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Sierra Nevada Stout - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Sierra Nevada StoutSierra Nevada Stout

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1,388 Reviews

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Reviews: 1,388
Hads: 3,199
Avg: 4.07
pDev: 16.71%
Wants: 288
Gots: 386 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Stout |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-14-2000

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Reviews: 1,388 | Hads: 3,199
Photo of golfnbeer13
4.55/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from bottle to pint glass. Very dark brown almost black in color. Had a big frothy head with good retention and left alot of lacing. Initial aroma of chocolate, roasted malts and coffee. Maybe my nose is going bad but I don't smell any hops like others have. Tastes almost like it smells. Reminds me of chocolate covered coffee beans. Has a semi bitter after taste that goes away quickly. Was a little thin but overall a very drinkable, great tasting beer.

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Photo of objectivemonkey
4.55/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

~Bottle into a (do'h) pilsner glass (only one I have here), pours a deep dark brown, chocolate hues around the edges, particulary toward bottow, with a long lasting head and beautiful lacing.
~Smells of a dark chocolate, maybe into a molases, earthy feel to it. Also, hints of coffee and something else i can't quite put my finger on. One of the better smelling beers I've had in a while.
~Tastes.... I get a immediate wave of roasted malt deliciousness, leading to what I might call a beautiful duet; a hoppy bitterness with an underlying dark chocolate undertone. Ends with a slight, earthy bitterness, and lasts for nearly a minute, but not chalky like some stouts get.
~Increadably smooth beer with a nice tingle in the middle, and the aftertaste both tastes wonderful and isn't dry or chalky.
~What a great beer. Couldn't say that I'd sit down with a keg and drink myself silly with this (not that I would with any stout), but one of two of these, a big ole mug of it, with a big hearty meal... I should do that soon. Yes, very soon.

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Photo of lackenhauser
4.55/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very dark in color but just a hint above being black. Nice, tight tan head. Mellow roasted aroma-somewhat espresso like. Perfect roasted and bitter flavor. The balance between the 2 is great. Nice grainy flavor in there as well. Finishes a bit dry. Very nice full body. Another top notch beer from SN. With this and the porter I could be happy forever.

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Photo of Winston_Smith
4.55/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

If there's a freshness date on this, I can't find it.

Appearance: Initially forms a couple fingers of frothy beige head. It recedes in about a minute to a half finger.

Smell: The coffee jumps out at me. Lots of malty aroma, and smells very rich.

Taste: Very toasty maltiness at first, with a little hop bitterness at the end. Textbook of the style, and very very good.

Mouthfeel: Creamy thickness characteristic of the style. Very rich and nicely carbonated.

Overall: Great beer. What else does one expect of this brewery?

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Photo of ljbrisson
4.55/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a dark cola color into my goblet with an abundant, fluffy tan head with impressive retention. Aroma is very fruity, roasty and very appetizing with caramel and chocolate hints. Mouthfeel is loose but not watery with medium carbonation, altogether very smoothly balanced. Taste is roasted coffee and bitter chocolate, toffee, caramel and even some raisin. Sweet in the front, then finishes with a nice toasted flavor and a bit of hops in the back. Drinkability is extremely high.

I got this stuff because I had tried the Pale Ale and liked it, and the price was right - can't beat $6.99 for a sixer. I will definitely be revisiting this great beer!

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Photo of ralree
4.55/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Very deep brown with a tan head of about 1.5 fingers.

S: Smells very good. Chocolate malt.

T: Chocolate, coffee, and malt. Very good! A hoppy finish, not overpoweringly so, but a little more than my preference. Hop aftertaste diminishes quickly.

M: Goes astringent quickly after swallowing. Leaves a nice crisp feel. Exceptional.

D: This is fairly carbonated, so a lot of burping was involved in drinking it. I would say, for a stout, this is very drinkable.

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Photo of JDK
4.55/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a deep dark chocolate with an lite tan 3 finger head.
Lacing was thick in several places but not thru-out
Smells of chocolate and roasted malts
Nice mouthfeel, perfect carbonation and aftertaste for a stout
Very good taste. Nice blend of malts, caramel and hints of dark chocolate and espresso

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Photo of Beernoisseur
4.55/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is one of my favorite beers of late. Looks wonderful on the pour, and smells like angels dipped in chocolate. It's not an imperial or a russian, and hence does not demand a pound of flesh to be cut from your body when you drink it. It's like grandma's home cooking. There's never a time when it doesn't sound good.

The flavor is complex enough to be great, but mellow enough to be easy for someone whose palate has not been broken in by bigger beers. A great gateway drug, she is.

SNS never survive long once they hit my fridge.

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Photo of aepb1
4.56/5  rDev +12%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A- Dark brown opaque. Cream head that cascades into the beer.

S- Grain and hoppy, molasses

T- Barley/grain/hop bitterness, very full and earthy

M- Again, very full! Creamy like a stout should be!

D- If I could find this regularly, I would drink it every day!

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Photo of JackStraw22
4.56/5  rDev +12%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer starts off well with it's apperance. Body of the beer is pretty much black, with a large, rich caramel colored head. Tons of lacing and very nice head retention. Can smell lots of chocolate and roasted malt, very sweet. Can taste the caramel malt and chocolate, with a pleasent bitter finish. There's a dry, smoky aftertaste that completes the taste nicely. Drinkability is wonderful; it's complex yet not overpowering. I love this beer.

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Photo of FrozenJoe
4.56/5  rDev +12%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

This is my favorite Sierra Nevada beer. An outstanding brew.

Appearance: A light black body capped with an abundant, frothy, light brown head. Beautiful lacing.

Smell: Light, sweet, malty aroma. Light hop freshness is detectable.

Taste: Assertive, strong stout flavor. Bitter hops. Roasted malt flavor.

Mouthfeel: Thick, foamy mouthfeel. Rich and satisfying.

Drinkability: An excellent beer. But the flavors and alcohol level are too strong for me to drink a bunch of these.

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Photo of rsyberg01
4.57/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a black with light breaking through at the edges with a deep red hue. Head rises then falls to a thin tawny froth completely covering the beer surface.

S - Roasted coffee, slight caramel hit, slight but of citrus attributed from the hops, malty sweetness. Very nice and well balanced.

T - Coffee, sweetness, fruity hints, roasted malts, bitterness. All go very well and even with each other. awesome.

M - Good, yet I think that a bit more body would have done better.

D - Great as a session beer, doesnt fatigue the palate at all.

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Photo of neonbrown82
4.57/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I picked this up after the recent hype about how SN Stout is supposedly "hard to find" and "under-rated." I have never had any troubles finding this beer in either Omaha or Iowa City, but I can now testify to its under-ratedness.

The beer pours black, only showing through with a tinted ruby hue when held to the brightest of light. Has a small and fine tan head that recedes quickly to a film but leaves a decent spotty lacing.

The smell is quite complex. Has a hints of roasty chocolate malt, mocha, and even a bit of a vinuous hop. Smells like a stout should, unlike the mockery of a stout I had earlier at the local brewpub in rural South West Iowa.

The taste is sublime. Just as complex as the nose, yet amplified by the tastebuds. Sweet and malty with a little cocoa, mocha roastiness. Has a light and herbal spicy hop in the finish for the attentive palate. On of the tastier "regular" stouts I've had.

Has a very moderately dry finish and a fully body. Very pleasing to the tongue. Very drinkable for a stout. This isn't just a sipper.

edit: I just realized this is the big 200, and what a great beer to drink for a BA milestone.

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Photo of DNICE555
4.57/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Obtained a bottle at plan B

Black body with a head that drops out quickly.

A - Roasted coffee, Chocolate, smokey dark fruit aroma.

T - Roasted coffee, grains, dark fruit, smokey bitter hops to back this bold stout up. Very tasty. One of the better stouts I've had. Very underrated.

M - Smooth, rich, creamy, very nice texture.

D - Very big flavor with a low abv. One of my go to stouts. Would love to try this one on tap. I never hear much about this stout but it is one of the better ones out there. Sierra nevada has yet to let me down.

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Photo of TheChrisK
4.57/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A: Poured from a short bottle into a pint glass. Pitch black with a short pale beige head. Excellent lacing left behind.

S: Notes of sweet molasses, coffee and roasted barley. Hints of chocolate.

T: I was expecting less than what I got from this year round brew. The taste is complimentary of the nose. Sweet chocolate and hints of coffee followed by roasted barley and a nice but subtle mix of hops.

M: Very smooth and easy to drink. The carbonation is just perfect! This is a full bodied stout with a dry finish.

O: For the price and the availability, this has got to be the best stout out there! Not too light and not too heavy. This has become my new favorite stout!

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Photo of blackearth
4.58/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Purchased from Trader Joe's. Pours a black body with a thick tan head. Aroma is of earthy, roasted malts. Full bodied with medium carbonation and a chewy mouthfeel. Flavors are roasted malts, coffee and bitter chocolate. Still one of the best stouts out there.

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Photo of SometimesIfart
4.58/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

A - Pours a solid black with a three finger tan head. Leaves decent amounts of lacing.

S - Roasted malt up front, with a hit of dark chocolate in the foreground. Mocha also makes an appearance.

T - Strong chocolate up front. Roasted malt soon follows , along with burnt grains and a nice mocha flavor in the finish. Tastes lovely.

M - Mouthfeel follows the taste, with a small amount of carbonation and a moderately heavy body.

O - Overall, this was a delicious stout, with a wonderful flavor. I'm convinced that Sierra Nevada may be the best of the best when it come's to well know breweries whom of which produce easy to find beers.

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Photo of GossageBrewery
4.58/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured this American Stout from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Poured an opaque black color, produced a thick tan color, great retention and it left a outstanding amount of lacing on the glass. The aroma consisted of roasted malt, dark fruit, and earthy hops. Full bodied, this stout has a foundation of roasted barley, chocolate and caramel. Bitter hops, finishes dry. One of the best stouts I have sampled to date.

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Photo of BeerResearcher
4.58/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A licorice color with an amber hue sits beneath a sturdy beige/tan head. Plenty of sticky and trailing lace to admire. The aromas of bitter chocolate and floral fresh whole hops mingle with light fresh coffee smells and dark roasted barley. A sweet heavy malt houses flavors of chocolate, coffee and caramel. Highly hopped with a complex mix of spicy, and citrus bitterness. Bright, sweet, bitter, lightly smoky, complex and highly drinkable.

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Photo of ihazabucket7
4.58/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a "Man Mug". Nice color, mild coffee aromas. Coffee, cocoa, taste. Very light brew nice intro beer if you want to get into stouts. But if you love stouts you will appreciate this from Sierra Nevada! Cheers!

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Photo of Litterbean
4.58/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

What a great stout.

Pours extremely black, with an off-white head. Lace clings to the glass.

Smells like roasted malts, with a sweet sugary creamy flavor.

Tastes amazing. Delicious. Hints of chocolate and coffee as it finishes. Very smooth, like a damn cappucino but better. Delicious aftertaste and mouthfeel.

One of the best stouts in the world. Such a great, smooth, drinkable beer.

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Photo of schellsbeer
4.6/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

As far as your every day Stouts go, this one sets the standard.

Plain and simple, I Love this Beer!!!

Everything about it is almost perfect.

Look, Thickness, Taste, Smell, Ease of finding, Price...all excellent.

A - Excellent. Black. Not brown. Black. Excellent.

S - Bitter. Strong. Excellent

T - Now this is what I am talking about. Goes good with breakfast, lunch, dinner, snack, midnight popcorn...you name it. Excellent.

M - Thick but not too thick. Smooth. Creamy.

D - 5 is the limit and 5 is what I give it. Excellent. The best overall everyday Stout made. PERIOD!!!

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Photo of psuKinger
4.6/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle dated "1139 119 41" (which I think means the 139th day of 2011, but I don't speak "Sierra Nevadaian", so whatever) poured in to a standard pint glass.

A: Pours a deep rich dark dark brown (NOT completely black) with a lively off-white head on top, more than a fingers worth without a super-vigorous pour. 4.5

S: Moderately hefty rich smell of malted barely and notes of chocolate and coffee present. Very pleasing. 4.5

T: The first thing I notice is that the coffee flavors shine through more on the first sip than they did the nose. Roasted malts are present but well balanced. Notes of chocolate do peak through on the finish for me, but not as present as the aroma would have suggested. But, of primary importance is the bittering hops on the back end. Far from overpowering, but they add just the right amount of bitterness to counter the sweet subtle richness of this brew, that make it wonderfully balanced. 4.5

M: Light,rich, and creamy, with a finish that leaves a touch of chocolate and a hint of hop bitterness in the mouth. 4.5

D/O: What's not to love about this beer? I could, and gladly would, drink this all night long. Highly drinkable, and overall very enjoyable. 5.0.

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Photo of CHickman
4.6/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours opaque black in color with a massive 2 finger foamy tan head that looked like styrofoam it was so thick, and lasted almost 2 minutes while it dissipated very slowly; it looks like a Guinness head on steroids, leaving very good lacing sticking to the sides and a ring around the top of the beer.

Smells like chocolate, cocoa, roasted coffee, burnt grains or charred wood, citrus hops, molasses or syrup, caramel and some dark fruits; man, there were a lot of "C" words used to describe the aroma, so here is a "D" word: delicious. This stout smells intense and inviting, and comes off like it's going to be quite complex.

Tastes better than it smells, with the coffee, citrus hops, molasses and caramel hitting the taste buds first, followed by chocolate, vanilla, cocoa, burnt wood, grass or hay which almost tastes like faint yeast, toasted grains, an almost rum like sweetness and then a bitterness that is dry with the grains lingering in a good way. Very complicated beer that is rich and chocolatey one second and then hoppy the next; I enjoy the combination and complexities involved and found this quite pleasing to sip and savor as well as throwing it back. The roasted flavor negates any of the fruit in the nose, but that doesn't take away from how tasty this beer is.

Mouthfeel is creamy and silky smooth, with very little carbonation and a nice coffee aftertaste; medium body that actually feels lighter than it is because this goes down so damn easy.

Very high drinkability, this is an outstanding American Stout; go by a six pack if you are a fan of stouts and especially American Stouts as this is the top of the class.

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Photo of JasonCoop
4.6/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

pours a nice dark brown, some dark ruby colors only in the bottom of the mug. nice creamy beige head that sticks around

smells chocolatey and a little roasty as stouts should. probably more chocolatey than average

tastes like nice bitter chocolate, very smooth. mouthfeel is very creamy and pleasant, very easy to drink. i don't find it that filling for a stout either, could easily put down quite a few. there seems to be a little more hoppiness to this taste than some of my other favorites in this style. this makes for a unique stout taste in my experience, and has a lightening effect on the thickness of this brew.

all in all, excellent!

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Sierra Nevada Stout from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 1,388 ratings.