Black Bear XX Stout - Alameda Brewhouse
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4.45/5 rDev +13.2%
Bomber, poured into a snifter.
A thick ass 2-finger light brown head sits on top of a body almost pure black, with some reddish brown highlights. Retention is excellent and lacing is plentiful.
Big black roasted malt leads the way in the nose, with dark fruitiness, vanilla, caramel and dark chocolate strong contributors as well.
This beer is a mouthful. Loads of sharp black malt is balanced with sweet chocolate, cherry pie and a hint of vanilla. Significant earthy hop bitterness. Great blend of flavors.
Nice mouthfeel. Very full bodied, and . A final sting of bitterness at the swallow is followed by a long lingering black malt/espresso finish.
Overall impression: Excellent stout. Easy to see why it won gold at the GABF a few years back.
07-10-2009 22:32:42 | More by PDXHops
4.45/5 rDev +13.2%
On nitro-tap at Alameda Brewpub, Portland. $2.60 for a Happy Hour pint.
Listed as 7.0%abv, 50 IBU.
A: Absolutely pitch black, zero light coming through. A fluffy meringue-like ivory head, 1.5 fingers at least. Cascades of bubbles (thank you, nitro tap) - a gorgeous stout. Beautiful steady lace, also.
S: Robust toasted smell of chocolate malt. Rye, as well. A faint toffee sweetness, too, with a touch of hops to balance things out.
T: A rich, creamy beer - so full of chocolate malt with sugary sweetness and hop bitterness, all wonderfully married together.
M: Outstanding - with the caveat that the incredible velvety smoothness imparted by the nitro-tap gets 'bonus points'. Black Bear is well balanced, with full mouthfeel a mild lingering bitterness. Just enough carbonation to keep things interesting.
D: A fantastic stout. So smooth & creamy. Great flavor. A "must-have" pour if you're in Portland. May I have another?
A worthy two-time winner of the GABF "Foreign Style Stout" category.
07-22-2006 01:33:51 | More by msubulldog25
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!
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
4.4/5 rDev +12%
A - jet diesel back with ruby highlights around the outside of the one-finger foamy head
S - roasted malts and a nice dark-bitter chocolate
T - great taste here. Chocolate dominates the taste profile, but in a good way because it lets other players: subtle hops and coffee enter periodically into the taste. Well done!
M - I was expecting the body to be thinner, but it was quite full for the style.
D - one of the most unexpectedly delicious pints I have had in awhile. At 7% it is just out sessionability, but I could myself having a pint whenever I see it on tap.
11-21-2011 20:29:27 | More by PEIhop
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
British Columbia (Canada)
4.35/5 rDev +10.7%
Black with a tan head, good retention and lace.
Aroma of cafe mocha, brown sugar, black licorice, quite bready.
Pumpernickel rye bread, black strap molasses, piny resin, coffee, tobacco, salty black licorice, burnt caramel, solid (tar-like) bitterness, alcohol is subtle.
Body is rich and creamy, perhaps a little too full, but it is more of a protein shake than residual sweetness.
Certainly has a bit of domestic and PNW flavour (that you don't find in many export stouts), but it's one hell of a brew!
I'm glad they decided to export this to the foreign land of Canada!
05-01-2012 00:39:28 | More by Derek
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
4.35/5 rDev +10.7%
Written from notes. Sampled on-tap at Redbones during lunch on 11/15.
Thick and dense in appearance. Very black. Thick brown, creamy head that was glorious. Even more impressive layered, coating lace all around the glass.
Aroma was very subtle but deep and dark. Kind of like a low basson you cannot quite hear but you know is there and you find a pleasant feel from the low note vibrations.
Not a lot of anything but there was a little of a lot of things. Some slightly toasted malts with chocolate, vanilla and licorice. Kind of a dark bread flavor going on too. Slight hop bitters come through at the finish.
Very full body. It tried to be milky but was more creamy. Easy and smooth drinking. Not so much a cloying finish but more of a thorough finish. Very nice afternoon working my way through my pint.
11-16-2005 22:32:22 | More by MuddyFeet
4.33/5 rDev +10.2%
A-Pours a deep dark black with very little head that settles into a thin tan ring.
S-Chocolate malts with a nice grainy background and maybe a bit of hops.
T-Very nice. A bit of caramel malt on the front with some very nice grainy sourness in the middle and the finish. Surprising, but in a good way.
M-Nicely rich for the style and ABV with light to medium carbonation.
D-Big fan of this beer. I only brought one back from Portland but I would certainly enjoy more than one. Excellent.
11-07-2008 02:05:55 | More by sholland119
4.28/5 rDev +8.9%
Oh man, I can tell why this got the gold medal at GABF in 2003.
Apperance - gorgeous! It has a nice thick brown nitro head and is a very deep black color
Smell - a good smell with some hop aroma, very malty smelling, and very inticing
Taste - Very good, big and malty with hints of chocolate and slightly nutty.
Overall - an excellent beer that once I had one I had to have another even though I wanted to try some of the othere from this establishment
05-01-2004 15:16:00 | More by Elemental
4.28/5 rDev +8.9%
A: Deep dark brown, almost opaque black, with a frothy tan head that dissipates quickly. I hate to be vague but this looks like stout.
S: Roasted malt, mild hop bitterness, a faint chocolate nuance rounds it out.
T: Pleasant dark chocolate, roasted malt, sweet espresso. Rich flavors across the board.
MF/D: I love the mouth feel of this stout. The texture and carbonation are spot on. The body has a rich fullness to it and feels slick on the tongue. Moderate carbonation makes it very drinkable.
08-04-2009 10:14:27 | More by SRossman
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
4.25/5 rDev +8.1%
Thanks to weefishheads for this opportunity.
Pours black with a solid tan head that melts to a thick ring of lacing lasting the entire glass.
Aromas are bitter coffee, bittersweet dark chocolate, molassis.
Mouthfeel is not too thick...not too thin...just right.
Taste follows aroma....espresso coffee, bittersweet dark chocolate, molassis sugars, then...surprise, citrus hops to finish and clean the pallette.
Aftertaste reminds me of a mocha coffee with only a touch of sugar sweetener.
This is a solid stout made for the purist.
01-09-2007 05:04:12 | More by IntriqKen
4.25/5 rDev +8.1%
Poured into a pilsner beer glass. Nice three finger head that slowly slid down the side after each sip. The smell was of unsweetened chocolate and the taste was as smooth as Micheal Jordan's head with Brylcream. The mouthfeel was so pleasant I didn't want to swallow. Perfect carbonation. I would pass up many stores to obtain another.
08-14-2010 01:37:34 | More by RedBiddy
Black Bear XX Stout from Alameda Brewhouse
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