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 drunkenmess
4.46/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Delicious. Pours dark with a creamy head. Finishes off awesome, one of my favourite stouts. Definitely better than the porter, although still good. I WILL drink this brew when I can get it... very easy drinking. Enjoy

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Photo of rundocrun
4.46/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a rich brownish black that glows deep amber when held up to a bright light. The head piles up and almost over the glass and has a light tan color.

S - Roasted, slightly sweet coffee and chocolate. Faint hop aroma. Very standard for a stout.

T - Again, some rich coffee and chocolate notes. Not overly bitter from the roasted grains. Slightly biscuity. Overall, very balanced and smooth example of an American Stout.

M - Only slightly viscous, but very drinkable because of that. Drying, slightly astringent mouthfeel from the black malt/roast barley addition, but that just makes me want to take another sip! ...and another... and another...

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Photo of DoubleJ
4.46/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Stout is good. That must be why I purchased this bottle. On to the beer:

That head is thick and billowy and stickin up very well. Not even light penerates through this black as midnight body. The nose gets a mix of spicy, herbal hops, and powdery unsweetened chocolate. Sticky burnt sugar is underneath it all. Taste...somewhat astringent, with a modest burnt edge. Hop leaf flavor is moderate. There's the bitter cofee. Yum, I'm having a fun time here. Slighly burnt astringent aftertaste, and very easy and balanced mouthfeel.

If you think Sierra Nevada Brewing is only known for their pale ale, guess again. Their stout, along with their porter, harvest ale, Celebration Ale, and Bigfoot are all additional reasons to love and drink this brewery's beer, regardless of beer knowledge.

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Photo of mmva321
4.46/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: A simple but strikingly dark stout that is almost completely opaque and with just the slight tint of brown to break up the black body. Very little head or lacing however.

S: I really like the balance of the aroma. It is heavy on the roasted malts. Chocolate and coffee notes come on strong and dominate the smell. Rounding it all out though, are slight notes of dark fruits. Not overpowering, but a perfect accent.

T: Near perfect flavor. The great balance of the smell is translated beautifully to the taste, but the flavors are made all the bolder. Roasted malts dominate and are delicious. Dark fruit flavor is something I've never been fond of in beer, mostly because it tends to be such a strong characteristic when used, but I love the subtle hint of it here.

M: A rich and smooth feel that isn't overly carbonated and is only the slightest bit thin for me.

O: A surprising experience. A rich, bold and well balanced beer.

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Photo of Southernbrew
4.47/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours black, decent brown head.

Nice roasted aroma with some coffee notes as well, this is just what I expect when I think of stouts.

Full body, very smooth. Strong roasted coffee flavor that turns to a light bitterness in the finish. Very nice coffee aftertaste.

A very enjoyable stout, very easy to drink with great malt/hop balance. Awesome.

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Photo of baiser
4.47/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a thick, creamy dark brown body with a frothy tan head. Full of roasty coffee and chocolate malt flavours. Has a smooth and creamy body. This is a rich stout, with a earthy and dry finish. Wonderful american style stout. Could drink this all night long.

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Photo of dougbassett
4.47/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bought as part of a mixed six at the bottle store off of "Local 44", a bar here in West Philly.

This is an old favorite of mine -- I think this is one of SN's best beers, and one of the better American stouts. Pours very very dark brown with a white fluffy head that it manages to more or less maintain -- the damn thing just looks the way a stout should look. Classic nose of chocolate and coffee, underneath which is a hint of hops which is one of the things that make this beer stand out for me -- you usually don't see a lot of hop presence in stouts.

For once the taste matches the nose, a real slumgullion of dark bitter chocolate, coffee, and hops, with a dry, oddly crisp finish with maybe a hint of coffee grounds still lingering about.

A fine fine beer all around, nice to be able to try this again.

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Photo of 86MonteSS
4.47/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Now there's a stout. I'll come right out and say that the first thing that struck me about this beer was the alcoholic twang. It added an immeasurable amount of depth to this beer. Next are the hops, whose sharp tanginess mingles perfectly with the obligatorily bitter malts. I'm only halfway through the glass but I've already come to the conclusion that this is the best stout I've ever had.

O bitter circumstance, why hath I bought but one bottle? Dammit....

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Photo of laituegonflable
4.47/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very dark brown colour, bordering on black, with surprisingly pale beige head. What's also surprising is its proportions, but pleasantly so, with nice froth producing 3 fingers of thickness. Sinks steadily and leaves only minimal traces of beige lacing behind. A bit... renegade? in places, but a good-looking beer.

Smells very tasty. Lots of dark, roasty characters that are also nicely sweet, with nothing intense or charred to them. I think it's because there's a really distinct West Coast hoppiness to it as well, which just adds a delicious layer of 'fresh' to the toasty bitterness. But lots of chocolate and caramel malts and some cola sweetness, plus a touch of pine wood and citrus. Very appealing nose, American aromatics at their best.

Taste is enjoyable similar. Malty for large parts, with a significant nod to the dark. Chocolatey, with rich cocoa on the front that descends into more bitter territory with hints of espresso coffee and licorice. Pleasant hop character comes through on the finish, doesn't quite 'clean up' but provides an interesting contrast to the dark bitterness, which wins superiority in the fight for finishing flavours. This is decidedly American in character, providing a big "fuck you" to mediocrity and a unique twist on conventional stout flavours. Damn tasty.

Good texture, all the way down. Lots of body but nothing too heavy. Has a slight residual dryness that almost feels viscous, but apart from that niggle, damn close to perfection.

I've learnt in the past couple of weeks that this bottle is a "grey market" import to Australia. Worrying as this could be, I think the folks at SN needn't be overly concerned in this case because this beer I'm drinking is damned delicious. I can only imagine how good this would be fresh and, God willing, I'll be re-reviewing this in California some day.

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Photo of Rob6852
4.47/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Been hearing good things about this stout so i gave it a go.
It poured a dark brown/black color with a big tan head that hung
around for the whole beer and left lacing all the way down.
Smell was of burnt malt, hops and coffee.
This was a thick but not overly thick stout, not bad at all.
Taste was bitter but pleasent with the bitterness hitting the back
of the tounge and had a verry good coffee like taste, at least to me,
that went down smooth. The alcohol content of this beer gives this
beer some kick so drink slowly and enjoy.

This is a damn good stout. Of the ones that i have tried i would put
this near the top of them.
Highly recommended if you like this style of beer.
Try it sometime and you will be happy that you did.

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Photo of Denali
4.47/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Package: 12-ounce bottle. Unknown vintage (I assume it is 2003).

Appearance: Thick opaque black with small tan head that dissipated quickly.

Smell: Strong roasted malt and alcohol aroma.

Taste: Initial roasted/burnt malt flavor. Alternating chocolate and coffee flavors come next. Nice bitter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Thick and a bit chewy. Light carbonation.

Drinkability: Extremely drinkable.

Comments: Very delicious brew. The chocolate and coffee tastes keep fading in and out and trading places with one another. Wonderful burnt and roasted flavor too. The flavors complement one another extremely well. Thank you Keith (stegmakk) for the bottle.

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Photo of dizknee24
4.47/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a Dark but not jet black like some other stouts of note. Head was quite bubbly. Actually this beer was quite carbonated for a stout. Smelled of roast nuts and maybe a hint of dark chocolate. Taste matched the smell to a T. I liked this allot. I like the fact that they didnt care to think of a name so they named it stout. oh well lots of potential to add a great name to this so it gets more recognition maybe. I liked it will be getting more of it.

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Photo of BeerdedEric
4.47/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice creamy brown head with good retention that fades away into a film. Very dark body with crimson in the middle -- while the glass is held up to the light. Some noticeable bubbles through the dark body. Decent lacing sticking to the glass.

Coffee, caramel, dark chocalate and a nice hop profile that makes it's presense known. One of the best smelling Stouts I have ever laid my nose into.

Chocolate and coffee in the beginning, somewhere in the middle dark fruits and smoke are evident, then bitter hops show up at the end. Very tasty stout!

Medium creamy body that engulfs the mouth. It leaves the lips a little sticky. Noticeable carbonation but more on the lighter side. No alcohol heat. It leaves the mouth feeling a little dry from the bitterness but overall the mouth is left moist.

I'm really glad I decided to go with this stout. One of the best tasting, feeling and smelling stouts around. The balance of the robust roasted flavors blend beautifully with the bitterness -- it really makes this a treat for a cool night.

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Photo of Murph
4.48/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours blacker than black with a great two finger tan head that last all the way down and rings the glace. Smells of roasted malts, coffee, slight chocolate, and bitter hops dominate. Taste starts off with some roasted malts which then changes to a coffee flavor with a faint bitterseet chocolate taste in the background. Great bittering hops make this truly an american stout. Nicely creamy and extremely drinkable. This is a great american stout, right up there with Rogue's Shakespeare.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.48/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured in to Duvel tulip

A - Poured dark brown with a finger of bubbly light brown head. Some good lacing.

S - Dark roasted malts and coffee. Some toasted hazelnut in the background.

T - Chocolate, coffee, dark roasted malts. Some nutty flavours in the background. An excellent overall palate.

M - Medium body, lightly carbonated.

D - An outstanding stout. Another great Sierra Nevada beer.

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Photo of Riccymon
4.48/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Honestly, I could drink no other American stouts than Sierra Nevada's and be quite happy. Pours from the bottle at just a bit below room temperature with two fingers of gorgeous cappuccino head. Not much lacing, but it looks better than many with the amount of head you can expect from a SN beer. Smells a little earthy with notes of coffee, but also a good hop presence.

Flavor includes loads of bready malt with just a touch of grapefruit hop flavor and coffee in the finish. Body is very creamy and soft, with the smoothest of finishes; just terrific.

Let this beer warm up a great deal, and it's one of the best American stouts you'll taste and worthy of drinking year round. What an underrated gem.

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Photo of FrothFanatic
4.48/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Pours a deep black with a thick creamy head, get a lot of lacing retention, and a very smooth pour. Feels fantastic on the palet, just real smooth and creamy, almost as if I am drinking a chocolate malt smoothie that isn't too thick, but thick enough. Taste? Delicious. Perfectly bitter and sweet, nothing overpowering just a well balanced stout with good roastiness. Love it, Sierra Nevada never lets me down.

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Photo of Chickenhawk9932
4.48/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours black as night with some faint mahoghany highlights around the edges with a light brown head and some lacing.

In the nose is caramel malt and spicy, piney hops. Smells full of flavor not too sweet or bitter.

Tastes full like a savory meal - a bready fullness - then the bitter hops pop in the back of your mouth followed by caramel sweetness towards the front. The sweetness doesn't come through - it mainly tames the bitterness for a delightful mouthfeel and excellent taste. Ends with a nice chocolate coating a little on the bitter side = very nice.

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Photo of Randolph96
4.48/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a beer mug. Wonderful colour! It was hard for me to smell. Taste, well tastes like roasted grain, nice amount of bitter. Mouthfeel is hearty. A stout well done.

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Photo of steelreign
4.48/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

One of the greatest, commerically available stouts you can get. I have been a long time fan of most all SN brews, but this one just takes the cake. Smooth, creamy chocolate roasted smelling head, dense mouthfeel with good carbonation, and a taste of dark chocolate, roasted black patent and a nice hop finish. What a great beer!!

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Photo of Scrapss
4.48/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I love this beer. Great Stout with both depth and drinkability. Initial impression is a complex and deep flavor, lots of traditional stout notes present but Sierra Nevada is known for Hops and there's some in there. Smell is like a chocolate/coffee in the morning, deep and rich. The taste is smooth as butter for such a complex beer. Mouthfeel is full and strong, thick like a stout should be. drinkability, well, I love Guinness Stout and Extra Stout....and I'd "session beer" with this over anything else in the stout family. A winner all around! Try it!

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Photo of Gobearswalter34
4.48/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark, with a nice head the pat retains lighter color. Much lacing.
S- Barley, chocolate
T- roasted barley, chocolate toffee, with. Good chunk of hop for a stout. The hop lingers more than most stouts. Hops slightly enter the nose.
Feel busier than most stouts.
Overall a great stoud with the roasted barley, chocolate notes and the hop really stands out but does not go too far for a stout. I likey.

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Photo of jwc215
4.49/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours ptich black with a very thin head that immediately becomes thin spotted patchiness. Color on target, could use better head retention.

Very nice aroma - Robust, roasted coffee, hints of dark fruits, hints of chocolate - subtle, underlying smokiness. This is one complex and inviting aroma.

The taste of roasted coffee beans gives it a mild smokiness. Sweet dark grains balanced by bitter, roasted character. Nice balance of sweet and bitter. Hints of dark fruits and a suggestion of chocolate round it out in the long finish.

The feel is smooth, full, creamy and rich (without being overly thick). Nice texture, coating.

Alcohol is well-hidden. Easy to drink with a rich, complex body. An American stout with influence from a traditional English stout. This is a wonderful brew.

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Photo of Czequershuus
4.49/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a deep black with a reddish tinge appearing in the head. The aroma is complex - I get banana, oats, brown sugar, and apple. The flavor lead with rich brown sugar, folloed by smoked, dark chocolate, and a hint of coffee. The mouthfeel is full but not to rich. This is a seriously impressive stout.

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

Presentation: 12oz short brown twist cap bottle. Thin layer of sediment from bottle conditioning.

Appearance: A smooth black with leather hues around the edges and a creamy tan head with great retention.

Smell: Rich dark and on the dry side hints of fruit esters and grain aromas with a full earthy hop leaf nose, notes of ripe plum and light molasses are also detected.

Taste: A creamy full bodied brew with a roasted barley bitterness, notes of chocolate and a touch of caramel. High hop bitterness to balance that begins light, turns sharp and slightly tingly, eventually imparting its earthy flavour in the aftertaste and complementing the dry bitterness left from the roasted barley. The aftertaste stays with you for a very long time.

Notes: One of our favourite stouts; a well balanced brew showing both malt and hop complexities without one being the more dominant.

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Sierra Nevada Stout from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
4.07 out of 5 based on 3,353 ratings.
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