Sierra Nevada Stout | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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

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

12 oz bottle from 6-pack.

A- Pours a dark black typical of a stout, about a 1.5-2 fingers of foamy off-white brownish head that dissipates to about a half finger, leaves a decent amount of lacing, slightly above average carbonation for a stout.

S- Roasted malts, chocolate, a little bit of caramel and coffee. Not extremely aromatic, but a nice sweet smell.

T- Nice sweet, creamy taste. Some roasted malts, a little bit of caramel, hints of vanilla. Nice sweet aftertaste.

M- Nice smooth, creamy feel. Not too much carbonation. Goes down very easy. A little bit syrupy.

O- This was a very good stout, definitely worth the price. Not as much flavor as some of the top notch stouts that I've had, but at less then $12 for a 6-pack, it is very hard to beat. Definitely recommended if you like sweet stouts.

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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

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

Poured from bottle into pint glass

Appearance – Poured a deep brown, nearly black color with a very nice tan head. The head was quite billowy and persistent. Once faded it gave way to some decent lacing.

Smell – Cocoa and lighter roasty malt are the base aromas. These are mixed with some sweeter caramel and vanilla as well, giving a pleasant warm aroma.

Taste – Initially the taste is a roasted malt. It is a little bitter in the beginning but the caramel and vanilla in the nose come in quickly creating a semi-sweet roasty flavor. Just after the vanilla and the caramel arrive, the cocoa flavor begins to develop. The cocoa sweetens the flavor even more toward the end of and the chocolate taste really takes hold, leaving a slightly roasty, chocolate taste in the mouth.

Mouthfeel – A medium to slightly above average body with a lower level of carbonation. The lower carbonation accentuates the thicker body creating a nice creamy body, which suits the beers taste profile quite well.

Overall – A good affordable session drinking stout. It has a nice taste, a creamy body, and is not overpowering, making it quite easy to drink.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into Samuel Adam's pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a solid black with a frothy one-finger brown head. Spotty lacing left on the glass.

Smell: Very malty and roasty, with hints of cream and hops as well. Almost coffee-like.

Taste: A semi-bitter roasty/creamy flavor hits you in the front, followed by a more light bitter hops flavor. It's pretty nice in flavor, especially the noted cream aspect to it.

Mouthfeel: Moderate bodied and moderate carbonation, it works pretty nicely for the flavor profile. Also, moderate creamyness is noted.

Overall: A great offering from Sierra Nevada that really reminds me of their Porter, naturally. Perhaps a bit more full-bodied and bold than the Porter, a great brew for anyone who enjoys roasty. malt forward beers.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Spiegelau tulip.

A: Deep black body with brownish hues. Light brown head. Nice retention with lacing.

S: Thick chocolate nose. Milk and baker's chocolate, some notes of milk and coffee, a little smokiness and a good amount of piney hops.

T: Follows the nose with smooth chocolate, some roasty bitterness and coffee notes, and a noticeable presence of piney hops. Sweet vanilla with a spike of dank bitter hoppiness serving as a counterpoint. Hops also lend a bit of fruitiness to the mix. A bit of smokiness in the finish. Complex, smooth, and tasty.

M: Nice carbonation level - creamy. Could be a little thicker.

O: Hopped up without sacrificing balance. Pretty damn delicious.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle served cold in frosted pint glass

A) Very dark, even black with short mahogany head that settlesfast

S) Cooked dark fruit, chocolate, mild spice

T) Smooth and drinkable. This is a mild stout with a hint of espresso, burnt chocolate and molasses

M) A bit thinner than it's famous Irish cousins. Ample carbonation and mild esthers. Mild bitter aftertaste

O) A good example of classic stout

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