Sierra Nevada Stout | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

3,366 Ratings
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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Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-14-2000

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Ratings: 3,366 |  Reviews: 1,426
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 HopHeadHerman
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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Photo of Mark
4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I always have considered SN mainstream craft when in reality they are pioneers like Anchor. Shame on me. This stout poured deep and dark with a nice retaining and lacing tan head. Aroma was of slightly roasted malts and a good dose of aromatic hops. Good roasted flavor with a bit more hopping than one noramlly see's in a stout. Quite aggressive. Slilky mouthfeel and i found this stout very drinkable, even on the miserable hot evening I choose to drink it on. Very good stout and one I will not ignore in the future.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Well you don't make a stout look sexier than that pretty much. Solid 1" of tan head, deep roasted dark black appearance that yields the same impression in the nose, roasty.

Plenty of hopping, blasts of chocolate malt and roasted goodness. Easy to drink if you're a hops and malt fan. Its consistent, ages well, great fresh, very well rounded, affordable, available. Never gonna be hyped, but its kinda an archetype kind of beer. Excellent and often imitated.

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Photo of Groenebeor
4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a brown bottle into a pint glass.

L: Dark brown out of the bottle, black in the glass with a large creamy tan head. Huge amounts of lacing.

S: Roasted malt, faint hops, dark molasses, and cooked shortbread

T: Rich dark malts, roasted cookie, sugary molasses, slight coffee flavor

F: Chewy, low carbonation, silky

O: This is the most underrated stout in the US.

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

A: Black, slight hint of ruby; slightly off-white head; no retention, very little lace.

S: Chocolate, raisin, a little prune, molases & a hint of fruity esters from the yeast.

T: Dark malt bitterness (chocolate, raisin, prune), not too roasty; a little jaggery spice (Willamette hops?); a slight hint of tartness.

M: Moderate body is slightly chalky & dry; moderate carbonation.

D: Very good.

Thanks Len!

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Photo of Keffa
4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a stubby bottle into a small tumbler. Why this place (Tootles in Circleville) doesn't have plain pint glasses that aren't cold, I will never know.

A: Pitch Black, head is small, but stays around for a good bit, and leaves lacing at each sip though.

S: Chocolate, small bit of coffee, a little bit of a floral hop. Not a bad aroma.

T: Nice sweet coffee, chocolate and a small bit of bitterness. Licorice as well as a slightly herbal, flowery hop.

M: Kinda thin for a stout, smooth finish though.

D: Very easy drinker here. The bitterness keeps the sweet malt from overpowering. Amazingly smooth finish for a stout.

This one is a very good plain stout, something that could be a staple of a beer fridge. Alcohol is hidden and the finish is so smooth. I like this one. A lot. Surprised it took me this long to try it.

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Photo of cdkrenz
4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Tons of medium brown colored head, almost three inches worth. The body is dark brown and thick.

S - The aroma of chocolate and malt fill the air. I can't wait to take a pull.

T - Whoa. The flavors of chocolate and coffee are potent in this stout. There's a hop finish that gives it that Sierra Nevada Brewing Company signature that I've always appreciated.

M - The texture is coarse but I think the abrasiveness really brings out the fullness of the flavors.

~ This is a good beer. I certainly recommend anyone inexperienced with it (or any other Sierra Nevada brew for that matter) give it a try. It is certainly a good move.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 1160; so June 9th, 2011 if my dating is correct.

A: Pours a deep dark brown (almost black) with ruby highlights and a tiny brown head

S: Some nice roasted malts, dark chocolate, light hops, and some subdued coffee

T: Same as the smell, the roasted malts open it up, leading into some dark chocolate and bitterness that is rounded off by a slightly less bitter burnt coffee. Slightly watered down, but not too badly

M: Medium-full bodied with light-moderate carbonation. Again, a little watery

O: This is a great easy-drinking stout, especially for the fall season and with the weather the way it is right now (cold and rainy). Doesn't pack too much of a punch, especially for a solid American stout, so it's not too hard to session

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

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

pours nice dark color with some chocolaty hues a nice dense head with brown color

nice maltiness some coffee hints and some walnut smell a bit of chocolate

a nice roasted chocolate malt initial taste a nice coffee finish and very attractive sweetness the taste lingers enough and leaves a nice clean taste.

Very full bodied and mouth feel complex and nice tastes all around very drinkable stout with nice hop balance

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

Tried this for 6.49 a 6.

Appearence: Very good. Dark dark dark and very little head. Looked a little bit more watery than other stouts.

Smell: Strong , appetizing, chocolatey.

Mouthfeel: Very thick. The watery appearence does not mean it felt watery. Very good for a stout.

Drinkablity: High! Easy to have a few of these with/without dinner , but I see this best as a dessert beer, after lighter beers have come and gone.

Taste: Very good. I gave it a 4.0 because it is truly exceptional for a bottled stout. Very hoppy, chocolate was slight and nice rounded flavor.

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Sierra Nevada Stout from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
4.07 out of 5 based on 3,366 ratings.
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