Sierra Nevada Stout | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

1,424 Reviews
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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Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-14-2000

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Reviews: 1,424 | Ratings: 3,358
Photo of JonnyGee
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

An interesting beer. It looks and smells like a dry stout, nothing special there. However the first sip was a big surprise: the coffee notes of the stout were present but there was a much heavier taste of hops on the back end than I would have ever expected from this beer. If you are looking for an interesting twist on stouts then pick this up. However, if you're longing for a more traditional or sweeter style then I would stray away.

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Photo of lastmango
3.78/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours brown-black with a beautiful three finger head that looks like a chocolate malt shake. The lacing is gorgeous and heavy. Very mild chocolate malt nose. Taste is of bittersweet chocolate, malt, piney hops, and black licorice. This is very hoppy for a stout and I wish it were toned down a bit. On the other hand, as I continue to sip, it is growing on me. :) This stout has moderate-heavy carbonation and a medium body. This is a unique stout and those who like more pronounced hops should really enjoy it.

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Photo of jimdalton
4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a very dark brown, nearly non-translucent with 1 finger tan head. Moderate lacing.
Smell: Espresso, roasted grain, molasses
Taste: Front end is espresso, caramel, and roasted grains which fades into a floral hoppy flavor towards the back end.
Feel: Light-Medium body with little carbonation. Smooth.
Overall: This stout is a wonderfully smooth beer with a lot of complexity and enjoyable flavors.

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Photo of RockRuler
3.51/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Looks like a standard stout. Not a strong smell and a little watered down. Tastes a bit of chocolate and after taste of coffee. It's a standard stout. Much better ones at market now. Not bad but not outstanding. Cheers!

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Photo of Kubishark
3.99/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Dark brown to black pour, smells like roasted malts, coffee and chocolate, and tastes like all of those plus a moderate serving of hops. Hoppier than most stouts I've had, and very good. The bitterness is very enjoyable. Feels moderately heavy, but the ABV is pretty low and it goes down very smooth.

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

Pretty solid stout. Not the most complex, but easy drinking. "West Coast Style" on the label; figured it would mean hop forward, but didn't really taste that.

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

Very dark brown to black, can barely see any light through it, even in parts of glass you might expect to be able to. Head of medium shade of brown, medium-higher retention, with moderate lacing. Licorice and cocoa aromas, a little burnt toast, not much else, but good. Taste is more complex, distinct smoke/roastiness throughout, and even a bit spicy/piney, with substantial notes of licorice, soil, leaf matter, cocoa, faint peppercorn. Root-like aftertaste, with lingering notes already mentioned. Overall, much more sweet than smokey. Missing on the palate were toffee/molasses, tobacco, toast, and roasted meat, in particular. Lighter end of full-bodied, fairly smooth in spite of highly reactive suds and tingles from carbonation, less astringent than a number of other stouts.

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Photo of johnnyd10vt
4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Really nice stout. Slightly more bitter/hoppy than many stouts, but not overwhelmingly so. Much more complex than the standard Irish style stouts like Guinness, but not as in your face as some of the newer high gravity stout styles either (this one is 5.5%).

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Photo of richj1970
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz bottle dated 5/25/2015 into nonic pint

A: Pitch black with one finger light tan head with decent retention and leaving moderate lacing

S: Roasted malts, espresso, and chocolate.

T: Rich roasted malts combined with coffee and chocolate. An almost smoky quality to the finish.

M: Full bodied by not thick. Somewhat creamy texture.

O: Solid stout. Very well crafted and tasty beer.

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Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
3.83/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Black body, rocky tan head, good webs of lace. Smell is faint but has floral overtones and undercurrents of milk chocolate, roasty malt, and wood. Metal (bad) comes through now and again. The taste is more on point, with those dark notes taking the lead. Balanced between sweet on the front palate and bitter on the finish, with some mint and earthy pine flavors as well. Rich, soft mouthfeel, low carbonation but not flat.
This is great. It deviated slightly from traditional/boring stouts with a touch of extra hops while still being within the style. Perfect choice for a non-palate bomb and quaffable stout.

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

Pours an opaque dark brown almost black color with khaki colored head. Roasted malt, chocolate, and toffee on the nose; follows onto the palate. Full bodied. Finishes with more roasted character.

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Photo of dbl_delta
3.98/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle "pkgd 01/14/15" into pint glass. Pours an opaque black with light tan head. Initial impression is roast coffee, with a slight cocoa undertone. Not sweet, although it gets sweeter as it warms. Medium mouthfeel - just a tad thin for a stout. Hops are far in the background. Smooth and easy to drink. Dry finish.

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Photo of mmmbeer89
4.06/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

it's almost like an ipa mixed with a stout...which has a really good outcome. good taste, nice color, really smooth and a decent ABV% makes for a good beer.

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Photo of Jamie_Newman
4.4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dark dark brown with a cream colored, spongey head. Smell is of dark roasted malts and a little bit of hops. The taste follows and has a bit more carbonation than I'm used to in a stout. The finish is semi-dry.

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Photo of JRed
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Black in body with coffee head that stays. Aroma of chocolate, coffee, mild grass, dirt. Tastes of cocoa, coffee, grass, dirt, milk chocolate. Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Really good.

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Photo of Myotus
4.43/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle (bottled 18May15) into a Spiegelau stout glass
LOOK: Pours with a finger's worth of khaki foam that dissipates into a quarter's worth after 1 minute and 15 seconds. Black in color with a garner tint (always love that). Rising bubbles are moderate. Lacing is thick and moderate.
SMELL: Had strong aromas of coffee that meet with mild aromas of sweet chocolate, bitter roasted malts, and vanilla.
TASTE: Mild piney hops combine with mild sweet chocolate flavors to create the initial flavors. Mild coffee flavors and subtle flavors of bitter roasted malts enter about 2 seconds after the persisting intial flavors.
FEEL: Light-bodied (that's lame) with the slightest hint of carbonation (that's awesome). Goes down incredibly creamy and smooth. Finishes with a subtle dryness.
NOTE: What an incredible stout. I've never had one where the hops contributed flavor. I loved it.

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Photo of creepinjeeper
4.53/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12 oz botle poured into Breckenridge Brewing snifter.

Dark. Really dark with a red velvet cake colored head. Lightly carbonated and minimal lacing. Not as heavy as the color would let you believe.Smells of chocolate and roasted grains. Easy on the palate, nice tasty chocolate hints and roasted malts. No coffee and no hop forwardness,. A really delicious stout; Sierra Nevada comes through once again.

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Photo of FrothFanatic
4.48/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Pours a deep black with a thick creamy head, get a lot of lacing retention, and a very smooth pour. Feels fantastic on the palet, just real smooth and creamy, almost as if I am drinking a chocolate malt smoothie that isn't too thick, but thick enough. Taste? Delicious. Perfectly bitter and sweet, nothing overpowering just a well balanced stout with good roastiness. Love it, Sierra Nevada never lets me down.

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Photo of Czequershuus
4.49/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a deep black with a reddish tinge appearing in the head. The aroma is complex - I get banana, oats, brown sugar, and apple. The flavor lead with rich brown sugar, folloed by smoked, dark chocolate, and a hint of coffee. The mouthfeel is full but not to rich. This is a seriously impressive stout.

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Photo of Lahoi
4.4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Dark, dark, dark. I can't detect a bit of light making its way through this work of art. Thick, creamy, tan head. Nice retention. Still going strong after several minutes. Nice lacing. Sediment at the bottom.

Smells like it looks: rich. Some chocolate, some molasses, some roasted malts. Smell intensity increased as head decreased.

Tastes and feels great, but not quite world class to me (but what do I know?). Too much chocolate for a plain stout. The finish is my favorite part of the taste. Finishes hoppy and bitter, which makes this a beer I could drink anytime of day.

Feel isn't quite full bodied enough.

Overall, an outstanding experience. My critiques are minimal and possibly even nit-picky. Sierra Nevada continues to set the bar really high.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.87/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A : Deep chocolate brown, 100% opaque, with a giant and porous head, beige in color. Leaves lacing in beautiful rings all the way down as it recedes.

S : Lacking. Very weak. At least until the head recedes. A bit of cocoa powder in the aroma, chocolate shavings, maybe some roast malts. A chocolate covered cone of hop comes out too.

T : Very traditional in its take on a black ale, rather than an Americanized’s less robust, instead choosing to be more subtle with its flavor profile. On it is ground mild coffee, some hop leaf, and burnt malts. It’s not chocolatey, it’s not big, it’s not packed. It’s easy drinking though, and is made up of roast coffee and hop flavors. On the finish is a charred coney hop flavor.

F : Very dense and creamy, first thing I noticed. The carbonation is mild but capable, and ends with a slight dry bite.

O : It’s okay. Many better stouts out there, but this is a no-frills, easy drinking, by-the-book black ale.

edit : this was bottled on 11/20/14.

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Photo of LennyOvies
4.61/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

L- Dark brown almost. Beige-brown creamy head. Slick.
S- Smooth toasted notes, coffee. Caramel, dark fruits.
T- Black toast, coffee, roasted malt, dried dark fruits.
F- Smooth, creamy.
O- Slightly better than the Porter, similar but better.

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Photo of Masonz223
4.27/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look: a light black color smooth one finger brown head
Smell: chocolate light coffe and Carmel
Taste: dark chocolate coffe light Carmel burnt dark coffe after taste.
Overall: very great flavor hops balance out the sweetness nice

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Photo of GuitarIPA
4.4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Great all around stout
L - thick, chocolate brown head, lacing lasts
S and T - roasted malt, dark chocolate
F - medium body and carbonation, nice dark chocolate finish

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Photo of Andrewharemza
3.77/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Average brownish head with good retention. Clear mahogany. Roasted malt, chocolate, burnt sugar. Taste is also roasted malt, burnt caramel, dried dark fruit, black coffee hints, some chocolate. Creamy palate and medium body. Quite good.

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Sierra Nevada Stout from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
4.07 out of 5 based on 3,358 ratings.
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