Sierra Nevada Stout | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
California, United States
sierranevada.com

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#2,873
Reviews:
1,451
Ratings:
3,432
pDev:
10.84%
Bros Score:
4.58
 
 
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Ratings: 3,432 |  Reviews: 1,451
Photo of Sammy
3.9/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

It was more creamy and carbonated that other stouts. That may make it more popular.It has Less coffee more chocolate with fruit flavour, which I enjoyed better than the stouts I had had to this time. Good aftertaste. Medium mouthfeel and good on the palate.

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Photo of kylehay2004
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of acurtis
3.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into Samuel Smith Tulip Pint glass for breakfast this morning.
Gorgeous 2 finger tan head that lingers. Great carbination with less than average body. Strong aroma of sweet carmel and chocolate. Strong roasted malt taste. Very drinkable as long as your not full. One of my go-to beers if I don't see anything else exciting.

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.18/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

as good a stout as you can buy in a sixpack as far as im concernced. pours a rich thick dark chocolate color with a fluffly lasting mocha head. smells deeply roasty with a touch of caramel sweetness. flavor is well balanced. a little hoppy bite at the end, but all smoothed out by the dark malts. i dont pick up much coffee or chocolate flavor in this one, just a very organic feeling beer. its smooth like a good oatmeal stout, and has a bit of the flaked oat flavor in there. feel is wonderful, carbonated just enough, with a drinkably full body. i enjoyed the whole 6er and would reach for another if there were any more in the fridge. this is a fantastic stout all around, went really with a big mushroom pasta dish as well. yummmm

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an opaque black with a 1 inch foamy dark khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, and some coffee bean aromas. Taste is of dark roasted malt, roasted coffee beans, and cocoa nibs. There is a medium amount of roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty and easy to drink.

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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of Knapp85
3.53/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This stout pours out almost solid black with just a hint of light that shines through. The head is pretty decent with a light lacing. The smell of the beer has a good roasted malt aroma going on with some light hops in the back end. The taste of the beer is pretty good also, it's well roasted and has just a touch of burnt toast flavors in it. The mouthfeel is medium and leaves a dry aftertaste in your mouth. Overall it's a good stout, not really my favorite but I'd totally drink it if it were available.

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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3/5  rDev -26.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +17%

Photo of oriolesfan4
4.21/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of the last available Sierra Nevada beers I had yet to try... great beer to save for last too. Pours a nice dark brown, big fluffy head and tons of lacing. Nice roasted smell to it, taste is very well balanced.. malty, yet the hops are present (it's Sierra Nevada, what else do you expect?) nice and creamy mouthfeel that just goes down smooth. Way too easy to drink and another great session beer from an awesome brewery.

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Photo of metter98
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is jet black with a thin layer of mocha-colored bubbles covering the surface.
S: There's an aroma of dark roasted malts with some chocolate- or coffee-like notes in the background.
T: Like the smell, the flavors are dominated by dark malts.
M: There doesn't seem to be that much carbonation (granted it came from a cask) and it feels a bit thin on the palate, although it is still comes across as being relatively smooth.
D: It is relatively easy to drink.

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of biboergosum
4.3/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz, bottle, props to the wicked selection at Belmont Station in residential Portland, OR.

This beer pours a clear, very dark reddish brown hue, with two fingers of thin foamy tan head, which settles at an agreeable pace, leaving some limestone swaths of lace around the glass in the process. It smells of powdered chocolate, some lesser day-old coffee, the actual grainy malt barely perceptible, and some leafy, piney hops. The taste is more malty in flavour, the lightly toasted character coming through, before the undeniable chocolate essence re-asserts itself, amongst a mild lactic tanginess, and fruity, forest-like, leafy hops. The carbonation is on the down low, the body medium weight, smooth without question, and with slight creamy tendencies. It finishes still moderately sweet, the chocolate grain still quite reminiscent of childhood breakfast indulgences.

For its quality, style, and general availability, one could barely ask for more. The answer to all that ails the American, nay, global, perception of good, standard beer. One caveat though - one must like robust stouts...

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

After several session with this beer, it dawns on me that I've been away from this stout for far too long. Though there is not much in this brew to make it stand out from other big, bold, aggressive Stouts except for its quality and purity: it's balance, simplicity, and finess makes it the perfect specimen per style. Bold roasted grain, light hopping, and acidity contributes a strong coffee, roasted nuts, and cocoa flavors with a light charcoal-like quality and Supported by a solid pale malt base for sweetness and complexity. Light yeasty sourness and breadiness create an added layer of complexity right before the finish. Underlying alcohol never adds sweetness, very little heat, and no off flavors. Dry and roasty in the finish. The perfect stout for any time.

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of kojevergas
2.72/5  rDev -33%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

12 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a hefeweissbier glass in Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live.

A: Pours an appealing two finger tan colour head of good cream, good thickness, and fantastic retention. Colour is a solid black/extremely dark ruby. Appealing, but then I'm a stout lover.

Sm: Cream, toffee, chocolate, and caramel. A mild strength aroma.

T: Caramel, light vanilla, some extremely light cream, and a tinge of ...hops? What're overt hops doing in what's meant to be a classic stout?

It's okay, but it's a bit bland and reticent for a stout. The roast especially is far understated. the balance is off, and the build is merely okay.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Kind of suits the flavour profile, but not really. Doesn't elevate the beer as a whole or accentuate specific notes.

Dr: Easy to drink but of fairly low quality. A poorly executed stout with no clear appreciation for the style. Above average ABV, both in style and beer, and lacking in quality. I doubt I'll have this again anytime soon - except maybe on draught.

2017 UPDATE: The rating system was changed without notice since this review was posted, and I have no idea what rating I was intending to give this because of that. Probably a C / AVERAGE?

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into signature pint glass, bottled on 10/9/2014. Pours clear nearly opaque dark brown color with a 2 finger dense and rocky khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of big dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, toast, dark bread, herbal, pine, light smoke/char, light dark fruit, and herbal/roasted earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of roasted/bready malt and earthy hop notes; with good strength. Taste of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, toast, dark bread, herbal, pine, light smoke/char, light dark fruit, and herbal/roasted earthiness. Moderate amount of herbal/roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, toast, dark bread, light smoke/char, pine, and herbal/roasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice complexity and robustness of roast/bready malt and earthy hop flavors; with a great bitterness/sweetness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, moderately creamy, and lightly sticky/chalky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent American stout style. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of roast/bready malt and earthy hop flavors; and very smooth to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of zeff80
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - Poured out a dark, cola-brown color with a tan, bubbly/foamy, two-finger head. It left sticky rings of lace.

S - It smelled of roasted malt, coffee and some caramel notes.

T - It tasted of bitter hops at first sip. Great smooth roasted malt flavor with coffee hints.

M - It was crisp and sharp. A medium-bodied beer with a smooth finish.

D - This is a really good stout. One of the best mass produced stouts around.

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