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Sierra Nevada Stout - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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2,922 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,922
Reviews: 1,345
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 11.3%
Wants: 214
Gots: 211 | 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 beerphan
4.15/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Revisited: November 2010.
12oz bottle -> tulip (inappropiate but a new glass i have to use)
No date but there is a code on the label: 0246117 19

Pours a deep dark brown with ruby highlight in the light. A thick cream mocha head rest a top and deposits thick ass chunks of droopy lace.

Nose: Leafy hops, sweet candy, pine, chocolate, caramel. faint licorice

Creamy smooth mouth. Sweet chocolate malts up front with heavy roast chocolate and light caramel, along with some light chalky burnt coffee tones. Cascades kick in with some soft pine, a tad of crab apple and herbal bitterness that almost balances things out. This beer doesn't try to be a hop bomb, its just has a better hop presence than most for a stout, which I find refreshing. Finishes a tad roasty chalky and dry.

Surprised I haven't gone back to this more often. Sierra Nevada adds that 'something Sierra' touch that doesn't disappoint.

December 2006
12oz bottle -> imperial pint
no date

Pours black with a large thick creamy tan head. Crusty lace up and down the glass from melting rings.

Nose: Piney cascade hoppy nose, as it warms some dark fruits emerge.

Taste: Rich dark chocolate, roasted malts and a refreshing hop bitterness.

Mouth: Smooth, creamy and thick. Outstanding.

A great sipping stout for those long winter sessions.

Photo of biegaman
4.28/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A fair sized head would sprout up just before the end of the pour, level off and stay put. Leaves behind thick lacing. Black body. Subtle and pleasing aroma, gentle coffee and chocolat notes. Immensely rich mouthfeel, the gentle notes of coffee and chocolat in the aroma are intensified quite a bit. Much bolder with a medium roastness and filling body. A very well made stout and like many of the other Sierra Nevada products there is little (where any) room for improvement with this one.

Photo of schusterbauer
4.55/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

an absolute classic example of a middle-of-the-road stout! nothing showy here, nothing extreme, and at the same time nothing is missing, nothing tastes sub par. the smell, taste, and mouthfeel are all velvety smooth. roasted barley dominates, with coffee notes and cocoa powder flavors lingering in the mouth, and everything finishing very crisply. the beer goes down very quickly -- nothing brash or challenging. i could drink huge quantities of this, anytime, anywhere!

Photo of MrHungryMonkey
4.28/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pitch black, small to moderate light brown bubbly head. Low retention.

Rich and deep raisin/roasted/chocolate/coffee/fruity/flowery.

Roasted malt, raisin, chocolate and a hint of coffee.

Thick and creamy. Nice oral foamation, very nice carbonation sting.

Tasty stout. Not too strong, not light. Just what the doctor ordered today.

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

Black-brown and light-tight, the SN Stout has one finger of dry, off-white head that sticks to the glass nicely. It smells of roasted and burned malt and chocolate.

Tastes bitter, like burned coffee and some hops. Readily apparent alcohol. Lighter mouthfeel than I expected. Sparky carbonation. Very dry.

Kind of rough and raw. Not my first choice for a stout.

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

Pours out dark with little brown suds and the lacing abounds in the pint glass.
Smell is a dark roasted malt with hints of raisin and caramel.
Taste is a malty bitter flavor. The malt has the sugar but it soon is overtaken by the bitterness of the strong hops. Pretty nice.
Mouthfeel is very malty sugary at first then the bitterness comes into play and your tounge is torn between sweet malt on the tip of the tounge and the dark bitterness that hits the outside edges of the tounge.
Drinkability is good here. While there is a bit much sugary malt, the bitterness seems to quash it and make this a great beer.

Photo of jubnat
4.43/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Man, Sierra Nevada just knows what they're doing. Everyone of their beers I've tried is great, and extremely drinkable. This one is an excellent example of a stout. Nice carbonation and nice head, but very smooth. Very good creamy chocolate flavor, and a subtle aftertaste like roasted coffee. Great beer and great value, and you can find it anywhere. This is one of those beers where a six pack just isn't enough.

Photo of hckyfn9999
4.18/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep black with some ruby hues when held to light. A huge tan head with good retention and lacing.

Aromas of roasted malt, molasses, and some dark fruit.

Taste is very roasted. Notes of dark chocolate, pepper, fruit, espresso, and some hops in the end. A lingering bitterness is present as well.

Definitely full bodied with a good carbonation level making for a good mouthfeel.

A very drinkable American Stout that would make for a good session.

Photo of jasonjlewis
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A very nice American stout. I was expecting a little more because of the reviews, but still it was very good. I will definetley get a six pack of this as it starts to cool down. I reccomened that you go out and try one. I am excited to try the porter. GO RIGHT NOW!

Photo of Pooba001
4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown, almost black, with garnet hues when held to the light. Decent head to start, dissipates quickly. I could smell roasty coffee aromas when I opened this bottle. Once I poured into a pint glass I also get chocolate, earth, and grain on the nose.

Taste is smooth like a good stout should be, roasted malt and chocolate are the first things here, light tangy hop bitter is present too. A good, well balanced stout.

Mouthfeel is full bodied and smooth, very nice. Drinkability rates high. This is good standby stout, not "best of show", but once of the better Americans out there.

Photo of geexploitation
4.45/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Jet black with a high, thick toast-colored head. Looks like a fine espresso. The aromas at colder temperatures are a bit tight with one dimensional Cascade hops, but as this beer warms up more elements come out: dark chocolates, malted milk and roasted malts. On the tongue, this beer is all about the interplay of fruity Cascade hops and dark-and-dry malts. Bright bitterness grips the tongue first, with the dark malt flavors providing a base for the mid-palate. The hops fade out a bit toward the end, being replaced by chocolate notes, before snapping back on the finish, with is very long and deep, with perfect dryness. This is a substantial beer but doesn't feel all that big to the mouth, in spite of the heavy carbonation. All in all, this is a wonderful beer, a superb example of an American stout, with all the hallmark elements meshing together effortlessly. One of the best in Sierra Nevada's lineup.

Photo of ultralarry2006
4.63/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle. Leaves an espresso foam colored two finger head with excellent retention and excellent lacing. Body is the deepest possible brown. This is a very beautiful looking ale.

Smell - caramel, toffee, dark crusted malt bread, spicy hops.

Taste - like the smell. A mouthwatering dark crusted malt bread with caramel and toffee washed through with spicy hops. Very delicious.

Mouthfeel - full bodied, smooth, and semi-dry.

Drinkability - an excellent beer, and very sessionable.

Photo of brewcrew76
4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a solid black with a 3 finger brown head.

S - Roasted malt, toasty biscuit, coffee and bitter chocolate. I find the biscuit aroma to be slightly unappealing in this one.

T - Roasted malt, coffee and bitter chocolate. No astringency that I get in a lot of other roasty stouts.

M - Full bodied. Smooth and creamy.

D - A great easy drinking stout.

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

Pours a dark brownish-black and a surprisingly explosive creamy chocolate-mlik colored head with decent retention.

Aroma is mostly roasted barley and chocolate. Lots of chocolate. Notes of anise and fruit as well, specifically figs.

Taste is on par with the aroma, with the addition of a faint bitter hoppiness that's pretty unidentifiable. Roasted malts, fruity, and chocolatey. Did I mention chocolate?

Medium-bodied and very smooth and creamy, though a little of a dry finish. Much more mellow than the RIS's and double stouts I've been drinking lately, a nice change.

Photo of mjc410
4.18/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The pour into my Sam Smith pint raises a respectable two finger tan head that leaves sudsy lacing. Retention is excellent - half a finger to the very bottom! The beer's body is not nearly opaque when backlit - it lets through a healthy ruby glow. The nose is heavily roasted and caramelly. Rich, too. Taste is roasty, sweet to start, and heavily hopped, as I guess should be expected. There also seems to be a sizeable portion of smoked malt. The taste picks up some chocolate as it warms. Still, despite the intensity of the flavors, everything fits well together. The mouth is very full, and the carbonation has some kick, too. Overall, a very nice stout that I could drink all day.

Photo of cjgator3
3.95/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brownish black color with a creamy light tan head. Aroma is filled with dark roasted malt, a bit of chocolate and some bitterness and hops in the background as well. Taste is bitter with an almost burnt roasted maltiness, coffee and a good dose of hops. Overall, this is a really solid stout and another good offering from Sierra Nevada.

Photo of DaveFL1976
3.9/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A fine looking stout, and I'm not just saying that because I like SNPA and love SNCA. Deep black body with a rather frothy top to it. The smell is a bit of roasted barley or dry bakers chocolate. The taste is more of the same. The taste isn't overpowering by any strech of the imagination, but it is pleasant. Mouthfeel is smooth and lightly carbonated. Drinkability is above average.

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

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle the Sierra Nevada label theme in yellow, an interesting choice for the labeling on a stout, in my opinion.

Appearance--very deep brown, bordering on black. One centimeter or so of nice frothy head, with excellent retention. Barely visible carbonation due to the opaqueness of this brew.

Smell--faint malts, slightly sweet.

Taste/moutfeel--Nicely carbonated for a stout, which makes this one more appealing than most stouts. Quite complex, taste varies from slightly citrus at first to a faint bit of roasted malt. Not overly thick or rich for a strout, with the stronger than usual carbonation, it is reminiscent of a porter.

Drinkability--quite nice, I'm not a big fan of the stouts, but I could make a night of drinking these.

Photo of Doomcifer
3.88/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured black, only letting a miniscule amount of light in, with a huge, chunky, frothy head. Lacing galore. What a georgeous brew!

Aroma is of sweet, dark malts, chocolate, roastiness, coffee beans.

Taste is of bitter dark chocolate, roastiness, dark malts, big hop kick in the middle, ending dry and roasty. I can taste a small amount of alcohol as well.

Mouthfeel is rich and semi-creamy. Not extremely robust but not watery for a stout either. A little extra carbonation in this one too.

I would say this brew is pretty drinkable despite it being classified as a heavy beer.

Photo of Tallboy
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Medium black with a thick brown head with a faint reddish brown rim left around the edge of my glass
Smell: Earthy malts and aged hops mixed with sweet dark chocolate, caramel, molasses and coffee.
Taste: lightly bitter grainy hops at first, followed by ritch chocolate, coffee, traces of caramel,roasted barley and a citrus blast at the end.
Mouthfeel: Full and filling with an everlasting hoppy aftertaste.
Drinkability: A nice mix of quality , taste , and afordability makes this a constant winner.

Photo of jkanavel
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I bought a sixer of this at Publix and drank it with some friends. A good atmosphere makes any beer better.

Appearance-This beer looks wonderful. Very dark, like motor oil. A little red around the edges in the light. The head had a nice mocha color to it. It left a resilient, creamy head that stuck around for the whole ride.

Smell-The aroma was great. Very malty, you can smell the fruitiness of the yeast.

Taste- Brilliant. I am always so impressed with Sierra Nevada Products. It was sweet and tangy on the front of the palate, with lots of citrus and malt flavors, and off the back it was hoppy, and had that great roasted flavor that any good stout sports plenty of.

Mouthfeel- Very smooth, a little bite from the carbonation, but not to much by any means. This is not a super thick stout, but its thicker than say, an Irish stout. Generally speaking of course.

Drinkability- I could easily put away a few of these. Its not to heavy, and the flavors are all nicely balanced.

I'd recommend this stout to anyone.

Photo of becktone
4.7/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This stout pours a very very dark brown. I wouldn't say that it is black, just a very dark brown. When held to the light the color remains the same, pretty opaque. However, when I look to the bottom of the glass I can see dark garnet hues. Overall the color looks great in this one. As to the appearance of the head and lacing, it is excellent. Starts with a two finger creamy light brown/tea stain color. As it begins to receed it leaves lacing that covers every inch of the glass. Head retention is excellent. The appearance of this beer is right on!

Aroma of this beer is of chocolate, coffee, roasted grains, and a slight alcohol aroma in the far background of this beer. I don't detect any hop aroma at this point. I would be nice if the smells eminating from this beer were a bit more potent.

Sierra Nevada's stout is a poignant delight. On the tongue all the smells mentioned earlier can easily be detected. Coffee, roasted grains, and chocolate make up the flavor of this beer. It is well in balance with the hops. Hop bitterness is there, however the bitterness from roasted grains takes the forefront in the "bitterness" category of this beer. There is a nice lingering aftertaste in this stout.

Ahh, a nice full bodied beer. Not only is this beer thick on the palate, but it is also creamy. That was my frist impression when I took the first sip of this beer, the creamy head touching my lips and then the beer flowing into my mouth to caress my tongue and oral cavities. This beer is easy to drink, and would make an excellent session beer but for the high abv. It seems as though this beer is appropriate for any season of the year, though I know I will probably never buy any stout in the summer. Definitely good for fall, winter, and early spring though. I will most likely buy this beer again, it is a good standard for stouts, not the best but a definite good buy.

Photo of BeerSox
4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into mug.

Pours opaque black with some amber colors in the edges. Thin light brown head with good retention. Settles to a thin cap. Good stickly lacing.

Robust dark roasted malts balanced by leafy hops. Light caramel and molasses among light dark chocolate scents. Hints of grain and tiny bits of alcohol.

Highly bitter malts stick out in the front then quickly switches to dry leafy hops. The medium body and high carbonation leaves a tingly feel on the tongue, along with a crisp bite. Powdery grain is found in the middle of the cluster of flavors. The finish consists of roasted barley and some hops, which lingers for a while.

This is a very easy drinking stout, with its smooth yet complex and balanced flavor. It also has a relatively low %ABV, which almost makes it a good session drink. Fill your fridge with these so you always have a good supply of SN Stout, and so your wife has no place to put the leftovers from her cooking.

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

12 oz bottle>wine goblet

AP: Poured a jet-black color, created a large mocha colored head nearly 3" high. dissipated to a scattered, frothy un-even covering with a very active center or "eye". Nice legs.

Nose: A chocolaty-coffee scented malt, oaky, nutty and slightly hoppy.

Taste: Oak and smoked malt taste at first, becomes oaty with coffee-esque flavors and a leafy, mildly bitter hop ending.

Mf: Full body but rather crisp and lively, nice bite at first then thickens up a bit later on.

DA: A very easy to drink stout.

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

Poured from a 12oz bottle that I found in the back fridge of a local liquor store (the owner lets me back there, since he stockpiles a lot of beer, and some are up to four years old). Used a snifter glass for this one. Found my 2004 Celebration Ale there, as a matter of fact. There's no explicit date on the bottle or cap so I don't know how old this beer is. Since it was a single sitting on a mixed tray of other older beers, I'm sure it has some age. If anyone can tell me how to determine the date, please beermail me!

Appearance - Pours with a beautiful two finger tan, creamy head. This quickly dissipates to a constant half-finger cap of very creamy head atop the beer. It leaves fantastic lacing on the way down (nearly coats every place it touched with thin layer of lace). The beer is opaque black but held up to a light...it's still opaque black!

Smell - Rich aroma of doughy/bready roasted malt. Has some dark fruit character (mainly just fig-like) behind this. Some slight hop bitterness in the background, but not much at all. Little alcohol aroma, besides a very slight warmnth on the nose.

Taste - Really oily hops character up front, but not terribly bitter. Actually has some fruity notes to it, but mildly (and fig again). Pudding-like roasted and very rich malt character as the foundation of the flavors. Simple flavors for the style, nothing terribly original, but fantastic example of what a "straight-up" stout should taste like, in my opinion. Aftertaste has barely any earthiness and is basically pure roasted malt character with some slight chocolate undertones.

Mouthfeel - Full-bodied with a high level of carbonation for the style, but its overall character is soft. There is no unpleasant bite to it. Very smooth as well.

Drinkability - A stout, so they naturally suffer in this category (but I actually care very little about drinkability in a beer; I drink for flavor).

A very good stout, and a very good example of the no-nonsense style of the classic stout. Rich and flavorful, but not overpowering. Recommended for sure.

Sierra Nevada Stout from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 2,922 ratings.