JStax (6501) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - OCT 18, 2016
Draft sample at the source. The beer is a dark brown with a lhaki head of foam. The aroma has cinnamon chocolate, licorice, and roasty bitterness. Nice dark chocolate bitterness in the taste. Medium body and medium carbonation. DiarmaidBHK (4907) - Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 30, 2015
Sample at brewpub. Pours black with a thin khaki head. Leaves some lacing in the glass. Solid roasted malt on the nose. This is listed as a sweet stout but I'm not getting much lactose. The roasted notes are pretty solid on the tongue. Finished clean.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone alobar (3786) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 28, 2015
Poured coal black with aroma of coffee, roasted malt, and chocolate. Roasted malt flavor with coffee, licorice, and chocolate. Excellent beer! Bulk_Carrier (6065) - Vermont, USA - APR 10, 2015
This was served in a pint glass at the brewpub.
The appearance was a black color with a slim bar pour’s kind of white to off white foamy head that quickly dissipated leaving some light clingy lacing.
The smell had a graceful blend of roasted coffee notes with a rich sweet chocolate.
The taste came across through the roasty notes. A slight roasty aftertaste leads to the same finish.
On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a decent sessionability about it. Rich smooth creamy roasty coffee and chocolate graces my tongue very nicely.
Overall, this was my favorite beer from this brewery. Definitely have again. CamdenD (1197) - Madrid, SPAIN - AUG 13, 2013
A nice sweet stout with good drinkability and roasted character. Aroma is slight, pours black, it’s what you would expect from a stout. Well done.
puboflyons (3433) - Allenstown, New Hampshire, USA - JUL 28, 2013
On tap at the brewpub. The pour is deep brown to just about black. They hit that on target. The aroma is of coffee and roasted malts. It had the aroma of a nice Porter. The body was thin to medium. The taste also had a nice coffee flavor and dark malts. It ended slightly dry. ChadPolenz (1819) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - JUN 4, 2013
I poured a 22oz bottle into a tulip pint glass. Its best before date was notched at August 2013. It cost $4 ($0.18 per ounce).
chriso (7533) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 3, 2012
Appearance: Opaque dark black with no highlights. Forms a large, dark tan, frothy head which laces and retains well.
Smell: Plenty of roasted barley, hints of vanilla and milk chocolate.
Taste: I’m so used to drinking large, imperial stouts I sometimes forget what can be done with smaller versions like Berkshire Mountain Brewers Black Bear Stout. This is a by-the-book brew in the sweet stout style. It has everything you expect and nothing you don’t. So, yes, it’s good, but it’s been done.
Light, sweet maltiness at the beginning of the palette. Slight milk chocolate flavors with perhaps a dairy flavor often found in stouts brewed with lactose sugar (not sure if this one is or not). Slight tanginess through the middle with hardly any bitterness, finishing with a short, but noticeable, burst of roasted malt or coffee-like bitterness. It fades away almost completely clean and rather quickly, making this a beer that’s satisfying, but a bit too fast for its own good. Not quite robust enough to be a dessert beer, it’s a stout for the sake of drinking stout. I can live with that.
Drinkability: I had considered rating Berkshire Mountain Brewers Black Bear Stout a little lower because of the mild palette, but then I realized its drinkability is quite impressive. The mouthfeel is quite thin, but then again it’s a deliberately lighter bodied beer. It’s soft and smooth across the tongue and glides down the gullet with ease. At 4.9% ABV it’s perhaps a bit too big to be defined as a session beer, though drinking it in large quantities should not be a burden on anyone.
On tap at the brewpub, Barrington MA, on 20 April 2010. ABV not stated. OG 1051. Black, dry and roasty. Plenty of espresso coffee in the flavour profile. A decent, drinkable and quite tasty stout.
Leighton (21250) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 26, 2012
Bottle at Sander’s pace, NYC. Breakfast beer. Pours black with a small, rich beige head. Aroma is subtle roast and big milk chocolate. A good lacto presence here. Flavor REALLY doesn’t follow as I had expected. It is only faintly sweet, with a modest roastiness and mellow cocoa. Light to medium in body with average carbonation. The roasted malts in the finish are more pronounced, with notes of tobacco and ash, light burnt earth, and mild grassy bitterness. Easy to drink, just not very characterful. Aside from the aroma, this beer reminded me of a mild. Alphadelic (2237) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 12, 2010
Had this in a bottle marked: Berkshire Mountain. I believe it to be the same stuff. It had pleasant roasty flavours and a well carbonated feel but, as I find with many sweet stouts, it came across as quite metallic in the mouth.