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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 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
patricks110 (1620) - Alberta, CANADA - JAN 10, 2014
Another solid Alameda brew. The pour is a dark velvety black with a creamy off white head. Aromas of earth, vanilla and cocoa blend well with a well roasted malt. Nice and sweet mid palate with a hint of dark fruits and nuts with a dash of cocoa. The roast although heavy doesn’t carry a strong bitterness on the finish. Creamy and velvety with a lingerance of dark malts.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
teddybeer (2162) - Madrid, SPAIN - DEC 28, 2013
Black colour with a white head, good lasting and medium lacework. Aroma has notes of toasted and roasted malts, licorice notes, coffee and black chocolate. Flavor is roasty, very similar as aroma with some sweet notes at the beginning with a final light bittery, some ashes notes with a high presence of coffee. Light bittery final with a good presence of roasted malts.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
presario (4580) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 26, 2013
Black. Light head. Smokey malt nose. Light body. A dry stout. As it warms it picks up a fruity grainy quality.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TimE (3092) - Tokyo, JAPAN - DEC 26, 2013
Dark brown colour. White head, med body, lots of charcoal, a touch sour, but lacks a bit of depth. OK, but nothing special.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
pintbypint (2541) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 23, 2013
650ml brown bottle. 7% abv on the label. Black pour, small brown cap with a bit of lace. Aromas of cocoa, roasted malt, trace of alcohol. Taste has a bit of nut, roasted malt, dark chocolate. Strong roast and cocoa finish with a good dose of late hop bitterness, slight alcohol note and a bit of coffee creeping in. Soft mouthfeel, a bit lighter than expected. Very good.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
AWISLguy (1160) - Wisconsin, USA - DEC 15, 2013
Bomber from Belmont Station brought back by STEVE! Thanks ... Pours an opaque black with a brown head leaving some nice spotty lacing running down the glass. Aroma has chocolate and caramel and espresso. Light fruit and licorice also. Taste is of bakers chocolate, sweet caramel maltiness, some coffee and some anise. Medium to full bodied and quite dry. Some alcohol presence. Finishes bittersweet and dry with some fruitness back. Interesting brew. Still not sure what this style is trying to be. STEVE! came up huge on that trip ...

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
LarryBeast (483) - - NOV 10, 2013
650ml bottle. Opaque black with medium brown head. Dark chocolate, oatmeal, hints of fruity hop, well-toasted malt. Big-bodied. Creamy smooth on the palate, carries the high alcohol nicely.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Storm_Shadow (107) - British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 7, 2013
Bomber. Pours very dark brown almost black with small tan head. Nice chocolate, espresso taste. Good.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
aletcm (114) - São Paulo, BRAZIL - NOV 5, 2013
Cor preta com espuma café com leite de boa formação e persistência. Aroma da café espresso, malte torrado e chocolate amargo ao fundo. Boa carbonatação. No sabor, amargor no início, seguido de em meio licoroso, café espresso, com um dulçor agradável e chocolate amargo, com final seco e amargor persistente. Um pouco adstringente no final mineral. Muito boa. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
superspak (2411) - Michigan, USA - AUG 19, 2013
22 ounce bottle into snifter, no bottle dating. Pours pitch black color with a 1 finger dense dark tan head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice soapy lacing clings around the glass, with some light streaming carbonation. Aromas of big dark chocolate, roasted malt, cocoa, coffee, light char, toast, dark bread, floral, light pine, light rye, and floral/roasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of roasted malt notes with a fair amount of hop presence; and great strength. Taste of dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, light char, coffee, toast, dark bread, light rye, floral, light pine, and roasted earthiness. Fair amount or roasted coffee bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, roasted malt, cocoa, light char, coffee, toast, dark bread, light rye, floral, light pine, and roasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice balance and complexity of roasted malt flavors with a fair amount of hop balance; with nice robustness and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very creamy and lightly slick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is an excellent foreign stout. All around great balance and complexity of roasted malt flavors with a fair amount of hop presence; and very smooth to drink. A very enjoyable offering.


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