Gorbalev (3000) - Ontario, CANADA - JUN 25, 2008
3.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared with Greg Clow, Hogtown Harry, Blankboy, and Jerc, courtesy of Harry. Stunning aroma - some alcohol, lots of chocolate, lots of roast. Wow. Black, small brown head, looks great. Taste is alet down from those lofty heights - strong, roasty, and way to lactic for me. Good overall, but man, what a start...
sloth (2813) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - JUN 23, 2008
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft at the pub. A nicely poured pint with a thin tan head, fair retention and just a little bit of spotty lace left behind. An almost black colored brew, though some brown edging is noticed. Nose of light roast, lightly dusty, caramel malts and coffe as well. Medium body, creamy on the palate, lightly oily. Pleasent roast flavors, a hint of cocoa and maybe some notes of vanilla as well, chocolatey flavors along with the roast, coffe and some berry notesl. Lightly sweet and roasty finish. Decent.
Alphadelic (2169) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 12, 2010
2.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Had this in a bottle marked: Berkshire Mountain. I believe it to be the same stuff. It had pleasant roasty flavours and a well carbonated feel but, as I find with many sweet stouts, it came across as quite metallic in the mouth.
mkobes (2142) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - FEB 20, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at the brewpub. Deep dark brown in color with a nice tan head. Roasty and Malty. Roasty, chocolatety notes. Caramel. Very nice stout. Smooth. Full bodied. Lots of coffee in the aroma and flavor. Excellent.
boto (2103) - Granby, Connecticut, USA - MAR 5, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Very dark, with a dark tan head, what little was there. Good roasted flavor, with a hint of bitterness and chocolate and coffee. Very good!
mcox90 (1923) - Wilton, New Hampshire, USA - AUG 21, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at the brewpub. Pours a deep, dark brown. Almost black, with a 1/2" creamy tan head. Aroma was roasted malt and light coffee. Creamy palate, although a bit on the dry side. Flavor was heavy on the roasted malt with coffee and molasses in the background. Very drinkable and enjoyable.
ChadPolenz (1699) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - JUN 4, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
I poured a 22oz bottle into a tulip pint glass. Its best before date was notched at August 2013. It cost $4 ($0.18 per ounce).
Appearance: Opaque dark black with no highlights. Forms a large, dark tan, frothy head which laces and retains well.
Smell: Plenty of roasted barley, hints of vanilla and milk chocolate.
Taste: Iím so used to drinking large, imperial stouts I sometimes forget what can be done with smaller versions like Berkshire Mountain Brewers Black Bear Stout. This is a by-the-book brew in the sweet stout style. It has everything you expect and nothing you donít. So, yes, itís good, but itís been done.
Light, sweet maltiness at the beginning of the palette. Slight milk chocolate flavors with perhaps a dairy flavor often found in stouts brewed with lactose sugar (not sure if this one is or not). Slight tanginess through the middle with hardly any bitterness, finishing with a short, but noticeable, burst of roasted malt or coffee-like bitterness. It fades away almost completely clean and rather quickly, making this a beer thatís satisfying, but a bit too fast for its own good. Not quite robust enough to be a dessert beer, itís a stout for the sake of drinking stout. I can live with that.
Drinkability: I had considered rating Berkshire Mountain Brewers Black Bear Stout a little lower because of the mild palette, but then I realized its drinkability is quite impressive. The mouthfeel is quite thin, but then again itís a deliberately lighter bodied beer. Itís soft and smooth across the tongue and glides down the gullet with ease. At 4.9% ABV itís perhaps a bit too big to be defined as a session beer, though drinking it in large quantities should not be a burden on anyone.
MaiBockAddict (1497) - Good Beer Bar Deprived, New Jersey, USA - FEB 20, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at the brewpub. Deep dark brown, tan head. Roasted coffe aroma and flavor. Very rich and smooth. Dry finish. The coffee notes are very pronounced. Very drinkable.
Jblauvs (1357) - Chester, Vermont, USA - AUG 7, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black pour is a bit oily and the head is tan. Aroma is light roast, milk chocolate, cocoa, a flutter of char is light and welcomed. Mouthfeel is pleasant and creamy, not especially viscous but appropriate. lavor is milky chocolate, cocoa roast and some cream. Reallly nice.
CamdenD (1181) - Madrid, SPAIN - AUG 13, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
A nice sweet stout with good drinkability and roasted character. Aroma is slight, pours black, itís what you would expect from a stout. Well done.