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RATINGS: 54   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.02/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 70   EST. CALORIES: 285   ABV: 9.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
A true winter warmer to sip by the fire, Lair of the Bear is a hefty Russian Imperial Stout with an O.G. of 22 Plato. Our brewers fermented this stout with our proprietary yeast in stainless for two weeks then racked into freshly emptied Heavenly Hills Bourbon barrels and allow the beer to rest for 7 months. Enjoy now r age for as long as you like but beware the Lair of the Bear may put you in hibernation.


4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Countbeer (5957) - Best of E-Town mit 2 Brauhausen, NETHERLANDS - APR 16, 2016
Bottle: Served in a Chouffe glass: Black beer. Small brown head on top. The nose reveals an incredible amount of bourbon. Some good vanilla, roast, chocolate, ginger bread (or better: the Dutch peperkoek), mocha and some brown sugars. The flavour is marked by a strong and bit boozy wood tone acompanied by some good roast, chocolate, mocha and vanilla tones. Of course there’s some bitters and a bunch of more complex flavours to discover. Aftertaste is bitter, roast, brown sugars, chocolate and mocha, light coffee, sweet coal... Low carbo, creamy close to silky mouthfeel, close to full bodied. Interesting and complex beer. Very tasty!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Iphonephan (5826) - McLean, Virginia, USA - DEC 29, 2015
From a 16.9 fl oz bottle shared at home. Pours black with a tan head. Aroma of leather and tobacco. Flavors of charred oak and bourbon.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fkoolen (867) - Maastricht, NETHERLANDS - DEC 6, 2015
Draught at Mammoth Lake Brewery. Very dark brown, slim brown foamy head. Big whiskey notes in the nose and taste, vanilla casky, chocolate and coffee, caramel. Nicely balanced. Lingering boozy, sweet finish. Big body, low carbonation, oily mouthfeel.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
X (172) - California, USA - APR 13, 2015
A decent Ba impy stout. Not too sweet not to bitter, and not to roasty. They seem to have struck a good balance and produced a real contender. I get lots of anise and just a trace of bourbon. Remember that line from Marlon Brando in On the Waterfront "I coulda been a contenda!" Well this beer is a contender.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
drpimento (2970) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - APR 7, 2015
Appearance is a decent sized brown-to-tan, thick, fine, slow to settle head, some lace, and an opaque brown black color. Aroma is cocoa, roast, whiskey, molasses, coffee, leather. Flavor’s similar to nose, with sweet and tang up front, bitter in the middle, and a very long bitter sweet finish. Body is great with some bitter high points and alcohol warmth. Big, big beer. Great sipper.

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
raoul_duke (240) - - MAR 29, 2015
16.9 oz bottle from Robby. Thanks slim. Smells straight up like rum. Alcohol burns on the nose. Appearance is really black, very thick, nice nut brown fluffy head. Sticks around for a couple minutes. Flavor is good/great. Still a bit rummy for my palate.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
arminjewell (9237) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - MAR 8, 2015
Pour out of bottle, thick black pour with dark tan head, aroma brought notes of toast, coffee, chocolate into bourbon, oak, some vanilla, hints of spice in there with a touch of fruit. Taste was a mix of cocoa powder, roast, coffee into bourbon, some vanilla, spice notes come through with a hint of dark fruit at the end, finishing sweet.

4.2
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
caesar (6425) - Bunnik/Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - NOV 16, 2014
Bottle @ ZZT X, small sample, thanks all for sharing! Dark color, brown head. Aroma is very biscuity, some rye, chocolate, coffee, roasted malts. In flavor more alcohol, bit boozy and slight thin. Great aroma though and lovely beer.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bierkoning (12075) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - NOV 16, 2014
Bottle.Black, opague, Big aroma of malt, roast, coffee, pure chocolate, vanilla Malty sweet, roasty coffee flavor with lots of bourbon, vanilla, red fruit Big but complex, sweet but with enough to compensate Ash in the finish. Nice!!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dEnk (4200) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - NOV 15, 2014
Bottle @ ZZTX. Aroma is huge chocolate, vanilla, roast, liquorice, molasses and more. Flavour is quite bitter and roasty, with dark chocolate and liquorice, some vanilla and more roast.


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