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Black Bear XX Stout - Alameda Brewhouse

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196 Ratings

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Ratings: 196
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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Photo of RJLarse


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
Photo of Rand_ale_Thor


4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

07-08-2013 17:22:51 | More by Rand_ale_Thor
Photo of JoelClark


3/5  rDev -23.7%

08-03-2014 16:40:13 | More by JoelClark
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

03-16-2014 15:55:30 | More by rrski198
Photo of cdkrenz


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
Photo of laxer8811

New York

4/5  rDev +1.8%

08-24-2012 01:06:40 | More by laxer8811
Photo of bjohnson


4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

My buddy kindly brought a 22oz. bomber back from Portland on his recent vist to see his brother. $3.95 at Belmont Station, Portland, OR.

A: Pours a jet black almost inky color with a two finger caramel colored frothy head that leaves puffy cloud like lace.

S: Aromas of sweet caramel malt notes with a roasted mix. Noticed some licorice and chocolate malts on the second whiff. Smells very smooth and full bodied.

T: Tastes of sweet chocoloate and caramel malts blends with roasted malts. Very silky smooth and quite rich tasting. Not overly rich though, just that perfect taste that keeps you coming back for more.

M & D: Mouthfeel and drinkability are awesome on this offering from Alameda. Full bodied but very well balanced. Low carbonation allows you to fully taste the chocolate and caramel. This is what a stout should taste like. Two thumbs up for Alameda. If I had another, I'd drink it right now. I would love to try this on tap...Gotta get out to the Left Coast soon!

03-15-2006 00:54:51 | More by bjohnson
Photo of Braz


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
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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

01-08-2014 03:08:26 | More by powdersoldier
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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

04-28-2012 05:01:18 | More by johnnyboy76
Photo of Murrhey


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
Photo of Hoptometrist


4.38/5  rDev +11.5%

Served on tap into a shaker glass

A- Poured black with frothy mocha head that left some splashy lace

S- Dark fruit, bittersweet chocolate, roasted malt. Very balanced and pleasant aroma for a stout

T- Big bittersweet and chocolate chip flavors, blackberry and dark fruits, roasted coffee, light vanilla, and light vinegar notes. Incredibly complex stout with all the flavors I love in a stout, very balanced flavor profile

M- Very creamy and smooth, dry, medium body. Really nice silky mouthfeel and incredibly easy to drink

O- One of the best stouts I have had in the past year. Reminds me a lot of favorite, Lion Stout. I love the blackberry/dark fruit flavors I am getting out of this that compliment the chocolate and roasted notes.

04-25-2013 03:33:30 | More by Hoptometrist
Photo of MisterClean


4.13/5  rDev +5.1%

On tap at Henry's Tavern, PDX.

A - Pours black wth 1 finger of mocha head. Doesn't dissipate and leaves nice lacing.

S - Chocolate, light roast coffee, light flowers and citrus, and bittering hops.

T - Heavier notes of malt dominate the taste as chocolate and light roast coffee appear wth a moderate amount of bittering hops.

M - Full-bodied, malt dominated, creamy and sweet.

D - Good overall. Very enjoyable for the style.

08-07-2009 17:50:41 | More by MisterClean
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British Columbia (Canada)

3.93/5  rDev 0%

Alameda Brewing 'Black Bear XX Stout' @ 7.0% , served from a 650 ml bottle purchased for $6

A-pour is a dark brown from the bottle to near black in the glass with a medium size tan head , leaving a spotty lace along the pint glass

S-chocolate , dark fruit , also some pine hops

T-rich smooth and creamy tasting with enough hop in the back to balance this brew

MF-ok/good carbonation , medium to full bodied

Ov-ok/good bear , err beer , yes I'd buy again

prost LampertLand

05-27-2013 03:48:17 | More by LampertLand
Photo of Bookseeb


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
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New York

4.75/5  rDev +20.9%

08-12-2012 14:21:49 | More by prisdefer
Photo of leaddog

Alberta (Canada)

3.8/5  rDev -3.3%

Appearance - Pours a dark cola brown with a finger of tan head.

Smell - roasted malts, espresso bean, dark fruits (cherry), and molasses.

Taste - Hit up front with roasted malts, light burnt bitterness, hint of dark fruit and molasses.

Mouthfeel - Full bodied with light to moderate carbonation.

Overall - A robust and dark stout that has very prominent roasted malt and light burnt bitterness characteristics.

06-20-2014 03:32:15 | More by leaddog
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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

04-11-2013 13:08:15 | More by vcoggins
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2/5  rDev -49.1%

03-22-2012 05:04:04 | More by sukwonee
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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

06-07-2014 16:01:56 | More by HoppySeb
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

11-08-2012 20:57:24 | More by fishguyac
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3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

09-15-2013 07:14:09 | More by bernat1971
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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

01-21-2013 16:34:26 | More by leedorham
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

02-08-2013 09:30:01 | More by Birdlegs
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3.25/5  rDev -17.3%

11-04-2012 20:42:35 | More by mixed_master7
Black Bear XX Stout from Alameda Brewhouse
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