nuplastikk (6453) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 25, 2007
Thick deep brown/black color. I seem to detect a honey presence in the beer. Not super roasty, but a nice full body. Enough quality malt and hops to balance out the sweetness. A good, unique porter. nimbleprop (8750) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - SEP 21, 2007
Poured a deep, opaque black, slightly watery with a foamy, lacing, slightly off white head. Smells of roasted malts, coffee and sugar. Overall flavor is a bit off, roasted malts are there, but so is an artificial sweetness that doesn’t fit. Finish was typical porter, coffee type bitterness and lasting roasted flavor. Barely enjoyable. TaktikMTL (7975) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 20, 2007
Bouteille de 12 oz achetée chez Beverage Warehouse (Winooski, VT). Arôme: Odeur de raisins et de chocolat avec une pointe de cerises. Apparence: La couleur est noire opaque. Présence d’un mince col beige mousseux avec une fine dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Goût de raisins et de café. Longue durée de l’arrière goût. Palette: Le corps est moyen avec une texture légèrement vineuse. Moyenne effervescence en bouche. Présence de café en arrière goût. (Rating #1264) hopdog (13102) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 15, 2007
12oz bottle. Poured a medium to deeper brown color with an averaged sized off white head. Aromas of cocoa, roast, chocolate, and burnt caramel. Tastes of chocolate, roast, and caramel. yesyouam (1016) - Fairport, New York, USA - AUG 4, 2007
Black Bear Porter is deep brown, like a chocolate lab, with a bubbly tan head and has a lot of light-colored particles floating around in it. The aroma is of chocolate, maybe licorice and minty herbs... wintergreen? It is hollow and dry. It sports a medium body that leans on the light side with a slightly tannic finish. The flavor is chocolaty, nutty and dry. It is well balanced. This is what a nut brown should be like.
Quevillon (3174) - Boisbriand, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 11, 2007
Bu à Great Lost Bear, à Portland, Maine, en fut (20 oz). Brune très foncée, moyen collet beige avec de la denteille. Arome de chocolat malté doux, avec des notes de caramels, Bon goût de malte sucré de chocolat au lait, très peu amère et très doux dans la bouche. kmweaver (3208) - Petaluma, California, USA - JUL 10, 2007
12oz bottle. Pours a very dark cherry-cola color, with the slightest amount of light coming through the center; khaki-colored head with great retention and foamy lacing; a beautiful pour. Slight cocoa and bitter chocolate in the aroma; somewhat resigned. Very nicely composed in the mouth: lively carbonation and citrus bitterness at the edges of the tongue, with a dense, well-roasted core of dark chocolate and charred malts; satisfying and very drinkable. Lengthy, bitter chocolate and roasted malt finish. shigadeyo (3790) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 10, 2007
7/10/2007: Stone Coast Black Bear Porter pours a clear, very dark mahogany brown color. The foamy tan head slowly collapses and leaves a lasting, frothy crown. The aroma is malty and sweet with some hints of chocolate, roasted malt, caramelized malt, and dark fruit. Based on the aroma, I have a feeling that this bottle might have some age on it. It smells a lot like an aged barleywine, but with some darker roasted malt added... The flavor has some dark chocolate, caramelized malt, and deep fruitiness, but it just quite delivered on everything that the aroma had alluded to. That’s a bit of a let down, but the flavor is still plenty robust. The finish is dry and contains mostly dark chocolate, black coffee, some char, and a nicely controlled bitterness that really works to balance this beer. The medium body seems to contain a bit too much carbonation. Black Bear Porter is good overall.bu11zeye (13215) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JUL 7, 2007
12 oz bottle via trade with porterhouse (June 2007). Thanks Kevin! Rating #58 for this beer...
(Bottle) Pours a brown body with a small tan head. Aroma of chocolate, lactose, and caramel. Flavor of roasted malt, chocolate, and mild hops. muzzlehatch (4969) - Beloit, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 4, 2007
12 ounce bottle from Beers of the World in Rochester, NY (June 2007), served from a Unibroue glass at cellar temperature. Beautiful snowflake lacing results as the thick, medium-bubbled dark tan head slowly recedes atop the dark translucent purple-black liquid….terrific caramel-overlaying milk and dark chocolates and light roasty espresso, just dynamite if you like a sweet porter in the aroma….pretty wonderful on the tongue as well, the roasty-bitter characteristics are quite muted at first in favor of thick milky vanilla-chocolate, but they come to the fore midpalate along with a surprisingly bitter, oily hop texture for a very dry, almost mouthpuckering, burnt and potent finish….carbonation is low and natural, and there’s a faint hint of grit in the mouthfeel….a hint of grape and blackberry comes in with half the glass done….this is terrific stuff, bravo.