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Black Bear XX Stout - Alameda Brewhouse

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BA SCORE
88
very good

198 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 198
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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switzer

Oregon

3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

03-10-2012 17:08:38 | More by switzer
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fivetime

Idaho

3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

02-18-2013 17:12:07 | More by fivetime
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domtronzero

California

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
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KlayWey

Idaho

1.5/5  rDev -61.8%

09-28-2013 05:24:57 | More by KlayWey
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tylerstravis

Colorado

4/5  rDev +1.8%

08-10-2014 17:18:46 | More by tylerstravis
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OakedCanuck

Washington

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
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Sir_Goatman

Oregon

4/5  rDev +1.8%

02-18-2014 04:37:28 | More by Sir_Goatman
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SalukiAlum

Colorado

3/5  rDev -23.7%

11-15-2011 05:28:47 | More by SalukiAlum
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frosted33

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +1.8%

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

California

3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

08-13-2014 01:38:16 | More by sjrodriguez
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velosuds

Oregon

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
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MADPolo

Alabama

3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

05-07-2013 17:19:07 | More by MADPolo
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AApparel

California

4/5  rDev +1.8%

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

Oregon

4/5  rDev +1.8%

03-12-2012 15:43:13 | More by edwardkersh
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rodrigueZflyingf0x

British Columbia (Canada)

4/5  rDev +1.8%

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

Oregon

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
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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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RHVC59

Oregon

4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

11-09-2013 17:01:53 | More by RHVC59
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CWVegas

Nevada

4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

07-03-2013 02:44:47 | More by CWVegas
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HiroProtagonist

Maryland

4.43/5  rDev +12.7%

Tasted at the Alameda brewpub, on nitro and on cask....the difference in enjoyment was pretty dramatic, and not as expected.

Appearance: Cask was black in color, with a weak, short-lived brown head. Nitro was also black in color, but the fine and creamy head was brown with a lovely reddish tinge, and was everlasting.

Nose: Cask sample had a sharp, powdery cocoa nose...like a dry chocolate cake mix, and thats it. Nitro nose was rich, sharp, and chocolately, but this time like a chocolate cake, complete with dark chocolate frosting. These notes were well-developed and yielded some intricate complexities.

Taste: Nitro sample yielded a rich and sharp raisiny-chocolate velvet malt base that opened up with complex bitter dark chocolate notes and subtle cherry esters in the transition to a sharp, roasty, lightly astringent dark bittered chocolate finish with strong lingering cocoa mass flavors.
Cask sample yielded similar but significantly attenuated flavors.

Mouthfeel: Cask sample was way too thin, almost watery! Carbonation was also a bit lacking, even for cask.
Nitro sample was wonderfully full and silky...working extremely well with the flavors and character of the beer. What a difference!

Conclusion:
Wow, the nitro sample was drastically better than the cask version in almost every way. The nitro stout was very enjoyable, complexly rich, and masterfully balanced with a nice sharpness that love in dark beers. Scores are based solely on the nitro version.

08-22-2004 04:55:11 | More by HiroProtagonist
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Greels

Oregon

3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

12-14-2013 03:37:28 | More by Greels
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Kylemif

Oregon

4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

10-04-2013 04:09:50 | More by Kylemif
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Coastal_Brew

British Columbia (Canada)

4.75/5  rDev +20.9%

07-10-2013 22:31:20 | More by Coastal_Brew
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hannaho

Washington

4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

03-11-2012 01:06:05 | More by hannaho
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digita7693

Germany

4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

11-14-2012 03:52:56 | More by digita7693
Black Bear XX Stout from Alameda Brewhouse
88 out of 100 based on 198 ratings.