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Dead Bear Imperial Stout - Devils Backbone Brewing Company

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Dead Bear Imperial Stout
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Ratings: 20
Reviews: 5
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 12.16%
Wants: 1
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Devils Backbone Brewing Company visit their website
Virginia, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: on 02-02-2009)
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Reviews by redfox405:
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4/5  rDev +8.1%

04-06-2014 00:08:30 | More by redfox405
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4.05/5  rDev +9.5%

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

08-31-2013 03:56:28 | More by blackie
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3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

01-13-2013 22:25:09 | More by jorrx003
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District of Columbia

4.25/5  rDev +14.9%

04-01-2012 00:41:18 | More by Rhettroactive
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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

04-04-2014 17:52:39 | More by Drknight
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3.63/5  rDev -1.9%

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.

05-09-2012 17:34:50 | More by Thorpe429
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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

03-08-2014 21:38:39 | More by bcgill
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4.1/5  rDev +10.8%

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.

09-13-2009 22:17:18 | More by Deuane
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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

02-28-2014 00:27:08 | More by Boone757
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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

02-20-2013 14:17:03 | More by ThomWade
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2.75/5  rDev -25.7%

07-17-2014 17:18:10 | More by MattSharpless
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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

10-13-2012 15:00:05 | More by ncaudle
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3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

04-10-2014 21:34:34 | More by Claytonbrewsby
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2.75/5  rDev -25.7%

07-24-2014 00:28:34 | More by PaulsBrew
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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

02-17-2014 19:34:16 | More by jaymo18
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3/5  rDev -18.9%

03-09-2014 14:19:46 | More by brother_kenneth
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4.03/5  rDev +8.9%

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.

02-20-2012 20:49:54 | More by billab914
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4.5/5  rDev +21.6%

02-17-2012 13:06:19 | More by horrorspecialty
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4/5  rDev +8.1%

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.

02-09-2009 06:01:19 | More by CrellMoset
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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

05-14-2013 22:40:25 | More by ipas-for-life
Dead Bear Imperial Stout from Devils Backbone Brewing Company
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