Saturday, February 17, 2018

Sierra Nevada Stout (2018 re-review to BJCP specs)

Fill date: 5/9/2017

Judged to 2015 BJCP Style Guidelines for: 20B American Stout

AROMA: Quite hop-forward with citrusy/floral hops (classic West Coast character). The dark malt is present, but somewhat subtle. Coffee-with-cream and dark chocolate notes can be found, but there is no impression of sweetness. No yeast esters. No alcohol. 9/12

APPEARANCE: Very dark brown, opaque body (44+ SRM) with lighter brown highlights. Large, tan, frothy foam; retains and laces extremely well. 3/3

FLAVOR: Hop-forward throughout. Light orange/grapefruit citrus flavors at first with more of a dank/resiny/earthy flavor on the backend. Malt base is evident; first as a dark chocolate flavor and then a bit of a stronger, roasted sensation on the finish. Bitterness is quite high for the style, but just short of being a Black IPA (which is still a bit too hoppy and bitter for the style, IMHO). Hops linger in the aftertaste, but are not astringent. No yeast esters. No alcohol presence. 17/20

MOUTHFEEL: Medium body and carbonation. Not creamy, but very smooth. Highly drinkable, but too strong to session at 5.8% ABV (feels like a lighter brew). 4/5

OVERALL IMPRESSION: If you like your stouts on the hoppy side, this is the beer for you. Even if you don't, it's still a good example of the style. 9/10


NOTE: See my 2011 original review here:

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