Sierra Nevada Stout | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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3,375 Ratings
Sierra Nevada StoutSierra Nevada Stout
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:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-14-2000

BEER STATS
Ratings:
3,375
Reviews:
1,431
Avg:
4.07
pDev:
10.81%
 
 
Wants:
324
Gots:
483
For Trade:
2
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Ratings: 3,375 |  Reviews: 1,431
Photo of Shane-L-Waddell
3.7/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of toti1972
4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of 322wingedfoot
4.19/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of moose1980
4.41/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Beautiful light brown head that sticks around. Both the aroma and taste are much hoppier than many stouts. Still, the hop bitterness complements the roasted, earthy malts nicely. Overall, delish.

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Photo of suckaj
3/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of doktorhops
4.06/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The original Sierra Nevada! As the label states this is the drop that began the now monolithic SN, it’s hard to imagine what the beer world was like without Sierra Nevada... a hell of a lot blander for one... but there was a time not so long ago when beer meant something shit like Foster’s or VB. Like waking up from a bad dream the world has progressed to our current state of beer nirvana: Beervana - now you really can get almost any crazy combination of ingredients ready-fermented in a glass bottle for your enjoyment. So what does this 30 year old recipe have to offer us today? Something easy and agreeable one would hope.

Poured from a 355ml bottle into a Sierra Nevada US pint glass.

A: Dark - but not imposing - like a big cuddly brown bear with razor sharp claws and teeth bared... err, not sure that analogy works, but whatever: deep brown body with a wispy tan foam half centimetre head. Leaves decent lacing: Check! 9/10.

S: Roasted toasty grains and chocolate notes along with hints of dark fruits and light smoky aromas. Quite a moreish nose here - though it could, for 5.8% ABV, use a little more heft - not complaining, just noting. 7/10.

T: Classic Sierra Nevada - it doesn’t jump out and shout “Look at me! I’m a beer!” in some sort of weird stein-related costume that gets the wearer arrested for public indecency “Is that a small tap handle coming out of the stein? No, wait!” - it just quietly turns up the dial, not to 11 (this is beer not Spinal Tap) but to something like 8. Compared to the last American Stout I reviewed (Newstead The Outpost) this seminal American Stout is hardly hop-happy, it focuses primarily on roasted malts and the above noted flavours - it doesn’t veer off course. Tasty, tasty malts! 8/10.

M: Medium bodied with a nice light but dense carbonation. 9/10.

D: As stated in my preamble what can Sierra Nevada Stout offer todays’ drinkers? Something easy and agreeable. This brew is exactly that: Easy and agreeable. I’m sure back in the day of bland tastes (30 years ago) drinking this would have been akin to releasing a firestorm on your tastebuds, however today we have so many bolder beers out there. What Sierra Nevada does again is create a respectable base-line standard of a brew in this American Stout that we can all drink after our tongues have been lashed by hearty Russian Imperial Stouts and the like - here’s my cheers to Sierra Nevada for giving us a damn fine regular American Stout on which we can rest our weary taste-buds, cheers! 9/10.

Food match: Hearty Russian Imperial Stouts... or beef stew, whatevs.

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Photo of Jelitikasez
4.12/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A little more tangy/crisp than I've had in a stout, hints of something almost licorice like in there. Beautiful onyx color. I poured a little too fast and got an explosion of creamy-tan colored foam, which it was my undignified pleasure to slurp down before it could escape over the edge of the glass.

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

Photo of gandres
3.73/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 ounce bottle poured to wine glass
Appearance: Black dark small tan foam, some lacing
Aroma: Nose: hint of chocolate, coffee, roasted grains
Taste: medium bitterness;
Feel Palate: lively carbonation, creamy, good follow through, long finish, alcohol aftertaste
Overall Very good beer, ok to repeat but not look for
Drank 7/24/2016

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Photo of StoutElk_92
4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz. bottle dated 02/12/16

Pours dark brown black with a creamy tan foam head. Smells like dark roast espresso coffee, dark baker's chocolate, burnt toast, black cherry, dark plum, caramel, molasses, brown sugar, with mild earthy grass and herbal pine. Tastes like dark roast espresso coffee, baker's chocolate, dark plum, black cherry, dark caramel, burnt toast, molasses, charred brown sugar, with herbal pine and woody earthy grass. Feels medium-light bodied, creamy with moderate low carbonation. Overall a really nice stout.

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Photo of wpreynolds
5/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of dag1991
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of craigmorris74
3.56/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of rclangk
3.64/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of HopliteMpls612
4.37/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Slim_720
4.26/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of TonyTwins
4.21/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of aufie
4.54/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of matcris
4.38/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

APPEARANCE: Black with just some ruby around the edges up to the light. Nice finger + of bubbly, tan head that stays around and leaves a very nice looking lacing down the glass.
AROMA: Lots of dark roasted malt, almost to the burnt stage, but not quite. Some coffee and chocolate notes, as well.
TASTE: Nice, rich, dark roasted quality, some earthy notes, mild chocolate and coffee.
FEEL: Medium thin to medium body, adequately carbed, quite dry throughout the swig.
OVERALL: Nice single stout, maybe the body is slightly lacking a little, but, good flavors overall.

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Photo of spelingchampeon
3.4/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of tone77
3.56/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a black color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of roasted malts, chocolate. Taste is roasted malts, coffee, some hops are present, hints of chocolate. Feels medium/full bodied in the mouth and overall is a solid beer.

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Photo of Squire123
3.95/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sierra Nevada Stout from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
4.07 out of 5 based on 3,375 ratings.
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