Coffee Stout | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Coffee StoutCoffee Stout

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Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
California, United States

Style: American Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.20%

Availability: Rotating

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Photo of lwillitz
4.51/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12-oz bottle into porter/stout glass

A - 3 fingers of medium tan over a pitch black body, nice lace; beautiful

S - rich coffee, dark chocolate, light sweetness, roast malts

T - coffee, smoke/burnt malts, dark chocolate, touch of caramel sweetness, hints of vanilla and wood, bitter finish

M - smooth creamy medium body, just above medium carbonation

O - very well-done

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Photo of GuitarIPA
3.88/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Love Sierra Nevada Stout - a standby and one if the best too me - Coffee Stout was good - but was a little thin for me (I like heavy stouts) and the coffee wasn't dark or toasty enough for me - as I love dark, bitter coffee. That being said this was still enjoyable.

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Photo of burnerfinger
4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

bought this as part of the Sierra Nevada "snow pack" - enjoyed on a nice, cold January weekend.

A Dark Like Cola. by far the most head I ever saw on a beer, My north woods inn beer mug had well over 5 fingers, the sudsy foam settles to a thin khaki film with rich, complex lacing.

S sweet, caramel, plus a sharp coffee note

T a bit too bitter for me, so I had a 2nd one!

M thick and rich.

D guzzle! this is like a desert beer...

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Photo of CHickman
3.92/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

PKGD 09/19/16, it pours so dark brown that it looks black with a 2 finger very thick foamy head that's packed with bubbles, dissipating very slowly and leaving foamy canyons as it went down, then finally leaving excellent foamy lacing coating the sides. A very impressive looking beer that even had a layer on top and rings after each sip.

Smells of roasted grains, sheet metal, cocoa powder and burnt coffee grinds. The coffee notes are very mild and a lot weaker than I expected. Perhaps I should have had it fresher as that may have brought more of that coffee I was seeking, but I only bought the bottle a month ago.

Tastes of cocoa powder, roasted grains, sheet metal, coffee grinds, faint brown sugar, charred wood and hints of piney hops. The cocoa, coffee and metallic flavors dominate and give it a nice level of bitterness.

Mouthfeel is light and thin which seems like most Sierra Nevada stouts and porters that come in a 12 oz bottle. It's too watery for a coffee stout and almost seems to feel like cold pressed coffee as it's flat with close to no carbonation. Overall I liked it and would have it again, but it wasn't as robust smelling or tasting as I thought it would be.

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Photo of Benjolovesbeer
5/5  rDev +22%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I give it a 5 because for a coffee stout it's as perfect as it can be.
L: 2" cream head that stays alive. Black thick coffee body.
A: coffee
F: creamy, coffee bitterness, it's a lot like cold coffee with flavor
T: coffee, vanilla cream, and sweet malts.
O: delicious and tastes just as expected. If blind folded you'd never know it's Sierra Nevada, and that's the genius Sierra Nevada gives in it's brewing process. It's taste is a lot like Guineas with a stronger coffee taste.

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Photo of teromous
4.6/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From the back label: "PKGD 11/22/16 1937"

Appearance: This beer looks fantastic in the glass. The body is black and it has this perfect creamy textured light khaki head. It is thick and foamy with great retention and lacing.

Aroma: It smells just like I've walked into a doughnut shop. There is this big fresh smelling brewed coffee aroma. If you have ever left a coffee cup in your car and come back in later to a car that just smells like coffee...this beer has the same impact. It just gives the surrounding area this wonderful coffee aroma that leaps out of the glass.

Taste: Coffee hits the tongue as soon as the beer is sipped. There is also this faint underlying sweetness that is slightly malty with just the lightest touch of caramel. Overall, though, the flavor is very much coffee. The aftertaste tends to build up a bit of a nutty flavor but again this is quickly washed away by the coffee on the next sip and it never really develops.

Mouthfeel: The beer is smooth and it has a medium body with a off-dry and slightly textured finish. Amazing drinkability.

Overall: This beer was surprisingly good. I had originally intended on just sitting back and enjoying one of these beers and reviewing the second bottle, but it was so good that I lept to capture what I was tasting and smelling. I purchased this beer in the 2017 snowpack and this is the kind of beer that really makes the pack worth buying. It is just so well made, full of aroma, and full of wonderful flavor. I would highly recommend it to those who enjoy coffee in their stouts and those who are looking for more moderate stouts with a great balance. I would drink it again.

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.96/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Opaque, black is the color. Total lack of light. A deep tan colored foam, medium height and plenty thick.

Yup, bakers chocolate, sweet but bitter scented malt. Spicy chocolate, herbal, earthy crackers, hot chocolate and cream with a zesty-herbal and earthy base. Deep, roasty and malty nose. Smells very much like a deep French roasty coffee and malty dominated stout.

The flavor is a perfect blend of very earthy, roasty coffee bean, along with bitter bakers chocolate, light cream, graham crackers and intense earthy, herbal and spicey hops in the overall flavor spectrum. Very deep and semi-complex.

The feel is Full, thick, smooth and certainly heady. Plenty of carbonation keeps it jazzy but the big malt of big coffee flavor's turn it to a heavy-full mouthfeel. Not Thick or lush but certainly full body without an extreme.

A very excellent version of the popular "cold brew" coffee addition to American Stouts.

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Photo of Ryan4120
4.72/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

L - Deep brown - near black with a medium tan head that sticks around with a good amount of lacing
S - Very nice roasted coffee on the nose with sweet malt notes. A slight twinge of chocolate on the nose as well - very appealing.
T - Follows the nose - intense roasted coffee notes up front with a nice earthy chocolate throughout. A nice malt throughout as well.
F - Medium body with a moderate amount of carbonation - smooth but I wish it were creamier.
O - A very nice coffee stout - intense coffee with nice malt, chocolate, and earth notes throughout.

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Photo of jfeyes
4.95/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

This brew is to me as good as it gets; coffee and caramel and chocolate all without being sweet or overbearing. I am not a beer expert but I know what I really like when I get it.....this is it!!!

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Photo of Czequershuus
3.48/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

The is pours a deep black with an average sized mocha head. The aroma is of freshly ground coffee, with chicoery, dark chocolate, and onion ring crust - I know that last one is an odd note. The flavor is strongly lead by coffee with dark chocolate and smoke smoke. The mouthfeel is fairly light, with plentiful carbonation and an astringent finish. Overall this is a bit simple and thin - it is in no way bad, but it unremarkable.

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Photo of the_awesometeer
4.57/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

The beer is black and has a nice tan head that lasted the whole drink. The beer smells like coffee and chocolate. And it really tastes like a nice dark coffee with the bitterness and roasted flavors. There are hints of chocolate in their too. Great drink.

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Photo of LeRose
4.19/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours a deep brown with a hefty head of tan foam that hangs around a good long while.

The aroma is straight up fresh, strong coffee. There is a small hint of roast malt leaning towards chocolate, but there us no mistaking this is primarily coffee.

The flavor is of fresh, expertly brewed coffee. It is assertive enough to get your attention and has no bitterness or the burnt, acrid notes that can ruin a good coffee. Cold brewed chracter with the bold and bright. Strong but mellow. A little chocolate and a faint fruity flavor, maybe raspberry. Underlying earthiness, a bit of caramel, nicely bitter on the finish.

It is a bit thin on the mouthfell, but that is nitpicking just a little. It could be a bit more creamy.

Overall, love the flavor and balance if this beer. The flavor is intense but is still not overblown. A very good coffee forward brew that only lacks a tiny bit of substance in the mouthfeel.

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Photo of Profundobaso
4.27/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

An excellent coffee stout and a great beer from Sierra Nevada. A strong but not overpowering coffee smell that lingers in both smell and taste. The mouthfeel is a bit thin and there is a little more carbonation than your standard stout, but it does not make the beer less appealing. Great to have on a (cold) winter night like this one!

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Photo of thebeers
3.84/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Deep, dark brown color with two fingers of long-lasting, dense tan head.

Big cold-brewed coffee aroma with chocolate malts behind.

The taste is somewhat milder, but still very much coffee forward with chocolate, a little cherry and little heavy cream.

A tad too much carbonation in the mouthfeel, unfortunately. Only slightly creamy. This is the one piece that's a little off for me.

This is damn good for the money. Just wish the mouthfeel was a bit heavier and less carbonated.

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Photo of breadwinner
4.16/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A textbook coffee stout w/ a bold coffee nose and a much appreciated soft palate. Straight ahead coffee flavor with some coffee/roast/hop bitterness to boot. Not a beer you'd ever be sad to drink.

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Photo of MichaelRabdau
4.6/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of the worst things about this beer is I can only get it in the SnowPack! Granted this year's offering is better than the last few years, but I really want a case of the Coffee Stout, it's delicious, Caramel and chocolate blend perfectly with the java flavors, it's one very smooth Stout and needs more visibility on the shelf...

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Photo of alarmclock314
4.21/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle, dated 11/22/16. Pours mostly black with a larger sized light tan head; some lacing. Smells of coffee, roasted malt, cocoa, earthy hops, caramel, and some dark fruit. The taste follows exactly with roasted malt, cocoa, caramel, coffee, earthy hops, and some dark fruit. Medium bitterness and dryness. Average body and above average carbonation. Overall, it's a solid and roasty coffee American Stout. Worth a try.

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Photo of Harrison8
4.23/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours black with two fingers of creme head. Foamy head formation with good retention. Lacing forms here and there in patches. Aroma is coffee, with toasty and nutty malts hidden behind. Besides the minor presence of malts, the aroma is straight forward cold-brew coffee. Very simple, easy-going, and well-crafted. Flavor profile is more cold-brew coffee, although it does taste a little burnt. Nutty, toasty malts pop through again, particularly at the end of the flavor profile. Mouth feel is creamy, with a medium thickness. A little carbonation harshness is the only negative here. It feels like a full-bodied iced coffee. Overall, it's a sublime coffee stout. It does reside heavily on the coffee side of the spectrum, but it makes a pleasant sipper for those looking for some iced coffee in the form of beer.

Served in a 12oz snifter. Very similar to Surly Coffee Bender and Mother's Winter Grind.

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Photo of Bierliebhaber3
4.19/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

This stout pours a pitch black color with a large foamy tan head that dissipates fairly quickly. The smell is strongly of espresso with roasted malts and some chocolate notes. The smell is pungent and intoxicating assuming that you are a fan of espresso. The taste is pretty bold as well with big coffee / espresso and roasted malt flavors. A slightly more subtle milk / dark chocolate flavor permeates lending both sweetness and bitterness to the brew, the latter makes a brief appearance primarily in the aftertaste. The finish has a mild dryness, but not quite to the level of an Irish Stout. The body is heavy, but definitely a little lighter than most premier stouts. This would be my only major criticism of this example because the flavors are bold and delicious, albeit maybe lacking a bit of complexity as well. All around a very good stout and yet another example of why I think that Sierra Nevada is really a well-rounded brewery, despite being primarily associated with IPAs, and also one of the better macro-breweries out there.

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Photo of MeanMotaScootah
4.21/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

this is a great stout - nice bitterness on the finish, coupled with bittering coffee makes this a "must try" if you're into stouts. I generally stay away from stouts because they are too thick and malty but this one is very drinkable. Nothing bad to say about this one - nice job Sierra Neveda (almost reminds me of a light Big Foot Ale)

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.85/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours black with a brown 3/5" head. Looks great. Aroma of coffee, roasted malt giving off coffee smells and some hops of the C natured variety.

Taste, lots of roasted malt and coffee tones. As usual, the bitterness from C hops is substantial but not grating, its a good thing. We get so used to stout adjuncts, that the chocolate presence here almost seems under done. But it isn't its just one of those reasonable adjunct uses instead of going for 'biggest in the world/region/style' kind of designations.

Has the ability to be a good coffee beer, and also a good introduction to coffee beers and stouts. Great price, great consistency.

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Photo of Lingenbrau
4.17/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Overall, just another well made beer to style by Sierra Nevada. Great aroma with a good amount of coffee that seems just a touch less present in its flavor. Nice creamy smooth feel, balanced, and finishes just dry enough to make this easily drinkable. Cheers!

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Photo of PA-hunter
4.4/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured 12oz bottle into snifter glass. 6.2% abv

Appearance- Pours a dark brown with a tall light brown finely bubbled head. Appears almost black once in the glass.

Smell- Rich cocoa aroma with layers of dark roast coffee.

Taste- Sweet grainy malt with roasted coffee flavor picking up. Dark roast coffee. Finishes on the bitter side with notes of dark chocolate.

Mouthfeel- Medium in body with active carbonation.

Overall- A superb coffee stout. Masters fresh coffee taste into a beer. The chocolate notes help as well to add complexity. Excellent!

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Photo of Nosquatch
4.11/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a pretty good stout. Definitely not as sweet as other stouts, but doesn't quite hit the level of Founders. I got as part of a winter sample pack. Would definitely buy it on its own merits.

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Photo of gandres
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 ounce bottle poured to wine glass
black, opaque, small brown foam
fragrant, toasted nuts, coffee does not overpower
low bitterness, some sweetness
lively carbonation, long follow through
very good beer ok to repeat, look for maybe
drank: December 9, 2016 7:03 PM

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