Sierra Nevada Stout | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

3,376 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

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

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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

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2.75/5  rDev -32.4%

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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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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -14%

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3.5/5  rDev -14%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of Immortale25
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Southern Tier tulip-style glass. No readable freshness date.

A- Pours an almost fully opaque black color with a 1/2 inch tan head that retains well before decaying to a thick ring around the edge of the glass and plentiful surface foam. Very good lacing that's slow to collapse.

S- A firm roast nose with hints of coffee and a bit of chocolate. Also quite earthy and herbal.

T- Bold roast notes that immediately latch onto the palate but give in before too long to release the food notes of coffee, chocolate, molasses, etc. Incredibly balanced and rich.

M- Semi-viscous with medium carbonation and a robust body.

O- I've had the porter before which I feel is just OK, so I assumed the stout would be the same. I was sorely mistaken. One of the most enjoyable SN beers I've ever had.

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3.5/5  rDev -14%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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4.21/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: near straight black with thick clouded grey tinge head diminishing to a thick coverage of head over the beer and lacing.

S: pine, hay and remnants of pepper corn. slight twinge of chocolate and a the tiniest bit smoke rising off it.

T: wow! im not a huge stout fan but this is incredible! a rich flavour oak flavour and dark malt. running from front to back pallet is a mild bitterness and a good amount of flavouring hops seems to be arousing my taste buds. milky characters and a tart finish! WOW!

M: really easy drinking, a slight bitterness and milky cream finish!

O: a really session-able beer and overall appearance is amazing! taste impeccable, seemingly can hardly be faulted. i want more!

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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

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4.85/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into a pint glass. Pours black with a two-finger length tan head. The head dissipates slowly, leaving lacing on the side of the glass. There are strong aromas of dark roasted malts, bitter chocolate, and coffee. I can detect some faint hop aroma as well. The taste is of dark roasted barley malt, bitter chocolate, and coffee. It tastes like it smells, but the flavors are full and bold. There is some bitterness in the flavor as well and the hops provide some of that bitterness as well as extra flavor to go with the traditional stout flavors. This is a medium bodied beer with some carbonation. The mouthfeel is creamy and the beer coats the mouth very well. Overall, this is a most excellent stout and one I'd recommend.

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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

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

Pours a very ominous black, hardly an edge of clarity. Healthy finger of mocha colored head that dissipates to a fine ring, good lacing. Resinous hops cut through the roasted dark malts on the nose, an uncanny balance, like a black IPA. The taste is nice and smokey, like a breath of fresh air after a few blunders recently in the stout category. There's all the appropriate stout characteristics, dialed back to achieve a smooth and approachable balance. Not sure why I've overlooked this one until now. Quite good. All 4's.

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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

Pours black in color with a small tan head that quickly dissipated and leaves good lacing on the glass. Not much carbonation. Aroma is roasted malts, and dark chocolate. Tasted of roasted chocolate malts and coffee with some bitterness. Full mouthfeel, was medium bodied. Very drinkable.

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3.5/5  rDev -14%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

Sierra Nevada Stout from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
4.07 out of 5 based on 3,376 ratings.
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