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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: 3,402 |  Reviews: 1,444
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5/5  rDev +22.9%

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4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12-oz. bottle into a Duvel Belgian Tulip glass.

Appearance: Pour is dark brown with a nice 1/2" lighter caramel color head which lasted a few minutes. Clingy lacing, typical of a fine Sierra Nevada product, is evident.

Smell: Roasted and burnt malts, freshly roasted coffee, and mild dark chocolate hit the nose right away. A hint of caramel at the end of my inhale. Aroma is more pronounced as the beer warms.

Taste: Roasted malts attack the palate right away with a mild caramel sweetness. Mild hop bitterness, dark coffee and chocolate are also present with a nice dry, burnt finish.

Mouthfeel: Tingly effervescent carbonation blends well with the creamy medium to full body texture. Residual burnt residue is left on your tongue after the swallow, but in a good way to remind you that you're drinking a stout.

Overall: I'm not sure what took me so long to try this beer. Sierra Nevada knows how to make a complete stout. This will be one of my "go to" stouts when I'm looking for something easy drinking under 6% ABV. Well done Sierra Nevada, well done...

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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  rDev -1.7%

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2/5  rDev -50.9%

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3.57/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a CBS sniffer

A. Pour a dark caramel color, minimal foam, head was a small island at that resided to a think line around the rim very quickly

S. Smells of dark chocolate, coca nibs, mild toffee and slight hops. Well balance smell that is very pleasing.

T. Heavy toffee flavor and sweet fruit. Lightly with dark chocolate, finishing somewhat bitter and almost sour.

M. Medium body, a little watery for a Stout, smooth followed by a coarse after feeling. Almost flat feeling, but the carb bubbles are there.

O. Not a bad stout. Something simple and easy for the everyday stout drinker. I wouldn't put this on any search out list, but I would keep it around home for when non-craft beer fans come by and want something darker.

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4.06/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. Reviewed alongside Dogfish Head Chicory Stout.

A: Dark brown/black with three-finger, off-white, foamy head that lasted a while. Great lacing.

S: Roasted notes but mostly piney hops.

T: Moderate sweetness and moderate bitterness. Matches the nose - roasted malt and piney hops. Coffee too, and slightly nutty in the finish.

M: Medium bodied with fizzy carbonation. Smooth and crisp. Slightly dry.

O: This beer looks phenomenal. I felt the nose and flavor were dominated by the hops. I prefer the Dogfish Head Chicory Stout, but this is still a really good stout.

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4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Samuel Adams pint glass.

A: Produces a dense, tan head which leaves beautiful lacing clinging to the glass between each drink. This one is dark!

S: Bittersweet chocolate infused with hazelnut and almond. Malty sweetness greets the olfactory nerve with a warm and inviting "hello".

T: Intitial sweetness of chocolate and molasses upfront, followed by roasted arabica coffee in the middle, and finishes with the bitterness of a fine espresso. Caramel and raisins also present.

M: Medium-bodied. Maybe slightly carbonated which gives it a lighter feel that other beers of this style, but it still retains some creaminess.

O: Overall, a pretty-damn good beer. Though it lacks the viscosity and pungency of other beers of this style, it's very approachable, affordable, and easy to drink. It definitley doesn't lack in the flavor category either. Glad I picked this one and I would definitely have it again.

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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

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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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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%

Sierra Nevada Stout from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.07 out of 5 with 3,402 ratings
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