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Black Bear XX Stout - Alameda Brewhouse

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very good

198 Ratings

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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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Photo of brentk56

North Carolina

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
Photo of EgadBananas


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
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 RBorsato


4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

11-19-2012 00:22:50 | More by RBorsato
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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4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

11-14-2012 03:52:56 | More by digita7693
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

11-08-2012 20:57:24 | More by fishguyac
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3.25/5  rDev -17.3%

11-04-2012 20:42:35 | More by mixed_master7
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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

10-22-2012 00:19:14 | More by TakiSC
Photo of enznevr


4/5  rDev +1.8%

10-21-2012 23:38:28 | More by enznevr
Photo of DefenCorps


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
Photo of barleywinefiend


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
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

10-02-2012 09:34:22 | More by thefullpython
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4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

09-29-2012 05:43:34 | More by throwerbri
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British Columbia (Canada)

4/5  rDev +1.8%

09-26-2012 02:35:39 | More by rodrigueZflyingf0x
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

09-24-2012 20:12:49 | More by AApparel
Photo of Bfarr


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
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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

09-13-2012 15:49:55 | More by Yabev15
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 laxer8811

New York

4/5  rDev +1.8%

08-24-2012 01:06:40 | More by laxer8811
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

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

4.75/5  rDev +20.9%

08-12-2012 14:21:49 | More by prisdefer
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British Columbia (Canada)

4/5  rDev +1.8%

08-11-2012 22:35:05 | More by zduerr
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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

08-05-2012 04:46:08 | More by harpus
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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

08-05-2012 02:25:41 | More by kemoarps
Black Bear XX Stout from Alameda Brewhouse
88 out of 100 based on 198 ratings.