Black Bear XX Stout - Alameda Brewhouse
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3.68/5 rDev -6.4%
22oz bottle purchased about 4 months ago at Huckleberry’s in Spokane for $4.49, and forgotten about until now. According to the just-noted freshness date, this was bottled December 6, 2011.
Poured a shade of brown so dark as to virtually be black. Holding the glass up to light only makes the absolute edge look a lighter brown. Decent sized tan head dropped after a few minutes.
The nose on this beer isn’t terribly strong. I get coffee and brown sugar, and that’s about it.
The taste is similar to the smell. Bitter, coffeeish notes balance the sweet, brown sugary elements in a competent, unspectacular manner. A subdued hop zap announces the swallow to the tastebuds.
Medium bodied, with a slightly coating mouthfeel.
A decent, unspectacular beer that I will try at least once more when I have a shot at a fresh bottle and if required, will amend my review accordingly. As it stands, it’s a good stout, not a great one that requires any kind of fevered search.
01-05-2013 22:17:04 | More by woemad
4.05/5 rDev +3.1%
Appearance: A big, rocky tan head forms atop the black liquid and leaves quite a few strands of lace behind
Smell: Chocolate, licorice, pumpernickel, rye and a fruity aspect
Taste: Surprisingly fruity, up front, with a slightly tart black cherry character that complements the ensuing expected flavors of chocolate, licorice and burnt pumpernickel toast; while the hops add another dimension in the middle, after the swallow, some lactic sweetness slips in to offset the bitterness; the tart fruit flavor, however, lingers in the aftertaste
Mouthfeel: Medium to full body, somewhat creamy, with low to moderate carbonation
Overall: A lot of different flavors are packed into this beer; while the tart fruit elements have turned off some reviewers, I rather enjoyed that aspect of the flavor profile
Thanks, mdaschaf, for the opportunity
01-01-2013 00:03:21 | More by brentk56
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
3.9/5 rDev -0.8%
I bought a bomber of Black Bear XX Stout at a grocery store. Poured in to a pint glass.
Pours an opaque black color with a modest tan head.
Smell is a roasted coffee aroma.
Taste is also a bitter coffee and dark chocolate flavor,
Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a dry bitter aftertaste.
Overall a very good stout.
11-26-2012 00:56:41 | More by RJLarse
3.95/5 rDev +0.5%
Appearance is a very dark almost black with very little head and lace. Aroma of sweet dark light roasted malts, bitter chocolate and coffee having a dark fruit note. Taste of the previous aroma with a light bite from the hops leaving a light bitter roast in the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is medium to full with a light carbonation. A nice enjoyable stout.
11-15-2012 03:36:29 | More by Bookseeb
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
3.9/5 rDev -0.8%
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.
10-10-2012 02:13:07 | More by barleywinefiend
4.35/5 rDev +10.7%
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.
09-13-2012 22:17:33 | More by Bfarr
3.5/5 rDev -10.9%
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.
09-10-2012 03:58:07 | More by Murrhey
Black Bear XX Stout from Alameda Brewhouse
88 out of 100 based on 198 ratings.