Sierra Nevada - Stout
Purchased From: Harvest Fine Wines & Spirits
Serving Type: 12 oz. bottle, poured into a mug
Sierra Nevada’s Stout pours an extremely dark body, nearly black. A few hints of glowing red show through in the light, but there’s not much. The tan head is commanding and effervescent. The head recedes at a leisurely pace and leaves large chunky lace on the glass.
The nose has a big dark chocolate aroma back up with a slightly medicinal vague sweetness and a modest hop profile. The medicinal scent reminds me a bit of milk. The mouthfeel is creamy and velvety smooth but comes with a tingling crispness around the edges. The beer is substantial and somewhat heavy.
Chocolate and coffee are bold up front, owing to the caramel and black malts used in the brewing process. The hops shine nicely in the mid-palate. Slowly a smoke tinge creeps into the aftertaste and lingers nicely. Unlike a lot of strong Stouts, this smokiness doesn’t overtake the entire palate, but works to compliment it nicely.
When it comes to my reviews, it seems that Sierra Nevada is on a streak. They definitely make some quality beer.
Final Verdict: A-