Black Bear XX Stout - Alameda Brewhouse
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3.5/5 rDev -10.9%
22oz bomber, split, served as base for some experimental mussels
appearance: served in ommegang chalice, ebony body, light bubbly rim, some garnet hue
smell: smoke, roast, rye, cocoa
taste: dry, moderate roast, bitter cocoa, spicy rye, smoke, char, some light green hops, espresso. Not very memorable, but worked well with the shellfish
mouthfeel: uncharacteristically thin, creamy but lacking depth
overall: bizarre stout - quite drinkable but doesnt really fit the bill for the style
01-07-2012 04:43:45 | More by dirtylou
4.4/5 rDev +12%
A - jet diesel back with ruby highlights around the outside of the one-finger foamy head
S - roasted malts and a nice dark-bitter chocolate
T - great taste here. Chocolate dominates the taste profile, but in a good way because it lets other players: subtle hops and coffee enter periodically into the taste. Well done!
M - I was expecting the body to be thinner, but it was quite full for the style.
D - one of the most unexpectedly delicious pints I have had in awhile. At 7% it is just out sessionability, but I could myself having a pint whenever I see it on tap.
11-21-2011 20:29:27 | More by PEIhop
4.1/5 rDev +4.3%
A: Pours a pitch black color, good sized tan head with nice lacing down the glass
S: Roasted malt, earthy scents as well as some lightly smokey scents
T: Very roasty, lots of roasted barley. Slight rye taste. Also coffee, chocolate and slight smokey flavor. Very nice.
M: Medium to full mouthfeel, creamy going down
D: This is a great beer, loved it. I would like to try this one on nitro.
09-13-2011 02:40:11 | More by loren01
3.9/5 rDev -0.8%
From my awesome wife, 22oz bottle dated 6/24/11 poured into a Samuel Smith oversized nonic.
A: Fairly typical black body, opaque, with a small amount of light brown head that fades quickly; lacing ok. This particular bottle doesn't appear to be very carbonated.
S: Definte roasted malt character, sprinkles of bitter coffee and spicy hops, light whiffs of charred wood and smoke.
T: Better than I expected; nice roasted malt character that unfolds into a burnt campfire feel; good coffee presence and bitterness, touches of rye malt spiciness and hops that complement nicely.
MF: Pretty creamy and thinner medium mouthfeel. Touches of dryness on the finish.
O: Highly drinkable FES. This is a touch better than Guiness Foreign Extra Stout, but still not as good as Zonker in my opinion.
08-29-2011 00:00:20 | More by Scotchboy
4.03/5 rDev +2.5%
At the time of this review, this is the #11 Foreign / Export Stout. Beer served from a 22 ounce bottle into a Russian River -tion glass.
Beer is brown to black with a big dark brown head of small bubbles, moderate to low carbonation, some lacing, looks good.
Aroma is sweet and coffee like with roast. Nice.
Beer is medium in body but thinner on the finish and in the middle, sweet up front, heavy coffee and some bitter on the backend. Overall a decent beer, pretty enjoyable, I'd have it again.
07-19-2011 04:32:01 | More by drabmuh
4.85/5 rDev +23.4%
Comes out of the tap an opaque warm sable with a bubbly tan head like the fizz on freshly-poured cola. Rich aroma has strong molasses and mocha tones, and is somewhat sweet but not too sweet. Superb, smoky flavor has quality coffee, molasses, nutty and chocolate tones, and is very enjoyable. Thick, fairly fizzy texture has a powdery hint and leaves a fizzy, smoky finish.
07-09-2011 03:31:50 | More by Cyberkedi
4.13/5 rDev +5.1%
A 16oz Yankee pint on nitro draft at Henry's Tavern in downtown Portland, from their '99 beers on the wall' (or something of the sort) concept. Why the hell not, my girl is still stuck browsing in Powell's, I'm sure of it.
This beer appears a solid, non-forgiving black void, with the slightest of basal cola highlights, which allows two fingers of tightly foamy, and playfully bubbly milk chocolate brown head, which renders a vista of three-dimensional mountain profile lace around the glass as it gently fades away.
It smells of lightly roasted caramel malt, softly sour ash, medium bittersweet baker's chocolate, some middling dark fruit, and earthy, leafy, and somewhat piney hops. The taste is soft chocolate-ensconced caramel malt, a further dry breadiness, sour cream, subdued black fruit, oatmeal grain, and laid-back earthy, dead leafy hops.
The carbonation is very low (natch), yet pleasantly coddling, the body silky smooth, and dead to rights creamy. It finishes in kind, the now soft, and strangely smooth caramel malt and cocoa persisting above all.
A sexy American beer bar offering, if there ever was one. Chocolate, cream, malt, and a somewhat off-balance sourness, that eventually wends its way through your acceptance gates. Oh, and the nitro: from beginning to end, this special serving slides down like butter, but tastes way, way better.
07-08-2011 18:52:25 | More by biboergosum
4.22/5 rDev +7.4%
Thanks you theskinny.
A - Great pour as black as they come with a deep brown head an inch tall and having some solid stamina.
S - Deep dark chocolate and smooth rich coffee.
T - Long roasted malts with a nice burnt taste. There's no real cocoa presence but there is a bit of coffee. It fits the style very well.
M - Abrasive in the ending and finish. It has a nice creaminess and it goes down easy... probably too easy.
~ This is a very good beer. I recommend anyone with an avenue to the Pacific Northwest find this stout and enjoy it. Cheers.
06-22-2011 02:46:20 | More by cdkrenz
4.5/5 rDev +14.5%
Poured into a pint glass; black with a thick inch of tan head.
Smells like chocolate, roasted malt and more chocolate. Great balance.
On the tongue: bitter chocolate, toasted malt, grippingly bitter with a caramel aftertaste.
Soft and creamy body with light carbonation... quite perfect.
Overall a simply amazing drink. Drinks like milk, only better for you.
04-07-2011 02:28:09 | More by Fatehunter
4/5 rDev +1.8%
I had the Black Bear XX Stout on tap several years ago and wanted to try it again so I picked up a 22 oz'er, let it sit for a couple months, and here we go...
THE BODY is black as night with no light penetration whatsoever. I held my glass up to an extremely bright UV-light and the only thing that came through was a little dark violet. This is one dense stout. The head is a dark mocha color and is very airy, like sea foam. There is good malty lacing. Overall, this beer has an appropriate appearance for a stout. It is nothing extraordinary but it is inviting.
THE SMELL is roasted malt, chocolate, hint of espresso, hint of creamy mocha, sweet, and rather dry. No hops.
THE FEEL is on the thin side--makes me think of a Guiness Draught. It is smooth but with considerable dryness as well.
THE TASTE is dark chocolate (maybe like 60% cacao), slightly dry, and hoppy. It finishes dry and sweet.
This is a smooth, well-balanced, drinkable stout. Tastes very similar to Terminator Stout, brewed in the same city, though much stronger (mine says 7.0%, not 6.8%)
02-19-2011 07:26:47 | More by MadeInOregon
4/5 rDev +1.8%
Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #46 (Nov 2010):
Slow-moving brown bubbles form a tight, well-retaining head. Stout black; nope, no light coming through here. Big chocolate nose with a spiciness layered within. Silky, creamy, smooth full-bodied brew. Cocoa powder, hint of charcoal, spicy rye and some coffee make their mark on the taste buds. Hops provide a great backup for balancing out the malt sweetness. Vague dark berries and a nutty yeast in the semisweet finish. Roasty bliss. Hefty, non- hyped Stouts are hard to come by these days, and this is one to seek out.
02-04-2011 02:09:14 | More by BeerAdvocate
4.1/5 rDev +4.3%
Had a pint at Alameda Brewery
A: Black with a dark creamy foam head about 1 inch thick. No carbonation.
S: Smells like chocolate and caramel, with a hint of coffee taboot.
T: This stout was very fantastic. Tasted like a chocolate milk shake, with coffee overtones added. Not very hoppy, but at 50 IBU's it did taste a smidge bitter.
M: Very smooth, just like how a Nitro stout should be. Went down very easy.
D: I would prefer drinking the Nitro tap over the non-nitro. I would def. drink this beer again. It went very well with the Nachos I was eating.
01-04-2011 07:01:31 | More by bradleyp
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
3.73/5 rDev -5.1%
A - Clear, very dark brown. Nearly opaque in the glass, with a big, long lasting, fluffy, mocha colored head. Tons of lacing left throughout.
S - Chocolate, coffee, dark roasted malts. Dark fruity ester smells in the background come out more as it warms. Sweet bready caramel malts.
F/M - Dark roasted malts, bitter dark cocoa flavors. Esters are reminiscent of plums. Acrid burnt flavor enhances the dry finish and also enhances the moderately high hop bitterness. Medium-full bodied with moderately high carbonation. Too much CO2 for this style, and it is a little detracting. Light alcoholic warmth in the finish, as well as a noticeable astringency.
D - OK, but the high carbonation and astringent finish are quite detracting. Otherwise a tasty beer.
12-25-2010 00:32:39 | More by domtronzero
4.22/5 rDev +7.4%
Picked up a bomber back in the summer of 2008, and have been aging it in my cellar ever since. Tonight, my wife and I drank it for a special occasion, along with a dessert of chocolate cake. Poured into Brooklyn Brewery goblets. Dark brown color with a thin but thick beige head. Some lacing on the glass - not a lot. Smell had a nice roasted barley smell to it, with just a hint of pine tingling my nose. The taste was excellent. It really had an enjoyable flavor of burnt espresso, but with a hint of bittersweet chocolate. Mouthfeel was moderate but not overly thick; it was on the smooth side. An easy stout to drink, and very tasty at the same time. A nice accompaniment to a rich dessert.
12-02-2010 05:00:26 | More by morebeergood
3.93/5 rDev 0%
22oz bomber poured into Duvel tulip.
A - Dark black but not pitch black. very little light brown head that dissipated quickly, spotty lacing
S - roasty coffee, chocolate and malt. A bit of sweetness
T - Strong coffee present as well as the chocolate and malt found in the nose. Some slightly burnt sugar and a touch of dairy
M - Medium to full body, and actually a bit of bitterness biting the back of the tongue
D - Not heavy enough to be a sipper, but a solid, well put together beer.
09-30-2010 15:25:56 | More by OakedCanuck
3.6/5 rDev -8.4%
Thanks to psiweaver for this one by way of IS BIF 2. Poured from a 22oz. bomber into a Blue Point Snifter.
A: Viscous pour yields a solid, 2 finger dense, milk chocolate head with stubborn retention. Beer is an opaque black. Lacing is outstanding. Great legs, frothy, and with excellent cling.
S: Aroma is heavy on the liquorice and roasted coffee beans. In fact, those are the only initial flavors I detect. A bit of subtle roasted malt lingers in the background but not much else. Aromatic but simple.
T: Opening is much like the nose. Liquorice, roasted malt, and coffee in the back. A slight hint of chocolate sweetness emerges in the background as this one warms up a bit. Bitter roasted malt is predominant throughout. Finishes with bitter chocolate. Aftertaste is oily, slick, and bitter.
M: Medium bodied with a solid amount of carbonation. Feel is oily and viscous and goes down real smooth. Drinks bigger than its ABV. Finish is accented and aftertaste lingers.
D: What this beer is, is a really good representation of its style. Flavor is very balanced and nothing really sticks out. Feel is appropriate and real heavy (in a good way) for its ABV. Drinkable too, as it goes down very smooth and silky.
09-28-2010 22:28:45 | More by SpeedwayJim
3.53/5 rDev -10.2%
Poured from a 22oz bomber into a clear pint glass. No freshness date. Purchased for $4.29 on sale at grocery store. Normally $4.69.
A-Pours a deep, dark brown almost black hue with nearly a one finger head with modest retention and decent lacing. The best attribute.
S-I was expecting more aromas. There are faint roasted malts with some sweetness present, but only the slightest coffee and no chocolate. Smells like a lighter stout, as in Irish Dry.
T-Roasted malts, oats, chocolate, but also an unpleasant sour twang in the finish. The sourness is unwelcome.
M-A tad thin, but carbonation level adequate. Not creamy enough, but very smooth.
D-This is not a bad beer, I just don't think it accurately reflects the style. And it is no where near as good as my favorite stouts of any style. Alameda is scheduled to be at the Salem Beer and Cider Festival this Saturday and I would like to think what I just had was uncharacteristic - seems to be from other reviews, but not sure I want to use a tasting token to try this again.
09-23-2010 23:45:56 | More by velosuds
4/5 rDev +1.8%
A - Pours a creamy light tan head that's has good retention and leaves lacing along with a thick creamy ring. The beer itself is a very dark brown, almost black.
S - Light toasty notes as well as an underlying sweetness. Appealing, but nothing spectacular.
M - The best part about this beer is the mouth feel. It's medium in body with a smooth velvety feeling. It's also got some creaminess.
T - Light roasted malts with chocolate overtones and a light sweet malt presence. A very light hops bitterness complements it well in the finish. It's got a nice balance between the malts and hops.
Overall this is a very good beer. It's got the perfect mouth feel with a nice look and delicious taste to back it up. I expected a little more from the nose, but other than that, this one is pretty solid.
09-21-2010 01:38:00 | More by boralyl
4.1/5 rDev +4.3%
22oz bottle poured into a large goblet
Pours dark, basically black, with surprisingly little head. Almost looks flat. Smell is cherries, dates, overripe plums, a little hint of coffee. Maybe some black licorice.
Taste is ripe with coffee, very nice bitterness. The fruitiness from the smell comes out just as a balancing sweetness, much nicer than it smells.
Mouthfeel is chalky and thick, dry. Good beer.
09-11-2010 03:54:17 | More by snaotheus
Black Bear XX Stout from Alameda Brewhouse
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