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Sierra Nevada Stout - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

Sierra Nevada StoutSierra Nevada Stout

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2,510 Ratings

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Ratings: 2510
Reviews: 1313
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 11.27%

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 MaineBrewing


4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - poured black with bountiful creamy light tan head, with great retention

S - aroma is subdued, mostly a sweet malt, slight smokiness, some grassy hop.

T - Highly hopped stout is my first impression, Nice hop flavor, grassy, with ample hop bitterness, that lingers. Under the hops is a nice roasted malt character, some far off chocolate notes. Finishes bitter and a little sweet.

M - Medium body, a tad over carbonated for the style.

O - overall a nice hoppy stout, almost too much so. Style wise I feel this is more akin to a black ipa. I can only fault it for its name, it is delicous.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2013 01:26:55 | More by MaineBrewing
Photo of PaleZombie


4.4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A- Very dark with mild ruby hints in the light and about a 2 finger creamy looking head.

S- Malts, caramel chocolate, some coffee hints, and a touch of hop presence.

T- Wonderful taste, bisucty malts, chocolate, some mild coffee with a decent amount of hops and caramel at the end.

M- Amazing mouth feel, slightly creamy but not too creamy, with the perfect amount of carbonation. Perfect!

O- This is an amazing stout and probably one of the best I have ever had so far. I love the hop presence in this beer which most stouts do not have. Only complaint was that I didn't have another one of these to drink after I finished it. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2013 00:39:00 | More by PaleZombie
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New York

4.43/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

poured from a 12 oz bottle into a nonic, served at cellar temp.

black opal with 3 fingers of khaki head, nice lacing.

aroma: moderate charred aroma, rich and roasted with just a hint of dark fruit.

mouthfeel: smooth and creamy, like the Porter.

taste: no chocolate here! burnt coffee, black treacle, a light prune taste, faint smokiness and a strong bitterness. powerful, tasty.

notes: like SN Porter this is a hoppier for the style interpretation which is powerful, complex and tasty. want more soon.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2013 23:28:47 | More by fx20736
Photo of tonton

Hong Kong

4.34/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Very nice.

Here's what I'm getting.

Smell - Chocolate, coffee, malt.
Taste - Strong coffee, some chocolate, malt, hops. Unique among what I've tried so far, mostly for that delicious coffee flavor.
Mouth - I like a more persistent head, other than that, it's a typical stout.
Overall - I'm going to the store to buy up the rest of these at an amazing bargain price because the drink by date is in two weeks. It's that good.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2013 05:19:37 | More by tonton
Photo of MikeAAL


4.74/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

This is the best Stout I've ever had, bar none.

It's dark, black with a beautiful tan head. Also excellent lacing. It's so pretty that it's almost a shame to drink it.

Smells like coffee and roasted malts.

Tastes like coffee, roasted malts and a hint of dark chocolate. Also a bit smokey.

Medium body and carbonation. A little creamy and very smooth. Also a bit of hop bitterness.

I am very impressed! This stuff is the real deal. It puts Guinness Draught. to shame.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2013 00:37:53 | More by MikeAAL
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3.88/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, with no bottled on date except for a code which I'm not about to bother with. I was generally let down with Sierra Nevada's IPA offerings like the Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA, Sierra Nevada Ruthless Rye IPA, and their pale ale offering Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, but I have slightly higher expectations for the Sierra Nevada Stout.

Poured into a Firestone Walker pint glass.

A - Pours a virtually opaque black color with the tiniest dot of ruby light showing a slight bit of bubbles flowing to the top. Quarter inch of khaki colored head recedes within seconds.

S - Rich velvety dark chocolate cake. Creamy and milky. Roasted coffee beans. Some smokey, leathery qualities to it. Hint of dark fruitiness and carbonation.

T - Relatively smooth, creamy, chocolate and coffee bean bitterness is the most prominent. Some nice subtle bitter hop cone presence definitely makes itself know near the middle, paired with a flavorful toasted malt profile. A fairly simple tasting brew, not complex, but to the point.

M - Dry and bitter, yet smooth and creamy. Bold and bitter from the coffee beans and hop presence, yet smooth and silky with chocolate.

Overall, a fairly simple brew in it's approach and style, yet balanced and highly drinkable. Nicely balanced and bodied, with a nice moderate 5.80% abv, and a fair level of carbonation. So far, it is probably my favorite beer that I have had from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co., and definitely one that I would revisit. Not overly complex, but definitely hits it's mark. A standard, typical, slightly above-average stout.

Sierra Nevada Stout ---4/5.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2013 05:19:12 | More by mfnmbvp
Photo of Bosoxfan20


4.01/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A- Poured from 12 oz bottle into pint glass. Pours a pitch black with half-full finger light foamy, tan head. Dissipates pretty quickly. Great lacing that I've come to love from Sierra Nevada.

S- Roasted malts, coffee, chocolate. Hint of caramel. Very solid stout aroma here. Not as great as the Narwhal that this brewery does, but still a very aromatic stout.

T- Taste does a good job of following nose with the roasted malts waiving the flavor flag. Pine, earthy hops make for a respectable balance with the roasted flavors. Touch of coffee. Musky, dry finish that lingers for a while. Touch of warmth in the end, but it doesn't last too long. Slight bitterness, but nice. The flavors are simple, but to the point and very spot on.

M- A smooth feel. Alcohol present, but not overpowering the flavors of the beer like i felt the Narwhal did. Good carbonation. Very drinkable

O- I am a fan of this Stout. The imperial version that SN puts out was disappointing for me, but this one really hit the spot. The flavor profile is straight forward, but doesn't seem to have any weak points. Probably not the best best stout on the market, but not far from it. One of my favorites

$8.99 for a 6 pk

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2013 03:25:58 | More by Bosoxfan20
Photo of mjurney


4.7/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Deep brown to black color, ruby red hue when I held it to the light. Thick creamy beige color head. Leaves a really nice lacing behind.

Dark roasted malts, sweet, dark chocolate, fudge, coffee.

Dark roasted malts, rich dark chocolate, coffee, nutty, burnt caramel. There some dried fruit, perhaps prunes. Hop bitterness is medium, mainly tangy and leafy. Slight smokey finish. Body is full, smooth, semi-dry aftertaste, carbonation is nice.

It's an outstanding American Stout. Very delicious and smooth.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2013 21:16:11 | More by mjurney
Photo of frankiepop


3.7/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First time I tried this stout I thought it was way over the top, gritty, too thick, and not well balanced. I like it better 2nd time around. I would now describe this as having a somewhat thick texture yet decent drinkability. Reasonable mile carbonation. Little creamy.

Nice appearance. Head dissipates rather fast.

The aromas are more like a bakers chocolate and well roasted grains.

The flavor is about what I would expect from Sierra. I get a little dry unsweetened baker's chocolate on the tongue, and more noticeable is the roasted grains. The roasted grains dominate like a french roasted coffee. I don't get too much sweetness. Sierra Stout does not have that malty sweet that I think makes a good stout. Quality? Yes. But bitter. More hoppy tasting.

If you like a beer on the dry bitter side, & "not so damn sweet," then you may very well enjoy SNS. I would play some west coast jazz with this. Hampton Hawes trio music would be a good choice. I can't say why. It just comes to mind.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2013 05:11:14 | More by frankiepop
Photo of mpedara429


3.86/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Cola Color with a thin layer of a very light brown head. Spotty lacing down the glass.

S: Roasted malts with small hints of chocolate and coffee.

T: Similar to the smell.

M: Medium body with medium carbonation. Nice balance of hop to malt.

O: I liked it a lot. It's a real easy drinker and the malts aren't overdone with the roasty flavor. It makes for a great session stout, which is almost an oxymoron.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2013 22:41:53 | More by mpedara429
Photo of TMoney2591


3.78/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

Sometimes simplicity looks so much better on a label than some sad excuse for a pun or some ridiculously long-winded and adjective-laden description. Sometimes. This stuff pours a dark sienna-brown topped by a finger of khaki foam. The nose comprises roasted malts, baking cocoa, light coffee, and a smattering of dark greens. The taste focuses on the roast and a milder version of the greens, with a dash of coffee in there for the sheer fun of it. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a fluid feel. Overall, though a touch on the thin side, this is a pretty nice stout, one that keeps things as simple as the label presentation.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2013 06:14:32 | More by TMoney2591
Photo of codysjb


3.81/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Serra Nevada Stout
Poured from a bottle into a glass
A: Several knuckle head, dissipates relatively easily. Brown color with goo lacing.
S: chocolate, caramel notes.
T: Chocolate up front with some minor coffee notes. Carbonation is certainly noticeable.
M: Little much carbonation, somewhat watery.
O:Solid, not amazing.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2013 22:37:17 | More by codysjb
Photo of PorterLambic


4.34/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours what might as well be black for all the difference it'll make. Creamy head slowly fades to a creamy film. Good lace, too.
Smell is amazing and unexpected. Rich dark fruits hit first followed with malt and a whiskey/rum mix. Thought it was a Belgian dubbel for a moment.
Taste is the same though with a better balance. Malt, dark fruit, whiskey, light coffee and chocolate with a whiff of hops. Very nice.
Medium - full body and light carbonation. Reasonably smooth with just a bit of hop sharpness to cut the malt and prevent it from being cloying. An extremely good brew.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2013 00:06:14 | More by PorterLambic
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4.49/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: A simple but strikingly dark stout that is almost completely opaque and with just the slight tint of brown to break up the black body. Very little head or lacing however.

S: I really like the balance of the aroma. It is heavy on the roasted malts. Chocolate and coffee notes come on strong and dominate the smell. Rounding it all out though, are slight notes of dark fruits. Not overpowering, but a perfect accent.

T: Near perfect flavor. The great balance of the smell is translated beautifully to the taste, but the flavors are made all the bolder. Roasted malts dominate and are delicious. Dark fruit flavor is something I've never been fond of in beer, mostly because it tends to be such a strong characteristic when used, but I love the subtle hint of it here.

M: A rich and smooth feel that isn't overly carbonated and is only the slightest bit thin for me.

O: A surprising experience. A rich, bold and well balanced beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2013 05:28:30 | More by mmva321
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United Kingdom (Wales)

3.78/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 355ml bottle into a Fullers snifter glass.

Pours a black colour with a good off-white head.

Smells of nice dark, verging on burnt malts: dark sweet fruits, slight liquorice and a hint of alcohol.

Taste reflecting the smell well, though less alcoholic.

Overall a great stout, drinkable and not too over the top.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2013 20:20:32 | More by CwrwAmByth
Photo of SmashPants


3.79/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: reasonable 355mL brown bottle with an original and decent label.

Appearance: looks good - an opaque black with some dark brown highlights around the edges when held up to the light. A tan head rises to an inch or so before settling to a semi-thick one-finger.

Aroma: not an overly strong aroma, but there are quite a few different characteristics. Heavy seeded fruits, anise, and the more usual chocolate and roast coffee.

Taste: there is a definite rough chocolate coming through the strongest, with some hop character coming through in the background. Not as impressive as the nose.

Aftertaste: hop bitterness hangs about for a long while, making this a good sipper if desired.

Mouth feel: suits the style - reasonably full in body with limited carbonation. Quite creamy across the tongue too.

Overall: a well-constructed stout, I just wish the incredible nose was followed by similarly incredibly flavours in the mouth. The cost of AU$90 a case makes other, equally good stouts a better option. Not a bad stout at all, just suffers a bit when it comes to the actual flavours. Not bad, just not interesting enough to cover the high price.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2013 11:22:27 | More by SmashPants
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3.23/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Nearly pitch black with some lighter highlights. Half inch head (tan) fades quickly and leaves average lacing.

S- Coffee, brown sugar, light chocolate, roasted malt, and some floral/earthy hops.

T- Roasted malt and some bitter hops. Not quite as complex as the aroma would lead you to believe.

M- Thin to medium with above average carbonation.

O- Standard SN: good, cheap, and easy to find. It's worth a try. Cheers.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2013 01:56:35 | More by pvsob
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United Kingdom (Scotland)

4.19/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Opaque black with dark brown tinges in areas and a very long lasting, foamy head that is light brown in colour and about a centimetre and a half tall; it remains at this height for a few minutes as well.

Roasted malts aroma with plenty of coffee on top and some cocoa too. There is some rich chocolate notes and some light caramel coming together to give me exactly what I expected from this beer.

Dark, roasted malts flavour with plenty of cocoa and rich chocolate. There is a lighter coffee taste and some dark fruits in there along with some sweet malts and sugar. A very pleasant stout and one that goes down great.

Medium in body with a mildly creamy feel and stronger than expected carbonation. There is a slightly dry feel to the beer and a background sweetness to, all with a wonderful balance to the beer.

A very good stout and one that I would happily drinking a good few of without getting bored of. This one is an excellent example of the style, is very well balanced and goes down wonderfully.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2013 12:05:33 | More by flyingpig
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4.38/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a dimpled beer mug.

A-Rich and black with a creamy tan 2" head. Because it is unfiltered it had a lot of yeasty sediment, which created more flavor and uniqueness. It left some nice lace on the glass.

S-Smokey, coffee, roasted barley, and some malt.

T-Smoked toffee, roasted/smoked barley, earthy, and a touch of chocolate. The aftertaste was a little dry/bitter from the hops. Great balanced brew.

M-Full-bodied. The noticeable yeast in the glass created more body. Nice! For a stout, it had a crisp feel to it.

0verall, this brew was excellent. It's a great winter brew. It went great with bbq beer crockpot chicken. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2012 19:19:18 | More by Jsteez
Photo of Weli


4.43/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pitch black with 1" creamy tan head with great retention

S-Subtle, a bit bready with hints of dark grains

T-Big roast barley flavor, assertive bitterness and hints of chocolate

M- Highly carbonated, and dry without being astringent, has a soft yet intense bitterness

O-Great interpretation of the American Stout Style.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2012 23:16:07 | More by Weli
Photo of Act25

New Jersey

4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A bros worth reading. What I agree with is this is an every day Stout at affordable prices and reasonable alcohol content. I like to blend a stout with a pale ale (say Dales) for a home made black-n-tan, or to drink a lighter caloried stout in the afternoon, so this fits that gap much better than bottle Guiness.

The smell is the best part: Toast, layers, leaves, a wet autumn trail run.
Thinner than others, so again good for lunch or afternoon winter twilights.
Warm notes.

Alternatively, a great night cap before bed, for some reason it's one of the rare beers you can enjoy after a holiday meal or even after wine and savor like you would a brandy.

A bookish stout.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2012 01:47:43 | More by Act25
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New York

3.55/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Deep, dark opaque brown, verging into black. Modest tan head, not much lacing.

S: Coffee and chocolate, roasted malts, dark fruits. Mild and pleasant.

T/M: As with the aroma, a mild, tasty stout. Coffee and chocolate dominate up front. Some dark fruity flavors, bready malts, and slightly bitter, burnt notes at the end of each sip. Creamy and smooth.

O: A fine, tasty and unassuming stout, very drinkable. Nothing mind-blowing, just a good stout.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2012 23:50:36 | More by sevenarts
Photo of Mojo


4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle -> brandy snifter

This beer pours up a deep black with a big fluffy two finger caramel-colored head, decent retention, and outstanding lacing. The smell is molasses, toffee, and malt. The taste follows the nose very sweet on the front end with a molasses like sweetness followed by a dry not very bitter finish. Mouthfeel is very pleasing without excessive carbonation. As with just about all other offerings from Sierra Nevada, this one is very solid. There may be better beers in every category, but as a whole is there really a better brewer?

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2012 04:43:06 | More by Mojo
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4.55/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

If there's a freshness date on this, I can't find it.

Appearance: Initially forms a couple fingers of frothy beige head. It recedes in about a minute to a half finger.

Smell: The coffee jumps out at me. Lots of malty aroma, and smells very rich.

Taste: Very toasty maltiness at first, with a little hop bitterness at the end. Textbook of the style, and very very good.

Mouthfeel: Creamy thickness characteristic of the style. Very rich and nicely carbonated.

Overall: Great beer. What else does one expect of this brewery?

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2012 00:53:51 | More by Winston_Smith
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4.28/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Pint Glass

Appearance - Pitch black with a brown 2 finger head. Some carbonation along the sides of the glass

Smell - Chocolate, Hops, Coffee, Wood and Barley. Surprisingly earthy scent for a Stout; Not in a grassy sense but in an "earthy" sense.

Taste - Chocolate, Coffee, Hops, Malts, Barley and Oak. Wow, the chocolate notes in here are very direct and upfront. As for the earthiness, that's gone and in it's place is a pleasant oak flavor which pairs well with the other flavors

Mouthfeel - Creamy, Heavy bodied and the carbonation is moderate. The heavy body softens the blow which the carbonation deals, which makes it easier to drink.

Overall - A little less malty than I would've liked but it doesn't take away from the fact that this is an excellent tasting stout and that it is absolutely worth checking out!

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2012 07:16:13 | More by NuclearDolphin
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