Sierra Nevada Stout | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

3,375 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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Photo of ssgunbond
3.25/5  rDev -20.1%

Photo of StevieW
4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Overall I like this beer, it pours to deep dark black with a nice full tan head, however I thought the head settled rather quickly for a stout. The smell seemed a little stronger and harsher than I anticipated. The first taste however more than made up for that. I found strong burnt malt, coffee taste and really nice strong finish. The feel is about right, maybe a little thinner than I expected, but the taste makes up for that again.This one seemed to start strong but fade toward the bottom of the glass. Still a winner, it's my 2nd of 6 I'll probably try a different stout when I restock my supply.

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Photo of brheuer
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

Photo of AlexM
4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of phishphorce
3.44/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of vma
3.25/5  rDev -20.1%

Photo of Robyn
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of allstar255
4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of AmeriCanadian
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of Beric
4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of ypsifly
4.53/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Undated twist off stubbie served in a pint glass.

Black with one finger of creamy light tan that leaves thick and globby lace, and the retention is strong. It settles to a couple cm and holds its ground. Beautiful beer.

Nice roasty malts with chocolate milk, cocoa powder and a little hop bitterness for balance. Nice!

Full dark, roasted malt flavors upfront. A bit of dark chocolate followed by a solid shot of bitter hops. The roasted flavors remain throughout and pair perfectly with the hops with both lasting through the finish. I get the impression that a lot of thought was put into how long the malts should roast in relation to the strain and amount of hops used, or vice-versa. No astringent flavors, no residual hop oil. A rare five for this one.

The mouth is full with the right amount of carbonation and as mentioned above, no unpleasant residuals. A stout this tasty can be nothing but drinkable.

A lot of thought went into this beer, and I can taste it.

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Photo of mattparsons
4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of Smurf2055
3.48/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from Wing Central in the U district. Poured into pint glass. Appearance was that of any other stout, dark/opaque/murky. Small tan head that leaves quickly. Aroma was a lot of coffee, roasted and burnt malts. Taste was a lot of roast flavors and coffee, very slight chocolate if any at all. Palate was powerful, makes its way through the entire mouth. Overall it was decent. Probably a bit inflated rating after drinking IPA’s all day (not a fan of IPA). Very mild for a stout, but not exactly my favorite. There are better stouts out there.

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Photo of 322wingedfoot
4.19/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JimmytheSaintPSU
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of rapidsequence
4.6/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle.

Appearance: Nice. Opaque with a light brown head. Short retention, but leaves good lacing.

Smell: Roasted chocolatey malts with a hint of coffee grounds, and grassy, earthy hops. Smells like a big beer.

Taste: Big roasty flavors from the front all the way to the finish. Bitter chocolate and coffee again. Hops really involved here too. Again, grassy/earthy. Nice balance.

Mouthfeel: For a 5.8% stout, this is pretty full bodied. Not the this silkiness of an RIS, but thats not what this is. Nice.

Drinkability: A stout this good at 5.8% is one of the biggest tasting session beers around. Delicious, cheap, available.

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Photo of richbrew
4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of Gushue3
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of StoutBoi
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of beveragecaptain
4.17/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle. Pours out nearly black with a one inch tan head. The aroma is chocolate and cream with some roastiness. Rich, roasted malt flavor. More chocolate flavor than I remember from previous tastings. The mouthfeel could be a little thicker. High level of carbonation. Good session stout from Sierra Nevada.

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Photo of cbnz
2.75/5  rDev -32.4%

Photo of Libeertarian
4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very dark brown to black, can barely see any light through it, even in parts of glass you might expect to be able to. Head of medium shade of brown, medium-higher retention, with moderate lacing. Licorice and cocoa aromas, a little burnt toast, not much else, but good. Taste is more complex, distinct smoke/roastiness throughout, and even a bit spicy/piney, with substantial notes of licorice, soil, leaf matter, cocoa, faint peppercorn. Root-like aftertaste, with lingering notes already mentioned. Overall, much more sweet than smokey. Missing on the palate were toffee/molasses, tobacco, toast, and roasted meat, in particular. Lighter end of full-bodied, fairly smooth in spite of highly reactive suds and tingles from carbonation, less astringent than a number of other stouts.

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Photo of bluemoonswoon
4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a Sam Adams pint glass. No freshness date.

A: Pours a nearly black but more along the lines of a very dark brown with dark ruby highlights near the bottom and top edges of the glass. The pours is quite smooth and rather quick and yeilds a decently creamy though just as bit rocky one inch beige and sandy head that just as quickly bubbles down into a half an inch cap which fades into a ring and leaves some nice looking lacing down the sides of the glass.

S: Smell is nice and fresh. Super toasty with a mild chocolate and nutty character and just the slightest hint of citric hops but mostly covered by the maltier aspects of the beer. Doesn't take me to another world but still good.

T/MF: Super toasty opening, quite dry, like a mini version of Beer Geek Breakfast but not nearly as shatter the earth, Sahara desert kind of dryness that you find in that beer, which is to say a pleasing dryness backed by a solid hop bitterness. Mild tobacco, toasted grains, bakers chocolate, little coffee but really not that much, mostly the hop bitterness makes you want to imagine coffee. The mouthfeel is full and chewy with a snappy hop and malt bitterness bit, fantastic mouthfeel and not a half bad taste either.

D: yet another solid offering from Sierra Nevada, I swear they do not make a bad beer. This one feels bigger than it is but maybe this is because it is a bit late right now.

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Photo of illini4x4
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

Sierra Nevada Stout from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
4.07 out of 5 based on 3,375 ratings.
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