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

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-14-2000

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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3.78/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. capped bottle (no date) into an imperial pint glass.

A strong pour yields a 2-finger beige head that slowly fades after a few minutes to a thick, even coating. The body is near black with faint traces of burgundy when held to light. Sheets of lacing can be seen sticking to all available areas of the glass throughout consumption.

Dark roasted malts give off strong aromas of dark chocolate roasted coffee beans. Hints of fresh baked bread and toffee add a little complexity to the nose.

Milk chocolate and watery coffee start each sip along with a good hop bitterness. As the beer is swallowed, notes of bittersweet chocolate and black coffee come out. A strong bitterness takes foothold in the back of the throat between sips.

Medium bodied with excellent carbonation, this is a very drinkable stout. The lighter body could cause some to perceive this beer to be "watery" but it really allows the flavors to come out without ever becoming thick or sticky. The carbonation is a bit prickly but does not seem to interfere with the flavors.

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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

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5/5  rDev +22.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

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3.83/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This stout from Sierra Nevada pours a deep jet black color with faint coffee color hue around the edge of the glass complimented by a billowy caramel colored head. The aroma is very roasty, burnt coffee and wood with chocolate and malty sweetness at the end. The flavors are a bit smoother and less abrasive, deep dark bitter chocolate at first, smooth roasted coffee and a hint of sweet oak flavor round out a rather simple but solid flavor profile. The body is solid, could be a bit creamier, but very full and fairly rich.

Verdict: A fine stout from Sierra Nevada, not overly complex, but really pleasant and approachable. Nice roasty flavors make this a worthy brew.

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3.99/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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3.5/5  rDev -14%

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5/5  rDev +22.9%

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5/5  rDev +22.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -14%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

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3/5  rDev -26.3%

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

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4.8/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

Appearance: Pours dark and black with a little brownish ruby red at the bottom edges. Lots of bubbles and a huge six finger deep tan head with great retention. Lots of lacing around the glass.

Smell: Very roasty and bready. Lots of roasted caramel malts with good hints of chocolate, coffee, and nuts. Also some piney hops and a hint of oats. Pretty hoppy smell for a stout. Smells great.

Taste: Great blend of roasty and hoppy flavors. Dark roasted caramel malts with notes of chocolate, coffee, oats, nuts, and toffee. Big presence of piney hops adding some spicy bitterness. An amazing beer. Tastes like a cross between an oatmeal stout and a hoppy black ale.

Mouthfeel: Medium to thick body with a moderate level of carbonation. Very creamy. Starts moderately sweet and finishes dry from the hops.

Overall: A really great take on a smaller stout. Great blend of dark malts and hops. One of the better bargains out there.

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3.5/5  rDev -14%

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

Poured from a bottle. (First review on BeerAdvocate - awesome!)

A: Pours with fairly voluminous head, deep dark brown color which along with the smell is really the highlight of this beer.

S: Smells awesome! Great mid-to-dark chocolate notes.

T: Taste is really well balanced between hops and malt - almost too balanced for me to be honest. I prefer my stouts to kind of kick me in the rear with their maltiness and chocolate and/or coffee flavors so this isn't really doing it for me. Balance makes it more sessionable though I think - I could definitely have another.

M: Has a little more character than the average stout - maybe slightly more carbonated, and a little thinner and less syrupy. Very smooth though and as I said, pretty damn drinkable.

Man I wish this thing tasted like it smelled! A little too balanced for me between the hops and roasted malt flavor which I think ultimately dilutes the potential robustness of the drink. Definitely worth having another though.

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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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