Sierra Nevada Stout | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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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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Ratings: 3,412 |  Reviews: 1,447
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 itracy63
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of mjurney
4.69/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Deep brown to black color, ruby red hue when I held it to the light. Thick creamy beige color head. Leaves a really nice lacing behind.

Dark roasted malts, sweet, dark chocolate, fudge, coffee.

Dark roasted malts, rich dark chocolate, coffee, nutty, burnt caramel. There some dried fruit, perhaps prunes. Hop bitterness is medium, mainly tangy and leafy. Slight smokey finish. Body is full, smooth, semi-dry aftertaste, carbonation is nice.

It's an outstanding American Stout. Very delicious and smooth.

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Photo of moodyxc9
4.15/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of PatrickCT
4.43/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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3.5/5  rDev -14%

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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

350ml bottle, poured into a Cheers mug

Pours with a very dark brown body, nearly black. Thick dark tan head sits atop, about an inch thick, good retention. Patchy lacing up and down the glass

Smell, Smokey roasted malt character along with some rich dark chocolate/strong coffee aromas. Thick and rich malt along some slight turkish delight aromas

Taste, deep roasted malt, bittering chocolate, some espresso like coffee on the finish. Slight hop bitterness, little bit of silky buttery malt

A very good american stout. Lots of big bold flavours

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of stewart124
4.7/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A pitch black with a thick brown head that is very fluffy. Strong aroma of roasted malts,coffee, and chocolate. Slight hints of hops. The taste is terrific with a tangy hop sensation and a blend of coffee, chocolate, and bit of caramel. Very rich creamy taste and thick body. A dry aftertaste topped with coffee. Delicious. This is another classic produced by Sierra Nevada.

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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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

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3.5/5  rDev -14%

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

Thisone has been around for sometime, well I finally got around to picking up some. Glad I did.

It pours black, no light impact that I saw. The head was creamy tan. Some quick cascade and lace.

Aroma of toasted malts and bakers chocolate.

Taste of roasted barley, burnt biscuit, chocolate toffee and a slight hint of coffee. To balance well another slight hint of hop.

The mouth was not chewy or as thick and rich as others. Infact a thinner feel but not so far to say watery.

The feel aids the drinkability. Its easy to drink, smooth yet maintains its stout-like charactor.

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of IronCitySteve
4.42/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sierra Nevada is one of the 'craft' brew companies I utilize to get friends of the macro beer to start migrating over. The Sierra Nevada Stout was a huge hit at the Super Bowl pre-party this past weekend.

A: A really dark black beer, some vague brown undertones. A really nice two finger brown foam head with plenty of lacing.

S: Ample amounts of creamy chocolate are the predominant scents. Some vague hints of dried fruit with some very slight hop undertones.

T: Yes, this tastes really good. A mixture of chocolate and coffee flavoring with just enough hop presence. Makes this a really balanced beer.

M: A nice light to medium bodied beer, thought it would be just a tad thicker, which is my only real 'knock' on this beer. Just a tad thin.

D: A really nice enjoyable stout, really helped segway some non-craft beer drinkers into dabbling outside their usual realm.

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3.25/5  rDev -20.1%

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

Appearance: Chubby little brown bottle, twist-off cap, golden label.
Pure black with a rocky brown head, good lace and retention.

Smell: Sweet, complex and tempting.

Taste: Very strong roasted flavor, undertones of caramel, robust bitter after taste.

Mouthfeel: Good body though not as full as a stout should be but still good.

Drinkability: You gotta like a bitter stout to drink this beer, if you dont like that this is not for you but if you do like a beer that is bitter in a good way this is a beer you have to try.

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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

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4.17/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Sierra Nevada Stout from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.07 out of 5 with 3,412 ratings
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