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Sierra Nevada Stout | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Sierra Nevada StoutSierra Nevada Stout
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
California, United States | website

Style: American Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-14-2000

BEER STATS
Reviews:
1,410
Ratings:
3,317
Avg:
4.07
pDev:
16.71%
 
 
Wants:
309
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Photo of Sammy
3.9/5  rDev -4.2%
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 UCLABrewN84
4/5  rDev -1.7%
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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Photo of acurtis
3.98/5  rDev -2.2%
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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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.18/5  rDev +2.7%
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 Knapp85
3.53/5  rDev -13.3%
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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Photo of metter98
4/5  rDev -1.7%
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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Photo of BEERchitect
4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
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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Photo of brentk56
4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a dark coffee color with a sturdy beige head that retains well and leaves foam all over the glass

Smell: Roasted barley, dark fruit and tobacco

Taste: Starts out with a dark fruit, licorice and tobacco flavor that builds with a tangerine and pith bitterness, mid-palate; after the swallow, the bitter flavors are joined by a subtle bit of prune, brazil nuts and tobacco and the combination blends into the long-lasting finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: A really nice flavorful stout; at first, I was not sure what to make of it as the flavor profile is so unusual

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.13/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a pitch-black dark stout with medium dark head with pretty good retention. Aroma is a mix between some bitterness and roasted malt. Taste is dominated by the bitterness from the hops and lacks some roastiness. Overall, this is not a bad stout just not too well balanced IMHO.

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Photo of biboergosum
4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
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 LXIXME
4.62/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Medium sized light brown bubbly head rests above a clear dark brown to black colored stout.

Chocolatey rich malt aroma with some light fruit hints on this full bodied beer.

The taste is more rich chocolate malts with some coffee notes coming through as well as maybe hints of some kind of hops.

A rich dry aftertaste with hints of the chocolate malts.

A very worthy stout, up there with Guinness and Murphy's.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.12/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I can never find this in Virginia. It's a good thing I grabbed some the last time I was back in Michigan. Reviewed from notes.

Pours near black with a good tan head and a bit of lacing on the way down. The nose brings some really nice chocolate notes with a bit of roast and slight coffee. The taste is really nice and great for an American Stout not of the imperial variety. Great chocolate, coffee, and roast. Great feel with a very nice body and carbonation levels. Drinks quite well; I wish I had a non-stop supply of this throughout the colder months.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.72/5  rDev -33.2%
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 low altitude 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 ... malt? What's that doing in a stout? It's okay, but it's a bit bland 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, but not really.

Dr: Easy to drink but 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'll never have this again - except maybe on draught.

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Photo of zeff80
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
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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Photo of oriolesfan4
4.21/5  rDev +3.4%
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 oberon
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep black with a slight reddish hue in the bottem of the glass with a light almond colored head that leaves some decent lacing.Aroma is very roasted and nutty with hints of grassy hop.Taste is nice and nutty with a highly roasted malt flare the hop is very noticable as it gos very nicely in the mix with the nuttiness of this beer.A really balanced stout here not a one sided beer here.A real treat to drink.

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Photo of nickfl
4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Medium sized, light brown head with good retention, but not much lace. The body is dark brown to black with minor amber highlights.

S - Malty aroma with plenty of roasted overtones and coffee notes. There is a light hop aroma in the background, but hop character is a bit weak.

T - Strong roast flavor with spicy hop presence and toffee like malt notes. A bit of chocolate in the middle with more spicy/ citrus hop flavors. The finish is quite bitter, with an even combination of malt and hop bitterness and a hint of smoke.

M - Medium to thick body with moderate carbonation and a slightly sweet finish.

D - Very drinkable with a strong roast character and a nice hop backbone. A classic example of the style.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Black with ruby highlights, capped by a light milk chocolate brown crown. The foam is softly pitting and eventually deflates to a thick disk, leaving rings of lace. The aroma is of charred black malt (with more chocolate than coffee) and a snippet of hops.

Wow, is this a chocolate stout? It's more chocolate-like than many chocolate stouts that I've had. It tastes like melted Hershey's kisses were added before bottling. That's a good thing. SNS favors the sweeter side of its personality, which only makes the chocolate comparison that much more vivid.

Hops are present in the background, but don't intrude. The family resemblance to Sierra Nevada Porter is obvious. The finish is long, nicely roasty, chocolate-like and hoppy. The mouthfeel isn't quite as full as I'd like, but it's pretty good all the same.

Sierra Nevada Stout is another solid effort from this brewery. It really should be labeled as a chocolate stout since it most certainly tastes like one. I'm thrilled that it's available locally.

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Photo of mactrail
3.78/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thoroughly drinkable black beer. Really a textbook example of an American Stout. Dark, dark color with a nice off-white head and plenty of lacing along the tall glass.

Lots of shades of roasted, blackened, and burnt barley as you sip. A good base of malt flavors with a pleasant sweet and rounded mouthfeel. Some winey character and plenty of suds in the mouth. Hops seem to grow more assertive and moves along to a bitter aftertaste with a hint of charcoal. A touch of dark fruit but quite bitter at the end.

From the ubiquitous 12 oz bottle. Another well-made beer from people who know what they're doing.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.06/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a black body, with a large, ivory-colored head. Splotchy lacing on the way down.

Smell: Smoky, burnt maltiness with lesser notes of unsweetened chocolate, caramel, and citrus.

Taste: Black malts with tastes of scorched grain, baker's chocolate, and dark caramel. As with their porter, there's not much sweetness to go around. Hint of licorice. Earthy, citrusy hop character with a medium bitterness. Finishes just as dry and roasty as one would expect.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Not all too dissimilar from the porter, really, it's just got a dialed up roast component. So, if you dug the porter, you should dig the stout. If you didn't dig the porter, well...

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

Soft Cascades greet the nose as soon as the bottle is opened. It pours an opaque black body topped by a foamy light tan head that holds well and leaves nice lace throughout the glass. As it warms, the nose also reveals some chocolatey and roasty malt. The medium body is enhanced by a very fine carbonation from bottle conditioning that tingles the tongue! The flavor is quite intense; loaded with such deep, sharp roasted character (low pH), citrusy hop flavor, and yeasty fruitiness that it almost seems tart at the first sip. But it's decidedly bittersweet with more dark caramel, chocolate, and bold bitterness appearing as it warms. It's surprisingly complex with the Cascades remaining in the nose and making occasional appearances in the flavor. It finishes quite dry with a lingering chocolate/roast maltiness that fades to reveal rising bitterness and an eventual residual shadow of Cascade hop flavor. Well-balanced and complex. This is clearly an overlooked gem in the Sierra Nevada crown.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.26/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

had been wanting to try this one for a really long time. I am not really sure why, but something just really wanted me to go out and try this one. Served chilled and poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 06/25/2009.
 
The pour was nice. Rich dark brown in color with a huge head of tan that came up and over the top of the glass, reaching a height of close to two inches and staying there for quite some time. Very impressive side lacing as well let me know this was not one to be taken terribly lightly in any means! Big aroma of chocolate and roasted malts. Lots' going on in here with hints of molasses and smooth, brown sugar notes peaking up through a haze of peat. As I take the first sip, subtle chocolate notes override a definite hoppy presence here. Nice full body with smooth, cascading carbonation that really lets it float across the palate. Nice finish of strong hop notes and a smooth, almost light tobacco like aftertaste mixed in.
 
Overall this was a very drinkable and very smooth stout. Extremely solid and I would expect nothing else from them. They have mastered the art of brewing and this is no exception. Would go here again any day.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.83/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark brown color, with a short foamy off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of roasted malts, dark chocolate and coffee with a touch of hops.

T: The taste is malty with sweet flavors of dark chocolate & roasted coffee and a little fruit up front. There's a mild hops presence that provides a good balance for a stout. This one doesn't overdo the chocolate and maltiness like some other stouts do. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easy, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, this is a good beer to drink if you want a regular stout that isn't going to try to knock you over.

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Photo of chinchill
4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottled served in a pint glass. Code on bottle MAY indicate best by date of 12 Nov. 2012.

This is a truly black and opaque beer; even held up to sunlight coming thru my window I xan see no light, only the tiniest red-brown at the very edges. The head is a thick tan color, somewhat irregular in density, and leaves plenty of coating on the glass.

Aroma is not strong and consists mainly of dark roasted malts. Also present, some floral alcohol effects and a hint of hops.

T - Hops are obvious but secondary to the rich dark malt flavor. The excellent finish is long, featuring dark roasted malts, some hop spiciness, and hints of dark chocolate and coffee.

Mouthfeel: excellent medium-full body with carbonation that is a bit high for the style (but not for this beer) and imparts some welcome crispness and tingle.

O - Sierra Nevada Stout is another outstanding offering from this brewery. Overall rating approaches 4.5. Particularly recommended to those seeking a significant, but not intrusive, hop component in their stouts.

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Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
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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