Sierra Nevada Stout | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Sierra Nevada StoutSierra Nevada Stout

Brewed by:
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
California, United States

Style: American Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-14-2000

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Photo of Kriztofuhr
4.34/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Look - Pours black with some dark brown highlights, a thin ring of light brown head.

Aroma - Sweet and sour, citrus from hops, dark fruit, subtle coffee

Taste - Loads of tangy/sour milk chocolate, hops are noticeable throughout with earth and citrus, good amount of bitterness, malt is full bodied, creamy and roasted. Finishes with lingering citrus hop bitterness and a bit of coffee. Really complex.

Feel - Not quite full bodied but bigger than medium, carbonation is relatively low with fine bubbles. Creamy and smooth.

Overall - Very hoppy for a stout, but still has a good balance. Flavors really shine through as it warms.

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Photo of Sabtos
3.54/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Solid shiny black with a thin, light tan blanket.

Smell is slightly spicy, piney chicory coffee, with similar hints of citrus that also come through in their Porter.

Bitter cocoa, sweet coffee and roasted malt all come together as one solid flavor.

Full, soft froth, but semi-dry to dry.

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Photo of drmeto
3.16/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

-pours the darkest of brown with no light coming through and a medium to big,frothy,sand-coloured head
-chocolate,earthy,herbal,spicy,faint smoke,slight citrus (Cascade Hops perhaps?)
-spicy,herbal,pumpernickel,brown sugar,grainy,astringent,licorice
-medium to high,lingering bitterniss for the style
-low to medium carbonation
-medium body
Not the Type of Stout i usually enjoy.
It's decent.

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Photo of Holderness
3.96/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A unique and playful take on an often-monotonous style. Hop forward, with a nice chocolatey balance provided by the well roasted malts. Solid mouthfeel, but not too heavy. Slightly fruity and astringent finish. Still can't say I'm the *biggest* fan, but good nonetheless.

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Photo of MizzouBrew
4.17/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Schlafly tulip glass. Pours dark brown with a thick tan head that leaves really nice lacing. Taste is mild and very smooth, with light to medium feel. I would definitely drink this again and could drink a few.

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Photo of Stoutmaster9
4.44/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Quite a refreshing new vision of the Old World Stout. So robust, fresh and hearty. It has a "New Shire" vibe, that this humble California Hobbit adores!

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Photo of q33jeff
3.5/5  rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.75

Aroma: Light coffee, barley.
Appearance: Light black. Medium white head.
Taste: toasted malt, coffee.
Feel: a tad thin for a stout."

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Photo of JakeScully
4.85/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

12oz bottle poured into a teku glass.

Incredible stout and unfortunately way overlooked by the deep thinker's BA. It's very smooth to sip on this, fairly drinkable.

The bad reputation this beer seems to have is clearly unjustified.

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Photo of BloodSoakedAleMug
4.63/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a nine month old bottle (I'm not even worried).

Look: Pours a mahogany brown hue with a soft, frothy, two finger, burnt cream colored head. Excellent lacing with good head retention.

Aroma: Toasted malt, grapes, chocolate and sugar cookies.

Taste: Balanced, but leaning towards the bittersweet side with moderate notes of milky black chocolate, coffee and italian praline cookies with dry, resinous, charred and woody undertones. Notes of caramel and dried raisins in the background. Really straightforward, but so delicious.

Feel: Full bodied with low effervescence. Decadent and rich, yet crisp and balanced. Bittersweet.

Overall Comments: Pretty damn tasty. Rich bittersweet chocolate flavors with a dry, woody, fruity and hoppy aftertaste. Dark, full bodied, malty, bitter flavorful, thirst quenching... Really excellent stuff. Ages extremely well, even this far out into the beer's shelf life, the malt bill still hasn't overpowered the hops.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Well you don't make a stout look sexier than that pretty much. Solid 1" of tan head, deep roasted dark black appearance that yields the same impression in the nose, roasty.

Plenty of hopping, blasts of chocolate malt and roasted goodness. Easy to drink if you're a hops and malt fan. Its consistent, ages well, great fresh, very well rounded, affordable, available. Never gonna be hyped, but its kinda an archetype kind of beer. Excellent and often imitated.

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Photo of moose1980
4.41/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Beautiful light brown head that sticks around. Both the aroma and taste are much hoppier than many stouts. Still, the hop bitterness complements the roasted, earthy malts nicely. Overall, delish.

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Photo of doktorhops
4.06/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The original Sierra Nevada! As the label states this is the drop that began the now monolithic SN, it’s hard to imagine what the beer world was like without Sierra Nevada... a hell of a lot blander for one... but there was a time not so long ago when beer meant something shit like Foster’s or VB. Like waking up from a bad dream the world has progressed to our current state of beer nirvana: Beervana - now you really can get almost any crazy combination of ingredients ready-fermented in a glass bottle for your enjoyment. So what does this 30 year old recipe have to offer us today? Something easy and agreeable one would hope.

Poured from a 355ml bottle into a Sierra Nevada US pint glass.

A: Dark - but not imposing - like a big cuddly brown bear with razor sharp claws and teeth bared... err, not sure that analogy works, but whatever: deep brown body with a wispy tan foam half centimetre head. Leaves decent lacing: Check! 9/10.

S: Roasted toasty grains and chocolate notes along with hints of dark fruits and light smoky aromas. Quite a moreish nose here - though it could, for 5.8% ABV, use a little more heft - not complaining, just noting. 7/10.

T: Classic Sierra Nevada - it doesn’t jump out and shout “Look at me! I’m a beer!” in some sort of weird stein-related costume that gets the wearer arrested for public indecency “Is that a small tap handle coming out of the stein? No, wait!” - it just quietly turns up the dial, not to 11 (this is beer not Spinal Tap) but to something like 8. Compared to the last American Stout I reviewed (Newstead The Outpost) this seminal American Stout is hardly hop-happy, it focuses primarily on roasted malts and the above noted flavours - it doesn’t veer off course. Tasty, tasty malts! 8/10.

M: Medium bodied with a nice light but dense carbonation. 9/10.

D: As stated in my preamble what can Sierra Nevada Stout offer todays’ drinkers? Something easy and agreeable. This brew is exactly that: Easy and agreeable. I’m sure back in the day of bland tastes (30 years ago) drinking this would have been akin to releasing a firestorm on your tastebuds, however today we have so many bolder beers out there. What Sierra Nevada does again is create a respectable base-line standard of a brew in this American Stout that we can all drink after our tongues have been lashed by hearty Russian Imperial Stouts and the like - here’s my cheers to Sierra Nevada for giving us a damn fine regular American Stout on which we can rest our weary taste-buds, cheers! 9/10.

Food match: Hearty Russian Imperial Stouts... or beef stew, whatevs.

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Photo of Jelitikasez
4.12/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A little more tangy/crisp than I've had in a stout, hints of something almost licorice like in there. Beautiful onyx color. I poured a little too fast and got an explosion of creamy-tan colored foam, which it was my undignified pleasure to slurp down before it could escape over the edge of the glass.

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Photo of gandres
3.73/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 ounce bottle poured to wine glass
Appearance: Black dark small tan foam, some lacing
Aroma: Nose: hint of chocolate, coffee, roasted grains
Taste: medium bitterness;
Feel Palate: lively carbonation, creamy, good follow through, long finish, alcohol aftertaste
Overall Very good beer, ok to repeat but not look for
Drank 7/24/2016

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Photo of StoutElk_92
4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz. bottle dated 02/12/16

Pours dark brown black with a creamy tan foam head. Smells like dark roast espresso coffee, dark baker's chocolate, burnt toast, black cherry, dark plum, caramel, molasses, brown sugar, with mild earthy grass and herbal pine. Tastes like dark roast espresso coffee, baker's chocolate, dark plum, black cherry, dark caramel, burnt toast, molasses, charred brown sugar, with herbal pine and woody earthy grass. Feels medium-light bodied, creamy with moderate low carbonation. Overall a really nice stout.

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Photo of matcris
4.38/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

APPEARANCE: Black with just some ruby around the edges up to the light. Nice finger + of bubbly, tan head that stays around and leaves a very nice looking lacing down the glass.
AROMA: Lots of dark roasted malt, almost to the burnt stage, but not quite. Some coffee and chocolate notes, as well.
TASTE: Nice, rich, dark roasted quality, some earthy notes, mild chocolate and coffee.
FEEL: Medium thin to medium body, adequately carbed, quite dry throughout the swig.
OVERALL: Nice single stout, maybe the body is slightly lacking a little, but, good flavors overall.

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Photo of tone77
3.56/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a black color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of roasted malts, chocolate. Taste is roasted malts, coffee, some hops are present, hints of chocolate. Feels medium/full bodied in the mouth and overall is a solid beer.

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Photo of Alan_Bats
4.26/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

L- Completely opaque almost black
S-Roasty aroma with chocolate coming through adding sweetness, a slight hint of dried fruit
T - Wonderful dark roasted malt flavor, just what a stout should have. Flavors of tasted bread and grain come forth. Sweetness comes through right after malt with a chocolate base. Finish has coffee and roasted bitterness and a hint of raisin or dried fruit
F-Not the fullest of bodies but more than medium bodied for sure
O- The roasted character is about as good as I've had in a stout. Other flavors still come through though. Great stout.

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Photo of bbtkd
4.29/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Sierra Nevada Stout, 5.8% ABV, 50 IBU. Pours thick, got lots of fine head that lasted, good lacing, nose is malt, chocolate, and coffee. Taste follows, with slight coffee bitter in the middle. Carbonation is just right. My bad, but I rarely check the born on date, this one I happened to and note the date was December 2014 - though I just bought it. Not sure why they don't sell, I like it and will get it again.

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Photo of Bruno74200
4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Maybe a bit out of date : bottled on 03/18/15. Roasted. Dark chocolate mostly, herbal in the smell. Overly carbonated for my taste, it doesn't give the taste any favor. Better and better as it warms up.

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.88/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black in color and impenetrable to light. There's an inch of densely packed beige head resting on top. Moderate lacing. Aroma is a gentle dose of dark roasted barley and dark malt. I taste that same dark roasted barley and dark malt and while there is a light bitter finish, this is meant to be pretty sessionable. There's a light flourish of a plum note in the finish. The mouth is lightly oily and chewy.

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Photo of drtth
4.27/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The beer pours out into a Duvel glass a nice looking black with a 1" dark tan head that begins to visibly recede and while doing so leaves rings and legs of lacing around the glass and a foamy island surrounded by a thin layer of foam. Sipping creates lots of small scattered speckles of lacing.

The aromas include dark roasted malt, some coffee and dark chocolate. The flavors are much as expected from the nose with the dark roasted malt, the coffee and some dark chocolate. There's a touch of sweetness and in the background there's a touch of bitterness that seems to be both from the hops and the roasted malt.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied and has some light prickliness from the persistent moderate carbonation. The finish begins about mid-way through as the sweetness fades allowing the bitterness to come forward while the other flavors begin to disappear. Towards the end the bitterness recedes to the back of the palate and begins fades to leave dryness.

As expected from Sierra Nevada this is a well made stout and one I'll be having again in the future. Overall it got all the right stuff coming together here. Particulary nice about this Stout is that all of the flavors present in a well integrated package which is not easy to tease apart to identify individual components. So it is a nicely complex beer as well as a tasty one.

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Photo of yesterdayfaraway
3.52/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

L: pours dark brown with a finger of tan head
S: chocolate, fairly sweet.
T: chocolate start, then the hops take over. Starts sweet then turns bitter.
F: the carbonation tingles my mouth like soda. Not a fan at all.
One and done for this beer.

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Photo of microbrewlover
4.51/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a solid black with mocha colored sediment suspended in and lying on the bottom of the glass. There is a two finger head which dissipates into a nice collar and heavy lacing.

The smell is full of hops, chocolate, roasted malts and bitter coffee.

The taste follows the nose with the hops forward, backed up quickly by the roasted malts, bitter coffee, chocolate then finishing with more hops. The hop finish is only slightly dry. Some booze leaks through but not much. The feel is thick and bready. This is an American Stout that smells and tastes like an Imperial. Let this one warm up a bit before drinking and you will be rewarded with a better range of smells and flavors.

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Photo of Drinkzumbeer
3.8/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This stout pours an almost black color with a tan white head that dissipated quickly and leaves a nice lacing. The nose was slightly underwhelming, but what it lacks on the nose it completely makes up on the taste. This stout is chalk full of burnt darkly roasted malts that smoothly transitions to a chocolate and espresso bean finish. There is noticeably a good amount of bitter hops present in every sip. A medium bodied brew with good carbonation. Slightly creamy with a smooth finish. This is a nice stout that I would definitely pick up again. Cheers!

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