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Sierra Nevada Stout - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Sierra Nevada StoutSierra Nevada Stout

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1,388 Reviews

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Reviews: 1,388
Hads: 3,195
Avg: 4.07
pDev: 16.71%
Wants: 287
Gots: 382 | 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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Reviews: 1,388 | Hads: 3,195
Photo of Young_John
3.55/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Looking back, I had to bump up my ratings on this one a bit. A very solid stout that fires on all cylinders and washes down most meals very well. At the time of my first rating I think I was measuring it against my own system which inappropriately ranked it against imperial stouts.

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Photo of iTunesUpdates
4/5  rDev -1.7%

Did a side by side with the Porter. For $1.25, this is a great brew to drink on those cold nights. For FL that means 70 degrees, but hay, that is cold here!

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Photo of dacrza1
4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

DATE TASTED: November 16, 2014... GLASSWARE: Samuel Smith pint... OCCASION: return from Ben and Teresa's wedding... APPEARANCE: jet black body; impressively thick, creamy brown head tabletops in the glass's center, while high-arching lace adorns the outer glass; good coverage overall ... AROMA: nicely hopped, slightly lactic; some smoky, murky qualities; some plasticine hints late impede the otherwise welcome scents ... PALATE: reasonably smooth, slightly oily; medium-bodied with a palatable late rush of effervescence on and under the tongue....TASTE: a much hoppier stout than its tradition encourages, with some dry hops lending punch to a rather brackish taste; sweet, roasted like coffee and even at the finish, encouraging another sip ... OVERALL: a flavorful West Coast take on the British style; these guys do not do much wrong, and this is another example why...

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.28/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle purchased at AJ's in Rochester, NY.

Pours a dark brown, almost black, with a lot of darker lacing, and a half inch head.

Smells like coffee, chocolate, large amounts of roasted malt, and a bit of smoke.

This is one of the quintessential low-ABV stouts made in America, and it's quite delicious. It's not terribly complex, and doesn't exactly jump out at you, but it tastes great and everything melds together really. There's some roasted malt, roasted coffee beans, mild smoke, some piney hop bitterness, and a bit of dark, bitter chocolate. This dials the sweetness way down and compensates with big bitter flavors from a variety of sources.

The beer has a body of relatively medium strength, with a creamy, dry mouthfeel, and a lower level of carbonation. I drank it really fast- it goes down really easy.

I can't believe it took me this long to finally try this one- it's a classic, and tastes amazing.

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Photo of Mongrel
3.99/5  rDev -2%

Chocolatey, roasty, dry and a little creamy. Some black coffee bitterness and acidity. Really robust, yet clean flavor profile. Super drinkable and probably more satisfying than any stout at this ABV level.

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Photo of aleigator
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

Brown black, coffeish color with a decent beige head.

Aromas contain bitter chocolate, burned, toasty malts and coffee beans - this defines more or less the archetype of a stout nose for me, nothing stands out to much, aromas are working well together.

Taste begins with sweeter bready malts, along with a subtle coffee bitterness. Fantastic smooth, nearly creamy mouthfeel. The most interessting part is, that both taste directions, sweet malts and bitter coffee are in perfect balance from the beginning till the end, resulting in a creamy, slightly bitter finish. Gentle, fresh crushed coffee beans lead to pleasantly bitter, toasty aftertaste. This beer wins by its outstanding balance, on the other hand, its not too far away from their porter either.

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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.

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Photo of REGreenBTRB
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.

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Photo of keithmurray
4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
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

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Photo of Benish
4.18/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

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Photo of corywalston
4.89/5  rDev +20.1%
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.

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Photo of bfisher91
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

Americans often over-rate their own beer, this is not a case of that. Best I've had so far from Sierra Nevada. Perfectly balanced stout, however not overly ambitious which is the only drawback. Definitely a stellar beer.

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Photo of The_Mad_Capper
4.74/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

The aroma gives off lots of rich brown sugar sweetness, along with some cocoa and woodsy hoppiness. The body is almost black, admitting some mahogany along the edges; the firm, frothy, deep tan head lasts and leaves lots of lacing. The flavor, especially at first, is roasty and dry, with a sharp coffee-like acidity. It's also good and hoppy—resin, pine, some lemon-lime; there's a nice bread crust finish. The sweetness is somewhere between chocolate and caramel. The body is quite full with a slick texture; there is a slight astringency in the finish, probably more from the hopping than the roasted malt.

An interesting and enjoyable combination of the hop character of an American IPA with the fullness and roastiness of a stout. I personally find it very satisfying, as all the best qualities of both styles are balanced and play out their roles admirably.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Sierra Nevada Stout from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 1,388 ratings.