Sierra Nevada Stout | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

Sierra Nevada StoutSierra Nevada Stout
3,392 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

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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Photo of Lingenbrau
4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Time to revisit a classic with some good old fashioned note taking. From a 7-7-17 bottle.

It's black appearance is complimented beautifully with deep garnet hues when held to light. The khaki head is present, and not all that impressive. It leaves a small island on the surface, and minimal spotty patches of lace.

Lightly roasted coffee meets with heavily toasted white bread, right smack in the middle. A touch of hop spice fights for a presence.

The flavor is much the same, but the clear winner of the clash is the toasted bread. There is a mild cola and molasses like taste leading up to an earthy finish.

Sweet start, bitter by roast finish. Medium slick feel and medium carbonation transition into a dry and lingering end.

A wonderful easy drinking stout. One that can be enjoyed throughout the day, and may become my go-to cold weather drinker thanks to it's low(ish) abv and high quality flavor. Very happy to revisit. Cheers!

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Photo of Hophazzard
4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of GreenBayBA
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of AngryDutchman
4.67/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Purchased a six-pack at Weis Markets. If I have had this before it has been 30 years. I don't normally have a list of "whales" but this and SN Porter are two beers I have been wanting to get. And I have to say it has been worth it!
Very dark brown with a pleasant and lasting tan head. Aroma is fresh hops and roasted barley. Flavour emphasizes both of those attributes, clearly reminiscent of the sort of departure from "standard" known by all home brewers. It's dry without being cloying, toasty without being overly so and has a clean and fresh quality often lacking in packaged craft beers. Will definitely buy again, just hope I don't have to wait so long next time.

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Photo of jmarko579
4.57/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Plonk
3.77/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of mjgpy3
5/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of MHJeff06
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Dentist666
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dark brown beer with nice tan head, good retention.
All attributes of stout are here, some salinity, good hopping.
Medium body, soft carbonation.
Classics of classics.

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Photo of Stout_Hunter
4.55/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of SpAiReArGsEonNE
3.5/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BergBeer
3.77/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Biggiekrock627
3.79/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of shigg85
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of LampertLand
3.79/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Sierra Nevada 'Stout' @ 5.8% , served from a 6pack of 355 ml bottles purchased for $18
A-pour is cola brown from the bottle to an almost black in the glass with hints of ruby red at the glass edge , has a large tan head leaving a streaky lace along the pint
S-roasted malt
T-clean & crisp / roasted malts with a hop bite
MF-ok carbonation , medium body
Ov-bit disappointing , (western style/hops !!?)
prost LampertLand

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

Sierra's stout is perhaps more hoppy than any other stout. It feels subtly fruity and so it is much more enjoyable than a normal dry stout would be. Roast is full on but the body is much more interesting and richer than anything else. They admit it on the label, having used whole cone American hops, this is stout, West Coast style! This is the only stout I like!

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Photo of HoppingMadMonk
4.09/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Black color with a nice feel with a perfect medium amount of carbonation. Roasted malts,a bit of bitter coffee and hops. A great classic stout thats straight forward and doesn't disappoint

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Photo of davidward
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Definitely one of the best stouts I've had. It has beautiful foamy color with a sticky, in your face, smacky flavor. Deliciously malty, but not too sweet.

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Photo of petrusek23
3.5/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of deniserat
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Everydayoff
3.9/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

355ml bottle poured into a pint glass.

Very deep mahogany brown to almost crude black in color, it tops with thick foamy brown head that withstands with pretty good retention before slowly collapsing to a very lasting bubble sheet atop and leaving some lacing on the glass-side.

Big caramel in a nose, along with big roasted, dark bread, toasted biscuit, brown sugar, coffee, cinnamon, vanilla, all from malt while hop with notes of mild fruit, spice, and earthiness.

It is so straightforward through the palate sensation with the lead of heavily roasted flavor together with notes of dark bread, toasted biscuit, brown sugar, and coffee sourness from malt. Hop is also there to lend its earthiness, fruitiness, along with the bitterness at the end that is also reinforced some partial bitterness from roasted malt.

The body is light with rather crisp feeling and quite smooth mouthfeel through the palate. The overall feeling is just right with a pleasantly dry finish.

Light, crisp, balance, and very easy drinkable Stout, I can drink this all day long.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
4.16/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It pours a medium to dark brown yielding a jet black body with a two inch foamy tan head. The body is too dark for any carbonation to be seen. The head must last at least a good three and a half minutes even after I took several sips. There is some nice foamy rings left. The smell has a nice combination between chocolate and coffee with some added hops. The taste is robust and bold with the previously mentioned smells coming through with an added maltiness. The palate is about a medium and there is nothing harsh on the tongue. It has a decent drinkability. Overall, I would say this is a solid American Stout that I would have again.

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Photo of Jhfinn
3.89/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BeerBobber
4.18/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a as a very dark beer with some ruby hints around the very fringe of my glass. Three fingers of a tightly packed tan head. The head actuallt seemed to open to allow some larger bubbles. Nice lacing down my glass.

Smells of nice darkly roasted malts, some black coffee and a bit of hop notes in the background.

Taste is of some heavily roasted malts. Bitterness comes out of that roasted malt as well. The roast seems a bit heavy on the flavor but not overly charred. There is some dark coffee flavor and just a twinge of sweet in here as well.

Mouth borders on medium with a slick wet finish.

This is a stout that is available year round at a very easy to purchase price point. That alone is worth quite a bit because this is a very high quality, well crafted stout. I look forward to the winter holiday dinners and picking some of this up for a nice after dinner, served with my pumpkin pie, beer.

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