Sierra Nevada Stout | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

3,376 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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Photo of liquidsunshine
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a near black opaque colour with a lingering finger of tan head. The smell is of roasted malts, with dark semisweet chocolate, and hints of date or raisin. The flavour profile follows the nose, with excellent development over the palate. The generous carbonation carries the tastes well, although it is not quite as creamy as I like my stouts to be. Another high quality beer from Sierra Nevada, if you have not had this beer I recommend picking it up the next time your in the mood for a stout.

Prost - Matt

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Photo of gueuzeonhigh
4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a bible black with a tight knit enduring head that laces the glass.

Presents a very wonderful bouquet of hops, toasted malt and alcohol.

The flavor is full bodied and up front and center on my taste buds. The bitter hops make this beer an unquestionable ale and along with the toasted malt flavor round out the definition of a "stout" beer.

The mouthfeel produces a cordial long finish and there is enough effervescence to add vitality to the flavor as it sets on the flavor horizon.

Drinkability is superior mainly due to its lower ABV. The flavor is such that I kept reaching for my glass and to my surprise I finished the bottle in due haste- glad I have more of this in stock!

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Photo of Allpe45
4.31/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

After my first one, I decided to always keep a few of these in the fridge for whenever I want a solid stout with relatively low abv.

Creamy light brown head about 2 fingers thick from a semi aggressive pour. Thin trails of lacing left behind with each sip.

Roasted malts in the nose along with muted coffee and chocolate.

Intense coffee flavors. The aroma was deceiving, the taste of coffee is very strong in this beer. Roasted malts and semi sweet chocolate as the coffee subsides. This would be a great beer at breakfast time.

Carbonation level feels a bit high but this is medium-full bodied and quite enjoyable.

Alcohol is not noticeable and the taste of it invites me to keep drinking more, extremely drinkable, solid overall.

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Photo of ColdPoncho
3.82/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - A big frothy off-white head tops this translucent dark brown beer that shows a bit of red through the edges.

S - Some bittering hops, some rawhide, some sweet chocolate. A good smell.

T - Dry smoked meats, a touch of bitter hops, some coffee on the finish, all intermingled with some sweet chocolate. A nicely complex beer. A little bit out of balance. Too sweet, I should say.

M - Smooth, but not creamy, and fairly thin. A bit drying.

D - Fairly drinkable, but with this strong a flavor and this much dryness, it lacks a bit.

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

served into my crystal mug this Stout appears a dark almost black color with red tones when held into the light.
The head is a beige color and leaves nice lacing.
You can smell the roasted malts with coffee and caramel.
Tasting the beer, I was surprised how light in body it was. The creamy beer lets you enjoy the roasted malts up front, being followed by coffee, caramel,prune and plum in the middle. At the end mild hops keep everything in check.
A very drinkable Stout, very simple , but complex. Great job, and I definitely will buy it again.

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Photo of CuriousMonk
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma of dark roasted malt. Dark brown/black color with ruby hilites when viewed before halogen. Vigorous tan head that quickly vanished. Body is a bit thin. The roasted malt is dark enough, but it has a hint of sour aspect. Creamy it is. The finish is a little of some very dark roasted malt. Quite dry. Arguably a standard for the style, but it lacks bling.

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Photo of matty
3.5/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Black colored beer with a slowly fading creamy head.Aroma is is mainly chocolate malts.Tatse is cocoa,sweet cream and toasted malts.A decent beer with decent flavor.Unfortunately nothing separates this stout from other stouts on the market.I would recommend to try at least once.I most likely would buy again.

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Photo of jsh420
4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours dark brown with a 2 finger tan head that had good retention and left lacing all down the glass

smells of dark roasted malts chocolate and hops

taste is rather hoppy for a stout - dark fruit roasted malts a little chocolate and coffee

mouthfeel is full bodied with tons of carbonation that gives it both a crisp and creamy finish

drinkability - while not a mind blowing stout it has great flavor is reasonably priced and is easy drinking at only 5.8%

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Photo of rlee1390
4.06/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Jet black, about a one finger foam head. Perfect lacing. I mean perfect lacing.

S-Coffee, chocolate and roasted malts.

T-Extremely well balanced. The flavors in the nose are apparent in the taste, but the balance between them is great. Some hops in the finish but not overly bitter.

M-Medium with some creamyness

D-Well balanced makes for an easy drinking stout.

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Photo of gskitt
4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a etched imperial pint glass. Not quite black, showed some mahogany edges, head is pillowy and lasts forever. Smells more of hops and burnt sugars than anything else. Got some dark fruits in the scent as well. Flavor is really deep and layered of burnt sugars and roasted malt, burned malt even. Could be described as robust. Definitely bitter chocolate/coffee comes in late. Smooth mouthfeel and is really drinkable. Bravo Sierra Nevada.

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Photo of tito42
4.43/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a bottle to an imperial pint glass.

Appearance: Deep and dark, light barely seems to penetrate the glass when held up to a light. A dark cherry cola color around the edges of the glass. Thick, tan head with great retention and lacing.

Smell: Roasted malt with a sweet, chocolate smell like chocolate-covered donuts. A earthy hops smell cuts through as well.

Taste: The label claims this stout is perfectly balanced, and I have to agree. Roasted malt, chocolate, hops, and sweet are all present without one overpowering the other. More of a coffee flavor comes through later in the tasting. Very well done.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate creaminess, very smooth. Light-medium carbonation and a slightly dry hops finish, and just slightly bitter.

Drinkability: Outstanding. I have a new favorite stout in Sierra Nevada Stout. Super smooth without being too thick, and a complex taste. Everything is superbly balanced in this brew. A little bit of chocolate but not too much and not too sweet. The hops and roasted malt balance each other out perfectly. I picked up a sixer figuring this would be a quality stout, and I was impressed. This will be in my year-round rotation from now on.

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Photo of Landfill21
4.7/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured this beer into my guinness pint glass. Pours into a dark black color with a hint of mahogany under the light. Has a smell of roasted nuts malts and a hint of toffee.

Has a nice taste and a light mouthfeel and great aftertaste that leaves you wanting to drink more. This is a great beer, highly recommend.

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Photo of Wattsox
4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

350ml bottle, consumed Jan 2011, BBE Jun 2011.

A - Quintessential stout look; black as night with a little mahogany hue in the light, with a nice thick, creamy, cappuccino head.

S - Sweet coffee and roasted barley aromas with an obvious hop balance.

T - Similar to the aromas, a rich roasted barley taste with a some bitterness, good hop balance, some caramel, and a dry, bitter finish that hangs around for a long time.

M - Body was actually a little lighter than I expected, being used to Irish stout, but still very rich, creamy and smooth.

D - Very nice introduction to an American take on Stout, definitely would work on its own or as a session beer.

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

Poured into a pint. Black with mahogany highlights if you can find them. Thick coffee cream head with decent retention and good lace. Aroma is roastiness and chocolate overlaid with clean hop brightness. Taste follows, a nice blend of roasted and hop characters. Medium body with creamy carbonation.

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Photo of RossCain
4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from an undated 12oz bottle into a pint glass

A: Pours a deep garnet, borderline black with a frothy cappuccino colored head. Good, full webbing sticks to the sides of the glass leaving evident rings of each sip.

S: Very roasty with lighter hints of dark chocolate and cacao bean. Beneath the web of roasted malts you can also pick up on a well blended, slightly earthy and bitter hop profile meshing well with the over all aroma. The aroma finishes with a light, beckoning sweetness.

T: Robust flavors immediately hit the palate upfront with a dominant roast coffee bean profile married well with lightly sweet, dark malts and milk chocolate. Finishes remarkably well with a smooth and sweet character (with just a kiss of earthy complexity from a undertone of hops) that is not cloying but just delicately tapers off, leaving the palate feeling tantalized, not assaulted as some roastier beers tend to do. A very well rounded and flavorful stout.

M: Medium/Full bodied, moderately creamy, remarkably smooth, and palate coating with well done carbonation (light side). Leaves an ever so slight bitter calling card on the roof of the mouth.

D: Overall Sierra Nevada's stout stands as a well crafted example of its style. Roasty, sweet, smooth, but at the same time not overpowering on the palate, I could easily drink multiples without batting an eyelash. Definitely a recommended beer for either a gateway stout or just an all around well rounded (and affordable) staple.

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Photo of dhowe
4.32/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark tan head, good retention. Beer is black as night in the country. You could get lost staring into the heart of this one.

S - "Roasty" pleasant aroma.

T - Hints of coffee, dark chocolate, balanced with hop bitterness only - not much if any aroma detected - as is to style.

M - Good aftertaste feel, wants to take another sip.

D - Very drinkable, especially for a stout.

Probably partial, being a Sierra Nevada fan (IPA)

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Photo of nukem5
3.82/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a pitch black with great tan head.
great lacing down glass.

S: Aroma is of a warm roasty malt with a hint of floralk hops in there to show its a SN product.

T: Coffee and dark Chocolate comes in thru the buds here.

M: Medium bodied and great carb level with a light antiseptic wash in he back, not a bad thing but there none the less.

D: Very drinkable and nice and toasty on a cold night.

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

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Out of the bottle comes a dark mahogany, somewhat viscous liquid. Looking at the edges of the glass, I find quite a fair bit of ruby tint. A nice tan head demonstrates reasonable retention and leaves lots of lace sticking to the glass.

Smell: Roasted malt, dark chocolate, a little bit of coffee, and a nice full earthy hop aroma.

Taste: The starts is obvious dark roasted malt, some dark chocolate, and then a coffee bitterness that builds with each sip, leading into the earthy hop flavor. The flavor finishes with a lingering bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Fairly sooth, with some bubbly carbonation. A little bit of hop oil stays on the tongue after each sip.

Drinkability: Simple, but there is great balance, and the flavors flow smoothly together.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
3.96/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Strange - in all the years I've been sipping on SN, I don't think I've had this. A shame, because it's purrrrdy good!

Damn - it's gotta huge head (like most of their brews?) - foamy. Actually, it may be too much, too generous, too much like a champagne considering de stijl. Sticky stuck lacing. At first, it looks pitch black but, from afar, appears an extreme dark brown.

Smells "quintessentially" (and I use this word for SN and only a few other breweries) like a SN brew - with the hoppy and citrus. But this also surely packs a potent roasty/bitter, dark coffee punch, maybe some chocolate in there as well, but quite burnt/husky/toasty on top.

Ooh, hoppy! In the taste, the chocolate comes out more, the bitter roast bites, and it's malty through and through. The coffee tones are excellent - burnt, roasty aftertaste, and it finishes a little nutty, too.

Whoa - this drinks too easily! I mean, I drink some of it, and I can't wait to swallow more. A smooth-ish, rolly feel - not at all syrupesque. For all the carb, the smooth cuts through (I'm writing from notes, you see). Light weight. A tiny prick on the center of the tongue.

Yes, this is real good. The bitter/acrid bent puts you at full attention. Reminds me much of a strong, dark, bitter roast coffee. Very American in its stoutiness. Very SN. Very drinkable.

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

Poured into a Sierra Nevada Balloon. The color was a deep deep brown, almost black. The head was massive and had an excellent clumpy rocky effect as it was slowly swallowed by the black abyss.

The deep smokey nose had good complexity. The roasted coffee and dark unsweetened chocolate were at the helm. Dark sugars, raisins, and cola all play a part.

The taste adds just a hint of astringency to roasted milk chocolate and coffee flavors. Sweetness is overshadowed by dryness at the beginning, then ripe fruit and earthy bitterness begin to surface.

The feel is sharp initially from the carbonation, it lingers like a phantom through the finish. It is dry from beginning to end. The body is a rung above medium, but not overly syrupy or viscous.

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Photo of Kanyon22
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pouring this baby into my Murphy's Irish Stout Tulip Glass.

A: Pours black with nice brownish ruby highlights with a tan brown fluffy head on it.

S: I'm getting sweet malts, fruit, dark chocolate, roasted malts. Smelling nice right now, loving how the dark chocolate seems to sneak up on your sense of smell.

T: You get the roasted malts up front with a dash of dark chocolate, sweet malts then finishes bitter with a smooth hop twang. Liking this one alot. Extremely balance here.

M: I would say medium, dead on medium not full not light just medium mouthfeel here with a nice roasted drying in the mouth as well.

D: Very drinkable goes down, and goes down easy. This is a style of beer I think is getting pasted up by the bigger badder Russian imperials. More brewers should take note here a good bit of balance can go along way.

Can't believe I've been passing on this one all these years. Note to self everything sierra Nevada does is world class.

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Photo of gford217
4.01/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle.

Pours close to black in the glass with a big tan head that shows excellent retention and lacing. Not the darkest stout I've seen but a solid pour.

Aroma is pretty subdued with roasted chocolate malts the most prevalent component. hints of coffee and toasted grains with faint hops. Not an impressive nose for me.

The taste is far better than the nose with a much more robust chocolaty sweetness coming through on top of the heavily roasted malts and coffee. Lots of green hops in there too. Hints of lactose as well though the finish is pretty dry and roasty.

The mouthfeel is light to medium with the high carbonation probably adding to the light feel.

Outside of the completely nondescript aroma, this is a very solid stout and one that I would buy again.

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Photo of Rschis16
4.35/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Opaque, dark ruby color with a fluffy off white head.

S: Smells creamy and enticing

T: That's what a stout is supposed to taste like. Nice balance between the creaminess and the bitterness. Results in a great tasting stout. Sierra Nevada doesn't mess around

M: Not too creamy, like Guinness is. Crisper and nicely carbonated creating a nice frefreshing stout.

D: I don't go out of my way for stouts, but this one I would have no problem buying again. Good beer.

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Photo of tykees88
3.36/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A- Light black in color, not much head no retention for me either.

S- I just get an overload of barley in this brew. My nose was off or something, I know there is more to it, but I am not getting it.

T- Some malts are there, I do get the hops in the taste too so that is good. But the barley is on overload.

M- slick and oily. ehh just an odd feeling.

D- one and done for me. There are too many other brews out there of this style and not to waste more time on this one.

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Photo of FrozenJoe
4.56/5  rDev +12%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

This is my favorite Sierra Nevada beer. An outstanding brew.

Appearance: A light black body capped with an abundant, frothy, light brown head. Beautiful lacing.

Smell: Light, sweet, malty aroma. Light hop freshness is detectable.

Taste: Assertive, strong stout flavor. Bitter hops. Roasted malt flavor.

Mouthfeel: Thick, foamy mouthfeel. Rich and satisfying.

Drinkability: An excellent beer. But the flavors and alcohol level are too strong for me to drink a bunch of these.

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Sierra Nevada Stout from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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