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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 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
dfearnley (1046) - Alberta, CANADA - FEB 25, 2014
Bottle to pint glass Oatmeal, toasted malt, lots of soy, cocoa, and a touch of coffee. It’s black with a very thin caramel coloured head. First impressions is caramel, but that disappears almost instantly and is replaced with toasted malt and chocolate. It has the bitterness of coffee, but not quite the taste of coffee. This is highly drinkable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
exeter (335) - calgary, Alberta, CANADA - FEB 21, 2014
Pours a pretty black, almost impossible to see through, very thick light brown head forms, slowly drops to a thin layer and ring leaving a ton of lace chunks stuck to the glass. Smell is nice, lightly lactic, lots of caramel, chocolate milk, very roasty, quite fruity, some vanilla, light orange peel, cherries, some coffee, pretty neat. Taste is similar, some lactic sourness, milky, chocolate, very roasty, maybe dark fruit, more chocolate milk, pretty interesting stuff, lightly toasted. Mouth feel is light to medium bodied with medium carbonation, pretty silky, Great Stout

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Hophaze (173) - South Bend, Indiana, USA - FEB 20, 2014
Bomber. Pours jet black with thick head that stays for a bit. Aroma of vanilla and cocoa. Velvet mouthfeel. Would have judged higher but the finish left a little to be desired. Lacked depth. Thin. ----Hophaze out

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
yiannnos (912) - , CYPRUS - FEB 10, 2014
Black colour. Roasted malt aroma along with some liquorice. Roasty flavour, dark chocolate, coffee

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 17/20
greenclansman (847) - Nicosia, CYPRUS - FEB 4, 2014
Super black color, extra carbonated. Roasted aromas with coffee and chocolate hints. Very nice taste, coffee, chocolate, roasted malt. Hoppy aftertaste. Very nice beer but it would be better with less carbonation.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Bulk_Carrier (2224) - Juneau, Alaska, USA - JAN 24, 2014
She pours a motor oil quality and leaves the same colored body, both have an enormous three finger head that seems like it just doesn’t want to die. Wow, what a nice show as the lacing is strewn in foamy bubbles. The aroma has a super huge amount of roasted coffee notes coming through in a slightly bitter way, backed up by a decent amount of roasted malts. The taste is mainly bitter and roasty, there’s an aspect about this beer that tells me it wants to own you as something dark and harsh pervades and pounds my mouth. There is a super dry roasty somewhat coffee-like aftertaste with a just a plain dry finish. On the palate, she sits about a medium on my mouth and tongue and wants to try to be gentle yet that same dark harshness comes back, carbonation is fairly smooth. Overall, for the most part, I think is just an ok foreign/extra stout, it has a fair amount of good aspects that try to showcase some good things about it, but still when I look at it as a whole, I just can’t seem to think to give it that next higher number. Maybe I just need to try it fresher.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
andrewturba (1033) - Alberta, CANADA - JAN 22, 2014
Pours a dark black with a small tan head and moderate lace on the glass. Aroma is roasted malt, cocoa, sweet vanilla, medium fruity esters, and light coffee. Flavour is cocoa, creamy sweetness, roasted malt, mild bitterness, moderate fruity esters and a touch of coffee. Really like this one!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
zoucrew102 (578) - - JAN 20, 2014
Tap at alameda brewpub Portland, OR. Nitroed. Good chocolate malt aroma. Pours black with a nice light brown head and good lacing. Rich, creamy chocolatey mouthfeel with the chocolate flavors lingering on the clean, smooth finish. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
patricks110 (1701) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
teddybeer (2279) - 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.

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