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Black Bear XX Stout - Alameda Brewhouse

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BA SCORE
88
very good

196 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 196
Reviews: 96
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 11.7%
Wants: 11
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Alameda Brewhouse visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
Foreign / Export Stout |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
"Smooth, rich and creamy. Rye malt blends with roast and chocolate malts to create a new and delicious stout profile, balanced with soft and velvety hops. This northwest original is poured using the traditional nitrogen dispensing method, so it may take an extra minute to arrive, but the wait is worth it. The Black Bear won the Gold Medal at the 2003 GABF in the foreign-style stout category."

6.8% ABV 50 IBU

(Beer added by: RedDiamond on 02-20-2004)
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vcoggins

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

04-11-2013 13:08:15 | More by vcoggins
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anteater

Oregon

3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

01-18-2013 03:12:54 | More by anteater
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harpus

Alabama

3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

08-05-2012 04:46:08 | More by harpus
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604growler

British Columbia (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

04-09-2013 13:13:38 | More by 604growler
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ronbo5421

Washington

3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

04-23-2013 03:26:11 | More by ronbo5421
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leedorham

Washington

3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

01-21-2013 16:34:26 | More by leedorham
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Yabev15

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

09-13-2012 15:49:55 | More by Yabev15
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EROCK75

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

05-20-2014 13:23:47 | More by EROCK75
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iKrystin

Washington

3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

06-16-2012 08:01:08 | More by iKrystin
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oriolesfan4

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

06-19-2014 04:16:13 | More by oriolesfan4
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sharpski

Oregon

3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

05-11-2013 20:20:40 | More by sharpski
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egrace84

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

06-16-2013 02:50:59 | More by egrace84
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DefenCorps

Oregon

3.78/5  rDev -3.8%

On tap with dinner tonight. What a pleasant surprise.

Black with a dense, brown head with good retention and nice lacing, this looks pretty good. The nose is surprisingly good. Creamy chocolate, mild coffee, more cream and some rye spiciness, there's also some licorice present. The palate is a blend of cream, sweetness (more lactose than caramel) with creamy chocolate, a mild bitterness, a flavor that makes me think debittered malt, a little bit of rye spiciness. The licorice comes through on the mid palate. Not as roasty as I was expecting, but not surprising given the style. Sweet on the finish with lactose, chocolate, coffee and minimal bitterness, this beer is medium-light in body and has a wonderful, creamy carbonation. It really is nice on the palate. Yummy, I'd drink this again.

10-20-2012 04:47:20 | More by DefenCorps
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blackc5

Washington

3.78/5  rDev -3.8%

Poured from a 22oz bottle at 50F.

A - Obsidian black with a nice mocha colored head of about 2 fingers. Minimal lacing.

S - Lots and lots of roasted malts and chocolate. Some vanilla and molasses as well.

T - The expected roasty goodness with more mellow than expected chocolate given the aroma. Some smokiness in the background and some coffee sneaks in as well. Finishes quite dry with just a bit of earthy hop bitterness.

M - Typical for a stout - fairly creamy. Nicely (moderate) carbonated.

D - Overall a pretty well balanced beer, but lacked just a little something special in the flavor profile. Solid, but not outstanding.

04-09-2010 02:56:27 | More by blackc5
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leaddog

Alberta (Canada)

3.8/5  rDev -3.3%

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.

06-20-2014 03:32:15 | More by leaddog
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chumba526

Oregon

3.8/5  rDev -3.3%

Appears black with a sizeable brown head.

It smells of chocolate, nuts, fudge, and smoky malts.

It tastes of primarily of coffee and dark chocolate. There is a mild smoky flavor to the beer as well. It finishes with a little bit of bitterness. This is not a complex stout but it is very good and very smooth.

The mouthfeel is very good. It has medium carbonation but the mouthfeel is thick. It has a really nice smooth and creamy mouthfeel.

The drinkability is very good as the beer is very smooth. I could drink a few of these.

Overall this is a very good stout. This is not a complex stout but it is very tasty.

01-01-2011 02:14:10 | More by chumba526
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tpd975

Florida

3.8/5  rDev -3.3%

Thanks to SeaBass for this one.

A: Pours deep black with a creamy brown head. Some light retention and spotty lace.

S: Aromas of roasted malt, chocolate and coffee.

T: Lots of roast, hints of smoke as well. Very subtle cafe mocha flavors. light hops in the finish.

M: Medium in body, pretty smooth.

D: Not great but solid.

02-28-2010 15:20:18 | More by tpd975
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plaid75

New York

3.83/5  rDev -2.5%

On draft at Henry's 12th Street Tavern, Portland, Oregon.

Poured a deep black hue with a one and a half finger creamy dark tan head. There was very good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a moderate cocoa aroma.

The taste consisted of soft chocolate malts, a mile rye spice, cafe au lait element and cocoa.

The mouthfeel was typical of the style with a touch of creaminess.

Overall a stout with good drinkability that could use a bit more black malt.

12-23-2009 21:33:23 | More by plaid75
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wordemupg

Alberta (Canada)

3.85/5  rDev -2%

650ml bomber poured into tulip 31/7/14

A black with a deep cola edge, two fingers of dark mocha foam sits around for half the glass but leaves zero lace

S coco powder, chocolate milk, fennel, root beer, nutmeg, faint smoke, raisins, a strange combo but it works

T more of the same with more earthy notes and the roasts darker, much like the nose but stronger

M not as thick as the color would let you believe but still far from thin, bubbles cream it up, a little grit left behind, coco and ash linger

O respectable beer and I'd believe it was under 5%, no problems taking down the bomber but not the richest stout I've had recently

worth a try but another one of those 10$ bombers that I doubt I'd buy again based on price alone

08-01-2014 04:41:41 | More by wordemupg
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morimech

Minnesota

3.88/5  rDev -1.3%

Black brew that looks thick and creamy pouring out of the bottle. Impressive for a 7% ABV beer. Just over one finger of tan head forms and hangs around for a long time before settling to a thick cap. A blanket of lacing is left down the glass during consumption. One of the best looking stouts I have seen.

Surpisingly sweet malt aroma comes through. Definately expecting something roasted. Hints of chocolate and malted milk balls and something fruity tart deep underneath.

The flavor is not as deep as I was hoping. Not much roasted qualities and not bitter at all. This drinks more like a porter imho. A little bit of tartness. Some earthiness and citrus from the hops. A few yeast tannins slip in as well that give this the slightest Belgian quality.

Impressive mouthfeel for a stout of this strength. Leaves many breweries RIS's wanting. Thick and creamy texture. Almost perfect carbonation.

An interesting stout that surprised me a little where it counts and that is the flavor. Not really roasted and bitter but with some tartness.

04-08-2012 22:28:58 | More by morimech
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EgadBananas

Louisiana

3.88/5  rDev -1.3%

Looks awesome on the pour. Black as night, with a robust dark mocha head.

The aroma is roasty, with some chocolate and dark fruits.

A little sweeter taste, roasted malts, and more dark fruits. Pretty much mirrors the aroma, just a bit more complex.

Feel has a nice creaminess to it, medium, slick feel.

Quite nice, one of the better Foreign Stouts.

12-01-2012 02:24:03 | More by EgadBananas
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Arbitrator

California

3.88/5  rDev -1.3%

Chilled bottle into a glass. Courtesy of ramnuts. Thanks buddy!

A: Bottle opens with a mild hiss, and pours a pitch black color with slight bourbon brown highlights when held to a lamp. Head is half an inch of tan foam and quickly recedes to a film on the glass. Not much lacing to speak of.

S: Mocha at first, which devolves into individual coffee and chocolate smells as the beer warms. Roasted dark malts and a little grainy aroma.

T: Roasted malt lays the groundwork for what initially seems like a sweet beer. There's a substantial taste lag before the coffee and dark chocolate flavors kick in to mellow out the sweetness and provide some bittering contrast. Towards the end of the taste, there is a sour grain sensation that comes as a surprise, but works very well.

M: Medium bodied, with light carbonation. Perhaps a bad bottle. Regardless, it could use a little more carbonation.

D: I'm surprised how much I enjoyed this despite a couple of complaints. This is an example of a solid stout, and at 6.8%, a very drinkable one.

04-14-2009 07:05:12 | More by Arbitrator
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lighthabit

Oregon

3.88/5  rDev -1.3%

notes to myself -

bomber is sweeter than on tap. bottle is wonderfully chocolate stouty yumminess. tap was good, also (f/stop on 6/15/13), but a bit more cocoa than chocolate in the flavor, and a bit drier on the finish . . . not worse, just different.

06-20-2013 06:05:57 | More by lighthabit
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Wetpaperbag

Washington

3.88/5  rDev -1.3%

A- Very dark jet black. Creamy tan head, with good lacing. The pour was very carbonated, but that settled down and wasn't Belgian carbination, which was nice.

S- Roasted coffee and malts are right there up front. With a nice chocolate vanilla smell that mixes in and blends well with the other smells.

T- The malts are burnt and roasty, with a good coffee taste. There is something that reminds me of dusty rain as far as a taste is concerned. It is very drying in the after taste. The chocolate is slightly sweet, but faint in taste.

M- Thick with a good balance of carbonation.

D- Pretty drinkable. Goes down smooth, and other then the drying effect this has it isn't too bad.

05-12-2009 03:43:41 | More by Wetpaperbag
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Floydster

California

3.88/5  rDev -1.3%

22 ounce bottle split with my dad last night, one of the few beers I brought back from Portland with me, poured into my Dogfish Head snifter,

color is almost black with minimal light going through, 3/4 inch creamy tan head that lasts around five minutes, some lacing at first too, aroma consists of milk chocolate, dark cocoa, vanilla, burned grains, oak, roasted malts, mild coffee, good amount of booze, and some toffee, starts off with a mixture sweet milk chocolate and burned dark chocolate just like the smell, roasted malts dominate the middle, finish has a lot of dark chocolate too with some coffee hanging around afterwards in the aftertaste, lots of alcohol in the flavor once it warms up a bit, decently balanced with different malt flavors but too boozy for me, hot, roasty, and dry mouthfeel, full bodied, mellow carbonation, taste lingered for a long time, could have drank much more than I did, definitely a sipper, too alcoholic with not enough aging, would be easier to drink if it was oak or whiskey aged in my opinion, can be rather harsh, might drink again, worth trying

after having this beer, I am bumbed that we did not get to make it out to the Alameda brewpub, this was pretty good and heard it is not even one of their better beers, would drink again, worth trying

07-04-2009 15:36:50 | More by Floydster
Black Bear XX Stout from Alameda Brewhouse
88 out of 100 based on 196 ratings.