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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:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-14-2000

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Reviews: 1,417 | Ratings: 3,340
Photo of Libeertarian
4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very dark brown to black, can barely see any light through it, even in parts of glass you might expect to be able to. Head of medium shade of brown, medium-higher retention, with moderate lacing. Licorice and cocoa aromas, a little burnt toast, not much else, but good. Taste is more complex, distinct smoke/roastiness throughout, and even a bit spicy/piney, with substantial notes of licorice, soil, leaf matter, cocoa, faint peppercorn. Root-like aftertaste, with lingering notes already mentioned. Overall, much more sweet than smokey. Missing on the palate were toffee/molasses, tobacco, toast, and roasted meat, in particular. Lighter end of full-bodied, fairly smooth in spite of highly reactive suds and tingles from carbonation, less astringent than a number of other stouts.

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Photo of johnnyd10vt
4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Really nice stout. Slightly more bitter/hoppy than many stouts, but not overwhelmingly so. Much more complex than the standard Irish style stouts like Guinness, but not as in your face as some of the newer high gravity stout styles either (this one is 5.5%).

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Photo of richj1970
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz bottle dated 5/25/2015 into nonic pint

A: Pitch black with one finger light tan head with decent retention and leaving moderate lacing

S: Roasted malts, espresso, and chocolate.

T: Rich roasted malts combined with coffee and chocolate. An almost smoky quality to the finish.

M: Full bodied by not thick. Somewhat creamy texture.

O: Solid stout. Very well crafted and tasty beer.

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Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
3.83/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Black body, rocky tan head, good webs of lace. Smell is faint but has floral overtones and undercurrents of milk chocolate, roasty malt, and wood. Metal (bad) comes through now and again. The taste is more on point, with those dark notes taking the lead. Balanced between sweet on the front palate and bitter on the finish, with some mint and earthy pine flavors as well. Rich, soft mouthfeel, low carbonation but not flat.
This is great. It deviated slightly from traditional/boring stouts with a touch of extra hops while still being within the style. Perfect choice for a non-palate bomb and quaffable stout.

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

Pours an opaque dark brown almost black color with khaki colored head. Roasted malt, chocolate, and toffee on the nose; follows onto the palate. Full bodied. Finishes with more roasted character.

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

Bottle "pkgd 01/14/15" into pint glass. Pours an opaque black with light tan head. Initial impression is roast coffee, with a slight cocoa undertone. Not sweet, although it gets sweeter as it warms. Medium mouthfeel - just a tad thin for a stout. Hops are far in the background. Smooth and easy to drink. Dry finish.

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Photo of mmmbeer89
4.06/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

it's almost like an ipa mixed with a stout...which has a really good outcome. good taste, nice color, really smooth and a decent ABV% makes for a good beer.

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Photo of Jamie_Newman
4.4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dark dark brown with a cream colored, spongey head. Smell is of dark roasted malts and a little bit of hops. The taste follows and has a bit more carbonation than I'm used to in a stout. The finish is semi-dry.

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Photo of JRed
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Black in body with coffee head that stays. Aroma of chocolate, coffee, mild grass, dirt. Tastes of cocoa, coffee, grass, dirt, milk chocolate. Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Really good.

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Photo of Myotus
4.43/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle (bottled 18May15) into a Spiegelau stout glass
LOOK: Pours with a finger's worth of khaki foam that dissipates into a quarter's worth after 1 minute and 15 seconds. Black in color with a garner tint (always love that). Rising bubbles are moderate. Lacing is thick and moderate.
SMELL: Had strong aromas of coffee that meet with mild aromas of sweet chocolate, bitter roasted malts, and vanilla.
TASTE: Mild piney hops combine with mild sweet chocolate flavors to create the initial flavors. Mild coffee flavors and subtle flavors of bitter roasted malts enter about 2 seconds after the persisting intial flavors.
FEEL: Light-bodied (that's lame) with the slightest hint of carbonation (that's awesome). Goes down incredibly creamy and smooth. Finishes with a subtle dryness.
NOTE: What an incredible stout. I've never had one where the hops contributed flavor. I loved it.

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Photo of creepinjeeper
4.53/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12 oz botle poured into Breckenridge Brewing snifter.

Dark. Really dark with a red velvet cake colored head. Lightly carbonated and minimal lacing. Not as heavy as the color would let you believe.Smells of chocolate and roasted grains. Easy on the palate, nice tasty chocolate hints and roasted malts. No coffee and no hop forwardness,. A really delicious stout; Sierra Nevada comes through once again.

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Photo of FrothFanatic
4.48/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Pours a deep black with a thick creamy head, get a lot of lacing retention, and a very smooth pour. Feels fantastic on the palet, just real smooth and creamy, almost as if I am drinking a chocolate malt smoothie that isn't too thick, but thick enough. Taste? Delicious. Perfectly bitter and sweet, nothing overpowering just a well balanced stout with good roastiness. Love it, Sierra Nevada never lets me down.

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Photo of Czequershuus
4.49/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a deep black with a reddish tinge appearing in the head. The aroma is complex - I get banana, oats, brown sugar, and apple. The flavor lead with rich brown sugar, folloed by smoked, dark chocolate, and a hint of coffee. The mouthfeel is full but not to rich. This is a seriously impressive stout.

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Photo of Lahoi
4.4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Dark, dark, dark. I can't detect a bit of light making its way through this work of art. Thick, creamy, tan head. Nice retention. Still going strong after several minutes. Nice lacing. Sediment at the bottom.

Smells like it looks: rich. Some chocolate, some molasses, some roasted malts. Smell intensity increased as head decreased.

Tastes and feels great, but not quite world class to me (but what do I know?). Too much chocolate for a plain stout. The finish is my favorite part of the taste. Finishes hoppy and bitter, which makes this a beer I could drink anytime of day.

Feel isn't quite full bodied enough.

Overall, an outstanding experience. My critiques are minimal and possibly even nit-picky. Sierra Nevada continues to set the bar really high.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.87/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A : Deep chocolate brown, 100% opaque, with a giant and porous head, beige in color. Leaves lacing in beautiful rings all the way down as it recedes.

S : Lacking. Very weak. At least until the head recedes. A bit of cocoa powder in the aroma, chocolate shavings, maybe some roast malts. A chocolate covered cone of hop comes out too.

T : Very traditional in its take on a black ale, rather than an Americanized stout...it’s less robust, instead choosing to be more subtle with its flavor profile. On it is ground mild coffee, some hop leaf, and burnt malts. It’s not chocolatey, it’s not big, it’s not packed. It’s easy drinking though, and is made up of roast coffee and hop flavors. On the finish is a charred coney hop flavor.

F : Very dense and creamy, first thing I noticed. The carbonation is mild but capable, and ends with a slight dry bite.

O : It’s okay. Many better stouts out there, but this is a no-frills, easy drinking, by-the-book black ale.

edit : this was bottled on 11/20/14.

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Photo of LennyOvies
4.61/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

L- Dark brown almost. Beige-brown creamy head. Slick.
S- Smooth toasted notes, coffee. Caramel, dark fruits.
T- Black toast, coffee, roasted malt, dried dark fruits.
F- Smooth, creamy.
O- Slightly better than the Porter, similar but better.

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Photo of Masonz223
4.27/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look: a light black color smooth one finger brown head
Smell: chocolate light coffe and Carmel
Taste: dark chocolate coffe light Carmel burnt dark coffe after taste.
Overall: very great flavor hops balance out the sweetness nice

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Photo of GuitarIPA
4.4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Great all around stout
L - thick, chocolate brown head, lacing lasts
S and T - roasted malt, dark chocolate
F - medium body and carbonation, nice dark chocolate finish

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Photo of Andrewharemza
3.77/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Average brownish head with good retention. Clear mahogany. Roasted malt, chocolate, burnt sugar. Taste is also roasted malt, burnt caramel, dried dark fruit, black coffee hints, some chocolate. Creamy palate and medium body. Quite good.

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Photo of startreker
4.92/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

L= Deep and dark, like a stout should be!

S= Roasted malt with chocolate and subtle hops.

T= Full of dark rich chocolate, with roasted coffee. Very creamy and delicious!

F= Medium mouthfeel that is so satisfying!

O= A very delicious stout with all of the chocolate, and coffee notes blended together perfectly!! It`s so delicious and creamy, that I just want more, and more, and more of this!! Way to go Sierra Nevada!! My family took me to the Mills River Brewery here in North Carolina for my Birthday .. What a treat that was to say the least!!

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

355ml bottle served into a chalice glass.

Look: Opaque dark brown, almost black with nothing given away when held up to the light. A fingers-width of tan head and some alcing. Decent amount of carbonation from the off, and the head eventually dissipates to a foam cap.

Smell: Not huge in the smell department - roasted malts, obviously, and more than a hint of dark roasted coffee and cocoa. Hops? Nope.

Taste: It definitely tastes a bit more hop-forward than a tradition English or Irish stout, so no big surprises there. What was surprising was the nice balance between the roasted flavours and the hop bitterness - the latter isn't overdone by any means. The roasted coffee flavours are definitely a bit more up-front than the smell would suggest.

Feel: It's a stout, so it's going to have a fairly full mouthfeel and indeed it does. Very smooth drinking.

Overall: Definitely an interesting take on a stout - it's a bit hoppier than you'd expect but at the same time the hop character isn't going to blow the top of your head off either. There's a nice trade-off between malt and hops with the additional coffee and chocolate flavours just evident enough to keep things interesting. Another good effort from Sierra Nevada.

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Photo of ihazabucket7
4.58/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a "Man Mug". Nice color, mild coffee aromas. Coffee, cocoa, taste. Very light brew nice intro beer if you want to get into stouts. But if you love stouts you will appreciate this from Sierra Nevada! Cheers!

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

I get a little bit of coffee and a little bit of roast. Nothing huge, but this could be a good introduction stout for someone not used to it, due to its mild flavors.

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Photo of Marc280
3.69/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a very dark brown, almost black if not held up to the light. Good head and good head retention. I think the aroma is what let's it down a bit. The hop aroma is quite minimal and I was expecting a bit more. I really like the taste. The bitterness is really well balanced and there is a rich malty flavour. Coffee notes come through strongly. Big mouthfeel. Overall I really like it.

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Photo of mlockman
3.5/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very hop-forward stout, which is not something I seek in a stout; I recognize that I may be in the minority of beer drinkers in that regard, so if you enjoy a hoppy stout, by all means indulge and enjoy!

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Sierra Nevada Stout from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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