Sierra Nevada Stout - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 1,375
Hads: 3,130
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 9.58%
Wants: 265
Gots: 340 | FT: 3
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 Tuck_leepulin
4.27/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz Brown Bottle with pry-off cap bottled on 02/20/2014. Poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a clear black with 1/2 finger of head

Smell: cocoa and roasted malts

Taste: A pleasant mix of chocolate malts and roasted flavor and some underlying hop bitterness

Mouthfeel: Medium body and carbonation

Overall: Considering the bottled on date, this has stood up very well. There is a great balance between roasted flavor, cocoa, hops, and malt. The flavor profile hits all these notes and has a nice dry finish with little lingering flavor. A solid stout. (570 characters)

Photo of WAbeerfiend
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a tumbler in late 2013.

A: Motor oil with a small head.

S: It smells good. Roastiness, coffee bitterness.

T: Follows the nose.

O: The slight bitterness that this one had balances out the sweetness. It was very easy to drink and very nice overall. (283 characters)

Photo of BB1313
3.61/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Pours almost black, but there's light getting through with brown hues; small tan head that fades and leaves nice retention and solid lacing. The aromas are loaded with smoke and cocoa malts. Subtle hints of black coffee. The flavors are pretty bold. Very roasty. Dark chocolate and subtle coffee notes are there. Some vanilla bean. Some subtle anise/black licorice notes in the mix. More smoke. Earthy and bitter. Not much hop flavor, but there's definitely a hop bitterness to this one. Mouthfeel is on the lighter side of medium-bodied. Carbonation is very active and spritzy. Very smooth and finishes dry for the most part.

It was nice to see this beer relatively fresh. It's a very solid stout. (734 characters)

Photo of leantom
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

Sierra Nevada never ceases to amaze me. Here goes:

A: Pitch black with a one-inch head. Plenty of lacing as well. Couldn't ask for more in a stout. 4.5/5.0

S: This is going to be one of those stouts that tastes like chocolate and burnt malt. I smell coffee, chocolate and a tinge of caramel. Can't wait. 4.5/5

T: Again, very good. Not quite as good as, oh, Founder's, but still good nonetheless. Lots of burnt malt amounting to tastes of coffee and chocolate. The coffee is readily apparent and it gives way to chocolate and caramel. 4.5/5

M: Nicely carbonated, lies lightly on the tongue and is very enjoyable. 4.5/5

O: Excellent. 4.5/5 (660 characters)

Photo of Retroman40
4/5  rDev -1.7%

This is what a stout should be. Deep black color with a thick, rich long lasting tan head. Both the smell and taste are a nice combination of coffee and chocolate with the hop bitterness working with the sweetness to provide great balance. Rich mouthfeel - almost creamy. This is my benchmark for what an American Stout should be. (334 characters)

Photo of BaalDagon
3.25/5  rDev -20.1%

S- Rich dark color. Nice inch head in my beer snifter with beautiful lacing.

A- Hard roasted malts, breath of chocolate, coffee, finishing with alcohol and floral aroma.

T- Overwhelming acrid burnt malts along with bitter hop finish leaves me a little disappointed with the overwhelmingly high rating.

M- The only thing I have is "dry," a little too dry for a stout.

O- Would definitely go with something else... just not what I want in a stout. However, we all know that beer is an individual thing. (504 characters)

Photo of sheeley
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Great dark brown color, opaque. Looks quite enticing.
Smell: Great smell; notes of malts, chocolate, and oatmeal come out to me.
Taste/mouthfeel: Excellent taste. Very earthy and full of malt. A strong roasted flavor that is full and rich.
Overall: This is an excellent beer and overall a great representation of a stout.
That being said, nothing about this beer is exceptional; it is simply a solid stout for the money. (436 characters)

Photo of BeerWithMike
2.36/5  rDev -42%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Sampled last night on 8/9/14. had this once before back in 2011. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured into a pilsner glass.

Pours a very deep dark brown in color and is close to being pitch black. Looks great! Has a nice 1+-finger beige thick head. A good amount of lacing is seen with each sip that sticks to the inside of the glass also. Perfect carbonation for a stout. The aroma is of roasted malts for the most part but nothing else. The taste of the roasted malts comes through at first then followed up by a very bitter aftertaste, almost like drinking a strong I.P.A. (India Pale Ale). After a few more sips it didn't get any better. Way to bitter and after a good hour I ended up pouring about half of it out. One of the worst stouts I had drank. To me, the best part of this one was the pour and look in the glass. (853 characters)

Photo of Samldc
3.13/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

S- poured into pint glass from 12 oz bottle

A-almost no head, looks jet black, nice lacing

S-surprisingly very little aroma, smelled carbonation, not much else

T- carbonated dark chocolate, with a little coffee, hop finish at the end

M- nothing great, taste actually improved as beer got warmer, let second glass sit for ten minutes and taste got a little better

O- would try another brand if i was in mood for a stout (426 characters)

Photo of tillmac62
3.89/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a clear black. Exceptional head, lacing and retention. Light nose of chocolate, roast and caramel. Almost full bodied, yet creamy. Normal carbonation with a bit of effervescence on the finish. The flavor profile is very well balanced, but not as complex as the world class stouts. It's a nice blend of chocolate, roast and slightly sweet caramel that flows into a low level bitterness. The finish is smooth leaving you with a nice lingering tingle of cocoa and hops. (472 characters)

Photo of SitkaSteve
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

I had this in a nonic glass.
The appearance had a dark brown color ranging to some black tints closer to the middle. A one finger white to off white foamy head mushroom caps at the top of the beer and gently died into the beer leaving some light speckled lacing around the glass.
The smell had a grassy and a roasty nutty sweetness. Some super light coffee is there as well.
The taste was a combination of sweet, roasty, grassy, coffee and light citrus.
The mouthfeel had a light somewhat harshness from the bitter citrus but balances by the sweet flavoring from before.
Overall, every time I have more of this the more I like it. In my opinion, this is a solid option for an American Stout and we'll worth it's price. (730 characters)

Photo of AdmiralOzone
3.1/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Center poured from the bottle into an imperial pint glass. Had to stop mid pour or the head would have spilled out over the counter. Dark brown with a massive light tan head.

Smells pretty good, however the hops are too prominent. Nice taste with the same feeling about the amount of hops present in a stout.

This beer is a little too watery for the style.

Not a bad beer, I wouldn't turn it down but I won't buy it again, too many others taste better. (456 characters)

Photo of jeranbrews
3.04/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3

A - pours a pretty ruddy red-beige head one finger high and moderately dense. Color is nearly opaque mahogany brown.clarity seems high.

S - sweety brown sugar cyrstal forest with roasted barley and a touch of leathery hop. Pleasant.

T - harsh minty spruce and rye.

M - loose watery and astringent gin burn.

D - not bad. Color and smell good. Taste not so much (363 characters)

Photo of CasanovaCummins
3.22/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

The nose is a cocoa-laden breadfruity/coco puff kinda thing. Promising.

Ah, but the taste is a hoppy, non-chocolately thin chug of lacklusterness.

Such promise on the nose. Sucha let down on the tongue. You would think someone switched on you just before a sip.

Complete surprise to me. I usually love Sierra Nevada, but this... too many better choices out there. But hardly anyone does hops like SN. (403 characters)

Photo of scotorum
3.95/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottled April 9, 2013. Good age on this.

Poured from the 12 oz. bottle into a Samuel Adams nonick.

a: Black with plenty of clear ruby when seen through light. Huge two plus inch beige head receded slowly to heavy surface foam and dense lacing.

s: Mild roasty dark malt.

t: Black coffee and dark chocolate under a nice hop bitterness. Beautifully balanced.

m: Light to moderate, only occasional hints of wateriness..

o; As fine a budget stout as likely can be found! Good representation of the style. Mild enough to be a good dinner brew and tasty enough to be a pretty good sipper. (588 characters)

Photo of larryarms847
4.44/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Mighty dark and looks mighty inviting, eye candy for sure.

Immediately smells of fudge, with slight coffee notes on the back end. Slight smokiness adds a nice balance to the sweet.

Tastes extremely well balanced. Lush chocolate and coffee flavors with the perfect amount of carbonation to give some extra bite to counteract the sweetness.

The mouthfeel isn't quite what I look for in a stout; slightly too carbonated for me, but still silky and quite pleasing.

Overall this is another strong offering from Sierra Nevada and a must try for any stout lover. Here is Chicago, 6ers of these fly off the shelves fast so I'm always happy to pick this up, when I can find it. (672 characters)

Photo of Premo88
3.88/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. bottle poured into pint glass
(Sept. 6, 2013 bottled-date)

L: classic black with creamy tan head (1/3- to 1/2-inch) but held up to light you can see it's clear; deep dark red, ruby ... almost purple ... but definitely clear, just super dark

S: coffee and chocolate; some burnt barley , almost woody, burnt oak -- it hits all of my favorite stout notes without crossing over into the dark world of raisins/licorice. sweet enough at times to make you picture chocolate malt or a vanilla shake with hot fudge on top.

T: burnt wood, coffee, dark bitter chocolate; it's a bit "darker" than the nose with definite burnt notes. it still doesn't cross into the licorice/raisin range, but it's dark roasted coffee with a hint of alcohol in the flavor

F: almost slick and lumpy thick like a milk stout at first; the carbonation keeps it very drinkable, but this is surprisingly thick for a lower-ABV stout. it's not water.

O: very solid ... I'd drink this often if I could get it in town, but for some reason, I can find SN Porter but not their Stout. too bad because this is better than the porter -- more coffee, more chocolate, under 6% ABV so it's not an adventure like the imperials: in many ways it's a perfect beer. i wish the taste mimicked the nose 1-to-1, but the bit darker taste is still smooth and enjoyable.

Sierra Nevada doesn't make a bad beer, and it's nice to see this isn't hopped up into a black IPA or some such. a true American malt-bomb. (1,464 characters)

Photo of McStagger
4.06/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Full disclosure, this beer is six months old. I don't think it'll be bad, but who knows...

A: Pours about a finger of mocha head. Very creamy looking. Black as night, which is rare for standard level stouts. Moderate retention, excellent lacing.

S: Roasted barley, slight coffee. Splashes of cinnamon, spice, and cocoa.

T: Big roasty characteristics. Almost to the smoked category. Hops are definitely present, as well. They take on a leafy, woodsy characteristic that works wondefuly with the roastiness. Flavor is fairly deep, mellowing to slight hints of dark chocolate and chicory.

M: Balanced for 5.8%. This one is pretty thick for 5.8%, but the carbonation helps to cut things and keep them balanced.

O: A great example of the style. This one is no frills and straight to the point. That point is an awesome roasty characteristic with enough hoppiness to keep things interesting. (894 characters)

Photo of Boggdogg
3.96/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A - pours a black color with hints of red around the edges with a frothy cream colored head. Some of the best lacing I've seen so far from any beer.

S - best way to describe this smell is "earthy". I can smell the roasted malts and hops and that's about all.

T - simple tasting but well balanced. Very earthy taste that goes along with the smell. Definite hop taste but not overly bitter.

M - smooth full bodies beer. I love the frothy head feel that goes along with ever drink. Finishes a little dry.

O - very well brewed beer. There is nothing fancy about it just a perfectly brewed stout. (599 characters)

Photo of abeeronthebeach
3.98/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Blind tasted alongside Obsidian Stout and Barney Flats Oatmeal Stout.

A - Very much to style, with shades of extremely dark drown. Vanilla cream rather than mocha head.

S - Less charred peat and coffee than obsidian on the nose.

T - A little honey sweetness intermingles with the roasted malt core of the beer. Quite a dry finish.

M - Not as substantial as Obsidian nor as smooth as Barney Flats. Still good but lacking a little power.

O - This is definitely a good beer, but it didn't have such positive and distinct characteristics as the other two. A solid option nonetheless.

Ranked Obsidian the highest, with Barney Flats second, and SN Stout slightly behind in third. (679 characters)

Photo of SerialTicker
3.71/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottled August 12th 2013 and poured a decade later on March 13th 2014. Into a shaker pint.

Appearance: Ruby black, but mostly black. Some yeast floating around the glass. Sand colored head dies down to a film that lingers. Nice lacing at the start. Looks porter-ish due to it not being pitch black, but whaaaatever. Looks nice.

Smell: Well, it IS an old bottle. A bit of roasted malt, and then some definite earthy hops. Doesn't throw chocolate or coffee at my nose, but again, it's 7 months old. Smells pleasant, but it's not very potent, unfortunately.

Taste/feel: Surprisingly light -- light carbonation with a thin-ish mouthfeel. Really drinks more like a porter than a stout. That's the first thing I notice. As for the flavor, it's like the smell in that I don't find it to be extremely flavorful, but good nonetheless. Light roasted malt with some chocolaty flavor there as well. This would be a bit on the sweeter side, but the earthy hops (that somehow still hold up after seven months) add a touch of hoppy bitterness that I don't tend to see in many stouts out there today. I tend to not love hops in my stouts, but the earthiness works very well in this beer.

Final thoughts? Basically, I need to try this one a bit fresher. This is still a very tasty stout, but the flavors on it seem quite subdued -- almost as if this is watered down/a porter. I will definitely need to revisit this when it's either on-tap or in a fresher, not-so-dusty bottle. At this moment, it's just a very solid stout, but not a great one. (1,530 characters)

Photo of Paincane
4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Almost black body with a pretty khaki head, nice lace and head retention.
S: Deep roasted malt and coffee aromas.
T: Coffee, bittersweet chocolate & huge malt flavors. Back end has a lightly hoppy presence that serves well to balance it.
M: Smooth and balanced brew that finishes dry.
O: A very nice stout that is quite flavorful. (338 characters)

Photo of arc3636
4.09/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Very dark black beer, with finger of tan head and good lacing that held up throughout. Lots of chocolate in the aroma with a bit of hops. Flavor is typical stout, chocolate, coffee, toffee, etc. Medium body for a stout. Not spectacular, but a solid drinkable stout. (265 characters)

Photo of MarkQ617
3.22/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

My fifth offering from Sierra Nevada, have to admit I was a little underwhelmed. Light body for a stout, easy burnt raisin flavor, not to heavy on the malt. Super smooth, glides down the back of the throat. Very dark brown flavor. It's good, but really just a pretty prototypical stout. (286 characters)

Photo of Bone53
4.12/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass at around 50°F

Appearance: Huge three finger creamy tan head. Black with no light coming through; Opaque.

Smell: Nice balance between roasted malts and hops. Typical stout aromas.

Taste: Roasted malts, maybe a pinch of chocolate, and hops. The flavors are more subtle than I prefer in a stout. Its too hoppy and needs more malts for balance.

Mouthfeel: Medium body; smooth and very drinkable

Overall: This is a good traditional, no frills stout. Its smooth and very approachable. Although I prefer robust stouts with more malt and dark fruit character, if I were to recommend a stout to someone new to the style, it'd be this. (673 characters)

Sierra Nevada Stout from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 1,375 ratings.