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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.


3.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bhensonb (12320) - 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.

3.6
   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.

3
   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

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
marcus (7473) - 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.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - JUL 18, 2008
Courtesof 11026. The aroma is boozy with hints of dust, cola, dark chocolate and roasted/burnt malt. The body is a deep black and holds a thin mocha colored head. The flavor side of things offers rich dark roasted malts, dark chocolate bittersweetness, mild tartness and a metallic twang. It could have been very good, but it tastes a little off I think. That metallic twang just distracts too much from the aroma and flavor.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BlackDonald (1126) - Gulf Shores, Alabama, USA - JUN 5, 2008
I thought this was a great example of the style. Not overly sweet or too dry, but great with the upscale pub food served at the brewpub. Some hints of roastiness in the nose, and a lingering scent of perfumy hops and licorice. Some nice bittersweet chocolate notes on the palate, a bit of burnt cocoa and caramel as well, really creamy mouthfeel, with some bitterness coming through in the finish. Enjoyable.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Reid (2067) - Salem, Oregon, USA - MAY 22, 2008
Bomber bought from Capital Market, Salem . Gorgeous looking beer. black with dark,dark brown hints around the edges, good lookingbrown head. slightly roasty aromas, not too strong, some dark chocolate, slight fruit. Quite semi-sweet bitter, burnt toast towards the end, bitter black coffee finish mixed with treacle. Slight alcohol hint in the belly.Good stuff. Nicel on the palte, not as heavy as expected and thats a good thing as it adds a point or two for drinkability. Over all nice beer.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - MAY 6, 2008
On nitro from the Green Dragon. Pours black with a silky smooth brown head. Roasted chocolate nose, soft burnt scent. Smooth and soft on the palate. Not the bitter kick that some provide, relying more on a bitter bakers chocolate balance, caramel flavors built toward the finish.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ibrew2or3 (7423) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - APR 3, 2008
Courtesy of Degarth. Pours deep dark blackness with lasting mocha head and some decent lacing. The aroma is full of roasted to burnt malts mixed with toastiness, burnt molasses and some mild sweetness. The taste kicks off with a bolt of roasted malts quickly followed by solid burnt to nearly charred malts mixed with licorice, malt balls and some malt astringency.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Quake1028 (633) - Tampa, Florida, USA - MAR 20, 2008
Bottle courtesy of Degarth. Thanks again, Joseph. Dark brown, almost black pour. Very nice looking mocha colored head. Mostly lasting with some pretty lacing. Nose of coffee, smoky chocolate, roasted malts, floral hops and some astringency which I guess can be attributed to the rye malt used here. Tons of coffee and roasted malts on the fore, with chocolate and hops playing supporting roles. Medium bodied, creamy and rounded edges. Medium finish, coffee and chocolate with a bit of smoky charred goodness at the end. Good brew from a style I usually don’t go crazy over.


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