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Sierra Nevada Stout | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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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:
#2,349
Reviews:
1,438
Ratings:
3,392
pDev:
10.81%
Bros Score:
4.58
 
 
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327
Gots:
485
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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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Photo of Tbulling
3.92/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

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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Sierra Nevada Stout from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.07 out of 5 with 3,392 ratings
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