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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Photo of IronLover
4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured deep black in color with thick off-white head that reduced to a thick cap. Lots of wet lacings on the glass. Roasted malt aroma with a hints of sweet malt and coffee. Medium bodied with light carbonation and smooth, velvety feel. Rich roasted malt flavor in the beginning that leads to a burst of coffee flavors in the middle and mild bitter hop finish. A light bitter pine aftertaste that slowly fades. I thoroughly enjoyed this stout. Sierra Nevada nefer disappoints. Very drinkable.

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Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark brown color with a tan head.

The aroma is heavy on the roasted malt without too much else. There is a little chocolate in there, but it is very faint.

The flavor is more diverse. I get a lot of roasted malt along with some chocolate, but there is a nice amount of pine from the hops as well. I think the pine compliments the other flavors quite well.

Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of jlandis
4.35/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

When I think Sierra Nevada I think hops, and this is a stout, so we'll see how this goes. This beer pours pitch black and deep clear red around the edges. The head is a solid three fingers high and tan in color. The aroma is simple sweet chocolate malt with a subtle roast.

I wasn't expecting as much coffee in the flavor, but it is a pleasant surprise. The roasted chocolate is fantastic and there is a nice caramel sweetness. The body is light and the carbonation is low.

Wow, I am really impressed with Sierra Nevada in regards to this beer. I thought they were a one horse show with their hops, but this beer shows that they can do malty too. I'm going to be sure and pick this one up again.

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Photo of StoutHunter
3.53/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a single of this at the store since I like stouts and have yet to try this widely available one. Poured from a 12oz bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A- Pours a nice clean black with three fingers worth of chunky tan head that went down to a fingers worth that stayed till the end.

S- Mainly dark roasted malts with hints of bitter chocolate at the end.

T- Lots of rich dark chocolate and coffee stand out at first, the finish is pretty bitter for a stout.

M- Medium bodied and medium carbonation.

D- This is fairly drinkable for stout, the flavors aren't that bold and it is pretty low on the alcohol so it goes down easy.

Overall this is a good stout, defiantly not the best stout i have had but its still a good beer. I would drink this again but i wouldn't seek it out.

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Photo of swede96
4.32/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my snifter glass that accented the head slightly...a beautiful dark beer with a nice 2 finger creamy head that went away after a few minutes. The smell is of chocolate and coffee, and the taste follows the same lines, with sort of a roasted malt flavor in the back of the mouth. Mouthfeel was medium with a good was enough, another one sure would be nice.

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Photo of trevorjn06
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown with a tan head about one finger thick. The head recedes after a minute and leaves some lacing on the glass.

Aroma has a "clean" feel to it, it includes mild coffee/espresso, strong dark chocolate, roasted malts, hints of caramel and some very faint fruits.

Taste is very drinkable yet rich, it begins with caramel and dark chocolate and then some faint dark fruits and espresso flavors apear. Toward the finish there is lots of dark chocolate, smoke and roast character as well as a hop bitterness. The finish is dry and leaves chocolate on the tongue as well as some earthiness.

Mouthfell is medium bodied with medium carbonation.

Overall this is one of the quintessential American stouts, it is a very well crafted beer that I drink often. This beer (as most of Sierra Nevada's) is balanced towards being dry.

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Photo of Shrews629
4.02/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Very dark brown. Opaque. Small amount of ruby/red hues around the edges. Tan colored head. Decent head, but not as much as I was anticipating. Decent amount of lacing also.

Smell - Roasted coffee mixed with a pleasurable chocolate note. Fair amount of smokiness. Touch of alcohol coming through on the nose also.

Taste - Roasted smokey flavor of ground coffee and "dark" chocolate. The chocolate brings about some sweetness. Mildly bitter. Wee bit resiny, but in a good way.

Mouthfeel - Medium to full mouthfeel that does an outstanding job of hanging around on the palate. Smooth and dry. Light alcohol warmth at the end. Mostly creamy, but not overdone.

Drinkability - Pretty good American Stout. I like the bit of warmth it provides. This beer is well above average. It would be nice during the cold winter months of course. I wouldn't have a bit of trouble trying this one again. Sierra Nevada just knows how to brew a solid product.

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Photo of bsp77
4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Nonic Imperial Pint.

Appearance: Ruby black with foamy tan head and very nice lacing.

Smell: Coffee and chocolate accented roasted malts, with slightly sweet molasses and licorice.

Taste: The taste follows the smell, with coffee, chocolate, molasses, licorice, and a strong roasted malt bite at the end, with some English hops also rearing up.

Feel: Moderate carbonation, medium to full creamy body. Finish is quite dry.

Drinkability: As far as I know, this is the original American Stout. While better have been made in the subsequent years, this is still damn good. Great roasted flavor and very drinkable.

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Photo of JizackFH
3.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a very dark brown color with a 2-finger tan head. The head has excellent retention, and it also left great lacing on the glass.

S - The smell is that of bittersweet chocolate and roasted malts. There is also a slight caramel and coffee scent.

T - At first there is a nice sweet malty taste, and then you can really taste the roasted malts. There is also chocolate and coffee present, also there is a slight hop flavor. The finish is a roasty bitterness, but it's not too bitter.

M - The body is a little on the light side. It has low carbonation, which I think is good. It goes down really smooth, and it has a creamy quality to it.

D - I would say that the drinkability of this beer is good. It goes down smooth, and after each sip I find myself wanting to take another. This stout is a little on the light side for me, but I still very much enjoyed it. I would definitely have this one again. Cheers.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours jet black with a light tan head. In the aroma, roast malt and a light presence of coffee. In the taste, sweet, roasty malt and a hint of coffee dryness. A small bite and medium bodied mouthfeel, with a dry roasty coffee aftertaste. A basic, standard, good stout.

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Photo of greenmonstah
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle into DFH snifter

A - Dark brown with a finger of lovely tan head. Straight on, no light can get through, but on the edges it seeps in, revealing the brown clarity. Nice lacing.

S - Chocolate and loads of roast, with a near toasty character. Considerable piney hops and a touch of coffee.

T - Chocolate and tasty roasted malts with a nice hop kick. Bitter coffee also present.

M - A bit dry. Medium bodied with appropriate carbonation. Doesn't linger.

D - Very drinkable. Tasty with a good body make this a good example of the style. A very fine American Stout.

This stout looks like it'll have a permanent home in my fridge.

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Photo of ujsplace
4.01/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a nonic. This brew boasts a massive merangue-like tannish head that sits atop a black brew; leaving plenty of lacing clinging to the glass. A very nice looking stout.

Smells of Roasted caramel malts, dark chocolate, coffee, mild earthy hops and a hint of some dark fruits.

Tastes of deep roasted caramel, chocolate and nice coffee/espresso like hop bitters. Dark fruits in there as well.

Thick mouthfeel, rich and creamy.

Another great offering from Sierra Nevada - wish it were an imperial, but as the song goes, you can't always get what you want. A sure winner here...

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Photo of BrewStoutMagic
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Definitely a great stout unique in its own way. THe color is black.Low carbonation and head.The taste is hoppy pine, chocolate,slightly burnt malt,but is still easy to drink.It has great flavor combination going on. I could drink this anytime of the year or day. haha. Try it!

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Photo of beerdrinker123
3.94/5  rDev -3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It pours a dark brown, not quite opaque, very minimal amount of head.

It has a roasted coffee-like aroma with a hint of chocolate.

There are very nice roasted qualities, coffee and chocolate plus roasted malts are prevalent. There is some amount of nuttiness in the aftertaste. Very minimal carbonation and a nice thickness.

Nothing amazing, but a good stout worthy of checking out.

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Photo of perrymarcus
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle served in a standard pint glass.

pours an opaque, deep mahogany/borderline black tone with nearly two fingers of a foamy tan head.... excellent rentention and lacing. great looking stout.

roasted malts spearhead the nose. i also get some coffee and a little dark chocolate. hops are more subdued but noticeable.

flavor profile breaks down around the nose; bold roasted malts out in front followed by the coffee, chocolate, and some hops coming in the finish. tasty beer... my one criticism is that this particular offering isn't especially complex, sort of... i don't want to say run-of-the-mill because it's not, but there's nothing unique about it, nothing that might catapult it into the 4.5/5.0 realm. that said, it's an enjoyable quaff.

medium-bodied, creamy mouthfeel, carbonation on the low side. a touch watery, but nothing egregious. pretty drinkable, i would welcome another.

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Photo of Flightoficarus
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours an obsidian black hue, with a two finger tan head that gives way to a creamy, bubbly lacing.

S - Smell is of roasted coffee, bakers chocolate, and lightly floral hops

T - Taste is a superbly well balanced blend of the aforementioned smells. Roasted coffee bitterness, dark chocolate sweetness, and just a hint of hop finish at the end.

M - Mouthfeel is on the heavier side of medium, with low carbonation, and a creamy character going down.

D - A hearty, but drinkable beer, this makes for an excellent session stout.

Overall - Another tasty beer from Sierra Nevada, I've been wanting to try this one for a while but it seems somewhat limited in availability around here. Overall, it makes for a great session stout that's worth picking up if you see it.

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Photo of bcm119
4.26/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nearly opaque mahogany with a tan head that stays around forever. Wonderful toasty, smoky aroma with earthy hop undertones. A very hoppy stout, the leafy green bitterness hits early, but the midsection of this beer is very roasty. Never sticky or sweet, the malt has a great roasted, fireside flavor while keeping the mouthfeel lean and drinkable. The finish is dominated by hops-- long, bitter and clean. One of the all time greats, a stout that sets the bar for flavor, drinkability, and price.

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Photo of taigor
4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into regular pint glass.

A - Poured black non-transparent color with huge head that quickly dissipated leaving average lacing around the glass.

S - Dark roasted malts with chocolate and coffee.

T - Sweet maltness upfront followed by dark chocolate and coffee bitterness.

M - Medium bodied with almost no carbonation (almost flat) which makes it even better.

D - Fairly easy to drink and very enjoyable. Would definitely recommend it.

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Photo of BigB415
3/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

There's not much I can say about this beer other than it's average. Nothing really stood out for me while drinking it. It poured a nice color and had a nice foamy head, the retention was also very high when I swirled it around in my glass to bring out more flavor but the thing is, to me, there is not a lot of flavor. I had higher hopes for this beer but it fell a little short. It wasn't that complex. I also did taste some hops which is not common for stouts so that kind of turned me off a little. Stouts are my favorite kind of beer and I would recommend this one for a beginner just getting into stouts since most stouts can be overpowering with their taste and character but not for a regular stout drinker like myself.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.12/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I can never find this in Virginia. It's a good thing I grabbed some the last time I was back in Michigan. Reviewed from notes.

Pours near black with a good tan head and a bit of lacing on the way down. The nose brings some really nice chocolate notes with a bit of roast and slight coffee. The taste is really nice and great for an American Stout not of the imperial variety. Great chocolate, coffee, and roast. Great feel with a very nice body and carbonation levels. Drinks quite well; I wish I had a non-stop supply of this throughout the colder months.

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Photo of CHickman
4.6/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours opaque black in color with a massive 2 finger foamy tan head that looked like styrofoam it was so thick, and lasted almost 2 minutes while it dissipated very slowly; it looks like a Guinness head on steroids, leaving very good lacing sticking to the sides and a ring around the top of the beer.

Smells like chocolate, cocoa, roasted coffee, burnt grains or charred wood, citrus hops, molasses or syrup, caramel and some dark fruits; man, there were a lot of "C" words used to describe the aroma, so here is a "D" word: delicious. This stout smells intense and inviting, and comes off like it's going to be quite complex.

Tastes better than it smells, with the coffee, citrus hops, molasses and caramel hitting the taste buds first, followed by chocolate, vanilla, cocoa, burnt wood, grass or hay which almost tastes like faint yeast, toasted grains, an almost rum like sweetness and then a bitterness that is dry with the grains lingering in a good way. Very complicated beer that is rich and chocolatey one second and then hoppy the next; I enjoy the combination and complexities involved and found this quite pleasing to sip and savor as well as throwing it back. The roasted flavor negates any of the fruit in the nose, but that doesn't take away from how tasty this beer is.

Mouthfeel is creamy and silky smooth, with very little carbonation and a nice coffee aftertaste; medium body that actually feels lighter than it is because this goes down so damn easy.

Very high drinkability, this is an outstanding American Stout; go by a six pack if you are a fan of stouts and especially American Stouts as this is the top of the class.

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Photo of Treyliff
4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a think dark brown, almost black. Creamy, light brown head that lingers with a bit of lacing.

Smells of dark, rich chocolate and coffee. Also get a woodsy, nutty aspect as well.

Taste is outstanding. Multiple flavors coming out; chocolate, vanilla bean, coffee, almonds. The best part is that they all balance each other out; one doesn't overpower the other. Taste lingers on the palate long after the first sip.

Thick and creamy mouthfeel, just like a stout should be.

Drinikability is most impressive to me with this one. Most stouts are so rich that there's no way I could drink more than one at a time. However, the tastes are so well balancedthat I don't get that feeling with this one.

Overall, this is one of the best stout's that I've had. Highly reccomended!

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4.06/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from tasting notes from May '10

Beautiful dark dark brown with ruby highlights around the edge. Nice big beautiful creamy head. I love the look of this beer. The aroma was fairly weak to me. Faint dark chocolate and some coffee beans. No booziness or funk, so that's good. The flavor is a very nice blend of dark and amber flavors. Dark chocolate comes through very strong. Not picking up much of that coffee from the smell, but there's a fair amount of caramel malt and toastiness, giving a nice and fairly unique sweet stout taste. Nice and thick, it goes down nicely. A great stout for the price, I recommend it highly

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Photo of irishevans
3.59/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a- pours with a mighty frothy 2.5 finger pale tan head that dissolves slowly leaving behind a good thick lace and some foam around the edges. it appears black but when held to the light you can see it is an extremely dark dark red color

N- molasses and some other malty bready notes, not much of a roasted malt(barley) smell as one would expect from a stout. very faint bit of herbal/floral hop smell in there. still just not happy without the roasted smell

T- Also lost of molasses and bready notes, but now one can detect some coffee and a bit of a roasted flavor, and just a touch if floral hops that add a nice slight bite to the finish. generally over sweet, but I do like the floral hop flavor, not something one often sees in a stout.

M- thin for a stout, but definitely thicker than a porter. little ity bit under carbonated, but that is countered by the bit of hop flavor and bite in there

D- as sessionable as a stout gets. nice tasty, not over filling, and drinks down quick and easy.

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Photo of Chickenhawk9932
4.48/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours black as night with some faint mahoghany highlights around the edges with a light brown head and some lacing.

In the nose is caramel malt and spicy, piney hops. Smells full of flavor not too sweet or bitter.

Tastes full like a savory meal - a bready fullness - then the bitter hops pop in the back of your mouth followed by caramel sweetness towards the front. The sweetness doesn't come through - it mainly tames the bitterness for a delightful mouthfeel and excellent taste. Ends with a nice chocolate coating a little on the bitter side = very nice.

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