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RATINGS: 308   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.59/5   EST. CALORIES: 204   ABV: 6.8%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Rusty (1545) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - MAY 25, 2009
Pours a nice brown color with a white head. Aroma is chocolate, barley, malt, smoke. Flavor is smok, malt, roast, chocolate. Nice stout, cool label. Rawr!

3.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DiabolikDUB (147) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 14, 2009
Poured from Bomber into Pint glass. Pours a jet black with creamy tan head that takes a little while to dissipate. Once the head dissipates it leaves nothing but a tan ring around the glass. The aroma is faint coffee, dark chocolate, and roasted malts. The taste is watery upfront that develops into a chocolate bitterness that lingers for awhile. Its a fairly medium-bodied beer that has plenty of carbonation. Its a very drinkable stout in general but just not something I would continually reach for with plenty of other options available.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jbrus (4991) - Delft, NETHERLANDS - MAY 10, 2009
Tap@Brewpub. Sweet coffee aroma. Black colour, light brown head, good lace. Light sweet, malty, bitter, soft mouthfeel. Flavourful, pleasant, well balanced.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
DuffManSW (436) - Riverside, California, USA - APR 25, 2009
Bottle from BA’s Mikeandi.. Pours black with beige head.. Smells of chocolate and a little buttery... Kinda sweet roasty chocolate flavor....Very very carbonated. The deScription says "Smooth, rich and creamy" so I’m guessing the bottle was infected.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mspindler (489) - Alta Loma, California, USA - APR 20, 2009
Bottle brought along by DuffmanSW, courtesy mikeandi. Pours black with a foamy brown head. Aroma is chocolate milk, dark fruits, slightly buttery. Flavor is pretty much the same, but it has an interesting funky finish that might be a touch of contamination. It also seems over carbonated. Decent full body.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Hophead22 (2879) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - APR 19, 2009
22oz bottle from DuffManSW via mikendi on BA. Very dark pour with a huge tan head, lots of carbonation. Sweet chocolate, buttery flavor. Slightly sweet, very carbonated, some chocolate and coffee in there.

0.9
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 2/20
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 17, 2009
In short: An infected bottle
How: Bottle 22oz. Consumed fresh soon after purchase
The look: Black body topped by a tan ring of foam
In long: Wine vinegar on the nose. Taste is old prune juice that turned sour. I could detect a light black chocolate flavour but really the infection was too much and I drain poured and did not try to pick-up ok flavours through the infections. The bottle was purchase on location in Portland by a friend and I drank it about 3 months later. So this is not infected because I let it sit for three years in my locker. Bad bad. If I come across a black bear that is that infected and I’d prefer if he tries to tear me apart than if he tries to buttfuck me. Better chance of survival this way.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
GJF (1448) - Mount Vernon, Iowa, USA - FEB 24, 2009
Very nice balanced stout. Rich, creamy espresso and chocolate flavors with just touch of tartness with the rye malt. Full body with a dry finish. I dig it.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
troopie (2290) - Munchen an der Willamette, Oregon, USA - DEC 13, 2008
Nitro draught. Poured black with thick creamy head Aroma of malt and chocolate. Flavour of malt and coffee with a hop tinge. More coffee in the rather thin finish. Not an unpleasant beer by any means, but not outstanding either. A good workaday stout to go with a burger

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
anders37 (20831) - Malmö, SWEDEN - DEC 4, 2008
Draft at the brewpub. Pours a black color with a small off-white head. Has a roasted malty chocolate and coffee aroma. Slightly sweetish roasted malty coffee and chocolate flavor with some bitter hints. Has a slightly sweetish roasted malty chocolate and coffee finish with some bitterness in the aftertaste.


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