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RATINGS: 29   MEAN: 4.1/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.86   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 70   EST. CALORIES: 285   ABV: 9.5%
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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.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
deekyn (1210) - San Francisco, California, USA - DEC 29, 2012
UPDATED: APR 1, 2013 A - pours opaque brown with the darkest brown head I’ve ever seen. No lacing or legs. S - so powerful and rich. Great aromas of bourbon. Bourbon, vanilla, oak, dark chocolate, toffee. Notes of pecan and brown sugar. M - medium bodied, not as rich as I’d like. Dry and tacky. Simple palate. No carb. T - bourbon up front. Dry oak, toffee, coffee grounds, chocolate on the palate. Dry tacky oak, graham cracker and booze on the end. O - simple, much less rich than I hoped. Good but not great. 4.0 ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Theydon_Bois (9149) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - OCT 15, 2014
Bottle split at CBC Clerko, thanks to Kenwold, 30/09/14. Black with a ’doity’ tan head - pure smutzig this one! Nose carries big rich roasted notes, dark chocolate, spice, Nutella. Taste comprises dark malts, molasses, toffee fudge, roasted tones, maltesers, booze tunes. Full bodied, fine carbonation, rich chocolate and lightly warming alcohol in the close. Solid well joined up impy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
madmitch76 (15342) - , Essex, ENGLAND - OCT 12, 2014
30th September 2014
Craft Clerkenwell. Bottle tasting. Opaque dark brown - black beer, good dark tan head. Airy palate, semi dry with good super fine carbonation. Good rich dark malts, but delivered in a wonderfully light way. Good dark chocolate and mild roast. Mildly tangy coffee. Airy finish with a trace of nuts. A very light Imperial Stout that doesn’t compromise on flavour.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Scopey (7094) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 1, 2014
Bottle thanks to Kenny. It pours jet black with a dirty dark tan head. The nose is rich, chocolate gateaux, cocoa, brown sugar, toast and Scottish Tablet, The taste is smooth, sweet chocolate, coffee, cake, vanilla, roast, Maltesers and dark fruits with slick finish. Medium-full body, moderate carbonation and foamy mouth-feel. Smooth, soft and rather easy-going. Tasty.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Leighton (11355) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 30, 2014
Bottle shared in London - big thanks to Mitch. Pours black with a creamy brown head. Decent snout, some burnt cereal, chocolate, dark fruits. Medium to big sweet with dynamic chocolate, dried dark fruits, earth, leathery dark fruits. Full bodied with fine to average carbonation. Warming finish eith dynamic dark malt character, lots of dark fruts, gooey chocolate, burnt wood, mild earthy bitterness. Very good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
slowrunner77 (5983) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 17, 2014
"This beast pours pitch black with a deep brown and rather size able head. Thick and viscous, warming but not hot. Chocolate vanilla and bourbon in abundance in flavor and aroma. Smooth and well carbonated for a barreled beer. Decadent and tasty, with a bittersweet warming finish."

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dhunter151 (565) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - JUN 23, 2014
22oz bottle. Pours black with a brown head. Coffee, dark chocolate, roasted malt, bourbon, warming alcohol. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
trippytbta (9) - California, USA - JUN 12, 2014 does not count
Poured into snifter A: pours murky black with about 3/4 inch head S: Cocoa/chocolate, maybe slight bourbon, but wish there was more T: strong cocoa, coffee, not very much bourbon taste but comes through the end and kind of lasts M: kind of light for an imperial BA stout, crisp as well Overall: it is a good barrel aged stout if it were a few bucks cheaper, compared to some of the BA stouts out there, needs some work if it wants to play with the heavy hitters. Kind of generic. If pricing it over $12 I believe u might offer more. Or I just expect too much

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
AdamJackson (2689) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - JUN 2, 2014
Picked this up in nor-cal a few months back. pitch black murky pour, loads of raw cocoa on the nose, just a touch of bourbon but blast of vanilla. Taste is so smooth, creamy really like drinking a mocha latte. So interesting and easy to drink.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
AirForceHops (3306) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 31, 2014
22 oz bottle thanks to Adam. 2013 vintage. Aroma is and flavor is well integrated bourbon. Nearly has a rye whiskey note, chocolate, dried leaves and semi sweet chocolate.

Body is full with a dry texture. Real mellow nuances of bourbon. Vanilla, oak, cocoa nibs, and some sort of light earthy bitterness. Mild oak that gives a dry texture on the palate. Well hidden ABV. I can’t say enough great things about this stout. The depth of flavor is unreal.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
joeneugs (3332) - Livermore, California, USA - APR 25, 2014
22 oz. bottle. It pours a very dark brown/black color with a dark tan head. The aroma is very chocolaty/fudgy with some toast, graham cracker and roasted malt. The flavor is really nice with mild acidic roast melding nicely with some raisin and plum. The acidity really accentuates the dark fruit character. Burnt toast and roasted malt in the finish. I was shocked that I didn’t get much if any bourbon character here. Maybe a hint of oaky dryness, but that’s it. A fun and tasty beer.

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