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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

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

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Ratings: 3,397 |  Reviews: 1,442
Photo of PJCarnell
4.23/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of CBlack85
4.23/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a New Belgium globe glass

I have been looking forward to trying this beer for a while now, so here goes...

pours very dark will a hint of ruby here and there. A small tan foamy head is slowly subsiding. It looks very appetizing, I can hardly wait to taste it

Smells kinda chocolaty with a hint of coffee, the hop aroma is stronger than I had expected, not too much, but definately making the hop presence known.

As much chocolate in the taste as in the smell, nice balance of sweetness and bitterness. The hop flavor is not overdone but is definately present. Good stuff. As the beer warms an earthy taste starts to emerge. I think that the flavor improves (if that is possible) as the beer approaches room temp.

Medium bodied, not as thick as I usually like in a stout, but still very pleasant

All in all a good example of the style.

I don't think that I have ever had a SN beer that I haven't enjoyed

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Photo of Hearneator
4.23/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of xhcadamx
4.23/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - Jet black with a puffy tan head. Significant amounts of lacing. Looks beautiful.

S - Roasted malts, coffee, and I think noble hops.

T - WOW. Flavor galore lots of roasted malt and coffee perfectly balanced with the right amount of bitterness.

M - thin but somehow the flavor of this beer just coats your mouth.

D - I went to Chico recently and I drank a metric shit ton of these. A wonderful beer.

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Photo of feelmefoam
4.23/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12-oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a deep, dark brown color like dark chocolate. Opaque with milk chocolate highlights. Brings up a nice head after a fairly hard pour; a finger and a half of pitted, rocky, foamy tan head that takes a minute to dissipate, leaving some nice lacing around the glass. A very good looking beer.

Smells of coffee, dark chocolate, and a distinct roastiness. A little earthy tone is also present, but sort of sticks to the background.

This is a well-done stout. The flavor is of black coffee and roasted dark bready malts, balanced out by a little bit of chocolatey sweetness through the middle of the draught, then finishes strong with more coffee and a distinctly earthy hop flavor. Complex, but well put-together.

SN Stout has a medium body, I want maybe just a bit more of a thicker, syrupy aspect to it, but its still pretty damn good. Has a moderate amount of carbonation which helped in head retention but doesn't detract from the mouthfeel at all.

All told, this is an easy drinking stout that's packed with flavor but maintains a fairly low ABV so you can put back more than one. Very good, but I'm not surprised; I don't think Sierra Nevada is capable of making a bad beer.

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Photo of vonSchulze
4.23/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Greggy
4.23/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to schellsbeer for this one!

A- Pours a big thick creamy dark tan head over an almost black body with dark red highlights. The head has some nice retention and leaves some lacing on it's decent.

S- Nice roastiness, suggestions of coffe, chocolate, and a nice hopiness emerges. I also get some creamy vanilla notes.

T- Starts out nice and roasty then I get a huge dose of dark chocolate and caramel, big roasted grains then the finish is mainly dry chocolate, some dry hopiness and some hints of coffee.

M- Light carbonation and nice medium body.

D- This is a very nice stout. It has loads of complexity and character. I will definitely do this one again.

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Photo of gcamparone
4.23/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a Samuel Adams pint glass. Purchased at Wakefield Liquors in Wakefield, RI.

A- Pours an opaque pitch black with slight cherry outlines. Nice, fluffy brown-to-cream head that reduces to chunks of foam. Nice blotchy lacing.

S- dark chocolate, roasted malt, slightly smokey. Nice and inviting.

T- Delicious. Dark chocolate upfront, transcending into a roasted coffee, toasted malt, nice bitter aftertaste.

M- very little carbonation, medium-heavy creamy body. Thick and rich.

Overall, a nicely crafted stout. Pleasing to all of the senses. Smooth and balanced. Worth picking up a bottle or few.

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Photo of Biscuit033
4.23/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Extremely dark brown with one finger light tan head, good retention and lace.

S: Dark malts with some roastiness and caramel.

T: Roasted and smoky flavors up front with earthy, pine hops second and a chocolate and coffee finish.

M: Bubbly but creamy with a dry finish.

D: This is a great example of the style. Wish it had a bit less ABV but something I would have more of if presented with the opportunity.

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Photo of Mojo
4.23/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle -> brandy snifter

This beer pours up a deep black with a big fluffy two finger caramel-colored head, decent retention, and outstanding lacing. The smell is molasses, toffee, and malt. The taste follows the nose very sweet on the front end with a molasses like sweetness followed by a dry not very bitter finish. Mouthfeel is very pleasing without excessive carbonation. As with just about all other offerings from Sierra Nevada, this one is very solid. There may be better beers in every category, but as a whole is there really a better brewer?

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Photo of addiwilliams
4.23/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of John
4.23/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black and nearly opaque brew. Awesome head with thick foamy tan lace decorating the sides of the glass as it's emptied. Dark roasted malt, espresso and dark chocolate notes blend masterfully to produce a near perfect balance. The hops flex a little muscle for a well calculated contribution. Smooth with good drinkability. Well done SN.

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Photo of BlackBearForge
4.23/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sierra Nevada Stout pours a deep dark brown with maroon highlights around the edges. A thick creamy brownish tan head leaves loads of lacing in it's wake, a hallmark of Sierra Nevada brews it seems.

The aroma has loads of dark roasted grains with both dark and milk chocolate in the nose along with a nice bit of earthy hops.

The flavor has a ton of deeply charred barley with a big chocolate malt presence. As in the nose the chocolate is both dark bitter chocolate and sweet milk chocolate. Dark roast coffee is also on the bill while the big malt backbone is nicely balanced by the bitter character of the roasted grains and hops in the finish.

Mouthfeel is somewhat thick and chewy without being overly heavy. This beer is smooth and nicely creamy.

Highly recomended, this will become my default stout, flavorful, very good and readily available. Thank you Sierra Nevada!

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Photo of SeanfromShorts
4.23/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Black. Decent head, about a 1/2 inch.

S - A little chocolaty.

T - This stout has a lighter taste to it when I compare it to others I've tasted. The flavors hit almost instantly, then dissipate, leaving a little bit of chocolate on the palette.

M - Very nice. Very nice.

I think this bottle may be out of code, but only by a month or two. Figured it's not the biggest deal, but I had to include it.

Great Stout, though.

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Photo of Toddv29424
4.23/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A very solid stout. Pours very dark with no smell at all. The first thing you notice is the burnt flavor, and out of that emerges a chocolaty taste. It is much smoother than many other beers, and its thickness almost coats your throat. There is no aftertaste as well. Overall there is more taste in this that most stouts out there--a welcomed change.

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4.23/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2" beige head that has excellent retention. Thick, fresh rings of lace left behind in its wake. Black, with only hints of dark brown down at the edges. Bold roasted malts and a very noticable dose of hops behind it. Roasted malts, coffee with a splash of cream and a good bit of leafy hops in the finish. Tasty. Full bodied with a smooth, round mouthfeel and low carbonation. One hell of a beer from Sierra as usual.

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Photo of jera1350
4.23/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark chocolate brown color with a creamy head of tan that leaves some lovely sticky lace around the glass.

A nice mix of chocolate and cocoa powder with piney hops. The only problem is that it is pretty light.

Lots of chocolate and dusty cocoa powder with a fair and noticeable amount of hopping. Very flavorful and satisfying.

Very smooth with an outstanding soft/creamy feel from the carbonation.

Wow, really have to give it up for this one. A beer so flavorful that drinks so easily. That's a winning combo in my book. This is a really great beer and needs to be tried if you haven't already.

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Photo of Rangerator
4.23/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

S-Bottle poured into a tulip

A- Black with a light carmel frothy 2 finger head dispersed into a small frothy ring

S-light fruit, chocolate

T- chocolate, light coffee,hopps

mf-perfecet carbonation,noticeable hops compared to other stouts

o- good stout easy to drink not very heavy you can drink a few and not be full, glad to have tried this one

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Photo of DenverHopHead
4.23/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.
Appearance - pitch black, but no head or lace.
Smell - typical stout, nice coffee aroma, roasted barley, some bitter, dark chocolate.
Taste - nice, easy drinking stout. Typical Sierra Nevada, with excellent malt and hop balance.
Feel - complex, with dark, roasted malts and bitter hops!
Overall - an excellent, complex stout at a great price point!

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Photo of orangemoustache
4.23/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours nearly black with some crisp red highlights at the edges. The cap is a sandy brown with good retention and even better lacing,this looks great. The nose has lots of chocolate upfront with some very subtle coffee notes. Some pretty big hop aromas emerge for a Stout. The flavors are made up of light coffee,caramel,light citrus(orange rind),and tons of dark chocolate. This has an underlying nuttiness that adds a nice spin on standard Stout flavors. This is creamy,but more gritty and textured,a little dry. A very drinkable Stout that all malt lovers can appreciate. SN has incredible consistency,the Stout is no exception.

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Photo of chrishiker1409
4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

L: Black with a tan white finger of head. It lingers and leaves some lacing.

S: Dark Chocolate, coffee, burnt notes. Some floral from the hops.

T: Follows the nose. Fairly dry finish.

F: Quite smooth. Full bodied.

O: Really enjoyed this one.

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Photo of jsh420
4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours dark brown with a 2 finger tan head that had good retention and left lacing all down the glass

smells of dark roasted malts chocolate and hops

taste is rather hoppy for a stout - dark fruit roasted malts a little chocolate and coffee

mouthfeel is full bodied with tons of carbonation that gives it both a crisp and creamy finish

drinkability - while not a mind blowing stout it has great flavor is reasonably priced and is easy drinking at only 5.8%

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Photo of CptAubrey
4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: With a solid black with a creamy beige head, this beer looks the part. (And for what it's worth, the new burnt red labels are a big aesthetic improvement over the yellow ones.)

S: Smells like roasted malt and citrusy hops with a touch of chocolate. Very appetizing smell.

T: Toasty, chocolatey malt up front gives way to roasted flavor and citrusy-floral hoppiness. Moderately high hop bitterness and roasted malt both linger in the aftertaste. The combination of hoppiness and the lingering roasted flavors makes this beer.

M: Medium body, fine carbonation, and oily mouthfeel. Actually feels kind of thin.

D: This is one of my favorite stouts and one of the most drinkable.

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

A very nice American stout. I was expecting a little more because of the reviews, but still it was very good. I will definetley get a six pack of this as it starts to cool down. I reccomened that you go out and try one. I am excited to try the porter. GO RIGHT NOW!

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Photo of JayS2629
4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I think people should be careful reviewing this as a stout and not an imperial stout. For its style it is very easy drinking, mellow, smooth, and creamy. Its nice and dark black. The head is a bit thin and fizzy and quickly recedes. Sea foam lacing. The smell is of chocolate and roasted malts. The taste follows with the chocolate, roasted malts, a hint of coffee and a dash of earthy notes. Nicely balanced, medium bodied beer with a nice rounded carbonation, slight creaminess and a lingering of roasted taste. An overall, nicely balanced, easy drinking beer.

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Sierra Nevada Stout from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.07 out of 5 with 3,397 ratings
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