is soapy and not thick. Aftertaste is shy and well-mannered - doesn't persist like other stouts, which makes this one of the most accessible of the style. Great landmark stout with the drinkability of a Guinness. If I were to buy a keg of any stout this would be the one.

grindcore666, Oct 30, 2005
Photo of tastybeer
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mmmm. Black and big dense head, with some intense lacing. Aroma is thick with chocolate maltiness with some sweet coffee. Tastes nice and smooth with extreme malts and some bitterness. Full body and low-ish carbonation.

Full of good malts, everywhere. I could definitely have more, anytime.

tastybeer, Oct 30, 2005
Photo of EPseja
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this bottle from Yelterdow (thank you). Served at just below cellar temperature in a pint glass.

A - Pours a thick, dark, chocolatey brown with little carbonation bravado. The head slowly rises from almost nothing to about 1/2" with a breathing-type motion. It slowly diminishes, looking stagnant like a pond thick with duckweed, leaving an uneven large bubbled mat and the beginnings of a ring of lace that eventually drips down the sides of the glass; sticky and thick. Very nice!

S - Rich, toasted malts laced with dark chocolately notes, coffee and mild alcohol. An enticing sweetness pervades the entire nose, adding a dessert-like character to the individual characteristics.

T - Starts off with a bright, sweet maltiness that is the embodiment of all of the scents in the nose. Spiked coffee, dark fruits and roasted malts make up the middle of the mouthful. A hit of dark chocolate residue coats the back of the tongue and throat on the way down, leaving a pleasant bitterness that calls for another sip. Deep and complex without overstatement.

M - Enters the mouth with a surprisingly light character and an effervescence that is tingly without being numbing or overcarbonated. Thckens considerably in the mouth adding to the perceived dessert-like qualities noted above. The swallow is pillowy and throat-coating.

D - This is one well crafted stout that I otherwise would have passed over, since Sierra Nevada has traditionally meant "Pale Ale" to me. Very well crafted and a pleasant surprise to boot! Very drinkable thanks to the sweetness being a *perceived* trait rather than an actual cloying one.

EPseja, Oct 28, 2005
Sierra Nevada Stout from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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