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Smooth, rich and creamy. Rye malt blends with roast and chocolate malts to create a new and delicious stout profile, balanced with soft and velvety hops. This northwest original is poured using the traditional nitrogen dispensing method, so it may take an extra minute to arrive, but the wait is worth it. The Black Bear won the Gold Medal at the 2003 GABF in the foreign-style stout category. Have a pint of Stout with the Seven-Barrel Burger or the Beer Battered Onion Rings.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
AgentAle (641) - Alberta, CANADA - APR 26, 2014
Aroma is roasty with some caramel hints. Taste is roasty and somewhat sweet. Light hoppiness at end. Body is black with a beige head that retains moderately.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
fonefan (34777) - VestJylland, DENMARK - APR 10, 2014

Bottle 22fl.oz. @ cgarvieuk [ Lets do a chrisO Tasting ], Edinburgh, Scotland.

[ As Alameda Black Bear XX Stout ].
ABV: 7.0%. Clear dark brown color with a large, frothy, good lacing, fully lasting, beige head. Aroma is moderate to heavy malty, roasted, dusty malt, sour dark roasted, shoe polish, plastic smoke notes. Flavour is moderate sweet and moderate to heavy bitter with a long duration, chocolate, shoe polish, yeasty notes. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft. [20140315]

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
allmyvinyl (3176) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 16, 2014
Bottle at Craig’s. Pours black with a beige head. Definitely getting the chlorine others mention. Odd. Doesn’t linger though. Chocolate and coffee take over. taste is light sweet, but nice roasty bitter finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BenH (2259) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 15, 2014
Bottle. Black with tan head. Aroma has some kind of weird menthol or chlorine. Taste is roasty with a little chocolate. Slight bitter finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Fin (7364) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - MAR 15, 2014
Bottle courtesy of Craig at Craigs doing a Chris O tasting, Edinburgh (ta for the beer Craig) Saturday 15th March Pours nearly black with filmy beige head. Some chlorine on nose only slight, but also in mouth. A slight harsh edge, its ok but summat ain’t quite right. A6 A4 T6 P3 Ov12 3.1

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
cgarvieuk (14195) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 15, 2014
UPDATED: MAR 17, 2014 bottle at home ... at the Lets do a Chris O tasting...dark black ... big bubbly tan head ... soft toffee roast ... dark malts ,.. soft roast ... dark malts ... dark roast soft sweet toffee ...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Jimmythespoon (455) - CYPRUS - FEB 28, 2014
Bottle shared at tasting. Pours a thick black, lots of coffee and chocolate but very well balanced. Good beer!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
dfearnley (942) - Alberta, CANADA - FEB 25, 2014
Bottle to pint glass Oatmeal, toasted malt, lots of soy, cocoa, and a touch of coffee. It’s black with a very thin caramel coloured head. First impressions is caramel, but that disappears almost instantly and is replaced with toasted malt and chocolate. It has the bitterness of coffee, but not quite the taste of coffee. This is highly drinkable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
exeter (286) - calgary, Alberta, CANADA - FEB 21, 2014
Pours a pretty black, almost impossible to see through, very thick light brown head forms, slowly drops to a thin layer and ring leaving a ton of lace chunks stuck to the glass. Smell is nice, lightly lactic, lots of caramel, chocolate milk, very roasty, quite fruity, some vanilla, light orange peel, cherries, some coffee, pretty neat. Taste is similar, some lactic sourness, milky, chocolate, very roasty, maybe dark fruit, more chocolate milk, pretty interesting stuff, lightly toasted. Mouth feel is light to medium bodied with medium carbonation, pretty silky, Great Stout

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Hophaze (172) - South Bend, Indiana, USA - FEB 20, 2014
Bomber. Pours jet black with thick head that stays for a bit. Aroma of vanilla and cocoa. Velvet mouthfeel. Would have judged higher but the finish left a little to be desired. Lacked depth. Thin. ----Hophaze out

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