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Sierra Nevada Stout - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Sierra Nevada StoutSierra Nevada Stout

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3,036 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,036
Reviews: 1,373
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 11.06%
Wants: 232
Gots: 292 | 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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Ratings: 3,036 | Reviews: 1,373
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.

Photo of ASymon13
3.92/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

It pours black with a nice thick creamy head that dissipates fairly slowly.

The are some definite roasty malts in the nose, and a beautiful smell of some sweet fruitiness through that is balanced with a dash of hops giving it a very refreshing aroma.

It opens with some sweet molasses notes, and holds with with a very subdued fruitiness throughout. The roastiness really comes through towards the end, and the hops remain there to balance it and linger on for quite a while afterwards. A very flavorful stout.

The medium body of this beer is a bit dissapointing. I was hoping for something a bit more full, though it still is representative of the style and not at all unpleasant.

It is a drinkable, very good stout. It doesn't wow me, but it doesn't dissapoint.

Photo of Biscuit033
4.23/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Extremely dark brown with one finger light tan head, good retention and lace.

S: Dark malts with some roastiness and caramel.

T: Roasted and smoky flavors up front with earthy, pine hops second and a chocolate and coffee finish.

M: Bubbly but creamy with a dry finish.

D: This is a great example of the style. Wish it had a bit less ABV but something I would have more of if presented with the opportunity.

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

Poured into my Alaskan Brewing Co. pint glass. Today my De Garre Snifter that I used to review about 90% of my beers has passed. It is a sad day indeed.

A morbid black body supports a light mocha head which was fairly large and left some lacing.

Faint smells of roasted barley intermingled with a bit of hop bitterness.

I love the hops in this beer, a bit of west coast citrus. They are fairly faint, but much more present than other stouts of similar stature. A wee bit of dry roastiness is apparent.

This beer has a nice mouthfeel fairly big bodied with medium carbonation.

A nice stout: typical stout flavors with a splash of citrus hops. Not the cure for my broken glass, sadly.

Photo of Ig0r
4.35/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The head starts out quite tall with small bubbles that quickly coelesce as the head decays to a thin layer. The head is light brown while the body is opaque black.

The smell is of dark chocolate and very bready. The feel is quite thin with a bit of carbonation. Early taste is malty with a bit of dark coffee.

There is a bit of a hoppy splash at the end with a strong coating of the coffee flavor. The bitterness persists for a while and leaves a smooth aftertaste.

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.

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Sierra Nevada Stout from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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