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RATINGS: 280   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.58   EST. CALORIES: 204   ABV: 6.8%
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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
troopie (2291) - Munchen an der Willamette, Oregon, USA - DEC 13, 2008
Nitro draught. Poured black with thick creamy head Aroma of malt and chocolate. Flavour of malt and coffee with a hop tinge. More coffee in the rather thin finish. Not an unpleasant beer by any means, but not outstanding either. A good workaday stout to go with a burger

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
anders37 (19334) - Malmö, SWEDEN - DEC 4, 2008
Draft at the brewpub. Pours a black color with a small off-white head. Has a roasted malty chocolate and coffee aroma. Slightly sweetish roasted malty coffee and chocolate flavor with some bitter hints. Has a slightly sweetish roasted malty chocolate and coffee finish with some bitterness in the aftertaste.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 13/20
fuyajo (229) - Portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 27, 2008
Pours very dark with no head. I wasn’t even sure there was any carbonation at first. Aroma is malty, a tad sweet, and slightly roasty. Very little carbonation; mouthfeel is a bit slippery and thin (probably due to the lack of carbonation). Tastes initially sweet then a bit malty with roasted notes. Finish isn’t terribly long with a bit of hops and has a bit of bite. Not my favorite.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
WeeHeavySD (3361) - Portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 27, 2008
Bomber, bonus from Hannont, thanks Todd. Pours black with atan head. Nose is big lots of smokey malty and roasty characteristics. Taste is sweet, bitter and well rounded. This is a nice foreign stout with a bit of a bite.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beardface (1517) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - OCT 17, 2008
22oz from Market of Choice in Eugene. Gorgeous pour, very deceiving dark body with an average head. I say deceivingly dark because this has to be the thinnest tasting stout that I’ve ever drank, even making an exception for the style. This is no Dragonstooth, that’s for sure. Also extremely malty, which is not what I hope for from a stout. All in all, very average.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - SEP 26, 2008
22oz from Bottletrek. Nice pour, fairly thick and chewy looking with a modest head, lively carbonation. The nose is invitingly roasty, even if less strong than I anticipated. Initial taste certainly suggests the dominant flavor of roasted malts, but it’s really only a suggestion, as there’s a strong tartness underneath. Could this be infected? Very few reviews note this, so I’m inclined to think this might be the case. It certainly cuts into and against the other admirable qualities, and makes it difficult to appreciate this per style (and I’m a big fan of the style). If I try another bottle and it turns out to be an infection, I’ll happily rerate. As is, a disappointment.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bhensonb (12455) - Woodland, California, USA - SEP 25, 2008
Bottle from Bottle Trek. Pours black with a good tan head. Sweetish toasted malt aroma with a little coffee. Full bodied with creamy carbonation. Flavor is sweetish toasted malt, very light coffee and chocolate. It’s mostly malt. Some hop balances things out somewhat at the finish. Pretty drinkable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
scrizzz (2223) - Bothell, Washington, USA - SEP 21, 2008
black, inky, viscous with a sandy tan head. excellent lacing. blackened bread aroma, some pickle vinegar. damn. thankfully that’s not carried into the flavor as all I get is an intense deep roast, more bread notes with a medium-heavy body that yields to a full bodied hop finish. hits several points very good.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
imadeadguy (378) - back in NJ!, New Jersey, USA - SEP 19, 2008
Bomber thanks to BDR for this one. Pour is deep black with frothy tan head. Aromas of roasted malt, coffee, and chocolate. Flavor is mild with malt and coffee. The body was way too thin for a stout. Nothing special at all, just Ok

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
marcus (7554) - Sacramento, California, USA - SEP 15, 2008
This black ale poured with a massive tan head that stayed for a while. The rye malt distinguishes this brew from other stouts in regard to flavor. There is some dark burnt chocolate, a bit of prune and a sour slightly metallic finish. It’s different and it’s pretty good except for the finish. I see that Retorp noticed that too.

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