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RATINGS: 43   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.98/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 70   EST. CALORIES: 285   ABV: 9.5%
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
thetmaxx (869) - West Sacramento, California, USA - DEC 16, 2012
Poured from the bomber bought at the brewery. Aroma is of bourbon. but the flavour is surprisingly not reminiscent of bourbon at all. The flavour is more of vanilla from the oak, Lots of roasted malts and chocolate flavours. Really good beer!! Nice dark beer with chocolate coloured head, The lacing is minimal. Palate is thick but finishes lightly dry and almost watery. Overall an amazing beer, I love how the aroma is completely different from the flvour!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Benzai (11778) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - NOV 15, 2014
Bottle @ ZZT X shared by me. Opaque pitch black color, medium sized dark brown color. Aroma is malts, roasted malts, liquorice, dark chocolate, bourbon, vanilla. Taste malts, roasted malts, bourbon, nicely bitter, liquorice, a hint of dark chocolate, lightly a hint of vanilla. Long lingering liquorice, roasty and bitter finish. Medium to full body, perfect carbonation. Wow, this is fucking awesome!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
drpimento (2768) - 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Witzend (17) - - DEC 16, 2012
Bought at the brewery has a strong bourbon aroma but a surprising vanilla malty finish Great beer ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DYCSoccer17 (3545) - Woodland, California, USA - FEB 13, 2013
22 ounce bottle purchased at The Davis Beer Shoppe. The aroma on this is quite pleasant. Lots of sweet, mocha, chocolatey goodness. Some roastiness is also there, and there is some bourbon lurking in the background. The bourbon is not overdone, which makes this an amazingly quaffable beer. Gorgeous jet black body with a large, frothy, strong, dark brown head. One of the most attractive beers I have experienced. Starts with a sweet, lightly dusty cocoa-powder like flavoring. This becomes a bit astringent in the middle, before a little ethanol and then some mild woody and bourbon flavor comes through. Again, the bourbon is a bit restrained. Finishes with a little vanilla, before this becomes dry and roasted late. This is some stellar stuff!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
paiste2002 (186) - Saugus, California, USA - DEC 24, 2013
22oz bottle brought back from the brewery and shared with a good friend. Thanks Kevin! Pours pitch black with a nice tan head. Bourbon nose along with some chocolate maltiness. Roasted malt and bourbon flavors followed by dark chocolates, coffee and vanilla. Very nicely balanced and creamy. The alcohol is well hidden, the finish is roasty, bourbon, chocolaty goodness! Very nice! Thanks again Kevin for sharing this with me.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
beerbastard (825) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - DEC 3, 2013
22oz bottle. Freshly released from the brewery and bought back by a good friend. Thanks! Pours Black with small tan head. Bourbon nose along with some chocolate malts. Roasted bourbon flavors followed by dark chocolates, coffee, and vanilla. Nice balance and creamy. Hides the alcohol and has a clean finish. Very good!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
bhensonb (13206) - Woodland, California, USA - JAN 29, 2013
Bomber from The Davis Beer Shoppe. Pours very dark brown/black with an exceedingly dark 3 finger frothy/creamy tan head. Aroma is super smooth dark chocolate with vanilla notes. Full bodied and creamy. Flavor is a rotating mix of smooth burnt malt, oak, vanilla and something beyond that that seems to be alcohol/bourbon. It’s not dry. But there’s so much flavor that it all works. I am stunned.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
doublebock (540) - California, USA - NOV 8, 2013
Aroma: Chocolate fudge, vanilla, and sweet bourbon Appearance: Black with reddish tan foam Taste: Creamy and chewy bourbon malty and molasses flavor. The finish consists of a short burst of hops followed by espresso grinds. Overall: Outstanding and smooth barrel aging at work here.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bytemesis (5543) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - NOV 11, 2013
Bottle from Deekyn - thanks! Still had the Yosemite bottle deposit sticker on it. Pours opaque black with a medium dark brown creamy head that dissipates with nice lacing. Very nice aroma, bourbon forward, but not overpowering, chocolate, roasted malts, vanilla, molasses. Flavor is medium sweet with a good amount of bitterness, very rich, almost decadent with bourbon, chocolate and vanilla taking center stage. Full body, creamy mouthfeel. This is a nice beer that deserves more recognition.

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