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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:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-14-2000

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Reviews: 1,417 | Ratings: 3,341
Photo of Alan_Bats
4.26/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

L- Completely opaque almost black
S-Roasty aroma with chocolate coming through adding sweetness, a slight hint of dried fruit
T - Wonderful dark roasted malt flavor, just what a stout should have. Flavors of tasted bread and grain come forth. Sweetness comes through right after malt with a chocolate base. Finish has coffee and roasted bitterness and a hint of raisin or dried fruit
F-Not the fullest of bodies but more than medium bodied for sure
O- The roasted character is about as good as I've had in a stout. Other flavors still come through though. Great stout.

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Photo of bbtkd
4.29/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Sierra Nevada Stout, 5.8% ABV, 50 IBU. Pours thick, got lots of fine head that lasted, good lacing, nose is malt, chocolate, and coffee. Taste follows, with slight coffee bitter in the middle. Carbonation is just right. My bad, but I rarely check the born on date, this one I happened to and note the date was December 2014 - though I just bought it. Not sure why they don't sell, I like it and will get it again.

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Photo of Bruno74200
4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Maybe a bit out of date : bottled on 03/18/15. Roasted. Dark chocolate mostly, herbal in the smell. Overly carbonated for my taste, it doesn't give the taste any favor. Better and better as it warms up.

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.88/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black in color and impenetrable to light. There's an inch of densely packed beige head resting on top. Moderate lacing. Aroma is a gentle dose of dark roasted barley and dark malt. I taste that same dark roasted barley and dark malt and while there is a light bitter finish, this is meant to be pretty sessionable. There's a light flourish of a plum note in the finish. The mouth is lightly oily and chewy.

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Photo of drtth
4.27/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The beer pours out into a Duvel glass a nice looking black with a 1" dark tan head that begins to visibly recede and while doing so leaves rings and legs of lacing around the glass and a foamy island surrounded by a thin layer of foam. Sipping creates lots of small scattered speckles of lacing.

The aromas include dark roasted malt, some coffee and dark chocolate. The flavors are much as expected from the nose with the dark roasted malt, the coffee and some dark chocolate. There's a touch of sweetness and in the background there's a touch of bitterness that seems to be both from the hops and the roasted malt.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied and has some light prickliness from the persistent moderate carbonation. The finish begins about mid-way through as the sweetness fades allowing the bitterness to come forward while the other flavors begin to disappear. Towards the end the bitterness recedes to the back of the palate and begins fades to leave dryness.

As expected from Sierra Nevada this is a well made stout and one I'll be having again in the future. Overall it got all the right stuff coming together here. Particulary nice about this Stout is that all of the flavors present in a well integrated package which is not easy to tease apart to identify individual components. So it is a nicely complex beer as well as a tasty one.

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Photo of yesterdayfaraway
3.52/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

L: pours dark brown with a finger of tan head
S: chocolate, fairly sweet.
T: chocolate start, then the hops take over. Starts sweet then turns bitter.
F: the carbonation tingles my mouth like soda. Not a fan at all.
One and done for this beer.

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Photo of microbrewlover
4.51/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a solid black with mocha colored sediment suspended in and lying on the bottom of the glass. There is a two finger head which dissipates into a nice collar and heavy lacing.

The smell is full of hops, chocolate, roasted malts and bitter coffee.

The taste follows the nose with the hops forward, backed up quickly by the roasted malts, bitter coffee, chocolate then finishing with more hops. The hop finish is only slightly dry. Some booze leaks through but not much. The feel is thick and bready. This is an American Stout that smells and tastes like an Imperial. Let this one warm up a bit before drinking and you will be rewarded with a better range of smells and flavors.

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Photo of Drinkzumbeer
3.8/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This stout pours an almost black color with a tan white head that dissipated quickly and leaves a nice lacing. The nose was slightly underwhelming, but what it lacks on the nose it completely makes up on the taste. This stout is chalk full of burnt darkly roasted malts that smoothly transitions to a chocolate and espresso bean finish. There is noticeably a good amount of bitter hops present in every sip. A medium bodied brew with good carbonation. Slightly creamy with a smooth finish. This is a nice stout that I would definitely pick up again. Cheers!

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Photo of chrishiker1409
4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

L: Black with a tan white finger of head. It lingers and leaves some lacing.

S: Dark Chocolate, coffee, burnt notes. Some floral from the hops.

T: Follows the nose. Fairly dry finish.

F: Quite smooth. Full bodied.

O: Really enjoyed this one.

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Photo of JonnyGee
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

An interesting beer. It looks and smells like a dry stout, nothing special there. However the first sip was a big surprise: the coffee notes of the stout were present but there was a much heavier taste of hops on the back end than I would have ever expected from this beer. If you are looking for an interesting twist on stouts then pick this up. However, if you're longing for a more traditional or sweeter style then I would stray away.

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Photo of lastmango
3.78/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours brown-black with a beautiful three finger head that looks like a chocolate malt shake. The lacing is gorgeous and heavy. Very mild chocolate malt nose. Taste is of bittersweet chocolate, malt, piney hops, and black licorice. This is very hoppy for a stout and I wish it were toned down a bit. On the other hand, as I continue to sip, it is growing on me. :) This stout has moderate-heavy carbonation and a medium body. This is a unique stout and those who like more pronounced hops should really enjoy it.

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Photo of jimdalton
4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a very dark brown, nearly non-translucent with 1 finger tan head. Moderate lacing.
Smell: Espresso, roasted grain, molasses
Taste: Front end is espresso, caramel, and roasted grains which fades into a floral hoppy flavor towards the back end.
Feel: Light-Medium body with little carbonation. Smooth.
Overall: This stout is a wonderfully smooth beer with a lot of complexity and enjoyable flavors.

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Photo of RockRuler
3.51/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Looks like a standard stout. Not a strong smell and a little watered down. Tastes a bit of chocolate and after taste of coffee. It's a standard stout. Much better ones at market now. Not bad but not outstanding. Cheers!

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Photo of Kubishark
3.99/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Dark brown to black pour, smells like roasted malts, coffee and chocolate, and tastes like all of those plus a moderate serving of hops. Hoppier than most stouts I've had, and very good. The bitterness is very enjoyable. Feels moderately heavy, but the ABV is pretty low and it goes down very smooth.

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

Pretty solid stout. Not the most complex, but easy drinking. "West Coast Style" on the label; figured it would mean hop forward, but didn't really taste that.

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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 johnnyd10vt
4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Really nice stout. Slightly more bitter/hoppy than many stouts, but not overwhelmingly so. Much more complex than the standard Irish style stouts like Guinness, but not as in your face as some of the newer high gravity stout styles either (this one is 5.5%).

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Photo of richj1970
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz bottle dated 5/25/2015 into nonic pint

A: Pitch black with one finger light tan head with decent retention and leaving moderate lacing

S: Roasted malts, espresso, and chocolate.

T: Rich roasted malts combined with coffee and chocolate. An almost smoky quality to the finish.

M: Full bodied by not thick. Somewhat creamy texture.

O: Solid stout. Very well crafted and tasty beer.

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Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
3.83/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Black body, rocky tan head, good webs of lace. Smell is faint but has floral overtones and undercurrents of milk chocolate, roasty malt, and wood. Metal (bad) comes through now and again. The taste is more on point, with those dark notes taking the lead. Balanced between sweet on the front palate and bitter on the finish, with some mint and earthy pine flavors as well. Rich, soft mouthfeel, low carbonation but not flat.
This is great. It deviated slightly from traditional/boring stouts with a touch of extra hops while still being within the style. Perfect choice for a non-palate bomb and quaffable stout.

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

Pours an opaque dark brown almost black color with khaki colored head. Roasted malt, chocolate, and toffee on the nose; follows onto the palate. Full bodied. Finishes with more roasted character.

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Photo of dbl_delta
3.98/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle "pkgd 01/14/15" into pint glass. Pours an opaque black with light tan head. Initial impression is roast coffee, with a slight cocoa undertone. Not sweet, although it gets sweeter as it warms. Medium mouthfeel - just a tad thin for a stout. Hops are far in the background. Smooth and easy to drink. Dry finish.

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Photo of mmmbeer89
4.06/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

it's almost like an ipa mixed with a stout...which has a really good outcome. good taste, nice color, really smooth and a decent ABV% makes for a good beer.

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Photo of Jamie_Newman
4.4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dark dark brown with a cream colored, spongey head. Smell is of dark roasted malts and a little bit of hops. The taste follows and has a bit more carbonation than I'm used to in a stout. The finish is semi-dry.

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Photo of JRed
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Black in body with coffee head that stays. Aroma of chocolate, coffee, mild grass, dirt. Tastes of cocoa, coffee, grass, dirt, milk chocolate. Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Really good.

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Photo of Myotus
4.43/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle (bottled 18May15) into a Spiegelau stout glass
LOOK: Pours with a finger's worth of khaki foam that dissipates into a quarter's worth after 1 minute and 15 seconds. Black in color with a garner tint (always love that). Rising bubbles are moderate. Lacing is thick and moderate.
SMELL: Had strong aromas of coffee that meet with mild aromas of sweet chocolate, bitter roasted malts, and vanilla.
TASTE: Mild piney hops combine with mild sweet chocolate flavors to create the initial flavors. Mild coffee flavors and subtle flavors of bitter roasted malts enter about 2 seconds after the persisting intial flavors.
FEEL: Light-bodied (that's lame) with the slightest hint of carbonation (that's awesome). Goes down incredibly creamy and smooth. Finishes with a subtle dryness.
NOTE: What an incredible stout. I've never had one where the hops contributed flavor. I loved it.

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Sierra Nevada Stout from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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