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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5/5  rDev +22.9%

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3/5  rDev -26.3%

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4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pouring SN Stout without haste into a pint glass from a 12oz brown bottle produces a half inch of kakhi head that dwindles quickly, but miracuously leaves lace for the duration of the glass. Color is B-lack, no highlights.

Good enough aroma for a year round offering. Coffee bean, vanilla, chocolate, toasted dark bread.

Very nice flavors of coffee, dark chocolate, cream, caramel malt, and a great hop character that rounds out the whole thing. Impressive, bot not mind-blowing.

This brew feels about like a stout should - soft, creamy, and mildly carbonated. A little more body would be nice though.

Overall, a solid year-round beer from SN. Good stout.

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4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark with a minimal head and some nice lacing. A bit more head would be nice, but appearances mean very little.

The aroma is very faint, but it's not bad. It's more or less what I'd expect from a stout. Some malt and a smidge of hops.

The taste is fairly impressive for a 5.8% beer. There's a decent amount of bitterness from the roastiness and hops as well as the dark malt to balance it out. There's definitely some chocolate in this and it makes the brew a bit more than the cookie cutter mold of what a stout should be. Another review mentions a peanut butter taste, and I can definitely pick it up about 30 seconds or so after the sip.

The mouthfeel is medium heavy and medium full, which is surprising for a lighter stout. The carbonation obviously works a little harder to compensate, but I didn't feel that it was rough or harsh. The finish is moderately dry and slightly sticky.

Overall, this was a solid brew. I can't say that I'd pick it up a lot, however that's only due to the fact that imperial stouts are more my thing. This is a very solid regular porter, and it gives some of the Imperial stouts a run for their money, but it's a tad light to really knock my socks off. Definitely a nice session stout though.

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5/5  rDev +22.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

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5/5  rDev +22.9%

Photo of Heavenisbeer
4.43/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pint glass:

A: Pitch, jet, coffee black. A black hole. Pours a one-finger tan head that dies down relatively quickly. Light lacing.

S: Coffee ice cream with hints of cocoa. Can't wait to dive in.

T: Delicious. I actually haven't had a stout in some time and this is a splendid homecoming welcome. Light hop notes dominate the frontend, quickly relinquishing the lead to a deeply complex dark chocolate character. Some sweet coffee interjections along with a very faint peanut butter undercurrent. Bitter roasted malt lingers on the palate.

M: Creamy. Smooth. Some nice carbonation on the frontend.

O: An amazing stout. This reminded me of how much I enjoy this style.

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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  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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5/5  rDev +22.9%

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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  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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5/5  rDev +22.9%

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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5/5  rDev +22.9%

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5/5  rDev +22.9%

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