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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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Ratings: 3,397 |  Reviews: 1,442
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look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into snifter. Best by 12/28/2012.

Pours a completely opaque black with a finger of white head. Fades to a beautiful creamy layer that sticks around.

Roasted barley, molasses, and bitterness.

Straight out of the fridge, this is way too bitter. As it warms, the bitterness smooths out and it becomes a different beer. Quite tasty. The substantial bitterness that remains sticks around for a while.

Medium mouthfeel. Slippery and smooth. Surprisingly doesn't finish dry.

Maybe slightly on the hoppy side for me, but hey, it's Sierra Nevada. This is a quality stout.

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

Pours black, red on the edges, but no light shines through. A dark tan head sticks around until the final drink and leaves plenty of lacing.

Smell is earthy roasted malt, and a bright hop smell.

Taste is hops, roasted malt and a coffee aftertaste.

Texture is good, surprisingly thick for such a low abv. Quite carbonated, with a bite.

Strangely simple, and strangely big taste. More taste than some imperials I have had. It's simpleness is it's strength, the hop in this beer makes for a bold taste I liked.


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look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a pint glass into a nonic pint.

A - Black with ruby brown edges, and pours with a one-finger light tan head of creamy looking bubbles, which lasted a while before fading. A decent amount of patchy lacing.

S – A clean and subdued aroma of roasted grain and west coast hops.

T – Nice toasted barley flavor dominates, with some mild hops in the finish, but both tastes are very mellow. A tiny bit of chocolate and charcoal in the mid-palate. Nicely balanced. Not very rich or complex, but the flavor is enjoyable.

M – Medium bodied, with a lot of carbonation for a stout, but it works well with the mild flavor characteristics for an easy drinking experience. Finishes dry. Easy to consume in big gulps.

O – A nicely rounded and well put together stout, perfect for six packs. Honestly I could have easily finished this in just a few minutes had I not been taking the time to review it. Nothing special or memorable, but no real flaws, either. I’d gladly drink this again if handed to me.

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Sierra Nevada Stout from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.07 out of 5 with 3,397 ratings
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