Dead Bear Imperial Stout | Devils Backbone Brewing Company

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Devils Backbone Brewing Company
Virginia, United States | website

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by on 02-02-2009

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Reviews: 5 | Ratings: 24
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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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Photo of VeganUndead
3.91/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A straight forward very drinkable imperial stout

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Photo of blackie
4.06/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

snifter at rustico alexandria for the dbb nova launch

a: served in a squat snifter, dead bear is an all consuming black in color, with only a modest ring gracing the surface

s: extremely heavy on bittersweet baker’s chocolate aromas, deep and rich with additional aromas of toffee, dark roasted barley, and a twinge of coffee, hops provide lots of earthy spice, lots to take in here, powerful but tempered and balanced

m: smooth and creamy mouthfeel, thick bodied with a gentle carbonation

t: follows suit with the aroma with a full flavor of bitter chocolate and sweet toffee/caramel, deep roasted barley, espresso, earthy spice and a mild astringency moving to a moderate bitterness at the finish

o: very well made, big and complex while maintaining drinkability, proof that dbb is a clear boon to the local scene

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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +9%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of Thorpe429
3.65/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Rustico during the Devil’s Backbone NoVA launch. Served in a taster glass. Pours near-black with a nice mocha head and a touch of lacing. The nose carries quite a bit of chocolate and some roast. Almost seems as if this one is barrel-aged, as everyone there seemed to get some oak and bourbon notes from it, however light. Flavor had nice chocolate and a bit of vanilla. Big body with a bit of booze. Nice.

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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of Deuane
4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Deep, dark black/brown with ruby highlights. Medium tan head reduced to a thin film and left spotty lace.

S-Fairly light roasted malt with a half hearted backing from some earthy hops. Subtle notes of dark chocolate and espresso upon warming. Had it not been for giving this a chance to warm it would have scored a 3....kinda whimpy for an imperial stout.

T-Lack of aroma hides a full flavoured brew. Full of dark roasted malt goodness, espresso and a finish of dry, bitter chocolate and earthy hops.

M-Medium bodied rich flavours linger and end in dry dark chocolate bitterness.

D-Nicely done as the aroma does kick in with warming. Flavour is present without being over the top. An easy to drink and in the end enjoyable imperial stout.

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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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2.75/5  rDev -29.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of BEER88
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of beerrat
3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

OK long ways from other good stout.Don't think the Irish would like it.

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Photo of Spreetaper
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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2.75/5  rDev -29.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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3/5  rDev -23.1%

Photo of billab914
4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewpub. It poured pitch black in color with a creamy, frothy, dark chocolate colored head to it.

The aroma shows some rich dark chocolate flavors mixing with a little roasty coffee. I get a little caramel sweetness to it as well. Very smooth and flavorful aroma.

The taste also has a lot of dark, bittersweet chocolate coming through. The finish shows more of the roasted malts with some coffee notes to it. I get some sweeter, creamy, caramel notes that give it some nice balance.

The mouthfeel is silky and somewhat creamy with moderate carbonation. Overall I thought it was a very nice beer. It had some rich chocolate and coffee flavors, but brought them all together very well. Very flavorful and drinkable beer overall.

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4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

Photo of CrellMoset
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler courtesy of and split w/ dkachur - thanks! Poured into my new 10 oz. Cristoffel cervoise, which I purchased from Sam's Quik Shop recently only because it's sort of my name and all.

Appearance: I'd poured this one twice - both while it was fresh and after it had been sittin' for a while - and both times a minimal, relatively fast-fading off-white head forms. The brew is a dark brown, not quite black, but getting relatively close.

Aroma: Fresh, crisp baker's chocolate, slightly bitter, perhaps some slight lighter roasted notes, maple syrup, molasses. Surprisingly light, but in a full, earthy, not-too-complex-but-still-enjoyable way.

Taste: Very pleasant. Very pungent on the chocolate end of the scale, sweet and milky, but also a healthy amount of coffee, toast, faint bitter notes - perhaps malty astringencies, perhaps a slight hoppyness - but very nice on the whole. A little syrupy, perhaps.

Mouthfeel: Heavy, and minimal on the carbonation, but probably thinner than most examples of the style. A slight bitter prickle, particularly in the finish, not from the alcohol, but more like bitter chocolate.

Drinkability: A surprisingly low-abv%ed RIS, which is nice - definitely improves the drinkability. This one's not a terribly complex brew - it's basically just your one-two coffee/chocolate malt combo punch - but it's a solid, flavorful one-two, balanced and enjoyable.

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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Dead Bear Imperial Stout from Devils Backbone Brewing Company
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