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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
CaptKirk (175) - Hephzibah, Georgia, USA - OCT 22, 2005
Deep red almost black with a thick tan head. Chocolate and spice aroma that warms your mouth for the first sip. Expresso flavor to start then finishes with a bitter and slight alcohol finish. If you like a dark beer, then this is a must try.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
BBB63 (5743) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - OCT 16, 2005
GABF 2005: Deep brown hued with amber highlights topped by a good tan head. The aroma is crystal, chocolate and a touch of black patent malt, plum and prune, espresso, grassy and piney hops, and a bit of licorice and anise spice. The taste has a liquid gold character of heavy sweet malts, fleshy fruits, subdued spice, and a nice counterbalance of hop smack of espresso bitterness. The feel is oily and velvety, smooth yet a bit of bite and astrengent finish. WOW, one of the better American made "foreign stouts" I ever had, beergeek worthy!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Oakes (11812) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 11, 2005
UPDATED: APR 15, 2014 Very dark brown. Beautiful aroma with nuts, dark chocolate and light espresso. Exceptionally well-balanced character hits all the right notes - light black malt, hint of tartness, rich chocolate, good hop underpinning.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - OCT 4, 2005
Pour is deep black nice brown head...nice toasty and roasty nose with lots of coffee...taste is well balanced between sweet and coffee bitterness...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Rastacouere (6107) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 4, 2005
Draft. Pitch black, tan head covered, lasting and full. Sweet nose that strikes from its malt pureness that contributes chocolate milk, dark roasted coffee and strong molasses and licorice undertones. The flavours are not original, just textbook and well-focused, yet without the cheap sugary feel that bothers me in the few examples Iíve had. It rather displays vanilla beany hints and rich floury backings. Medium bodied, smooth velvety palate. Impressive beer, Iím generally not a fan of sweet stouts, but this one is what I consider a good foreign stout should thrive for and what better place than Portland for it to come from?

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DarkElf (3028) - La Jolla, California, USA - AUG 29, 2005
(Draft & Cask: Alameda Brewing Co. in Portland, OR) Not that the beers at Alameda have tickled my fancy so far, but this stout is easily my favorite beer on tap today. Iím sampling both the regular draft version, and a cask version, and Iíll cover the draft version first. Its very roasty, chocolaty, and moderately sweet nose is very enticing. And fortunately, the flavor lives up to the promise. Itís chocolaty and roasty, fairly sweet, moderately bitter, and a modest smokiness emerges in the finish. However, the cask version is sweeter and more woody, showing lots of vanilla. Medium-to-full bodied, coating the palate long into the finish, but I guess for a foreign stout, it could have a bit more body. Black and opaque, with a tan head that just wonít quit. Lacing is average, some patches clinging to the glass. The only beer Iíve sampled at this brewpub thatís worth a second glass, the cask version is easily the trophy winner today, and itís not even close. This beer is delicious! Highly recommended.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - AUG 3, 2005
Full ebony proclaims the appearance, not a streak of light seeps through, and a majestic cocoa cap holds guard on top, lush and creamy, an impressive looking stout, at the start. Aroma begins with chocolate, molasses, spice, and bittersweet coffee tones. Earthy, gritty, rich...coffee grounds are now the primary senstation, overall an expansive, and flavorful nose. Immensively full on the palate, at first swallow. Rich, dark, utterly satisfying. Plenty of grit and texture, flavors of syrup, rich chocolate, bitter coffee beans, tangible, and a touch tart behind the bitter. Plump mouthfeel,... long, sticky finish,... viscous is an appropriate qualifier, but not too, this is very approachable for the stout fan. But definitely not a brew for those that shy from the darkness. The rest of us, weíre in high heaven here. A stout lovers wet dream, not too strong, not too thick, but so full in all other respects that it fulfills our every need. Drinkability? Assured. When youíre that tasty, you donít stand a chance in my glass, pal. A very solid stout. So tired of middling versions, blaseí people pleasers, so glad to find one with serious cojones, yet so simple to slide back the throat.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
argo0 (11181) - Washington DC, USA - JUL 24, 2004
(RBSG04) Black body with creamy brown head. Aroma is mild sweet, chocolate, some roasty. Medium sweet body, some chocolate, roast, some lactose. Creamy medium-full body. Sorry, but I donít see what makes this a noteworthy beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JohnC (3000) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - JUL 17, 2004
smooth drinkng, finishes dry, for a stout, this is one that you could hammer down a few.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sham (1845) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 5, 2004
Black oil like appearence. Creamy brown head and lace. Chocolate, coffe, grapes or raisins, hops and alcohol. More of a roasted character in the flavor, everything else is complimentary to the nose. Finishes bitter and dry. Creamy nitro palate. Nice stout, though I do wish I could try it cask conditioned.

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