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

Yep, that's right, I gave this beer 5's across the board, and I don't even have a second thought about it. This is a top tier beer. Other stouts can be as good as this, but I couldn't bring myself to say one is better. I am a big time Sierra Nevada fan, but I live in Minnesota and the only thing I can get on tap is the Pale Ale, I don't understand why more places wouldn't have this beer. Never have I had a stout that used hops so masterfully, they don't mask the roasted malt flavor at all, and they are not citrusy or over bitter. There are just enough to make the beer especially refreshing.

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Photo of mafiasentinel21
5/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I cannot find a flaw in this beer, speaking of course from my intermediate experience in stouts.

The appearance is a slick black that takes on a rich deep brown in light. Great retention and thick foamy lacing.

Smells like coffee for an alcoholic. Dark chocolate. Cherry Garcia.

The dark chocolate comes through on the palate; almost a black licorice coffee tar-ish thick taste. Stout. This is balanced by creaminess and sweetness, and a balancing hoppiness with malts that aren't dingy and dense tasting - making the drinkability dangerously high.

Oft said on this site: "chewy mouthfeel" that hangs around for a beautiful hoppy stout aftertaste.

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

An underrated beer, in my opinion. While purposefully not as strong in malty sweetness or hops as an imperial stout, the mixture of flavors is rather brilliant. Recommended.

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Photo of Brianjames16
5/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A- Pours pitch black with a very slight brown tint. Beautiful creamy light brown two finger head on top. Delicious looking stout. Good lacing sticks to the glass and stays.

S- Aroma is big with hints of chocolate, molasses, some sugars and roasted malts. I also smell some dark fruity notes in the backround.

T- Beautifully balanced stout! I taste the characters found in the aroma plus a subtle hop bitterness. Smooth and rich tasting beer.

M- This one has a medium/full body but has a velvety smooth feel in the mouth. Very easy with each sip.

D- I could sit with a couple of these. Very easy drinking stout with interesting flavors and aromas. I'm verry happy about this one. I love Stouts. I love Sierra Nevada.

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Photo of spurr
4.97/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is one of my all-time favorites. I find it most enjoyable to drink it slowly and experience the range of flavors as the beer warms. Someone served this to me ice cold once and it was awful, but once it gets past 50 deg it is at its best.

The range of fragrances is wonderful...chocolate and coffee are the strongest to me. It also pours with a nice creamy head.

Unfortunately, it's a little tough to find this beer around here. The majority of beer drinkers around here only drink cheap swill.

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Photo of thefireman
4.95/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

What can I say. I've been drinking their Pale Ale for years. My daughter told me to try this stuff. All I can say is that I love it. Great tan head which sticks around the whole time. Dark, hoppy, and bitter. The malts kick in with toasty flavor. Now on my regular beer stop list. I always have a case in the fridge. To sum it up, these guys hit one out of the park with this one.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
4.95/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Stout pours black, with the perfect sized tan head. The smell is rich, very malty, a bit of chocolate can be detected. The taste has a great malty earty backbone, with a strong choclate coffee flavors belnding in. Everything blends the perfect amount, and leaves a very bold flavor. The flavor is very strong, and leaves a nice bitterness on the palete, you would proabily not watn to swtich to other beers after this, no watery taste like some other stouts, and no one flavor is sharp on the tounge. Overall this is a fantastic beer, one of the best American stouts out there.

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Photo of rashbash22
4.95/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I got a six pack of this due to having almost every sierra nevada except the stout. From the first smell I knew this was going to be one of the best stouts I have ever had. It had a mix of both chocolate and hops balanced perfectly with a dry biscuity finish. I couldn't stop drinking them, it was that good! Truly one of sierra nevada's best

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Photo of startreker
4.92/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

L= Deep and dark, like a stout should be!

S= Roasted malt with chocolate and subtle hops.

T= Full of dark rich chocolate, with roasted coffee. Very creamy and delicious!

F= Medium mouthfeel that is so satisfying!

O= A very delicious stout with all of the chocolate, and coffee notes blended together perfectly!! It`s so delicious and creamy, that I just want more, and more, and more of this!! Way to go Sierra Nevada!! My family took me to the Mills River Brewery here in North Carolina for my Birthday .. What a treat that was to say the least!!

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Photo of Brent
4.9/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Very robust with a big roasted malt character, but finishes fairly dry. A quality product - glad the ABV is not higher, because one of these is not enough.

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Photo of corywalston
4.89/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

A. Aggressive poor 1 ¾ inch tan head that dissipates to ½ inch. Good carbonation. Color is brownish/black, very little light getting through.
S. Roasted malt, coffee, cola.
T. Smooth creamy, chocolate, coffee, figs, raisins, sweet. After taste is a little soy sauce and coffee.
M. Light syrup.
O. One of the best stouts I’ve ever had. I didn’t believe the hype at first but yes it is that good. Get some NOW. Taste like a RIS little brother. Light buzz for 5.8%. If you want to drink a beer that taste of an imperial stout but you don’t want to get drunk. This is for you.

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Photo of JCRGraphix
4.86/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Poured from 12oz bottle to snifter

Appearance-5/5 Beautiful dark beer, pitch black, half a finger of pale beige head, dense lacing on glass, what at stout should look like.

Smell-4.5/5 Nice blend of coffee, chocolate, roasted barley, sweetness, and molasses.

Taste-5/5 Surprisingly good for such a readily available beer. Easy drinking stout, very well balanced with hops and malts, earthy hops evens out the mocha and chocolate flavors. Also, there's a caramel/molasses sweetness that balances out any bitter roastiness. In one (hyphenated) word, this beer is "well-balanced".

Feel-4.75/5 Complex feel with light carbonation. Very smooth without being oily like some other stouts. Pleasant dry finish. Overall a fantastic drinking experience.

Overall-5/5 Fantastic stout and sold year-round. I'm quickly becoming a bigger fan of Sierra Nevada, although I've always been a local supporter (shoutouts to Yellowhammer, Blue Pants, Straight to Ale, and Rocket Republic, woop woop!) I will definitely be drinking this again!

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Photo of acevenom
4.85/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into a pint glass. Pours black with a two-finger length tan head. The head dissipates slowly, leaving lacing on the side of the glass. There are strong aromas of dark roasted malts, bitter chocolate, and coffee. I can detect some faint hop aroma as well. The taste is of dark roasted barley malt, bitter chocolate, and coffee. It tastes like it smells, but the flavors are full and bold. There is some bitterness in the flavor as well and the hops provide some of that bitterness as well as extra flavor to go with the traditional stout flavors. This is a medium bodied beer with some carbonation. The mouthfeel is creamy and the beer coats the mouth very well. Overall, this is a most excellent stout and one I'd recommend.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.84/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle poured into a Sierra Nevada imperial pint.
5.8% ABV

A - Dense lace is left on the glass after the thick Swiss cheese-looking tan head reduces to chunks floating on the clear, deep, dark mahogany brown brew!

S - An almost perfect balance of chocolate and black patent roasted malts, lactose sweetness and cocoa dryness converge on mocha and bitter molasses for a dark aroma that works wonderfully with it's earthy hop back end.

T - The back end of earthy hops perfectly balances the rich profile of mocha, chocolate-covered coffee bean, and bitter dark chocolate on the finish. Gooey caramel undertones incorporate minor sweetness to keep it's roasted attributes in check.

M - Heavily roasted but well balanced, a touch of acrid bitter dryness on the finish really book-ends the incredibly smooth, subtly carbonated, and soft, full body of this stout for a stellar drinking experience.

O - A style-defining beer, Sierra Nevada's Stout is a classic in every sense of the word. From the bold roasted profile to the smooth chocolate notes, this beer is wonderfully balanced from front to back and, despite it's intimidating nature, is quite easy to drink!

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Photo of Ellbert
4.84/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A beautiful black color with a nice tan head and very nice lacing however, the head does not last very long.

The smell is very good. A lot of hops come through. Very sweet smelling at the same time. A little toffee comes through.

The taste is wonderful. It reminds me of Shakspeare Stout. Very flavorful with pleanty of roasted malts and hops to balance it out. Aftertaste is long lasting which is great. The end of the drink almost taste like some alcohol showing through. Beautiful.

Mouthfeel is good however a little much on the carbonation. The bubbles are a little harsh on the tongue.

A beautiful brew. This now my favorite session beer. The price and the taste is right. I raise my glass to Sierra Nevada.

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Photo of SAxDRC5
4.83/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: pitch black with a thick head

S: smells like chocolate and coffee.

T: bitter-sweet chocolate. perfect balance between malty and hoppy. very good. one of the best stouts I've had

M: smooth and creamy. a bit more carbonation than i would prefer in a stout.

D: Perfect. I could have quite a few of these

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Photo of TheSupremeAJ
4.83/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- Very nice pour from a 12oz bottle with good head- indicative of Sierra Nevada's style. Left a nice lacing down the glass. Poured into a standard plain pint glass a dark, ruby black color with a creamy tan head.

S- Sweet and dark roasted scent. Hints of a vanilla bean like quality. Molasses and fragrant hops.

T- Awesome. My favorite stout. Ive drank through a whole case by myself (not in one sitting...) and I've enjoyed every bottle. I dont like to share these. A very well balanced stout with nice dark barley, evident hops, smooth flavors.

M- A little more carbonated than I prefer however very good. not too tick like some stouts

D- Highly drinkable. I consider this a world class beer,

Bought in 2010 in a case from Shangy's in Emmaus, PA.

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Photo of hotstuff
4.83/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This stout poured a large tan head of fine-small bubbles. It left a fair amount of lacing on the sides of my glass. The body was black in color. It had a good coffee aroma to it and a smooth coffee taste as well. All in all, a very fine stout in my opinion.

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Photo of TongoRad
4.83/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Sample was taken from a six-pack taken from a case dated May/05 (I don't recall the exact date).

It pours an opaque brownish/black color with a tall, finely bubbled long lasting tan dense head. The head eventually settles down to 1/4" and won't go any further, leaving a ton of lacing in its wake. Just by looking at this you can tell that this will be a bold take on the style.

The aroma takes no prisoners- it is quite forceful and gives the impression of many strong elements combining into a cohesive unit. A mocha-like espresso quality dominates but there is also caramel, citrusy hops, malt, alcohol and some blueberries. It is a wonderful bouquet and it is almost miraculous that it can remain so potent throughout the glass while staying on the good side of overbearing.

Not only does the palate not disappoint- it picks up other elements as well. The body is pleasingly full and there is a heck of a kick of hop bitterness. The carbonation is at a high enough level to give it all an almost ethereal quality (if that is even possible). The finish is long riding that espresso with lemon peel wave.

The best thing about this beer is how it maintains its character even after two or three in a row. Note that this beer is meant to be consumed as fresh as possible- after 4 or 5 months it starts to lose a step in the hop department though it still is a heck of a beer.

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Photo of djbreezy
4.83/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

appearance - pours rich and dark, tan head, excellent retention, prominent lacing

smell - chocolate, marshmallow, roasted malt, coffee

taste - marshmallow followed by chocolate with a malty finish and a coffee aftertaste...follows the nose almost identically, slight bitterness in the finish

mouthfeel - creamy, smooth, dry finish, medium carbonation, medium body, lightly viscous

drinkability - smooth drinking, good complexity, rich flavor

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Photo of BloodSoakedAleMug
4.83/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

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 tonistruth
4.82/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A- dark, dark brown, with a big ol' tan head. great retent on that, with lace on the glass.

S- roasted malts is dominant, some hop scent is faint, chocolate scent as well.

T- hops are present but they just fit into the brew, slighty bitter, roasted malt flavor, leaves a sweet chocolate aftertaste.

M- creamy, full bodied and smooth....what more could you ask for.

D- amazing flavors in there, wonderful mouthfeel, i think i found a favorite. I could dream about htis stout. Amazing

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Photo of Jeffreysan
4.81/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a beautiful, completely opaque, pitch-black color with a half of a finger of caramel-colored head that quickly dissolved into a thin lacing of foam that completely covered the top of the beer.

Aroma: Very aromatic, with lots of bready, roasted malt, imparting notes of toasted dark bread, freshly ground coffee beans, dark molasses, a touch of dark chocolate, brown sugar and a touch of subtle smoke.

Taste: Exactly like the aroma, with lots of bready, roasted malt, imparting notes of toasted dark bread, freshly ground coffee beans, dark molasses, a touch of dark chocolate, brown sugar and a touch of subtle smoke.

Mouthfeel: Chewy, creamy and smooth, as there is no carbonation what-so-ever. With an ABV of 5.8%, there is no alcohol on the palate.

Overall: This is a delicious stout! Great flavors of roasted malt, subtle coffee and smoke, brown sugar-like sweetness and dark chocolate. Delicious!

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Photo of MattyG85
4.8/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

Appearance: Pours dark and black with a little brownish ruby red at the bottom edges. Lots of bubbles and a huge six finger deep tan head with great retention. Lots of lacing around the glass.

Smell: Very roasty and bready. Lots of roasted caramel malts with good hints of chocolate, coffee, and nuts. Also some piney hops and a hint of oats. Pretty hoppy smell for a stout. Smells great.

Taste: Great blend of roasty and hoppy flavors. Dark roasted caramel malts with notes of chocolate, coffee, oats, nuts, and toffee. Big presence of piney hops adding some spicy bitterness. An amazing beer. Tastes like a cross between an oatmeal stout and a hoppy black ale.

Mouthfeel: Medium to thick body with a moderate level of carbonation. Very creamy. Starts moderately sweet and finishes dry from the hops.

Overall: A really great take on a smaller stout. Great blend of dark malts and hops. One of the better bargains out there.

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Photo of TastyTaste
4.8/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Nice jet black opaque body, with a nice large head, even when poured into a chalice. Smell is very chocolaty, like frosting, with coffee tones also present, and a little acidity. Taste is full and sharp, acidic coffee tones, dark chocolate and pleasantly bitter hops. A beer that demands to be sipped, and will reward you with even more flavor the warmer it gets. A great stout, which I expected from one of the most consistent micro brewers in the world.

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