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RATINGS: 338   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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4.1
ErasmusRome (14) - Barcelona, SPAIN - OCT 18, 2010
Amazing stout, more sweet than i can imagine. lovely aroma of coffe, strong body.

3.7
Tmoney99 (14965) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 28, 2010
Bottle shared by shigadeyo. Poured black color with an average frothy brown head that mostly lasted with excellent lacing. Moderate toasted chocolate malt aroma. Medium to full body with a smooth dry texture and flat carbonation. Medium to heavy toasted sweet flavor with a medium to heavy bittersweet finish of moderate to long duration. My expectations where met.

3.2
cathcacr (647) - Oregon, USA - JUN 22, 2010
Aroma has a toffee aroma to it. Flavor and palate are quite dry, dusty, chalky, with the flavor of unsweetened chocolate. This is one of those stouts that also feels like wood going down into the gut.

3.8
darbish (115) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 10, 2010
smell is reminiscent of nuts, toastiness and a little bit of sweet caramel. Appearance is an opaque black/brown with a very thing head when I poured it into an English pint glass. Tastes a lot like caramel and has a strong roasted coffee back. There’s a little bit of bitterness too that adds greatly to the overall flavor as well. Unfortunately it doesn’t have much of a mouthfeel in my opinion; the flavor and the beverage as a whole just sorta comes and goes.

3.2
stchloe (1104) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 5, 2010
A nice dark stout, with a great color. Nice full body full of roast malts. Not especially hoppy but well balanced.

3.7
Strykzone (7658) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - MAR 29, 2010
Thanks Hayduke! Beyond black with a very small tan head that doesn’t show its face until after the pour. Light lacing. An interesting stout. Aroma is earthy with a bit of peat. Light chocolate and coffee, dark fruit, roasted notes, mild hops and perhaps some fruit wood. Cherry keeps popping in and out. I was quite surprised to see that this is nitrogen infused. That usually mutes flavor and aroma. Without the nitrogen this would be a wild ride. There is a sourness throughout but also a sweetness. The finish was complex and flavorful with everything joining in and singing together as one choir. A small glass sample would be a disservice to this beer and raters who have it that way miss so much. A great deal happens after the first 1/3 of the 22 oz. pour. A fun beer! Thanks again, Ron!

3.7
MeadMe (1683) - Fishhawk, Florida, USA - FEB 28, 2010
Thanks to SeaBass for this one. A: Pours deep black with a creamy brown head. Some light retention and spotty lace. S: Aromas of roasted malt, chocolate and coffee. T: Lots of roast, hints of smoke as well. Very subtle cafe mocha flavors. light hops in the finish. M: Medium in body, pretty smooth. D: Not great but solid.

3.5
dwedin (249) - Happy Valley, Oregon, USA - FEB 17, 2010
chocolate & roasted barley dominate the aroma. medium body, slick & creamy with a slightly burnt bitter finish. a little astringent as well. very good except long aftertaste brings it down some.

3.2
HOPSHUNTER (742) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JAN 22, 2010
Bottle courtesy of sebletitje. Poured black with a creamy brown head. Nose is slightly nutty with notes of chocolate, roast, and light coffee. Medium body with a creamy, milky mouth feel. Flavor is fairly well balanced between sweet roasted malts, bitter dark cocoa, and toasted nuts. Light bitter finish.

2.6
madmitch76 (25568) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JAN 17, 2010
11th October 2008. GABF. Light stout. Toasted malt. Smooth palate but this is a pretty bland stout.


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