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Sierra Nevada Stout - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Sierra Nevada StoutSierra Nevada Stout

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2,749 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,749
Reviews: 1,327
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 11.3%
Wants: 192
Gots: 159 | 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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4/5  rDev -1.7%

GreersBeer21, Jun 01, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +16.7%

baconman91, May 31, 2012
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5/5  rDev +22.9%

WynnO, May 30, 2012
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

pin, May 30, 2012
Photo of BarryMFBurton
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This one slipped onto the Beers of Fame list at #100 just a few weeks ago, so I was excited to see it on the shelves at a local bottle shop. Here’s to stouts in the summer!

Brewed six months before the date of this tasting (bottle code reads 1311, meaning this was bottled on November 7, 2011).

A: Same Sierra Nevada presence, but with a dark twist: as I pour the deep brown (basically black) body, the head rises to the usual three foamy fingers. This time, though, it’s dark beige and deeply creamy; it shines with the richness that any foam on top of a stout should have. Full, oily lacing encircles the glass.

S: Rich and roasty, this nose is everything I was hoping for: full-on chocolate cream, vanilla, caramel, and brown sugar flow heavily through the palate, leading a charge of succulent sweets. Hops are piney and a tad citrusy – the characteristic Sierra Nevada profile – but in a balanced lightness. This is quite a charming nose, with additional touches of cedar, char, and coffee (a scent that’s very similar to the one found in Founders Breakfast Stout) that put roasted nuances into play toward the end.

T: Bold roasts, with a fiery taste of hickory, smoke, coffee, and black pepper – char climbs all over the tongue in a joyful sizzle of earnest complexity. Dark chocolate hits this serious palate with a creamier astringency: bitter, though a little milkier than the roasts. The hops are tannic and full, tasting of pine resin and salted caramel, helping to bring out layers of fig and raisin in the malts. The aftertaste is chalky cocoa and dry, salted nuts; finishes with the bitters forward. This is one delicious stout, a roasty, hoppy powerhouse of flavor.

M: Drinkable and full-bodied. It has its viscosity, yes, but with a dry touch of light acid and leafy hops.

O: Powerful! I love this beer; a step up from Sierra Nevada’s Porter, in flavor and body. Of all the stouts I’ve ever had, this one tastes the most…pure. Hard to explain, but it satisfies in an unexpected way: it’s refreshing.

BarryMFBurton, May 28, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +16.7%

boomer3, May 28, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

Swigit, May 28, 2012
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

4Socialanxiety, May 28, 2012
Photo of TheSixthRing
3.9/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours near black with ruby brown presenting itself where light can penetrate. Head is a light cocoa powder color, 2 fingers thick with good retention and the resulting lace is thick and sticky.

Smell - Hop forward, with roasted malt aromas taking a backseat.

Taste - Follows the nose. Earthy hops with notes of classic SN pine, while the roasted malt character (cocoa, coffee and a healthy amount of caramel) takes a supporting role, albeit a major one. More sweet than roasty.

Mouthfeel - The best part of this beer. Medium body, but the velvety smooth texture lends itself to a world-class smoothness which is quite drinkable.

Overall - A little disappointing. I was hoping for more roasted malt, but the hops battle it out for supremacy rather than taking a backseat like your typical stout. Comes across as a brown/porter hybrid moreso than a stout. Still, the incredible mouthfeel makes up for what it lacks in ideal flavor, and comes out somewhere around great. Drinking at a warmer temp allows the malt character to blossom; too cold, and the hops dominate.

TheSixthRing, May 26, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

BeerMeBrah, May 26, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -20.1%

beernads, May 25, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Mermaidhunter, May 24, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

brandon911, May 24, 2012
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1.25/5  rDev -69.3%

stoppertb18, May 22, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Kunstman, May 22, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +16.7%

Polasiuss, May 21, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -14%

ptricky, May 19, 2012
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2/5  rDev -50.9%

SickNukes, May 18, 2012
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4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours an opaque dark jet black in color. The beer has a two finger tall foamy tan head that reduces to a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Significant lacing is observed.

S: A heavy aroma of dark roasted malts that is really quite intense. There are some very light hints of bittersweet chocolate and coffee.

T: Following the smell, the taste is also dominated by the dark roasted malts. There is a very light note of bittersweet chocolate.

M: Medium bodied with low to moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth but slightly on the thin/watery side.

O: Pretty enjoyable and easy to drink, though not exactly a sessionable beer. I like the dark roasted malt flavors and smells are very enjoyable. I would enjoy getting this one another time.

dbrauneis, May 18, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

TedSneakman, May 17, 2012
Photo of BostonHops
4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle served in a standard pint glass.

pours an opaque, deep mahogany/borderline black tone with nearly two fingers of a foamy tan head; excellent rentention and lacing. great looking stout.

roasted malts spearhead the nose. i also get some coffee and a little dark chocolate. hops are more subdued but discernible in the background. flavor profile breaks down around the nose; bold roasted malts out in front followed by the coffee, chocolate, and some hops coming in the finish. tasty beer... my one criticism is that this particular offering isn't especially complex... i don't want to say run-of-the-mill because it's not, but there's nothing unique about it, no real wow factor that might catapult it into the 4.5/5.0 realm. that said, it's an enjoyable quaff.

medium-bodied, creamy mouthfeel, carbonation on the low side. a touch watery, but nothing egregious. pretty drinkable, i would welcome another.

originally reviewed: 11-03-2010

BostonHops, May 17, 2012
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3/5  rDev -26.3%

ncstateplaya, May 15, 2012
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4.6/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Medium sized light brown bubbly head rests above a clear dark brown to black colored stout.

Chocolatey rich malt aroma with some light fruit hints on this full bodied beer.

The taste is more rich chocolate malts with some coffee notes coming through as well as maybe hints of some kind of hops.

A rich dry aftertaste with hints of the chocolate malts.

A very worthy stout, up there with Guinness and Murphy's.

LXIXME, May 13, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

gutbuster, May 13, 2012
Photo of Gish
3.43/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a standard pint glass.

A - Pours a dark brown with a minimal head.

S - Hints of chocolate and malt, nothing special.

T - Bitter chocolate with a strong hop presence.

M - Definitely the highpoint of the beer, a pleasant carbonation level.

I personally like my stouts less hoppy and smoother but still an interesting take on the style.

Gish, May 13, 2012
Sierra Nevada Stout from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 2,749 ratings.