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RATINGS: 220   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.53   EST. CALORIES: 204   ABV: 6.8%
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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.


2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Hildigöltur (5103) - København, DENMARK - DEC 1, 2006
Bottled. 7.0%. Very dark brown coloured. Chocolate and some coffee in the aroma. Some sour notes. Light coffee flavour with some unpleasant sourness.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - NOV 22, 2006
Bottle. Pours a black color with a nice mocha colored head that lasts for quite a bit and leaves nice lacing. Aroma is quite pleasing, lots of esters, roasted malt, light coffee. Medium bodied, seemingly thin at times which detracts just a bit. Roasted grain flavor with just a hint of lactic sourness. The sourness is a bit different but quite pleasant in the overall scheme of things here. Coffee, light esters. Really a pretty nice stout to drink.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bgburdman9 (857) - Kettering, Ohio, USA - NOV 4, 2006
columbus 2.0 shared by nolankowal. Poured dark black and had a aroma of chocolate and brown sugar. Flavor was not nearly as impressive as the aroma. Tasted pretty sweet but had a little sourness coffeeness.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
thebaldwizard (1205) - Ohio, USA - OCT 17, 2006
Shared by nolankowal at the last Columbus tasting. The appearance was a nice dark black color with a tan head. THe aroma was full of sweet mollasses, and some alcohol as well. The taste followed and threw in a tangy sort of taste in the back of your mouth. Very nice, full mouthfeel.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
nolankowal (931) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - OCT 5, 2006
Bottle courtesy of dubbercody, many thanks again Jaime! Black pour with a tan head. Aroma of plum, a bit of smoke, chocolate and coffee. Coffee and fruits come through in the flavor as well...a bit of bitter chocolate and roasted malt. Full body...roasty with a sor of dry/sour coffee finish.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
hopscotch (9233) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - OCT 5, 2006
Draft...GABF ’06... Pitch black ale with a small, creamy, beige head. Chocolate, vanilla, espresso and pistachio aroma. Perfectly-balanced flavor with lots of sweet cocoa followed by burnt, bitter espresso notes. Medium to full-bodied and ultra-creamy with moderate carbonation. Lengthy, chocolatey, lightly bitter finish.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sliffy (2040) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - SEP 20, 2006
Bottle: Shared by nolankowal: Black pour with a thin fizzy tan head. Aroma, very sweet, dark fruits. Flavor, apples, chocolate, and other fruits, some coffee. Pretty solid stout.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BrewDad (5004) - Olympia, Washington, USA - SEP 11, 2006
[Tap] Aone of the best Stouts I have had in a long long time. I loved this beer Thick, black nectar of the gods. The beer had so much flavor and wonderful coffee, chcolate and dark malts in it I was in heaven. Awesome beer and a GABF gold meal beer.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
OhioDad (2493) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - SEP 7, 2006
22oz bottle at Columbus 2.0 tasting shared by nolankowal! - Thanks! - Pours dark brown with a short tan head that stayed briefly. Aromas of chocolate and tropical fruit, light coffee, and roast. Flavor is chocolate, light coffee some roasted malts, and a definite lactose flavor at the finish. Slightly acidic palate and the finish is quite sour actually.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Dogbrick (8251) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - SEP 1, 2006
Thanks to cmaruschak for sharing. Deep dark brown color with a reddish halo and a thick light tan head that dissipates steadily. Roasty aroma of coffee and malt. Medium-bodied and smooth with a rather sharp bitterness around the edges. The nitro smoothness seems to contradict the somewhat harsh acidity in the flavor. Malt and coffee flavors keep it from falling apart luckily. The finish is creamy with a bitter aftertaste. I would not go as far as to say the bottle had turned but something seemed a little off about this.


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