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 Scooter77
4.3/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Mmmmm Good! This is one great stout. Pours a deep, dark jet-black color with a thick creamy head that has fairly good retention. There’s a heavy coating of lace left on the glass. Aromas are full of dark roasted malt, coffee, and chocolate with mild caramel undertones. The taste is incredibly balanced. The malts are very apparent upon the initial taste, followed by a slight hoppy bitterness, finished off by a mild sweetness...possibly brown sugar? This is a very smooth and easy drinking stout. It’s one of my favorite stouts.

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Photo of elmocoso
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black as night, this was, but i didn't get much of a head out of the pour. Dirty glass? maybe. There is a little constellation atop the liquid, of carbonation bubbles and a ring around the glass.

There is a lot to the nose of this beer: Coffee, malt, chocolate and alcohol. It makes for a pleasant mix.

The taste is also enjoyable. It hits all areas of the tongue. A sweet to the front with a nice accompanying bitterness to the sides. there is a slight sting of carbonation, but it works. There seems to be more bitterness in this stout than i usually find but it is nice for a change.

This is a very drinkable stout. I would like to try it on tap, possibly at the brewery, with a pint of each other Chico offering waiting for me, lined up on the bar.

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Photo of kelticblood
3.64/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pour yielded a tall brown and extremely thick head.The color was an opaque black.Head took forever to reduce so i could take a sip.Left tons of sticky and thick lace.Appearance was exceptional.Aroma's of molasses and sweet chocolate with a hint of hops.A very easy and creamy mouthfeel.Leaves a long lasting bitterness in the back of the throat.Full bodied with a sweet finish.Hints of coffee and smoke flavors.I taste the hops I didnt taste at first now.Overall not bad.A little less bitterness and maybe a higer ABV.Needs a distinct flavor.

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Photo of Denali
4.47/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Package: 12-ounce bottle. Unknown vintage (I assume it is 2003).

Appearance: Thick opaque black with small tan head that dissipated quickly.

Smell: Strong roasted malt and alcohol aroma.

Taste: Initial roasted/burnt malt flavor. Alternating chocolate and coffee flavors come next. Nice bitter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Thick and a bit chewy. Light carbonation.

Drinkability: Extremely drinkable.

Comments: Very delicious brew. The chocolate and coffee tastes keep fading in and out and trading places with one another. Wonderful burnt and roasted flavor too. The flavors complement one another extremely well. Thank you Keith (stegmakk) for the bottle.

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

Appearance: Opaque black with little tan head
Aroma: Sweet malt and toffee
Taste: Roasted malt, coffee, slight sweet taste faint bitter aftertaste
Mouthfeel: Nicely thick...almost perfect
Drinkability: Good

I would buy this some more...not in the top of my beer purchasing rotation...but up there

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Photo of canucklehead
4.35/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this one up in California and cellared for 6 months which
may or may not have improved the flavour. The colour is jet black with a nice caramel coloured head setting the stage. Big
mouthfeel with a bitter hoppy taste combining with a molasses
mid body. This beer was somewhere between dry and imperial stout
in both flavour and alcohol which actually gave it complexity
combined with drinkability. There are bigger and badder stouts
around but this one has to be a West Coast classic of the style.

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Photo of scottum
4.06/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black black black black with a big tan head. Nice bitter malt flavor with a great bitter hop flavor to balance it. A few malts that I find personally offensive have been thrown into the mix (ie chocolate) so I couldn't give it a better rating. Despite that, this is a very drinkable stout and I do enjoy it quite a bit. The aftertaste is nice and just sits there in your mouth as if to say "have some more." This is almost Imperial in many ways, but perhaps not quite big enough to earn that label.

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

Dark as night with a monster tan head that leaves lace all over the glass. Coffee, chocolate, and roasty malts excite your nose as your mouth waits with great anticipation.

Rich and full bodied. It is creamy and extremely smooth with light carbonation. Chocolate and coffee are dominant in the flavor of this one. It is nice and roasty all the way through. Aftertaste is filled with cappucino. A great stout.

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Photo of Tballz420
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Came out looking completely black, until held up to the light, which let a slight amber color through. The head is a nice light brown color, very creamy. As for the taste its very rich with a hint of coffee in there.Personally not my favorite sierra nevada but it is a very nice stout.

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

Opaque dark, deep brown to black in color. Brown head.
Aroma of bittersweet chocolate, heavily roasted malts, with hints of coffee and hops.

Aroma seemed more chocolately, but the taste is more coffee like. Roasted malts play big. This beer is well hopped for a stout. A nice citrusy hop bite is not hard to detect. A little too much lingering bitterness at the finish is my only complaint.

Good mouthfeel is slightly creamy.
Good drinkability minus the lingering bitterness at the finish.
Overall, this is a quite good stout.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wow cracked open this baby and I was greeted with a barrage of cascades, gotta love the hopped up stouts. She pours almost completely opaque, but it does let some ruby amber shades in around the edges when held up to the light. A moccha colored head full and fluffy, already starting to form a collar of lace down the glass. The cascades come through in the flavor very pronounced with citrus tones, but underneath there somewhere are the cofffe roasts, and full slightly burnt roughness balances perfectly somehow. A smooth creaminess lines my tongue, then out of nowhere my palate is bumrushed with bitterness I love hops that go this well with something they aren't traditionally meant to. Some consider this off balanced, but I consider it an art form that is cutting edge. I find it a complete enjoyment, and the mouthfeel is heavy to medium in body but the creamy sensation makes each sip worthwhile. A great stout that I plan to sample on tap to compare the difference very drinkable if this is what your'e into and believe me I am.

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Photo of Mitchster
3.05/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Brewed with Two-row Pale, Munich, Caramel & Black patent malts. Hopped with Magnum for bittering, finishing with Cascade/Willamette. 5.8% ABV, OG=15.4p, FG=5.0p, 50 IBU.

Nearly black, with ruby highlights forming a firm, whipped-egg consistency, light-tan head with nice head retention, perched atop small to medium-sized bubbles and moderate carbonation. Lacing is just adequate. Aroma is rich with sharply fruity cascade hops, dark coffee, and deeply roasted grains. Mouthfeel is initially medium-soft with a medium-dense body and then a harsh finish. Taste starts out with dark coffee, then gives way to a ton of Cascade flavor hops, a brief, subtle alcoholic note, some more Cascade, and then finishing with a long, dry, and harsh black patent/roasted barley character with mildly astringent, yet potently bitter hops. The hops become more pronounced with subsequent sips, and the malts become a tad sweeter as it warms. Completely out-of-balance with itself...the potential for complementary flavors is high, but instead succumbs to cacophony. Acrid, over-hopped, and over-roasted to be pleasant. Next beer, please.

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Photo of texascarl
4.35/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance = darkest burnt sienna/black, tan head that faded quickly. Left rings/lacing all the way down.

Nose = dark chocolate, dark roast coffee, nuts, hops

Taste = sweet malt, layers of flavors including dark chocolate, burnt toast, dark roasted coffee, hickory nuts and then the hops takes over. Creamy mouthfeel, long finish.

This is a heckuva good stout, and it's going down well with some smoked liverwurst and cheese.

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Photo of AtrumAnimus
3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours ultra dark and is nearly pure black. It pours with a nice thick very tan head. The nose is a tad bit weak. Very bitter and hoppy taste followed up by strong and sweet malt mingled with hints of smoke followed up by a bitter aftertaste. The aftertaste gives it a bit of an ugh factor on the finish.

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Photo of stoutlove77
4.35/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had a wonderful chance to savor this brew while watching my favorite B-Ball team "The Lakers" beat the Pistons. The look is real dark, ruby, having the right hint of that dark coffee look to it.Head was light but perfect for my drinking style. The smell was rich coffee, hints of toffee, mild chocolate, MMM Roasted Malt. The taste is a roasted heaven with dessert choco, coffee, and once again MMMM rosted malty goodness that satisfied my tummy after my big meal. The the mouthfeel was great, this in combination with the drinkablity (having a good ABV) will be a sure contender for my stout loving chugging ways.

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Photo of stoutman
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This one poured a general black color with tiny hints of ruby and a thickly creamy lightish tan head which left lacing here and there on my glass. Aroma is of roast malt, some mocha present, but nothing more than you'd expect from a good stout. Carbonation level is fairly moderate, and the palate is generally pleased with the oak aged feel in the mouth. I have yet to find a Sierra Nevada product I dislike.

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Photo of Quaffer
4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: This was a very dark beer that had some barely distinguishable, deep ruby highlights around the edges. The tan head (pretty dark at first) rose up huge and took its sweet time to disappear. A thin layer stuck around the entire drink and it left a ton of lace on the glass.

Smell: There was a nice sweet chocolate and cream aroma to this brew. There was a little bit of bitterness on the nose, but not much. Overall, the aroma was rather subtle.

Mouthfeel: A medium-bodied brew that was smooth, but could have been smoother for my tastes.

Taste: There were a lot of bitter coffee and chocolate flavors to this beer, as opposed to the aroma which was more sweet-smelling. It faded to a nice hops bitterness that was very clean and dry. Very enjoyable and highly drinkable, though not overly complex.

A good beer. It's not a "bowl you over" type of stout, but it is still very delicious.

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Photo of Bruiser81
3.86/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This stout poured a solid black with a half inch cream colored head that lasted through most the brew. The aroma was hard to detect, there was a some roasted malt and not much else. The taste is well balanced with a slightly bitter finish. It's hard for me to pick out any specific flavors. There is nothing overpowering about the taste. The mouthfeel is light to medium with a smooth finish. Not a bad stout.

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Photo of doho95fu
4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I have been drinking SNPA for years, but for some reason I never gave their stout a try - I'm glad I did. The best thing about Sierra Nevada for me is that I get micro flavor and craftsmanship, with real solid consistency. This stout will now be my go to stout. It pours deep black, thick. The head is tan and reasonable, not guiness-like but good enough for the style. The color is what impresses most. The smell is coffee, toffee, cascades, and chocolate. Roasted malt also lies in the background.

The taste has some of the same characteristics. Most of all the cascades is a deep flavor, making this stout a bit hoppier than some others. The flavors are complex and the finish is with a dry coffee kick. To me, each sip was different.

The beer was smooth in the start with a dry finish. The only complaint was that the carbonation seemd light in my sample.
Overall, a great brew, and my new "session Stout".

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Photo of kunzbrew
4.17/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This brew pours a jet black with a rocky mountain looking head, that last for a little while the reduces to a nice collar, leaving a sexy lace as the head reduces. The smell of coffee and hops hit the nose along with a robust smell. The first sip brings brings a mildly refreshing caramel flavor with a very pleasant coofee and roasted malt flavor that is great. Sierra Nevada just keeps making great beer, I am a very big fan. All the rest of the sips brought a great tasting beer that I will enjoy for many years to come.


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Photo of allboutbierge
4.18/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

SN Stout is one of my top 15 favorite beers. Its very easy to find, never skunk, and relatively affordable.

It has a rich nearly black color and pours a big beige/brown head. A heavy lace is left on the glass. A small amount of yeast may be discovered at the bottom of the glass. Its aroma is rich in roasted malts and dull hops. Flavor is much the same but has more of a 'hoppy' element than its smell reflects. Roasted malts are the strongest flavor but there is elements of dark chocolate as well. This is a relatively bitter stout. It has a nice body--full but not ultra heavy, carbonation seems a little heavy though. But, this is a very drinkable brew none the less. I could easily quaff a sixer of these in an evening.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Soft Cascades greet the nose as soon as the bottle is opened. It pours an opaque black body topped by a foamy light tan head that holds well and leaves nice lace throughout the glass. As it warms, the nose also reveals some chocolatey and roasty malt. The medium body is enhanced by a very fine carbonation from bottle conditioning that tingles the tongue! The flavor is quite intense; loaded with such deep, sharp roasted character (low pH), citrusy hop flavor, and yeasty fruitiness that it almost seems tart at the first sip. But it's decidedly bittersweet with more dark caramel, chocolate, and bold bitterness appearing as it warms. It's surprisingly complex with the Cascades remaining in the nose and making occasional appearances in the flavor. It finishes quite dry with a lingering chocolate/roast maltiness that fades to reveal rising bitterness and an eventual residual shadow of Cascade hop flavor. Well-balanced and complex. This is clearly an overlooked gem in the Sierra Nevada crown.

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Photo of garymuchow
4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I sampled a few bottles with two being quite hoppy and one not being that way at all. I guess I liked the hoppy version because it was significantly different that traditional stout. But this makes it hard to review, becuase which on am I reviewing? Anyway, a good looking beer, black with a reddisy hue on the fringes. Full biege head. Smooth rich roast and dark malt flavors, sometimes balanced nicely with Am. style hops. Excellent mouthfeel. A very good beer either way.

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Photo of aaronh
4.22/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer is virtually black and pours with a dense, rocky head that is a bit lighter than wet sand. It displays very good retention and leaves a nice lacing on the glass. The aroma is very fruity, with a strong Cascade-type grapefruit hop smell and a touch of malty chocolate. The first sip reveals noticeable hop bittering, followed by some roasted coffee and a touch of chocolate. A bit of grainess is noticeable as well. Later sips reveal more plum/raisin fruits and the accompanying sweetness. The finish is rather clean, and is punctuated by some good hop bitterness. The aftertaste is a bit of coffee, a bit of chocolate, and a touch of citrus. With a creamy mouthfeel and good drinkability, this is a very solid stout. My second favorite Sierra Nevada brew, behind Celebration.

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Photo of thefireman
4.95/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

What can I say. I've been drinking their Pale Ale for years. My daughter told me to try this stuff. All I can say is that I love it. Great tan head which sticks around the whole time. Dark, hoppy, and bitter. The malts kick in with toasty flavor. Now on my regular beer stop list. I always have a case in the fridge. To sum it up, these guys hit one out of the park with this one.

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