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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.


3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
laiti (7263) - Helsinki, FINLAND - MAR 21, 2015
65 cl bottle (7%) @ olio, bottled 17.07.2014
Aroma has ash, tobacco and some salty licorice. Flavour has ash, salty licorice and some tobacco. Feels somewhat watery and thin for this ABV. Good but does not reach the top; just too watery.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
tiong (4648) - Espoo, FINLAND - MAR 21, 2015
650ml bottle

Pours pitch black with a brown head. Aroma of roasty malts, rye, licorice, dark chocolate, cocoa and ash. Taste is smooth, roasty and dark chocolatey with loads of cocoa, licorice and ash. Finish is roasty, slightly bitter and sweetish with hints of dark chocolate and cocoa. Okay.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
That1Guy (2052) - Greeley, Colorado, USA - MAR 19, 2015
Bomber split with a friend. Pitch black pour with a tan head. Very roasty on the nose, but not astringent. Very light bodied and a bit watery, Easy drinking and very enjoyable.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mike_77 (3888) - Breda, NETHERLANDS - MAR 5, 2015
Black with dark, coffee-esque creamy head. Aroma is quite earthy at first with some chocolatey tones coming through later. Texture is very smooth and creamy. There’s a peaty, earthy flavour to it also lots of bitter roasted malts. Some coffee in the finish.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
flip_soeperman (768) - NETHERLANDS - FEB 28, 2015
On the watery medium bodied over carbonated side, for the rest very coffee roasty and nice. Just not a proper stout in my opinion

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mile (3404) - Helsinki, FINLAND - FEB 25, 2015
Bottle.Very dark brown - almost black, large and mostly lasting dark brown head. Moderate, malty and lightly sweetish aroma, roasted malt and light coffee, faint sourness and light licorice. Body is medium, malty and lightly sweetish flavor, some roasted malt and light coffee, faint chocolate and light - some hoppyness. Finish is average, malty and lightly sweetish, some roasted malt - faint burnt malt, light coffee and salty licorice, faint sourness and some hoppyness. OK foreign stout - could use more body. Aroma and finish have faint sourish notes which does not go along with roastiness.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Alengrin (3132) - BELGIUM - FEB 21, 2015
Award-winning foreign stout (is there a beer style the American craft brewers do not master?) from Oregon. Light brownish beige, medium, creamy head over a totally black beer. Strong, complex and perfumey aroma of coffee liqueur, mocha ice cream, plum brandy, pine resin, maple syrup, spiced wine, shoe polish but in an undisturbing way (if you get my drift...), bitter chocolate, freshly grated ginger, baked banana, orange peel, liquorice, vanilla, cinnamon, hazelnut oil, pipe tobacco, peppermint, peated whisky, leather... Very aromatic and very inviting, and even increasing in complexity as the bottle progresses. Rounded, ’fluffy’, oily mouthfeel, taste begins with a concentrated candied fruits sweetishness, subtle but pointy, with the perfect amount of carbonation for this style; a very faint hint of blue cheese-like saltiness pops up and disappears again, adding complexity; thick and layered maltiness follows, nutty, chocolatey, caramelly, all blended in a very appealing, condense way; coffee-like roasted bitterness looms in the distance already from the beginning and evolves to full force in the finish, dry and sticking to the entire mouth cavity but nevertheless remaining elegant; some peppery hops give further bitterness in the end, assisted by a warming, bourbon- or liqueur-like alcohol presence which stays perfectly in place, where it should be. Boozy but in a very subtle kind of way, fully roasted but again subtly so, tempting bouquet: I don’t think I’ve had many foreign stouts except for some classics in the style, but I have a strong suspicion this is the best example I’ve tasted so far.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Bosbouw (1731) - Gemonde, NETHERLANDS - FEB 20, 2015
Gusher. Veel, heel veel schuim, bruine kraag. Zwarte kleur. Ruikt koffie, vanille, zoetig. Smaakt zoetig, vanille, koffie, herfstfruit. Veel koolzuur.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
VertBaconStrips (2163) - Asshat, Alberta, CANADA - FEB 17, 2015
Rev. There’s no heat in this place. Deep roast, lactose, notable bitterness, minerally, bitter choco, burnt stuff, light coffee, vaguest of fruit. Very tasty and highly satisfying.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hotstuff (4397) - Indiana, USA - FEB 16, 2015
Rated on 5-15-2013 (Bottle) The appearance is a small light brown head that mostly diminishes, opaque dark brown body and a fair amount of lacing. The aroma is roasted coffee, chocolate and malt. The flavor is roasted coffee, chocolate, malt, and a burnt taste. The mouthfeel is smooth and dry. This beer is light bodied. Overall, this beer is quaffable with a thin texture. It is has a lingering roasted, burnt aftertaste. It is a beer worth trying.


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