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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
GregClow (2932) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 24, 2006
Bottle shared with HogTownHarry, blankboy, jerc & mabel - courtesy of blankboy. Dark brown (almost black) with a small head. Aroma is rich and roasty, with an interesting tart lactic note. Flavour follows, although itís a bit lighter than expected, but is still pleasant.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
HogTownHarry (6136) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - DEC 24, 2006
Bottle (650ml). Shared with blankboy, GregClow, jerc and mabel, blankboyís (?) bottle. Poured oily near-black with a decent lasting brown creamy head. Slightly sour and lactic aroma, decent roast malt with a hint of coffee bean, and crushed mint leaf hops. The taste was quite light, like a porter really, somewhat acidic roast malt, a bit salty, with generic bitterness in the end ... oily body, a little too sour and astringent - Iím just not too sure about this one, as a stout, itís not up to the mark IMHO.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Papsoe (25076) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - DEC 7, 2006
(Bottle 65 cl) Very dark brown with a vague tint of red and a dense, beige head. Lightly sweet and fruity with roasted malts. Medium body with a fairly high carbonation and accents of hard roasted malt. A vague, underlying tartness that I donít believe is intentional. But drinkable indeed. 011206

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
jercraigs (8153) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 22, 2006
Black body with a moderate creamy dark tan head (3+). Moderate roast aroma with a slight sour tinge like an old style porter. Sour lighten ashen roast is a dominant character in the flavour, sweet malt comes out a bit as your mouth becomes acclimatized. Average palate. Meh. 6/3+/5/3/10

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
footbalm (1219) - Western Minneapolis Suburbs, Minnesota, USA - DEC 27, 2006
Thanks to Batkins for this one. Pours aclear but very dark brown and the coffee-bitter chocolate notes were eveident as I was pouring it into my glass.Very pleasant aromas from this. A bit of sourness in the nose mixed with lots of roasted malts,chocolate and coffee. A nice brew and the only thing I didnít like was it seemed very thin.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
joergen (22001) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - DEC 3, 2006
Bottle. Clack coloured with a beige head. Roasted aroma with acidic notes. Roasted flavour of coffee with notes of hops and light acidic notes.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ungstrup (29988) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - DEC 4, 2006
A black beer with a brown head. The aroma is sweet malty with lots of roasted malt notes as well as notes of coffee. The flavor is sweet with an acidic note of roasted malt, as well as light coffee notes.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
madsberg (10534) - SÝborg, DENMARK - DEC 3, 2006
Bottled. Pitch black coloured. Dense brown head. Roast, caramel, light sweetness and light fruits in the nose. Has a small hint of sourness, but nothing too disturbing. Flavour of cocoa, light herbs, roast and some fruits. Is quite light bodied. Dry. Roasty cocoa end, that last pretty long.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Pailhead (5252) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - DEC 6, 2006
Bottle: Courtesy of Styles. The aroma has lots of dark chocolate, caramel, vanilla, expresso, roasted malt, and burnt grain. It pours a dark brown with no transparency and a small tan head. The flavor starts with lots of dark chocolate and hints of vanilla. The finish has lots of expresso with some roasted grain and a light sourness that doesnít mesh very well with the other flavors.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Emil (6065) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - DEC 5, 2006
Bottle. Almost black colour with a brown head. Roasted, light sour, coffee aroma and taste. Medium body with a dry finish.

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