Black Bear XX Stout - Alameda Brewhouse
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4.16/5 rDev +5.9%
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.
01-10-2014 02:54:16 | More by BastardKing24
4.26/5 rDev +8.4%
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.
12-28-2013 17:44:03 | More by Kuaff
2.85/5 rDev -27.5%
Appearance: Very dark beer with mild sized head. Coffee crema colored head.
Smell: Slightly sweet, grassy aroma, very mild-smelling.
Taste: Thin and cloying, rather than 'rich and creamy' as advertising states.
Mouthfeel: Light. Is not creamy as description and nice head would seem to promise.
Overall: Doesn't match Stout elements for style. More of a dark cascadian IPA. Very light mouthfeel and heavy hops bittering throws one off from thinking Stout.
10-07-2013 20:21:30 | More by HappyPappy2X
3.91/5 rDev -0.5%
Purchased at Top Foods.
Looks very appealing. Dark rich brown/black, with a sudsy tan head. Aromatics are roasted yet there is some sweetness that comes through. Taste is also roasted and coffee like. Kind of dry. I can taste the rye a bit and there is a woodsy character to it. The feel is very velvety, smooth and creamy. Overall I enjoyed this and would have again when in the mood for this style.
09-01-2013 23:30:00 | More by Braz
4.1/5 rDev +4.3%
22 ounce bottle into snifter, no bottle dating. Pours pitch black color with a 1 finger dense dark tan head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice soapy lacing clings around the glass, with some light streaming carbonation. Aromas of big dark chocolate, roasted malt, cocoa, coffee, light char, toast, dark bread, floral, light pine, light rye, and floral/roasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of roasted malt notes with a fair amount of hop presence; and great strength. Taste of dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, light char, coffee, toast, dark bread, light rye, floral, light pine, and roasted earthiness. Fair amount or roasted coffee bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, roasted malt, cocoa, light char, coffee, toast, dark bread, light rye, floral, light pine, and roasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice balance and complexity of roasted malt flavors with a fair amount of hop balance; with nice robustness and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very creamy and lightly slick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is an excellent foreign stout. All around great balance and complexity of roasted malt flavors with a fair amount of hop presence; and very smooth to drink. A very enjoyable offering.
08-20-2013 05:00:05 | More by superspak
Black Bear XX Stout from Alameda Brewhouse
88 out of 100 based on 196 ratings.