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RATINGS: 286   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ibrew2or3 (7515) - 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.

   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
apshah99 (147) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 10, 2008
Very dark pour with thick tan head. Smells of roasted chocolate and malt. Starts out sweet, slightly burnt toasted malty taste, a little sourness in the midly bitter finish. Very smooth creamy mouthfeel.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
boFNjackson (4191) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 26, 2008
Tap @ Bailey’s Tap Room... Poured deep black with a light brown head. Really silky but a juxtaposing dryness to it. Milky and flavors of roasted malt and cocoa all balanced by hops. This stuff was so good I had to get a second serviing.

   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. I’m 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 (5075) - 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 (2869) - 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.

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