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Sierra Nevada Stout - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Sierra Nevada StoutSierra Nevada Stout

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2,748 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,748
Reviews: 1,327
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 11.3%
Wants: 193
Gots: 158 | 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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3.5/5  rDev -14%

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

SickNukes, May 18, 2012
Photo of dbrauneis
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
Photo of TedSneakman
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
Photo of ncstateplaya
3/5  rDev -26.3%

ncstateplaya, May 15, 2012
Photo of LXIXME
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
Photo of gutbuster
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 12, 2012
Photo of Piason
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Piason, May 11, 2012
Photo of prisoner1572
3/5  rDev -26.3%

prisoner1572, May 10, 2012
Photo of vkv822
3.5/5  rDev -14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle : tulip snifter

Pours black with a foamy, craggy light tan head that leaves nice lacing.

Cocoa and roast are the most prominent notes in the nose and taste.

Medium body with average carbonation.

An enjoyable, fairly classic example of an American stout.

vkv822, May 10, 2012
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3.26/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours black with a thumbs width mocha head and decent lacing. Maybe this is an old bottle but aroma and flavor was largely lacking; some roasted barley, cocoa, and maybe a touch of smoke. A crisp, not quite medium bodied to this. Overall, an alright beer. Enjoyable enough to drink but nothing that has me needing to go out of my way to drink it again.

denver10, May 09, 2012
Photo of OtsegoHive
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

OtsegoHive, May 08, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

vr6corrado, May 08, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

pavpav12, May 08, 2012
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4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Dark brown/black. When held to light lets through a deep garnet read. Head is dirty white, fluffy, huge, and sticky. It’s lovely.

Smell: Nose is full of roasted malts, coffee, cocoa. Hops are faintly citrusy, leaning on some rind, with grass sneaking in as well. Serious cocoa and roasted notes. T

Taste: Almost a spot on match for the nose. Tons of cocoa lead to a faint bitterness and a touch of dryness. Coffee and roasted malt bring up the back. A little acrid on the back, lending a slightly smoky flavor to the whole thing. Earthy.

Mouthfeel: Nice full body. Hops are there and linger on the back of the taste.

Overall: Sierra Nevada pulls it off again. A great standard for a style. Drinkable and then some. I'd love to see a coffee-infused version.

Goblinmunkey7, May 08, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

jweingarten, May 07, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

avisong, May 06, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

HangingJohnny, May 03, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -14%

DAVEnHOPS, May 02, 2012
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

Bockerdoppel91, May 01, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

IMS, Apr 30, 2012
Photo of Mart1
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

Mart1, Apr 30, 2012
Photo of DM1293
2.98/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

You're joking me.

Okay. It looks like a stout, kind of. Dark brown. Pours pretty thin. Smells pretty light. Tastes...pretty damn light. The most lightly roasted of malts. Maybe a touch of chocolate there. Its like....how to describe it...its like a stout if you diluted it, but still made it drinkable. Its like the adjunct lager of stouts.

Granted that still makes it a slightly better drink in some regards, but...when I think stout I think something big, bold, rich malt and coffee and chocolate notes (in whatever order in whatever intensity).

If you're used to RIS or stouts in general, this one will probably disappoint. On its own merits...meh. Its alright. Its drinkable, nothing imposing, but still comes off as a hybrid of stout and cheap beer. And if thats your kind of beer, power to you. Me, I was really hoping for something richer or at the very least, having a sturdier mouthfeel. Not recommended.

DM1293, Apr 28, 2012
Sierra Nevada Stout from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 2,748 ratings.