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
Black Bear XX Stout from Alameda Brewhouse
88 out of 100 based on 198 ratings.