Black Bear XX Stout - Alameda Brewhouse
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Reviews by HiroProtagonist:
4.43/5 rDev +12.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
Tasted at the Alameda brewpub, on nitro and on cask....the difference in enjoyment was pretty dramatic, and not as expected.
Appearance: Cask was black in color, with a weak, short-lived brown head. Nitro was also black in color, but the fine and creamy head was brown with a lovely reddish tinge, and was everlasting.
Nose: Cask sample had a sharp, powdery cocoa nose...like a dry chocolate cake mix, and thats it. Nitro nose was rich, sharp, and chocolately, but this time like a chocolate cake, complete with dark chocolate frosting. These notes were well-developed and yielded some intricate complexities.
Taste: Nitro sample yielded a rich and sharp raisiny-chocolate velvet malt base that opened up with complex bitter dark chocolate notes and subtle cherry esters in the transition to a sharp, roasty, lightly astringent dark bittered chocolate finish with strong lingering cocoa mass flavors.
Cask sample yielded similar but significantly attenuated flavors.
Mouthfeel: Cask sample was way too thin, almost watery! Carbonation was also a bit lacking, even for cask.
Nitro sample was wonderfully full and silky...working extremely well with the flavors and character of the beer. What a difference!
Wow, the nitro sample was drastically better than the cask version in almost every way. The nitro stout was very enjoyable, complexly rich, and masterfully balanced with a nice sharpness that love in dark beers. Scores are based solely on the nitro version.
Serving type: nitro-tap
08-22-2004 04:55:11 | More by HiroProtagonist
More User Reviews:
3.8/5 rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Appearance - Pours a dark cola brown with a finger of tan head.
Smell - roasted malts, espresso bean, dark fruits (cherry), and molasses.
Taste - Hit up front with roasted malts, light burnt bitterness, hint of dark fruit and molasses.
Mouthfeel - Full bodied with light to moderate carbonation.
Overall - A robust and dark stout that has very prominent roasted malt and light burnt bitterness characteristics.
Serving type: bottle
06-20-2014 03:32:15 | More by leaddog
4.16/5 rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
I love trying new breweries and this is my first for Alameda. This could be a make or break for trying more of their beers.
Pours a very dark black with a big mocha head that sticks around for a bit and leaves lots of lacing.
Smell is Coffee and chocolate with more dark roasty malt notes. A hint of fruit in there as well, cherry and plum.
Taste is very coffee like, with molasses, chocolate, bitter hops, and a lingering creaminess that is wonderful. It starts velvety with the cocoa and coffee, and then continues with a medium hop aspect that doesn't last, and then more coffee and toffee, malty in the end.
Mouthfeel is velvety, with medium carbonation.
Overall I like this and think I will try more from Alameda.
Serving type: bottle
01-10-2014 02:54:16 | More by BastardKing24
4.26/5 rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25
I drank this stout at cellar temperature, in a snifter.
Named after the black bear, this is, appropriately, a black beer. And it's got a beautifully billowy beige head (two fingers high) that leaves flawless lacing as it recedes. Real pretty-like.
The aroma is a womp of chocolate milk, dark cocoa, and coffee. Traditional, straight-forward stout notes, burly in all the right places. Though there might also be a little pine and citrus mixed in, kind of like a black IPA.
All of that chocolate and ceffee fills the flavor big-time, with some great earthiness in the aftertaste. The middle is a bit tart in the way some stouts are.
It's pretty well-carbonated, maybe slightly too much. But it's a minor gripe, really.
I'd recommend anyone who likes stouts meet this bear.
Serving type: bottle
12-28-2013 17:44:03 | More by Kuaff
Black Bear XX Stout from Alameda Brewhouse
88 out of 100 based on 189 ratings.