Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
California, United States
American Stout
Ranked #38
Ranked #7,823
4.06 | pDev: 10.84%
Feb 10, 2024
Oct 14, 2000
Sierra Nevada Stout s a full-bodied American version of the traditional black ale. It is perfectly balanced with big roasted malt flavors and earthy, whole-cone hops.

In 1980, when we were building our fledging brewery, we needed a beer with bold flavors to test the new, hand-built brewhouse. That first brew was a stout rich with roasted malts and earthy, whole-cone American hops. We liked that original stout so much that we've kept it as we've grown. Decades later it still reminds us of that early pioneering spirit.
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Rated: 4.75 by MEnoMoney

Feb 10, 2024
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Reviewed by KenjiN from Massachusetts

3.33/5  rDev -18%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3
I loved the (much stronger and richer) Sierra Nevada Stout of the 1980s. This version of it isn't stout at all. It's light-bodied and lacking the malt base necessary to support the hops. It's more of a low-strength India Dark Ale. If I tasted it blind, I'd never guess anyone had deemed it a stout. I'd assume it was an out-of-whack, inordinately-hopped dark ale.

If SN brought back their original stout, I'd jump on it.
Aug 18, 2023
Rated: 4.04 by Beergod420 from Michigan

Feb 04, 2023
Rated: 4.22 by DarrellK from Florida

Oct 14, 2022
Rated: 3.77 by liquorpig from Massachusetts

May 07, 2022
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Reviewed by mikeinportc from New York

4.45/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Bottled 8/28/19. @ room temperature , ~55. (I keep most of the house cool. ;) )

Near black with moderate tan head. Shows mahogany brown , with some ruby tint, when held to the light. Don't know how it could look any better .

Smell is dark chocolate, roasted nuts (walnut+almond+pecan) , and slight charred wood.

Taste is roasted nuts, cola, slight charred wood and dark chocolate. Light, but noticeable bitterness. Some bitterness and a dry(ish) earthy/woody flavor lingers on the front of the tongue.

Feel is light-medium, barely-creamy, with light, soft carbonation tingle. Slightly drying finish, that lingers awhile.

First time with this , and as I've seen so many positive comments, gave it a try , even though 2+ years old. As far as I can tell, it hasn't suffered, just changed (judging by others' descriptions). Just lost the piny hop flavor . Might even have improved? In any event, I like it as-is. Especially good, given the full flavor, despite the 5.8% abv.
Nov 27, 2021
Rated: 4.35 by LesDewitt4beer from Minnesota

Nov 27, 2021
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Reviewed by StJamesGate from New York

3.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Viscous jet flecked with garnet with a rimming finger of taupe froth; prune, ash + black grape on the nose; sticky toffee, Lyle’s treacle, raisin, dark roast coffee, slight wood smoke + an assertive pine tar ending; medium, smooth, bitter.

4 4 4 3.75 4

Jan 21, ‘21 bottling date - 5 months old.
Very much not a modern stout: doesn’t club you with roast, instead giving something far layered (after all, the malt bill is Caramel, Munich, Chocolate, Carafa, Black, Roasted Barley.) What it lacks in punch, it makes up for in depth. The body lets it down a bit, though I had to constantly remind myself that this was only 5.8%. And age might be a factor here, but I was wishing for a bit more Cascade oomph on the finish.

A classic for what it is, but a bit out of step with current tastes.

More full-bodied, lower carb, more bitter, fruitier, roastier, hoppier, chewier, and smoother than Sierra Nevada Porter.
Aug 04, 2021
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Reviewed by Sigmund from Norway

3.8/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
350 ml bottle, at Café Luna, Aalborg. ABV was 5.8%. Served in a "Trappistes Rochefort" (!) glass. Black colour, low beige head. Nice moderately roasty aroma and flavour, notes of mild coffee and dark chocolate, well balanced hops in the finish. Smooth and pleasant to drink - would buy again.
May 09, 2021
Rated: 4.48 by Heeenrik from Finland

Apr 13, 2021
Rated: 3.93 by Chuckdiesel24 from Illinois

Apr 05, 2021
Rated: 4 by walt5 from Delaware

Mar 25, 2021
Rated: 3.98 by mattjp03 from Alabama

Mar 04, 2021
Rated: 3.25 by StoutSnob40 from California

Feb 19, 2021
Rated: 4.6 by soarinsteven from Illinois

Feb 16, 2021
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Reviewed by jjamadorphd from Florida

3.74/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
This stout is definitely another offering from SN that does not disappoint. Beautifully dark in appearance, malty to the nose and slightly so to the tongue, the mouthfeel was more watery than I prefer but the carbonation was about right. Overall, a delicious stout, simply named to the style...
Feb 07, 2021
Rated: 4.03 by GaryM6 from New York

Jan 28, 2021
Rated: 4.54 by HaoleBoy from California

Dec 17, 2020
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