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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 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - DEC 20, 2007
Sampled at GABF 2007. This pours black as coal with a dark beige head. Lots of big roasted burnt malts and chocolates to the nose. Iím not getting any smoke per se, but the heavily roasted malt sure is there. Thick as a brick and syrup-like. Great coffee and chocolates. Anise perhaps as well. Great beer!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Dickinsonbeer (5076) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - DEC 12, 2007
Bomber. Pours a deep ruby brown with a thin head. Aroma is plasticy, spicy, tar and some cola, but low on the chocolate and roast. Mild chocolate flavor, biter earthy hops, more plastic and burnt harsh malts, and overall pretty weak. I thought I would enjoy this more- but seemed as though there were some off aromas and flavors.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
yobdoog (1888) - Kingston, New York, USA - NOV 28, 2007
Sampled during Manhattan Blind IS Tasting: Very little aroma, some odd bitterness lingering. Some sweetness in front but is cloying.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - NOV 28, 2007
On tap at the 2007 GABF: Pours a mostly opaque with dark mahogany edges and a creamy dark tan head. Lightly sweet dark caramel and chocolate nose has a touch of dark fruits and a hint of tartness. Body starts fairly full and dark caramely malty sweet with some milk chocolate balance toward a drier, roasty, bittersweet finish with lingering smoke and dark chocolate. A nice foreign stout.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
beastiefan2k (2728) - Emerald City (formely NYC & KS), Washington, USA - NOV 12, 2007
Thank you Samurai for the killer extra. Part of a blind tasting. It was a very different beer, maybe "bad" or "infected" but it was very interesting to me. Aroma is creme brulee, or a weird kind of sweetness. Taste sweet caramel with light spoiled milk. The mouthfeel is too light and slick, feels weird. Frankly, I thought it was something Belgian. Unfortunately, this finished last in the tasting but I thought it was interesting.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
golubj (1377) - San Mateo, California, USA - NOV 12, 2007
Bottle. Weird aroma, kind of smoked, but also a little bit like soda. Maybe a little coffee also. The flavor is the same, and the coffee lingers on the palate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
5000 (6300) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - NOV 9, 2007
Bottle: Black in color, huge frothy light brown head, splotchy lacing.   Nose of ash, roasted malts, and some sour dark pitted fruit.   Somewhat sweet and sour on the tongue.   Given the track record of Alameda and the slight sourness of their beers, I was pretty much expecting this.   While not bad, its certianly not what I expected for a Foreign Stout.   The dark pitted fruit aspect is there, but only as a sour note.   Roasted malts take a back seat.   Smooth, yet slightly spritzy.   Body and mouthfeel are fairly moderate.   Hefty enough to be a stout, certainly, but not that engaging flavorwise.   Perhaps its past its prime?   Certainly needs a rerate.   I will say this however, despite its sourness that I donít think should be there, its actually quite pleasant while remaining somewhat different from the norm.   It works here, but donít think it is what is intended.   Still enjoyable regardless.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BeerandBlues2 (10531) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 21, 2007
GABF í07. Pours black with a large, creamy, light brown head, lasting with good lacing. Aroma is heavy malt (molasses, chocolate, coffee), light hops (grass), average yeast (leather) with notes of smoke, tar, and vanilla. Full bodied, sticky texture, average carbonation, and a bitter finish. Average duration, light sweetness, moderate acidity and bitterness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BillKismet (3412) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 21, 2007
Wonderful chocolate top above a black body. Sweet chocolate aroma with nice milk chocolate roast notes. A solid stout with a blend of roast malt and milk chocolate tastes with a creamy mouthfeel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bu11zeye (12100) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - OCT 19, 2007
(Draught) Pours a dark brown body with a thick tan head. Aroma of light roastiness, Belgian stout sour characteristics, coffee, dark chocolate, and nuts. Flavor of roasted malt, acidic sourness, chocolate, and lactose.

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