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

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Photo of Beastdog75
3.65/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This particular brew from Sierra Nevada doesn't seem as "accomplished" as some of their other brews and at times seems to go unnoticed. If you're one of those folks who pass this one by, you are missing a pretty good beer. This is a true to the style dry stout with some of that Sierra Nevada kick to it that will satisfy fans of both stouts and hoppy beers.

This beer pours a very dark brown/near black color that isn't translucent in any way. A large, expansive, cocoa colored head forms and retains quite well, leaving some splotchy lace. The smell is a bit surprising, seeing as how the first aroma that I picked up was some spicy hops. This was followed by some lighter, cocoa-like aromas. The mouthfeel is smooth with very little carbonation. As mentioned, the hops do play a big part in this stout. A citric, hoppy twang that is reminicent of most SN beers is the first flavor I detected here, but it was quickly followed up with some very dark roasted malt flavors. Notes of burntness and dark chocolate were picked up, along with a very slight alcohol flavor. The finish is on the bitter side, with more roasted bitterness and some hop twang making its presence known. Quite a drying experience, I must say. The dry, roasted flavors linger for a bit carrying some dark, burnt coffee and licorice notes, and some of that hop bitterness continues as well. The beer concludes with a bit of alcoholic warmth.

This is definitely a good stout, but I would choose Sierra Nevada's Porter over this for its sheer drinkability. This one is certainly hoppier, less sweet, and maybe even a bit more "in your face" than the porter. A good winter beer.

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

A deep black colour with a thick tan, almost brown head. The smell soft with a nice aroma of chocolate. The taste was a smooth and tasted of an easy to get along with chocolate. There were also hints of coffee, but the choclate was much more pronounced. It was very good and easy to drink.

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Photo of silks636
4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12 oz. brown bottle. No freshness date indicated. Served at cellar temp.

Thick opaque black with a decent frothy tan head. Good retention and nice lacing. Aroma of burnt malt and light fruity alcohol esters. Flavors begin deep and earthy with notes of roasted barley, chocolate, and plum. These gradually give way to a nice Cascade hop bitterness that provides a wonderful balance. Finishes pleasantly dry. Long lingering bitter leafy hop aftertaste. Full bodied with vigorous carbonation.

A damn good session stout. Another solid offering from SN.

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Photo of CortexBomb
3.61/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out nearly pitch into a pint, but you can still see light through it if you hold it up. Surprisingly large amount of head for a stout.

Scent is mainly dominated by a nutty aroma while the flavour is a strong burnt yet creamy malt taste with a goodly amount of bitterness that comes on late and then lasts for quite some time.

Mouthfeel is decent, lighter than I'd like, and very carbonated, yet it still has a bit of thickness to it. Drinkability is high though because the creamy flavour manages to tone the intense stouty-ness down a tad.

Overall a decent stout, and slightly unique because of the creamy factor.

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Photo of GeoffRizzo
4.62/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Deep brown, bordering a black hue, thick tan head, decent lacing. A nice nose of caramel, roasted malts and some chocolate. Off the cuff, sweet malts, thick and definitely full bodied, to be expected. The sweet, dark roasted malts give way to some delicious licorise and dark coffee bean flavoring, but wait we aren't done yet. The cascade hops that SN has been world famous for, come out in the background. Finishes with a delicate dryness, and very little on the palate, just a craving for more. This should be the definition of a stout - everything to be expected and then some, a perfect session stout, superb!

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Photo of ViveLaChouffe
4.32/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an opaque dark brown with a lacy creamy tan head. Smells of sweet dark malt. Nutty and lightly smoky.

Tastes overall of a very spicy stout. Nice burnt malt bitterness but mellowed with smooth creamy overtones. Spicy and peppery too. Full bodied of course but not much aftertaste. Adds to its smoothness but you wish it would hang around a bit longer on the tongue. Very drinkable and very tasty. An old friend I should visit more often.

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

The beer pours a very thick black color with a very thick tan head that lasts. The aroma is good. It is full of black barley and crystal malts; a dark one for sure. The taste is good. It has much of the same. A thick dark feel with lots of dark malts. It seems to be higher in alcohol content than most beers. The mouthfeel is good. It's a full bodied ale that's well carbonated and highly drinkable.

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Photo of Stingray5
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black with a smooth tan head. Lots of espresso and chocolate notes in the aroma, with noticible hops. Thick substantial mouthful. There can be no mistaking this for anything other than a stout. Taste is more coffee and chocolate, with subtle port notes. Nice hop balance as well. Finishes with a long lasting bitterness. Pleasing and warming on a cold winter night.

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Photo of edchicma
4.15/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A somewhat deciving actually seemed to be higher in abv than advertised. Still, an excellent choice. Beautiful dark reddish black color...Rich, full malty smell...hoppy hints. Nice taste..a bit hoppy (which I like). Very nice slightly bitter aftertaste. Mouthfeel was somewhat dry....but in a nice way. Easy enough to drink, witha real good aftertaste.

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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 Ellbert
4.84/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A beautiful black color with a nice tan head and very nice lacing however, the head does not last very long.

The smell is very good. A lot of hops come through. Very sweet smelling at the same time. A little toffee comes through.

The taste is wonderful. It reminds me of Shakspeare Stout. Very flavorful with pleanty of roasted malts and hops to balance it out. Aftertaste is long lasting which is great. The end of the drink almost taste like some alcohol showing through. Beautiful.

Mouthfeel is good however a little much on the carbonation. The bubbles are a little harsh on the tongue.

A beautiful brew. This now my favorite session beer. The price and the taste is right. I raise my glass to Sierra Nevada.

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Photo of Dmann
3.73/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer was kind of a dissapointment but it was still better than alot of beers I've had. It poured a great deep brown color with a huge fluffy tan head that gave way to lots of lace down the glass. The smell had lots of roasted malt and coffee scents in it. The taste is what dissapointed me a bit. It tasted a little too "earthy" in my opinion. The hops snuck in and the roasted malt flavors were good but there was just some kind of sour flavor that I got from it that was not too pleasing. Although I did notice that there was a hard ring of yeast or something at the bottom of every bottle of the 6 pack that I drank so this batch could have been a little old. I will mostly likley try it again before I pass final judjement on this beer, but as it is now, I like the Sierra Nevada Porter MUCH better than the stout!

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Photo of avylover
4.43/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Sierra Nevada Stout in a 12oz bottle. I always overlooked this, and not sure why really, as this is a great beer.

Pours out like a stout should. It's black with a big creamy uneven head..impressive. Aroma of roasted malt, malted milkshake, and a minor floral hop presence. Taste starts off with a roasted coffee and chocalate flavor, then a decent dose of hops hits you, making for a great combination. Niether is too overpowering. The mouthfeel is perfect here - there is just enough carbonation yet the mouthfeel is still slick & creamy. Nice residual taste. The drinkability on this is nice, as it doesn't set too heavy, and it just begs to be drank.
Top notch stout

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Photo of johnrobe
4.18/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

That Sierra Nevada has experienced massive leaps in growth while maintaining a standard of consistently good brews is nothing short of amazing. While others have faltered attempting the same (cough...Sam Adams, Red Hook....cough) SN excels.

This brew pours the textbook opaque black with a dense beige head that maintains a decent cap throughout consumption. This is undoubtedly the hoppiest stout I've tried (with the exception of a few Imperials). Aromas of citrus, dark chocolate, roasted barley, and coffee are nicely melded. There is a uniquely rich bitterness in the taste that dominates, truely very pleasant and obviously the combined bitterness of PNW hops and roasted barley, akin to sipping a rich northern Italian espresso. Caramel and dark malts keep the bitterness from overwhelming but do not provide that thick, chewy mouthfeel present in craft brews like Bell's...not a bad thing, as I can see myself having a few of these in a session whereas a stout like Bell's would be too heavy, but this is no watery Guinness draught....somewhere nicely in between.

I'll echo the comments of some others that this brew must be consumed at cellar temperatures to be fully appreciated.

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

Another tasty brew from Sierra Nevada.

The stout poured nicely, evenly distributed in the head. The colour was a very dark brown. The taste was balanced between Cascade hops and a wonderful malt flavour.

Afficianados have to try this beer at about 55F--it really brings on the best qualities of a West Coast hoppy stout at this temperature.

Way ta go, SN!

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Photo of grynder33
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

S. N. continues to impress and shine Seductive dark color with a better head than you see on most stouts.Chocolate malted aroma, smooth dark chocolate taste,slight bitter coffee aftertaste. Right up there near the top, but the best are bolder and denser.

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Photo of DagFishHead
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Jet black body with tightly-bubbled, two finger tan head that hangs in there quite well... super lace.
Outstanding nose: Lots of roasted malt, smoke (but not overdone), alcohol level surprisingly evident, then hops. Hints of mocha and even licorace.
Classic stout taste, though very slightly watery. Big roasted malt presence, slightly sweet, smooth, silky, smokey, followed by a semi-dry, somewhat overly-bitter hop finish (the SN factor comes out finally).
Highly drinkable. A superb stout. I want another.

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Photo of Rob6852
4.47/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Been hearing good things about this stout so i gave it a go.
It poured a dark brown/black color with a big tan head that hung
around for the whole beer and left lacing all the way down.
Smell was of burnt malt, hops and coffee.
This was a thick but not overly thick stout, not bad at all.
Taste was bitter but pleasent with the bitterness hitting the back
of the tounge and had a verry good coffee like taste, at least to me,
that went down smooth. The alcohol content of this beer gives this
beer some kick so drink slowly and enjoy.

This is a damn good stout. Of the ones that i have tried i would put
this near the top of them.
Highly recommended if you like this style of beer.
Try it sometime and you will be happy that you did.

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Photo of yankeeheel
3.8/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black with a huge tan head that hangs around for almost the whole beer. Nice lacing.

The smell is very malty with a hint of some grape or plum hiding in there too. The taste is spot on. Dark and burnt with a hint of coffee and plum. Maybe a hint of chocolate too. Maybe a hair too hopped at the end, but that's just my hang up. Got to take a little off for the hops. Overall a very nice stout.

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

Appearance: Dark, with a very resilient tan head, almost opaque, with a few reddish-brown highlights. Aroma is mostly hops, some roastiness in the background. Taste: very strong hop flavors predominate first few sips, as you have more, malty, nutty, roasty flavors become evident. Also some malt sweetness. Bitterness is quite strong, but mostly due to hops rather than roasted malt, which doesn't see quite right. Mouthfeel: thick, creamy. Drinkability: the battle of roastiness and hopiness seems a little overcluttered, but otherwise quite drinkable.

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Photo of dedalus
3.93/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

this bottle of sierra nevada stout poured out black and thick, with a pillowy, caramel-brown head. the lace was abundant and clung tenaciously to the side of the glass in thick, bubbly ringlets.

the famous sierra nevada cascade hops were dominant in the nose, but the bitter, burned malt lurked in the background, smelling faintly coffeeish and roasty.

the beer possessed a good, thick mouthfeel, not syrupy or cloying, but not watery either.

the roasted malt hit the tongue first, just barely sweet, but robust and satisfying. the hops didn't wait too long, though, and the malt was soon overtaken by a flood of grapefruity bitterness that crackled on the back and sides of the tongue. the hops dominated the long finish as well, although exhaling through the nose brought the bitter, burnt malt out once again, and the two flavors mingled nicely. hardly a hint of sweetness in the finish.

this beer was a kind of study in one weak sweetness and two powerful kinds of bitterness. i'm used to smooth irish stouts like guinness and murphy's, whose burnt-malt bitterness is balanced by a layered, complex, chocolatey, caramelly, coffeeish, malty sweetness, so this sierra nevada stout came as a bit of a shock to my taste buds. but it was a welcome, pleasant shock, and exactly what i expected from a hop-worshipping brewery like sn. not a lot of depth to either the malt or the hops, just burnt coffee and grapefruit, but the simplicity worked well.

i never drink more than one of the same kind of beer at a session, but if i did, i don't think i'd recommend this as a session beer. the bitter flavors might become too numbing after two or three bottles. but if bitter mixed with bitter is your thing, go for it. having said that, the beer was incredibly satisfying, and while i was hungry when i got to the pub at one, after one bottle of this stout i was good til dinner, which we had at seven.

all in all, a good, simple, understated american stout that i suspect would be good for anyone who loves good beer.



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Photo of 86MonteSS
4.47/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Now there's a stout. I'll come right out and say that the first thing that struck me about this beer was the alcoholic twang. It added an immeasurable amount of depth to this beer. Next are the hops, whose sharp tanginess mingles perfectly with the obligatorily bitter malts. I'm only halfway through the glass but I've already come to the conclusion that this is the best stout I've ever had.

O bitter circumstance, why hath I bought but one bottle? Dammit....

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Photo of Gavage
3.95/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The stout is deep brown, almost black in color, with a nice head that reminded me of a light colored chocolate mousse. The aroma was a decent balance of roated malt and chocolate. The flavor is big, roasted malts with a coffee and chocolate aftertaste that lingers on the tongue. Bitterness is extremely evident compared to other stouts. Very smooth and has great body. Extremely drinkable.

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Photo of oelergud
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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Photo of beerguy101
3.78/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark Black color, large tannish foamy head. Aroma is chocoloate and coffee. Roasted malts, some hop bite. A full flavored stout. Medium body. Good balance. Smooth taste. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is a touch dry. Aftertaste is roasted malts and slightly bitter.

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Sierra Nevada Stout from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
4.07 out of 5 based on 3,356 ratings.
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