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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

2,616 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 2,616
Reviews: 1,316
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 11.03%
Wants: 179
Gots: 112 | 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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tmm313

Georgia

2.5/5  rDev -38.7%

08-26-2012 01:05:45 | More by tmm313
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Jade

Ohio

2.5/5  rDev -38.7%

06-21-2013 01:54:24 | More by Jade
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dcs1548

North Carolina

2.5/5  rDev -38.7%

02-04-2012 02:35:40 | More by dcs1548
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DuffDaddy

Florida

2.5/5  rDev -38.7%

05-19-2014 19:53:31 | More by DuffDaddy
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kojevergas

Texas

2.68/5  rDev -34.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

12 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a hefeweissbier glass in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live.

A: Pours an appealing two finger tan colour head of good cream, good thickness, and fantastic retention. Colour is a solid black/extremely dark ruby. Appealing, but then I'm a stout lover.

Sm: Cream, toffee, chocolate, and caramel. A mild strength aroma.

T: Caramel, light vanilla, some extremely light cream, and a tinge of ... malt? What's that doing in a stout? It's okay, but it's a bit bland for a stout. The roast especially is far understated. the balance is off, and the build is merely okay.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Kind of suits the flavour, but not really.

Dr: Easy to drink but fairly low quality. A poorly executed stout with no clear appreciation for the style. Above average ABV, both in style and beer, and lacking in quality. I'll never have this again - except maybe on draught.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2011 04:53:24 | More by kojevergas
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MbpBugeye

Ohio

2.73/5  rDev -33.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Deep, deep red that forms a blackish beer. Small, yet dense light tan head. Good retention, even in a shaker pint.

S- Very hoppy nose but I've come to expect nothing less from Sierra. It smells more like a black IPA.

T- Still very hoppy. Some roast anf vinous dark fruits come to try to help, but nothing can be done to over throw the hops.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2010 07:08:48 | More by MbpBugeye
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njmoons

New Jersey

2.75/5  rDev -32.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Not a Stout to my taste buds. Maybe a winter warnmer, dark ale, or something else, but there was not much stout about this beer.

Having said that, did I like the beer? Wasn't bad, but I would not get it again.

Appearance: Dark brown but see through. Half finger head that was gone quick

Smell: Malty and Grainy, and good blast of noble hops. There was some complexity to the malts, but overshadowed by the aroma hops.

Taste: Light Malt start with grassy overtones from the aroma hops. Hop flavors take over and a bitter end. There are some coffee and chocolate flavors there, but not enough Malt flavor for the style.

Mouthfeel: On the light side for a stout.

Drinkability: Not hard to drink, and if you like a hoppy darker beer, this is not bad.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2010 18:09:52 | More by njmoons
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Ash

Missouri

2.75/5  rDev -32.6%

04-25-2012 20:21:40 | More by Ash
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CraftFan5

New York

2.75/5  rDev -32.6%

04-09-2014 19:57:32 | More by CraftFan5
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cbnz

British Columbia (Canada)

2.75/5  rDev -32.6%

07-05-2014 08:24:45 | More by cbnz
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WarBuckeyes17

California

2.75/5  rDev -32.6%

07-10-2014 03:33:10 | More by WarBuckeyes17
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Kahlstrom

Missouri

2.75/5  rDev -32.6%

10-27-2013 03:48:38 | More by Kahlstrom
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TonyTalon

Wisconsin

2.75/5  rDev -32.6%

03-30-2012 04:52:23 | More by TonyTalon
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ATPete

New Jersey

2.8/5  rDev -31.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

12 oz bottle

My buddies brought this one over today, im a big fan of a lot of Sierra Nevada beers but once again the Stout disappoints me. It pours a dark brown, almost black color with a big brown head. Very malty nose with a bit of smoke and charcoal. It tastes pretty much the same way, very malty, smokey with a very dry bitter finish. The after taste is funky and stale tasting. Its mouth feel is its main down point, over carbonated and extra thick and grainy. I'd avoid this one, there are better domestic 'session' stouts out there.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2008 21:14:56 | More by ATPete
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Jbelokur

New York

2.83/5  rDev -30.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I was completely disappointed with this beer. Having tasted the Sierra Nevada Porter I had high expectations for this beer, and was frustrated by what I got.

Appearance: Very dark color, no light passed through at all. The head was a solid three fingers, tan in color, and very bubbly as apposed to the creamy head one would expect from a stout.

Smell: Intense hop smell, citrus was over powering for a stout.

Taste: The first thing that hits you is the intense hop flavor, followed by a distant second of roasted malt. Other flavors are masked by the hoppiness of the beer.

Mouth Feel: This beer was far thinner than I had expected. It has less mouth-feel than their porter.

Drinkability: As a stout it is something to have once and a while but is not a session beer (for me).

Again completely disappointed. I love their porter, but his was completely over hopped for the style. The reason people drink stouts and porters are for the maltiness of them not the hops. If I wanted and IPA I would have drank one.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2010 02:14:44 | More by Jbelokur
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JoeAmerican77

Colorado

2.85/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours out a charcoal mud water with one inch of multi bubble head with a custard color...

Mild roasted malts and a hint of juniper kind of weak in smell.

Toasted cereal grains and roasted malts, a pinch of hops, light cocoa powder, and its quite the expected taste, in a agreeable way.

light bodied, stringent and soapy, small carbonation.

It is drinkable, however I expect a lot larger and more prominent palate out of my Stouts. Just too uncomplicated.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2011 17:19:37 | More by JoeAmerican77
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tweeder263

Pennsylvania

2.9/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured out of the bottle dark with a little light showing through.Smells good coffee like. However in the taste department im not impressed. Leaves a bitter taste i cant point out but not desirable.Mouthfeel is thin,,its drinkable but doesnt have much of a place in my fridge.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2004 01:17:55 | More by tweeder263
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biglite351

Pennsylvania

2.9/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - the foam is nice and large and long lasting, but the brew looked Luke a cherry cola.

S - the scent is rather strong and different than I expected.

T - it is a little to bitter for me. The flavor seems to only hit the front of the mouth. It seems to vanish by the time it get to the back of the mouth.

M - while the flavor leaves a little yo be desired, the brew nicely coats the whole mouth.

D - while it feels nice, the flavor would keep my hand moving down the shelf.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2010 03:54:51 | More by biglite351
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AdamBear

Pennsylvania

2.9/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Even for a semi-sessionable stout, this just isn't all that great

A-dark brown, with a decent cream colored head

S-some mocha but fairly hoppy, creamy but mild

T-hits with a good amount of dark roasted coffee beans that are quite creamy. not as bitter as i expected. leaves with dark roasted malts.

M-medium carbonation that is a bit tangy. dry finish

D-develops a creamy tanginess that i find undesirable. alcohol, of course, doesn't come in to play which is nice for a stout, but still...i couldn't drink a lot of this.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2011 19:02:46 | More by AdamBear
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PatronWizard

California

2.9/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Finally grabbed this puppy. Been looking at it in the store for awhile but I generally like my stouts to be friggin huge with 10+% ABV. At 5.8, this little guy should still be worth a try.

Pours out a coffee/cola shade of brown but looks quite black in the glass. Generous light mocha head. Very inviting.

Smell is mostly a light roasted coffee malt kinda thing with a subtle hop undertone. Again with the inviting.

Tastes seems a bit off to me. Starts with some bitter coffee, then continues with some bitter coffee. Burnt malt, burnt coffee, toasted, roasted whatever. The hop backing seems to conflict instead of balance. Then again I'm just some podunk drunk trying to have a beer here.

Fairly full bodied, carbonation is generous and pleasing, but I'm not getting very excited.

I'm a fan of Sierra Nevada for sure but this one is a miss for me.

Overall: won't be purchasing again.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2009 18:29:40 | More by PatronWizard
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voraciousalky

Mississippi

2.93/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This particular stout is acceptable, but it's not THAT good. I'm a little amazed to see so many "A" reviews. It's tolerable, and I'll drink the entire six-pack I bought, but I won't be buying it again. In my opinion, they went a little overboard with the hops. This has been the case with every Sierra Nevada brew I've tried, irrespective of style. I don't think of stouts as being this "hoppy," so it was not what I expected, to say the least.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2010 19:44:48 | More by voraciousalky
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HochFliegen

Oregon

2.95/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a rich brown and tan frothy head.
Smell is chocolate with some burnt coffee tones and burnt bread crust smell as well.
Taste was rather basic and watery. Has a Light sweetness to it that fades quickly to a bitter aftertaste and slight dryness.
Compared to the smell the taste didnt stand up to what I thought it should. Nor did that mouthfeel.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2004 06:17:23 | More by HochFliegen
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rarevos

New York

2.95/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured into pint glass on 9/21/06.

A: Pours a near-black that only shows dark brown when held up to the light. Thick, fluffy head after a careful pour. Great retention.

S: Very, very mild. Almost non-existent aroma. Very faint roastiness, very faint floral hop presence.

T: Luckily, it has more flavor than the nose suggests. Roasted coffee bean up front, hint of dark chocolate. Finish is lightly bitter and earthy with a rather abrupt smoky trail.

M: Creamy.

D: It's easy to drink, but as stouts go, this was a dud for me. It's not very stout, and I found the porter to be the superior beer of the two. I'll revisit it in a few months, but I won't be counting down the days until I do. I found this to be a really bland beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2006 20:13:16 | More by rarevos
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jeranbrews

Oklahoma

2.96/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3

A - pours a pretty ruddy red-beige head one finger high and moderately dense. Color is nearly opaque mahogany brown.clarity seems high.

S - sweety brown sugar cyrstal forest with roasted barley and a touch of leathery hop. Pleasant.

T - harsh minty spruce and rye.

M - loose watery and astringent gin burn.

D - not bad. Color and smell good. Taste not so much

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2014 00:27:09 | More by jeranbrews
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hopsbreath

Oregon

2.98/5  rDev -27%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Went through a six pack of these when I was in Oregon a couple weeks back. The review is from notes I took at that time.

Appearance is dark brown with a thin quickly dissipating 1 finger of head.

Smell is of a little biscuit, coffee, and roasted malts. Just what a stout should be.

Taste is OK. Hops upfront, dark grains in the middle, and bitter hops finish.

The mouthfeel was prickly and carbonated. One of my personal negatives in regard to stouts.

Drinkability was so-so and I was able to polish the whole six pack off over the span of a week.

I originally bought this beer as a way to "set my palette" for bigger stouts. The flavors were hoppier that what is more of the norm for today's stouts but not entirely unpleasant. To date this is probably my least favorite Sierra Nevada beer which came as a surprise to me because I am usually a big fan of theirs. I will not be buying again.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2010 19:40:03 | More by hopsbreath
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