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Sierra Nevada Stout - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Sierra Nevada StoutSierra Nevada Stout

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

2,652 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 2,652
Reviews: 1,318
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 11.06%
Wants: 184
Gots: 116 | FT: 3
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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Ratings: 2,652 | Reviews: 1,318 | Display Reviews Only:
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DerwinWentworth

Utah

4/5  rDev -1.7%

03-27-2012 01:17:30 | More by DerwinWentworth
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Cattafin


4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

03-25-2012 00:04:05 | More by Cattafin
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mtbdonn

Colorado

4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

03-24-2012 19:59:11 | More by mtbdonn
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bskrtz

Illinois

3.6/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle served cold in frosted pint glass

A) Very dark, even black with short mahogany head that settlesfast

S) Cooked dark fruit, chocolate, mild spice

T) Smooth and drinkable. This is a mild stout with a hint of espresso, burnt chocolate and molasses

M) A bit thinner than it's famous Irish cousins. Ample carbonation and mild esthers. Mild bitter aftertaste

O) A good example of classic stout

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2012 15:39:32 | More by bskrtz
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station815


3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

03-20-2012 00:38:46 | More by station815
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xnapshot

Mexico

4/5  rDev -1.7%

03-18-2012 16:44:49 | More by xnapshot
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Crimsontider22

Alabama

4/5  rDev -1.7%

03-17-2012 20:12:37 | More by Crimsontider22
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tedho21

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

03-17-2012 01:09:44 | More by tedho21
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Robeerto89

Mississippi

4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

03-17-2012 00:41:24 | More by Robeerto89
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grannaniwa

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -14%

03-16-2012 23:54:58 | More by grannaniwa
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mdimeglio

New York

4/5  rDev -1.7%

03-16-2012 22:36:29 | More by mdimeglio
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Danno48

West Virginia

4.75/5  rDev +16.7%

03-16-2012 05:46:16 | More by Danno48
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BrownNut

Florida

4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served cool in a nonic pint.

A - Lighter than a lot of stouts, reddish around the edges. Nice thick, textured head. Loads of lacing.

S - Faint malt, hint of sour, faint char.

T - Pretty mild, yet with subtle hints of mastery. Mildly bitter ash, in a good way, which also shows up in the moderately bitter aftertaste. Hint of sweet, maybe of fruit. Slightly tart on the finish, more noticeable at the end of the glass. Well balanced and easy drinking.

M - Somewhat soft yet finishes dry. Very pleasant.

O - While it won't blow any doors off in terms of complexity, this is a quality, versatile stout that would serve as a very nice transitional beer for newcomers to the category and a nice pint anytime for the rest of us. Like a number of their beers, there isn't one thing that stands out, but the elements all come together so well. You can taste the brewing experience in it. This has become my go-to stout to keep around for when I get the stout jones but don't want to break into my stash of stuff for critical reviewing.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2012 22:16:13 | More by BrownNut
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

4.18/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

as good a stout as you can buy in a sixpack as far as im concernced. pours a rich thick dark chocolate color with a fluffly lasting mocha head. smells deeply roasty with a touch of caramel sweetness. flavor is well balanced. a little hoppy bite at the end, but all smoothed out by the dark malts. i dont pick up much coffee or chocolate flavor in this one, just a very organic feeling beer. its smooth like a good oatmeal stout, and has a bit of the flaked oat flavor in there. feel is wonderful, carbonated just enough, with a drinkably full body. i enjoyed the whole 6er and would reach for another if there were any more in the fridge. this is a fantastic stout all around, went really with a big mushroom pasta dish as well. yummmm

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2012 18:40:12 | More by StonedTrippin
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jk3

New York

4/5  rDev -1.7%

03-15-2012 03:34:45 | More by jk3
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guajolote

Oregon

4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

03-14-2012 23:15:46 | More by guajolote
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nrombes

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -14%

03-14-2012 04:45:41 | More by nrombes
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BeardedRiker

Texas

3.9/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I've had most everything that Sierra Nevada has to offer but I fairly recently realized that I had not reviewed their stout. I'd say that was the case because I mostly drank Sierra Nevada beers when I first began experimenting with craft beer. There's a good reason why. As I said in my Ruthless Rye review, "Sierra Nevada is one of the largest and most popular microbreweries in the United States and there is a good reason why. They consistently produce excellent beers. While they may not brew the more experimental and full-flavored beers, I've not had one of theirs that was disappointing." I do remember liking this stout when I first tried it so it's time to give the beer a proper review.

This is a beer you know will be good once you pour it out. The head formed a bit slowly but grew to a nice two finger height with a light brown color. Its retention was good because of a nice creamy body. It did go away fairly quickly. Lacing is minimal. The stout is mostly opaque and dark brown in color but a lovely ruby color when seen up to a light.

The smell is good too. When I first poured it out I smelled sugary sweetness and roasted coffee and cocoa notes. In some ways it reminds me of Anchor's Celebration Ale with the dark fruit aromas of figs and raisins. Lesser notes of bread and hops are in there too.

There is a lot of flavor in this beer. Many layers. This makes it pretty complex though none of the flavors are very strong or exceptional. Once this warms up the hoppiness dies down and becomes a very welcoming beginning to the beer. After that comes the roasted coffee and cocoa. Most of the sweetness I attribute to the fig and raisin flavors. Sugary sweetness and an aftertaste of roastiness linger on the tongue. I don't think any of the flavors are amazing here but it's exceptionally well-balanced.

The medium body and drinkability make this a stout that you'll find easy to drink. It's lower ABV helps out with that too. Up front the beer has a good bite to it from moderate carbonation but then it stays smooth and creamy, though I'd say there's a bit of dryness at the end. Sweetness makes things just a bit slick but the fruitiness gives the beer more acidity that breaks that up.

Overall, this is a very well-balanced, complex, and flavorful beer that's oh so easy to drink. Nothing really makes me think "Wow!" but it does everything very well. I simply prefer more robust and full-bodied stouts to ones that are the more drinkable type. Still, this is a solid and very enjoyable offering from Sierra Nevada. I didn't expect anything less.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2012 02:28:11 | More by BeardedRiker
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Aschap

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

03-13-2012 00:19:29 | More by Aschap
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drwolfe


4/5  rDev -1.7%

03-12-2012 23:03:49 | More by drwolfe
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Kornoms

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

03-12-2012 22:39:26 | More by Kornoms
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UltimateLivewire

South Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

03-12-2012 20:12:34 | More by UltimateLivewire
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thestar30

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

03-12-2012 18:13:02 | More by thestar30
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BDF2000

Virginia

5/5  rDev +22.9%

03-12-2012 15:07:14 | More by BDF2000
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jsboates


4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

03-11-2012 13:29:40 | More by jsboates
Sierra Nevada Stout from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 2,652 ratings.