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RATINGS: 329   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.6/5   EST. CALORIES: 204   ABV: 6.8%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.

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2.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
jckp64 (356) - St Louis, Missouri, USA - OCT 29, 2011
Bottle shared by Ashley. This beer was really over carbonated. Was a gusher as soon as we opened it. Pours dark brown with a bubbly long lasting tan head. Aroma is roast, chocolate, coffee and dark fruits. Flavor is roasted malts, coffee, chocolate and earth. Way to carbonated for me.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
phaleslu (9922) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 26, 2011
22 oz. bottle shared by Ashley- thanks, again! Gusher when it opened. Pours an opaque coffee brown with a big, foamy, big-bubbled, surprisingly long-lasting tan head. Aroma of black olives, coffee, roast, chocolate, plums, and dates. Flavor of coffee and roasted malts again, toasted chocolate, earth, and cola. Medium-bodied, with high carbonation and a fizzy, roasty mouthfeel that lingers. Goes down like soda. Something was off with the carbonation, but otherwise a solid foreign stout.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
alexsdad06 (9934) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 15, 2011
22 oz. bottle shared by shigadeyo. Pours dark brown in color with a medium sized beige head. The nose is roasted malts and dark chocolate. This is strange, but it smells like it will be dry, almost dusty. The flavor has a nice roasted malt base with dark chocolate and a touch of char. Dry and in line with some of the nicer foreign stouts. I thought this was a solid offering that was definitely flying under the radar.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
bpreo (2779) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - AUG 3, 2011
Nothing wrong with this Stout at all. Its strong, comes in a big bottle, and it has a bear on the cover so you know its gonna be tough.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
nbutler11 (1267) - Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - JUL 10, 2011
Bottle from Red Hills market in Dundee. The ratings need to calm down so I can stop buying average beer. Pours cola in color with a beige head. Smells of barley. Smooth flavor with notes of cocoa, cream, and malt. Decent, but dominated by the flavor of wet wood.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Cybercat (5555) - 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.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Zymurgeist2 (2149) - Redwood City, California, USA - MAR 24, 2011
Pours an opaque deep, deep brown with slight garnet on the edges. Light brown head dissipates quickly. Massive chocolate and roasted nose. The medium-thin mouthfeel is a little too watery vs. oily. Also some unexpected carbonation. Lots of bitter roast throghout the taste. Slight chocolate on the mid-palate. Bitter spike on the finish.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Hophazard (193) - San Francisco, California, USA - FEB 14, 2011
Chocolate notes mix with a slight roastedness. Black with a creamy brown head. Slight esters unusually start but the familiar roasted, chocolate and leather appear. Finish has a hint of anise. Good body, slightly slick with dry finish.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JaBier (7656) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - JAN 30, 2011
Bottle shared by a friend. Black pour with a huge tan head. Cereal malt aroma with chocolate and roast. Flavor is also cereal malt forward with chocolate, cream and a bit of roast for a slightly bitter finish.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mixmasterob (1057) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JAN 2, 2011
Bomber thank to a Portland buddy. Black pour with a half finger light mocha colored head, thick. Aroma was heavily roasted malts, some cocoa and light coffee. Maybe a touch of lactose sweetness. Flavors were straight up roasted dark malts. Subtle notes of coffee and cocoa throughout. Carbonation was light yielding a creamy and full mouthfeel without being fizzy. Excellent. Bitter finish, smooth as can be. A great stout.


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