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Sierra Nevada Stout - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

3,020 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 3,020
Reviews: 1,371
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 11.06%
Wants: 227
Gots: 275 | 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 bruachan
4.11/5  rDev +1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

tall head. voluminous and tan. excellent lacing. very dark; essentially opaque

rich malt aromas and floral, evergreen pacific hops. sweet roastiness. molasses

it's a somewhat lively brew, though the effervescence that inflated the head doesn't translate fully to each sip (early on they do, but it seems to go flat quickly). a grainy, bitter finish from the dark grains. appropriately sweet and with a good amount of IBUs at the end. smooth. and a touch of chocolate velvet right before the bitterness

enjoyable brew

Photo of shadow1961
4.07/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hard to believe, but I haven't even tried Sierra Nevada's Stout
till now. It pours two fingers of stiff, creamy looking tan head
over the requisite opaque black fluid. The nose is mocha and
coffee with an herbal hop tang. The flavor is rich, toasty malts,
bittersweet chocolate, and a sharp hop finish just to remind you
that this was made in the USA. Mouthfeel is round but also crisp
due to the hops, and there's a bit of grassy hop in the aftertaste.
A great stout to try if you like a little more hop than in traditional
British or Scandanavian practice. Tasty.

Photo of dsa7783
3.57/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Compared to many other stouts that I've sampled, this wasn't the best, although it was certainly worth a try... compared to some other Sierra Nevada brews which were exceptional, this was more on the average side, although a good brew nonetheless... appearance was jet-black, with a modest frothy, tan head that quickly dissipated... Smell was full of cocoa and dark espresso... taste was rich, full of dark, burnt chocolate and the typical stout flavors... more bitter than I hoped and anticipated, so taste wasn't over-the-top... not a bad stab at the style, but not my favorite rendition either... all of Sierra Nevada brews are good, but this one was on the weaker side of the scale... Worth a try if you're a fan of the style, but there are better examples out there...

Photo of mooseisloose
3.89/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle smell is semi-sweet chocolate with notable hops. Poured into my trusty chalice to a dark black with no light coming through at all. Upon tasting the carbonation seems a little high but the flavors come through with a strong cocoa beginning followed by a smooth bitterness and a bittersweet crisp finish. This is a very delicious brew, another fine selection by Sierra Nevada who never dissapoints.

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.98/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours very dark brown that lets light through and it has a massive head off a firm pour. Flavor is smooth and malty with no real unusual characteristics. Just nice and consistent and fairly robust to match. Nice liquid feel and the carbonation is a bit low, but good still. Overall a good drink. Smooth and easy and nothing wild or crazy at all. Won't be the most exciting stout you have ever had.

Photo of ruleof72
4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice, dark chocolate color. Head is good and remains as a thin topper, lacing is good.
Smell is semi sweet chocolate and coffee with a little cinnamon?. It is a classic stout smell. There is a hint of hops as well.
The taste is not quite as good as the smell. Coffee, toasted malt and a hint of chocolate.
Mouthfeel is good and this is a very drinkable beer.

Another good beer from Sierra Nevada!

Photo of edskirk3
4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Twelve ounce brown stubby bottle, freshness code of 7178 W17 27. I shall use a brandy glass.

Pours opaque with a finger and a half of froth that is quite sticky in appearance.

Earthy, hoppy nose. Ground, dry coffee and a light note of molasses.

This is a pretty dry stout. It features bitterness from hop and roasted grain alike. The two are very well melded together in a rich, dark tapestry of flavor that lasts all the way to the end and beyond. Pleasantly creamy yet dry mouthfeel.

That was a good one. I like a stout that isn't afraid to show off some hoppiness.

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

P: 12 oz brown bottle

A: Pours a black hole black with a full finger of light brown sugar foam

S: Chocolate espresso and dark roasted grains

T: Bittersweet chocolate, espresso and then a surprising amount of a hops bite at the end that I was not expecting.

M: All the lovely benefits of the dark coffee, chocolate of a stout and a small kick of hops instead of a sweet aftertaste. The best of both worlds!

D: Think I need to raise my opinion of Sierra Nevada after this one! I really love this and am going to share with my hop loving friends so they can see the wonders of the dark side.

Could spend a wonderful session with this one.

Photo of assmasterson
3.85/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Black as night. Absolutely no light passes through this one. Frothy foam covers the glass and sticks.

S: Light aroma of hops, dark chocolate with a hint of fruit in the background.

T: As dark as it looks. Hoppy, bitter chocolate up front with a touch of citrus.

M: Nice and thick, coats the mouth and leaves a strong aftertaste.

D: A knockout. A highly drinkable stout that will leave you wanting more.

Photo of SSBrennan
3.53/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark cola color with good carbonation and a dense khaki head which falls slowly with good lacing.

The smell faint with promises of bittering hops and chocolate

There is a good roast flavor to the beer with good balance of hops and malt. Distinct chocolate flavors. There is a slightly too strong flavor of alcohol but overall fairly solid.

The mouthfeel is slightly over carbonated and thin but has good smoothness.

Photo of hwwty4
3.83/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a 12 oz beer into a Boulevard Goblet. Poured a nice dark brown with ruby highlights when the light hits it, also had speckels of yeast at the bottom of the glass. Had a large tan head with pretty good retention. Left a slight lacing down the glass. Aroma is sweet chocolate and roasted malts. Taste is dark chocolate with a bit of hops at the tail of the beer. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, nice and smooth. This is a very drinkable stout.

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

A - Poured a very dark brown color with a tan head that leaves lacing

S - Nice roasted malt and chocolate

T - Much like the smell roasted malt and chocolate

M - Smooth and creamy not too thick

D - This is one easy to drink stout smooth and delicious

Photo of wagenvolks
4.52/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle into a duvel glass.

Out pours an opaque, seal brown body with a frothy, tan foam. The head cascades down the sides of the tulip, retains well and leaves decent lacing for the style. Very impressive pour, to say the least. Aroma is full of sweet chocolate candy, caramel malts, plum, apple, and other dark fruits.

The flavor throws a slight curveball: gone are the sweetened chocolates in the aroma, and instead the chocolate flavors are more like that of bitter, dark chocolate with some roasted malts to it. A smoked, earthy hop bite finishes off the flavor. Mouthfeel achieves perfection: medium body (not too thick or syrupy), carbonation level that's spot on, crisp finish, and a lingering bitter cocoa & hop aftertaste that stretches on for miles. The drinkability is quite high as well, this beer is refreshing as hell for a stout. Not only that, but its complexity and tastiness make for quite a memorable brew that I'll be sure to enjoy again.

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

Attractive creamy tan head.

Smells like roasty chocolaty dark malt, herbal/grassy hops, some orange rind and a mineral note like salty sea air. Nice.

Smooth dark chocolaty malt with clean citrus and grassy hop flavor and bitterness. Some pleasant restrained sweetness. Very well balanced. Dries out for a long, clean, roasted, bitter finish.

Smooth and highly drinkable. Tasty distinctly west coast stout.

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

I bought this because I realized I had not had one in probably six to eight years. Solid black color with a excellent coffee colored head. Smells roasty, chocolate. More chocolate in the flavor and easy to drink. I have yet to find a Sierra Nevada beer that I don't like. Excellent.

Photo of meechum
3.98/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured out of a bottle into a pint mug. Pours black with a nice thick tan head, leaving a nice lace down the glass

S - Big coffee smell with the trademark SN hop profile in there also

T - Nice stout flavor of coffee and roasted coca along with a dry hoppy finish

M - A little thin for me but with little carbonation..overall better than average

D - I could easily down a six of this. Good drinking stout..enjoyable

Photo of scottyshades
3.98/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Bought one at ABC in a mix n' match for $1.69...figured a SN couldn't steer me wrong
A: Pours black with amber hues, one finger tan-brown head that leaves a nice lace

S: Primarily a chocolate nose with some notes of dark fruit and roasted malts

T: Chocolate,roasted malts, and the hops (not predominate) make this beer very bitter sweet

MF: Very nice full body, creamy and silky going down, bitter aftertaste that leaves chocolate in the back of the tongue

D: This beer is very rich, but it is highly drinkable...not exactly a session beer

Overall this is another fine work of art from Sierra Nevada, definitely worth a try

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

A: A very dark ruby, with light only showing through around the edges. A creamy tan head that leaves thick lacing that chases the brew down the glass. Poured into a 14 oz mug.

S: Grainy and roasted with molasses-like malts showing. Burnt bitterness and a slight hop aroma.

T: High bitterness from the hops keep the sweetness in check. Chocolate and burnt sugars, caramel, dark roasted coffee at times. Nice bitterness from the hops and burnt malts, prominent in the aftertaste with a grainy hue.

M: Medium body with a little more carbonation than some of the other stouts I've poured from a bottle. Leaves the mouth a little dry lingering bitterness and a great roasted aroma like black coffee.

D: I had to give this straight 4's, I could drink this anytime with anything and I would be happy. It just doesn't stand out from the other Stouts I have tried. Although, I was impressed with the carbonation, I was expecting a ton of bubbles since it's American in origin. I was happily wrong. A very good Stout.

Photo of Amalak
4.36/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I am a big fan of Sierra's, and the Stout is certainly exceptional. It had an impressive four-finger head out of the bottle, that was slow to dissipate, leaving a nice lace behind. The scent was mild.

The taste was very smooth, and tasted like a coffee-stout really. Left a distinct slightly bitterish taste in the back of the mouth.

The Stout is definitely one of the best that I have had. Sierra does an excellent job of making clean tasting beer with flavor -- the stout is no different.

Photo of hoegaardenhero
3.41/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

a: beautiful rich deep black/brown with creamy tan head that lasts

s: smells of sweet malts with hints of chocalate and coffee malts mixed with hops providing a complex kick.

t: starts out on the sweet grainy side but takes a sharp turn toward the burnt coffee/hoppy bitterness; quite enjoyable, just a little bit too much of the latex bitterness that comes from burnt coffee malts at the finish

m: nice and creamy with just the right amount of carbonation, enough to keep it smooth but interesting

d: nice and creamy but a little bit too unbalanced in terms of burnt bitter flavors; still good but not the well-balanced beer I would expect from Sierra Nevada

Photo of TheTrevor
3.36/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This beer poured a dark opaque brown with a large foamy head that lingered for a while. The smell is reminiscent of pine and roasted malts. The taste is not as strong as I expected, with a sweeter almost chocolate middle that ends with just a little bit of hops bite. There is a satisfyingly thick mouthfeel, with a nice bit of carbonation. I'd consider this beer to be fairly drinkable, but I couldn't imagine knocking too many of them back in one sitting.

Photo of timtim
3.95/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

this is one of the first real beers I ever tried. About 15 years ago. I know my palate has matured, but I remembered it tasting much much better. Dark, with a tan head. Pretty lame retention, but nice lace. Smelled ok with a nice piney hop character and roasty malt. Tasted the same as nose. Well blended, not too bitter and very clean. Lighter side of full body and could be much silkier. Carbonation carries it well with a nice warming finish. Very very easy drink. Low abv makes it a great session stout. Props to the pioneers SN.

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

I think I could call this my favorite beer (right now anyways). What I like most abut this stout is it has hops. You can taste mild hops on the after taste. It is a great take on a classic style.

It is also widely sold. And living where I do, in a beer wasteland, something being easier to get means a lot.

Photo of cswhitehorse
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

After drinking cases and cases of their pale ale over the years, this is my first attempt at the Stout. It was a beautiful opal color with a tiny foam head that dissipates quickly. The smell is a lovely roasted maltiness with a soft alcohol overtone. The taste was smooth and it was a great balance between the roasted malts and a little hops on the finish. It is nice an chewy in the mouth and leaves some good chocolate in the palate. I would consider this a money stout.

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.

Sierra Nevada Stout from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 3,020 ratings.