Sierra Nevada Stout

Las Vegas day #4. Guest beer review #4. Today Dave joins LIBA. He’s a first time guest reviewer here, but no stranger to craft beer! He is the author of two crime novels “When One Man Dies” and “The Evil That Men Do”. An anthology of his stories “More Sinned Against” has just been released for the Kindle and can be found on Amazon.com. You can get in contact with Dave via Twitter. He is always willing to try a new beer, and is still on the lookout for a Pale Ale that matches the flavor of Sierra Nevada’s. Any suggestions?

Sierra Nevada Stout

I’m a seasonal beer drinker.

No, I don’t mean I only drink seasonal style beers. The type of beer I drink largely depends on what season of the year it is. In the summer, I drink mostly pilsners and lagers. In the spring and fall I drink ales—pale or IPA. But in the winter, I’m a stout guy. I love the heavy malt taste, and the dark color the liquid. And when a stout is really smooth and not too carbonated, I’m in all the way.

My latest find is Sierra Nevada’s Stout. I’ve tried just about all of their other beers, but for some reason the Stout has eluded my grasp. That changed on a beer run a few weeks ago. I found it on the shelf, and couldn’t resist.

The beer pours really dark, almost black, with a deep tan head. The head is thin and dissipates pretty quickly. On first smell, I found a very malty aroma, with a hint of chocolate. As a fan of Rogue’s Double Chocolate Stout, I was happy to get that cocoa hint. Definitely looking forward to sipping this one.

Sierra Nevada Stout

Since my glass was frosted, I let the beer warm a bit and the glass with it. Once it was ready, I took a sip. The first flavor to hit my tongue was an a very dark, bitter malt, the perfect flavor for a stout. As the beer traveled to the back of my tongue, I got the sweetness I was looking for. There was a hint of chocolate as well, according to my palate.

What surprised me most about this beer was the carbonation. Much more carbonated than a lot of the stouts I’ve been drinking lately. There isn’t too much of a boozy burn, but the bubbles surprised me on each sip. It reminds me a lot of the Guinness 250th Anniversary brew that was released a few years ago.

Overall this is a very drinkable beer. I could have two or three of these at a time, and just start to get a buzz. Very different consistency from the alcoholic Imperial Stouts that are mostly available this time of year. But that is definitely not a bad thing.

Thumbs up.

-Dave

Author: Joshua Dion

I write about beer in an un-intimidating way, welcoming beer lovers of all experience levels.

6 thoughts on “Sierra Nevada Stout”

  1. I don’t think I’ve ever seen this at my local beer shops. I’ll have to keep a better eye out next time, because lately I’ve enjoyed trying more stouts.

    Great review!

  2. Too many Sierra Nevada beers get overlooked because of the popularity of their Pale Ale. The Stout (as well as their Kellerweis) are great beers, and way too often passed by.

  3. I loved this beer, and this was a great review. Thanks Dave!

    However, for my money nothing beats their Tumbler ale! It crosses all seasons and may truly be the one brew brew I could drink any day of the year.

    1. Matt, their Tumbler is very good. It manages to be unique tasting even though the amber ale style is super crowded – not easy to do.

      Have you tried their porter? If not I recommend it. I just raved about it in my comment below.

      1. I haven’t been able to find their porter where I live, but not for lack of trying!

        After all the good things you had to say about it I will be redoubling my efforts!

  4. Hey Dan, nice review! As far as pale ales – have you tried the Firestone Walker pale ale?

    Totally agree with commenter JayZeis that Sierra Nevada’s other offerings often get overshadowed by the popularity of their pale. They make a lot of good beers though! The Kellerweis is veryyyy good.

    I am a fan of their stout – totally agree with you that it’s very easy drinking and you could down several in a sitting. In stark contrast to a lot of heavy and imperial stouts. But for my money, it lacks a little bit in the flavor department.

    I much prefer their porter, which is very full-flavored while keeping a medium body and high level of drinkability. Of course, the smoothness and roastiness of porters hits my palate right on the bulls eye, so I could be biased that way.

    Hope to see some more reviews from you sometime Dan!

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