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Sierra Nevada Stout - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Sierra Nevada StoutSierra Nevada Stout

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2,749 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,749
Reviews: 1,327
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 11.3%
Wants: 192
Gots: 159 | FT: 3
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-14-2000)
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Photo of feloniousmonk
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: dark brown, nearly black color, with a thick, full tan head that bubbles a good deal, before crumbling down, leaving a touch of lace.
Aroma: fruit, and bitterness, right off, grapes and berries, and such, with more flavors unfolding, pepper, anise, espresso, a big helping of roast and bitterness.
Also, enough carbonation to remind me of cola, but not too much.
Warm and smooth on the palate, and continuing the flood of flavors found in the nose, with an undulating ripple of bitter hops. Great, chewy mouthfeel.
Solid malt, dark, tasty body.
A delightful dance takes hold in every sip: the bitter hops do a fancy tap, until lush, dark malt sweeps in and hogs the spotlight, before long the two begin to tango! A rousing and roasty stout, all around!

feloniousmonk, May 18, 2003
Photo of Reidrover
4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bought in the usual SN 12 oz stubbie brown bottle..liked the yellow label..rather unfitting for a stout , but "what ya gonna do?"

Well this beer looked superb in my mug ..i even got some minor cascading going on..overflowed the glass much to the delight of my Bassett hound "Lumpy" who licked it up!! Beer is a rather unstoutlike dark garnet colour when its held to the light, but its so darn handsome I will forgive.
The aroma IS stout like dark roasted malts and dark coffee aromas prevail.
Very nice and complex yet somehow simple taste. At first taste all you get is the wonderful espresso ( with 4 shots) flavour the second and third sips you begin to sense the complexity of the brew the creamy milk chocolate..after wards the good liquorice flavour even some dense spiciness.
Very very smooth and yet this tests all the tastebuds ( except sour maybe).
Very good drinking stout well done SN!!

Reidrover, May 15, 2003
Photo of tavernjef
4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Color is a solid brown, almost black, very velvety, with a tannish head about a pencil width high, very creamy and has a heavy frothyness to it that settled slowly to a misty skimming and left curtain-like lace patches. Every tiny little bubble was the exact same size, quite consistant.
Smell is of roasted malt and cascade hop, nice and crisp with a bit of dark toffee/coffeeness to it.
Taste is more of the same, its quite full & rich, mildly heavy, nice roasted maltness throughout with a good hop crispy bitterness. The roasted malt is a bit coffeeish and burnt-like and the hop lends itself to a bit of a citrusy bitterness mild bite. Very nicely blended.
Feel is a solid medium body with a nice drying feel in the finish.
This is a solid stout and pretty drinkable and the 5.8% can be sneaky after the first glass.

tavernjef, Apr 21, 2003
Photo of AtLagerHeads
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I saved this little beauty for review number 200 and I was not disappointed. This is a very complete beer. The appearance is just, very simply, stellar. Deep dark color of black/brown and quite opaque. The head came up easily and lasted throughout. The head was rich looking dark tan and very full and creamy. The lacing was simply outstanding and quite sticky. IMHO the weakest element is the lack of a strong nose. This may be because the delicate balance of malt and hops cancel one another. The taste is certainly beautifully balanced with the hops perfectly blending with the malted barley. Some roast sense and an element of some citurs of the grapefruit variety. Great presentation from the squat brown bottle, nice yellow lables, and the great pour beauty. A numer 200 to remember fondly.

AtLagerHeads, Apr 16, 2003
Photo of MJR
3.8/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a very dark reddish-brown that offers little clarity. A dark tan head starts out huge and holds a solid cap. Nice lacing on the glass.

Smell: Basic aroma of roasted grains and green Cascade hops...no surprise there.

Taste: Combines a rich, roasted character with lots of hop bitterness. The hop flavor is firm with notes of burnt fruit, most noticably grapefruit. Very fresh and clean in flavor, which comes from their neutral yeast strain.

Mouthfeel: Medium in thickness with a dry and crisp mouthfeel.

Drinkability: While it's quite basic and a little generic, this is good stout. I don't think it's special enough to become a regular, but I wouldn't turn it down if offered.

MJR, Apr 15, 2003
Photo of freed
4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer was a good choice by itself, but it really isn't a good pair with Hawaiin pizza. I'll try not to remember the mix while I review it.

The bright label really stands out, and I don't know why I haven't ever picked this beer up before. Maybe the bright yellow confused me. "It says its a stout..."

The beer poured a dark, light absorbing brown. It had a quick to dissipate head but the aroma was very nice. Smokey, Coffee and malt. The taste isn't as aggressive as some stouts, which is better now that its spring, but the soft dry feel really satisfies. My only mistake was trying to wash down pineapple with it.

freed, Apr 14, 2003
Photo of BigHead
3.9/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice dark stout with an almond colored head. There is a definite sweetness to the aroma as well as malts. Chocolate and roasted coffee flavors intertwine with the thick feel of this stout. The hops show up towards the end of each sip, offsetting the sweetness nicely. A good stout.

BigHead, Apr 13, 2003
Photo of bewareOFpenguin
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pleasant, but uneventful. Poured the deep dark color we exspect. Had the roasted, sweet taste we also have come to exspect. Something was missing, and I just could not put my finger on it. Was this beer trying to be a porter? It did not seem to have that robust taste I look for in a stout. Overall though, it was a godd tasting beer.

bewareOFpenguin, Apr 08, 2003
Photo of PSUDREW
3.88/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

For a stout, it is very sweet. Coffe taste, with some carmel mixed in for good measure. It doesn't have the "sierra nevade taste" (slight dry bitterness) that I have become acustome to. Mildy sweet, not like sacharine, but less then regualr sugar. Something of a smokey, or toasted flavor as well.Very easy drink, very nice overall, another fine sierra nevada

PSUDREW, Apr 04, 2003
Photo of Scooter77
4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Mmmmm Good! This is one great stout. Pours a deep, dark jet-black color with a thick creamy head that has fairly good retention. There’s a heavy coating of lace left on the glass. Aromas are full of dark roasted malt, coffee, and chocolate with mild caramel undertones. The taste is incredibly balanced. The malts are very apparent upon the initial taste, followed by a slight hoppy bitterness, finished off by a mild sweetness...possibly brown sugar? This is a very smooth and easy drinking stout. It’s one of my favorite stouts.

Scooter77, Apr 02, 2003
Photo of elmocoso
4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black as night, this was, but i didn't get much of a head out of the pour. Dirty glass? maybe. There is a little constellation atop the liquid, of carbonation bubbles and a ring around the glass.

There is a lot to the nose of this beer: Coffee, malt, chocolate and alcohol. It makes for a pleasant mix.

The taste is also enjoyable. It hits all areas of the tongue. A sweet to the front with a nice accompanying bitterness to the sides. there is a slight sting of carbonation, but it works. There seems to be more bitterness in this stout than i usually find but it is nice for a change.

This is a very drinkable stout. I would like to try it on tap, possibly at the brewery, with a pint of each other Chico offering waiting for me, lined up on the bar.

elmocoso, Mar 31, 2003
Photo of kelticblood
3.63/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pour yielded a tall brown and extremely thick head.The color was an opaque black.Head took forever to reduce so i could take a sip.Left tons of sticky and thick lace.Appearance was exceptional.Aroma's of molasses and sweet chocolate with a hint of hops.A very easy and creamy mouthfeel.Leaves a long lasting bitterness in the back of the throat.Full bodied with a sweet finish.Hints of coffee and smoke flavors.I taste the hops I didnt taste at first now.Overall not bad.A little less bitterness and maybe a higer ABV.Needs a distinct flavor.

kelticblood, Mar 30, 2003
Photo of Denali
4.47/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Package: 12-ounce bottle. Unknown vintage (I assume it is 2003).

Appearance: Thick opaque black with small tan head that dissipated quickly.

Smell: Strong roasted malt and alcohol aroma.

Taste: Initial roasted/burnt malt flavor. Alternating chocolate and coffee flavors come next. Nice bitter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Thick and a bit chewy. Light carbonation.

Drinkability: Extremely drinkable.

Comments: Very delicious brew. The chocolate and coffee tastes keep fading in and out and trading places with one another. Wonderful burnt and roasted flavor too. The flavors complement one another extremely well. Thank you Keith (stegmakk) for the bottle.

Denali, Mar 27, 2003
Photo of stegmakk
4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Opaque black with little tan head
Aroma: Sweet malt and toffee
Taste: Roasted malt, coffee, slight sweet taste faint bitter aftertaste
Mouthfeel: Nicely thick...almost perfect
Drinkability: Good

I would buy this some more...not in the top of my beer purchasing rotation...but up there

stegmakk, Mar 26, 2003
Photo of canucklehead
4.38/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this one up in California and cellared for 6 months which
may or may not have improved the flavour. The colour is jet black with a nice caramel coloured head setting the stage. Big
mouthfeel with a bitter hoppy taste combining with a molasses
mid body. This beer was somewhere between dry and imperial stout
in both flavour and alcohol which actually gave it complexity
combined with drinkability. There are bigger and badder stouts
around but this one has to be a West Coast classic of the style.

canucklehead, Mar 25, 2003
Photo of scottum
4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black black black black with a big tan head. Nice bitter malt flavor with a great bitter hop flavor to balance it. A few malts that I find personally offensive have been thrown into the mix (ie chocolate) so I couldn't give it a better rating. Despite that, this is a very drinkable stout and I do enjoy it quite a bit. The aftertaste is nice and just sits there in your mouth as if to say "have some more." This is almost Imperial in many ways, but perhaps not quite big enough to earn that label.

scottum, Mar 20, 2003
Photo of ElGuapo
4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark as night with a monster tan head that leaves lace all over the glass. Coffee, chocolate, and roasty malts excite your nose as your mouth waits with great anticipation.

Rich and full bodied. It is creamy and extremely smooth with light carbonation. Chocolate and coffee are dominant in the flavor of this one. It is nice and roasty all the way through. Aftertaste is filled with cappucino. A great stout.

ElGuapo, Mar 18, 2003
Photo of Tballz420
4.28/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Came out looking completely black, until held up to the light, which let a slight amber color through. The head is a nice light brown color, very creamy. As for the taste its very rich with a hint of coffee in there.Personally not my favorite sierra nevada but it is a very nice stout.

Tballz420, Mar 13, 2003
Photo of PhantomVodoo
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Opaque dark, deep brown to black in color. Brown head.
Aroma of bittersweet chocolate, heavily roasted malts, with hints of coffee and hops.

Aroma seemed more chocolately, but the taste is more coffee like. Roasted malts play big. This beer is well hopped for a stout. A nice citrusy hop bite is not hard to detect. A little too much lingering bitterness at the finish is my only complaint.

Good mouthfeel is slightly creamy.
Good drinkability minus the lingering bitterness at the finish.
Overall, this is a quite good stout.

PhantomVodoo, Mar 08, 2003
Photo of WVbeergeek
4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wow cracked open this baby and I was greeted with a barrage of cascades, gotta love the hopped up stouts. She pours almost completely opaque, but it does let some ruby amber shades in around the edges when held up to the light. A moccha colored head full and fluffy, already starting to form a collar of lace down the glass. The cascades come through in the flavor very pronounced with citrus tones, but underneath there somewhere are the cofffe roasts, and full slightly burnt roughness balances perfectly somehow. A smooth creaminess lines my tongue, then out of nowhere my palate is bumrushed with bitterness I love hops that go this well with something they aren't traditionally meant to. Some consider this off balanced, but I consider it an art form that is cutting edge. I find it a complete enjoyment, and the mouthfeel is heavy to medium in body but the creamy sensation makes each sip worthwhile. A great stout that I plan to sample on tap to compare the difference very drinkable if this is what your'e into and believe me I am.

WVbeergeek, Mar 05, 2003
Photo of Mitchster
3/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Brewed with Two-row Pale, Munich, Caramel & Black patent malts. Hopped with Magnum for bittering, finishing with Cascade/Willamette. 5.8% ABV, OG=15.4p, FG=5.0p, 50 IBU.

Nearly black, with ruby highlights forming a firm, whipped-egg consistency, light-tan head with nice head retention, perched atop small to medium-sized bubbles and moderate carbonation. Lacing is just adequate. Aroma is rich with sharply fruity cascade hops, dark coffee, and deeply roasted grains. Mouthfeel is initially medium-soft with a medium-dense body and then a harsh finish. Taste starts out with dark coffee, then gives way to a ton of Cascade flavor hops, a brief, subtle alcoholic note, some more Cascade, and then finishing with a long, dry, and harsh black patent/roasted barley character with mildly astringent, yet potently bitter hops. The hops become more pronounced with subsequent sips, and the malts become a tad sweeter as it warms. Completely out-of-balance with itself...the potential for complementary flavors is high, but instead succumbs to cacophony. Acrid, over-hopped, and over-roasted to be pleasant. Next beer, please.

Mitchster, Mar 03, 2003
Photo of texascarl
4.38/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance = darkest burnt sienna/black, tan head that faded quickly. Left rings/lacing all the way down.

Nose = dark chocolate, dark roast coffee, nuts, hops

Taste = sweet malt, layers of flavors including dark chocolate, burnt toast, dark roasted coffee, hickory nuts and then the hops takes over. Creamy mouthfeel, long finish.

This is a heckuva good stout, and it's going down well with some smoked liverwurst and cheese.

texascarl, Mar 02, 2003
Photo of AtrumAnimus
3.95/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours ultra dark and is nearly pure black. It pours with a nice thick very tan head. The nose is a tad bit weak. Very bitter and hoppy taste followed up by strong and sweet malt mingled with hints of smoke followed up by a bitter aftertaste. The aftertaste gives it a bit of an ugh factor on the finish.

AtrumAnimus, Mar 02, 2003
Photo of stoutlove77
4.38/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had a wonderful chance to savor this brew while watching my favorite B-Ball team "The Lakers" beat the Pistons. The look is real dark, ruby, having the right hint of that dark coffee look to it.Head was light but perfect for my drinking style. The smell was rich coffee, hints of toffee, mild chocolate, MMM Roasted Malt. The taste is a roasted heaven with dessert choco, coffee, and once again MMMM rosted malty goodness that satisfied my tummy after my big meal. The the mouthfeel was great, this in combination with the drinkablity (having a good ABV) will be a sure contender for my stout loving chugging ways.

stoutlove77, Feb 28, 2003
Photo of stoutman
4.18/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This one poured a general black color with tiny hints of ruby and a thickly creamy lightish tan head which left lacing here and there on my glass. Aroma is of roast malt, some mocha present, but nothing more than you'd expect from a good stout. Carbonation level is fairly moderate, and the palate is generally pleased with the oak aged feel in the mouth. I have yet to find a Sierra Nevada product I dislike.

stoutman, Feb 24, 2003
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