Sierra Nevada Stout | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

3,366 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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Photo of RTEdmunds
3.99/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass.

very dark, can hardly see through it even when held up to the light.

smell doesn't stand out to me, it is roasty.

deep, nutty, complex flavor. strong grainy taste to me, very nice.

first time I've had the stout. Sierra Nevada has never disappointed me

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Photo of dcs1548
2.5/5  rDev -38.6%

Photo of Dools9
4.31/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tumbler...

A: Pours blacker than black with a two finger creamy tan head. Excellent lacing and retention. Great looking brew.

S: Roasty malts, light espresso, burnt coffee and chocolate notes, hops linger in backround and much more so for a stout.

T: Roasted malts and espresso flavors, finishes with a slight herbal hoppy, bitter coffee taste.

M: Light medium bodied, creamy and smooth, dry finish.

O: Fantastic stout, very underated imo.

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Photo of rsant
4/5  rDev -1.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -14%

Photo of DavoleBomb
3.52/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter.

5.0 A: Black color. Two and a half fingers of frothy tan head. Retention is very good and tons of lacing is left. Very nice.

3.0 S: Solidly roasty with a dry almost biscuity-like maltiness. Notes of semi-sweet chocolate, floral hops, and a slight earthiness. Maybe it's due to all the imperial stouts I've had recently, but this seems to have lost something since the last time I had it.

3.5 T: Better than the nose, the chocolate comes out more. Moderately roasty with smoky notes. Light caramel and a dry graininess.

4.0 M: Lighter medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Good creaminess for the body. Nice here.

3.5 D: Nice, easy drinking stout. SN makes good beer.

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Photo of snowsurfer422
3.5/5  rDev -14%

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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3/5  rDev -26.3%

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of Smurf2055
3.48/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from Wing Central in the U district. Poured into pint glass. Appearance was that of any other stout, dark/opaque/murky. Small tan head that leaves quickly. Aroma was a lot of coffee, roasted and burnt malts. Taste was a lot of roast flavors and coffee, very slight chocolate if any at all. Palate was powerful, makes its way through the entire mouth. Overall it was decent. Probably a bit inflated rating after drinking IPA’s all day (not a fan of IPA). Very mild for a stout, but not exactly my favorite. There are better stouts out there.

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of brewskifan55
3.92/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter

A: rich, dark chocolate brown with a tan, one-fourth finger head that leaves big bubbles; fine lacing

S: chicory, malt, toffee, oak; earthy.

T: dark chocolate and coffee merge for a very pleasant combo. Slightly hoppy finish with lingering coffee flavor.

M: Medium with great carbonation. Creamy smooth.

O: Warm, inviting. A great sipping stout. What a nice surprise. This is one of the better stouts I've tried. Sierra Nevada keeps ringing the bell. Recommended.

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Photo of jordanmckell
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of likeemdark
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

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5/5  rDev +22.9%

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of avalon07
3.79/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a dark brown color and a thick, impenetrable consistency. There was a big, creamy, tan-colored, long-lasting head. Excellent lacing.

S: An almost undetectable aroma of malt, chocolate and a little hops.

T: Tasted of malt (lots of it), a little hops, dark chocolate, and some coffee (not as much). A very mellow flavor - for a stout - but solid.

M: A good amount of carbonation with dry, smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

O: I don't know that I liked this beer as much as others on this site, but it was fairly drinkable.

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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

Sierra Nevada Stout from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
4.07 out of 5 based on 3,366 ratings.
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