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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.


4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
JahNoth (1039) - Rochester, New York, USA - JUN 22, 2006
Mountainous cascade pour out of the bottle yields a rich and dense, light brown head. Aromas of slight char and bitter chocolate. Impenetrable black in color. Luscious and creamy in the mouth, nicely carbonated, then almost milky. Flavorwise, this beer delivers. Blackened malts interplaying with some fine hop bitterness, bittersweet chocolate along for the ride, and a sweet and chewy granola bar just for kicks. Some tang from the rye on the swallow. This is a great beverage. Thanks o Dubbercody for the pleasure.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Cybercat (2990) - Georgia, USA - JUN 27, 2011
Comes out of the tap an opaque warm sable with a bubbly tan head like the fizz on freshly-poured cola. Rich aroma has strong molasses and mocha tones, and is somewhat sweet but not too sweet. Superb, smoky flavor has quality coffee, molasses, nutty and chocolate tones, and is very enjoyable. Thick, fairly fizzy texture has a powdery hint and leaves a fizzy, smoky finish.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Angeloregon (2055) - Portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 7, 2007
Poured midnight black. Shiny, viscous with a very beautiful gray-brown head that clued me in that this would be a great beer. Full, smooth mouth feel with sweet, hoppy, yet incredibly well-balanced foreign styled stout. Syrupy, chocolatey, vanilla notes. A perfect desert beer great for baking and pairing.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Gerbeer (1494) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 3, 2012
650 ml bottle. Pours black with a medium dark tan head. Aroma of dark chocolate, roasted malt, and espresso. Smooth and full like dark milk chocolate. Malty with a bit of vanilla and caramel notes. Very nice.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
kenb (1102) - Oregon, USA - JUN 24, 2009
UPDATED: OCT 21, 2009 22 oz bottle via Hagen. 20 minutes in the freezer for a temp of around 58f...Pours a near black with a large bubbly tan head that leaves quite quickly. Nose is simple roasted grains. Taste is espresso, chocolate, licorice. A very nice smooth roasty flavor with a semi-fry finish. Not chalky of ashy in the least. Body is medium. Perhaps the best foreign stout i have thus tasted.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Fatehunter (1092) - Corbett, Oregon, USA - JUN 2, 2012
Poured into a pint glass; black with a thick inch of tan head. Smells like chocolate, roasted malt and more chocolate. Great balance. On the tongue: bitter chocolate, toasted malt, grippingly bitter with a caramel aftertaste. Soft and creamy body with light carbonation... quite perfect. Overall a simply amazing drink. Drinks like milk, only better for you.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - AUG 3, 2005
Full ebony proclaims the appearance, not a streak of light seeps through, and a majestic cocoa cap holds guard on top, lush and creamy, an impressive looking stout, at the start. Aroma begins with chocolate, molasses, spice, and bittersweet coffee tones. Earthy, gritty, rich...coffee grounds are now the primary senstation, overall an expansive, and flavorful nose. Immensively full on the palate, at first swallow. Rich, dark, utterly satisfying. Plenty of grit and texture, flavors of syrup, rich chocolate, bitter coffee beans, tangible, and a touch tart behind the bitter. Plump mouthfeel,... long, sticky finish,... viscous is an appropriate qualifier, but not too, this is very approachable for the stout fan. But definitely not a brew for those that shy from the darkness. The rest of us, we’re in high heaven here. A stout lovers wet dream, not too strong, not too thick, but so full in all other respects that it fulfills our every need. Drinkability? Assured. When you’re that tasty, you don’t stand a chance in my glass, pal. A very solid stout. So tired of middling versions, blase’ people pleasers, so glad to find one with serious cojones, yet so simple to slide back the throat.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Oakes (11819) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 11, 2005
UPDATED: APR 15, 2014 Very dark brown. Beautiful aroma with nuts, dark chocolate and light espresso. Exceptionally well-balanced character hits all the right notes - light black malt, hint of tartness, rich chocolate, good hop underpinning.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
bpreo (1426) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - AUG 3, 2011
Nothing wrong with this Stout at all. It’s strong, comes in a big bottle, and it has a bear on the cover so you know it’s gonna be tough.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JoeMcPhee (8214) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 28, 2012
Deep black pour. The aroma is a little bit toasty and a bit chocolatey with a touch of cocoa and some dry cocoa and licorice. A bit of chewy raisin and some roasted malt character. A little bit of vanilla and some milk chocolate as well. Soft sweetness and a touch of light grain as well. Solid sweet stout.


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