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

Reviewing Sierra Nevada Stout by Sierra Nevada Brewing Company
Score: 92

Tap pour served in a Stella Artois glass.

Appearance: Pours like jet black coffee with 2-3 fingers of head. Average lacing. Totally opaque; no light is getting through this sucker. 4/5

Smell: Dark unsweetened chocolate with a hint of coffee beans. The chocolate aroma is more silky if you swirl the glass, and hints of caramel come out. A slight boozy smell as it warms. 4/5

Taste: Imagine melting down the darkest unsweetened chocolate bar you've ever eaten and pouring it into a glass. That is this beer. A little alcohol warmth as well, mixed with lightly toasted caramel malt on the mid palate. Finish lingers for a while with dark unsweetened chocolate. 4.5/5

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied beer, minimal carbonation. Pretty dry finish. 4/5

Overall: I've always appreciated Sierra Nevada as making above average brews across the board -- with their signature brand and 30 year anniversary beers standing out as strong beers -- but this one might be my new favorite Sierra Nevada beer. It is certainly one of the better "regular" stouts I have had the pleasure to drink. Very smooth and drinkable. I would recommend this to anyone who likes darker, unsweetened chocolate flavors.

Recommendation: This is certainly a beer with a lot of good flavors that is not too aggressive. Low ABV, pretty drinkable. This is one anyone can enjoy.

Pairings: A good steak would probably go wonderfully with this beer, maybe the dark meat of a lamb as well.

Cost: $4 at the bar, $8.99 a six-pack.

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Sierra Nevada Stout from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
4.07 out of 5 based on 3,377 ratings.
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