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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
California, United States
sierranevada.com

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#2,408
Reviews:
1,444
Ratings:
3,402
pDev:
10.81%
Bros Score:
4.58
 
 
Wants:
327
Gots:
486
Trade:
2
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User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 3,402 |  Reviews: 1,444
Photo of mfgreene
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of drmeto
3.16/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

L:
-pours the darkest of brown with no light coming through and a medium to big,frothy,sand-coloured head
S:
-chocolate,earthy,herbal,spicy,faint smoke,slight citrus (Cascade Hops perhaps?)
T:
-spicy,herbal,pumpernickel,brown sugar,grainy,astringent,licorice
-medium to high,lingering bitterniss for the style
F:
-low to medium carbonation
-medium body
O:
Not the Type of Stout i usually enjoy.
It's decent.

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Photo of Holderness
3.96/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A unique and playful take on an often-monotonous style. Hop forward, with a nice chocolatey balance provided by the well roasted malts. Solid mouthfeel, but not too heavy. Slightly fruity and astringent finish. Still can't say I'm the *biggest* fan, but good nonetheless.

80/100

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Photo of MizzouBrew
4.17/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Schlafly tulip glass. Pours dark brown with a thick tan head that leaves really nice lacing. Taste is mild and very smooth, with light to medium feel. I would definitely drink this again and could drink a few.

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Photo of Coolguy_chris
3.04/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of porters4life
4.18/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jnorris404
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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

Photo of Stoutmaster9
4.44/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Quite a refreshing new vision of the Old World Stout. So robust, fresh and hearty. It has a "New Shire" vibe, that this humble California Hobbit adores!

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Photo of Malacant
4.72/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 5

First beer I've rated with 5s. This stout is amazing.

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

Photo of mmorris15
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of 88caprice
4.17/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of EEscobar
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of q33jeff
3.5/5  rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.75

**
12/30/2014
Aroma: Light coffee, barley.
Appearance: Light black. Medium white head.
Taste: toasted malt, coffee.
Feel: a tad thin for a stout."
**

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Photo of Ctb6582
4.16/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of andpit
3.62/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Shanex
4.85/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

12oz bottle poured into a teku glass.

Incredible stout and unfortunately way overlooked by some BA. It's very smooth to sip on this, fairly drinkable.

The relative bad reputation this beer seems to have is clearly unjustified.

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Photo of PJCarnell
4.23/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of BloodSoakedAleMug
4.18/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a nine month old bottle (I'm not even worried).

Look: Pours a mahogany brown hue with a soft, frothy, two finger, burnt cream colored head. Excellent lacing with good head retention.

Aroma: Toasted malt, grapes, chocolate and sugar cookies.

Taste: Balanced, but leaning towards the bittersweet side with moderate notes of milky black chocolate, coffee and italian praline cookies with dry, resinous, charred and woody undertones. Notes of caramel and dried raisins in the background. Really straightforward, but so delicious.

Feel: Full bodied with low effervescence. Decadent and rich, yet crisp and balanced. Bittersweet.

Overall Comments: Pretty damn tasty. Rich bittersweet chocolate flavors with a dry, woody, fruity and hoppy aftertaste. Dark, full bodied, malty, bitter flavorful, thirst quenching... Really excellent stuff. Ages extremely well, even this far out into the beer's shelf life, the malt bill still hasn't overpowered the hops.

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Photo of BenSulli93
4.51/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of TheItalianStallion
4.17/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of rodbeermunch
4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Well you don't make a stout look sexier than that pretty much. Solid 1" of tan head, deep roasted dark black appearance that yields the same impression in the nose, roasty.

Plenty of hopping, blasts of chocolate malt and roasted goodness. Easy to drink if you're a hops and malt fan. Its consistent, ages well, great fresh, very well rounded, affordable, available. Never gonna be hyped, but its kinda an archetype kind of beer. Excellent and often imitated.

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Sierra Nevada Stout from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.07 out of 5 with 3,402 ratings
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