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Black Bear XX Stout - Alameda Brewhouse

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BA SCORE
88
very good

196 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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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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schnarr84

Alberta (Canada)

4/5  rDev +1.8%

01-25-2014 16:35:28 | More by schnarr84
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BastardKing24

Oregon

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
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powdersoldier

Washington

4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

01-08-2014 03:08:26 | More by powdersoldier
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Kuaff

Alaska

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
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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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RHVC59

Oregon

4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

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

Oregon

4.75/5  rDev +20.9%

11-08-2013 02:22:48 | More by AnEscapedMind
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jaydoc

Kansas

4/5  rDev +1.8%

10-19-2013 16:45:00 | More by jaydoc
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TaraBrynn

Oregon

3/5  rDev -23.7%

10-16-2013 06:07:54 | More by TaraBrynn
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HappyPappy2X

Oregon

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
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hopspiller

Alberta (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

10-06-2013 05:20:30 | More by hopspiller
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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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KlayWey

Idaho

1.5/5  rDev -61.8%

09-28-2013 05:24:57 | More by KlayWey
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wchasse222

Oregon

4/5  rDev +1.8%

09-26-2013 21:48:06 | More by wchasse222
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thinwhiteduke

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

09-21-2013 23:19:14 | More by thinwhiteduke
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bernat1971

Washington

3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

09-15-2013 07:14:09 | More by bernat1971
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Ciocanelu

Romania

4/5  rDev +1.8%

09-12-2013 20:34:37 | More by Ciocanelu
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brinkdeer

Washington

4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

09-07-2013 16:29:11 | More by brinkdeer
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Braz

Washington

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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quetzal013

California

4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

08-23-2013 03:53:40 | More by quetzal013
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superspak

Michigan

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
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BESTIALEX

Oregon

3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

08-06-2013 21:52:45 | More by BESTIALEX
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fizzyted

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +1.8%

07-16-2013 22:20:14 | More by fizzyted
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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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Rand_ale_Thor

Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

07-08-2013 17:22:51 | More by Rand_ale_Thor
Black Bear XX Stout from Alameda Brewhouse
88 out of 100 based on 196 ratings.