Sierra Nevada Stout | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

3,376 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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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +16.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -14%

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3.92/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured out of a bottle into glass. Pours very dark brown but not black.

Smell is lots of chocolate, roast malts.

Taste is malt, chocolate, coffee, what you'd expect from a stout. Finish is a little bitter but not overly so. Taste overall is not as "big" as some other stouts, but it's very "good", which is just as important.

Mouthfeel is, like the taste, on the light side for a stout.

Overall this is a really good-tasting beer, and the fact that it's not a huge hulking stout of a stout is actually a good thing, because this is a yummy stout that I could sit and have several of. It's not as flavorful or bitter as Old Rasputin, not as big and sweet as Sam Adams Imperial Stout, but I'd rather have three or four of these than even two of those at a sitting. To compare it to something of comparable ABV, it's better than Guinness.

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4.75/5  rDev +16.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -14%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours out in a black color with some dark brown in the light with a light tan head.

The aroma has lots of chocolate, roasty malt.

The flavor follows with a bittersweet chocolate and coffee flavor. The beer has a good amount of sweetness and nuttiness.

The highlight of the beer is the roasty bitterness on the back that gives the beer a wonderful finish. It's a deep charring flavor that hits on the end that helps complete the beer.

The mouthfeel is a bit light and watery, but still a very smooth drinking beer.

A good stout/porter for its ABV. Easy drinking and a good introduction beer. It's pretty well done.

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -14%

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

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3/5  rDev -26.3%

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

Photo of Neorebel
4.04/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Sierra Nevada Stout - finally getting around to reviewing this classic! It's appearance is archetypal, with a dark shade of brown not unlike oil. Light barely passes through the glass, and over top is a 1/2 inch layer of puffy, tan froth. The aromas coming from the beer are great as well - milk chocolate, sweet bread, and molasses. One sip and the drinker will be in love - the velvety smooth liquid coats the palate nicely and tastes milky, toasty, nutty and decadent for such a low ABV beverage. The brewer's best achievement here is the balance of all the aforementioned elements, though. It finishes with a slightly bitter end, which leaves one to only want more. Buy with confidence - this is no 'run of the mill' stout.

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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

Sierra Nevada Stout from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
4.07 out of 5 based on 3,376 ratings.
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