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Sierra Nevada Stout | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Sierra Nevada StoutSierra Nevada Stout

Brewed by:
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
California, United States | website

Style: American Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-14-2000

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Reviews: 1,408 | Ratings: 3,311
Photo of MattSweatshirt
3.61/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Almost black with a thick light khaki head. Tons o' lace.

Aroma is roasty and earthy with a touch of sweetness.

Taste is the same. A little more burnt, slight bitterness, chocolate.

Smooth and medium bodied with mild carbonation.

Comes across as pretty basic but solid nonetheless.

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Photo of maedhros09
4.15/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look: Poured from bottle into tulip-style glass. Dark brown, almost black with a couple fingers of tan head with decent retention
Smell: Roasty, floral, fairly mild
Taste: A nice balance of relatively subtle roasty malt flavors and light herbal and floral hops.
Feel: fairly smooth, medium mouthfeel
Overall: A nicely balanced stout, without any off flavors or quirks (not terribly distinctive either). Mild and not too bitter hops profile. Drinkable, a bit richer and less bitter than the SN Porter. Note that this one was in the bottle for 5 months, which might explain the milder hops.

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Photo of Chris_Burton
3.06/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dark mahogany to black in appearance, with hints of Ruby red on the edges when held to the light. Only a little head. Smells of milky oats with a hint of dark chocolate, although I've no idea if oats are used in the recipe. Taste has hints of dark chocolate and coffee but honestly, they are subdued. There's a dry, bitterness in the finish.

Overall I have to admit this is a somewhat
disappointing stout from Sierra Nevada; I've had plenty of much nicer stouts. It isn't unpleasant, simply underwhelming.

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Photo of MilkMan126
3.98/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This is a solid stout. The dark malt characters are exceptional - roasty and deep. Evolving complexity. I enjoy the malt so much that I wish the hops weren't as heavy in the flavor. For me, it's too much hop flavor for a stout but that malt flavor keeps me drinking. It's definitely a solid pick - it may he the best year-round, available stout in its pleasingly low price point.

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Photo of Foxybrau
3.77/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Doesn't live up to the Brothers' rating for me. It's good all-around, but nothing special on the nose and a little too hoppy and bitter at the finish for my taste without the richness before. It's good but I wouldn't choose it over many in the style if given the choice.

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Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into signature pint glass, bottled on 10/9/2014. Pours clear nearly opaque dark brown color with a 2 finger dense and rocky khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of big dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, toast, dark bread, herbal, pine, light smoke/char, light dark fruit, and herbal/roasted earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of roasted/bready malt and earthy hop notes; with good strength. Taste of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, toast, dark bread, herbal, pine, light smoke/char, light dark fruit, and herbal/roasted earthiness. Moderate amount of herbal/roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, toast, dark bread, light smoke/char, pine, and herbal/roasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice complexity and robustness of roast/bready malt and earthy hop flavors; with a great bitterness/sweetness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, moderately creamy, and lightly sticky/chalky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent American stout style. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of roast/bready malt and earthy hop flavors; and very smooth to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of Gobearswalter34
4.48/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark, with a nice head the pat retains lighter color. Much lacing.
S- Barley, chocolate
T- roasted barley, chocolate toffee, with. Good chunk of hop for a stout. The hop lingers more than most stouts. Hops slightly enter the nose.
Feel busier than most stouts.
Overall a great stoud with the roasted barley, chocolate notes and the hop really stands out but does not go too far for a stout. I likey.

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Photo of Randolph96
4.48/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a beer mug. Wonderful colour! It was hard for me to smell. Taste, well tastes like roasted grain, nice amount of bitter. Mouthfeel is hearty. A stout well done.

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Photo of Jeffreysan
4.81/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a beautiful, completely opaque, pitch-black color with a half of a finger of caramel-colored head that quickly dissolved into a thin lacing of foam that completely covered the top of the beer.

Aroma: Very aromatic, with lots of bready, roasted malt, imparting notes of toasted dark bread, freshly ground coffee beans, dark molasses, a touch of dark chocolate, brown sugar and a touch of subtle smoke.

Taste: Exactly like the aroma, with lots of bready, roasted malt, imparting notes of toasted dark bread, freshly ground coffee beans, dark molasses, a touch of dark chocolate, brown sugar and a touch of subtle smoke.

Mouthfeel: Chewy, creamy and smooth, as there is no carbonation what-so-ever. With an ABV of 5.8%, there is no alcohol on the palate.

Overall: This is a delicious stout! Great flavors of roasted malt, subtle coffee and smoke, brown sugar-like sweetness and dark chocolate. Delicious!

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Photo of tcstation
5/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

An underrated beer, in my opinion. While purposefully not as strong in malty sweetness or hops as an imperial stout, the mixture of flavors is rather brilliant. Recommended.

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Photo of RyanK252
3.96/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a Sierra Nevada pint glass

A: Pours dark mahogany brown, very little light passes through, with a frothy khaki head that settles and laces well.

S: Roasted malt, a little smoke, a little coffee, bit earthy, some fruitiness.

T: A bit smokey, roasted malt, some bittersweet chocolate, touch of coffee, earthy, a little fruitiness on the back end.

M: Medium body, moderate carbonation.

O: Very solid straight forward stout.

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Photo of ZebraCakez
4.01/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Obtained in a SnowPack variety 12pk, which was simply awesome all around. Bravo, Sierra Nevada.

A: Pours a beautiful deep dark brown color with caramel colored one finger head.

S: Nothing too strong, that of roasted coffee and malt.

T: Coffee and chocolate shine on a slightly smoky background. Everything is in moderation.

F: Sufficiently creamy with decent body. Proper carbonation.

O: A great example of what a more subdued porter can be. Not everything has to be high ABV or aged in barrels, simplicity can be effective as well.

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Photo of Daktah
3.94/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An awesome beer that highlights everything right with Sierra Nevada. So much flavor and perfect balance. Hard to believe it's a 5.8% ABV beer. For the money, there is not a better American stout.

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

A - Pours very dark brown, much like dark coffee. Gives a nice 1.5 finger of head which dissipates down to a film. Decent whispy lacing.
S - A slight but definitely present hop aroma upfront , slight presence of dark, cooked fruits such as figs dates and raisins. Not much of a malt aroma present.
T - Semi-sweet chocolate, hops and a slightly alcohol tinge. Very pleasant taste and mouthfeel.
O - A good stout.
V - Medium value, not too expensive, not too cheap either.

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Photo of tedvr
4.35/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours dark with a nice creamy medium head. Smells of burnt coffee with a malt background. Tastes of burnt coffee and chocolate with a mild hoppy aftertaste, has some depth. Little creamy mouthfeel with some carbonation. with a nice finish. Overall a very nice stout.

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Photo of adamjhepler
2.66/5  rDev -34.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Decent stout but honestly very disappointed. Pretty flavorless and very light aromas makes this beer a let down. Not the worst but will not buy again.

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Photo of breadwinner
4.38/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Incredible stout that proves you can achieve a rich, even creamy stout without having to imperialize it. Great chocolate malt notes, again a fantastic feel, all wrapped up in in 5.8% ABV. Seriously impressive.

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Photo of samtrillo
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%

pours black with a beige head.. Nice amount of lacing around glass.

Nose gives me chocolate.

Taste recalls a smooth iced mocha. Very refreshing dark flavor. Bittersweet dark chocolate, espresso, earthy dry finish.

I'm comparing this side by side with their porter. This is much smoother and creamier. The tastes are similar but the stout blends them better with the mouthfeel to create a mocha sensation.

From what I could gather, the porter and stout have very similar taste profiles. The stout is smoother and creamier, while the porter is more crisp and a tad bit sour.

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Photo of Kommisar
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

Pretty good, better than a lot of stouts, not so much a liquid Hershey Bar, still sticks to the Sierra Nevada corporate general flavor, which is very good indeed.

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Photo of Malt_Man
4/5  rDev -1.7%

Served at room temperature from bottle into saison glass.

A) Deep mahogany with a ruby tinge. Tight light tan head with good retention.

S) Zesty for a stout, otherwise as expected, lightly roasted malt.

T) Refreshing at first, then hint of bitterness from roasted malt. Hops are zestier than usual for a stout, which I guess makes this one stands out. Still the balance with roast coffee flavour is good.

M) On the creamy side and mild carbonation.

O) Excellent stout, lives up to my expectations. A great halfway point between the best of British stouts that generally top out at 5% ABV and the mighty imperial US stouts. Wish this one was available from supermarkets in the UK like SNPA is.

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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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Sierra Nevada Stout from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 1,408 ratings.