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Black Bear XX Stout - Alameda Brewhouse

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BA SCORE
88
very good

199 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 199
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 jaydoc
4/5  rDev +1.8%

jaydoc, Oct 19, 2013
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3/5  rDev -23.7%

TaraBrynn, Oct 16, 2013
Photo of HappyPappy2X
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.

HappyPappy2X, Oct 07, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

hopspiller, Oct 06, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

Kylemif, Oct 04, 2013
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1.5/5  rDev -61.8%

KlayWey, Sep 28, 2013
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

wchasse222, Sep 26, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

thinwhiteduke, Sep 21, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

bernat1971, Sep 15, 2013
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

Ciocanelu, Sep 12, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

brinkdeer, Sep 07, 2013
Photo of Braz
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.

Braz, Sep 01, 2013
Photo of quetzal013
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

quetzal013, Aug 23, 2013
Photo of superspak
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.

superspak, Aug 20, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

BESTIALEX, Aug 06, 2013
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

fizzyted, Jul 16, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +20.9%

Coastal_Brew, Jul 10, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

Rand_ale_Thor, Jul 08, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

CWVegas, Jul 03, 2013
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3.88/5  rDev -1.3%

notes to myself -

bomber is sweeter than on tap. bottle is wonderfully chocolate stouty yumminess. tap was good, also (f/stop on 6/15/13), but a bit more cocoa than chocolate in the flavor, and a bit drier on the finish . . . not worse, just different.

lighthabit, Jun 20, 2013
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

4DAloveofSTOUT, Jun 16, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

egrace84, Jun 16, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

dsn1600, Jun 06, 2013
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3.93/5  rDev 0%

Alameda Brewing 'Black Bear XX Stout' @ 7.0% , served from a 650 ml bottle purchased for $6

A-pour is a dark brown from the bottle to near black in the glass with a medium size tan head , leaving a spotty lace along the pint glass

S-chocolate , dark fruit , also some pine hops

T-rich smooth and creamy tasting with enough hop in the back to balance this brew

MF-ok/good carbonation , medium to full bodied

Ov-ok/good bear , err beer , yes I'd buy again

prost LampertLand

LampertLand, May 27, 2013
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

HKUSPC40, May 13, 2013
Black Bear XX Stout from Alameda Brewhouse
88 out of 100 based on 199 ratings.