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BEER INFO

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

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.


Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-14-2000

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#2,408
Reviews:
1,444
Ratings:
3,402
pDev:
10.81%
Bros Score:
4.58
 
 
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327
Gots:
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Photo of ChipChaight
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Johncnh
4.11/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of CollinaTiger
4.02/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Scott17Taylor
3.89/5  rDev -4.4%
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 +2.9%
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 -5.7%
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 -3.2%
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 RMW66
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of gardner254
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of chuckstout
5/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Lingenbrau
4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
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 Hophazzard
4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of GreenBayBA
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of AngryDutchman
4.67/5  rDev +14.7%
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 jmarko579
4.57/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Plonk
3.77/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of igl
4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of mjgpy3
5/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of MHJeff06
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Dentist666
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
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 Stout_Hunter
4.55/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of SpAiReArGsEonNE
3.5/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BergBeer
3.77/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Biggiekrock627
3.79/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of shigg85
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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