Monday, February 8, 2010

Sierra Nevada Stout

Sierra Nevada Stout

Brewed by:
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
California, United States

American Stout

5.80% ABV


Commercial Description:
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

General Pricing:

12 oz bottle  ~ $7.50 to $8.50 6pack, ~$28.00 to $30 case

Pours a dark brown, completely opaque with a rich tan head. The head started out looking very rich; fluffy and creamy. Then the bubbles seemed to grow larger and larger until it seemed to just collapse.

Dark roasted malts on the nose with aromas of chocolate and coffee. The aromas on nose are somewhat subtle, nice but subtle.

Not bad. This is a good straight up stout; nothing exceptional just some overall good stout flavors.

Sweet roasted malts upfront. There is not much going on in the middle of the sip but it does have a nice smooth mouthfeel. The back-end has a roasted malt and hoppy bitterness to it. The finish is a classic lingering roasted malt flavor with a slight hop bitterness. This is just an all around good basic stout.

The head has diminished to just a patchy island on top of the beer and a ring around the edge of the glass. It is also leaving some nice lacing on the glass.

I really like this beer. It is really refreshing to have a good basic American stout. There is nothing extreme, no high octane alcohol, no chocolate or coffee adjuncts, just a good basic stout for stout sake.

The beer is now at 59 degrees. It is much smoother and richer now. Boy, I am really enjoying this stout.  This stout is smooth and rich with just the right amount of robustness and nothing overpowering.

The final sips of this beer were at 68 degrees and this beer did not pick up anything unpleasant. It stayed smooth and rich to the very end.

I highly recommend this beer to anyone that likes a good basic stout. If you like other stouts like Guinness you will love this stout. Well, it’s a solid B for this American Stout; a very good straight up stout.

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