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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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

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1.25/5  rDev -69.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +16.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -14%

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2/5  rDev -50.9%

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

A: Pours an opaque dark jet black in color. The beer has a two finger tall foamy tan head that reduces to a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Significant lacing is observed.

S: A heavy aroma of dark roasted malts that is really quite intense. There are some very light hints of bittersweet chocolate and coffee.

T: Following the smell, the taste is also dominated by the dark roasted malts. There is a very light note of bittersweet chocolate.

M: Medium bodied with low to moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth but slightly on the thin/watery side.

O: Pretty enjoyable and easy to drink, though not exactly a sessionable beer. I like the dark roasted malt flavors and smells are very enjoyable. I would enjoy getting this one another time.

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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

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

12oz bottle served in a standard pint glass.

pours an opaque, deep mahogany/borderline black tone with nearly two fingers of a foamy tan head; excellent rentention and lacing. great looking stout.

roasted malts spearhead the nose. i also get some coffee and a little dark chocolate. hops are more subdued but discernible in the background. flavor profile breaks down around the nose; bold roasted malts out in front followed by the coffee, chocolate, and some hops coming in the finish. tasty beer... my one criticism is that this particular offering isn't especially complex... i don't want to say run-of-the-mill because it's not, but there's nothing unique about it, no real wow factor that might catapult it into the 4.5/5.0 realm. that said, it's an enjoyable quaff.

medium-bodied, creamy mouthfeel, carbonation on the low side. a touch watery, but nothing egregious. pretty drinkable, i would welcome another.

originally reviewed: 11-03-2010

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3/5  rDev -26.3%

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4.62/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Medium sized light brown bubbly head rests above a clear dark brown to black colored stout.

Chocolatey rich malt aroma with some light fruit hints on this full bodied beer.

The taste is more rich chocolate malts with some coffee notes coming through as well as maybe hints of some kind of hops.

A rich dry aftertaste with hints of the chocolate malts.

A very worthy stout, up there with Guinness and Murphy's.

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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

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3.4/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a standard pint glass.

A - Pours a dark brown with a minimal head.

S - Hints of chocolate and malt, nothing special.

T - Bitter chocolate with a strong hop presence.

M - Definitely the highpoint of the beer, a pleasant carbonation level.

I personally like my stouts less hoppy and smoother but still an interesting take on the style.

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3/5  rDev -26.3%

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3.51/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle : tulip snifter

Pours black with a foamy, craggy light tan head that leaves nice lacing.

Cocoa and roast are the most prominent notes in the nose and taste.

Medium body with average carbonation.

An enjoyable, fairly classic example of an American stout.

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2.89/5  rDev -29%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Pours black with a thumbs width mocha head and decent lacing. Maybe this is an old bottle but aroma and flavor was largely lacking; some roasted barley, cocoa, and maybe a touch of smoke. A crisp, not quite medium bodied to this. Overall, an alright beer. Enjoyable enough to drink but nothing that has me needing to go out of my way to drink it again.

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4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Dark brown/black. When held to light lets through a deep garnet read. Head is dirty white, fluffy, huge, and sticky. It’s lovely.

Smell: Nose is full of roasted malts, coffee, cocoa. Hops are faintly citrusy, leaning on some rind, with grass sneaking in as well. Serious cocoa and roasted notes. T

Taste: Almost a spot on match for the nose. Tons of cocoa lead to a faint bitterness and a touch of dryness. Coffee and roasted malt bring up the back. A little acrid on the back, lending a slightly smoky flavor to the whole thing. Earthy.

Mouthfeel: Nice full body. Hops are there and linger on the back of the taste.

Overall: Sierra Nevada pulls it off again. A great standard for a style. Drinkable and then some. I'd love to see a coffee-infused version.

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Sierra Nevada Stout from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.07 out of 5 with 3,411 ratings
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