Stout | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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

Style: American Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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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Reviews: 1,461 | Ratings: 3,472
Photo of Beer_Right_Back
3.83/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A really good balance between a sweet syrupy milk stout and a more intensely flavored, bitter stout. Sierra Nevada has found perfect middle with this one, even if there are some hollow notes that we could go without.

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Photo of rapayn01
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I had a bottle of this in January, though the bottle said it was packaged in September. It had a quite bitter taste, with hints of coffee and dark cocoa. I'd need to try it again to form a stronger opinion.

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Photo of penguinsgoboom
4.28/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a thick multi finger head. Almost completely opaque. Dark dark dark nutty brown. Impressive retention and lacing.

S: Chocolate, nutty, coffee. Classic stout

T: Simple and clean. Starts off with a decent roasted bitterness, then coffee, chocolate, nutty, and rich maltiness enters the picture. After a beat, everyone bows out. Slightly sour and bready.

O: The blueprint stout. Not over the top, no off notes. Simple and well done.

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Photo of SmokySignals
4.3/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very dark brew with orangey brown highlights against white screen . Easily pours a nice foam head that lingers and emits earthy aromas of heavily roasted grains and a "woodsiness" character that I find in repeatedly in Sierra brews.

Tastes follow the nose, with a quick richness that fades into bitter-roast, then faint grains and a nice thin watery ending that makes you reach for the glass again.

I mean, c'mon, if you're curious, or like great dark beer in general, you gotta try a Sierra Nevada Stout.

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Photo of SB2017
3.53/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

This beer looks beautiful, almost black, mostly opaque, with a lovely and long lasting head of light brown foam. Impressive lace after. Plenty of hops on the nose, with good wheat notes in with the darker, roastier ones. A little too bright and sour overall. At first, the beer tastes very little like a stout. It's overly sour, with very little chocolate in there. After a while the flavor peters out into a dark, mild IPA. The full body of this beer, however, rounds it out well and makes for a serviceable brew.

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Photo of jkblr
4.19/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottled 5/15/18 (58 days ago) poured into a tulip pint glass at fridge temp 5.8% ABV. The beer pours nearly black with ruby highlights and sticky chocolate tan colored head. The head recedes to a cap and leaves some lacing. The aroma is pleasant with roasted malt and dark chocolate. The taste is roasty and a little hoppy. The ending bitterness is noticeable and seems to be half hops & half dark roasted malt. The mouthfeel is medium to thin bodied, adequately carbonated and mostly dry in the finish. Overall, delicious and the quintessential American stout.

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Photo of rudiecantfail
4.18/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a goblet.

L---Darkest brown color. Thick tan head faded to a cap almost immediately. Left very good lacing.

S---Roasted coffee and dark chocolate. Malts are dominant.

T---Taste follows the nose, but is more powerful. Coffee, dark chocolate and roasted malts. Excellent.

F---Thick & chewy, just like i want a stout to be.

O---Excellent beer. It's hard to believe I've never had this until now. I'll be looking for it in the future.

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Photo of jamesroses
3.93/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Goid head of small bubbles dissapears rather quickly.

Roasted malts, some coffee and herbal hops both in aroma and taste.

Mouthfeel is a bit watery and a light coffee/ herbal aftertaste.

Good stout.

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Photo of stevoj
3.44/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark and smoky, but not as thick and chewy as a Guinness. Small creamy head on an almost black body. Small bite at the finish. Solid stout, but just better than average.

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Photo of EMH73
3.96/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black with a half inch, well retained head that left a lot of lacing. Smells and tastes of roasted malts, coffee, dark chocolate, molasses and a hint of hops on the finish. Medium bodied for the style, medium carbonation, creamy mouth feel.

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Photo of cyclonece09
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Pours pitch black with a fluffy light brown head. Smells of coffee and chocolate, nice combination, but a tad weak. Tastes of coffee and chocolate, a lot fuller than the smell. Beer is full bodied and very easy drinking, good carbonation. Overall, a very good beer.

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Photo of Harrison8
4.19/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours black with a finger of khaki foam that retains well with a thick blanket of lacing left behind. Aroma is roasted, toasted, caramel, and toffee malts. Flavor profile ushers in loads of flavor, hitting notes of roasted, toasted, and caramel malts along the way. Splendid simplicity and yet wonderful depth. Mouth feel is medium in thickness with a velvety smoothness. Overall, a great, simple stout. Good malt notes through and through without any flavor additives or barrels.

Served in a 12oz snifter from a 12oz bottle.

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Photo of KennyDerenbecker
4.12/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A classic American stout with chocolate and coffee aromas that is very pleasing! If you’re not used to drinking stouts at all, this is a great beginner beer that will show you what a stout truly is. Easy drinking and smooth. Can’t go wrong with this one!

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Photo of jkrich
4.12/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a freshness dated 12 oz. bottle: nearly jet-black with a nice, sustained, beige head.

Hints of molasses, chocolate and licorice in the aroma.

The flavor begins with a surprisingly tangy hop profile that is followed by traditional stout flavors of highly roasted malt and bittersweet chocolate and caramel. Not a bit cloying, this stout is very quaffable

The perfectly balanced stout with just enough body to keep it interesting but not enough to overwhelm the palate. After the slightly smoky and roast-like flavors settle on the palate, some faintly bitter hops linger on the back of the tongue.

It has been a few years since I have enjoyed a stout; indeed, I have not seen Sierra Nevada's stout in several years at least. Glad to see it has returned to northern Florida. According to the new label, this is a "West Coast Style" stout. Regardless of name or style, this is excellent and highly recommended.

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Photo of MinerBob
3.44/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Beer pours dark almost pitch black. For a stout it has a lot of hoppy flavor that I'm not a fan of I probably wouldn't call this a stout. Overall not good enough to buy again.

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Photo of Snowcrash000
4.12/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pitch black coloration with a large, creamy head. Smells richly of dark chocolate, coffee and a hint of licorice and herbal hops. Taste follows the nose with a very nice balance of roasted, caramel malt, dark chocolate and coffee flavours, complemented by a hint of licorice and herbal hops. Finishes with a medium bitterness and some dark, bitter chocolate and coffee lingering in the aftertaste. Smooth, velvety mouthfeel with a medium body and carbonation. For a non-imperial stout, this is actually quite nice. An easy-drinking, very solid go-to Stout that lacks the complexity and creamy mouthfeel of its higher ABV brethern, but still impresses with a very nice balance of flavors.

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Photo of Scott17Taylor
3.89/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours black with one finger tan head.
The aroma is sharp acidic coffee, cocoa, and a piney hop.
The flavor follows the aroma, it's sweet dark chocolate, acidic coffee like roastiness before finishing with a piney hop bitterness.
It's a lighter stout, the mouthfeel is what I'd expect out of a 5.8% er. It's thin and has heavier carbonation than most in the style.
Overall it's a solid low abv stout, I'll drink it again, but won't be seeking it out.

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Photo of Riff
4.19/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a solid, dark brown color with a slightly off-white head that clings nicely to the glass and leaves plenty of lacing behind. Smell is coffee, cocoa, and a little hop pine. Taste is simple, blonde coffee, wheat bread, cola, cocoa, and a little bit of earth towards the finish. Medium body, low carbonation. Simple is nice, easy drinking stout with plenty of flavor. Wish it was more regularly in my area.

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Photo of MelonLord
3.84/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Packaged 1/27/2014 so this bottle was 3 years old. Has plenty of carbonation doesn't really taste like a 3 year old beer. Has such a light taste wow! Roasty, smooth then gone. great stuff

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Photo of mvanaskie13
3.94/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a narrow pint glass: color is solid black, head is light tan with fine bubbles, head presents at least 1 inch thick then dissipates to a solid top with some lacing on the glass.

Smell is light roast, some cocoa, some coffee beans.

Taste is simple but well constructed with moderate roast, cocoa, light coffee notes, light sweetness and grassy hops.

Mouthfeel is crisp, carbonated with pleasant bitterness.

Overall a good solid stout, simple construction with nothing to out off place, maybe some lighter roastiness than anticipated.

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Photo of Lingenbrau
4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Time to revisit a classic with some good old fashioned note taking. From a 7-7-17 bottle.

It's black appearance is complimented beautifully with deep garnet hues when held to light. The khaki head is present, and not all that impressive. It leaves a small island on the surface, and minimal spotty patches of lace.

Lightly roasted coffee meets with heavily toasted white bread, right smack in the middle. A touch of hop spice fights for a presence.

The flavor is much the same, but the clear winner of the clash is the toasted bread. There is a mild cola and molasses like taste leading up to an earthy finish.

Sweet start, bitter by roast finish. Medium slick feel and medium carbonation transition into a dry and lingering end.

A wonderful easy drinking stout. One that can be enjoyed throughout the day, and may become my go-to cold weather drinker thanks to it's low(ish) abv and high quality flavor. Very happy to revisit. Cheers!

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Photo of AngryDutchman
4.67/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Purchased a six-pack at Weis Markets. If I have had this before it has been 30 years. I don't normally have a list of "whales" but this and SN Porter are two beers I have been wanting to get. And I have to say it has been worth it!
Very dark brown with a pleasant and lasting tan head. Aroma is fresh hops and roasted barley. Flavour emphasizes both of those attributes, clearly reminiscent of the sort of departure from "standard" known by all home brewers. It's dry without being cloying, toasty without being overly so and has a clean and fresh quality often lacking in packaged craft beers. Will definitely buy again, just hope I don't have to wait so long next time.

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Photo of Dentist666
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dark brown beer with nice tan head, good retention.
All attributes of stout are here, some salinity, good hopping.
Medium body, soft carbonation.
Classics of classics.

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Photo of LampertLand
3.79/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Sierra Nevada 'Stout' @ 5.8% , served from a 6pack of 355 ml bottles purchased for $18
A-pour is cola brown from the bottle to an almost black in the glass with hints of ruby red at the glass edge , has a large tan head leaving a streaky lace along the pint
S-roasted malt
T-clean & crisp / roasted malts with a hop bite
MF-ok carbonation , medium body
Ov-bit disappointing , (western style/hops !!?)
prost LampertLand

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Photo of monkist
5/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Sierra's stout is perhaps more hoppy than any other stout. It feels subtly fruity and so it is much more enjoyable than a normal dry stout would be. Roast is full on but the body is much more interesting and richer than anything else. They admit it on the label, having used whole cone American hops, this is stout, West Coast style! This is the only stout I like!

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