Sierra Nevada Stout | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

Sierra Nevada StoutSierra Nevada Stout
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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: 3,388 |  Reviews: 1,436
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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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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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%

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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%

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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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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

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5/5  rDev +22.9%

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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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  rDev -1.7%

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3.92/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a clean looking dark brown, pillowy tan head. Nice lacing and retention

S - Excellent, robust roasted barely is what I'm getting. The following piney hops is prevalent as well, and pleasant.

T - That aroma closely mirrored the taste. Nice roasty malt flavors, a bit of caramel sweetness. It's been my experience that I don't like "malty" beers that have strong piney hop profile as well, and this holds true here. Just can't get with the two opposing flavors.

M - Nice medium body, slick, appropriate carbonation.

O - I think this beer is well executed with some complexity and robust flavors, it's just not my preference.

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Sierra Nevada Stout from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 85.1% out of 100 with 3,388 ratings
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