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Sierra Nevada Stout - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Sierra Nevada StoutSierra Nevada Stout

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2,720 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,720
Reviews: 1,323
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 11.06%
Wants: 192
Gots: 144 | 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%

04-26-2012 04:50:54 | More by bcsbeer
Photo of thecheapies


4/5  rDev -1.7%

Rather black in appearance, although, it looked like Worcestershire Sauce glugging out of the bottle. Beige head once sat in at a finger and is slowly dwindling down to the surface. 4.0

Mild dark fruits, roastiness, coffee, chocolate, and earthy/pine hops unleashed in the nose. The coffee is riding the forefront without being obvious. 4.0

Oh, this one's a little twangy. Forward on coffee and chocolate, but the hops play a role in deconstructing this stout into an earthy black ale with roasty qualities. A little burnt and it fizzles out that way. The suggestion of coffee is there, but a little bland. The chocolate is bitter like Hershey's Dark. The hops conquer the bitter finish and transform black specialty malts into something almost wafery. Interesting stout. 4.0

Light carbonation with a medium, but burly, body. A tad sticky, but it's drinking with speed at 5.8% and hardly any of that detectable. 4.0

Hard to rank among others of the same style. A simple American Stout with loads of flavor, a bright nose, some intermediate complexity, and sessionability at the strength. Sierra Nevada is all about characterizing their beers on hops, even the malty styles. I'm glad I didn't pass this one up. 4.0

04-26-2012 03:46:23 | More by thecheapies
Photo of monnik


3/5  rDev -26.3%

04-26-2012 01:23:39 | More by monnik
Photo of ATXRyan


4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

04-25-2012 21:31:01 | More by ATXRyan
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2.75/5  rDev -32.4%

04-25-2012 20:21:40 | More by Ash
Photo of mactrail


3.8/5  rDev -6.6%

Thoroughly drinkable black beer. Really a textbook example of an American Stout. Dark, dark color with a nice off-white head and plenty of lacing along the tall glass.

Lots of shades of roasted, blackened, and burnt barley as you sip. A good base of malt flavors with a pleasant sweet and rounded mouthfeel. Some winey character and plenty of suds in the mouth. Hops seem to grow more assertive and moves along to a bitter aftertaste with a hint of charcoal. A touch of dark fruit but quite bitter at the end.

From the ubiquitous 12 oz bottle. Another well-made beer from people who know what they're doing.

04-25-2012 06:08:48 | More by mactrail
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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

04-24-2012 17:39:33 | More by Gabany
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3.5/5  rDev -14%

04-24-2012 03:34:22 | More by FriedGold2112
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3.5/5  rDev -14%

04-24-2012 02:19:47 | More by pentasyllabic
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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

04-23-2012 06:06:45 | More by Irrationalist
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North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

Poured into a Southern Tier tulip-style glass. No readable freshness date.

A- Pours an almost fully opaque black color with a 1/2 inch tan head that retains well before decaying to a thick ring around the edge of the glass and plentiful surface foam. Very good lacing that's slow to collapse.

S- A firm roast nose with hints of coffee and a bit of chocolate. Also quite earthy and herbal.

T- Bold roast notes that immediately latch onto the palate but give in before too long to release the food notes of coffee, chocolate, molasses, etc. Incredibly balanced and rich.

M- Semi-viscous with medium carbonation and a robust body.

O- I've had the porter before which I feel is just OK, so I assumed the stout would be the same. I was sorely mistaken. One of the most enjoyable SN beers I've ever had.

04-23-2012 01:36:17 | More by Immortale25
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3.5/5  rDev -14%

04-22-2012 22:44:28 | More by terence
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North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

04-22-2012 01:35:53 | More by yaksurf
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

04-22-2012 01:05:45 | More by bilbo2012
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

04-21-2012 12:28:49 | More by jstewart1130
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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

A: near straight black with thick clouded grey tinge head diminishing to a thick coverage of head over the beer and lacing.

S: pine, hay and remnants of pepper corn. slight twinge of chocolate and a the tiniest bit smoke rising off it.

T: wow! im not a huge stout fan but this is incredible! a rich flavour oak flavour and dark malt. running from front to back pallet is a mild bitterness and a good amount of flavouring hops seems to be arousing my taste buds. milky characters and a tart finish! WOW!

M: really easy drinking, a slight bitterness and milky cream finish!

O: a really session-able beer and overall appearance is amazing! taste impeccable, seemingly can hardly be faulted. i want more!

04-21-2012 09:24:43 | More by goodbeerallday
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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

04-19-2012 04:35:14 | More by mitchbeer
Photo of acevenom


4.88/5  rDev +19.9%

Poured into a pint glass. Pours black with a two-finger length tan head. The head dissipates slowly, leaving lacing on the side of the glass. There are strong aromas of dark roasted malts, bitter chocolate, and coffee. I can detect some faint hop aroma as well. The taste is of dark roasted barley malt, bitter chocolate, and coffee. It tastes like it smells, but the flavors are full and bold. There is some bitterness in the flavor as well and the hops provide some of that bitterness as well as extra flavor to go with the traditional stout flavors. This is a medium bodied beer with some carbonation. The mouthfeel is creamy and the beer coats the mouth very well. Overall, this is a most excellent stout and one I'd recommend.

04-18-2012 23:33:17 | More by acevenom
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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

04-18-2012 06:27:45 | More by swaghawk
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

Pours a very ominous black, hardly an edge of clarity. Healthy finger of mocha colored head that dissipates to a fine ring, good lacing. Resinous hops cut through the roasted dark malts on the nose, an uncanny balance, like a black IPA. The taste is nice and smokey, like a breath of fresh air after a few blunders recently in the stout category. There's all the appropriate stout characteristics, dialed back to achieve a smooth and approachable balance. Not sure why I've overlooked this one until now. Quite good. All 4's.

04-18-2012 02:22:39 | More by yamar68
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

04-15-2012 20:41:03 | More by DrFunkenstein
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

Pours black in color with a small tan head that quickly dissipated and leaves good lacing on the glass. Not much carbonation. Aroma is roasted malts, and dark chocolate. Tasted of roasted chocolate malts and coffee with some bitterness. Full mouthfeel, was medium bodied. Very drinkable.

04-13-2012 19:38:03 | More by jojoluvsbeer
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3.5/5  rDev -14%

04-13-2012 02:53:31 | More by vbiliyar
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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

04-12-2012 00:59:34 | More by JustinWhipple
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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

04-10-2012 23:40:18 | More by ngraumann
Sierra Nevada Stout from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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