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Black Bear XX Stout - Alameda Brewhouse

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BA SCORE
88
very good

188 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 188
Reviews: 94
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 11.39%
Wants: 11
Gots: 8 | 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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Birdlegs

Washington

4/5  rDev +1.3%

02-08-2013 09:30:01 | More by Birdlegs
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Bilco

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +1.3%

03-24-2014 00:06:52 | More by Bilco
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slimntubbs

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +1.3%

01-30-2012 04:55:29 | More by slimntubbs
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Reidrover

Oregon

4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber bought from Capital Market, Salem . Gorgeous looking beer. black with dark,dark brown hints around the edges, good lookingbrown head. slightly roasty aromas, not too strong, some dark chocolate, slight fruit. Quite semi-sweet bitter, burnt toast towards the end, bitter black coffee finish mixed with treacle. Slight alcohol hint in the belly.Good stuff. Nicel on the palte, not as heavy as expected and thats a good thing as it adds a point or two for drinkability. Over all nice beer

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2008 20:54:42 | More by Reidrover
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wchasse222

Oregon

4/5  rDev +1.3%

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

Montana

4/5  rDev +1.3%

04-26-2013 04:44:06 | More by elektronen
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4DAloveofSTOUT

Illinois

4/5  rDev +1.3%

06-16-2013 04:30:39 | More by 4DAloveofSTOUT
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MadeInOregon

California

4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had the Black Bear XX Stout on tap several years ago and wanted to try it again so I picked up a 22 oz'er, let it sit for a couple months, and here we go...

THE BODY is black as night with no light penetration whatsoever. I held my glass up to an extremely bright UV-light and the only thing that came through was a little dark violet. This is one dense stout. The head is a dark mocha color and is very airy, like sea foam. There is good malty lacing. Overall, this beer has an appropriate appearance for a stout. It is nothing extraordinary but it is inviting.

THE SMELL is roasted malt, chocolate, hint of espresso, hint of creamy mocha, sweet, and rather dry. No hops.

THE FEEL is on the thin side--makes me think of a Guiness Draught. It is smooth but with considerable dryness as well.

THE TASTE is dark chocolate (maybe like 60% cacao), slightly dry, and hoppy. It finishes dry and sweet.

This is a smooth, well-balanced, drinkable stout. Tastes very similar to Terminator Stout, brewed in the same city, though much stronger (mine says 7.0%, not 6.8%)

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2011 07:26:47 | More by MadeInOregon
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fizzyted

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +1.3%

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

Oregon

4/5  rDev +1.3%

01-07-2012 17:13:38 | More by Kopfschuss
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frosted33

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +1.3%

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

Utah

4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to msubulldog25 for this brew.

Poured into a chalice a dark brown/black color, nice carbonation, nice little fizzy tan head, with some sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, with some nice chocolate/toffee notes. The taste is slightly sweet, malty, with lots of dark stuff. Medium body. Drinkable, this is a very tasty brew, my first from this brewery, thanks Brian.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2009 23:31:47 | More by Wasatch
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PKS

Oregon

4/5  rDev +1.3%

06-23-2014 18:09:33 | More by PKS
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thefullpython


4/5  rDev +1.3%

10-02-2012 09:34:22 | More by thefullpython
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boralyl

Oregon

4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a creamy light tan head that's has good retention and leaves lacing along with a thick creamy ring. The beer itself is a very dark brown, almost black.

S - Light toasty notes as well as an underlying sweetness. Appealing, but nothing spectacular.

M - The best part about this beer is the mouth feel. It's medium in body with a smooth velvety feeling. It's also got some creaminess.

T - Light roasted malts with chocolate overtones and a light sweet malt presence. A very light hops bitterness complements it well in the finish. It's got a nice balance between the malts and hops.

Overall this is a very good beer. It's got the perfect mouth feel with a nice look and delicious taste to back it up. I expected a little more from the nose, but other than that, this one is pretty solid.

Serving type: nitro-tap

09-21-2010 01:38:00 | More by boralyl
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fishguyac

Virginia

4/5  rDev +1.3%

11-08-2012 20:57:24 | More by fishguyac
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whartontallboy

New York

4/5  rDev +1.3%

03-18-2012 15:43:31 | More by whartontallboy
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edwardkersh

Oregon

4/5  rDev +1.3%

03-12-2012 15:43:13 | More by edwardkersh
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CoryR

Oregon

4/5  rDev +1.3%

11-19-2011 04:54:31 | More by CoryR
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joe1510

Illinois

4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz Bomber

I got this bottle as an extra from msbulldog25, thanks for knocking one off my "wants" Brian! Black Bear XX turns my pint glass the blackest of blacks, completely opaque without letting a hint of light glint through the body. A standard pour brought the khaki head up surprisingly quickly to three fingers. The head slowly fell to a thick craggy finger and left behind chunky spider webbed lacing. The creamy head shows good staying power and lasts throughout. This is a damn fine looking stout.

Dark, modestly, roasted malts hit the nose right from the start and are the biggest factor throughout the aroma. Mild coffee grounds and a hefty whiff of creamy dark chocolate quickly join that dark roastiness and although they try to take over the roastiness manages to hold them off. There's mildly sweet nougat popping up here and there that adds some complexity to the overall smell of this beer. Last out of the gate are clean alcohol and a decent hop presence.

The flavor goes hand in hand with the aroma. Dark roasted maltiness lays it down strong with a little acidic bite. The coffee grounds are more pronounced in the flavor then in the nose and the dark chocolate falls back mid palate. The nougat comes across as nuttiness occasionally and seems to change it up with each drink. The swallow brings out clean, mild warming alcohol and a combination of roasty and hop bitterness on the lips. This is a good foreign style stout, and unique to boot.

I wasn't sure what to think about the mouthfeel of this beer at first. It seemed lighter then it should be but as this beer gets warmer and warmer (nearing probably 55) the body fills out and has a medium fullness to it. The carbonation is higher then expected and keeps this beer moving fairly quickly.

This is a stout with good flavor and good drinkability. The bomber ended up disappearing pretty quickly and the carbonation is part of the reason. I want another drink after the last and find it tough to slow down.

Alameda makes a good foreign-style stout that I wouldn't hesitate to drink again. Black Bear XX is a robust stout with moderate enough alcohol to drink a few at a time. It's too bad this isn't available in my area. Thanks for the great extra Brian!

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2008 01:59:11 | More by joe1510
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zduerr

British Columbia (Canada)

4/5  rDev +1.3%

08-11-2012 22:35:05 | More by zduerr
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Stephen_Purdue

Washington

4/5  rDev +1.3%

06-23-2014 00:10:42 | More by Stephen_Purdue
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enznevr

Washington

4/5  rDev +1.3%

10-21-2012 23:38:28 | More by enznevr
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strongaf

Washington

4/5  rDev +1.3%

06-01-2012 04:07:53 | More by strongaf
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twelveinches

Washington

4/5  rDev +1.3%

01-21-2012 07:00:17 | More by twelveinches
Black Bear XX Stout from Alameda Brewhouse
88 out of 100 based on 188 ratings.