Dismiss Notice
Extreme Beer Fest:Los Angeles

Join us December 9th in Los Angeles for the ultimate throwdown of craft beer creativity!

Learn more...

Sierra Nevada Stout | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

Your Rating: None

Want it   Got it 
Sierra Nevada StoutSierra Nevada Stout
3,392 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:
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

Bros Score:
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Alström Bros
Ratings: 3,392 |  Reviews: 1,438
Photo of yaksurf
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of bilbo2012
4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of jstewart1130
4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of goodbeerallday
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!

 706 characters

Photo of mitchbeer
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of acevenom
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.

 731 characters

Photo of swaghawk
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of yamar68
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.

 525 characters

Photo of DrFunkenstein
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.

 287 characters

Photo of vbiliyar
3.5/5  rDev -14%

Photo of JustinWhipple
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of ngraumann
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

Photo of Schroeder
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

Photo of macrosmatic
4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of Texasfan549
4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of facundoCNB
3.55/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

dark brown pour with a nice amount of tan head and decent amounts of lacing. a roasted aroma right up front, hints of chocolate and coffee, i'm also getting a smell that reminds me of wet grass that's been sitting in a garbage can (i know it sounds odd.. it's a funk, but a sweet funk). a bitter taste at first, followed by a very metallic after taste. roasted grains, tobacco, not much else there honestly. medium bodied and light carbonation. a very dark tasting stout - in the sense that it's bitter. the mouthfeel throws me off a bit, it is medium bodied but a little on the watery side.. doesn't feel like i'm drinking a stout.

overall - not a bad stout if you like them bitter. i'd like to try this on tap sometime, but we really don't get anything aside from pale ale on tap in nj.

 790 characters

Photo of hlaus
4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of ncworster
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

Photo of smi
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of ThePortlander
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

Photo of rippedflesh89
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of howard12
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

Photo of fchicken
4.75/5  rDev +16.7%

Photo of dac0152
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

Sierra Nevada Stout from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.07 out of 5 with 3,392 ratings
  • About Us

    Founded in Boston in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.
  • Our Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.