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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 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
sneagrams3 (2337) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAY 19, 2007
22oz bomber. Pitch black with a spiral tan head surrounded by a thick ring. Straight outta the fridge and even as stiffled as it is, still has a great nose. Really nice dark roast coffee aromas. Also notes of molassis, a woody smokiness that comes off ever so slight, and a bitter grainy aroma. Medium bodied and slick. Nice malt dominant profile. Nice dose of coffee bitterness, but balanced against a sugary bready flavor and a sweet fruity undertone flavor. Good balance means good palate. Slightly effervescent tart finish that leaves the mouth coated in a cola=ish cocoa fruity aftertaste. Somewhere in the middle a syrupy sweetness mingles with a bitter rye flavor and they both meld into the long sticky finish. Becomes more rounded and better as it warms. Palate and flavors truly roll around in the mouth and evolve and change with every sip. This was a pleasure to drink!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
brewblackhole (1588) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 6, 2007
Aroma is Hersheys syrup saturated malt,you can smell the smootness. First thing I thought of upon tasting it was the old time drugstore ice cream sodas, including the slight carbonation bite, no nitro widget here, hints of rye and hop also swirl around,not a heavy body, but flavors are distinct enough to make this a sipper,loved it, can see why GABF gave it awards

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jake65 (2873) - Boise, Idaho, USA - MAY 5, 2007
Bottle: Dark brown pour with a creamy tan head. Nose of roasted malt, coffee, and some fruits. Taste is coffee, roasted/burnt malt, sweet yet smoky. Good foreign stout. Thanks to Indiana_Red for sharing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
IndianaRed (2761) - Boise, Idaho, USA - MAY 5, 2007
Bottle pours a thick jet black with a dark brown head. Astringent dark roasted aroma. Flavor is dark roasted and dark pitted fruit, Fairly thin feel and lacking in the body that I was hoping for. Moderate carbonation and a mild lingering bitterness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BuckeyeBoy (3247) - Boise, Idaho, USA - MAY 5, 2007
22oz Bottle Pours out black topped with a tan head. Nice aroma and sweet stout tast. Nice roast malt. Very nice. Thanks Indiana_Red.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
pinkzambia (1615) - Boise, Idaho, USA - MAY 5, 2007
Bottle: Oily black with a dark tan head. Typical foreign stout aromas with tangy flavors and a mild coffee aftertaste. Thanks Indiana_Red!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
raphael (971) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 14, 2007
This is a great, well-balanced stout for me, maybe a shade tame. On draft at the source. Thick creamy brown head over opaque black. aroma of roast malt, coffee, caramel. lighter on the tongue thanexpected & so smooth, with malt aroma in the mouth. tastes thicker than it feels, chocolatey, dark-roasted not burnt, no hp tste, faint licorice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
mabel (7059) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 28, 2007
[154-20061221] 650mL. Malty boozy aroma. Deep black body with red highlights and a reddish-brown foamy head. Still roasty malted big flavour, sour aftertaste. Medium-full body feels salty. Big sour aftertaste seems strange.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
badnewsbeers (2312) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - FEB 28, 2007
black body with medium brown head...very sweet aroma (heavy sugar, berry, dark chocolate, and light coffee)...light, roasted chocolate flavor profile..has a nutty, sugary finish...a tad thin for a stout of this magnitude

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
ThomasE (5174) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - FEB 20, 2007
Black colour with a light brown head. Roasted malty, coffee bitter and light fruity aroma with a vague sour note. Roasted malty flavor, again with this vague sour note. Dry finish with notes of coffee and a light chocolate sweetness.

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