Coffee Stout
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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American Stout
Ranked #43
Ranked #3,594
4.09 | pDev: 9.29%
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
California, United States
Coffee StoutCoffee Stout
Notes: A cup of joe and a bold beer can thwart the winter cold, so we blended them for the ultimate warmer. Our Coffee Stout is a fusion of dark roasted malts and rich, cold-brewed coffee for layers of bittersweet, fruity, dark chocolate and caramel-like flavors.
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Photo of craftbeersweden
3.56/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pitch black with a thin, beige head that leaves no lacing on the glass. Nose of caramel malt, coffe, sweet vanilla, rye and pumpernickel. Taste of rye bread, licorice, roasted malt, coffee beans and a hint of vanilla. Medium body with light carbonation.

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Photo of daliandragon
4.11/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours big and dark but head is short. Nose is creamy chocolate and roast coffee beans with spicy hops lurking under cover. Very smooth in texture, with a similar to oatmeal stut mellowness kind of gliding this woody, oily, coffee package to its destination. Really balanced and well put together, with a cream and coffee ice cream kind of finish.

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Photo of Singlefinpin
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Drinking this at home due to the ongoing pandemic and the fact that you cannot get a proper pint any where.
Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.
Appears almost black with a nice foamy tan head, that left a small cap and nice lacing.
Smells, chocolatey, coffee, bready and caramel.
Taste follows the nose.
Mouth feel is medium plus for the style.
Overall very nice for the style and I would definitely order again.

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Photo of Bsimpson91
5/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Is This Stout any different from a Standard Dry Stout? Why Yes friends it is much different.Let us start things off with the looks. Poured into my tulip glass, you see a deep rich color. Dark mohanany to be exact. Very dark Brown like coffee oddly enough. Very little if any cap with the pour, so I swished the glass to reveal a thin cap. This helped with releasing some flavors and leads into the smell. The aroma of this beer is pleasurable. Sweet, tangy coffee notes with a soft underlying spice such as Vanilla. maybe some oaky whiskey in the back. Moving on to flavor. Medium sweet upfront the predominant taste is of Black Coffee However, the bitterness is softened and rounded out. as stated with the aroma, the middle and back are a melody of spice and oak. Not to the extent of a barrel aged beer but very simular. There are also a nice Dark chocolate character throughout this beer that makes this beer really enjoyable. The beer stays wet and does not clean up at the end. Now for feel. Feel is Medium leaning toward heavy side. Syrupy at times nonetheless very drinkable. The Crispness really helps keep this beer from overpowering your pallet. Overall I will say this is a mighty fine beer, I dont thing its the absolute greatest but, all things considered. Dang good.

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Photo of Buckeye55
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nearly black color with minimal head for a stout. Scent strongly dominated by coffee with some malt. Taste follows, and is surprisingly smooth. Medium mouthfeel and an aftertaste of coffee, bit not really bitter.

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Photo of spectru
3.6/5  rDev -12%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Dark, almost black, nearly opaque, Fluffy tan head slowly recedes to a film; Not much smell, a hint of sweetness and alcohol; Has weak carbonation, as do most stouts; Flavor is nice, has character, not strong. I am finding that I am not a big fan of stouts due to the low carbonation. This one is no exception.

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Photo of Mindcrime1000
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

One shade of brown above black. Almost opaque. This brew delivers a nice two-fingered dark tan head. It lingers for awhile and gives way to very persistent lacing.

Aromas of coffee, roasted barley, and ash.

The brew hits the tip of the tongue with roasted malt. Just a bit of burnt-caramel sweetness as well. In midstream, char/ash, walnut/almond, and dark fruits arrive. The finish delivers chocolate, leather, faint toffee, earthy and grassy hops.

The brew is just beyond medium bodied, well carbonated, and has an excellent drinkable quality for the style.

This is an extremely well-balanced stout.

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Photo of Smakawhat
4.21/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

Nice light foamy and tan colored head, just under three fingers with a solid top. Suspends itself nicely on a simple black walnut opaque body.

Very nice aroma. Coffee and some slight cream on the nose. Mixes with what appears to be a fruity hop combination of classic grapefruit it seems as well. Mellow and soft with an interesting roast and hop angle it seems, with touches of vanilla/cream like small sweetness.

Palate does real well. Almost hinting creamy mouthfeel, but just missing by a hair, with a simple roast malted backbone. Excellent cream like flavor melding with a roast and slightly fruited hop angle. Hits almost chocolate but more coffee and grapefruit, which seems quite complimentary on the palate. Very fruity finish and clean with excellent spicy character too.

Excellent basic coffee stout, real impressive stuff.

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Photo of hophead723
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I sit here right now, typing this while wearing a jacket of sunlight. I opened the blinds to let the Southern California sunlight stream into my room, illuminating every dark corner and awakening my mind. I feel inspired by the warmth of both this gorgeous Beverly Hills winter weather and the beer that soothes my soul on this, my day off. A lazy Saturday awaits me. It is 11 am and I decided to enjoy this Coffee Stout, the first thing to hit my stomach today. And it is lovely. I poured it into my Samuel Smith glass.

Look: Deep ebony body, when held to the pure sunlight I see a flash of Cola-Esque red clarity within that shows how rich the carbonation is. Tons of carbonation, obscured by the dark body, flurry upwards to fuel the tan head. Sticky, spotty lacing clings to the glass. The malt bill is: Two-row Pale, Munich, Chocolate, SN Crystal, Brown, Especial, and Oats. Hops: Ekuanot

Smell: Toasty aroma of roasted coffee, burnt sugar, and dark fruits. Chicory, plum, and blackstrap Molasses make an appearance as well. The aroma is simple yet inviting, even as it warms.

Taste/Feel: Follows the nose, but with a nice bit of molasses and a touch of smoke. Flavors of espresso, blackstrap molasses, plum, dark fruits, smoke, char, charcoal, white pepper, vanilla bean, corn husk, walnut, pumpernickel bread, and black currant. Medium-bodied with a dry finish. Very drinkable. The alcohol shows slight warming on the palate.

Overall: This is a good beer. I feel like it would be best on tap, it would be smoother and creamier. It does make a good morning beer.

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Photo of wmscottsimpsonjr
3.74/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Black with thin tan head. Light coffee, roast, tootsie roll, caramel. Quite chocolatey in taste. Medium bitterness, moderate high sweetness, a little too sweet. Medium high mouthfeel.

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Photo of LarryV
3.95/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours jet black with a quickly dissipating head. Straight up aroma of coffee in the nose, good sign. Coffee notes come through loud and clear and dominate the flavor. Roasted malt adds some chocolate overtones - semi-sweet chocolate. Overall mouthfeel is on the thin side though, it lacks any semblance of creaminess which I think takes away from the enjoyment a bit. All in all, not a bad beer but there's better examples of the style to be had. I got this in a mixed pack, I probably wouldn't buy it standalone.

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Photo of BergBeer
3.79/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle purchased from Whole Foods

Look: Opaque jet black with a vanilla colored head. No activity.

Smell: Rich cold brew coffee, toffee, lightly burnt whole grain bread, some green vegetal notes on the finish. Smells nice.

Taste: Doesn’t live up to the nose. Coffee goes from rich to bitter and thin. Green vegetal notes hint around the edges. The body is rich and toffee with notes of treacle. The finish is medium and prickly with bitter roast and espresso notes.

Feel: Medium plus body. Medium plus bitter. No alcohol. Low plus acidity. Fine carbonation.

Overall: Just alright. Not as smooth or clean as better coffee beers I have had. A fine beer but doesn’t live up to the bar that Sierra Nevada normally sets.

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Photo of Jwale73
3.92/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle served in a shaker pint. Pours two shades shy of black with ruby highlights around the base when backlit. Head is 1/8th of an inch with a loose, mocha-colored head that quickly disperses into a soapy froth. Nose expresses roast, followed by notes of bakers chocolate and a hint of char at the back. Taste consistent with nose; however, coffee character pops towards the middle and there's a trace of milk sugar sweetness that follows. Mouthfeel is light-medium in body (closer to light) with a carbonation bordering on assertive. Overall, really pleasant and drinkable. I think this would kill on-cask or nitro.

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Photo of RaulMondesi
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Speak to me. Speak to me, baby. Like I’m an orphan and you want to be my mother. See me, look at me, honey. Like you adore me more than you have loved anything before. Taste me, taste me, sweetheart. Like I met you in a dream in the rose garden at midnight. And finally, feel me, my love. Feel me as if life could end tonight.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a very dark brown, near black body with a medium-small, dispersing, beige head.

Smell: Fairly agreeable coffee bean-splintered roasted malt aroma shored up by a bit of toast, caramel, and chocolate with a small crumb of char and slight dark fruitiness.

Taste: Sweetish maltiness, roasted and toasty with more showing from the caramel glaze and chocolate. Genial coffee flavor throughout. Has a bit of fruitiness, like a little kiss of blueberry syrup. Coffee dust and cocoa on the sweetish finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Pleasantly plush mouthfeel.

Overall: I got no complaints.

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Photo of jmc65267
3.92/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Excellent flavor. Very enjoyable feeling. This is my first time having it and I would definitely buy again. If given the option of having it at a bar or such I would take it in a heart beat.

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Photo of babaracas
3.92/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Opaque dark brown with two fingers of creamy light brown foam. Dark chocolate, fig, caramel, pine, brown bread, earthy and green. Taste: earthy and a touch herbal coffee upfront with caramel and baker's chocolate, toasted brown bread, pine needles and dark fruit closer. Pretty good.

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Photo of Nass
4.24/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I like the bottle label artwork, great use of color. This beer is 7 weeks old by the way. The pour is somewhere between dark brown & black, sort of like a cola type of color. The thick & foamy khaki colored head leaves a lovely lacing in the snifter glassware. On the aroma, i'm getting a big whiff of coffee. On the taste, the coffee is their, i'm also picking up on some rich roasted malt a slight hint of tobacco, a slight hint of earthy spice & I agree that there is some sweetness that emerges on the finish maybe sort of like a baker's chocolate sweetness. It's a medium to heavy mouthfeel. My only fuss about this beer is that i'm not tasting as much coffee on the that I expected, this beer can be even better than it already is with a coffee that's a little bolder. The best way to drink this type of stout is to take a nice gulp but don't swallow it quickly like a pilsner, let it slide down your throat nice & easy. Furthermore, i'm sorry to say this but this beer is definitely better than the regular Sierra Nevada stout. It's great to see that Sierra Nevada is still around flexing some muscle in this highly competitive beer market. Cheers! A-

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Photo of Mandpasbury
4.34/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

As a lover of the hops, Stouts are not my primary go to. But it is getting to be a bit of fall weather so time to raise a few stouts & porters. The Sierra Nevada Coffee Stout is my first one of the season.....and what a first one it is. It pours a delectable, deep, dark black with a small amount of tan foam. It has an incredible chocolate and dark roasted coffee nose that is just intoxicating in its own right. The taste is pure coffee & chocolate-perfectly balanced. It has a medium body that stays on the tongue just long enough to make you want another drink. Overall, I would have to say that this is my new favorite stout...and it may well become a usual pickup whenever and wherever I see it for sale!

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Photo of Nspo
4.01/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: dark opaque black
S: coffee and chocolate
T: slightly bitter, coffee, some sweetness
F: smooth, medium carbonation.
O: Stouts are not my favorite, but it is still a good beer.

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Photo of VoodooBear
3.82/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Presentation: 12 oz. brown bottle with the bottling date printed on the label. Served in a glass coffee mug.

The one finger, tan colored head stays around for a while and leaves a lot of lacing in patches and sheets behind. It's a very dark brown color with some reddish hues showing on the edges when it gets hit by light.

Smell: It's faint and mostly sweet with notes of milk chocolate and brown sugar. There's a slight hint of fresh roasted coffee beans.

Taste: It's mostly bitter with dark chocolate, black coffee and roasted malt notes. There's some milk chocolate sweetness to balance things out as well.

Mouthfeel: It's creamy, smooth and quite robust but feels ever so slightly watery. The carbonation is medium.

Overall: The taste is pretty one-dimensional but still good. And the texture is also good but it feels a bit watery. And that's the story with this beer it's good pretty much everywhere but there's small details that keep it from being great.

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Photo of RozzieBoy
4.14/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L - Wow. Black with three-finger coffee colored head. Great lacing.
S - Nice coffee smell.
T - Yup. Coffee.
F - Medium mouthfeel with a dry finish.
O - Solid beer for sure!

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Photo of hman43
3.99/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: It pours dark brown with a brown head. Head retention is excellent.

Smell: It has strong aromas of roasted coffee and expresso. There is also a bit of roast in support.

Taste: It has a strong coffee and expresso flavor. There are some background flavors of cocoa and some roast.

Feel: It has a medium body.

Overall, it is certainly a beer for coffee lovers as that is what the aromas are and what the flavor is.

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Photo of unlikelyspiderperson
3.86/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a deep black with a thin tan head.
Smell is sweet chocolate and bitter coffee. Some hints of prune and date in the background.
Taste is molasses and dark fruit along with some hints of char. There are hints almost like a cola. Not a flavor I'm in love with.
Mouthfeel is also a little lacking. A bit thin and feels like it would be better called a coffee porter.
Overall this is an odd stout that doesn't quite sit well with me. It's not terrible but it leans toward a barleywine to my taste buds and ultimately seems to have a foot in a few camps and not really nail anything.

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Photo of biiru_ojisan
3.9/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 4

Poured a rocky tan head. Jet black, clear when held up to the light.

Smell is the dregs of the office coffee pot at 11am, but in a good way. Roasted malt notes liven up the nose. Dark chocolate after giving it a good swirl.

Taste is bitter, roasty, and a touch sweet on the middle of the palet that hangs out. Some nuttiness on the finish. Some minerality in the aftertaste. Alcohol is present and provides a nice warmth to the beer.

Mouthfeel is a bit too aqueous. This beer could probably also use smoother carbonation. The pricklyness of the carbonation doesn't quite compliment the flavors in the beer.

Overall, this is a very drinkable coffee stout that is low on challenge and depth. This is a fantatic beer to give to a friend that "doesn't like dark beer", but enjoys their coffee black. Would be a good companion with fish and chips.

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