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RATINGS: 2003   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.59/5   EST. CALORIES: 174   ABV: 5.8%
Silver Medal Winner, Great American Beer Festival, Stout 1988, 1989. Sierra Nevada Stout is a creamy and full-bodied example of this traditional style ale. Very dark and very rich, the Stout displays a pronounced roasted flavor.

Finishing Hops:Cascade
Bittering Hops:Chinook
Beginning Gravity:16 Plato
Ending Gravity:4.5 Plato
Malts:Two-row Barley Malt, Caramel Malt, Black Malt, Dextrin Malt
Yeast:Top Fermenting Ale Yeast

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Kinz (3567) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - APR 25, 2004
Draft. Deep black, thin veneer of a head lasted nicely. Chocolate nose, smooth like a malted shake. Palate is full, roasty, and chocolate, with a hint of spruce hops on the finish. Nice stuff.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
michaeltrego (101) - Amherst, New Hampshire, USA - APR 21, 2004
Respectable stout - though not as remarkable as I have heard about - very nice body and appearance - sultry darkness - flavor was robust and roasty - the conditioning was a bit off so that might be throwing things off for me

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DocLock (8798) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 19, 2004
Pours obsidian black, with a good head and lacing. Aromas of malt, caramel, coffee, and some hops. Tastes very complex, with hints of coffee, caramel, malt, some hops, and chocolate. Nice dense mouthfeel and a very complex, crisp, rewarding finish. Very nice stout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
firemedic713 (169) - Palm Bay, Florida, USA - APR 18, 2004
Good example of the style. Very dark color, medium brown frothy head. Everything a good stout needs...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 17, 2004
Appearance: dark brown, nearly black color, with a thick, full tan head that bubbles a good deal, before crumbling down, leaving a touch of lace. Aroma: fruit, and bitterness, right off, grapes and berries, and such, with more flavors unfolding, pepper, anise, espresso, a big helping of roast and bitterness. Also, enough carbonation to remind me of cola, but not too much. Warm and smooth on the palate, and continuing the flood of flavors found in the nose, with an undulating ripple of bitter hops. Great, chewy mouthfeel. Solid malt, dark, tasty body. A delightful dance takes hold in every sip: the bitter hops do a fancy tap, until lush, dark malt sweeps in and hogs the spotlight, before long the two begin to tango! A rousing and roasty stout, all around!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Falconseye8 (542) - Evans, Colorado, USA - APR 14, 2004
Comparing this to Boulevard Dry Stout. Sierra definitely has more bitter than Boulevard. Head doesn't last as long after pour. Tastes good but isn't in this raters opinion as good as Boulevards version.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DYCSoccer17 (3513) - Woodland, California, USA - APR 9, 2004
Pours opaque dark brown with robust tan head. Aroma is sweet and malty. Start is very bitter anc chocolate-like. This persists throughout. Bitter finish makes you come back for more. Could use a little more body.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Brodie (540) - Blowing Rock, North Carolina, USA - APR 4, 2004
Good example of the style. Dark brown to black, decent head retention. Flavor and aroma have chocolate, coffee, and a little caramel. Balance is on the sweet side.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - APR 2, 2004
I am amazed! I have tasted upwards of 1500 beers in my life but somehow I have never had this beer. Mostly opaque black body with just the barest hints of ruby. The head is quite nice, rocky, tan and lasting. The aroma is quite hoppy but there is still plenty of roasted malt aroma. Flavor-wise it is has medium roasted-nutty flavors with a decent hop bite. The body is medium-full. I am actually quite surprised at how much I like this beer. It balances the expected stout flavors with the Sierra Nevada hop profile brilliantly.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
sfontain (850) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - APR 1, 2004
UPDATED: APR 5, 2004 Pours almost-black with an off-white head. Aroma is of malt and coffee with some smokiness. Strong coffee flavor, but otherwise a little hard to pin down. At first I felt that this was way too thin, but after drinking more and warming a little it feels a bit richer.

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