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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:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-14-2000

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Reviews: 1,417 | Ratings: 3,341
Photo of Beaver13
3.68/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The SN Stout pours an almost opaque black with deep ruby highlights. It has a frothy clingy tan head that goes to a collar and displays a ton of lacing.

Its aroma is appealing as well - figs, chocolate, roasted malts with some bitter coffee notes.

The flavor is fruity figs, chocolate and vanilla up front, followed by a strong metallic, almost chalky, bitterness that kind of rubs me the wrong way. It is thinner than I would expect yet leaves a sticky bitter residue.

Overall, this is a nice stout. If not for the off finish (to me at least), this would be a great one.

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Photo of bditty187
3.68/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Smallish head… minimal lace.

A wonderful smell erupts the second it hits your glass. Long-term bouquet is fair and rather inviting.

Strong flavor of roasted malt (burnt coffee) with a noticeable backdrop of hops. A somewhat unique (odd) flavor.

A very dark & rich beer. A nice eye-candy of a drink.

A stronger aftertaste that I would prefer, but I'd drink another one.

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Photo of barefootbrewer
3.68/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured a black color with a big cram color head. The smell is sour and slightly sweet. The taste is bitter with notes of coffee and some sweetness. The mouthfeel is very full, but shy of chewy. This is a very nice stout that goes down fairly smooth….I think quite drinkable.

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Photo of Yesac
3.68/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle says 01 08 so I'm guessing this is 13 months old.

A- Black but not solid. Large foamy head that settles down to a thin layer.

S- Some roasted malt.. some bitterness. Not much going on here.

T- Bitterness up front.. followed by a smooth roasted malt and small hints of java. Slightly watery which is normal for this style.

M/D- Medium carbonation. Smooth, carbonated and slightly creamy. Easy drinking.

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Photo of Brad007
3.68/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice dark brown color, almost pitch dark. Aroma has hints of roasted malt and chocolate. Taste has hints of coffee/chocolate with a smooth aftertaste that's almost creamy. Just a hint of bitterness but not much else to complain about. Drinkable too.

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.68/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed on 3/24/08. Bottle. Pours a dark brown with a small light tan head. Aroma and taste of coffee (predominantly), chocolate, and roast. Nice creamy mouthfeel. A good stout.
Aroma: 7/10
Appearance: 4/5
Flavor: 7/10
Palate: 4/5
Overall: 14/20

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Photo of whiplash3825
3.67/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep brown with almost no head and no lacing.

Licorice and dark ripe fruit in the nose along with a noticable degree of alcohol.

Taste is a combination of blackstrap molassis, chocolate, and figs, backed up by a very healthy hop bitterness that IMO borders on overwhelming. I like malty beers, and I like hoppy beers, but something about this combination is a little much! My first stout, so take that into consideration...

Nice, full, creamy mouthfeel.

For my tastes definitely a sipping beer. That can be good or bad depending... but for the most part I'm sipping slowly not because I want to relish it, but because a whole mouthful is hard to get down. (That's not as bad as it sounds)

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Photo of hyuga
3.66/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nearly pitch black with a beige head which retains exceptionally. Pleasant aroma of dark fruit, prune to be exact, combined with a nice fresh hoppy aroma. Roasted grain and hops combine in a coffee and rind-like bitterness on the palate. Dark chocolate is underneath rounding out the flavor well. Creamy yet tingly mouthfeel. Finish is a bit on the dry side. A good stout with good balance.

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Photo of wheatyweiss
3.66/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a chalice.

Huge meringue head that does not recede, it refuses! Dark cola coffee color. Sticky lace all around the glass.

Aroma is a little weak, but I get caramel and coffee, with dark chocolate.

Dark roasted malts with a dry flavor that belies the sweetness.Dates and raisins with a hint of cinnamon alcohol. Dry roasted grains and a nice hop bitterness that balances well.

A little thin on he tongue. Gives more flavor than body.

A great tasting beer, just not a great stout.

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Photo of cratez
3.66/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

355ml bottle purchased by my girlfriend at Beer World in Largo, FL. Pours an impermeable black with an off-white head and generous amounts of lace. Smell and taste are light roasted malt, coffee, and burnt grains. Port-like, red wine aromas develop as the beer warms. Herbal, citrusy hops produce a spicy bite on the palate. Chocolatey mouthfeel mid-body with a dry, bitter and somewhat leafy finish. Not as bold as I anticipated. Pretty straightforward, but still a good beer. Hop character reminds me of St. Ambroise Stout, without the oatmeal of course.

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Photo of NJpadreFan
3.65/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sierra Nevada Stout

Appearance- dark brown almost black with a thick frothy head.
Smell- nice roasted coffee bean with chocolate. Chared oak as well.
Taste- roasted coffee with cocoa powder tossed in. Alcohol isn't masked that well.
Mouthfeel- a little harsh. Alcohol is too present.

Overall- a decent stout but aslighty harsh around the edges. If the alcohol could be masked better and tone down the carbonation this would be excellent.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.65/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Smooth, creamy and full-bodied - not a summer beer but good anyway. Very dark (not black) with a roasted flavor. Good head that stays and good carbonation.

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Photo of currysage1
3.65/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Honestly this one was good but for some reason just didn't enjoy it, seemed underwhelming to me. I love Sierra normally too, which is odd. I will have to re-review this again sometime.

Smell was of cold coffee and bitter chocolate.

Taste was of the the same but with a bitter twist.

Mouthfeel was nice and creamy yet dry to the tongue.

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Photo of GuinnessSmurf
3.65/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A highly contagious beer!
The appearance is what you'd expect - dark brown/black with a cap of head on top.

The smell is very mild - subtle...all malts. But there is something that is really inviting in the smell that is difficult to place.

The taste is very smooth - both in flavor and texture. There are many dark malts at work in here. The body is great for having a drinking session - it is heavy but not creamy, so it won't make you feel bloated (as quickly).

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Photo of Beastdog75
3.65/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This particular brew from Sierra Nevada doesn't seem as "accomplished" as some of their other brews and at times seems to go unnoticed. If you're one of those folks who pass this one by, you are missing a pretty good beer. This is a true to the style dry stout with some of that Sierra Nevada kick to it that will satisfy fans of both stouts and hoppy beers.

This beer pours a very dark brown/near black color that isn't translucent in any way. A large, expansive, cocoa colored head forms and retains quite well, leaving some splotchy lace. The smell is a bit surprising, seeing as how the first aroma that I picked up was some spicy hops. This was followed by some lighter, cocoa-like aromas. The mouthfeel is smooth with very little carbonation. As mentioned, the hops do play a big part in this stout. A citric, hoppy twang that is reminicent of most SN beers is the first flavor I detected here, but it was quickly followed up with some very dark roasted malt flavors. Notes of burntness and dark chocolate were picked up, along with a very slight alcohol flavor. The finish is on the bitter side, with more roasted bitterness and some hop twang making its presence known. Quite a drying experience, I must say. The dry, roasted flavors linger for a bit carrying some dark, burnt coffee and licorice notes, and some of that hop bitterness continues as well. The beer concludes with a bit of alcoholic warmth.

This is definitely a good stout, but I would choose Sierra Nevada's Porter over this for its sheer drinkability. This one is certainly hoppier, less sweet, and maybe even a bit more "in your face" than the porter. A good winter beer.

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Photo of clvand0
3.65/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one pours a dark brown color with a small head that doesn't have much retention and doesn't leave any lacing on the glass. The aroma has a very light coffee and malt character and is dominated by a hoppiness that is mostly citrus. The flavor is much the same. Some coffee tones, but there is an overbearing hop presence that I think is way out of place for the style. Easy to drink and it has a nice mouthfeel, but I like more malts in my stouts.

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Photo of custardcb
3.65/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Nice rich black body and not a hint of light creeping through. A foamy light brown and tan head nestles on the top. Into my stout drinking mug it went with 5 inches of beer and an inch and a half of froth resting on the top. It hung around the entire time I was sipping away

Smell: Malty and nutty with the usual stout aromas. Cold espresso and coffee scents remind me of the tiramisu we made earlier today.

Taste: A mild bitterness and the sharp taste of a stout greet me. More bitter chocolate and a decent amount of hops come running into my mouth.

Mouthfeel: A slight creaminess but overall pretty smooth. Some poor quality stouts almost feel slick and oily this doesn't have it at all.

Drinkability: I can easily put down 2 or 3 of these with out feeling too full or ready to kill over. This is a good alternative if I don't feel like going for the big brother imperial stouts.

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Photo of Tucquan
3.65/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this on 2012-10-08 in Normal, IL

A - Tawny brown with a 2- finger light tan head and nice lacing.

S - Medium roasted malt with chocolate, a touch of coffee and light char. Pleasingly rich.

T - Citric tart and leafy hops upfront subsume a bit into a moderate hazelnut malt, charred grain, dried plum (witout the sweetness) mild earthy spice, milk chalk and a touch of sour. Finishes with hop and roasted grain bitterness and not much sweetness for balance. Plenty of flavor(s) but not the most appealing ones for my taste.

M - Light-medium body and carbonation. More watery than I like or expected.

O - Meh. Decent but reminds me more of a moderate porter with some zest and char. Not as good as the Founder Breakfast Stout or Porter. I like my stouts to have a thicker mouthfeel and a bigger and richer malt bill.

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Photo of colts9016
3.65/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Very dark brown almost black. There is some clarity in the bottom of the glass. There is a one finger head that is billowy and foamy. The head is dark tan. There was a very little lacing on the glass, not much.

Nose: Roasted Caramelized malt, burnt sugar, esters, chocolate, and coffee. Hints of citrus, phenols, and molasses.

Taste: Roasted malt, burnt sugar, coffee, chocolate, and hops. There are notes of citrus, molasses, phenols, and esters.

Overall: A thin stout with an astringent mouthfeel. I found this stout very plain and boring on the palate. There was not much balance to this beer. I was hoping for more of a malt backbone to stand up to the hops. It was just and okay beer and nothing special, kinda disappointed.

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Photo of kflorence
3.65/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a dark, opaque black with thick, tan head that dissipates rather quickly. Looks like a stout shoot, dark and thick.

S: The aroma is of blackberry, molasses, chocolate and roasted malts. There are some hops present but they aren't dominating.

T: This beer offers some complexity: dark chocolate and roasted malts are probably the most prominent, but there is also some fruitiness, some bitterness, caramel, and alcohol present. The lingering flavor is roasted malts and dark chocolate. There's a little hop presence and roasted coffee flavor in there, but it's very subtle.

M: This is a pretty heavy beer. The general mouthfeel is probably more on the watery side than the syrupy side, but its rather on the filling side. I think I could use a little more substance... seems to be a little thin for a stout.

D: Although this beer is pretty tasty, it's also rather filling. The first one will be drinkable, albiet in small sips, but I don't think I'd drink more than one. While the beer is pretty tasty, I think it's a little to heavy to grab a second from the fridge.

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Photo of Naes
3.64/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This one is another jet black beer with a frothy tan head.

Its aroma consists of roasted malt and a bit of chocolate and coffee. It is also a bit burnt to the nose.

The flavor is a nice compliment to its aroma. It starts out with a malt sweetness then progresses to a burnt bready flavor and finishes a little bitter with hops. There is also a bit of alcohol flavor hidden in there as well.

The mouth feel is medium bodied and the carbonation dances on the tongue.

This is a fine example of a stout and is quite consumable. I have had many in the past and will definitely have another some day.

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Photo of kelticblood
3.64/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pour yielded a tall brown and extremely thick head.The color was an opaque black.Head took forever to reduce so i could take a sip.Left tons of sticky and thick lace.Appearance was exceptional.Aroma's of molasses and sweet chocolate with a hint of hops.A very easy and creamy mouthfeel.Leaves a long lasting bitterness in the back of the throat.Full bodied with a sweet finish.Hints of coffee and smoke flavors.I taste the hops I didnt taste at first now.Overall not bad.A little less bitterness and maybe a higer ABV.Needs a distinct flavor.

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Photo of malthead
3.63/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great appearance - really black, with nice big grey head that dies gracefully. Smells of chocolate and coffee, with maybe a few other hints here and there. Taste is dominated by coffee, bittersweet chocolate... I do like a good roasted flavor, but this one seems a little too burnt to me, and I'm not entirely sure the hop presence works as well as it could. Strong coffee aftertaste. Very nice mouthfeel, dry with good carbonation to keep it interesting. Good drinkability, if it had slightly less of a bitter, burnt taste, this could be my perfect session beer.

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Photo of Turbohio
3.63/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours into a dark, nearly opaque appearance with tan head that quickly rises to a solid two fingers. Smell is mild, noticeable but not overwhelming. Nutty aroma complimented with the roast coffee typical with most stouts. Unfortunately there is a slight hint of acetone, that unforgettable acidic smell that is found in some of the cheaper stouts. Taste is roasted malt, lots of hops, coffee, chocolate, and maybe a little caramel (not carmel). Mouthfeel is okay. Lots of carbonation and effervescence for a stout, not very smooth. Drinkability is not really a word but in the case of this beer, where it is easy to quickly consume several in one sitting, that doesn’t seem to matter much.

Two of the best aspects of this beer is it’s price and availability. I’ve seen it compared to Rogue Shakespeare Stout, sold in this part of the world for $3+ per 22oz bomber. At $6.99 per six pack, which can be found in most major grocery stores year round, Sierra Nevada Stout earns it’s way into becoming a great micro-brew.

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Photo of SamN
3.63/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Big soft foamy head of billowy tans and whites. Less rocky than lumpy. Big near-three finger head slowly fades, but leaves only a little lacing. Very black, some strained light visible through glass. A few suspended particles from yeast cake being disturbed, but nothing outrageous.

S- Subdued malt and hops balance. No real chocolate aromas, mostly roasted tow row, some metallic edge. A little bland.

T- Again, a little subdued. Roasted malt present, obviously, and a twangy finish of whole cone hops, but surprisingly little of that big bold stout flavor. Hoppier finish, lingering bitter stickiness. Sucking air through the beer brings out bittersweet chocolate and coffee. Should I really need to work extra to taste a stout?

M- Medium bodied, less than I expected. Too much carbonation comes through it's thinner body. Still, it flows well enough on the palette.

D- Decent. Not what I expected from thesame company that brought the best damn American Porter. Still, it is a sessionable beer in the dead of winter. Perhaps food pairing would benefit this beer...

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Sierra Nevada Stout from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
4.07 out of 5 based on 3,341 ratings.
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