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: 3,412 |  Reviews: 1,447
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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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3/5  rDev -26.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

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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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5/5  rDev +22.9%

Photo of gregb13
4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours near black with reddish caramel hues around the edges of the glass. Pleasant hop aroma mixed with some maltiness and maybe molasses. Taste follows the nose. Bitter hop bite on the back end and a nice, lingering finish. Very sessionable.

Picked up a 6-er for $6.99. Tough to beat that.

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Photo of spitInTheOcean
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

big aroma of roasted malts. little whiff of coffee. low hop aroma.

jet black. ruby highlights. big persistent light brown head.

high roasted malt flavors. some coffee, but more like dark chocolate. no hop flavor but medium hop bitterness with medium roast bitterness as well. initially sweet but the flavor gradually passes to hop bitterness.

medium body. soft carbonation. perhaps a slight creaminess. though no real apparent alcohol.

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

Enjoyed at a julio's tasting.

A - poured a nice thick deep brown nearly black hue with a nice mocha head that left good side lacing.

S - Dark, roasted malts with good chocolate and coffee notes. Some sweetness too. Light hops as well, because well...its sierra nevada.

T - Nice rich roasted malts with nice light chocolate notes and coffee. Theres some good bitterness at the end from hops.

M - Mouthfeel is nicely carbonated, but a bit thin.

O - Not a bad stout. Sierra nevada very rarely makes a bad beer and this one holds up to that.

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Photo of hopsolutely
4.12/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beautiful dark coffee coloured beer with limited cappuccino coloured head. Roasted, toasted and caramelized malts in the very pleasant aroma, with a background of west-coast hops : a delightful surprise for a stout. The taste is very well balanced. It has the expected chocolate and coffee malt flavours followed by a bitter hop finish.

An excellent beer that I'd highly recommend.

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Photo of fsvan
4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into pint glass.

A- Extremely dark brown. Basically black, but brown around the edges.

S- Dark roasted malts. Some dark chocolate. A big nose for a 5.8% 'single' stout, even when cold.

T- Dark, bitter, almost burnt roasted malts up front. A good amount of dark chocolate in there as well. Again, big, clean flavors for a beer of this size.

M- Fairly heavy, but not too much so. Perfectly carbonated as always with SN brews.

O- Just another really, really good beer from the SN main line. Like Pale Ale, Torpedo, Kellerweis and Porter...

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Photo of TheMultiYeast
4.15/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark brown/black with a big tan head.

Roasted grain fills the nose with a bit of sweetness. An even hop aroma rounds it out perfectly.

Hop aroma leads into the perfect blend of hops. Definitely the hoppiest stout I've ever had but well integrated. That aside, lots of dark roasted coffee flavors, cocoa, a lingering bitterness and a burnt aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is thinner than some stouts but prevalent. Nice round carbonation.

Quality stout right here.

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a standard pint glass. After the pour, it's tar black with a hint of brown hue in the light. The head starts out frothy, cream colored and bubbly. The head dissipates to a thin film on top, with more bubbles around the glass. Nice thick sticky lacing. This stout smells good! Dark rich bitter chocolate and burnt malt aroma. The taste is very solid. Bitter chocolate stands out with burnt malts (like the smell), with a dry hopped bitter finish. Mouthfeel is good as it's not watery nor too thick. Overall, this is a solid stout all the way around. Not an every week stout for me because I have other favourites, but this represents the American Stout category well, and I'll revisit this one eventually, which is saying a lot with all the options out there.

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4.95/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Stout pours black, with the perfect sized tan head. The smell is rich, very malty, a bit of chocolate can be detected. The taste has a great malty earty backbone, with a strong choclate coffee flavors belnding in. Everything blends the perfect amount, and leaves a very bold flavor. The flavor is very strong, and leaves a nice bitterness on the palete, you would proabily not watn to swtich to other beers after this, no watery taste like some other stouts, and no one flavor is sharp on the tounge. Overall this is a fantastic beer, one of the best American stouts out there.

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Photo of rashbash22
4.95/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I got a six pack of this due to having almost every sierra nevada except the stout. From the first smell I knew this was going to be one of the best stouts I have ever had. It had a mix of both chocolate and hops balanced perfectly with a dry biscuity finish. I couldn't stop drinking them, it was that good! Truly one of sierra nevada's best

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Photo of brewpig
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

picked up a case (during lunch) after seeing the reviews and drank 1 on the way back to work.

this is a very good stout. bold but not overbearing...chocolate and a little coffee w/some caramel and malt.

great mouthfeel and hoppy bitter finish that stays w/you a long time (its 2:00 pm and i drank it around 1:00 pm - can still feel/taste)...yes, a good thing.

will be drinking this in the future !

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4.15/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A persistent dark tan head sits atop the pitch black liquid, leaving a lot of lacing behind as it disappears. Strong scents of coffee, molasses and a bit of dark fruity esters make for a pleasant smell. Roasty malts and coffee dominate the taste, but a touch of earthy hops bitterness in the finish creates a very nice balance. A solid stout all around.

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4.27/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass (and why the hell not). Big, two-finger tan head--thick and creamy. The beer itself appears black on first glance, though a deep garnet hue reveals itself with a little light.

The scents of this brew are dry and earthy. There is a yeast-like aroma, punctuated by a soft roasted malt note. There are sweet caramel and toffees, as well.

The first taste is fairly bitter and sharp, with a distinctive dryness. The roasted flavors are much more pronounced than they are in the nose, but the earthiness is still the backbone flavor. SN Stout is a solid, medium-bodied stout with a sharp texture, and a bit of burned bitterness.

A great example of the American Stout style, in my opinion.

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Photo of scratch69
3.85/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I poured a bottle into a pint glass

Appearance- Very dark brown with about a fingers worth of tan head. Nice amount of lacing.

Smell- Dark roasted malts and hops.

Taste- Very flavorful. Coffee and roasted malt with a touch of hops on the finish.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied and smooth. Fair amount of carbonation.

Overall- A good tasting, enjoyable stout.

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Photo of dsprainman
4.68/5  rDev +15%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Time to review a favorite of mine.
A- Poured into a tulip, This beer has a 1 finger head which fades to a lacy foam cover. The body appears to be pitch black (no light is coming through at all.
S- Smells of earthy hops and hearty coffee. A sweet malty smell is hinted as well, sort of a caramel pillow
T- Deep maltyness and some roasted coffee. The earthy hops dominate the aftertaste. Some nutty yeast in there as well.
M- This stout has terrific mouth feel. Solid bodied with a strong carbonation to liven things up.
O- One of the best stouts around.

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Photo of 3HovsepiansBrews
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - A dark brown/black with a pretty tan head.

S- Hints of coffee with roasted malt aroma and a little caramel.

T- The taste is similar to the nose but with some dark chocolate as well as a slight earthiness from the hops. The hop bitterness compliments the roasted bitterness very well. Also, there are some slight notes of vanilla.

M - Medium body with fair amount of carbonation.

O- This is a great beer and one of the most drinkable stouts I have had in a while. It is really well balanced and subtle in both taste and smell, while still being full-flavored and easy to drink.

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Sierra Nevada Stout from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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