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Black Bear XX Stout - Alameda Brewhouse

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BA SCORE
88
very good

188 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 188
Reviews: 94
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 11.39%
Wants: 11
Gots: 7 | 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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digita7693

Germany

4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

11-14-2012 03:52:56 | More by digita7693
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fishguyac

Virginia

4/5  rDev +1.3%

11-08-2012 20:57:24 | More by fishguyac
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mixed_master7

Florida

3.25/5  rDev -17.7%

11-04-2012 20:42:35 | More by mixed_master7
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TakiSC

Arizona

4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

10-22-2012 00:19:14 | More by TakiSC
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enznevr

Washington

4/5  rDev +1.3%

10-21-2012 23:38:28 | More by enznevr
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DefenCorps

Oregon

3.78/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: on-tap

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

Washington

3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured jet black with good carbonation that leaves a small tannish cap which quickly resedes leaving a mere bubble, small cap and zero lacing. Uncharacteristic of this style.

S: Deep roast, with coffee, light chocolate

T: First sip reveals deep roasted malt, coffee, good amount of bitterness lingers with a dash of chocolate. The finish is rather dry, light booze, more lingering cofee and bitterness.

M: Medium to full bodied, wl carbonated, big dry roastiness with coffee sit on the palate

O: Good. i can see why this one GABF medals.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2012 02:13:07 | More by barleywinefiend
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thefullpython


4/5  rDev +1.3%

10-02-2012 09:34:22 | More by thefullpython
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throwerbri

Oregon

4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

09-29-2012 05:43:34 | More by throwerbri
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rodrigueZflyingf0x

British Columbia (Canada)

4/5  rDev +1.3%

09-26-2012 02:35:39 | More by rodrigueZflyingf0x
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AApparel

California

4/5  rDev +1.3%

09-24-2012 20:12:49 | More by AApparel
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Bfarr

Washington

4.35/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark viscous brown and thin brown head with good retention. Coffee, herbs, and chocolate aromas with a hint of orange peel. Flavor follows with a light roasted linger that deepens gradually with traces of cocoa. Creamy medium-bodied feel.

A complex and flavorful stout, this is not one to have several of but to sit back, sip, and enjoy. Its feel is smooth enough to compliment the taste and the roasted bittering is not overpowering. A well-done beer to have from time to time.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2012 22:17:33 | More by Bfarr
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Yabev15

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

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

Montana

3.5/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass. Reviewed live.

A- Very thin mocha head. For how thin it is, it hung around for quite a while. Some sticky lacing. Black body. Less viscous than I would have guessed.

S- Mocha. Chocolate and coffee. Toasty malts. Brown sugar and caramel. Just sweet and nice smelling. Could be richer.

T- Bitter roast malts. Sweet in finish. Coffee is definitely present. Chocolate doesn't show up.

M- Extremely thin feel. Semi-dry finish. Not very impressive.

O- Great smell, above average look and taste, but weak feel. Above average brew.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2012 03:58:07 | More by Murrhey
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laxer8811

New York

4/5  rDev +1.3%

08-24-2012 01:06:40 | More by laxer8811
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frosted33

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +1.3%

08-19-2012 22:32:12 | More by frosted33
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prisdefer

New York

4.75/5  rDev +20.3%

08-12-2012 14:21:49 | More by prisdefer
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zduerr

British Columbia (Canada)

4/5  rDev +1.3%

08-11-2012 22:35:05 | More by zduerr
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harpus

Alabama

3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

08-05-2012 04:46:08 | More by harpus
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kemoarps

Washington

4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

08-05-2012 02:25:41 | More by kemoarps
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Redrover

Illinois

3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This was one of the rotating taps at Post Street Ale House in Spokane.

It was on Nitro and was served after a loooong pause in pour. The beer comes in an imperial pint and is jet black with a Massive dark tan head.

Aroma of roasted malts and a bit of coffee. Could be turned up a notch.

The taste is of darkly roasted malts, a bit of coffee and some raisins.

The mouth is soft (thanks nitro) but thins in the end.

This could be a good session beer but for the 6.8%....

Serving type: nitro-tap

07-29-2012 21:37:41 | More by Redrover
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iKrystin

Washington

3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

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

Washington

4/5  rDev +1.3%

06-01-2012 04:07:53 | More by strongaf
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beertunes

Washington

3.18/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served Imperial pint glass. Poured a typical solid black, with over an inch of thick, tan head that had decent retention and OK lacing.

Nicely roasted scents greet the front of the nose and the expected solid malts fill the rest of aromatic aspects. The flavors were also just about what you expect from the style, nice roast, earthy malts and just a hint of mellow hops.

The body was about as full as you'd expect, smooth and not overly heavy. Drinkability was good, if you like the big stouts you'll drink a few of these. Overall, a good, solid example of the style, one that's certainly worth trying when you see it.

Serving type: on-tap

05-14-2012 01:50:21 | More by beertunes
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Derek

British Columbia (Canada)

4.35/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Black with a tan head, good retention and lace.

Aroma of cafe mocha, brown sugar, black licorice, quite bready.

Pumpernickel rye bread, black strap molasses, piny resin, coffee, tobacco, salty black licorice, burnt caramel, solid (tar-like) bitterness, alcohol is subtle.

Body is rich and creamy, perhaps a little too full, but it is more of a protein shake than residual sweetness.

Certainly has a bit of domestic and PNW flavour (that you don't find in many export stouts), but it's one hell of a brew!

I'm glad they decided to export this to the foreign land of Canada!

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2012 00:39:28 | More by Derek
Black Bear XX Stout from Alameda Brewhouse
88 out of 100 based on 188 ratings.