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RATINGS: 278   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.57   EST. CALORIES: 204   ABV: 6.8%
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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Alengrin (3228) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Bosbouw (1875) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
VertBaconStrips (2179) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hotstuff (4403) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
vyvvy (4661) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - FEB 7, 2015
UPDATED: FEB 8, 2015 On tap at the brewpub - Pours dark brown with a tan head. The aroma has creamy chocolate, smooth roast, dark caramel and lots of cream. It has a medium smooth body with super soft carbonation. It starts with the aroma traits, but drier and has cocoa and light char in there. The finish gets a touch watery. Pretty good stout.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
joelwhite (30) - - JAN 28, 2015
This is an overall good beer. Fairly light for an imperial stout but good. Definitely swish this beer in the glass to open up the flavor

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
mjg74 (2824) - Salem, Oregon, USA - JAN 19, 2015
Bomber from Roth’s. 7%. Black in color on the pour. Nose is roasty with quite a strong whiff of burnt coffee. Dry roasty flavor. Lots off coffee. A hint of milk sugar. Pretty good stout. Doesn’t really taste like most foreign stouts I’ve had. Good stout though.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
RexTalionis (3016) - FINLAND - JAN 13, 2015
Bottle. Black in color with a nice creamy tan head. Milk chocolate and roasted notes in aroma. Bitterness and bit of muted vanilla too. Dark chocolate mixed with bit of anise and coffee in taste. Soft and velvety sweet mouthfeel. Espresso in the end.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Lagerboy (1558) - British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 10, 2015
Bomber, 7% Abv. Hueless darkest brown, fading mocha foam. Aroma of dark roasted malt and chocolate. Bittersweet dark roast chocolate taste, coffee hint, no rye, subtle. Softer carbonation, medium bodied, lightly hopped. DNFL (Definitely not for Lagerboys)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
achtungpv (235) - Austin, Texas, USA - JAN 4, 2015
Maybe my favorite stout. Rich black body with a thick chocolate tan head. Smooth malt with nice coffee bitter notes. Chocolate and light black berry notes. A really stellar beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

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