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Sierra Nevada Stout - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

2,860 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 2,860
Reviews: 1,340
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 11.06%
Wants: 199
Gots: 191 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-14-2000)
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

THEOPTIMATOR88, Oct 25, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -14%

Lewdd, Oct 25, 2014
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4.44/5  rDev +9.1%

Cafu912, Oct 24, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Wiffler27, Oct 24, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Techichi, Oct 23, 2014
Photo of TCJ0100
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle (the last of my six pack) into a Bloomington Brewing Company stange glass. It pours a deep ruby amber that can only be seen held up to a light. Also pours a slight head which sticks around for a bit.

The smell is just like the description on the bottle neck: earthy hops up front, and then a nice roasted maltiness on the back end. It actually works out really well, and smells wonderful together although you might think that hops would be a bad thing in a beer this dark.

It tastes delightful. There are notes of chocolate, coffee, dark fruit, and herbal hops. A hoppy stout might not be to everyone's taste, but I think this beer is just delightful. The ABV is a welcome sight too, as I doubt you could get this much flavor in a lighter beer.

This is my third of these tonight, and it has been absolutely great. This beer is a gem. If you are looking for a beer that is easy on the alcohol but doesn't compromise on flavor this beer is a great fit. The value is unbeatable as well.

TCJ0100, Oct 23, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

trxxpaxxs, Oct 22, 2014
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3.88/5  rDev -4.7%

ChewbaccaSD, Oct 22, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

Nordbier, Oct 21, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +16.7%

Papa_Lafayette, Oct 21, 2014
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3.65/5  rDev -10.3%

Jaywalsh20, Oct 20, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

eawolff99, Oct 20, 2014
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4.04/5  rDev -0.7%

Jakechristian75, Oct 19, 2014
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4.32/5  rDev +6.1%

A: 5 - Looks like a nice, black stout :) About a finger of head, didn't retain.

S: 4.3 - Very malty on the nose with some chocolate notes. There is also a very faint hop presence on the nose. A wonderful smelling beer!

T: 4.25 - I, to my surprise, really pick up on the hops. It's a very nice touch! I pick up a little more on some dark chocolate as well. A hint of coffee as well as malt. Tasty!

M: 3.75 - Again, not the smoothest beer I've ever had though still highly drinkable. Medium body.

O: 4.32 - Overall a very nice stout! For personal preference, I could use a little less of the hop presence, but it's still a great old school stout.

REGreenBTRB, Oct 19, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

tourdot, Oct 18, 2014
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3.6/5  rDev -11.5%

AndreasDif, Oct 18, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

hophugger, Oct 17, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

hozersr, Oct 17, 2014
Photo of keithmurray
4.29/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - Dark mahogany body with tan head

Smell - Roasted malts, cocoa, chocolate, coffee bean

taste -chocolate, cocoa, roasted malts, coffee bean

mouthfeel - medium bodied, high carbonation, slight sweetness upfront and bitterness on the back end, smooth going down

overall - a very good stout that I was pleased with. I passed up this one too many times. That won't happen again. Recommended

Price point - $1.89/12 oz single

keithmurray, Oct 16, 2014
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4.6/5  rDev +13%

tylerhw, Oct 15, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

PassMeAZima, Oct 15, 2014
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4.48/5  rDev +10.1%

dryfly24, Oct 13, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

Dougwillhike, Oct 13, 2014
Photo of Benish
4.19/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into snifter glass.

Color: pitch black with translucence at the edges. A half inch shade of white head built while pouring. Remained for a couple minutes. Minimal lacings around the glass.

Smell: instantly black coffee, char, and sweet malt.

Taste: predominately cocoa flavored coffee, notes of char and sweet malt throughout the entire tasting. Hops very notable but doesn't explode in your mouth. Maybe a subtle cola taste at the finish. I appreciate how subtle it is as it's a trait I do not look for.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Not super thick like an imperial stout but has that feel that almost requires a "knife and fork" to drink.

Overall: solid beer. Distributed everywhere and taste excellent. I don't know what American stout would beat this.

Benish, Oct 11, 2014
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4.9/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

A. Aggressive poor 1 ¾ inch tan head that dissipates to ½ inch. Good carbonation. Color is brownish/black, very little light getting through.
S. Roasted malt, coffee, cola.
T. Smooth creamy, chocolate, coffee, figs, raisins, sweet. After taste is a little soy sauce and coffee.
M. Light syrup.
O. One of the best stouts I’ve ever had. I didn’t believe the hype at first but yes it is that good. Get some NOW. Taste like a RIS little brother. Light buzz for 5.8%. If you want to drink a beer that taste of an imperial stout but you don’t want to get drunk. This is for you.

corywalston, Oct 10, 2014
Sierra Nevada Stout from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 2,860 ratings.