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: 3,419 |  Reviews: 1,447
Photo of NeroFiddled
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
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 -0.5%
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 +3.7%
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 +21.6%
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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Photo of alittlehazy
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Whew! I've been putting off drinking this for a long time. Poured jet black with a brown film on the edges and a beautiful tan head. It tasted very hoppy to me, which was no surprise but as I drank more, the malt and hops blended perfectly along with a nice bitter coffee flavor. Mouthfeel was excellent, just the right amount of carbonation. Great stout, great glass of beer!

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

Sierra Stout looks so inviting. Nice black body with a huge creamy tan head that you could stand a fork up in. It simply begs you to drink it.

The taste starts slightly sweet with carmels and burnt sugars. Absolutely thick with roasted chewy barley malts with a nice bitter hop bite in the finish. Slightly acidic like a good espresso. There's simply loads of flavor in this beer. A true stout through and through and one of my favorite beers. Those guys up in Chico really can't some to do anything wrong, as far as I'm concerned.

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Photo of Gusler
4.38/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Oh yes, it has that brooding deep brown to black color I so admire, the head portly, the texture creamy and rich chocolate in color with thick sticky old sheets of lace that virtually plaster themselves to the glass. Nose is toasted grains, caramel, malt, the front is sweetly malt, the top thick and chewy with a pertinent acidic bite the hops masterful in their presence and to seal it off a dry bittersweet aftertaste that lingers on, and to my palate one "Damn" decent stout.

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

The full, thick head is light brown with some interesting darker spots and edges. And, happily, it sticks around for quite some time. Like all Sierra beers, there is a noticeable (almost spicy) hops presence, both in the nose and on the palate. But the complex roasted malts take center stage, with hints of alcohol, espresso and molasses, and with contrasting elements of sweetness and bitterness at the finish. The mouthfeel is rich and full, but still quite smooth. A unique, well-balanced and challenging stout.

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Photo of mzwolinski
4.77/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Damn. I put off trying this one for a long time. After growing up on their pale ale, Sierra Nevada simply wasn't the first name to come to mind when I thought "stout." Serves me right for being narrow-minded, I guess. This beer pours jet black in color with a very thin, very dark tan head. The aroma is grainy and rich, with very subtle fruit notes. Very slight alcohol nose as well. And of course, it wouldn't be Sierra Nevada without a noticeable hop boquet. Flavor is rich and roasty. Quite full-bodied, with a great bitterness from the combined hops and burnt malt. Finishes dry with a great bitter aftertaste which hangs around for a while. Quite a few steps up from Guinness in terms of aggressiveness, but the bitterness here is by no means off-putting. Great stout.

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

Poured a dark, rich brown color with a tan head that lasted the whole time. Tasted of chocolate roasts & coffee, with a creamy feel to it. This is a VERY GOOD Stout, I've always been a Guinness man, but now I'll be adding SN Stout to the rotation.

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Photo of maxpower
3.53/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark black color, with a creamy tan head. Dark chocolate roasted aroma, medium body, bitter coffee and roasty malt flavor, this stout has a nice hop bite, finishes bitter, not the best stout, but still pretty good.

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Photo of Morris729
3.95/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a rich dark black color with a thick and creamy tan colored head. Aroma is of roasted malts and grains with notes of burnt coffee. Very full bodied mouth feel with flavors of caramel, toffee, bitter chocolate, and dark fruits with a medium hop bitterness. A great wintertime brew.

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

Sierra Nevada Stout: Wow, was I impressed with this beer, it had a wonderful balance, with a smooth mouthfeel. The color was a deep cordovan, with a thick tan head that lasted throughout, and coated the glass the whole way down. Very well balanced with roasted malts dominant, but a fairly aggressive hops bite to keep the malts from going way over the top. Extremely flavorful beer, with alcohol warmth. Excellent and interesting beer.

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Photo of BitteBier
4.37/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours black with tight head that dissipates rather quickly but laces all the way down the glass. Nice, stoutish nose to this one with strong roasted and chocolate/coffee scents dominating. The pour and smell seem to lack the creaminess that I appreciate in a balanced stout, but the taste says otherwise--hoppy crispness and bitterness after the initial roasted smoothness. Unexpectedly nice mouthfeel and drinkability, particularly for a stout. Like other Sierra Nevada fare, this beer probably is as good as a "mainstream" beer can be. What it lacks in quirky uniqueness it makes up for in consistency and solid appeal.

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

Appearance: Deep mahogony brown in color, all but opaque. Massive caramel covered cloudtop head can barely be contained by a pint glass and seems to last forever. Five minutes after pouring it was still one and one-half inches thick with lots of sticky lace.

Aroma: Aroma of dark roasted malts, dark fruits, earthy hops, and a slight note of brown sugar.

Taste: Flavor is wonderfully complex, begins with the dark roasted malt flavors which carry the taste throughout, but there are also bitter cocoa flavors, coffee, and strong, but not overpowering earthy hops.

Mouth feel: Rich and smooth, with a slight tingling on the tip of the tongue.

Finish is dry and a touch bitter with a slight sting of carbonation.

Drinkability/notes: This is a beer whose merits can scarcely be overstated.

Presentation: Packaged in a short twelve ounce bottle with a twist-off crown, served in a standard pint tap glass.

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Photo of hyuga
3.66/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nearly pitch black with a beige head which retains exceptionally. Pleasant aroma of dark fruit, prune to be exact, combined with a nice fresh hoppy aroma. Roasted grain and hops combine in a coffee and rind-like bitterness on the palate. Dark chocolate is underneath rounding out the flavor well. Creamy yet tingly mouthfeel. Finish is a bit on the dry side. A good stout with good balance.

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Photo of Dogbrick
4.21/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I found this to be an excellent Stout, pours almost black with a thin head. Nice dry roasted/coffee flavor and pleasant aftertaste. I enjoyed this one the entire glass. This is probably my favorite Sierra Nevada offering.

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.73/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cool, colorful looking label that really caught my eye – then when I realised it was Sierra Nevada – I bagged 1 of ‘em. I have made the mistake of serving US Stouts and Porters too cold in my last reviews, so I allowed this to warm up a little after taking it out of the fridge, I’m glad I did. The 12 fl.oz. bottle poured thick, black and treacly like, and with a steady hand the head rose and stopped perfectly at the top of my Pint Glass. It just looks like a Perfect Pint of Stout. Beautiful smooth brown-tanned head, that started to resemble the Moons surface, as soon as it started to collapse, but eventually it rescinded to a nice ¼” tight head that stayed the distance. Mmm. Chocolate and LOTS of it in the nose. Simply looks and smells gorgeous, and I haven’t even tasted it yet. Wow – bags of flavour, chocolate, malt dominant, very thick mouthfeel, dry, really dry and…., wait a minute….. hold on…. is it me?.... or can I detect…. robust Hops in the faintly bitter aftertaste.
I just belched – Yep, Man those Cascades takes some beating!!!!!
A superb example of a Stout. I am a huge fan of US Stouts, and this does not disappoint me.
5 Points, 5 Stars, 5 More please – for it’s not 1, but a 6-Pack for me next time.

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

Black with a creamy tan head that has excellent retention, and generous lace. Grain and fruity aromas with hints of hops and rum. Creamy, full mouthfeel with roasted barley flavor. A bit hoppy for a stout, but it handles the hops very well, not being overpowered. It has a nice dry finish.

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Photo of BrewAskew
4.19/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a really good American stout. Very robust and uncommonly hoppy. It has that signature SN cascades hop aroma. It tastes sharp and bitter, yet balanced enough to drink easily. I have some fond memories attached to drining this fine stout. Damn good stuff.

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Photo of ryanocerus
4.28/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Black as night with a thin tan creamy head that left excellent lacing. The aroma was a sweet malt with roasty undertones. The taste was chocolate, then roasted malt. As it warms, the roasty malt comes through even more. The carbonation was big and the flavor was long-lasting. Not being a stout fan, this is an excellent beer, closer to a porter in flavor profile though.

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Photo of BeerBob
4.42/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sierra Nevada Stout pours a dark maroon with a firm head of dense brown foam that sticks around.

Nose of burnt malt, and palate is of a slight semisweet burnt malt with bitter chocolate.

Not as sweet as I would have liked a Stout to be, but still worthy of your attention and lots of excellent flavor to keep anyone from boredom.

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Photo of doerickson
3.16/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

As black as the last banana; looks like a Coca-Cola but with a longer-lasting head, which by the way held up admirably under my incessant swirlings while I tried to put a finger on what the fruity smells were. Roasted flavors are up front and hold on throughout. Malt and hops battle to a draw. While this is a nicely balanced stout, I personally find that the intense roasted flavors keep it from being very drinkable.

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Photo of jtw5877
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very drinkable stout, as with all Sierra Nevada products I've tasted, it has their characteristic hoppy flavor to it. A good solid stout. I would recommend it to anybody who likes stouts.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.65/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Smooth, creamy and full-bodied - not a summer beer but good anyway. Very dark (not black) with a roasted flavor. Good head that stays and good carbonation.

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