blankboy (7689) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 26, 2008
Bottle (22oz) shared with HogTownHarry, GregClow, tupalev & jerc -- courtesy of HogTownHarry. Pours black with a small diminishing creamy light-brown head. Very roasty aroma, also dry and earthy along with nicotine, light green hops, chocolate and coffee - I love it! Flavour’s also very roasty along with coffee, caramel and chocolate. Dry, roasty / bitter finish. Medium bodied. Wow, this is really good stuff and better then I expected it to be. j12601 (11831) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - MAR 6, 2010
On tap at the brewpub. Pours a deep dark black with a beautiful medium thick dense tan head that falls too quickly. Big dense roast, coffee, chocolate. Creamy, big roast and char, cocoa, coffee. Finishes with a big long roast bitterness. Nice flavorful session stout. 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).
JStax (6501) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - OCT 18, 2016
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.
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. Hopistotle420 (1178) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 11, 2003
Deep tar black hue. Thick brownish tan head. Roasted nose. Sweet first, dark chocolate, roasted grain, coffee, medium bodied, finishes itter and well rounded, velvety smooth. A little lacking here, but drinkable nonetheless.
boto (2211) - Granby, Connecticut, USA - MAR 5, 2003
Very dark, with a dark tan head, what little was there. Good roasted flavor, with a hint of bitterness and chocolate and coffee. Very good! Gorbalev (3000) - Ontario, CANADA - JUN 25, 2008
Bottle shared with Greg Clow, Hogtown Harry, Blankboy, and Jerc, courtesy of Harry. Stunning aroma - some alcohol, lots of chocolate, lots of roast. Wow. Black, small brown head, looks great. Taste is alet down from those lofty heights - strong, roasty, and way to lactic for me. Good overall, but man, what a start... mcox90 (2088) - Wilton, New Hampshire, USA - AUG 21, 2009
On tap at the brewpub. Pours a deep, dark brown. Almost black, with a 1/2" creamy tan head. Aroma was roasted malt and light coffee. Creamy palate, although a bit on the dry side. Flavor was heavy on the roasted malt with coffee and molasses in the background. Very drinkable and enjoyable. beerbuzzmontreal (3487) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 2, 2007
Pours a deep black color with a thin light brown head. Aroma of smoked malt and chocolate. Flavor of smoked malt and chocolate. The body is light to medium with soft carbonation. sloth (2905) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - JUN 23, 2008
Draft at the pub. A nicely poured pint with a thin tan head, fair retention and just a little bit of spotty lace left behind. An almost black colored brew, though some brown edging is noticed. Nose of light roast, lightly dusty, caramel malts and coffe as well. Medium body, creamy on the palate, lightly oily. Pleasent roast flavors, a hint of cocoa and maybe some notes of vanilla as well, chocolatey flavors along with the roast, coffe and some berry notesl. Lightly sweet and roasty finish. Decent.