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RATINGS: 334   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.6/5   EST. CALORIES: 204   ABV: 6.8%
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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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3.2
MadIndian (2743) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 3, 2012
This is a good stout. I liked the roast, the chocolate, the dry / sweet flavors and aroma. I even detected some notes of floral. However, the problem with this beer is, I felt like I drank it 1000x times before. There was nothing that made me say wow. With that said, it was still a good stout, although a little thin in the body.

3.4
arminjewell (9646) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - JAN 19, 2012
Pour out of bottle, thanks a bunch Steve! Pour is dark brown almost black with off white head almost tan head, aroma has notes of roast, coffee, some slight chocolate, hints of dark fruit and spice notes, slight fruity notes. Taste is an interesting mix of caramel, roast, coffee and chocolate, hints of fruity esters, finishes fairly dry. Not bad.

3.2
AmEricanbrew (6878) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - JAN 11, 2012
Bottle. Black color with fleeting tan head. Deep roast malt, semi-sweet chocolate, mild floral aromas. medium bodied with almost no co2. Dry chocolate, deep roast, pale malt, floral hop flavors--lack of carbonation hurts--not too bad though

3.1
cubs (10635) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - NOV 13, 2011
Bottle shared with Steve and co. Thanks Steve! Black appearance with a dark brown head. Fairly rich chocolate malty, roasty, coffee aroma. Chocolate, Belgian yeasty, light caramel, mild earthy flavor. Not one that I enjoy but I tend to shy away from Foreign Stouts.

3.3
bb (9268) - Alamo, California, USA - NOV 7, 2011
Bottle. Blackish beer with a tan head. Roast and light coffee aroma with light toffee. Roast and light coffee flavor with light caramel and milk chocolate. Medium bodied. Coffee and roast lingers with caramel, backing hops, and milk chocolate.

2.8
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
phaleslu (10247) - 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
alexsdad06 (10400) - 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
bpreo (2836) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - AUG 3, 2011
Nothing wrong with this Stout at all. It’s strong, comes in a big bottle, and it has a bear on the cover so you know it’s gonna be tough.

3.2
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.


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